2019.04.22

News Headlines - 22 April 2019

Carlos Ghosn indicted again - NHK WORLD

Prosecutors in Tokyo have brought another indictment against Carlos Ghosn for aggravated breach of trust... Prosecutors claim Ghosn sent money to a car dealership in Oman and some of it wound up in a Lebanese shell company he controls.
They say Nissan lost nearly 5 million dollars as a result of the transaction... Ghosn has denied all of the allegations.

China extends holidays and removes songs to avoid anniversary protests | Financial Times

National holidays are usually set well in advance. So when Beijing abruptly announced an extra three days of official holidays in early May, schools and businesses had to scramble to accommodate the new schedule.
The sudden change is just one of the measures the Chinese capital has taken to make sure no untoward gatherings are held to mark the 100th anniversary of the May Fourth Movement, which spurred the modernisation of Chinese politics and society. It is followed by the even more sensitive 30th anniversary of the June 4 1989 military suppression of student and worker protests on Tiananmen Square.
Songs have been taken off music streaming platforms and controls on academics tightened ahead of the two anniversaries. To prevent any possible unrest, China extended the May 1 national holiday from one day to three days in the hope that many residents take vacation outside the capital.

Trump touts New York Times op-ed saying media owes him an apology

In another tweet from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida where the president was spending the holiday weekend, he referred to a New York Times opinion piece from last week in which the writer called on the liberal media to apologize to Trump.
“Do you believe this? The New York Times Op-Ed: MEDIA AND DEMOCRATS OWE TRUMP AN APOLOGY,” the president wrote. “Well, they got that one right!”
The author, Christopher Buskirk, said the “media and political elites” have a lot of work to do to regain Americans’ trust.

Girl's deadly reaction to toothpaste is extremely rare, allergist reminds parents - CNN

Monique Altamirano's 11-year-old daughter, Denise Saldate, died of a severe allergic reaction to toothpaste, she told Allergic Living.
Denise, who had a severe dairy allergy, had recently been given a prescription toothpaste that unknowingly contained a milk-derived protein. The California girl's parents were careful to check food labels for milk and other potential allergens but did not think to check the toothpaste, which triggered a deadly allergic reaction that did not respond to an epinephrine pen or inhalers, Altamirano told the magazine.

Polanski sues Oscars academy for reinstatement | The Japan Times

Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski is suing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, demanding his reinstatement nearly a year after the organization expelled him amid the #MeToo movement.
Polanski, who in 1977 pleaded guilty in California to statutory rape, argued in a court filing in Los Angeles that the academy wrongly denied him a hearing when it voted in May to oust him amid the nationwide furor sparked by sexual-abuse revelations against famed producer Harvey Weinstein.

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