2020.06.28

News Headlines - 28 June 2020

NHK loses first lawsuit over forced viewing contracts as court favors use of modified TV | The Japan Times

The Tokyo District Court ruled Friday that a plaintiff whose television set has been altered to not receive signals from NHK does not bear a duty to sign a viewing contract with the public broadcaster.
The TV is equipped with a filtering device that significantly weakens its reception of signals from NHK.
It is the first time NHK has lost a suit in which a plaintiff with a TV equipped to block its signals sought judgement nullifying any obligation to conclude a viewing contract with it. NHK previously won three such cases, and the plaintiff withdrew the petition in a different case, according to the public broadcaster.

Royal Mail to cut 2,000 jobs as virus hits business - BBC News

Royal Mail is to cut 2,000 management jobs as it struggles to deal with the effects of the coronavirus crisis.
The cuts, about a fifth of the company's management roles, aim to save about £130m in costs from next year.

Venezuela's rival leaders begin tug-of-war over London gold - Reuters

Venezuela’s rival leaders, President Nicolás Maduro and his western-backed opponent Juan Guaido, began a legal tug-of-war on Monday over $1 billion of the country’s gold stashed deep under the Bank of England in London.
In a High Court hearing due to last four days, the Venezuelan central bank (BCV), controlled by Maduro’s government, is seeking an order to force the Bank of England to release the bullion that, like many countries, it stores there for safe keeping... Guaido’s lawyers meanwhile say the bullion is his to control as the British government, along with around 60 others around the world, recognise him as leader after claims Maduro rigged Venezuela’s last presidential election two years ago.

Bulgaria’s PM fined after breaking his own government’s COVID-19 rules | Euronews

Bulgaria's prime minister Boïko Borissov is to be fined for entering a church without a mask, according to the country's health ministry.
Under rules brought in by his own government, Borissov, his staff and some journalists will face fines of as much as €150.
The compulsory use of facemasks in public indoor spaces was reinstated in Bulgaria on Tuesday because of an increase in coronavirus cases.

Disney changing Splash Mountain, ride tied to Jim Crow film : The Asahi Shimbun

Amid calls to change the Splash Mountain theme park ride over its ties to “Song of the South," the 1946 movie many view as racist, Disney officials said Thursday it was recasting the ride based on “The Princess and the Frog," a 2009 Disney film with an African American female lead.
Changes to the ride will be made both at Disneyland in California and the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida, the company said in a post.
Disney said the changes had been in the works since last year, but the announcement comes as companies across the U.S. are renaming racially charged, decades-old brands amid worldwide protests for racial justice after the police custody death of George Floyd in Minnesota last month.

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