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Emperor Naruhito, his first foreign leader visit: the harbinger of doom or it can only go up

Emperor Naruhito, the new Emperor of Japan will, on May 25th meet his first foreign leader since his enthronement, U.S. President Donald Trump.
It begs the question for me, "Is this a sign that his time as Emperor is doomed, or is it that it can only go up from here?"

(Imagine if Duerte and Bolisanaro were the next two in line to visit)

Heidi Heitkamp (ND) has been busy. Good thing

Former Senator Heitkamp is part of a group called 'The One Country Project'. The Project is to bring Democratic policies and ideas to rural voters in states like North Dakota.
The idea is to sell progressive ideas in conservative terms: economic and social
I don't know if it'll work, but I joined in the hope that it will at least make a dent
I had issues with Sen Heitkamp on several issues, but I also donated a lot of money to her campaign in hopes...
I donated the max to Manchin's campaign as well. My guess is he will become a part of this.
Former IN Sen Donnelly has

What I like about this project from what I've read is it doesn't appear to be something that is designed to appease rural voters by attacking Democratic politicians. It appears to be trying to demonstrate to rural voters how our ideas really do benefit them more than republikkan ones do

It's worth a shot

Trump 'messed up the clock' on USMCA, current form 'dead': former U.S. ambassador

In an interview on CTV's Question Period, Heyman said that the deal in its current form is dead.

After nearly 14 months of negotiations, the trilateral trade pact was reached last fall, and signed a short while later. It is called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA in America, and the Canada-United States-Mexico-Agreement, or CUSMA, here.


As things stand, time is diminishing on that possibility given the amount of movement that would have to happen across North America over the next six weeks. That’s when Parliament rises for the last time before the October election will be called.

Among the obstacles yet to overcome: In the U.S. Democrats have said that the deal without changes won’t have their vote, nor will they allow a vote in Congress until Mexico changes its labour laws. In addition to these sticking points, Canada will not sign the deal so long as the U.S.-imposed steel and aluminum tariffs are in place.

"Let me be really clear that the USTR [United States Trade Representative] and Donald Trump mishandled this from day one. Had they just quickly passed a deal in 2017, signed an agreement between the three countries… in early 2018, he had the Congress, he had the Senate, he had the Mexican government in place, and there were no elections coming up here," Heyman said.


Nagafuji Mana

She appears on a site called showroom. She plays the piano and sings
She is incredibly talented, peppy and fun to watch and listen to because she has such energy
She usually comes on between 7 and 8 pm (JST)


her on youtube

Anger as Grenfell boss is invited to speak at housing safety event (UK)

A housing boss in charge of Grenfell Tower before it went up in flames has been chosen to speak at a national housing conference on improving building safety, in a move that has provoked fury among survivors.

Sacha Jevans, who was the executive director of Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO), which managed the building and oversaw the Ł10m recladding works that left it compromised with fire risks, has been invited to lecture on ways to “improve risk management and building safety post-Grenfell” at the Chartered Institute of Housing conference in Manchester in June.


During the refurbishment works, Jevans, who is now interim strategic director at Epping Forest district council, dismissed a complaint from Daffarn about being unable to close a fire door on his floor. Daffarn was the co-author of the Grenfell Action blog that in 2016 predicted “only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the KCTMO”.


North Korea gives weather forecasts a makeover

North Korean newscasters are known among South Koreans for their stiff, overly formal demeanor and militaristic way of talking, and weather forecasts are no different. However, the state-operated Korean Central Television (KCTV) network has introduced a friendlier, more viewer-friendly format to its weather forecasts. While North Korean weather forecasters used to remain planted at their desks and simply read off the weather report in robotic fashion, they now stand in front of the green screen and gesture as their South Korean and Western counterparts. The change in format was officially made on Apr. 27.


Crown Prince Naruhito ascends the Chrysanthemum Throne

Japan has a new emperor. On April 30, 2019 Emperor Akihito officially resigned the throne and May 1 (today), the crown prince Naruhito has become emperor. The Imperial Era will now change from Heisei to Reiwa.
The change happens during 'Golden Week'. During Golden Week, many people travel. Because of the succession, the period has been lengthened to 10 days.
Many people here in Japan have chosen to add the start of the new era to their travel plans, with a trip to the Izumo Grand Shrine, a Shinto shrine in Shimane Prefecture associated with the royal family, to celebrate the end of the Heisei Era and beginning of Reiwa.

Family all went to the Izumo Grand Shrine -- I have work. Oh well

April 29, Showa Day (Shouwa no Hi), the Beginning of Golden Week

Today is Showa Day and the kids have the day off, so do most adults.
The purpose of Shouwa no Hi is to contemplate the important events of the 20th century and its significance.
More specifically, the date and week mark reflection on the Showa era (1926-1989) which was governed by the late Emperor Hirohito.
During the reign of Emperor Hirohito (1926-89), Japan's history was extremely dynamic: Second Sino-Japanese War, WW II, coup attempts, the rebuilding of the economy, etc

Sending out a Thank You to Those Posting in Support

I have sent a few DU mails out to people in the various Democrats 2020 that have been working to keep us informed of what their preferred candidate has been doing
Thanks to everyone who keeps us informed and an extra special thanks to those out there who are telling us why we should support the candidate they've gotten behind
Thanks to everyone and good luck to all

'Not what you expect in Doncaster': suspected piranhas found in lake

Late on Monday night, a reporter at the Doncaster Free Press received an unusual phone call. A piranha, one of the world’s fiercest predators normally found stalking the waters of the Amazon basin, had apparently been discovered in a lake in Doncaster.

There were dramatic rumours of ducks being massacred and other wildlife being torn to shreds by the razor-toothed fish in the freezing waters of Martinwells Lake.

Too late to be an April Fools’ Day prank, the story seemed so far-fetched that many locals simply confined it to the territory of urban legends and demanded further proof.

Incredibly, photographs have begun to emerge of a couple of fish that look just like the South American predator. It is thought they may have been pets, which an owner then released into the water when they became too big.

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