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Captain Michael Hooper is set to return to training with his Wallabies teammates next week ahead of a potential return to Australia’s five-Test tour of Europe in October and November.

The 121 Test breakaway missed the Rugby Championship after dropping out of the Wallabies squad to face Argentina in Mendoza in early August. Explaining that he was not in the “right frame of mind” to lead the Wallabies, Hooper returned home and has been on leave ever since.

The 30-year-old has remained in frequent dialogue with Wallabies coach Dave Rennie and general manager Chris Webb, and is keen to return to the training ground in preparation for a return for the spring tour.

The squad for the tour, in which the Wallabies will face Scotland on October 30 and then France, Italy, Ireland and Wales, will be named in mid-October.

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Hooper trained on his own, but the next planned step will be to join other Sydney-based Wallabies at one of the pre-tour training centers held across the states. Discussions over whether Hooper will go on tour will continue after he returns to team practice.

Rennie and Rugby Australia have made it clear they are ready to give Hooper the time needed to make a comeback.

The Wallabies have been well served at No.7 in the Rugby Championship, with Fraser McReight and Pete Samu playing well in Hooper’s absence. Samu, in particular, had a breakout season and was among the best of the Wallabies when promoted to openside in the Bledisloe Cup series.

The Wallabies are confident Bernard Foley will be allowed to join the tour as one of the Wallabies’ Giteau Law picks after positive talks with his Japanese club Kubota.

Michael Hooper tackles All Black Anton Lienert-Brown in last year's Bledisloe Cup Test in Auckland.

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Michael Hooper tackles All Black Anton Lienert-Brown in last year’s Bledisloe Cup Test in Auckland.

Foley is looking forward to touring after returning from three years in the Wallabies desert to play in two Tests against New Zealand, and hopes to push for World Cup selection next year.

Other Japan-based players, including Marika Koroibete, will not be selected for the spring tour, as part of a peace deal with clubs and the Wallabies, but Foley’s case is different given that he didn’t play as much.

However, it is likely that Foley will only be available for the first four tests.

The management of the Wallabies should also name the second French rower Will Skelton in the team of the circuit for the second consecutive year. Locks are thin on the pitch, with Rory Arnold one of the Japan-based players not considered, and Darcy Swain unavailable for the first two Tests due to suspension.


The Black Ferns play their first Rugby World Cup on home soil in October and November.

Rennie will wait to name his spring tour squad until the end of Australia A’s three-game tour of Japan, which begins with a game against a Japan XV in Tokyo on Saturday. Matches in Fukuoka and Osaka follow.

Meanwhile, French referee Mathieu Raynal has claimed Foley ‘forced’ him into making the controversial decision to lose time at the end of the Bledisloe Cup clash in Melbourne.

Speaking to French media after winning the Top 14 Referee of the Year award, Raynal said he was sticking to the call.

“I told a player five times to kick the ball to touch it. I couldn’t help it,” Raynal said. “It’s not me who decided to make the decision, it’s the player who forced me to do it.

French referee Mathieu Raynal talks to the Wallabies' Nic White, left, and Bernard Foley during the controversial Bledisloe Cup test in Melbourne this month.

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French referee Mathieu Raynal talks to the Wallabies’ Nic White, left, and Bernard Foley during the controversial Bledisloe Cup test in Melbourne this month.

“I take full responsibility for what I did, 100%. I had a necessary reason for making the decision, even if it was a strong reason that made people talk.

“I try to do what is right. It is at the heart of my work.

Raynal said he had a “calm” conversation with Rennie after the match.

The Wallabies have sought clarification from World Rugby and Rennie said last week they ‘agreed’ with the position of Australia, who argued that Raynal’s communication in English to Foley was not clear.

Raynal said he deleted social media and news apps from his phone to avoid controversy. He instead spent his time playing Candy Crush.

Cops urged to arrest Oukwanyama subjects disrespecting community court https://katsushika.org/cops-urged-to-arrest-oukwanyama-subjects-disrespecting-community-court/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 12:10:20 +0000 https://katsushika.org/cops-urged-to-arrest-oukwanyama-subjects-disrespecting-community-court/

Oukwanyama Traditional Authority CHAIRMAN Andrew Naikaku said the police should help traditional leaders arrest those who do not show up when summoned to the community court.

Naikaku said that when a senior chief asks the police to help arrest the accused, he is told to write to a regional police commissioner.

Naikaku said this during a visit by Oshana Police Commissioner Naftal Sakaria, along with Queen of Oukwanyama Martha Mwadinomho Kristian Nelumbu, to the traditional authority of Oukwanyama last week.

Naikaku told police that the traditional authority faces the problem of illegal sand mining, with businessmen stealing sand from ancient sandpits at night and depositing it in oshanas to take it in the morning.

“The sand has become a diamond. Our people extract sand from old pits without permission. We have opened a case with the police against those who get sand from Oshikondailongo village in Omusati area, but people still get sand from it,” Naikaku said.

He suggested that trucks should not be allowed to transport sand after 5 p.m.

Queen Nelumbu said the police should assign officers to the community court and the palace when there are meetings, to restore order.

Speaking at the same event, Oukwanyama Traditional Authority Ohaingu District Chief Urias Ndilula said cases of gender-based violence against women and children, cattle rustling, drug abuse and illegal sand mining are among those prevalent in traditional authorities. .

He said there were also cases of people stealing matches and canned beef.

All of these cases can be brought before community court judges.

“Sometimes when we summon people to the community court they don’t come, while some who are fined to pay cattle or money only pay when they die,” he said. .

Ndilula suggested that in cases where a defendant has been summoned to court but does not show up, the police should apprehend that defendant.

The Director of Community Courts at the Ministry of Justice, Amalia Nathaniel, told The Namibian last year that community courts are authorized to try criminal offenses resulting from the violation of customary laws and customs.

In most cases, these offenses are limited to theft, common assault, child neglect, and inheritance issues.

These courts also have jurisdiction over matters such as customary unions, and offenses such as adultery or non-payment of lobola, among others.

Cape Town overtakes Joburg in latest financial rankings as economies evolve https://katsushika.org/cape-town-overtakes-joburg-in-latest-financial-rankings-as-economies-evolve/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 11:15:43 +0000 https://katsushika.org/cape-town-overtakes-joburg-in-latest-financial-rankings-as-economies-evolve/

The Global Financial Centers Index (GFCI 32) provides future competitiveness assessments and rankings for 119 financial centers around the world, including two cities in South Africa – Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The report, a collaboration between the China Development Institute (CDI) in Shenzhen and Z/Yen Partners in London, is updated and published every March and September.

It is compiled using 151 instrumental factors, grouped into five broad areas: Business environment, human capital, infrastructure, financial sector development and reputation. These quantitative measures are provided by third parties, including the World Bank, the Economist Intelligence Unit, the OECD and the United Nations.

The instrumental factors are combined with financial center ratings provided by respondents to the GFCI online questionnaire. GFCI 31 uses 66,121 ratings from 11,038 respondents.

New York tops the index, with London second, ahead of Singapore in third, which overtook Hong Kong in fourth. Paris returned to the index’s top 10, replacing Tokyo, which fell to 16th place, possibly reflecting a relatively slow recovery in consumption from the Covid-19 pandemic, the authors said.

The ranking of Chinese financial centers continues to climb steadily. A total of 12 financial centers on the Chinese mainland are on the list. Beijing retains its 8th place among global financial centers and Shenzhen moves up to 9th place.

Among the top 40 centers, three centers gained 10 places or more, and one lost more than 10 places. All but one of the centers in the top 40 have increased their rating in the index, and only 11 of the total 119 centers dropped in the ratings.

Middle East and Africa

Dubai and Abu Dhabi occupy first and second place in the region, with Dubai stable in the rankings at 17th place and Abu Dhabi falling one place in the ranking.

Casablanca continues to be the top African center, maintaining its 54th position overall, while other African centers have dropped in the rankings.

Cape Town beats Johannesburg, ranking 64th ahead of the country’s largest city, which ranks 65th. Both cities slipped down the rankings of the 31st edition of the index.

Middle East and Africa Centers

Great economic shift towards Cape Town

New building data for South Africa shows an economic shift between the two regions – with the Western Cape’s annual building plans adopted for 2022 likely topping those of Gauteng for the first time in recorded history.

“Years of building a popular ‘brand’ as a lifestyle and well-run region are looking to pay off more and more for the Western Cape’s economy and property market,” said John Loos, property strategist at the ETFs.

Loos said that for more than two decades, the FNB had noticed a growing trend of “net out-migration” of skilled, high-income households, particularly towards the Western Cape, but also towards some coastal areas of KZN.

“This has led to the expectation that the Western Cape economy will at some point start to outperform the others, as South Africa’s modern service-dominated economy is highly dependent on labour. skilled work, and the Western Cape is best placed to attract and retain them.”

On top of that, skilled migrants bring significant purchasing power to the region, he said.


The China Development Institute (CDI) and Z/Yen Partners also evaluated 113 centers for their Fintech offering.

New York maintains its leading position in the Fintech rankings, followed by San Francisco, Los Angeles and London, with Shanghai and Beijing in fifth and sixth places.

Chinese, American and German hubs performed well in the Fintech rankings, with Atlanta, Chengdu, Berlin, Stuttgart, San Diego, Tianjin, Dalian, Nanjing, Hangzhou and Wuhan improving over 10 ranking places.

outside of these countries. Helsinki, Oslo and Lugano also moved up more than 10 ranking places.

Cape Town again ranks above Johannesburg for Fintech.

Read: Big economic shift to Cape Town creates problems for Gauteng

Golf scores, day four, result, PGA Tour, singles pairings, match ups, Internationals vs USA https://katsushika.org/golf-scores-day-four-result-pga-tour-singles-pairings-match-ups-internationals-vs-usa/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 07:44:00 +0000 https://katsushika.org/golf-scores-day-four-result-pga-tour-singles-pairings-match-ups-internationals-vs-usa/

Ten years after losing the “Miracle at Medinah” Ryder Cup to Europe, another American team led by Davis Love faces another humiliating defeat at the Presidents Cup.

The Internationals went 11-7 away from the Americans on Saturday (Sunday AEST), the same four-point deficit Europe faced when they fought back epically on the final day to win the 2012 Ryder Cup.

Team USA, which leads the all-time Presidents Cup rivalry 11-1-1, must take 4.5 points in Sunday’s 12 singles matches at Quail Hollow to claim the trophy for the ninth time in a row .

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The Americans, with 10 of the world’s 16 highest-ranked players, were heavy favorites for a global team that lost several big stars that moved from the PGA Tour to the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series and became ineligible.

An upset loss from the United States would be an epic golf clash. But the Americans still have a four-point margin.

“Four points is four points. That was a big number,” Love said. “I’ve been four behind too, you know. .

Australian Cam Davis and South Korean Kim Joo-hyung offered 1-time winning putts in matches the American duos had led with three holes remaining.

But Americans feel no tension over historic ties to the surprise 2012 defeat as much as they are “pissed off” and determined to avoid such a fate this time.

“I couldn’t tell you what the score was and what it was, and I don’t care,” said undefeated American Jordan Spieth. “Nobody in this team is in this team.”

Another 4-0 American, Justin Thomas, noted: “I was in Turkey for the World Amateur. It’s pretty hard to watch that one on TV.

Tokyo Olympic champion Xander Schauffele said he wasn’t watching in 2012 either. “I just got to San Diego State, my sophomore year, so I wasn’t really watching golf when I was at school there,” he said. “Much better things to do.”

The only history lesson the American team was interested in was Saturday’s score, which left the Americans in a bad mood.

“They were pretty crazy. We wanted to win every session, and we tied one and lost one today. So that was not part of our plan,” Love said.

“(Singles) is one of our best formats, and they’re going to go crazy tomorrow. So I hope they’re crazy. I’m confident they’ll channel that into tomorrow’s game.

Thomas said Saturday’s setbacks will become Sunday’s motivation. “We’re going to play a little pissed off and try to go and earn 12 points and see what we can do,” Thomas said.

Spieth has made it clear that he likes his team’s superior talent in any man-to-man matchup.

“We have to refocus and we have a lot of angry guys who want to come out very strong,” Spieth said.

“I wouldn’t choose any of their players to play against any of our players and take them by any means. If you put any of our guys against one of theirs, I would still tell you that I think our guy is going to win.

Schauffele called himself “one of those pissed off guys”, adding: “I wasn’t very happy with myself. So we are looking forward to tomorrow.

However, he plans to calm his anger.

“I don’t play very well pissed off. I play like a toddler,” Schauffele said. “I play my best when I’m focused and very present.”


Justin Thomas (USA) vs. Si Woo Kim (INT)

Jordan Spieth (USA) vs. Cam Davis (INT)

Sam Burns (USA) vs. Hideki Matsuyama (INT)

Patrick Cantlay (USA) vs. Adam Scott (INT)

Scottie Scheffler (USA) vs. Sebastian Munoz (INT)

Tony Finau (USA) vs. Taylor Pendrith (INT)

Xander Schauele (USA) vs. Corey Conners (INT)

Cameron Young (USA) vs Sungjae Im (INT)

Billy Horschel (USA) vs. KH Lee (INT)

Max Homa (USA) vs. Tom Kim (INT)

Collin Morikawa (USA) vs. Mito Pereira (INT)

Kevin Kisner (USA) vs. Christiaan Bezuidenhout (INT)

Follow the final day of the Presidents Cup in our live blog below!

Playing in Rochdale: September 24 https://katsushika.org/playing-in-rochdale-september-24/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 14:27:47 +0000 https://katsushika.org/playing-in-rochdale-september-24/

WATCH: Amy Vreeke appears in brand new one-woman show

Contact Theater Presents: Glowing

By Steve Cooke

Contact Theater presents the realities of motherhood in Amy Vreeke’s all-new solo show – Glowing.

Candid, fierce, funny and loud, Glowing is the new comedy theater show conceived and performed by renowned theater maker, writer, performer and new mom – Amy Vreeke – in which she shares her very personal and unfiltered opinions on realities of pregnancy. and motherhood.

One thing Amy has always been sure of is that she wants to be a mother.

She imagined herself pregnant, in overalls, doing yoga and even drinking kale smoothies.

The reality of constant nausea, exhaustion and midnight sausage rolls left her wondering, when does the glow start?


Then, nine months of prenatal anxiety and several stitches later, Amy fell in love with the little human she had created.

But with no sleep, a nationwide lockdown and a crying baby refusing to feed – Amy has found herself disillusioned with the version of motherhood we see so often in the media. And this is how Glowing was conceived and subsequently born…

Inspired by her own personal experiences of new motherhood and from conversations with many other new moms equally shocked and surprised by the realities of expecting pregnancy and parenthood.

Dates: October 18-22.

Visit: https://contactmcr.com


ROCK BAND MEMBER: Guitarist/vocalist Jim Milne

John Milne and Jim Milne

By Steve Cooke

Tractor were a rock band founded in Rochdale by guitarist/vocalist Jim Milne and drummer Steve Clayton in 1971.

DJ John Peel signed the band to his Dandelion Records label.

He had a fondness for Rochdale, having worked in a cotton mill there before becoming a DJ.

Looking out of his kitchen window in Peel Acres in Suffolk, he spotted a tractor in the fields adjacent to his house and recommended it as a name.


Tractor’s first release was a 7 inch maxi single – Stoney Glory / Marie / As You Say – for Dandelion.

The recording was made in an attic and bedroom studio of a terraced house in Edenfield Road Rochdale, which John Peel named Dandelion Studios, Rochdale to tie into his record label.

I recently caught up with Jim Milne who told me about another interesting and rather surprising connection to Rochdale.

“For the past few years I have been trying to get a plaque on Drake St for my great, great uncle John Milne. He was the inventor of the seismograph and studied earthquakes and related phenomena first in Japan and then, after returning home to the Isle of Wight.


He went on to explain, “I tried to interest the city council a few years ago, but nothing happened. He is famous in Japan, where his work saved countless lives and has a permanent display of him and his life in the IoW Museum. Although born in Liverpool, the family was based during his youth in Milnrow and Rochdale. The only remaining house is on Drake St.

“I learned a bit about him from my father who had obviously never met him, but there was some folklore in the family about him. He was clearly a polymorph with wide and varied interests. An interesting fact is that, because he was prone to seasickness, he traveled overland to Japan through Europe and Asia, to take up his professorship at the University of Tokyo.

John Milne was born on December 30, 1850 in the Edge Hill area of ​​Liverpool.


He spent his youth and formative years in Rochdale at 147 Drake Street and later at Tunshill House.

Geologist, engineer, and seismologist John Milne is known as one of the most important contributors to the understanding and assessment of earthquakes, developed the first international seismological data network, and created what can be considered the world’s first modern seismograph.

Go Rochedale! Surely John Milne should be remembered in our city by more than a Premier Inn!


tuesday september 27

Lunchtime concerts: Rombald’s Recorder Orchestra

The Coach House in Littleborough hold a series of lunchtime concerts on the last Tuesday of each month throughout the year (excluding December) and these have proven very popular.

TIME: 1 p.m.

Cost: £4 per person (payable locally)

Call: Littleborough Coach House 01706 378481

Visit: https://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/sites/littleborough-coach-house/lunchtime-…

Where: Littleborough Coach House, Lodge Street, Littleborough OL15 9AE


Wednesday, September 28

ART CLUB LOCATION: Touchstones Gallery, Rochdale

Wednesday Art Group

The weekly Art Club will regularly explore a variety of subject matter using collage, drawing, painting and mixed media drawing from current Touchstones Rochdale exhibitions and borough collections. All materials will be provided*

Sessions are designed to reduce stress, build confidence and meet others through creativity.

Creative Health and Well Being Ltd is a non-profit organization based in Rochdale.

They run informal and relaxed art sessions while ensuring the topics are informative and help participants learn skills.

Time: 11 a.m.

Cost: Free

Visit: https://www.yourtrustrochdale.co.uk/whats-on/events/wednesday-art-club/

Address: Touchstones Rochdale Gallery, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ


Wednesday, September 28

Toad Lane Concerts – Weekly Rochdale Lunchtime Music

Maria King – Concert Pianist Extraordinary (RNCM)

The concert series has been held at St Mary’s since 2001 and received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2020…during the pandemic!

Held every Wednesday, Music at Lunchtime is a weekly series of live classical music concerts which has been running since the 1960s. Sessions were originally held at the old Rochdale Art Gallery by the local authorities, but since May 2001 are led by passionate volunteers and Artistic Director, Dr. Joe Dawson.

Cost: £6

Time: Doors open at 12 p.m., concert starts from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Call: Dr Joe Dawson 01706 648872

Where: St Mary in the Baum, Toad Lane/St Mary’s Gate, Rochdale OL16 1DZ

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‘N.Korean nuke test possible during Harris’ visit to Seoul, Tokyo’ https://katsushika.org/n-korean-nuke-test-possible-during-harris-visit-to-seoul-tokyo/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 03:20:40 +0000 https://katsushika.org/n-korean-nuke-test-possible-during-harris-visit-to-seoul-tokyo/ House ” International ” ‘N.Korean nuke test possible during Harris’ visit to Seoul, Tokyo’

Washington, September 24 (SocialNews.XYZ) North Korea may well conduct a nuclear test during US Vice President Kamala Harris’ upcoming trip to South Korea and Japan as Pyongyang prepares for such a test, a senior administration official has said here.

The official warned that the North would face serious consequences if it chose to proceed with a new test, the Yonhap news agency reported on Saturday.

“It’s possible and we’ve already said that the DPRK is preparing to conduct a nuclear test,” the official said on Friday when asked about the possibility of a North Korean nuclear test during Harris’ trip next week.

DPRK stands for Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the official name of North Korea.

The official noted that Pyongyang had been preparing for a nuclear test for some time.

“We have made it clear that such a test will result in additional actions by the United States to demonstrate our ironclad commitment to the security of the Republic of Korea and our Japanese allies,” the official said, referring to South Korea by its official name.

“We have made it clear how concerned we are about North Korean provocations and destabilizing behavior and a nuclear test would certainly be in that category,” the official added, also noting that the issue of North Korean provocations will “certainly be discussed when the Vice President meets with her South Korean counterparts.

Harris is due to make a four-day visit to Japan starting Sept. 26, leading a presidential delegation to the funeral of the late Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

She will arrive in South Korea on September 29 for a meeting with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, the official said in a telephone press briefing.

It will be his first trip to Japan and South Korea since taking office early last year.

In addition to Yoon, Harris is also scheduled to meet Prime Minister Han Duck-soo, who will lead the South Korean presidential delegation to Abe’s funeral.

The Harris-Han meeting will be held in Tokyo on September 26, according to the US administration official.

During her two-day trip to Seoul, the vice president will also host a roundtable with a group of what the administration official called “revolutionary Korean women.”

Source: IANS

'N.Korean nuke test possible during Harris' visit to Seoul, Tokyo'

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The Pikachu and Eevee mailboxes in the Japanese city are great, and there is also another Pokémon to see【Photos】 https://katsushika.org/the-pikachu-and-eevee-mailboxes-in-the-japanese-city-are-great-and-there-is-also-another-pokemon-to-see%e3%80%90photos%e3%80%91/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 01:01:09 +0000 https://katsushika.org/the-pikachu-and-eevee-mailboxes-in-the-japanese-city-are-great-and-there-is-also-another-pokemon-to-see%e3%80%90photos%e3%80%91/

Three Pokémon species are ready to send your mail on the way to this city south of Tokyo.

In Japan, there is no door-to-door mail pickup. The post office makes daily deliveries to your doorstep, but if you want to send something, you’ll either have to walk to the post office or find a public letterbox to drop your letter off at.

It’s kind of a hassle, but the upside is that if you live in the city of Yokohamaabout half an hour south of downtown Tokyo, you can now drop off your letters in Pokemon Mailboxes!

Yokohama has long-standing Pokémon connections. It’s where the first real-world Pokémon Center supermarket was opened, where the first Pokéfuta Pokémon manhole cover was installed, and, most adorably, where the annual Pikachu outbreak takes place. But while Outbreak Pikachus packs only stick around for a week or so, the Pikachu mailbox is here all year round, and Pikachu isn’t the only pocket monster represented either, because there are a total of three Pokémon mailboxes, each featuring a different species.

Let’s start with Pikachu’s, though. If you’re heading there to post a letter, or just to say how cute it is, the nearest train stop is Bashamichi Stationon the Minato Mirai subway line.

▼ You may remember Bashamichi Station from when there was a giant Gundam head inside.

There is only one exit door for the station, but since it is underground, there are several ways to get back to the surface. If you’re here for Pikachu, the one you want to take is exit A1, a somewhat ominous stairwell.

Don’t worry, because once you get to the top, you’ll spot some very familiar tails..

Exit A1 takes you to the sidewalk just behind the Pikachu mailbox, allowing you to see that not only are there two Pikachus, but one is male and the other is female.

▼ You can recognize a female Pikachu by the heart-shaped key in her tail.

And as you may have noticed, right next to the mailbox with the Pikachus is another one with Eevee!

Pokémon are apparently very class when it comes to written correspondence. Take a good look and you will see that Pikachu and Eevee send envelopes sealed with a wax seal with a Poké Ball motif.

The box itself also sports Poké Ball’s signature color scheme..

Ah, but you were promised three Pokémon mailboxes, right? For the last, we will have to walk to the Yokohama Sakuragi Post Office. Luckily, it’s only two blocks away, across the entrance to the Okagawa River which flows next to Yokohama’s New City Hall.

▼ It’s the post office out front, with the red sign just above its door.

Luckily, the third Pokémon mailbox is set up outside the post office, so you can see it any time of day or night, just like Pikachu and Eevee’s. So who is this Pokémon on the third box?


… Piplup!

Yokohama’s Pokemon Mailboxes were installed last summer (when these photos were taken), coinciding with a whole host of Gen-IV starter-related promotions. As a Water-type, he also has an affinity with the port city of Yokohama, and he looked like he was at home sitting there and smiling, with the river literally a stone’s throw away.

As cute as Piplup is, I have to admit that I still feel a bit let down by the character as a whole. I mean, other Pokemon seem very much part of their role as fantasy world fauna, and it’s easy to imagine them having such incredible powers as the ability to shoot bolts of electricity or levitate. Piplup, however, looks like a penguin. A very cute penguin, yes, but still a penguin.

But as a signal, just when I thought a woman got on her bike, with her daughter in the seat behind her. Once the kid got off the bike, she dug into her backpack, pulled out a Piplup soft toy, and posed for a photo in front of the mailbox, with a big smile on her face. It was clear that they had come specifically to see the mailbox, proving that there were certainly avid Piplup fans there.

Initially, Pokémon Mailboxes in Yokohama were supposed to be in service for only one year. Based on popular response, however, this period has been extended until June 2026so they will still be there and waiting when Japan finally reopens to unrestricted international tourism next month.

Location Information
● Pikachu and Eevee mailboxes
Bashamichi Station (Exit 1A) / 馬車道駅(1A出口)
Address: Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama-shi, Chuo-ku, Honcho 5-49

● Tiplup mailbox
Yokohama Sakuragi Post Office / 横浜桜木郵便局
Address: Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama-shi, Chuo-ku, Sakuragicho 1-1

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Cebu Mayor Welcomes “Chooks” Teams to Fiba 3×3 World Tour https://katsushika.org/cebu-mayor-welcomes-chooks-teams-to-fiba-3x3-world-tour/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 12:20:02 +0000 https://katsushika.org/cebu-mayor-welcomes-chooks-teams-to-fiba-3x3-world-tour/

The PHILIPPINES 3×3 Cebu Chooks teams! and Manila Chooks! took a momentary break from training to pay a courtesy call on Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama at City Hall on Friday.

Rama, 67 and a huge basketball fan, said he was delighted to host the biggest 3×3 tournament in the world, the International Basketball Federation 3×3 World Tour. The max level event takes place on October 1 and 2 at SM Seaside City Cebu.

“This is our playground. Note my words, the whole city of Cebu will do everything to support you,” Rama said. “I am very happy that they are playing here, especially with Mac [Tallo]that I saw growing up.

“To train Chico [Lanete] and to all, good luck,” he added.
Lanete and Tallo presented Rama with his own personalized Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 jersey, which he proudly wore during the press conference.

“I’m so glad Mayor Rama took the time to meet with us,” said Lanete, Head Coach of Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 which will be part of Manila Chooks! with Cebuano Dave Ando, ​​Henry Iloka and Dennis Santos.

Tallo, he knows there’s extra pressure on Cebu Chooks! for they will defend the soil of the house.
“Hellish week for us with our strength and conditioning coach,” Tallo said. “We’re doing this because of the added pressure, but like I told the guys, accept the pressure.”

Tallo will be joined by Zach Huang, Mike Nzeusseu and Brandon Ramirez in Cebu Chooks!

Predatory payday loan companies and fraudsters thrive amid unequal laws and stolen data https://katsushika.org/predatory-payday-loan-companies-and-fraudsters-thrive-amid-unequal-laws-and-stolen-data/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 18:16:00 +0000 https://katsushika.org/predatory-payday-loan-companies-and-fraudsters-thrive-amid-unequal-laws-and-stolen-data/

As consumers have lost their jobs and struggled to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic, many have turned to payday loans and other short-term solutions, with an increase in solutions in line. This has not only allowed predatory lenders to thrive – many borrowers still face exorbitant interest rates and opaque fees – but has also created a fertile environment for scam artists, according to a new in-depth study from the Better Business Bureau. .

From 2019 to July 2022, BBB received nearly 3,000 customer complaints about payday loan companies, with a disputed dollar amount of nearly $3 million. In addition, more than 117,000 complaints have been filed against debt collection companies at BBB.

Complainants often said they felt ill-informed about the terms of their loans. Many fall into what consumer advocates call a “debt trap” of racking up interest and fees that can force customers to pay double the amount originally borrowed. A St. Louis, Missouri woman recently told BBB that over the course of her $300 loan, she paid over $1,200 and still owed an additional $1,500.

The scammers haven’t missed an opportunity to take advantage of consumers either. Posing as payday loan companies and debt collectors, scammers use stolen information to trick consumers into handing over banking information and cash. In one case, BBB discovered that hackers had stolen and released detailed personal and financial data for more than 200,000 consumers.

The BBB study advises consumers to thoroughly research all of their borrowing options — as well as the terms of a payday loan — before signing anything for a short-term loan.

Australia’s Indigenous Island Community Shuts Down $3.6 Billion Gas Drill | Energy News https://katsushika.org/australias-indigenous-island-community-shuts-down-3-6-billion-gas-drill-energy-news/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 11:09:18 +0000 https://katsushika.org/australias-indigenous-island-community-shuts-down-3-6-billion-gas-drill-energy-news/

Australia’s second-largest independent gas producer, Santos Ltd, has argued that it has all the necessary approvals to start drilling.

Australia’s Federal Court has ruled in favor of an Indigenous group’s challenge to a drilling permit for Santos Ltd’s Barossa gas development, in what the Santos company called a “disappointing” setback for the 3,000 project. $6 billion.

Traditional landowners in the Tiwi Islands, led by Dennis Tipakalippa, had petitioned the court in June to overturn drilling permission granted by the industry regulator – the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA).

Tipakalippa claimed that he and other Tiwi islanders hold “sea country” rights, including and beyond the Barossa field, and that his traditional lands are closest to the gas field.

Santos, Australia’s second-largest independent gas producer, argued it had all the necessary approvals after consultation with stakeholders.

The company also argued that Tiwi Islanders were not relevant stakeholders in the project and therefore did not need to be consulted.

Judge Mordecai Bromberg thought otherwise.

“Mr. Tipakalippa has established that NOPSEMA…did not, pursuant to the Regulations, assess whether the Drilling EP (Environmental Plan) demonstrated that Santos consulted with every person whom the Regulations required him to consult,” Judge Bromberg said. in a decision released Wednesday.

“The acceptance (or authorization) given by NOPSEMA was legally invalid. NOPSEMA’s decision to accept the Drilling EP must therefore be reversed,” the judge said.

Plans to appeal

Announcing a plan to appeal the decision on Wednesday, Santos said the decision should be reviewed by the full federal court, given the importance of the ruling to the company, its international joint venture partners and its customers.

Santos’ partners in the Barossa project are South Korean energy company SK E&S and Japan’s top power producer JERA, a joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power and Chubu Electric Power.

“This is a disappointing result,” Santos said in a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange, adding that the drilling in question was to take place at a site in the Timor Sea about 140 kilometers (86 miles) north of the Tiwi Islands. .

Tipakalippa, who filed the challenge, said Santos failed to properly consult traditional owners about the drilling and told the court the Barossa project posed a risk to sacred sites and their spiritual connection to Sea Country.

“We are so happy and so relieved. We won. The most important thing for us is to protect our maritime country,” Tipakalippa said in a statement.

Australian Greens MP Sue Higginson welcomed the decision in a tweet and praised former Tiwi Tipakalippa.

Important issues for Santos

The stakes are high for Santos.

Barossa is the company’s largest project and is critical to its Darwin liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant, which will lose supply from its base gas source, the Bayu Undan field, later this year.

Santos, who had agreed to suspend drilling for the project pending a court ruling, said he had “engaged” with indigenous representative bodies – the Tiwi Land Council and the Northern Land Council – about the drilling proposed, and the regulator had agreed to his efforts to consult with Tiwi Islanders.

The Barossa field is 265 km (165 miles) north of the gas city of Darwin on the Australian mainland and 138 km (86 miles) north of the Tiwi Islands.

Credit Suisse analyst Saul Kavonic said if Santos fails in its appeal and has to submit a new environmental plan, it could affect the overall cost and add months or even more than a year to the project schedule.

In addition to broadening consultations, Kavonic said, there is a risk that the regulator will broaden any review to include other considerations, such as reviewing emissions, as the country’s carbon emissions targets are stricter now than when the permit was approved.