Friday, October 20, 2017
Nissan to to suspend vehicle production for the Japan market at all Nissan and Nissan Shatai plants in Japan Thursday Oct 19,2017
Nissan Thursday Oct 19,2017 said it was suspending all production destined for the local market, as Japan’s number-two automaker grapples with a mounting inspection scandal that has already seen it recall some 1.2 million vehicles. "Nissan decided today to suspend vehicle production for the Japan market at all Nissan and Nissan Shatai plants in Japan,” it said in a statement, referring to an affiliate.
The announcement comes weeks after the company announced the major recall as it admitted that staff without proper authorisation had conducted final inspections on some vehicles intended for the domestic market before they were shipped to dealers.
Today, it said a third-party investigator found the misconduct had continued at three of its six Japanese plants even after it took steps to end the crisis. "Nissan regards the recurrence of this issue at domestic plants — despite the corrective measures taken — as critical,” it said.
“The investigation team will continue to thoroughly investigate the issue and determine measures to prevent a recurrence.”
Nissan president Hiroto Saikawa offered a blunt assessment, saying that “old habits” were to blame. “You might say it would be easy to stop people who are not supposed to inspect from inspecting,” he told reporters. “But we are having to take (new measures) in order to stop old habits that had been part of our routine operations at the factories.”
An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck off southern Japan on Thursday Oct 19,2017, the United States Geological Survey said.
The quake struck 424 miles off Japan's island of Kyushu at a depth of 6.2 miles, the agency said.
There are no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
This comes two weeks after a similar earthquake, at 6.3 on the Richter scale, hit 180 miles east of Iwaki, south of Fukushima, Japan.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Quebec in Canada bars women wearing face covering veils from using public services like ambulances, buses and libraries
Ines Rau is the Playmate of the month for November 2017, making the French model the first transgender woman to appear in the magazine's centerfold
World Osteoporosis Day is observed annually on October 20th, and launches a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Osteoporosis and metabolic disease
Organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), the World Osteoporosis Day campaign is accompanied by community events and local campaigns by national osteoporosis patient societies from around the world with activities in over 90 countries
World Osteoporosis Day Themes
- 1996: Awareness
- 1997: Awareness
- 1998: Awareness
- 1999: Early Detection
- 2000: Building Bone Health
- 2001: Bone Development in Youth
- 2002: Preventing a First Fracture
- 2003: Quality of Life
- 2004: Osteoporosis in Men
- 2005: Exercise
- 2006: Nutrition
- 2007: Risk Factors
- 2008: Advocate for Policy Change
- 2009: Advocate for Policy Change
- 2010: Signs and Symptoms of Spinal Fractures
- 2011: 3 Steps to Prevention: Calcium, Vitamin D and Exercise
- 2012: Stop at One: Make your First Break your Last
- 2013: Strong Women Make Stronger Women
- 2014: Real Men Build Their Strength from Within
- 2015: Serve Up Bone Strength
- 2016: Love Your Bones - Protect your Future
Britain on Wednesday Oct 18,2017 set a new deadline of October 30 for Northern Ireland's deadlocked political parties to reach a powersharing deal, warning it would otherwise have to impose direct rule.
Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire warned that without any signs of a deal by the end of the month, the government in Westminster would have to pass a budget for the region, adding that "the prospects do not look positive at this time."
"We're on a glide path to more Westminster intervention," he told a parliamentary committee in London.
"I would like the parties to recognise the spirit of compromise."
"The best possible outcome is for locally elected politicians to make decisions and be held accountable by a locally elected assembly, that is the bedrock of the Belfast Agreement," he said, referring to a deal that ended three decades of fighting.
Northern Ireland's semi-autonomous government collapsed in January, after Sinn Fein pulled out of governing with their DUP counterparts over the handling of a renewable energy scheme.
Talks between the parties have since failed to break the stalemate, amid further wrangling over an Irish language law.
Former US President Bill Clinton — who helped broker the 1998 peace accord — visited both Northern Ireland, where he met privately with its leaders, and Ireland.
He was also set to meet British Prime Minister Theresa May in London on Thursday to discuss, among other things, the deadlock.
Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar conceded recent progress in easing the stalemate had stalled, and sounded the alarm this week at the potential impact of a continued impasse.
"Their public services are about to run out of money because the budget allocation is running out," he said.
"Meanwhile, both the DUP and Sinn Fein are arguing about the intricacies of an Irish Language Act."