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Peak Harvest Season for Mie’s Premium “Harupon” Mandarins

MIE, Mar 22 (News On Japan) – “Harupon,” a type of Dekopon that is allowed to fully ripen while still on the tree, is at peak season in Kihoku Town, Mie Prefecture. At Ishimoto Fruit Garden in Kihoku Town, the harvest began in early March, with farm workers carefully picking each fruit by hand. By allowing the fruits to ripen on the tree rather than maturing them in storage, they achieve a sweeter and richer flavor. Thus, the spring-harvested Dekopon, marketed as “Harupon,” is shipped out. Thanks to the continuation of warm days, this year’s mandarins are said to be even sweeter and more delicious than usual. The shipping of these mandarins will continue until the end of March and they are sold through the internet among other channels. Source: 東海テレビ NEWS ONE

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MLB Not Investigating Shohei Ohtani

LOS ANGELES, Mar 22 (News On Japan) – Local media report that Major League Baseball (MLB) is not conducting an investigation into Shohei Ohtani, the Dodgers’ player, amidst suspicions involving his interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara, in illegal gambling. MLB prohibits all baseball-related betting for players and team staff, although betting on other sports is permitted if it’s legal. In this context, several local media outlets have reported that, as of now, Ohtani is not subject to any disciplinary action by the MLB, nor is there an ongoing investigation concerning him. Initially, Mizuhara claimed that Ohtani had transferred money from his account to cover a debt on his behalf. However, it was later stated, “Ohtani was unaware of any gambling-related debt and did not make any such transfer.” Source: TBS

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A Pakistani court sentences a woman to life in prison for burning pages from Islam’s holy book

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court sentenced a Muslim woman to life in prison after finding her guilty of burning pages of Islam’s holy book, a prosecutor said Friday. Under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, anyone found guilty of insulting the religion or religious figures can be sentenced up to death. While authorities have yet to carry out a death sentence for blasphemy, just the accusation can provoke riots. Government prosecutor Mohazib Awais said the woman, Aasiya Bibi, was arrested in 2021 on blasphemy charges after residents claimed she desecrated the Quran by burning its pages. Awais said the judge announced the verdict Wednesday in the eastern city of Lahore. He said Bibi, who has the right to appeal, had denied the charge during her trial. A Christian woman with the same name was acquitted of blasphemy in 2019 after she spent eight years on death row in Pakistan. She moved to Canada to escape death threats from Islamic extremists upon her release. Wednesday’s case involved a different woman. Domestic and international human rights groups say blasphemy allegations have often been used to intimidate religious minorities and to settle personal scores. Earlier in March, another court in Gujranwala, Punjab province, sentenced a 22-year-old student to death and gave a teenager a life sentence in two separate cases after finding them guilty of insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. The Associated Press

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ScotRail issues travel warning to Scotland fans ahead of Northern Ireland clash

Most ReadMost Recent Glasgow City CouncilClyde Metro will not include direct link between Glasgow Airport and Central StationThe money was previously set aside from the Glasgow Airport Access project which was scrapped in 2018 because of “feasibility reasons”.Aldi supermarket plan for Glasgow’s East End gets the green lightEast EndThe new store is set to be built on Boghall Road and the firm has claimed it will cater for residents who are currently underserved.’Deliberate’ fire started on Glasgow Sauchiehall Street as smoke billows from city centre buildingSauchiehall StreetMultiple fire crews scrambled to Sauchiehall Street following reports of a fire inside a multi-storey building at around 1am. Police say it was deliberately started and have launched a probe.Glasgow southside road shut after lorry overturns on roundaboutGlasgowOfficers were called to Brockburn Road in the Crookston area of the city at around 6pm following reports of an incident involving a lorry. Images show the truck on its side as two police vehicles are at the scene.Glasgow lorry driver who killed French cyclist after running her over avoids jailCrimePaul Mowat turned at a set of traffic lights on the Broomielaw and hit Emma Burke Newman who had been in the left lane. He avoided jail today and was sentenced to a community payback order. South SideGlasgow student devastated after finding charred remains of stolen motorbike in south side parkJosh Thurlow says his Yamaha bike was stolen from his home in the southside before being burnt and dumped at a local park earlier this week, leaving him saddened.ScotRail issues travel warning to Scotland fans ahead of Northern Ireland clashTraffic and TravelScotRail has confirmed that extra train services and carriages will operate before and after the game on Tuesday, March 26, from Mount Florida to help supporters get to and from the match.Glasgow chef Ajay Kumar fails to hit the sweet note as he leaves the Great British Menu GlasgowThe Glasgow chef only had one last chance to impress the judges panel which included heptathlete Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill who became one of the most celebrated British competitors when she won gold at London 2012.Glasgow southside road shut after lorry overturns on roundaboutGlasgowOfficers were called to Brockburn Road in the Crookston area of the city at around 6pm following reports of an incident involving a lorry. Images show the truck on its side as two police vehicles are at the scene.Glasgow holiday let ‘party’ flat set to be shut down over noise complaintsPollokshieldsThe eight apartments have had visitors staying, which has sparked concerns from neighbours.

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Amazon shoppers snapping up big boxes of Lindt chocolate that are cheaper than Poundland and Tesco

With Easter now just days away, households across the country are stocking up on chocolate – with Lindt, Cadbury and Nestle all proving popular. But with Easter Eggs more expensive than ever, it can be difficult to find the cheapest deal. Luckily, Amazon has slashed the price of Lindt’s high-end chocolate truffles, making them cheaper than Poundland, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons. Normally £6.30 for a 200g box, Lindt chocolate has been slashed to £4.25 as part of Amazon’s spring sale, with the added benefit of free next day delivery for Prime customers. A 200g box of Lindt truffle balls currently costs £6.00 at Tesco. The same size box costs £4.50 at Poundland, £6.30 at Sainsbury’s, and £6 at Morrisons. READ MORE: ‘I ditched ASDA and Morrisons and found a little-known discount store selling 10p branded Easter eggs’ READ MORE: Amazon sale sees £90 off luxury £130 ‘barista style’ coffee machine that ‘pays for itself’ after 33 uses Better still, And it is not just the original milk chocolates on offer, you can also get the assorted variety, blood orange version, coconut, double chocolate and salted caramel truffles for the same price. As well as being a luxurious Easter treat, Lindt truffles are also a budget-friendly way of bulking out an Easter Egg hunt for the kids. Or for those wanting even more, Amazon has slashed the price of its Lindt Easter hamper from £29.95 down to £22.95. The hamper is jam-packed full of Lindt’s bestselling Easter treats, including Gold Bunnies and truffle-filled eggs. The chocolates have amassed over 57,000 reviews on the Amazon website, with more than 10,000 boxes bought this month alone. Customers love the decadent taste of of the ‘irresistible smooth melting filling’ as well as ‘excellent value for money’ and ‘speedy delivery’. One person said: “Very please to find stock of Lindt coconut chocolates, as impossible to find in store, and at a reasonable price. They even arrived a few days before estimated delivery date non prime. “I purchased two packs (one as gift). Unwrapped some from my box to check they were ok before giving the other as gift. They were very tasty, yummy chocolate and coconut filling and with a nine month use by date, not that they’d last that long in my house! “I ended up buying two more packs about 2 weeks later, still at the same reasonable four pound price each. My second order was available on prime and arrived next day. Can highly recommend.” And another said: “I ordered these yesterday especially for a friend’s birthday today as she lives alone. They arrived today in the nick of time. She stopped by early this evening to pick them up on the way home, it turned out she had had the most rotten birthday imaginable and these chocolates arriving on time saved the day. “Thank you Amazon for such speedy delivery and for salvaging someone’s worst birthday ever. I can’t comment on taste but she has been wanting to try these for a while, I don’t doubt they will go down a treat.” A third penned: These Lindt chocolate chocolates are always a great choice and a nice way to treat yourself. Very addictive snack to have ‘every now and again’. These go quick, you don’t even realise how many your eating.” Elsewhere, fans of Cadbury can snap up a huge Easter sharing hamper for £30 on the Cadbury Gifts Direct site. Or for those who like Thorntons, the Eggstra Special Wicker Hamper is now £75, down from £95.

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Urgent police appeal after man, 47, vanishes more than a week ago

Police have issued an appeal for help to track down a missing man who was last seen more than a week ago. David, from the Trafford area, was last seen on Plantation Street in Oldham on Thursday, March 14. The 47-year-old was wearing a navy hoodie with the logo ‘PSM Environmental’ on and dark-coloured jeans, police said. He is described as a white male, who is around 5ft 7in tall and of slim build. He has mousey-brown hair and wears glasses. READ NEXT: Fresh appeal as wanted man with face tattoo remains at large Police said officers are ‘becoming increasingly concerned’ about David and want to make sure he is safe and well. Anyone who spots him, or who has any information on his whereabouts, should contact Greater Manchester Police. Officers can be contacted on 0161 856 7621 or on 101. Try MEN Premium for FREE by clicking here for no ads, fun puzzles and brilliant new features. Read more of today’s top stories here

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Man City delay explained as Leicester latest to face Premier League FFP charges

Manchester City will likely have to wait a while longer before they discover their Premier League fate after Leicester City became the latest club to be charged. The Blues were charged last year with 115 alleged breaches of the division’s Profit and Sustainability rules. City have always stressed they have evidence which will exonerate them of the Premier League’s charges. In the meantime, Everton and Nottingham Forest have both been charged with breaches and have been handed six and four-point deductions respectively. Championship club Leicester are the latest to be charged with breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules and failing to submit their accounts to the league for the 2022/23 season when they were in the top flight. READ MORE: City FFP verdict as club waits on 115 charges READ MORE: Why City are mentioned in Forest FFP decision In response, the Foxes have expressed their “surprise” and “extreme disappointment” that they have been charged by the Premier League. Whenever a new club has been charged with FFP breaches, there has been an outcry by rival fans who question why City have not been dealt with yet. In January, when speaking to a select committee in Westminster, the Premier League’s CEO Richard Masters explained why there is a delay in discovering whether City are guilty of the charges. He explained: “I can [understand fan frustration] but they are very different charges. “If any club, the current champions or otherwise, had been found in breach of the spending rules for 2023 they would be in exactly the same position as Everton or Nottingham Forest. But the volume and character of the charges laid before Man City – which I obviously cannot talk about at all – are being heard in a completely different environment.” In short, the delay relates to the fact they are historic charges spanning from 2009 to 2019 and there are, of course, 115 charges presented against the Blues rather than the two which Leicester are facing. Masters has confirmed that a date has been set for City’s hearing but would not say when it is. It is thought the hearing will be heard in autumn with results expected in the summer of 2025.

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Manchester United’s 2 summer transfer deadline days will give them PSR and FFP lifeline

The story of Nottingham Forest’s 2023 summer transfer window is laid bare in the independent commission’s verdict into their breach of the Premier League’s financial rules, which was issued on Monday. It details the interest in Brennan Johnson and the club’s attempts to sell him during the window. From a €50million offer from Atletico Madrid, which was contingent on the La Liga side selling another player, to the £47.5million move which eventually took Johnson to Tottenham, it is all in there, including attempts to drum up interest in the forward by offering him to Manchester United. The reason Johnson forms such a key part of the 52-page written verdict is because of a date in the calendar that has essentially become a second deadline day. June 30, 2023, was D-day for Forest and it was one they missed. That is why they have been deducted four points. ALSO READ: United are going to see their dream midfield in action at last – for someone else ALSO READ: United yet to make a decision on Ten Hag future despite Ineos interest in Southgate As key figures at Forest pointed out in evidence submitted to the panel, they knew a player trading profit of around £30millon was required by June 30, 2023, the final day of the financial year, to avoid falling foul of the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability rules (PSR). They also knew academy product Johnson was the only player who could deliver that. This verdict should really be the beginning of the end for PSR as it stands. Making the sale of academy players a shortcut to avoid falling foul of the rules and imposing a deadline at a point when the summer transfer window is yet to get going makes them a sham, but right now there is no sign of change coming. That makes June 30, 2024, another key date for clubs sailing close to the window and that includes United. The end of the 2023/24 financial year is a key one for the club under these rules because it takes into account the previous three years and it is the point at which a £150million loss from 2021/22 will fall off the monitoring period. Until then, things remain tight, with the £33million loss from last season adding to the problems. United will be allowed to lose £105million across that period and some of the existing losses can be offset against what the Premier League considers ‘healthy’ expenditure, such as investment in academies, women’s football and infrastructure. Even with that included, they are going to face some challenges to meet it, which could make this forthcoming window one of two deadline days. Clubs are in regular discussions with the Premier League over their exact position and by the time the transfer window opens earlier in June, United will know where they stand. They will know if they need to make a sale and how much they need to bring in. The issue that Forest discovered is that the market doesn’t tend to swing into life until July and that doing a deal earlier in the window often means selling players for a fee below their optimum value. There is also a greater profit to be had by selling academy graduates, who have no book value remaining so any incoming fee is declared as ‘pure profit’ in the results. If the situation gets desperate at Old Trafford then United could be forced to look at an early sale for someone like Scott McTominay. The midfielder was on the market a year ago but has proved to be a valuable squad member this term. Any offer of £35million could prove to be incredibly valuable, however, especially if it arrives before the end of June. That might be a decision United have little option in, with the decision against Forest another example of the Premier League’s strict interpretation of the rules. United are also paying the price for the absence of any European football in the second half of the season, which is putting a major dent in their revenues. However, there is an expectation the financial position around the rules will improve once the loss from 2021/22 drops off the three-year monitoring period. There will remain challenges for Ineos to confront after that. United continue to post record-breaking revenues that aren’t producing profits and a failure to reach the Champions League next season will have a major impact on the summer transfer budget, but it might be a case of trying to sell a player or two before June 30 and focus on the incomings from July onwards.

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Tyrrell’s ex-foster parents ‘intimidated’ other child

Camera IconThe former foster parents of William Tyrrell have been found guilty of intimidation charges in relation to another child who was also previously in their care. Credit: Supplied Tyrrell’s ex-foster parents ‘intimidated’ other child Duncan MurrayAAPMarch 22, 2024 2:24PM Topics Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail UsCopy the Link

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McDonald’s sets the record straight on the viral $12 dinner box debate

McDonald’s is setting the record straight after a viral TikTok shared one mom’s “budget friendly” hack at the fast food chain. In a now-viral TikTok, Leiela Kapewa-Latu shared the item she recently ordered for her family of four — a $12 dinner box. The box comes with two cheeseburgers, four small fries, 10-piece chicken nuggets and two Big Macs, she showed in the video. “It’s not on the menu, so you’re probably going to just have to ask,” she said in the video. The post generated thousands of comments, with many people reporting various prices and some saying the box wasn’t available in their city. Kapewa-Latu, who is in Texas, noted in a follow-up video that the box is on a “shareables” menu, but that it might not be available in all locations. In a statement to NBC Chicago, McDonald’s said franchisees “set their own prices and have the flexibility to create promotions that will drive demand in their restaurants.” “These promotions may vary by restaurant,” the company said, urging fans to “download the McDonald’s app and sign up for MyMcDonald’s Rewards to access exclusive deals and check for shareable, bundled deals in their area.” While there’s no definitive list of where the $12 dinner box can be found, there are a number of items on the “shareable” section of menus at many locations. They include things like chicken or burger packs, favorites for six and more in parts of the Chicago area — though many cost more than $12. The viral post comes as the world’s largest hamburger chain battles customer complaints over rising prices. Prices have risen at fast food restaurants across the country as climbing food and labor costs result in higher totals for customers. McDonald’s was targeted online for a Connecticut restaurant’s $18 Big Mac combo meal and $7 Egg McMuffin, which sparked a number of viral TikTok posts about high prices in other locations. McDonald’s President and CEO Chris Kempczinski said in a recent call that there were fewer visits and lower spending by customers earning $45,000 per year or less. Kempczinski noted that as grocery inflation has retreated, those customers are more likely to eat at home. As a result, Kempczinski promised that company affordability would be a focus this year. McDonald’s hopes to get those customers back into its stores with marketing that emphasizes low-cost options. “We certainly know consumers are more wary — and weary — of pricing and we’re going to continue to be consumer-led in our pricing decisions as we look forward to 2024,” Chief Financial Officer Ian Borden said. Details on what those affordable options might be, or if price cuts are in the works, remain unclear.

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