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Japan OKs bill on background checks for work involving children

The Cabinet on Tuesday approved a bill that aims to protect young children from sexual assault by requiring those seeking employment in fields involving children to undergo background checks that go back 20 years.The widely discussed system has been called the Japanese version of the U.K.’s Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).The screening process will allow employers to check with the Children and Families Agency on whether prospective employees have a history of sex offenses. The agency will then check the records of the Ministry of Justice.

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Japan sees record 2.79 million visitors in February due to Lunar New Year boost

Japan welcomed 2.79 million visitors in February, a record for the month and the most for any month since the COVID-19 pandemic began, boosted by travel during Lunar New Year holidays.The number of foreign visitors for business and leisure was up from 2.69 million in January, data from the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) showed on Tuesday.Arrivals in February were 7.1% higher than in 2019, when the Lunar New Year also fell in the second month of the year rather than the first. For all of 2019, Japan welcomed a record 31.9 million visitors before the pandemic struck.

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Alleged N2bn fraud: How Eteta Ita diverted FIRS funds to her private school – Witness

A prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of the Head of Stakeholders Unit of the Federal Inland Revenue Services, FIRS, Emmanuella Eteta Ita, on Monday, told Justice Giwa Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court in Abuja, how Ita siphoned and diverted large sums of money meant for stakeholders’ assignments to her private school, Surestart School Ltd. This was made known on Tuesday by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, in a post on its official X handle. The Commission alleged that Ita ran Surestart School Ltd while serving as the Head of the Stakeholders Unit of the Federal Inland Revenue Services, FIRS. The witness, Ijeoma Matilda, while giving her testimony during a cross-examination by defense counsel, Paul Erokoro, revealed that the first defendant, Ita, undertook some stakeholders’ assignments and the funds meant for the projects were traced into her account with the payment narration. According to the EFCC, investigations showed that the same funds were sent directly into the account of the second defendant, Surestart School Ltd. “When she came to our office, we took her statement, we were cordial with her, and she was treated very well with utmost respect. While she was with us for reconciliation, she started bringing documents, and she also opted to pay back for some reconciliation she could not account for. She said in her statement that she will pay back the money, I don’t know where she got the money from, and so far, she has refunded about N17 million, though she told us that she benefited about N5 million from the program”, she said. “I don’t know the standard practice of sourcing for funds before asking for reimbursement, and it is not within the scope of our investigation. All I know is that she undertook some of the stakeholders’ events, and we saw that those monies that came from FIRS went directly into the account of the second defendant, and the description was that the assignment was not done”, she added. According to Matilda, “She said the vendors that were supposed to do the events have given their evidence in court and testified that the receipts didn’t come from them. She further claimed that those receipts were given to her by one Daniel, who was a staff of FIRS. “We were told he was late and we demanded for the death certificate which was given to us. We requested for his account details and we discovered he was also a beneficiary. We wrote to FIRS, UBA, System Spec, and invited everyone involved in this matter and everything we have here are as a result of our investigations.” After the cross-examination, Justice Ogunbanjo adjourned the matter till March 20 and 21, 2024, for continuation of cross-examination.

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Tesco issues ‘important’ message to shoppers who buy wine

Tesco has issued an important message to shoppers who buy bananas and wine. Freezing wine, eggs and milk are some of the unusual ways Brits can stop food going to waste, new advice by Tesco – the UK’s biggest supermarket – today reveals. To mark WRAP’s Food Waste Action Week, the supermarket – which is rivalled by the likes of Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and more – is offering customers advice on how to use their freezer to save on the weekly shop and cut the amount of food they throw away. And while most of us know we can freeze the end of our loaf, few know that bananas, eggs, yoghurts and avocados are also fine in the freezer. Best of all there’s no need to ditch the last glass of wine in a bottle…because your Merlot can also be frozen. Opened a bottle of wine but know you won’t finish it? Pour the rest into ice cube trays or a freezer bag if you have a larger amount (don’t freeze in the bottle), then add a cube to recipes as needed. Give an extra boost to gravy, add red to a Bolognese for depth of flavour or use white in risottos. Avocados have a tendency to go from underripe to overripe extremely quickly. If too many have ripened at once, freeze them at peak condition. Peel and freeze in chunks – add frozen chunks to the blender for a morning smoothie or defrost and make guacamole. If full or unopened, pour a little bit out of the milk container before freezing so that it has room to expand as it freezes, or tip into an airtight container. Defrost overnight in the fridge and shake well before using to mix the milk and fat back together, then use as normal. For eggs, crack into a small bowl and whisk together, then freeze in a freezer bag or individual ice cube trays – defrost for omelettes and baking whenever you need. Peel ripe bananas and freeze whole or in slices. These can be used straight from the freezer, perfect for cold, thick smoothies or snacking on. Potatoes last well in a dark, cool cupboard, but if you’ve got too many to use before they start to sprout, the freezer is a good saviour. Peel, roughly chop and blanch until just cooked, then spread out on a tray so they’re not touching. Freeze until solid, then tip into a freezer bag – roasties ready to go! Courtney Pallett, Tesco campaigns manager said: “Your freezer is your friend when it comes to reducing food waste and avoiding throwing food away. Most of the foods that often end up in the bin such as bananas and avocados can be saved by freezing them to use later. “Good food should never go to waste, so we are proud to be sponsoring WRAP’s Food Waste Action Week this year.”

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Prince Andrew preparing for backlash as damning Netflix drama brands him ‘Randy Andy

Prince Andrew is bracing himself once more as a new Netflix drama about his famous car crash TV interview is set to be released. The Duke of York – who no longer carries out any public-facing duties on behalf of the monarch – sat down with broadcaster Emily Maitlis in 2019 to discuss his alleged involvement in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex-trafficking scandal. Andrew, 64, has strongly denied allegations that he had sex with Virginia Giuffre when she was just 17. Andrew’s interview with Maitlis saw his world crumble when he denied claims that he had been sweating profusely during one interaction with Giuffre by claiming he had a medical condition meaning he couldn’t sweat. Following the interview airing across the world, the father-of-two announced, with permission from his late mother, Queen Elizabeth, that he was stepping down from duty. Now, the interview is set to unfold in a Netflix drama titled Scoop, which is based on the events documented by Sam McAlister, the producer who secured the infamous interview, recorded at Buckingham Palace. During one scene, Billie Piper who plays McAlister, brands the Duke “Randy Andy”. Meanwhile, actor Rufus Sewell who plays Andrew, asked: “If I do an interview, the question is, why you?” “With respect,” Piper replies, “You know how people see you…” She then adds: “Randy Andy.” The Duke has remained firmly out of the public eye since stepping down, apart from on occasions of family events such as Christmas Day, the funeral of Queen Elizabeth and the recent service of thanksgiving for his relative and friend, King Constantine of Greece. The brother of King Charles previously disclosed where his nickname came from during an interview with Selina Scott in the 1980s. When asked to clarify which nickname Scott meant, she commented: “Randy Andy,” before he went on to disclose the meaning behind it. Andrew said: “I’ll tell you exactly where it originated from. It was my second day at public school. I was unfortunate enough during my early days at Gordonstoun not to realise the rules of the house which is you weren’t allowed in the girls’ house. And I was unfortunately caught going through the door to the girls’ house – saying hello to somebody – and it stuck. Not many people use it nowadays and I don’t think that it actually fits today anyway.” Andrew was accused by Giuffre of sexually abusing her on three occasions in a US civil case. He denied having any knowledge of meeting Giuffre and has continued to deny this. In February 2022, the Dyke and Giuffre reached an out-of-court settlement for an amount that has not been disclosed. The settlement is not an admission of guilt. Follow Mirror Celebs onTikTok,Snapchat,Instagram,Twitter,Facebook,YouTubeandThreads. If you’ve been the victim of sexual assault, you can access help and resources via www.rapecrisis.org.uk or calling the national telephone helpline on 0808 802 9999

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Channel 5 My Wife My Abuser viewers in tears over harrowing scenes and urge men to speak out

My Wife My Abuser viewers were left in tears over Richard Spencer’s devastating story and urged men to speak out. The new documentary, My Wife My Abuser: The Secret Footage, shared Richard’s story with Channel 5 viewers as they were given an insight into how his wife Sheree Spencer abused him for 20 years. During a series of interviews, Richard broke down in tears as he recalled the extent of the abuse he was subject to throughout his marriage. Channel 5 viewers were horrified as he shared the most “demoralising thing” that happened to him. He said: “The most demoralising thing that happened to me. I was sitting on the bedroom floor because Sheree wouldn’t let me sit on the bed. She got up to go to the toilet and I was facing where the bathroom was, the next minute I just realised that she defecated on my head.” In an audio clip of the horrific incident, Richard could be heard saying: “I don’t deserve it.” Sheree replied: “You do deserve it. Go and scrub away you c*** and clean my s*** up.” Channel 5 viewers watched terrifying nanny cam footage that exposed Sheree’s abuse from their Bubwith home in East Yorkshire. In one clip, Sheree can be seen spitting at her husband and grabbing him by the throat. Richard also required stitches in one incident where she hit him on the back of the head with a wine glass. He handed over 43 photographs of injuries, 36 video clips and nine mobile recordings to the police documenting the abuse. Channel 5 viewers were left horrified by the abuse shown in the documentary and took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to share their hopes that other men in similar abusive situations will find the courage to speak up. One said: “This poor, poor man. There must be many men out there suffering. I hope they come forward. #MyWifeMyAbuser.” Another wrote: “I hope that after this has aired on tv any MAN who suffers any sort of domestic violence doesn’t feel ashamed or alone to speak out. I hope it helps others come forward. YOU matter and how your treated matters #Mywifemyabuser.” “This is hard to watch. So glad he’s done this though, more people need to be aware of abuse #mywifemyabuser,” a third added while a fourth shared: “This is horrific viewing. 20 years of this man’s life down the drain at the hands of the vilest woman #mywifemyabuser.” Someone else said: “It’s crazy to think if she actually said it was him and he hadn’t gotten his own evidence. She’d probably have gotten away with this. Breaking my heart #mywifemyabuser.” Follow Mirror Celebs and TV on TikTok , Snapchat , Instagram , Twitter , Facebook , YouTube and Threads .

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BBC EastEnders spoilers reveal double return leading to bombshell ahead of sad exit

EastEnders viewers will welcome back two familiar faces next week on the BBC soap, but there’s trouble ahead. Whitney Dean finally heads back to Walford after months away, and after her recent trip to Milton Keynes. Amid her and Zack Hudson being on the rocks, the pregnant character returns ahead of her permanent exit from the show. She’s not alone though, as she heads back to Walford with teen Britney who she recently met in Milton Keynes during her visit to stepmother Bianca Jackson. Whitney realised Britney was not being looked after by her mother, who then turned around and offered for Whitney to take the youngster off her hands. Whitney was keen to take care of Britney, and it caused drama between her and partner Zack who did not want to take a child on ahead of the birth of their baby. With Whitney soon leaving the show, spoilers appear to confirm further tension between the couple as Whitney and Britney head to Albert Square. Next week, Zack decides to throw a welcome home baby shower for Whitney in The Vic. Soon, Whitney arrives home alongside Britney who reveals that she is her new foster mum. Zack is left reeling, and soon Whitney confirms the news to her partner. Zack storms out, furious that she didn’t tell him after weeks apart. Whitney finds Zack to clear the air, but they continue to clash while Britney causes trouble in the Square. Later in the week the pair do attempt to build bridges, while things remain tense. When Whitney realises embarrassed Britney has wet the bed, she takes the teen on a shopping trip to cheer her up. Later, Whitney and Britney arrive home where Zack reveals he found food hidden under Britney’s bed and reasons that they need to tell the social worker. But Britney soon has an explanation, leading to him opening up about his own fostering journey. Back at the flat, Whitney takes a phone call from the social worker, but Lauren overhears the conversation and presses her friend on what she is hiding. After finding out the truth, Lauren urges Whitney to tell Zack but will she come clean? EastEnders airs Mondays to Thursdays at 7:30pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.* Follow Mirror Celebs and TV on TikTok , Snapchat , Instagram , Twitter , Facebook , YouTube and Threads .

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Glasgow chef Ajay Kumar struggles in finals of Great British Menu

Ajay Kumar struggled in the first round of the finals of BBC’s Great British Menu with his Scottish and Indian-inspired dishes. The multi-award winning chef, who moved to Scotland in 2009 from India, is the chef-patron of Swadish in Glasgow. He seen off stiff competition in the last round to reach the final where he faced off against talented chefs from across the UK. The 19th season of the popular BBC cooking competition, which premiered earlier this year, sees celebrated chefs vying to secure a place cooking at the prestigious Great British Menu banquet. The theme of this year is the Olympics and Paralympics, with the chefs hoping to cook at a banquet that will treat the UK’s athletes before they head to the Paris 2024 Games. READ MORE: ‘ Serious incident’ on Glasgow bus as passengers moved to safety and man arrested READ MORE: Coatbridge double murderer Peter Duffy ‘should never have been released’ as victim’s family hit out The first round tested the chefs plant based skills with all dishes required to be vegan. Ellie Simmonds, a British Paralympic gold medal swimmer was this weeks guest judge alongside chef Tom Kerridge, who runs the only two Michelin star pub in the UK, as well as Comedian Ed Gamble and restaurateur Nisha Katona. Ajay made a 16 element Indian street food Chaat which included battered kale, artichoke chips, fruits, potato and peanut butter crochet, crispy rice flour boats and chutneys. Called Row Hard Or Row Home, the dish was inspired by Glasgow gold medal winner Dame Katherine Grainger. The judges enjoyed the dish describing it as fresh and finding that it had the ‘wow’ factor but raised concerns there was too much going on with too much food. After a strong showing from the other chefs, Ajay placed joint sixth – meaning his starter would not be served at the banquet. But all is still to play for in the competition with the Ajay having another chance to prove himself in tomorrows episode which tests the chefs fish course. Sign up to our daily Glasgow Live newsletter here to receive news and features direct to your inbox Join Glasgow Live’s WhatsApp community here and get the latest news sent straight to your messages.

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Lawyers hit out at Vatican’s ‘trial of the century’ after Pope secretly changes law four times

Prominent lawyers have hit out at the Vatican’s recently concluded “trial of the century,” highlighting violations of basic defense rights and rule of law norms that they warn could have consequences for the Holy See going forward. The opinions cite Pope Francis’ role in the trial, since he secretly changed Vatican law four times during the investigation to benefit prosecutors. And they call into question the independence and impartiality of the tribunal since its judges swear obedience to Francis, who can hire and fire them at will. The critiques underscore the growing problems on the international stage for the peculiar microstate that the Holy See calls home: an absolute monarchy where Francis wields supreme legislative, executive and judicial power. The legal opinions are likely to feature in the appeals within the Vatican court system of the nine people who were convicted in December of several financial crimes linked to the Vatican’s bungled 350 million euro ($380 million) investment in a London property. And they could also be raised during the current review of the Holy See’s compliance with European norms at the Council of Europe. During two years of hearings, defense attorneys highlighted many of the same issues now raised by outside analysts. But the tribunal led by Judge Giuseppe Pignatone repeatedly rejected their motions. After the first verdicts were issued, the Vatican’s editorial director, Andrea Tornielli, insisted that the process had been fair, that the judges acted independently and that the trial was carried out “in full respect of the guarantees for the suspects.” Geraldina Boni, a professor of canonical and ecclesiastic law at the University of Bologna and an adviser to the Vatican’s legal office, disagreed in an article published Monday in the peer-reviewed legal journal of the University of Milan. Writing with church legal experts Manuel Ganarin and Alberto Tomer, Boni described the four secret executive decrees that Francis penned during the investigation as giving prosecutors “essentially, and a bit surreally, ‘carte blanche’” to pursue their case without any judge overseeing them. The decrees, which were never published, gave prosecutors authorization to intercept suspects’ communications and take “whatever” precautionary measures against them were necessary, including deviating from existing Vatican law. The defense only learned about their existence once the trial was underway. Boni, who said she was asked to provide a legal opinion for the defense of Cardinal Angelo Becciu, who was convicted of embezzlement, said the decrees represented a clear violation of the right to a fair trial, which calls for “the equality of arms” between defense and prosecution. “It’s obvious that the people under investigation in the case were placed in a situation of substantial and onerous disadvantage, given they were completely unaware of the prosecution’s new investigative powers and thus unable to reasonably foresee the effects of their actions,” she wrote in “State, Church and Confessional Pluralism.” Francis has seemingly sought to justify the measures taken to get the trial off the ground, telling tribunal staff in 2023 that they should “avoid the risk of confusing the finger for the moon,’” or allowing obstacles to stand in the way of a greater good. But Boni argued that in criminal and procedural law, the ends cannot justify the means. Such an attitude, she warned, “could end up justifying any conduct and any use of sovereign power in the search at all costs for the guilty.” Even though the tribunal tried to compensate for such “unacceptable abuses,” she wrote, the anomalies were so grave as to have “invalidated the entire justice of the trial, prospecting a violation of divine law to which even the pope is subject.” Paolo Cavana, a professor of canonical and ecclesiastic law at the Vatican-affiliated LUMSA University, argued that the Holy See is beholden to European norms guaranteeing a fair trial “by an independent and impartial tribunal,” even though it technically never signed the European Convention on Human Rights. Writing in the same journal as Boni, Cavana argued that the Holy See committed to upholding the convention’s fundamental principles when it concluded a monetary agreement with the EU in 2009 allowing the Vatican to use the euro as its official currency. But he said it is a matter of debate whether the Vatican’s judges are truly independent “given the pervasive character of the pontiff’s powers.” It’s clear that the papal decrees exercised on the judges “a strong pressure about the outcome of the trial itself,” he wrote. Cavana, who since 2019 has also served as an adviser to the Italian premier on church and Vatican matters, warned that Italy and other states may not recognize sentences pronounced by a tribunal if the judges are not considered independent and impartial. Rodney Dixon, a veteran British international and human rights lawyer, said as much in a legal opinion prepared at the request of defendant Raffaele Mincione. Dixon said countries should refuse to cooperate with the Vatican tribunal, and should refuse to respect its verdicts, since the trial had been “marred by substantial violations of well-established international legal obligations applicable to all criminal proceedings.” Dixon, who has served as counsel before the International Criminal Court, International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights, cited the four papal decrees, the tribunal’s refusal to allow Mincione to call seven witnesses as well as prosecutors’ refusal to turn over all evidence to the defense. Tribunal head Pignatone repeatedly rejected defense claims that the suspects weren’t getting a fair trial, and even went so far as to exclude the testimony of defendant Gianluigi Torzi, who was arrested and detained for 10 days without being charged as a result of the special powers given to prosecutors by the pope. In a March 1, 2022 ordinance, Pignatone said that while the Vatican had not adhered to any international human rights conventions, its own laws incorporated their principles fully. He noted that both Italian and Swiss courts have previously recognized the independence and impartiality of Vatican judges and recalled that in the actual exercise of their work, Vatican judges are “subject only to the law.”

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Jetstar flight from Melbourne to Bali forced to turn back after abusive passenger

The West Australian Perth Now Click to open navigation ‌‌ News Chevron Down Icon Breaking News Western Australia National World Technology Opinion Weather Sport Chevron Down Icon AFL Cricket Soccer Basketball Tennis NRL Rugby Motor Racing MMA Golf Netball Cycling Entertainment Chevron Down Icon Confidential Movies Best Short Film Television Music Reviews Books Competitions Business Chevron Down Icon Breaking News Economy Markets Property Commercial Property Workplace Matters Lifestyle Chevron Down Icon Food Personal Finance Health Parenting Fashion Travel Home & Garden Relationships Stars Real Estate HUH? Local News Chevron Down Icon North Central South Mandurah Competitions Find My Paper Digital Editions Shop Now Read your local paperNews to your inbox Camera IconA Jetstar flight bound for Bali had to make an unfortunate U-turn back to Melbourne after a woman onboard began screaming abuse at other passengers. Credit: 7NEWS Jetstar flight from Melbourne to Bali forced to turn back after abusive passenger Kayla SellwoodPerthNow March 19, 2024 5:05PM Comments TopicsTravelAir (Aviation)Australia A Jetstar flight bound for Bali had to make an unfortunate U-turn back to Melbourne after a woman onboard began screaming abuse at other passengers. It is understood the woman began yelling at other passengers three hours into the flight before some were forced to intervene, with the woman eventually being hit in the face. Footage filmed by passengers shows the woman screaming in a man’s face. Your cookie settings are preventing this third party content from displaying. If you’d like to view this content, please adjust your Cookie Settings. To find out more about how we use cookies, please see our Cookie Guide. TheNightly Get in front of tomorrow’s news for FREE Journalism for the curious Australian across politics, business, culture and opinion.READ NOW “You don’t understand what the f*** is going on; you do not understand any of this…” she yelled. Another woman tried to pull her away by grabbing her face. “So do not come at me, keep your f***** shut”, the woman yells again. Speaking with 3AW, a passenger named Melanie said the woman eventually had to be restrained. “I think some kids onboard were a bit scared,” she said. “The pilot said they had made the decision to turn back to Melbourne.” Your cookie settings are preventing this third party content from displaying. If you’d like to view this content, please adjust your Cookie Settings. To find out more about how we use cookies, please see our Cookie Guide. On Sunrise on Tuesday, passenger Kyle Hand said the woman “started abusing and threatening to assault” an older man. “I am not sure what happened, but she kept abusing a few more people down the back — they ended up restraining her,” he said. Footage showed the woman complaining about not being able to find her phone, which was eventually found. On social media, another passenger described the woman as the “passenger from hell”. “(She was) verbally abusing everyone in her path! Even shoving a fellow passenger holding a baby,” they wrote. “The captain decided to return to Melbourne to get assistance from the Australian Federal Police after a passenger became disruptive just under two hours into the flight,” a spokesperson for Jetstar said. “We know this was a difficult experience for other customers and our team members, and we thank those who assisted with the situation. “Several crew members were unable to continue flying and the flight has been rescheduled for 10am on Tuesday. “We will provide accommodation overnight to any customers who need it and cover other reasonable expenses, including meals. “The safety of our customers and crew is our priority.” The flight was rescheduled for the following day. Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email Us Copy the Link Register and have your say. Register to comment Already have an account? 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