With his head bowed and in a voice that was breaking with emotion, the husband of Mana Matsunaga and the father of their daughter, 3-year-old Riko, reignited the debate in Japan about old people getting behind the wheel of vehicles on the nation's roads. Matsunaga (he has requested that his first name not be reported) was addressing a press conference on April 24, just days after his family had been run down and killed by a car driven by 87-year-old Kozo Iizuka in the Tokyo district of Ikebukuro. Security footage has shown Iizuka's car driving through red traffic signals and across pedestrian crossings before striking Mana Matsunaga's bicycle and two trucks and finally coming to a halt. Read more: Japan's new visa regulation opens door to foreign labor Nine other people, including Iizuka, were injured and police have already stated that they believe human error was to blame for the tragedy. "I had believed I would watch my daughter grow up and become an adult, and that I … [Read more...] about Japan struggles to convince older people to stop driving
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DEAR DEIDRE: A WORK Christmas drinks is planned for next week and I’m worried how a colleague will be like after he has had a few drinks. I’m 52 and our office is mainly women my age but with two younger lads, one of whom has a thing for older ladies. Get in touch with Deidre todayGot a problem? Send an email to [email protected] Every problem gets a personal reply, usually within 24 hours weekdays. You can also send a private message on the DearDeidreOfficial Facebook page. Follow me on Twitter @deardeidre. On our last night out with work he was groping and dancing suggestively with other women in the office. He is 26. I have managed to escape his advances but recently he’s been winking at me and looking at me suggestively. He has also made inappropriate comments. I have tried to ignore it. Everyone else thinks it’s a laugh but I’m worried. What can I do to make it clear his behaviour scares me? DEIDRE SAYS: He sounds like a pest and … [Read more...] about I fear a co-worker who sleazes on older women will ruin my Christmas drinks
As a test location for a project that aims to ensure the livability of Earth, a frozen lake near the northern tip of Alaska could seem rather inauspicious. While the North Meadow Lake near Utqiaġvik, formerly known as Barrow, may be relatively nondescript, it will be the staging ground this month for an ambitious attempt to safeguard the Arctic’s rapidly diminishing sea ice and stave off the most punishing effects of global warming. Tiny spheres of reflective sand will be sprinkled upon the lake to see if this can prevent the lake ice from melting or slow the process down. Should testing prove successful, the project, called Ice911, has the grand vision of slathering around 19,000 sq miles of sea ice – equivalent to the size of Costa Rica – with trillions of sand grains in order to stem the loss of ice cover and prevent runaway climate change. “The ice in the Arctic isn’t going to come back by itself,” said Leslie Field, founder of Ice911. … [Read more...] about Could sprinkling sand save the Arctic’s shrinking sea ice?
The 2015 Man Booker prize winner Marlon James has slammed the publishing world, saying authors of colour too often “pander to white women” to sell books, and that he could have been published more often if he had written “middle-style prose and private ennui”. At a sold-out Guardian event on Friday night, James said publishers too often sought fiction that “panders to that archetype of the white woman, that long-suffering, astringent prose set in suburbia. You know, ‘older mother or wife sits down and thinks about her horrible life’.” Women, particularly white women, make up the vast majority of regular fiction readers, purchasing two thirds of all books sold in the UK. Almost 50% of women classify themselves as avid readers, compared to 26% of men. James said that because white women readers dominate the market, “the male editors will only accept one type of story. Everyone knows what a New Yorker story will look like. I could … [Read more...] about Marlon James: ‘Writers of colour pander to the white woman’
The collapse of Carillion (Report, 22 January), following the BHS and Sports Direct scandals, indicates a systemic problem with UK corporate governance. The fate of large corporations is a public concern and only wholesale reform will ensure company boards prioritise long-term value creation over short-term profit. Under current company law, there is no positive obligation on directors to take steps to prevent serious impacts on employees, suppliers, customers, the community or the environment. Rather than tinkering, as proposed in its response to corporate governance green paper, consultation, the government should reform the Companies Act to create an obligation of this kind. An obvious way of strengthening corporate decision-making to take into account the interests of wider stakeholders is to put worker representatives on boards. The government must now reconsider its decision not to move ahead with this proposal. At present directors are rarely held to account. Only individual … [Read more...] about Carillion collapse shows need for company reform