The Daily Populous

Friday March 16th, 2018 evening edition

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Japanese official who took his own life said he was forced to alter records linked to sale of public land at 85% discount.

A cronyism scandal engulfing the Japanese government has taken a dark turn, with reports that a finance official left a note before his suicide saying that he was forced to rewrite crucial records.

The finance ministry admitted this week that it had altered 14 documents surrounding the sale of public land at an 85% discount to a nationalistic school operator with links to prime minister Shinzo Abe’s wife Akie.

The revisions, made early last year, included removing references to Abe and the first lady before the records were provided to parliamentarians investigating suspicions of influence-peddling.

Shinzo Abe and wife accused of giving cash to ultra-nationalist school Read more.

An official from the local finance bureau that oversaw the transaction was found dead at his home in Kobe last week.

He reportedly made it clear that he did not act alone but in line with finance ministry instructions. »

Judi Dench unveils private forest honoring departed loved ones

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Dench, 83, says she started the tradition with her late husband, actor Michael Williams.

"Every time a relative or friend died we would plant a tree," she told the Telegraph.

Judi Dench: My passion for trees, 20th December BBC1 8pm, featuring me and @kungphil and our @NCEOscience @UCLgeography #lidar scans. »

Gambling ads to be banned during Live sport

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“The new restrictions on gambling advertising supplement existing rules about gambling advertising during live sport and significantly enhance community safeguards during times when children are part of the audience,” said Australian Communications and Media Authority Chair, Nerida O’Loughlin.

“The new rules will also ensure that broadcasters make clear to audiences, including parents, when gambling advertising is prohibited in live sport programming.”.

Free TV has amended the Commercial Television Code of Practice to ban gambling ads in live sport broadcasts between 5am-8.30pm, and during a five-minute buffer before and after the event. »

That Viral Story About Scott Kelly's Genes Changing in Space is Wrong

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“Mark and Scott Kelly are still identical twins,” NASA Johnson Space Center News Chief Kelly O. Humphries says in an email to reporters.

What researchers did observe are changes in gene expression, which is how your body reacts to your environment.

“Another interesting finding concerned what some call the ‘space gene,’ which was alluded to in 2017,” NASA writes. »