Health ministry calls for ban on smoking in indoor public spaces


A health ministry panel unveiled a report Wednesday calling for a 100% ban on smoking in indoor public spaces including restaurants.

In the report, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare warned that passive smoking definitely increases the risk of lung cancer.

The move comes as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government has expressed eagerness to combat passive smoking in Japan ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympics.

The report—called the “Tobacco White Paper”—is the first revision of the current version in 15 years.

In the report, the ministry for the first time categorizes the causal links between diseases and secondhand smoking into four risk levels, based on past data.

The causal links between passive smoking and diseases such as lung cancer, cardiac infarction, cerebral embolism and child asthma are ranked at Level 1, the riskiest level.

Until now, the health ministry has simply said a complete ban on smoking is preferable in all public places, but the report said that setting up smoking rooms does not prevent the leakage of cigarette smoke and even causes passive smoking effects among cleaning staff.

Japan should “aim at a 100% ban on smoking indoors” instead of setting up smoking rooms, the report said.

The report referred to the World Health Organization estimate showing secondhand smoking has caused around 15,000 deaths annually in Japan, making the nation one of the worst regarding prevention measures against passive smoking.


Black Lives Matter Terrorists hijack Pride Toronto town hall meeting

TORONTO – Hundreds of members of Toronto’s gay community packed the Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park Tuesday to discuss where Pride Toronto goes from here following months of controversy.

The dialogue was supposed to be “respectful” — or at least that was how Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam put it to the crowd — about what to do following the controversial move by Black Lives Matter, Pride’s honoured group, to disrupt the July 3 parade with a sit-in that led to the recent resignation of executive director Mathieu Chantelois over allegations he’d subjected staff to racist and sexist comments and sexual harassment.

But in a move reminiscent of their Pride Parade tactics, BLM members and their supporters quickly hijacked the Town Hall, using the platform to rail against police and shout down any viewpoints other than their own.

Speaker after speaker argued BLM was right to want the police out of the parade and anyone who dared to disagree was shouted down, jeered and called racist.

Gary Kinsman, who was part of the first lesbian and gay pride committee in 1981 following the infamous Bathhouse raids, suggested to the crowd that 2016 has been a year of “very virulent anti-black racism” and as long as any members of Toronto’s gay community are “under attack” by the police, the community should not collaborate with them.

A woman named Jocelyn said the police are not needed at the parade and that the gay community can keep itself safe.

“Police harass and kill some members of our community,” she said to sustained applause.

When community member Joe Clark dared suggest he filed a complaint to Pride’s dispute resolution process about BLM’s tactics in the July 3 parade, he was jeered and bullied with taunts of “f—ing racism”; “it’s a racism zone” and orders to the meeting’s facilitator Tanya De Mello (who tried her best to keep order) to throw Clark out for allegedly being racist and violent.

Elizabeth Plukhovska was also mocked and accused of being racist when she suggested that police should not be banned from the parade.

“Allowing the police to participate shows how far we’ve come,” she said, adding that Pride Toronto should not “tolerate aggressive behaviour” even from its honored group, a comment went over like a lead balloon in the emotionally charged meeting.

It seemed the die had already been cast at the meeting’s start, when co-chair Alicia Hall told the crowd Pride Toronto had signed an agreement to work with BLM on their demands.

She said the ban on police participation in the parade — the most “contentious” demand — will be sent to Pride’s dispute resolution process for a decision.

A DRP panel will be announced next month, she added.

The DRP process was the same means used to declare that Queers Against Israeli Apartheid did not disseminate hate and was fine to march in the parade.


Islamic literature in Toronto deals with wife beating, stoning, crucifixion, amputation

Muslim Dawah (outreach, “call to Islam”) activists at Toronto’s Dundas Square distributed during recent years a variety of Islamic literature.

The following are the highlights of some of Islamic books/booklets which were obtained by CIJnews (to download the pdf file click here):

  • Homosexuality is a major sin

  • ‘Liberated’ Western women… are trapped in a form of slavery

  • Polygamy is permitted in certain conditions

  • Wife must obey the “commands” of her husband

  • Wife beating is permissible in certain conditions (“Submissive or subdued women… may even enjoy being beaten”)

  • Muslims have a duty to spread the message of Islam in society

  • Prayers to Allah to give Muslims victory over the disbelievers
  • Non-Muslims of an Islamic State have to pay the jizya (poll-tax) tax
  • Punishment of flogging for public intoxication and traffickers
  • Punishment of stoning to death for married adulterers
  • Punishments of amputation (hand and leg), crucifixion and execution in serious crimes
  • Punishment of cutting off the hand for the thief
  • Punishment of execution for apostates

Japan wants fresh U.N. sanctions against North Korea


Japan pushed the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to consider fresh sanctions against North Korea for test-firing a series of ballistic missiles that it said were a threat to the region and the entire world.

The council strongly condemned the series of launches on Friday and agreed in a unanimous statement backed by China to take “further significant measures.”

“The number of provocative actions taken by North Korea has been phenomenal,” said Japanese Ambassador Kero Bessho following a closed-door meeting of the council.

Bessho stressed that the high number of launches had led to “quite noteworthy” advances in North Korea’s nuclear and missile technology programs.

“This presents a serious threat to the region and the world as a whole,” he told reporters.

North Korea has been hit by five sets of U.N. sanctions since it first tested a nuclear device in 2006.

The council in March adopted the toughest sanctions resolution to date targeting North Korea’s trade in minerals and tightening banking restrictions, after Pyongyang carried out its fourth nuclear test.

Bessho noted that 52 countries had so far presented reports detailing how they are enforcing the new raft of sanctions under resolution 2270, but added that more sanctions were necessary.

“For Japan, we feel that sanctions are necessary,” he said.

“We need to implement 2270 rigorously and we feel that we can do more in terms of sanctions in order to show to the DPRK that they just cannot keep on going in this way.”

North Korea is barred under U.N. resolutions from any use of ballistic missile technology, but Pyongyang has carried out several launches following its fourth nuclear test in January.

The council statement was adopted after several rounds of negotiations with China, Pyongyang’s ally, which has insisted over recent weeks on the need to avoid an escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula.

The Japanese ambassador said many council members supported the idea of further measures, but suggested that this fell short of a consensus.

“The council should be united in taking action,” said Bessho.

A previous bid by the council to condemn North Korea for firing a ballistic missile directly into Japanese-controlled waters on August 2 ran aground after China sought changes to the text.

The council was unable to agree after Beijing pressed for language in a statement opposing the THAAD missile defense system that the United States plans to deploy in South Korea.

© 2016 AFP

Man fatally shot by white knight/simp boyfriend of woman who accused him of not holding door for her

Man fatally shot after not holding door for woman at Las Vegas McDonald’s

LAS VEGAS – Police are looking for the man who gunned down a Las Vegas father during a dispute at a local McDonald’s restaurant Saturday night.

The victim, 31-year-old Mohammad Nestor Robinson, was at the Pecos Road McDonald’s on his lunch break when a woman accused him of not holding the door for her, Robinson’s friend later told the family.

“He was coming into McDonald’s and some female was going out,” Robinson’s mother told KVVU. “The door closed before she could get out and what happened is she said a few choice words to him.”

The unidentified woman’s boyfriend confronted Robinson in the parking lot, according to police, and the two argued before the man pulled out a gun and shot him multiple times.

Robinson was rushed to University Medical Center where he died Sunday morning.

The gunman fled the scene; no arrests have been made.

Robinson’s girlfriend and the mother of their 3-month-old child told KSNV her boyfriend was not the type to look for a fight, saying, “He was the utmost respect for his elders. Yes, ma’am — no sir. He’s not confrontational even when we would argue he’d walk away.”

The family is asking for GoFundMe donations to help pay for Robinson’s burial costs.

Jailers Arrested for Allegedly Having Sex with Inmate

Two jailers in Arkansas are now out of jobs after allegedly having sex with an inmate.

Police say former jailers Angela Jacobs and Kiera Viger were having sex with the inmate, Kevin Domerese, at different times in areas not monitored by security cameras, KARK reported.

Court records show the ex-jailers would reportedly take Domerese to unmonitored areas, such as the “sheriff’s office, courtroom, bathroom and a wooded area off jail property” to have sex, according to White County Sheriff Deputy Chief Phillip Miller.

It is not known whether the jailers knew about each other’s alleged relationship with Domerese. Authorities say each woman gave the inmate a cell phone that had nude photos of themselves.

“He was an inmate at the facility, he did not have the ability to consent,” says Miller.

Both women are expected to be in court in September.

Domerese has been imprisoned since 2011 for aggravated robbery and fraud, according toWREG.

He is “a prisoner at the Department of Correction but was at the White County Jail for good behavior.” He has been transferred since the incident.

Katherine Kitts sentenced to 14 months in jail for sexually exploiting student

Barbara Ellen:

do we seriously think that a female teacher sleeping
with a male pupil is on a par with a male teacher sleeping
with a girl pupil? I don’t.

A former educational assistant who was working at Sir Robert Borden High School in Ottawa has been sentenced to 14 months in jail for sexually exploiting a student over a two-year period.

Katherine Kitts, 46, was arrested in October 2014 after a mother found sexually explicit texts on her son’s phone and contacted police with concerns about Kitts’s relationship with him.

The offences happened between April 2012 and April 2014 while Kitts was working at Sir Robert Borden High School. She had sex with the student repeatedly throughout those years, including in Kitts’s van, parked off school property.

Kitts was initially charged with sexual assault, sexual exploitation and telecommunication with a person under 18, but after pleading guilty to sexual exploitation in March, the other two charges were stayed.


India: Woman sexually assaulted boy and try to force him to marry her

Barbara Ellen:

do we seriously think that a female teacher sleeping
with a male pupil is on a par with a male teacher sleeping
with a girl pupil? I don’t.


n what is the first case of its kind in Uttar Pradesh, a woman has been booked for sexual assault under sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) following a complaint by a minor boy.

Saharanpur police lodged an FIR against the 23-year-old accused woman following a court order, after the 16-year-old boy alleged that she was putting pressure on him to marry her.

The case has been filed under sections 7 and 8 (both of which deal with sexual assault of minors) of POCSO Act as well as section 386 (extortion with threats to hurt or kill victim) of the IPC.

According to police officials, the woman had in her possession some video clippings showing the teenager in a compromising position and had been harassing the boy sexually for some time.

She had been mounting pressure on the minor to marry her and threatening to circulate the video clips online if he did not agree.

The boy’s brother had first approached the police with a complaint, but the police had allegedly refused to file a case, as the accused was a woman while the victim was a boy, contrary to the usual kind of cases filed in the state under the law.

The boy’s family then approached the court which instructed the police to lodge a complaint and investigate the matter.