Alvark cruise past 89ers to usher in second half of season

17 Jan

The Alvark Tokyo opened the second half of the B. League season with a methodical 91-80 victory over the Sendai 89ers on Tuesday night. Tokyo won the rebounding battle (50-36) and sealed the victory at the free-throw line, draining 17 of 18 shots. Troy Gillenwater scored 22 points for the Alvark (23-5), adding eight rebounds […]

Referral centres cause ‘dangerous’ NHS delays, BMA warns

17 Jan

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The British Medical Association said referral management centres were “crude” and putting patients at risk NHS patients face “dangerous” treatment delays due to a 10-fold increase in “crude, expensive” referral management centres, doctors have warned. The centres, sometimes run by private firms, vet GP referrals and decide if […]

Britain will leave EU single market as May sets aim for ‘hard Brexit’

17 Jan

LONDON Britain will quit the European Union’s single market when it exits the bloc, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday, in a decisive speech that quashed speculation she would seek a compromise deal to stay inside the world’s biggest trading bloc. Setting out a vision that could chart Britain’s future for generations, May answered […]

Russia says ready to talk to Trump about nuclear arms, Syria

17 Jan

MOSCOW Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that Moscow was ready to talk to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s new administration about nuclear weapons and Syria, saying the two countries could together solve many of the world’s problems. Lavrov, speaking days before Trump’s inauguration, used an annual news conference to flag potential areas of […]

Post-Fukushima disaster character’s popularity grows in Thailand

17 Jan

11:44 14 January 2017 AKITA, Japan, Jan. 14, Kyodo A Japanese hero character created in the aftermath of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami is growing in popularity in Thailand through a television program broadcast in the Southeast Asian nation. The television show featuring the character named “Tohoku Gasshin Miraigar” (Miraigar God of […]

New emperor’s ascension on Jan. 1 "difficult" due to events: agency

17 Jan

Japanese media outlets have reported the government has been considering the possibility of arranging for the crown prince, 56, to ascend the throne on Jan. 1, 2019, following the current 83-year-old emperor’s abdication the previous day, citing unnamed sources. Vice Grand Steward Yasuhiko Nishimura told a press conference, however, that Jan. 1 “is an important […]

Vissel want to acquire Podolski: report

17 Jan

KOBE – J. League first-division side Vissel Kobe is trying to acquire former Germany striker Lukas Podolski, according to a report in Germany. Citing a club official, German newspaper Bild reported Monday that Vissel is in talks with the 31-year-old Podolski, who scored 48 times in 129 internationals for Germany. He is currently under contract […]

World No. 5 Spieth visits Tokyo to promote new signature golf shoes

17 Jan

Jordan Spieth is a better golfer than teacher. On a chilly Tuesday night in Tokyo, Spieth stepped in a golf simulator to offer a bit of advice to a college student who hit his first shot into the virtual trees. After a brief consultation from one of the world’s top players, the student promptly ended […]

Referral centres cause ‘dangerous’ NHS delays, BMA warns

17 Jan

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The British Medical Association said referral management centres were “crude” and putting patients at risk NHS patients face “dangerous” treatment delays due to a 10-fold increase in “crude, expensive” referral management centres, doctors have warned. The centres, sometimes run by private firms, vet GP referrals and decide if […]

Britain will leave EU single market, May says

17 Jan

LONDON Britain will leave the EU’s single market when it exits the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday, putting an end to speculation that London might try to seek a “soft Brexit”. In a long-awaited speech in which she sought to define the country’s future as a global player that aims to […]