News Headlines - 27 April 2021

Tokyo Olympic organizing body seeking to secure 500 nurses

The organizing body of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics said Monday it is trying to secure 500 nurses to provide medical care during this summer's global sporting event... The request has been made to the Japan Nursing Association. The organizing committee's CEO Toshiro Muto said at a press conference that for it to secure that number of nurses "the basic premise is not to cause a negative impact on local medical systems."

Japan gov't warns Line over insufficient personal data protection

The Japanese government on Monday ordered messaging app provider Line Corp. to take measures to properly protect customers' information after such data were found accessible by a Chinese affiliate without user consent.
The administrative guidance, which also requires a report from Line by late May, was issued as the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry judged the app operator failed to provide a sufficient surveillance system to protect the "secrets of communications" as required by law.

UK imposes sanctions on Russians, South Africa's Guptas in first use of anti-corruption law | Reuters

Britain imposed sanctions on Monday on 14 Russians, on the Gupta family of South African businessmen and on officials accused of aiding Central American drugs cartels, in the first use of a new power to fight human rights abuses and corruption abroad.
Britain's new Magnitsky act, like a similar law enacted in the United States, is named after Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who was arrested and later died in prison in Russia after accusing Russian officials of a massive tax fraud.

Trump mocks 'politically correct and boring' Oscars over low ratings | TheHill

Former President Trump is railing against the Academy Awards, mocking the annual Hollywood gala's record-low TV ratings and slamming the ceremony as too "politically correct and boring."
ABC's ratings for Sunday's 93rd annual Oscars, held amid the coronavirus pandemic in Los Angeles, were reportedly the lowest on record, dropping 58.3 percent over last year.

Why the New York Times's Opinion Redesign Drops 'Op-Ed' - The New York Times

The first Op-Ed page in The New York Times greeted the world on Sept. 21, 1970. It was so named because it appeared opposite the editorial page and not (as many still believe) because it would offer views contrary to the paper’s... That important mission remains the same. But it’s time to change the name. The reason is simple: In the digital world, in which millions of Times readers absorb the paper’s journalism online, there is no geographical “Op-Ed,” just as there is no geographical “Ed” for Op-Ed to be opposite to. It is a relic of an older age and an older print newspaper design.
So now, at age 50, the designation will be retired. Editorials will still be called editorials, but the articles written by outside writers will be known as “Guest Essays,” a title that will appear prominently above the headline.