Reading & Discussion

Canada to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48477087

What are the sumo ring ceremonies held ahead of competitions?

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210911/p2a/00m/0op/022000c

China bans private tutors from giving online classes

https://www.reuters.com/world/china/china-says-private-tutors-will-not-be-able-offer-classes-online-2021-09-08/

Uber drivers are employees, not contractors, says Dutch court

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/dutch-court-rules-uber-drivers-are-employees-not-contractors-newspaper-2021-09-13/

Upside-down rhino research wins Ig Nobel Prize

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58507100

Amazon to cover 100% of college tuition for U.S. hourly employees

https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2021/09/09/amazon-to-cover-100percent-of-college-tuition-for-us-hourly-employees.html

Climate change: Big increase in weather disasters over the past five decades

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58396975

Tokyo 2020: Anger after Paralympian is stripped of gold medal for being late

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-58405211

Princess Mako of Japan will reject a $1.3 million dollar payout when she weds her ‘commoner’ college sweetheart

https://www.insider.com/princess-mako-will-reject-wedding-payment-to-marry-college-sweetheart-2021-9?amp&__twitter_impression=true

China bans under-18s from playing online games for more than an hour a day

https://news.sky.com/story/china-bans-under-18s-from-playing-online-games-for-more-than-an-hour-a-day-12395135

10 essential tricks for remembering people’s names

https://amp.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/sep/02/10-essential-tricks-for-remembering-peoples-names?CMP=twt_gu&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=&__twitter_impression=true

‘Work is work’: Afghan ex-minister now delivers food in Germany

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210830-work-is-work-afghan-ex-minister-now-delivers-food-in-germany

Covid origin: US spy agencies publish ‘inconclusive’ report

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-58361211

China bans exams for six-year-old school children

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-58380792

Jack Morris’ Accented Comment About Shohei Ohtani on Live TV Backfires

https://www.newsweek.com/jack-morris-accented-comment-about-shohei-ohtani-live-tv-backfires-1620423

Aluminum cans slowly replace plastics in Japan to tackle marine pollution

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210809/p2g/00m/0bu/024000c

(2021/9/11 Updated)