Japan eases foreign tourism ban, allows guided package tours

TOKYO — Japan on Friday eased its borders for foreign tourists and began accepting visa applications, but only for those on guided package tours who are willing to follow mask-wearing and other antivirus measures as the country cautiously tries to balance business and infection worries.

‘Taking it day by day’

On June 10, 2021, Cheylee Octavio, then a 25-year-old mother of two from Hilo, was stabbed repeatedly, allegedly by her ex-boyfriend.

$4.75 million: Schwartzel wins richest golf event amid Saudi outcry

ST. ALBANS, England — Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel banked $4.75 million on Saturday by winning the richest tournament in golf history, while the event’s Saudi backers faced renewed backlash after a 9/11 victims’ group called for American players to withdraw from the rebel series.

Off-grid living beckons more than just hardy pioneer types

Living off-grid conjures images of survivalists in remote places and a rustic, “Little House on the Prairie” lifestyle with chores from morning to night. Yet only a tiny fraction of people living off-grid do it like that, and fewer still live more than an hour from any town.

As I See It: What is a reasonable and practical thing to do?

Liberal (free) democracy is under attack. I quit the NRA when they used the Second Amendment to justify other regressive politics. Our founders had good reasons to create the second amendment. They had lived under a dictatorship and knew how often other governments had deteriorated. They included a means for the-people to resist oppressive government or even overthrow it if necessary. Thomas Jefferson opined, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” One of the things of concern was that a central government could become too powerful with a president or large states oppressing the smallest. At the time slave owning Virginia was the largest state. Imagine if California or Texas law became the law of the land everywhere.