Published:  12:04 AM, 11 October 2019

Worldwide waffling (11.10.2019)

Worldwide waffling (11.10.2019)

The Rugby World Cup looks set to enter its most controversial knockout stage in history as Typhoon Hagibis threatened to force the unprecedented cancellation of yet more deciding pool games this weekend.

The looming super storm, set to sweep over the Tokyo metropolitan area at about 5pm AEDT on Saturday, forced World Rugby to cancel two games scheduled on Saturday in Yokohama and Toyota City.

England's final Pool C clash with France and New Zealand's Pool B game against Italy were declared draws, ending Italy's World Cup campaign and most likely leaving England to face Australia in the first quarter-final and France to face Wales in the second.

Hong Kong is facing its first recession since the global financial crisis, with little prospect of an immediate recovery as the city confronts its most violent protests in decades.

From luxury hotels and major shopping malls to neighborhood stores and restaurants in tourist hubs like Central, Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui, businesses are closing early or seeing fewer customers. Even when things are open, stores and the airport are quiet, as tourists stay away.

In 2015, Justin Trudeau promised that Canada's 42nd general election would be the last conducted under the first-past-the-post electoral system. Within two years, Trudeau had broken that promise as the Liberal government dropped its electoral reform efforts, citing a lack of consensus on an alternative system. The government never sought a consensus.

The closest we had to one favored proportional representation (PR). But that didn't help the Liberals. So, that was that; it was cynical stuff.

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