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Last surviving Enola Gay crewman dies in Stone Mountain

The last surviving crewman of the Enola Gay, the B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, died overnight at his Stone Mountain home.
Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk, 93, was the navigator on the Aug. 6, 1945 flight that dropped the “Little Boy” atomic bomb.
With the 2010 death of Morris Jeppson, Van Kirk became the only one of the dozen crew members left.
For a number of years, he lived at a retirement community in Stone Mountain where by chance he found himself sharing the place with James Starnes, an Atlantan who had a front-row seat at history. Starnes was the navigator on the USS Missouri and the mighty battleship’s officer of the deck on Sept. 2, 1945 who greeted Japanese officials boarding to officially surrender.
“We were two individuals who happened to be at historic dates,” said Starnes, who said his friend died Monday after being hospitalized for a few weeks. “The passing always hurts so much. I told someone today that this was the first time I shed a tear for someone in a long time.”
Starnes learned that Van Kirk was living in Stone Mountain from a Time Magazine article. A mutual friend who also lived in the retirement community introduced them.
For more than a decade, the two men put on “dog-and-pony” talks around metro Atlanta about the two events that ended World War II. The two became close friends, Starnes told The Atlanta Journal Constitution Tuesday.

Last surviving Enola Gay crewman dies in Stone Mountain

The last surviving crewman of the Enola Gay, the B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, died overnight at his Stone Mountain home.

Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk, 93, was the navigator on the Aug. 6, 1945 flight that dropped the “Little Boy” atomic bomb.

With the 2010 death of Morris Jeppson, Van Kirk became the only one of the dozen crew members left.

For a number of years, he lived at a retirement community in Stone Mountain where by chance he found himself sharing the place with James Starnes, an Atlantan who had a front-row seat at history. Starnes was the navigator on the USS Missouri and the mighty battleship’s officer of the deck on Sept. 2, 1945 who greeted Japanese officials boarding to officially surrender.

“We were two individuals who happened to be at historic dates,” said Starnes, who said his friend died Monday after being hospitalized for a few weeks. “The passing always hurts so much. I told someone today that this was the first time I shed a tear for someone in a long time.”

Starnes learned that Van Kirk was living in Stone Mountain from a Time Magazine article. A mutual friend who also lived in the retirement community introduced them.

For more than a decade, the two men put on “dog-and-pony” talks around metro Atlanta about the two events that ended World War II. The two became close friends, Starnes told The Atlanta Journal Constitution Tuesday.

ローラさんの父親逮捕=海外療養費詐欺容疑で-国際手配、署に出頭・警視庁

ローラさんの父親逮捕=海外療養費詐欺容疑で-国際手配、署に出頭・警視庁

(出典: jiji.com)

Plane Crashes in Taiwan
With terrible weather as a result of Typhoon Matmo, a plane attempting a second landing on a small Taiwanese island on Wednesday crashed, leaving 51 people dead and injuring seven, according to reports. The flight was from Taipei, the capital, to the island of Penghu, which is halfway to the Chinese mainland. The plane was reportedly operated by the Taiwanese airline TransAsia Airways.

Plane Crashes in Taiwan

With terrible weather as a result of Typhoon Matmo, a plane attempting a second landing on a small Taiwanese island on Wednesday crashed, leaving 51 people dead and injuring seven, according to reports. The flight was from Taipei, the capital, to the island of Penghu, which is halfway to the Chinese mainland. The plane was reportedly operated by the Taiwanese airline TransAsia Airways.

(出典: thedailybeast.com)

YouTube users duped by spoof broadcast announcing that North Korea made the World Cup final

Netherlands five….Spain one. Germany seven…Brazil one….Wayne Rooney scoring a World Cup goal.

This World Cup has been a tournament full of surprises, but the closing days of the tournament nearly prompted the biggest of them all.

General consensus says the final was between Germany and Argentina.

However, according to one YouTube video, last night’s final was a head-to-head between Portugal and footballing powerhouse North Korea.

A number of YouTube users have been duped by a spoof video that appears to show a North Korean news broadcast announcing that the national football team had made it to the World Cup final.

The heavily edited video, which was uploaded on the YouTube channel Korea News on 11 July, shows a female news anchor from one of the country’s state run news channels explain to viewers that North Korea had made it to the World Cup final and would be playing a Portugal team led by Cristiano Ronaldo.

The video then purports to show ‘semi-final’ game footage of North Korea playing in a half empty stadium against what seems to be a fellow Asian football minnow, Brazil fans going crazy at one of the North Korean goals and Kim Jong-un appearing on a big screen in front of a crowd of what seem to be adoring Chile, or Costa Rica, fans.

If that was not enough of a hint that the video’s makers might be pulling viewers’ legs, it then presents a summary of the national team’s group stage matches which have them conveniently beating Japan 7 – 0, China 2 – 0 and capitalist enemies USA 4 – 0.

According to Yahoo Sports, the dialect of the voice over is not only wrong but the news anchor’s voice is completely out of synch with her lips.

(出典: independent.ie)

Lorin Maazel, Intense and Enigmatic Conductor, Dies at 84

Lorin Maazel, a former child prodigy who went on to become the music director of the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Vienna State Opera and several other ensembles and companies around the world, and who was known for his incisive and sometimes extreme interpretations, died on Sunday at his home in Castleton, Va. He was 84.
The cause was complications of pneumonia, said Jenny Lawhorn, a spokeswoman for Mr. Maazel. In recent days, he had been rehearsing for the Castleton Festival, which takes place on his farm.
Mr. Maazel (pronounced mah-ZELL) was a study in contradictions, and he evoked strong feelings, favorable and otherwise, from musicians, administrators, critics and audiences.
He projected an image of an analytical intellectual — he had studied mathematics and philosophy in college, was fluent in six languages (French, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian, as well as English) and kept up with many subjects outside music — and his performances could seem coolly fastidious and emotionally distant. Yet such performances were regularly offset by others that were fiery and intensely personalized.

Lorin Maazel, Intense and Enigmatic Conductor, Dies at 84

Lorin Maazel, a former child prodigy who went on to become the music director of the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Vienna State Opera and several other ensembles and companies around the world, and who was known for his incisive and sometimes extreme interpretations, died on Sunday at his home in Castleton, Va. He was 84.

The cause was complications of pneumonia, said Jenny Lawhorn, a spokeswoman for Mr. Maazel. In recent days, he had been rehearsing for the Castleton Festival, which takes place on his farm.

Mr. Maazel (pronounced mah-ZELL) was a study in contradictions, and he evoked strong feelings, favorable and otherwise, from musicians, administrators, critics and audiences.

He projected an image of an analytical intellectual — he had studied mathematics and philosophy in college, was fluent in six languages (French, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian, as well as English) and kept up with many subjects outside music — and his performances could seem coolly fastidious and emotionally distant. Yet such performances were regularly offset by others that were fiery and intensely personalized.

(出典: The New York Times)

Typhoon Neoguri pounds Japanese islands of Okinawa
A powerful typhoon pounded across the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa on Tuesday, as residents took refuge from destructive winds, towering waves and storm surges.
Airports closed and residents were evacuated from low-lying areas and shorelines as Typhoon Neoguri was passing through Okinawa, packing sustained winds of 108 miles per hour and gusts up to 154 mph, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
The storm was due to hit the main Okinawan city of Naha Tuesday evening. The national broadcaster said one woman had suffered a head injury due to the storm and one fisherman was missing after he was swept off a boat in seas near the southern island of Kyushu.
Television footage showed roads in Naha strewn with greenery and some downed trees.
Officials said the storm could be one of the strongest to hit Japan in decades, generating waves up to 46 feet high. But since typhoons track along Japan’s coasts and occasionally veer onshore every summer, the country is relatively well prepared.
"Please take refuge as early as possible," said Keiji Furuya, chairman of the National Public Safety Commission.
The meteorological agency issued special warnings for violent winds, heavy rain and storm surges. The storm was moving slowly and diminishing in intensity, but its wide area and slow movement could add to the potential damage, weather forecasters said.

Typhoon Neoguri pounds Japanese islands of Okinawa

A powerful typhoon pounded across the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa on Tuesday, as residents took refuge from destructive winds, towering waves and storm surges.

Airports closed and residents were evacuated from low-lying areas and shorelines as Typhoon Neoguri was passing through Okinawa, packing sustained winds of 108 miles per hour and gusts up to 154 mph, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The storm was due to hit the main Okinawan city of Naha Tuesday evening. The national broadcaster said one woman had suffered a head injury due to the storm and one fisherman was missing after he was swept off a boat in seas near the southern island of Kyushu.

Television footage showed roads in Naha strewn with greenery and some downed trees.

Officials said the storm could be one of the strongest to hit Japan in decades, generating waves up to 46 feet high. But since typhoons track along Japan’s coasts and occasionally veer onshore every summer, the country is relatively well prepared.

"Please take refuge as early as possible," said Keiji Furuya, chairman of the National Public Safety Commission.

The meteorological agency issued special warnings for violent winds, heavy rain and storm surges. The storm was moving slowly and diminishing in intensity, but its wide area and slow movement could add to the potential damage, weather forecasters said.

(出典: foxnews.com)

North Korea Fires Rockets into the Sea
Isolated North Korea fired short-range rockets into the sea off its east coast on Wednesday, South Korean media reported, the latest in a flurry of tests ahead of this week’s visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Seoul.
China, the North’s main benefactor, has repeatedly come under pressure from both South Korea and the United States over the past decade to use its influence to convince Pyongyang to give up its nuclear and missile programmes.
Xi, who is due to arrive in Seoul on Thursday in his first visit to South Korea since taking office last year, is reciprocating Park’s visit to China a year ago.
North Korea, which tested two short-range ballistic missiles on Sunday in violation of a U.N. ban, is expected to be high on the agenda when Xi meets his South Korean counterpart, Park Geun-hye.
The secretive North’s nuclear and missile programmes, and its plans to hold a fourth nuclear test, will dominate the agenda, officials in Seoul said.
China is usually very guarded in its opinion on North Korea’s nuclear programme but Pyongyang’s three nuclear tests and several rounds of sabre rattling have tested Beijing’s support.
The South’s Yonhap news agency quoted a military official as saying the North test-fired two projectiles on Wednesday that flew some 180 km (110 miles).
A South Korean defence ministry official was unable to confirm what kind of weapon was fired on Wednesday, but said they were assumed to be 300 mm rockets launched from one of the North’s many Multiple Rocket Launchers.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said he noted the news, but added that there was “no basis” to any suggestion the rocket launches were connected with Xi’s trip.

North Korea Fires Rockets into the Sea

Isolated North Korea fired short-range rockets into the sea off its east coast on Wednesday, South Korean media reported, the latest in a flurry of tests ahead of this week’s visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Seoul.

China, the North’s main benefactor, has repeatedly come under pressure from both South Korea and the United States over the past decade to use its influence to convince Pyongyang to give up its nuclear and missile programmes.

Xi, who is due to arrive in Seoul on Thursday in his first visit to South Korea since taking office last year, is reciprocating Park’s visit to China a year ago.

North Korea, which tested two short-range ballistic missiles on Sunday in violation of a U.N. ban, is expected to be high on the agenda when Xi meets his South Korean counterpart, Park Geun-hye.

The secretive North’s nuclear and missile programmes, and its plans to hold a fourth nuclear test, will dominate the agenda, officials in Seoul said.

China is usually very guarded in its opinion on North Korea’s nuclear programme but Pyongyang’s three nuclear tests and several rounds of sabre rattling have tested Beijing’s support.

The South’s Yonhap news agency quoted a military official as saying the North test-fired two projectiles on Wednesday that flew some 180 km (110 miles).

A South Korean defence ministry official was unable to confirm what kind of weapon was fired on Wednesday, but said they were assumed to be 300 mm rockets launched from one of the North’s many Multiple Rocket Launchers.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said he noted the news, but added that there was “no basis” to any suggestion the rocket launches were connected with Xi’s trip.

(出典: Newsweek)

俳優の斎藤晴彦氏が死去 舞台やCMで活躍

ミュージカル「レ・ミゼラブル」などの舞台やテレビCMなどで 幅広く活躍した俳優の斎藤晴彦(さいとう・はるひこ)さんが27日昼ごろ、東京都武蔵野市の自宅近くの路上で倒れていたのが見つかり、搬送先の病院で死亡 が確認された。関係者の話で29日分かった。病死とみられる。73歳。東京都出身。葬儀・告別式の日取りは未定。
 劇団黒テントの創立メンバーで、俳優として活躍するかたわら演出も手がけた。1980年代に通信会社のクラシックの替え歌CMで注目を集め、テレビ番組「11PM」の司会も務めた。また、ミュージカル「レ・ミゼラブル」でヒロインの養父テナルディエ役を長く務めた。

俳優の斎藤晴彦氏が死去 舞台やCMで活躍

ミュージカル「レ・ミゼラブル」などの舞台やテレビCMなどで 幅広く活躍した俳優の斎藤晴彦(さいとう・はるひこ)さんが27日昼ごろ、東京都武蔵野市の自宅近くの路上で倒れていたのが見つかり、搬送先の病院で死亡 が確認された。関係者の話で29日分かった。病死とみられる。73歳。東京都出身。葬儀・告別式の日取りは未定。

 劇団黒テントの創立メンバーで、俳優として活躍するかたわら演出も手がけた。1980年代に通信会社のクラシックの替え歌CMで注目を集め、テレビ番組「11PM」の司会も務めた。また、ミュージカル「レ・ミゼラブル」でヒロインの養父テナルディエ役を長く務めた。

(出典: 47news.jp)

Japan’s prince Katsura dies at 66
Prince Katsura, a cousin of Japanese Emperor Akihito, died Sunday of acute heart failure after years of struggling with ill health, the palace said. He was 66.
He was pronounced dead at 10:55 am (0155 GMT) at a Tokyo hospital. The prince has fought against a string of illnesses, including blood poisoning, infections and acute subdural hematoma, a collection of blood on the surface of the brain.
He was the sixth in line to the Japanese imperial throne.
Akihito’s two sons and his grandson are the first, second, third in line to succeed the Chrysanthemum throne.

Japan’s prince Katsura dies at 66

Prince Katsura, a cousin of Japanese Emperor Akihito, died Sunday of acute heart failure after years of struggling with ill health, the palace said. He was 66.

He was pronounced dead at 10:55 am (0155 GMT) at a Tokyo hospital. The prince has fought against a string of illnesses, including blood poisoning, infections and acute subdural hematoma, a collection of blood on the surface of the brain.

He was the sixth in line to the Japanese imperial throne.

Akihito’s two sons and his grandson are the first, second, third in line to succeed the Chrysanthemum throne.

(出典: newsinfo.inquirer.net)

2種の細胞、混合使用か 存在の証拠揺らぐ データ解析で判明
新型万能細胞とされる「STAP(スタップ)細胞」の論文で、理化学研究所の小保方(おぼかた)晴子・研究ユニットリーダー(30)らが培養し STAP細胞として公開した遺伝子データが、胚性幹細胞(ES細胞)など2種類の細胞を合わせて得られたデータだった可能性の高いことが3日、分かった。 理研の遠藤高帆(たかほ)・上級研究員が論文のデータを独自に解析して判明したもので、STAP細胞の存在の証拠が根底から大きく揺らいだ。
 問題となったのはSTAP細胞を培養してできる幹細胞。小保方氏らは「F1」という種類のマウスから作り、胎盤にもなる能力があると論文に記載した。
 だが論文に付随してインターネットで公開された遺伝子の働き具合を示すデータを遠藤氏が解析したところ、ES細胞と、胎盤になる能力のある幹細胞「TS細胞」が混ざった特徴があった。作ったマウスも「B6」「CD1」という別の種類だった。
 これにより、STAP細胞の大きな特徴である胎盤に分化できる能力がTS細胞に由来していた可能性が浮上。遠藤氏は5月22日、理研に解析結果を報告し「偶然や間違いで起きるとは考えにくく、意図的に混ぜ合わせた可能性がある」などと話したという。
 理研は「この結果だけではSTAP細胞の存否を結論付けることはできない」として、理研内の再現実験チームの検証結果が出てから慎重に判断する方針だ。

2種の細胞、混合使用か 存在の証拠揺らぐ データ解析で判明

新型万能細胞とされる「STAP(スタップ)細胞」の論文で、理化学研究所の小保方(おぼかた)晴子・研究ユニットリーダー(30)らが培養し STAP細胞として公開した遺伝子データが、胚性幹細胞(ES細胞)など2種類の細胞を合わせて得られたデータだった可能性の高いことが3日、分かった。 理研の遠藤高帆(たかほ)・上級研究員が論文のデータを独自に解析して判明したもので、STAP細胞の存在の証拠が根底から大きく揺らいだ。

 問題となったのはSTAP細胞を培養してできる幹細胞。小保方氏らは「F1」という種類のマウスから作り、胎盤にもなる能力があると論文に記載した。

 だが論文に付随してインターネットで公開された遺伝子の働き具合を示すデータを遠藤氏が解析したところ、ES細胞と、胎盤になる能力のある幹細胞「TS細胞」が混ざった特徴があった。作ったマウスも「B6」「CD1」という別の種類だった。

 これにより、STAP細胞の大きな特徴である胎盤に分化できる能力がTS細胞に由来していた可能性が浮上。遠藤氏は5月22日、理研に解析結果を報告し「偶然や間違いで起きるとは考えにくく、意図的に混ぜ合わせた可能性がある」などと話したという。

 理研は「この結果だけではSTAP細胞の存否を結論付けることはできない」として、理研内の再現実験チームの検証結果が出てから慎重に判断する方針だ。

(出典: MSN)

Newspaper Owner Among Seven Killed in Fiery Massachusetts Plane Crash

Seven people, including the co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer, were killed when a private jet crashed on takeoff and erupted in a fireball at a Massachusetts air field, authorities said early Sunday.
"There were no survivors," said Matthew Brelis, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates Hanscom Field in Bedford, where the Gulfstream IV crashed as it was taking off at about 9:40 p.m. en route to Atlantic City International Airport in New Jersey.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people on board and their loved ones," Brelis said.
Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz was among the dead, the newspaper’s editor said Sunday.
Bill Marimow confirmed Katz’s death to Philly.com, saying he learned the news from close associates,

Newspaper Owner Among Seven Killed in Fiery Massachusetts Plane Crash

Seven people, including the co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer, were killed when a private jet crashed on takeoff and erupted in a fireball at a Massachusetts air field, authorities said early Sunday.

"There were no survivors," said Matthew Brelis, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates Hanscom Field in Bedford, where the Gulfstream IV crashed as it was taking off at about 9:40 p.m. en route to Atlantic City International Airport in New Jersey.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people on board and their loved ones," Brelis said.

Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz was among the dead, the newspaper’s editor said Sunday.

Bill Marimow confirmed Katz’s death to Philly.com, saying he learned the news from close associates,

(出典: nbcnews.com)

Space Weather: Sunspots, Solar Flares & Coronal Mass Ejections

Studying the surface of the sun can reveal small, dark areas that vary in number and location. These sunspots, which tend to cluster in bands above and below the equator, result from the interaction of the sun’s surface plasma with its magnetic field.

Sunspots are cooler regions that cap some of the intense energy below them. Here’s how they form:
The material at the solar equator travels significantly faster than the material at the poles. The magnetic field lines become warped. When the magnetic field is strong enough — and twisted enough — jet streams of flowing currents create ropes of magnetism. Most of the rope lays inside the sun, but part of it may break through the visible layer, where it is viewed in the form of two sunspots. The pair are polar opposites, literally; think of them as magnetic north and south, with the rope acting as the magnet in between.

Space Weather: Sunspots, Solar Flares & Coronal Mass Ejections

Studying the surface of the sun can reveal small, dark areas that vary in number and location. These sunspots, which tend to cluster in bands above and below the equator, result from the interaction of the sun’s surface plasma with its magnetic field.

Sunspots are cooler regions that cap some of the intense energy below them. Here’s how they form:

The material at the solar equator travels significantly faster than the material at the poles. The magnetic field lines become warped. When the magnetic field is strong enough — and twisted enough — jet streams of flowing currents create ropes of magnetism. Most of the rope lays inside the sun, but part of it may break through the visible layer, where it is viewed in the form of two sunspots. The pair are polar opposites, literally; think of them as magnetic north and south, with the rope acting as the magnet in between.

(出典: space.com)

North Korea to probe decades-old Japanese abductions

North Korea has said it will reopen an investigation into the fate of Japanese nationals it abducted decades ago, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has said.
Mr Abe announced the move after days of talks between officials in Sweden.
Japan says North Korea abducted several of its citizens in the 1970s and 1980s to train spies - including learning the Japanese language and behaviour.
Tokyo said it would relax some sanctions against Pyongyang once the probe had been reopened.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that Japan would also consider providing humanitarian aid to North Korea, depending on how the investigation progressed.

North Korea to probe decades-old Japanese abductions

North Korea has said it will reopen an investigation into the fate of Japanese nationals it abducted decades ago, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has said.

Mr Abe announced the move after days of talks between officials in Sweden.

Japan says North Korea abducted several of its citizens in the 1970s and 1980s to train spies - including learning the Japanese language and behaviour.

Tokyo said it would relax some sanctions against Pyongyang once the probe had been reopened.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that Japan would also consider providing humanitarian aid to North Korea, depending on how the investigation progressed.

(出典: bbc.com)

「低俗バラエティー」批判に「笑い」でお返事? NHKのオムニバスコント番組に反響
  2014年5月8日に放送されたNHKのオムニバスコント番組「LIFE!」で、国会議員からの「低俗バラエティー」批判を笑いに変えたコントが放送され、インターネット上で反響を呼んでいる。
   タイトルは「NHKなんで」。ウッチャンナンチャンの内村光良さん扮するNHKの古株ディレクター・三津谷寛治が「NHKなんで」と言いながら出演者に硬派すぎる演出を押し付けるというコントで、その要求の数々は議員の主張を思わせるものばかりだった。

「低俗バラエティー」批判に「笑い」でお返事? NHKのオムニバスコント番組に反響

  2014年5月8日に放送されたNHKのオムニバスコント番組「LIFE!」で、国会議員からの「低俗バラエティー」批判を笑いに変えたコントが放送され、インターネット上で反響を呼んでいる。

   タイトルは「NHKなんで」。ウッチャンナンチャンの内村光良さん扮するNHKの古株ディレクター・三津谷寛治が「NHKなんで」と言いながら出演者に硬派すぎる演出を押し付けるというコントで、その要求の数々は議員の主張を思わせるものばかりだった。

(出典: j-cast.com)