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Japan’s Mount Ontake Volcano Erupts, Leaving At Least 7 Missing

Military helicopters plucked seven people from a Japanese mountainside Sunday after a spectacular volcanic eruption sent officials scrambling to reach many more injured and stranded on the mountain.

Mount Ontake in central Japan erupted shortly before noon Saturday, spewing large white plumes of gas and ash high into the sky and blanketing the surrounding area in ash. About 250 people were initially trapped on the slopes, but most made their way down by Saturday night.

At least 34 climbers have been injured, including 12 seriously, according to Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency. The tally was lower than reported by local officials earlier, but the disaster agency warned that the numbers could still change.

The number of those reported missing rose sharply to 32, the agency said.

Japanese television footage showed a soldier descending from a helicopter to an ash-covered slope, helping latch on a man and then the two of them being pulled up.

So far, seven people have been picked up in three trips, said Defense Ministry official Toshihiko Muraki. All are conscious and can walk, though details of their conditions are unclear, he said.

The Self-Defense Force, as Japan’s military is called, has deployed seven helicopters and 250 troops. Police and fire departments are also taking part in the rescue effort.

An estimated 40 people were stranded at mountain lodges overnight, many injured and unable or unwilling to risk descending 3,067-meter (10,062-foot) Mount Ontake on their own. Rescue workers are also trying to reach the area on foot.

A large plume, a mixture of white and gray, continued to rise from the ash-covered summit of the volcano Sunday morning, visible from the nearby village of Otaki. A convoy of red fire trucks, sirens blaring, and rescue workers on foot headed past barriers into the restricted zone around the mountain.

Shinichi Shimohara, who works at a shrine at the foot of the mountain, said he was on his way up Saturday morning when he heard a loud noise that sounded like strong winds followed by “thunder” as the volcano erupted.

"For a while I heard thunder pounding a number of times," he said. "Soon after, some climbers started descending. They were all covered with ash, completely white. I thought to myself, this must be really serious."

(出典: The Huffington Post)

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Obama Authorizes Air Strikes, Humanitarian Aid Mission in Iraq 

President Obama said tonight he has authorized “targeted” air strikes if necessary to protect American interests in Iraq from insurgent forces that are taking over the country’s northern cities.
If the terrorist group ISIS reaches Erbil, the president said he will call in U.S. air strikes. The U.S. has an embassy and other staffers in the city. Air strikes have also been authorized to protect families fleeing ISIS in the Sinjar Mountains.
"These innocent families are faced with a choice: descend and be slaughtered or stay and slowly die of hunger," he said.
Obama said U.S. combat troops will not return.
"As commander in chief, I will not allow the United States to be drawn into fighting another war in Iraq," Obama said.
The announcements marked the deepest American engagement in Iraq since U.S. troops withdrew in late 2011 after nearly a decade of war.
"Today, America is coming to help," Obama said. "The U.S. cannot turn a blind eye."
An air drop of food, water and medicine made at the request of the Iraqi government has been completed, the president said in the statement from the White House.

Obama Authorizes Air Strikes, Humanitarian Aid Mission in Iraq

President Obama said tonight he has authorized “targeted” air strikes if necessary to protect American interests in Iraq from insurgent forces that are taking over the country’s northern cities.

If the terrorist group ISIS reaches Erbil, the president said he will call in U.S. air strikes. The U.S. has an embassy and other staffers in the city. Air strikes have also been authorized to protect families fleeing ISIS in the Sinjar Mountains.

"These innocent families are faced with a choice: descend and be slaughtered or stay and slowly die of hunger," he said.

Obama said U.S. combat troops will not return.

"As commander in chief, I will not allow the United States to be drawn into fighting another war in Iraq," Obama said.

The announcements marked the deepest American engagement in Iraq since U.S. troops withdrew in late 2011 after nearly a decade of war.

"Today, America is coming to help," Obama said. "The U.S. cannot turn a blind eye."

An air drop of food, water and medicine made at the request of the Iraqi government has been completed, the president said in the statement from the White House.

(出典: abcnews.go.com)

Japanese Stem-Cell Scientist Yoshiki Sasai is Dead

Co-Author of Studies on Stem Cells Found Dead After Apparent Suicide
A top Japanese scientist who co-authored disputed stem-cell papers was found dead Tuesday after an apparent suicide, police said.
Yoshiki Sasai, deputy director of the Riken Center for Developmental Biology, guided research published in the journal Nature that purported to show a revolutionary method of creating stem cells by dipping cells in a mild acid solution. The research, published in January, was quickly challenged. Nature retracted the papers in July, saying they contained inaccurate data and other flaws that undermined their conclusions.
Dr. Sasai was found by a security guard Tuesday morning in a building near the Riken center in Kobe, western Japan. An apparent suicide note was found on his secretary’s desk, Riken said. The institute said a doctor at the scene pronounced him dead, and local police confirmed the death.
A respected scientist and expert on embryonic stem cells, Dr. Sasai worked closely with lead author Haruko Obokata on two stem-cell papers. He said he was asked to join the research project in its final stage and was mainly responsible for editing and revising the papers.
At a news conference in April, Dr. Sasai said that while he believed the papers should be retracted in light of the problems, some data couldn’t be explained without assuming the existence of the new kind of stem cell. He said he continued to believe there were promising signs of a breakthrough.

Japanese Stem-Cell Scientist Yoshiki Sasai is Dead

Co-Author of Studies on Stem Cells Found Dead After Apparent Suicide

A top Japanese scientist who co-authored disputed stem-cell papers was found dead Tuesday after an apparent suicide, police said.

Yoshiki Sasai, deputy director of the Riken Center for Developmental Biology, guided research published in the journal Nature that purported to show a revolutionary method of creating stem cells by dipping cells in a mild acid solution. The research, published in January, was quickly challenged. Nature retracted the papers in July, saying they contained inaccurate data and other flaws that undermined their conclusions.

Dr. Sasai was found by a security guard Tuesday morning in a building near the Riken center in Kobe, western Japan. An apparent suicide note was found on his secretary’s desk, Riken said. The institute said a doctor at the scene pronounced him dead, and local police confirmed the death.

A respected scientist and expert on embryonic stem cells, Dr. Sasai worked closely with lead author Haruko Obokata on two stem-cell papers. He said he was asked to join the research project in its final stage and was mainly responsible for editing and revising the papers.

At a news conference in April, Dr. Sasai said that while he believed the papers should be retracted in light of the problems, some data couldn’t be explained without assuming the existence of the new kind of stem cell. He said he continued to believe there were promising signs of a breakthrough.

(出典: The Wall Street Journal)

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.

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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)