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Legal marijuana helps Canadian Girl Guide sell cookies
- 1 名前：Anonymous 2018/10/21(Sun) 02:09:09.78
- A 9-year-old Canadian girl quickly sold out of the cookies she was selling for the Girl Guides by setting up shop outside a marijuana store.
Elina Childs, 9, set up Wednesday outside Nova Cannabis, an Edmonton, Alberta, marijuana shop, to take advantage of the foot traffic from the first day of legal cannabis sales across Canada.
The girl quickly sold all 30 boxes of cookies she bought, raising more than $90 for the Girl Guides, a Canadian group similar to the Girl Scouts in the United States.
Seann Childs, Elina's father, said he saw it as both a business opportunity for his daughter and an opportunity to teach her about Canada's new marijuana rules.
"We were going to sell them in the neighborhood and it's always been a little slow," he told CTV News. "Elina was actually bit by a dog once."
The father said selling all of the cookies took under 45 minutes.
"It amazed me how quickly they went," Childs told CBC News. "Even people in cars driving on the avenue there would stop and roll down their window and ask for cookies."
He said the experience was educational for Elina.
"We were looking at it as an opportunity to educate her on what marijuana is and the fact that it's legal in Canada now," Childs said.
"We talked about ... what it was and what it means for people who want to use it and people who don't want to use it," he said.
Sheriff's deputy rescues skunk with cup stuck on head
- 1 名前：Anonymous 2018/10/21(Sun) 02:07:25.63
- A California sheriff's deputy overcame his fear of bad odors and used his bare hands to pull a plastic cup from the head of an unlucky skunk.
The Mariposa County Sheriff's Office said Deputy Crane called for backup Wednesday night when he spotted the skunk running around with a cup stuck over its head.
Sgt. Charman responded to the scene, but remained in his car and filmed as Crane attempted to rescue the animal.
The video shows Crane attempting unsuccessfully to use a pole to remove the cup from a distance, but he eventually gave up and used his hands.
"Deputy Crane felt bad for the skunk but was obviously reluctant to approach it," the sheriff's office wrote. "Deputy Crane mustered the courage and after nearly 10 minutes of trying to use his baton to pull off the cup (as shown in the video), grabbed the cup with his bare hands and freed the skunk from its bonds!"
Empress Michiko turns 84, wishes for peaceful era...
- 1 名前：Anonymous 2018/10/21(Sun) 02:03:54.30
- Empress Michiko, on the occasion of her 84th birthday on Saturday, wished that Japan will have a new peaceful era following the imperial succession next year.
"I am confident that, from May of next year, the crown prince will serve the duties of Emperor with his whole heart, just as his majesty has done," she said in a statement, referring to Emperor Akihito, who will abdicate the throne on April 30.
"Together with his majesty, I, too, shall keep praying for the good of our country and our people, and for peace in the new era that the crown prince and crown princess will be building together in the future," she said.
Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend to the throne the day after his 84-year-old father's abdication, based on his desire to do so due to concern about his age and failing health.
In what would likely be her last statement to be issued on her birthday, she recalled Emperor Akihito's 30 years of dedication to his work, and efforts to live as a symbol of the state and the unity of the people, a role stipulated in the Constitution, as well the nearly 60 years that she has been with him since their wedding.
She said the emperor devoted himself to his duties with "all his strength and all his heart," as he said in a rare video message in August 2016 when he signaled his wish to step down.
"At his side, I saw how, as he performed each of his duties, his majesty gradually deepened his trust and devotion toward our country and our people," she said.
- 2 名前：Anonymous 2018/10/21(Sun) 02:04:06.32
- Since becoming the first princess from a non-imperial family when she was 24 years old, Empress Michiko said it was "not easy" by any means.
The empress, who raised her three children herself rather than leaving them to a foster mother, said parenting was "always a source of immense joy," adding it was "a constant battle against sleep."
It was a long custom in the imperial family to hire a foster mother but Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako are also raising their daughter Princess Aiko by themselves.
Answering a question from the press about what she wants to do after retiring from official duties, the empress said she wants to spend the rest of her days "peacefully" by her husband's side and read as many books as possible, especially detective novels.
"I have done my best to stay away from detective novels because I tend to get absorbed in them once I start reading, but I will no longer have to worry about having them near me," the empress said. "There are two or three P.J. Wodehouse "Jeeves" books waiting for me."
Looking back at the past year, the empress said she was saddened by a series of natural disasters, including torrential rains and earthquakes, which devastated many parts of Japan and overseas.
"I mourn with all my heart for the people who lost their lives to disasters across Japan and hope I can share, even in a small way, some of the sorrow of those left behind," she said.
Saudi Arabia admits journalist is dead, 18 people detained
- 1 名前：Anonymous 2018/10/21(Sun) 02:01:00.23
- Saudi Arabia admitted Saturday that missing dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, with its public prosecutor claiming the U.S. resident got into a fight with people he met at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and died as a result.
Investigations into his disappearance earlier in the month are continuing, and 18 Saudi nationals have been detained, according to the Saudi Foreign Ministry.
The kingdom also fired several intelligence officers including some close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the ministry said, though it made no reference to the crown prince's possible involvement in the case.
"The kingdom expresses its deep regret at the painful outcome and stresses the commitment of the authorities in the kingdom to bring the facts to the public," it said in a statement.
U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday he thinks the Saudi's account is "credible" but that what happened to Khashoggi is "unacceptable."
Trump told reporters in Arizona that he could consider imposing sanctions on Saudi Arabia. But he appeared unwilling to get too tough on the nation's key ally in the Middle East, given Riyadh's role in countering Iran's influence in the region and as a major buyer of U.S. military equipment.
Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post who had been critical of Saudi Arabia's royal family, vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.
U.S. media have reported that Turkish investigators heard audio recordings that suggested Khashoggi was tortured and killed.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday the United States "will continue to closely follow the international investigations into this tragic incident and advocate for justice that is timely, transparent, and in accordance with all due process."
Therapy dogs can spread superbugs to kids, hospital tests find
- 1 名前：Anonymous 2018/10/06(Sat) 18:41:44.73
- Therapy dogs can bring more than joy and comfort to hospitalized kids. They can also bring stubborn germs.
Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore were suspicious that the dogs might pose an infection risk to patients with weakened immune systems. So they conducted some tests when Pippi, Poppy, Badger and Winnie visited 45 children getting cancer treatment.
They discovered that kids who spent more time with the dogs had a six times greater chance of coming away with superbug bacteria than kids who spent less time with the animals. But the study also found that washing the dogs before visits and using special wipes while they are in the hospital took away the risk of spreading that bacteria.
The results of the unpublished study were released Friday at a scientific meeting in San Francisco.
One U.S. health official said the findings add to the growing understanding that while interactions with pets and therapy animals can be beneficial, they can also carry risk.
“Whether covered in fur, feathers or scales, animals have the potential to carry germs that make people sick,” said Casey Barton Behravesh of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Pet therapy can help people recover from a range of health problems. Past studies have shown dogs or other animals can ease anxiety and sadness, lower blood pressure and even reduce the amount of medications some patients need.
But there have been episodes of the superbug MRSA riding around on healthy-looking therapy dogs.
- 2 名前：Anonymous 2018/10/06(Sat) 18:42:01.94
- MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, often live on the skin without causing symptoms. But they can become more dangerous if they enter the bloodstream, destroying heart valves or causing other damage. Health officials have tied MRSA to as many as 11,000 U.S. deaths a year.
The bacteria can spread in daycares, locker rooms and military barracks, but public health efforts have focused on hospitals and nursing homes.
The Baltimore study looked at 45 children who interacted with the four dogs — petting, hugging, feeding or playing with them — over 13 visits in 2016 and 2017.
Among kids who had no MRSA, the researchers found the superbug on about 10 percent of the samples taken from those kids after the dog visits. They also found MRSA on nearly 40 percent of the samples from the dogs. The researchers also determined that the more time someone spent with the animals, the greater the chance of ending up with the bacteria.
The researchers think the dogs were generally clean of MRSA when they first came to the hospital, but picked it up from patients or others while they were there, said one of the authors, Meghan Davis.
“Our hypothesis is it’s really person-to-person transmission, but it happened through contact with the fur,” said Davis, a Johns Hopkins public health researcher and veterinarian.
Under hospital protocols, therapy dogs must be bathed within a day of a visit and are checked for wounds or other health problems. Children who see them are supposed to use hand sanitizer “but that wasn’t strictly enforced,” said Kathryn Dalton, another one of the researchers.
Later in the study, the researchers asked the dogs’ owners to bathe the animals with a special shampoo before the visits. They also had the dogs patted down every five to 10 minutes with disinfecting wipes at the hospital.
Those steps dramatically decreased the bacteria level on the dogs, Dalton said.
She hopes further study will show that such cleanings can reduce any risk of superbug infection.
“I really had the opportunity to see how important these dogs were to the patients,” Dalton said. After the sessions with the dogs, the kids “would say how much this made their day.”
- 3 名前：Anonymous 2018/10/07(Sun) 13:17:36.55
- Sunrise's design is not a symbol of militarism.
Please think. It is a way of expression for the sun common to mankind.
Record 37,000 children suspected to have suffered abuse in Japan
- 1 名前：Anonymous 2018/10/06(Sat) 18:36:43.88
Japanese police referred to child welfare authorities a record-high 37,113 suspected victims of child abuse in the first half of this year, a report released Thursday showed.
The preliminary figure marks an increase of 6,851 children aged 17 or younger being affected, as compared to the same period last year, according to the National Police Agency.
The agency believes the figures do not necessarily indicate there is an increase in abuse, generally, but rather that people are reporting more suspected cases to authorities amid heightened public awareness.
Police say the increased reporting has allowed them to intervene in potentially dangerous situations earlier.
The problem came into stark relief in March when Yua Funato, 5, died in Tokyo after being beaten and neglected by her parents. The girl had reportedly begged her parents to stop their mistreatment.
The case sent shockwaves through Japanese society when it was revealed Funato had recorded messages pleading for forgiveness in a notebook, all while her parents allegedly underfed her in order to keep the young girl "slim like a model."
- 2 名前：Anonymous 2018/10/06(Sat) 18:37:01.10
- The girl was also allegedly woken at 4 a.m. every day to practice writing and to carry out other tasks.
Following her death, the government compiled emergency measures to tackle child abuse, including a plan to employ an additional 2,000 child welfare staff nationwide by fiscal 2022, up from the 3,253 employed as of April last year.
"I understand that abuse leaves a serious impact on children's mind and body," said Junzo Yamamoto, the new head of the National Public Safety Commission, at a press conference, adding he intends to instruct police to promote measures to help abused children nationwide.
The latest report showed police also removed 2,127 children from their homes in the six months through June, deeming that their lives had been threatened, while forwarding to government child consultation centers 14,869 abuse reports that they could not immediately confirm, according to the report.
Of the 37,113 total minors affected, roughly 70 percent, or 26,415, were suspected of having been subject to psychological abuse, including 16,869 who had personally witnessed domestic violence.
A total of 6,792 victims were suspected to have suffered physical abuse, 3,795 neglect, and 111 were thought to have been raped or forced into some other form of violent sexual activity, the report showed.
The number of child pornography cases handled by police rose to a record high 1,423 in the first half of 2018, up 281, with the number of cases of possession of illegal materials growing and cases of people allegedly making explicit content involving children reducing.
The number of child porn possession cases stood at 393, surging from 31 the previous year, after police obtained a list of some 7,000 people who purchased child porn DVDs last year, while cases involving people making child porn fell 38 to 686.
Some 615 children were victimized in child pornography cases in total, up 21, with high school students 38.0 percent of the total, followed by 34.5 percent junior high school students and 22.4 percent elementary school students, according to the agency.
Cases of victims being lured into taking and sending nude images of themselves using mobile phones were most common at 39.0 percent, followed by hidden cameras filming victims at 25.4 percent and child prostitution at 15.0 percent.
About 90 percent of victims of nude image-sharing were high school students and junior high school students, it showed.
Typhoon hits Korean Peninsula, disrupts flights in Japan
- 1 名前：Anonymous 2018/10/06(Sat) 18:34:40.15
A typhoon moved over the southern part of the Korean Peninsula on Saturday, also bringing heavy rain to southwestern and western Japan and disrupting air traffic, the weather agency and airline companies said.
As Typhoon Kong-rey traveled north of Japan's main island of Kyushu, many flights to and from the region were cancelled, affecting some 5,000 people, Japan Airlines Co. and All Nippon Airways Co. said.
As of 9 a.m. Saturday, the season's No. 25 typhoon was around 120 kilometers west-northwest of the city of Tsushima in Nagasaki Prefecture with an atmospheric pressure of 970 hectopascals and winds of up to 162 km per hour, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
Although the typhoon is expected to downgrade into an extratropical cyclone early on Sunday, the agency warned of strong winds and high tides as it approaches northern and northeastern Japan on Sunday morning.
Osaka crashes out of China Open in semifinals
- 1 名前：Anonymous 2018/10/06(Sat) 18:33:27.11
- Naomi Osaka's bid for a third tour title ended in a straight-sets semifinal defeat to Anastasija Sevastova at the China Open on Saturday.
The Latvian, ranked 20th in the world, knocked off the U.S. Open champ 6-4, 6-4 in 1 hour, 31 minutes. According to the WTA website, the victory over the sixth-ranked Osaka was Sevastova's fourth over a top-10 opponent this season.
"You have to stay aggressive, you have to stay concentrated," Sevastova said afterward in an on-court interview. "Naomi, she's a great player, one of the best this year."
"She's so confident. So you have to stay there. You have to return every ball, and play good on your service game."
The 20-year-old Osaka, whose mother is Japanese and father Haitian, hit 24 winners but also made 42 unforced errors and managed to convert just one of her four break opportunities.
Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market ends 83 yrs of business for rel
- 1 名前：Anonymous 2018/10/06(Sat) 18:32:29.64
Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market, a popular tourist attraction, brought the curtain down on its 83 year-old business on Saturday amid its usual lively atmosphere, with a replacement facility set to open next week in a nearby waterfront district.
The new Toyosu market will open on Thursday following a two-year delay after soil contamination raised safety concerns and additional work was undertaken to deal with polluted groundwater.
Tours inside the Tsukiji market and the shops and restaurants in the outer market have attracted many visitors, but the Tokyo metropolitan government decided to relocate the aging facility due to concerns about sanitation, earthquake resistance and fire safety.
In the Toyosu market, tourists will be behind a glass wall on a second-floor deck.
Shortly after 5 a.m. on Saturday, before the start of the auction of tunas, Takeshi Yoshida, president of "Tsukiji Uo-ichiba" (fish market) gave an address on behalf of all wholesalers.
"Today, Tsukiji finishes its activities after 83 years and carves its name in history," said Yoshida, followed by all members doing "ippon-jime," a conventional Japanese hand-clapping ritual, to celebrate the last day of auctions.
After the bell rang, the auction sites were filled with the usual shouts from all around and the tunas were sold with buyers using their fingers to indicate bidding prices.
"Finally this day has come. Let's take our techniques and judging abilities developed in Tsukiji to the new market," said Yutaka Hayama, chief director of a business group of the Tokyo Fish Market Wholesale Cooperative.
IMF urges Japan to ensure tax hike goes smoothly
- 1 名前：Anonymous 2018/10/05(Fri) 03:24:06.56
International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde on Thursday urged Japan to make sure that an increase scheduled for next year in the nationwide consumption tax does not hurt the country's economic growth.
"We believe that the higher consumption tax will help fund growing health and pension expenses, and support fiscal consolidation," Lagarde told a press conference in Tokyo following an annual consultation with the Japanese government.
"However, we also recommend that the 2019 consumption tax increase be accompanied by carefully designed mitigating measures to protect near-term reflation and growth momentum. We believe that the fiscal stance should certainly remain neutral at least for the next two years," she said.
Economists fear the planned tax hike to 10 percent from the current 8 percent in October next year will trigger a wild swing in private demand that will put the brakes on the world's third-largest economy, as the previous hike in 2014 did.
The IMF said in a statement that "temporary mitigating measures should be carefully designed to alleviate the adverse consumption impact," pointing in particular to pricey purchases such as cars and homes.
The advice was essentially a thumbs up to the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which is considering tax cuts for such products and has promised "extraordinary measures" in the budgets for fiscal years 2019 and 2020 to ensure the tax hike goes without a hitch.
Lagarde was somewhat less supportive of Abe's decision to keep a lower consumption tax rate for daily necessities such as food and beverages, and newspaper subscriptions.
"Having one single rate is probably the most efficient way to design, structure and collect VAT," the former French finance minister said, using the abbreviation for value-added tax.
"But, and here it is the former finance minister speaking who understands that sometimes having two rates can also not only focus on revenue collection, which is the necessary function of tax, but also to be accommodating to the social situation of people, particularly those with low income."
The IMF, meanwhile, reiterated its stance that Japan should continue gradually increasing the consumption tax to at least 15 percent to pay for the costs of caring for a fast-aging population while reducing its massive public debt.
Earlier in the day, Lagarde met separately with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Finance Minister Taro Aso. Lagarde and Aso will attend a meeting of the Group of 20 finance chiefs in Bali, Indonesia, next week.
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