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Japan rescuers battle to reach thousands trapped by floods

first_imgJapan’s Meteorological Agency (JMA) said “heavy rain will likely continue at least until July 12 in a wide area” of the country, calling for “extreme vigilance” on landslide risks and flooding in low-lying areas.The JMA issued its second-highest evacuation order to more than 450,000 people. However, such orders are not compulsory and most residents are choosing not to go to shelters, possibly due to coronavirus fears.An official in Kumamoto said 55 people from the region were confirmed to have perished with four others feared dead.Two other deaths have been confirmed on Japan’s southwestern island of Kyushu and more than a dozen people are missing or unaccounted for, authorities said. ‘Hesitating to offer help’ In many areas, landslides reduced houses to rubble and floodwater rushed into homes in low-lying areas, destroying the contents and rendering them uninhabitable.Japan has deployed at least 80,000 rescue workers to save lives with the aid of another 10,000 troops.The rains also lashed central Japan, with local official Ryoichi Miyamae telling AFP that nearly 4,000 people were cut off, mainly trapped in the cities of Gero and the tourist magnet of Takayama by the overflowing Hida River.Complicating the rescue efforts has been the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed nearly 1,000 lives in Japan from more than 20,000 cases.The need to maintain social distancing has reduced capacity at shelters and many have preferred to take refuge in their vehicles for fear of becoming infected.One emergency worker said the coronavirus might be dissuading people from volunteering to help with the rescue efforts.”A special characteristic of this disaster I felt was not people hesitating to evacuate, but people hesitating to offer help,” one doctor said, according to NHK.”In past disasters, by the fourth day, we would normally see relief efforts like people preparing meals. This time, I am yet to see anything like that.”Regional authorities have asked potential volunteers from outside Kumamoto not to travel to the region, for fear of spreading the virus.Japan is in the middle of its annual rainy season and often sees damaging floods and landslides during this period that lasts several weeks. However, experts say climate change is intensifying the phenomenon because a warmer atmosphere holds more water to dump in the form of rain. Topics : After five days blocked by floodwater and landslides, troops finally managed to rescue some 40 residents in the village of Ashikita in the Kumamoto region.Kinuyo Nakamura, 68, burst into tears of relief as she finally made it to an evacuation center.”Gosh, it was scary. My house, it’s such a mess, I cannot live there anymore,” she said as she came across someone she knew at the shelter.”We have experienced flooding disasters in the past many times. But this one doesn’t compare. Rather than being afraid, I was just focused on escaping,” she told public broadcaster NHK.Nakamura choked up as she explained that one of her neighbors had fallen victim to the floods.”A truly, truly, fantastic person,” she said, covering her face to hide the tears. “That was the hardest thing.” Japanese emergency services and troops were scrambling on Thursday to reach thousands of homes cut off by devastating flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage.Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Thursday more than 3,000 households were isolated, either by rising floodwater or roads destroyed by landslides, mostly in the hardest-hit southwestern region of Kumamoto where fresh downpours were forecast.The rain front started in the southwest in the early hours of Saturday and has since cut a swathe of destruction across Japan, dumping record amounts of rain and causing swollen rivers to break their banks.last_img read more

Euthanasia group plans to turn militant in NZ over the buying of lethal drugs

first_imgStuff 14 December 2016Family First Comment: So now they’re showing their true colours – and intentions.An Australian euthanasia advocate is vowing to set up a new militant arm of his organisation in New Zealand to import large quantities of lethal drugs.Exit International director Philip Nitschke said his members were fed up with politicians’ inaction, and would set up ExitAction as a shamelessly criminal group similar to the Aids drug-buying group portrayed in the movie Dallas Buyers Club.“This is not something you beg for. This is something you take,” Nitschke said.It would mean that people wanting to take their own lives would not have to import euthanasia drugs illegally and – as happened earlier this year – receive visits from police.“We are not going to sit around for another decade while politicians wax and wane [on legalising euthanasia],” he said from Amsterdam.When ExitAction was announced internationally earlier this month, Nitschke put out a statement saying access to euthanasia drugs was a right of all competent adults, “regardless of sickness or permission from the medical profession”.Exit members are believed to be concerned that the Government position could change under new Prime Minister Bill English, who is Catholic and a known opponent of voluntary euthanasia.His wife Mary, a Wellington GP, told a health sub-committee hearing on the subject last month that legalising euthanasia would create ethical issues for doctors.“A core principle has been that we do not kill our patients.”She repeatedly referred to pro-euthanasia laws by the acronym “MAD”, or medically assisted dying. “It would be unsafe for those at risk of suicide.”READ MORE: read more

Real in pole position after Asensio scores winner at Bayern

first_img“Everything is still possible, but we did ourselves no favours today.”Despite Bayern dominating possession and creating twice as many chances as Real, Madrid claimed a sixth straight win, dating back to 2012, over the Bavarians in the Champions League knockout stage.“We didn’t put our chances away, while Real took their two chances,” said Kimmich.“We were naive in front of goal, they are favourites now to go through, but we will give it our all in the return.” Munich, Germany | AFP | Real Madrid moved a step closer to a third straight Champions League title after substitute Marco Asensio hit the winner in a 2-1 semi-final, first-leg victory at Bayern Munich on Wednesday.The 22-year-old came off the bench to finish a counter-attack and complete the holders’ comeback win, giving Real the advantage for the return game in Madrid next Tuesday.“We knew what to expect, we did well and put in a good performance,” said Real captain Sergio Ramos.“There is still the return to come, but we’ll be very focused and we defended well, that was the main thing.” Bayern took the lead at the sold-out Allianz Arena through Joshua Kimmich, but Marcelo equalised just before the break and Asensio put Real ahead.“In the middle of the first half, we were playing well, but we lacked the killer instinct,” said Bayern skipper Thomas Mueller.center_img Real coach Zinedine Zidane pulled a surprise before kick-off by leaving both Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema out of the starting line-up.Isco, who was replaced by Asensio at half-time, and Lucas Vazquez played either side of Cristiano Ronaldo, who had a subdued night up front in Munich.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

President Trump Makes Palm Beach Permanent Residence

first_imgTrump notes that New Yorkers have treated him poorly. Citing negativity from city and state political leaders in his previous permanent residence of New York as the reason he has been driven out. But, Trump admits he will always have a special place in his heart for his birthplace. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo responded to the news, saying “It’s not like Trump paid taxes here anyway.” Cuomo added “Good riddance” and “He’s all yours, Florida.” (Washington, DC) — Apparently, Palm Beach is the place to be for the President who is giving up city life. President Trump has officially made Palm Beach his new permanent residence. The President announced on Twitter he hated having to make the decision, but said it “will be best for all concerned.” last_img

Live: DOJ Inspector General testifies on FBI’s conduct in Russia probe

first_imgInspector General Michael Horowitz is set to be grilled by the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee after his report cleared the FBI officials who began the Russia probe of biased conduct, but did indicate improper FISA filings in the surveillance of ex-Trump campaign aide Carter Page.last_img

Florida mother of dead 5-year-old enters not guilty plea

first_imgA Jacksonville mother was arrested and charged with 3 felonies in connection to the disappearance of her 5-year-old daughter back in November.Authorities discovered the remains of the child near Alabama during a multi-state search. Williams was arrested during the search, but then was hospitalized after authorities say she attempted to kill herself.On Wednesday, 27-year-old Brianna Williams entered a plea of not guilty on two counts child neglect and one count of lying to law enforcement officers.Her bond is set at $1 million.last_img

LIVE: President Trump Unveils Mideast Peace Plan Calling for “Two-State Solution”

first_imgWhile Congress is impeaching the President, he is trying to solve world peace.President Trump’s long awaited Middle East Peace Plan is expected to be released today at noon. Trump calls the plan as “the deal of the century.” Palestinian leaders have already rejected the plan, which would reportedly allow Israel to annex portions of the West Bank. Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu says the plan will make history.last_img

Doctors find bullet in woman’s head days after shooting

first_imgImagine going into a hospital for a checkup after getting headaches, only to find out there is a bullet in your head!That is exactly what happened to a woman who had been complaining of headaches and was taken to the hospital where, her wife said, doctors found a bullet in her head days after she was hurt in a drive-by shooting in Southwest Miami-Dade.According to Miami-Dade Police, Shakena Jefferson, 42, was grazed by a bullet after a drive-by shooting took place near her home on Tuesday.Officials say doctors did an X-ray on her head, and found a bullet inside. Jefferson was treated for her wound  and had to undergo a surgery to have the bullet removed.She is expected to recover.last_img

Big Tech CEOs To Testify At Antitrust Hearing

first_img(Washington, DC) — The CEOs of four of the world’s biggest tech companies will defend their businesses in an antitrust hearing before Congress today. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Apple’s Tim Cook and Google’s Sundar Pichai will testify remotely today at a congressional antitrust hearing.The CEOs will reportedly argue that they face fierce competition from each other and from other large tech companies. Bezos has never testified before Congress and is expected to get the most attention.Bezos will claim Amazon occupies a small share of the overall retail market and that Walmart is twice as big. Zuckerberg will defend Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram and WhatsApp, saying the takeover helped both companies to grow. Google has already faced fines from the European Commission’s competition authority over its shopping search tool and Android mobile operating system. In the U.S.,the Department of Justice is investigating Google’s search product and digital advertising marketplace. A lawsuit may be filed if prosecutors determine Google favors its own products or suppresses competing options through its dominance in search and digital advertising.Facebook disclosed a new Federal Trade Commission probe into its business last year, just after the agency closed a privacy probe into the company with a $5 billion fine. Several state attorneys general have launched their own joint antitrust probe into the company. The company has more than 2 billion monthly users, making it the largest social media platformThe estimated wealth of the four companies is around $5 trillion.last_img read more