Most steer clear of Fukushima's restricted zone in Japan.But for Sakae Kato, it's the place of his life's mission: taking care of abandoned pets, which he refers to as 'kids.'"There were some frustrations in the past ten years that made me wonder why I was doing such things. But if humans have trouble making a living, the society will take care of them, and provide them social aid. If these kids are in trouble and no one is taking care of them, they will die." All of his family and neighbors fled after an earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear plant meltdown 10 years ago.But Kato vowed to stay on in a near-empty township and began taking care of stray pets.Kato and his 41 stray cats now live in a dilapidated house.Water is collected from a nearby mountain spring and Kato uses public toilets outside the restricted area."It's getting harder to take care of the animals so I think it will be even much harder in 10 years' time. I want to be around when the last cat dies, then I want to die after that, no matter if it takes a day or an hour, I want to take care of the last cat here before I die. Otherwise it would be cruel to leave it alone. I will not breed any more cats but it's also sad to see them go."Kato isn't technically allowed to sleep at his house and is officially a resident of Fukushima city which is a two-hour drive away.He says his family is opposed to his charitable, but costly, project.Taking care of the animals eats up around $7,000 a month for food, fuel and veterinary expenses.Kato estimates he has spent at least $750,000 over the past 10 years looking after the pets.But his kindness has not always received a warm welcome from onlookers.In February, Kato was arrested on suspicion of freeing wild boar caught in traps set up by Japan's government."People don't like wild boars and they say they're vermin. But the boars have come here in front of the garage since they were babies. They're getting bigger and bigger and now they also bring their children here with them, so to me they're like my children."Despite these obstacles, Kato insists he has permission to stay in the area and won't be deterred from what he sees as his life's purpose.
Mar.03 -- Sorare CEO Nicolas Julia discusses the $50M investment in his company by venture capital firm Benchmark, and how the fantasy soccer network sells and trades digital trading cards. He also talks about the sky-high prices some customers are will to pay for digital cards. He speaks to Emily Chang on "Bloomberg Technology."
Mar.03 -- Jesse Powell, founder and CEO of Kraken, explains how he believes that Bitcoin will eventually replace all of the world's currencies. He speaks to Emily Chang on "Bloomberg Technology."
The United States on Wednesday hailed plans by NATO ally Germany to sail a warship across the contested South China Sea, calling it welcome support for a "rules-based international order" in the region, something Washington says is threatened by China. German government officials said on Tuesday a German frigate would set sail for Asia in August and, on its return journey, become the first German warship to cross the South China Sea since 2002. "The United States has a national interest in the maintenance of peace and stability, respect for international law, lawful unimpeded commerce, and freedom of navigation and other lawful uses of the sea," a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department said.
A swell of COVID-19 cases is halting samba steps in Brazil's biggest metropolis while Argentina's capital tiptoes its way back to the tango floor. The two biggest cities in each of the neighboring South American countries are headed in opposite directions, reflecting how those that loosen restrictions despite warnings from scientists see a spike in the pandemic while others that keep social distancing measures in place are able to reopen their economies sooner. Sao Paulo, home to almost 12 million people, is bracing for the worst two weeks yet in the pandemic and the growing risk that its once-resilient health care system will collapse, Gov. João Doria told reporters Wednesday.
Mar.03 -- Emily Chang highlights Astra, the latest startup company trying to take part in the modern-day space race. Astra CEO Chris Kemp has decided to take the company public through SPAC to raise enough money to help the company get to space.
Sri Lanka, bidding to win a cricket match for the first time in a year, made a below-par 131-9 in the first Twenty20 International against the West Indies on Wednesday.
U.S. states across the nation from Michigan, Louisiana, Texas, Massachusetts and Mississippi are all loosening or lifting COVID-19 restrictions as reported infections are on the decline, but health officials are strongly warning against it. GOV. GRETCHEN WHITMER: “Today, we are announcing that restaurants and bars can operate at 50 percent capacity. That's up from 25 percent.”On Tuesday Michigan and Louisiana eased limits on capacity for indoor dining and other businesses with Michigan’s Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer saying venues like movie theaters, bowling alleys and banquet halls will be able to have up to 300 patrons inside or 1,000 outside, with the revised order taking effect on Friday and lasting through mid-April . GOV. GRETCHEN WHITMER: “Michigan is number nine nationwide for total vaccines administered and our case count and positivity rates remain among the lowest in the nation… The increased capacity limits outlined in this order will still give us the ability to protect public health as we carefully track variants and continue leading with science and data.” Arkansas and Massachusetts this week ordered that restaurants no longer have capacity limits, and in Texas...GOV. GREG ABBOTT: “It is now time to open Texas 100 percent”The governor went even further – lifting its mask mandate entirely. GOV. GREG ABBOTT: “Removing statewide mandates does not end personal responsibility. It's just that now state mandates are no longer needed.” There were mixed reactions from residents near Houston.RESIDENT LINDEE RAMBEAU: "Wahoo! I'm about done with masks."RESIDENT DONNIE DEVAULT: "I know everybody is anxious. I'm anxious, but I think a few more weeks, a month, shouldn't hurt anybody."Mississippi also ending its mask mandate effective on Wednesday with the Republican Governor Tate Reeves tweeting “it is time!” ROCHELLE WALENSKY: “Now is not the time to release all restrictions.” But on Wednesday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky cautioned against relaxing restrictions and urged Americans to continue public health precautions despite what their states permit.ROCHELLE WALENSKY: “The next month or two is really pivotal in terms of how this pandemic goes, as we scale up vaccination. Every individual is empowered to do the right thing here. Regardless of what the states decide. For personal health for public health. For the health of their loved ones and communities...” And President Biden on Wednesday echoed that sentiment.PRESIDENT BIDEN: “Texas I think is a big mistake… the last thing we need is neanderthal thinking that in the meantime everything is fine take off your mask, forget it. It still matters.” The number of new coronavirus cases in the United States dropped sharply for six weeks before plateauing last week, according to a Reuters analysis, and remains well below levels hit in January.
The prevalence of COVID-19 infections in England has dropped since January, but the rate of decline has slowed and cases might be on the rise in some areas, researchers at Imperial College London said on Thursday. The researchers said that national prevalence was 0.49%, down two-thirds from the 1.57% recorded in January, but added that compared to interim findings for February, estimated prevalence had risen in London and the South-East, as well as the East and West Midlands. "The prevalence... in England continues to fall although the rate of decline has slowed," Steven Riley, Professor of Infectious Disease Dynamics, Imperial College London, told reporters, adding that prevalence needed to be lower to give the vaccine rollout the best chance of success.
Amazon.com Inc will open its first-ever physical store outside the United States on Thursday. The world's largest online retailer said the cashierless store, dubbed "Amazon Fresh," is located in Britain, in the London Borough of Ealing. It will carry a private UK food brand it's calling "by Amazon" and will let consumers skip the checkout line when they shop.
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Many of us have, at one point or another, been stuck in a bar argument that went on a bit too long, that got a bit too hostile, with someone we didn’t know too well — and it’s rarely a memory to be treasured. Would it help if the guy at the other end of […]
In today’s TV news roundup, “South Park” premiered a preview clip of its coronavirus-themed special and Paramount Plus’ shared with Variety an exclusive clip from true-crime docuseries “For Heaven’s Sake.” CASTING Matthew Sato has been cast as Kia, a series regular role, in Disney Plus‘ new “Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.,” portraying the brother of lead Dr. […]
All 13 people killed when a packed vehicle collided with a truck in California are believed to have entered the US illegally through a nearby breach in the Mexico border fence, US authorities said Wednesday.
Before issuing his order to end mask mandates, Gov. Greg Abbott must not have looked at the recent numbers of coronavirus deaths in Texas. Another spike is possible before enough people are vaccinated to finally squelch the disease’s spread, and Abbott’s order makes it more likely we’ll see one in Texas. At a minimum, Abbott should have given local officials flexibility.
Kings of Leon is poised to make history as the first band to release an album as a non-fungible token, or NFT, a cryptographic way to buy and sell digital art and media. The Grammy-winning rock band’s new album, “When You See Yourself,” will release March 5 via streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, […]
Northwest Pipe Co. (NWPX) delivered earnings and revenue surprises of 9.62% and -2.28%, respectively, for the quarter ended December 2020. Do the numbers hold clues to what lies ahead for the stock?
A 200-foot marina that broke loose amid heavy flooding in Kentucky drifted under multiple bridges along the Kentucky River in Frankfort on Wednesday, March 3, ramming into the Singing Bridge as it passed, aerial footage shows.Drone footage released by Frankfort City Hall shows parts of the unmoored marina getting scraped off by the Singing Bridge, one of four Frankfort bridges that were temporarily closed to motorists on Wednesday, according to local news reports.Frankfort Plant Board crews raised electric lines to allow for the marina to fit across river streams, they said.No significant damage was inflicted on the bridge, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said. Credit: City of Frankfort City Hall via Storyful
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stressed the significance of the role that city and county chief secretaries have in improving the lives of the people and carrying out his five-year economic policies, state news media KCNA said on Thursday. North Korea's drastic measures to contain COVID-19 have exacerbated human rights abuses and economic hardship, including reports of starvation, for its citizens, already battered by international sanctions, a United Nations investigator said. Kim said the city and county chief secretaries had responsibility for taking care of their residents and urged them to embark on a fresh "turning point" to help develop their areas in line with his new five-year strategy unveiled at the January party congress.
Developers built politically sensitive applications on Binance Smart Chain as a way of showing the increasingly popular blockchain platform is not as decentralized as Ethereum. The dapps remain online.