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Map of Sulfur Mining Sites Discovered in Japan

Map of Sulfur Mining Sites Discovered in Japan Tokyo, 7 Aug (ONA) --- Shedding new light on the achievements of international trading pioneer Nakaiya Jubee (1820-61), a map of a sulfur mine on Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane that is believed to have been drawn by Nakaiya has been discovered in his hometown of Tsumagoi, Gunma Prefecture, Japan News reported. Nakaiya, whose real name is Kuroiwa Jubee, was a raw silk trader who was active in Yokohama when Japan was at a turning point in its history and just beginning to modernize. Through his business, Nakaiya greatly contributed to laying ...

China Launches Terrestrial Ecosystem Carbon Monitoring Satellite

China Launches Terrestrial Ecosystem Carbon Monitoring Satellite Taiyuan, China, 4 Aug (ONA) --- China successfully launched a terrestrial ecosystem carbon monitoring satellite and two other satellites from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province today, the Xinhua News Agency reported. The satellites were launched by a Long March-4B carrier rocket and entered the planned orbit successfully. The carbon monitoring satellite is mainly used for terrestrial ecosystem carbon monitoring, the surveying and monitoring of terrestrial ecology ...

Bird Habitats Affected by Waste All Over the World

Bird Habitats Affected by Waste All Over the World London, 4 Aug (ONA) --- Birds from every continent except Antarctica have been photographed nesting or tangled in waste, the BBC News reported. Photos were submitted by people from all over the world to an online project called Birds and Debris. The scientists running the project say they see birds ensnared - or nesting - in everything from rope and fishing line to balloon ribbons. The focus of the project is on capturing the impact of waste - particularly plastic pollution - on the avian world. "Basically, if a ...

SpaceX Rocket Debris Lands in Sheep Paddock

SpaceX Rocket Debris Lands in Sheep Paddock New South Wales 3 Aug (ONA) --- Three pieces of space debris have so far been found in the region, which are considered to be the biggest pieces found in Australia since 1979, The Australian Broadcasting corporation reported. Two pieces were inspected by technical experts from the Australian Space Agency and New South Wales Police on Saturday. Police have since confirmed they were also aware of the third piece being found in the region. The debris was confirmed to be from the SpaceX mission. This comes after locals ...

USA Floods: Death Toll Rises to 37, Hundreds Still Missing

USA Floods: Death Toll Rises to 37, Hundreds Still Missing Kentucky, 2 Aug (ONA) --- At least 37 people have now died in flash floods in eastern Kentucky, USA as the region braces for more rainfall, according to the BBC News. At least six children - including four siblings, aged one to eight, who were reportedly swept from their parents' grip - are among the dead. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said the death toll would continue to rise as "hundreds" remained unaccounted for. More than 12,000 households remained without power, and hundreds of homes and businesses have ...

Authorities: Forest Fire in Germany Needs Rain

Authorities: Forest Fire in Germany Needs RainBerlin, 2 Aug (ONA) —— Rain is necessary to ease the forest fire in Germany's Saxon Switzerland national park that started more than a week ago, the local authority said today.The fire keeps reigniting in the eastern German region and becomes stronger with rising temperatures and drought, said Thomas Kunz, the district's spokesman."For the situation to ease, we need rain," he said.Firefighters are battling embers and fire still in the ground. Columns of smoke occasionally rise from the ground or open flames appear, Kunz said.The wind can also ...

China Renews Yellow Alert for High Temperatures

China Renews Yellow Alert for High Temperatures Beijing, 1 Aug (ONA) --- China's national observatory today continued to issue a yellow alert for high temperatures as an intense heatwave lingers in many regions of the country, the Xinhua News Agency reported. During daylight hours today, parts of Xinjiang, Shaanxi, Hubei, regions south of the Yangtze River, Sichuan, Chongqing, as well as the southern part of China are expected to experience temperatures over 35 degrees Celsius, the Chinese National Meteorological Center said. Temperatures in parts of Sichuan and ...

Rare Big Pink Diamond Found in Angola

Rare Big Pink Diamond Found in Angola Johannesburg, 27 Jul (ONA) --- A big pink diamond of 170 carats has been discovered in Angola and is claimed to be the largest such gemstone found in 300 years. Called the “Lulo Rose,” the diamond was found at the Lulo alluvial diamond mine, the mine’s owning company announced today. Stephen Wetherall, CEO of Lucapa, the company which owns the mine, said that only 10,000 diamonds are pink colored and this makes finding a large pink diamond something very rare. The pink gemstone is expected to fetch a high value when ...

China Launches Six Sew Satellites to Space

China Launches Six Sew Satellites to Space Jiuquan, China, 27 Jul (ONA) --- Today China launched six new satellites into space from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China. The satellites serve several purposes such as testing various space technology and probing atmospheric density. Among those, the Lijian-1 solid-propellant rocket was independently developed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The new satellites entered into orbit successfully, the Xinhua News Agency reported. --- Ends/Anas ...

Philippines Struck by Powerful 7 Magnitude Earthquake

Philippines Struck by Powerful 7 Magnitude Earthquake Manila, 27 Jul (ONA) --- A strong earthquake left at least two people dead and injured dozens in the northern area of the Philippines, where the temblor set off small landslides and damaged buildings and prompted terrified crowds and hospital patients in the capital to rush outdoors, The British Guardian reported. The 7-magnitude quake centered in the province of Abra in a mountainous area, said Renato Solidum, the head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. “The ground shook like I was on a swing ...

Flood Fears Prompt Evacuations in North Dunedin, New Zealand

Flood Fears Prompt Evacuations in North Dunedin, New Zealand Wellington, 26 Jul (ONA) --- Dunedin Civil Defence Emergency Management today is evacuating a small number of North Dunedin residents close to the Water of Leith, The NZ Herald News reported. The Dunedin City Council this afternoon advised that Campus Watch were door-knocking affected homes, between Montgomery Ave and Leith St (Central), to warn residents of possible flooding. Evacuated residents were advised to stay with friends or family living in higher in areas if possible. Meanwhile, Emergency Management ...

Farmers Adopt Renewable Energy Systems in Businesses in Khazakstan

Farmers Adopt Renewable Energy Systems in Businesses in Khazakstan Nur-Sultan, 25 Jul (ONA) --- The family of Oleg and Natalia Veretilnyi might seem like ordinary farmers living in Bolek village in the Almaty Region in the Republic of Khazakstan, but they intend to fully cease using the electrical grid in favor of solar energy, which makes their homestead special, the Astana Times reported. The family have a poultry farm with 250 hens, which allows them to sell eggs and meat in the markets of Almaty and Issyk cities. They plan to complete the greenhouse for growing ...

Scientists Uncover Prized White Truffle Mystery

Scientists Uncover Prized White Truffle Mystery Paris, 24 Jul (ONA) - - - The prized white truffle emits intense aromas of garlic, fermented cheese and methane, and is so rare that the truffle can fetch up to £9,000 a kilogram. Now, the puzzle that has confounded experts for more than half a century, of how to cultivate the elusive white truffle on a commercial scale, appears to have been solved, the British Guardian News reported. This week, scientists from France’s National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE), will reveal that, at a secret ...

Oldest Male Giant Panda in World Dies

Oldest Male Giant Panda in World Dies Hong Kong, 21 Jul (ONA) --- The oldest-ever male giant panda in captivity died at age 35 at a Hong Kong theme park after its health deteriorated. The giant panda had high blood pressure which is a common condition among old pandas. Over the past few weeks, the panda was kept out of sight from visitors at the park as his health worsened. The panda stopped eating solid food and was significantly less active in recent days. A panda living 35 years equals approximately 105 years in human age, the statement read, the Associated Press ...

Heatwave in Britain Causes Severe Travel Disruption

Heatwave in Britain Causes Severe Travel Disruption London, 20 Jul (ONA) ---- High temperatures have brought severe disruption to rail services throughout Britain as the country wilts under a heatwave. Dozens of trains were cancelled or delayed across England this morning because of problems caused by the extreme heat. Temperatures hit 40C yesterday Tuesday, the hottest on record in the UK, causing damage to overhead wires, tracks, and signalling systems. National Rail has told customers to check before setting off on their journeys and to only travel if absolutely ...

Japan to Hold State Funeral for ex-PM Abe on 27 September

Japan Plans to Hold ex-PM Abe's State Funeral on 27 Sept   Tokyo, 20 Jul (ONA) --- Japan is planning to hold a state funeral on Sept. 27 for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was fatally shot earlier this month, government sources said today, Japan Kyodo News reported.   Planning for the rare state funeral is proceeding while the public is still processing the shocking death of the country's longest-serving prime minister, with the opposition camp expressing concern that a state funeral could be used to cement the legacy of the divisive ...

Southern Europe Battles Wildfires Amid ‘Apocalypse of Heat’

Southern Europe Battles Wildfires Amid ‘Apocalypse of Heat’ Madrid, 19 Jul (ONA) --- Firefighters were battling blazes across southern Europe on Tuesday as a heatwave sent people hunting for shade and compounded fears about climate change, according to the Spanish News paper Elpais. In Spain, wildfires were raging in several parts of the country, including the popular southern destination of Málaga. A second fatality was reported on Monday, when a shepherd’s body was found in Sierra de la Culebra, a mountain area in Spain’s northern Zamora province. The first ...

Over 15,000 Migrants Crossed Channel Into Britain in 2022

Over 15,000 Migrants Crossed Channel Into Britain in 2022 London, 19 Jul (ONA) ---- As many as 15,000 migrants have arrived in Britain so far this year after crossing the English Channel, figures show.Since the beginning of 2022, 15,107 people have reached Britain's shores after navigating busy shipping lanes from France in small boats, according to provisional government data.Crossings continued on Monday for the 11th day in a row, with 330 people arriving in seven boats, Ministry of Defence figures show.The highest daily total for 2022 to date was recorded on 13 April when 651 people ...

Number of Elementary, Junior High Students in Japan Down 1 Million in Decade

Number of Elementary, Junior High Students in Japan Down 1 Million in Decade Tokyo, 19 Jul (ONA) --- The number of students in elementary and junior high schools in Japan fell by around 1 million from a decade earlier to about 9.56 million in 2020, according to a government survey, underscoring the rapid graying of the country’s population, according to Japan Times news. The survey showed that 346 of the 1,892 municipalities in Japan had seen student numbers in the compulsory education system dwindle by more than 30% in the 10 years. The number of elementary and junior ...

Wild Bison Return to UK for First Time in Thousands of Years

Wild Bison Return to UK for First Time in Thousands of Years London, 18 Jul (ONA) --- Early morning today, three gentle giants wandered out of a corral in the Kent countryside to become the first wild bison to roam in Britain for thousands of years, the Guardian reported. The aim is for the animals’ natural behaviour to transform a dense commercial pine forest into a vibrant natural woodland. Their taste for bark will kill some trees and their bulk will open up trails, letting light spill on to the forest floor, while their love of rolling around in dust baths ...

Eight Died in Crash of Cargo Plane in Greece

Eight Died in Crash of Cargo Plane in Greece Belgrade, 17 Jul (ONA) --- A cargo plane transporting 11 tons of military ammunition and other explosives from Serbia crashed in northern Greece, triggering warnings to nearby residents they could be exposed to dangerous fumes.All eight crew members on board the Antonov An-12 died when the aircraft went down near the city of Kavala last night, officials in Greece and Serbia said today.Serbian Defence Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said the cargo had been loaded on the plane at Nis airport on Saturday evening. The plane then set off for ...

More People Brought to Safety in France As Wildfires Ravage Europe

More People Brought to Safety in France As Wildfires Ravage Europe Paris, 17 Jul (ONA) ---- French authorities were forced to save more people from a large forest fire burning near Bordeaux today as high temperatures continue to scorch southern Europe.The fire in Teste-de-Buch has intensified and threatened campsites, the local authority said in a statement. More than 14,000 people in the area have already had to leave their homes or holiday residences because of the fire.The flames destroyed 10,500 hectares of land and are being driven by high winds and extra dry land. Firefighters ...

Europe Heatwave Causes Deadly Wildfires Spread in Mediterranean

Europe Heatwave Causes Deadly Wildfires Spread in Mediterranean Lisbon, 17 Jul (ONA) --- Thousands of firefighters are continuing to battle wildfires in Portugal, Spain and France, as a heatwave shows no sign of easing. In northern Portugal, a pilot died when his waterbombing plane crashed in the Foz Coa area, near the Spanish border. The Portuguese authorities say at least 238 people have died from the heat over the past week, The BBC News reported. Fires are ravaging areas of France's south-western Gironde region, where over 12,000 people have been ...

Wildfires Rage as Europe Battles Heatwave

Wildfires Rage as Europe Battles Heatwave Lisbon, 14 Jul (ONA) --- A heatwave spreading across Europe is fuelling wildfires in Portugal, France and Spain. Around 3,500 firefighters in Portugal are battling dozens of blazes, as temperatures break records in various parts of the country. The worst has been reported in Leiria, where 600 people were forced out of their homes. Heatwaves have become more frequent, more intense, and longer-lasting because of climate change. The world has already warmed by about 1.1C since the industrial era began. In France, about 1,000 ...

Death Toll Rises to 10 in Italy’s Fatal Glacier Collapse

Death Toll Rises to 10 in Italy’s Fatal Glacier Collapse Rome, 7 Jul (ONA) —— The death toll from a fatal glacier collapse in Italy has risen to 10, an official confirmed today.Regional President of Trento Maurizio Fugatti told journalists in Canazei that the emergency services had recovered one more body.Officials have identified six of those who have died. Two are from the Czech Republic and four are from Italy, while five Italians are still missing. Carabinieri specialists are now trying to determine whether they are among the bodies that have been found so far, and to clarify the ...

Spain’s Famous Bull Run Festival Back after 2-year Hiatus

Spain’s Famous Bull Run Festival Back after 2-year Hiatus Pamplona, Spain, 6 Jul (ONA) --- Thousands of revelers erupted in celebration today as the traditional “chupinazo” firework was ignited to start the San Fermín bull-run festival in the Spanish city of Pamplona, ending a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rain did nothing to dampen the atmosphere as crowds, nearly all dressed in the traditional garb of white trousers and shirt with red sash and neckerchief, crammed the tiny town hall square for the noon event. The highlight of the nine-day festival ...

Glacier Collapse Kills Six in Italy

Glacier Collapse Kills Six in Italy Rome, 4 Jul (ONA) --- At least six people have been killed after being caught in an avalanche sparked by the collapse of a glacier in the northern Italian Alps. Emergency officials said nine others were injured in the collapse, with two people suffering serious injuries, BBC news reported. Rescue teams using helicopters and drones have been working through the night searching for 19 still missing. --- Ends/Khalid ...

Many Missing in Landslide that Killed 42 in India

Many Missing in Landslide that Killed 42 in India New Delhi, 4 Jul (ONA) --- Rescue teams in the north-eastern Indian state of Manipur are searching for 20 missing people, days after a massive landslide. More than 40 people have died so far in the landslide, which hit a railway construction site late last Wednesday. Local officials say heavy rains and fresh landslides have hampered rescue efforts. Monsoon rains have triggered severe floods in India's north-eastern states, particularly in Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura, BBC news reported. The impact has been ...

Heavy Rains, Floods Prompt Evacuations of Sydney Suburbs

Heavy Rains, Floods Prompt Evacuations of Sydney Suburbs Sydney, Australia, 3 Jul (ONA) --- Thousands of residents in Sydney suburbs were told to evacuate their homes today after heavy rains caused floodwaters to rise and rivers to overflow in what local authorities called life-threatening emergencies. The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for heavy rains and flash floods and winds of up to 90 kilometers (55 miles) per hour along the coast of Australia’s most populous city and other parts of New South Wales state. Australian authorities said that ...

Rice Fields Dry up as Italy’s Drought Lingers on

Rice Fields Dry up as Italy’s Drought Lingers on Rome, 30 Jun (ONA) --- The worst drought Italy has faced in 70 years is thirsting paddy fields in the river Po valley and jeopardizing the harvest of the premium rice used for risotto. Italy’s largest river is turning into a long stretch of sand due to the lack of rain, leaving the Lomellina rice flats — nestled between the river Po and the Alps — without the necessary water to flood the paddies. According to the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), drought stress is the most damaging factor ...