Japanese dolphin killing condemned by US ambassador
Japanese dolphin killing condemned by US ambassador
US shootings: suspect dies of gunshot wounds
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A controversial dolphin hunt which takes place in Japan every year is underway. Fishermen in Taiji in western Japan have driven more than 200 bottlenose dolphins into a secluded bay ready to kill them or sell them into captivity. Their death is not a quick one. Activist, Melissa Sehgal, from Sea Shepherd Conservation Society says the slaughter process is brutal. “The process is called pithing, where they hammer a metal rod into the spinal cord of the dolphin. These dolphins do not die immediately. It takes up to 20 to 30 minutes for these dolphins to die, where they bleed out, suffocate or drown from the process of being dragged to the butcher house,” said Sehgal. The killing has been condemned around the world. Us Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, has even stepped in saying she is “deeply concerned” by the “inhumaneness.” The Japanese government defends the practice, saying it is part of its culture and traditions. “I believe dolphin fishing is one of Japan’s traditional fishing industries and is carried out appropriately in accordance to the law. Furthermore, dolphins are not within the management of the International Whaling Commission and it is left to the respective nations to manage this resource.” said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. The killing is expected to start on Monday. A dead dolphin sold for meat can fetch around 450 euros.
The man suspected of shooting a TV reporter and her cameraman dead during a live interview is rushed to hospital in the US. Vester Lee Flanagan was found with gunshot wounds after a police manhunt in the state of Virginia. He later died from his injuries. How did events unfold? 24-year-old Alison Parker died along with 27-year-old Adam Ward. They were attacked while filming a morning interview for local TV station WDBJ7 in Bedford County. Flanagan, whose on-air name was Bryce Williams, was a former employee of the station and a former colleague of both. He filmed a video of the attack and posted it on social media. Speculation over a motive The TV station says it has no idea about a possible motive for the killings. Speculation, however, is rife. Reports claim that Flanagan may have harboured a personal grudge against both his victims. He reportedly filed a lawsuit against the TV station alleging discrimination, but the case was dismissed in July 2014. It is also claimed the 41-year-old had accused the murdered reporters of making racist comments.
Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris might just be Hollywood's cutest new couple. While Swift, 25, has been recruiting major A-listers to join her on stage during her five sold-out shows in Los Angeles for her 1989 World Tour — including Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Kobe Bryant, and Matt LeBlanc, to name a few — it was one special fan in the audience Monday night that got the attention of some loyal fans. Taylor's DJ boyfriend was in attendance for the show.
Dramatic security camera footage has emerged from China of several people falling into a huge hole as it opens up in the pavement beneath their feet. In the footage, captured on CCTV in Heilongjiang Province on Saturday, a woman can be seen trapped on a steel structure just below the surface of the pavement, while another four people fall right into the hole. A group of bystanders helps to pull them back above ground. According to local reports, the hole had an area of ten square metres and was two metres deep. Four people were hospitalised with minor injuries. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
During the Michelin Bringarally bike festival in Hungary, these cyclists found themselves in a pile-up when one of the riders lost control of his bike and fell, causing everyone else behind him to crash as well.
According to Captain Chad of SeaSalt Charters LLC. (located in Provincetown, Massachusetts), this is one of the "best whale watching videos he's recorded in decades!" It features a group of massive humpback whales feeding with their mouths open right next his private whale watch boat off the coast of Cape Cod. The vessel did not intentionally approach the whales, and the crew appropriately waited until they left the area before reengaging their propellers.
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