Japan probes possible WWII prisoner experiment site

first_img Tweet The excavation was ordered after former nurse Toyo Ishii spoke outExcavations are beginning at the site of a former medical school in Japan which could yield evidence of war-time experiments on prisoners.The site in western Tokyo is said to be linked to Unit 731 of the Japanese Imperial Army, which used prisoners for biological warfare experiments.The excavation was ordered after a former nurse came forward.Toyo Ishii said workers were made to bury dozens of bodies there after the surrender at the end of World War II.Ms Ishii, now 88, first came forward several years ago.A nurse in the hospital’s oral surgery department, she said she had no knowledge of any experiments on humans at the site, which is said to have been the research headquarters of the unit.But she and her colleagues were ordered to take bodies and body parts for burial in the compound before US troops arrived.“We took the samples out of the glass containers and dumped them into the hole,” she wrote in a statement in June 2006.“We were going to be in trouble, I was told, if American soldiers asked us about the specimens.”Excavation of the site had to be delayed until residents had been moved from the area.“We are not certain if the survey will find anything,” Health Ministry official Kazuhiko Kawauchi told the Associated Press news agency.“If anything is dug up, it may not be related to Unit 731.”Japan’s government has never formally acknowledged that the atrocities of Unit 731 took place.But witnesses and former soldiers have provided accounts of the work of the unit, which had its main base in eastern Heilongjiang province in China, then part of Japanese-controlled Manchuria.Viruses intended for use in biological warfare were reportedly tested on prisoners, some of whom were then dissected alive.Others were said to have been frozen to death in endurance tests.The site being excavated in Tokyo is close to another where fragments of bone, many showing saw marks, were found in 1989.Then the health ministry concluded that they could not be linked to Unit 731, but had been brought to Japan for “medical education”.Requests for DNA testing of the bones from Chinese families whose relatives are believed to have fallen victim to medical experiments at Unit 731 have since been refused Share 35 Views   no discussions Share News Japan probes possible WWII prisoner experiment site by: – February 21, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! BBC Newslast_img read more

National Banana exhibition opened at the Old Mill Cultural Centre

first_imgRipe bananasThe Cultural Division this morning officially launched Dominica’s first ever National Banana Exposition to feature products from the banana plant and its fruits.Chief Cultural Officer Raymond Lawrence while addressing the official launching ceremony at the Old Mill Cultural Centre this morning recognized the contribution which banana has made towards the economy as well as highlight its benefits.“Banana still continues to play a major part in the life of Dominica and Dominicans and still contributes significantly to the economy of Dominica. The food we produce in Dominica is not only enjoyable but also healthy. It’s said one banana a day keeps the doctor away, so banana is a very healthy fruit and it is important that we continue to place more emphasis on the growth and consumption of our local food.”Chief Cultural Officer, Mr Raymond LawrenceMr Lawrence also called on the public to support the farmers and continue to be creative in preparing various recipes and crafts using the banana.“Let us continue to give support to our local industries, let us continue to grow what we eat and eat what we grow. In that way, we are supporting our farmers and cutting down on our food import bill. Let us also continue to be creative with local and indigenous materials and make craft items which are indigenous to Dominica,” he said.In related news, the Director of Agriculture Ricky Brumant described banana as “the fruit of the wise” which should not be considered as a food of the poor. “It is important to know that banana is not the food of the poor. When I grew up and when lots of us grew up and even during the slave period, banana and bread fruits was used a crop that they could feed the slaves with until science came and taught us that in truth and in fact that it is a fruit of the wise and a very important fruit.”He also appealed to parents “to ensure that whether green or ripe, banana is placed on the table”.Director of Agriculture, Mr Ricky BrumantMr Brumant further stated that banana ahs brought significant economic prosperity to the island and reiterated the Ministry of Agriculture’s promise to continue placing emphasis on agriculture. “Banana has played a very important role in our lives. It has brought immeasurable economic prosperity to our country and a lot of farmers in the country and families in the rural space have benefited from that sector. In truth and in fact banana will not leave us and we will not leave bananas, it is important to the sector, it is important to our food security, it’s important to our diet and we in the ministry of agriculture will continue to place emphasis on the production of bananas and ensure that the economy benefits from that crop,” he said.Mr Brumant quoted some of the nutritional facts of the banana; which are Vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, noted that it does not contain sodium, fat or cholesterol and urged the public to ensure that their diets include banana whether green or ripe.Here are a few photographs of the exhibits: [nggallery id = 83]The exhibition will remain opened at the Old Mill Cultural Centre for viewing by the public until the 28th of October, 2011 which will also be observed as Creole Day.Dominica Vibes News 17 Views   no discussions Share Share LocalNews National Banana exhibition opened at the Old Mill Cultural Centre by: – October 18, 2011center_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Death of NPA hitmen ‘to cut atrocities’ in Negros

first_img“We are now dictating the operationaltempo favorable to the government security forces on the island…(This) alsobrought positive results to the Negrenses specifically to the victims of thecommunist-terrorists’ ruthlessness,” he added. “With their neutralization, we are alsoexpecting the dwindling of (their) criminal activities in the area,” Major GeneralEric Vinoya, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, said. BACOLOD City – The death of the two members of the New People’s Army (NPA)in central Negros has brought justice to civilians whose lives were ended bythe atrocities of the communist-terrorist group, an official of the PhilippineArmy said. The two members of NPA’s SpecialPartisan Unit (SPARU) were the casualties during the combat operations oftroops from the 62nd Infantry Battalion (IB), based in Isabela town, NegrosOccidental, in Barangay Binobohan, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental on thenight of February 28. They were identified as Edgar Bonifacioand Randy Canumay, both residents of the said village. “Justice has been served for allinnocent civilians after the neutralization of these SPARU members,” Vinoyasaid. NEUTRALIZED The cadaver of one of the two members of the New People’s Army hit squad, Special Partisan Unit or SPARU, killed during an encounter with troops of the 62nd Infantry Battalion in Barangay Binobohan, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental on the night of Feb. 28. 62ND INFANTRY BATTALION, PHILIPPINE ARMYcenter_img The Army official added that thedevelopment is evidence of how the troops have controlled the pace of theoperational situation in Negros Island as Negrenses have been cooperating andgiving them accurate information about the activities of the Communist Party ofthe Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA). Four nights after the two NPA hitmenwere killed while four soldiers were slightly wounded after engaging with therebels during an ambush at the border of Guihulngan in Negros Oriental andIsabela town in Negros Occidental. Troops of the 94IB were traveling onboard a military truck on the road in Barangay Luz, Guihulngan when the rebelsset off an improvised explosive device. Last week, two batches of governmenttroops have been deployed in Negros to boost the campaign to end the presenceof the CPP-NPA in the island. These included forces from the 33rdDivision Reconnaissance Company of the 3rd Infantry Division from Panay and thenewly-formed 14th Civil Military Operations Battalion from Cebu. (WITH PNA/PN)last_img read more

90 Western Visayas LSIs return home

first_img“The passengers were then fetched by the vehicles of their respective LGUs (local government units) so that they could be transported straight to their isolation facilities,” he added. The LSIs who returned need to undergo their mandatory 14-day quarantine in isolation centers so that they could be closely monitored by local health officers. (With a report from PNA/PN) The movement of LSIs from areas under enhanced and modified enhanced community quarantine, on the other hand, is still not allowed. The PAL operation in this province was temporarily suspended since March 16 due to the enhanced community quarantine to curb the spread of coronavirus disease 2019. “As for the outbound passengers, there were 85 passengers,” he added. SAN JOSE, Antique – Ninety locally stranded individuals (LSIs) are now home via a Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight that landed at the Antique Airport in this capital town.PAL has resumed again its operations in this province on Wednesday.Provincial information officer Junlee Saylo said the aircraft carrying 86 adults and four infants arrived around 9:15 a.m. on July 15 from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City.According to Saylo, 89 of the passengers were Antiqueños. The other one, meanwhile, was a Passi City, Iloilo resident who was picked up at the airport by the vehicle provided by the city government. Repatriated locally stranded individuals arrive at the Antique Airport on July 15 via a Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight. PAL operations in the province are rolling again after the Department of the Interior and Local Government issued an advisory lifting the travel ban on locally stranded individuals effective Wednesday. PROVINCE OF ANTIQUE Meanwhile, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Broderick Train said they installed a triage area right at the airport to ensure that the passengers would undergo the necessary health protocols upon arrival. It resumed operations last June 28 but was again suspended for two weeks starting June 29.The Department of the Interior and Local Government, in an advisory released on July 13, lifted the travel ban for LSIs to Western Visayas effective July 15.last_img read more

January 1, 2018 Police Blotter

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Eakin breezes to IMCA Sprint win at I-90

first_imgBy Steve ZwemkeHARTFORD, S.D. (June 20) – Six weeks have produced six different winners in the Coffee Cup IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car division at I-90 Speedway.Nate Eakin dusted the field by leading all 20 laps of this week’s feature.“You had to adapt to the track and we did,” said Eakin, who started from the pole.It didn’t take him long to form a rather large lead and it stayed that way until Jeff Edgington spun on the final lap.Eakin again showed his dominance over the final two laps for his first win at I-90 Speedway. Point leader Colin Smith was second.last_img

Sochaux seal Mayuka loan deal

first_imgSouthampton have loaned striker Emmanuel Mayuka to French club Sochaux. Press Association The 22 year-old scored in the 5-1 Capital One cup win at Barnsley last week, but had not featured for the Saints in the Barclays Premier League. Following the arrival of Dani Osvaldo, the Zambia international has been allowed to go out on loan to get some first-team games ahead of the World Cup. center_img Mayuka will stay at Sochaux until June 30, 2014. last_img read more

The Latest: German club sells tickets to fictional game

first_img___The R&A is postponing three amateur golf championships scheduled for June, including the Curtis Cup.The Curtis Cup was to be played June 12-14 at Conwy Golf Club in Wales. The R&A and USGA say the matches for female amateurs from the U.S. against a team from Britain and Ireland will move to 2021. The dates were not decided.The R&A says the British Amateur and the British Women’s Amateur will move from June to August, but that depends on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.K.The British Amateur had been scheduled for June 15-20 at Royal Birkdale. The British Women’s Amateur was to be played June 23-27 at Kilmarnock on the west coast of Scotland. The sports ministry in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai says it sees no point in funding player contracts for another season if it’s not clear when competitions will resume. It wants the Admiral Vladivostok hockey club to drop out of the Kontinental Hockey League and the Luch Vladivostok soccer team to drop down two divisions into the amateur leagues.The ministry says regional funding earmarked for professional sports will instead go into an anti-coronavirus fund.Many Russian sports team rely heavily on regional governments and state-owned companies for much of their funding. Primorsky Krai is the first region to impose such drastic cuts.All major sporting events in Russia are currently suspended.___ The Curtis Cup captains, Sarah Ingram of the U.S. and Elaine Ratcliffe for GB&I, will remain for the 2021 matches. The teams had not been decided. Players were to have been selected later this month.___Soccer fans from two clubs in Belarus say they will stop going to games because of the coronavirus.A leading fan group at Neman Grodno says its members will stop attending games and they have urged supporters for other teams to do the same.The fans have called on the national soccer federation to “draw on some courage and stop the Belarusian championship, as the rest of the world has done.” The Latest: German club sells tickets to fictional game Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___A German soccer club is raising funds amid the coronavirus pandemic by selling tickets for a fictional game. Third-division club Uerdingen hopes to virtually sell out its 34,500-capacity Grotenburg Stadium in Krefeld with the offer of souvenir tickets for fans.Tickets start at 5 euros ($5.46) and go all the way to 19.05 euros ($20.80) for VIP tickets. The club says “panic buying for friends and family is definitely allowed.”It’s the only time that Uerdingen will sell tickets for the Grotenburg Stadium this season. Its home arena is being rebuilt so the club has been playing home matches at the ground of nearby Fortuna Düsseldorf.Uerdingen was one of the powerhouses of German soccer in the 1980s with a best finish of third place in the Bundesliga and a run to the semifinals of the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1986. More recently it has dropped as low as the sixth division.The club hasn’t played a game since March 8 because of the virus outbreak. Fans of Shakhter Soligorsk have also said they will stop going to games “until the epidemiological situation allows us to return to the stands.” But they stopped short of calling for the season to be suspended.Belarus is the only nation in Europe still hosting professional soccer games with fans in the stadium.International players’ union FIFPro says players in Belarus have reached out with concerns about playing during the coronavirus pandemic.___English soccer authorities say there are “no quick answers” to the question of when play can resume following the coronavirus outbreak.center_img Associated Press The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan’s northeastern prefecture of Fukushima.Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official “handover ceremony”on Wednesday at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima.The public will have limited access to view the flame, and organizers hope to limit the crowd size because of restrictions in place for the coronavirus.The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 20 and the torch relay was to have started last week from Fukushima. The flame has remained in the prefecture with Wednesday’s event merely ceremonial.The Fukushima prefecture is the region of Japan that was devastated in 2011 by an earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. April 1, 2020 The Premier League, English Football League and Football Association say in a joint statement there will be play “only when it is safe to do so.”They say clubs and supporters have a role to play in the meantime “in supporting the government’s guidance and ensuring community strength and solidarity.”The most recent update from soccer authorities said there will be no play until April 30 at the earliest.___A hockey team and a soccer club in Russia face being removed from their leagues after government financial support was diverted to fight the coronavirus. Olympic officials have postponed the Tokyo Games until next year with the opening now set for July 23, 2021.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Pride and Jaguars duo penalised for CWI Code of Conduct breaches

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – Barbados Pride and the Guyana Jaguars’ Leon Johnson and Nial Smith have been penalised for breaching the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Code of Conduct during the first half of the Regional Four-Day Championship, CWI confirmed on Monday.Pride were fined for maintaining a slow over-rate against the Jaguars during their second-round match at Kensington Oval, from January 16 to 19. Johnson, the Jaguars captain, was fined while pacer Smith was reprimanded for Level 1 breaches of the Code – displaying behaviour that could be deemed as showing dissent at an umpire’s decision by action or verbal abuse – during the fourth-round match between Jaguars and Jamaica Scorpions at the Guyana National Stadium from February 6 to 9.Pride were reported by field umpires Danesh Ramdhanie and Christopher Taylor, as well as reserve umpire Troy Tudor, for being three overs short of their target after time allowances were taken into consideration.Under the regulations, minor over-rate offences occur when a team fails to bowl one to five overs short of their target in the allotted time.The fine for a captain is 10 percent of his match fee for every over his side fails to bowl in the allotted time. Other team members are penalized five percent of their match fee for every over the team fails to bowl in the allotted time.As a result, Pride captain Kraigg Brathwaite was fined 30 percent of his match fee and the other members of the squad were fined 15 percent of their fees.Brathwaite pleaded guilty to the offence after the match and accepted the proposed sanction from CWI match referee Stephen Proverbs.Johnson and Smith also admitted to their respective offences and accepted the sanctions after being reported by field umpires Zahid Bassarath and Deighton Butler, and reserve umpire Ryan Banwarie.Match referee Colin Stuart fined Johnson 15 per cent of his match fee for the breach of Section 2.4 of the Code during the Jaguars’ second innings, when he was dismissed. The umpires reported that he stood his ground before leaving the wicket and waved his hands in anger while walking away, when he was given out lbw in the 16th over.Stuart gave Smith a reprimand for the same breach of the Code, which also occurred during the same innings, when the pacer was dismissed.The umpires reported that Smith stood his ground before leaving the wicket and made a questionable remark, when he was adjudged lbw in the 85th over.The sanctions that could have been imposed on Johnson and Smith for their Level 1 breaches were: an official warning/reprimand and/or fine of up to the equivalent of 50 per cent of player or team official’s match fee.CWI also announced Monday that Scorpions off-spinner Peat Salmon was suspended for having an illegal bowling action in the same match against Jaguars.last_img read more

Pitcher perfect: Wisconsin’s Darrah one of the best

first_imgCassandra Darrah threw a perfect game for Wisconsin against Heartland Community College this past Sunday, throwing five flawless innings in a 12-0 blowout.[/media-credit]This week’s selection for Badger Herald Athlete of the Week came down to the wire. Scratch that – it came down to the final pitch.While senior pitcher Meghan McIntosh set the tone for Wisconsin by throwing a no-hitter and facing the minimum 21 batters in the team’s 4-0 win in the fall season opener against Kirkwood Community College several weeks ago, teammate and junior Cassandra Darrah one-upped the senior’s performance with a memorable game of her own.Which means there can be only one thing the Badgers’ ace accomplished: perfection.Facing the minimum 15 batters in Wisconsin’s five-inning 12-0 win over Heartland Community College this past Sunday, Darrah dominated from the get-go. Striking out six of her first nine batters, the right-hander struck out seven en route to her first perfect game in her collegiate career.For Darrah, it was a feat that has been accomplished before.“Senior year of high school, state tournament, first game,” Darrah said, smiling. “I’d say this last one was a bigger accomplishment.”While Darrah admitted to have “struggled” so far in the fall, her response to the shaky start shows just why the junior is the central piece to a Wisconsin puzzle trying to solve its way to its first tournament berth since 2005.Darrah has been impressive for the Badgers in her first two seasons on the mound. Already ranking fourth all-time for wins in the program with 38, Darrah compiled a 22-13 record in 2012 along with an earned run average of just 2.27, which was fifth best in the Big Ten.A native of Corydon, Iowa, Darrah wasn’t even recruited by the Hawkeyes out of high school, which is surprising considering the pitcher racked up 94 wins, 1,663 strikeouts, 48 shutouts, 15 no-hitters and one perfect game in her prep career.But Darrah doesn’t hold any special place of hate in her heart for Iowa, who she called “just another team” in the conference, although she admitted it’s fun when she gets to pitch against them. What Iowa does mean to Darrah, however, is family.“The biggest thing is having my hometown come up and watch and having that support,” Darrah said.Even though the drive from Corydon to Madison is over six hours, the pitcher’s parents have only missed an astoundingly small amount of their daughter’s games.“They’ve missed one Wednesday doubleheader, that’s it,” Darrah said. “I don’t know, they’re nuts, but I appreciate all of their support.”That’s right – just two games out of the 37 home games Darrah has played in her career. Talk about dedication.But it’s no surprise her family and many other Badger fans make the trip to Goodman Diamond to watch Darrah pitch on a regular basis. The junior was named second team all-Big Ten as a sophomore for not only her impressive stat line, but also her ability to go the distance in any given game.Perhaps what makes Darrah so invaluable to the Badgers and separates her from other pitchers in the conference is the amount of wear and tear her arm can tolerate. In her two full seasons thus far for the Badgers, the right-hander has registered 384.2 innings of work – the second most of any current junior pitcher on a conference roster.“She’s been a workhorse, that’s a good way to describe her,” head coach Yvette Healy said. “We like these Midwest players that are tough and blue collar, and she’s got that ability.”But it was McIntosh that Healy fully credited for helping Darrah reach perfection.“I think Meghan came out and set the tone the first weekend throwing the no-hitter,” Healy said. “And we talked to the seniors about leadership, and probably the biggest bit of leadership that I’ve seen in action was Meghan and [senior catcher Whitney Massey], two seniors come in and (have a no-hitter).”“They kind of threw down the gauntlet, and I think that was a wake-up call a little-bit because Cassandra is a good pitcher, but she needs to keep getting tremendously better to really get us to the NCAA tournament, and I think that was a nice little prodding to help push her along.”Maybe it’s the fact McIntosh knows this season is the last of her collegiate career, or maybe it’s the shadow of Darrah’s success, but the senior lefty seemed to have a different air of seriousness about her when asked about the competition between her and Darrah during the offseason.“In the bullpen everyday we compete, endurance wise and all that,” McIntosh said. “She works hard, she’s a good pitcher.”Healy hopes the competition will push the two pitchers to new levels of success this season. The third-year coach emphasized in crystal clear language that with her team bringing back almost the entire offensive roster that batted .300 as a team a season ago, it’s up to the pitching to be consistent and match the dominance of the Badger offense.But there’s hope with the dominance of Darrah so far in her Badger career and the vast improvement of McIntosh.Just to put in perspective Darrah’s place in Wisconsin history, the junior needs just 28 more wins to move into second place in program history in career wins, and she already currently has the second best career ERA (2.38) and the best winning percentage (.623) in Badger history.But personal accomplishments mean little to Darrah if she can’t deliver Wisconsin its first NCAA tournament birth since 2005. Darrah, who is customarily quiet and reserved during interviews, had a strong, three-word response when asked if this was the year the Badgers would finally make it back to the tournament.“Yes. For sure.”last_img read more