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World baseball head not worried about Fukushima health risks
TOKYO (AP) — Staging games in Fukushima for the 2020 Olympics will not present any health risk to players, the president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation said Friday.
Tokyo Olympic organizers are planning to hold part of the baseball and softball competition in the region devastated by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.
The WBSC held an under-15 baseball tournament in Fukushima this year. Cuba beat Japan to defend its title.
"From the data I have received, the situation is not dangerous in Fukushima," WBSC president Riccardo Fraccari said. "The situation is fine now so I don't think we will have any problems three years on."
Holding Olympic events in the disaster-affected areas could send a powerful message of reconstruction.
Fraccari is scheduled to visit Fukushima on Saturday for an inspection tour of several proposed stadiums.
"We just staged the under-15 tournament in Fukushima and I know how passionate the people there are about baseball," Fraccari said. "The main issues for me are the facilities and the schedule."
The IOC is expected make a final decision on the location in Fukushima Prefecture at its Dec. 6-8 executive board meeting.
Vietnam’s reserves of sea fish close to 4.2 million tonnes
Vietnam’s reserves of sea fish are estimated at approximately 4.2 million tonnes with various kinds of fish, many of which have high commercial value. Fishermen in central Quang Tri province According to an overview of Vietnam’s maritime resources released by the Directorate of Fisheries, Vietnam’s sea is home to about 12,000 species and more than 20 ecosystems, particularly coral reefs, sea grass and mangrove forests. Of the total species, there are 6,000 types of benthos, 2,435 types… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Vibrant Tate show traces of David Hockney's artistic journey
LONDON (AP) — It's not often an artist finds himself occupying 12 rooms of London's leading museum of British art and the front page of populist tabloid The Sun. But David Hockney is unique.For curators of a major retrospective opening this week at Tate Britain , Hockney is an innovator whose 60-year career has taken in sketching, painting, printmaking, photography and digital iPad experiments. His depictions of sun-dappled Los Angeles swimming pools and wooded Yorkshire hills are among the… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
In the battle for Hollywood endorsements - and cash - Clinton rules
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Shiite militias join the battle as Iraqis push toward Mosul
SHURA, Iraq (AP) — State-sanctioned Shiite militias joined Iraq's Mosul offensive on Saturday with a pre-dawn assault to the west, where they hope to complete the encirclement of the Islamic State-held city and sever supply lines from neighboring Syria.Other Iraqi forces aided by U.S.-led airstrikes and heavy artillery meanwhile drove IS from the town of Shura, south of Mosul, where the militants had rounded up civilians to be used as human shields.The twin thrusts come nearly two weeks into… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Clinton accuses Trump of being Putin's 'puppet'
By Ginger GibsonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Hillary Clinton accused Republican presidential rival Donald Trump on Wednesday of being a "puppet" for Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose country has been accused by U.S. intelligence officials of meddling in the U.S. election.Putin has been repeatedly thrust into the campaign for the Nov. 8 U.S. election. Trump has praised him as a stronger leader than U.S. President Barack Obama, drawing criticism from Clinton and some Republicans that he… chat_bubble_outline Read More...