2019.04.10

News Headlines - 10 April 2019

Japan Olympics minister expresses intention to resign over gaffes - The Mainichi

Japanese Olympics minister Yoshitaka Sakurada on April 10 expressed his intention to resign to take responsibility for a series of gaffes.
Sakurada conveyed his intention to step down to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga at the prime minister's office following a gaffe earlier that day relating to Japan's recovery from the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.
During a party in Tokyo for Hinako Takahashi, a member of the House of Representatives belonging to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Sakurada had stated, "Ms. Takahashi is more important than restoration. Please extend your assistance."

The last surviving Doolittle Raider, Richard E. Cole, dies at 103 - ABC News

Retired Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, the last surviving Doolittle Raider, has died. He was 103... In early 1942, Cole volunteered for "Special Mission Number 1," according to an Air Force news release. He trained at Eglin Air Field and on April 18, 1942 served as then-Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle's copilot during a raid on Tokyo.

Black hole picture captured for first time in space ‘breakthrough’ | The Guardian

The picture shows a halo of dust and gas, tracing the outline of a colossal black hole, at the heart of the Messier 87 galaxy, 55 million light years from Earth.
The black hole itself - a cosmic trapdoor from which neither light nor matter can escape - is unseeable. But the latest observations take astronomers right to its threshold for the first time, illuminating the event horizon beyond which all known physical laws collapse.
The breakthrough image was captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), a network of eight radio telescopes spanning locations from Antarctica to Spain and Chile, in an effort involving more than 200 scientists.

About 1 in 4 Japanese adults in their 20s and 30s is a virgin, study says - CNN

Japanese adults have their first heterosexual sexual experiences later than their counterparts in the United States and the UK, according to a new study.
Public health experts at the University of Tokyo found that sexual inexperience was on the rise in the country, with the percentage of women aged 18 to 39 who'd never had sex rising to 24.6% in 2015 from 21.7% in 1992.
The change was greater for men of the same age, with 25.8% virgins in 2015, up from 20% in 1992.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pays for groceries of a mum who forgot her wallet | Stuff.co.nz

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has shown a compassionate side during a recent visit to a supermarket.
Ardern confirmed that she recently helped out a mother-of-two who had forgotten her wallet while shopping at Countdown in Ponsonby, Auckland... When Ardern was asked by a journalist during a press conference in Hamilton on Thursday whether she had paid for the woman's groceries, she said "yes".

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