#9: ドバイ発ラクダのミルク入りチョコ、日本進出も視野

Dubai produces camel milk chocolate, plans to expand to Japan
2009年 07月 22日 13:38 JST

 [ドバイ 21日 ロイター] ラクダの乳を使用したチョコレートを世界で初めて作ったドバイのアル・ナスマが21日、中東諸国や欧州、米国、日本への進出を計画していることを明らかにした。

The world's first producer of chocolate made using camel milk, Dubai's Al Nassma, disclosed on the 21 July that they plan to expand to the Middle East, Europe, USA and Japan.


According to the company's Martin Van Almsick, first they will market to Saudi Arabia, within a few months they plan to expand into markets in Bahrain, Qatar, Quwait and USA. Negotiations are also progressing for selling in the long-established English department store, Harrods, and in specialist chocolate stores in San Francisco. They are exploring the possibility of opening a branch office in Japan where the demand for chocolate is high.


The company, which was established in October last year, is aiming to produce 100 tons of high grade camel milk chocolate each year. The number of camels being raised is 3,000. Apart from the chocolate sold at the shop established on the farm, they also service luxury hotels and in-flight snacks on private airlines.


It was said that the product is free from preservatives and chemical additives, and various locally popular spices, nuts, honey etc. are added.


#8: 今年もか!長崎・対馬沖で大量のエチゼンクラゲ

This year too? A large number of Nomura jellyfish in the sea around Tsushima, Nagasaki.
2009年7月8日09時15分 読売新聞


Large numbers of Nomura (also known as Echizen) jellyfish, which cause serious damage to the fishing industry by entering nets etc., have been discovered in the sea near Nagasaki. There is rising fear that, for the first time in 3 years, that an enormous group will drift into the sea near Tottori prefecture, so on 7 July both the prefecture fishery cooperative and the Sakai marine preservation department joined together for a meeting to discuss emergency counter-measures.


In the past, trawlers, having started to haul up their nets, have capsized due to the weight of the jellyfish. However, no "sure-fire" way has been found to prevent this damage. A fisherman, filled with trepidation, said "Continuing on from last year's fuel price rise, this year we have jellyfish?"


At today's meeting there were representatives from the fishery cooperative, employees from the marine products laboratory, the chief of the Tottori prefecture marine preservation department and others, in all about 20 people attended. The person in charge reported that this month, in the sea around Tsushima, it was confirmed that on some days there were up to 2,000 Nomura jellyfish with heads 15 to 30cm in diameter. There is a fear that, after riding the ocean current, in the sea off Tottori prefecture in August and September there will be a large number drifting about. By that time, they will have grown to 80 - 100 cm and weigh 100-200kg.


The last time there was an outbreak of large numbers of Nomura jellyfish was in 2005/06. The fixed fishing nets in the prefecture also incurred serious damage. The prefecture Coastal Trawler Cooperative president, Mr Hideo Namakashi, looking back on that time, said that "Even for fishing trawlers, it was difficult to search for an area of sea which did not have jellyfish. Even if the nets could be raised, it took time to remove the jellyfish, the fish were damaged, so it did not amount to a catch".


In August 2002 in the sea near Iwami village an accident occurred where, a large number of jellyfish were in a trawlers net, the weight made the small boat capsize, the captain was thrown into the sea and it took about 4 hours for him to be rescued.


At the meeting several counter-measures were introduced, to slice the jellyfish by pulling a net made from wire between two boats, or to guide the fish into a fixed net, then make the mesh of the net larger and let the jellyfish slip through.


However, apart from the wire net damaging the boat's hull when in use, a weakness of the cruise designed to exterminate the jellyfish would be the large fuel costs. Also, an improved net with large mesh would, after all, reduce the catch, so it was said that it would be difficult to progress its uptake.


The cause of the outbreak is not well understood, but it is pointed out that China's economic development has led to increases in chemical nutrients, and the like, in the East China Sea. The prefecture fisheries department is "supporting the spread of improved nets and by assisting with processing costs wants to reduce the burden on fishermen".

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#7: 風船に婚約指輪を忍ばせた男性、風で指輪ごと失う

Man who hid engagement ring in balloon, loses it in gust of wind.
2008年 03月 16日 14:18 JST

[ロンドン 14日 ロイター] 恋人にプロポーズしようとしたロンドン在住の男性(28)が、婚約指輪をヘリウムガスの入った風船の中に隠したところ、突風で風船が飛ばされ、指輪ごと失ってしまうという出来事があった。

A 28 year old London man having decided to propose to his sweetheart, hid the engagement ring inside a helium filled balloon, whereupon a sudden gust of wind cause the balloon to fly off. This reported incident resulted in the ring being lost.


The man commented in the local newspaper on the 14th March that "I could only watch as it flew high up into the sky". He also said "even though I had paid a lot of money for it, I was a big idiot. I also knew my girlfriend would give me a severe tongue lashing over this".


His plan was supposed to be that he would hand her a pin, she would pop the balloon, discover the ring and then he would propose to her. The man "had to tell her what had happened, she was very angry and she is not talking to me until I buy her a new ring".

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#6: オタマジャクシ:空から大量に 石川で奇妙な現象相次ぐ

オタマジャクシ:空から大量に 石川で奇妙な現象相次ぐ
Tadpoles: large numbers fall from the sky, a strange phenomenon continues in Ishikawa.
(毎日 新聞 2009年6月9日 19時34分)

In Ishikawa prefecture at the beginning of this month, the strange phenomenon of large numbers of tadpoles falling from the sky could be seen occurring one after another.

There have been reported cases of fish being sucked up in waterspouts, however this time the weather conditions have not been suitable for producing waterspouts and so the authorities are scratching their heads.

In the same prefecture in Nanao city's Nakashima Citizen Center car park, at about 4:35pm on the 4th of the month, a male staff member found about 100 dead tadpoles 2-3cm long scattered about on the ground and on top of cars.

It was said that the wind was gentle and the staff member noticed a sound like "bata bata".

On the 6th of the month at about 7.30am, 40 were discovered around a private home in Hakusan city in the same prefecture.

Nobuko Ishikawa (75), who lives in the house, said "some were smashed, it was not wet around the area. I felt as though I was being tricked".

Both places were close to water filled rice fields. According to the Kanazawa region meteorological observatory both days were cloudy and so the weather conditions were not said to be suitable for the occurrence of waterspouts.

"Even if sucked up, it should not have only been tadpoles, but similar sized rubbish and the like, should also have rained down" it was reported doubtfully.

On the other hand, it was pointed out that is was possible that a bird may have dropped the tadpoles. According to the duck pond observatory in Kaga city in the same prefecture, heron and crows eat tadpoles and when they are feeding them to their young or when their enemies get close they vomit them up.

However "soft tadpoles are digested quickly, so it is difficult to believe they would come out in their original form" they said.

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