News from around the world: what’s making headlines today
Japan Today reports that around 1,000 women took part in an annual New Year’s Eve archery event for new adults at Sanjusangendo, a Buddhist temple in Kyoto, yesterday (Sunday).
The event took place without spectators due to the coronavirus. The archery tournament (kyudo in Japanese) involves women shooting at a one-meter-wide target from 60 yards away.
Archers shoot in groups. Each archer receives two arrows and has two minutes to hit the targets. Those who hit the target with both arrows advance to the second round. The tradition dates back to the early 1600s.
GW, a German news site, says climate minister Robert Habeck wants to make the country climate neutral by 2045.
The southern city of Freiburg is apparently already close to realizing its vision. It has many flagship projects: Friborg’s new town hall was one of the first in the world to be designed as a zero-energy building, with 800 solar panels on its facade.
A new football stadium has a world-class solar installation on its roof. The Archdiocese of Freiburg aims to be the first in Germany to reduce the church’s CO2 emissions to zero.
In New Zealand, the Herald reports that Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki is due to appear in Auckland District Court today (Monday).
It will appear via an audiovisual link. It is not yet known what charges he faces, but there have been allegations that he breached bail conditions by speaking at an anti-vaccine rally in January in Christchurch , which was attended by more than 100 people – more than allowed by the country’s traffic light system. .
As part of his bail conditions, Mr Tamaki would not be allowed to “organize or attend demonstrations in violation of any Covid-19 level requirements”. The 63-year-old has already been charged three times for his part in the Auckland Domain lockdown protests. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges, including allegations that he violated the conditions of his bail.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that volcanologists say the Pacific eruption that triggered tsunami warnings along the west coast of the United States over the weekend appears to be dying out – but that doesn’t mean the any of the many undersea volcanoes around the Pacific will not produce a similar threat in the future.
Bay Area residents were among those who learned that a volcano had erupted near the Pacific island nation of Tonga and that tsunami waves triggered by the blast were heading towards the California coast . The tsunami warning was lifted for California yesterday (Sunday) morning, but not before leading to beach closures, precautionary evacuations and localized flooding.
The Asia Times reports that the ‘holy grail’ of energy – clean, safe and virtually unlimited – is being generated in a six-story building in a science park on the outskirts of a city south of Seoul, the southern capital. -Korean. Nestled between buildings inscribed Korea Institute of Advanced Science and Technology and Korean Institute of Nuclear Safety in Daejeon, an hour from central Seoul by KTX bullet train, is a superconducting fusion power plant – or, if you prefer, an “artificial sun”.
Folha De S. Paulo, in Brazil, says that chess is no longer Henrique Mecking’s favorite subject. Almost 70 years old, and better known as Mequinho, the greatest chess player in the South American country, prefers to talk about religion.
“I was chosen by Jesus as a prophet of the apocalypse 12 years ago,” he says. According to him, he still needs to be consecrated by a bishop to be recognized by the whole Catholic Church. “From there, I will be able to help the Church, the world, in the best possible way. And, of course, to save Brazil from communism and bloody civil war.
The Local, an Italian website, tells this tantalizing story: A Roman villa housing the only Caravaggio mural at the center of a legal battle between a former Playboy model and the sons of her late husband, an Italian prince, is put auction tomorrow. (Tuesday).
He reports that the sprawling property, valued at around £390million, is a Baroque gem with beautiful gardens and a valuable art collection which also includes frescoes by Guercino.
Art lovers are demanding that the Italian state step in to buy the spectacular property, arguing that artistic treasures must be protected and accessible to the public. But the government may not have enough to pay for it – the auction is only open to those who can put down 10% of the starting price, with buyers rumored to include Bill Gates and the Sultan of Brunei.
The auction was ordered by a court in Rome following a dispute between the heirs of Prince Nicolo Ludovisi Boncompagni, the head of the family who died in 2018. The dispute is between the prince’s third and last wife, Rita Jenrette Boncompagni Ludovisi , 72 years old. -old American former real estate broker and actress who once posed for Playboy, and children from her first marriage.
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