ATAMI, SHIZUOKA PREF. - It’s a familiar scene on the evening news: A wild boar ventures out of the woods looking for food and wreaks havoc on a countryside town, spurring local authorities to arm themselves with nets to catch the rogue animal.Boar populations in the country have grown rapidly over the past several decades, partly due to a decline in the number of hunters, increasing the frequency of such encounters between man and beast.According to the Environment Ministry, the estimated number of wild boars roughly tripled from the early 1990s to some 900,000 in the year to March 2017, and 76 people were injured in boar attacks in the year through March 2018, up from 64 a year earlier.Amid a government push to stop overpopulation of the animal, which can also hurt the local ecosystem, hunters have been capturing boars in record numbers. But what happens to all of that meat?“Skinning and taking apart a specimen is hard work, especially for aging hunters. So what often … [Read more...] about Housewife-turned-hunter targets wasted boar meat in Japan
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Heavy-set, with a soft-jowled face, King has a distinctly ursine air about him. We first meet at a Wendy’s in downtown Brooklyn, his teddy-bearishness rounded out by a plushy layer of cocoa-coloured velour tracksuit with a matching hoodie, T-shirt, and beanie hat. He is a garrulous, flirty raconteur. He leans in close over the small white plastic table in the corner and shares, in a gravelly voice, his penchant for Dominican women (‘I’ll take one as my next wife’), his distaste for Indian shop-owners (‘They look at you like you in a zoo. Or the bottom of they shoe’), and his love for his two-year-old grandbaby Vanny. But when he talks about his three-decade long ‘bid’ in various upstate correctional facilities, punctuated by periods of isolation in ‘the Box’ – a solitary confinement cell – he gets quieter, and stares away, distracted and angry.‘I was in the Box a number of times,’ he says, ‘for … [Read more...] about This is what solitary confinement does to the brain – Shruti Ravindran
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FIVE members of a youth football team have so far been rescued from a treacherous Thai cave — leaving eight other teens and their coach still trapped inside. They drifted into the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in northern Thailand on June 23. Here's what we know about them. How many boys are trapped inside Tham Luang Nang Non cave? A group of 12 youngsters, aged between 11 and 16, plus their 25-year-old coach went in to explore the cave on June 23 after football practice. But monsoon flooding cut off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for almost 10 days. The first four boys were rescued on 8 July at around 6pm local time, and were taken to a field hospital near the cave. Shortly before 8 p.m., the Thai Navy SEALs reported on their official Facebook page that four had been rescued. A second rescue phase began on 9 July and a fifth boy was soon rescued. Who are the trapped Thai boys? The boys are all from a youth football team called the Wild Boars. They … [Read more...] about Who are the boys in the Thailand caves, how old are they and why was the football team in the caves?
(CNN)At least four of 12 boys were rescued Sunday after being trapped for more than two weeks in a flooded cave network in northern Thailand. Their soccer coach remains inside the cave with the other boys while rescuers finalize a plan to get the rest of them out. It's not clear yet which boys managed to traverse the narrow, flooded tunnels to safety and who is left inside the cave. The boys are from several schools in the Chiang Rai province of northern Thailand. In the days since their ordeal began, some details have emerged about their ages, favorite foods and soccer teams. Here's what we know so far: The boys, from the Wild Boars soccer team, have been trapped in the cave since June 23. Read More Peerapat Sompeangjai, 16 Peerapat Sompeangjai turned 16 on the day the group went missing, June 23. On Sunday, his 17-year-old sister Phanphatsa told CNN she promised to make her brother another birthday cake -- and all his favorite foods -- on his safe return. She added … [Read more...] about Thai cave rescue: What we know about the Wild Boars soccer team