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レアジョブオリジナルの英会話ニュース教材です。世界の時事ネタを中心に、ビジネスから科学やスポーツまで、幅広いトピックのニュースを毎日更新しています。本教材を通して、ビジネスで使える実用的な英会話表現や英単語を身に付けることができます。

    Brian Selznick’s ‘Big Tree’ to be published next spring

    Brian Selznick’s ‘Big Tree’ to be published next spring

    Brian Selznick's next book was inspired in part by a famous friend, Steven Spielberg.

    Billed by publisher Scholastic as a “love letter to the natural world,” Selznick's “Big Tree” tells the story of two sycamore seeds and their quest across time and space to save the world. The 528-page book, featuring nearly 300 pages of illustrations by Selznick, comes out April 4, 2023. He began working on “Big Tree” after Spielberg suggested he write a story of nature, from nature's point of view.

    “‘Big Tree' is about a kind of hope that can be found in nature,” Selznick said in a statement. “It’s about surviving by working together to create a community. It’s about moving forward, planning for the future, and growing — even in the face of destruction. The natural world offers so many beautiful metaphors to help us live. Trees need each other to survive in the same way people need each other to survive. And like nature, we need to be adaptable as we grow.”

    In a statement about the book, Spielberg said, “The tale of the natural world is the greatest story we have to tell, and Brian delivers a brilliant chapter of it in the pages of ‘Big Tree.'”

    Selznick's previous books include “Wonderstruck,” “The Marvels” and “Invention of Hugo Cabret,” winner in 2008 of the Caldecott medal for illustration of a children's story and the basis of Martin Scorsese's film “Hugo.”

    This article was provided by The Associated Press.

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    Spain to enforce ‘doggy bag’ option in bars and restaurants

    Spain to enforce ‘doggy bag’ option in bars and restaurants

    Bars and restaurants in Spain will be obliged to offer “doggy bags” free of charge to clients to take home the food they have not eaten under a new law aimed at reducing food waste.

    Under the new bill passed by the Spanish government, businesses in the food chain will have to draw up plans to try to reduce the amount of food wasted or else face possible fines.

    Stores and supermarkets will be asked to reduce the price on products as their date limit for recommended consumption approaches and also reach agreements with neighborhood organizations and food banks for the donation of such products to help the needy.

    Once past the “best before” date, the law recommends that foodstuffs be channeled toward use as animal feed or in the industrial production of fertilizers and biofuel.

    Agriculture Fisheries and Food Minister Luis Planas said the law was aimed at “regulating and raising awareness,” so as to reduce the 1.3 million kilos (1,400 tons) of food wasted in the country each year. He said this represented 31 kilograms per person, which amounted to a loss of some 250 euros ($265) for each person.

    He said only France and Italy in the European Union already have similar legislation. Planas said he hoped the bill would be approved by parliament and in force by Jan. 1, 2023.

    This article was provided by The Associated Press.

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    EU court says UK residents in EU nations can’t vote there

    EU court says UK residents in EU nations can’t vote there

    The European Union’s top court ruled June 9 that British citizens living long-term in the 27 EU member countries have no right to vote or stand for office in the bloc unless they have obtained a European nationality.

    The ruling came in what was seen as a test case for the rights of U.K. citizens who continue to live in the EU despite Britain’s exit from the bloc two years ago. More than 1 million Britons were living in Europe. Many opposed Brexit in January 2020 and had their lives upended.

    The case was first launched in France by a British woman who has lived there for more than three decades but was struck off the electoral roll after Brexit and couldn’t vote in local elections in March 2020. She had declined to apply for French nationality.

    The woman, identified only by her initials E.P. in line with court practice, argues that she was deprived of her right to vote in the EU, and also in the U.K. owing to a rule there that prevents people from voting if they’ve lived abroad for more than 15 years.

    But the European Court of Justice ruled that people living in Europe even prior to Brexit “no longer enjoy the status of citizen of the Union, nor, more specifically, the right to vote and to stand as a candidate in municipal elections in their Member State of residence,” according to a court statement.

    The Luxembourg-based court said that “this is an automatic consequence of the sole sovereign decision taken by the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union.”

    This article was provided by The Associated Press.

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    Joshua Tree park closes trail so bighorn sheep can get water

    Joshua Tree park closes trail so bighorn sheep can get water

    A popular hiking trail to an oasis in Joshua Tree National Park has been temporarily closed so bighorn sheep can get undisturbed access to water.

    “The park is under extreme drought conditions and herds in the area are increasingly reliant on the oasis spring to survive the hot summer months,” a park statement said.

    The Fortynine Palms Oasis spring is surrounded by palms in mountains on the northern side of the park.

    The closure started June 1 and will remain in effect until summer monsoon rains provide enough water for the bighorns.

    An estimated 100 to 200 desert bighorns live in the park. They are among a population of about 13,000 in parts of California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah, according to the Joshua Tree website.

    The current population is about 10% of what it was before the settlement of the western U.S., the website said.

    Bighorns are very sensitive to disease, and research in Joshua Tree shows there has been a significant loss of water from springs and places where water seeps from the ground that has contributed to a significant loss of bighorn habitat.

    The park also warned hikers that summer temperatures on trails can reach more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 Celsius). Hikes should begin before or at sunrise and be completed by 10 a.m., or not begin until after 4 p.m., to avoid risk of heat illness and death.

    This article was provided by The Associated Press.

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    Poles get OK to gather firewood as energy prices soar

    Poles get OK to gather firewood as energy prices soar

    Poland's authorities are reminding citizens they can rummage forests for firewood to heat their homes as energy costs continue to soar.

    Opponents of the country's populist government called the firewood reminder a sign that it's fumbling the economy.

    Inflation in Poland is now at nearly 14%, with fuel prices surging to over 8 zlotys ($1.87) a liter. The government of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki blames Russia's war in Ukraine for driving up costs, calling it “Putinflacja” — or “Putinflation.”

    But critics of Morawiecki's party, Law and Justice, say the war is only part of the picture. They argue costs have been driven up by seven years of the ruling party's social spending policies, including cash handouts to families with children and the elderly.

    Billions in European Union funds could help ease the crunch for many, but they continue to be held up over an ongoing squabble over Poland's judiciary. The chief of the EU's executive arm, Ursula von der Leyen, was in Warsaw June 2 to tell Polish leaders that the money will flow only once Poland reforms its judiciary.

    “After yesterday’s visit, I can say that theoretically we are billionaires, but in practice, we will all be collecting brushwood,” said Donald Tusk, the leader of the largest opposition party, the pro-market Civic Platform, on Friday. “Because this seems to be the latest idea to prevent Polish poverty that Law and Justice has prepared for all of us.”

    The public has long been allowed to purchase branches left after logging in state forests.

    “Collecting branches for fuel is allowed at all times, with the consent of the forester,” Edward Siarka, the deputy minister of climate and environment, reminded last week.

    He said more people are asking how to go about obtaining firewood following the start of the war in Ukraine and the energy market turmoil.

    This article was provided by The Associated Press.

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    At 83, Japanese becomes oldest to sail solo across Pacific

    At 83, Japanese becomes oldest to sail solo across Pacific

    An 83-year-old Japanese adventurer returned home June 4 after successfully completing his solo, nonstop voyage across the Pacific, becoming the oldest person to reach the milestone.

    Kenichi Horie arrived in the Kii Strait off Japan’s western coast, completing his trans-Pacific voyage in 69 days after leaving a yacht harbor in San Francisco in March.

    It was the latest achievement for the octogenarian adventurer, who in 1962 became the first person in the world to successfully complete a solo nonstop voyage across the Pacific from Japan to San Francisco.

    Sixty years later, he traveled the opposite route.

    “I just crossed the finish line. I’m tired,” he wrote in his blog after reaching Japan in the early hours of June 3.

    He said that his sailing boat, Suntory Mermaid III, was to be towed after the sunrise for an expected arrival at his home port of Shin Nishinomiya yacht harbor in the evening. Local media said a welcome ceremony was held June 5.

    His achievement came after three days of struggle with the pushback from a strong tide. He wrote in his blog that he succeeded but was exhausted and took a nap after feeling assured that his yacht was on the right track to the finish line.

    Horie’s return to Japan makes him the world’s oldest person to complete a solo, nonstop crossing of the Pacific, according to his sponsors.

    Horie has also achieved a number of other long-distance solo voyages, including sailing around the world in 1974. His latest expedition was the first since his 2008 solo nonstop voyage on a wave-powered boat from Hawaii to the Kii Strait.

    This article was provided by The Associated Press.

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