2024/02/19 05:30
◎陳成良

Extreme wind and rain may lead to bigger and worse desert locust outbreaks, with human-caused climate change likely to intensify the weather patterns and cause higher outbreak risks, a new study has found.

極端的風和雨可能導致更大、更嚴重的沙漠蝗災,而人為造成的氣候變遷,可能會加劇這種天氣模式,並增加蝗災爆發的風險,一項新研究發現。

The desert locust — a short-horned species found in some dry areas of northern and eastern Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia — is a migratory insect that travels in swarms of millions over long distances and damages crops, causing famine and food insecurity. A square kilometer swarm comprises 80 million locusts that can in one day consume food crops enough to feed 35,000 people.

沙漠蝗蟲是一種短角物種,分佈在非洲北部和東部、中東和南亞的一些乾旱地區,是一種遷徙性的昆蟲,以數百萬隻的群體遷徙長距離,破壞農作物,造成饑荒和糧食不安全。1平方公里的蝗群包含8000萬隻蝗蟲,1天可以消耗足夠養活3.5萬人的糧食作物。

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2024/02/16 05:30
◎張沛元

A ryokan at the Ikaho Onsen hot springs resort in Gunma Prefecture has a solid history of caring about guests with disabilities.

(日本)群馬縣伊香保溫泉度假區的一家日式旅館在關切身障客人上有紮實歷史。

Back in the 1990s, a guest at the traditional Japanese-style inn started complaining vociferously in the hotel’s bathhouse after finding it soiled by disabled guests.

早在1990年代,這家傳統日式旅館的一名客人在發現旅館的浴場被身障客人弄髒後,開始大聲抱怨。

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2024/02/15 05:30

◎孫宇青

A restaurant in the US is charging some of its customers for their inability to control their children while they dine there.

美國一家餐廳向部分顧客收取費用,原因是他們在內用期間無法控制自己的孩子。

Hidden away at the bottom of its menu, the Toccoa Riverside Restaurant tells its diners of its "adult surcharge," and adds: "No respect, no service."

隱藏在托科亞河畔餐廳菜單底部的一行字,告訴內用的客人這項「成人附加費」,並補充說:「沒有尊重,就沒有服務。」

Kyle Landmann left a review online, and said: "The owner came out and told me he was adding $50 to my bill because of my children’s behaviour. "My kids watched a tablet until the food arrived, ate their food and my wife took them outside while I waited and paid the bill."

凱爾‧蘭德曼在網路上留下評論,說:「老闆出面告訴我,由於我孩子的行為,他要在我的帳單上增加50美元。」「在餐點送來以前,我的孩子在看平板,用完餐後,我的妻子把他們帶到外面,而我等著結帳。」

His wife, Lyndsey Landmann said :"The kids were being so good. I even commented halfway through the meal: "I can’t believe how well-behaved they are."

他的妻子琳賽‧蘭德曼說:「孩子們表現良好。我吃到一半甚至說道,『不敢相信他們表現這麼好』。」

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2024/02/07 05:30
◎管淑平
The price of uranium reached the highest level for almost 17 years on Friday, driven by constrained supply and accelerating demand, against a backdrop of renewed interest in nuclear power.

在重新對核能發電有興趣的背景下,供應吃緊和需求加速,推動鈾價週五觸及幾乎17年來的最高點。

The benchmark contract for uranium oxide which, once enriched, is used as nuclear fuel, rose to $85.75 a pound for the first time since January 2007.

濃縮後可做為核燃料的氧化鈾,基準合約價自從2007年1月以來首次上漲到1磅85.75美元。

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2024/02/06 05:30
◎魏國金

An inert rocket of the type used to carry a nuclear warhead has been found in the garage of a home of a deceased resident in Washington state, police said.

一枚用來搭載核子彈頭的惰性火箭,在華盛頓州一名已故居民住家的車庫被發現,警方說。

Bellevue police responded Thursday to a report of a military-grade rocket in the garage of a home in the city. Police said an Air Force museum in Dayton, Ohio, had called Wednesday evening to report an offer to donate the item, which a neighbor said had been purchased at an estate sale.

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