My formula for success is rise early, work late, and strike oil.


To be able to detect the outbreak of avian flu anywhere in the world is going to require a partnership of several countries that will share information and samples, but it is important to remember a threat anywhere is a threat everywhere.




Disease Threatens Japan’s Beef Trade
( New York Times )

It is a calamity for this quiet cattle community. A prized black calf born last fall will soon be killed, part of the mass destruction of livestock in Japan’s battle against its worst foot-and-mouth diseaseoutbreak in at least a century.

The epidemic threatens to ravage the country’s trade in prime
marbled beef, considered a delicacy in this country. Miyazaki, on Japan’s southernmost main island of Kyushu, is one of Japan’s top beef producers and sends calves to other cattle-producing regions across the country, including the area that produces the famed Kobe brand.

“For me, this is the end,” said Tsuyoshi Kawasaki, 86, who has raised cattle in a small hamlet for 60 years. His calf, sired by a legendary local stud bull named Tadafuji, is not carrying the virus but must be destroyed because Mr.Kawasaki’s barn falls within a six-mile radius of the outbreak zone.

【 まずは準備運動 】

・epidemic 伝染病の発生、流行性の
・hamlet 村落
・sire (種馬が)子を生ませる、動物の雄親
・stud bull 種牛(stud:種馬)
・barn (農家の)納屋、物置
・radius 半径

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Responding to Spill, Obama Mixes Regret With Resolve
( New York Times )

President Obama uttered three words on Thursday that many of his 43 predecessors twisted themselves into knots trying with varying degrees of success to avoid: “I was wrong.”

He strode into the East Room to mount a robust defense of his
handling of the largest oil spill in American history, reassuring the nation that he was in charge and would do “whatever is necessary” to stop and clean up the BP leak in the Gulf of Mexico. But by the time he walked out an hour later, he had balanced that with a fairly unusual presidential self-critique.

He was wrong, he said, to assume that oil companies were prepared for the worst as he tried to expand offshore drilling. His team did not move with “sufficient urgency” to reform regulation of the industry. In dealing with BP, his administration “should have pushed them sooner” to provide images of the leak, and “it took too long for us” to measure the size of the spill.

【 まずは準備運動 】

・utter (声・言葉を)口から出す、発する
・vary 変わる、変える
・robust 強健な、たくましい
・offshore 沖(合)の(沿岸の:onshore)
・urgency 緊急(性)、切迫

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The best leaders... almost without exception and at every level, are master users of stories and symbols.


When I hear somebody sigh, ”Life is hard,”I am always tempted to ask, ”Compared to what?”




Happiness May Come With Age, Study Says
( New York Times )

It is inevitable. The muscles weaken. Hearing and vision fade. We get wrinkled and stooped. We can’t run, or even walk, as fast as we used to. We have aches and pains in parts of our bodies we never even noticed before. We get old.

It sounds miserable, but apparently it is not. A large Gallup poll has found that by almost any measure, people get happier as they get older, and researchers are not sure why.

The results, published online May 17 in the Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences, were good news for old people, and for those who are getting old. On the global measure, people start out at age 18 feeling pretty good about themselves, and then, apparently, life begins to throw curve balls. They feel worse and worse until they hit 50. At that point, there is a sharp reversal, and people keep getting happier as they age. By the time they are 85, they are
even more satisfied with themselves than they were at 18.

For people under 50 who may sometimes feel gloomy, there may be
consolation here. The view seems a bit bleak right now, but look at the bright side: you are getting old.

【 まずは準備運動 】

・poll 世論調査、投票
・proceeding (事の)成り行き、議事録、会報(proceed:進む)
・reversal 反転、逆転

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