Enero 2009


BELLFLOWER, California — A woman has given birth to eight babies in a hospital south of Los Angeles, marking the world’s second live-born set of octuplets.

Dr. Karen Maples told KCAL-TV that the babies were born Monday at Kaiser Permanante hospital and were “doing quite well.”

The hospital says the mother, who asked not to be identified, gave birth to six girls and two boys weighing between 1.8 pounds (0.82 grams) and 3.4 pounds (1.54 kilograms).

Dr. Harold Henry told KCAL that “they were all screaming and kicking around very vigorously.”

The last set of live-born octuplets were born in Texas and turned 10 last month. – AP

http://www.gmanews.tv/story/146062/Woman-gives-birth-to-octuplets-in-California

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Two childhood sweethearts, aged six and seven, eloped from Hanover in northern Germany on New Year’s Eve, determined to tie the knot under the African sun, police said Monday.

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The pair identified as Mika and Anna-Lena “are very much in love and decided to get married in Africa where it is warm, taking with them as a witness Anna-Lena’s little sister, aged five,” police spokesman Holger Jureczko said.

The idea for the romantic trip began when Mika told the two girls about his recent holiday in Italy, while their families celebrated New Year’s Eve together. “From this, the children began to make plans for the future,” Jureczko said.

As the first dawn of 2009 broke, the trio started to put these plans into action, packing all the essentials for the journey, including “sunglasses, swimming trunks, a lilo, summer clothes and provisions.”

While their parents slept, they left their house in the suburbs of Hanover, walked a kilometer up the road to a tram stop from where they took a tram for the central station.

Waiting for a train to the airport, they aroused the attention of a guard who contacted police.

Two officers managed to convince the young lovers that they would struggle to get to Africa without money or a plane ticket.

Their relieved parents picked them up from the station, the spokesman said, adding: “They can still put their plan into action at a later date.”

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2009-01/06/content_7369703.htm

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A Galapagos National Park picture, showing a pink iguana. A team of Ecuadoran and Italian researchers have discovered a unique species of pink land iguanas living on the Galapagos Islands.

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TOKYO — Two sushi bar owners paid more than $100,000 for a Japanese bluefin tuna at a Tokyo fish auction Monday, about ten times the average price and the highest in nearly a decade, market officials said.

The 282-pound (128-kilogram) premium tuna caught off the northern coast of Oma fetched 9.63 million yen ($104,700), the highest since 2001, when another Japanese bluefin tuna brought an all-time record of 20 million yen, market official Takashi Yoshida said.

Yoshida said the extravagant purchase — about $370 per pound ($817 per kilogram) — went to a Hong Kong sushi bar owner and his Japanese competitor who reached a peaceful settlement to share the big fish. The Hong Kong buyer also paid the highest price at last year’s new year event at Tokyo’s Tsukiji market, the world’s largest fish seller, which holds near-daily auctions.

Typical tuna prices at Tokyo fish markets are less than $25 per pound ($55 per kilogram). But bluefin tuna is considered by gourmets to be the best, and when sliced up into small pieces and served on rice it goes for very high prices in restaurants.

Premium fish — sometimes sliced up while the customers watch — also have advertising value, underscoring a restaurant’s quality, like a rare wine.

Thousands of tuna were auctioned at Monday’s festive new year sale, which often brings unusually high prices.

“It was the best tuna of the day, but the price shot up because of the shortage of domestic bluefin,” Yoshida said, citing rough weather at the end of December. Buyers vied for only three Oma bluefin tuna Monday, compared to 41 last year.

A similar size imported bluefin caught off the eastern United States sold for 1.42 million yen ($15,400) in Monday’s auction.

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Due to growing concerns over the impact of commercial fishing on the bluefin variety’s survival, members of international tuna conservation organizations, including Japan, have agreed to cut their bluefin catch quota for 2009 by 20 percent to 22,000 tons. – AP

http://www.gmanews.tv/story/142642/Premium-tuna-fetches-100000-in-Tokyo-auction