May 29, 2012

VOA Special English News 105

Lady Gaga has canceled her show planned for June 3 in Indonesia. The cancellation comes after Islamists threatened violence. The Islamic Defender's Front had threaten to deploy 30,000 members to prevent Lady Gaga from getting off the airplane in Indonesia. Her lawyer for the show said it was canceled for Lady Gaga's safety and for the safety of those who come to see her sing and dance. Indonesian police refuse to approve permits for the concert unless Lady Gaga agreed to change her performance. More than 52,000 tickets have been sold. The Indonesian show was to be Lady Gaga's biggest in Asia.

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May 21, 2012

VOA Special English News 104

A memorial service for a restaurant worker in Southern Egypt turned into a celebration when the supposedly dead man awoke. Hospital officials had said Hamdi Hafez al-Nubi had died after suffering a heart attack at work. The family of the 28-year-old man said they took him home and prepared his body for burial. But, a doctor who was to sign the death document discovered that he was still alive. He awakened and celebrated with the guests who had thought they were attending a funeral.

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May 13, 2012

VOA Special English News 103

The United Nations has published guidelines on what it calls "land grabbing" which is the buying of large farm and rich lands in the developing world by rich countries. Members of the UN committee on World Food Security supported guidelines Friday at a meeting in Rome.  The guidelines are not laws. They call on governments to protect the legal land rights of community members. They urge governments to avoid secrecy and corruption in land deals and to make sure that land is used responsibly. Human rights groups say large land buys in Africa and Asia have violated the rights of local people and have threatened their food security.

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May 7, 2012


On May,5, I stayed at a "minshuku"(民宿) in  "Itoshima"(糸島) with my family member.

My son has started a new life in Fukuoka city since April. His living place locates near Itoshima, so we had decided to visit there during "Golden Week".

We enjoyed a dinner at the minshuku and a good scenery there.                                  

May 4, 2012

Tour de Kunisaki, 2012

Yesterday, I took a part in a cycling event called  "Tour de Kunisaki" in Oita prefecture. This was the fifth time to me. I participated it every year since 2007, except for 2011.

After the event, I had a relaxing time with my friend at a local accommodation managed by an elder couple.
Tour de Kunisaki, 2012