007 actor named global advocate
Daniel Craig, who won international acclaim playing James Bond, received a special mission on Tuesday when Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed the actor as the first UN global advocate for the elimination of mines and explosive hazards. In a ceremony at UN headquarters, Ban thanked Craig for his commitment to support the UN’s vision for a world free from the threat of land mines and explosive remnants of war. “Along with moviegoers worldwide, I have been on the edge of my seat watching Mr Craig, as James Bond, defuse ticking time bombs with seconds to spare,” Ban said. “I am even more excited that Mr Craig has agreed to use his star power to draw attention to the noble causes of mine destruction and mine awareness.”
State considers legal euthanasia
Terminally ill patients in the Australian state of Victoria could soon have the choice of a medically assisted suicide, as Victoria’s Parliament will host a debate about legalizing voluntary euthanasia on Wednesday. The Greens party is the driving force behind the move. If the existing legislation is changed, Victoria would be the first state in Australia to approve voluntary euthanasia. The Greens will ask that Attorney-General Martin Pakula refer the issue to the Law Reform Commission.
World record set for Madison dance
Cambodia broke the Guinness World Record on Wednesday for the largest Madison dance, a judge announced. The 2,015 participants performed the Madison – a line dance with called steps – for five minutes at the complex of the Angkor World Heritage Site in northwest Cambodia’s Siem Reap City to celebrate the three-day Khmer New Year, which began on Tuesday.
Mountain lion leaves house
A mountain lion that triggered a media storm by hiding in the crawl space under a Los Angeles house has left its urban refuge of its own accord, wildlife officials said on Tuesday. The animal, known as P-22, was discovered underneath the house on Monday in the city’s affluent hillside Los Feliz neighborhood. Authorities asked onlookers to leave the area to allow the animal space in the hope it would leave.
New subway lacks escalator
The newly expanded “A” line of Prague’s subway network that opened last week takes travelers from downtown closer than ever to the city’s international airport. But to board the No. 119 bus that covers the final 8 km between the Nadrazi Veleslavin station and Vaclav Havel Airport, they have to climb 32 steep stairs from the subway to the bus terminal. The 20 billion koruna ($773 million) project didn’t budget for an escalator there. There is an escalator elsewhere in the station, but that leads to a rail station which hasn’t been built yet. The airport is making amends by hiring porters to carry travelers’ bags up the incline for no charge.
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(China Daily 04/16/2015 page10)