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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani has decided he's on the side of the Angels.
The Japanese two-way star announced Friday he will sign with the Los Angeles Angels, ending the sweepstakes surrounding his move to the majors in a surprising destination.
Ohtani, who intends to be both a starting pitcher and an everyday power hitter, turned down interest from every other big-league club to join two-time MVP Mike Trout and slugger Albert Pujols with the Angels, who are coming off their second consecutive losing season and haven't won a playoff game since 2009.
The Angels' combination of a promising core and a beautiful West Coast location clearly appealed to the 23-year-old Otani, who has confounded baseball experts at almost every step of his move to North America as one of the most coveted free agents in years.
今週は映画の脚本「The Ninth Life of Louis Drax」（ルイの9番目の人生）から。
in some way 何とかして
find a way through to 〜に通じる道
track him down 見つけ出す（捜し回ってようやく見つける）
sensitive subject 繊細な問題（話しにくい問題、タブーという意味ではない）
（触れてはいけない微妙な問題の時は、It's a touchy subject）
we have in common 趣味や性格に共通点があること
got into this argument 言い争いになる
Natalie: I spoke to Dr. Janek this morning about your awareness accretion theory. He said that your methods are radical, that you believe in your patients when others don't. Pascal:Well I don't know how radical my methods are. I just believe that Louis can still sense things. Though he may appear to be far away, he's still with us in some way. Natalie:Do you think that the brain is the same as the soul? I mean, if Louis' brain is damaged, is he still Louis? Pascal:He's still Louis. We just need to find a way through to him, track him down, coax him out. Luis(voice-over): Seeing and thinking are the same thing when your eyes are closed, like a dream, but you choose what happens. You remember bright lights and grown-ups yelling, and everything feels cold inside. So you think of the sun... how warm it feels...
Aiko: We make the first visit to a shrine or a temple, and enjoy zoni and osechi dishes.
B: Are they special cuisine?
A: Zoni is a soup with mochi rice cakes, meat, vegetables and others. Osechi is our traditional New Year dishes arranged in jubako, or multilayered boxes. It’s prepared so that we don’t have to cook for at least the first three days. Most of the ingredients of osechi have auspicious meanings.
B: Like what?
A: For example, kinton is cooked sweet potatoes that have been put through a sieve and mixed with chestnuts. It’s considered a lucky dish because its yellow color reminds us of money. And kelp is called “kobu” in Japanese. We associate it with another Japanese word, “yorokobu,” which means “to become happy.”
B: That’s interesting. Do you have any New Year decorations unique to Japan?
A: Yes, we display kadomatsu and shimekazari at the entrance. Kadomatsu consists of three bamboo stems, pine branches and other decorations. They symbolize longevity and prosperity. Shimekazari is a twisted straw rope with fern leaves and other lucky items. These are arranged to welcome a deity of good harvest called Toshigami. Also, we offer kagamimochi, two-tiered round mochi rice cakes, to the deity.
B: Rice cakes are not only for eating. What do they represent?
Some schools are giving letter grades an F. In their place, students will get detailed descriptions of their progress.
Critics argue that grades don’t say much about which skills a student has mastered. After all, grades cover a combination of tests, homework, extra credit, and behavior. That C in math could mean you’re struggling with division, or it could mean you don’t turn in your homework on time.
The answer? Read the teacher’s comments. They can provide more information about the skills a student needs to work on and those at which he or she excels. But not everyone is sold on grade-free report cards. Some parents don’t like the change. They recognize that an A is good and an F is bad. Teacher comments are not so simple. Plus, some parents and educators worry about students who apply for a scholarship or for entry into a selective school. How will they show proof of their academic achievements? TFK Kid Reporters weigh in on which system makes sense.
YES Benje Choucroun, 12 Corte Madera, California Grades are outdated and cause needless stress for students. As long as grades are around, students will compete for them. But the letters and numbers on report cards send the wrong message. They turn school into a game. The goal becomes getting As and Bs when it should be understanding difficult concepts. What’s more, a bad grade can hurt your confidence. And it doesn’t help you figure out how to improve. Rather than focus on grades, students should pay attention to the teacher’s comments, which will help them do better. Consider this: Grades have been around since the end of the 19th century. Isn’t it time to try something new?
NO Gabrielle Hurd, 10 St. Louis, Missouri Grades allow parents to track their kid’s progress in school subjects over the course of a year. A parent can see the improvement from a C in math on an early report card to a B on the last one. A grade of C lets parents know their child needs extra support. An A, on the other hand, shows skill. Without letter or number grades, parents would have to rely on teacher comments to determine how their child is doing. The comments might not be as clear-cut as a grade. There’s another problem, too. Let’s say your child wants to apply to a middle school or high school that requires top grades. Teacher comments may help. But the school may still want to see grades on a report card for added assurance.
There was a girl in Princeton, a town in the United States, who was not good at mathematics. Her mother noticed that the girl sometimes took her homework out of the house. The girl said, without the slightest hint of concealment: “I was having trouble doing my math homework, and I heard there was a great mathematics teacher living in our neighborhood who is a very good person. So I visited his house and asked him to help with my assignments, and he was very glad to help me.” This person was Albert Einstein.
The late mathematician Kentaro Yano, who studied at a local academic research institution in the town, introduced this story in an essay. It seems that Einstein, regarded as the greatest physicist in history, had a knack for spreading happiness to the people whom he encountered.
In 1922, while staying at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Einstein handed a hotel employee a note that said: “A calm and humble life will bring more happiness than the pursuit of success and the constant restlessness that comes with it.” The note, written on two sheets of hotel stationery, recently sold for about ¥200 million at an auction in Jerusalem.
How did his brain, which elucidated the origin of the universe with mathematical formulas, also accommodate such mindful concern for others? Einstein marvelously gave warm consideration to the space close to him. Einstein’s warmhearted quotations that go beyond the framework of science are still popular throughout the world. The words he left in Japan now join those quotations.
Aiko: Yes. A young professional shogi, or Japanese chess, player broke the record of 28 consecutive wins this June for the first time in 30 years. He was only 14, a junior high school student. I think today’s boom started then.
B: Are junior high school shogi pros common?
A: Not really, but there are five who became professional when they were in junior high.
B: Is shogi similar to chess?
A: Both originate from an Indian board game called “chaturanga.” Their goal is the same—to checkmate the opponent’s king. But there are some differences. For example, the number of grids on the board is 64 in chess and 81 in shogi. Each player has 16 pieces in chess, but 20 in shogi. The shapes and some movements of the pieces are different, too. The most unique difference is that we can use captured pieces as our own in shogi.
B: It’s interesting, but I think that makes shogi more difficult and complicated.
A: I agree. And because of this rule, The General Headquarters of the Allied Forces (GHQ) tried to ban shogi after World War II, saying it was like prisoner abuse to use captured pieces. But a famous shogi player protested that shogi is democratic because we give the pieces new chances to make good use of their abilities.
B: By the way, how many titles are there in shogi?
The BURGER KING® brand is known for putting the crown on everyone’s head and allowing people to have it their way. Bullying is the exact opposite of that. So the BURGER KING® brand is speaking up against bullying during National Bullying Prevention Month.
Quickly detecting signs of bullying can prevent the problem from getting worse
seemingly minor problem 軽微に見えるトラブル
playful fighting ふざけあい
unpleasant feelings いやな思い
swiftly and appropriately 迅速かつ適切に
unacceptable behavior 許されない行為
Bullying can happen at any school. Ensuring all teachers and school staff share an awareness of this is the first step in dealing with the problem. In order not to repeat tragedies, all schools should thoroughly enforce an approach under which even seemingly minor problems between students are not overlooked.
The number of bullying cases recognized by elementary, junior high, high and other schools in Japan in the 2016 academic year reached a record-high 323,808, according to an Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry survey. This figure was up by nearly 100,000 cases from the previous school year.
A 1.5-fold jump in bullying cases at elementary schools was a major factor in the overall increase. The latest survey required each school to carefully determine whether fights and even cases that appeared to be playful fighting between students could possibly be bullying. Progress in efforts by schools to improve awareness of the problem and uncover cases of bullying also apparently had an impact on the figures.
A little less than 20 percent of bullying cases were detected following a complaint by the victims themselves, and only 10 percent were noticed due to reports by parents and guardians. Ten percent were detected by homeroom teachers, indicating that many cases occur in situations that are difficult for adults to witness. Half of the cases were revealed due to school questionnaires and other means — this information needs to be effectively utilized.
Kyoto Prefecture had the most bullying cases observed per 1,000 students, at 97. Each year, the prefecture conducts two multiple-choice questionnaires in which students give concrete examples of when they experienced “unpleasant feelings.”