Pamplona, Jul 11 (AP/UNB) — One person was gored in the arm and five others were injured during the fifth bull run of this year's San Fermin festival in Pamplona, officials in the northern Spanish city said Thursday.
Regional hospital spokesman Tomás Belzunegui said that the six were in need of hospital care after being injured during the race along the 930-yard (850-meter) cobbled-street course to the bullring.
The most serious injury was suffered by a 27-year-old man from the Spanish city of Valencia who was gored in the arm. The other injuries were from blows received in falls as the crowds of runners tumble out of the way of the much faster bulls.
The run featuring bulls from the Victoriano del Río Cortés cattle breeder lasted 2 minutes, 49 seconds, making it the longest of this year's festival. The bulls mainly stayed on course behind the steers which guide them through the narrow, twisting streets to Pamplona's bullring, where the bulls will be killed in bullfights later in the day.
The nine-day San Fermin fiesta that was immortalized by Ernest Hemingway in his novel "The Sun Also Rises" attracts about 1 million spectators every year. Most come to party late into the night before watching hundreds test their speed and daring against the bulls each morning.
Tokyo, Jul 9 (AP/UNB) — Countless cats beckon visitors at a temple in a quiet Tokyo neighborhood.
Legend provided by the Gotokuji Buddhist temple says it is the birthplace of beckoning cats, the figurines widely believed to bring good luck and prosperity.
Some visitors come to the temple to snap a few photos, while others pray and make wishes.
The cat figurines are so plentiful, the Setagaya neighborhood seems proud to carry more luck than the rest of the city combined.
The streets leading to the temple are crammed with gift shops selling anything printed with beckoning cat images. A local train dons the images, and so does the temple's vending machine.
And, of course, temple visitors believing in the luck the cats might bring them can obtain more figurines for their overpopulated shelves.
Pamplona, Jul 9 (AP/UNB) — Health authorities in northern Spain's Pamplona say two people were injured in Tuesday's speedy bull run, although there were no gorings, unlike in previous days.
The race along the 930-yard (850-meter) cobbled-street course to the bullring lasted just over 2 minutes, the fastest so far this year.
Four people — two Americans and two Spaniards — have been gored since the daily races started on Sunday.
Tomás Belzunegui, deputy director of the regional hospital, says that a man who fractured his ankle badly on Tuesday will likely remain hospitalized but that a runner who hit his head against the floor will likely be discharged soon.
The nine-day San Fermin fiesta attracts revelers from around the world who test their bravery and speed dashing through the streets with six fighting bulls.
Rome, Jul 7 (AP/UNB) — Italy's hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, home to the world-famous sparkling wine Prosecco, have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee, meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Sunday congratulated Italy and its Prosecco region, located in the northeastern Veneto region.
Prosecco has become the most popular Italian wine abroad, with its exports seen rising by a record 21% in 2019 in foreign markets.
Italy's foreign ministry and agriculture minister Gian Marco Centinaio welcomed the news, saying "this is a historic day for Veneto and for Italy as a whole."
Italy applied for world heritage status for Prosecco last year but the bid had failed by a few votes.
Dhaka, July 7 (UNB) - A day after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the government’s plan to turn 17 ‘iconic’ tourist sites into world-class destinations, UNESCO announced Jaipur City in Rajasthan as a World Heritage Site in India, reports The Indian Express.
Sharing the tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “Jaipur is a city associated with culture and valour. Elegant and energetic, Jaipur’s hospitality draws people from all over. Glad that this city has been inscribed as a World Heritage Site by @UNESCO.”
Popularly known as the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur is a famous tourist destination known for its vibrant culture, history and architectural marvels. Some of the well-known tourist destinations in the city include Amber Palace, Jantar Mantar, City Palace and Hawa Mahal.
Some other destinations that made it to the list include Dilmun Burial Mounds, Bahrain; Budj Bim Cultural Landscape, Australia; Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City, China; Ombilin Coal Mining Heritage of Sawahlunto, Indonesia; Mozu-Furuichi Kofun Group: Mounded Tombs of Ancient Japan, Japan, among others.