Japanese woman dies after 150 giant hornet stings

The Asian Hornet. (AFP)
Updated 06 October 2017
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Japanese woman dies after 150 giant hornet stings

TOKYO: An 87-year-old Japanese woman in a wheelchair has died after being stung 150 times by hundreds of giant hornets, a firefighter said Friday, as the emergency services stood by helplessly.
A swarm of hornets swooped on Chieko Kikuchi as she was on her way back from her care center in western Japan, accompanied by a helper.
The helper called firefighters but they could not reach the woman immediately as the swarm around her was too thick and they had no protective equipment.
After the ordeal, which lasted around 50 minutes, the woman was rushed to hospital but died the following day, the firefighter said.
“It was an unusual operation for us,” he admitted.
The death occurred in mid-September but was only reported on Friday, making headline news on national bulletins.
A forestry agency official said hornets often attack people when their nests are affected.
“To avoid getting stung by hornets, you should keep away from their nests, wear protective jackets and use a wasp killer spray,” the agency official said.
Some 20 people die from hornets stings every year in Japan, according to public broadcaster NHK.


Macron to host dance music concert at Elysee Palace

Updated 17 June 2018
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Macron to host dance music concert at Elysee Palace

PARIS: Hundreds of electronic music fans will be treated to a rare concert in the opulent courtyard of the presidential Elysee Palace on Thursday, part of France’s Day of Music festival.
More than 1,500 free tickets were quickly snapped up on a first come, first served basis by signing up on the Elysee website.
The office of President Emmanuel Macron has not confirmed if he and his wife Brigitte will make an appearance during the four-hour show at his official residence.
But the first couple did appear during a surprise Elysee performance for the music day last year by the orchestra of France’s Republican Guard.
Although Macron is not the first president to hold concerts at the presidency, his predecessors including Jacques Chirac and Francois Mitterrand made them invitation-only.
This will also be the first electronic music show, featuring two artists known for exporting the “French Touch” sound: the DJs Kavinsky and Pedro Winter, who performs as Busy P.
Kavinsky achieved wide recognition with “Nightcall,” a hit on the soundtrack to the 2011 film “Drive.”
Winter, the longtime former manager of Daft Punk, is also the founder of the Ed Banger label, whose artists have included house music acts Justice and Sebastian.
The will perform alongside younger artists Chloe, Cezaire and Kiddy Smile.