July 7, Thursday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Keiko Kitagawa

July 7, Thursday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Keiko Kitagawa

1.The Russian invasion of Ukraine has left European Union leaders scrambling for other sources of energy, even as they try to tackle climate change. Now, they have decided to label natural gas and nuclear plants as “green.”
2.Infections with Omicron subvariant BA.4 or BA.5 are now estimated to account for 70 percent of new cases in the United States. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the BA.5 subvariant is now responsible for 53.6 percent of new cases nationwide, while BA.4 makes up 16.5 percent.
3.Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Ebizo says he will work hard to live up to the prestigious centuries’ old stage name of Ichikawa Danjuro he will assume in November. Ebizo was set to become the 13th Ichikawa Danjuro in a performance in May 2020. But the show was postponed due to the spread of the coronavirus.