Posts Tagged ‘Zhejiang Province’

Tigers & You-Freightees

January 31, 2017

Just a few indicators that we’re now into the month of the Tiger during the Year of the Fowl:

Korean tigers return to Baekdu-daegan mountain range

The [South] Korea Forest Service announced that it has transported a pair of male Korean tigers named Duman and Geumgang to the tiger forest at the Baekdu-daegan National Arboretum in Seobyeok, North Gyeongsang Province. The Forest Service has set up a system of barriers around the forest to allow visitors to observe the tigers in safety.

“Mt. Baekdu tigers are a protected species designated as Level 1 endangered wild fauna,” said Park Jong-ho, director of the Forest Service’s forest usage bureau.

 

Bobcat escapes from National Zoo in Washington

A female bobcat, believed to be about 7 years old, was found to be missing Monday morning from its enclosure at the National Zoo when it didn’t show up for breakfast.

“We know that she is absolutely capable of surviving, even thriving, in this area,” said Brandie Smith, the zoo’s associate director of animal care. “If she doesn’t return, she would likely survive on a diet of birds, small rodents, house cats or small dogs that are left alone outside,” Smith added.

 

Man Mauled by Tiger, Killed at Eastern China Resort

A man named Zhang who climbed a fence at Dongqian Lake Resort in Zhejiang province to avoid paying the entry fee was attacked and killed by tigers when he into ventured into their enclosure.  The attack occurred on Saturday [New Year’s Day] at the Tiger Hill enclosure in Ningbo Youngor Zoo.  One tiger was shot dead by local police, and three others nearby were dispersed using firecrackers.

 

Precautionary measures in the Fire Fowl Year

Russia grounds Proton-M rocket for 3½ months

Russia’s workhorse Proton-M rockets will be out of service for three and a half months because of engine problems.  Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said some employees at the Voronezh factory had been involved in faking documentation linked to the rocket and would be “harshly punished.”  The director of the factory resigned last week after Russian officials concluded that the crash of a Progress [space] cargo ship in December was the result of a malfunction by engines built at the plant.

 

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Boaring News

March 13, 2013

When feng shui soothsayers predicted that the Pig would be in clash with the Water Snake in 2013, they sure weren’t kidding!

“The animal sign which has the most unfavorable aspect is the Pig, which is in direct clash against the Snake. The Snake is in clash against the Pig: Snake is fire and Pig is water …  For the Pig, the clash against the Snake could bring accidents related to fire and water.”

Although some asserted that this cosmic conflict would be most clearly manifested in the month of the Pig, not everyone could wait until then:

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The number of dead pigs collected from Shanghai‘s Huangpu River has increased to 5,916, Shanghai authorities announced Tuesday.  Workers have been busy collecting the corpses of floating pigs since Friday.
Laboratory tests found porcine circovirus … in one water sample taken from the Huangpu River. Tags pinned to the ears of the pigs for tracing purposes indicate that they may have come from the upper reaches of the Huangpu River in Jiaxing City, Zhejiang Province. The tags, however, only indicate the animals’ birthplace.

Apparently, the PRC only requires up-to-date residence permits for its hominid inhabitants.  Officials in Zhejiang Province were careful to minimize the situation, lest disquieting rumors disturb domestic tranquility.

A statement from the agriculture department of Zhejiang said no signs of a [swine] epidemic were found in Jiaxing. The death rate of local hogs was normal, said Jiang Hao, vice head of the animal husbandry bureau of Jiaxing.
According to a report on the March 6 edition of Jiaxing Daily, dumping of dead pigs in rivers is common among Jiaxing villagers due to overexpansion of the hog industry and a lack of burial sites.
Most hog producers in Jiaxing are small, family-run farms.  Lacking legal awareness, some farmers freely disposed of their pig carcasses, said Yu Hongwei, vice head of the environment protection bureau of Jiaxing.

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When it’s official policy to “serve the people”, a technocrat can scarcely go wrong by placing responsibility on the innocent, ignorant peasants.  In the words of Chairman Mao, the Party must learn from the masses.

But maybe those peasants aren’t so dumb after all.  Instead, perhaps they’re operating in an environment of heightened legal awareness:

A court in east China’s Zhejiang Province on Wednesday issued prison sentences ranging from six months to six-and-a-half years to 46 people involved in processing and selling meat from diseased pigs.  From 2010 to 2012, they illegally purchased, slaughtered and sold diseased pigs and processed diseased pork to sell.
The principal offender … was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison and fined 800,000 yuan (128,687 U.S. dollars), according to the Wenling People’s Court.  6,218 kilograms of pork products that tested positive for various viruses have been seized and will be destroyed.

Indeed, maybe one should consider the possibility that those semi-literate Zhejiang peasants are sending a none-too-subtle message floating downriver to soon-to-be-designated Vice President Li Yuanchao, son of a former vice mayor of Shanghai:  “why is the Party picking on the little guy when there are much bigger fish to fry?

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