January 13, 2019

Python found with 500 ticks treated for anaemia

Python found with 500 ticks treated for anaemia Image copyright CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE HOSPITAL Image caption The carpet python, nicknamed Nike, is now free of ticks A snake which had more than 500 ticks removed from its body has been left weak and suffering from anaemia, vets in Australia say. Snake catchers rescued the carpet python from a backyard swimming pool on the Gold Coast in Queensland last week. The snake, nicknamed Nike, was treated by vets for a "nasty infection". "[This] may have caused his immobility, allowing the ticks to take advantage of him," the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital said in a statement posted online. Image copyright Gold coast and brisbane snake catcher/facebook Image caption Vets said they removed 511 ticks from the snake The wildlife service said it hoped to release the python back into the wild in coming months. The snake was now with an experienced carer, the hospital said. "Nike isn't out of the woods yet, but we are hopeful he will make a full recove..
January 13, 2019

Hitachi to decide on fate of UK nuclear plant

Hitachi to decide on fate of UK nuclear plant Image copyright Horizon Nuclear The UK government's nuclear policy is under renewed scrutiny as the firm behind a £20bn reactor in Wales looks set to halt construction. Japanese media reports say Hitachi will suspend on its Horizon division's Wylfa Newydd plant this week. The company says no formal decision has yet been made. But if the project is scrapped, it will cost 400 jobs and leave the Hinkley Point power station in Somerset as the only new UK reactor still being built. In November, plans to build a nuclear power station at Moorside in Cumbria were halted after Toshiba announced it was winding up its NuGeneration subsidiary, which was behind the project. The government continues to stress that it is still in talks with Hitachi about Wylfa. A spokesperson for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said: "Negotiations with Hitachi on agreeing a deal that provides value for money for consumers and ..
January 13, 2019

Kumbh Mela: How to plan the world’s biggest gathering

Kumbh Mela: How to plan the world's biggest gathering Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Devotees have been gathering in Allahabad for days India's Kumbh Mela festival is billed as the world's biggest gathering of people. Between now and March organisers expect about 120 million pilgrims to bathe at the Sangam - the confluence of the Ganges, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati rivers. Hindus believe that doing so will cleanse them of their sins and help them attain "moksha", setting them free from the cycle of birth and death. So how does one prepare for a gathering of humanity so mammoth it can be seen from outer space? The mela (Hindi for fair) is held in the northern city of Allahabad (recently renamed Prayagraj) every 12 years. On Tuesday, when the festival formally begins, officials are preparing for 15 to 20 million visitors. But the biggest test they face will be on 4 February when 30 million are expected to attend for the most auspicious bathing day..
January 13, 2019

Chinese coal mine roof collapse in Shaanxi kills 21

Chinese coal mine roof collapse in Shaanxi kills 21 At least 21 miners died when a roof collapsed in a coal mine in northern China, officials say. Sixty-six miners were rescued after the accident on Saturday at the Lijiagou mine near the city of Shenmu in Shaanxi province. The cause of the collapse is under investigation, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Mining accidents in China are quite common despite efforts to improve safety. The Lijiagou mine is operated by the Baiji Mining Company, Xinhua said. No further details of the incident were available. Last October, 21 coal miners were killed when an underground rock fall blocked a shaft in eastern Shandong province. According to the latest figures from China's National Coal Mine Safety Administration, there were 375 deaths in coal mines in 2017, a fall of about 28% on the previous year. In a statement last January, the bureau said the "situation of coal mine safety production is still grim" despite improvements.
January 12, 2019

Reality Check: How safe is it to live in China?

Reality Check: How safe is it to live in China? China's Director of Public Order, Li Jingsheng, has claimed it is "one of the safest countries in the world." He says that gun crime fell by 27.6% in 2018. The official China News Service shared a video of Mr Li announcing the decline, which has been viewed more than one million times. So how does China compare with other countries, and can we trust its statistics? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cities in China are generally considered safe, but citizens are closely watched by the authorities Gun crime in ChinaThe Chinese government says that from 2012 to 2017, the government reported an 81.3% drop in gun crimes from 311 to 58. These figures relate to all crimes involving the holding or use of guns, says Dr Xu Jianhua, a crime expert at the University of Macau. "In terms of gun crime, China could be one of the lowest because the government has very tight restrictions. But that doesn't mean other crimes are low,"..
January 12, 2019

Teacher sketches portraits of entire class of 27 pupils

Teacher sketches portraits of entire class of 27 pupils Image copyright Roselyn Barcoma Image caption Ms Barcoma sketched a portrait of every student in her class English teacher Roselyn Barcoma had a surprising gift for her class when they returned from the Christmas holidays. Her grade nine set thought it was just an ordinary school day but when they entered their classroom they found a portrait had been placed on each of desk. Ms Barcoma had secretly been sketching portraits of every class member throughout the whole of December. "When they saw the portrait on everyone's desk, they were surprised, speechless at first, then said, 'Wow, thank you, Teacher Rose,'" Ms Barcoma told the BBC. The 35-year-old teaches English to grades six and nine at the Holy Redeemer School of Cabuyao in the Philippines. Image copyright Roselyn Barcoma "Drawing has been my hobby since I was a kid," Ms Barcoma says. "My childhood dream was to be a comic illustrator because I thought it would..
January 12, 2019

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen refugee arrives in Canada

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen refugee arrives in Canada Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe #SaveRahaf campaign went viral after Rahaf started tweeting about her plight for asylum A Saudi teenager who fled her family and got stranded at a Bangkok airport has arrived in Canada after being granted asylum there. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, had been trying to reach Australia via Bangkok but was initially told to return to Kuwait, where her family were waiting. She refused to fly back and barricaded herself into her airport hotel room, attracting international attention. She said she had renounced Islam, which is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia. Skip Twitter post by @OrmistonOnline Rahaf Mohammed Saudi teenager arrives Toronto as@Canada grants asylum. Minister Freeland accompanies her . Rahaf doesnt comment at this time. ⁦@CBCNews⁩ ⁦@CBCTheNational⁩ pic.twitter.com/Dc3CfxH1kc — Susan Ormiston (@OrmistonOnline) January 12, 2019 Report End of Twitter post by @Ormi..
January 11, 2019

China powers up electric car market

China powers up electric car market Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rules to cut pollution are expected to boost sales for electric carmakers such as BYD Outside China, few drivers have heard of brands such asHit BYD or Beijing Automobile Works. But they're two of the largest players in the world's biggest market for electric cars. For a decade, the Chinese government has coaxed buyers and manufacturers into the electric vehicle market through subsidies and other incentives. The numbers suggest the strategy worked: the International Energy Agency says China buys more than half of the world's new electric cars. Now, the government is set to push the burden onto manufacturers, through a new "cap and trade" system and rules that make it harder to set up a factory to make combustion-engine cars. The rules were believed to have come into force on 1 January this year. Small but growing rapidlyChina is both the biggest manufacturer and the biggest market for car..
January 11, 2019

Chinese Peppa Pig fans wish to meet Queen

Chinese Peppa Pig fans wish to meet Queen Image copyright @bella_juan mao Tou Image caption These sisters say their dream is to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace Thousands of users on the Chinese social media platform Sina Weibo are discussing a video message sent from the British Ambassador to two little girls. Dame Barbara Woodward, the British ambassador to China, has said she wants to help make their dream come true. You might also like: How #IceBoy's life has changed one year on Peppa Pig blocked from China's Douyin video platform 'I was happier before Banksy came' It comes after the girls Mi Ni and Mi Ai made a video on 31 December sharing their new year's wishes. They said that after watching an episode of Peppa Pig where the animals visit the Queen that they too now wanted to meet her. The girls added that their mother said she would take them to meet the Queen if they worked hard and practised piano. The video, posted by their mother on Sina Weibo ..
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