Chilean zoo forced to kill lions to save suicidal man in cage

A screen grab from TwitterSANTIAGO — A zoo in Chile was forced to kill two lions after a man entered the big cats’ cage attempting to commit suicide, the zoo and local media said Sunday. “A man got on the roof of the enclosure of the lions, broke the fence,” took his clothes off before approaching the lions around noon on Saturday, the National Zoo of Chile said in an official statement on its verified Facebook account.Local television network TVN said the man reportedly climbed down with a robe, while other reports confirmed that he was attempting to commit suicide and that a note was found in his clothes.The man was attacked by two of the lions after he jumped toward them and shouted. Zoo staff then decided to shoot the lions with live rounds.”We were forced to implement all our security protocols” to protect the man, as it was hardly possible to remove him from the cage at the time, the zoo said, admitting it was painful to lose the lions, a male and a female.”These were lions that had been with us for more than 20 years,” the TVN quoted a zoo official as saying.

Riots in Stockholm continue

STOCKHOLM – Riots in suburbs of Swedish capital Stockholm continued and had spread around the city, local media reported on Thursday.After first starting on last Sunday night in Husby, northwest to the Stockholm city, the riots now had spread to more suburbs, mainly in the areas near Husby and over the places to the south of the city, said the Swedish daily SVD.Firefighters extinguish a burning car, following riots in the Stockholm suburb of Kista late May 21, 2013, in this picture provided by Scanpix. At the moment the riots were still continuing as in Rinkeby, where 300 to 500 people were gathered around cars that had been set on fire.By now there had been 16 people between 14 and 21 years old arrested, of whom half had criminal records.”We have groups of young people who believe that they can change the society with violence. We cannot let violence hold sway,” said the Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, adding that the most important thing at present was to control the situation.”There is a risk that it would continue. Now everyone must help to get back the peace,” he added.The riots started days after the local police had shot dead a 69-year old man in Husby who threatened to kill them with a machete.The areas where riots are going on mostly have residents with an immigrant background and lower education while the unemployment rate of the areas is also much higher than the average in Sweden.

Ex-captive panda may be pregnant

Monitoring data show that Cao Cao, a 16-year-old giant panda raised in captivity, has mated with a male in the wild-a rare occurrence for the endangered species-according to a panda research center in Sichuan province.Cao Cao was released in the Liziping Nature Reserve in early February in time for mating season from March to May.In March, researchers reported seeing several males fight for the right to mate with her and began checking data sent by the GPS tag on her neck-which is fitted with a recording device-every five days.”When we checked the recording on March 27, we heard her making noises similar to those made by females while mating,” said Zhang Hemin, head of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda, where Cao Cao was raised. “It lasted one minute and 30 seconds.”If the panda is pregnant, she will give birth in July or August, “at which point we will bring her and her cub back to the center”, Zhang said.Cao Cao arrived at the center when she was 2 years old, after being found in poor health inside the Wolong National Nature Reserve. She has already mothered two cubs: male Tao Tao and female Zhang Xiang. Both are 2 years old and have been released into the wild in the Liziping reserve.The research center, which was set up in the Wolong reserve in 1983, has released seven captive pandas since 2006 in an effort to boost the wild giant panda population.There are 471 captive pandas worldwide, 234 of which are from the Wolong center-enough to prevent extinction, experts say.In the early 1990s, the government banned the capture of wild pandas to mate with captive ones. Captive pandas have mated with few of their captive peers, which hurts biodiversity, researchers say.The center formulated the plan last year to have captive pandas mate with wild ones. Cao Cao is the first to be chosen.”She has a close bond with humans, and researchers have helped feed her since she was released,” Zhang said.Cao Cao is the equivalent of 48 years old in human terms, and she has only one or two years left before she is too old to participate in a breeding program.”If she fails to get pregnant this year, she will have one last opportunity to mate with a wild panda next spring,” Zhang said.More captive pandas will be selected to mate wild ones, he said.

Algeria’s ailing president sworn in for 4th term

ALGIERS, Algeria – Algeria’s president has taken his oath of office for a fourth term from his wheelchair following his election win earlier this month. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 77, seemed in better health than in past public appearances, but his voice was still weak as he recited the oath of office Monday. Bouteflika suffered a stroke last year. The president, in power since 1999, received more than 81 percent of the vote in the April 17 election in this key North African energy producer. Turnout at the election was 51 percent. Opposition parties, most of whom did not attend the ceremony, have cast doubt on the results. Algeria faces dwindling oil reserves and high unemployment, particularly among the young. There is also the threat of al-Qaida in the southern desert.

Four overseas companies announce major recalls

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine announced last week that Jaguar Land Rover, Ferrari and FAW-Volkswagen recalled thousands of their imported cars in China. Volvo Car said last week that it will recall about 10,000 units of its XC90 sport utility vehicle due to airbag problems.Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 19,943 units of its imported Range Rover series manufactured between March 15, 2005, and July 26, 2012, due to a potentially dangerous brake problem. The company is offering to replace the brake hoses for free. Ferrari is recalling 13 units of its 2014 imported LaFerrari model produced from May 30, 2014, to July 25, 2014. Ferrari said the car has safety problems with its seats, headrests and tire pressure monitoring system. The company said it will replace these parts for free.FAW-Volkswagen, a joint venture between China’s FAW Group and Volkswagen Group, recalled 886 of its 2014 to 2015 imported Audi SQ5, produced from July 22, 2013, to Feb 25, due to steering wheel problems caused when temperatures drop lower than -15 C. The system will be upgraded free of charge.

Guangdong aims for 7 percent GDP growth target

Guangdong province, one of China’s economic powerhouses, will aim to achieve an average GDP growth rate of 7 percent over the next five years, its top official said on Monday.”Reform and opening-up to the outside world is Guangdong’s greatest strategy for economic development,” Hu Chunhua, the provincial Party chief, said at the opening ceremony of the 12th Guangdong Provincial Party Congress in Guangzhou.He added that the province has relied heavily on such measures in recent years.Official statistics show the province’s GDP rose from 5.3 trillion yuan ($768.85 billion) in 2012 to more than 7.95 trillion yuan last year.Guangdong has topped the list of provinces with the highest GDP for 28 consecutive years.Hu also vowed to further promote the rule of law, saying that it “forms the basis of a civil and prosperous society”.More than 900 Party representatives are attending the five-day congress, of which 32.7 percent are women, and 51.8 percent are under 50 years of age.The congress will elect the members that will represent Guangdong at the Party’s 19th National Congress in Beijing this year.

Research vessel Xuelong undergoes maintenance

China’s polar research vessel and ice-breaker Xuelong (Snow Dragon) is anchored in Shanghai, East China, on April 16, 2013. On Tuesday, technicians from Jiangnan Shipyard started renovation and maintenance work on its engines, deck machinery and environmental protection equipment. The maintenance is expected to be done by September.

Mainland-Macao trade slumps in Q1

Trade between the Chinese mainland and Macao dropped by 27.2 percent year on year to $740 million during the first three months of 2016, according to figures from the Ministry of Commerce. The mainland’s exports to Macao decreased by 26.6 percent year on year to $700 million during the January-March period. Imports from Macao were at $40 million, a drop of 37.5 percent year on year, according to the ministry. Mainland authorities approved 76 investment projects from Macao during the period, with the actual use of Macao capital reaching $180 million, up 0.9 percent from the same period last year.

Beijing tourism expo gives boost to sector

Dozens of tourism experts, government officials, entrepreneurs and diplomatic envoys to China attended the launching ceremony. Tourism experts, government officials, entrepreneurs and diplomats recently gathered at the Beijing International Tourism Expo for the launch of a global tourism project. Beijing-based China Leisure Industry Group and Guangzhou-based Bingdong Group are behind the project, which aims to make outbound trips more convenient for Chinese travelers, using technology, the internet and big data. For instance, tourists can buy various tourism products with apps using a digital currency, which saves the visitor the trouble of having to change money into international currencies. They also unveiled a tourism development foundation to support innovative projects and combine tourism development and cultural heritages preservation. They will also establish an experience center in Beijing, to provide tourists with information about popular global destinations. Meanwhile, participants from home and abroad in the 2016 World Tourism Image Ambassador Contest did a catwalk show. Chinese singers Cai Guoqing and Liu Yuanyuan also performed at the expo. China National Tourism Administration data shows that 120 million Chinese traveled overseas in 2015.He Guangye, the chairman of the contest committee, says China is a key global tourism market for investors from home and abroad and can play a crucial role in alleviating poverty.Related:Mauritius celebrated with book’s second editionUniversity and corporation work together to train tourism talent

Traditional incense production in Nyemo county, China’s Tibet

Gyalpo (Left) and Dawa dry Tibetan incense in Toinba town of Nyemo county, Southwest China’s Tibet autonomous region on May 26, 2016. Nyemo county is renowned for Tibetan incense by making use of local natural resources, like adequate water supply, favorable climate and various plants. Villagers there have been specializing in incense production with a history of more than 1,000 years. This fragrant incense often serves sacrificial ceremonies, and it also can be used to prevent infectious diseases.