2014年3月28日 (金)

China ostentatious

China ostentatious
More than 10 tigers have been killed as "visual feasts" to entertain officials and rich businessmen in a Chinese city, nuskin hk state media reported.
Police in Zhanjiang in the southern province of Guangdong seized a freshly slaughtered tiger and multiple tiger products in a raid this month, said the Nanfang Daily, the mouthpiece of the provincial Communist Party.
Local officials and successful businesspeople gathered to watch the tigers being killed as "eye-openers" to show off their social stature nuskin hk, it said.
Video footage of a killing two years ago showed the tiger, kept in an iron cage, having an electrified iron mass prodded into its mouth with a wooden stick and passing out after being electrocuted for more than 10 seconds, the paper said.
An experienced cattle or pig slaughterer is normally hired to butcher the carcass, it said, adding that tiger bones sold for an average of 14,000 yuan ($2,300) a kilogramme while the meat fetched 1,000 yuan a kilogramme.
Police said a butcher -- who jumped to his death while trying to escape arrest in a raid -- had killed more than 10 animals, the report Wednesday added nuskin hk.
"The tigers were probably anaesthetised for transport. But buyers would check them to make sure that they were alive before the killing," it quoted an unnamed source as saying.
Most buyers of the meat and bones were business owners who would then give them to officials as gifts, the paper said.
Tiger bones have long been an ingredient of traditional Chinese medicine, supposedly for a capacity to strengthen the human body, and while they have been removed from its official ingredient list the belief persists among some.
Decades of trafficking and habitat destruction have slashed the roaming big cat's numbers from 100,000 a century ago to approximately 3,000, nuskin hk according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List of threatened species, where it is classed as endangered.

2013年7月23日 (火)

The Royal New Zealand Ballet celebrates sixty years

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is celebrating six decades of dance by opening its doors to the public on Saturday as it receives rave reviews for a production of Swan Lake.
"We're throwing open our doors for the day, with children's activities, iphone Case guided tours, make up demonstrations, costume displays and more," the company says.
Artistic director Ethan Stiefel will teach a class at St James Theatre in Wellington on Saturday as part of the celebration digitizing embroidery, which also includes a high tea and pre-performance cocktail party.
The Swan Lake production by Russell Kerr, IP Camera Manufacturer accompanied by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, opened on Thursday and will travel to seven other centres.
The programme includes a message from Prince Charles.
"Everything came together on opening night," reviewer Jack Yan says.
"It was a pleasure to see the iconic Kerr, New Zealand's most celebrated choreographer cem1 pcb, now 83, join the dancers and (conductor Nigel) Gaynor on stage at the end."
Former company members and staff are attending the birthday events this weekend.

2013年6月14日 (金)

The parliament of Wellington workers need to live a decent life

A Wellington City Council committee voted 10-five to support in principle the payment of a so-called living wage to staff, and put $250,000 into its budget to help fund it.

Family Centre Social Policy Research earlier this year calculated workers outside Auckland needed to earn at least $18.40 an hour to live with dignity and participate in the community nuskin group.

The $18.40 rate, well above the legal minimum wage of $13.50, is what was calculated as needed to allow a family of four to have basic housing, food, clothing and education, be able to afford a school trip for their children, have a computer in the home and to mix with friends recreationally on a modest level.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the living wage ideal fits well with the city's wish for a successful high-growth, high-value economy.

"Increasingly our communities are experiencing in-work poverty as the gap between wages and survival grows," she said.

"Evidence shows that a living wage in London and Baltimore has increased productivity, worker morale and reduced staff turnover nuskin, so this is a positive move for council as an employer."

Councillors want a report by November 2013 to examine how a living wage can be phased in, and its impact on the council.

The decision still needs to be ratified by the full council.

Hamilton City Council and retailer The Warehouse have already backed the living wage idea nu skin hk.