The river that died

August 23, 2012 at 9:42 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

New ‘Gramping’ trend: “They’re the emergency babysitters called upon to help out hard-working mums and dads in school term-time when things get a bit hectic. Now grandparents are putting in extra shifts during their grandchildren’s school holidays – and are even taking the youngsters away with them. Over a third of the 1,000 families questioned in a survey admitted they depend on grandparents to look after youngsters in the school holidays to save on the cost of childcare. It also found that one in four grandparents goes on holiday with their grandchildren. The survey also discovered that budget trips such as camping and caravanning holidays were among the most popular. They said the results pointed to a new phenomenon dubbed ‘gramping’ – when grandparents go camping.”

Crooked fisherwomen in Texas: “Seven participants of the Ladies Kingfish Tournament have been accused of felony fraud, charges which stem from their participation in the competition. Five of the participants were arraigned Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Municipal Court in Port Isabel. The other two will be arraigned by Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2 Judge George Solis. The Parks and Wildlife Department alleges that the participants cheated in bay divisions composed of Redfish, Trout and Flounder and won cash prizes as well as a boat valued at $18,000.” [More here]

Chinese fisherman hooks £300,000 fish: “A Chinese fisherman has netted a fortune after catching a critically endangered, but hugely prized, fish worth £300,000. The fisherman, whose identity has not been revealed, caught a Chinese Bahaba, or Giant Yellow Croaker, off the coast of Fujian province last week. After a bidding war, a local fishmonger paid him three million yuan (£300,000) for the 176lb fish, or £1,700 a pound, according to the Strait News, a local newspaper in Fujian. The fisherman told the newspaper he had found the fish floating on the surface of the sea and had “picked it up”. The size of the fish caught the attention of his fellow villagers, and the specimen was quickly identified. The Chinese Bahaba (Bahaba taipingensis) can reach 6ft 7in in length and weigh more than 220lb. It is particularly prized for its swim bladder, which is used by practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine to cure heart and lung ailments. However, it has been fished almost to extinction, and its fisheries, from the Yangtze river estuary to the Pearl River in the south, have also been affected by pollution.”

Sleepy passenger goes on 18-hour round trip after missing stop: “A Frenchwoman endured an 18-hour journey from the Pakistani city of Lahore to Paris and back again after sleeping through her plane’s stop in the French capital, officials said on Wednesday. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) are investigating how ground crew failed to notice the woman during the plane’s two-hour stopover at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. The woman, named as Patrice Christine Ahmed, who is married to a Pakistani, left Lahore at noon on Tuesday to fly to Paris via Milan, but did not wake up to get off the plane, airline spokesman Sultan Hasan said. The woman did not mention her mistake to cabin crew and the matter only came to light when she was stopped by immigration officials on arrival back in Lahore on Wednesday morning – after a 12,000-kilometre round trip.”

Tourists get suspended jail term over kissing statue: “Three French tourists were given suspended six-month prison sentences in Sri Lanka on Tuesday after their holiday pictures appeared to show one of them – a woman – kissing a Buddha statue on the lips. All three — two women and a man — pleaded guilty to desecrating a Buddhist shrine in the central town of Kandy and were also fined 1500 rupees ($A11) each, police said. Officers were alerted to the incident after the visitors tried to get their holiday pictures printed. “The studio employee saw the images and alerted the Galle police who arrested the tourists on Monday and the case was concluded today because they pleaded guilty,” said police spokesman Ajith Rohana. The tourists were free to go as their jail sentences were suspended for five years and the magistrate did not make any order to expel them from the country, he added.”

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