Jewelry tossed with trash
A man has pleaded with his local council to sift through their trash dumps yesterday after accidentally throwing out A$50,000 (US$53,000) of his wife’s jewelry. The man said the uninsured haul was stored in plastic bags to fool potential robbers, but they were mistakenly tossed into trash cans outside his house last week in a pre-move clean-up. “We’re moving house, and I told the kids to give me any garbage lying around for me to throw out,” he told the Brisbane Courier-Mail. “My wife rang me up when I was at work and said: ‘Where are the bags?’… You know that sick feeling you get? Wow.” The collection included charm bracelets, bangles and pure gold bars. Sunshine Coast Regional Council spokesman Gary Reeve told reporters there was little hope of finding the jewels with their dumps receiving thousands of tonnes of rubbish every week.
New aerial teams formed
The air force will debut two new aerial demonstration teams this week as part of its growing sophistication and increasingly prominent public role, the Defense Ministry said yesterday. The Sky Wing and Red Falcon teams will take part in a joint performance in over Changchun tomorrow, along with the air force’s 50-year-old Bayi squadron of senior pilots, the ministry said in a notice posted on its Web site. The two new teams are attached to air force flight schools and have a total of 34 pilots. They will perform using domestically developed Jiao-8 and Chujiao-6 trainers, the ministry said.
Literature festival canceled
The first major literature festival planned for Indian Kashmir has been canceled after several writers and artists said it would give a false impression about the existence of basic freedoms in the region. The Harud festival was scheduled for Sept. 24 to Sept. 26 in Srinagar. Its cancellation late on Monday came weeks after news reports quoted organizers as saying the event would be apolitical. Writers said the region has a long history of fear and that people are not allowed to speak their minds.
Tycoon eyes Iceland
Huang Nubo, a former government official turned real-estate tycoon, is trying to buy a huge tract of land in Iceland for a US$100 million eco-tourism project that will include a golf course, the Financial Times said yesterday. Huang has reached a provisional deal to acquire 300km2 of Icelandic territory, the paper said. The Iceland Review Online reported last week that Huang signed a deal with land owners, including the Icelandic government, on Wednesday, and that the deal was dependent on approval by both China and Iceland. Forbes ranked Huang as China’s 161st richest man last year, with a net worth of US$890 million. His firm, Zhongkun Group, owns resorts and facilities across China and around the world.
Dump to be relocated
A huge rubbish dump in Baguio that collapsed, killing three people, during Typhoon Nanmadol will be relocated, authorities said yesterday. The government raised the toll from the typhoon to 22 dead and 12 missing after more fatality reports from isolated areas — up from 16 deaths on Monday. The collapse of the Irisan dump in accounted for three deaths, one missing and one injured, said Olivia Luces, regional head of the civil defense office. “The city government has decided to look for an alternative area.”