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Renowned US wildlife park launches first Chinese New Year celebration******
San Diego Zoo Safari Park on Saturday kicked off its first Chinese New Year celebration in its 50-year-long history.
During the two-day celebration of the Year of the Tiger, a Chinese zodiac animal, guests can discover such activities as Chinese New Year good fortunes, Asian-inspired food, engaging experiences with wildlife care specialists and adorable animals in the park.
Guests are also invited to tie red ribbons written with their wishes to the trees in the park's Tiger Trail and will receive red envelopes and small gifts from the Consulate General of China in Los Angeles, including souvenirs of the Beijing Olympic Winter Games.
Located in the city of Escondido in the US state of California, the 1,800-acre wildlife park, home to more than 3,600 animals representing over 300 species, welcomes more than 1 million guests each year. A Chinese New Year celebration is also being held in its sister park, the San Diego Zoo.
Sending his greetings to those celebrating the arrival of the Chinese New Year, Paul Baribault, president and CEO of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, operator of the parks, said during the launching ceremony that the wishing trees will be planted in Tiger Trail and "marked with a commemorative plaque honoring this day and our long-term friendship with our Chinese conservation partners."
"May these trees tell a story of our collective power to create positive change, forge lasting friendships, and recognize the beauty in the diversity of our world," he said.
Baribault praised the joint efforts by the alliance and its Chinese partners in contributing to breeding and protecting giant pandas.
In 1996, a female panda named Bai Yun, meaning white cloud in Chinese, arrived at the San Diego Zoo and soon gained in popularity. In 2019, she and her sixth cub Xiao Liwu, meaning a small gift in Chinese, returned to China.
Chinese Consul General in Los Angeles Zhang Ping, who also attended the launching ceremony, thanked the alliance for holding the Chinese New Year celebration, saying it enables the public to feel the strength and vitality of the real tigers in close range, and better understand the symbolic meaning that the Year of the Tiger carries.
"As the Beijing Winter Olympics motto goes, 'Together for a Shared Future,' we hope our two peoples will come together and work together to build a better future for the world," he added.
Mainz shock struggling Augsburg 4******
BERLIN, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Mainz showed no mercy with Augsburg and paved the way for the win with three goals within 26 minutes to secure all three points on home soil at the opener of the 9th round in Bundesliga on Friday.
The hosts wasted no time and took the reins with the kick-off as Jonathan Burkardt forced Augsburg goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz into action with only two minutes gone.
Mainz completed their perfect start into the game with 10 minutes played when Karim Onisiwo benefitted on Robert Gumny's missed clearance before tapping the ball past hapless Giekiewicz.
Augsburg was shocked and couldn't respond whereas Mainz poured forward and doubled its advantage five minutes later when Burkardt's good build-up work and pass allowed Stefan Bell to slot home right footed from inside the box.
The "Fuggerstadter" couldn't put up some resistance and had to swallow another goal from Mainz as Onisiwo's pinpoint cross to the far point found Burkardt, who made it three by header in the 26th minute.
Mainz continued relentless and should have made it four ten minutes later but for all that unmarked Onisiwo couldn't beat Giekiewicz from very close range.
Just before the half time, Giekiewicz prevented a higher deficit for his squad again after neutralizing Burkardt's dangerous ball from inside the area.
After the restart, Augsburg assumed control as Mainz seemed content with its three-goal lead. Still, the visitors had to wait until the 69th minute before Andi Zeqiri finished off Andre Hahn's through ball to make it 3-1 on the scoreboards.
It was a short-lived joy for Augsburg though as Mainz remained unimpressed and restored its three-goal lead only two minutes later when Onisiwo teed up for Burkardt, who snatched his brace and killed the game in the 71st minute.
With the result, Mainz return to winning ways and secure and climb on the 6th spot meanwhile Augsburg suffered its 5th defeat and stay on the 16th place.
"I am satisfied with the performance in the first half. After the break we eased off for good 20 minutes. I did not like that, but I saw a lot of positive things today," said Mainz head coach Bo Svensson.
"What can I say. We staged a poor performance and Mainz dominated us. They are not Bayern, but they still did what they wanted with us. If we continue to play like this, we will relegate, and every team member needs to know this" said Augsburg goalkeeper Gikiewicz.
The following fixtures are scheduled for Saturday: Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich host Hoffenheim, Arminia Bielefeld encounter runner-up Borussia Dortmund, Wolfsburg clash with Freiburg, Leipzig see newly promoted Greuther Furth and Hertha Berlin face Borussia Monchengladbach. Enditem
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Russia accuses US of funding biological weapons research in Ukraine******
Russia on Thursday accused the United States of funding research into the development of biological weapons in Ukraine.
Russian defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a televised briefing that "the purpose of this – and other Pentagon-funded biological research in Ukraine – was to establish a mechanism for the stealthy spread of deadly pathogens."
Konashenkov claimed the ministry had obtained documents detailing US military-biological activities in Ukraine, including on the transfer of Ukrainians' biomaterial abroad.
He said Washington "planned to carry out research on bird, bat and reptile pathogens," as well as on African swine fever and anthrax.
"Bio-laboratories set up and funded in Ukraine have been experimenting with bat coronavirus samples," Konashenkov added.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in a press conference later Thursday following talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba repeated the claim, saying Washington had funded development of biological weapons in Ukraine.
"The Americans carried out this work in complete secrecy. Just like how they work in other former Soviet states, creating their military-biological labs right along Russia's borders," he said.
Both Washington and Kiev have denied the existence of laboratories intended to produce biological weapons in the country.
Russia has repeatedly accused the United States of secretly carrying out biological experiments in a lab in Georgia, another former Soviet republic, which like Ukraine aims to join NATO and the European Union.