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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.
Rappers Travis Scott, Drake sued over deadly Texas concert crush******
Rappers Travis Scott and Drake have been sued for having "incited mayhem" after eight people were killed and dozens injured in a crush during a Texas concert, a United States law firm has said.。
Texas firm Thomas J Henry Law on Sunday tweeted a story published by the Daily Mail on the suit, confirming it had filed "one of the first lawsuits in Travis Scott Astroworld Festival tragedy."
The plaintiff is 23-year-old concertgoer Kristian Paredes, who was one of those "severely injured" at the concert on the night of November 5.。
Around 50,000 people were in the audience at Houston's NRG Park when the crowd started pushing toward the stage as Scott was performing, triggering chaotic scenes.。
Paredes, who is also suing concert organizers Live Nation and the venue, "felt an immediate push" at the front of the general admission section as Travis Scott got on stage, the complaint said.。
"The crowd became chaotic and a stampede began."
"Many begged security guards hired by Live Nation Entertainment for help, but were ignored."
The suit, filed in Houston's Harris County court, claims Scott "had incited mayhem and chaos at prior events" and that "defendants knew or should have known of (Scott's) prior conduct."
The suit also accuses Canadian rap superstar Drake, who joined Scott's headline set, of contributing to causing the surge toward the stage.。
"As Drake came onstage alongside of Travis Scott he helped incite the crowd even though he knew of Scott's prior conduct," it charges.。
High-profile attorney Ben Crump announced on Sunday he had also filed suit against Scott and Astroworld.。
Crump specializes in civil rights and personal injury, and has represented clients including the families of victims of police violence George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.。
He and co-counsel Bob Hilliard filed suit on Sunday on behalf of 21-year-old concertgoer Noah Gutierrez, who described "a scene of chaos and desperation."
Economic Watch: China's industrial profits sustain sound growth in first three quarters******
BEIJING, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Profits of China's major industrial firms maintained sound growth momentum in the first three quarters of the year as industrial production continued to recover and business operations kept improving, official data showed on Wednesday.
Industrial firms with annual business revenues of at least 20 million yuan (about 3.1 million U.S. dollars) saw their combined profits jumping 44.7 percent year on year in the January-September period to top 6.34 trillion yuan, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed.
The volume surged 41.2 percent compared with the 2019 level, putting the average January-September growth for 2020 and 2021 at 18.8 percent.
In September alone, profits of major industrial companies soared 16.3 percent year on year to 738.74 billion yuan, quickening from the 10.1-percent gain reported in August, according to the NBS.
In the first nine months, 29 out of 41 industries saw an expansion in their profits compared with the same period in 2019, while the overall performance of most industries was better than the pre-epidemic level, said senior NBS statistician Zhu Hong.
The high-tech manufacturing sector led the growth, with its profits growing 33.6 percent year on year over the same period.
In particular, boosted by the surging demand for vaccines at home and abroad, the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector continued high-speed growth since the beginning of the year and soared 66.8 percent during the period.
An obvious profit expansion in mining and raw material manufacturing industries has underpinned the headline figures, Zhu noted.
Profits in the coal mining industry jumped 272 percent year on year for the January-September period, while the oil and gas exploitation industry saw its earnings skyrocket 297 percent.
Zhu said that high commodity prices and unsmooth operations of supply chains have constrained the continuous improvement of the companies' profitability.
"The imbalanced profit distribution between upstream and downstream industries is meanwhile fairly prominent, and the foundation for the recovery still needs firming up," Zhu added. Enditem