Friday, September 13, 2019

Naked Hillsides Painted Green

Authorities in China are investigating a mining company that had stripped hillsides of vegetation and then about a month ago, painted the exposed gradients green in an attempt to “improve appearances and control dust”. 

The Natural Resources and Planning Bureau in Sanmenxia, Henan province, said in an online statement on Thursday that it would “punish without leniency” those responsible for the “greening project”. 

The authorities were spurred into action by drone footage posted online by news video channel Litchi News the day before that showed the naked hillsides covered in a green coating. The report said the video was taken by a visitor to the city. 

An employee at Jinjiang Mining, which owns the mining rights to the area, told the South China Morning Post that the substance was a dust control agent. 

“We are now taking other measures to restore the damaged areas”, he said, declining to elaborate. As I hear this, I am ROTFLMAO-ing! 

[In case you claim ignorance, it is “rolling on the floor laughing my ass off”!] 

After a long absence, I was at the Kelab Pidato Perdana Toastmasters meeting yesterday. We saw a decent attendance – and that’s an encouraging sign. 

I delivered a CC#4 speech titled "Lidah Sakti" ("Magical Tongue") – and I can tell you, it was not easy!! Aarrgghh!!

Thereafter, I have five more to go before I complete this Competent Communication manual in Malay. For the second time.

There were only seven of us at the meeting – but we still had heaps of fun in an easygoing environment that facilitates learning.

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