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Australian uses pocket knife to fend off crocodile******
A 60-year-old Australian man escaped the jaws of a large crocodile by stabbing it repeatedly in the head with his pocket knife as it dragged him into a river, local authorities said yesterday.。
Wildlife officers said the man was "lucky to be alive" after the terrifying attack at a remote riverbank in Australia's far northern Cape York Peninsula.。
"There was a struggle and he fortunately escaped the grip of a four to four-and-a-half-meter crocodile. The odds of doing that are about zero," said the Queensland state environment department's Matt Brien.。
The man had gone fishing on his property last week near Hope Vale, about five hours' drive from Cairns, and he shooed away a bull from the riverbank so he could take over the spot.。
Then, the crocodile struck.。
"He described seeing the crocodile seconds before it lunged at him, knocking him over as he was about to cast his fishing rod," the department said.。
He grabbed onto the branch of a mangrove tree in a desperate bid to stay out of the river as the crocodile's jaws clamped around his boots. But he quickly lost the tug-of-war and was pulled in.。
"The man said that as he entered the water, he managed to retrieve his knife from his belt and stabbed the crocodile in its head until it let him go."
The man then scrambled up the bank to escape the predator.。
After emergency treatment at Cooktown Hospital, he was later flown to Cairns Hospital where he was still recovering a week later.。
A health department spokeswoman said he was in a "stable" condition.。
Wildlife officers who interviewed the man on Tuesday confirmed his injuries were consistent with a crocodile attack.。
"It appears that the crocodile was targeting the bull or the cow at the time, and he's just ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time," Brien told reporters. "It's an absolutely harrowing experience. He won't forget that in a long time."
Brien said the man had been left "quite traumatized" by the incident, adding he would need "time for healing, both mentally and physically."
Saltwater crocodile numbers shot up in Australia's "croc country" after being declared a protected species in 1971, with attacks increasing in recent years.。
Inside the World of Buy Nothing, Where Dryer Lint Is a Hot Commodity
David Stahl did not need leftover pickle juice because, really, no one needs someone else’s used brine. But a few months ago, he decided to ask for some just to see if it was possible, posting a request to an Upper West Side chapter of Buy Nothing, a hyperlocal Facebook group.
大卫·斯塔尔(David Stahl)不需要别人用剩下的泡菜汁，因为，说实话，谁会想要别人用过的盐水呢？但几个月前，他决定去问一问，看看有没有可能得到一些，于是便在Facebook的本地邻里群“什么都不买”(Buy Nothing)上西区分部发了帖子。
It turns out, people are willing to give away (and take) just about anything, if you ask. A week later, Mr. Stahl walked 10 blocks to a stranger’s apartment lobby and retrieved a one-gallon Mt. Olive jar of the pale green liquid.
“The doorman thought that I wanted the glass because it was such a large glass. I was like, ‘No, I just really like pickle juice,’” said Mr. Stahl, 30, a water resources engineer. He drank the brine with a friend, using it as a chaser for shots.
Welcome to the wild world of Buy Nothing, a network of social media groups, mostly on Facebook, where people give and receive things, treating the stuff taking up space in their homes as gifts meant to be shared and treasured. Members are encouraged to offer their time and talents, too, and loan items that someone may need for just a few hours, like a car or a cake pan. Created in 2013 by two women in Bainbridge Island, Wash., it has grown to 6,700 independent Buy Nothing Facebook groups in 44 countries. The Buy Nothing Project recently developed an app that it will release more widely in a few weeks.
Giving away the stuff that you no longer want is nothing new. Charities like the Salvation Army and Goodwill rely on these kinds of donations. And social media has made it easier for people to find free stuff on sites like Craigslist or through groups like Trash Nothing. But Buy Nothing turns the act of decluttering into a way to meet and befriend your neighbors. Because each group is geographically limited, sometimes encompassing only a few city blocks, and members are allowed to join only a single group, an active group can become a tight-knit trading post where a decorative birthday banner could make the rounds, shared repeatedly for months until it mysteriously disappears, as happened in one Brooklyn group earlier this year.
把你已经不想要的东西送出去并不是什么新鲜事。救世军(Salvation Army)和善意企业(Goodwill)等慈善机构靠的就是这些捐赠。而且社交媒体让人们可以更轻松地在克雷格列表(Craigslist)等网站上或通过“什么都不扔”(Trash Nothing)等群找到免费的东西。但是，“什么都不买”将清理物品变成了结识邻居并成为朋友的一种方式。因为每个群受到地域的限制，有的只包含几个街区，而且成员只能加入一个群，一个活跃的群可以成为一个来往密切的交易站，一张装饰生日派对的横幅可以在那里转手好几轮，反复使用几个月，直到它神秘地消失，就像今年早些时候在布鲁克林的一个群组里发生的那样。
“We have plenty right here within each of our local communities to sustain us,” said Liesl B. Clark, one of the founders of the Buy Nothing Project. In the language of Buy Nothing, everything we possess has value, if you can find the person who needs it. “If we can reuse and refurbish and fix and repair and just keep recycling these items, nothing needs to be discarded,” Ms. Clark said.
“什么都不买”项目的创始人之一莉丝·B·克拉克(Liesl B. Clark)说：“在每个本地社区，我们都有足够的资源来维持我们的生活。”用“什么都不买”的话来说，我们拥有的一切都是有价值的，如果你能找到需要它的人。克拉克说：“如果我们可以重复使用、翻新和修理，不断回收这些物品，就不需要扔掉任何东西。”
Terms like “curb alert” or “first come first serve” are discouraged. You are not putting your stuff on the street hoping someone claims it before the trash truck comes. Instead, you are intentionally “gifting” your possessions. In this version of a gifting economy, where all items are of equal value, members are not allowed to trade or barter, as each object is seen as a gift independent of anything else. Such restrictions can prove frustrating for a member who may want to, say, trade goods for services.
The giver is encouraged to let an offer “simmer” for a period of time, selecting a recipient for some reason other than being the fastest one to reply. Members who raise their hands ask to “be considered,” and may offer a compelling reason for wanting, say, a table lamp. Or maybe they’re asked to tell a joke, or pick a number, and a winner is chosen. If you’re the lucky recipient of said table lamp, you may feel inspired to write a “gratitude” post, sharing your joy and photographs of the lamp in its new home.
The result, say group members around the country, is a sense of community that is mostly fun, sometimes quirky, and occasionally irritating.
Buy Nothing is “the only reason why I’m still on Facebook,” said Mr. Stahl, who has been a member since March. “There is no community meeting place anymore,” he added, except on Buy Nothing, where a member of his group recently offered a half-eaten birthday cake — a gift members were happy to take.
And it’s not just partially eaten food that people want. Oh, no. The list goes on.
There is the standard fare: used furniture, clothing, baby items and household goods. But the surprising things are what keep it interesting. In one Los Angeles group, used makeup, including lip gloss, frequently makes the rounds. Income disparity comes into sharp focus, too. In Silicon Valley, one group member gave away a piece of artwork that had, apparently, been bought for $10,000, while in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, members share essential items like canned food, cheese, milk and medical supplies.
Life lived in a gifting economy requires a measure of patience, a virtue that can be hard to find if you want to clean out your closet quickly.
“You have to let things simmer for a while. That can be a little annoying when you want something and you feel a little pressure that the group wants you to sit and wait,” said Janis Gross, 60, who teaches jewelry making and is a member of a Buy Nothing group covering Stuyvesant Town and Gramercy Park, in Manhattan.
Let the item simmer, as the group requests, and then you eventually have to choose one recipient among many. But how do you decide which stranger is deservi按照群组的要求，让物品慢慢等待，然后你最终必须从众多接受人中选择一个。但是你如何决定哪个陌生人值得拥有你的旧冰格呢？ng of your old ice-cube trays?
“It’s like getting picked for the basketball team — 10 people reply and how do you pick?” Ms. Gross said. “I don’t like the public nature of it. I don’t like having to say, ‘Sorry Mary, I’m going to give it to Fred.’”
Sometimes people don’t show up to claim their stuff, or make it difficult to arrange a time for a pickup. Private messages can get lost in Facebook Messenger, leading to confusion or disappointment. Some members seem to claim more stuff than others, simply because they spend more time on Facebook. When you know another member personally, which is likely when everyone lives in the neighborhood, you might offend a friend if you choose someone else to take your loot.
But for Ms. Clark, the public nature of the interactions is the point. The transparency allows members to keep one another in check. “Gifting communities are a window into human nature,” she said, adding: “We all have to get used to being uncomfortable in some situations.”
In a group that covers a large swath of Brooklyn, including Boerum Hill, Gowanus and Red Hook, a glass sex toy (unused, according to the giver) was a particularly popular item recently.
“The other day, somebody posted dryer lint,” said Susan Lightman, a member of that group. Dryer lint, she soon learned, has many uses, including as hamster bedding. “It’s just the randomness of it that is amazing.”
Ms. Lightman, who works in advertising, has given her fair share of random gifts, too, including a fish taco that she ordered but did not eat, and dirty water from her 30-gallon fish tank. Her husband doubted that anyone would want dirty fish water. But he was quickly proved wrong, as the nutrient-rich brew makes for excellent fertilizer.
“A lot of people were like, ‘Totally, I’m interested,’” Ms. Lightman said.
She left a bucket outside her building, so members could come by and scoop it out. The dirty water was such a hit that she began offering it regularly, periodically announcing, “It’s fish-poop water time!”
Within hours, her neighbors would come and take it all.
文/图 本报记者 张毅伟
Huang/Zheng overpower Thai duo to reach Denmark Open final******
ODENSE, Denmark, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese shuttlers Huang Dongping and Zheng Yu overpowered fifth-seeded Jongkolphan Kititharakul/Rawinda Prajongjai from Thailand here on Saturday to reach the Denmark Open women's doubles final.
The newly paired Chinese duo took a straight win of 21-10, 21-15, and will meet second-seeded Lee So-hee/Shin Seung-chan from South Korea in the final.
"We defeated the Tokyo Olympic champion yesterday and it has given us much confidence to play strong since the very beginning today. And my partner gave many great smashes," said Huang. "Honestly, we did not expect to go as far as the final. Each match is a big surprise for us."
However, Huang did not make the mixed doubles final spot paired with her Olympic mixed doubles winning partner Wang Yilyu. Fourth-seeded Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino from Japan took revenge on the Chinese top seed 16-21, 21-17, 21-17 in the mixed doubles semifinal.
As the Tokyo Olympic bronze medalists, the Japanese duo had lost the Olympic semifinal to the Chinese pair.
The 27-year-old Wang was not satisfied with the results and his own performance, although he had made many great saves.
"Huang has done well enough, but I'm not so determined to push myself. I should have done more for my partner because she is also playing the women's doubles. Maybe I was not well prepared mentally," said Wang.
"It's not a bad thing for us to lose this game. It'll tell us how to improve ourselves," said Huang, "we need to cover each other in key rally."
In the women's singles semifinal, sixth-seeded He Bingjiao from China was edged 23-21, 22-20 by second seed Akane Yamaguchi who had defeated Tokyo Olympic champion Chen Yufei twice in Sudirman Cup and Uber Cup.
"I was never thinking about giving up, even when I was falling behind in both sets. I tried to overturn the game, but it seemed that I just need a little bit more luck," said 24-year-old He.
He told Xinhua that Yamaguchi is her good friend and they have been playing against each other since the junior tournaments.
"Akane has great personality and strong will. She can save all the smashes no matter how difficult the shots are," said He. "She is not an emotional player and always keeps calm. She is very energetic on the pitch. It looks like she is never tired." Enditem