The Daily Tulip — News From Around The World
Thursday 19th October 2017
Good Morning Gentle Reader…. Boy It rained hard yesterday in southern Spain, in fact it rained hard all over Spain … streets flooded, rivers washing cars away, the weather folk said 30 litres an hour feel and today we have a similar situation with dark skies and heavy rain… all this of course, makes it very difficult to take Bella out for her normal walk.. so far I have managed to get her in and out between the downfalls … but we only have a day or so left of this storm and then we will be back to normal..
AUSTRALIA’S CROWN CASINO DENIES SLOT-MACHINE ‘TAMPERING’…. Australia’s largest casino has denied allegations it deliberately tampered with slot machines and ignored evidence of drug use and domestic violence. The claims, by three people who said they were ex-employees of Crown casino, were tabled in Australia’s parliament. Authorities will investigate the allegations, described by one MP as “chilling”. Crown Resorts Limited said it rejected claims of “illegal and improper conduct” at the Melbourne venue.
The whistleblowers allege that staff were told to alter poker machines, known in Australia as “pokies”, to remove some betting options. The casino also overlooked drug use and domestic violence incidents, and tried to avoid reporting some transactions to authorities, the former employees say. Justice Minister Michael Keenan said an anti-money laundering regulator, Austrac, would investigate a claim that staff were told to use different player ID cards when processing transactions over A$10,000 (£6,000; $8,000).
The other claims will be “thoroughly investigated” by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, it confirmed.
MAN-EATING INDIAN TIGRESS DIES OF ELECTROCUTION…. A tigress that killed four people in the west Indian state of Maharashtra died on Saturday, days after a court upheld an order to kill it. The animal was electrocuted by a fence erected by a farmer to keep out wild boar, wildlife officials said. Officials called off their hunt for the two-year-old tigress after they found its body by the fence early on Sunday. Animal rights activists have criticised the forest department for failing to save the big cat. Wildlife activists had challenged the shoot-to-kill order issued by the state forest department on 23 June, but the court rejected their appeal on Thursday.
The tigress was first captured in July after killing two people and injuring four in the town of Brahmapuri, in Maharashtra. It was set free in Bor Tiger Reserve later, but killed two more people. India is home to 60% of the world’s tigers, which are threatened by loss of habitat and poachers who kill them for body parts used in traditional Chinese medicine. With increasing human encroachment into their reserves, tigers often compete for resources with nearby villagers, leading to conflict. Tiger deaths have steadily gone up in recent years. In 2015, Indian officials reported 80 tiger deaths, compared to 78 in the previous year. Most attacks on people are chance encounters gone wrong, and the victims are rarely dragged away as prey. However, a series of attacks on people in quick succession is considered a tell-tale sign of a man-eater at work.
SPAIN WARNS CATALONIA ON SELF-RULE AS DEADLINE LOOMS…. Spain will move to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy unless the region’s leader drops his push for independence, the deputy prime minister says. Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría gave the warning a day before a Spanish deadline to Carles Puigdemont was due to expire. Catalonia’s government has insisted it will not meet Madrid’s demands in the wake of a disputed vote on secession. There have been protests over the detention of two leaders of the separatist movement. Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart are being held while they are investigated for sedition — a move which many on the pro-independence side see as politically motivated. The men were leading figures in the 1 October independence vote, which Madrid branded illegal.
‘FUTURE CITY’ TO BE BUILT IN CANADA BY ALPHABET COMPANY…. Sidewalk Labs, owned by Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is to build a digital city in Toronto. It aims to turn a waterfront area into a working laboratory for a range of “smart” technology.
It is likely to feature fast wi-fi availability, millions of sensors, sustainable energy and autonomous cars.
Technology companies are touting their hardware and software to cities, as urban planners tackle issues such as congestion, pollution and overcrowding. Public-private partnerships such as the one in Toronto could bring benefits, but cities needed to be sure about what they were getting out of the deal, said Robert Puentes, an urban planning expert from US think tank the Eno Centre for Transportation. “Cities are trying everything they can to boost their economies and build infrastructure, but they have to realise that companies are not doing it for altruistic reasons — they are interested in generating profit for their shareholders,” he said.
“Cities need a clear vision of what they want to achieve, and they shouldn’t expect the private sector to do the job for them.”
MAN TRIES TO KILL SPIDER WITH BLOWTORCH AND ACCIDENTALLY BURNS HOUSE DOWN…. A man who only wanted to get rid of unwanted pests has managed to burn down his home with a blowtorch. Officials in Tucson, Arizona, say that they responded to reports of smoke and flames coming from a mobile home in the Arizona city where a man had been using a blowtorch to remove spiderwebs from underneath his mobile home. The fire department said that they had arrived to discover that an elderly woman had been removed from the blaze by her son and some neighbours. She had sustained minor injuries while being carried out, but she was not reportedly injured severely by the fires. All told, it took eleven minutes for the 23 firefighters who responded to put out the blaze in the mobile home. There were no other injuries reported aside from those of the elderly woman who was carried out. The total sustained damages to the mobile home from the fire, which is still being investigated by officials, is yet to be determined by investigators.
Well Gentle Reader I hope you enjoyed our look at the news from around the world this, Thursday morning… …
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A Sincere Thank You for your company and Thank You for your likes and comments I love them and always try to reply, so please keep them coming, it’s always good fun, As is my custom, I will go and get myself another mug of “Colombian” Coffee and wish you a safe Thursday 19th October 2017 from my home on the southern coast of Spain, where the blue waters of the Alboran Sea washes the coast of Africa and Europe and the smell of the night blooming Jasmine and Honeysuckle fills the air…and a crazy old guy and his dog Bella go out for a walk at 4:00 am…on the streets of Estepona…
All good stuff….But remember it’s a dangerous world we live in
Be safe out there…