The Daily Tulip — News From Around The World

Tuesday 11th September 2018

Good Morning Gentle Reader…. Can you picture Bella and I both standing at the balcony railing watching rain falling at 3:30am, well that’s what happened.. heavy rain pounding the streets and sidewalks of Estepona the town I call home… rain falling so hard it bounced back up 3 or 4 feet giving a mystical effect in the early morn… then the rain stopped, and Bella and I made for the streets glistening in the street lamp light, certainly no beach or hermitage this morning, just Bella’s ablutions to perform and then as quick as possible back home to the dry…Thunder rumbled in the far distance as a warning of the emanate approach of more rain.. we turned and arrived back to the safety of the house as nature washed the streets once again….

IS THE WORLD READY FOR A SMALLPOX REVIVAL?…. In 1796, Edward Jenner injected a milkmaid’s pus into a boy’s arm and made the discovery that eventually eliminated smallpox. Researchers have since learned the modern vaccine differs from Jenner’s original — and that could be problematic, especially if the disease, eradicated in 1980, were to resurface through terrorism or another route. Between 30 and 88 percent of people exposed to the virus can become infected, and a third who contract the disease would die. Scientists are trying to update the inoculation, using century-old vaccine samples from labs and even museums.

COULD EUROPE FINALLY GIVE AMERICA A RUN FOR ITS MONEY?…. It was OK when the U.S. was the friendly global financial gatekeeper. But now Washington is enforcing sanctions on Iran that Europe never asked for, sparking serious discussion of creating a new financial system not dominated by the almighty dollar. Top officials have even suggested that Europe, like rogue states, might try to conduct business with an eye toward evading sanctions. As one former U.S. Treasury official observed, “We may be at a point where our closest allies are working against us.”

MOTHER AND CHILD SURVIVE BAKER STREET TUBE TRACK FALL…. A mother and child who accidentally fell on to a Tube track moments before a train arrived escaped unhurt by moving into a pit under the track. Police said the woman was pushing a buggy along a platform at Baker Street station in London on Friday night as she checked the arrivals board. Distracted, she veered too close to the edge and fell down. The father jumped down to help and the three of them moved into a pit beneath the track as a train passed over them. None of them was seriously hurt, but they were taken to hospital for checks, British Transport Police (BTP) said.
The incident happened on the Jubilee Line, on the southbound strip of platform nine, TfL said. BTP said an investigation was “continuing” into the exact circumstances of what happened.

SPAIN PARISHIONER BOTCHES JESUS AND MARY STATUE RESTORATION…. A set of 15th Century sculptures have been garishly repainted by a Spanish parishioner in the latest botched amateur restoration attempt to attract derision in the country. In one of the previously plain wooden statues, Jesus was given a bright green robe while Mary got a bright pink headscarf and eyeliner. Another statue showed St Peter, now dressed in deep red. They are in a chapel in a hamlet in northern Spain’s Asturias region. One of the 28 residents of El Ranadoiro, Maria Luisa Menendez, was given permission from the local priest to paint the figurines, local newspaper El Comercio reported. “I’m not a professional, but I always liked to do it, and the figures really needed to be painted. So I painted them as I could, with the colours that looked good to me, and the neighbours liked it,” she told the newspaper, quoted by AFP. However Asturias officials were less pleased, with the principality’s Education Adviser Genaro Alonso describing it to Efe news agency as a “vengeance rather than a restoration”.

US WOMAN JAILED FOR SMUGGLING COCAINE IN HIGH HEELS…. A US woman who said she was tricked by a fake internet suitor into smuggling drugs into Australia has been jailed. Denise Marie Woodrum, 51, was arrested at Sydney Airport last year after border officials found cocaine stuffed inside high heels and other belongings in her luggage. In January, she pleaded guilty to the illegal import but told the court she was a victim of an online romance scam. A judge found she had willingly participated in the operation.
On Thursday, the New South Wales District Court sentenced Woodrum, from Missouri, to a maximum of seven-and-a-half years in jail.
“I do not accept that she is genuinely contrite for her offending as opposed to being sorry for the situation she now finds herself caught in,” said Judge Penelope Wass, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

GREAT YARMOUTH STRANDED MALAVIYA TWENTY SHIP PUT UP FOR SALE…. An Indian-registered ship impounded in an English port for more than two years is finally on the verge of being sold. The Malaviya Twenty has been stuck in Great Yarmouth in Norfolk since June 2016 due to legal wrangles and is now being sold by the Admiralty Marshal. Bids for the ship will open on Tuesday, with the proceeds going to pay debts including crew wages and port fees. Captain Nikesh Rastogi said he would breathe a “huge sigh of relief” at the prospect of going home to Mumbai. Capt Rastogi joined the already-marooned boat 18 months ago but has not been paid since late last year, along with his three crew members. They have been stuck aboard the boat, a supply vessel, in the town’s port in the meantime. The Malaviya Twenty — estimated to be worth between £700,000 and £800,000 — was “arrested” by the Admiralty Marshal when the crew’s lawyers secured a High Court order last month. The boat’s owners went into liquidation in January.
“There has to be a certain amount of resilience and fortitude,” said Capt Rastogi. “We hope there’s a suitable quote by the 11th when the tenders open and on the 12th we could be enjoying in-flight meals. “It would be a huge sigh of relief. The worst is over… the Marshal has been kind enough to arrest the vessel. “Once you leave this location… it will hit you that you are finally free.”
Capt Rastogi joked he had been away from India for so long he would have to read up on what his home country was like.
He said he and the crew had stayed on the boat as they feared it could be deemed a derelict and taken over, meaning they would go unpaid.

Well Gentle Reader I hope you enjoyed our look at the news from around the world this, morning… …

Our Tulips today were caught in the rain….

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 Tuesday 11th September 2018 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…

Robert McAngus

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