The Daily Tulip — News From Around The World

Tuesday 29th August 2017

Good Morning Gentle Reader…. Well the rumblings of Thunder in the far distance can be heard as Bella and I leave the house for our morning walk… “Hot and Sticky” my Mother would have said to describe the weather this morning .. The temperature is not that terrible from the heat yesterday having fallen in the night, but the humidity is the tough thing to deal with.. but enough of that, can’t do anything about it, so let’s get on with life and enjoy what we can…

PERSONAL BODYGUARD APP TO LAUNCH IN NORTHEAST CHINA…. The app’s name, Jinyiwei, comes from the name of a group of secret police during the Ming Dynasty An app is set to launch in a northeast Chinese city that allows anybody — not just the rich and famous — to hire a personal bodyguard, it’s reported. The Jinyiwei app, which is set to launch in Qingdao in September, provides an Uber-like service, and connects individuals and companies citywide with over 50,000 staff from 47 security companies.

AUSTRALIA DEBATES CAPTAIN COOK ‘DISCOVERY’ STATUE…. A debate has ignited in Australia over a statue of British explorer Captain James Cook, which has a plaque saying he “discovered this territory”. The 19th Century statue, in Sydney’s central Hyde Park, has come under scrutiny following recent discussion over Confederate monuments in the US. Critics say the inscription overlooks indigenous Australians, while others defend it as being part of history. Sydney’s city council says it will seek advice on the issue. Lord Mayor Clover Moore said she had referred the debate to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advisory panel. The monument was installed more than a century after Capt Cook arrived in Australia in 1770, later claiming the region for the British crown. Funded by the New South Wales government and members of the public, the statue was completed by English sculptor Thomas Woolner and unveiled in front of a huge crowd in 1879.
It bears inscriptions marking Capt Cook’s birth and death, but it is the south-facing engraving — “Discovered this territory 1770” — which has caused controversy. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s indigenous affairs editor, Stan Grant, wrote an article on Friday arguing that “surely we need no longer maintain the fiction that he [Capt Cook] ‘discovered’ this country”. Grant said that the inscription should be changed. He argued that some other indigenous people favoured removing the statue.

AUSTRALIAN ZOO WELCOMES RARE WHITE KOALA…. Among a group of marsupials born at an Australian zoo in recent months, one has stood out. The female koala, as yet unnamed, is a rare white joey. According to Queensland’s Australia Zoo, the koala’s fair coat is not due to albinism but most likely caused by a recessive gene it inherited from its mother. Experts say it would be difficult for such a koala to survive if it lived in the wild. The koala has delighted visitors and internet users “In veterinary science it is often referred to as the ‘silvering gene’ where animals are born with white or very pale fur and, just like baby teeth, they eventually shed their baby fur and the regular adult colouration comes through,” said Dr Rosie Booth, the zoo’s wildlife hospital director. Central Queensland University ecologist Dr Alistair Melzer said he had not seen a white koala in more than 20 years of observing the animals in the wild. “It is something that would be selected against in the wild,” he told the BBC, saying koalas had predators such as eagles and owls.

WHY SARDINIA’S TOURISTS TAKING SAND AS SOUVENIR FACE FINE…. Sardinia’s beaches took millions of years to create but island officials fear the theft of sand could destroy the environment Famed for its pristine beaches, the Mediterranean island of Sardinia has hit back at holidaymakers who have been pinching its sand. Under a law that came into force on 1 August, four tourists have been given €1,000 (£920; $1180) fines while trying take sand, stones or seashells home. They were caught by X-rays as they left Elmas airport in the capital Cagliari. It might seem heavy-handed, but for years islanders have complained about the theft of their natural assets. In 1994, access to the renowned pink beach on the Budelli island to the north-east of Sardinia was banned amid concerns about its future. In three summer months in 2015 alone, as much as five tonnes of sand was seized at Elmas airport, local reports say. Sand was also seized at the island’s other airports in Alghero and Olbia. A Facebook page was set up, called “Sardinia robbed and plundered”, on which people shared pictures of plastic bottles and bags filled with beach souvenirs. Stealing sand was a crime, the group declared, pressing local mayors and politicians to respond to what they saw as an environmental emergency. Now, the law says “whoever takes, keeps or sells small quantities without permission” faces fines ranging from €500 to €3,000. Customs officials are on the look out for stolen samples of quartz sand from beaches at Mari Ermi, Is Arutas and Maimoni, white sand from Cala Luna, or the yellow sand from Piscinas.

EU CITIZEN DETENTION LETTERS SENT IN ERROR…. The Home Office sent about 100 letters “in error” to EU citizens living in the UK, telling them they had to leave or be liable for “detention”. The mistake emerged after a Finnish academic, who has the right to live in the UK, received one of the letters. Dr Eva Johanna Holmberg, who is married to a British citizen, said she “couldn’t believe my eyes” when it told her she had a month to get out. The Home Office said the rights of EU nationals in the UK “remain unchanged”.
Prime Minister Theresa May called it an “unfortunate mistake”. Dr Holmberg, who works at London’s Queen Mary University, had originally applied for a “qualified person certificate” before receiving the letter. These certificates — for citizens from the European Economic Area or Swiss nationals — confirm the right to live in the UK for those who meet certain criteria. The historian said the “absurd nonsense” had made her “even less likely” to trust politicians in the wake of Brexit. “When I opened this, I could not believe my eyes seeing words like ‘a decision has been taken to remove you from the United Kingdom’,” she told the BBC. The letter said she was facing detention unless she left the UK with one month, she added. The academic spent the next few days contacting a lawyer, her employer, and attempting to speak to the Home Office. On Wednesday, the Home Office contacted her personally to apologise — six days after she first opened the letter. She said a “Twitter storm” had been created after her story first emerged in a newspaper in Finland. “I have been in contact with numerous people on Twitter, on email and on Facebook,” she said. “I am yet to go through all of those messages but I have seen other people reporting similar experiences.” Prof Simon Gaskell, Principal of Queen Mary University, said it is vital the UK government makes clear it understands “the huge contribution” overseas academics make. “Dr Holmberg and her family should not have been subject to such stress, and it should not have been necessary for support mechanisms at Queen Mary University of London to be activated,” he said. The Home Office said everyone who received a letter would be contacted to “clarify that they can disregard it”. “A limited number of letters were issued in error and we have been urgently looking into why this happened,” a spokesperson added.

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

Our Tulip today is in the rain, what I think we will get in a little while…

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 29th August 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…

Robert McAngus

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