The Daily Tulip – News From Around The World
Tuesday 30th January 2018
Good Morning Gentle Reader…. Not raining at the moment as we leave the house, but the sound of the surf pounding on the beaches of Estepona Spain greeted Bella and I this morning … Strong easterly winds are blowing, clouds are hurrying across the early morning sky making me pull my jacket tighter .. Bella doesn’t care sniffing here sniffing there as she explores the town .. needs satisfied, we turn towards the house Bella knows the routine, Food for her and Coffee for me and a Digestive .. going to live life to the full!
COW WALKS ON WILD SIDE WITH POLISH BISON…. A domesticated cow has surprised Polish naturalists by spending the winter living with a herd of wild bison in the primeval Bialowieza Forest. The cow "chose freedom" by running away from a farm late last autumn, and has been seen lingering on the fringes of a herd of some 50 bison in the forest on the Belarusian border, Poland's TVN24 news portal reports. Ornithologist Adam Zbyryt was the first to spot the cow. He made the news in November when he told TVN24: "it's not unusual to see bison near the Bialowieza Forest, but one animal caught my eye. It was a completely different light-brown shade from the rest of the herd. Bison are chestnut or dark brown". He dropped his initial idea that this was a mutation when he trained his binoculars on the creature, and saw that it was Limousin cow - a French breed popular in Poland. The young animal appeared healthy, and unthreatened by the larger animals. Naturalists assumed it would wander back to its pasture once winter set in.
Then biologist Rafal Kowalczyk spotted the cow again this week, still apparently healthy, and keeping pace with the herd.
FINLAND PLANS TO REBURY CIVIL WAR DEAD IN CHURCHYARD…. Local authorities in a Finnish city are hoping to open a mass grave from the country's 20th Century civil war and rebury the dead in a churchyard. The grave site at Heinola - 140 km (87 miles) north of the capital Helsinki - is currently in the middle of an industrial park with a stone marker showing its general location, national broadcaster Yle reports. While the White Guards involved in the battle for Heinola buried their dead in cemeteries, fleeing communist Reds who died in large numbers during their breakout from the Vierumäki district of the city in the spring of 1918 weren't afforded the same dignity, and were buried in a mass grave. Now, plans proposed by the city government and one of the companies in the industrial park hope to identify the 300 communist fighters in the grave and bury them in individual coffins in one of three local cemeteries. However, that task may be difficult, and certainly won't be cheap, with samples of each body being sent for DNA testing. "It may be very difficult to identify who is in the grave," war historian Jukka Kulomaa told Yle, explaining that the fighters "came from a wide swath of southern Finland, from many different localities." But despite the cost, possibly running into hundreds of thousands of Euros, Olli Soininen of the National Board of Antiquities says that "We must treat these poor people with respect".
NZ MAORI WIN FIRST INDIGENOUS FOOTBALL INTERNATIONALS…. New Zealand Maori football teams competed against indigenous Australian teams this weekend, in the first ever international matches between teams of indigenous peoples from either sides of the Tasman Sea. Male and female Maori Football Te Ikaroa teams took on the Australian First Nations Mariya teams in Auckland on Saturday, and ultimately proved too strong for their rivals, Radio New Zealand reports. The women's Maori team won 5-0, and the men's team similarly dominated, winning 3-2 in a match described as "a typically hard-fought trans-Tasman battle with tempers flaring in the stifling summer heat". Both games started with Maori players performing a haka which they had developed during their training camp; while the indigenous Australians responded with a traditional corroboree dance.
JUSTICE DELAYED: PONYTAIL JOE'S JUDICIAL JOURNEY LEAVES BIRD MAN BUMMED…. Longtime B.C. bird breeder says time-consuming tangle over documentation has clipped his wings. It was a long morning's wait for Ponytail Joe. The aging B.C. bird breeder was tired to begin with. After all, the 69-year-old spent most of the day before on the road, driving 400 kilometres from the Okanagan town of Peachland to Richmond with a full can of gas tucked into the back of his station wagon in case — like the time he made his previous court appearance — snow turned the Coquihalla Highway into a deathtrap. But here he was Wednesday morning, first-time defendant Joseph Azzopardi — owner of Ponytail Joe's Pet Supplies — ready to face justice in relation to five International and Interprovincial Trade Act counts of importing some small parrots and exotic finches without the proper paperwork in 2015.
To his frustration, justice — or at least the Crown attorney charged with handling Ponytail Joe's file — never showed up. Instead, he sat, quiet as a Senegal parrot, witnessing first hand the clogged B.C. court system that has prompted concern across legal quarters over unreasonable delay and lack of judicial resources. Azzopardi wore heavy boots and denim shirt, ponytail flecked with grey but still very much part of the equation. In the first courtroom, a string of defendants made appearances to fix dates and consult with counsel on charges ranging from assault to criminal harassment. A man who once made headlines for stabbing a Pomeranian dog 61 times was on the list for allegedly breaking probation. A number of calls went out in search of Ponytail Joe's Crown counsel.
The birds in question are Cynanoramphus novazelandaie, known as a red-crowned parakeet and Carduelis cucullata, also known as a red siskin finch. Both are endangered in the wild, but Azzopardi says they're plentiful in captivity. Azzopardi says he's been bringing in birds from Europe for 25 years without any problem. But because of their status, the parakeets and finches need special permits.
He claims he didn't realize he had made a mistake.
EX-DETECTIVES HIRED TO TACKLE WATER THEFT CRIME WAVE…. England's biggest water company has hired a team of former detectives to catch thieves digging up roads and stealing water from its pipes. Thames Water says unauthorised connections have "skyrocketed" from 33 in 2011 to 734 in 2017. In 2017, the regulator fined the firm £8.55m for its "unacceptable" failure to meet its leakage reduction targets. With unaccounted-for water classed as leakage, it hopes the crackdown will help reduce the 26% it loses each year. The company said reducing the amount of water lost is a "top priority" and described its new investigations team "an important step forward" to reduce leakage in end-of-year performance tables. Headquartered in Reading, Berkshire, Thames Water serves 15 million customers and boasts its tap water quality "is amongst the best in the world". Now its team of investigators are patrolling the Thames Valley and London to catch the criminals helping themselves to that water for free.
Leading the team is ex-detective Stuart Orchard who said: "We're not out to get people, but it's against the law to dig up the road, find our water mains and illegally connect to our network. "Thousands of litres of drinking water are lost every day. Therefore, to help protect water supplies for future generations and gain a greater control of our network, it's vitally important we find and stop the people doing this." The team took cleaning firm Hydro Cleansing to court in December for illegally connecting standpipes to the network. The company was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling almost £15,000 for 18 offences in Reading and Croydon.
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