The Daily Thistle – News From Scotland
Wednesday 31st January 2018
Hello, Good Morning and Welcome…. Just about every day this week is windy.. it seems, as Bella and I get blown down to the beach, its cold as well, and of course the wind makes it feel even colder, so I wrapped up well, off to Malaga this morning, Sandra, my wife has quite a few clients coming in for cataract surgery, the come in from all over the world, but that’s another story, me, been there done that, and can see for miles and miles… and Bella wants to go home, and eat.. and I need my coffee …Have a great day!
REPORTER FINDS WHAT MAY BE AMERICA’S LAST SLAVE SHIP…. Wade in the water, children — never know what you’ll find. In 1860, the Clotilda was the last ship to bring a group of African slaves to the U.S., but the captain unloaded and sank her, as international slaving was outlawed in 1808. Freed a few years later, the captives would found a nearby community called Africatown, still home to their descendants. But the ship was lost, until journalist Ben Raines followed historical clues and local lore to a wreck that, if verified, may trouble the waters again.
TECHNOLOGY GIVES BOOST TO THOSE WHO CAN’T SPEAK…. They’re searching for their own voices. Those who’ve lost their ability to speak to illness or other debilitating conditions have long been reliant on technology — from the robotic “Stephen Hawking voice” to more modern humanized voices — that fails to reflect users’ identities. Now speech pathologist Rupal Patel and her VocaliD project are trying to provide more natural-sounding solutions. By using a variety of donor voices or, when possible, a patient’s archived original voice, Patel hopes those lacking vocal abilities can set the tone for the way they express themselves.
WORLD'S BIGGEST EVER DIGITAL CURRENCY 'THEFT'…. One of Japan's largest digital currency exchanges says it has lost some $534m (£380m) worth of virtual money in a hacking attack on its network. Coincheck suspended deposits and withdrawals for all crypto-currencies except Bitcoin as it assessed its losses in NEM, a lesser-known coin.
If the theft is confirmed, it will be the largest involving digital currency. Another Tokyo exchange, MtGox, collapsed in 2014 after admitting that $400m had been stolen from its network. The stolen Coincheck money was said to be kept in a "hot wallet" - a part of the exchange connected to the internet. That contrasts with a cold wallet, where funds are stored securely offline. Coincheck says it has the digital address of where the money was sent and is going to do what it can to compensate investors.
IRELAND TO LIFT GOOD FRIDAY ALCOHOL BAN…. Pubs will be allowed to sell alcohol on Good Friday in the Republic of Ireland after the Irish parliament voted in favour of new legislation. Alcohol prohibition on the Easter holiday has been in place for 90 years. The amendment to the Intoxicating Liquor Act is expected to be signed off by President Michael D Higgins and in place for Good Friday this year. Government minister David Stanton said the move would be a boost for Irish tourism. "Tourism makes a much greater contribution to our economy and this is particularly true during holidays, such as the busy Easter period," he told the Dáil. However, some parliament members opposed the law change.
PROFESSIONAL DARTS BOSSES AXE MODEL WALK-ON GIRLS FROM TELEVISED EVENTS…. Professional darts bosses have controversially axed the model walk-on girls from major televised events. Models escorting the players onto the stage and up to the oche have been a regular feature of the Professional Darts Corporation tournaments, including the hugely popular world darts championships held annually at the Alexandra Palace in London over Christmas and New Year. James Wade, a regular in the world's top 10, married his walk-on girl, Sammi Marsh, three years ago. However, according to the Mirror, PDC chiefs have confirmed the walk-on girls would not be part of televised events in 2018. They were in danger of becoming incompatible with family viewing, the Mirror reported. A PDC spokesman told the Mirror: "We regularly review all aspects of our events and this move has been made following feedback from our host broadcasters." Darts legend Phil Taylor has been accompanied to the oche by plenty of walk-on girls over the years.
Fans have launched a petition to reverse the decision, with more than 4000 signatories as of Saturday afternoon (NZT). Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld, a multiple world champion, has weighed in with his support for the petition, tweeting: "I will really miss the girls! For me they are a part of the darts. Sign their petition so hopefully they can keep their jobs."
VILA, ONE OF WORLD'S OLDEST GORILLAS, DIES IN CAPTIVITY AT 60…. San Diego Zoo Safari Park announced on Friday that Vila, who was born in the Congo in 1957, died surrounded by members of her family troop. She was the "matriarch", they said, of five generations. "There are very few gorillas anywhere near that age," said Peggy Sexton, a lead animal keeper at the safari park in California. Gorillas typically live for 35-40 years. "She will be missed by zoo members, guests, volunteers and staff," said Randy Riches, mammals curator at the safari park. The oldest gorilla living in the care of humans is thought to be 61-year-old Trudy at Little Rock Zoo in Arkansas. Like Vila, she was captured from the wild. A gorilla called Colo who died last year was at the time the oldest gorilla born in captivity.
On that note I will say that I hope you have enjoyed the news from Scotland today,
Our look at Scotland today is Burns night at Dunstaffnage Castle, close to Dunbeg & overlooking Ardmucknish Bay - near Oban. Taken by Nick Edgington
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 Wednesday 31st January 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…