The Daily Tulip – News From Around The World
Wednesday 26th September 2018
Good Morning Gentle Reader…. “Hump Day” the middle of the week, seems like only a couple of days ago the week started… Please share as I am still Blocked/Restricted….. Well high winds greeted Bella and I this morning as we set out on our constitutional walk.. for the first time in a long time I thought I should be wearing a jacket as the wind was cool blowing from the North West rather than the normal South East, leaves and detritus swirled down the alleys and side streets of the town and the waves could be heard breaking on the nearby beach while sand in clouds blew out to sea… quite spectacular at 4.30am ..Walk completed, good to be back in the comfort of home, so let’s take a look at what the world has to offer us today…
MAINE RESTAURANT SEDATES LOBSTERS WITH MARIJUANA…. A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that lobsters are able to feel pain when boiled. A US restaurant is using marijuana to sedate lobsters before killing them. Charlotte's Legendary Lobster Pound, a restaurant in Maine, says the process is more humane as it lessens their pain before death. Lobsters are often cooked by being dropped into a pot of boiling water, seen as cruel by some. There is growing evidence the crustaceans feel pain. Customers at the restaurant can choose whether they want the marijuana-sedated lobster or not. A growing body of scientific findings suggest that not only lobsters but other invertebrates, such as crayfish and crabs, are able to feel pain. In January, Switzerland decided that lobsters must be stunned before boiling. The owner of Charlotte's Legendary Lobster Pound, Charlotte Gill, says eating the sedated lobster will not make customers high and using marijuana leads to better quality meat, as the animal is more relaxed when it dies.
"If we're going to take a life we have a responsibility to do it as humanely as possible," Ms Gill told local newspaper Mount Desert Islander. "The difference it makes within the meat itself is unbelievable." Marijuana is legal in Maine and Ms Gill has a license to grow and supply it for medical purposes. Marijuana laws in the US vary from state to state. Nine states and Washington DC have legalised the drug.
ACLU FILES GENDER DISCRIMINATION CHARGES AGAINST FACEBOOK…. The American Civil Liberties Union has filed charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing the social network of allowing recruiters to target job ads according to gender. The complaint, which also cites 10 other companies, says Facebook allowed advertisers to exclude potential female and non-binary applicants from seeing job ads for typically male-dominated positions, such as auto repair and moving services. Facebook, which has previously been rebuked for allowing advertisers to exclude users based on ethnicity and disability, pledged to remove 5,000 ad-targeting options in August.
'POP UP LIFEBOAT' MADE IN WALES IS SAVING LIVES IN JAPAN…. A pop up lifeboat made in Wales has been saving lives on the other side of the world. Created by Robin Jenkins, the Atlantic Pacific Lifeboat in a Box was built by UWC Atlantic College students.
The organisation identifies places with high drowning rates and supplies rescue boats, mobile lifeboat stations and volunteer crews. "It's an unlikely but ingenious solution to a global problem," Mr Jenkins said. The first Atlantic Pacific Lifeboat in a Box was sent to Kamaishi, Japan, in August 2015. The lifeboat called Hahn 001, and now renamed Wales Go, was designed and constructed by UWC (United World College) students in the Vale of Glamorgan, as part of their International Baccalaureate Diploma. It is a self-contained unit which can be delivered to any location in the world to operate immediately as a lifeboat station. Inside is a bespoke lifeboat, a workshop for maintaining and fixing the lifeboat and a crew room, where crew can change and shelter from the weather.
Every Lifeboat in a Box is specifically designed for the community that will receive it. Jack Kenny, who is studying at the college, said he hoped to go on to work as part of the rescue crew from Atlantic Pacific, having worked with them for the last year.
"[Last year, we did one of three tasks including design and construction of the boats, the shipping container station, or the research and development of future AP sites," he said. "We utilised a mould of a pre-existing boat and as we progressed, we identified ways in which we could make the boat better, more efficient, and more practical in the tasks it needed to complete." Mr Jenkins set up the organisation following the 2011 tsunami in Japan. "This is a project that we hope to grow around the world, delivering containers and training to areas that are most vulnerable to disaster, so that when the unbearable strikes, there is something to help.
"Lifeboat in a Box is an unlikely but ingenious solution to a global problem, providing crucial facilities for communities to rescue, not only tsunami survivors but also anyone in trouble at sea."
SCIENTISTS FIND EVIDENCE OF FOUR PERSONALITY TYPES…. A Northwestern University study involving 1.5 million survey responses suggests people fall into one of four “personality clusters” — average, reserved, self-centered and role model. Those archetypes are based on specific combinations of five character traits: openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism. Researchers say most people are “average,” meaning they’re fairly agreeable and extroverted, though they also admit not everyone fits neatly into one category and that traits develop with age. The scope of the study has won over many scientists who had previously been skeptical of personality tests.
AUSTRALIA STRAWBERRY SCARE: WOOLWORTHS HALTS SEWING NEEDLE SALES…. Australian supermarket giant Woolworths has temporarily removed sewing needles from its shelves as the country faces a strawberry safety scare. Last week, Australians were warned to cut fresh strawberries before biting into them after several people found sewing needles hidden inside the fruit. Several strawberry brands have been pulled from stores across the country. A country-wide investigation into the scare has since been launched amid growing public alarm. The government has also said it will introduce stricter criminal penalties for anyone found to have been tampering with food. Strawberries Australia Inc, the country's largest industry body for strawberry growers, declined to comment on the move by Woolworths. But many of Australia's strawberry farmers remain frustrated and angry at what they say has been a huge overreaction to the scandal. Woolworths said the safety of its customers was its top priority and that pulling sewing needles from its shelves was a safety measure. "We've taken the precautionary step of temporarily removing sewing needles from sale in our stores across the country," the supermarket told the BBC, but did not say how long the move would last.
Sydney-based brand expert Paul Nelson said Woolworths' action could be seen as something of a "knee jerk reaction" to the crisis.
They could be "trying to do their bit" to support farmers struggling with the fallout by taking needles of the shelves, he said, but "cynically, you could also argue they want to be a part of the conversation and want to appear to be assisting".
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