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Thursday 27th September 2018
Good Morning Gentle Reader…. The wind has been blowing strong most of the night, so when Bella and I went out this morning at 3.30am a jacket was needed, the night sky was crystal clear with millions of stars and planets visible.. what a fantastic sight, I am constantly amazed by the wonders of nature as I walk in the early morning… it was so clear today that I could see the lights twinkling in Morocco and reminded me exactly how close Africa is to Europe … Walk completed back to the comfort of our home and coffee.. so let’s explore and see what I can read and share with you..
RUGBY WORLD CUP: COVER UP YOUR TATTOOS IN JAPAN, PLAYERS TOLD….Tattooed rugby players will be asked to cover up during next year's World Cup in Japan to avoid offending people, the sport's governing body has said.
In Japan, tattoos have long been associated with the notorious yakuza crime syndicates and inked tourists can find themselves barred from traditional communal hot springs, or onsens. Players are being asked to wear vests when using gyms or pools.
Tattoos are common among players, especially Pacific Islanders. But tournament director Alan Gilpin said there had been no objections from teams. "When we raised it with the teams a year or so ago, we were probably expecting a frustrated reaction from them, but there hasn't been at all," he said. "We have done a lot in the last year or so with the teams to get them to understand that.
"The idea of putting a rash-vest [shirt used for watersports] on in the pool or in a gym, they will buy into as they want to respect the Japanese culture. We'll position it as self-policing." The New Zealand All Blacks have confirmed that their players - many of whom sport full or half-sleeve tattoos - will comply. "When any of our teams tour we endeavour to be respectful of the local customs and culture, and this will be no different when we visit Japan both this year and next year," New Zealand Rugby chief rugby officer Nigel Cass told news website Stuff.
INDIA MAN HELD FOR 'INHUMANE TORTURE' OF SISTER…. A man has been arrested in India's capital accused of locking up and torturing his sister for two years. Police and officials from the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) broke into his house and rescued her in a dramatic operation on Tuesday. The woman, whose name was not given, had been starved and was so emaciated that she could not walk, talk or even recognise people, officials said. "She is 50 years old, but she looks 90," DCW chief Swati Maliwal said.
"When we rescued her from the terrace, she was lying in her excreta. Her starvation is so extreme that she was unable to look after her basic needs." Ms Maliwal said she personally accompanied an investigating team to the house but they had not been allowed to enter by the man and his wife, who turned abusive. They called the police to help, but they were still not allowed to enter.
"The police then climbed to the terrace through the neighbouring house and found the woman in extremely poor condition," deputy commissioner of police Rajneesh Gupta told the BBC. They then arrested the man and his wife for complicity in the crime.
Police say they are investigating why the couple had been torturing the woman.
SOUTH AFRICA GANGS 'THREATEN' RARE SEA SNAIL EXISTENCE…. Poachers linked to South African drug gangs are threatening the existence of a species of abalone, a sea snail that is highly prized by restaurants in China, a new report says. Stocks of abalone are declining at an unprecedented rate, according to research by conservation group Traffic. The affected abalone species, Haliotis midae, is only found in the waters off the coast of South Africa. Traffic wants it to be put on the global list of endangered species.
About 96 million abalone are thought to have been poached since 2000. Abalone are large and round, and cling to rocks in the shallow, shark-infested waters off Cape Town. Every year some 2,000 tonnes of abalone flesh are dried, and smuggled abroad, mostly by air to Hong Kong and beyond, where they are re-hydrated and served as a gastronomic treat. South African police have managed to seize some of the illegally sourced abalone. South Africa has a number of measures in place to protect abalone, but once they are taken out of the country there are no measures in place to prevent its export from the continent.
The country has been losing an estimated $42m (£31m) per annum through the rampant illegal harvesting of the mollusc, Traffic found. It says that up to 43% of the illegally harvested abalone was traded through a number of non-abalone-producing sub-Saharan African countries to Hong Kong between 2000 and 2016.
SUGE KNIGHT TRIAL: RAP MOGUL PLEADS NO CONTEST OVER HIT-AND-RUN DEATH…. Former US rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has pleaded no contest to a voluntary manslaughter charge over a hit-and-run incident in 2015. The Death Row Records founder made the plea to avoid charges of murdering one man and attempting to murder a second with his pick-up truck in Los Angeles.
He will be formally sentenced to 28 years in prison in October. His record label helped launch the careers of artists including Dr Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg. Under Californian state law, a no contest plea is the legal equivalent of a guilty plea.
As part of the agreement, the murder charges against Knight, 53, will be dismissed by prosecutors, along with separate criminal cases charging him with robbery and making criminal threats. The deal, in which Knight admitted using a "deadly and dangerous weapon" when he ran down two men with his vehicle, calls for him to serve 22 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter with a further six years added because of the US "three-strikes" law relating to repeated violations. Had Knight been found guilty of murder as originally charged, he would have faced life in prison, prosecutors said.
MORE FAKE DIPLOMA CLAIMS FOR SPANISH UNIVERSITY…. The university already faces claims of awarding fraudulent master's degrees to two Popular Party (PP) politicians. A Spanish university is being investigated for allegedly giving away diplomas to hundreds of Italian nationals. King Juan Carlos University in Madrid reportedly granted law diplomas to around 500 Italians with limited Spanish language skills. The university already faces claims of awarding fraudulent master's degrees to two Popular Party (PP) politicians. A court spokesman said the latest probe was at a "very early stage." According to Eldiario.es, the students took trips to take their exams which coincided with Real Madrid matches. The newspaper also said the diplomas allowed the students to practise law all over the European Union, including in Italy, where they would otherwise be required to complete an expensive master's degree. King Juan Carlos University has yet to respond to the BBC's request for comment. Cristina Cifuentes, former head of the Madrid region, and ex-health minister Carmen Monton both resigned over allegations the university had awarded them master's degrees without them completing the work. Since that scandal broke, the university has closed its Institute of Public Law and suspended its former director. Its former chancellor, Fernando Suarez, has been accused of plagiarism but claims he is the victim of defamation and harassment.
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