The Daily Tulip – News From Around The World
Wednesday 31st January 2018
Good Morning Gentle Reader…. The end of January has arrived, a twelfth of the year has gone by in a blur… does time go faster when you are older, or is the perception of time different the older you get? Remember as a child when summer vacation lasted for what felt like years and those last minutes of the school day, like hours? Today it feels like the days peel on by, and a vacation which may last days or weeks is gone in mere hours. This is a common human experience. Of course, our own age has no influence on how the Earth revolves around the sun. So why is it that time appears to moves faster as we grow older? There are an awful lot of theories that give us insight. But a direct scientific law so far remains elusive, but as I get older I’m trying to slow it down…..
SOUTH KOREANS CONQUER FEAR OF DINING ALONE…. Sales of ready-made meals-for-one are on the increase in South Korea as locals conquer a deeply ingrained cultural fear of dining alone. According to figures recently published by the government's Statistics Korea organisation, consumption of instant rice and single-serve lunches is bucking the national trend which shows rice consumption to be on the decline, Korea Bizwire reports. That's down to more people taking up the "honbap" (eating alone) habit, a Statistics Korea official says, a habit that has - until recently - been seen as taboo in South Korean society. Writing in 2016, Chang May Choon of Singapore's Straits Times explained that solo dining goes against Koreans' pressing need to belong to a group and not be ostracised. "What they fear is losing their chaemyon (reputation) if people think of them as a wangda (loner), and that's a big taboo," Ms Chang said.
FITNESS APP STRAVA LIGHTS UP STAFF AT MILITARY BASES…. Security concerns have been raised after a fitness tracking firm showed the exercise routes of military personnel in bases around the world. Online fitness tracker Strava has published a "heatmap" showing the paths its users log as they run or cycle. It appears to show the structure of foreign military bases in countries including Syria and Afghanistan as soldiers move around them. The US military was examining the heatmap, a spokesman said.
San Francisco-based Strava provides an app that uses a mobile phone's GPS to track a subscriber's exercise activity. It uses the collected data, as well as that from fitness devices such as Fitbit and Jawbone, to enable people to check their own performances and compare them with others. It says it has 27 million users around the world.
FRENCH FLOODS: SEINE RIVER REACHES PEAK IN FLOOD-HIT PARIS…. The swollen River Seine in the French capital, Paris, has peaked at about four metres above its normal water level for the time of year. The flood level rose to 5.84m (19.2ft) early on Monday and is not expected to begin receding before Thursday. Weeks of rainfall have produced a relentless rise in the water level. Around 1,500 people have been evacuated from their homes in the greater Paris region, while a similar number of homes remain without electricity.
In 2016, the last significant flood in Paris, the river reached a high of 6.1m. Seven stations of a main commuter line, the RER C, have now been closed until at least 5 February, and some expressways that run alongside the Seine have been closed. The city's famous Bateaux Mouches tourist boats are out of service, with only emergency services allowed to use the river.
DONALD TRUMP 'NOT AWARE' OF ANY ROYAL WEDDING INVITE…. Donald Trump has said he is not aware of any invitation to attend Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding.
Asked whether he had received an invite for the 19 May wedding, the US president said "not that I know of". American actress Ms Markle was a Hillary Clinton supporter in the 2016 US election, and has referred to Mr Trump as "divisive" and a "misogynist". In an interview with Piers Morgan for ITV, Mr Trump said Prince Harry and Ms Markle looked "like a lovely couple". When asked if he would like to attend the wedding at Windsor Castle, the president said: "I want them to be happy, I really want them to be happy. "They look like a lovely couple." Prince Harry and Ms Markle will get married in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. It holds about 800 people, making it a more intimate setting than the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding in Westminster Abbey.
RHONDDA CYNON TAFF DOG OWNERS' FINES TOTAL £10,000 FOR DOG POO…. More than 100 fines totalling £10,000 have been issued to "irresponsible" dog owners in Rhondda Cynon Taff since new rules came in four months ago. Since October 2017, 103 fixed penalty notices have been issued for offences including owners not picking up dog mess or carrying poo bags. The new rules also ban dogs or require them to be on a lead in certain areas. The council said the fines could have been avoided if people had stuck to the rules.
It said enforcement teams had stepped up patrols in order to tackle dog fouling, which was one of the most complained about problems.
The new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in force states dog owners must:
Clean up their dogs' mess immediately and dispose of it properly
Carry dog poo bags at all times
Put a dog on a lead when asked by an authorised officer
Not take dogs onto school grounds, children's play areas and council-owned sports pitches
Keep dogs on a lead in council cemeteries
Nigel Wheeler, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's director of highways and streetcare services, said: "In total, fines of more than £10,000 have now been issued for people breaking the new dog fouling rules - which could have easily been avoided if people had simply acted responsibly.
"This figure shows that we are continuing to take a tough stance on this issue, while the council will also install dozens more red dog mess bins this year to further encourage responsible dog ownership."
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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…