December 3, 2019

Gray seals may be becoming the great white sharks of Dutch beaches

first_imgThe bodies kept washing ashore—dozens of mutilated harbor porpoises stranded on the Dutch beaches every year, their bloody remains discovered by screaming vacationers. Now, after 10 years of crime scene investigation–style work—complete with autopsies and DNA testing—biologists and veterinary pathologists have finally cracked the identity of the murderers: big-eyed, chubby-faced gray seals. The finding could lead conservationists to rethink gray seal rehabilitation, and it even raises the specter of a new “great white” in the North Sea.When harbor porpoises with missing bellies first appeared on Dutch coastlines in 2006, local biologists thought someone was deliberately hurting the animals. But the numbers soon rose to dozens a year—impossible to attribute to a single person. So the scientists looked elsewhere: Perhaps it was ducted propellers that sucked the porpoises in? Or fishermen cutting up unintentionally trapped porpoises?Then in 2012, a group of Belgian researchers noticed that some of the wounds on dead porpoises found on Belgium beaches bore the canine teeth marks of gray seals. “We thought, ‘Of course, how silly,’ ” says biologist Mardik Leopold of the Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands. “You think seals are nice, cuddly animals—they are not. 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Though they are known as fish hunters, an adult male seal could easily overpower a 30-kilogram juvenile harbor porpoise.So the researchers examined photographs and autopsy results of more than 1000 stranded harbor porpoises collected from 2003 to 2013. The wounds further implicated gray seals. There was the torn blubber, the fatty nourishment that seals seek; the rows of canine teeth imprints on the tailstock, the thin part connecting the body and the tail; and the telltale scratch marks—four parallel lines left by seal claws grabbing onto the porpoises. Analysis indicates that close to a fifth of the stranded porpoises had a lethal encounter with gray seals—mostly naive juveniles who probably saw seals for the first time in their lives as they migrated north in the spring, Leopold says.But finding the smoking gun proved to be a challenge. Short of analyzing the stomach contents of living seals, the only way to ascertain the identity of the predator was to find saliva DNA in the inflicted wounds: a seemingly impossible task, as seawater should quickly wash away any traces of DNA. Even human forensics rarely employs such analysis on drowned corpses, Leopold says. “Everyone thought we were crazy in even trying.”Indeed, nothing turned up from the obvious tear wounds. But at the bottom of deep, narrow bite marks on three porpoise bodies—where the flesh veered back after the seals pulled out their teeth and formed sealed pockets—the biologists found the iron-clad DNA evidence, they report online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.That solves the “who” question, but it still doesn’t answer the “why”: What caused the gray seals to suddenly eye harbor porpoises for dinner in 2006? Humans may be to blame, the researchers suggest. As gas prices went up in recent years, Dutch fishermen switched from trolling to using cheaper set nets anchored to the seabed, which trapped harbor porpoises as by-catch. The team speculates that the gray seal, known to steal fish from the set nets, may have stumbled on a much larger, fattier “fish” and went on to actively hunt porpoises.The situation poses a dilemma for conservationists, as both the gray seals and the harbor porpoises are protected species. The Netherlands currently operates three rehabilitation centers for seals: The marine mammals disappeared from the region in the Middle Ages due to excessive hunting and only reemerged in the 1980s. But conservationists may need to reconsider the strategy, says biologist Jan Haelters of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Ostend, who was not involved with the study. “In Africa, if you take care of all the lions and release them to the wild, it would affect the natural balance.” Still, he says, the study “gives us a very good framework for coordinated, coherent monitoring of harbor porpoises.”The seal predation could have long-term impacts on the local porpoise population, Leopold says. Researchers studying bottlenose dolphin attacks on porpoises in Scotland have found that the porpoises adapt by becoming leaner, faster swimmers. But speed comes at a cost. Compared with larger marine mammals such as whales, porpoises have more surface area relative to their body volume, which means they need to feed every hour to compensate for heat loss through the skin. Without food, a porpoise would die of starvation after 3 days, whereas a whale can fast for a month. “They are between a rock and a hard place really,” Leopold says.That seals would hunt down such large prey hints at a bigger problem, Leopold and Haelters warn. The Dutch shores are frequented by human bathers and surfers, raising the specter of a new “great white” terrorizing the North Sea beaches. “Statistically,” Haelters says, “an accident will happen.”last_img read more

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November 18, 2019

Do you check your PCBs?

first_img Log in to Reply Paul Bryson says: betajet says: “Layout is progressing to a “weird phase” right now, by that I mean seeing amazing products (like the I-phone), yet when I try to find a contract layout firm in the Northeast US (where I live and work), the overall skill level except for digital only des Log in to Reply MWagner_MA says: modal1 says: antedeluvian says: “I agree. I do all the things that you do and I spend less time debugging. I also check part availability before I commit to using a part. I used to check net by net long ago from schematic to the PCB but it has been several years that I just compare th Log in to Reply December 14, 2016 at 8:40 pm Log in to Reply December 14, 2016 at 2:03 pm December 14, 2016 at 6:07 pm antedeluvian says: antedeluvian says: “@Sensatechn “It is just do we have the time “nnUnfortunately it is true that many projects are subject to a time deadline. It is my contention that time spent before committing to a PCB design saves time spent afterwards, but a lot of engineers aren’ antedeluvian says: Log in to Reply December 14, 2016 at 9:04 pm GregorioT626 says: December 15, 2016 at 6:01 am December 23, 2016 at 3:54 pm Log in to Reply antedeluvian says: December 15, 2016 at 3:42 pm Log in to Reply “I agree. It is just do we have the time and intent to do a good job at that time.” antedeluvian says: “Garbage in, Garbage out. Always start the review with the on controlling connectivity.nSchematics – review for obvious errorsnNetlist – English readable. Single node nets can be a dead give-away for things like LED0 and LEDO not being connected (and de GordonScott says: “@Elizabethn”Better to find that you need a series resistor before you build the board. “nnToo true.nnI must apologise that all my stuff is written from a perspective of a small organization. It must be nice to have others around who understand and antedeluvian says: December 14, 2016 at 7:51 pm “When I was involved with making PCBs (I did schematics but not layouts) I always wrote a short program to convert the layout’s net list into a sorted text file. I would always cross-check this text file against the schematic, marking each schematic pin w KKing1 says: 19 thoughts on “Do you check your PCBs?” December 14, 2016 at 7:37 pm “@ BetajetnGiven my history of working with Excel, the thought occurs that maybe you could work a similar approach using it. Perhaps it would easier to manipulate and order the text. nnI once made a spreadsheet that loaded a microcomputer listing and th Log in to Reply “We have to do this as well in another circumstance. For reasons that I don’t understand, some of or Chinese subcontractors take it into their heads that they need to modify the board. Is it a track that offends their sensibilities or some perceived improv “There are other aspects to this.nnSometimes it’s necessary to check that the PCB fab has put the layers in the correct order. I remember a colleague spending several days trying to work out why a 2.4GHz radio design wasn’t working as expected. Despite Log in to Reply Log in to Reply “@MWagner_MAnnSuccinct and very well put. You should have written the blog, not me! “ Log in to Reply December 14, 2016 at 7:43 pm Log in to Reply December 14, 2016 at 12:40 pm Duane Benson says: Log in to Reply December 23, 2016 at 4:02 pm “The design went to production. When new boards arrived, we found that some wires were crossed, some signals had polarity reversed. Firmware came to the rescue.” Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. D J Liu says: Log in to Reply Log in to Reply “@Modaln ” I’d look at the footprints and insure they matched what I was expecting.” nnYES! I am often guilty of failing to do this, and have suffered the resulting problems. Never assume!nnAlso I often find Pin 1 markings of connectors and some oth “Even on small boards, I’ve found layout checks pay off. Management sometimes pushes to get the prototype boards out before doing rigorous checks.nnIn the past, I’ve taken various colored highlighters to print outs of the schematic and all the pcb layer “When do a pcb revision, I load both the old and the new gerbers into a viewer and overlay them one layer at a time. By assigning complementary colors to old and new, any differences pop out as a third color. It is easy to check that no unintentional chang December 23, 2016 at 8:07 am December 19, 2016 at 6:29 pm Log in to Reply “Good points. Thanks.” During my summer vacation in 1973, the Yom Kippur war broke out in the Middle East. I was at the end of 3rd year at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and being a temporary resident meant that I was not called up to the army. Almost everyone I knew was – students and lecturers alike were all taken out of circulation. The next academic term was put on hold, pending everyone’s return. The military call-up also meant a depletion of the workforce as a whole, so I got a job in the documentation department of a subsidiary of Control Data located in Haifa. Control Data was renowned for their supercomputers, but we were working on a minicomputer.All drawings were sketched and then transferred to the drafting department to hand drawn on vellum (a version of tracing paper). Stencils were used for the electronic symbols. Then a PCB layout specialist would lay out the board using dot and tape on a transparent mylar base. One of my jobs was to check that the resulting PCB matched the schematic exactly. Of course we didn’t work directly with originals. They were copied on a blueprint copying machine, a machine that involved ultraviolet light, lots of rollers and treated paper that needed ammonia to develop. Aah, the memories of that smell! It was pretty harsh on the actual layout because repeated copies would result in the fatigue of the physical design. Late in the development cycle there would be problems with tape lifting and resulting in shorts and open circuits. But I digress.With a copy of both the schematic and the PCB I would check each and every line to track. It proved quite educational, as only the real world can. It remained a habit with me ever since then. Even when I designed and laid out my own boards I still checked them scrupulously. A one-man business making small volume production runs cannot afford too many mistakes.Today, despite the layout tools check of netlists, a CAD design can include errors- normally as a result of human failing. But this is not the only thing I am checking for. I check the placement of the decoupling capacitors, clearances, heat-sinking, earth planes and more. I find the most important part is that it gives me the opportunity for sober second thought – is this the best way realise the design? Why aren’t these two nets connected? Should we be using two smaller boards rather than one big one? Potential cross coupling of signals and on and on. Can I reduce the number of gates by changing the layout, or simplify the layout by adding some gates or shuffling the I/O pins on the micro? Some of these were taken into consideration at the start or the process, but when it has made it onto paper (or a screen) you can evaluate the wisdom of your choices.Some engineers simply plug the design into an autorouter and don’t even check for a trace that meanders around the board. Especially with multilayer boards when you get to the physical product, it is impossible check visually on the inner layers. In addition correcting those errors with jumpers is much more difficult. I maintain that a full check gives great benefit that increases the probability of getting it “right the first time”. The time lost in checking is recouped manifold when you don’t have to spend hours debugging.Who’s with me? December 15, 2016 at 3:25 pm elizabethsimon says: Log in to Reply Log in to Reply “Gregorion”I also check part availability”. nYes. absolutely. Because sometimes it takes a while between the design and getting the PCB made/populated, I sometimes even purchase stock of critical components.” January 5, 2017 at 7:18 pm “Whenever possible, I’ll have a board review with the engineers and PCB layout to go over the board. The main things we check for are layout of Switching supplies, inadvertent “slots” in ground and power planes due to via placement, traces that meander a December 23, 2016 at 4:06 pm sensatech says: Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods December 14, 2016 at 7:24 pm antedeluvian says: “Working in an assembly shop, I regularly see justification for extra time spent checking the PC board. In addition to nets and component location, footprints are very important too.nnMake sure that the part ordered matches the part in the BOM, which mat December 14, 2016 at 7:39 pm Continue Reading Previous Technologies that will shape 2017 and beyondNext The Write Stuff: Don’t stall the readerlast_img read more

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November 17, 2019

Watch: Dhoni pranks Rohit, Kohli all smiles as India celebrate series triumph

first_imgIndia registered a 9-wicket win over West Indies to wrap up a 3-1 series victory in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday.The hosts were all smiles as they recorded their sixth straight ODI series win at home.After demolishing the Windies in the series finale, Team India was greeted at the team hotel with flowers, applauds and a cake-cutting ceremony.India vs West Indies, 5th ODI: REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDWhile Rohit Sharma cut the cake, Kedar Jadhav was the recipient of cake smash.The witty side MS Dhoni was on display once again as he joined forces with man-of-the-match Ravindra Jadeja to play a prank on Rohit.READ – MS Dhoni not dropped: Virat Kohli backs ex captain after T20I snubDhoni was holding a few balloons in his hands even as Rohit cut the cake. As soon as Rohit finished cutting the cake, Dhoni and Jadeja burst one of the balloons to scare Rohit.”Back at the team hotel after an early wrap and it is time to celebrate,” BCCI posted a video on social media.Jadeja, who turns 30 next month, picked up 4/34 as the West Indies batting line-up capitulated for 104 inside 32 overs after captain Jason Holder won the toss and opted to bat at the Greenfield International Stadium.Rohit Sharma made 63 not out while captain Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on 33 as the hosts chased down their target in less than 15 overs, having lost Shikhar Dhawan early.West Indies had made two changes coming into the must-win tussle, with leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo replacing injured off-spinner Ashley Nurse, who was also ruled out of the three-match Twenty20 series between the sides with a shoulder injury.advertisementREAD – India were at their best after wake-up calls in Vizag and Pune: Ravi ShastriThe tourists also included an extra fast bowler in Oshane Thomas, who took the place of opening batsman Chandrapaul Hemraj.India opener Dhawan’s run of poor scores continued as he chopped on a delivery from Thomas to be out for four, going through the five-match series without a half-century.CHAMPIONS #TeamIndia clinch the series 3-1 #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/1ZKZaUpRpFBCCI (@BCCI) November 1, 2018Any semblance of hope West Indies had was over when Holder allowed an edge from Kohli to burst through his hands at first slip when the batsman, who scored three consecutive centuries in the series, had made only four.Rohit was caught off a Thomas no ball when on 18 and the Indian pair made the most of their reprieves once they had negotiated the early pace barrage.Taking the attack to the visitors, Rohit pulled Thomas for a four to show his intent and then launched the bowler for a straight six in his next over.READ – Rohit Sharma quickest to 200 sixes in one day internationalsHe hit three more sixes and five fours in his 56-ball innings to bring up his 37th ODI half-century after scoring 162 in the previous match in Mumbai. Kohli also dealt largely in boundaries, hitting six fours in his 29-ball knock.West Indies’ batting again suffered a meltdown after their below-par performance in Mumbai, when they were bundled out for 153.India’s fast bowlers struck early, sending back Kieran Powell and Shai Hope without scoring inside the first two overs.The touring side never recovered from the early jolts with only three batsmen managing to make double figures against a relentless Indian attack.India and West Indies will now play a three-match Twenty20 International series, with the first match taking place in Kolkata on November 4.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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November 16, 2019

ENTREPALOOZA EVENTS BEGIN TO CELEBRATE SMALL BUSINESS VENTURES

first_imgIdeas for a variety of new small business ventures will be showcased in Sioux City the next several days as part of the annual Entrepalooza event, which celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit in Siouxland.The events begin this (Monday) evening at 6:30 with a presentation from local entrepreneurs on what helped them on their path to success and how to enhance the Siouxland Startup Community.Panel speakers will include Beth Trejo, Chatterkick; Ryan Allen and Meghan Nelson, Lumin Therapy; Dave Winslow, Jackson Street Brewing; Ashley Prince, Pickle Palette; Sara Gotch, Gnarly Pepper; and Jim Braunschweig, Flickboards.The event will be hosted in the St. Francis Center on Briar Cliff’s campus.This event is organized by Briar Cliff’s Enactus team and sponsored by the Siouxland Economic Development Corporation.It is free and open to the public.last_img read more

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November 16, 2019

Report: Hungary 0 Portugal 1

first_imgHungary 0 Portugal 1: Silva’s header keeps pressure on Switzerland Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 04:42 9/4/17 Andre Silva - cropped Getty Images Andre Silva headed in the only goal as Portugal were made to work for a 1-0 win over Hungary in Group B. Portugal’s hopes of earning automatic World Cup qualification remain on track following a narrow 1-0 win over 10-man Hungary in Budapest.Andre Silva nodded in the only goal from Cristiano Ronaldo’s cross to keep the pressure on Group B leaders Switzerland, who remain three points clear after beating Latvia.The visitors’ task was made easier by the first-half dismissal of former Watford and Ipswich forward Tamas Priskin, although Fernando Santos’ side did have to wait until after the interval for Silva to break the deadlock. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Hungary defended stoutly either side of Priskin’s elbow on Pepe but rarely threatened an upset, registering just a single shot on goal.Ronaldo, fresh from a hat-trick in Thursday’s 5-1 victory over Faroe Islands, was kept quiet at the other end and will have to wait for what would be a record-breaking 15th goal of this qualifying campaign.And with Bernd Storck’s men now out of the running, Portugal only need to beat Andorra next month to set up a showdown with Switzerland, who have an inferior goal difference, to determine who progresses straight to Russia.André Silva has 9 goals in 15 @selecaoportugal caps pic.twitter.com/BlsptaDEnW — European Qualifiers (@EuroQualifiers) September 3, 2017 Ronaldo began his goal-hunt as early as the fifth minute, stinging the palms of Peter Gulacsi from distance and then heading a far-post cross inches wide of the upright.Hungary steadied after a concerning start and managed to restrict the visitors to a series of blocked attempts from outside the area, although Cedric Soares should have produced a better touch when a ricochet fell into his path. Priskin, however, brought that good work undone when he was shown a straight red card on 30 minutes for catching Pepe in the face with a stray elbow. Balazs Dzsudzsak scored twice when the two teams drew 3-3 at Euro 2016 and the skipper cleverly picked out Gergo Lovrencsics for Hungary’s best chance of the half, but the Ferencvaros man failed to test Rui Patricio with a difficult shot on the turn. Fabio Coentrao, back in Portugal’s squad for the first time since October 2015, was withdrawn due to injury before that action and Santos’ frustration grew on the stroke of half-time as Silva shot straight at Gulacsi following an intricate team move.Silva only needed three minutes of the second half to redeem that missed chance, the 21-year-old nodding in Ronaldo’s perfect dinked to the far post.7 #WCQ goals for @andrevsilva19 pic.twitter.com/ELMlMmoGru — #WCQ (@FIFAWorldCup) September 3, 2017 Portugal were content to take the sting out of the contest following Silva’s goal and, after Gulacsi diffused one chance for a potential second, Santos’ side comfortably saw out the remaining 15 minutes to set the stage for a blockbuster October. read morelast_img read more

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November 16, 2019

Pep wants Pogba to play in Manchester derby

first_imgPaul Pogba I would like Pogba to play in Man United v Man City – Guardiola Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 04:17 12/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Paul Pogba Manchester United Getty Images Paul Pogba Manchester United v Manchester City Guardiola Manchester United Manchester City v West Ham United Manchester City West Ham United Premier League The City boss is confident the France midfielder did not genuinely wish for players to get injured ahead of the derby at Old Trafford Pep Guardiola would like Paul Pogba to play in next week’s Manchester derby at Old Trafford and does not believe the influential United midfielder wants City stars to be struck down by injury.United’s chances of getting Pogba’s three-match ban for treading on Hector Bellerin during Saturday’s pulsating 3-1 win at Arsenal overturned appear remote, a significant blow for boss Jose Mourinho with Premier League leaders City next on the agenda domestically.Guardiola’s side restored their eight-point lead over United at the summit on Sunday when David Silva’s 83rd-minute volley sealed a 2-1 win over West Ham. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Pogba’s pending ban was gleefully received by some City fans after the France international earlier told the BBC’s Football Focus he hoped their rivals would “get some very important players injured”, as had been the case at United while the gap at the top widened.Speaking after the West Ham game, Guardiola seemed bemused by such a sentiment.”Did he say that? Hopefully we don’t have injuries,” the Catalan told a news conference as he began scratching his head.”I would like it if Paul could play against us because I like to face the teams with the best players possible to see if we are able to beat them.”In the end, I think it was an expression. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t want other players to get injured.”Pep Guardiola, Manchester City vs West Ham, 17/18City travel to face Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday, with top spot in Group F already secured.Nevertheless, Guardiola suggested he might not make the wholesale changes expected with the derby on the horizon.He added: “I said to the players in the locker room that the guy who does not want to play against Shakhtar, let me know please.”The moment we take the bus and the plane to go to Ukraine I am going to prepare the game to win the game – out of respect for Shakhtar, respect for Napoli and respect for the competition.”It is a big opportunity to get 18 points out of 18, which is prestigious for the club. The best way to prepare for the United game is playing good against Shakhtar.”Silva’s late intervention followed Raheem Sterling doing likewise in the closing stages at Huddersfield before striking deep into injury time against Southampton last time out.David Silva Premier League Team of the WeekThe trio of 2-1 wins have encouraged parallels with the kind of victories regularly claimed by United in their pomp under Sir Alex Ferguson.”I heard about that, about the Fergie Time. I was not here in that period but of course we have to have that,” Guardiola added.”In the end, what we have shown in the last games is that we never give up.”What has happened is because the opponent does not want to play, they want to just defend. I understand, I am not judging. Please don’t misunderstand me.”But, if we can take something from the Fergie Time it is welcome, a pleasure.”last_img read more

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October 20, 2019

Rahul appoints legislator Markam as head of Congs Chhattisgarh unit

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday appointed Mohan Markam head of the party’s Chhattisgarh unit, replacing Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.Significantly, the AICC press statement naming Markam as the Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee chief said “Congress president has appointed” instead of the “AICC” that was being used in party statements effecting organisational changes since Gandhi’s decision to quit as party head. “Congress president has appointed Mohan Markam as the new president of Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee with immediate effect. The party appreciates the contributions of outgoing PCC President Shri Bhupesh Baghel,” the AICC statement signed by general secretary organisation K C Venugopal said. Markam’s elevation to the post comes at a time when the party is coming to terms with its debacle in the Lok Sabha polls in which it could win just two parliamentary seats from the state despite coming to power with a massive mandate in the December assembly poll. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahKondagaon MLA Markam succeeds Baghel, who said last week that he has asked Gandhi to appoint someone to head the state unit as he has his hands full as the chief minister. Baghel led the party to an emphatic win in the assembly elections in December, dislodging the Raman Singh government by winning 68 out of the 90 seats that went to polls. The appointment by Gandhi assumes significance as it comes amid uncertainty over him continuing as Congress president. He has been adamant on his decision to resign as the chief, citing accountability. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey ColonyRahul had quit taking full responsibility for the party’s Lok Sabha poll debacle. He had conveyed his decision at the meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on May 25. The CWC, the highest decision-making body of the party, rejected his resignation and asked him to revamp and restructure the party at all levels instead. Gandhi, in the presence of UPA chairperson and his mother Sonia Gandhi, had on Wednesday told his party’s Lok Sabha members that he was no longer the Congress president as he had resigned. He had said it was up to the CWC to decide on selecting the new president.last_img read more

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October 20, 2019

47 ration dealers showcaused for supplying less quantity rice

first_imgKolkata: The state Food and Supplies department has show-caused 47 ration dealers based in four districts in Jangalmahal for supplying less quantity of rice to the beneficiaries under the “Khadya Sathi” scheme.”We have hardly received any complaints regarding the quality of rice but there has been a number of complaints about ration dealers depriving the beneficiaries of their proper share under the “Khadya Sathi” programme by providing less amount of rice. We have show-caused 47 ration dealers after prima facie verification of the complaints,” state Food and Supplies minister Jyotipriya Mallick said on Saturday. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe recently formed grievance cell at the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) at Nabanna has also registered a number of complaints on the issue. “We have formed two vigilance teams for each of the districts like Purulia, West Midnapore, Jhargram and Bankura. This team will start doing the rounds in these districts from Wednesday to ensure that no one is deprived of his due quantity of rice. The vigilance team comprising a food service officer, quality control inspector, chief inspector and inspector will camp in the districts for six months,” the minister added. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Food department is also appealing to the beneficiaries to collect their earmarked quantity of rice once in a week rather than going to the ration shops once in every week. “There have been cases when dealers have kept their shops closed on certain days in a week and people have not received their due share. So we are urging every beneficiary to purchase their share of 5 kg rice at Rs 2 per kg at the beginning of the month from the ration shops,” a senior official of the Food department maintained. Among other measures to prevent such incidents, the department will soon introduce three separate WhatsApp numbers — one for rice, one for atta and the third for sugar in which people can register their grievances if any. The complaint once lodged will automatically reach the district controller, the department’s head office and the sub-divisional controller. “We will soon organise hearing at the district level and also at the sub-divisional level once in a week on Tuesday from 2 to 5 pm where people can come up with their grievances regarding food and steps will be taken to address their problems at an earliest,” Mallick said. The maximum number of irregularities have been noticed from Purulia and vigilance teams have already been activated there. It is learnt that 200 applications of grievances have reached the CMO at Nabanna among which 47 cases have been taken up by the Food department.last_img read more

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October 16, 2019

Jack Johnson Supports Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage

first_imgJack Johnson recently signed the One Ocean, One Island Earth Pledge in support of the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage.Founded on a legacy of Pacific Ocean exploration, the Polynesian Voyaging Society seeks to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging through experiential educational programs. Covering 47,000 nautical miles, 85 ports, and 26 countries, the current Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage will highlight diverse cultural and natural treasures and the importance of working together to protect them.Jack along with Nainoa Thompson visited Mālama Honua Charter School this month to share the message of caring for our oceans and Island Earth.You can join the movement, at www.hokulea.com.Source:JackJohnsonMusic.comlast_img

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October 14, 2019

New study demands that Montreal improve life for Aboriginal youth in the

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsA new study is demanding that Montreal improve life for Aboriginal youth in the city.Since 2001, the Indigenous population has grown by nearly 200 percent.Many are between the ages of 18-35.Most move for school or work. Some fall through the cracks of the big city.last_img

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October 12, 2019

Gzb girl tops CBSE 12th exams

first_imgNew Delhi: Hansika Shukla from Delhi Public School, Ghaziabad topped the 12th Standard CBSE board exams, results for which were announced on Thursday afternoon.The teenager, who came in first along with Karishma Arora of Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, said she only dreamed of such results. Shukla scored 499 out of 500, securing full marks in all subjects other than English, for which she scored 99. She said that she has no regrets whatsoever for missing out on a full 500 because of one mark. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesSpeaking to media persons outside her school, Shukla credited her parents and teachers for the huge educational, moral, and emotional support they gave her, unable to control her happiness and sheer surprise. However, her teachers showed no surprise at her picture-perfect scorecard. One of her teachers reportedly said that Shukla has been a consistent performer and that it is reflected in her internal examination results as well. Talking to the press, Shukla said that although she has an active interest in Psychology, she has not planned too far into the future. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarFor the time being, she said she wants to pursue a Bachelor’s in Psychology and expressed an interest to join the Indian Foreign Services. From the humanities stream, Shukla had taken History, Political Science, and Psychology as her core subjects and scored 100 in all of them. For her elective, she chose Hindustani vocals and scored full marks for it as well. Speaking of how she managed to achieve such scores, Shukla said she never had a particular number of hours that she studied. All she followed was a strict but continuous regime of studying for one hour and then taking a break. The preparations also saw her taking a break from social media with Shukla saying she was almost inactive on social media in the months leading up to the exams. Her mother is a professor at Ghaziabad college and her father is a secretary in Rajya Sabha, the upper house of parliament. The overall results in CBSE saw girls outperforming boys generally. A total of more than 12.87 lakh students appeared for the examination and out of all the students who cleared the exams, 88.7 percent were girls, while 79.4 per cent were boys. The three students who are tied for second place are all girls. Gaurangi Chawla (Nirmal Ashram School, Rishikesh), Aishwarya (KV, Rai Bareilly), and Bhavya BR (SK International School, Haryana) all scored 498. And continuing with the trend, out of the 18 people tied for third position in the examination, 11 are girls. The Delhi zone performed third best after Trivandrum and Chennai, with 91.87 per cent students passing the examination.last_img read more

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October 12, 2019

Trump Proposes Alliance in Middle East

By Isabella WangRabat – President Trump has proposed a security and political alliance in the Middle East. Known formally as the Middle East Strategic Alliance, the proposed alliance would include the six Gulf Arab states—Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates—as well as Egypt and Jordan. The White House confirmed that they have been working on the prospects of an alliance with “our regional partners now and have been for several months.” The plans arise after President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia last year, where officials had raised the idea of a security pact. Sources revealed to Reuters that the administration hopes to discuss the plans for the alliance at a summit, provisionally scheduled for Washington on October 12-13. The proposed pan-Arab alliance is intended to foster deeper cooperation between the countries on military defense, training, and counter-terrorism and to strengthen economic and diplomatic ties, predicated upon the Sunni Muslim identity of the participating nations. Antagonistic characterization of IranInherent to the proposed alliance is opposition to Iran.  Some are even calling it the “Arab NATO.” In the easy ring of the disyllabic nickname and the association to the familiar “NATO,” the Trump administration is constructing an analogous narrative in which the alliance would contend against Iran’s looming expansionist powers, likened to that of the Soviet Union. As a spokesperson from the White House’s National Security Council said, “MESA will serve as a bulwark against Iranian aggression, terrorism, extremism, and will bring stability to the Middle East.” Such rhetoric has been characteristic of the Trump administration. His foreign policy has depicted Iran as the sole source of instability and conflict in the Middle East.In his remarks on the Iran strategy on October 13, 2017, Trump outlined that Iran is a “dictatorship” which “remains the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism,” and “proliferates missiles,” and “fueled sectarian violence in Iraq, and vicious civil wars in Yemen and Syria,” holding a “sinister vision for the future.” Similarly, his 2017 National Security Strategy described Iran as a “dictatorship” and “rogue state” which is “determined to destabilize regions, threaten Americans and our allies and brutalize [its] own people.” Yet, the administration’s depiction of Iran has hyperbolically inflated the threat of Iran, portraying Iran as a sole catchall catalyst for the instability permeating the Middle East region. While Iran has certainly sought to limit and undermine US influence in the region, many sources of instability in the Middle East are internal, entrenched in problems of ineffective governance and weak civil society.Exacerbation of sectarian conflictThe rhetoric of an Arab NATO is predicated upon an ideological and religious divide, establishing a dichotomy between the “unified Sunni coalition” and Iran’s threatening Shi’ite expansionism.  It reaffirms the narrative prominently disseminated by the Arab Gulf states that Iran is pursuing a hegemonic design which undermines the legitimacy of their Sunni dynastic rule. A senior Iranian official told Reuters, “Under the pretext of securing stability in the Middle East, Americans and their regional allies are fomenting tension in the region.” It would only be “deepening the gaps between Iran, its regional allies and the US-backed Arab countries.”  By constructing a narrative of Iran’s hostile expansionism, the rhetoric behind the alliance and the greater Trump administration only submerges the region into further sectarian conflict. The rhetoric defines the alliance as the countries involved by the proxy war of Saudi Arabia versus Iran and as the religious dichotomy of Sunni versus Shiite. While Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are nations with dominant Sunni populations, majorities in Iraq and Bahrain as well as minorities in Kuwait are not Sunni. Egypt has only an insignificant Shia population, and Iran is only a tertiary concern. The Arab NATO’s sole mission as a bulwark against Iran and its Shi’ite expansionism thus compels such countries to engage in a proxy war and sectarian conflict which does not align with or may even go against their interests.The US has focused upon the problems of Shia sectarianism in the Islamic Republic of Iran, but has not acknowledged concerns about Sunni sectarian bigotry and takfirist jihadi terrorism. The ideology has treated Shias as kuffar (unbelievers), mushrikin (idolaters) and rawafid (rejecters of Sunni orthodoxy). Possibility of further military action?By constructing a narrative of Iran’s belligerence and the necessity for security, the proposal for an Arab NATO allows the US political cover to sponsor further militancy and intervention in the Middle East. As part of Trump’s new “America First” policy, the White House exhorts its allies to play an active role in confronting regional security threats. In a press briefing in 2017, H. R. McMaster, US National Security Advisor stated that Trump “will encourage our Arab and Muslim partners to take bold, new steps to promote peace and to confront those, from ISIS to al-Qaeda to the Assad regime, who perpetuate chaos and violence that has inflicted so much suffering throughout the Muslim world and beyond.”Currently, the most concrete part of the proposal is a US arms package for Saudi Arabia, which Trump announced in Riyadh in May last year. Although details have not been finalized, the deal will be incredibly lucrative for the US. Officials stated that the package will include between $98-$128 billion in arms sales and has the potential to reach $350 billion in total over 10 years.  The arms deal and the US ideological supporting of Saudi Arabia and the alliance establishes the political basis for possible further military assistance or interventions in the Middle East. The consequences of such have already been demonstrated in Yemen. In late 2017, after Houthi rebels fired ballistic missiles at Saudi cities, the US sent special forces to the Saudi-Yemen border to aid the Saudi military in finding and destroying Houthi missile sites. The clandestine mission has only escalated the US participation in the Saudi-led war. The war in Yemen has no end in sight, and the US’ military and logistical support of Saudi Arabia has only exacerbated the severity of the humanitarian crisis.Currently in Yemen more than 22 million people, 75 percent of the population, is in need of humanitarian aid. Further, at least 8 million Yemenis are on the brink of famine and 1 million are infected with cholera. Is an alliance viable?The Middle East has already made many attempts to establish regional alliances, yet each has been undermined by the fractious geopolitics of the region. The Gulf Cooperation Council, comprised of only the six Gulf monarchies, has struggled to agree on key security issues, ranging from Iran to Yemen and the role of political Islam. Only a year ago in June did the Gulf Cooperation Council abruptly sever all diplomatic ties with Qatar. Qatar’s history with the Council had already been precarious.Tensions over Qatar’s on-and-off support of the Muslim Brotherhood and its long-standing disagreements on relations with Iran culminated in the April 2017 hostage crisis which saw Qatar negotiate with both Sunni and Shi’ite militants in Iraq and Syria. As a result, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt imposed a land, air, and sea embargo on Qatar.  There are also underlying divisions in the policies of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. While Saudi Arabia, with its vast oil reserves and strengthening relationship with the US, views itself as a beacon of non-extremist Islam fighting against Iran and Islamist activists, the UAE also seeks regional leadership as a more economically and politically secure nation. Their divergent perspectives on Yemen has also left the coalition between Saudi Arabia and UAE vulnerable. Naysan Longley of the International Crisis Group stated, “Riyadh is converging with Yemen’s influential Yemeni Congregation for Reform, which is one of the branches of the Muslim Brotherhood, at a time when Abu Dhabi is opposed to any cooperation with this party.”The proposal for the alliance represents an effort to foster cooperation that transcends mere short-term parochial goals in Middle Eastern policy.  Yet nevertheless, the Middle East cannot be simplified into a dichotomous narrative of a neatly packaged Arab alliance against the hostility of Iran. There are a myriad of geopolitically rooted divisions, fractious politics, and individual political aims within the Middle East which could undermine the viability of the alliance. read more

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October 8, 2019

Samaraweera granted bail but Weerawansa further remanded

Samaraweera and Sarath Weerawansa were arrested over allegations they misused Government vehicles when the former Government was in power. (Colombo Gazette) United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian Jayantha Samaraweera was released granted bail today by the Fort Magistrate.However Sarath Weerawansa, brother of Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa was further remanded till November 7.

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October 7, 2019

The Latest Woman in Capital One case to stay in custody

SEATTLE — The Latest on a hearing involving a data breach at Capital One (all times local):1 p.m.A U.S. judge says a woman accused of hacking Capital One and at least 30 other organizations is a flight risk and a threat and must stay in custody.At a hearing Friday in Seattle, U.S. Magistrate Judge Michelle Peterson said the “bizarre and erratic” behaviour of Paige Thompson makes her a threat to herself and others.The judge also says Thompson has no stable employment, residence or ties to the community.The 33-year-old Thompson is charged with accessing personal information earlier this year on 106 million Capital One credit card holders.Prosecutors had asked that she remain in custody pending trial, arguing that she has said she wants to die and has made threats against former friends and former employers.Thompson’s lawyers contend that being a transgender woman in a male facility makes her unsafe, but prosecutors said the Bureau of Prisons has protocols to handle transgender inmates.___11 p.m.Prosecutors say a transgender woman accused of hacking Capital One and at least 30 other organizations is a flight risk, a threat and should be kept locked up until her trial.Prosecutors are expected to make their argument for detaining Paige Thompson at a hearing Friday in Seattle.Thompson’s lawyers say she should be released to a halfway house where she would have access to mental health care. Citing a doctor, they say her safety is at risk in the male facility.Prosecutors say in court documents that the former software engineer has a history of stalking and threatening to kill people and to get herself killed by police.The 33-year-old Thompson is charged with accessing personal information earlier this year on 106 million Capital One credit card holders.___Follow Martha Bellisle at https://twitter.com/marthabellisleThe Associated Press read more

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October 2, 2019

First UN report on children in Syrias civil war paints picture of

Syrian children have been subjected to “unspeakable” suffering in the nearly three years of civil war, with the Government and allied militia responsible for countless killings, maiming and torture, and the opposition for recruiting youngsters for combat and using terror tactics in civilian areas, according to the first United Nations report on the issue. “Violations must come to an end now,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in the report, which was released yesterday to the Security Council. “I therefore urge all parties to the conflict to take, without delay, all measures to protect and uphold the rights of all children in Syria.”The report, covering the period from 1 March 2011 to 15 November 2013, lists a raft of horrors that Syria’s children have suffered since the opposition first sought to oust President Bashar al-Assad, ranging from direct commission of abuse, including sexual violence, to more general violation of their rights from school closures and denial of access to humanitarian aid. “The present report highlights that use of weaponry and military tactics that are disproportionate and indiscriminate by Government forces and associated militias has resulted in countless killings and the maiming of children, and has obstructed children’s access to education and health services,” Mr. Ban writes.“Government forces have also been responsible for the arrest, arbitrary detention, ill treatment and torture of children. Armed opposition groups have been responsible for the recruitment and use of children both in combat and support roles, as well as for conducting military operations, including using terror tactics, in civilian-populated areas, leading to civilian casualties, including children.”The report spotlights the disappearance of many children, notes that all parties to the conflict have seriously hampered the delivery of humanitarian assistance in areas most affected by the fighting, and warns that children have experienced a high level of distress as a result of witnessing the killing and injuring of members of their families and peers, or of being separated from their family and/or displaced.Detailing the detention of children as young as 11 years old for alleged association with armed groups by Government forces in large-scale arrest campaigns, the reports says they were ill-treated and tortured to extract confessions or humiliate them or pressure a relative to surrender or confess.“Ill treatment and acts tantamount to torture reportedly included beatings with metal cables, whips and wooden and metal batons; electric shock, including to the genitals; the ripping out of fingernails and toenails; sexual violence, including rape or threats of rape; mock executions; cigarette burns; sleep deprivation; solitary confinement; and exposure to the torture of relatives,” the report says.“Reports indicate that children were also suspended from walls or ceilings by their wrists or other limbs, were forced to put their head, neck and legs through a tire while being beaten, and were tied to a board and beaten. The report cites a 16-year-old boy as saying he witnessed his 14-year-old male friend being sexually assaulted and then killed, and notes other allegations that boys and in a few instances girls were raped. The 16-year-old said children and adults were beaten with metal bars, their fingernails pulled out, their fingers cut. “Or they were beaten with a hammer in the back, sometimes until death,” he added.Allegations of sexual violence by opposition groups were also received, but the UN was unable to further investigate them due to lack of access, the report says.It adds that opposition forces recruited and used both in support roles and for combat, while Government forces used children as human shields. It notes that during the first two years of the conflict, most killings and maiming of children were attributed to Government forces, but mainly due to increased access to heavy weapons and the use of terror tactics opposition groups increasingly engaged in such acts in 2013.“Armed opposition groups also engaged in the summary execution of children,” it says, reporting that lack of access, including for security reasons, prevented the UN from systematic documentation.Schools and hospitals have been disproportionally targeted by all parties, with indications that Government forces were the main perpetrators of attacks against hospitals and other health-care infrastructure, mainly opposition-run makeshift health facilities and of threats and attacks against medical personnel, according to the report.“Injured opposition fighters and civilians, including children, admitted to Government hospitals in perceived pro-opposition areas in Aleppo, Dar’a, Homs and Idlib governorates were reportedly exposed to arrest, detention, ill treatment and acts tantamount to torture by civilian doctors, and/or elements of Government forces,” it says.The UN also received reports on instances where opposition groups denied medical treatment to injured pro-Government fighters, or misused ambulances, including to cross Government checkpoints.In his list of recommendations, Mr. Ban calls on all sides to stop all grave violations against children cited in the report, end all indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks on civilian areas, including terror tactics, airstrikes, chemical weapons and heavy artillery, allow unimpeded humanitarian access, and immediately release abducted women and children. read more

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September 25, 2019

A third of pregnancies for women in their early 20s end in

The percentage of conceptions leading to abortion has increased over the last 20 years. Percentage of conceptions leading to legal abortion by age, England and Wales, 1997, 2007, 2017.Credit:ONS/ONS A third of pregnancies among women in their early 20s end in abortion for the first time, official data has revealed.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) yesterday published figures showing that the rate of conceptions leading to abortion among women aged 20 to 24 hit 33.2% in 2017, marking an increase from 31.6% in 2016.The data comes amid a record rise in the number of abortions for women aged between 16 and 34 since 1990. The abortion rate was at its highest last year among 16-18, 18-20, 20-24, 25-29 and 30-34 year old women, with the rate standing at 51.7, 47. 33.2, 20 and 15 per cent respectively.The reasons for which women decide to have abortions are not recorded. However, since sexual health services became the responsibility of local authorities in 2013, some experts believe that cuts to local authority budgets may provide some context as to why the rates are rising.Last month The Telegraph reported that Jackie Doyle-Price, a health minister told a conference that dating apps such as Tinder are fuelling a rise in unplanned pregnancies among women in their 30s. “We’re laughing and talk about the Tinder generation now, but what tends to happen is you have women leaving one relationship and then playing the field again, entering the market again,” she told a conference of the All Party Parliamentary Group on women’s health. “That’s actually when unplanned pregnancy tends to happen. There’s an education point there which is please continue to look after your fertility.”Government figures show there were 7,929 legal abortions for under 18s in 2017, and 59,956 among women aged 30 to 39. The data indicates a rapid decline in teenage abortions over the last 10 years.In September, the Advisory Group on Contraception revealed that almost half of councils in England had cut contraceptive services since the public health budget cuts in 2015.As a result, the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FSRH) reported that two thirds of local councils have cut their sexual and reproductive health (SRH) budget since 2016/17 and more than 8 million women of reproductive age are now living in an area where the council has reduced funding for SRH services.“Cuts to these services put women’s access to the full range of contraceptive methods at risk,” a spokeswoman said at the time.Following the publication of the latest ONS data, Imogen Stephens, medical Director at Marie Stopes UK, an international charity which provides abortions, also highlighted the issue of “sustained funding cuts”. She said: “These figures come at a time when we know thousands of women across are struggling to access contraceptive and sexual health services as a result of sustained funding cuts to the public health budget. “Not only are services being shut down, but the remaining clinics often have long waiting lists. When women do manage to find a service, they may be denied the full range of contraception, including some of the most effective methods.”Anything that limits access to contraception is enormously concerning. It’s vital that sexual health services are adequately funded, so that women can continue to access the modern contraception they need to prevent an unplanned pregnancy.”For women aged 16 and under, the ONS data showed that 60.7% of conceptions led to abortion in 2017, making it the only age group where the percentage of conceptions leading to a legal abortion fell compared with 2016.Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “These latest figures reflect the hard work of councils and their partners in helping to improve the health, wellbeing and life chances of young people.“But we mustn’t become complacent. We must sustain this downward trend, accelerate improvements in areas with high rates and narrow the inequalities we see between them, which will not only make a difference to individual lives, but reduce the long-term demand on health and social care services.“Evidence shows that high quality relationships and sex education, alongside welcoming and accessible sexual health services and friendly non-judgmental staff, help young people to delay sex until they are ready and to use contraception effectively. The percentage of conceptions leading to abortion has increased over the last 20 years. Percentage of conceptions leading to legal abortion by age, England and Wales, 1997, 2007, 2017. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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September 20, 2019

Hotmail Wave 4 veut concurrencer Gmail

first_imgHotmail Wave 4 veut concurrencer GmailÉtats-Unis – Hotmail se développe avec la version Wave 4. La messagerie internet a pour ambition de devenir une véritable plateforme d’échange sur internet.Pour concurrencer Gmail, les développeurs d’Hotmail Wave 4 ont travaillé sur la compatibilité entre les deux services. Désormais, les utilisateurs de la messagerie de Google peuvent passer sans encombre à celle de Microsoft, tout en gardant les mêmes options. Un moyen sans doute efficace d’attirer ce public, utilisant fréquemment sa messagerie. Mais ce n’est pas tout. Selon clubic.com, les internautes peuvent se connecter à MSN Messenger via le nouvel Hotmail, ou encore lire des vidéos YouTube.L’une des grandes nouveautés réside dans l’envoi des pièces jointes. Désormais, ces documents ne seront plus envoyés à proprement parler avec le mail mais seront stockés sur le compte du service “Skydrive” de l’expéditeur. Les problèmes de capacité de stockage sont ainsi résolus. Le 18 mai 2010 à 11:05 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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September 19, 2019

Final 1020 WWE RAW rating number is up from last week

first_img Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Google+ WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Facebook Twitter WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions center_img The 10/20 WWE RAW drew a 2.75 cable rating with an average audience of 3.69 million viewers. The first hour drew 3.59 million viewers, the second hour drew 3.86 million viewers and the third hour drew 3.63 million viewers. This is up from last week’s 2.73 cable rating although viewers were down from 3.75 million. Source: Prowrestling.net, TVbythenumbers.com Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

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September 19, 2019

Cyclist hurt colliding with car in Woodland

first_imgA bicyclist was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest  Medical Center with head and chest injuries after a collision with a car Saturday in Woodland.Police were dispatched at 4:29 p.m. to the 38000 block of Lakeshore Drive in response to the collision, according to Woodland Police Sgt. Brad Gillaspie.Gillaspie said that police are still working through details of the crash and were unable to release details about the people involved or who was at fault. He did say that both individuals were traveling north when the collision occurred.The driver, driving a Volkswagen Jetta, remained at the scene and cooperated with police. The bicyclist was wearing a helmet but was not using bike lights, Gillaspie said.No citations have been issued and neither drugs nor alcohol was involved in the incident, Gillaspie said.last_img read more

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