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FRANCE: SNCF and the Haute-Normandie region have agreed a package of measures to improve passenger services on the Paris – Rouen – Le Havre main line. A regular-interval timetable is to be introduced to the route in December, increasing the number of services by 15%.SNCF has also committed to more demanding punctuality targets as well as reducing the number of last-minute cancellations to 48 a year by 2011. Direct TGV services to Roissy and Strasbourg are to be introduced from June 2009.The agreement also provides for the refurbishment of 89 Corail coaches deployed on the Paris – Le Havre route, as well as 41 double-deck cars. With the aim of replacing the TER multiple-unit fleet by spring 2009, Haute-Normandie has ordered 16 double-deck trainsets, to be delivered from November 2008, as well as 33 AGC DMUs which have been phased into service since 2004.
The first corn seeds got into the ground last week, but weather has kept most farmers out of the fields.The U.S.D.A.’s week crop report says there were just three days suitable for fieldwork last week thanks to wet weather. Soil temperatures that are warm enough for planting have also been an issue.But there were some farmers who pulled the planter into the field — and two percent of the new crop is now in the ground. The crop report says this year’s start is five days behind last year and three days behind the five-year average for corn planting.Share this:FacebookTwitter
Tigers now 3-4 in WVCBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Alyssa Ede went 4-for-4, scored three times, and drove in two runs to help the Marshfield softball team to a commanding 14-4 win over Wausau West in a Wisconsin Valley Conference game Friday at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.Marshfield had 17 hits in all as eight of the nine batters in the lineup had at least one hit, scored at least one run, and had at least one RBI in the victory.Kaitlyn Konrardy earned the win on the mound and had two hits and two RBIs for the Tigers. Jenna Jakobi and Emily Draeger each had three hits.Megan Donahue, Lexi Dupee, and Rhiannon Corozolla had RBIs in the first inning, Draeger and Donahue hit back-to-back home runs in the second, Konrardy drove in two runs with a single in the third, and Ede had a two-run single in the fourth to pace the Tigers’ offense.Marshfield (7-8, 3-4 Wisconsin Valley Conference) will play a nonconference doubleheader at Antigo on Saturday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 14, Warriors 4Wausau West 103 00 – 4 7 2Marshfield 323 33 – 14 17 1WP: Kaitlyn Konrardy. LP: Shaelyn Talley.SO: Talley (2 inn.) 0, Emily Gwidt (1 inn.) 1, Alicia Pfiffner (1 2/3 inn.) 0; Konrardy (2 1/3 inn.) 1, Megan Donahue (2 2/3 inn.) 6. BB: Talley 0, Gwidt 1, Pfiffner 1; Konrardy 2, Donahue 0.Top hitters: WW, Sami Brown 2×3, 2 runs; Olivia Mrotek 2×3. M, Jenna Jakobi 3×4, 2 RBIs; Emily Draeger 3×4, HR, 2 runs; Donahue 2 RBIs; Lexi Dupee 2B, 2 runs; Rhiannon Corozolla 2 runs; Alyssa Ede 4×4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs; Konrardy 2×2, 2 RBIs; Morgan Nordbeck 2B, 2 RBIs.Records: Wausau West 2-11, 1-8 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 7-8, 3-4 Wisconsin Valley Conference.
alicia eler Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#social networks#web A new study from Forrester proves that the majority of Americans are a bunch of lazy re-tweeters. 93% of online consumers in the emerging markets of China, India, Mexico and Brazil use social media tools at least once-a-month. U.S. and European consumers are far more likely to view social media as a spectator sport, joining it and then just watching it fly by. In the U.S., 68% of social media users are “joiners,” which means they maintain a profile on a social networking site and visit social networks. 73% are “spectators,” or users who mostly just read blogs, online forums, customer ratings/reviews and tweets, listen to podcasts and watch videos. This number is strikingly similar in Europe (EU-7 countries, to be specific), with 69% of users classified as spectators and 50% as joiners. Creators and ConversationalistsOnly 24% of U.S. users are content creators and 36% are conversationalists. Those numbers are quite similar in the EU, with 23% classified as “content creators” and 26% as “conversationalists.” In Asia, these numbers look drastically different. Seventy-five percent of online adults in metropolitan China and India create content, which includes publishing blogs and web pages, uploading video and audio/music they made and posting articles or stories that they wrote. Japanese social media users do not follow the same patterns as Chinese and Indian social networkers. A mere 28% of Japanese users visit social networking sites at least once a month. Only 13% of online Japanese adults visit Facebook on a regular monthly basis. Instead, they prefer sites like mixi or Twitter, which fit their preference for online anonymity. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Emerging Social Mobile Markets: China and AfricaAnother Forrester report proved that China and other Asia-Pacific countries led the pack in mobile adoption, including mobile social usage and work usage. They were also more likely to own multiple devices. This report showed that in metropolitan China, 33% accessed social networks via mobile, whereas only 25% of U.S. users and 11% of European users did the same. Forrester’s report revealed that Chinese users accessed social sites the most, calling them “super connecteds.”This study does not include social network usage in Africa, which is only second to China. Toward the end of last year, Facebook partnered with French cell operator Orange to bring inexpensive cellphones armed with Facebook to Africa and Europe. Facebook is available in 70 languages, and more than 75% of its users are located outside the U.S. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
Bollywood actor Sonakshi Sinha is all up for fitness and adventure these days. Though the actress has been busy with her shooting for Boney Kapoor’s ‘Tevar’, she was spotted horse riding in between shooting schedules.Thanks to her sporting spirit she has lost oodles of weight.The actress posted a video on her official Instagram page which shows her riding the horse dressed in a red churidar-suit.Sonakshi rides a horse with confidence and ease.How to spend time in between shots. Subject to availability of horse. #tevar http://t.co/Bsibw6gLPq Sonakshi Sinha (@sonakshisinha) May 20, 2014Produced by Sanjay Kapoor, Tevar also stars Manoj Bajpayee and is directed by debutant Amit Sharma. The film is slated to release on December 5.Going by her latest tweets and posts, it seems like Sonakshi’s having a ball!
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford boss Gracia explains holding back goalscorer Doucoure for Newcastle drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford managed to secure a point after a late equaliser for their 1-1 draw with Newcastle United.Salomon Rondon put Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle ahead just before the half-hour mark, but they could not hold out for all three points as Abdoulaye Doucoure popped up to make it 1-1 eight minutes from time. Asked initially about the decision to rest Doucoure, Gracia said: “I have to choose in all the games different players and in this moment playing every three, four days I have to give the chances for all of my players.“I’ve many times said all my players deserve the chance to play because they are working very well. We are a good squad, not only a good team and if I don’t do it in this moment when can I do it.“It was the moment to change the players because some of them need rest and today if you see Doucuore this season he is the third player with the most minutes (played).”Pressed further on if six changes was too many, the Hornets boss responded: “If you see the result you can say that but I don’t agree.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Guangzhou Evergrande table bumper bid for Barcelona attacker Malcomby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGuangzhou Evergrande have offered Barcelona the chance to make a quick profit on Brazilian winger Malcom.Signed in the summer for €41m from Bordeaux, Malcom is the subject of a &eur;50m offer from Guangzhou, reports AS.Barca are willing to sell, with it emerging that their South American chief Andre Cury offering Malcom to Guangzhou before Christmas.The two clubs enjoy a good relationship having both bought and sold Paulinho over the past 12 months. The midfielder is now back with Guangzhou.For his part, Malcom will take some convincing about quitting Europe with ambitions of breaking into Tite’s Brazil squad front of mind for 2019.
Andros Townsend delighted with goal for Crystal Palace winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndros Townsend was delighted with his goal for Crystal Palace’s 2-0 defeat of Norwich City.Townsend left the bench to net Crystal Palace’s second goal in a 2-0 triumph over Norwich and, speaking post-match, he explained his thought process as he entered the field of play to help the Eagles secure the victory.He said: “Even as a forward-thinking player, when you’re 1-0 up and you come on with 20-25 minutes to go, first and foremost you have to see out the win.”You’re the one with fresh legs, you have to help out the defence, track runners, all the ugly side of it. Thankfully I got my chance today and I took it and hopefully I can build on that now and go on a little run.”He added: “We dug-out well today and thankfully Wilf did a bit of magic like he usually does and I was able to finish it off. It was a good three points and now we can enjoy the weekend and go again on Monday. “Personally, it’s not been a great start to the season. I’m not hiding away from that. I have to keep working hard, take my chance like I did today and just be patient and when that chance does come again, I’m ready for it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TORONTO – Gord Downie, the poetic lead singer of the Tragically Hip whose determined fight with brain cancer inspired a nation, has died. He was 53.Downie died Tuesday night “with his beloved children and family close by,” the band said in a statement on its website Wednesday morning.In the wake of his diagnosis with glioblastoma — an incurable form of cancer — the musician became a symbol of perseverance in the face of his mortality.“Gord knew this day was coming — his response was to spend this precious time as he always had — making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it with a kiss … on the lips,” said the statement, which was attributed to the Downie family.“Gord said he had lived many lives. As a musician, he lived ‘the life’ for over 30 years, lucky to do most of it with his high school buddies. At home, he worked just as tirelessly at being a good father, son, brother, husband and friend. No one worked harder on every part of their life than Gord. No one.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in tears as he paid tribute to Downie and how he devoted the last chapter of his life to advocating for the rights of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples.“He loved every hidden corner, every story, every aspect of this country,” Trudeau said.“He wanted to make it better, he knew as great as we were we need to be better than we are. That’s why this last year’s been devoted to Chanie Wenjack and to reconciliation. This is something I’ve certainly drawn inspiration and strength from.“We are less without Gord Downie.”Downie, one of Canada’s most revered singer-songwriters, penned a steady stream of 1990s rock radio staples including “New Orleans Is Sinking,” “Blow at High Dough,” “Courage (For Hugh MacLennan),” “Ahead By a Century” and “Bobcaygeon.” While Hip albums released in the 2000s didn’t produce as many hits, the band hung on to its unofficial status as Canada’s favourite rock band.While the Hip was frequently described as quintessentially Canadian, Downie had dismissed the suggestion that he set out to celebrate his homeland in song.“I haven’t written too many political lyrics,” he said in an interview with The Canadian Press in 2014. “Nor have I written any pro-Canada lyrics, any kind of jingoistic, nationalistic cant…. That stuff doesn’t interest me and I don’t even know if I could write that if I tried because I don’t really feel it.“Social causes are quite obvious. Music brings people together. So my function in anything I do is to help bring people closer in.”In the aftermath of the shocking May 2016 announcement that Downie had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer the band said it would mount a tour — which many correctly assumed would be the Hip’s last.Interest was off the charts and tickets sold out nearly immediately. While the band’s managers assured fans that Downie was prepared to “blow people’s minds,” he was suffering from serious memory issues. In the recently released documentary “Long Time Running,” Downie recalled his struggles with lyrics as he prepared to perform.“I actually couldn’t remember a damn thing. I think I started to cry,” the singer said of the first tour rehearsal. Dave (Billy Ray) Koster, the Hip’s technical director, recalled Downie’s trouble with the hit “My Music at Work,” a song which repeats its title in the lyrics 18 times.“He would look at me and say, ‘Billy, what’s that line called?’ and then he would write it down,” Koster said. Downie ultimately had six teleprompters on stage to help him get through the concerts.Despite conflicting with its coverage of the Summer Games in Rio, the CBC broadcast the last show of the tour live — in the Hip’s hometown of Kingston, Ont. — and thousands of fans also attended public viewing parties across the country to experience the band’s swan song.An impassioned Downie led the group through a nearly three-hour set and acknowledged the country’s enthusiastic support.“Thank you, people, for keeping me pushing and keeping me pushing,” he said from the stage, which prompted a “Gordie!” chant from the audience.He used the national platform to call for more attention to the inequities faced by Indigenous Peoples, particularly in the North.“We’re in good hands, folks, real good hands,” Downie said in reference to Trudeau.“He cares about the people way up North, that we were trained our entire lives to ignore, trained our entire lives to hear not a word of what’s going on up there. And what’s going on up there ain’t good. It’s maybe worse than it’s ever been, so it’s not on the improve. (But) we’re going to get it fixed and we got the guy to do it, to start, to help.”About two months later, Downie released the multimedia solo project “Secret Path,” which recounted the life of 12-year-old Chanie Wenjack, who died in 1966 after running away from a residential school in northern Ontario.“Secret Path” won three Juno Awards in April — best adult alternative album, best songwriter for Downie, and best recording package for its presentation with a graphic novel. While Downie didn’t attend the Juno festivities, he appeared in a pre-recorded acceptance speech during the telecast.“First Nations have many, many stories like this one,” he said in reference to Wenjack’s experience being separated from his family and put in a residential school.“My dream would be that this record with Jeff Lemire’s drawings might help people. Might give teachers something to help teach our young ones.”In June, Downie was inducted as a member of the Order of Canada for his work in raising awareness of Indigenous issues. He was also set to be honoured by the Order of Canada along with his bandmates for “their contribution to Canadian music and for their support of various social and environmental causes.”The Tragically Hip’s last release, “Man Machine Poem,” won the Juno for rock album of the year and the band also took home the group of the year prize, which was its third time winning the award among 11 nominations.The Hip’s modest beginnings can be traced back to 1984 in Kingston, where Downie co-founded the band with four high-school friends — including guitarist Rob Baker, bassist Gord Sinclair and drummer Johnny Fay. Guitarist Paul Langlois joined in 1986 when saxophonist David Manning left the band.The early years were a slog as the Hip graduated from local university campus shows to dive bars like the Toucan, where they played on a stage tucked in the back corner of the venue’s basement.A small but loyal fan base began to form just as their self-titled debut EP hit record stores in 1987. While not one of the Hip’s most-loved releases — and one the band didn’t touch during their career-spanning final tour — it offered a sliver of insight into Downie’s songwriting and performance potential.Downie’s reputation for adding monologues to songs during live performances was started with a memorable rendition of “Highway Girl,” which fans nicknamed the “double suicide rant” version. Part of the mid-song rant would later make up the lyrics of the song “Locked in the Trunk of a Car.”But it was the live “killer whale tank” version of the fan favourite “New Orleans Is Sinking,” off the band’s 1989 followup “Up to Here,” that cemented Downie’s legacy as a unique live performer always capable of surprising an audience.The legend of the band’s thrilling concerts grew as rock radio stations devoured the Hip’s output of one hit album after another. “Road Apples” in 1991 produced favourites like “Little Bones,” “Long Time Running” and “Three Pistols,” and the next year the record “Fully Completely” introduced another slew of soon-to-be classics including “At the Hundredth Meridian,” “Fifty Mission Cap” and “Wheat Kings.”Stories of the Hip’s ability to attract huge crowds wherever they played in Canada gradually began to trickle south of the border, and the band got its biggest chance to break through in the United States in 1995, thanks to a fellow Kingston native. Dan Aykroyd introduced the Tragically Hip as musical guests on “Saturday Night Live” to play two songs off “Day for Night,” which was released six months earlier.The band won over pockets of fans in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere but never got as big internationally as they were back home, where they collected 16 Junos, a star on the Canadian Walk of Fame, and immortalization on a postage stamp in 2013.While playing sold-out shows to adoring audiences, Downie also sought out opportunities to stretch himself creatively outside the confines of the Hip.He dabbled in acting with roles as a police officer in “Trailer Park Boys: The Movie” and as a recovering cancer patient in the drama “One Week.” Prior to “Secret Path” he had cultivated several other solo projects, starting with the album “Coke Machine Glow” in 2001, released with a companion book of poetry; “Battle of the Nudes” in 2003; and “The Grand Bounce,” credited to Gord Downie and the Country of Miracles, in 2010. Late last month, Downie surprised fans by announcing he would be releasing a new solo album of 23 original songs produced with long-time collaborator Kevin Drew. “Introduce Yerself” is slated for release Oct. 27.In 2014, Downie recalled the thrill of performing for a different kind of audience — at a country music festival — in support of a side project with the Sadies.“In this country, perhaps with a certain identity trailing you around, it’s hard to be miscast,” Downie told The Canadian Press.“It’s hard to play a gig where you might get the hook, where you might be booed gloriously off the stage. I don’t mean that to sound immodest…. (When) you’re kids, it’s the thing you’re most afraid of, but it’s the thing you miss, just the sort of lack of approval.”Staunchly dedicated to his environmental side projects, Downie was a devoted board member of the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper advocacy group, helping to raise money for the cause through benefits. After his diagnosis, he lent his name to brain cancer research with the Gord Downie fund at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto.Downie’s final public performance was in February as a surprise guest during a Blue Rodeo concert at Toronto’s Massey Hall. Singer Jim Cuddy introduced Downie for a rendition of the 1992 hit “Lost Together,” alongside members of the Sadies. As the song finished, Downie kissed and hugged his fellow musicians, waved to the audience and left the stage.Follow @dfriend on Twitter.