Proper Posting Resumes Tomorrow

Apr. 26th, 2017 11:14 pm
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Posted by Andrew Hickey

Just so people know, there was an accident involving my laptop a few days ago, and on top of that I’ve been spending all day every day at Lib Dem HQ (when a by-election suddenly becomes a general, a lot of campaign staff disappear) and that’s taken my writing time this week. I have a new laptop, though, so will be resuming blogging tomorrow, with a review of Michael Nesmith’s autobiography


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Posted by Sarah Boseley Health editor

Tranexamic acid could save the lives of a third of women who die in childbirth from excessive bleeding, which kills 100,000 a year

A cheap and widely available drug could save the lives of thousands of women who die in childbirth from excessive bleeding, one of the main killers of women worldwide.

The drug, tranexamic acid, is available over the counter in the UK to women suffering from heavy periods. In Japan and the far east, it is used as a skin whitener. But now a very large study of 20,000 women in 21 countries has shown it can stop a third of cases of bleeding to death after giving birth.

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Posted by Dominic Fifield at Selhurst Park

This was a victory which spoke volumes for Tottenham Hotspur’s stubborn conviction that the title race is far from done and dusted. They laboured for long periods and, even when in the ascendancy after the interval, still often ran aground on Crystal Palace’s resistance. But Mauricio Pochettino and his players are not ready to give up the pursuit. Chelsea cannot rest easy just yet.

This tight, fiercely fought London derby was into its latter stages with Palace, a team reborn and recent victors over three of the top six, long since forced into a full-scale retreat when Spurs finally prised them apart. Christian Eriksen picked up possession in a rare pocket of space, territory which might have been swallowed up had Mamadou Sakho not departed with a serious knee injury, and whipped a shot from 25 yards which dipped in front of Wayne Hennessey’s outstretched right hand and fizzed into the corner.

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Posted by Louise Taylor at the Riverside Stadium

Middlesbrough finally got round to winning their first Premier League game of 2017 as the so-called “derby of the doomed” represented a new nadir in David Moyes’s increasingly troubled Sunderland tenure.

Moyes was sunk by Marten de Roon’s early goal to leave Sunderland fans demanding his sacking and contemplating imminent relegation to the Championship which, depending on results, could be confirmed by Saturday tea-time.

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Posted by brainwane

This weekend, April 28-30, people coming to Penguicon in Southfield, Michigan can catch a number of sessions of interest to Geek Feminism readers.

Coraline Ada Ehmke is one of the Guests of Honor (her Penguicon schedule). Ehmke “is a speaker, writer, open source advocate and technologist with over 20 years of experience in developing apps for the web. She works diligently to promote diversity and inclusivity in open source and the tech industry.” She and others are participating in a Women in Tech panel and Q&A on Saturday.

Perhaps I’ll see you at the con! Feel free to comment if you’re going to be there and mention any parties or sessions you’re particularly looking forward to.

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Posted by Reuters in Guadalajara

Maria Félix went three months without the card she needed to collect welfare payment, but had cheque delivered in person when situation was uncovered

Born at the turn of the past century, Maria Félix is old enough to remember the Mexican Revolution – but too old to get the bank card needed to collect her monthly 1,200 pesos ($63) welfare payment. Félix turns 117 in July, according to her birth certificate, which local authorities recognise as authentic. That would put her in the ranks of the world’s oldest living people.

She went three months without state support for poor elderly Mexicans after she was turned away from a branch of Citibanamex in the city of Guadalajara for being too old, said Miguel Castro, development secretary for the state of Jalisco. Welfare beneficiaries now need individual bank accounts because of new transparency rules, Castro said.

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Posted by David Conn

HMRC will know its incursions into football must produce results if it is not be accused of ignoring bigger targets in its sights

The dawn raids of Newcastle United and West Ham United offices and shocking announcement by HM Revenue and Customs of a criminal investigation into tax fraud called to mind similar dramas 10 years ago, staged that time by the City of London police.

Following years of suspicion that the payment of bungs was rife in the multimillion-pound swirl of English Premier League clubs’ transfer transactions, the force entrusted with investigating high-level financial crimes famously conducted an early-morning raid on the home of the then Portsmouth manager, Harry Redknapp. The Portsmouth owner, Milan Mandaric, was arrested, as were David Sullivan and Karren Brady, the then Birmingham City owner and managing director, now fulfilling similar roles at West Ham. The offices of Newcastle United were raided in that operation too, as were those of Portsmouth and Rangers, and there was the sense, as on Wednesday, that the authorities were about to cleanse monumental wrongdoing lurking beneath the sheen of the beautiful game.

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Posted by Dominic Fifield at Selhurst Park

This was a victory which spoke volumes for Tottenham Hotspur’s stubborn conviction that the title race is far from done and dusted. They laboured for long periods and even when in the ascendancy after the interval, still ran aground so often on Crystal Palace’s resistance. But Mauricio Pochettino and his players are not ready to give up the pursuit. Chelsea cannot rest easy just yet.

This tight, fiercely fought London derby was into its latter stages with Palace, a team reborn and recent victors over three of the top six, long since forced into a full-scale retreat when Spurs finally prised them apart. Christian Eriksen picked up possession in a rare pocket of space, territory which might have been swallowed up had Mamadou Sakho not departed with a serious knee injury, and spat a shot from 25 yards which dipped in front of Wayne Hennessey’s outstretched right hand and fizzed into the corner.

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Posted by Amy Lawrence at the Emirates Stadium

The Arsène Wenger celebration face at the end of it all was not as visceral or as liberating as the one he produced at Wembley on Sunday but the relief to snatch a win from the jaws of a dreary draw was still worth savouring. Wenger might have the FA Cup in his sightlines but he can also cling to the possibility of a 19th consecutive Champions League qualification thanks to a freakish late goal.

It felt like one of those days with which Arsenal are familiar against a dogged opponent, where the sideways passes can be soporific and the chances not taken. In the 86th minute the ball pinged around an increasingly anxious Arsenal attack only for a deflected cross to end up with Nacho Monreal, who swung a leg at it. The ball was flying off target only to be diverted in off Robert Huth’s chest.

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Posted by Press Association

• Barcelona had beaten relegated Osasuna 7-1 in earlier match
• James Rodríguez scored twice for Real to stay level on points

Real Madrid kept pace with Barcelona at the top of La Liga on Wednesday while at the other end of the table Osasuna’s return to the top flight lasted just a season as their relegation was confirmed.

Barcelona took full advantage of playing first and threw down the gauntlet by temporarily opening up a three-point lead at the summit with a 7-1 Nou Camp thrashing of Osasuna, so it was up to Real Madrid to respond - and bounce back from Sunday’s dramatic home defeat in el clásico - in the late kick-off.

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Posted by Sean Ingle

• Unknown club runner Griffiths finished as leading British athlete in 13th
• His performance has catapulted him into the GB world championships team

Laura Muir has hailed the “brilliant” performance of Joshua Griffiths, the unknown club runner whose London marathon performance has now officially catapulted him into the British team at the world championships this summer, saying he has given inspiration to ordinary athletes everywhere.

Muir, who won the European Indoor 1500m and 3,000m titles in Belgrade last month, watched enthralled as Griffiths, who started 10m behind the elite field, produced the run of his life in his first race over 26.2 miles to finish in 2hr 14min 49sec – a time that made him the leading British athlete and placed him 13th overall.

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Posted by Greg Wood at Punchestown

• Seven-year-old held off Djakadam and Coneygree in closing stages
• He also won Cheltenham and Leopardstown Gold Cups in recent weeks

Sizing John completed an unprecedented treble here on Wednesday evening as he added the Grade One Punchestown Gold Cup to his victories in the Gold Cups at Cheltenham and Leopardstown in recent weeks. It was not so much the scale of the chaser’s achievement as the manner of it which left the deepest impression, however, as Coneygree, the 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, and the valiant Djakadam both played huge roles of their own in what many will remember as the race of the season.

Sizing John got up in the final stride to beat Djakadam by a short-head with Coneygree a length and a half further away, but only after Coneygree had travelled and jumped for most of the race with the same zest and excellence that made him a Gold Cup winner as a novice. Mark Bradstock’s 10-year-old, unraced since November, was the favourite in-running with six fences to jump and, had it not been for a slow jump at the second-last, it could have been a three-way fight all the way to the line.

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Celebrating Freedom Day and Enoch Sontonga

Date: April 27, 2017

Today South Africans celebrate Freedom Day! The first post-apartheid elections were held on this date in 1994, and each year this important event is remembered with a public holiday.

Today's Doodle honors choirmaster, poet, and composer Enoch Sontonga, who wrote the first version of Africa’s democratic national anthem, “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” (“God Bless Africa”), in 1897. Over the years, the song developed and gained popularity, even making it to a London recording studio in 1923. It later merged with the country’s other anthem, “Die Stem” (“The Call of South Africa”).

Location: South Africa

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