Choosing A Springer Spaniel Puppy Basic Decisions

Choosing a Springer Spaniel Puppy – Basic Decisions by Phil MarksThis article deals with the main initial choices you will need to make, and how you go about finding a breeder should you decide to become an owner of one of these great pets.ColouringYou may have firm opinions on colouring, and with the English springer there are two main colourings – black on white or liver on white (chocolate). Either of these colours may have tan markings in addition. Being set on a particular colour will cut down your range of breeders and may lead to significant travel. You should visit at least two breeders before you decide. Then you will return when the litter and your puppy is ready, to bring your springer puppy back to your home.GenderWhich – dog or bitch? Springers are loyal and affectionate, so the males are not a major diffculty when it comes to going awol. However, where a bitch is concerned, you have to consider the obvious – keeping her away from males when she is in season; there will be hygiene aspects to consider at home. Spaying has side effects, such as a tendency to coat quality and weight issues. If you do want to breed springer pups, then there is only one way to go. Working Dog, Show Dog or Family Pet?Do you want a gundog or a show dog? For an English Springer Spaniel, these are distinctly separate breeding lines and might affect choice of breeder. Both lines are good as family pets provided you are able to exercise them sufficiently. There is no lineage difference for Welsh Springer Spaniels.Where to go for Springer Spaniel PuppiesIf you want a pure springer spaniel puppy with no doubtful genetic background then avoid ‘puppy farms’. This is important because all pure breeds are susceptible to hereditary conditions (though the Springer is relatively ok in this respect). So, you need to find a dog with a fully documented bloodline and pedigree certification which is in order. By choosing a fully certificated pedigree (which can usually be checked online), you would be able to enter the dog in class in a dog show – well, you never know, the kids might like that! How to Find BreedersThe main ways to find breeders are through:- Newspaper advertising- Kennel Clubs- Web search- Yellow Pages- Springer Spaniel Breed clubs- Specialist dog magazines and papers- Going to dog shows and talking to owners and breedersDo be cautious about the small ads in the local newspaper. ‘Springer spaniel puppy for sale’ may be promoting a puppy farm. Make sure you see proper documentation.Most Kennel Clubs usually operate a Breeder Accreditation scheme. Kennel Club websites or Breed Clubs will provide you with the Breed Standard (there are some differences from country to country). Get to know these and prepare a summary, so that when you visit breeders you will be able to have informed discussions about particular pups and bloodlines. Of course, the better breeders (those with the best show records) will have higher prices for their spaniel puppies, but that’s to be expected. You might consider a Rescue Dog. Using a rescue centre requires more care and preparation, but can be a good way to go if you don’t want to go through the ‘house training’ stage.The author has been a long-term springer spaniel owner, both English and Welsh springer spaniels. Find out more about choosing a breeder of springer spaniel puppies and learn about rescue dogs at ==>SpringerSpanielAdvice.comArticle Source: eArticlesOnline.com

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Google may shut down Chinese operations due to censorship and cyber attacks

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Google may shut down Chinese operations due to censorship and cyber attacks

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The U.S.-based multibillion dollar online search engine, Google Incorporated, has announced Tuesday in a public statement on its official blog that the company has been the victim of a “highly sophisticated” and “targeted attack” against their corporate infrastructure that they allege “originated from China.”

The author of said statement, David Drummond, Google’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer, noted that Google was not the only multinational corporation targeted. “As part of our investigation we have discovered that at least twenty other large companies from a wide range of businesses—including the Internet, finance, technology, media and chemical sectors—have been similarly targeted.” The names of these other corporations in question have yet to be released. To this end, Google states that they are “currently in the process of notifying these companies,” and they are cooperating with the “relevant authorities.”

Drummond goes on to say that through a separate and unrelated investigation, Google has additionally discovered that the accounts of “dozens” of Gmail users worldwide who are “advocates” of political and human rights in China “appear to have been routinely accessed by third parties” as well.

However, he affirms that “…these accounts have not been accessed through any security breach at Google, but most likely via phishing scams or malware placed on the users’ computers.”

As a result of what has occurred here, Google said it has already made significant changes to the security infrastructure of its users’ accounts as to prevent something like this from ever happening again.

At the same time, Google advised individual users to use more discretion while online, “We would advise people to deploy reputable anti-virus and anti-spyware programs on their computers, to install patches for their operating systems and to update their web browsers. Always be cautious when clicking on links appearing in instant messages and emails, or when asked to share personal information like passwords.”

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Google launched its Chinese-language search engine, Google.cn, in January 2006. The only precondition to operating in China was that the company had to acquiesce to certain censorship demands from the one-party government. When defending their controversial rationale for operating in the socialist republic, Google said “…that the benefits of increased access to information for people in China, and a more open Internet outweighed our discomfort in agreeing to censor some results.”

Nevertheless, Google has still been widely criticized for this voluntary censorship of search results of topics, such as the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, movements for Tibetan and Taiwan independence, and the Falun Gong religious movement along with other information considered harmful to the Chinese government. Some feel it goes against and is hypocritical of Google’s informal motto, “Don’t be evil”.

In response, a spokesperson for the Chinese Consulate in New York City, Wenqi Gao, said in a phone interview to The New York Times, “I want to reaffirm that China is committed to protecting the legitimate rights and interests of foreign companies in our country.”

In contrast, Sharon Hom, the executive director of Human Rights in China said, “It’s a wakeup call for the international community about the risks of doing business in China. The tendency has been for companies to keep their eye just on the benefits of doing business. But the risks are real—The risks are to our intellectual property. The risks are to our values.”

Analysts noted that this move has the potential to financially hurt Google, which has a somewhat limited share of the Internet search market in China, which is dominated by the Chinese-based Google-like website Baidu. Google’s shares fell just under two percent after hours to US$579.50. Meanwhile, Baidu shares rose five percent to US$406.

Harvard Business School professor David Yoffie said, “The consequences of not playing the China market could be very big for any company, but particularly for an Internet company that makes its money from advertising.”

“It will hurt their profits. They get eight to ten percent of their revenues from China,” said Trip Chowdhry, an analyst for Global Equities Research. “If they walk, they will eventually be invited back into China, because the Chinese people will request that. Openness always wins, but it will take some time.”

Tim Ghriskey, the chief investment officer for Solaris Asset Management said, “Clearly not good news for Google and clearly not good news for consumers. You’ve got to think that eventually Google figures out a way to deal with this. If they do have to shut down their Chinese operations, that they would be able to reinstate them. Hopefully soon. I can’t imagine that this would be permanent.” He added, “China is a great growth engine for every business. It is a great opportunity for Google as well.”

In response to all that has happened and what has been said, Drummond explains that this has “led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China.”

He goes on to state, “We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China.”

Drummond concludes his statement by trying to assuage the situation the best he can, “The decision to review our business operations in China has been incredibly hard, and we know that it will have potentially far-reaching consequences…We are committed to working responsibly to resolve the very difficult issues raised.”

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Details emerge of Honda’s withdrawal from Formula One

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Details emerge of Honda’s withdrawal from Formula One

February 21, 2018 · Filed under Uncategorized

Monday, December 8, 2008

More details have emerged over the weekend after the surprise announcement last week of Honda‘s intention to sell its Formula One racing team, Honda Racing F1. The team management, Nick Fry and Ross Brawn, have already announced confidence in their ability not only to find a buyer for the team but also to deliver the performance expected of Honda’s 2009 car. Prices as low as £1 have been put forward as possible prices tags for the Northampton based team, with Honda CEO Takeo Fukui stating that “Just to make the team possible to exist, a small price tag is acceptable”.

On Saturday the Japanese car giant said that before selling the team it was going to offer British driver Jensen Button, who had given the Honda team its only victory, a way out of his recently signed multi-million pound contract with the team so he could try to get a drive with other teams. However, Ross Brawn appears eager to retain the Briton and either retain Brazilian Rubens Barrichello or sign GP2 driver Bruno Senna, nephew of legendary racer Ayrton Senna. At an industry awards dinner, Button indicated his desire for a buyer to be found for Honda, saying any buyer would get “… a great team with excellent facilities. And with the leadership of Ross Brawn, and the whole team as they are, we can come through this and be on the grid in 2009”. Button has also spoken of his shock and pain at Honda’s decision.

Ross Brawn, who was brought into the Honda team with much fan fare before the 2008 season, has spoken of his shock at finding out about the sale of the team. Brawn, who is credited with helping Michael Schumacher and Ferrari dominate Formula One for much of the last decade, indicated he was expected funding cuts and had prepared a reduced budget but hadn’t expected the full withdrawal of support that Honda announced. Brawn has also indicated understanding of Honda’s reasoning, with their sales down 40% in some markets and Honda F1’s £200m+ budget a cost they were unwilling to bear.

Though Honda has committed to providing a budget for the team until March, the budget is lower than that which had been expected and so the team has had to pull out of the crucial winter tests at Jerez. This has denied Formula One hopeful Bruno Senna another test with the team and has combined with the engine implications of Honda’s withdrawal to push the new car’s final testing from January to March, just weeks before the first Grand Prix in Australia. Ross Brawn however remains confident of competing with new Formula One frontrunners BMW Sauber and Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has tipped the team as a great buy, saying “I’ve no doubt Honda would have been in top four next year without any problems. They’ve spent a lot of money to put themselves in that position so if anyone does want to be in F1 this is a team they should look to buy. It’s a big opportunity for any company that’s run efficiently to benefit”.

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Russian firefighting aircraft starts fires in Portugal

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Russian firefighting aircraft starts fires in Portugal

February 21, 2018 · Filed under Uncategorized

Saturday, July 8, 2006

The Russian Beriev 200 airplane leased to the Portuguese Government suffered an accident last Thursday (July 6) afternoon, after one of its engines was damaged.

The accident occurred after a refueling operation at the dam of Aguieira, near Santa Comba Dão. As the aerial firefighting aircraft took off at the end of the refueling maneuver in the water – designated as ‘scooping’ – its “left wing hit the top of the trees and the aircraft suffered some damage” to its fuselage, said Colonel Anacleto dos Santos, director of the Cabinet of Prevention and Investigation of Accidents with Aircraft (GPIAA), to the Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manhã.

While hitting the top of the trees, leaves and some wood entered the left engine, which didn’t blow up, but that had to be turned off and the pilot was forced to release fuel for safety reasons. The release of the fuel started small wildfires across the area, reaching some houses, which were quickly extinguished by firefighters and helitack units of the GNR‘s Intervention, Protection and Rescue Group.

The airplane was able to do an emergency landing at the Monte Real Air Base, where it’s currently operating from, thanks to the flight experience of one of the Russian pilots. When contacted by the Lusa news agency, National Service of Firefighters and Civil Protection, vice-president Lieutenant-Colonel Joaquim Leitão explained that the repairs will be made by the aircraft company and that all the parts necessary to repair the damages will have to come from Russia, by which the solution for the problem will take “some days”.

Lieutenant-Colonel Leitão added that an investigation is in progress to analyse the circumstances under which the accident occurred. And when he was asked if the accident was caused by the limitations of the dam, given the dimensions of the aircraft, he said that the reconnaissance of the area had been performed before the scooping exercises began, and an operation officially kicks off when all the conditions are met.

The final report of the GPIAA will only be concluded in a few weeks but GPIAA director, Colonel Anacleto dos Santos, excluded two of the eventual causes of any aerial accident. “The atmospheric conditions were not adverse and there are no indications of mechanical failure. Everything points to human error.”

On board of the aircraft followed two Russian pilots – one of them still receiving formation – and an Portuguese pilot that was observing the operations.

Two years ago, the Italian authorities tested the Beriev in the same mission type. Having the Portuguese Government sent observers to evaluate the performance of the aircraft. However, some limitations were found in the performing of the Russian aircraft in Italy’s wildfire scenarios. Having the Italian Civil Protection reached the conclusion that the Beriev 200 is not prepared to operate in mountainous terrain.

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February 21, 2018 · Filed under Bean Bags

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While Eagle Rock is a community long known for being artsy, the flood of new and younger homebuyers are populating neighboring communities like Highland Park and Mt. Washington. And judging from the range of successful businesses also sprouting in and around town, they enjoy coffee, micro-brewed beer, vegetarian food and art. Small, independent art galleries are surging in popularity.

Though some art galleries have been around a while, most have appeared since the epic housing market that made homes in highland park a safe and sure investment guaranteed to bring about a healthy return. Mt. Washington homes have been highly sought after. As homebuyers have remodeled their homes, several have found themselves in the local art galleries looking for interesting art with which to decorate their homes.

North East Los Angeles (NELA) hosts a Second Saturday Gallery Night once a month, put together by NELAart. NELAart is a collective of art galleries and organizations whose aim is to promote the thriving arts community in NELA. This night is a self-guided tour of the artist-run project spaces, galleries, and non-profits found in Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Glassell Park and Cypress Park communities. Here are seven popular galleries that are filled with fascinating displays of art.

The MorYork studio is full of art built with recycled material. Clare Graham is the mastermind behind these works of art. His displays range from chairs and tables built with dominos to lounge chairs made of soda cans. His bottle cap urns and tin can mirrors bring creativity and green thinking to a new level.

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The Avenue 50 Studio found in Highland Park is a studio inspired by Latin Chicano culture. The citizens of Highland Park are primarily of Latin descent, and Avenue 50 Studio is committed to showcasing this ever growing, established culture. People of color who are not yet represented in mainstream galleries display their art here.

The artists at Matters of Space specialize in building custom furniture in order to feed their consumers inner creativity and personal taste. Matters of Space designs an assortment of furniture for residential places, restaurants, and businesses. They also put on showcases displaying art from designers and artists around the world.

Public Fiction is a gallery that renews its topical series every 3 months. Public Fiction is one part physical space and one part print work. The physical site is stocked with art installations, performances, and happenings on their current topical series. The print work combines pieces of the installations with new contributions to produce a document to complete the topical series.

Museum & Crane is a private art gallery located in Mt. Washington. This is a backyard gallery, which is invite only to create an intimate environment to display contemporary art in all forms. This space assimilates live music and multi-disciplinary performances with art exhibition to generate a magical atmosphere in which artists and friends can inspire and collaborate together.

Leanna Lins Wonderland is a playful jewelry studio, shop and art gallery in Eagle Rock. Leanna combines modern and retro designs of jewelry, which can be found, on display and for sale in the back of the store. Leanna also hosts pop-up events and workshops on how to create unique, beautiful jewelry. This is a great idea for a private party or get together.

An artist and his three sons established the Judson Studios of Highland Park in 1897. The Judson family proudly continues to run this studio today. Judson Studios produces original, hand crafted stained, architectural and leaded glass artworks. They can create glass artworks in windows, signs, domes, fine art pieces, and skylights.

NELA is full of unique, individual art galleries and shops. Attending the Second Saturday Gallery Night is an opportunity to support our local artists and enrich ourselves in the art culture of our community.

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Oil leaking container ship might cause environmental catastrophe

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Oil leaking container ship might cause environmental catastrophe

February 21, 2018 · Filed under Uncategorized

Sunday, January 21, 2007

In the United Kingdom, an anti-pollution operation is under way after the stricken ship MSC Napoli started to leak dangerous heavy fuel oil.

The heavy fuel oil that is leaking from the beached Italian ship is extremely dangerous for the environment. Fear of pollution increased after the ship was further damaged during storms last Thursday. MSC Napoli was beached by Devon coastguards after it suffered heavy structual damage in the gale force storms of Thursday, 18 January 2007, that wreaked havoc across Northern Europe. The ship, which contains 160 containers of hazardous chemical substances, is listing at 35 degrees.

The entire 26-man crew was rescued by navy helicopters Thursday after severe gales. Cracks were found on both sides of the ship, but the current oil leak was not expected.

Around 2,400 containers were carried by the 62,000 tonne ship, some of which contain potentially dangerous hazardous chemicals.

The Coastguards have reported that up to 200 of the containers carrying materials such as perfume and battery acid are loose from the ship and they are looking for missing containers. South African stainless steel producer Columbus Stainless confirmed on Friday that there was at least 1,000 tonnes of nickel on board MSC Napoli.

A hole in the ship flooded the engine room and there’s now fears that the ship will break up. Saturday MSC Napoli was towed to Portland when a ”structural failure” forced the salvage team to beach it. As the storms have continued MSC Napoli has been further damaged.

The authorities have warned people about the pollution, which already has reached the beaches at Devon, but many want to see it on their own. Police have closed Branscombe Beach as more than 20 containers have broken up scattering their contents along the beach.

Sky News reported Sunday that the costs of the accident might be very high as thousands of pounds worth of BMW motorbikes, car parts, empty oak barrels and perfume might get lost in flooding containers.

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Two Lordi fans mugged while manager and bodyguard were shot at in Louisville, US

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Two Lordi fans mugged while manager and bodyguard were shot at in Louisville, US

February 21, 2018 · Filed under Uncategorized

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

It has been reported recently by Blabbermouth and DotMusic.com that two fans of Finnish theatrical hard rock band Lordi were robbed at gunpoint on Friday in Louisville, Kentucky, United States and the band’s manager as well as a bodyguard were shot at. No-one was injured.

Following a gig in Louisville the band had split up, with three of the members going to a nearby bar for a drink. Lead vocalist Mr. Lordi, his wife, and keyboardist Awa had entered the tour bus, while manager Rikk Scholvinck and a bodyguard were escorting two fans towards the bus.

According to those at the scene, a van pulled up next to the bus and several youths emerged, at least one of which was carrying a gun. Mr Lordi describes what happened next: “One of the men with a gun took a fan, a girl, put the gun to her head and forced her to lie down on the ground. Also one of the boys froze on the spot while the others fled away, including Rikk and the bodyguard while another man started shooting at them. Luckily he missed and no one was hurt. Rikk ran to the bar and called the police who arrived soon. In a moment we were surrounded by like five police cars but the guys managed to escape. They were a group of drug addicts that had stolen the car earlier that night, and police were already looking for them but have still not managed to catch them.”

“The girl that was held at gunpoint is obviously very shocked. We did our best to comfort and calm her down, but one can only wonder what could happen when people start running around with guns and even using them! It is a bit amusing that the boy fan was just happy he didn’t lose the t-shirt he was wearing with all the autographs on it, even if they both lost everything else.”

Both the fans were given lifelong all access passes to Lordi concerts worldwide to compensate.

Lordi has had previous altercations with criminals in the US. Earlier this year the bus the band was using for their tour as part of Ozzfest was hijacked with several of the technical crew on board. During the same tour, two other fans were also robbed. “This was like a deja vú of that, once again we were surrounded by police cars and their flashing lights,” Mr Lordi commented.

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Self Expression Manicures}

February 20, 2018 · Filed under Skin Treatment

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TomMackIf you want to try on a new personality, you can go beyond the basic manicure and get specialized art on your nails. If you want to come out of your shell, now may be the right time to get something funky and edgy. Tell the world who you are with your selection of art. You can change your nail design or polish color as often as you like, and it’s fun to experiment. If you find one style that really suits you, you can make it a part of your signature look. And if you really want to get noticed at a job interview, make sure that you match your clothes and your nails. If your toenails are a bit ragged, a pedicure in Vancouver can take care of your cuticles and reshape your nails. It’s much easier for a professional to tend to your nails using special tools, so don’t be afraid to enlist the aid of a pro in your quest to improve the look and feel of your feet. Life is not without risk, of course, but a skin peel is not traditionally an invasive procedure. However, if you have sensitive skin or suffer from specific allergies, it’s important to let your spa therapist know beforehand. Some peels use natural ingredients and you want to be sure you don’t have a reaction. This ground breaking discovery is strongly viewed by many doctors and hair removal specialists as being better than laser treatment because of the fact that it can treat all kinds of hair colors, skin colors and can be used by anyone for that matter and is much more affordable. It’s up to you to decide if you want to all get the same sort of nail services, or if you each want to show your uniqueness and get different services. Whether it’s 3D nail art, Swarovski rhinestones, or Japanese nail art, your manicures in Vancouver will be unforgettable. Thermicon is commonly noted for providing professional long lasting treatment from home where as with laser treatment we would have to book an appointment and sometimes even have to pay money just for a consultation alone. A manicure in Vancouver BC is the perfect place to prepare your hands and nails to be seen by all your friends and loved ones. You can even bring a friend along with you for moral support – or better yet, get manicures with all of your bridesmaids. Many people are reminded about people that they know by their smell. Some women stick to one parfume for the whole year and the particular smell reminds people of them. This is fine but it’s good to remember that it’s often better to wear mild, soft scents during the summer and strong smelling parfumer in the winter. Sometimes, there may be some pain from the laser, which is minimal and brief like a rubber band snap. Like most laser treatments, there will be some redness and bruising in the region where hair is removed that subsides after a few days of the treatment. Read About health question

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Actress Patricia Neal dies aged 84

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Actress Patricia Neal dies aged 84

February 20, 2018 · Filed under Uncategorized

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Patricia Neal, an Academy Award-winning actress, died at 84 of lung cancer at her home in Edgartown, Massachusetts, United States in the presence of her family. “She faced her final illness as she had all of the many trials she endured: with indomitable grace, good humor and a great deal of her self-described stubbornness,” said her family.

Neal won an Academy Award, or Oscar, for her portrayal of a middle aged housekeeper in the 1963 film Hud. In 1965, she suffered a series of strokes but later returned to acting, earning an Oscar nomination for her performance in The Subject Was Roses and three Emmy nominations.

Her filmography includes The Fountainhead (1949), The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) and A Face in the Crowd (1957). She also played the role of Olivia Walton in The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971).

She married Roald Dahl in 1953 and they had five children, of whom one died of measles at the age of 7. They divorced in 1983 when she came to know of his affair with her best friend.

“Frequently my life has been likened to a Greek tragedy, and the actress in me cannot deny that comparison,” she said in her 1988 biography, As I Am.

The Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Centre in Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.A is named after the actress and looks after people suffering from strokes and spinal cord and brain injuries. Knoxville is also the place where she grew up.

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Wave kills two on Mediterranean cruise

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Wave kills two on Mediterranean cruise

February 20, 2018 · Filed under Uncategorized

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Two passengers on a Mediterranean cruise ship were killed by a rogue wave on Wednesday. The incident occurred off the north-east coast of Spain. The ship, named the Louis Majesty, had left from Barcelona, Spain and was headed for Genoa, Italy.

The giant wave broke the windows on deck five of the ship, resulting in two fatalities as well as another fourteen injuries. The two victims were German and Italian citizens. Following the incident, the ship returned to Barcelona. The ship, carrying over 1300 passengers, is expected to continue its journey after the injured are moved from the ship for treatment.

According to French officials, there had been no previous trouble with the ship. The waves were believed to have been 26 feet (8 meters) high. The ship is 660 feet (200 meters) long, and had 732 cabins onboard.

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