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A douche is a device used to introduce a stream of water into the body for medical or hygienic reasons, or the stream of water itself. Douche refers to vaginal irrigation, the rinsing of the vagina, but it can refer to the rinsing of any body cavity. A douche bag is a piece of equipment for douching—a bag for holding the fluid used in douching. To avoid transferring intestinal bacteria into the vagina, the same bag must not be used for an enema and a vaginal douche. Douching after sexual intercourse is not an effective form of birth control. Additionally, douching is associated with a number of health problems, including cervical cancer, pelvic inflammatory disease and increased risk of sexually transmitted infections. Thus, its use is not recommended; the word's first known use is in 1766. Douche came into English via French, from Italian: doccia "conduit pipe" and docciare "pour by drops" to douche, from doccia water pipe back-formation from doccione conduit, from Latin: duction-, ductio means of conveying water, from ducere to lead.

In French today it means shower. Vaginal douches may consist of water, water mixed with vinegar, or antiseptic chemicals. Douching has been touted as having a number of unproven benefits. In addition to promising to clean the vagina of unwanted odors, it can be used by women who wish to avoid smearing a sexual partner's penis with menstrual blood while having sexual intercourse during menstruation. In the past, douching was used after intercourse as a method of birth control, though it is not effective. Many health-care professionals state that douching is dangerous, as it interferes with both the vagina's normal self-cleaning and with the natural bacterial culture of the vagina, it might spread or introduce infections. Douching is implicated in a wide variety of dangers, including: adverse pregnancy outcomes including ectopic pregnancy, low birth weight, preterm labor, preterm birth, chorioamnionitis. Due to this, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services discourages douching, citing the risks of irritation, bacterial vaginosis, pelvic inflammatory disease.

Frequent douching with water may result in an imbalance of the pH of the vagina, thus may put women at risk for possible vaginal infections yeast infections. In May 2003, a randomized, multi-center study was conducted with 1827 women ages 18–44 who were regular users of a douche product and, treated for a sexually transmitted bacterial infection or bacterial vaginosis. Women were randomly assigned to use either a newly designed and marketed douche product or a soft cloth towelette. There was little or no indication of a greater risk of PID among women assigned to use the douche product. Antiseptics used during douching disturb the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina and can cause infections. Unclean douching equipment may introduce foreign bodies into the vagina. Douching may wash bacteria into the uterus and Fallopian tubes, causing fertility problems. For these reasons, the practice of douching is now discouraged except when ordered by a physician for medical reasons. Douching after intercourse is estimated to reduce the chances of conception by only about 30%.

In comparison, proper male condom use reduces the chance of conception by as much as 98%. In some cases douching may force the ejaculate further into the vagina, increasing the chance of pregnancy. A review of studies by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center showed that women who douched and became pregnant had higher rates of ectopic pregnancy and low birth weight infants than women who only douched or who never douched. A 1995 survey quoted in the University of Rochester study found that 27% of U. S. women age 15 to 44 douched but that douching was more common among African-American women than among white women, frequent douching contributes to more frequent bacterial vaginosis among African-American women than the average. Medical doctor Harriet Hall writes that not only can douching change the pH of the vagina and lead to infections, "There is no need... to cleanse the vagina. It cleanses itself". Douchebag and its variants, or douche, are pejorative terms referring to an arrogant, obnoxious, or despicable person.

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Wade LeBlanc

Wade Matthew LeBlanc is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles. He played in Major League Baseball for the San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners. LeBlanc has played for the Saitama Seibu Lions of Nippon Professional Baseball. LeBlanc was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 36th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball draft, but instead decided to attend the University of Alabama, where he played college baseball for the Alabama Crimson Tide. In 2005, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League; the San Diego Padres selected LeBlanc in the second round of the 2006 Major League Baseball draft. He posted a 5–1 record and a 3.02 ERA in 14 games, 10 starts, from Short-Season Eugene Emeralds and the Class-A Fort Wayne Wizards in 2006. On June 29 against the Vancouver Canadians he earned his first win in his professional debut, tossing one scoreless inning of relief.

He was promoted to Fort Wayne on July 24. He tossed four scoreless innings, allowing four hits and no walks while striking out seven in his Wizards' debut on July 28, he won his final three starts from August 18 to September 2, giving up just two runs over 15 innings. He struck out a season-high eight batters over five scoreless innings on August 27. LeBlanc spent the majority of the 2008 season with the Triple-A Portland Beavers, pitching in 26 games, all but one of which he started, he ranked second in the Pacific Coast League in strikeouts with 139 and tied for third in wins with 11. He was the third Portland pitcher and the first left-handed pitcher since the team returned to the PCL in 2001 to reach the 11-win mark, he won the PCL Pitcher of the Week award on two occasions. He was called up to the Majors for the first time on September 1, 2008, he made his Major League debut on September 3, but struggled, allowing four runs on eight hits with one strikeout in four innings. He picked up his first Major League win on September 15 against the Colorado Rockies, yielding four runs over six innings with six strikeouts.

In 2009, he spent the majority of the season in AAA. Upon being called up to the Majors, he had an ERA of 3.69 in 9 starts with a record of 3–1. In 2010, he pitched the whole season in the Padres rotation, going 8–12 in 25 starts. In 2011, LeBlanc spent half the season in the minors. In 14 starts for the Padres, he had a 5–6 record with a 4.63 ERA. On November 22, 2011, San Diego traded LeBlanc to the Miami Marlins for John Baker, he was sent to triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs. On June 30, 2012, LeBlanc was called up by the Marlins to replace Edward Mujica, placed on the disabled list with a fractured toe, he played his first game as a Marlin on July 3 against the Milwaukee Brewers, went ​2⁄3 of an inning. With Carlos Zambrano struggling, Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen moved Zambrano to the bullpen and let LeBlanc take his spot in the rotation; as a starter, LeBlanc went 1-4. Overall, he pitched in 25 games with a 3.67 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, 19 walks, 43 strikeouts, a 2–5 record in 68​2⁄3 innings pitched.

LeBlanc began 2013 as the fourth member of the Marlins rotation, where he made 7 starts before being moved to the bullpen in favor of Tom Koehler. He was designated for assignment on June 3, 2013, one day after picking up his first win in 2013. In 13 games with Miami, he went 1 -- 5 with a 5.18 ERA. LeBlanc was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros on June 8, 2013, he was inserted into the bullpen. After making 3 appearances, including one on June 23 where he gave up 4 runs in 1​2⁄3 innings, he was designated for assignment on June 24, he was outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City two days later. He was called back up on August 19, he came in the game that day. He was designated for assignment the next day, was outrighted to Oklahoma City two days where he finished the season. In 19 games with the RedHawks, he went 3 -- 1 with a 4.71 ERA. After the year, LeBlanc became a minor league free agent. On November 11, 2013, LeBlanc was signed by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring training.

He began the year with Triple-A Salt Lake, where in 9 starts, he went 5–1 with a 3.69 ERA and 43 strikeouts. LeBlanc joined the Angels on May 25, 2014, with the intention of being the starting pitcher in the week, he never ended up starting with the Angels. However, on May 30, he pitched 6​2⁄3 innings in relief of that day's starter Garrett Richards, who went ​2⁄3 of an inning while giving up 5 runs, LeBlanc allowed 4 earned runs on 6 hits, striking out 4 batters; the next day on May 31, LeBlanc was designated for assignment by the Angels. On June 3, 2014, LeBlanc was claimed on waivers from the Angels by the New York Yankees, he was designated for assignment on June 11. He made one appearance with the Yankees, pitching an inning of relief on June 4, giving up 2 runs on 2 hits and a walk. LeBlanc elected free agency on June 15. On June 17, 2014, LeBlanc re-signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on a minor league deal, he made one appearance for the team before being designated for assignment on August 26.

He was called back up on September 2. LeBlanc made a start on September 23, 2014, pitching 5+ innings in a combined shutout against the Oakland Athletics. On December 12, 2014, LeBlanc signed with the Saitama Seibu Lions of NPB, he appeared in eight games for the Lions in 2015, posting a 2–5 record with a 4.23 ERA. On December 17, 2015, LeBlanc signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays that included an invitation to spring train

Malcolm Leslie, 20th Earl of Rothes

Malcolm George Dyer-Edwardes Leslie, 20th Earl of Rothes was a Scottish nobleman, the head of Clan Leslie. He was the Earl of Rothes from 1927-1975 following the death of his father, Norman Leslie, 19th Earl of Rothes, his mother was Noël Leslie, Countess of Rothes, who not only survived the Titanic disaster, but took the tiller of a lifeboat and helped row survivors to the RMS Carpathia. His son succeeded him in 1975 as the Earl of Rothes. On 17 July 1926, he married Beryl Dugdale, daughter of Lionel Dugdale of Crathorne, a former High Sheriff of Yorkshire, sister of Thomas Dugdale, 1st Baron Crathorne, they had three children: Ian, 21st Earl of Rothes, Eve, wife of Sir Gerard William Mackworth-Young, d. 2011 Jean. He worked as Chairman of the National Mutual Life Assurance Society, he succeeded as the 20th Earl of Rothes on the death of his father in 1927. He served as a Representative Peer for Scotland; the Earl died on 7 May 1975. The Rothes Chair in Preventive Ophthalmology was established at London University in his memory in 1977

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (season 21)

The twenty-first season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit premiered on Thursday September 26, 2019, at 10:00 pm ET. This made the series the longest-running U. S. prime-time drama in history. The entire main cast from the previous season returned except for Philip Winchester, who departed the series after the conclusion of the twentieth season. Mariska Hargitay as Captain Olivia Benson Kelli Giddish as Detective Amanda Rollins Ice-T as Sergeant Odafin "Fin" Tutuola Peter Scanavino as ADA Dominick "Sonny" Carisi, Jr. Jamie Gray Hyder as Officer Katriona Tamin Peter Gallagher as Deputy Chief William Dodds Jenna Stern as Defense Attorney Elana Barth Zuleikha Robinson as Bureau Chief Assistant DA Vanessa Hadid Edelen McWilliams as CSU Tech Martin Yvonna Kopacz-Wright as Dr. Darby Wilder Amy Hargreaves as Dr. Alexis Hanover Ryan Buggle as Noah Porter-Benson Ernest Waddell as Ken Randall Demore Barnes as Deputy Chief Christian Garland Stephen Wallem as Nurse Rudy Syndergaard Erica Camarano as Officer Rachel Ortiz Joseph Lyle Taylor as Defense Attorney Mickey D’Angelo Stephen C.

Bradbury as Judge Colin McNamara Peter Hermann as Defense Attorney Trevor Langan Olga Merediz aa Judge Roberta Martinez Betsy Aidem as Dr. Sloane Ami Brabson as Judge Karyn Blake Charlotte Cabell & Vivian Cabell as Jesse Rollins Tamara Tunie as M. E. Melinda Warner Michael Weston as Simon Marsden Ashley Taylor Greaves as Officer Gabrielle Taylor Erin Anderson as Defense Attorney April Andrews Matt Buechele as Officer Donnie Jones Marisa Brau-Reyes as Defense Attorney Edwina Myerson Sonia Manzano as Judge Gloria Pepitone Michael Tow as Defense Attorney Josh Wang Jeffrey Schecter as Defense Attorney Art Blumfeld Nicholas Turturro as Detective Frank Bucci Aida Turturro as Judge Felicia Catano Tom Coiner as Officer Chuck Inslow Robert John Burke as Captain Ed Tucker Michael Mastro as Judge Serani Jeremy Russial as Defense Attorney Robert Kluger Delaney Williams as Defense Attorney John Buchanan Marissa Matrone as Judge Maria Ana DeFeceo On July 9, 2019, it was announced Jenna Stern would reprise her role as Elana Barth in the season premiere.

On July 13, 2019, Leight revealing that Peter Gallagher would reprise his role as Deputy Chief William Dodds in the first episode of the season. Ian McShane guest-starred in the season premiere, as "a charming and high-profile media mogul who takes on Olivia Benson and the SVU squad after being accused of sexual assault". On July 30, 2019, it was announced that Ariel Winter would guest star in the second episode of the season, titled "The Darkest Journey Home". On August 23, 2019, it was announced that Amy Hargreaves would recur as Dr. Alexis Hanover, a psychologist tasked with teaching the team a new technique, which requires each of them to recall past traumas from their own lives. On October 4, 2019, it was confirmed that Demore Barnes would recur as the new Deputy Chief of SVU Christian Garland, described as intelligent and analytical and makes an impression on the detectives during his first case. Margaret Cho appeared in the seventh episode of the season, titled "Counselor It's Chinatown", as a massage-parlor manager swept up in a sex-trafficking sting operation.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was renewed for a twenty-first season on March 29, 2019. Production for the season started on July 9, 2019. On April 23, 2019, it was announced Warren Leight, showrunner for the series' thirteenth-seventeenth seasons, would return to the series as showrunner, while Michael S. Chernuchin would become showrunner for another Dick Wolf show, FBI. On July 9, 2019, Leight posted a photo on Twitter revealing the first episode's title "I'm Going to Make You a Star". On November 4, 2019, it was announced that Jamie Gray Hyder would be promoted to main cast as Detective-in-training Katriona Tamin from the eighth episode. Hyder had a recurring role from the start of the season. An hour-long retrospective, The Paley Center Salutes Law & Order: SVU, aired on January 2, 2020

Susan Butcher

Susan Howlet Butcher was an American dog musher, noteworthy as the second woman to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 1986, the second four-time winner in 1990, the first to win four out of five sequential years. She is commemorated in Alaska by the Susan Butcher Day. Susan Butcher was born in a lover of dogs and the outdoors, she completed secondary school at the Warehouse Cooperative School studied at Colorado State University, became a veterinary technician. To pursue her love of dogsled racing and breeding huskies, she moved to the Wrangell Mountains area of Alaska. There Butcher began training to compete in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, a grueling 1,112 to 1,131-mile race through arctic blizzard conditions across the Alaska wilderness, which tests the endurance of both mushers and dogs over the course of one to two weeks, she spent two years working for Iditarod founder Joe Redington in exchange for dogs to build up her team. In 1979, she and Redington, along with Ray Genet and two others, made the first dog-sled ascent of Denali.

After placing in several Iditarods, Butcher was forced to withdraw early in the 1985 when two of her dogs were killed by a crazed moose, despite Butcher's attempts to ward the animal off, thirteen others were injured. Libby Riddles, a relative newcomer, braved a blizzard and became the first woman to win the Iditarod that year; the more experienced Butcher won the next race in 1986, proceeded to win again in 1987, 1988, 1990. She joins fellow four-time winners Martin Buser, Jeff King, Lance Mackey and Doug Swingley, Dallas Seavey and Rick Swenson who won five. Butcher married fellow dog racer David Monson on September 2, 1985, they had two daughters and Chisana. She held the Iditarod speed record from 1986 until 1992, breaking her own records in 1987 and 1990, her other speed records included the Norton Sound 250, Kobuk 220, Kuskokwim 300, the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. She retired from competition in 1995Her accomplishments gained her substantial media attention in the late 1980s and earned her many awards, including the "National Women's Sports Foundation Amateur Athlete of The Year Award" and the "Tanqueray Athlete of the Year."

She won the "U. S. Victor Award" for "Female Athlete of the Year" two years in a row. In 2007 Susan was inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame as one of the five charter members in the inaugural class. On December 2, 2005, Butcher was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia, which had manifested as a blood disorder three years earlier, she underwent chemotherapy at the University of Washington, received a bone marrow transplant on May 17, 2006, after the cancer went into remission. According to her husband David Monson, "someone said this might be a tough disease, but this leukemia hasn't met Susan Butcher yet."Butcher died on August 5, 2006, after fighting graft-versus-host disease and learning that the cancer had returned. On March 1, 2008, Susan Butcher was honored by the State of Alaska when, just prior to the start of the 2008 Iditarod, Gov. Sarah Palin signed a bill establishing the first Saturday of every March as Susan Butcher Day; the day coincides with the traditional start of the Iditarod each year.

Observing the special day, the bill noted, provides opportunity for people to "remember the life of Susan Butcher, an inspiration to Alaskans and to millions around the world." List of female adventurers Official website Joe Redington Sr. and Susan Butcher with sled and dogs on the summit of Mt. McKinley. Photo from Joe Redington Jr. in UAF Archives "The Dogged Pursuit Of Excellence. Susan Butcher is mushing towards record fifth win in the Iditarod race" by Sonja Steptoe Sports Illustrated February 11, 1991 1987 Chicago Tribune interview with Susan Butcher Susan Butcher Biography and Interview with the American Academy of Achievement Susan Butcher Day Granite by Susan Butcher and David Monson, Illustrated by Sarah Douglan, University of Alaska Press, 2007.


Apidya is a horizontally scrolling shoot'em up video game developed by German studio Kaiko and released by Play Byte in 1992 for the Amiga. It was Kaiko's second game developed. Despite being labelled II in the title it is not a sequel to any game, but has the digits placed there for a gag; the story revolves around Ikuro, whose wife Yuri has been poisoned by Hexaae, an evil lord of black magic. Ikuro uses magic to transform into a deadly bee and vows to find an antidote for Yuri and wreak revenge on Hexaae; the game is a horizontally scrolling shooter, with some elements similar to early, classic shoot'em ups. The player controls a bee capable of launching a number of projectiles which can damage or destroy enemy targets; the game uses. Destroyed enemies sometimes leave a power-up in the form of a red-and-yellow flower; the player activate new weapons and enhancements. A'build-up' weapon, similar to the'beam' weapon in R-Type features. If the fire button is held down for a second or two, the bee produces a hissing noise and releasing the fire button will cause the bee to fire a large, organic projectile which can wipe out waves of small enemies, or damage larger ones.

If the player's bee is hit by enemy fire or crashes into the terrain, a life will be lost and the current stage is restarted except for the end bosses of the first 3 stages, that will continue till all lives are lost. Once all lives are lost the game ends. A co-operative two-player mode is possible, in which the second player controls a smaller companion drone, which can launch small projectiles and shield the first player; the drone can sustain 5 small projectiles per life but won't survive large projectiles or collisions and the stage doesn't reset if it dies, the large bee is the alpha which must survive to advance. The alpha bee dying resets the stage as with normal play minus end stage bosses for the first 3 stages. An alternating two player mode is possible; the game consists of five themed levels: a meadow, a pond, a sewer filled with mutated enemies, a bio-technological machine and a final level where the player must battle five final bosses. The final level offers plenty of points for slain enemies, offering a semi status quo for players as they will recover some lost lives from restarting the level.

Each level is divided up into a number of stages. There is a number of hidden bonus levels. In the first two levels, nearly all the enemies are real creatures which may be found in a meadow or pond; the levels feature mutant and inorganic creations. During "Techno Party", the bee morphs into a more mechanized form for the duration of that level; the first boss is unique, it can not be harmed. There are four difficulty settings; when the difficulty is set to "easy", it is not possible to play the last level, the ending sequence is skipped and the player is directed straight to the end credits. The musical soundtrack to the game was composed by game musician Chris Huelsbeck. A high-quality arrangement of the soundtrack was released as a CD album in 1992; the soundtrack of level 4 features several samples from L. A. Style's James Brown Is Dead. There have been live performances of the game's music: An Apidya suite was performed live by a full symphonic orchestra in 2003 at the Symphonic Game Music Concert series in Leipzig, Germany.

Music from Apidya was part of the 2006 PLAY!, a Video Game Symphony concert in Stockholm, Sweden. Music from Apidya was played by a symphonic orchestra at the Symphonic Shades concert in 2008; the game was praised as a fine example of the shoot'em up genre. Amiga Power magazine described the game as offering "more playability than any other shoot'em up" and awarded the game 89% in 1992. Amiga Format magazine awarded the game 90%. An unofficial GBA Apidya technical demo followed years and an unofficial Windows remake of the first level was released in 2002 but neither was completed