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Blade Runner 2049’s New Making-Of Featurette Gives You a Sneak Peek Inside the Long-Awaited Sequel

Open Culture - 1 uur 14 min geleden

All of us who excitedly write about Blade Runner 2049, the upcoming sequel to Blade Runner, have at some point described the film as "long-awaited." Since the original came out in 1982, that makes a certain literal sense, but the wait hasn't stretched to 35 years without cause. As Blade Runner rose higher and higher in stature, following it up properly grew into a more and more daunting challenge. But now, as Blade Runner 2049 approaches its October release, the prospect that this most respected of all science-fiction movies will have its continuation feels more real than ever — and it will feel even more real than that after you watch the short making-of featurette above.

Philip K. Dick, the prolific author of Blade Runner's source material, a novel called Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, recognized immediately how important the film would become. But its director Ridley Scott admits that he "could never have imagined how iconic it would still be" today.


Though he didn't return to direct Blade Runner 2049, ceding the chair to Sicario and Arrival director Denis Villeneuve and taking on the role of producer instead, he does make quite a few appearances in this featurette as a kind of presiding spirit. "Blade Runner revolutionized the way we view science fiction," says Villeneuve. "I've never felt that much pressure on my shoulders — thinking that Ridley Scott will see this movie."

But more than anything the cast and filmmakers have to say, Blade Runner fans will savor the video's glimpses of the new picture's aesthetic, clearly both modeled after and deliberately made different from that of the original. As the title makes obvious, the story takes place thirty years after Blade Runner's 2019, and just as things have changed in our world, so they've changed in its world — not least in the form of a Korean influence that has its found its way in with the Japanese and Chinese ones that so characterized Blade Runner's future Los Angeles. "Defining this was like walking on a knife's edge," says production designer Dennis Gassner, "riding the line between the original film and what we're doing now."

If you'd like to compare the build-up to Blade Runner 2049 with the build-up to Blade Runner, have a look at its own thirteen-minute promotional featurette above. Made well before the time of the modern internet, let alone modern internet videos, this 16-millimeter film production, which featured Scott, "visual futurist" Syd Mead, and special effects artist Douglas Trumbull, circulated by making the screening rounds sci-fi, fantasy, and even horror conventions all across America. Few movies, let alone sequels, have built up as much anticipation as Blade Runner 2049 has, and even fewer have such a legacy to live up to. At least the filmmakers can rest assured that, if the critics don't happen to like it, well, they didn't like the first one either.

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Based in Seoul, Colin Marshall writes and broadcasts on cities and culture. He’s at work on the book The Stateless City: a Walk through 21st-Century Los Angeles, the video series The City in Cinema, the crowdfunded journalism project Where Is the City of the Future?, and the Los Angeles Review of Books’ Korea Blog. Follow him on Twitter at @colinmarshall or on Facebook.

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Killmister, Ripley from U Conn to Monash

Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog - 1 uur 19 min geleden
Suzy Killmister (ethics, political philosophy) and David Ripley (logic, philosophy of language), both currently Assistant Professors at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, have accepted offers as Lecturers (with tenure) at Monash University, effective February 2018. (Thanks to Monima Chadha for... Brian Leiter

Bewoners Fort Oranje boos, gemeentehuis dicht

Binnenllands Bestuur - 2 uur 29 min geleden
Bewoners van de beruchte camping Fort Oranje in het Brabantse dorp Rijsbergen hebben woedend gereageerd op het besluit van eigenaar om het vakantiepark al op 3 juli te sluiten. Een aantal bewoners meldde zich donderdagochtend bij het gemeentehuis in …

Amsterdam zet in op goedkope huurhuizen

Binnenllands Bestuur - 3 uur 1 min geleden
Amsterdam krijgt er flink wat woningen bij voor mensen met een laag inkomen. Het stadsbestuur wil dat er tot 2025 20.000 sociale huurwoningen bij komen. Bij nieuwbouwprojecten wordt de maatstaf: 40 procent sociale huur, 40 procent middeldure huur- en …

24,000 Vintage Cartoons from the Library of Congress Illustrate the History of This Modern Art Form (1780-1977)

Open Culture - 3 uur 51 min geleden

Historically speaking, what we call cartoons began as artifacts of print culture, and as such, of modernity. Before the widespread availability of printed texts, the word “cartoon” referred to a sketch, an artist’s mock-up of a greater work. The word literally meant “a very large sheet of paper,” since Renaissance cartones “were the same size as the intended painting and were created to transfer the image,” as one art historian notes (with some very elegant examples). So when and how did the cartoon become shorthand for illustrated comic editorials?

Not until the late 18th century, though the origins of the form are often traced to another Italian art, the caricatura, satirical doodles favored by such masters as Leonardo da Vinci and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. These, writes the Cartoon Museum, “were technical exercises in virtuosity with the daring aim of defining the essence of a person in a few deft strokes of the pen.” Like the work of boardwalk caricaturists, we associate the contemporary cartoon with deft essentializing, but rarely with high art.

Yet when cartoons as we know them began proliferating, illustrators produced very high-quality work. Many, like English engraver William Hogarth—“regarded as the father of British caricature… and of the comic strip”—are well-known as fine artists. Others, like James Gillray, the most influential cartoonist of the period next to Hogarth, combined fine draughtsmanship with the Italian love of exaggeration and the use of word bubbles. Gillray, who freely satirized figures like George III and Napoleon (above)—is one of many prominent cartoonists represented in the Library of Congress’s digital collections of vintage cartoons, which, taken together, comprise about 24,000 images.

The work of Gillray, George Cruikshank, and other famous cartoon artists of the “golden Georgian age” (1770-1820) appear in a British Collection that showcases “approximately 9,000 prints” highlighting “British political life, society, fashion, manners, and theater.” Most of the Library’s American Collection begins when the Georgian period ends, around 1830, when U.S. illustrators participated in furious debates over slavery, the expanding nation’s colonial wars and, of course, the Civil War. In the 1864 cartoon above, “Columbia, wearing a liberty cap and a skirt made of an American flag, demands, ‘Mr. Lincoln, give me back my 500,000 sons,'” to which the caricature of Lincoln responds with a visual and rhetorical shrug.

The Swann Collection of Caricature and Cartoon takes us well into the 20th century with 2,085 “drawings, prints, and paintings related to the art of caricature, cartoon, and illustration, spanning the years 1780 to 1977” and encompassing magazine illustrations like Russell Patterson’s “Where there’s smoke there’s fire” at the top, and political cartoons, comic book art, and comic strips like the four-frame Batman comic above from 1966. A larger collection of Cartoon Drawings collects “9,000 original drawings for editorial cartoons, caricatures, and comic strips spanning the late 1700s to the present.”

Finally, the Herblock Collection contains “the bulk of the 14,000 original ink and graphite drawings… from 1946 through 2001, when Herblock [Herbert L. Block] worked for the Washington Post,” as well as 1,300 images from his days at the Chicago Daily News. (See a slideshow here of selected cartoons throughout the artist’s career.) Many of the issues in these drawings now seem forgotten or obscure. Some, like his Nixon cartoons, are newly relevant to our times. As we look through these archives, that phenomenon repeats itself over the course of two-hundred years of cartooning. Fashions and tastes may change, but some of the tangled circumstances of British and American politics have remained remarkably consistent.

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Josh Jones is a writer and musician based in Durham, NC. Follow him at @jdmagness

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Is het een datalek om een domeinnaam te laten vervallen?

IusMentis - 5 uur 59 min geleden

Door het laten verlopen van een domeinnaam heeft Samsung miljoenen gebruikers risico laten lopen, zo laat de Portugese beveiligingsonderzoeker Joao Gouveia op Twitter weten. Dat las ik bij Security.nl. De domeinnaam hoort bij een door Samsung opgeheven dienst (S Suggest), die gebruikers populaire applicaties laat zien die gegarandeerd compatibel met hun apparaat zijn. De onderzoeker ziet nu miljoenen verzoeken vanaf Samsung-telefoons naar de domeinnaam. Is dat nu ook al een datalek?

Het is natuurlijk een blunder eerste klas. Een domeinnaam kost een paar euro, en een simpele “This service is not available anymore”-autoresponder moet ook geen bakken geld kosten. Maar zelfs de domeinnaam nergens heen laten wijzen had gekund, dan waren mensen ook wel snel gestopt met die app. En nu zou een kwaadwillende het protocol kunnen reverse engineeren en nepdata sturen, bijvoorbeeld suggesties voor phishing-apps die mensen dan klakkeloos installeren “want Samsung zegt dat deze compatibel is”.

Maar of het een datalek is? Daarvoor is vereist dat via dit domein persoonsgegevens lekken. Enkel dat een telefoon verbinding maakt met een app is denk ik niet genoeg daarvoor. (Tenzij je zegt dat headers zoals X-Asid persoonsgegevens zijn.)

Als de verbinding succesvol is en er wordt dan persoonlijke informatie opgestuurd door de app, dan komt die nu dus bij een ongeautoriseerd persoon terecht. Dus dan zou ik het wel een datalek noemen. Maar dat is wel een stevige als, en bovendien eentje die zich pas ruime tijd later kan voordoen.

Desondanks kan ik er niet bij dat Samsung dit heeft laten vallen.

Arnoud

Afkomstig van de blog Internetrecht door Arnoud Engelfriet. Koop mijn boek!

VWS: langjarige afspraken maken tussen gemeenten en zorgaanbieders

Binnenllands Bestuur - 6 uur 28 min geleden
Gemeenten en zorgaanbieders moeten snel duidelijkheid verschaffen over de lengte van regionale wachtlijsten in de psychiatrische jeugdhulp. Zorgaanbieders die ‘vol’ zitten, moeten dit melden bij de gemeente. Gemeenten kunnen dan regionaal …

Alle zeilen bij voor windenergie op land

Binnenllands Bestuur - 8 uur 9 min geleden
Tergend langzaam voltrekt zich de ambitieuze opgave om 6000 MW windenergie op land te bouwen. Uit de vandaag verschenen monitor wind op land blijkt dat er in 2016 347 MW is bijgekomen ten opzichte  van 2015 . In totaal stond er eind 2016 3297 MW …

Werken op een 'space'

Binnenllands Bestuur - 8 uur 14 min geleden
Bestaande kantoorruimtes worden steeds meer getransformeerd naar zogenoemde ‘spaces’, dat zijn moderne en flexibele werkplekken. Ook wegrestaurants en hotels worden in toenemende mate veranderd in mobiele werklocaties. Ambtenaren kunnen van …

‘Rijk moet voorop in strijd tegen cybercriminaliteit’

Binnenllands Bestuur - 8 uur 14 min geleden
Het rijk moet volgens gemeentesecretarissen veel meer werk maken van het beveiligen van het internet. Digicommissaris Bas Eenhoorn vindt het een gedeelde verantwoordelijkheid van de overheden.

Verlies status ambtenaar leeft amper

Binnenllands Bestuur - 8 uur 14 min geleden
De Vereniging van Nederlandse Gemeenten is op tournee met bijeenkomsten om gemeenten te informeren over de gevolgen van de normalisatie, oftewel de afschaffing van de ambtenarenstatus. Die nieuwe wet zou in 2020 moeten ingaan. 

Free eBooks with Modern Typography & Nice Formatting, All “Carefully Produced for the True Book Lover”

Open Culture - 21 juni 2017 - 7:22pm

If you look through our collection of 800+ Free eBooks, you will find many public domain texts presented by providers like Project Gutenberg and Archive.org. Pretty soon, we'll have to add texts from Standard eBooks, a volunteer-driven project that digitizes books while placing an emphasis on design and typography. Here's how they describe their mission:

While there are plenty of places where you can download free and accurately-transcribed public domain ebooks, we feel the quality of those ebooks can often be greatly improved.

For example, Project Gutenberg, a major producer of public-domain ebooks, hosts epub and Kindle files that sometimes lack basic typographic necessities like curly quotes; some of those ebooks are automatically generated and can't take full advantage of modern ereader technology like popup footnotes or popup tables of contents; they sometimes lack niceties like cover images and title pages; and the quality of individual ebook productions varies greatly.

Archival sites like the Internet Archive (and even Project Gutenberg, to some extent) painstakingly preserve entire texts word-for-word, including original typos and ephemera that are of limited interest to modern readers: everything including centuries-old publishing marks, advertisements for long-vanished publishers, author bios, deeply archaic spellings, and so on. Sometimes all you get is a scan of the actual book pages. That’s great for researchers, archivists, and special-interest readers, but not that great for casual, modern readers.

The Standard Ebooks project differs from those etext projects in that we aim to make free public domain ebooks that are carefully typeset, cleaned of ancient and irrelevant ephemera, take full advantage of modern ereading technology, are formatted according to a detailed style guide, and that are each held to a standard of quality and internal consistency. Standard Ebooks include carefully chosen cover art based on public domain artwork, and are presented in an attractive way on your ebookshelf. For technically-inclined readers, Standard Ebooks conform to a rigorous coding style, are completely open source, and are hosted on Github, so anyone can contribute corrections or improvements easily and directly without having to deal with baroque forums or opaque processes.

All of the ebooks in the Standard eBooks collection "are thought to be in the public domain in the United States." You can currently download 103 texts--for example titles like Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, short fiction by Philip K. Dick, and Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil. See the full collection here. And if you'd like to pitch in and help Standard eBooks digitize more aesthetically-pleasing books, get more information here.

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Corrupte ambtenaar Rotterdam jaar naar de cel

Binnenllands Bestuur - 21 juni 2017 - 5:40pm
Voormalig ambtenaar en hoofdverdachte Arnold R. (57) heeft woensdag een jaar gevangenisstraf gekregen voor zijn betrokkenheid bij omkoping en fraude rond de onderwijskoepel Stichting Bestuur Openbaar Onderwijs Rotterdam (BOOR).

2,000-Year-Old Manuscript of the Ten Commandments Gets Digitized: See/Download “Nash Papyrus” in High Resolution

Open Culture - 21 juni 2017 - 4:30pm

How old is the Torah, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible? As with most such questions about disputed religious texts, it depends on whom you ask. Many conservative Jewish and Christian scholars—or “maximalists”—have long accepted the text as containing genuine historical records, and dated them as early as possible. Modern critical scholars, the “minimalists,” informed by archeology, have made strong empirical cases against historicity, and date the texts much later.

These debates can become highly speculative the further back scholars attempt to push the Biblical origins. One has to take certain claims on faith. As far as the textual evidence goes, the earliest complete manuscripts we have are the so-called “Masoretic Text,” copied, edited, and disseminated between the 7th and 10th centuries CE. But we have fragments that date back over two thousand years, discovered in the Qumran Caves among the Dead Sea Scrolls in the mid-twentieth century. Prior to their discovery, the oldest known fragment was known as the “Nash Papyrus,” which dates from the second century, BCE.


Purchased from an Egyptian antiquities dealer in 1902 by Egyptologist Dr. Walter Llewllyn Nash and donated to the Cambridge University Library the following year, the papyrus contains a composite of the two different versions of the Ten Commandments, from Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5, and the Shema, a prayer from Deuteronomy 6. In 2012, the Nash Papyrus was digitized, “one of the latest treasures of humanity,” reported Reuters, “to join Isaac Newton’s notebooks, the Nuremberg Chronicle and other rare texts as part of the Cambridge Digital Library.”

“It has been suggested,” notes the Cambridge description of the ancient manuscript, “that it is, in fact, from a phylactery (tefillin, used in daily prayer).” But the papyrus’ actual origins are uncertain, though it “was said to have come from the Fayyum,” a city near Cairo. And while the Nash Papyrus may not resolve any debates about the Torah’s origins, its open accessibility is a boon for scholars grappling with the questions. As university librarian Anne Jarvis said upon its digital release, the “age and delicacy” of the manuscript make it “seldom able to be viewed” in person. The leaf papyrus is, as the Cambridge Digital Library notes, full of holes, “barely legible” and composed of “four separate pieces fixed together.”

At the library site, users can see it in high resolution, zooming in very closely to any area they choose. You can also download the image, embed it, or share it on social media. And if that gets your ancient Biblical engines running, you can then see digital Dead Sea Scroll manuscripts of the Ten Commandments here and get an up close look at many other texts from that ancient treasure trove—as well as learn about them in a free online Rutgers course—here.

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Josh Jones is a writer and musician based in Durham, NC. Follow him at @jdmagness

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Aantal diefstallen daalt in gemeenten met lokfietse

Binnenllands Bestuur - 21 juni 2017 - 2:25pm
In gemeenten waar lokfietsen worden ingezet, blijkt het aantal fietsendiefstallen met gemiddeld 40 procent te dalen. Dit gunstige effect is ook blijvend; meer dan een jaar na de inzet van de lokfiets is de daling nog altijd even groot. Dat …

The Music, Sounds & Images Carl Sagan Sent Into Space So that Aliens Could Understand Human Civilization (1977)

Open Culture - 21 juni 2017 - 1:00pm

Sagan tasked himself with compiling what he called a “bottle” in “the cosmic ocean,” and something of a time capsule of humanity. Over a year’s time, Sagan and his team collected 116 images and diagrams, natural sounds, spoken greetings in 55 languages, printed messages, and musical selections from around the world--things that would communicate to aliens what our human civilization is essentially all about. The images were encoded onto the records in black and white (you can see them all in the Vox video above in color). The audio, which you can play in its entirety below, was etched into the surface of the record. On the cover were etched a series of pictographic instructions for how to play and decode its contents. (Scroll over the interactive image at the top to see each symbol explained.)

Fong outlines those contents, writing, “any aliens who come across the Golden Record are in for a treat.” That is, if they are able to make sense of it and don’t find us horribly backward. Among the audio selections are greetings from then-UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim, whale songs, Bach’s Brandenberg Concerto No. 2 in F, Senegalese percussion, Aborigine songs, Peruvian panpipes and drums, Navajo chant, Blind Willie Johnson’s “Dark Was the Night” (playing in the Vox video), more Bach, Beethoven, and “Johnny B. Goode.” Challenged over including “adolescent” rock and roll, Sagan replied, “there are a lot of adolescents on the planet.” The Beatles reportedly wanted to contribute “Here Comes the Sun,” but their record company wouldn’t allow it, presumably fearing copyright infringement from aliens.

Also contained in the spacefaring archive is a message from then-president Jimmy Carter, who writes optimistically, “We are a community of 240 million human beings among the more than 4 billion who inhabit planet Earth. We human beings are still divided into nation states, but these states are rapidly becoming a single global civilization.” The messages on Voyagers 1 and 2, Carter forecasts, are “likely to survive a billion years into our future, when our civilization is profoundly altered and the surface of the Earth may be vastly changed.” The team chose not to include images of war and human cruelty.

We only have a few years left to find out whether either Voyager will encounter other beings. “Incredibly,” writes Fong, the probes “are still communicating with Earth—they aren’t expected to lose power until the 2020s.” It seems even more incredible, forty years later, when we consider their primitive technology: “an 8-track memory system and onboard computers that are thousands of times weaker than the phone in your pocket.”

The Voyagers were not the first probes sent to interstellar space. Pioneer 10 and 11 were launched in 1972 and 1973, each containing a Sagan-designed aluminum plaque with a few simple messages and depictions of a nude man and woman, an addition that scandalized some puritanical critics. NASA has since lost touch with both Pioneers, but you may recall that in 2006, the agency launched the New Horizons probe, which passed by Pluto in 2015 and should reach interstellar space in another thirty years.

Perhaps due to the lack of the departed Sagan’s involvement, the latest “bottle” contains no introductions. But there is time to upload some, and one of the Golden Record team members, Jon Lomberg, wants to do just that, sending a crowdsourced “message to the stars.” Lomberg’s New Horizon’s Message Initiative is a “global project that brings the people of the world together to speak as one.” The limitations of analog technology have made the Golden Record selections seem quite narrow from our data-saturated point of view. The new message might contain almost anything we can imagine. Visit the project's site to sign the petition, donate, and consider, just what would you want an alien civilization to hear, see, and understand about the best of humanity circa 2017?

via Ezra Klein/Vox

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Josh Jones is a writer and musician based in Durham, NC. Follow him at @jdmagness

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Amsterdamse vaarregels op de schop

Binnenllands Bestuur - 21 juni 2017 - 12:21pm
Amsterdam geeft voorlopig geen nieuwe vergunningen uit voor rondvaartboten. Het gemeentebestuur heeft dat besloten nadat de Raad van State begin deze maand een streep zette door het beleid waarmee het gemeentebestuur had gehoopt iets te doen aan de …

Cyberweerbaarheid niet voldoende

Binnenllands Bestuur - 21 juni 2017 - 10:30am
Bedrijven, overheden en burgers wapenen zich niet snel genoeg tegen de groeiende digitale dreigingen. Dat staat in het Cybersecuritybeeld Nederland 2017. Volgens het rapport van de Nationaal Coördinator Terrorismebestrijding en Veiligheid (NCTV) …

London in Vivid Color 125 Years Ago: See Trafalgar Square, the British Museum, Tower Bridge & Other Famous Landmarks in Photocrom Prints

Open Culture - 21 juni 2017 - 10:00am

"When a man is tired of London," Samuel Johnson so famously said, "he is tired of life." Of course, P.J. O'Rourke later added that "he might just be tired of shabby, sad crowds, low-income housing that looks worse than the weather, and tattoo-faced, spike-haired pea brains on the dole," but then, everyone experiences the English capital a bit differently. Johnson's London, the London of the eighteenth century, looks to some like a city at its zenith; others might even think the same about the London O'Rourke made fun of in the 1980s. Every era in London is a golden age to someone.

Today, we offer a vivid glimpse into another distinct period in London history, the late nineteenth century, by way of the Library of Congress' collection of photocrom prints. A few years ago we featured images of Venice captured with the same colorized-photography process, which produced what the Library of Congress describes as ink-based images made with "the direct photographic transfer of an original negative onto litho and chromographic printing plates." They may "look deceptively like color photographs," but "when viewed with a magnifying glass the small dots that comprise the ink-based photomechanical image are visible. The photomechanical process permitted mass production of the vivid color prints."

The late nineteenth and early twentieth century saw the emergence of a robust market for photocrom prints, "sold at tourist sites and through mail order catalogs to globe trotters, armchair travelers, educators, and others to preserve in albums or put on display." Hence, perhaps, the focus on London sites of touristic appeal: Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, the British Museum, and even the fully outfitted "Yeoman of the Guard" you see just above. But print also (and by appearances more correctly) describes him as a "Beefeater," the popular name for the different body of ceremonial tower guardians the Yeomen Warders of Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress the Tower of London, and Members of the Sovereign's Body Guard of the Yeoman Guard Extraordinary. (Got that?)

You can browse, and in various formats download, the 33 images in the Library of Congress' London photocrom print collection here. They all date from between 1890 and 1900, as do the nearly 1000 images in their England photocrom print collection, whose locations extend far beyond London. Go to England today and you'll notice how much has changed in the past 125 or so years, of course, but how much hasn't. Grumbling being something of a national sport over there, especially in London, the traveler hears no end of complaints about how the city and country have gone to the dogs, but can also take some comfort in the fact that, even back in the picturesque photocrom era, people were airing all the same gripes.

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Based in Seoul, Colin Marshall writes and broadcasts on cities and culture. He’s at work on the book The Stateless City: a Walk through 21st-Century Los Angeles, the video series The City in Cinema, the crowdfunded journalism project Where Is the City of the Future?, and the Los Angeles Review of Books’ Korea Blog. Follow him on Twitter at @colinmarshall or on Facebook.

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Waterschappen nemen maatregelen tegen droogte

Binnenllands Bestuur - 21 juni 2017 - 9:26am
De hoge temperaturen en aanhoudende droogte dwingen de waterschappen tot het nemen van maatregelen om het waterpeil op niveau te houden. De Unie van Waterschappen liet dinsdag weten dat als de nood aan de man is, zoet water wordt aangevoerd.

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