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Football Should Return to Days of Glory

first_imgLiberian sports, particularly football, is expected to return to its glory days as soccer legend George Manneh Weah joined former female soccer striker Geraldine Doe-Sheriff and former Mighty Barrolle member, Francis S. Paye at the Liberian Senate.Senator Doe-Sherrif was a skipper for the erstwhile Sinkor Lioness FC one of the first but successful female soccer teams in the country. She was renamed Lady Zico after her brother Ezekiel Doe, then known as Zico. Ezekiel played for St. Joseph’s Warriors and later joined Darling Club, Invincible Eleven, before leaving for the United States. He is presently back in Liberia.Lady Zico was one of the pioneers of the female soccer revolution and aware of the financial challenges that associate with the development of the female game, she is in a better position to help develop the game for Liberia and for the world.It is without question that soccer made the legend George Weah and therefore it goes without saying that he must give back to football. And what better way to do so than to use his influence to provide what has always been the most challenging item in the development of the game insufficient funding for the national team.In the days when local football got impressive audience and Invincible Eleven and Mighty Barrolle, among other local teams, commanded some attention, it was during the administrations of former presidents Alhaji G. V. Kromah and the late Aletha Johnson, that Francis Paye made his mark for Barrolle.Records indicate that Francis Paye (Hon. Paye), and a committee he chaired led to the organization of fan clubs for Mighty Barrolle in the various ministries and agencies of government.Hon. Paye knows what it takes to develop and manage a football team. In fact presently, he is the founder of Paye United FC, a team that is based in his home county Rivercess that he sorely sponsor financially.Which concludes the argument that he is aware of the enormous funds that are needed to run the club and since attention here is on the national team it goes without saying that he is in a better position at the Senate to ensure adequate financial support from the Liberian government to support the development of a better national team.Soccer lovers are on high expectation that Senators Doe-Sherrif, Paye and Weah would play their cards consistently well to encourage mass support of their colleagues so that Liberia national would not be a spectator in the next African Cup of Nations.Soccer legend George Weah knows Lone Star’s business as far back as 2002. He knows how much was involved back then and therefore should know what may be involved now to develop a better national team.It would be an extreme disappointment now that former national team players are handling the various teams and do not to receive the much needed wherewithal from those they are looking up to for the change of fortunes that the various national teams are crying for.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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NWE Launches US$25M Supplier Credit through Banks in Liberia to Import Heavy Equipment

first_imgIn an effort to provide access to much needed financing for heavy equipment for road construction, agribusiness, mining, forestry, and other sectors; Nationwide Equipment (NWE) of Jacksonville, Florida (USA) has made an offer to work with Ecobank, United Bank for Africa (UBA), and International Bank (IB), to provide US$25 million in structured financing for the heavy equipment market in Liberia. If successful and if there is a market demand, the Company intends to expand the program as the local marketplace may need.The arrangement allows for the local banks to conduct their usual underwriting due diligence on each transaction and, depending on the transaction, provide customers approved for loans up to three years for settlement of loan facilities obtained through the program. For each transaction, the banks will have access to capital through Nationwide’s Supplier Credit Program and will not have to tie up their own funds for heavy equipment purchases. The banks in turn will issue the necessary stand-by bank guarantees as credit enhancement to secure each transaction they underwrite for their customers. This is a clear opportunity for road contractors, engineers, trucking companies, miners, farmers and others to more easily import heavy equipment with minimal down-payment and longer than usual tenor to pay off the equipment loans. This will allow the banks access to additional resources and capital beyond their own to meet the needs of its customers, while Nationwide supplies the market.“We are more than happy to work with the banks in Liberia to provide additional access to capital to finance acquisitions of heavy equipment. We have extensive experience in Africa, working with banks to make deals happen as we leverage the banks’ knowledge of their local markets. So, this is a good opportunity for us as well as good for Liberia given the infrastructure development needs it has,” says Mr. Ed Kostenski, President and CEO of Nationwide Equipment. For his part, Olalekan Balogun, the Managing Director of UBA, one of the banks engaged said, “I look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship.”Founded in 1983, Nationwide Equipment has served customers in 60 countries, and specializes in sale and financing of agricultural, mining, construction, energy, oil and gas, marine equipment, emergency-ambulatory, waste-sanitation, trucking-logistics and much more. As an Industry leader, Nationwide Equipment has experience and resources to provide high quality equipment and world-class after sales support.The company’s Africa Sales and Marketing Director, Henrique Caine added, “the opportunities for development in our sub-region are immense, and so this credit arrangement with the commercial banks is very much on time, we look forward to providing a lot of creative and flexible financing solutions if the market demands for it.”For more information about this program, customers may contact +231-776857538 or +231-880212525, or any of the banks mentioned.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Condors enjoy their trip

first_imgCalifornia High School softball coach Jim Kruse looked at his roster before the season began and considered the difficult, season-opening Bullhead City (Ariz.) Tournament of Champions. “We’re going to have to fight our way through that one, especially with our youth,” Kruse said. “We need to work on developing our leadership roles.” “We had two outs and Alex was on third base,” Kruse said. “The batter struck out, but the catcher dropped the ball, and because Alex was coming down the line and was so close to the plate, the catcher went after her instead of throwing to first base. “Alex stopped and ran back toward third, and when the catcher threw to third, Alex turned and beat the return throw to the plate to score. It was a great effort.” California finished the tournament with a 7-5 loss to Southland power El Toro. “(Saligi) was really impressive, Marissa homered over the fence, which was impressive for someone usually considered a slapper, and Jennifer Salas made several outstanding defensive plays, including throwing out a runner at the plate and reaching over the fence to rob a home run,” Kruse said. “Five games in three days, and we finished 10th out of 43 teams. To come home 3-2 against that level of competition is very pleasing.” Although Santa Fe split its two Downey Tournament games on Saturday, Chiefs coach Annette Ledesma considered it a successful weekend. The Chiefs lost to Kennedy 7-0 and defeated Katella, 5-0. They may have discovered another starting pitcher in the process. Sophomore Andrea Bueno pitched 10-plus innings, including all seven in the victory. “We’ve been considering her a reliever,” Ledesma said, “but she showed us a side of her that we might want to consider using as a starter.” Ledesma also cited the recent play of senior shortstop Jessica Gonzales, who hit home runs in each of the Chiefs’ first three games and “has played nearly flawless defense,” and senior catcher Jasmine Salazar, who “hit the ball hard all day Saturday.” roger.murray@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Monday morning, Kruse described his team’s play in the three-day tournament over the weekend as “awesome.” Pitcher Tara Saligi opened the tournament by limiting Canyon Del Oro to four hits, but two costly errors led to a 1-0 loss. Her performance drew praise from many onlookers. The Condors then defeated three-time New Mexico state champion Farmington, 11-0. Farmington later led Southland power Foothill 4-1 in the final inning before losing, 5-4. The Condors’ offense continued to produce against a good Saugus team during a 5-0 win in Friday’s second game. Marissa Rangel’s home run and some nifty baserunning by Alex Martinez helped lead to a 2-1 win over Lakewood in Saturday morning’s contest, which began at 7:30 (6:30 California time). center_img The T of C included some of the top teams in the nation. California was scheduled to play Canyon Del Oro of Arizona, ranked No. 1 in the StudentSportsSoftball.com national rankings, in its tournament opener. “We’ll find out a lot about ourselves real quick,” Kruse said at the time. last_img read more

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TRAGIC JOSHUA – ‘IT COULD HAVE BEEN ANY OF US,’ SAYS FR EAMON KELLY

first_imgThe tragic death of toddler Joshua Coyle could have happened to any one of us, local priest Fr Eamon Kelly has said.Tragic Joshua Coyle who was killed on Friday.The parish priest of St Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenny was speaking in the aftermath of the freak accident which has plunged the town into mourning.The 22 month old died after he was struck by a van at his home at Crieve Glebe near Bomany on Friday evening. Fr Kelly said “It’s an awful tragedy and an awful accident to happen….so simple the way it happened.“The whole community is just stunned; talking to people in the town, they’re just in shock. I suppose every one of us knows it could have been any of our families.”Parish priest of St.Eunan’s Cathedral, Fr Kelly added that people should remember such an accident can so easily happen.“Any of us who have wee nieces or nephews or brothers and sisters, we all know how simple and easy it is – they run out and can be so excited. “The wee boy just didn’t have a chance,” he added.A post mortem took place on beautiful Joshua’s remains yesterday.His parents Alex Coyle and Suzanna Mangan are today preparing to say a final goodbye to the little boy who lit up their lives. TRAGIC JOSHUA – ‘IT COULD HAVE BEEN ANY OF US,’ SAYS FR EAMON KELLY was last modified: September 29th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:deathdonegalFr Eamon KellyJoshua Coyleletterkennyvanlast_img read more

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DD Fitness: Man up and look after your health

first_imgIt’s Men’s Health Week this week. This is an important week as it highlights all the things we as men tend to hide from. We like to think we are infallible and that the different health scares and things we see and read about could never happen to us. We have grown up in a society where talking about your feelings is largely frowned upon and is a show of weakness if we do it. But that isn’t the case. We are neither infallible or weak, most of the time we are stupid or afraid or some combination of the 2. So, it’s time to man up and start taking care of our physical and mental health. If you are in a bad place mentally, talk to someone.There is only a 50% chance that men who are feeling depressed would talk to someone about it. We can view this as a sign of weakness and this leaves us in a place where we bottle it up instead of telling someone. Don’t leave things until they are too late.Hiding things from your partner or family or friends might be what we tend to do, but it isn’t manly and it sure as hell isn’t smart.Talk to your partnerTalk to your G.PTalk to a colleague or friend. Just talk and don’t try and deal with things on your own. Ireland has one of the highest obesity rates in the world. 38% of Irish men are obese and it is growing each year. While being overweight is becoming ‘accepted’ and is being normalised, it is NOT normal and there are worse things that come from being overweight or obese. Heart disease StrokeHigh blood pressureDiabetesSome cancersGallbladder disease and gallstonesBreathing problems, such as asthma and sleep apnea OsteoarthritisGoutAll of the list above are obesity related diseases, and while some might not be caused by it directly, if you have a family history of any of these, being overweight makes it more likely that you will be affected. Gaining weight and getting unhealthy as you grow older is NOT growing old Gracefully.After the age of 35; Your Metabolism will slow down.Your testosterone levels will dropYou will lose muscle massYou will find it easier to gain weightThis, however is no reason to give up. Eating healthier and exercising will offset all of the above and make a huge difference to your overall health. Men, you need to look after yourselves right now and even more so, when you pass your 30sStart exercising. Lift weights Reduce alcohol consumption Increase protein and veg in your dietDo some cardioDrink more water Get more sleep. Get a yearly MOTAll these things will help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle well into middle age. If you haven’t had a health check ever or haven’t had one in years, stop sitting on your hands and get checked.It’s a great Irish trait to say ‘ah, it’ll be grand’ and that’s fine until it isn’t.So, it’s time to Man up and get checked out.If you’ve found something and are scared to say, tell someone NOW.If you are a father and have kids, you need to realise that they are great mimics and that they will copy and learn from us and what we do. If you don’t exercise, have a bad diet and spend most of your day in front of the television, you can’t question why your kids are doing the same. So, time to pull up the big boy pants and prove you’re a real man. Stop with the excuses, man up and start being a hero for your wife and kids. Start exercising, start eating better and let’s use this week to change old habits. There is a list of contacts in the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland If you need to talk to someone about a health issue or for anything you might need, you can find allinformation through the link above. #leanin2018If you would like to get into an exercise and health routine and don’t know where to start. Drop me a message and I can get you started in our Summer program. It’s designed to help you to improve your fitness and lose weight and we have a great likeminded community involved where you can meet new people. https://www.rushefitness.ie/class/summer-challenge/Fitness guru gives you the chance to get shape AND win a holiday!DD Fitness: Man up and look after your health was last modified: June 14th, 2018 by Emmet RusheShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:fitnessMen’s Health Weeklast_img read more

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NBA suspends Portland’s CJ McCollum for a game

first_imgLATEST STORIES FILE – In this Oct. 9, 2017, file photo, Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, right, is fouled by Sacramento Kings defender Matt Jones during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Sacramento, Calif. Portland didn’t make a lot of changes in the offseason as the team remains anchored by the backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and McColllum. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater, File)cNEW YORK — The NBA has handed Portland guard CJ McCollum a one-game suspension for leaving the bench area during an altercation.McCollum took several steps onto the floor when Portland’s Caleb Swanigan and Phoenix’s Alex Len tussled in the fourth quarter of the teams’ preseason game Wednesday night. McCollum did not engage anyone, but leaving the bench area merited the penalty under NBA rules.ADVERTISEMENT He will have to miss the first game he is physically able to play, meaning he will likely sit Portland’s opener on Wednesday — coincidentally, back in Phoenix.McCollum has missed only four games in the past two seasons. He averaged a career-best 23 points per game on 48 percent shooting last season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’ PLAY LIST 02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Cavaliers deal two, drop two as roster takes shape Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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Nepomuceno admits gold hunt will be tough in Kuala Lumpur

first_imgThe four-time World Cup champion and inaugural Hall of Famer said the team could have used more international exposure but added that he’s happy with the preparation for the biennial event.They saw action in the Singapore Open last June where Nepomuceno gauged the SEA Games field against the Philippine team, which is a “mix of veterans and young players.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLiza del Rosario, the 2003 World Tenpin Championships trios champion, will lead the 12-man crew.“We don’t want to be bothered by pressure, we will just work very hard,” added Nepomuceno, a Gold Level coach, who took on the job last year to help resurrect the sport’s golden age. Paeng NepomucenoBowling legend and national head coach Paeng Nepomuceno admitted that the Philippines’ keglers will have their work cut out for them in the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games which starts next week.“Yes it’s going to be tough. But rest assured that we’ll be doing our best and I assure you that the players are ready,” Nepomuceno told the Inquirer Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Top skater, cyclist out as PH SEAG team gets trimmed by injuries Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo After all, according to Nepomuceno, the country has nowhere to go but up after just coming up with just two bronzes (women’s trios and women’s team of five) two years ago in Singapore.The Philippine team is composed of Anton Jose Alcazaren, Kenneth Chua, Kevin Oliver Cu, Jomar Roland Jumapao, John Paule Macatula, Mervin Matheiu Tan in men’s division.Del Rosario, Ma. Lourdes Arles, Dyan Arcel Coronacion, Marian Lara Posadas, Marie Alexis Sy and Krizziah Lyn Tabora will compete in the women’s category.Forty years ago, also in Kuala Lumpur, the Philippines dominated bowling’s maiden feature in the SEA Games, winning seven gold medals and one silver in all eight events.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIEScenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremonylast_img read more

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Neymar’s accuser charged with fraud and extortion over rape case

first_imgShare on Facebook Topics Neymar Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter news Police in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo have indicted the woman who accused Neymar of rape, charging her with fraud, extortion and slander.The PSG and Brazil forward was accused of raping Najila Trindade in a Paris hotel room in May, but he alleged the encounter was consensual and prosecutors said in August they were dropping the case against him because of a lack of evidence.Sao Paulo state police also said in a statement on Tuesday they were indicting Trindade’s former husband, Estivens Alves, on fraud charges. The BBC reported Trindade’s lawyer as saying the indictment had taken him by surprise and that his client rejected the accusations.The former Barcelona and Santos forward has always denied the accusations against him and released private chats and lurid photos he said he had exchanged with Trindade.center_img Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Energy Efficiency and Conservation A Priority – Dr. Wheatley

first_imgStory Highlights EMEP will be executed by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), which falls under the Ministry. He noted that the $30-million EMEP will consolidate and expand on the achievements under other initiatives, which have resulted in savings of some 3.6 million kilowatt hours amounting to more than $131.5 million as at July 2017. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon, Andrew Wheatley, says energy efficiency and conservation is a priority of the Government in order to reduce the dependence on high-cost imported fossil fuels. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon, Andrew Wheatley, says energy efficiency and conservation is a priority of the Government in order to reduce the dependence on high-cost imported fossil fuels.He was speaking at the ceremony for the signing of a US$15-million loan agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the implementation of the Energy Management and Efficiency Programme (EMEP).The sum is the second portion of a joint loan of US$30 million for the roll-out of the EMEP.  The Government signed an agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for the first US$15 million on November 10.“We, at the Ministry, welcome the signing of this agreement, which we see as crucial in our efforts to develop a competitive energy environment, diversify our energy sources and improve energy efficiency,” Dr. Wheatley said.He noted that the $30-million EMEP will consolidate and expand on the achievements under other initiatives, which have resulted in savings of some 3.6 million kilowatt hours amounting to more than $131.5 million as at July 2017.He noted that some 800 persons in more than 40 ministries, departments and agencies have been trained through seminars and workshops in the areas of energy conservation and energy efficiency to augment some $1.1 billion worth of investment.Such investments include application of the cool roof solutions and retrofitting and replacement of old-technology air-conditioning systems.“With EMEP, there will be deepening of the retrofits to be undertaken, expanding to other government entities, such as those within the health, education and security sectors. There will also be even greater opportunities for us to promote fuel conservation in road transportation, and, very importantly, support for the Government’s electricity planning function – the Integrated Resource Plan,” Dr. Wheatley said.Statistics have shown that an estimated annual average of 20.4 million barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) were imported during the 2010-2015 period for use in the electricity, manufacturing and transportation sectors, with an average import value of US$1.9 billion. One aim of the EMEP is to reduce the amount of oil imported for energy production.EMEP will be executed by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), which falls under the Ministry.last_img read more

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Getting the Most from Community Organization Grants Oped

first_imgEvery day, community-run organizations are making sure thousands of families, parents and children have access to the supports and services they need. And as a funder of these organizations, government’s role is to make sure Nova Scotians are getting the best possible services with the resources available. Community Services is working on a new process that will ensure the tax dollars of Nova Scotians are being spent in the most effective and efficient way. Throughout my professional career, I have seen firsthand that program evaluation is critical to providing the best possible outcomes for the people we serve. I bring that commitment to my ministerial role. This government believes that those organizations or businesses that receive taxpayer funding must be accountable for how it’s being used. They have a responsibility to monitor and evaluate the benefits that taxpayers are receiving from their services. And the province must be a better partner in setting funding guidelines. I believe by working together we can improve accountability and be more transparent for Nova Scotians. Supporting healthy communities and keeping kids safe matters. Therefore, we need to evaluate and measure what programs and services are getting the best results. Simply put, if it matters, measure it. Over the coming year, I want to partner with community organizations to build capacity while ensuring critical services are delivered cost effectively. The majority of organizations already have some degree of program measurements while others need a little extra help. I have heard from community organizations who struggle to do multi-year planning when their funding is only provided on an annual basis. The province can’t ask organizations to plan better without providing the funding tools to do that. Therefore, we will launch a grant process review which will create consistency and improve outcomes and accountability. The review will also look at a multi-year funding agreement for those organizations that can show long-term and sustainable success for those they serve. A review of the grant process is long overdue and will make sure our limited resources are being invested where they can do the most good. More information on the grants process review will be provided to existing grant recipients in the coming weeks as details of the current year grants are available. The grant process review will take place this year and be implemented for the 2015-16 fiscal year. An improved provincial grant process will allow all partners to better measure the quality of all of our work, and make sure vulnerable Nova Scotians are getting the best supports and services possible, in a transparent and accountable way. -30-last_img read more

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