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first_img“We had a bad start in the second half, a 14-0 run for them. And that’s exactly what I told them after we came out of the dugout at halftime, that if we want to win this game, we needed a strong start in the third quarter. But NLEX was more ready in this game,” he said.Magnolia saw a close 39-41 affair eventually turn into a blowout as NLEX erected a 39-55 advantage in the third quarter.Though the Hotshots were still able to got to within nine in the payoff period, Kevin Alas, Larry Fonacier, and ultimately, Kiefer Ravena were there to end their comeback bids and take the victory for the Road Warriors.Going back to square one with the series even at 2-all, Victolero rallied Magnolia to buckle down to work as it faces the prospect one once again failing to advance to the Finals like in the past.“It’s down to a best-of-3 series. We need to play together and stay together. We experienced it last season and if it goes to a best-of-7, we can’t do anything about it. But we’ll take it one game at a time,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Victolero rued how the Hotshots reserves were outplayed by their Road Warriors counterparts, losing 30-68 in bench points.“We need the other bigs like Aldrech (Ramos), Kyle (Pascual), and Rodney (Brondial) to step up so that we’ll get something from them on both ends. We really need them,” the mentor said. “This has already been a long series, so we really need contributions from everyone.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkVictolero, however, knows that the blame isn’t solely on his reserves as even he admits that the team as a whole played lackadaisical in Game 4.“I think we were outplayed and outhustled by NLEX. They really wanted the win,” he said. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMagnolia coach Chito Victolero pleaded for his bench to step up following its 79-91 Game 4 defeat to NLEX on Friday as their 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals was dead-even once again at two games apiece.“We just try to fill in what we’ve lost from the injuries of Marc (Pingris) and Justin (Melton). We need to find ways,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Game 5 is on Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NLEX crushes Magnolia, equalizes series at 2-2 View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

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first_imgLiberia is making the big push for development. In most of our minds, development means looking at what the western world has done to become developed and copying its example. Some Liberian artists have another idea; they recognize that our needs are unique, that we have been blessed with an abundance of raw materials to fill these needs and the creativity of its people to use these raw materials. Since antiquity, our artistic ancestors dyed thread, cloth, raffia, markers and even body parts using safe and natural substances such as bark, seeds, leaves and mud, providing for Liberians centuries of traditional techniques to tap into. In the textile industry, development generally led to the use of synthetic dyes. Industrialization with its emphasis on speed of production and flashy, non-fading colors became the standard. Only later did we learn the many dangers of using synthetic dyes. Most synthetic dyes contain carcinogenic (cancer-causing) chemicals. They emit toxic fumes, and they often cause allergic reactions. These are only a few of the many harmful effects associated with using synthetics. So it is important now that we look beyond what has been done to what health conscious and sustainability conscious people all over the world are realizing: our natural resources are rich in plants and minerals that produce safe and beautiful natural dyes.At the forefront of this movement in Liberia is Dolly Barnes. She began, long ago, experimenting with natural dyes in her own art work using not only cloth, but beads made from organic materials and grasses.  A 2009 UNESCO research project to assess the viability of Liberian textile techniques for modern day uses confirmed a niche market for such textiles in eco-friendly environments, its economic benefits for dyers, an abundance of raw materials in the backyards of rural Liberians and a revitalization of a traditional technique for dyeing that would become extinct if not passed down to younger generations of dyers.One of the artists Inspired by Dolly Barnes’ enthusiasm for natural dyes is Mohamed S. Bah (see photo above). Mohamed is a Monrovia textile artist who first met Ms. Barnes when they worked together on the UNESCO research project. Together, with much trial and error, they have exposed, refined and continued to promote fabrics dyed with natural materials. As a result of the Inspired Energy Mohamed put into his craft, he now produces beautiful cloths colored with natural dyes.Earlier this year Mohamed trained 25 women in natural dyeing within the Vocational Skills Development Program of the Grand Cavalla Integrated Development Project of W.V.S. Tubman University in Maryland County. This project is part of the university’s community outreach program, and was financially supported by Measuagoon, a non-profit organization founded by Pres. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. When you purchase these goods made from natural ingredients, you make it possible for our artists to continue safeguarding their health and ours and Liberia’s traditional way of coloring and designing fabrics.As Mohamed Bah says, “I would like people to be encouraged to use the natural elements all around them. I hope some people reading this will be Inspired and get their own ideas to use the blessings we have in Nature.”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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first_img…as CoI continuesNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman on Monday stated that the Ministry has pledged support to the veterans of the security forces, throwing out proposals for lands to be set aside for housing, mining, or farming for them.Natural Resources Minister Raphael TrotmanTrotman made this statement at the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the conditions and circumstances facing veterans of the Guyana Defence Force, the Guyana Peoples Militia and the Guyana National Service. He stated that he has recognised that the protectors and defenders of the national patrimony must be given an inheritance or parts of that patrimony.“…they should be guaranteed specific portions that are set aside for this purpose. It may be land that is either in housing, mining, farming or forestry,” he said, pointing out to the Chairman of the CoI that: “as a means of both ensuring access to resources to veterans and for ensuring beneficial occupation of territory, persons may be assigned lands for settlements based on Company or Corps structure”.He affirmed that in his opinion, service to one’s country is the highest and most important form of service and when that service involves protecting and advancing the values, ideals, symbols and patrimony of the State and people, then it is to be treasured and set apart for the highest commendation.“It is selfless and sacrificial service that must be respected and rewarded,” he added, stating that these servicemen and women should be honoured for their service to the nation. He stated that the Ministry has several possible perspectives on how it can support the veterans.Trotman said in terms of mining in particular, many veterans are engaged in obtaining lands; therefore, he opined that mining lands can be set aside for individual servicemen or women or for large groups structured around what is referred to as a syndicate.Also, he stated, as Guyana develops the concept of generational transfers and sovereign wealth, and in the same way 20 per cent of royalties collected from mining within Amerindian titled villages is set aside, it is proposed for consideration that a percentage of royalties earned be transferred to the Treasury for addition to veterans’ pensions.The CoI is set up to investigate, examine, and report on the required support to enable the transition from service to civilian life for servicemen and women; the quality of welfare service that promotes independence, maintains dignity, and provides the required support after service; and the eligibility and adequacy of veterans’ benefits.These benefits include “compensation for disabling injuries, psychological trauma, or a terminal disease resulting from his or her participation in service activities; dedicated counselling and treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder or related conditions; honouring and memorialising of fallen veterans; education, training and skills’ development; facilitation of employment placement; facilitation of or advice on business opportunities; pension; access to healthcare; and housing”.Retired Colonel Desmond Roberts was sworn in before Georgetown Magistrate Judy Latchman as the lone Commissioner to deliver, within two months, a report on the findings into those matters; and to inquire into all incidental consequential matters connected therewith, to report the findings and conclusions, and to advise the State on the conditions and circumstances facing the veterans”.The report will be given to President David Granger.last_img read more

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first_imgLiza Destiny, the very first oil production vessel to be placed in Guyana, has departed Singapore for Guyanese waters.Christened on June 22, 2019 by First Lady Sandra Granger, the Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel is expected to arrive in Guyana in September, as the country readies for first oil in 2020.The Liza Destiny has a production capacity up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day and an overall storage volume of 1.6 million barrels.During normal operations, there will be at least 80 persons living and working onboard the vessel.Twenty-four Operations and Maintenance Technicians, who are currently being trained in Canada, will return in 2020 to support work on the Liza Destiny.This FPSO is a significant component of the Liza Phase 1 development which involves four undersea drill centers with 17 production wells.“We have more than 1000 Guyanese working for the project here, and the team is continuing to do an incredible job. Their work includes everything from completions of the initial wells for production to laying pipelines and infrastructure on the sea floor to eventually connect up to the Liza Destiny for production.“We’re proud of the work being done each and every day, and want to thank everyone involved for their focus on safety and keeping the protection of the environment top of mind in all that they do,” says Country Manager Rod Henson.last_img read more

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first_imgWASHINGTON – Under federal law, the Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho should have been prohibited from buying a gun after a Virginia court declared him to be a danger to himself in late 2005 and sent him for psychiatric treatment, a state official and several legal experts said Friday. Federal law prohibits anyone who has been “adjudicated as a mental defective,” as well as those who have been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility, from purchasing a gun. A special justice’s order in late 2005 that directed Cho to seek outpatient treatment and declared him to be mentally ill and an imminent danger to himself fits the federal criteria and should have immediately disqualified him, said Richard J. Bonnie, chairman of the Virginia Supreme Court’s Commission on Mental Health Law Reform. A spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also said that if found mentally defective by a court, Cho should have been denied a gun. The federal law defines adjudication as a mental defective to include “determination by a court, board, commission or other lawful authority” that as a result of mental illness, the person is a “danger to himself or others.” Cho’s ability to buy two guns despite his history has cast new attention on the adequacy of background checks that scrutinize potential gun purchasers. And since federal gun laws depend on states for enforcement, the failure of Virginia to flag Cho highlights the often-incomplete information provided by states to federal authorities. Only 22 states submit any mental health records to the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the FBI said in a statement on Thursday. Virginia is the leading state in reporting disqualifications based on mental health criteria for the NICS system, the statement said. But Virginia state law on mental health disqualifications to firearms purchases is worded slightly differently from the federal statute. So the form that Virginia courts use to notify state police about a mental health disqualification only addresses the state criteria, which lists two potential categories that would warrant notification to the state police – someone who was “involuntarily committed” or ruled mentally “incapacitated.” “It’s clear we have an imperfect connection between state law and the application of the federal prohibition,” Bonnie said. The commission he leads was created by the state last year to examine the state’s mental health laws. Bonnie, the director of the University of Virginia Institute on Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy, said his panel would look into the matter: “We are going to fix this.” Bonnie said he believed similar problems exist elsewhere in the country: “I’m sure that the misfit exists in states across the country and the underreporting exists.” After two female students complained about his behavior in 2005, Cho was sent to a psychiatric unit for evaluation and then ordered to undergo outpatient treatment, which would not qualify as an involuntary commitment under Virginia law, Bonnie said. “What they did was use the terms that fit Virginia law,” he said. “They weren’t thinking about the federal. I suspect nobody even knew about these federal regulations.” But Christopher Slobogin, a law professor at the University of Florida who is an expert on mental health, said that under his reading of Virginia law, outpatient treatment could also qualify as involuntary commitment, meaning Virginia law should have barred him from buying a weapon as well, an interpretation that Bonnie said he and the state’s attorney general disagree with. Slobogin added that the federal statute “on the plain face of the language, it would definitely apply to Cho.” A spokesman for the Virginia state attorney general’s office declined to comment Friday, saying only that various agencies were “reviewing this situation.” Richard Marianos, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said Friday that federal and state officials were looking into the question, studying the court proceedings and testimony. But he added: “If he was adjudicated as a mental defective by a court, he should have been disqualified.” Dennis Henigan, legal director at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said the oversight on the federal law in Virginia has probably been occurring for some time. “They may have been doing this for years, just basically assuming, if the guy’s not disqualified under state law, then we don’t have to send anything to the state police,” Henigan said. “It’s a failure to recognize the independent obligation to the federal law.” Most states do not follow the letter of the federal law when it comes to the mental health provisions, said Ron Honberg, legal director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an advocacy group. “I suspect if we look at all the requirements that exist for the states, there’s probably a whole lot of them that don’t implement them,” Honberg said, explaining that the gap often comes from a lack of resources but also because no one is enforcing the requirements. “When something like this happens, then people start to pay attention to this,” he said. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., has been pushing a bill to require states to automate their criminal-history records so that computer databases used to conduct background checks on gun buyers would be more complete. The bill would also require states to submit their mental health records to their background check systems and give them money to allow them to do so. According to gun control advocates, however, the mental health information submitted to the NICS is often spotty and incomplete, something McCarthy’s bill is designed to address. Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., a former member of the National Rifle Association’s board of directors, is co-sponsoring the bill, which has twice passed the House only to stall in the Senate. According to congressional aides, he is negotiating with pro-gun groups to develop language acceptable to them. “The NRA doesn’t have objections,” Dingell said in an interview. “There are other gun organizations on this that are problems.” A spokesman for the NRA declined to comment Friday on the legislation, but Dingell said the measure could prevent future tragedies: “It resolves some serious problems in terms of preventing the wrong people from getting firearms.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgThe First Nations group will head back to Federal Court in July to have their case against Site C approval heard. “The court agreed with the Treaty 8 First Nations that the issue of whether the question of infringement of Treaty rights is properly before the court [and] is best heard at the judicial review itself,” writes Rana in an email.She says the judge made this ruling because the Crown “did not meet the high threshold for striking out pleadings in applications for judicial review.”The motion to strike is essentially the Crown disputing that certain parts of the First Nations’ argument have no basis to be heard by the judge in July.- Advertisement -Doig River First Nation, Prophet River First Nation, West Moberly First Nation and the McLeod Lake Indian Band says the Site C dam will have significant adverse effects on the environment and on the traditional land use of the Treaty 8 First Nations.The group also says the government’s decision disregarded relevant findings of the Joint Review Panel and did not adequately consider the infringement of the First Nations’ Treaty rights that will result if the project proceeds.The federal government nevertheless wants the project to proceed.Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Diego Godin will bring his vast experience to Inter Milan’s defence next season © AFP/File / Raul ARBOLEDAROME, Italy, Jul 1 – Veteran Uruguayan central defender Diego Godin, who announced his departure from Atletico Madrid in May, signed a three-year deal with Inter Milan on Monday.In a busy day of Serie A transfer activity, Luca Pellegrini became reigning champions Juventus’ first summer signing after moving from Roma on a 22-million-euro ($25 million) four-year deal. The promising Pellegrini, 20, came through the ranks at Roma before spending last season on loan at Cagliari. Fellow defender Leonardo Spinazzola moved the other way as part of the deal.Juventus are expected to tie up the transfer of French midfielder Adrien Rabiot from Paris Saint-Germain later Monday.Roma paid out 29.5 million euros for 26-year-old Spinazzola, the seven-time Italy international who also signed a four-year contract with the capital club.Also joining Roma will be Guinea midfielder Amadou Diawara on a 21-million-euro three-year contract.That follows the departure from Roma on Sunday of Greek international centre-back Kostas Manolas who joined Napoli for a reported fee of be 36 million euros.Godin, 33, signed for Inter after coming to the end of his contract with Atletico, where he spent nine seasons and was captain.“There’s a new sheriff in town,” Inter tweeted of the uncompromising Godin, who has won 131 caps for his country but could not prevent his country being knocked out in the quarter-finals of the ongoing Copa America.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgLetterkenny Chamber Chief Executive Toni ForresterBUSINESS PROFILE: TONI FORRESTER DonegalDaily: What is your career and what do you do?Toni: I am Chief Executive of Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce responsible for all aspects of the Chamber operations. The Chamber represents over 200 businesses in the Letterkenny area.  We lobby locally and nationally on issues pertinent to the business community, we run network events, and deliver a range of services to our members and the wider Letterkenny community.DonegalDaily: Tell us about your first job and how much were you paid? Toni: My first job was as a management trainee (glorified supervisor)  in a clothing factory in Ligoniel, Belfast.  It was an old mill and very old fashioned. I was paid £6,000 per year and we had to call the management ‘Mr’.DonegalDaily: What was your first success in business?Toni: It’s hard to say – I worked in the clothing industry after leaving college and really every new line that went in to production smoothly was a success. I always had a great sense of achievement when I saw our products displayed in the stores. More recently watching groups I worked with in various leadership programmes develop  and gel and seeing their influence stretching way beyond their own remit and authority and knowing that I contributed in some way.DonegalDaily: Name the one local or international business person you look up to?Toni: Internationally I would be a fan of Aiden Heavey, Tullow Oil for his excellence in business but also his commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility.DonegalDaily: What has been your biggest mistake in business.Toni: Not asking the tough question. DonegalDaily: What is the most valuable piece of advice you have ever been given?Toni: It’s easier to ask forgiveness than permission.DonegalDaily: What advice would you give to someone starting out in business today?Toni: Do something you’re passionate about. That way you’ll love doing it and those you have to convince will feel your enthusiasm. DonegalDaily: What one item would you take with you to a desert island and why?Toni: I would need a radio. At weekends and every morning I listen to talk radio and it’s been a feature of my life since I was very young.  I would miss not being able to hear voices and not being able to pick up information that I may never use. The radio is on but doesn’t interfere. I can interact when I choose.DonegalDaily: What item can you not do without?Toni: Can’t do without pen and paper.  Always have a pen with me, you never know when you will be inspired.DonegalDaily: What item would you prefer to do without?Toni: Would prefer not to have to wear glasses.DonegalDaily: What do you do in your spare time (if you have any)?Toni: I walk to keep fit when I can and do jigsaw puzzles.DonegalDaily: When will you retire? Toni: I will retire when I win the lottery.DonegalDaily: What’s your tip to surviving the recession?Toni: Be thankful and grateful for the little things and focus on these everyday.  Try to see the positives  and don’t watch those panel programmes on RTE every night.DonegalDaily: What one thing would you do if you were Finance Minister to help business?Toni: Reduce the burden of rates on small businesses and inject money back in to the market so that businesses can access working capital.  Remain committed to the A5 road and move forward on the roads infrastructure around the North West.  Scrap Metro North and look to the North West.* Interview by Greg HarkinBUSINESS PROFILE: TONI FORRESTER was last modified: November 30th, 2010 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)last_img read more

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first_imgTHE OWNER of one of Donegal’s best-loved hotels has opened his heart after he was forced to shut the premises.Paul Kelly, the owner of Gleneany House Hotel in Letterkenny, said he had no choice but to close the 25 bedroom family-run business.“Today is a very sad day for the entire Kelly family and for me personally, as Gleneany House has been a major part of my life for almost 20 years, but due to very tough trading times, it is no longer economically possible to remain open. “I would like to thank everyone for supporting us down through the years, our customers, suppliers and most importantly, our loyal committed and hard working staff past and present,” he said.Gleneany House Hotel in Letterkenny has been open for the past 20 years and had enjoyed a solid reputation in hotel circles.The 25 bedroom  hotel and restaurant was located at the Port Roundabout at the entrance to the town.President of the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce Patrick McGinley said it was a sad day when another business had gone tot he wall in the Cathedral Town. “I am very sad to hear the news because the Kelly family ran a fine hotel and were very well- respected as hard working and decent people.“But it goes to show that businesses, especially many in the service industry including hotels, restaurants and bars, are finding things very difficult at the moment,” he said.The closure of the budget hotel comes hot on the heels of another closure in the town – the Bastille Bistro on the town’s High Road which closed last week with the loss of 15 jobs.EndsOWNER OF LANDMARK LETTERKENNY HOTEL SPEAKS ABOUT ITS SAD CLOSURE was last modified: December 30th, 2010 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)last_img read more

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first_imgPRICES FOR goods in Donegal are now often cheaper than the North thanks to increased VAT in the UK to 20%, a local business leader said today.Toni Forrester, Chief Executive of Letterkenny Chamber, told donegaldaily.com that retailers in Donegal have a more level playing field and is hopeful that it will help the local economy.“The increase in the UK VAT rate to 20% will contribute to discouraging people from Donegal going across the border to shop,” said Ms Forrester. “Prices will inevitably increase  to allow for the 2.5% rise and other measures brought in at the last UK budget may mean prices could be increased even further as businesses struggle with increased costs.“This move by the UK government will bring VAT rates much closer together making more of a level playing field for places like the North West.“Prices across the board in Ireland have been coming down and it is becoming clear that the difference is negligible and in many cases prices are cheaper on this side of the border.“During the pre-Christmas period shoppers tended to stay local because of the weather and we hope that they will have seen evidence of the value to be found and will stay with the local providers who served them well during the Christmas period.” She is hopeful that Northern shoppers will begin returning to Letterkenny.The Chamber leader added: “The pressure on business at present is enormous, consumers are spending less and margins are tighter than ever.“Price increases North of the Border may also encourage northern shoppers to come back to Letterkenny to shop where they can find excellent value and deals on Sterling.“Doing business on the border is always a matter of swings and roundabouts and this Vat increase may offer much needed opportunities during the coming months.”A short time ago the pound had gained half a cent against the Euro to 85.88 with some predicting that sterling will rise in coming days following a favourable report on the UK economy in today’s Financial Times. NORTH’S VAT INCREASE ‘GOOD NEWS’ FOR DONEGAL, SAYS LOCAL BUSINESS LEADER was last modified: January 4th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

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