Officials escaping income declaration since 2015 – Jagdeo

first_imgDefunct Integrity Commission…slams Govt’s double-standard approach to corruptionMonths after the amended code of conduct for the Integrity Commission was gazetted by the Government, the process seems to be stalled as the People’s Progressive Party remains concerned that officials are not disclosing their earnings to anyone.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday slammed Government for the lack of progress. He noted that while the PPP had to submit earnings during its time in office, the same cannot be said for the coalition.“For the first time (in) the last three years, nobody now has to submit statements to the Integrity Commission. From the year 2000 to 2014, we had to comply with the law. We had to submit what we earned and what we owned.”“Now, 2015, 2016, 2017 (under) this Government, nobody has to submit anymore. Yet, the PPP was stealing, like we stole the Marriott. We’re supposed to be stealing the Marriott and the airport and all of these things were (supposedly) corrupt projects that we were stealing from. They’ve been there for three years now. They’ve had a chance to go through this.”A functional Integrity Commission is part of the constitutional reform process. In February 2017, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, the lead on constitutional reform, had tabled amendments to the Integrity Commission Act to Cabinet for approval.Amendments in the form of a code of conduct for Government were subsequently gazetted. But since then, there has been no word on the status of the Integrity Commission. When questioned in August, Nagamootoo had informed sections of the media that the matter was with the President, who must consult with the Opposition Leader in order to iron out the composition of the Commission.But during his press conference, Jagdeo decried the fact that his party was not being included in the process of constitutional reform. He noted that even before there was reform, there must be constitutional compliance. Pointing to the Government’s actions, he noted that the capricious approach to the Constitution must first be eradicated.“Constitutional reform cannot be pursued unless it is a bipartisan exercise. This Government doesn’t seem to have any enthusiasm to fulfil its own promise of constitutional reform. We have an open mind to constitutional reform.”“But right now, we are fighting a battle for constitutional compliance against many breaches, where the President and his minions will not unilaterally interpret the Constitution based on their own lack of knowledge.”The Integrity CommissionThe history of the Integrity Commission is a tempestuous one. In 1999, the previous Government had sworn in members to the Commission. But since the 2006 resignation of the Commission’s Chairman, the Commission has been headless.In January 2016, Government used its one-seat parliamentary majority to turn down a motion tabled by the Opposition that would provide for all Members of Parliament (MPs) making public declarations of taxable income and all assets over the last 10 years to the Integrity Commission which would be released to the public.last_img read more

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DONEGAL TRUCK BOSS PROMISES MORE PROTESTS IF NEW GOVERNMENT DOESN’T ACT

first_imgThe organiser of a massive truck protest which converged on Dail Eireann today has revealed he has secured a meeting with the new Minister for Transport.But Donegal businessman John McLaughlin warned that if polticians don’t keep their promise, he will bring the country to a standstill with another huge truck protest.The Covoy-based haulier, of JML Transport, today handed in a letter of protest at Leinster House complaining about the recent hike in fuel costs. Gardai appealed to protestors not to bring Dublin to a standstill and an agreement was reached to allow just 15 vehicles into the city centre.Mr McLaughlin earlier led a fleet of trucks into the city centre after travelling from Donegal on Monday and picking up almost 100 vehicles along the way.They were also joined by two coach-loads of people from across Donegal who travelled up earlier this morning.Now the Donegal businessman has revealed he has been promised a meeting by Fine Gael if, as expected, they win the upcoming general election. However Mr McLaughlin, whose workforce has been depleted from a workforce of 78 to just 8 within two years, has promised strong action if he does not secure that meeting with the Government.“We have behaved ourselves all along and done everything by the book and co-operate with the Gardai.“We are hopeful that we can get that meeting with the new Government and we have to take people on their word on that.“But I can tell you that if we do not get that meeting within three weeks then we will bring this country to a standstill with a massive truck protest.“That is not a threat but we have to follow through with this and show the new Government that we mean business. “This does not just involve the transport companies because the ordinary person on the street is having to pay up to €20 a week just to run their car and they simply can’t afford that,” he said.EndsDONEGAL TRUCK BOSS PROMISES MORE PROTESTS IF NEW GOVERNMENT DOESN’T ACT was last modified: February 23rd, 2011 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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Vijender wins 75 kg boxing gold

first_imgIndia’s Vijender Singh on Friday beat Uzbekistan’s Abbos Atoev to win the gold medal in the 75 kg boxing event at the Asian Games in Guangzhou. Vijender won the bout 7-0. Vijender’s feat got India its second gold medal in boxing and 14th overall at Guangzhou.last_img

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10 months agoWolves boss Nuno delighted after defeat of Bournemouth

first_imgWolves boss Nuno delighted after defeat of Bournemouthby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRaul Jimenez was again on the scoresheet as Wolves defeated Bournemouth on Saturday.An early goal from Raul Jimenez and a late strike by substitute Ivan Cavaleiro handed Wolves the three points.Following wins against Chelsea and Newcastle in the past 10 days, it is the first time since March 1980 that Wanderers have recorded a trio of consecutive victories in the top division.Wolves boss Nuno stated afterwards, “The boys playing in this weather, in the rain, and how hard it was, I’m very proud of them today. They did a fantastic job because we have to adapt to the realities. We were versatile enough to realise that today was about defending and counter attacks – exploiting our talent to achieve what we achieved today, a deserved win.“The organisation, the shape and how compact we were. We didn’t allow too many situations to Bournemouth, who are a fantastic team and played very well. Always trying to help our team mates is what defending is all about. There were not many chances, it was very hard for both teams. They matched us in shape, it was a tough game. We are happy but credit to Bournemouth, it was very difficult.”On third win in a row, he added: “We achieved a third win, but it’s not over, we have to go again. Before we were in a bad moment, now we’re in a good moment and why is important to recognise. Their character, the way they commit themselves to the work on a daily basis and to the competition so well done.“I’m very proud of the work we do every day. The character took us out of the bad moment. The only secret is work, we have to work hard. We do the same things, we were committed and football is like this. It’s life, sometimes you have bad moments, sometimes you have good moment. Rising up, reacting and bouncing back is what I’m most proud of.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoCrystal Palace striker Ayew delighted to be off mark for Wolves win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace striker Ayew delighted to be off mark for Wolves winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew was delighted to get his first goal for the club in victory over Wolves.The result was capped by a late penalty from Luka Milivojevic in a 2-0 win.Ayew said, “It’s a big win and good for our confidence after losing at home, it was important for us to bounce back and improve our league position so congratulations to all the lads.“I’m pleased for myself, my family, for our fans and my fans in Ghana and I would like to thank the coach for giving me the opportunity. I was waiting for this moment and now it has come at the start of the New Year means new things, positives and three points so it’s good.”The striker produced a fine touch to control Patrick van Aanholt’s shot on goal before making no mistake to beat Wolves ‘keeper Rui Patrício to break the deadlock. “It is important to be opportunist, making things happen and scoring goals, this is what I try and do and luckily today I was successful. I thank God and will just keep on working hard.” last_img read more

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22 days ago​Liverpool claim comeback win over RB Salzburg in UYL

first_img​Liverpool claim comeback win over RB Salzburg in UYLby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool were successful in the UEFA Youth League against RB Salzburg.Much like the senior side, the Reds’ youngsters took on the Austrian club in a tight contest.But Liverpool’s superior offensive capabilities allowed them to emerge with a 4-2 win in the game.Rhian Brewster was among the youngsters who was involved, and it was his penalty in injury time that put the icing on the cake for the Reds.They did experience some scares in the game, as they were 2-1 down with 12 minutes remaining.But they rallied and scored three late goals to seal the contest. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Notre Dame Welcomes Wisconsin To The Under Armour Family In Spectacular Fashion

first_imgEarly "Badgers Badgers Badgers" viral video.badgers badgers badgers mushroom mushroomFriday morning, Wisconsin and Under Armour officially announced a 10-year contract worth $96 million. One of the apparel manufacturer’s biggest clients came up with a very cool way to welcome the Badgers to the family.Upon hearing the news, Notre Dame tweeted out a video of the famous viral “Badgers” clip with audio of House of Pain’s “Jump Around” – an ode to one of the best Wisconsin football traditions. Check it out:Welcome to #TeamUA, @UWBadgers. You know what to do… @UnderArmour pic.twitter.com/2SOcRLHzLG— The Fighting Irish (@FightingIrish) October 9, 2015Well played, Fighting Irish social media manager.last_img

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The Knicks Cant Even Get The Draft Lottery Right

Update (May 16, 9:20 p.m.): After the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night, the Knicks are now slated to pick eighth; they would have gotten the seventh pick if draft order were decided by record alone.When the NBA holds its annual draft lottery tonight, the New York Knicks will have a 5.3 percent chance of winning the top pick in next month’s draft and an 18.3 percent chance of landing in the top three. Their fans will be keeping their fingers crossed for a little good news — for once.Since trading franchise icon Patrick Ewing before the 2000-01 season, the Knicks have won one playoff series and amassed the league’s third-worst regular-season record.1Through the 2016-17 season. Coming into this season, the Knicks had the 4th-worst regular-season record since 2000-01. Fans of dreadful teams can usually cling to the likelihood of high draft picks and the hope for the future they bring. But the Knicks have managed to bungle that too.I compared teams’ regular-season performance2In terms of average regular-season rank at season’s end, which is the primary basis for determining draft order. For the first four seasons of my analysis, the NBA had 29 teams. I adjusted those ranks to 30-team equivalents. I adjusted for ties too; if two teams were tied for the 5th-best record, for example, I assigned both a rank of 5.5. These adjustments help normalize rankings. to their average position in the drafts following each of the 16 seasons from 2000-01 through 2015-16.3Based on which team officially made each selection on draft night. Team averages include drafts in which they had no first-round picks, either because of trades or violations. I captured franchise history according to official records, so the Hornets’ 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons belong to Charlotte, not New Orleans. I assigned the 2002 draft to New Orleans. As a result, Charlotte has 14 seasons and 14 drafts from the 2000-01 season through the 2016 draft, while New Orleans has 14 seasons and 15 drafts. All other teams have 16 seasons and 16 drafts. In general, good teams should have bad picks and bad teams should have good picks. That’s how the system’s designed, after all. If your team stinks, at least you have a shot at the best players in the draft.As one of the worst teams in the NBA since 2000-01,4In terms of average rank at the end of the regular season, the Knicks were worst in the NBA from 2000-01 through 2016-17 and 3rd-worst from 2000-01 through 2015-16. (As noted, ranks are adjusted for ties and number of teams.) the Knicks should have had one of the best average draft positions. Instead, New York’s front office fumbled its way to the 6th-worst average in the league, combining on-court ineptitude with draft-night hopelessness. Let that sink in for a moment. Over the past 16 years, the only teams with worse average draft position than the Knicks were the Spurs, Mavericks, Heat, Lakers and Pacers. These are all successful teams that generally picked late because they were good at basketball. Not surprisingly, the Knicks own the largest average discrepancy between where they should have picked in the draft and where they actually picked.Bad lottery luck has played a part. Since winning the Ewing sweepstakes in 1985, the Knicks haven’t moved up a single draft spot via the lottery — that is, when they’ve been one of the teams in the lottery, the drawing hasn’t led to them picking any earlier than they would have if draft order were determined by record alone. They fell four spots in 1986, three in 1987,5This knocked New York out of the top three, which, under the terms of a previous trade agreement, enabled Seattle to swap first-rounders with the Knicks and draft Scottie Pippen. one in 2008 and two in 2015. The only other time a pick that would have belonged to the Knicks landed among the top three in the lottery, New York had given Chicago the rights to that spot under the terms of the Eddy Curry trade. (The Bulls selected LaMarcus Aldridge second overall in 2006.)And that’s really the bigger problem. Most of the damage the Knicks have suffered was self-inflicted. In the 16 drafts since the infamous Ewing-to-Seattle deal in 2000, the team has worsened its own position eight times by either trading away the rights to its top pick or allowing another team to swap first-round spots.6This includes drafts in which the Knicks still picked in the first round but the terms of a deal caused them to pick later than they would have otherwise. Houston had the option to swap 2011 first-round picks with the Knicks via the Tracy McGrady deal but did not do so, so that is not included. In five cases, the pick New York gave up became a lottery spot, including the pick the Bulls used to draft Aldridge in 2006. And even when the Knicks hang onto their first-round pick until draft night, they can still manage to lose it: In 2002, they drafted Nenê with a lottery pick, then traded him away that same night for Antonio McDyess, who delivered the Knicks 0.6 win shares over 18 games before being packaged for Stephon Marbury.7Nenê, meanwhile, has produced 69.3 regular-season win shares over 15 seasons.The Nenê trade isn’t the exception, either. For the most part, all this wheeling and dealing has left New York no better off than they were when they started. *All trades involved multiple players.**The Knicks gave Denver the right to swap 2016 first-round picks in the Anthony trade. They traded away the pick entirely in the Bargnani trade.Source: Basketball-reference.com 20109Stephon Marbury28 20062Eddy Curry9 When the Knicks actually make picks, they tend to draft pretty well. They’ve made 12 first-round selections since 2001, and many of them, including Nenê and Kristaps Porzingis, have turned out to be pretty good or even great picks. But the Knicks traded a lot of those guys away and got relatively little in return.Holding onto picks before the draft is one step out of this downward spiral for the Knicks. Holding onto them after will be another. In the meantime, a little bit of luck with the pingpong balls at tonight’s lottery won’t hurt.Check out our latest NBA predictions. The Knicks have stunk at trading first-round draft picks since 2001 200416Stephon Marbury28 YEARORIGINAL PICKKEY PLAYER*PLAYER WIN SHARES WITH KNICKSPLAYER STILL WITH KNICKS? 201412Carmelo Anthony44✓ 20027Antonio McDyess1 200118Glen Rice6 20079Eddy Curry9 20167Andrea Bargnani**2 201216Tracy McGrady0 PICK TRADED FOR … read more

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The Next Phase Of NBA Superteam Technology Creating One From Scratch

2013LakersKobe BryantPau GasolDwight Howard2 Tyler Ennis2416-1.1-0.7-1.8 YearTeamStar 1Star 2Star 3prev. Stars YearTeamStar 1Star 2Star 3prev. Stars Injury status notwithstanding, superstars like Leonard don’t come up for grabs on the trade market often, and where they end up landing can often shape the destiny of the league. If Leonard does ultimately team up with James and George, the resulting Big Three would indeed reshape the NBA championship picture for years to come. The financials of such a deal are tricky, though doable. What’s unknown now is the desire of Leonard, James and George to play together — a necessary component, since the latter two are free agents — and whether the Spurs would be willing to trade their star to a rival team in the West. In other words, this Big Three is unlikely as the situation currently stands. But just the same, we’ve seen stranger things than this happen during the NBA’s summer silly season. Stay tuned. 1983LakersK. Abdul-JabbarMagic JohnsonJames Worthy2 2018ThunderR. WestbrookC. AnthonyPaul George1 PFLeBron James3436+5.4+0.8+6.2 21 2004T-WolvesKevin GarnettLatrell SprewellSam Cassell1 2015CavaliersLeBron JamesKevin LoveKyrie Irving1 1997RocketsH. OlajuwonCharles BarkleyClyde Drexler2 A Kawhi-LeBron-PG-13 Big Three would be uniqueNotable NBA Big Threes since the 1976 ABA-NBA merger, by year formed and number of stars who were already on the team’s roster 2011HeatLeBron JamesDwyane WadeChris Bosh1 Ivica Zubac2114-2.0+1.0-1.0 2004LakersShaquille O’NealKobe BryantGary Payton2 1996BullsMichael JordanScottie PippenDennis Rodman2 tot. TORDeRozan12Anunoby22Siakam11 2019Lakers (?)LeBron JamesKawhi LeonardPaul George0 PosPlayerAgeMPGOffensiveDefensiveTotal When healthy, San Antonio Spurs swingman Kawhi Leonard is a card-carrying MVP candidate and one of the game’s premier all-around talents. But here’s the thing: Leonard hasn’t really been healthy since the 2017 playoffs, when he landed awkwardly on Zaza Pachulia’s foot in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. Between that season-ending ankle sprain and a mysterious quad injury that sidelined Leonard for all but nine games of the 2017-18 season — fueling rumors of a growing rift with the Spurs organization — most of the recent headlines about Leonard have been over rehab schedules and locker-room turmoil, not his on-court brilliance.Friday’s report that Leonard wants a trade out of San Antonio was the latest (and most significant) piece of news in that department yet. According to ESPN’s Chris Haynes and Adrian Wojnarowski, Leonard would prefer to be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, which might help lay the groundwork for a superteam featuring Leonard, LeBron James and Paul George. These rumors were enough to cause a spike in the Lakers’ playoff futures, where they now have 6-1 odds of winning the 2018-19 title — after winning just 35 games last season. But while that development would shift the paradigm, would this Big Three really be able to challenge the Warriors for supremacy in the West? And are the Lakers even the team that can offer the best package in return for Leonard?If L.A. does manage to reel in the trio of stars, it would finally replenish the Lakers’ supply of future Hall of Famers, a resource the franchise mined for championship runs almost continuously from the 1940s through the 2000s (before Kobe Bryant retired to become an Oscar-winning filmmaker). It would also represent a brand new kind of Big Three, one made entirely from scratch. Up until very recently, history’s top three-star arrangements came together at least semi-organically, with one (if not two) of the members already on the roster before the third piece of the puzzle was added. Even in newer cases such as the 2010-11 Miami Heat, you usually needed at least one existing player on the roster to play Dwyane Wade’s role and help recruit other stars to join up.To illustrate this, here’s a list of just about every notable1I realize I am stretching that definition by considering, say, the 2004 Timberwolves’ combination of Sam Cassell and Latrell Sprewell with Kevin Garnett as a Big Three. NBA Big Three since the ABA merger, along with how many of its members were already on the team before the final member joined: 1988BullsMichael JordanScottie PippenHorace Grant1 Josh Hart2324+0.5-0.7-0.2 2010ThunderKevin DurantR. WestbrookJames Harden2 16 40 Includes Big Threes formed by adding players through the draft.Source: Basketball-Reference.com teamPlayers 1994MagicShaquille O’NealPenny HardawayNick Anderson2 Projected Plus/Minus What a Lakers superteam might look likeProjected depth chart for the hypothetical 2018-19 Los Angeles Lakers, with CARMELO player projected plus/minus Replacement-level players23-1.7-0.3-2.0 CARMELO would expect that team, with a projected efficiency margin of plus-5.9 points per 100 possessions, to win about 54 games next season, even with stray waiver-wire pickups logging 10 percent of the team’s available minutes. The team would also have the star power of a bona fide championship contender, with James arguably ranking as the best player in the league,2CARMELO projects him to finish a close second behind Russell Westbrook in total value next year. Leonard capable of snagging MVP votes and George checking in as a five-time All-Star by the age of 28. There would be questions about fit — since James, Leonard and George overlap in both position and skill set — and no guarantees about Leonard’s health. But this Big Three would certainly vault L.A. back into the championship conversation, where it hasn’t resided in a while.However, before these Laker bros start making plans for a parade down Figueroa Street next June, it’s fair to ask whether the Lakers are really the most likely destination for Leonard. Although Leonard may want to play in L.A., he’s also still under contract with the Spurs for one more season, so San Antonio still controls where he’d eventually end up landing. And if they can help it, I’m guessing Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford would prefer not to set a superteam up for the franchise that’s faced the Spurs in 34 playoff games since San Antonio’s dynasty began in the late nineties.Moreover, Los Angeles may not even have the best package to offer the Spurs in a deal for Leonard. Our colleagues at ESPN.com put together their seven favorite potential Leonard trades, including the Lakers’ Ball/Kuzma/Deng swap mentioned above. For each of those scenarios, I added up CARMELO’s five-year upside values, which project a player’s wins above replacement over the next five seasons with negative-value comparable players zeroed out.3This is done in order to keep a player from being penalized for a historical comparable who was penciled into the lineup despite poor play — which was presumably more the coach’s fault than the player’s. According to that measure, L.A.’s deal is among the best San Antonio might be able to get — but it has competition from Miami, Toronto, Philadelphia and others:4For the values of draft picks, I used the five-year expected value of a pick found here. For Portland’s 2019 pick, I arbitrarily assigned it the value of the No. 20 overall pick. (The Blazers pick 24th this year.) SGPaul George2836+2.0+0.5+2.5 Assumes Lakers sign LeBron James and Paul George with cap space, trade with San Antonio for Kawhi Leonard and use a salary-cap exception to sign a big man (such as Nerlens Noel).Age is as of Feb. 1, 2019.Source: ESPN.com PHICovington24Fultz810th pick9 With Leonard coming from San Antonio, James from Cleveland and George from Oklahoma City, this would be the first Big Three we could find that formed with three newcomers all meeting in a new city. Things have been trending in that direction for a while: Although the vast majority of Big Threes in the 1980s and ’90s were formed by adding a third star to a two-man core, plenty of recent Big Threes have seen two new faces joining one existing star’s squad. But this would be a new Big Three experiment that pushes the boundaries of how they can be formed even further.If the Lakers do manage to haul in Leonard, George and James, their new team would instantly be good enough to at least give the Warriors some competition in the Western Conference next season. Let’s mix our CARMELO projections, which use historical comparisons to model out a potential career arc for each current NBA player, with the L.A. superteam scenario detailed here by my colleague Kevin Pelton. In it, he assumes the Lakers sign James and George with their cap room, and that San Antonio accedes to a trade that sends Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Luol Deng’s onerous contract to the Spurs in exchange for Leonard. Here’s how CARMELO thinks that team looks on paper: PORMcCollum12Rd 1 pick4 1981CelticsLarry BirdRobert ParishKevin McHale1 2012ClippersChris PaulBlake GriffinDeAndre Jordan2 CNerlens Noel2420-2.3+2.8+0.5 Who will teams offer in exchange for Kawhi?Five-year CARMELO upside* values for selected trade packages involving Kawhi Leonard, according to ESPN.com’s Insiders Thomas Bryant2112-1.4-0.1-1.5 LALBall37Kuzma10Deng1 45 2008CelticsKevin GarnettRay AllenPaul Pierce1 2003SpursTim DuncanManu GinobiliTony Parker2 SFKawhi Leonard2728+2.1+1.3+3.4 198376ersJulius ErvingMoses MaloneBobby Jones2 47 2017WarriorsKevin DurantStephen CurryDraymond Green2 PGBrandon Ingram2131-0.3-0.5-0.8 1987PistonsIsiah ThomasAdrian DantleyBill Laimbeer2 2018RocketsChris PaulJames HardenTrevor Ariza2 1994JazzKarl MaloneJohn StocktonJeff Hornacek2 * CARMELO’s “upside” measurements are a version of our ratings in which comparable players who project to have a negative value are zeroed out instead.Numbers may not add up because of rounding.Source: ESPN.com 27 BOSHayward7Rozier14 MIADragic5Richardson14Winslow11Adebayo1748 BOSIrving2427th pick3 2008LakersKobe BryantPau GasolLamar Odom2 Team total240+3.7+2.1+5.9 read more

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