Germany tops FIFA rankings despite loss to No. 2 Brazil

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Juventus’ Sami Khedira, left, is challenged by Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos during a Champions League quarter-final, 2nd leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)ZURICH — Germany stayed at the top of the FIFA rankings despite losing to No. 2 Brazil in a friendly last month.The 2014 World Cup champions were beaten 1-0 at home in their last game before squads will be named for this year’s tournament in Russia.ADVERTISEMENT Belgium rose two places to No. 3, while Portugal and Argentina each dropped one to Nos. 4 and 5 after losing friendlies. Spain, which beat Argentina 6-1, fell two to No. 8 and Russia fell three to No. 66.Tunisia, Africa’s highest-ranked team, rose nine places to No. 14, dropping CONCACAF leader Mexico to No. 15. Iran leads the Asian teams at No. 36.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownNo. 70 Saudi Arabia is the lowest ranked World Cup team. 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 award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’center_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Folayang makes ONE return, faces unbeaten Atlangeriev in Singapore Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View commentslast_img read more

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UG defends hike in fees

first_img…admits Council only approved fees after implementationAmid the recent widespread protest of students, the University of Guyana has defended its move to increase the administrative fees. The reason for this decision by the administration was also explained.The University released a statement on Sunday which revealed that the increase in various service fees was approved by a Special Meeting of the Finance andUniversity of Guyana studentsGeneral Purpose Committee (F&GPC) since Thursday, June 1, 2017. The Committee is a statutory chapter of the University Council. This Council is said to include members of the University of Guyana Students Society (UGSS); the Private Sector; the Trade’s Union Council; the Ministries of Education and Finance; the administration; civic bodies, and the campus unions.According to the statement, the new fees were sanctioned after a comparative analysis revealed that the administrative fees of the University were lower when compared to other tertiary institutions. It was also stated that it has been almost a decade since these fees were last adjusted.In addition, the University emphasised that various improvements have been materialised within the past two years to accentuate and directly enhance the ‘learning environment and educational experience’ of the students. As such, the administration was compelled to raise the service fees.These enhancements included classroom improvements with the introduction of fans and the insertion of new PA systems in lecture halls. New bathrooms and air-conditioning were added to the George Walcott Lecture Theatre (GWLT). Air-conditioning was also introduced to the Small Lecture Theatre (SLT).There was also the construction of a modern Student Social Complex, which is yet to be commissioned in the 2018-2019 academic year.Furthermore, it was also disclosed that the service hours of the Bursary and Registry have been extended, with Saturday openings, and improved Wi-Fi access for areas such as the Dennis Irvine Hall and the Tain Campus.An Undergraduate Research Programme was created that funded travel conferences for students to Trinidad, Georgia, Florida and other places. Fifty-six student leaders were also the first beneficiaries of an Etiquette Training Programme for Student Leaders which was financed from the Vice-Chancellor’s Fund.With these environmental and educational improvements of the University, the administration believed that it was necessary to release a statement to show why the service fees were increased.Students of the institution were against the hike in fees and the UGSS had expressed its disagreement with this decision, as it would financially affect some students. It demanded clarification and believed that there was a need for consultation among the student body. All of this was in light of the fact that students were not informed of the hike in service fees and complained to the UGSS of paying extra monies for supplemental examinations. A petition was created by the students with the title ‘increase the services, not the fees’ which over 200 persons have signed so far.Nevertheless, the new increased administrative fees will be implemented by March, 1, 2018 for current and prospective students of the University of Guyana.last_img read more

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18 victim-friendly Police stations by yearend

first_imgThe Citizen Security Strengthening Programme (CSSP) will facilitate the construction of 18 victim-friendly Police stations, which are slated to be completed by the end of 2018. The project is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)These stations are being redesigned to address the capacity issues in responding to crime and violence within the country, which includes physical violence against women.CSSP Project Coordinator, Clement HenryProject Manager of the CSSP, Clement Henry, in an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI), described domestic violence as a “serious issue.”It is within this context that the stations are being fashioned to include materials, equipment, and rooms that are convenient for reports and complaints against perpetrators to be made. The modernisation of these stations is expected to foster an environment conducive to the efficient reporting system that caters specifically to victims.Henry claimed that the CSSP is currently procuring a consultancy firm to conduct a full diagnostic review in order to understand and resolve any and all issues victims have relating to reporting matters and identifying perpetrators.“We are designing the Police stations in a user-friendly manner… we’ve noticed from the safe neighbourhood surveys that many times people are reluctant [to make reports]… sometimes they complain that when they make a report, particularly domestic violence reports, [that] there is not enough confidentiality in the way they have to make the report at the open enquiries desk.”Plans are onstream to construct special rooms for domestic violence interviews as well as rooms for Identification Parades so that victims are not placed face-to-face with and intimidated by perpetrators.Construction began on 12 Police stations in the last quarter of 2017 and another six are slated to commence by the second quarter of 2018. The Cane Grove Police Station is almost entirely completed using the refurbished design and is currently awaiting Intercom Systems.Construction of redesigned stations in Mibicuri, La Grange, Kwakwani, Mackenzie, Issano, and Annai are moving apace. Among the six stations that are slated to commence construction this year are those located at Whim, Albion, and Springlands.last_img read more

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Liverpool flop in line for Marseille move

first_img Alberto Aquilani 1 Former Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani has been offered to Marseille.The Fiorentina man is expected to be on the move this summer as the Serie A club look to cash in on his services.Marseille, according to RMC, have been offered the Italian and they are now considering submitting a formal bid.Aquilani was a big-money buy for Liverpool back in 2009 but failed to settle on Merseyside and spent time on loan at Juventus and AC Milan.The 31-year-old finally left the Reds in 2012 for Fiorentina after making just 28 appearances.last_img read more

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Can Premier League players be sold once the transfer window closes?

first_img 1 Clubs are frantically getting their final business of the summer wrapped up before the transfer period ends.This year the window opened earlier than usual on May 17 and as such is shutting before a ball of the Premier League season is kicked. Alisson joined Liverpool over the summer for a world record keeper fee Getty When does the transfer window shut?Deadline Day is on August 9, a day before Manchester United face Leicester in the Premier League opener.The window will officially close at 5pm.You can keep up to date with every move here on talkSPORT – and view our extensive list of ALL this summer’s dealings for clubs in the top-flight.Can players still be sold?This deadline exists just for clubs in the English pyramid.As a result, those all over Europe can still buy players all the way up to to the end of August – so players can still be sold by English clubs, just not bought.The move is designed to provide some stability in the early season, taking away the fear of losing star players after they hit the ground running after the summer break.The FA state that sides can:Sign players on a standard loan up to the August 31, 2018.Sign players on a standard loan up to August 31, 2018 with an option to agree a permanent transfer when the next window opens.Register players who ceased to be registered with a club during the period up until August 31, 2018.Transfer players OUT to a club in any league whose window is still open.French, Italian, Spanish and German leagues are among those able to do business until midnight on August 31. How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes gameday smart causal possible xi center_img highlights ALTERED FOOTBALL LATEST Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener NEW ERA Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? last_img read more

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THE GREAT DONEGAL OUTDOORS – PART FOUR by Brendan Whelan

first_imgSince my last ‘Donegal Great Outdoors’ piece it’s been an interesting two weeks that has ranged from photographing the Aurora Borealis from the summit of Mamore Hill in Inishowen, to mountain biking and running in the hills above Muff, to delivering navigation assessments to the Slaibh Laig walking club in the Blue Stack Mountains.This week were I’ve been travelling through the Derryveagh Mountains delivering training Mountain Leader candidates in navigation, rope work and camping skills for leading groups in the high mountains of Ireland and the UK. During all of these recent journeys through the Donegal hills I have met no other mountain users on any of these days out and about, except, on Mt Errigal, that’s hardly surprising I hear you say! Sure hasn’t everyone in Donegal climb Mount Errigal, well no they haven’t is the answer!!So let’s take a look at this iconic Donegal Mountain and see just what makes it so special…Standing at 751meters (2,464feet) above sea level, the distinctive cloud piercing summit and shoulders of Mount Errigal casts an alternative view across the Donegal skyline. The mountain has a diverse and varied shape depending on what direction you view it from. In 2009 loveable landmark mountain was voted ‘Ireland’s Most Iconic Mountain’ by Walking & Hiking in Ireland, an endorsement of its distinctive beauty.Whereas most of the surrounding rocky peaks of the Derryveagh Mountains are granite, Errigal’s form is somewhat different, it’s a quartzite peak. Quartzite is a sedimentary rock which has metamorphosed (changed from sandstone) under high pressure and heat into a dense hard quartzite rock type. Errigal (possibly meaning ‘oratory’) is the 76th highest mountain in Ireland and the highest in a chain known as ‘The Seven Sisters’, which includes Muckish, Crocknalaragagh, Aghla Beg, Ardloughnabrackbaddy, Aghla More, Mackoght (Wee Errigal). This chain forms one of the great Irish mountain challenge walks, the ‘Glover Highlander’, a strenuous mountain walk which is around 23Km long and involves around 2000meters of height gain!Generally speaking most people will climb the mountain by starting from the car park off the R251 road. Initially the route crosses heavily eroded and boggy land that leads towards a visible track through the scree.There is a steady climb upwards towards the summit, with excellent views in all directions towards Tory Island, the Poison Glen, Gola, Arranmore, the Blue Stacks to name but a few, for those who don’t quite have a head for heights, be warned steep and intimidating ground abounds. This culminates with a final exposed walk along the airy ridge of the ‘one man’s pass’ which allows both summits to be gained as a reward for the steep uphill journey.If you plan to pay a visit to the mountain this bank holiday weekend, you will find plenty of route information by following the web link to the excellent Irish hillwalking resource website ‘Mountain Views’ , this is listed below.Whilst most people see Mount Errigal as ‘a handy one to climb’, you really do need to wear proper hillwalking boots and come to the mountain well equipped with warm clothes, food and a drink for the ascent. Good hillwalking boots are a must, as statically speaking the largest number of mountain rescue call outs are for what’s known as a ‘lower leg injury’ i.e. sprained or broken ankles!The amount of equipment you carry will often be dictated by the weather, so check before you head out into the hills this weekend, as the sunny weather that we’ve enjoyed during this week is set to change and this weekend is going to see a lot colder and wetter weather over the Donegal Mountains. So check some of the weather links that I’ve listed below and remember ‘hope for the best and prepare for the worst!’. Enjoy!Websites:Route Information: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/Weather Forecast: www.met.ie www.yr.nowww.bbc.co.uk/weatherMountain Rescue: www.mountainrescue.iewww.donegalmrt.ieTHE GREAT DONEGAL OUTDOORS – PART FOUR by Brendan Whelan was last modified: May 4th, 2012 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:bren whelanmountain walkinglast_img read more

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HUNT FOR THUG WHO POSED AS DOCTOR TO ROB WOMAN, 95

first_imgA 95 year old pensioner has been robbed after a man entered her home in Lifford pretending to be a doctor.The elderly woman allowed the man into her home thinking he was calling to see her.The man was described as six feet tall and wearing a blue suit. The man said he was a doctor and immediately targeted the woman’s purse at her house at Porthall.It is understood the man got €100 in cash from the purse.The woman was not hurt during the incident but was shaken up.The incident happened between 11am and 1pm. The incident only came to light when a home help called to see the woman later yesterday afternoon.Crime Prevention Officer Sgt Paul Walace has appealed to anyone who was in the area and may have noticed a man in a blue suit acting suspiciously to contact them.“This was a particular horrendous crime. This man talked his way into this elderly woman’s home and then he robs her.“She was not hurt but she was terrified after realising that this man had been in her home and the only reason he was there was to rob her,” he said. HUNT FOR THUG WHO POSED AS DOCTOR TO ROB WOMAN, 95 was last modified: March 11th, 2015 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:doctordonegalGardaiLiffordPorthallrobbedlast_img read more

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Tangled Branches Confound Darwinian Trees

first_imgDarwin’s branching “tree of life” diagram made for a nice, simple, easy-to-understand, convenient myth. It has sent scientists on a wild tree chase ever since.MammalsNew Genetic Research Shows Extent of Cross-Breeding between Wild Wolves and Domestic Dogs across Europe and Asia (University of Lincoln). Did dogs ‘evolve’ from wolves? Could the history of the dog family be used as evidence for Darwinian evolution? This study from the University of Lincoln (UK) shows tangled branches in the phylogenetic tree between wolves and domestic dogs.The results suggest that wolf-dog hybridisation has been geographically widespread in Europe and Asia and has been occurring for centuries. The phenomenon is seen less frequently in wild wolf populations of North America.Corel Professional Photos (this and next)That wolves can interbreed with dogs is well-documented, and yet wolves retain their outward identity. Is there such a thing as a ‘pure’ wolf? Dr Malgorzata Pilot, from the School of Life Sciences at the University of Lincoln, said:“Our research highlighted that some individual wolves which had been identified as ‘pure wolves’ according to their physical characteristics were actually shown to be of mixed ancestry. On the other hand, two Italian wolves with an unusual, black coat colour did not show any genetic signatures of hybridisation, except for carrying a dog-derived variant of a gene linked to dark colouration. This suggests that the definition of genetically ‘pure’ wolves can be ambiguous and identifying admixed individuals can be difficult, implying that management strategies based on removal of suspected hybrids from wolf populations may be inefficient.”The situation appears analogous to Neanderthals interbreeding with “modern humans.” Wolves are classified as a different species from dogs, but appear to be the same, based on the biological species concept.FishMarine fish won an evolutionary lottery 66 million years ago: The rapid proliferation of acanthomorphs was a response to a mass extinction (University of California, Los Angeles). Headlines like this that speak of an “evolutionary lottery” might be cute, but do not enlighten. UCLA scientists begin with an even crazier idea: that an asteroid created fish diversity.Why do our oceans contain such a staggering diversity of fish of so many different sizes, shapes and colors? A UCLA-led team of biologists reports that the answer dates back 66 million years, when a six-mile-wide asteroid crashed to Earth, wiping out the dinosaurs and approximately 75 percent of the world’s animal and plant species….The aftermath of the asteroid crash created an enormous evolutionary void, providing an opportunity for the marine fish that survived it to greatly diversify.To justify their claim, the UCLA “evolutionary detectives” used divination on the genomes of several acanthomorph fish, inhaling the incense of millions of years.“The mass extinction, we argue, provided an evolutionary opportunity for a select few of the surviving acanthomorphs to greatly diversify, and it left a large imprint on the biodiversity of marine fishes today,” Alfaro said. “It’s like there was a lottery 66 million years ago, and these six major acanthomorph groups were the winners.”Even if their dates were correct, their theory relies on sheer dumb luck. It staggers the imagination to think that all these fish emerged from catastrophe with major changes in color, size and habitat with only the toolkit of chance mutations and natural selection. Can anyone call this a good scientific theory if it contradicts expectations and surprises the scientists?The researchers also extracted DNA from 118 species of marine fish and conducted a computational analysis to determine the relationships among them. Among their findings: It’s not possible to tell which species are genetically related simply by looking at them. Seahorses, for example, look nothing like goatfish, but the two species are evolutionary cousins — a finding that surprised the scientists.RotifersWe still don’t know how strange celibate animals evolve (Imperial College London). Sexual reproduction is supposed to make natural selection more efficient, according to the Darwinians in this UK institution; it shuffles genes for the offspring, “and allows animals to evolve defences against changing environmental conditions more rapidly, especially new diseases.” So why did bdelloid rotifers dispense with sex? Darwinian theory did not predict this.Bdelloid rotifers however appear to be an exception to this rule: they are all female, and their offspring are clones of their mothers. Bdelloids are microscopic animals that live in freshwater and damp habitats across the world. Despite their apparent lack of sex, we know they have evolved for tens of millions of years into more than 500 species.By studying their genomes – the set of all the genes that define an animal’s characteristics – researchers thought they had identified an explanation for how bdelloids had ‘gotten away’ with no sex for millions of years.Faced with this falsification, the evolutionists at ICL came up with an alternative explanation:We thought we were understanding more about these creatures, but this is a spanner in the works.that species able to survive desiccation would be able to remove some of the genes that cause problems with asexuality. They made predictions about what those species should look like. Did it work?The researchers found that the predicted differences between species that can and cannot survive desiccation were not observed. This suggests that DNA repair following desiccation may not be as important as previously thought, and that other factors may need to be considered to explain bdelloid evolution.Senior researcher Professor Tim Barraclough, from the Department of Life Science at Imperial, said: “We have been building up this story of how these creatures manage to change based on their remarkable ability to survive desiccation.“However, when we open up the investigation to other sexless species of bdelloid that do not dry out, we find that the story does not play out. We thought we were understanding more about these creatures, but this is a spanner in the works.”Next, they considered the possibility that these small creatures were borrowing genes from plants, bacteria, fungi and microbes – a process called horizontal gene transfer (HGT). If HGT was at work in these creatures, it would have really scrambled any attempt to find Darwin’s tree in the genes. In addition, they could not rule out that the asexual species revert to sexual reproduction and back again, or that bdelloid males are hiding somewhere. Applying tontological grammar throughout the press release, they end in failure: “We will continue to investigate these fascinating creatures, but for now, the mystery has only deepened.” Their open-access paper can be found in PLoS Biology.More examples in tomorrow’s entry.Darwinians speak with great swelling words of vanity, bluffing about all the evidence out there that proves Darwin was right. Well, where is it? Every time we look, we find storytelling, imagination, speculation, and falsification of expectations. We find them using divination techniques that rely on Darwinian magic (sheer dumb luck) and moyboy time as core assumptions. Does Darwin’s tree of life jump out of the data to a casual observer? If even poodles and grey wolves are the same species that can hybridize and interbreed, don’t expect the diversity of living things to line up in a great branching tree. As Thumb’s second postulate says, “A simple, easy-to-understand falsehood is more useful than a complex, incomprehensible truth.” That falsehood is what is taught in textbooks and public schools. You can hear about the complex realities here at CEH. (Visited 474 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SA to celebrate 20 years of freedom

first_img17 April 2013 South Africa’s historic 20th anniversary of freedom and democracy next year promises to be nothing short of spectacular, with government expected to pull out all the stops, says Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile. Speaking to SAnews on Tuesday, Mashatile said government was planning a spectacular line-up of events in the build-up to the 20th anniversary of freedom and democracy in 2014. The planning will start after President Jacob Zuma’s address on Freedom Day later this month. Freedom Day is an annual celebration of South Africa’s first non-racial democratic elections of 1994 and since the dawn of democracy, the country has been commemorating Freedom Day on 27 April every year. This year, President Zuma will give the keynote address at the Freedom Day celebration to be held at the Union Buildings under the theme: “Mobilising society towards our democracy and freedom,” Mashatile said. “Of significance is that we will use this year’s Freedom Day celebrations to launch a year-long build-up programme leading up to the historic 20th anniversary of freedom and democracy. “As we celebrate our 20th anniversary of liberation, we hope to be joined by the people of the world, many of whom have made it possible for us to achieve our freedom and to sustain it for two decades. “This year during the Freedom Month, the President will [give us] an indication on how we are going to celebrate the 20th anniversary of freedom and that will be the beginning of planning for the major celebration next year,’ he said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Pro Tip: Change Track Height in Premiere Pro

first_imgChanging Audio Track HeightKeyboard Shortcut: Option + or –By default, you won’t be able to see audio waveforms. But if you simply use the Option + or – keyboard shortcut, you can scale the audio track up until the waveforms are visible. I find it much more helpful to have larger audio tracks and smaller video tracks. Need to see your waveforms or video thumbnails? Here’s a quick way to change track height in Premiere Pro.A little time saved here or there can quickly add up when you’re video editing. One of the best ways to save time is to use keyboard shortcuts. Let’s take a look at a few important shortcuts for changing track height in Premiere Pro.Changing Video Track HeightKeyboard Shortcut: Command + or –When you drag footage into a new composition it will be ‘flat’ by default, meaning you won’t be able to see a visual thumbnail. If you want to see a visual thumbnail of the first frame, all you need to do is hit Command + or – with your timeline selected. This will allow you to adjust various effects like opacity and time remapping without having to open up the effects panel. Saving Track PresetsStep 1: Adjust Your TimelineUsing either your mouse or the keyboard shortcuts listed above, change your timeline tracks to your desired height. You can also customize the various buttons on the side of the track by right clicking in the blank space in the track editor and clicking customize.Step 2: Save PresetTo save your track preset, simply hit the gear icon at the top of your timeline and select Save Preset. A dialogue box will pop up that says Save Preset. You will now be able to name your preset and assign a track preset number.Step 3: Assign Keyboard ShortcutIf you want your track preset to be assigned to a keyboard shortcut (and you should), you will need to go to the keyboard shortcut preference panel. To do so, simply navigate to Premiere Pro>Keyboard Shortcuts… or hit Option+Command+K. In the panel that pops up, type in the word “Track” and you should see ten rows of Track Height Presets. Simply click on your preset of choice and type in your desired keyboard shortcut. You should now be able to recall your Track Height Preset in the timeline.How does track height contribute to your Premiere Pro workflow? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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