Huge voice

first_imgSatiricus was grinning from ear to ear. He and his buddy, Cappo, were sidling into the Back Street Bar for their daily fortification, before they went home after work.“Cappo, you are looking at a very happy man!” Satiricus said, as they took their customary seats at a back table.“Me see da,” Cappo said, “Yuh get wan raise, or wha’?”“Better than a raise, old buddy… better than a raise,” Satiricus replied, as he signalled the waitress for two cold ones. “Some good news from the Leader!”“De Leadah? Which Leadah? De Foundah Leadah?” asked Cappo slyly. “Me hear Pressie bin talk ‘bout Burnt Ham’!”“Everything is skin teeth with you, Cappo,” replied Satiricus testily. “You know I’m talking about my leader, Rum Jhaat of my party – the KFC.”“Me see Rum Jhaat ah de Pee-an-See Kangress… ‘e face bin look prappa sa-wa!” said Cappo. “Me na know ‘e woulda talk ah de Kangress. Like ‘e jine dem, or wha’?”“No Cappo. He didn’t join the Pee-an-See, and that’s what I wanted to tell you,” Satiricus said in a patient tone. “Rum Jhaat said the KFC has a ‘huge voice in coalition’!”“Suh wha’ de KFC get fram de Pee-an-See wid dem ‘yuge vice’?” Cappo wanted to know. “Naga Man start fuh chair Cabinet now?”“Look Cappo, why you want to bring up that? That’s water under the bridge. Let’s talk about NOW!” said Satiricus with glee. “Look how Naga Man get to be on the team to judge North-Ton on the emergency warehouse! That is POWER boy!”“Wha’ suh big ‘bout da?” said Cappo in a puzzled voice.“Budday!” exclaimed Satiricus exuberantly. “You didn’t see how North-Ton was voted in to the top ranks of the Pee-an-See? And a KFC top leader Naga Man was allowed to judge him!! That’s real power!!”“But how come dem mek Trottie Man de chair fuh de Committee and nah Naga Man?” Said Cappo with a twinkle in his eye.“I didn’t think of that,” said Satiricus quietly.last_img read more

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Allegiance to the Queen

first_imgDear Editor,Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves is known to be anti-colonial. In fact it is not a secret that he is a leftist, being close to Cuba, Venezuela and other communist countries. A move by him in 2009 to remove the Queen as the Head of the multi island state was defeated in a referendum.However he and his son, Camilo, who is the Minister of Foreign Affairs in their own way played down Her Majesty.Legislation was passed on Tuesday where officials now swearing allegiance will no longer have to do so to the Queen, but now to the Constitution of St Vincent and the Grenadines. However, Her Majesty remains the Head.Gonsalves told Parliament that from time immemorial, the Oath of Allegiance and the oath of execution of office has been sworn, in accordance with the existing law to Her Majesty, her heirs and successor. He added that although Her Majesty is the head of state, it does not necessarily follow that you have to swear the allegiance to her. There is no constitutional provision to that effect in our Constitution. Parliament has made the law and Parliament can change the Oaths of Officials Act.The Prime Minister made it quite clear that he does not expect that in serving the people of SVG “we will not be serving her majesty. But it is just what is where sense of our primary obligation is, and that is what it is about. Simply and straight forward.Gonsalves noted that his son Camilo noted his objection to having to swear allegiance to Her Majesty when he was sworn in as a senator in 2013. The young Gonsalves, who is an attorney, is Minister of Foreign Affairs, and he did the research on the issue.Jamaicans do not have to swear allegiance to the Queen. In fact SVG took a page from reggae land.Incidentally Thursday June 2 marked the 64th anniversary when Queen Elizabeth was crowned Queen.Yours truly,Oscar Ramjeetlast_img read more

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Platini in court for make-or-break appeal

first_img0Shares0000Michel Platini arrives to appear before the Court of Arbitration for Sport to appeal his six-year FIFA ban for ethics violations in Lausanne on April 29, 2016 (AFP Photo/Fabrice Coffrini)LAUSANNE, April 29 – UEFA’s fallen chief Michel Platini mounted a final challenge against his six-year ban from football on Friday in an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), with ally-turned-foe Sepp Blatter testifying for FIFA.The stakes could not be higher for the 60-year-old former French international, who led Europe’s powerful football confederation and was favoured to take charge of world governing body FIFA before his dramatic downfall last year. If CAS overturns the ethics violation verdict imposed by FIFA judges, then Platini could be at the Stade de France for the Euro 2016 opener between hosts France and Romania on June 10.A negative verdict will see his glittering career in the sport brought to an ignominious halt.“Today the match begins, a new match, the final, and we are all on the same page. I’m optimistic, we’re going to win,” Platini told reporters.The Frenchman has been sanctioned over an infamous two million Swiss franc ($2 million, 1.8 million euro) payment he received in 2011 from then-FIFA president Blatter.FIFA’s ethics committee in December banned both men from all football activities for eight years. The suspensions were cut to six years in February.Both men insist they did nothing wrong and that the payment was part of a legitimate oral contract tied to consulting work that Platini did for FIFA between 1999 and 2002.– ‘Nice to see Platini’ –Blatter entered the court in the Swiss city of Lausanne around 10:40 am (0840 GMT) and told reporters he was “happy” to testify in the case, following a request from FIFA.“It will be nice to see Michel Platini again,” Blatter said. “It has been a while since I’ve seen him.”He left roughly 90 minutes later, describing the process as “fair (and) very proper.”Blatter said he was questioned by FIFA lawyers, Platini’s camp and a panel of judges.“I hope that my participation has helped to find a solution to this problem,” Blatter said, declining to discuss specifics of his testimony.Blatter and Platini, once the most powerful figures in world football, were once considered strong allies but their relationship publicly frayed as Blatter repeatedly refused to cede the FIFA presidency.The murky two million Swiss franc payment ultimately destroyed Platini’s chances of replacing Blatter as the Frenchman was forced to pull out of the race to become FIFA president in an election won by his number two at UEFA, Gianni Infantino.UEFA has said it will not replace Platini until all his appeals are exhausted, so if the former French star is successful at CAS he could reclaim his job in time to preside over Euro 2016.Platini’s entourage is hoping for a decision “before May 3” when UEFA holds its congress in Budapest.Blatter has also appealed to CAS and is awaiting a date for his hearing.– ‘Last venue of appeal’ –Friday’s tribunal will be in session until around 5:00 pm (1500 GMT).“This is the last avenue of appeal,” Platini’s lawyer Thibaud D’Ales conceded to AFP.The CAS consists of three legal experts, one each representing Platini and FIFA and a president.Platini has chosen Yale and Harvard educated Swedish lawyer Jan Paulsson, with world football’s ruling body selecting Bernard Hanotiau of Switzerland.The hearing will be chaired by Luigi Fumagalli, a University of Milan-educated Italian international law expert.As part of his defence Platini’s legal team will produce an invoice for the suspect payment in an attempt to prove there was nothing untoward about the transaction.“Five people from the offices of FIFA were involved in this payment, which was processed by the Finance Committee and reported to the Executive Committee. It is far from a hidden payment,” said D’Ales.Platini’s name has also emerged in the Panama Papers, a leaked set of 11.5 million documents that provide detailed information about more than 214,000 offshore companies listed by the Panamanian corporate service provider Mossack Fonseca.But D’Ales denied this had any relevance to Friday’s hearing.“His fiscal situation was known by the Swiss authorities. This has nothing to do with it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Mourinho hopes to have Pogba back for Europa clash

first_imgThe 24-year-old joined other key players such as leading scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic and defensive duo Chris Smalling and Phil Jones on the sidelines.“The situation is not easy for us,” Mourinho told BT Sport on Sunday just before hosting strugglers Swansea.“But the reality is we have two competitions to play for and we have to go with everything we have.“We are rotating players.“We don’t have many to do it but Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard, Luke Shaw — they didn’t play the last match (0-0 draw with Manchester City last Thursday) so at least we have four fresh players.”Mourinho, who is battling on two fronts to qualify for the Champions League either through winning the Europa League or finishing in the top four in the Premier League, then had to watch Shaw limp off in the eighth minute of the Swansea match.However, Mourinho was able to surprisingly name Spanish midfielders Juan Mata on the bench as he had not been expected to return till the very end of the season after undergoing groin surgery.The 29-year-old Spaniard’s return comes in the wake of Mourinho imploring Smalling and Jones to fight to come back earlier than predicted to help out Ivory Coast central defender Eric Bailly who has been a rock in the defence but has not been able to be rested.“Juan Mata is coming back on the bench, a good effort to be ready as soon as possible,” said Mourinho.“I think Paul (Pogba) also will be ready for our next match. We will fight with everything we have.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba chases the ball during the UEFA Europa League quarter-final match between Manchester United and Anderlecht at Old Trafford in Manchester on April 20, 2017 © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 30 – Paul Pogba will alleviate the pressure on Manchester United’s injury-depleted squad in returning for the Europa League semi-final against Celta Vigo on Thursday, manager Jose Mourinho said Sunday.The French international midfielder — the world’s most expensive player — has not been in action since limping out of last Sunday’s 2-0 Premier League win over Burnley.last_img read more

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It’s hard to see Lampard staying at Man City beyond February, says Wahl

first_imgIt will be tough for Manchester City to keep Frank Lampard until the end of the Premier League season, Grant Wahl has told talkSPORT.The former Chelsea midfielder has been a hit at the Etihad Stadium since his loan move from New York City, scoring five goals in 11 appearances for Manuel Pellegrini’s men but is currently set to return the American side in January.His form, though, has seen the Chilean talk about extending the 36-year-old’s time with the club until the end of the current campaign, but Wahl, who writes for Sports Illustrated, can only see Lampard staying until the end of February.He told Hawksbee and Jacobs: “I can certainly see Lampard having his loan extended from the end of this calendar year to the end of February, which would allow him not to miss any of the MLS season but I have a hard time seeing him staying in England beyond the end of February.“This is the first season of NYCFC being in the league and Lampard is one of their marquee players. I think the team really does need him to be in New York to drum up interest once the regular season gets going.“This will be a test of Manchester City’s owners and to see how committed they are to this project.“If this was maybe the second or third season of the team here in New York then I could see him staying until the end of the Premier League season.”last_img read more

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Former midfielder set to be named Rangers manager

first_img1 Stuart McCall has arrived at Rangers’ training ground to begin work as the new Rangers manager.McCall was photographed driving through the gates at Murray Park ahead of the anticipated announcement of his appointment.The 50-year-old is expected to deliver his first media conference as Rangers boss later on Thursday.The former Ibrox midfielder will be tasked with rejuvenating Rangers’ promotion bid with the team currently sitting third in the Scottish Championship.The Scotland assistant coach resigned as Motherwell manager in November after collecting just seven points from the first 12 games of the Scottish Premiership season and suffering cup defeats to Hamilton and Icelandic side Stjarnan.But McCall previously led the Lanarkshire club to their best run of post-war league results, finishing third and second, twice, in his three full seasons in charge, having earlier led them to the Scottish Cup final in 2011.The former Scotland midfielder won six league titles in seven seasons with Rangers after joining the club in 1991 in the early stages of their nine-in-a-row run, making a total of 264 appearances.An appointment would relieve Kenny McDowall of his caretaker-manager duties following a poor run of results under the reluctant leader.McDowall, who has openly admitted he would rather not be in charge, has only secured three wins in 10 games since taking over when Ally McCoist was put on garden leave in December.McCoist and McDowall have both handed in their resignations and have been serving their 12-month notice periods.The positivity surrounding the Dave King-led revolution in the boardroom, which was extremely popular with fans, has not been transmitted to the pitch with the club drawing with both Cowdenbeath and Queen of the South since the shareholder vote.Despite being seven points ahead of fifth-placed Falkirk with a game in hand, McDowall warned after Tuesday’s 1-1 home draw with Queens that Rangers were in danger of falling out of the Scottish Championship top four and missing out on a play-off place. Scotland coach Stuart McCall last_img read more

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Ticket prices have KILLED English football, say Borussia Dortmund fan campaigners

first_img1 Borussia Dortmund stars clear the pitch of tennis balls thrown by fans in protest of rising ticket prices Borussia Dortmund supporters have joined Liverpool fans in protest of ticket prices, saying the atmosphere at Premier League grounds has been destroyed by the astronomical rise.The Reds faithful abandoned the weekend’s Premier League game against Sunderland the 77th minute in complaint of £77 tickets being introduced at Anfield next season.And Dortmund fans staged a protest of their own during Tuesday’s clash at Stuttgart, throwing tennis balls onto the pitch after charges of up to €60 for seats in the away end.Dortmund supporter and tennis ball protest organiser Marc Quambusch said leading English grounds have become little more than tourist destinations, and branded Liverpool’s decision to introduce a £77 match ticket next season as “ridiculous”.He believes the cost of following football in England has already rendered the atmosphere at top-flight clubs, once the envy of German fans, “dead”.“We are not talking about a once in a lifetime concert because Michael Jackson has come back to Earth, we are talking about an average football match,” Quambusch, the spokesman for the campaign group Kein Zwanni [No to 20 euros], told Press Association Sport.“When you look at England – and I love English football and I have many friends in England – but when you watch English football and the quietness in the stadium, you should say, ‘OK, that’s not what we want in Germany’.“I’ve been to different matches, Arsenal, Nottingham, Liverpool also… In years gone by we in Germany looked to English football and said, ‘Oh that’s great, that’s what we want, this is the biggest atmosphere in Europe’, and now it’s completely dead to be honest.“When you look in English stadiums especially, so many tourists from abroad are flying to Manchester, to London and going to Arsenal or United matches and haven’t any connection to the club they support. They’re just customers.“But as a football club you also need fans, you need people who say, ‘OK, now my club is ruined or we have been relegated, but I love this club’.“You can’t run a business only with tourists. The English Premier League isn’t an English Premier League, you could also say it’s just an international Premier League, because there are not so many English players on the pitch, not so many English fans in the stadium. They could play it in China.”Dortmund fans’ innovative protest at Stuttgart’s Mercedes-Benz Arena saw the DFB-Pokal clash briefly halted when away fans, who had boycotted the first 20 minutes of the match, enter the stadium to throw numerous tennis balls on to the pitch in protest over the hosts’ ticket prices.A quarter of the tickets for away fans for the quarter-final, which Dortmund won 3-1, were priced at more than 70 euros [£54], with almost 40 per cent costing more than 60 euros [£46]. The tennis balls also served a dual purpose, with Quambusch explaining there is a saying in German – ‘great tennis’ – to describe something very good.“This was an ironic way to say your ticket prices are very good,” he said.“Also we want to say we don’t want to have a tennis audience in football stadiums. Nothing against tennis – great sport – but we don’t want a tennis atmosphere in football stadiums.”The Bundesliga is renowned among fans in England as an inexpensive place to watch football, with many making day trips from England to Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion or Hertha Berlin’s Olympiastadion, but Quambusch says the idea tickets are cheap is not altogether correct.“It’s right when it comes to standing tickets,” he said. “It used to be cheap also for the seats – it isn’t any more.“And when fans, especially from Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund, are travelling away we get charged a completely different rate that’s really high.”last_img read more

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‘We were not sharp or fluent enough’ – Wenger reflects on draw at Man United

first_imgArsene Wenger admits his Arsenal side ‘have played better’ than the 1-1 draw with Manchester United.The Gunners were heading for defeat before Olivier Giroud’s last-minute header sealed them a point at Old Trafford, cancelling out Juan Mata’s second-half effort.LISTEN: Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud IS ‘a regular player’, insists Arsene Wenger: ‘With Alexis Sanchez, I have two options at the moment’“I felt overall we had a serious defensive performance, offensively we have played better,” Wenger concluded.“We had not our usual style to go forward. We were not sharp or fluent enough. Man United blocked us well as well, they were very organised.“In the second half we came out in the first 20 minutes and we didn’t play. Deservedly Manchester United led 1-0, but they dropped off and gave us the ball again. We were resilient and in the end I think we scored a great goal.”Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho reacted angrily when United were denied a penalty by referee Andre Marriner in the first half after Antonio Valencia tangled with Nacho Monreal.While the Portuguese was restrained after the game, following recent brushes with match officials, Wenger did not think the incident merited a penalty.He said: “My view was it was not a penalty and you will not be surprised by that. Mourinho’s view was it was a penalty and you will not be surprised by that!”last_img read more

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Fossils tell the mammal story

first_imgVertebra from the newly discovered dinosaur species Aardonyx celestea. This fossil has helped scientists to learn more about how early dinosaurs walked.(Image: Cathy Findley PR) Prof Bruce Rubidge shows visitors a large crocodile-like reptile skull, Erythrosuchus, believed to be one of the most distant ancestors of dinosaurs.(Image: Wilma den Hartigh) The large hand of a Gorgonopsian clearly illustrates the hunting capabilities of these flesh-eating mammal-like reptiles.(Image: Cathy Findley PR) Massospondylus eggs and fossiled embryo.(Image: Cathy Findley PR) The fossils on show reveal important information about the development of mammal-like reptiles, which over hundreds of millions of years gradually evolved into mammals.(Image: Wilma den Hartigh)MEDIA CONTACTS• Nicolle Kairuz Cathy Findley Public Relations+27 11 463 6372Wilma den HartighA rare collection of original fossils that evolved over a period of 120-million years, dating back even further than the discovery of early hominids, is on display at Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind.The new exhibition is a collaboration between Maropeng and the Bernard Price Institute (BPI) for Palaeontological Research at Wits University, to celebrate the university’s 90th anniversary.The fossils on display, which offer an extraordinary glimpse into what came before dinosaurs, are a small selection of pieces from the institute’s prized original fossil collection.At a glance the items on display might look like nothing more than pieces of rock, but a closer inspection reveals that they are palaeontological finds with great significance.These fossils are helping scientists piece together the puzzle of human and mammal evolution.Speaking at the opening of the exhibition, BPI director Prof Bruce Rubidge explained that the fossils on show reveal important information about the development of mammal-like reptiles, which over hundreds of millions of years gradually evolved into mammals.“All fossils displayed here are our ancestors,” says Rubidge.What scientists saw in their study of these fossils is that over time our primitive reptilian ancestors gradually acquired more mammal-like features. “This means we can trace the entire evolutionary development of mammals,” he explains.Rubidge explains that about 300-million years ago, when terrestrial ecosystems started to develop, the only animals with backbones were fish and amphibians.The Karoo region records a long period of geological ancestry of three groups of reptiles that gave rise to tortoises, dinosaurs, lizards, snakes and small mammals. “This whole evolution is encapsulated in these rocks in the Karoo,” he says.SA’s rich fossil heritageThis collection of fossils is even more noteworthy because of its origins in rocks in the Karoo region, dating back 180- to 300-million years ago.“What is amazing about South Africa’s Karoo rock is that it is an almost continuous sedimentary record of palaeontological history for a period of 120-million years,” explains Rubidge.“It is the only place in the world with such an extensive and continuous record.”What’s on show?Visitors can see parts of Aardonyx, a vegetarian dinosaur from the early Jurassic period. This fossil, approximately 195-million years old and estimated to be seven metres long, has helped scientists to learn more about how early dinosaurs walked.According to Dr Adam Yates, the primary investigator and a palaeontologist at the BPI, this particular species is important as it was close to the common ancestor of the gigantic sauropod dinosaurs.Sauropods, also known as brontosaurs, were the largest backboned animals to walk on land with their long necks, tree-trunk legs and whip-like tails. Aardonyx probably walked on its hind legs, but could also drop onto all fours.There is a large crocodile-like reptile skull, Erythrosuchus, believed to be one of the most distant ancestors of dinosaurs.The large hand of a Gorgonopsian clearly illustrates the hunting capabilities of these flesh-eating mammal-like reptiles.The showpiece of the collection is the 195-million-year-old clutch of dinosaur eggs – the oldest fossilised dinosaur eggs in the world, discovered in a cliff at the Golden Gate Highlands National Park in the Free State province.This site previously yielded the oldest known embryos belonging to Massospondylus, a relative of sauropods.The discovery of the clutch of eggs, which made international headlines, revealed important clues about the evolution of complex reproductive behaviour in early dinosaurs.Speaking about this discovery in an earlier news report David Evans, curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology at the Royal Ontario Museum, said even though the fossil record of dinosaurs is extensive, there is very little information about their reproductive biology, particularly for early dinosaurs.The newly-discovered dinosaur nesting ground is believed to be more than 100-million years older than previously known nesting sites.At least ten nests have been discovered at several levels at the Golden Gate site, each with up to 34 round eggs in tightly clustered clutches.The distribution of the nests in the rock indicates show that early dinosaurs returned repeatedly to this site, a process known as nesting site fidelity.A palaeotourism route for SAThe fossils found in Karoo rock add to the country’s already extraordinary fossil record. “South Africa has had an enormous impact on the field of palaeontology,” Rubidge says.He says there is great potential to develop a palaeotourism route in South Africa, and that there’s no reason why such an initiative couldn’t be as successful as the country’s wine route. South Africa has one of the richest fossil records and collections in the world and the industry could create many jobs.Sites to include on the route include the Cradle of Humankind, where the 2.3-million year-old fossil Australopithecus africanus, known as Mrs Ples, was found in 1947; Nieu-Bethesda’s Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre, famous for its early dinosaur and reptile discoveries; Golden Gate, the site of the oldest fossilised dinosaur eggs in the world, and Langebaan on the West Coast, where fossilised human footprints dating back 117 000 years were found, the oldest known footprints of an anatomically-modern human.Langebaan is home to the West Coast Fossil Park, about 150km northwest of Cape Town, where the oldest woodpecker in Africa was recently discovered and named after former president Nelson Mandela. It lived during the Pliocene era, which extended from about 5.3-million years to 2.6-million years ago.The park contains many well-preserved examples of animals that roamed the land about five million years ago and is described as possibly the most diverse collection of fossils of that age.• The fossil display will run until the end of October 2012.last_img read more

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BlogOnExpo: Top Bloggers Share Their Tips

first_imgRelated Posts Blogger Aditya Mahesh has managed to corral some of the biggest names in blogging to contribute to the BlogOnExpo, an event Mahesh describes as an online conference aimed at helping bloggers improve their blogs. Starting yesterday and running through the 18th of January, the BlogOnExpo includes interviews and short tutorials from names many readers here will recognize. Ryan Block talks about the hard work behind Engadget, John Chow recorded a video titled What to Do When You Lose Your Biggest Source of Traffic and Pete Cashmore discusses looking for literacy in prospective Mashable contributors. There’s a long list of big names (plus yours truly, fwiw) who have already contributed content. Sessions will continue for the next two days.ContextThe idea of offering a “conference” on blogging for free, online, with such high profile contributors is a good one. Most real-life conferences strive to have big names but end up with mediocre content and the best value comes from conversations in the halls with other attendees. In this case, the content in the BlogOnExpo is pretty darned good. I was skeptical about how many of the listed participants would actually participate but a few days into the event – I am impressed!If I had any criticisms they would be that the interview transcripts are a little awkward and the participants are limited primarily to tech bloggers. There are a lot of bloggers online who are wildly successful who don’t write about blogging or tech at all. My favorite examples are the blogs Simply Recipes and Confessions of a Pioneer Woman. It would be nice to hear from some more top bloggers outside of technology about what’s worked well for them.That said, Aditya Mahesh has done a remarkable job in this first iteration and I look forward to seeing what he does next. marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Events Guide#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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