How to make a magnificent mini-impression

first_imgPeople decide very quickly whether something appeals to them – usually in a matter of seconds. If you work in communications, marketing or fundraising, it’s wise to remember to focus on that mini-impression formed in the first few instants of engagement.You can be sure the Super Bowl advertisers knew that – heck, they were spending $116,667 a second to make a good impression. They didn’t always do a good job, but there is a lot to learn from their successes and failures.In the Harvard Business Review blog this week, Ron Ashkenas shares reflections on the three things needed for the best possible mini-impression, drawing on lessons from the Super Bowl. He says to think about your favorite commercial and three things that might have made it great. Did it:1. Capture attention. Which part of that commercial stays with you? What technique did the advertiser use to draw you in? 2. Convey a clear message. Consider the key message for the target audience. What did the company try to convey, and how did the advertiser use that to connect with viewers? How did they frame the message to make this point? 3. Differentiate. Think about what distinguishes your advertiser from the rest. How did the company use the commercial to portray its unique brand? Now think about how this applies to your work. What attention-grabbing technique can you incorporate into your next important conversation? How can you ensure your audience walks away with your most critical takeaway? Are you making clear what sets you apart from others?Good advice. You don’t have to have an insanely large marketing budget to master the mini-impression – you just need to remember these basics. In fact, if you have a small budget, these tenets are even more critical. You want to leave a big impression right away, every time you get the chance.last_img read more

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World Cup 2018: Mohamed Salah fit to face Russia, says Egypt coach

first_imgEgypt coach Hector Cuper is ready to unleash Mohamed Salah against hosts Russia when the two sides face-off in the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Tuesday.A shoulder injury kept Salah out of Egypt’s opening game against Group A favourites Uruguay, in which the team from north Africa were beaten 1-0.Russians made a dream start, beating Saudi Arabia 5-0 to rise to the top of the group above Uruguay on goal difference and Egypt must at least draw with the host nation in St Petersburg on Tuesday to keep their World Cup hopes alive.”Salah is fit,” Cuper told reporters on Monday. “We always carry out a last physical test before we announce our line-up and today we will have an important test for him to see how he does.”I think he will be able to play. He is an essential piece in our team.”2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGESalah spent last season scything through some of the best defences in Europe, scoring 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool in the most prolific campaign of his career.He has scored 33 goals in 57 appearances for Egypt and was their top scorer in World Cup qualifying, sealing their place in Russia with a stoppage-time penalty against Congo that sparked wild celebrations in the soccer-mad country.”He’s a great player, a crucial player, that much is perfectly clear,” the Argentine added.”Salah is one of the best players in the world. For me there’s no shadow of a doubt there. It’s an honour and a privilege to coach him.advertisement”On top of being talented, he is humble. He is a team player and that at least for me is extremely important now. He’s an important player for us. Nobody can deny that. I say it with all due respect to the other players in the Egyptian squad…. I think he’ll be able to play.”Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov told reporters he had devised a tactical plan to keep Salah quiet and Cuper is delighted.”I think it’s great if their coach is only focusing on Salah,” he said. “Whether Salah can be stopped or not, different coaches will have different strategies.”Salah is a player who has enormous skill and I have to say when we don’t have him, we feel his absence.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Sports Highlights

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 26 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 1730 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *Stories related to India’s tour of UK. *Report of Football World Cup match between Australia and Peru. *Report of Football World Cup match between France and Denmark. *Report of Football World Cup match between Argentina and Nigeria. *Report of Football World Cup match between Croatia and Iceland. STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-IND-PREVIEWIndia look to kick off English summer on winning noteBy Chetan NarulaDublin, Jun 26 (PTI) It’s the dress rehearsal before the the actual test but India would do well not to let the guard down when they take on a lowly but effervescent Ireland in a two-match T20 rubber, starting tomorrow. SPO-HOCK-CT-IND Confident India aim to upstage Australia in Champions Trophy hockey Breda (Netherlands), Jun 26 (PTI) Their campaign off to a dream start with back-to-back wins, India would look to continue the giant-slaying spree when they take on world champions Australia in their third match of the FIH Champions Trophy hockey tournament, here tomorrow. SPO-PAK-SQUASH Pakistan seek WSF’s help after being denied Indian visa for World Junior Squash Karachi, Jun 26 (PTI) The Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) has sought world body’s intervention after it failed to secure visas for its team which is set to take part in the World World Junior Squash Championship to be held in India next month. SPO-BAD-IND Saina sails into second round of Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur, Jun 26 (PTI) India’s Olympic medallist shuttler Saina Nehwal sailed into the second round of the USD 700,000 Malaysian Open with a convincing 21-12 21-16 win over Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong here today.advertisement SPO-WREST-TRIALS Sandeep Tomar secures Asian Games spot, Aware gives trials a miss By Amanpreet Singh Sonepat, Jun 26 (PTI) Wrestler Sandeep Tomar staved off stiff competition from the talented Utkarsh Kale to qualify for the Asian Games and World Championship in the 57kg category, even as Rahul Aware opted out of the trials, citing a knee injury. SPO-ICC-RANKINGS Kohli, Team India look to improve T20 rankings Dubai, June 26 (PTI) Placed eighth in the ICC T20 batting chart, skipper Virat Kohli will look to improve his and Team India’s rankings in the upcoming series against Ireland and England. SPO-AIRTEL MARATHON Airtel Hyderabad Marathon on August 25, 26 Hyderabad, June 26 (PTI) The eighth edition of the AirtelHyderabad Marathon will be held here on August 25 and 26. SPO-PAK-COACHNo fielding coach for Pakistan in Zimbabwe tour, Berry to join in SeptemberKarachi, Jun 26 (PTI) Pakistan will be without a fielding coach on their upcoming tour of Zimbabwe after Australias Darren Berry, who has been shortlisted for the job, informed the nation’s Cricket Board (PCB) that he won’t be able to join the team before the Asia Cup in September. PTI APA APAAPAlast_img read more

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Chinese side celebrate with stacks of cash

first_imgCSL Chinese side Meixian Techand celebrate promotion with mountains of cash Goal 16:41 10/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Meixian Techand money promotion Meixian Techand CSL Premier League Guangdong South Tigers WTF The Chinese side will be playing in the second tier next season, with their efforts in 2017 earning those involved considerable financial reward Meixian Techand have been celebrating promotion to the Chinese second tier in style, with their players rewarded with mountains of cash.The riches on offer in the Chinese Super League have made plenty of headlines in recent times, with some top talent lured to Asia from Europe and South America.Carlos Tevez, Oscar, Hulk, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Demba Ba are just some of those to have landed lucrative contracts in the Far East. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Financial rewards are not solely restricted to those at the top of the football pyramid in China, though, with the cash flow trickling down to the lower tiers.Meixian Techand have stepped from the third rung to the second, and those involved in that success have toasted their achievement with stacks of cash.Meixian Techand money promotionA 1-0 victory over Shenzhen Ledman on Sunday secured Meixian Techand a place in China League One.A solitary effort from Ye Weichao wrapped up a 3-1 aggregate success in a promotion play-off.It had been reported that the Meixian Techand players had been incentivised by the offer of a £2.86 million bonus if they were able to emerge triumphant.Those in charge of the club have made good on that promise, with the money duly delivered on the back of a historic victory. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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College Football’s Disaster Scenario For The Playoff Is Now Looking Very Possible

first_imgAn extreme closeup of Brian Kelly wearing a Notre Dame hat and a head set.CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches his team play against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)The College Football Playoff still involves just four teams, and until it’s expanded, there are going to be debates every year regarding which major conference champion is going to get left out. In years when Notre Dame is elite (or Alabama gets an at-large bid), it could potentially be two.There is still a month of football to be played, but this year’s playoff race is shaping up to be quite controversial.At this point, it seems like Alabama and Clemson, if they win out, are locks. The Crimson Tide might not even need to win out – they’re getting in.After that though, it’s complicated. Notre Dame, if it wins out and goes 12-0, would seemingly be a lock. But FiveThirtyEight’s ‘Playoff Predictor’ thinks it’s more complicated than that.If Ohio State and Oklahoma also both win out, the committee is going to have to leave out either 12-0 Notre Dame, 12-1 Ohio State with a Big Ten title, or 12-1 Oklahoma with a Big 12 title. Fun.That doesn’t even factor in the possibility that Washington State wins out and has a 12-1 record with a Pac-12 title.At the moment, FiveThirtyEight gives Notre Dame a 74-percent chance of getting in, assuming all five win out. Oklahoma has a 64-percent chance, with Ohio State at 61-percent.A playoff scenario where Ohio State is left out.If you plug in Michigan for Ohio State, it’s less complicated. Notre Dame beat the Wolverines in the first game of the year, so they’d likely get the nod there.The odds suggest that all these teams won’t win out, but it’s definitely possible. Perhaps we’ll get an expanded playoff earlier than we thought if it happens.last_img read more

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Former Alabama Star Reveals What Jokes Nick Saban Tells At Practice

first_imgNick Saban reacting during an Alabama game.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 03: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the second half against the Florida Gators during the SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on December 3, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama head coach Nick Saban usually looks pretty angry on the sideline, no matter how his team is playing (and they’re usually playing incredibly well).The Crimson Tide head coach has a lighter side to him, though, and he apparently brings it out a lot at practice.Former Alabama running back Josh Jacobs, who rushed for 11 touchdowns in 2018, revealed some jokes Saban tells at practice.The former Crimson Tide star shared some insight on Saban during an appearance on Mike Florio’s PFT Live. From the interview:What people don’t understand about him is he’s actually very funny. He’s definitely a players’ coach. I remember one day at practice I was just catching a lot of balls—and you know he works with the defensive side so he’s always on the offensive players. Whenever we do something good, he just gets mad, gets to cussing out Eddy. And that’s one of the longest referees we’ve ever had there. He’s just funny, man. He gets to slamming the hat on the ground and all of that, it’s just funny. …I was one of the rare lucky ones. He never really yelled at me. He used to joke with me and say a couple of things, but besides that he never … Like if I was catching a lot of passes that day, he would try to say something like, ‘Hey Josh, you keep catch all these passes, how about you hold deez?’ or something like that. Just something funny for a coach to try and translate and get to know to each player.Nick Saban making a “deez nuts” joke at practice is pretty great.Saban, though, doesn’t use social media and claims to basically never go on the internet. So, how’d he even find out about the joke in the first place?We need answers.last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgNEW WORK COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Lane Reduction The two northbound lanes of the Highway 102 bridge over the Shubenacadie River will be closed from Monday, June 8, to Tuesday, June 16. All traffic will be detoured onto the southbound bridge with one lane in each direction. Traffic delays are possible. Allow extra time, travel with caution, and reduce speed through the work zone. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Night Work Sections of the Halifax-bound lanes of Highway 102, between Exit 5 at Fall River and Exit 4-C at Glendale Avenue and Duke Street, are reduced to one lane during night hours. On weekdays, lane reductions begin at 7 p.m. and end at 6 a.m. On weekends, the lane reductions are from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. Delays are possible during construction. Travel with caution and use an alternate route if possible. Work will be completed this fall. HANTS COUNTY: Walton Woods Road Walton Woods Road is reduced to one lane for repaving until Monday, July 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. DIGBY COUNTY: Melanson Mills Bridge Melanson Mills Bridge on Marc Comeau Road is closed until further notice to replace the deck. A detour route is in place. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Sections of Highway 104, from Pomquet River Road for about two kilometres to Exit 36A, are reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, June 12. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30- PICTOU COUNTY: Scotch Hill Road Sections of Scotch Hill Road, from Route 376 north to River John Road, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. RICHMOND COUNTY: Grandique Ferry Road Grandique Ferry Road, from Route 320 for 3.6 kilometres to the end of pavement, is reduced to one lane for paving and patching until Saturday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. The work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. PICTOU/COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Route 289 Sections of Route 289, from Pictou/Colchester County line west for almost six kilometres, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving. Drivers must reduce speed and be prepared to stop in the construction zone. The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, Sept. 30. A flag person is on site. PICTOU COUNTY: Springville Bridge Springville Bridge on Springville Road is closed until further notice. Detour on East River West Side Road and Route 348. The bridge is expected to reopen before the end of June. HANTS COUNTY: Clayton McKay Road The Clayton McKay Road, near Smiley’s Provincial Park, is closed until Sunday, June 28, to replace the bridge. Detour signs will be posted. Access to the park will not be affected. HANTS COUNTY: New Cheverie Road New Cheverie Road is reduced to one lane for repaving until Monday, July 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Old Town Bridge, Bridgewater The Old Town Bridge on Trunk 3 over the LaHave River is closed to all traffic until June 12 for repairs. Traffic is being detoured via the Veterans Memorial Bridge. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross, West Big Intervale, and Hatchery roads. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118, Fall River The Highway 118 overpass over Perrin Drive in Fall River is reduced to one lane in each direction during repairs until Monday, June 15. Two lanes are open during peak hours. For inbound lanes, it is 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday to Friday, and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, for outbound lanes.center_img HANTS/COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Meadow Road Meadow Road, from Cooks Brook Road to Route 224, is reduced to one lane for asphalt and concrete patching and paving. Drivers must reduce speed and be prepared to stop in the construction zone. The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, Sept. 30. PICTOU COUNTY: Glenfallach Road Sections of Glenfallach Road, from Woodburn Road to Fraser’s Mountain Branch Road, for almost one kilometre, will be reduced to one lane for gravelling and seal coating until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. COLCHESTER/CUMBERLAND: Highway 104 Traffic on sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104, from west of Exit 8 at Westchester to the Mines Bass River Road underpass, are reduced to one lane for guardrail repairs and repaving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, from about five kilometres north of the Port Hastings Rotary at Creignish, north for 6.5 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Friday, July 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Eddy Road Eddy Road to Fort Lawrence, near Amherst, is closed until further notice because of a collapsed culvert. DIGBY COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, Gilbert’s Cove, will be reduced to one lane for culvert repairs from Monday, June 8, until Tuesday, June 30. Traffic lights are in place. CONTINUING WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 332 Route 332, from Trunk 3 towards Riverport for about eight kilometres, has alternating one-lane closures for paving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic will have be and go through the construction zone. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Fraser’s Mountain Branch Road Sections of Fraser’s Mountain Branch Road, from Fraser’s Mountain Road to Glenfallach Road for about three kilometres, are reduced to one lane for gravelling and seal coating until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: River John Road Sections of River John Road, from Meadowville Station Road to Scotch Hill Road, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 The eastbound lanes of Highway 104, from Exit 20 at Alma for 4.4 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and paving from Friday, June 5, until Friday, July 31. Speed through the work zone is reduced from 110 km/h to 80 km/h. Motorists are reminded that speeding fines are doubled in construction zones. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge Whitman Bridge, on Whitman Road between Maple Avenue and Ward Road in Aylesford, is closed for repairs until further notice. The detour route is Maple Avenue to Victoria Road to Ward Road. DIGBY COUNTY: Bonnie Road The Bonnie Road Overpass over Highway 101 near Meteghan, Digby Co., is closed to all traffic until further notice. A detour route is marked. HANTS/COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Whittenburg Road Sections of Whittenburg Road in Lower Stewiacke, from Route 224 north for about four kilometres to the Colchester County line, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving. Drivers must reduce speed and be prepared to stop in the construction zone. The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, Sept. 30. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Varner Bridge Work has begun on a new bridge beside the existing Varner Bridge on Route 208 near New Germany. The existing bridge is open, but there may be occasional, brief closures during construction. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. The new two-lane bridge will be completed this year.last_img read more

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TMC says most productive Parl session conducted in unParliamentary way

first_imgNew Delhi: Even though the highest 36 Bills passed during the recent Budget session, the third largest party in the Parliament, Trinamool Congress (TMC) termed that it’s been conducted in ‘un-Parliamentary way’.Sources said that though landmark bills like repealing of Article 370, geographical reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir, the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, widely known as Triple Talaq bill, new Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill and others have been given a green signal in Parliament, the opposition parties are upset with both the quality of the session and the bills. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’A TMC source claimed that the incumbent government deliberately evaded discussion on the Women Reservation Bill and Data Protection Bill, a long demand by the opposition corridor. Further, it condoned the pusillanimity of the government to discuss the right of media on the floor of the House. The notice was signed by 15 political parties and submitted to the Chairman Rajya Sabha on July 4. Even the main points of Collegiums Reform and State funding of election were not discussed Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&Kas per the opposition parties’ demand. TMC claimed that only 17 per cent Bills have been scrutinized in the last Parliament session, whereas 26 per cent was done in 16th Lok Sabha, 71 per cent in 15th Lok Sabha and 60 per cent in 14th Lok Sabha, which the party raised earlier also. Making a scathing attack on the BJP-led NDA government, Trinamool also claimed that in spite of having the majority on the Lower House, it has failed to name the deputy speaker yet. Whereas, during the 11th Lok Sabha, Suraj Bhan’s name as the deputy LS speaker was declared in the 19th sitting, P M Sayeed for both the 12th and 13th Lok Sabha respectively was declared in 59th sitting and 6th sitting, Charanjit Singh Atwal for the 14th Lok Sabha on its 6th sitting, Kariya Munda for 15th Lok Sabha on 6th sitting and M. Thambi Durai’s name was declared for the 16th Lok Sabha on its 34th sitting. Mamata Banerjee’s party has further gone on admitting that the session has been “most productive Parliament session” as per the data, where respective 14th, 15th and 16th Lok Sabha passed “zero” Bills.last_img read more

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The Vatican owes God an apology activist says in letter to Pope

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The prominent founder of a Newfoundland organization for clergy abuse survivors has written a letter to Pope Francis, saying the Vatican “owes God an apology” for mismanagement of abuse allegations.“I realize you inherited this problem, but the way the Vatican mismanaged this crisis is disgraceful,” wrote Gemma Hickey, founder of Pathways Foundation in St. John’s.Newfoundland and Labrador was the site of two highly publicized abuse scandals in the late 1980s, when allegations of widespread abuse at Mount Cashel and Belvedere Catholic orphanages met with public shock and outrage.Stories of similar horrors soon began to surface around the world.But Hickey, a clergy abuse survivor, noted that the province has not had a “pastoral visit” since 1984, before Mount Cashel became an infamous household name.Hickey felt compelled to write the letter after an August report documented the sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children in six Pennsylvania dioceses over a 70-year period — and after hearing the recent allegation that Pope Francis had prior knowledge of misconduct by a U.S. bishop.Francis issued a 2,000-word statement addressing the Pennsylvania report, writing that the church “abandoned” the children affected and asking for forgiveness.But, said Hickey: “In order to move forward, I believe the Vatican must take full responsibility before a plea for forgiveness can be considered.”Hickey said the Vatican’s response ignored extensive damage to communities and expressed disappointment that Francis’ widely circulated letter did not address the Pennsylvania cases.“I view this as the abject failure of the Vatican to acknowledge that actual people in actual communities with specific histories were shattered and brutally harmed at the hands of predacious priests and the bishops who protected them,” Hickey wrote.The letter also detailed Hickey’s journey to a “ministry in the shape of activism,” including founding Pathways to connect with other survivors, and walking across Newfoundland in 2015 for clerical abuse victims.Hickey wrote that damage from the abuse is ongoing, but grappling with the past has created the opportunity to advocate for change.“I have forgiven the priest who abused me, as the issue of clerical abuse is larger than him and me,” Hickey wrote.“Your Holiness, just as I made a choice to respond differently to my experience surely you have the capacity to respond differently to this global crisis.”Hickey’s letter invited the Pope to talk either by phone or in person.Since mailing the letter on Sept. 12, Hickey has not received a response, but did have a chance encounter with St. John’s Archbishop Martin Currie on a recent flight to Halifax.In a Facebook post including a photo of Currie and Hickey at the airport, Hickey wrote: “He thinks the Pope should could come to Newfoundland, too. It’s going to be an interesting flight.”In August, the Archbishop of Halifax said the Roman Catholic church was in crisis and there was an urgent need for change. Archbishop Anthony Mancini condemned the new reports of sexual abuse by priests, saying in a statement he is “devastated” and “ashamed” by the scandal.Mancini said he has wondered why abuse was covered up and the church’s image prioritized over the victims, and decried what he called “the systemic failure of leadership.”“Our Catholic credibility and identity needs to be rebuilt; our authority must become service and not power; the gospel must be recovered from all that has tarnished it,” Mancini said.last_img read more

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Morocco Condemns Execution of Jordanian Pilot Mouad Al Kassasbeh

Rabat- Morocco on Tuesday condemned “in the strongest terms” the heinous crime that claimed the life of Jordanian pilot Mouad Al Kassasbeh.Morocco has learned with deep grief and great sorrow the heinous crime perpetrated by the despicable terrorism, which claimed the life to the Jordanian pilot Mouad Al Kassasbeh, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.Morocco offers its sincere condolences to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the brotherly government and people of Jordan following this cruel loss. The Kingdom seizes this opportunity to condemn, in the strongest terms, this cowardly act reprehensible to universal human values and principles defending the right to life, reiterating its unwavering position rejecting terrorism and expressing its total solidarity with Jordan and its efforts to counter the scourge of terrorism and extremism. read more

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Countries need to boost global security UN official tells disarmament panel

Addressing the General Assembly’s Disarmament and International Security Committee, Under Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs Nobuyasu Abe said, “We may not be able to fully resolve all the disarmament, non-proliferation, arms control and counter-terrorism issues that will arise about these weapons,” but he hoped that progress could be made in agreeing on concrete and practical measure to strengthen global norms.While the WMDs posed a great danger, conventional weapons, such as small arms and landmines, caused untold numbers of casualties each year and the UN continued to be the focus of efforts to increase transparency and build confidence, he said.Disarmament instruments and institutions needed to be seen as legitimate and norms needed to be enforced, Mr. Abe said. If not, the world would continue to find it difficult to promote multilateral cooperation and discourage the resort to unilateral action. read more

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Developers penalized after losing 36 million in illegally raised securities

Developers penalized after losing $3.6 million in illegally raised securities AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 25, 2015 1:52 pm MDT VANCOUVER – The B.C. Securities Commission has fined and issued bans for two real estate developers for illegally distributing securities.A panel found that between 2006 and 2010, Michael Knight and Jeffrey Wiegel raised $3.6 million selling securities without a prospectus and without being registered.That money is gone — the commission says many individual investors lost $50,000 to $100,000 each.Knight has been ordered to pay a $300,000 penalty and is permanently banned from trading in securities, being a corporate officer, working in investor relations or acting in any capacity in the securities market.Wiegel faces a $100,000 fine and a 10-year ban on being a corporate officer or doing anything in connection with the securities market.Both have been ordered to pay back the millions they raised and lost. read more

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Foreign Office accused of failing over corrupt Russian officials using London as

But Bill Browder, the financier leads the worldwide campaign for Magnitsky legislation, told The Telegraph: “The Canadian government produced their Magnitsky list one week after Canada passed their own Magnitsky Act in October last year.”It’s surprising and frustrating that the British government still hasn’t published a list four months after the Magnitsky Act was passed here. It’s even more surprising in light of the Skripal assassination plot and the Russian government’s public cover up of their crime. “We need to confiscate the dirty money they and other criminals have stashed in Britain, and publish a Magnitsky-style sanctions list to name and shame people found guilty of corruption, so it’s clear they’re not welcome in the UK, and can’t do business here again.”He continued: “The USA did this way back in 2013. We need to catch up, and publish the UK version as soon as possible.”During debate on the Sanctions Act MPs insisted that the Magnitsky amendment  would have “failed in its objectives” if the Government failed to publish a public list of those targeted.MPs including Mr Penrose said a list would serve as a deterrent and make the UK’s approach consistent with the US and Canada.Speaking in the Commons in May, Sir Alan Duncan, the Foreign Office minister, said: “Any person sanctioned under this bill will have their name published on an administrative list, which will be publicly available.”   Ministers are being accused of dragging their feet over a promised crackdown on corrupt Russian officials using London as a “playground”.Four months on from the introduction of a new law targeting human rights abusers with visa bans and asset freezes, the government has failed to publish a list of those facing the sanctions, despite assuring MPs that it would do so.Campaigners said there was “no excuse” for the delay, pointing out that Canada had issued a similar list one week after publishing equivalent legislation last year.The so-called Magnitsky law, which forms part of the Sanctions Act, was passed in May in the wake of the chemical weapons attack in Salisbury, which the government said was a Kremlin-ordered assassination.Last week Theresa May cited the “Magnitsky amendment” as a key part of the Government’s response to the Salisbury attack. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “There’s no excuse for the government dragging their feet and not doing anything at this point.”John Penrose, the Prime Minister’s anti-corruption champion, added: “Now the Prime Minister has shown the Salisbury attacks were approved by senior Russian Government figures, the case for hitting London’s corrupt, Kremlin-connected oligarchs hard has never been stronger. read more

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New reference book Blasthole Drilling in Open Pit Mining

first_imgAs mining operations face ongoing demand to increase productivity and decrease costs without sacrificing safety, a challenge exaggerated by a lack of highly skilled operators, Atlas Copco has published Blasthole Drilling in Open Pit Mining aimed at helping customers successfully meet these challenges. Atlas Copco shares the knowledge of its product experts and customers through 11 technical articles and nine case studies. The technical articles offer important information in a practical and concise manner that everyone from experienced drill operators to industry novices will find useful and easy to understand. Among the topics covered are blasting techniques in open-pit metal mines, using technology and automation on site, and ergonomics and safety. The case studies detail various successful mining operations from around the world. From the Pit Viper 271 being used at a mine in Butte, Montana, that produces 102,000 t/d of rock to the Kuznetsk Basin coal field in Siberia that used three DML rotary blasthole rigs to reach its goal of 1.1 million drillmetres in 11 months, Atlas Copco blasthole products and technology are contributing to high productivity and efficiency.“We trust,” says Dustin Penn, Product Line Manager, Blasthole Drills, “that miners, students and other people with an interest in open pit mining will find this 204-page selection of technical articles, case studies and product specifications useful for their businesses.”This new reference book will be available through local Atlas Copco customer centres and distributors: Blasthole Drilling in Open Pit Mining, Atlas Copco Printed matter No. 9881 0169 01.last_img read more

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Trump says nationwide immigration raids set to begin Sunday

first_imgWASHINGTON — The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Friday portrayed an upcoming national operation targeting immigrant families as a routine effort that could capture about 200 people and detain them in hotels before they are deported.Matthew Albence, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, made his comments to The Associated Press as President Donald Trump said the nationwide deportation sweep will begin this weekend.“It starts on Sunday and they’re going to take people out and they’re going to bring them back to their countries or they’re going to take criminals out, put them in prison, or put them in prison in the countries they came from. We are focused on criminals as much as we can before we do anything else,” Trump said.The operation will target people with final deportation orders in 10 major cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Miami, and predominantly focus on Central American families who have arrived at the U.S. border with Mexico in unprecedented numbers.The operation further inflamed the political debate over immigration as Trump appeals to his base with a pledge to crack down on migrants and Democrats cast the president and his administration as inhumane for going after families.last_img read more

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Roberto Gagliardini We Will Give Everything in the Champions League

first_imgInter Milan midfielder Roberto Gagliardini is confident the club will give their best in Europe’s top-tier competition.Gagliardini in a recent interview during the presentation of the new Nike Phantom VSN boots opened up about his team’s chances.The former Atalanta player spoke mainly about the boots but also focused on Inter’s Champions League adventure stating that: “It is an essential objective for us, I am delighted to be able to make my debut in this competition.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“We will give our best and try to go as far as possible, looking to respect all three competitions we’re in. We want to do well, and we have every possibility to do so.”Inter Milan are making a return to the competition they last won in 2010 after many years of absence.Luciano Spalleti’s men qualified for the competition on the last day of the league denying Serie A rivals Lazio a place in the process.last_img read more

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Rancho del Rey Middle School choir sings in Songs of the Season

first_imgRancho del Rey Middle School choir sings in Songs of the Season Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- For 25 years KUSI has produced a Christmas special that’s become a tradition for school choirs throughout San Diego County. This year we also chose to spotlight some of the music directors who work so hard to get their young choir students ready for a trip to KUSI’s studios.Tonight, meet Rancho del Ray Middle School’s music director Jennifer Sudderth. Posted: December 20, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, December 20, 2018last_img read more

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Total pay increases by 01 in real terms since April 2017

first_imgTotal pay for employees in Great Britain, including bonuses, increased by 0.1% in real terms between February to April 2017 and February to April 2018, according to research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Its UK labour market: June 2018 report also found that regular pay, excluding bonus payments, increased by 0.4% in real terms, which here means that it has been adjusted for consumer price inflation, between February to April 2017 and February to April 2018.In nominal terms, meaning that it has not been adjusted for consumer price inflation, total pay increased by 2.5% between February to April 2017 and February to April 2018. This compares to a 2.6% recorded growth rate between January to March 2017 and January to March 2018.Regular pay, in nominal terms, increased by 2.8% between February to April 2017 and February to April 2018. This is lower than the 2.9% growth rate recorded between January to March 2017 and January to March 2018.Average total pay, including bonuses, was £516 a week in nominal terms before tax and other deduction from pay for employees in Great Britain in April 2018. This compares to £504 a week in April 2017. Average regular pay, excluding bonuses, was £484 a week for British employees in April 2018, before tax and other deductions from pay. This compares to £472 a week in April 2017.In real terms, average total pay for employees in Great Britain was £490 a week in April 2018, before tax and other deductions from pay. Average regular pay in real terms, excluding bonus payments, was £459 a week in April 2018, before tax and other deductions from pay.Average total pay for employees in Great Britain, in nominal terms, increased by 37.1% between January 2005 and April 2018, rising from £376 a week to £516 a week. Over the same time period, the Consumer Prices Index, including occupiers’ housing costs, increased by 34.7%.Ben Brettell, senior economist at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “Wage growth dipped unexpectedly in the three months to April, pouring cold water on hopes the Bank of England might raise interest rates at its August policy meeting.“Pay grew by 2.8% excluding bonuses, and by 2.5% including bonuses compared with the same period a year earlier. Both numbers were lower than economists had expected. Meanwhile unemployment held steady at 4.2%, a multi-decade low, and the number of people in work grew by more than forecast. Figures due tomorrow are expected to show inflation ticking up slightly to 2.5%.“The Bank views wage growth as a key indicator when considering whether to raise rates. Disappointing figures here, combined with confirmation that the economy grew by just 0.1% in Q1, should put paid to any talk of a summer rate rise. Policymakers had been thought to be considering raising rates in August, but I still think a rate rise this year looks unlikely. The Bank will almost certainly want confirmation that the Q1 growth figure was just a blip before raising borrowing costs.”last_img read more

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LinkedIn will retire its Job Search app in May

first_img Share your voice LinkedIn is making some changes. SOPA Images/Getty Images screen-shot-2019-04-17-at-9-12-47-amRetirement is on LinkedIn’s mind. Screenshot by CNET LinkedIn is sending its standalone Job Search app out to pasture next month.”We’ve built a robust job seeking experience within the main LinkedIn app that we’re excited for our members to take advantage of,” a LinkedIn spokesperson said in an emailed. statement. “They’ll have access to more insights and features than they did in the Job Search app that can help them better navigate their careers, as well as the ability to reach out to the 610M+ professionals on LinkedIn for help on their journey.”A pop-up message in the app announced the upcoming change. Most of Job Search will be available for free, but some features, like deeper jobs insights about applicants and companies, will continue to be premium features, according to LinkedIn. “We know this is a change, but we’ll help you get through it,” the company said in the notice.LinkedIn launched its Job Search app in 2014 to help people find employment. The Job Search app lets people create searches, get alerts about relevant jobs and then apply. In February, LinkedIn launched a live video feature called LinkedIn Live to broadcast events, expert advice and news interviews.Originally published April 17 at 6:53 a.m. PT.Update at 7:41 a.m. PT: Added more details.Correction at 8:14 a.m. PT: This article earlier misstated which Job Search features would be premium features. 1 Comment DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Sprint Read DJI Osmo Action preview See it Tags Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Comments The Cheapskate $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $60 at Best Buy See It Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Sarah Tew/CNET LinkedIn,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read Google Home Hub review $299 at Amazon Turo 7 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read the AirPods review Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $59 at eBay Amazon JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Sarah Tew/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See at Turocenter_img Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sarah Tew/CNET $155 at Google Express The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Apple iPhone XS Chris Monroe/CNET Mobile $999 Rylo Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $999 Read the Rylo camera preview DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Best Buy TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See It See at Amazon Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Boost Mobile Angela Lang/CNET CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $520 at HP $210 at Best Buy Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $6 at Tidal Share your voice Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Tags An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See It $999last_img read more

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Law with 10year jail provision for power sector sabotage

first_imgparliamentA bill styled ‘The Power Bill, 2017′ was passed in parliament on Tuesday keeping a provision of harsher punishment of maximum 10 years’ jail and Tk 100 million fine or both for carrying out any act of sabotage in any electricity infrastructure or installation, reports UNB.State minister for power Nasrul Hamid moved the bill and it was passed by voice vote.The bill also has a provision for introducing an independent system operator (ISO) to operate the country’s power system in a coordinated manner as well as ensure the better load management.It has a provision of maximum 10 years and minimum seven years of jail term or maximum Tk 100 million as fine or both for destroying or damaging power infrastructures and establishments like power stations, sub-stations, power lines, poles and equipment.Under the proposed law, any employee violating its rules like giving illegal electricity connection, doing any faulty works as well as for providing electricity outside the area of the authorities will have to face maximum one year jail term or Tk 100,000 fine or both.Besides, the employees involved in any generalised offences in the power sector which are not included in the new draft law will have to face maximum 6 months of imprisonment or up to Tk 10,000 as fine or both.The punishment for power hooking in case of individual will be maximum three years’ jail, or double of the price of the stolen electricity or Tk 50,000 or both.For the industries, such punishment will be maximum three years’ jail, or a fine double of the price of the stolen electricity or Tk 500,000 fine or both.The punishment for maliciously wasting energy will be maximum three years’ jail, or Tk 500,000 fine or both.Besides, maximum three years of jail or maximum Tk 500,000 fine or both of the punishment will be imposed on the person to be found in using any machine, device or artificial system in illegally connecting any illegal means.The proposed law stipulates maximum five years of imprisonment along with maximum Tk 500,000 financial penalty for the pilferage, removal and destruction of electric equipment.Under section 11 of the new law, new posts of ‘chief power inspector’ and other staff under the inspector of the power division of the ministry of power, energy and mineral resources are supposed to be created, aiming to give responsibility for primary inspection for providing electricity connection.Once assented by the president, the new law will replace the original Electricity Act framed in 1910 and bar PDB, DESCO and DESA from setting up new lines or conducting any public works in their jurisdiction without informing the higher authorities concerned.last_img read more

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