Struggling Argentina seeks improvements

first_imgSAO PAULO, Brazil (AP): Not even the return of Lionel Messi from a three-game absence managed to save Argentina from losing 3-0 to Brazil last week. The Barcelona star said everything needs to change in its next World Cup qualifier against Colombia today. The runner-up in 2014, Argentina enters the 12th of 18 rounds of qualifying in sixth place. Only the top four teams are guaranteed a spot in the finals in Russia in 2018, with the fifth-place finisher competing in a four-team intercontinental play-off for two spots. In its last four games, Argentina tied unimpressive Venezuela and Peru, and it lost to Paraguay at home before being dominated by Brazil. With 16 points, one back of Ecuador and Chile, Argentina is not completely out of the picture. Its biggest hurdle has been its performance, which players believe will be different against third-place Colombia. Still, the team is under so much pressure that coach Edgardo Bauza needed to proclaim his players support him after only two months on the job. “The players have supported me since we started working, I see them with a tremendous will. That’s the best support I can have,” Bauza said. “There is no discussion about the strategy. The biggest problem is that we were scored against eight times. All the rest is easy to solve. We lost points that we weren’t expecting to lose.” Many players voiced concerns about their play as soon as the match against Brazil ended. Psychology became the focus of a quick change. “We have to change our mindset … because this team has great players,” Messi said. “When one’s head is not fine, the legs do not respond.” So far, Argentina has scored only 11 goals – fewer than half of the 26 scored by first-place Brazil. Only Bolivia, with nine goals, has scored fewer. To fight the struggles on offence, Bauza might replace Gonzalo Higuain with Lucas Pratto, who has often been a reserve for Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro. Argentine media has reported he could make other changes. Colombia will also be without defenders Yerry Mina and Oscar Murillo, leaving coach JosÈ Pekerman, with three players who have never played for the national team. A win in Peru basically puts Brazil, which has 24 points through 11 games, through to Russia in 2018. It would be a shocking scenario for a team that, three months ago, was in sixth place in the South American qualifiers. Edinson Cavani is likely to return to the starting line-up, replacing Cristhian Stuani, after missing second-place Uruguay’s game against Chile because of an injury. Coach Oscar Tabarez will also replace Diego Rolan with Alvaro Gonzalez, embracing a more conservative 4-4-2 strategy he has used in away games. A win at Chile nearly assures Uruguay, currently with 23 points, will advance to the World Cup finals. Chile will count on the return of striker Alexis Sanchez, and midfielder Arturo Vidal is likely to play despite a left leg injury. PLAYERS’ SUPPORTlast_img read more

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‘I Don’t Want the Presidency for Money’

first_imgANC to formally announce the candidacy of Mr. Cummings today at its convention – Advertisement – Shortly after the Montserrado County delegates of the Alternative National Congress (ANC) formally endorsed Alexander Benedict Cummings yesterday as their choice for the party’s standard bearer to contest the October polls, he told the delegates he does not want the presidency for money.“I want to be president because I want to change this country, not that I want money to enrich myself. Every citizen will realize their potential if I am elected your president,” he told the delegates, who responded with several political slogans, suggesting that an ANC victory is a foregone conclusion.Cummings, however, acknowledged that changing the country implies the application of a simple idea that “is not hard either, because it requires the commitment of all, irrespective of one’s status.”He indicated that one of the biggest obstacles to changing Liberia is corruption. “We have to get rid of it,” Cummings added, to rounds of applause.The ANC political leader told the gathering of supporters that Liberia deserve to be a better country with improved infrastructures and jobs for all.He made the commitment when he was formally endorsed as standard bearer by the Montserrado chapter of the ANC. According to Askia Gontorwon Biago, chairman of the ANC’s Primary and Convention Committee, a similar exercise is expected to take place across the country to legalize Cummings’ leadership of the party.Shortly after his endorsement, Cummings requested Liberians not to accept their current plight as their final destination, and promised that every Liberian will get a job to support his/her family under his administration.He meanwhile frowned on government’s policy to import the country’s staple food, rice, and said his leadership will prioritize mechanized farming to improve agriculture throughout the country. “It is unacceptable for us to import everything we eat including our staple food,” he said.Cummings said he wants a better education program and healthcare delivery system to discourage government officials and other well-to-do Liberians from flying abroad to seek advanced medical treatment.He also promised stable and affordable electricity and other basic social services, including water supply to every home. “I have offered myself to work with you to make Liberia better,” he said.As though the electorates were not aware of those they are to elect at the upcoming polls, Cummings cautioned them and other eligible Liberian voters to check the backgrounds of all the aspirants for the various posts to know their past records.“If someone kept a promise to you in the past, his posture would suggest that the person can do it in the future,” he said.He challenged anyone, including any of Liberia’s foreign residents, to investigate his record, adding: “Look at what he has done in and out of the country, following which people will be convinced to give him a vote and other supports in his political journey.”Cummings put the delegates’ feet to the political fire by asking them to zealously search for votes that would ensure he is elected in October as President of Liberia.Cummings, 61, is a free-marketer’s presidential candidate, who has the hope of transforming Liberia by taking the youth out of poverty to avoid future crises.He is not one of Liberia’s typical career politicians, because he has served as executive vice president and chief administrative officer for the Coca Cola Company before stepping onto the country’s political arena.One of his plans to run the country, if elected president, is through the application of non-traditional approaches in Liberia’s politics, he said.Born in Monrovia in 1956 to an educator (who worked for the Ministry of Education before studying divinity) and a midwife, Cummings spent his early years in Point Four before studying at primary and secondary schools in Montserrado County.Meanwhile, as a former Coca Cola executive setting his sights on the Liberian presidency, Cummings has said that the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of a National Code of Conduct does not apply to him, “because it seems as a major stumbling block to many of the more than 20 candidates running for president.”  He dismissed his inclusion among those likely to be axed from the presidential race because of the Code.“The first thing I would say is that a Code of Conduct is not anything bad to have in any organization, in any institution. They need to be very clear and simple to understand and they need to be enforced consistently.“In this particular case, it does not apply to me. I was never in government. In this particular case, we are talking about in Liberia,” he clarified.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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A greener world

first_imgTHE report by scientists from around the world last week provided confirmation of what an increasing amount of Americans had already come to believe – that global warming is real and it is almost certainly largely caused by humans. This report wasn’t the work of one mad scientist communing with the grebes in the wild. This was a sober, evidence-backed assessment from an international network of hundreds of leading climate researchers and scientists that has been documenting climate change for years. Still, there are those who are suspicious of political motivations, and who raise objections to global warming’s threat. And to those people we ask, does it even matter if global warming is myth or reality? The counter-measures for halting global warming – using cleaner vehicles and driving less, reducing waste and consumption – are ones that would do us all a bit of good, regardless of what you believe about climate change. For instance, who could honestly argue that reducing dependence on oil from the war-torn Middle East and making smart purchasing choices that result in cleaner air are bad things? We could all breathe easier, and oil money would stop flowing into some of our enemies’ hands. Maybe some can’t buy the argument that widespread use of fossil fuels is causing polar ice to melt, thus drowning polar bears and causing seas to rise. But they must at least admit that without all that lovely revenue from oil production, terrorists would have a lot less money to spend buying bombs, training killers and blowing up civilians. Maybe some can’t swallow the idea that people could possibly trash this enormous planet. We urge them to talk to residents of Granada Hills who live in the shadow of Sunshine Canyon Landfill and know we are at least trashing some of it. If they don’t want to recycle for the planet, then do it for the people who live in neighborhoods that have fume-belching trash trucks rumbling through their streets every day. Is it even in dispute that telecommuting means better quality of family life? And if it helps the environment, what’s the loss? In the end, it doesn’t matter if you believe in global warming. We all would benefit personally and collectively by making smarter choices about using natural resources. That’s not just good for the environment, it’s good for us.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Bush signs bill to raise energy efficiency

first_imgWASHINGTON – Gas guzzlers could become relics of the past and farmers might rival oil companies in producing motor fuels under a new energy law. Consumers also will save electricity – and money – from more efficient refrigerators, furnaces and dishwashers. The new law revs up the push for efficiency on everything from light bulbs and home furnaces to new commercial buildings. The office building of the future might need less energy and rely more on wind, solar or biomass, becoming zero emitters of greenhouse gases. And there will be improved efficiency labeling on TVs and computers. That’s the future outlined by some energy experts as a result of new legislation President Bush signed Wednesday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAutomakers now will be required to achieve an industrywide average fuel efficiency for cars, SUVs and small trucks of 35 miles per gallon by 2020, a 40percent jump and the first federally required increase in 32 years. The act also stands to change the fuel that motorists will use, requiring a sixfold increase in the use of ethanol instead of gasoline. Bush said these measures are “a major step toward reducing our dependence on oil” and addressing global warming. “Taken together, all these measures will help us improve our environment,” Bush said at an Energy Department signing ceremony, adding that they “could reduce projected carbon dioxide emissions by billions of metric tons.” Carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels is now the leading greenhouse gas, trapping the sun’s heat in the atmosphere. “We think it’s the most significant energy-saving law ever,” said Lowell Ungar, policy director at the Alliance to Save Energy, a private-enterprise advocacy group. The availability of more fuel-efficient vehicles is expected to save 1.1million barrels of oil a day and could save a motorist $700 to $1,000 a year in fuel costs, according to an analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists, an advocacy group that was widely cited during congressional debate on the bill. But second to that, the simple light bulb will likely bring the biggest energy saving to consumers. The law calls for the phaseout, beginning in 2012, of the inefficient incandescent bulb that has been in use since the days of Thomas Edison. By 2014, these bulbs “will be virtually obsolete,” said Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., who authored the lighting provision in the law. While the law will not dictate specific technology, the 100-watt bulb will have to be replaced, for example, by one that provides the same amount of light for 72 watts, with additional improvements required by 2020. “It’s a big deal,” Bingaman said in an interview. “These (new) standards will improve lighting efficiency by 70percent by 2020.” That’s an electricity saving equal to shutting down 24 coal-burning power plants and a saving for consumers of $6billion for electricity, Bingaman estimated. The law also requires new energy-efficiency standards for refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers and clothes washers, as well as improved energy-use labeling on light bulbs, televisions, computer monitors and other electronic products. Homeowners could also find more efficient natural-gas furnaces on the market. The law makes it clear that the Energy Department can issue furnace-efficiency requirements more stringent in colder regions of the country than nationwide. It requires the department to move faster to issue appliance standards. Ungar said a new program to foster more energy-efficient commercial buildings “is potentially huge” since such buildings account for much of the energy used today. But he cautioned that while the law authorizes programs to spur construction of “green” buildings, Congress must still come up with money to fund the program. Carlos Riva, president of Verenium Corp., a pioneer in developing cellulosic ethanol, said the new ethanol requirement will spur the investments needed to expand ethanol use dramatically. “We know the science and the process technology. The challenge is scaling it up to a point where it’s competitive,” Riva said. He predicted that within 15 years, 20percent of the fuel people put into their cars will be alternative fuels.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Bench warrant issued for St Johnston man who failed to appear in court

first_imgA bench warrant was issued for the arrest of a 23-year-old St Johnston man, who failed to turn up to today’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court.Jason Orr, of Trentamucklagh, St Johnston, was charged with being intoxicated in a public place and threatening/abusive/insulting behaviour on March 17, 2016 at Upper Main Street, Letterkenny. Orr was also listed to appear before the court on charges of assault and also threatening/abusive/insulting behaviour at The Castle Bingo Hall, Bridgend on 13 February, 2016.Orr failed to appear and Judge Paul Kelly issued a warrant.Bench warrant issued for St Johnston man who failed to appear in court was last modified: September 4th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:Jason OrrJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District CourtSt Johnstonlast_img read more

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RESIDENTS SAY CHILDREN’S LIVES AT RISK BECAUSE OF ESTATE SEWERAGE SYSTEM

first_imgResidents of the Altan housing estate in Burtonport have hit out at Donegal County Council regarding a serious health and safety issue with the estate’s sewerage system. It is understood that a part in the main treatment plant has been broken for more than THREE YEARS and despite constant concern being raised by the residents their appeals for help have so far have fallen on deaf ears.The sewerage from the estate is now overflowing and is being pumped in to a nearby field beside the housing estate. Their are genuine concerns for the safety of the young children in the estate after it emerged many had used the field as a playing area and as a result many of the children suffered from nausea for a period of time after they had played in the field.Last year a local farmer who was unaware of the situation lost 17 lambs due to the untreated sewerage from the estate being pumped in to that field.The treatment plant is specifically designed to be emptied twice a year at an estimated cost of €1,000 a time.Last year members of the residents association claimed it was emptied 17 times. A spokesman for the residents of of Altan Estate told Donegal Daily: “It is an absolute outrage and disgrace the way we have been treated by the council.“We’re absolutely fuming this isn’t some minor concern regarding potholes in a road were talking about raw untreated sewerage being pumped in to a field beside were children play.“This has been going on for more than three years now and absolutely no progress has been made, there is a genuine fear that it will take a tragedy to happen before the problem is resolved.“We had children last year in the estate suffer from nausea because they were playing in the field unaware it was dangerous to do so.“A local farmer lost 17 lambs last year because of this and still nothing has been done, the attitude of the council has really angered residents it really is like they don’t care at all and just see us and concerns as nothing but a nuisance to them. ‘We’ve had the EPA down at the estate as well as a health inspector from the hospital and every other body you could think of notified and as of yet nothing has been done.“The frustrating part for us is that it isn’t even expensive for the council to get this fixed.“The smell is absolutely horrendous and how they can expect us to live like this is an utter disgrace it really can’t go on much longer.”RESIDENTS SAY CHILDREN’S LIVES AT RISK BECAUSE OF ESTATE SEWERAGE SYSTEM was last modified: August 8th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Altan estateAngerburtonportchildrendangerDonegal County CouncilFuryIgnoredresidentsUntreated Raw seweragelast_img read more

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Etiwanda surprises Diamond Bar, 33-15

first_imgDIAMOND BAR — There are always bumps in the road on the way back to respectability. Etiwanda High School endured its share of them on Friday night. But the Eagles overcame 138 yards in penalties to upset Diamond Bar High 33-15 in a nonleague contest at Diamond Bar. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 It didn’t look like it on Friday. The Eagles utilized superior team speed to record six plays from scrimmage of 30 yards or longer, not to mention Brandon Fields’ 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Fields didn’t get many touches for the Eagles (2-3), but he made them count. In addition to the kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter, his only two first- half runs went for 49 and 59 yards. He also caught one pass for 56 yards. Allyn Fontenot also had a big night for Etiwanda, rushing for 130 yards on 19 carries, including a 69- yard touchdown run. Etiwanda jumped on the board quickly. After the Eagles muffed a punt that allowed Diamond Bar’s opening drive to continue, the Eagles’ Kameron Hamilton intercepted a Jeff Jansen pass at the Etiwanda 15. Six plays later, Fields’ 49-yard scoring run made it 6-0. Both first-year coaches, Etiwanda’s Stephen Bryce and Diamond Bar’s Nick Cuccia, are looking to return their programs to playoff contenders. But coming off an 0-10 season, Etiwanda had much further to go. “This is a big win,’ said Bryce, who was grinning ear to ear. “If I’m not mistaken, they were ranked No. 8 in the Inland Valley.’ center_img Fontenot’s 69-yard run on the opening play of the second quarter doubled Etiwanda’s lead before an 11-yard touchdown pass from David Vazquez to Marvin Jones made it 19-0 less than five minutes later. Just when Diamond Bar finally got something going and scored its first touchdown on a 15-yard Jansen-to-Marcus Marbrey touchdown pass, Fields’ kickoff return proved to be a back-breaker for a 26-7 Etiwanda halftime lead. Jansen threw for 203 yards to lead Diamond Bar, completing 18 of 37 passes. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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HARPS PLANNING TO FINISH THEIR CUP JOB AGAINST DROGHEDA

first_imgAfter Friday night’s 1-1 draw at Finn Park, Finn Harps and Drogheda United will have to do it all again on Monday night when they two sides meet again at Hunky Dory’s Park in the FAI Cup Quarter-Final replay (kick-off 7.45pm).As the only First Division club still left in the competition, it looked like Harps would pull off the shock of the round as they led through Kevin McHugh’s first half goal.However, with just five minutes remaining Mark Daly broke the Harps supporters hearts when he slotted home to give Drogheda a second chance on their own patch on Monday. But that doesn’t tell the full story of the game. Harps played all but eleven minutes of the second half with just ten men after Ciaran Coll was sent-off after fifty six minutes, something that angered Harps boss Peter Hutton who was also sent to the stands.Hutton was rightly proud of the efforts of his team.“I thought the players acquitted themselves extremely well and certainly deserved to go through especially being down to ten men for such a long time. We knew it was going to be a physical battle and that it was, but I honestly don’t think there was a bad tackle in the game.”However, Hutton said that quite a few off-the-ball incidents – which didn’t go unpunished – left one of his players with missing teeth. “The game was very competitive and there were certainly a lot of off the ball incidents which resulted in a few of our players been elbowed in the face, to an extent Damien McNulty had his teeth knocked out!“How the fourth official failed to see any of those incidents and yet only seen Ciaran Coll’s reaction to being himself deliberately tripped when trying to get back into position, typified the officiating at the game, baffling,” said a frustrated Hutton.“I would rather though focus on the positives of the team’s performance and how proud I was of each and everyone of them as they more than matched Drogheda for long spells after a shaky start.”The Harps Manager was also full of praise for the big crowd who descended on Finn Park.“I thought the crowd too certainly played their part, the atmosphere was electric and that really inspired the boys. It was a really good cup tie and I’m sure the crowd got their money’s worth though not the right result. “We now look forward to Monday’s game and whilst the players were obviously gutted at not finishing the job on the night, they will be ready mentally and physically to go again on Monday.”On the team front, Ciaran Coll is suspended due to his red card on Friday while Michael Funston is unavailable due to work commitments. Tommy McMonagle took a blow to his troublesome foot injury and is a doubt. Sean McCarron though returns after a one game ban which saw him miss Friday’s initial game.Harps have not played in Drogheda since 2008 – their last visit there saw them record a 2-1 victory with Stephen Parkhouse grabbing the goals for the visitors.With a place in the semi-finals up for grabs, both teams will take the field already knowing who they will play should they get there as the draw takes place on MNS on RTE at 7.00pm. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~TEAM NEWSSuspended: Ciaran Coll.Doubtful: Tommy McMonagle (foot).Unavailable: Michael FunstonInjured: None.HARPS PLANNING TO FINISH THEIR CUP JOB AGAINST DROGHEDA was last modified: September 15th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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COUNCIL VOTE: ENOUGH MONEY LEFT IN KITTY FOR MAYOR’S NEW YORK TRIP

first_imgA MAYOR whose casting vote forced through a council budget may now be able to travel to New York for St Patrick’s Day.Independent councillor Ian McGarvey used his casting vote to ensure Donegal County Council did not collapse this week.Part of the deal which brought independent councillor John Campbell into the budget agreement involved a cut to the money spent on foreign travel. Campbell’s vote – and Fianna Fail Cllr Rena Donaghey’s absence due to work commitments – tied the dramatic vote at 14-each.However there is still €10,000 in the 2014 foreign travel kitty for councillors – enough for Mayor McGarvey to travel to New York for St Patrick’s Day, if he decides he wants to go.It’s not clear yet though, as the council must vote on whether or not to send a delegation to the Big Apple in March. We understand most councillors will  vote in two weeks’ time to have Donegal represented in New York.Any trip however was far from the Mayor’s mind on Monday night, insisting he voted for the budget to prevent the collapse of Donegal County Council and “in the best interests of Donegal.” If the vote is passed, Mayor McGarvey could be joined by his Deputy Michael McBride and a third councillor.Had the council collapsed none of them would have been allowed to travel. COUNCIL VOTE: ENOUGH MONEY LEFT IN KITTY FOR MAYOR’S NEW YORK TRIP was last modified: January 15th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Cllr Michael McBridecouncilMayormcgarveynew yorklast_img read more

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Relief as Donegal mother is transferred after two-week wait for bed

first_imgA young Donegal mother who had an agonising two-week wait for a bed at St James’ Hospital in Dublin was finally admitted last night.Lorraine Miller from Gleneely was transferred to Dublin on Wednesday night and admitted to the oncology unit at 1am.Lorraine had been waiting for 14 days for specialist treatment at St James’, but a lack of beds prevented her from being transferred and admitted. She had been receiving care at Letterkenny University Hospital for an infection.The case was raised in Dáil Éireann yesterday by Donegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue, who called on the Taoiseach to intervene and sanction an immediate transfer for Lorraine.The Taoiseach said it would be illegal for him to direct the HSE on an individual case.It is hoped that the transfer will bring some relief to Lorraine and her husband Stephen after their ordeal. Relief as Donegal mother is transferred after two-week wait for bed was last modified: December 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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