Few SNCLavalin rivals have been granted DPAs contrary to CEOs claims

MONTREAL — It was a sunny Wednesday in March, and Neil Bruce was making his case for why SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. deserved a negotiated settlement over corruption charges tied to alleged dealings in Libya.After spending six weeks in the eye of a political storm over the actions of top government officials who had pushed to head off a criminal prosecution in the case, the CEO of Canada’s most renowned engineering and construction firm went on a press offensive.Flanked by a public relations team in a downtown Toronto boardroom, Bruce shared some internal data on the use of deferred prosecution agreements (DPA) by SNC-Lavalin’s rivals to illustrate the competitive disadvantage his firm faces.“We’ve calculated that about 75 per cent of these U.S. and European competitors have done DPAs in their own host country and are free to work in Canada,” Bruce told The Canadian Press on March 20.When pressed for details on this claim — made to at least one other news outlet — SNC-Lavalin told The Canadian Press it does not have a comprehensive list of competitors who have entered into DPAs. The firm did not share how it arrived at the number.The Canadian Press analyzed figures on corporate settlements from a pair of databases and found that only a handful of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.’s rivals or their subsidiaries have received deferred prosecution agreements. In the U.S. and United Kingdom, just one of SNC-Lavalin’s 16 main competitors listed in its 2018 annual information form is named as a DPA recipient, according to the databases that go as far back as 1992.Of 216 DPAs and non-prosecution agreements — which are similar, but more lenient — in the U.S. since 2014, only eight were granted to construction or design firms, and only three of those companies qualified as global players, according to figures in annual reports by law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.The U.K. has granted only four DPAs since legislation was passed in 2013, records from Fieldfisher law firm show.“Most of the activity in DPAs is extremely recent,” said Jennifer Quaid, a criminal law professor at the University of Ottawa. “There isn’t necessarily a long tradition of holding companies criminally liable in many European jurisdictions.”When asked about the discrepancy in the numbers, SNC-Lavalin stood by its figures.“SNC-Lavalin did internal research on the topic and calculated that about 75 per cent of its rivals have concluded DPAs in their host countries,” spokesman Nicolas Ryan said in an email.While none of SNC-Lavalin’s 16 competitors appear to have received DPAs in the U.S. or U.K. in the past five years, a few of their subsidiaries have, and several rivals accepted deals prior to 2014.In 2012, Tokyo-based Marubeni Corp. agreed to pay US$54.6 million in a DPA linked to its participation in a decade-long scheme to bribe Nigerian government officials, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.Montreal-based engineering firm WSP Global Inc. bought Louis Berger in 2018 — three years after that company paid US$17.1 million to resolve charges it bribed officials in India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Kuwait.Aecon Group Inc.’s Tishman Construction Corp. accepted in 2015 a US$20.2-million DPA tied to an overbilling scheme. And SNC-Lavalin’s own WS Atkins, which it bought in 2017, acquired a subsidiary seven years earlier that reached a US$3.4-million DPA following allegations of bribing Qatari officials in 2009.In 2008, British construction company Balfour Beatty admitted to “payment irregularities” and paid a 2.25-million-pound penalty following a bribery investigation by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office, avoiding charges in the process. Instead it got a plea bargain, which unlike a DPA involves a legal admission of guilt along with the bidding bans and steeper penalties that can come with it.The goal of a DPA, also known as a remediation agreement, is to encourage voluntary disclosure of criminal misconduct that might otherwise fly under regulators’ radar. By entering into a DPA, a company avoids prosecution while taking responsibility for breaches such as fraud or bribery of foreign officials and agreeing to conditions like overhauling its board and senior management, adopting a compliance program and accepting third-party oversight.DPAs also aim to slash costs and time for investigators in what can be lengthy, exhaustive criminal probes by cash-strapped government bureaus.“The big thing that corporations are worried about is stigma. They don’t like the stigma of being considered a corporate criminal, because that affects their sales and their public reputation,” said Russell Mokhiber, a corporate crime journalist and author.The difference between who gets a negotiated settlement and who doesn’t often comes down to size, says Susan Hawley, policy director at London-based non-profit Corruption Watch.“Large companies tend to get away with DPAs and the smaller companies get prosecuted criminally,” she said.She points to Rolls-Royce PLC, with which U.K. prosecutors pursued an agreement “for corrupt conduct spanning three decades,” as the state’s Serious Fraud Office director put it in February. The settlement — which emerged only after Rolls-Royce had been “found out,” Hawley said, not after self-reporting — drew renewed scrutiny of the practice.“Because the large corporations have the power, they have the power to demand and secure these agreements,” said Mokhiber. “You lose so many jobs in the economy, shareholders get hurt, innocent employees are punished, and so forth.”Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC, TSX:WSP)Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press read more

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Cops arrest 18 for betting

The police said that a case will be filed against all 18 suspects at the Dambulla Magistrate’s court next Tuesday.The Galewala police are conducting further investigations. The police arrested 18 people for betting for money in Galewala last night, the police media unit said today.According to the police media unit the betting center was raided by a police team in the area and the suspects were subsequently arrested.

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Golden Triangle shows downward trend in opium cultivation UN report

The Myanmar and Laos Opium Surveys for 2003, launched today in New York by the UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC), confirms the downward trend in 2002 in opium cultivation in the Golden Triangle – which also includes Thailand. The surveys show a 24 per cent decline for Myanmar and 15 per cent for Laos mostly because farmers shifted crops to rice or other grains, which together with marginal harvest levels in Thailand and Viet Nam, has reduced opium cultivation in Southeast Asia by 60 per cent since 1996.Still, the report notes that although the current downward trend in Myanmar had been encouraging, the country remains the world’s second-largest supplier of opium and heroin after Afghanistan, with the Shan State representing more than 90 per cent of the total opium poppy cultivation in the country. Laos is the third-largest opium producer.Although their numbers are declining, more than 350,000 households in Myanmar and 40,000 in Laos will continue to derive the largest share of their income from the harvested opium – an estimated 810 tons in Myanmar and 120 tons in Laos. To sustain these declines, alternative development programmes for farmers are required, the report says. It also remains crucial to ensure that significant funding and technical assistance is provided to UNODC’s alternative development, demand reduction and law enforcement initiatives.At a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York, UNODC Executive-Director Antonio Maria Costa attributed the decline not only to the commitment of the central governments, but also that of local communities, provinces and townships. He also stressed the importance of alternative cultivation efforts to reduce food shortages. One of the main reasons framers had been cultivating opium was because of the revenue it generated. Efforts by UN agencies to improve food security had reduced the motivation to cultivate illegal crops, he said. read more

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Price of crude drives down housing resale prices

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Calgary’s resale housing market sales were down in January, year over year, for the second consecutive month.The 40 per cent dip is so significant that many people are now rushing to sell their homes.According to BMO Capital Markets Senior Economist Sal Guatieri, listings are up 37 per cent.Guatieri says Calgary’s market had been holding up fairly well, even with the challenges, until December.He believes the correction can all be attributed to the price of oil.“So we will see a lot of layoffs in the energy sector this year, and spillover effects to other industries that will, at the very minimum, discourage a lot of people from moving to Alberta,” Guatieri said.Guatieri believes house prices could fall by as much as 10 per cent, erasing any of 2014’s gains. by News Staff Posted Feb 2, 2015 10:59 am MDT Price of crude drives down housing resale prices read more

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This Is The First NBA Finals In 9 Years Without LeBron A

When Lamar Odom heaved the ball down-court to drain away what seconds remained between the 2010 Los Angeles Lakers and a championship, few realized that it marked the start of a new era. The period that followed was defined by who wasn’t in L.A. that June night: LeBron James. For each of the next eight seasons, a James-led team would make the NBA Finals — a streak of contesting the championship that won’t technically end until Thursday’s Game 1 between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors.As the confetti filled the Staples Center air, there was little sense of just how profoundly the game was about to change — some changes because of James himself, others just moving on a parallel track to the game’s biggest star. With the benefit of hindsight, then, let’s take a look at exactly how many huge developments have transpired across the league since the last time we had an NBA Finals without LeBron James.From ABC News: In many ways, it’s fitting that these 2019 finals would pit two of James’s longtime foils — the Raptors (who could never beat him in the playoffs) and the Warriors (whom he could seldom beat) — against each other. James’s shadow hangs over the series in absentia, if not simply for what his vacancy signals. He may return to the championship stage again sooner than later, particularly if the Warriors’ hegemony is threatened this summer. But for now, this series marks the end of an era — and the culmination of all the many changes that have remade basketball since the last time we weren’t debating James’s chances of adding another ring to his collection.Check out our latest NBA predictions. LeBron’s GOAT turnGoing into the summer of 2010, James’s future was as uncertain as it would ever be. He had just suffered the most high-profile failure of his career, inexplicably struggling as his Cleveland Cavaliers were bounced from the second round of the playoffs by the Boston Celtics. He faced a looming free-agency “decision” — would he betray his hometown Cavs? — and persistent questions about whether he could lead a championship team. Statistically, James’s career was off to a stellar start, but by the NBA’s ring-obsessed standards, his path toward GOAT status was wobbling.Nearly a decade later, James is still not universally hailed as the greatest ever. (Michael Jordan’s shadow looms large.) But he is generally placed right in the conversation with MJ. He answered postseason critics with eight straight conference titles and three rings, including one that involved: a) one of the greatest NBA Finals comebacks ever; b) upsetting the winningest regular-season team in history; and c) ending Cleveland’s 52-year championship drought. At the same time, James has climbed up the all-time statistical mountain in countless categories, including passing Jordan on points in March. If James isn’t the GOAT, he has at least become the defining player of his generation — and in some ways, he even redefined the role of a superstar and the criteria we use to judge all-time greats.The rise of the WarriorsThe 2009-10 Golden State Warriors won only 26 games and got their coach, Don Nelson, fired. (The team would go through two more coaches before finding current boss Steve Kerr.) Few vestiges of Nelson’s 2006-07 “We Believe” Warriors — the franchise’s high-water mark for postseason success since the early 1990s — were still on the roster anyway. Newcomer Stephen Curry finished second in Rookie of the Year voting but gave scarcely any clues that he’d eventually become a transformational player. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were still 20-year-old college kids. From these not-so-promising beginnings, the single greatest dynasty in basketball history1If not all of sports history, if you compare their run to those of greats from other leagues. would be formed.Every dynasty requires a series of unlikely breaks to fall its way, but it’s difficult to overstate just how surprising it was that Golden State would barge into an NBA championship club that included just eight franchises (the Celtics, Bulls, Pistons, Rockets, Lakers, Heat, 76ers and Spurs) hoarding the 31 titles up for grabs from 1980 through 2010. Before they added Kevin Durant in free agency, the Warriors were a testament to the power of drafting home-grown stars and locking them up on team-friendly contract extensions. After inking Durant, they became the scariest collection of talent ever assembled. And it would all come completely out of the blue, from the perspective of a neutral observer in the summer of 2010.The superteam craze gets crazierIn conjunction with James’s emergence as arguably the best player ever (see above), he also helped usher in an era of star players dictating the direction of the league on their own terms. The Age of the Superteam had already gotten underway with the 2008 Boston Celtics’ title-winning team-up between Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. But James pushed the trend even further when he joined forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to form a trio of prime-age superstars on the 2011 Miami Heat. Ever since, most of the game’s highest-profile moves have been designed to either counterbalance or mimic James’s original flight of fancy made good.The league’s power balance, of course, has almost always been about an ever-escalating arms race between Big Twos and Threes. The difference this decade has been about who gets to choose both how and where those combinations form. Encouraged by a salary structure that prioritizes nonmonetary benefits and empowered by what strange quirks of the system do arise, superstars (and their agents) have become every bit as powerful in team-building as general managers. You can’t fault them for it, either: Rings are how players are judged, and star recruiting is the most sensible path to a title in the NBA. This was bound to happen eventually — and the past decade has only solidified the trend.Pacing and spacingThe Warriors didn’t just break the mold of dynasty-building — they helped redefine how a championship team plays the game. Before Curry and Co., the conventional wisdom was that a team who lives by the 3-pointer would eventually die by it before the playoffs ended. During the 2015 playoffs, former Lakers coach Phil Jackson famously tweeted a critique of jump-shooting teams during the 2015 playoffs; Charles Barkley voiced the same sentiment around the same time. The Warriors’ title that summer felt like a retort, invalidating any preconceived notions about what kind of great team could successfully win a title.Although the rise of the 3-point shot was set in motion long before Golden State formed its dynasty, the Warriors became its symbolic standard-bearer — even after they shifted away from small-ball lineups a bit and were surpassed by many other teams in their actual use of the 3-pointer. Whether influenced by Golden State or not, the league’s obsession with speed, spacing and shooting has intensified greatly over the past decade. Pace factor is up 8 percent since 2010, and 3-pointers per game are up 78 percent. (Huge dinosaurs still roamed the paint back in 2010; today’s game looks very different.) Offenses are the most efficient they’ve ever been, and the range at which players can reliably make threes is expanding constantly. James’s own development even mirrored these changes: Once criticized for a lack of shooting touch, he improved to eventually become one of the game’s best deep 3-point bombers by the end of the decade.The evolution of tankingIn addition to the LeBron-influenced spate of superteams, one of the league’s other primary off-court concerns this decade has been how to prevent teams from tanking — deliberately building bad (and often dirt-cheap) rosters in order to get high picks in that summer’s draft. The tactic is nothing new, but back in 2010, it still hadn’t been fully explored to its cynical conclusion — that wouldn’t truly come until Sam Hinkie took over the Philadelphia 76ers in 2013.2Perhaps the SuperSonics/Thunder of the mid-to-late 2000s could also be seen as a precursor to Hinkie’s Sixers, but even those teams were not as brazen in their tanking efforts as Philadelphia would become.Hinkie’s “Process” — designed specifically to acquire a franchise-altering talent like James — left a controversial legacy. It helped Philly eventually acquire many building blocks for their current contending squad, even after missing on a number of their high picks. It also produced some of the worst basketball ever along the way, and the results underscored the complete lack of certainty inherent in hitching a franchise’s fortunes to a randomized lottery system. Neither of this year’s NBA Finalists were built by tanking — in fact, Toronto methodically built a solid team until a superstar (Kawhi Leonard) fell into its lap. And the league readjusted its lottery odds this year anyway, flattening out the rewards for poor records and further discouraging intentionally bad roster construction. Unlike the dreadful 2002-03 Cavaliers team that drafted James, the next LeBron might not even enter the league with a team that lost on purpose to get him.The end of ‘Lakers exceptionalism’?Perhaps the starkest contrast between 2010 and the present is in the state of James’s current club, the L.A. Lakers. With a core of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Odom and young center Andrew Bynum, coached by Jackson, Los Angeles had just won its second consecutive title — and they appeared poised to contend for even more over the next few seasons. But Jackson retired from coaching in 2011; Bryant and Gasol got older; Bynum couldn’t stay healthy; Odom was traded; and the front office struggled to upgrade the supporting cast.An attempted superteam of Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Bryant and Gasol failed miserably. It also represented the last time the Lakers made the playoffs. Ever since, the team has tried desperately to replenish its once-endless supply of Hall of Famers, whether through the draft or in signing James, the game’s biggest star. But at the same time, L.A. has been hamstrung by ineffectual management, a story that extended to this week’s ESPN report about dysfunction between Magic Johnson, former president of basketball operations; general manager Rob Pelinka; James’s agent, Rich Paul; and the rest of the team and its staff. The Lakers still figure to aim for another huge star acquisition this offseason, but the era of what SB Nation’s Tom Ziller calls “Lakers exceptionalism” — the idea that L.A. is entitled to always dominate the NBA — is over, difficult as that would have been to believe in 2010. read more

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Gap accused of stealing Flickr photo for shirt designs

first_imgAll of the big clothing brands are tasked with coming up with new designs to go on their latest clothing ranges every year. So you’d expect designers to be hired, or existing images to be licensed for use as prints on such clothing. That’s not the case for Gap, who seem to prefer loading up Flickr and doing a search until they find an image they like.That certainly seems to be the case for a Thermal Body Double Gap is selling in its Baby range for $17. The print on the shirt is of a classic Jaguar, but where did the image come from? Hobby photographer Chris Devers can tell you, as he took the original photo and uploaded it to his Flickr account. The issue Devers has is Gap never asked to use the photo, they just took it.AdChoices广告This isn’t an accusation made without evidence. Here’s the images side-by-side:Further evidence comes from Bill Ricker who superimposed the shirt design over the photograph and it matches perfectly:Devers is awaiting a response from Gap explaining why his image is on its shirt:I have various thoughts about what’s going on here — for example, the mind-boggling idea that some unknown factory in southeast Asia somewhere is cranking out thousands of $16.95 tshirts with my photo on them on behalf of the Gap, and yet they never attempted to contact me about their use of my work — but I’m trying to keep most of my thoughts to myself until Gap has a chance to respond. It’s not just that one item, though, the same print appears multiple times across a $25 2-in-1 moto one-piece:We are also awaiting Gap’s explanation as to why it is using this image without any contact with the owner first.Read more at Steve Devers Flickr page and MediabistroMatthew’s OpinionIn case you are wondering, Devers has uploaded his image to Flickr under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) license. That states the image can be freely copied, shared, and distributed as long as:Attribution is givenIt is noncommercial distributionNo alterations, transfroms, or build upon work is carried outGap fails on every condition. They haven’t attributed Devers, the image is being sold commercially, and they have altered the image.Unless Gap manage to produce an image that is exactly the same but from another source, they could be in trouble here. Devers could rightly get himself a copyright lawyer and go to court. Gap will have to remove the items from sale and compensation may be in order.There is a scenario where Gap is completely innocent, though. The company does employ independent designers to create new prints for its clothing. It’s not out of the realms of possibility that it was one of these designers that stole the image and presented it to Gap as his/her own work.Whatever the case, we would like to know the outcome of this complaint and hope Gap respond to Devers explaining what happened.last_img read more

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Man 29 charged with murder of Gareth Hutch

first_img Updated 2pmA 29-YEAR-OLD man replied “not guilty” when he was charged today with the murder of Gareth Hutch who was shot dead as he was getting into his car outside his home in Dublin.Father-of-one Gareth Hutch (35), a nephew of Gerry “the Monk” Hutch, was gunned down outside Avondale House flats, on North Cumberland Street in inner city Dublin, on the morning of 24 May.Thomas Fox, who has an address at Rutland Court in north inner city Dublin, was charged last year with unlawful possession of a Makarov 9mm handgun at Avondale House on 23 May, a day before the shooting.That charge was contrary to section 27A of the Firearms Act which can carry a sentence of up to 14 years.He had been initially refused bail by Dublin District Court on June 1 and was remanded in custody. He faced his thirteenth hearing today when he appeared before Judge Victor Blake at Cloverhill District Court.Dressed in a green jumper and grey tracksuit bottoms he was escorted into the courtroom by prison officers in stab vests.“Not guilty” reply when charge put to himDetective Garda Sergeant Robert O’Reilly told the court that Fox was charged at 10.34am today with the murder of Gareth Hutch. He said the accused replied “not guilty” when the new charge was put to him.There was an application for him to be remanded in custody for one week and the court also heard that the DPP has directed trial on indictment.There was an application on behalf of Fox, represented by Eoin Lysaght solicitor, for the firearms charge to be dismissed. The State objected and the judge refused to dismiss it but said he would strike it out.State solicitor Karen Wilson said that the book of evidence is near completion and would be ready in two weeks.Judge Blake remanded Fox in custody to appear via video-link on 25 January next. At a previous hearing, the Judge heard that the case is extremely complex and that about 300 statements have been taken.The accused had been in custody since 1 June on the firearms charge. Bail cannot be granted in the district court in a murder case and he will have to make an application to the High Court to get released pending his trial.The district court has also heard earlier that the investigation involved the examination of 5,000 hours of CCTV.Fox is one of two people before the courts in connection with the shooting of Hutch.Mary McDonnell (43) with an address at Avondale House, North Cumberland Street is accused of withholding information from gardaí investigating Gareth Hutch’s murder.She is accused of failing without reasonable excuse to disclose information to the gardaí, as soon as was practicable, information she knew or believed might be of material assistance in securing the apprehension, prosecution or conviction of any other person for a serious offence.The charge is under Section 9 of the Offences Against the State Act and the offence is alleged to have happened at an address at Avondale House on 24 May last.She is on bail and her case was listed before Judge Anthony Halpin at Dublin District Court on Wednesday. However, she had been excused from having to attend the hearing.Detective Garda Kevin Keys confirmed for the judge that the prosecution was seeking an adjournment for directions from the DPP to be obtained. The case was put back for four weeks and the judge heard that she would be notified by her solicitor.Comments are closed as the case is before the courts.Read: Man to appear in court in connection to Gareth Hutch murderRead: ‘No investigation yet’ into how CCTV footage of Gareth Hutch murder was made public Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie Man (29) charged with murder of Gareth Hutch The man replied “not guilty” when the charge was put to him by gardaí. Jan 18th 2017, 2:00 PM By Tom Tuite No Comments https://jrnl.ie/3192114 26,814 Views center_img Gardaí investigating at the scene of the shooting in North Cumberland Street. Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie Share541 Tweet Email Wednesday 18 Jan 2017, 2:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Gardaí investigating at the scene of the shooting in North Cumberland Street. Short URLlast_img read more

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Land managers work on update to Gorges management plan

first_imgLand managers are conducting an overdue multi-year review and revision of the management plan for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.The resulting document could have impacts for landowners and recreation enthusiasts alike for a decade or more after its finished.Through a process they’re calling Gorge 2020, the Columbia River Gorge Commission and the U.S. Forest Service are working on updating the Gorge’s management plan.As part of that process, officials are paying particularly close attention to the topics of economic vitality of communities in the Gorge, urban area boundaries, emerging land uses and the development review process, and recreation resource management.The agencies have already held dozens of initial meetings around the Gorge to connect with stakeholders and listen to their concerns. From those meetings came the four aforementioned topics that will be explored in depth at future meetings.“Residents of the Gorge will feel some differences with respect to the policies of what you can do with private land in the Gorge,” said Rachel Pawlitz, spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.“For the visitors to the Gorge,” she said, “recreation is one of the topics that will affect them the most.”The National Scenic Area Act was created to protect and enhance the scenic, cultural, recreational and natural resources of the Gorge. Equally significant, the act was intended to support the economies within the Gorge by encouraging communities to grow within their urban growth boundaries and allowing growth that’s consistent with the goal of protecting the scenic area.last_img read more

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Neymar hints on a possible return for Champions League quarterfinal

first_imgParis Saint-Germain star Neymar has hinted on a speedy return to action in his latest recovery update from a fractured metatarsal.Neymar suffered the injury on January 23 in a 2-0 Coupe de France win over Strasbourg. And was subsequently sidelined for 10 weeks.But the Parisians masterminded a shocking 2-0 victory at Old Trafford without Neymar and Cavani becoming the first French team to win at United.The Brazilian and his physiotherapist, Rafael Martini, appeared on YouTube channel Fui Clear to discuss his injury:Per Goal’s Michael Plant, Neymar revealed via Bleacher Report.“It’s getting better. We have already done several treatments, some procedures in order to improve it as quickly as possible and we are happy with the progress and with how things are going.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…“I can’t wait to do what I love to do the most in my life which is to play football. It’s eight to 10 weeks [recovery period]—that’s what we imagine, so I think 10 weeks at most. We have worked to accelerate the process.”One such method has been platelet-rich plasma therapy, which is “basically drawing blood, centrifuging it, distilling the good part and applying directly into the injury.”The first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals on April 9 or 10 is on the fringe of when he could return, and he’s hoping to feature if PSG qualify.OFFICIAL: Neymar has been ruled out for 10 weeks due to a metatarsal injury and will miss both legs of the Champions League tie vs. Man Utd. pic.twitter.com/qP5fmSYqSC— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) January 30, 2019last_img read more

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VIDEO The Glitzy Gourmet Shares Zucchini Spaghetti Recipe

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Denise Gentile, “The Glitzy Gourmet,” is back with the latest episode of her popular cooking show on WCTV.Watch Gentile share her recipe for zucchini spaghetti below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-west-1.dream.io/wilmington/f/4/4/4/8/1/f4448155-a8f3-4f38-8d4a-91f7bb59a4451535730202.946%2B40512901.989%40castus4-wilmington%2B15357310991535730445211180.vod.720p.Glitz%20%20Gormet_%20Summer%20Go%20Lite.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: The Glitzy Gourmet Shares Summer Quiche RecipeIn “Videos”VIDEO: The Glitzy Gourmet Shares Tomato & Potato RecipesIn “Videos”VIDEO: State Rep. Dave Robertson Talks With WCTV About His First 7 Months In OfficeIn “Videos”last_img read more

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Asifabad to Patnapur bus services launched

first_imgAsifabad: MPP A Mallikarjun along with RTC DM Murthy had inaugurated bus services from Asifabad to Patnapur at the bus stand in Asifabad on Thursday.The MPP said that following the demand from the devotees of Phulaji Baba, they have started daily bus services from Asifbad to Patnapur and bus services will be provided to every village in near future.Co-option member Alibin Ahmad, former MPP Balesh Goud, former Market Committee Chairman Srinivas, TRS leaders and others were present.last_img

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Twin blasts in Manila kill 2

first_imgBomb squad operatives and a bomb disposal robot inspect a suspicious package left near the Quezon bridge, in Quiapo, Manila. Photo: AFPTwin explosions in the Philippine capital on Saturday night killed two people and injured six others, police said, just over a week after another blast in the same area.Authorities initially said there were no indications the blasts were terrorist attacks but the Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility.The militants cited a higher death toll than that given by police and said it was a sectarian strike against Shiite Muslims.“Five Shiites were killed and six others wounded in a bomb blast by Islamic State fighters in the centre of Manila in the Philippines,” IS propaganda outfit Amaq said in a statement.The initial blast occurred around 6:00pm (1000 GMT) near a mosque in Quiapo, one of the older parts of Manila where there are big slums, city police chief Oscar Albayalde said.The explosion killed two and injured four others, he said.A second blast occurred in the same area around 8:30pm, according to an AFP photographer who was among a group of journalists near the scene.Two policemen who were inspecting the area after the first blast were injured by the second explosion, Albayalde said in an interview on GMA television.The blasts occurred along a narrow street crammed with stalls hawking clothes and homeware.They were just outside an Islamic community centre and about a hundred metres (300 feet) from the Quiapo Golden Mosque.The Philippines is a mainly Catholic country but it has a significant Muslim minority, some of whom live in Quiapo.The first blast damaged part of the Islamic centre and shattered windows in nearby buildings, according to the AFP photographer and witnesses.“It was very powerful,” Omar Yahya, 22, who was at the Islamic centre when the first explosion occurred, told AFP afterwards at a Manila police station.“Windows were broken and the wooden part of the building collapsed.”‘No sign of terror attack’Police chief Albayalde said the first blast appeared to have come from a package that was being delivered by a man on a motorcycle.“The man on the motorcycle who delivered the package was killed. The other killed was the person who received the package,” he said in an interview on DZRH radio.Albayalde said there was no signs that the blasts were terrorist attacks.“We do not want to speculate but it’s possible this is a gang war,” he said.“We do not see any indication that this is a terror attack.”The other explosion in Quiapo just over a week ago, which occurred as Southeast Asian leaders were meeting for a summit a few kilometres (miles) away, injured 14 people.IS claimed responsibility for the April 28 explosion, but police insisted it was not a terrorist attack, nor was it related in any way to the gathering of political leaders.Police said the April 28 explosion involved a home-made pipe bomb and was carried out by people involved in a private grievance. They said one person had been arrested over that attack.Militants who have pledged allegiance to IS are based in the southern Philippines, more than 800 kilometres (500 miles) from Manila.Those militants mainly operate in the south, although they have been blamed for terrorists attacks in Manila.The Abu Sayyaf group, which is most infamous for kidnapping foreigners and killing them if ransoms are not paid, was blamed for the bombing of a ferry in Manila Bay in 2004 that killed 116 people.last_img read more

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Full Show Potential Flooding This Weekend And Houstons Outgoing Recovery Officer Dec

first_imgOn Friday’s Houston Matters: We learn more about the potential for flooding across Greater Houston as meteorologists expect anywhere from three to five inches of rain across Harris County between tonight and tomorrow morning.Also this hour: Marvin Odum is leaving his role as Houston’s chief recovery officer. Odum, the former president of Shell Oil,  was selected for the volunteer position shortly after Hurricane Harvey. News 88.7’s Travis Bubenik talks with him about what he learned from the job and where Houston’s recovery effort should go from here.Then, two area researchers discuss efforts to improve scientific literacy and how to get more people to trust science. And our panel of non-experts weighs in on The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week’s news.And the son of a Pearl Harbor survivor tells his father’s story.We offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

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DC Crime Bill Aims to Treat Root Causes

first_imgD.C. Council member and Judiciary Chair Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5) introduced the NEAR Act. (Courtesy Photo)A crime prevention bill aims to shift the scope of dealing with crime in the city from enforcing harsher punishments to addressing crime as a public health crisis. Supporters of the bill said it is an innovative, data driven approach to public safety by not only addressing crime after it occurs, but also working to prevent crime by treating its root causes, such as mental illness, substance abuse and homelessness in a long-term, sustainable way.The “Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results Amendment Act of 2016” (NEAR Act), created by D.C. Council member and Judiciary Chair Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5) unanimously passed through the council, for a second time, March 1. The bill is currently on its way to the mayor’s office.“We know that those impacted by mental health disorders, and substance abuse are often in regular contact with the police due to unmet healthcare and housing needs,” said McDuffie in a statement. “Implementing the NEAR Act means effective and sustainable crime prevention for District residents.”The NEAR Act established two offices that supporters hope will mitigate crime; the Office of Violence Prevention and Health Equity (OVPHE) and the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE).The act will attempt to address the intersection of mental health disorders, substance abuse, and crime. It will also develop a Community Crime Prevention Team Program that will pair mental health clinicians and housing outreach specialists from the Department of Behavioral Health and Human Services with police officers to identify persons in need and to connect them with comprehensive services.“One homicide in the District is one too many. We know that we cannot simply arrest our way out of crime; prevention is the key. This comprehensive bill is a step in the right direction,” McDuffie said. As of March 9, there have been 20 homicides, 51 sex abuse arrests, 367 persons charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and 594 robberies so far this year. Total violent crime in D.C. has risen by 24 percent.The NEAR Act also requires the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to provide yearly training on preventing biased-based profiling, community policing, and use of force education and training. Additionally, the MPD is required to collect stop and frisk and use of force data in an effort to promote transparency and improve the relationship between police and the community.“I believe in evidence-based approaches and will monitor and review the effectiveness of each of these initiatives to ensure that District residents’ tax dollars are being spent in an efficient and effective manner,” McDuffie said.The NEAR Act is different from a 2015 anticrime bill presented by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) that would have enforced harsher penalties on offenders. A spokesperson from the mayor’s office told the {Washington Post}, in January, that the NEAR Act does not adequately provide solutions to combat crime.However, others, hopeful of the bill’s potential, said legislation alone will not reduce crime in the city.“This is what I believe about any legislative action that we have that they have the potential to be successful and to provide additional resources, which is the intent of the NEAR Act; from security cameras to other measures but it can’t do it alone,” Council member LaRuby May (D-Ward 8) said. “In order for us to have safer communities and public safety, it won’t happen through legislative action, it has to happen with the efforts and action through the MPD, and efforts and action from the people in our community.”last_img read more

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Virtuosos new Hotel Booking Tool keeps clients connected with booking agents

first_img Travelweek Group Share Posted by Thursday, March 16, 2017 Tags: Virtuosocenter_img Virtuoso’s new Hotel Booking Tool keeps clients connected with booking agents NEW YORK — Virtuoso says its new online hotel booking tool puts the access and amenities of its Hotels & Resorts program in the hands of the consumer, “while still ensuring that the booking takes place under the watchful eye of a Virtuoso advisor”.With the booking tool, potential clients visit virtuoso.com to make a reservation at approximately 900 participating luxury hotels available worldwide.A booking made by a traveller that has worked with Virtuoso in the past will be handled by the user’s existing advisor.New client reservations will be assigned to one of the network’s consultants.“As with all Virtuoso bookings, the advisor will oversee the arrangements from start to finish – coordinating exclusive experiences, and providing a safety net to resolve any travel issues that may arise,” says the luxury retail travel group.“Virtuoso’s new Hotel Booking Tool is a revolutionary method of cultivating new business, both for Virtuoso advisors as well as the network’s preferred partners that are participating.”More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upVirtuoso had a banner year in 2016, adding 39 new agency locations across 23 countries. In total there were 772 member agency locations (up 5%), 15,238 travel advisors (up 33%), 44 countries with Virtuoso member agencies (up 19%), and US$21.2 billion in annual production (up 37%). << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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World Banks IFC criticized over Honduras project

first_imgWASHINGTON — The World Bank’s private finance arm was criticized Friday by an internal ombudsman for its involvement with a controversial Honduras agriculture business accused of grave human rights violations.The ombudsman said the International Finance Corporation was not diligent enough in reviewing questions about fights over land rights and murders of local peasants in supporting the palm oil plantation and processing projects of Dinant Corp. in 2008.The IFC’s agreement to lend $30 million to the $75 million project was not supported by an adequate environmental and social assessment of the project, given the history of conflict between Dinant and local peasants, the Bank’s Compliance Advisor Ombudsman said in a report.“In a sector and country where risks of conflict and violence around land were or should have been known to the team, CAO finds that IFC’s review was not ‘commensurate to risk’,” the CAO said.“IFC was or should have been aware of a series of public allegations and negative perceptions in relation to its client that went significantly beyond those that were considered in the course of its integrity due diligence process.”The project, in Honduras’ northern Aguan Valley, has long been criticized by non-governmental organizations due to the land conflicts tied to Dinant plantations.The CAO report cites NGO data that 102 people tied to the Aguan Valley peasant movement were killed between January 2010 and May 2013, 40 of the deaths tied to Dinant or security personnel working for the company.Nine Dinant guards are also reputed to have been killed by people tied to the peasant movement, which contests Dinant’s claim to own the land it used for the palm oil plantations.The CAO said the IFC should have gone much further in examining the project ahead of approving it and should have supervised it better, considering the violence that impacted it in 2009 and 2010.It said that even though the issues and the deaths were very public, the IFC had claimed to it that there was no information pointing to problems with the land tenure or signs of conflict involving Dinant, according to the report.A statement from Oxfam and other NGOs called on the World Bank “to take immediate action to withhold funding to Dinant, to require Dinant to halt all violence directed at local farmers and find a peaceful and sustainable resolution to conflict over land.”The group also called on Kim to hold responsible IFC staff “who failed to adequately identify and address the risks of the project.”“We are deeply disappointed that the World Bank’s response to this investigation has not taken into account the violations of the human rights of poor farmers in the Aguan Valley who have been the direct victims of Corporación Dinant,” said Yoni Rivas of the Movement of Unified Campesinos in Aguan in a statement. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Up close Vanuatu volcano puts on a glittering primal show

first_img“But people have to be very careful when they walk up the volcano,” he said. “Because it’s very dangerous there.”For those willing to brave the volcano at night, they can see a display that is both spectacular and elemental, one that creates new terrain and connects to the very origins of the planet.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. In this June 1, 2015 photo, Yasur volcano erupts on Tanna Island in Vanuatu. It’s constantly hissing, fussing and belching, but every half hour or so Yasur volcano sends up a tremendous spurt of lava and a boom so loud it is deafening on the crater rim and can be heard for miles. At dusk, the explosions begin to resemble fireworks, the lava glittering as it falls from the sky. At just 361 meters (1,184 feet) elevation, the volcano on the Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu is particularly accessible, and spectacularly active. Some have dubbed it the world’s friendliest volcano, although its primal ferocity and occasionally dangerous eruptions of lava and gas would seem to defy that description. (AP Photo/Nick Perry) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Getting there is an adventure. Yasur is on Vanuatu’s southern Tanna island, which doesn’t have paved roads and where many of its 30,000 people continue to live as the islanders have for centuries, in simple thatch huts with pigs and chickens running freely.Legend has it that the volcano is a god. Kelson Hosea, who owns the rustic Jungle Oasis bungalows near the base of Yasur, said the story goes that Yasur returned home one day to find his two wives and four sons still at the beach, and in anger turned himself into a pig, before falling asleep.“When the boys came back home with their mother, they saw the pig and they got angry,” he said. “They got angry and they didn’t realize that it was their father. They thought it was a pig. And they killed the pig with a stick. And the pig exploded.”He said the four distinct craters in the volcano represent the four sons.From the Tanna airport, the main transport across the island’s rugged dirt roads is by truck. To enter the volcano grounds, there is a 3,350 vatu ($31) fee.From the base, it’s about a 90 minute hike to the crater rim. There’s also an access road, and, for a fee, local drivers will take tourists up, leaving just a 15-minute walk across a rugged, barren moonscape to the rim. There’s a lonely postal box near the top marked the “Volcano Post” where tourists can mail postcards. Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   TANNA ISLAND, Vanuatu (AP) — It’s constantly hissing, fussing and belching, but every half hour or so Yasur volcano sends up a tremendous spurt of lava and a boom so loud it is deafening on the crater rim and can be heard for miles. At dusk, the explosions begin to resemble fireworks, the lava glittering as it falls from the sky.At just 361 meters (1,184 feet) elevation, the volcano on the Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu is particularly accessible, and spectacularly active. Some have dubbed it the world’s friendliest volcano, although its primal ferocity and occasionally dangerous eruptions of lava and gas would seem to defy that description. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top holiday drink recipes Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Authorities periodically close Yasur when the eruptions get too violent and it becomes too dangerous to stand near the crater rim.Yoram Teitler, a geologist who was recently a research fellow at the University of Western Australia, said the volcano has been active for perhaps 2,000 years. It is constantly bubbling, with larger eruptions coming once or twice an hour. Observers can stand about 150 meters (500 feet) from the crater floor.“It’s quite rare to get such a kind of activity in a volcano,” he said. “There are just a few examples in the world, and it’s requiring the combination of very specific conditions. You need to have a specific viscosity of the lava, a specific amount of gases within the magma. And as well, a proper plumbing system to trigger such regular explosions.”Teitler said that once people arrive on the rim, it’s important to avoid the poisonous sulfurous gases coming from the craters and some side vents by taking a position upwind of them. He said that if the lava does explode beyond the rim, rather than running blindly away it’s better to watch where the hunks are falling so you can avoid them.Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale said the volcano has become a popular tourist attraction and a place where locals are able to make some money. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milklast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterThe first phase of rehabilitation for Vanuatu’s Bauerfield Airport in Port Vila has been officially completed, marking a new era of tourism for the South Pacific nation.Repair work on the runway was completed in April by New Zealand contractors Fulton Hogan. The Minister for Infrastructure and Public Utility Hon. Jotham Napat has now followed on from this by appointing an airport taskforce to finalise negotiations with the World Bank loan for the second phase of repairs to commence.Vanuatu Tourism Office’s General Manager, Linda Kalpoi, said this has been a significant milestone and turning point for the destination and the future is looking bright once again.“This is such an important moment for Vanuatu’s tourism industry and we are looking at the completion of this first phase as a launching point for the next exciting stage of tourism for our country,” Ms Kalpoi said.“Vanuatu is stronger than ever and together with industry partners and the Vanuatu Tourism Office, we are thrilled to have a number of new destination product developments and an exciting integrated marketing campaign ready to be rolled out over the coming months.The Vanuatu tourism industry has seen a surge in investment into the destination with several new product openings and re-openings scheduled, some of these include:Iririki Island Resort & Spa re-opened its doors last week after impressive renovationsTrusted global brand The Holiday Inn will re-open in coming weeks following repairsA Ramada property, Akiriki Resort, is under construction with a scheduled opening in 2017Iconic resort and restaurant Tamanu on the Beach will reopen on 1 October, 2016 with 15 bungalows, a swimming pool and wedding chapelAir Vanuatu has announced increased weekly flights from Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland commencing 1 June, 2016“To complement this further, the integrated ‘Discover What Matters’ marketing campaign will inspire and motivate people to book their holidays to Vanuatu and to reconnect with themselves and loved ones through travel trade education, public relations and digital marketing all developed.”The next phase of the rehabilitation will see the airport meet code E specifications which will allow it to cater for long-haul flights from wide bodied aircrafts, opening the door to more travellers from around the globe.For trade updates on Vanuatu please visit www.vanuatuspecialists.com.aulast_img read more

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from upper left The next step is cleanup and re

first_img [from upper left] The next step is clean-up and re-organization of the Planning area. Construction staff Melissa Soluski builds a set of individual work stations. Flat drawer cabinets are moved and re-aligned. Accumulated reference material is re-organized into new shelving. The new arrangement is crisp and practical. More on this on 5/4/07.[Photo & text: sa] May 2, 2007 The office on the second floor of the S.O.D. Unit [Soleri Office and Drafting Unit] is in the process of much needed re-organization. [from upper left] Construction volunteers Darina Trendafilova and workshop participant JiHye Son take apart existing shelving in the south-bay of the planning area.JiHye patches and paints the walls. A new shelving system is put together. The new set-up is complete, very clean and organized, and a set of Paolo Soleri silk-screened bridge drawings now grace the wall.[Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

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Celebration for Cyprus

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades attended a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales on Monday evening to celebrate the ties between Cyprus and the UK, as well as the UK Cypriots’ contribution to British public life.Guests included more than 150 scientists, businessmen, artists, academics, professionals and other members of the Cypriot diaspora that have excelled in their area.Among them were Christopher Pissarides, Kypros Nicolaides, Theo Paphites, Toukar Souleyman, Tracey Emin, Linda Papadopoulos, members of the Leventis and Lazari families and others.In his speech, President Anastasiades thanked His Royal Highness for the invitation and the hospitality for the special event, which marked the first time the Cypriot diaspora and the bilateral ties were celebrated at Buckingham Palace in such a way.“Tonight’s event offers us the opportunity to celebrate the long-lasting friendship and enduring bonds between our two countries and peoples,” said President Anastasiades.He said those bonds were also celebrated last year, on the occasion of the centenary since the end of the First World War, during which 16,000 Cypriots fought alongside the British.During the Second World War, he added, more than 60,000 Cypriots joined the struggle against fascism, among whom former president Glafcos Clerides.“Our history and journey have been one of constant evolution, based on trust and numerous synergies on a wide range of issues,” he said.He praised Her Majesty The Queen’s leadership of the organisation and stressed that he has no doubt that Prince Charles will be “equally successful” as the next head of the Commonwealth family.“Cyprus has been an active member of the Commonwealth since 1960 and I wish to assure of Cyprus’ determination to continue playing a dynamic role in implementing our joint agenda, particularly in increasingly important global challenges such as climate change, sustainable development, research and innovation, protection of cultural heritage and of the environment,” Anastasiades said.He then stressed the important and dynamic relations between the Cypriot and the British people, as demonstrated by the more than 300,000 people of Cypriot descent living in the UK and the more than 1 million annual British visitors to the island.Referring to the three exhibitions that were set up for the reception (one with antiquities from Engomi hosted both at the British Museum and the Cyprus Museum in Nicosia; another one with authentic maps of the late 19th century Cyprus by Lord Kitchener; and a reference to a joint academic project by the University of Cyprus and Imperial College), the president spoke of “undeniable proof of the historical depth and of the dynamic contemporary relationship between our two countries”.He lastly expressed the hope to see the Cypriot cultural treasures preserved in the UK exhibited one day in a reunited island.The Prince of Wales started his speech by praising the “indispensable contribution” of UK Cypriots to the UK and the Commonwealth.He noted that the island of Cyprus has been capturing the imagination of British who have been falling in love with it, that is has been a crossroad of civilisations and that its influence over the years has been felt far and wide.Prince Charles also highlighted the joint efforts of the two peoples during the two World Wars and he then briefly referred to the development of the UK Cypriot community, first in north London and later on in other areas of the UK.“Wherever they settled, these communities thrived and over the years they have made the most tremendous difference to our society, to our economy and to our culture,” he said.He then commented, jokingly, that when shortages of halloumi cheese were reported in the UK last summer the situation was considered to be “nothing short of a national crisis.”You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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