Ohiopyle, Pa.

first_imgPopulation: 77Public lands: Ohiopyle State Park, Ferncliff Natural Area, Bear Run Nature PreserveOutdoor Highlights: Youghiogheny River, Great Allegheny Passage Trail, McCune Traillast_img

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Ecuador Sends a New Group of Soldiers for the MINUSTAH

first_imgBy Dialogo July 06, 2009 Quito, July 2 (EFE).- Ecuador will send a new group of soldiers to Haiti tomorrow to participate in the multinational force MINUSTAH, a Defense Ministry source confirmed to EFE today. The source specified that sixty-six soldiers will relieve a group of their compatriots now in Haiti and will stay for six months. This is the tenth contingent of Ecuadorian soldiers to leave the country for military peace-keeping operations as part of the Binational Company of Horizontal Construction Engineers in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). The source indicated that the soldiers will leave from the First Air Zone in Quito at around 10 a.m. local time (3 p.m. GMT), recalling that Ecuador has participated in this program since September 2004.last_img read more

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Colombia Receives Bids Worth $One Billion For Oil Exploration

first_imgBy Dialogo June 25, 2010 The National Hydrocarbon Agency (AHN), a Colombian government agency, has received bids worth more than one billion dollars for the right to explore for oil in a number of Colombian regions, including several in the Caribbean, over the next fifteen years, an official source announced. “Eighty domestic and foreign firms participated” in the auction, held in the Caribbean port of Cartagena, and “submitted bids on ninety-six blocks for a value of more than one billion dollars,” Armando Zamora, director of the AHN, told Bogotá radio broadcaster RCN. According to the official, out of the total number of oil companies that participated in the auction, fifty submitted successful bids for 96 out of a potential 230 blocks, including state-owned Empresa Colombiana de Petróleos (Ecopetrol). The districts that will be opened to exploration in the next few years are spread among different regions of the country, including the Caribbean, where in some areas, such as the island of San Andrés, “there are already some initial technical evaluations,” Zamora added. Among the foreign oil companies, Canadian firm Canacol Energy obtained four blocks in the center of the country, while Spanish firm Repsol and Argentine firm YPF, in association with Ecopetrol, won the right to explore two blocks in the Caribbean. Korean firm SK Energy, also in association with Ecopetrol, submitted the highest bid for a block located in the northern part of the country, while Cementaciones Petroleras de Venezuela will share exploration of another block with the Colombian state-owned firm, in central Colombia.last_img read more

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Wells delivers state of the judiciary address

first_imgWells delivers state of the judiciary address Wells delivers state of the judiciary address Senior Editor One thing two years as Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court has taught Charles Wells is “to stop saying I’ve seen it all.”Wells, speaking at the annual Judicial Luncheon at The Florida Bar convention last month in Boca Raton, recalled that his 2001 speech came in the wake of the election court cases of December 2000 and a raucous but ultimately positive 2001 legislative session.Although it would be hard to imagine what stranger things could happen, “who could imagine how true that could be with September 11?” he asked.That left the courts struggling with anthrax scares, instances where courthouses had to be temporarily closed, and challenges from a state budget shortfall intensified by the terrorist attack.“The one thing that experience had in common with what we experienced in the election controversy is the people in this nation and this state look to the courts to be institutions of stability in this society,” Wells said. “And the courts are fulfilling that function and will continue to fulfill that function.”Although there’s been continuing concern about possible legislative incursions and cutbacks into court functions, Wells said the legal system has actually done well as legislators learned about the courts and what they do. He noted that the courts had relatively few cutbacks in last fall’s special budget cutting session and that lawmakers have approved more than 40 new judges in the past couple of years.He credited Senate President John McKay, House Speaker Tom Feeney, Senate Judiciary Chair Locke Burt, R-Ormond Beach, Sen. Anna Cowin, R-Leesburg, who chaired the Senate appropriations subcommittee that oversees the court budget, Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac, Rep. Randy Ball, R-Titusville, and “our most valuable player, [Rep.] Dudley Goodlette [R-Naples], who was there time and again.”The Chief Justice added, “We had a good, strong group of legislators who were first term legislators who were lawyers and who were willing to stand up and do things on behalf of the judicial system.”The recent events and legislative efforts have underscored what too many lawyers take for granted, Wells said.“When I practiced law for my career, I didn’t ever take full cognizance of the fact that lawyers are dependent on having the court system; a well-funded, effective, and efficient court system so lawyers can do what lawyers do in representing their clients,” he said. “It’s much like doctors have to have hospitals.”Wells, who steped down as chief justice July 2 when Justice Harry Lee Anstead assumed the post, said there are many challenges remaining.One is the implementation of a 1998 constitutional amendment that will have the state pick up much more of the trial courts funding from counties. That cost could reach $500 million.The Supreme Court itself is faced with a high caseload, Wells said, which has grown from just over 1,900 in 1994, when he and Anstead joined the court, to almost 3,000 last year. “That requires a great deal of perceptive administration within the court itself,” he noted.Another concern, Wells said, is the amount of time it takes for the Supreme Court to issue a ruling. “We’ve got to work on getting our cases out of the court in a reasonable period of time,” he told the luncheon attendees. Part of the problem is handling capital cases, of which where are 187 pending at the court. And of the more than 380 people on Death Row, more than 100 have been there more than 17 years.Challenges can be personal as well as legal. Wells reported that this year the court is losing both Justice Leader J. Shaw, Jr., dean of the court, and Justice Major B. Harding, the second longest serving justice, to retirement. And long-time Deputy State Courts Administrator Dee Beranek recently retired.Wells closed his talk by recalling his law school commencement, delivered 37 years ago by then Florida Bar President Chesterfield Smith and how he talked about how he loved being a lawyer.In his 29 years of practice and eight years on the court, Well said, “Although there are high and low points of being a lawyer, there were juries I can tell you I was shocked to find out that did not agree with me, I love being a lawyer and I’m so appreciative of the opportunity you have given to me to serve as your chief justice. Thank you.” July 15, 2002 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

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June 15, 2005 News and Notes

first_imgJune 15, 2005 News and Notes June 15, 2005 News & Notes News and Notes Russell E. Carlisle of Ft. Lauderdale served as the grand marshal of the “Old Guard” (50-year anniversary graduates) of The George Washington University Law School at the Diploma Ceremony May 22 in Washington, D.C. Carlisle received his J.D. from GW in 1955. U.S. District Judge William H. Stafford, Jr., of Tallahassee has been honored with Temple Law Alumni Association’s Len Barrack ’68 Alumni Achievement Award, given for his accomplishments in the legal community. Stafford has served on the federal bench for three decades. Michael S. Orfinger of Upchurch Watson White & Max gave a presentation at the Casualty Injury Claim & Lawsuit Workshop, sponsored by Dynamic Claims Solutions in Altamonte Springs. W. Gary Yeldell collaborated with M. Lee Smith Publishing in producing its recent publication titled “50 Laws in 50 States: An Employer’s Guide” Dr. Oscar J. Franco of Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group in Miami addressed members and guests of the Venezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce of the United States in Miami. His topic was “Corporate Conflict Resolutions – Mediation and Arbitration as an Alternative to Litigation.” Adam S. Tanenbaum of Carlton Fields in Tampa was appointed to the Georgetown National Law Alumni Board as a member from the Southeast. Eric A. Gordon of Arnstein & Lehr’s Boca Raton office presented an employment law and human resources seminar titled, “Recent Changes in Discrimination Law – How Every Florida Employer is Affected.” Neil St. John Rambana of Rambana & Ricci in Tallahassee was given a pro bono award for his contribution of pro bono services to the Legal Aid Foundation of the Tallahassee Bar Association by Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente. Nick Jovanovich of Berger Singerman spoke at a National Business Institute seminar on asset protection techniques in Florida. Thomas A. Sadaka of Berger Singerman spoke at the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association’s “Internet Predators” seminar. Heather O’Brien of the Orange/Osceola Public Defender’s Office was inducted into the Colorado College’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Rose La Femina of Buchanan Ingersoll in Aventura was a speaker on the topic of estate planning for the nontraditional family during the American Bar Association’s 16th Annual Real Property and Estate Planning Symposia in Washington, D.C. Thomas P. Wert of Carlton Fields in Orlando was re-elected to the board of directors of the Florida Citrus Sports Association. Additionally, Wert was elected vice president/president-elect of the Orange County Bar Association. Jay Carmichael of Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart in Miami was appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Base Realignment and Closure. Joel Hirschhorn of Hirschhorn & Bieber in Coral Gables was elected president of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Nonresident Lawyers Division. Barry A. Cohen of Cohen, Jayson & Foster in Tampa was honored with a 2005 National Conference for Community and Justice Silver Medallion Humanitarian Award. Lawrence M. Watson, Jr., of Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group addressed members of the Georgia State Bar Association at a seminar titled “Winning at Mediation.” Eric Buermann of Steel Hector & Davis in Miami was appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush as his representative to the Miami River Commission. Harold E. Patricoff, Jr., of Shutts & Bowen in Miami was reappointed to the board of directors of The Jay Malina International Trade Consortium. John Quick of Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske in Miami published an article titled, “Genetic Discrimination and the Need for Federal Legislation” in the Journal of BioLaw & Business. H. Steven Vogel of Gilbride, Heller & Brown presented a lecture to a group of certified fraud exam candidates at Florida International University. The lecture was titled “Selection and Use of the Expert Witness.” R. Andrew Rock of Buchanan Ingersoll was selected as a recipient of the 2005 Pro Bono Service Award presented by the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Philip DeBerard presented a check for $5,000 to MADD Martin and St. Lucie Counties for educational programs and efforts in conjunction with youth, parents, retailers, and law enforcement to prevent underage drinking. Linda Conahan of Gunster Yoakley in Ft. Lauderdale was been named a trustee member of the 11th Circuit Historical Society. Joseph G. Jarret, county attorney for Polk County, was named “Author of the Year” by the Public Risk Management Association, and has lectured on behalf of the Governor’s Hurricane Conference. Steven Eisenberg of Feldman Gale in Miami was recently honored for his pro bono work by the Dade County Bar Association and the Put Something Back program. J.A. Ziskind of Ziskind & Arvin in Miami was appointed to the Mercy Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and Pan American Hospital’s Board of Directors. Beatrice “Betty” Butchko of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham in Miami was elected to the board of directors for the American Red Cross of Greater Miami and the Keys for a three-year term. Abigail Watts-Fitzgerald of Hunton & Williams in Miami was honored with the 2005 Put Something Back Pro Bono Volunteer for the Arts Award for her “outstanding leadership, participation, and commitment to the arts.” Hardy L. Roberts III and Matthew R. Cogburn of Carlton Fields in Tampa spoke at the 2005 Construction Payment Remedies in Florida Seminar in Tampa. Jack Lord of Foley & Lardner was elected to the Orange County Bar Association Legal Aid Society Board of Trustees. Reginald Mombrun, assistant professor of law at Florida A&M University, recently published a lesson plan with the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction.last_img read more

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3 crucial ingredients in developing killer marketing campaign graphics

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Steve Kizer Steve Kizer, Art Director at Geezeo,  amplifies the message of empowering consumers through the effective adoption marketing of the fintech philosophy. He develops creative branding appropriate to client personality and … Web: www.geezeo.com Details In the image-saturated digital age, there’s a lot of words being shouted, whispered and animated, all at once. Your images really need to stand out.The fundamentals for a strong message and/or campaign that will help you make you stand out are below. They’re not complicated. But they are crucial.And remember: The competition for eyes is immense; yet winning eyeballs isn’t the challenge – keeping them is.1. The Medium Is Your MessageSuccessful communication is all about sharing information effectively. Simply pushing out a message is not enough.The mission of campaign graphics is multi-layered. Ultimately, they must establish a connection and pull a viewer into taking further action. Working within a defined space, campaign graphics must relate to the audience, identify a point of pain, as well as offer a friction-free path to a solution.Campaign graphics need to quickly engage the viewer. They should keep text to a minimum, and work without every detail being explicitly spelled out. They must strike the right tone without unnecessary fluff. Say what needs to be said and don’t be too cryptic. Image choice, color, and composition must work in coordination to communicate your message.Also, bear in mind that each medium requires a different messaging strategy. For example, What you choose to use on Facebook doesn’t necessarily work on Instagram or Pinterest. Some media are image heavy, others give you more room for copy.Also, image areas consume limited space, so graphics must remain concise, relay the main idea, and spark engagement with an eye on efficiency. Web graphics may be the entry point of engagement, but they work in coordination with other elements, so they alone don’t carry the entire burden of communicating your offer. Allow all aspects to complement each other and support the entire messaging effort.2. Trust Your Design TeamEvery designer is full of anecdotes about how everyone else likes to believe they too are a designer. This isn’t to say you should leave all design choices to trained design professionals.On the contrary, there can and should be a welcoming place for collaboration within the design process.Likewise, there are numerous stories of primadonna, sensitive designers. However, part of a designer’s role is to filter project input, and accommodate suggestions. It’s a balance.But one thing is crucial: You must work in coordination with the design team. You need to be able to communicate your goal and allow them to execute a vision. The better you work with them, the better the final product will be.The conversation should be about the intended goals of the effort and honing the message. Tell them what you want the work to do, describe the tone. Do not say exactly how the work should be done. Every marketing project will benefit when the players involved can step back and see through the eyes of another. Consider the audience, and the user experience detached from our inherent personal biases. This is the valuable feedback loop that serves to strengthen your project.Remember, your designers are problem solvers. In design studios and creative spaces, much time and effort are spent coming up with campaign graphics that succeed, and yet appear simple and effortless. Allow creatives the latitude to use their specialties to be an ally in your success.3. Getting TechnicalBeyond the ‘vision thing’, a good designer will ensure your files meet all necessary specifications. Too often designers receive files from clients that are inappropriate for use—poor resolution, formatted incorrectly, wrong file type, etc. So, beyond demonstrating aesthetic design choices, these people know how to actually build your campaign.The previous decade has brought huge advances in the capabilities of digital media, allowing marketers ever more latitude to bring ideas to life.For example, using video to bring ideas to market is the newest way to expand beyond previous constraints. What’s better than trying to jam a multi-layered message into a single frame? Multiple frames, of course. Motion graphics can explain, they can tell stories, they can guide and teach, they can visualize data to help recognize patterns.Finding your recipe for successful campaign graphics relies upon working effectively together with your design team. Be sure to have the right players in the right roles. Keep your messaging concise, and communicate your goals clearly. Trust in the design process and allow it space (and time) to improve your campaign.last_img read more

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Local music promoter passes on

first_imgLoftus Emmanuel. Photo credit: Alex BrunoLocal music promoter, businessman and event organizer Loftus Emmanuel has died.“Lofty” as he was affectionately called and known passed away at the country’s main hospital on Wednesday, after complications with diabetes.Emmanuel who died at the age of sixty-five (65) will be remembered by Media-Communications Specialist and Cultural Activist Alexander “Alex” Bruno as a “cultural giant”.Bruno expressed tremendous sadness at the passing of Emmanuel whom he said has never received the praises due to him for his achievements.“The praises that Lofty should have been given for the work he has done was passed on to other people at different times in his career. I hope now in his passing we can re-visit his life and pay homage to him and give him the kind of respect that he deserved and give him a send off fitting for a cultural giant”.Bruno hopes that “Lofty” will be given an appropriate send off one which is “fitting” for “a gentle cultural giant”.He also noted that within the space of two days, Dominica has lost two citizens who have made very significant contributions to the nation’s development.“I hope that we can have a lull in terms of the departure of people who have contributed a lot to Dominica; we’re still mourning the loss of Mr. Maynard now Lofty right on the heels of Mr Maynard. So how much more can a nation bear in terms of the losses that we have had”.He further calls on young people to “step up to the plate” in taking up the mantel in promoting Dominica’s culture. Bruno laments that there will never be a “duplication of Lofty he was just one of a kind”.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share 42 Views   2 comments Sharecenter_img Tweet Share LocalNews Local music promoter passes on by: – May 9, 2012last_img read more

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Disney Announces Plan to Furlough Most Employees Beginning April 18

first_imgDisney announced Thursday afternoon that beginning April 19, it will furlough employees whose jobs “are not necessary at this time.”“The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on our world with untold suffering and loss and has required all of us to make sacrifices. Over the last few weeks, mandatory decrees from government officials have shut down a majority of our businesses,” Disney says in a statement.Employees have received their full pay and benefits since the parks closed on March 15. They will be paid through April 18.“While our world looks very different today, one thing endures…the American flag still flies over Walt Disney World.” – Walt Disney World Resort President Josh D’Amaro. Full story: https://t.co/rVpJZlEmiz #DisneyCastLife #DisneyMagicMoments #MagicKingdom pic.twitter.com/IRADgNVi08— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) April 1, 2020 “With no clear indication of when we can restart our businesses, we’re forced to make the difficult decision to take the next step and furlough employees whose jobs aren’t necessary at this time,“ Disney’s statement continues.Any impacted worker will remain a Disney employee through the entire furlough period and continue to receive full healthcare benefits.last_img read more

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ICC World Cup Remove MS Dhoni’s Army Insignia from his gloves: ICC requests BCCI

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: During the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash against South Africa in Southampton, former India cricket team skipper MS Dhoni displayed the ‘might’ of the Indian army on his gloves while keeping wickets. In a tweet pointed out by one prominent user, Dhoni displayed the regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces. However, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has asked the BCCI to get the symbol removed from Dhoni’s gloves.Claire Furlong, ICC general manager, strategic communications, said that the BCCI has been asked to get the symbol removed from Dhoni’s gloves. “We have requested the BCCI to get it removed,” she said. The ‘Balidaan Badge’ or the Army insignia was spotted on Dhoni’s gloves. Balidaan is a distinct insignia of the special forces, which form part of the Parachute Regiment. Only Paramilitary Commandos are allowed to wear the Balidaan Badge. The ICC regulations specifically states, “The ICC equipment and clothing regulations do not permit the display of messages that relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes during an international game. Dhoni had a superb day in the field and he effected a stumping off Yuzvendra Chahal when he got rid of Andile Phehlukwayo for 34.RELATEDThis was Dhoni’s 121st stumping in ODIs, which is the most in international cricket. In fact, Dhoni is the only keeper to effect over 100 stumpings in ODIs. Before the start of the India vs Australia game, there was a very special tribute which was led by Dhoni himself and it resulted in the toss getting delayed by three to four minutes. Before the toss, Dhoni handed out army-style caps to each player in the Indian cricket team. The official Twitter handle of the BCCI said the team will be sporting camouflage caps as a mark of tribute to the loss of lives in Pulwama terror attack and the armed forces. This is also to encourage countrymen to donate to the National Defence Fund for taking care of the education of the dependents of the martyrs.The relationship between Dhoni and the Indian army is deep and it goes back close to a decade. In 2011, Dhoni was conferred with the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Indian Army. In 2015 and 2017, Dhoni was seen undergoing some training sessions in Kashmir with the Indian army officers.center_img In 2011, MS Dhoni was conferred with the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel.MS Dhoni handed out army-style caps to each player in the Indian cricket team during the Ranchi ODI.In 2015 and 2017, MS Dhoni was seen undergoing some training sessions in Kashmir.last_img read more

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Syracuse’s NCAA tournament hopes hang in balance after being crushed by North Carolina

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ On March 14, 1998, Syracuse played Maryland in the first Division I women’s lacrosse game for SU. The Orange allowed 21 goals, the most it has ever given up. In the 397 ensuing games for Syracuse since, that’s happened on just one more occasion: Boston College’s win to knock Syracuse out of last year’s NCAA tournament. That was until Thursday.No. 19 Syracuse (9-9, 1-6 Atlantic Coast) fell to No. 5 North Carolina (13-3, 6-1), 21-12, in the first round of the ACC tournament in Durham, N.C. UNC’s eight-goal margin at the end of the first half was simply too much for the Orange to overcome. A bubble team heading into the conference tournament, SU will have to wait more than a week to find out its NCAA tournament fate.“They’re a very good team, they rode hard,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “They hustled their butts off and made some plays.”UNC had frequent opportunities. The Tar Heels had tallied 29 shots, including 23 on goal, where Syracuse starting goalie Asa Goldstock lasted just more than six minutes, allowing seven goals, before being pulled. If not for stellar play from SU freshman Hannah Van Middelem in goal, including multiple saves that came off of point-blank shots and nine total first-half saves, the Orange could have trailed by an even wider margin at halftime. “We know (Van Middelem’s) a great young goalie,” Gait said. “Asa (Goldstock’s) been playing well, though, so she hasn’t been able to play much.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFive players scored for the Tar Heels in the first half, all with at least two goals. Ela Hazar put up a hat trick and three assists, and Jamie Ortega added her own hat trick. UNC dominated the first half draw, 13-8. The Tar Heels caused nine first-half turnovers by SU, compared to zero caused by the Orange. The rout was on from the opening whistle.“They got after it early,” Gait said. “And again, we couldn’t clear the ball. Made a lot of mistakes, lot of turnovers. And you give a team like that to play offense, they’re going to score goals, and they did.”UNC scored the game’s first three goals before Syracuse could notch one. Then, the next four went to North Carolina as well, before SU added its second. Four more to the Tar Heels, and the game was 10-2 in favor of UNC less than 16 minutes in. Even with the Orange scoring four of the next five goals, that deficit was insurmountable. In the second half, the Tar Heels kept on coming. Ortega finished with six goals. UNC’s goalies combined to save eight of SU’s 20 shots on goal, plenty to back up a powerful offensive showing. SU’s only form of life on offense came from Emily Hawryschuk, who finished with five goals to push her to 54 for the season. The sophomore scored the first goal of the second half to try to give the Orange life. But what was still a seven-goal deficit then never got closer.“We scored on a decent number of our opportunities,” Gait said. “… We just didn’t get many shots.”After Syracuse’s last regular season game — a win over Louisville on Sunday — SU head coach Gary Gait thought back to the Orange’s regular-season matchup with North Carolina a few weeks ago. Syracuse lost by nine goals in the Carrier Dome with what, Gait said, was “flat” play right from the outset. The Orange had scored the final 11 goals of its Senior Day game. But Gait warned that on Thursday against UNC, it would be a new game and that he hoped SU would avoid coming out flat. Unfortunately for the Orange, the result wouldn’t be any different.Now, all Syracuse can do is wait. The NCAA tournament selection show was on May 7 last year, more than a week away, although the NCAA hasn’t updated the date for this year’s selection. Regardless, SU can’t make any more statements on the field. “We wait a week, get ready, and see what happens,” Gait said. “… Try and make sure we’re ready and if we get a chance to play in the tournament, we’re ready and we get a better result than we did here today.” Comments Published on April 26, 2018 at 8:16 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3last_img read more

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