Offense is key this time

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next There are a lot of similarities in the way the Bolts and the Hotshots have played their first nine games, and the biggest of them all is how they have clamped down on their enemies to emerge as the top two defensive teams at this point in the conference.And while Star’s Chito Victolero believes that his defense needs to hold up to grab the solo lead for the first time here, Black, a Grand Slam champion and one of the winningest coaches of all time, believes otherwise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“For a change, offensive execution will decide this game,” Black said over the phone, minutes before practice with his Bolts on Tuesday. “In a battle between the top two defensive teams in the league, it will all boil down to offensive execution versus solid defense.”Tip-off is at 7 p.m. with Black emphasizing that this is a “must-win game for both of us if we want to finish in the top two.” Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Now shines Milan Melindo, the late-maturing star Victolero is devising ways on how he can tighten his crew’s defense, especially inside the paint where Meralco thrives because of import Alex Stepheson.“We need to limit the activity of their import, especially in getting those offensive rebounds and second chance points,” Victolero said. “Our perimeter defense is also very important to prevent their guards from penetrating and creating shots.”Star will be seeking to extend a three-game winning streak, while the Bolts are still licking the wounds of an upset loss to GlobalPort last week, a setback that put Meralco in this situation.“We can beat the top teams and it follows that we can also lose (to the weaker ones),” said Black, who made it no secret that the Bolts are playing so well mainly because of the confidence Stepheson gives the local players.Meanwhile, Alaska tries to snap a three-game losing streak and make its way up to the middle of the standings when the Aces clash with winless NLEX in the 4:15 p.m. contest.ADVERTISEMENT Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFacing what he thinks is a do-or-die game for both, Meralco coach Norman Black has a vastly different view on how his Bolts’ clash with Star will be decided.Tied at the top with 7-2 records, Meralco and Star tangle at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao on Wednesday, with the prize being one of two twice-to-beat privileges in the quarterfinals of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Swing Out Sister back to PH this April End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View commentslast_img read more

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It’s only money…

first_img…why should City Hall worry?Seems like one City Councillor woke up from the slumber into which most of his cohorts seem to have fallen. Given a bald statement after numerous requests — that the City has liabilities of some $3 billion as at last December, when it inherited a POSITIVE balance of $180! — he wanted to know how in God’s name (read “in King’s name”!) could the City be spending $6 million over revenues collected DAILY!!Easy!! It’s just like when some hottie has a sugar daddy to pick up the tab after every shopping spree!! No worries about spending!! In this case, the Central Government’s the sugar daddy and the Mayor and Town Clerk are the hotties!! As we all know, such relationships are quite simple and straightforward – even though the morality (or lack thereof) is another matter entirely.The hottie provides required services for the sugar daddy without even being demanded – the unwritten contract at the beginning of the relationship is observed even more faithfully than Trotman with his oil contract! In the case of City Hall, the services to Central Government are the Mayor, Town Clerk and Councillors pushing the PNC’s message in their wards!! That’s it!! And once these folks can dole out patronage for the party, the money spigot will be kept open!How much have they received up to now? Well, there was that $475 million to pay off the garbage companies last year; then there was the $25 million to complete the Kitty Market (sorry…no AC!) and make the bailout a cool half-a-billion!! And we won’t mention the billions spent directly to spruce up the City for the Jubilee bashes beyond the $300 million budgeted!! We know the wood ants’ stadium alone set the Government back some $1.5 billion!!Now the Minister of Communities – Ronald Bulkan — who’s supposed to be in charge of liaising with municipalities, obviously doesn’t understand the sugar daddy relationship and its protocols. He had the temerity to inform the Mayor that the Town Clerk (who reports to him) can’t just take over a public playground and have a contractor prepare it as house lots for the Gang of Four and their inside Councillors!!Boy, was he bitch-slapped by the mayor for “meddling”!! The Minister was suffering from the misapprehension that there ought to be a quid pro quo from the City for all the bailouts!! Poor slob…he doesn’t get it that the services to be rendered are of a completely different colour!!So expect him to be embarrassed once again, when he has to eat his words that City Hall can’t expect bailouts all the time.It ain’t bailouts, Bulkan…it’s sugar daddy’s payments!!…why worry about oil?Some folks still don’t get it when it comes to oil and the Third World (or, as President Trump put it more elegantly, “Shithole Countries”!!) There’s also some racism operating here when these folks seem to think it’s only in Africa that oil revenues don’t reach the people!! They seem to think Africa is some sort of jungle, and the rulers are satisfied to receive mirrors and beads for the oil.If you look at the contracts those African countries negotiated with the foreign oil companies, you will discover that, IN EVERY INSTANCE, their contract terms are better for them that Guyana’s – which was “renegotiated” by Raphael “Nassau” Trotman. Exploration fees…rental fees…bigger signing bonuses…bigger royalties…bigger share of profits…bigger taxation of oil companies’ profits (which is easy, since WE pay the oil company taxes!!) etc…etc…In Africa, however, the money goes into the rulers’ pockets…and this is where we seem to have much in common. But the oil companies wised up…After considering Guyana’s rulers’ cut, they made up with the terms, we see!!…and gold!!The cry in the US west during their “gold rush” was: “there’s gold in them thar hillS!!! With Goldfields’ decision to go underground for gold here, ours could be:“There’s gold UNDER them thar holes!!”last_img read more

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Constitutional Crisis in Guyana

first_imgThe refusal of erstwhile President David Granger to obey the pellucid command of the Constitution to proclaim an elections date by Sept 18, three months after the NCM had been ruled as validly passed on June 18 by the CCJ, has triggered a constitutional crisis in our country. The US introduced the norm of a written constitution in 1897 and since that time they have faced several constitutional crises, including one brewing in the present. As such, their perspective might be useful to our much younger republic to handle our present crisis.In May of this year, the media group Vox solicited the opinion of several constitutional experts on the nature of constitutional crises and we offer them as background for discussion here.Peter Shane, law professor, Ohio State University explained: “The purpose of a constitution is to structure legitimate government, so that the exercise of power over an entire citizenry by a relatively small handful of elected and appointed officials is morally justified. In a democracy, that moral justification depends on several things: the protection of human rights; adherence to the rule of law; structures and practices that help assure, in public policymaking, genuine consideration for the interests of everyone who is subject to the government’s authority; and opportunities for all citizens to participate as meaningful political actors in the processes of collective self-determination.“I define a constitutional crisis as a situation in which existing constitutional arrangements no longer realistically promise to serve the foundational values of democratic constitutionalism.” Under this test, Granger has definitely precipitated a constitutional crisis. In parting he noted the foundational value that Granger lacks: “A 19th-century British prime minister once said, “Every political constitution in which different bodies share the supreme power is only enabled to exist by the forbearance of those among whom this power is distributed.” Granger has shown he lacks this restraint with the power he was conferred.A second pertinent and analytical perspective was offered by Keith Whittington, politics professor, Princeton University: “I think a constitutional crisis is best understood to be moments when the constitutional system itself seems to be breaking down. This can happen in two ways: a crisis of operation and a crisis of fidelity.“A crisis of operation occurs when important political disputes cannot be resolved within the existing constitutional framework. An effective constitution is one that provides a structure for contesting and resolving political disputes. When a constitution can no longer do that and our disputes spill outside the constitutional framework, then the constitution itself is in crisis.A crisis of fidelity occurs when important political actors are simply unwilling to adhere to the constitutional commitments as they understand them. If consequential political actors determined that a constitutional rule or a prescribed constitutional outcome should be ignored because some other political priority than following the constitution is more important, then the Constitution’s ability to guide and constrain political behavior has, to that degree, been cast into doubt.”Granger is ignoring the dictates of Art 106 (6) and (7) because he prioritises the fortunes of the PNC over that of the country.Finally, Jessica Silbey, law professor, Northeastern University pointed out: “All members of government swear an oath to uphold the US Constitution, which provides rules for governing as well as for debating changes to those rules. Refusing to follow these rules is one feature of a constitutional crisis.” Here Granger swore an oath to protect our constitution but now traduces it by seeking to influence the elections process.Sibley warns of the consequences of this move: “But if the enforcers are cheating, and the rules for electing new government are constrained by the existing ruling party — constraints such as … limiting access to the ballot — the people cannot solve the crisis within our democratic and constitutional norms. This kind of constitutional crisis can lead to revolution because of the profound inequality, the constraints on liberty the consolidation of power creates, and the feeling of hopelessness both produce.”last_img read more

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Removal of vagrants “a huge problem” – Minister

first_imgAn inter-Ministry team is being established to remove vagrants from the environs of Parliament Building.This comes in light of the recent report that the Project Restore Guyana (PRG) is cash strapped, so the initiative to relocate vagrants has been put on hold. The Public Security Ministry was said to be seeking technical advice on the permanent removal of vagrants who currently “squat” around Parliament Building.Social Protection Minister Volda LawrencePublic Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanThe Government Information Agency (GINA) quoted Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan on Tuesday as saying that the removal of such person posed “a huge problem” to the Guyana Police Force.“We have a huge problem there…when you start taking them and putting them in the lock-ups because we don’t really have space for them,” the Minister explained. Ramjattan observed that some vagrants would usually return to the area once released from holding cells.According to GINA, the Public Security Ministry is “part of a committee established by the Ministry of Social Protection to address the welfare management of the homeless, mentally challenged and addicted persons on the streets. The committee also includes representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and the Georgetown Mayor and City Council.”Ramjattan also observed that a half-way house needed to be constructed, with funds from the Social Protection Ministry.PRG is a multi-disciplinary task force that was set up by Government to address, among other social ills, the welfare management of the homeless and addicted, but financial constraints compelled the body to shelve plans for vagrancy removal.Head of the Secretariat of the task force, Dr Sewnath Ponalall told Guyana Times on Monday that the Project was faced with financial and human resources challenges in continuing its relocation programme. Dr Ponalall had observed that the biggest challenge was finding a building to assess the mental and physical status of vagrants to determine where and how to place them, whether it was in a hospital or a home.“Unfortunately, there is no such facility in this environ; we have looked into the availability of buildings, matter of fact, we have a register here with the Government buildings, but we did not find any fruitful building that we can use to facilitate our project because all of the Government buildings are either run down or occupied,” Dr Ponalall had noted.“If we can find money tomorrow from somewhere to invest in this direction, we will go forward…since the economy is not performing too well right now – gold prices gone down and sugar price gone down, we cannot expect the Government to spread out all over at this moment, but to maintain what is there already,” he had further pointed out.Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence had told this newspaper that the commencement of the evaluation process for street dwellers would begin as soon as a building was released by the Public Health Ministry, which was in collaboration with the Social Protection Ministry to carry out this programme. Minister Lawrence had disclosed that the purpose of the evaluation process for street dwellers was to assess the vagrants, then to determine the best facility for them.“The committee recently held a meeting where it was agreed that to swiftly tackle this issue, there needs to be an evaluation process to determine whether those street dwellers can be treated externally, placed in a home, or be referred to the National Psychiatric Hospital,” she had said.last_img read more

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Site C essential for LNG development: Clark

first_img“We cannot create this new industry in British Columbia, by adding value to natural gas, without the power that would come from Site C. It’s an essential part of the plan in the long-term, to make sure that we’re putting British Columbians to work.”She adds the province’s power needs are going to grow substantially, so “we’re going to need the power from Site C and we’re also going to need the power from lots of independent power producers from across the province: wind energy, run of river, you name it.” In saying so, she also criticized B.C. NDP leader Adrian Dix for supporting LNG development and not supporting Site C, saying he “can’t have it both ways.” Clark says she is completely comfortable with the science behind fracking, and its possible associated health risks, and believes Northeast B.C. has the safest shale gas industry in the world. As she says, it can always get better, and the province has been pushing new practices, like publishing ingredients used in hydraulic fracturing on an online database.- Advertisement -“That will do two things: first, it will push companies to be even cleaner and greener all the time… I think it will drive innovation because we’re open about it; but second, I think it builds confidence in what we do.” She points to instances where fracking has been done very badly elsewhere, like the U.S., and wants people to see what’s been done in B.C. to set an example. The hope is that oil and gas companies will take it upon themselves to get the word out about how safe practices are in the province.Advertisement “We set the highest bar anywhere in the world for fracking, and people need to see what we’re doing and need to understand it so they can too.” Despite natural gas being considered the cleanest burning fossil fuel, the proposed LNG plants will be powered primarily by hydro.  Clark says that’s because they will be the only ones in the world powered principally by renewable sources, which natural gas is not. Development of the LNG industry in B.C. is expected to create 1,000 to 2,000 permanent jobs as well as 9,000 during construction. Unlike much of the province, unemployment in the northeast is incredibly low, and measures will have to be taken to get workers to fill those jobs. Clark says part of tackling that problem is hosting regional workforce round tables, including one in Dawson Creek tomorrow, to figure out what the needs of the economy are going to be over the next 10 to 20 years, and match up education and training systems to meet those needs. “We train a lot of people to do things for which there aren’t jobs. Well, we should really be redirecting that money to train people in areas where there are jobs and where there’s stiff competition for workers.”Advertisement Clark also assures the north that the government will provide support as the area experiences substantial growth from this development. Development of LNG is expected to produce about $20 billion in new private sector investment and if given the go ahead, Site C is expected to create 35,000 direct and in-direct jobs.last_img read more

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Hundreds discuss ‘green’ technologies

first_imgThe promise of technology may still require human cooperation, according to Mauricio Mejia, an evangelist for all things sustainable at Pasadena Water and Power. Technology, he said, will only answer part of the sustainability question. “The cheapest energy is the energy you don’t use,” he said. todd.ruiz@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4444 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Cynicism may be the new hope for those who want to save the planet – and make a buck along the way. Despite widespread wariness about climate change, sustainability and energy independence, entrepreneurs and innovators for renewable energy will only compete by appealing to the bottom line more than to emotion or reason, according to speakers at a green-industry conference Thursday. “It’s the numbers, stupid,” said Bill Gross, founder of Pasadena-based Idealab, at GreenTech 2007 at the Pasadena Hilton. “To make solar power work, we have to get to the point where it’s cheaper than fossil fuels.” For people like Gross – who saw many of his Internet startups dot-bomb at the turn of the century – it’s as much about entrepreneurial capitalism as any ideology. For Gross’s company, Energy Innovations, competing means being able to produce a watt of power – from production to consumption – for less than the $1 it costs to produce a watt of coal-fired energy. In the future, the company hopes to turn energy consumers into producers through inexpensive rooftop solar devices that return their investment in three to five years instead of the current 20. Hundreds of participants shared and discussed their technological solutions at the event, from methanol fuel cells powering laptops to smart buildings that intelligently monitor and control their power consumption. With global energy demand expected to increase dramatically in the coming decades, it will take more than a single approach. Gross encouraged other companies and would-be innovators to pursue their own solutions in “a million little Manhattan Projects.” last_img read more

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Worst flooding in nearly 100 years hits Ohio city

first_img“Reality is starting to set in about just how much damage there is in some of the flooded areas,” said Tim Flock, director of the agency. Gov. Ted Strickland declared states of emergency in nine counties in northwest and north-central Ohio, including Crawford County and Findlay’s Hancock County. The death toll from two storm systems – one that has spanned the Upper Midwest and another from remnants of Tropical Storm Erin in Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri – reached 22 on Tuesday when searchers found the body of a man tangled in a tree near Lewiston, Minn. Flooding also continued in northern Iowa as thunderstorms dumped more heavy rain across the already water-logged region Wednesday. Three subdivisions along the Des Moines River near Fort Dodge were evacuated, and crews used rocks and sandbags to shore up a levee that had begun to give way, officials said. Thousands of homes were damaged in Wisconsin and Minnesota as the storm swept through. A preliminary survey by the American Red Cross in Minnesota identified about 4,200 affected homes, including 256 complete losses, 338 with major damage and 475 that are still inaccessible. Preliminary damage reports in Wisconsin indicate 30 homes and 25 businesses were destroyed. Another 731 homes and 32 businesses were damaged. In addition to the confirmed flood-related deaths, a man drowned Sunday in his mother’s flooded basement in Iowa after being overcome by carbon monoxide, the state medical examiner’s office said. And in Madison, Wis., three people standing at a flooded intersection were apparently electrocuted Wednesday when lightning hit a utility pole, causing a power line to fall in the water, authorities and witnesses said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Milk jugs, garbage bags and soda cans floated in the murky water. Tom Woods took his 8-foot fishing boat to help float out friends stranded in the neighborhood. “Once we got here, everybody asked us to rescue more people,” he said. The Blanchard River was 7 feet above flood stage Wednesday at Findlay, the highest since a 1913 flood, and could rise another half-foot or more, the National Weather Service said. The rain subsided by mid-afternoon, and the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for much of the state, with temperatures expected to hit the upper 90s. In Bucyrus, 40 miles to the southeast, nearly 9 inches of rain had fallen since Monday and at least 200 people were still out of their homes, the Crawford County Department of Emergency Management said. FINDLAY, Ohio – Firefighters and a volunteer armada navigated boats through streets awash in waist-deep water Wednesday, plucking neighbors and pets from porches as flooding that has swamped the Upper Midwest and Plains settled in Ohio. The water forced at least 500 people to flee their homes in several northern Ohio towns. Rising water forced authorities to move about 130 inmates at the county jail in Findlay to a regional prison. Many neighborhood rescuers showed up with canoes and kayaks wanting to help during Findlay’s worst flooding in nearly 100 years. Three men in a fishing boat ferried a mother and her 2-week-old daughter along with the family dogs. “That was the catch of the day,” said Angel Sanchez, the baby’s neighbor. last_img read more

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LEAVE THEM ALONE! Teddy Sheringham blasts Jose Mourinho’s public criticism

first_imgTeddy Sheringham believes Jose Mourinho’s tendency to criticise his Manchester United players publically creates unnecessary pressure.The Red Devils boss has not been afraid to single out individuals, who he believes have been underperforming, and has picked on Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial in particular this season.Mourinho dismissed claims earlier this week that his approach would have a negative impact on his squad, citing his behaviour as having ‘common sense.’But Sheringham, who played under Sir Alex Ferguson during his time at Old Trafford, believes the Portuguese coach is in danger of losing the respect of his squad.Sheringham told the Players’ Lounge: “I’m one that played for a lot of top managers and never really got castigated in the press. “Sir Alex Ferguson would never have done it, Terry Venables definitely wouldn’t have done it – and they were top managers for me.“They would dig you out in the changing rooms or in their office and tell you how wrong you’d been and fine you a week’s wages. But they would always back you to the press or within.”And Sheringham insisted Shaw and Martial – who are both 21 – should be treated carefully, given their tender age and potential to improve.“I had a lot of respect for my managers because – at the end of the day – you’re all young lads. You’re all growing up learning – not just about football – but about life as well,” Sheringham said.“When you earn a lot of money, you’re going to go off the rails at some stage, [and] it’s for the manager to bring you down a peg or two, to make you realise how lucky you are to be a professional footballer and not to throw it all away.“Telling everyone what you’ve done wrong, piles the pressure on. And I don’t really agree with that, but maybe he [Jose Mourinho] would tell you there’s another method to his madness.”last_img read more

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Roma McLaughlin named as NEC Midfielder of the Year

first_imgGREENCASTLE woman Roma McLaughlin has been named as the Midfielder of the Year at the Northeast Conference postseason awards.McLaughlin starred for the Central Connecticut women’s soccer team as they went to a 10-4-4 overall record and enter the NEC Tournament as the number one seeds.McLaughlin has been in scintillating form with nine goals this season. Recently, since returning to the States after a brief spell at home when she lined out for Sion Swifts, the Republic of Ireland-capped midfielder scored twice in a 3-0 win over Wagner and also netted a brace in a 5-0 success over Merrimack.McLaughlin was the 2018 NEC Rookie of the Year and is joined by her co-captain Shauny Alterisio who was named Defensive Player of the Year and Mick D’Arcy was awarded the Coach of the Year gong.Roma McLaughlin named as NEC Midfielder of the Year was last modified: November 8th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Central ConnecticutGreencastleroma mclaughlinSion Swiftslast_img read more

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DONEGAL DELEGATE ELECTED TO TOP TABLE OF NATIONAL COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTARY FORUM

first_imgThe Chairperson of the Donegal County Community Forum, Paula Leonard, has been elected to the Irish National Community and Voluntary Forum (INCVF) National Executive. Paula was one of 10 out of 23 candidates elected to the Executive at its AGM in Dublin on Saturday, April 2nd. Over a hundred delegates from throughout Ireland attended the event.The INCVF is the national representative body of County and City Fora which were established as part of the local government reform process. Established in November 2003, this national structure supports County Community and Voluntary Fora in their role in representing the community voice in local government structures. Two other delegates, Lawrence McManus from the South Forum and Seamus Rodgers from the Gaeltacht Forum also attended the meeting and were delighted to have a Donegal delegate elected on the day.Seamus Rodgers, who previously served on the INCVF, welcomed the election of the Donegal chairperson to the National Executive, emphasising that this is a critical time to have issues effecting communities in Donegal heard at the National level.Speaking after her election on Saturday, Paula highlighted her reasons for seeking to become involved in the national structure at this time. “There have been huge cutbacks to the community sector over the past eighteen months, and although the INCVF is only one way to lobby around these issues, it will give us an important voice nationally.“The INCVF will be meeting various Government Ministers over the coming weeks and I will be using this opportunity to let them know that the cuts to the poorest and most vulnerable in society cannot continue.“The Donegal County Community Forum will continue to lobby both locally and nationally to ensure retention of essential supports and services provided by community and voluntary groups,” she said.EndsDONEGAL DELEGATE ELECTED TO TOP TABLE OF NATIONAL COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTARY FORUM was last modified: April 5th, 2011 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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