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Safety over Speed: We need Good Systems, Not Sanctions

first_imgThe sudden ban imposed on commercial motorcyclists from the main streets of Monrovia and its environs is generating mixed reactions from different sectors of the public.  For some, it is the most convenient means around the city.  What should take about 20 to 30 minutes on foot by car getting across central Monrovia, takes less than 10 minutes via commercial motorcycle.  With this medium of transport contributing to the speed of business, while providing employment for thousands of youth around the country, there are some strong economic imperatives in favor of commercial motorcycles. As enticing as the argument in favor of may sound, the state of affairs regarding commercial motorcycles in Liberia continues to dismally fail the “safety-first” test.  Given the incredibly high rates of injury and death as well as the very alarming instances of mob violence resulting from accidents involving commercial motorcyclists, it is hard for anyone to believe that the economic imperatives – whatever they are – should be worth the risk.  The continuous reckless and lawless conduct of many commercial motorcyclists does not reflect the Liberia we say has achieved 10 years at peace.So, with the latest most impudent mob attack that set ablaze a commercial bus because it was involved in a tragic accident with a commercial motorcyclist, the Government of Liberia, through the National Police, decided to act. But is this the right move? The Daily Observer has been gathering feedback from a cross-section of commuters who suggest that sanctions prohibiting motorcyclists from plying the main roads is a step in the right direction. However, it is important to note that whatever measures the police decide to take may be short-lived until the system that governs the conduct of motor vehicles and operators is optimized to serve the safety needs of the public while facilitating the commercial interests of operators.It has little to do with location.  Would it fundamentally change anything to restrict commercial motorcyclists to the suburbs and back roads going into the communities?  Will there be less instances of motorcycle accidents or related violence in Barnersville where commuters live, than on Broad Street where many of the same people work?  The relevant authorities need to restrict access to a motorcycle, not where one can go with a motorcycle.  Restricting access, in this case, means ensuring that all motorcycles are properly registered, insured and operated by drivers that are trained, licensed and equipped (with helmets, etc).  This way, not every Tom, Dick and Harry can jump on a motorbike at the age of 16 and think he’s entitled to “freedom of movement” with the vehicle he’s operating. There are other serious issues.  Many of the commercial motorcyclists plying the streets of Monrovia are foreigners who hardly speak English and hardly know their way around.  They enter Liberia in throngs daily and immediately take up jobs as commercial bikers. Is the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization monitoring this development? Who is hosting them? Do they have residence and work permits?  What are the national security implications in this regard?Also, police officers at certain check-points around the city tend to be more concerned about the small-small donations they can beg or extract from drivers than they are about the safety and security inspections they are mandated to perform on vehicles passing through their posts.  As a result, a 100 LD could go a long way in facilitating criminal activity under the guise of perceived charity. It is our hope that all relevant functionaries of government will get fully involved and not leave the job entirely to the Liberia National Police. So far, we have yet to hear from the Ministry of Transport addressing the issue of safety, especially where motorcyclists are concerned.  Why is it taking so long for the Government of Liberia to require all motor vehicles to be insured and for all drivers to be properly licensed?  Is it possible to include special lanes for motorcycles on all roads, since new ones are being built? Can the Ministry of Public Works weigh in on this?With the new restrictions against commercial motorcycles in certain parts, it is expected that many youth will soon be out of jobs and will need to develop their skills in other areas to be able to provide for themselves and their families.  Are there vocational training centers ready to absorb them? As many have opined, the action of the LNP may be long overdue.  Some even wish the restriction to be permanent.  Let the Government consider the situation from all possible angles and come up with a holistic strategy – an improved system – to administrate and regulate motor vehicular traffic in Monrovia with a vision to extend nationwide.  There are plenty of best practices in other countries for us to learn from; so there’s no need to re-invent the wheel.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Young people: own your destiny!

first_imgRay Maota Brand South Africa held its Youth Summit on 12 June 2012. Joining the CEO of Brand South Africa, Miller Matola and Deputy Minister Obed Bapela, are Ngwanatheko Maserumule of South African Women Entrepreneurs Network (far left); Lucia Motloung the president of Junior Chamber South Africa and its secretary-general, Angel Kgokolo (far right) . Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Obed Bapela, said that the youth should understand that there is no menial job as everybody is needed for the country to run accordingly. Panellists that engaged with the delegates include: Ezra Ndwandwe of Dualpoint Holdings; Catherine Peter of One Young World; Lucia Motloung, president of Junior Chamber South Africa; and, Absa’s Sisa Ntshona.(Images: Ray Maota)MEDIA CONTACTS • Barry HilesBrand South AfricaDigital content manager+27 11 483-0122RELATED ARTICLES • SA is Africa’s top nation brand • Hold on to freedom, says Brand SA• Building a thriving African brand • Insights into doing business in SA Delegates from government, big business, civil society met with young entrepreneurs and students in Sandton, Johannesburg, for Brand South Africa’s Youth Summit on 12 June, where they discussed the social and economic problems facing young South Africans today, and how the youth can take charge of their own futures.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola was there to give the agency’s view on youth development, while deputy minister in the Presidency for Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation Obed Bapela delivered a keynote address on the government’s role in youth development.About 100 young people, mostly entrepreneurs and students, got a chance to engage with business leaders and discuss active participation in the country and economy, building a competitive nation brand, and creating jobs for graduates.South Africa, like many other countries in Africa, has a growing population of young people and, according to Brand South Africa, the energy of the youth can be harnessed to build the economy. Different struggles, same fight June is Youth Month in South Africa, commemorating the June 16 1976 uprising led by young students from Soweto. This year the country pays tribute to the 36th anniversary of the event, and to the pupils and community members who lost their lives in that important milestone in the struggle against apartheid.“Youth Month is a time when we commemorate the youth of 1976 who died for their ideals of equality and freedom for all,” Matola said in his address.Although the efforts of 1976 were for a different cause, he said, the same level of dedication is needed by the youth of today to fight for a different cause – the fight for economic emancipation, which can only be won by tackling unemployment.“Today’s youth is liberated, but the level of unemployment among them is a social ill experienced throughout the world.“Addressing this issue is very important in realising government’s Vision 2030.”Vision 2030 is a programme to promote mass entrepreneurship in South Africa. In its proposals on the economy and employment, the plan predicts that small and expanding firms will produce 90% of the new jobs needed for full employment.Matola also discussed Brand South Africa’s role in nation branding, which he said is our promise of who we are to the world and a promise that we need to keep, like any other brand.“A nation’s brand is also a way to attract investment as the world no longer owes us anything.” According to Brand South Africa, if young people take part in the development of the country, they will be partners in the process of nation building and not passive observers.Speakers came from a range of organisations with a focus on youth issues, and included Catherine Peter of One Young World, Lucia Motloung of the South African chapter of Junior Chamber International and Flavio Bassi from social entrepreneur organisation Ashoka Southern Africa.Ezra Ndwandwe of Dualpoint Holdings spoke about entrepreneurship, while TV personality Pat Pillai represented Life College Group and Gavin Mageni was there on behalf of Absa Bank. Investment in youth Bapela quoted former Mozambique president Samora Machel, saying: “Youth is the age at which you become rich with education, or remain poor forever.”He also spoke about how investment in youngsters is needed and how the African Union should revisit the African Youth Charter if this is to be done properly in Africa and not only South Africa.The Youth Charter creates a legally binding framework for governments to develop supportive policies and programmes for young people, and serves to fast-track the implementation of these policies and programmes, such as investing in rapid skills development in youngsters.“The youth should understand that there is no menial job as everybody is needed for the country to run accordingly,” Bapela said.Using the example of two different professions, plumbers and doctors, Bapela cited how plumbers can earn higher hourly rates than doctors through their trade, but said young people tend to shun such skills.“The only difference is that most plumbers are not able to run their businesses properly; that is why they seem to be making less money than doctors,” he said. Entrepreneurship is the key Entrepreneurship is another way for young people to become self-sustainable and create jobs for others.“Entrepreneurship is vital, rather than promoting a culture of job seeking among youngsters,” said Bapela.Most delegates agreed, with Ndwandwe citing research findings that most start-up businesses fail because of lack of funding from state organs like the National Youth Development Agency and the banks.“Entrepreneurship is overused and least understood. It is about innovators and creators of solutions that fill a gap.” Entrepreneurship is not just sitting on a street corner selling stuff, he said.“It is about coming up with solutions to societal problems and ways to create employment for others.”Following the discussion session, delegates drew up recommendations on how to tackle youth unemployment, which will be compiled by Brand South Africa and presented to Bapela for him to take to provincial and national level.last_img read more

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Star-studded line-up for youth vote roadshows

first_img24 April 2014Generations star Patrick Shai, Rhythm City’s Mpho Molepo, Muvhango’s Nomsa Buthelezi and actress Maggie Williams will kick off roadshows at high schools and FET colleges across Gauteng province on Thursday to encourage young people to vote in South Africa’s 7 May elections.Zone 14 stars Kere Nyao and Thulani Didi will also grace the roadshows, as well as Scandal star Nthati Mosesh.The celebrities, in partnership with the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, will visit two high schools and one FET college per day to encourage young people to cast their vote.South Africans will head to the polls on 7 May. The roadshows, reflecting on the country’s 20 Years of Freedom and highlighting the achievements of the province, will through 6 May.“This year’s general elections are of significance because youth born in the year of democracy in 1994 will have an opportunity to vote for the first time,” MEC Lebogang Maile said on Wednesday.“As a department responsible for promoting democracy and civic duty citizenry, we hope working with these celebrated individuals will help us connect, especially with the youth.“We want them to go and vote but, before that, to understand the need and importance of voting. It is easy for them to ignore this because they were not there before 1994.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Ravena on scare vs Thais: ‘We didn’t expect we would play that bad’

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ravena on scare vs Thais: ‘We didn’t expect we would play that bad’6.1K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 SEA Games 7: Things to watch out for with PH women’s volleyball team Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img “We expected that Thailand would put up a fight, but we didn’t expect that we would play that bad,” said guard Kiefer Ravena Monday at Sunway Putra Hotel here. “It was an ugly one for us but we ended up winning and that was the end goal.”CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThailand managed to take a 71-69 lead midway through the fourth and it needed the late-game heroics of Ravena and Baser Amer to lead the Philippines to the victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingGilas went on an 8-0 run to take a 77-71 lead with the backcourt tandem scoring six points in the pivotal spurt.Ravena said that if ever they plan to win the Philippines’ record 17th gold medal in the regional games, they have to be sharp from the get-go down to avoid playing catchup. KUALA LUMPUR—Gilas Pilipinas barely left MABA Stadium the same way it came in.Southeast Asia’s most dominant basketball program had to fight tooth-and-nail against Thailand to capture an 81-74 win at the start of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “I guess we have to avoid things like these from happening again,” said Ravena, who finished with 11 points but shot 4-of-14 from the field. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View commentslast_img read more

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Redmi Note 6 Pro goes on sale in India today, will sell for special price of Rs 12,499

first_imgThis is a limited period offer. Xiaomi on Thursday launched the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India for a starting price of Rs 13,999, which is similar to the current price of the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Today, it is for the first time that the Naya Note will be up for grabs. The Redmi Note 6 Pro sale will kick off at 12PM (noon) today on Flipkart and Mi.com. The offline buyers can get the phone from Mi Home.In India, the base model of the Redmi Note 6 Pro with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage has been priced at Rs 13,999, while the top-end model with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage will sell for Rs 15,999. The storage of both the phones is expandable by a microSD card up to 256GB. During today’s sale, all the four colour models of the Redmi Note 6 Pro including red, blue, black, and rose gold will be available.As a part of the launch offer, Xiaomi has announced a special price for the Redmi Note 6 Pro, which will be limited only to today’s sale. On account of Black Friday sale, the Redmi Note 6 Pro will be available for Rs 12,999. This price is for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage model. The price of the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage model of the phone will sell for Rs 14,999. This Rs 1,000 drop from the MRP offer is available only for today. So, if you’re interested to buy the Redmi Note 6 Pro, today is the best time to get it.advertisementXiaomi just doesn’t stop here. On top of the Rs 1,000 discount, Xiaomi has also partnered with HDFC Bank to offer an additional Rs 500 off which brings down the price of the 4GB RAM model of phone to Rs 12,499. While the 6GB RAM model of the phone can be purchased for Rs 14,499.Before you go ahead to buy the Redmi Note 6 Pro, here’s a quick look at what the phone offers:–The Redmi Note 6 Pro is the first Xiaomi to come with four camera setup. Two of the cameras sit on the back panel, next to the fingerprint sensor, while the other two sensors are equipped inside the notch on the front.–This is also the first Note phone to come with a notched display. The notch equips the two selfie cameras, sensors and earpiece.–On the rear panel, the phone includes a dual camera system. It comes with a primary sensor of 12-megapixel with Dual Pixel autofocus and f/1.9 aperture and a secondary sensor of 5-megapixel for depth sensing.–On the front, the Redmi Note 6 Pro includes a primary sensor of 20-megapixel and a secondary camera with a 2-megapixel sensor for portrait selfies.–The Redmi Note 6 Pro is also the first phone from Xiaomi to come with Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 10 out-of-the-box.–The Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with a bigger display compared to the Redmi Note 5 Pro. It sports a 6.26-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display with an aspect ratio of 19:9.–On the hardware front, the Redmi Note 6 Pro is also powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor paired with Adreno 509 GPU.ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro: Key specs, India price, and everything you should know–The phone comes in two configurations — one with 4GB RAM/64GB storage and second one with 6GB RAM/64GB storage.–It comes in four colour options — red, blue, black, and rose gold, and all the colours will be available during today’s sale.last_img read more

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Madrid notch largest European away win in 39 years

first_imgReal Madrid Real Madrid notch largest European away win in 39 years Goal Last updated 1 year ago 06:13 11/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Getty Images Real Madrid UEFA Champions League APOEL v Real Madrid APOEL Zinedine Zidane’s men made easy work of APOEL on Tuesday, led by Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid’s 6-0 victory at APOEL on Tuesday night was their largest away win in the Champions League/European Cup since 1978.Zinedine Zidane’s men steamrolled the Cypriot side behind doubles from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, clinching a berth in the Champions League round of 16. Dabblebet’s CL odds here Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The win marked the largest European margin of victory away since the Blancos defeated Luxembourg side Progres Niedercorn 7-0 in September 1978.6+ – Real Madrid have registered their biggest away win in Champions League/European Cup since September 1978 (7-0 vs Progrès Niedercorn). Steamroller. pic.twitter.com/OkHHEKjUys— OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 21, 2017The two-time defending Champions League winners will have to settle for second place in their group, however, with Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund securing top spot in Group H.last_img read more

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Ontarios teen royal wedding guest ready with dream dress

first_imgLONDON – Teenage royal wedding guest Faith Dickinson says she’s got her “dream dress” ready for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.The Peterborough, Ont., resident is among the throngs of royal fans who have flooded the town of Windsor west of London to celebrate the union at Windsor Castle on Saturday.But unlike most, the 15-year-old will watch the spectacle from the castle grounds, as one of seven youth associated with the Diana Award to receive a coveted spot outside St. George’s Chapel.Some 200 others from a range of charities are also invited onto the grounds, as well as more than 2,000 members of the public. Tens of thousands of other royal fans are expected to line the historic town’s winding streets.Dickinson expected she’ll have a prime view of the couple’s arrival, as well as their emergence from the ceremony as newlyweds.But her day will start early — she says she’ll have to dress and complete her makeup for an 8:30 a.m. arrival at the castle.With the wedding not set to begin until noon, and the couple’s procession through town not expected until 1 p.m., it’ll make for a long morning spent outside, the teen noted Friday.“But it’s all worth it,” Dickinson said, adding she’ll also get a chance to enter the chapel after the guests leave.“I love them, they’re a perfect couple and they do so much amazing charity work.”It’ll be a whirlwind trip for Dickinson, who arrived in London on Thursday, heads to Scotland on Sunday and returns to Canada on Wednesday.She’s still in school, after all, she points out.The Grade 10 student brought homework to tackle on the train to Edinburgh and back.“I have to get back to school — it’s exam season so I can’t miss too much,” said Dickinson, who brought math, history and science work.Nevertheless, she’s soaking up as much of her fairy tale trip as possible and plans to bring a camera to snap some prime shots of famous guests.And she gushed over her bespoke silk and lace dress by Ottawa designer Nora Pucci of the brand Zarucci, and a matching fascinator by Toronto milliner David Dunkley.“It’s a perfect outfit, my dream,” she said of the dress, in mauve.Dickinson said it was exactly one year ago that she met Prince Harry in London to receive a Diana Award for her charity work. Cuddles for Cancer provides blankets to cancer patients and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.“I would never have imagined that I would be back for his wedding.”last_img read more

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Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar Highlights Fathers Role In Childrens Early Development

first_imgSachin Tendulkar and UNICEF today released a new video to celebrate fatherhood and highlight the importance of love, play, protection and good nutrition for the healthy development of young children’s brains.Video: Sachin Tendulkar on why early moments matter I UNICEFThe video will be played at the International Cricket Council Champions Trophy 2017 Final at The Oval, London on Sunday 18 June, when more than 80 countries celebrate Father’s Day.The video features cricketer and father-of-two Sachin Tendulkar who is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. It is part of UNICEF’s Super Dads initiative, which invites families to post photos and videos of what it takes to be ‘super dads,’ using the hashtag #EarlyMomentsMatter on their Instagram and Twitter accounts.To inspire families across the world to share their ‘super dads’ moments, photos and videos of UNICEF ambassadors and supporters who have got behind the campaign will be posted on UNICEF’s Instagram and Twitter, and featured on the campaign’s gallery between 6 and 18 June.“When I was a young child, my father gave me the right amount of love, freedom and support to shape who I am today,” said UNICEF Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar. “Every kid needs protection, love, good food and play to support growth and development, and it’s up to both parents to provide these.”Good parenting in early childhood, especially during the first 1,000 days, sparks neural connections in children’s brains, laying the foundation for their future successes. Research suggests that when children positively interact with their fathers, they have better psychological health, self-esteem and life-satisfaction in the long-term.The ‘Super Dads’ initiative forms part of UNICEF’s #EarlyMomentsMatter campaign, which aims to drive increased understanding of how children’s environments and experiences in early childhood can shape their future health, well-being, ability to learn, and even how much they will earn as adults.All photo and video submissions to the Super Dads initiative will feature on the #EarlyMomentsMatter gallery. UNICEF will select the most heart-warming, humorous, and imaginative photo and video submissions post them on the organization’s own digital platforms.last_img read more

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SONG OF THE SUMMER 9 CANADIAN CONTENDERS FOR THE SEASONS TOP TUNE

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement For people in northern countries such as Canada, summer is extra special, our reward for getting through the long, dark winter months.That’s why we throw ourselves into its fleeting months with abandon. We crowd patios, head out on road trips, shed layers of clothing, fill parks and beaches, and take the art of cottaging to a whole new level.And, of course, music is essential to all of it. Facebook Shawn Mendes? Carly Rae Jepson? Justin Bieber? Lights? Whose song will be crowned ‘song of the summer’ for 2019? (Jeff Spicer/Getty Images) Every year, one song emerges from the pack to claim the title of song of the summer. In 2012, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call me Maybe” wore the crown, so it’s no surprise that two tracks from her recent album, Dedicated, made this year’s list, alongside recent hits from Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber, Alessia Cara, Lights and others.Below, find our picks for this year’s top Canadian contenders.Which Canadian song is soundtracking your summer? Let us know at @CBCMusic.‘Julien,’ Carly Rae JepsenThe opening moments of Carly Rae Jepsen’s last album, Emotion, are seared into my memory. That bright burst of saxophone on “Run Away With Me” will forever remind me of summer 2015, when I shouted the words to that song at the top of my lungs at every given opportunity. In some ways, Jepsen has gifted us another memorable introduction on her latest release, Dedicated.The album opens with “Julien” and its squelching synth sounds are subtler than its predecessor, but it fits perfectly with the “chill disco” vision she originally had for this album. Whereas “Run Away With Me” was a euphoric declaration of love, “Julien” is about being hung up on a past fling as Jepsen confesses, “Another bad dream where you were running away/ I’m forever haunted by our time.” Sure, it sounds like a bummer, but it also has an incredible way of unearthing butterflies buried deep in the crevices of your heart. This song makes the act of pining feel blissful instead of painful. Whoever your Julien is, Jepsen’s new song spins an old thorn into a blooming fantasy that you can spend all summer getting lost in.— Melody Lau‘If I Can’t Have You,’ Shawn MendesWasting no time, this song hits you with the chorus right off the bat, as if to say, “You may as well learn it now; you know you’ll be singing it all summer.”center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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