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Crichton heroics impress Blues coach Fittler

first_imgCrichton was one of 38 players selected by Fittler to take part in the emerging Blues camp held in Sydney on Saturday, and his decision to amputate a finger in the off-season in a bid to play for the Bunnies in round one resulted in a glowing endorsement from the Blues’ mentor.Fittler was quick to talk up Crichton’s chances of a representative debut, while also commenting on the in-demand forward’s move to the Sydney Roosters from 2019.”He sacrificed a finger, so anyone who does that for a game of rugby league is going to do good things,” Fittler said.  “He’s super impressive and he’s going to the Roosters … how good.”Fittler opted for a legends-heavy approach, with several former Origin legends taking players through some drills with feedback, before a recovery session and presentation.Immortal Andrew Johns was one of the first on the paddock for the session. Newly appointed assistant coach Danny Buderus was also joined by Anthony Minichiello, Mark O’Meley, Craig Fitzgibbon, Matt King and Paul Sironen.North Queensland Cowboys General Manager Peter Parr made the trip south in a clear sign Fittler isn’t mucking around ahead of the 2018 series.”With State of Origin we’ve got to respect it,” Fittler said.”Hopefully they can learn something about one of these old players.Crichton reveals pain of leaving RabbitohsNRL Fantasy cheat sheet for 2018″The pre-seasons are so intense for players now, so we appreciate the clubs allowing them to come out. We’ve got some high-quality ex-players here so if they listen hard enough they’ll find and take something out of today.”Fittler said it was important young players are educated on Origin culture. The camps offered a perfect opportunity to have everyone on the same page.”The important thing is the best Origin players are always the best club players,” Fittler said.”The best club players are the best trainers, so it’s just about being teammates and working hard for each other.”It’s not as easy as it sounds, you turn up on a hot day like this having that same attitude. That’s the thing you try to train them.”Given they’re so young and playing first grade I’m sure people have already told them. If we can get them coming together with a similar mindset and being good at the small things that don’t care to other people, that’s important.”Sydney Roosters centre Latrell Mitchell was the sole player who missed the camp from the original 39-man squad named, while Newcastle Knights prop Daniel Saifiti, along with a host of players on light duties after off-season surgeries, attended but watched on from the sidelines.last_img read more

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Spacious press center caters to Asian Games media

first_imgFlags of countries for the participants of the 2018 Asian Games decorate Bung Karno stadium in Senayan sport complex in Jakarta on August 18, 2018, prior to the opening ceremony. AFP PHOTO / BAY ISMOYOJAKARTA—You know you’re a regional sports power and a reputed news agency when you have your own nook inside the huge main press center of the 18th Asian Games.The organizers wasted no effort—and space—in guaranteeing that the covering press get what they need in chronicling this regional showcase among 45 nations. But they have also made sure that the countries with the biggest chance at winning—and the news outfits that cover them—are well taken care of.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ PVL: FEU survives UP in 5-set thriller to book semis slot Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Xinhua News Agency of China, Korea’s Munhua Broadcasting Corporation, Chunichi Shimbun of Japan and of course, the Jakarta Post, occupy separate rooms big enough to accommodate their respective teams.The others are left to find their places in a comfortable working area where coffee and tea are readily available together with pasta and other refreshments every day and all the time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Main Media Center’s working area looks so big that it’s like the basketball floor of the old Rizal Memorial Stadium, with the entire lower box section included.last_img read more

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Legislative Support Project: Impacting or Failing?

first_imgThe issue regarding the Legislative Support Project (LSP) and District Project Funds created by the 53rd National Assembly is yet to be made known to the common people the lawmakers represent.That is to say, almost five years since the members of the 53rd House of Representatives were sworn in, some of the projects have remained by name or are non-existent.To prove this, the Daily Observer Nimba County Correspondent reported that it is still uncertain to many across the county whether the LSP is being used for its intended purpose or being used unilaterally by the members of the Legislature without the consent of the constituency they represent.In Nimba County Electoral District #1, 2 and 3, several projects, including three schools, a market building and hospital, have been erected and dedicated, while a mini football stadium in Karnplay since the election in 2011 has remained untouched.What is not clear is whether monies reportedly used on these projects are part of the district project funds, which fall under the LPS or are self-sponsored developments led by the representatives of these districts.In Districts #4, 5, 6 and so forth, there is no tangible development that the representatives of these constituencies can boast of as some of their so-called deliverables since they were elected in 2011, and sworn in 2012. Rather they are constantly distributing bags of cement, bundles of 14 gauge zinc, and undisclosed amounts of cash to organizations and churches as a means of identifying with the people.Some of the lawmakers had been boasting of telephone towers built by GSM companies in their districts as some of their deliverables, with nothing mentioned about the LSP/DPF, for which every member of the lower house is reportedly receiving about US$72,000 annually, while each members of the upper house are reportedly receiving US$330,000.Recently, the Daily Observer visited the border town of Buutuo, where the bloody uprising of Liberia began. It was observed that the road is so bad to the extent that the wooden bridges lie in ruins and there is no tangible development ongoing that the citizens can point to as part of the LSP.At one of the local meetings held in one of the towns in February this year, Representative Samuel Korgar pointed out that the mini police station built in Buutuo and the Lonestar Cell tower as some of his personal developments, making no mention of the LSP/DPF.The Buutuo Central High School is yet to be modernized. It lacks a laboratory, library and good seating capacity, but the LSP continues to flow every year into the hands of the lawmaker.The compound of the chief of Tappita remains incomplete, since the project was started in 2013 by Representative Rick Toweh. The project is said to be part of the Legislative Support Project, a prominent citizen of Tappita told this reporter, but the status as of present is poor.Saclepea is one of the areas where it is speculated that two lawmakers were said to have collaborated to underwrite the theater at the Comprehensive Health Center, but the project is yet to be completed. Representative Worlea Dunah and one of the lawmakers of Nimba have reportedly partnered with others to do the project, a source told this paper.The construction of the Flompa High School annex is ongoing in District #8, which is represented by Larry P. Younquoi. Youngquoi too has in recent times distributed cement and zinc to organizations and churches, something the residents believe have not impacted the district.District #9, which includes Gbi and Dorlu as well as Yarwin Mensonnoh is believed to be one of the most underdeveloped areas. It is in this regard that the Zekeh High School and health center in the area continue to be in poor condition, while the road condition also remains a challenge to motorists.In May this year, Senator Thomas Grupee called on local officials of the political districts to come out with their development plan, during which time he divided his portion of LSP/DPF to carry on some projects.He admitted receiving over US$300,000 for development, but said, due to the size of the county, he was dividing it among the districts to complete some projects. However, the issue pertaining to the LSP/DPF remains a confusing talk among citizens, as we again approach another election come 2017. The construction of GSM towers in any locality has now been politicized by most of the lawmakers as so-called deliverables.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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Family pleads with public to help save 1-year-old daughter

first_imgLittle Ankita with her motherThe parents of one-year-old Ankita Ramotar of Affiance, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are pleading with public-spirited persons to help save the infant, who has been diagnosed with a brain injury.The child’s mother, Kameela Persaud, said time is running out for her daughter. Local doctors detected the brain injury and recommended overseas treatment.According to Persaud, little Ankita, after birth, started to suffer from frequent seizures, and they sought treatment at the Dr. Balwant Singh Hospital in Georgetown.There it was discovered that their baby girl had a brain injury that is causing her to have frequent seizures. The doctors also recommended that the infant have immediate treatment overseas.The mother told Guyana Times that she was able to get an appointment date with John’s Hopkins Hospital in the United States (U.S.), where the child will get the necessary medical treatment needed.However, the family would first have to raise 12 million Guyana Dollars to cover the expenses. As such, they are appealing with the public to be sympathetic to little Ankita and help to save her precious life.Bhowanie Ramotar, father of the year-old girl, said Ankita is his little baby daughter, and as a taxi driver, he is very hurt to see her dying right in front of his eyes and he does not have money readily available to save her.On this note, he too is pleading with all kind-hearted citizens to help save his baby girl.This newspaper understands that the family has already secured a six-month visa to the U.S., and is now trying to raise the money needed to travel there and pay for little Ankita to be treated.Anyone wishing to contribute to saving little Ankita’s life can contact the family on 626-8805 or 644-7171.last_img read more

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Jakubowski takes part in 10,000-metre run at 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local athlete Sheryl Jakubowski participated today in a second Athletics event at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi.After a good run, Jakubowski placed in fourth for the 10,000-metre run.While she did not manage to pick up any medals in this race, Jakubowski did win a gold medal in the 5,000-metre run on Monday, March 18.- Advertisement -Jakubowski is representing Team Canada in Athletics.Jakubowski has been a proud Special Olympics athlete for 20 years. She won two Bronze and a Gold at previous World Games, one Bronze and two Golds at the National Games, and numerous medals at the Provincial Games.last_img read more

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Thousands protest war in Iraq

first_imgSet to coincide with rallies across the nation, it aimed to show that as the war has progressed, opposition has not wavered. Though smaller than organizers had predicted, the event still drew a crowd of 5,000 to 6,000 after it began at noon at Hollywood and Vine, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Allan Widmeyer, 52, drove down from Oxnard to march for the more than 3,000 dead and thousands of wounded soldiers. “When people look back on this age, they’re not going to cry about the terrible things that happened – they’re going to cry about the people who stood around and did nothing,” he said as the crowd marched past. “I don’t want to be one of those people.” Nor did Key, who wore his desert-print camouflage pants and hoisted a sign in protest. A former lance corporal who served near the Iran-Iraq border, he came home with a noncombat injury and left the military. HOLLYWOOD – They came by the thousands, each marching for something. For Jeff Key, 41, an Iraq war veteran from Hollywood, it was for his fellow Marines who he said couldn’t speak up while deployed abroad. For Amparo Escobar, 22, a student from Santa Ana, it was for anyone who believes in peace. For Alex Robles, 28, a media technician from Pasadena, it was for himself, to show solidarity with the anti-war movement. On Saturday, on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, the protest cascaded down Hollywood Boulevard. He has written a play about his experiences and has become an ardent activist against the war he once helped fight. “It makes this nation less safe,” he said. “I saw the oppression of the people of Iraq for the good of corporations.” The marchers made their way to Sunset Boulevard, then back up to the corner of Hollywood and Highland Avenue. Along the way, activists voiced their support for everything from gay rights to lower bus fares to religious tolerance. It was a surreal scene, with marchers tromping across stars adorned with the names of famous movie stars and television personalities. Costumed characters intermixed with the demonstrators. Zorro, apparently unaffiliated with any group, paced around with his sword in his scabbard. Batman helped park cars. Charlie Chaplin enjoyed a snack as he watched the march unfold. At the end of the route, in between grand movie palaces and a luxury shopping center, a group of counter-protestors waved flags and accused the marchers of supporting terrorism, communism and the nation’s enemies. “There’s a bunch of nickel brains out here, idiots, who don’t know what they’re talking about,” growled Matt Fine, 24, a North Hollywood file clerk. “I’m here supporting the troops. Those people aren’t.” On the street, marchers bore mock coffins draped with American flags, symbolizing dead soldiers killed in the line of duty. Most were quick to say that they opposed the war itself, not those fighting it. “C’mon, bring our boys and girls home,” said Kelli Diana, 38, a West Los Angeles trade show producer. “I believe in the military, I support the military. But just sending more people is not the answer. “… All of a sudden, it’s four years later, and we’re still sending more people.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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3 things we learned from Liverpool v Roma

first_imgSublime SalahMohamed Salah ripped apart his former club with two goals and two assists as Liverpool beat Roma 5-2© AFP Oli SCARFFAsked if Roma would be able to subdue Mohamed Salah, Jurgen Klopp had hinted the Italians might resort to kicking his Egypt star, but the Liverpool manager need not have worried as they never got close enough to leave a scratch on the man of the moment.Salah left Roma to join Liverpool last year in a £34 million ($47 million) deal that now looks an absolute bargain after an incredible first season saw him voted PFA Player of the Year.Individual honours are fine, but Salah wants a Champions League winners’ medal and he remains on course after demolishing his old club.Teed up inside the Roma area in the 36th minute, Salah was coolness personified as he curled his strike into the top corner. Salah’s majestic effort made him the first Liverpool player to score in 33 different matches in a single season, surpassing the mark set by Anfield icon Ian Rush.More importantly, it left Roma in ruins and Salah delivered a hammer blow in first-half stoppage-time when he sprinted through a huge hole in the Italian defence to score again with a deft finish.He has scored 43 times in 47 appearances as he chases Rush’s Liverpool singe-season record of 47 goals in all competitions. Having scored two and with Rush watching from the stands, Salah finished with a flourish as his passes allowed Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino to net after the break.Naive RomaRoma goalkeeper Alisson constantly had Liverpool forwards flooding towards him as his defence vacated Anfield© AFP Oli SCARFFEmboldened by his side’s stunning victory over Barcelona in the quarter-finals, Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco had made it clear he wasn’t coming to Anfield just to frustrate Liverpool.“They have to do well to force us deep,” he insisted on Monday. But at the end of a chastening 90 minutes, Di Francesco was left to rue his words as Liverpool ruthlessly exploited the visitors’ defensive weakness and tactical naivety.Roma arrived without a clean sheet in their last 26 away Champions League matches, the second longest run in the competition’s history, and it was easy to see why as Liverpool carved through them time and again.It didn’t help that Di Francesco asked his defenders to deploy a high defensive line. They lacked the mobility to cover the space that left and Salah and Mane gleefully exploited the holes with their pace and movement.And yet Roma will feel all is not lost after late goals from Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti. They staged one of the Champions League’s greatest comebacks to reach the semi-finals, overturning a 4-1 first-leg deficit to eliminate Barcelona with a 3-0 victory in the return leg at the Stadio Olimpico.Another epic escape act seems improbable, but can’t be ruled out if Di Francesco gets his tactics right in Rome.Wall of soundThe Liverpool fans were in fine voice as they roared their team to a famous win© AFP Oli SCARFFAware of the damage done to Liverpool’s image by the supporters who threw missiles at Manchester City’s team bus before the quarter-final first leg, Klopp had asked fans to show respect to Roma.A large police presence and strategic road closures ensured Klopp’s plea was followed as Roma arrived without coming under attack. That was as welcoming as it got for the Italians however.Anfield is always at its best on European nights and the famous Kop End generated a deafening wall of sound from the moment the club’s “You’ll never walk alone” anthem was belted out before kick-off. Roma wilted in the cauldron of noise and Liverpool took full advantage to move to the brink of a first Champions League final since 2007.Liverpool’s fans provided a valuable edge inside the stadium. But worryingly, police were probing a “serious assault” outside the stadium that left a fan injured after clashes between Liverpool and Roma supporters that could lead to revenge attacks when the teams meet in the second leg.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mohamed Salah clinically dinked in his second goal on the stroke of half-time© AFP Filippo MONTEFORTELIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 24 – Liverpool beat Roma 5-2 in a dramatic Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday to take a big step towards the final in Kiev, despite conceding two late away goals.Here are three things we learned from the Anfield showdown:last_img read more

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Belief carried us through, says skipper Musa

first_img“First of all I want to thank God for the victory. I want to thank my teammates for the effort they put in and the fans for coming out in large numbers and supporting us like they did. I am feeling so happy I don’t know what to say,” an excited Mohammed told Capital Sport after the game.Mohammed provided solid leadership at the back with Kenya thwarting the numerous Ghanaian threats and he says the players played as a unit and were there for each other every step of the way.“When we push, work hard and pray, everything is possible. I believed we can do it and the players believed too. That is what set us apart here today. We came knowing that we are facing a tough team and we needed to give more than 100pc,” further noted the skipper.The Harambee Stars starting team line up for a group photo before the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Ghana at the Kasarani Stadium on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHis sentiments were shared by keeper Patrick Matasi who played a huge role in the win, saying they knew it was never going to be an easy tie and hence needed to pull up, especially with most of the first team stars out.“We maintained a very good tempo throughout the game and in our hearts, we knew we could get something. We played as a unit though we only had one week to prepare together,” further stated the keeper.Meanwhile both Matasi and Mohammed have admitted that being underrated by the Ghanaians and with most people not believing they could get anything off Ghana pushed them to work harder and prove the naysayers wrong.“Football has changed. These days, it is not just about names and countries. As a country we are improving because we have very good players and we showed that against Ghana. They came in here underrating us, but we had a plan and it worked,” Matasi said.Skipper Mohammed concurred adding; “It is always a motivation when people don’t believe in you. We knew we had to work hard to show what we have and show that indeed we are a good team. They underrated us but at the end of the day, we had three points.”The Harambee Stars players hurdle together in prayer before the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Ghana at the Kasarani Stadium on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe victory now puts the team’s efforts of qualifying to the Nations Cup next year on track ahead of next month’s back to back ties against Ethiopia.“This victory has shown us it is possible. Ghana is not a small team and winning against them tells you that we have the faith. We will work hard in the remaining games to replicate this spirit,” added Mohammed.The team’s next focus though is on Tuesday when they face Malawi in a friendly at the Kasarani Stadium.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars captain Musa Mohammed and coach Sebastien Migne before the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Ghana at the Kasarani Stadium on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 9 – Harambee Stars skipper Musa Mohammed lauded the belief and work-rate exhibited by his teammates as they pulled off a huge result on Saturday, beating Ghana 1-0 at the Kasarani Stadium in a 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier.Nicholas Opoku’s own goal late in the first half proved to be the masterstroke as Kenya put her hopes of qualification back on track.last_img read more

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Hull 2-2 West Ham: Hammers gifted point in entertaining draw

first_img1 New West Ham striker Enner Valencia celebrates his stunner against Hull Hull’s summer signings enjoyed a brilliant start to their Tigers careers but were let down by their shaky defence as a calamitous own goal gifted West Ham a point in a 2-2 draw at the KC Stadium.Manager Steve Bruce handed first starts to record signing Abel Hernandez and deadline day arrival Mohamed Diame – who lined up against his former Hammers team-mates – and the pair made an instant impact, while both Hatem Ben Arfa and Gaston Ramirez put in positive displays from the benchHernandez first headed home to give Hull a deserved lead, though West Ham equalised shortly after the break through a new arrival of their own, £12million Ecuador striker Enner Valencia finding the net with a stunning long-range thunderbolt.Diame then stunned his former side with a perfect curling finish to re-establish City’s lead, but it lasted only a matter of minutes before Curtis Davies diverted the ball into his own net after a blunder from goalkeeper Alan McGregor.After a slow start, the game kicked into life shortly before half-time and became a thoroughly entertaining tie for the neutral.Hull enjoyed the brighter opening but could only muster a series of half-chances and after weathering the storm West Ham began to threaten.Anti-Sam Allardyce fans may be given some food for thought as the Hammers passed the ball well throughout, with Stewart Downing particularly impressive.The visitors went close to the opener on 35 minutes and were only just denied by a superb save from McGregor.Valencia was provider as he nodded the ball into the box, with Diafra Sakho diverting it goalwards. It looked a certain goal, with Sam Allardyce jumping in anticipated joy, but McGregor swiftly stuck out a hand in a brilliant reaction save to put the ball behind.And the Tigers took advantage of their spared blushes by taking the lead with their next attack, courtesy of record signing Hernandez.The Uruguayan, a £10million arrival from Palermo on transfer deadline day, rose brilliantly to Ahmed Elmohamady’s free kick to head home a debut goal to give Hull a deserved lead at the break.The Tigers were then close to an immediate second, Hernandez hitting the post with an audacious long-range drive and strike partner Nikica Jelavic appearing to double the deficit on the rebound, though the Croatian’s follow-up header was ruled out for offside.The quick pace continued after the restart and West Ham took little time to grab and equaliser, and in exquisite fashion, too, as Valencia hammered in from 25 yards.It was an inspired solo strike from the summer signing, buying time on the ball with a series of shuffles to find the opportune moment to let fly, with his long-range hit thundering into the top corner.But Hull’s heads didn’t drop as Bruce’s men went back in front 15 minutes later when Mo Diame netted what seemed to be an inevitable goal against his former side.After robbing the ball from Aaron Creswell’s poor throw-in, the midfielder opened up his body in the box before seeing his perfectly executed sidefooted strike touch the post on the way in.Again West Ham flew into an instant attack and fortuitously found a reply. Downing’s pass from the right was smashed across goal by Sakho, and after McGregor fumbled the unfortunate Davies ended up bundling the ball into the net.And the Hammers could have snatched a last-gasp win when Valencia’s free header was put over the bar by a point-blank block from Michael Dawson.Despite their obvious disappointment with the result, the point lifts the Tigers up to tenth in the Premier League table while Allardyce’s side sit just below in 13th.last_img read more

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Fleeing suspect crashes truck into taxi; cabbie killed

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — A kidnapping suspect fleeing Los Angeles police smashed his pickup into a taxi at an intersection early Thursday and killed the cabbie, authorities said. The crash occurred just before 4 a.m. at Santa Monica Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, Officer Martha Garcia said. The white pickup was left with a badly smashed front end. The demolished taxi was left partially on a sidewalk. Details of the incident were not immediately available, Garcia said.last_img read more

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