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first_imgOlympic champion boxer Davis Jr diesMIAMI (AP):Olympic champion boxer Howard Davis Jr, who won the 1976 gold medal and was named over US teammate Sugar Ray Leonard as the most outstanding fighter in the Montreal Games, has died of cancer, his wife said on Friday.Davis, 59, died on Wednesday at his Plantation home, surrounded by family, Karla Guadamuz-Davis said.Amir back inPakistan squadISLAMABAD (AP):Fast-bowler Mohammad Amir is back in Pakistan’s Twenty20 and ODI squads – provided he can get a visa for New Zealand.Amir’s five-year ban from international cricket for spot-fixing ended in September, but the left-arm quick needs clearance from authorities in New Zealand because he also served three months in an English jail for taking bribes to bowl no-balls at agreed times.Pakistan is scheduled to play three Twenty20s and three one-day internationals, starting January 15, in New Zealand.AtlÈtico signs Argentine midfielderMADRID (AP):AtlÈtico Madrid have signed Argentine midfielder Augusto Fern·ndez from rival Spanish club Celta Vigo at the start of the winter transfer window.The 2014 league champions say Fern·ndez signed a contract through to 2019 after passing a medical examination.The 29-year-old Fern·ndez will help fill the void left by the injured Tiago Mendes.Fern·ndez scored 10 goals in more than three seasons for Celta. He previously played for AtlÈtico coach Diego Simeone at River Plate in 2007-08.last_img read more

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No “gifting” of tug and barge: nailing a gross distortion

first_imgDear Editor,I refer to the article in sections of the media on Saturday, May 12, 2018, entitled, “[People’s Progressive Party/Civic] PPP/C ‘gifted’ $M tug and barge to Kwakwani supporter”. “We recovered the barge and leased it to the [Neighbourhood Democratic Council] NDC” – Patterson. That article was adorned with pictures of the Minister and the Alliance For Change Member of Parliament Audwin Rutherford.Editor, that article was a gross distortion. There was no ‘gifting’: the tug which at the time was partially sunk and virtually scrapped, was sold and bought via an open, advertised invitation of bids and subsequently rehabilitated sufficiently by its new owner, a river-crossing operator; the barge was leased as both the Minister and the MP concede after alleging that it was ‘gifted’. That barge-crossing operator (Mr Edwards) was not known at that time, nor even today to be a supporter of the PPP/C although I acknowledge that we of the PPP/C work with the hope of fairly earning the earnest approval of every Guyanese in the quiet of their hearts, and their precious votes in the privacy of the polling booth.Editor, if the article is read dispassionately, it would become clear how the Minister and the MP are playing with the emotions of the reader, going one way then another, and attempting to smear the PPP/C each way.The Minister said when he contacted National Industrial & Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) initially, he could get no information, and we know what is insinuated (lots of corruption and hiding all that gifting to a claimed supporter) but when he readily contacted the much-maligned Winston Brassington, he directed him to where he found a full disclosure. Rather than leaving damning insinuations and innuendos hanging, the Minister and MP should be heaping praise on Brassington and the PPP/C for a job transparently, honestly and well done and documented! And, also, they should be complimenting Edwards who took the risk, ventured forth and established a service to satisfy the needs of the community.Editor, in the circumstances that prevailed, the praise should be extended even more widely.The Minister and the MP are old enough to know the state to which the bauxite companies and communities would have deteriorated by 1992, after years of huge difficulties and losses, and the reasoning and insistence of the supporting multilateral financial agencies that special subsidies from our national Treasury should be brought to an end. Services provided countrywide by the Government should be handed to and handled directly by the Government. It was in such circumstances that the river-crossing service (and others) provided earlier by the bauxite company and which had ground to a virtual halt, was to be reoffered.You can imagine therefore how heartened I was when two persons, from the area (Edwards and Vandenburg), began barge crossing services, both of them at Kwakwani and Vandenburg additionally at Aroiama. They were worthy of commendation for their initial wooden barges each coupled with a small boat with outboard engine. In much the same vein allow me to mention the encouragement and facilitation we provided to Mendonca, of Kwakwani (not a known supporter of the PPP/C though I tried so greatly to win him over) to set up the gas station in Kwakwani and our search to encourage some other in Aroiama or Hururu to offer a gas station at that location, also.It is true, much to my consternation that the leased big steel barge was taken away from Edwards, unceremoniously, without notice and without cause. The Minister seems to be boasting about and finding glory in how “he had to pull out all stops to get the barge back”. And this from a member of a Government which is carried on the backs of many Afro-Guyanese who are easily agitated about the evident low number of black-owned businesses and made to blame the PPP and the PPP/C.Please allow me to set the record straight with respect to ‘other barges’ and tugs. At the time of the merger of Bermine into AMC/ABC, most of the Bermine owned barging fleet which had suffered the prevailing level of deterioration, and many of which were tied-up or sunk at various points along the river were offered by way of openly advertised tender on an as-is, where-is basis. No offers were made for a number of sunken barges and in time they were made available on a self-help, recovery basis. Some may still be available for whomsoever so wishes.Yours truly,Samuel A A HindsFormer Prime Minister and former Presidentlast_img read more

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M&CC to begin re-evaluation campaign

first_imgThe Mayor and City Council (M&CC) would be embarking on a re-evaluation exercise in and around Georgetown in a measure designed to aid in its struggle to find finance.According to Town Clerk Royston King, the project is one of the many initiatives being undertaken by the Council with support from central Government.He said the M&CC recently wrapped up a series of meetings with Canadian company Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, which is tasked with undertaking the re-evaluation exercise. The project is expected to commence in the coming months.The last time property was evaluated was in 1996, and according to the Valuation Act, property must be valuated every five years. For a long time, City Hall has been crying foul when it comes to property valuation, since it is contending that some businesses are paying below value for their property.King previously explained that a number of residential properties have been converted for commercial use, but those owners are still paying residential rates. This, King says, starves the City Treasury of much needed finances.Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan announced in January that the Finance Ministry is providing technical assistance and expertise to effect a mass valuation of properties. The valuation exercise would require at least between 12 and 18 months, and Government is seeking to engage a Canadian institution, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), which does property evaluations for the state of Ontario and other jurisdictions in Canada and internationally.City Hall quite often finds itself in a difficult situation as it relates to the management of its financial resources. The municipality has been unable to pay workers their wages and salaries, resulting in mass protests. It deducted NIS, PAYE and Credit Union dues from the workers but did not pay those monies to the relevant agencies. When these shortfalls occur, the Council would then run to the Central Government for a bailout. Just at the end of 2017, the Communities Ministry had to grant City Hall a bailout of over $600 million after its garbage contractors had withdrawn their services.Despite their financial situation, City Hall recently launched its $19 million celebrations for Georgetown’s 175th anniversary. However, King informed that ‘friends of the city’ would be putting up the funds. This has drawn some criticisms from some councillors since they are of the view that the monies expended could be geared towards restoring the building as well as offset other expenses. City Hall’s financial woes last_img read more

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Wine flows from pair’s vision

first_imgTwo of their sons had purchased land in the area and invited Patty and Bob to come look around. They drove past the house on Cummings Valley Road and saw the “For Sale” sign on what was formerly known as “The Stowell House.” The house was built in 1888 by Elijah Agustus Stowell as a condition of marriage to Cloe Bright. Her father, John Moore Bright, a pioneer-settler, came to the area in 1854. According to the Souzas, Stowell built the home on 600 acres and it became known as “the house that love built.” It was Bob who was first attracted to the property. “Bob loves antiques,” Patty Souza said. “He wanted to look at the house.” The couple fell in love with the property, which includes two barns, a ranch house, a bunkhouse and the main house. They called a Realtor who told them the property had been on the market for five years. They sold car, boats and other possessions to buy the property, which is now known as the Souza Ranch. “Then Patty started talking about what we could do that would be unique,” Bob Souza said. “She suggested we open a bed and breakfast and put in a vineyard. She wanted to do something that would not violate the traditions of the property and surrounding area.” They said it couldn’t be done. After all, it had never been done before. No, it couldn’t possibly succeed. That’s what they said, but Bob and Patty Souza did it. And they did succeed. The Souzas planted a vineyard in Tehachapi – the first vineyard ever in the area. Not only did they plant and harvest their grapes, they also made an outstanding wine. And their red zinfandel wine, released earlier this year, received rave reviews. “People said a vineyard wouldn’t work at 4,000 feet,” said Bob Souza. Before moving to Tehachapi, the Souzas worked as insurance brokers in Granada Hills. The first couple of years, Bob and Patty did all the work themselves. They cleared the land, put in the steel posts, planted the vines, everything. Unlike two British television producers, who are airing a chronicle of their, so far, mishap in buying a vineyard without any idea of what they were doing (“Corkscrewed”), the Souzas did their research. They talked with other vineyard owners, winemakers and the agricultural office. And they attended winegrowers’ meetings, took copious notes and asked experts. “Dave Davis (winemaker for Cameo Vineyards in Lancaster) was our inspiration. He encouraged us to go on with this,” Patty Souza said. After being in the insurance brokers’ business for so long, the Souzas were surprised at how they were treated by those in the wine industry. “We were in a very competitive business before, and I told Patty that these (wine) people were going to throw us out. But instead, they really wanted to see us succeed. We found that the wine business isn’t a business, it’s a culture, a family,” Bob Souza said. “The people in the wine industry are some of the nicest people,” Patty Souza added. Even those in Tehachapi, who were sure the venture would never succeed, are very supportive of the Souzas venture. When the couple held a ceremonial bottle signing to launch their Primativo Zinfandel, they sold out the 25 cases they had brought for the occasion. They had to return to the ranch to pick up another eight cases, which they also sold immediately. Although the Souzas have succeeded and have not had the misadventures of the British television producers, they have had some close calls. Their second harvest barely escaped being frozen. “We dodged a frost by a matter of a day. Had we waited one more day to harvest the grapes, they would have been ruined,” Bob Souza said. Two days before one harvest, a windstorm covered the grapes with dust. The next day a thunderstorm brought a heavy rain and it washed the dust from the grapes. “I told Bob, `God rinsed our grapes!”‘ Patty Souza said. Because they want to add a bed and breakfast to their property, they must soon start some new construction projects. “We can’t use the house, because it only has one bathroom. The first thing people who want to stay at a bed and breakfast ask is if they will I have their own bathroom. They don’t like to share,” Bob Souza said. And the Souzas don’t want to add onto the house because it would destroy the historic value of the home. Therefore, they are planning on selling the house, two barns and other buildings, doubling the size of the vineyard, building a winery, a tasting room, gift shop, warehouse and a small apartment for the two to live in until they build a new home on the remaining portion of the property. “It will be a Queen Anne bed and breakfast, and all the rooms will overlook the vineyard and valley below,” Patty Souza said. And they want to share their successful venture. “Our goal is to get five other growers to plant about two to five acres each of other varietals,” Bob Souza said. But they also warn those thinking of entering the vineyard business that it is one of the few businesses that you go into knowing that you are guaranteed no sales for the first four years. To order the Souzas red zinfandel, go to their Web site at www.SouzaFamilyVinyeard.com http://www.souzafamilyvinyeard.com/ or call (661) 822-9233. The wine is bottled in Paso Robles and has two different labels: Tehachapi Wine & Cattle for local distribution and Quattro Stagioni for national distribution. To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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SOCCER STAR SEAMUS TIES THE KNOT WITH RACHEL – PICTURE SPECIAL !

first_imgSeamus Coleman and James McClean enjoy a chat at Seamus’ wedding yesterday. ALL PICS BY JOE BOLAND OF NORTHWEST NEWSPIX.The one and only Noel Cunningham at yesterday’s wedding. Noel is the uncle of the bride Rachel Cunningham.James McCarthy who was part of the wedding party.Aidan McGeady at the wedding of team-mate Seamus Coleman.New bride Rachel Cunningham looking stunning after the wedding ceremony.SOCCER STAR SEAMUS TIES THE KNOT WITH RACHEL – PICTURE SPECIAL ! was last modified: June 20th, 2015 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) Tags:donegalKillybegsRachel Cunninghamseamus colemanlast_img read more

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Sportsday Podcast on talkSPORT 2: July 7, 2017

first_imgThis Friday morning on Sportsday we bring you your essential round-up of the morning’s top sports stories.last_img

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EQUESTRIAN: DONEGAL SHOW JUMPERS IMPRESS AT NATIONAL FESTIVAL

first_imgDonegal Show Jumpers at the National FestivalAt the National Association of Irish Riding Clubs’ (AIRC) two day Festival in Stradbally, Co Laois, which is the largest amateur equestrian event in Ireland, and attracts 3000 entries, Rudy Schneider, Belcruit, Kincasslagh, a member of the Donegal Gaeltacht Riding Club, was 2nd in the National Advanced Primary Show Jumping Competition on his own horse, My Boy Boysie.The competition, one of the largest at the Festival, started at 10.30am and finished at 3pm, and attracted 102 riders from all over Ireland.  Only 22 of the 102 riders managed to get double clears on Tony Ennis’ challenging course. Rudy was one of the first to jump and he set the standard for the day with a double clear in a time of 61.16 seconds.  Lawrence Smyth, Falcarragh, riding Jenny’s Jigsaw, completed the course in 62.22 seconds. The two Donegal men were in 1st and 2nd places for most of the competition.And it was near the end of the competition that Rudy was dislodged from the top spot, while Smyth’s time was bettered by a number of riders and he finished in 7th place.Schneider and Smyth (Team Captain) combined with two Mayo riders, to form a four rider team in the National Advanced Primary Team Show Jumping Competition.Fifteen teams from various parts Ireland competed and competition was keen. Philip Byrne, and Adrian Corcoran, who are both members of Barnacarroll Riding Club in Upper Mace, Co Mayo, slotted in well with the Donegal Gaeltacht Riding Club pair, and the Donegal-Mayo team finished in third place, just behind the Co Kildare, and Co Galway teams. Laura Schneider, UCD Vet student, Rudy’ daughter, was placed 5th in the Open  Show Jumping Competition on Chloe Lass, while Patricia Warren, Dunfanaghy/Falcarragh, took the 4th place in Open Dressage to Music on her horse, The Colourado Kid. On the same horse, Patricia was placed 6th in the Working Hunter Showing Class, which attracted over 60 entries. Later, she was in the rosettes again, collecting the 6th place in the Open Tale Your Own Line (TYOL) competition.Conor Gallagher, Meenbanad, Dungloe, competed well in Open Show Jumping, TYOL, and Open Power & Speed. He rode Jenny’s Jigsaw, The Colourado Kid, and Burinex, from Killult Stables. Although rosettes eluded him, the young riding instructor showed why he is so highly regarded.  EQUESTRIAN: DONEGAL SHOW JUMPERS IMPRESS AT NATIONAL FESTIVAL was last modified: June 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:EQUESTRIAN: DONEGAL SHOW JUMPERS IMPRESS AT NATIONAL FESTIVALlast_img read more

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Fans react to Luis Suarez antics

first_imgSuarez gets touched in any manner? Goes down.The wind blows too strongly? Suarez goes down.The cameraman sneezes? Suarez goes down.A defender reminds Suarez that life is finite and there is no meaning but what we give to it? Suarez goes down.— Zito (@_Zeets) June 30, 2018 However, we’ve also seen the devilish brilliance of the man and Uruguay’s last-16 clash against Portugal showed the best and the worst of the former Liverpool striker.It was his sensational cross which created Edinson Cavani’s opener, but his performance was marred by play-acting and cynical tactics. His usual tricks, many said.Here are the best tweets: Heroic stuff this from Suarez. Playing with three broken ankles and a cracked head bone.— Matt Slater (@mjshrimper) June 30, 2018 Luis Suárez kisses his kids goodnight then spends ten minutes rolling on the floor holding his face at the side of their beds.— Si Lloyd (@SmnLlyd5) June 30, 2018 Whenever someone touches Suarez #Suarez#URUPOR pic.twitter.com/Yn5OIZhg5f— Aditya Pratap singh ✌️ (@aps_singh1) June 30, 2018 Luis Suarez is never far from World Cup controversy.As I’m sure you’ll remember, he denied Ghana a place in the 2010 semi-finals with a last-gasp handball on the line, before taking a chunk out of Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder in 2014. #Suarez seemed to suffer from a cracked skull after receiving a little push on the shoulder. Miraculous recovery though #URUPOR— Dikke Beer (@Dikke_Beer) June 30, 2018 1 Suarez is gonna start the second half in this position. pic.twitter.com/uobyMbnQJB— Miriti Murungi (@NutmegRadio) June 30, 2018 Suarez angered viewers with his antics Suárez has no shame. It’s breathtaking.— YankeeGunner (@YankeeGunner) June 30, 2018talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

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McGUINNESS: MEDIA WITCH-HUNT AGAINST ME – DOOR NOT CLOSED TO CASSIDY

first_imgDONEGAL Senior Football manager Jim McGuinness has accused elements of the Dublin media of launching a ‘witch hunt’ against him and his players – and also revealed that the door wasn’t closed on a return for Gaoth Dobhair man Kevin Cassidy.Speaking at the launch of the Allianz Football League, Jim said his defence of Ryan Bradley after the victory in the first Championship game against Antrim last season had started a media campaign against Donegal.RTÉ pundits on the Sunday Game had said Ryan didn’t deserve the award. “I think from the moment I stood up for Ryan Bradley that there was a media witch-hunt for myself personally and for the team. Some of the things that were said about the team – they were called the Taliban at one stage – was extremely disrespectful,” said Jim.“These boys, a lot of them not in work, are training and training for the good of their county. I’m an unpaid volunteer, if I told you what I was getting for my expenses for the year you wouldn’t believe it. I’m getting nothing out of the game only the love of coaching the boys.“At the end of the day it’s not that important. We don’t want to be going to war with people but there’s boundaries and there’s respect. There was always boundaries in the GAA but now it seems some people feel they can overstep those boundaries.“A lot of the time it’s ex-players, who are making an awful lot of money on the back of people who are out of work and trying their best for their county in a voluntary capacity. Morally, I don’t think that’s correct.” McGuinness admitted tactics against Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final were ‘extreme’ but he had no real regrets.“The only regret I have is that, about three weeks out from the game, what we were getting through the middle was very exciting,” he said.“We were playing Michael Murphy out the field and he was strong, he was powerful, Christy Toye was coming back to himself and we had Ryan Bradley – we had a lot of strong, big men with power and pace and we were practising the game plan, the ability to turn the ball, work it, hand it to them and then drive through and ask the question.“The only disappointing thing about it was that we didn’t get enough of that over the course of the 70 minutes. If we continued to do that and done the job defensively and continued to be explosive and dynamic then we could have gone on to win that game easily.“I have my own conclusions in my head . For some of them it was psychological, for some of them . . . I think they regressed into themselves over the course of the game. The closer they got to the All-Ireland final, then the more they just wanted to see it out instead of driving towards it. That is a learning curve if that is the case. They can use that this year if they get into that position again.” Asked about dropping Kevin Cassidy for breaking team rules by co-operating with a book written about last year’s championship, McGuinness appeared to leave the door open for a return by referring to other players who had done the same.“Adrian Hanlon had to go last year for an incident and we talked about it, same as the other incident [Cassidy]. It was dealt with at the time and he’s back in now,” said Jim.Asked did this mean that Cassidy could return to the panel, McGuinness replied: “The same criteria apply. Eamonn McGee was another situation.“I wouldn’t close the door, but the bottom line is, our rules and our parameters were very well defined and what happened was so far over the line in relation to our group . . . that’s all I can say on it. I’m not going to go any further on that. I said I wouldn’t speak about it and I’m not going to say any more about it. I’m not going to be drawn on it.” LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comMcGUINNESS: MEDIA WITCH-HUNT AGAINST ME – DOOR NOT CLOSED TO CASSIDY was last modified: January 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:Donegal GAAdonegal v dublinJim McGuinnessKevin Cassidylast_img read more

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Donegal woman is “fizzing” with hope for quirky cancer fundraiser

first_imgAn Inishowen woman is using plenty of ‘fizz’ to help her raise vital funds to combat cancer.Mary Gallagher from Malin has started a campaign using Lucozade bottles to collect unwanted 20 cent coins.And now her campaign ‘Let Your 20 cent Change Make A Change’ has really taken off. She recently lodged over €1,100 directly to the Irish Cancer Society Research Department and hopes to add to that figure.Mary explained “This is a simple fundraiser in which we are asking everyone to put their 20cent coins into a Lucozade bottle. When one of these bottles is full, it will hold €60.“The money raised will go directly to Cancer Research. We realise that there are many equally important charities out there and that is why we are only asking for 20c.“These bottles have been placed throughout businesses in Inishowen and many families have also taken a bottle for their own homes.” Now Mary is looking to extend her campaign so that the bottles can be placed in shops, clubs, bars and private homes across all of Donegal.She added “We are hoping to spread this fundraiser all throughout Donegal and maybe even further! We are asking if anyone would like to come on board and help to distribute and collect the bottles in their local areas, outside of Inishowen. We also encourage families to take a bottle for their homes or clubs.”“So far, over €1,100 has been lodged directly to the Irish Cancer Society Research Department. We hope that with the help of Donegal residents, we can add to this figure.”If anyone would like to get involved in any way or has any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mary -0861660329.REMEMBER your CHANGE can make a CHANGE. https://www.facebook.com/Let-Your-20c-Change-Make-A-Change-2033648463526678/Donegal woman is “fizzing” with hope for quirky cancer fundraiser was last modified: May 22nd, 2018 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)Tags:cancercashfundraiserInishowenLucozadelast_img read more

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