Month: July 2019

first_imgFamilies which include both a disabled adult and a disabled child have lost more than 13 per cent of their income through seven years of government cuts, according to a new report by the equality watchdog.The report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has been seen as “a vindication” of years of campaigning by grassroots groups to persuade the government to carry out such an assessment of the overall impact of its cuts and reforms on disabled people.Ministers have repeatedly ridiculed the idea of carrying out such a cumulative impact assessment (CIA), ever since disabled campaigners began calling for such research six years ago.Both Pat’s Petition, and then the War On Welfare (WOW) petition campaign, demanded the government carry out a CIA, which led to two high-profile debates in the House of Commons.The UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities added its voice to calls for a CIA in August, following similar calls by EHRC and even the government’s own benefits advice body, the social security advisory committee.The EHRC report shows the cumulative impact on various groups – including disabled people – of changes introduced between 2010 and 2017 to income tax, national insurance, VAT, social security, tax credits, universal credit and the national minimum wage.It shows that households that include a disabled adult will lose almost £2,500 a year, while families with both a disabled adult and a disabled child will face an annual loss of £5,500 by 2021-22 (more than 13 per cent of their income).It also shows that the higher the support needs of the disabled members of the household, the greater the impact of the cuts.Lone parents will be hit proportionally even harder, losing 15 per cent of their income.The report – which details interim results of research conducted by Landman Economics and Aubergine Analysis for EHRC – also found that while “the poorest are set to lose nearly 10 per cent of their incomes, the richest will lose barely one per cent”.Rick Burgess, one of the founders of the WOW campaign, which was signed by more than 100,000 people and led to a debate in the House of Commons in February 2014, said: “Vindication is nice, it’s just a shame it takes so many years, years in which thousands of disabled people were made destitute and many died.“And note this changes nothing: we still live under an oppressive regime who lie and are not challenged on this by a largely supine media.“I expect nothing from this government, they have shown persistently that the Conservative movement are institutionally disablist and hostile to the wellbeing of disabled people. The only solution is to remove them from power ASAP.”Ellen Clifford, campaigns and policy manager for Inclusion London, said: “The initial findings hold no surprises for disabled people living with the impacts of welfare reform, but they do prove that far from ‘targeting resources at those most in need’, as the government has repeatedly claimed for the past seven years, it’s the most in need they’re taking the most from.“The interim report shows that disabled adults with disabled children are the worst hit and that the more disabled you are the more you are adversely impacted. “This report also disproves the government’s claim that a cumulative impact assessment would not be feasible to undertake.“Its findings add weight to the idea that their reluctance was instead motivated by having something to hide.“The EHRC do not have the same resources at their disposal as the government and we continue to urge the government to carry out a fuller CIA to assess the cumulative impact of cuts to social care support in addition to benefit changes.”Carole Ford, a member of the current steering group of the WOW campaign, said the government’s “steadfast refusal” to carry out a CIA “demonstrates an understanding that such an assessment would reveal that the policy of ‘compassionate Conservatism’ was in no way compassionate”.Pat Onions, founder of Pat’s Petition, which was signed by more than 60,000 people and led to a debate in Westminster Hall in July 2013, said the failure to carry out a CIA was “disastrous for disabled people”.She said she “unreservedly” welcomed the EHRC report, and added: “The findings of the impact on disabled people are truly shocking.“Will this government and future governments learn from this disastrous experience and act more responsibly in future?“Will the covenant with disabled people now ensure that no massive changes are ever introduced again without a full impact assessment first?”Kamran Mallick, chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said: “The report is clear evidence that the government’s reforms have been having a massive negative effect, driving disabled people deeper into poverty when they already don’t have enough money to live on.“We’re acutely struck by the report’s conclusion that the reforms will continue to cause ‘particularly adverse impacts on disabled families’. This can’t go on.”David Isaac, EHRC’s chair, said: “The government can’t claim to be working for everyone if its policies actually make the most disadvantaged people in society financially worse off.  “We have encouraged the government to carry out this work for some time, but sadly they have refused.“We have shown that it is possible to carry out cumulative impact assessments and we call on them to do this ahead of the 2018 budget.”The commission also called on the government to “reconsider” existing cuts and reforms that have impacted on those who are “most disadvantaged”.A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) spokeswoman refused to say whether it now accepted that CIAs can and should be carried out, or whether DWP accepted the EHRC figures.But she said: “We carefully consider the equality impacts of individual policies on those with protected characteristics, including disability – in line with both our legal obligations and with our strong commitment to equality.“HM Treasury publishes comprehensive distributional analysis* at the budget that is transparent and fair.“The EHRC’s analysis does not paint a complete picture because it fails to take into account our successful jobs market or the steps we are taking to help people of all backgrounds get on in life, including expanding tax-free childcare, boosting apprenticeships and introducing the National Living Wage**.“We are expecting to spend over £50 billion this year in benefits to support disabled people and people with health conditions.”*These analyses have only measured how changes affect households of different incomes, and do not examine the impact on different groups, such as disabled people**The EHRC report does take account of reforms to the national minimum wagelast_img read more

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first_img Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter “It’s not very often that we have events for queer women,” said Nicole Lavay, as she sat alongside her group of friends, “especially since we don’t have permanent spaces. It’s nice to know that this happens every year.” For Elizabeth James, who has attended the city’s pride festivities for the last 14 years, it’s an occasion for others “to be who they want to be,” free of judgment. And it’s not an event to be overlooked. “We get to take up the streets of San Francisco for a whole weekend,” she said. “I mean, we even got shit at stores: We’ve got Gap and H&M representing for gay pride.” Elizabeth James and Shyne Banks. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.In contrast, Erica Hemenway specifically prefers the Dyke March to Sunday’s pride parade, as she has become disillusioned with the corporate sponsorships of pride. “This feels more like a block party with all the local queers and their friends,” said Hemenway. Marena Tynan La Fontaine agreed. “No one here is being sponsored by anyone,” she said. “They’re just here to hang out.” As a teenager, Hemenway was aware that there was a bigger and more accepting world outside of her small, conservative hometown. She just didn’t know how to get there yet. “To say that ‘things get better’ is a cliché,” she said. “But it does!” Tynan La Fontaine chimed in. “It does,” continued Hemenway, “but if there was one thing I could have told my teenage self, it would have been that you don’t need to look to somebody else to figure out who you are. You can be who you are: Just find a mirror and find a role model there.” Marena Tynan La Fontaine and Erica Hemenway. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.Eventually, she added, positive role models can be easy to find once “you get into the bigger world,” but emphasized that “it’s more important to find the entirety of yourself in you.” Whether one prefers the term dyke, queer or gay, many shared that reclaiming these words to describe the LGBTQ community is important. Jena Hayashi and Krys Cortez. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.“It’s powerful,” said Jena Hayashi, who has attended the city’s pride festivities as a tradition with friends for nearly a decade. “I’m all for that. In any way possible.” While she feels fortunate that San Francisco is inclusive, she hopes that younger generations fully embrace and enjoy who they are in the Bay Area. “The way it’s so normal to be out and gay here, it’s not like that everywhere,” she said, “so rep it.” Camila Cruzado (third from left) with her mom, Nidia, and two friends, Nayla Tep and Cristian Morales. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.And indeed they are.“I feel free,” said 16-year-old Camila Cruzado, who is attending pride for the first time with her mom and friends. “Even if I can’t be myself in my country or with my family, I can be myself at Pride. I can be myself here.”  center_img Standing at the corner of 19th and Dolores Streets, a woman — with a pride flag draped over her shoulders as if it were a cape — observes the buzzing, pre-Dyke March atmosphere in front of her. Within a few seconds, she disappears into a crowd of people who are donning bright, rainbow-striped outfits and twirling equally colorful umbrellas. Just a few hours before the Dyke March on Saturday afternoon, thousands of LGBTQ people and their allies came together as a community at Mission Dolores Park to show their pride and celebrate inclusion and acceptance. Veronica Lujan, Nicole Lavay, Pippa Russo and Eliza Russo. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.last_img read more

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first_imgSt Helens’ Finances Improve and Stadium Completion Underpinning a Bright FutureSt.Helens R.F.C. have announced significantly improved results for the financial year ended 31st October 2012 compared to the previous year.This was so even though the Club was operating in its new stadium, Langtree Park, for only two thirds of that financial year and also experienced material start-up costs.Chairman Eamonn McManus stated:“The overall financial performance of the Club was in line with expectations for the financial year ended 31st October 2012 and constituted a significant improvement on the prior year ended 31st October 2011 when the Club necessarily operated at the Halton Stadium, Widnes, pending completion and opening of Langtree Park in February 2012.The group operating loss before interest, depreciation and amortisation for the year ended 31st October 2012 was £892,170, a significant improvement on the equivalent loss of £2,430,041 for the year ended 31st October 2011. Given that the Club relocated to Langtree Park, with its improved revenue opportunities, only one third the way through the financial year, the annualised financial performance in 2012 was creditable.Group turnover improved materially to £5,798,309 for the year ended 31st October 2012 from £4,399,220 for the year ended 31st October 2011. This was principally due to improved season ticket and gate receipts and also corporate hospitality and event income arising from the move to Langtree Park.The current financial year ending 31st October, 2013 is challenging, mainly due to an early exit from the Challenge Cup competition and disappointing playing results in Super League. In addition, our corporate hospitality and events income has been materially adversely hit by the termination in the operation of our contracted caterer, EMC, which went into administration in March 2013, and which had also performed well below reasonable expectations prior thereto. We have resultantly taken the catering operation in-house and this is already showing improved results which will come in to full fruition in 2014. Overall, the underlying revenue trends are all very encouraging.Cladding is currently being installed in the West, North and East stands of Langtree Park and this will entail material capital expenditure and professional fees in 2013. However, it constitutes a very sound investment as Langtree Park will look absolutely magnificent.The Club will shortly enter into a refinancing package to cover current and medium term operational and capital expenditure requirements. We expect this to be the final material component of what has been a complex and meticulously planned and executed twelve year phased financing package of recapitalisations, equity placements and convertible bond issues. This has provided the Club with the best owner- occupied stadium in British club rugby and which has been achieved without recourse to external debt. An achievement of which the Club is rightfully very proud.The Club and the town now have a new stadium facility without equal in the game, owned outright by the Club. It is a real testament to the Club and to the town and to the game of Rugby League. The Directors of the Club have shown a very major financial commitment to the game as well as to the Club and its town.We expect a major improvement in financial performance in 2014 over 2013 when new operations will have bedded in fully at the new stadium and material additional capital expenditure projects will have ceased. Furthermore, we are particularly confident in the financial performance of the Club and of the wider game from 2015 onwards resulting from the restructuring of the current fixture format of Super League. Given the very substantial investments which the Club has made in recent years, we will be rightfully and strongly positioned to benefit from an improvement in Super League’s overall financial performance as well as any pick up in the wider economy after a number of years of severe recession, from which we have emerged in a much stronger position.”last_img read more

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first_imgYOUR table topping Saints travel to the KC Lightstream Stadium this Sunday aiming to stay on the summit and record their first league win at Hull KR since 2007.Fresh from the dramatic victory over Wigan, Nathan Brown called on his team to have a strong month and continue their form.“We need a good performance on Sunday,” he said. “We need to back up the Castleford and Wigan games. If you put in a couple bad games you can quickly drop to fifth so we know what is at stake.”Early indications suggest that Luke Walsh will miss the next three to four weeks with a back injury but both Anthony Laffranchi and Kyle Amor are continuing to make good progress.And Richard Beaumont got his first outing of the season on dual registration last Sunday too.Tickets for the game are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.They are priced at (North Stand) £23 for adults, £16 for concessions (seniors over 60 and full time students with a valid NUS card) and £13 for juniors under 16. Infants under 5 are free but need a match ticket.Please note all ticket prices increase by £2 on matchday.Junior Season Ticket Holders must collect a voucher before travelling.Coach travel is also available and will leave Langtree Park at 11.30am. Prices are £13.50 for season ticket holders and £14.50 for non-season ticket holders.last_img read more

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first_imgReasons One and Two have covered the strength of Justin Holbrook’s squad in 2019, so now it’s time for Number 3.And it’s the ending of a bugbear of many fans throughout Super League – the guarantee of 14 home games next season, and the fact they will be confirmed when the fixtures are announced in November.No. 3 – 14 Home Games The new structure means that your Membership will cover 14 home games in 2019 – and those fixtures will be known well in advance of the season.That means there’s no waiting in July for the next phase of games to be announced; you’ll be able to plan from the off and mark those dates in your diary.Simple!Remember, you can also make your Membership a simple monthly payment with our very popular Direct Debit plan. Each season lots of fans take advantage of this to pay for their Membership over ten months to spread the cost.Alternatively, you can also take up an eight or six month package later on in the off-season.For example a West Stand renewal for an adult would equate to just £25.06 per month.And an ‘adult and child’ in the Family Stand would be just £27.49 per month.Your Membership covers all Saints’ Betfred Super League home games and to discover Benefits, Prices and more here www.saintsrlfc.com/membershipsWe are Saints and Proud.#saintsandproud,Reasons One and Two have covered the strength of Justin Holbrook’s squad in 2019, so now it’s time for Number 3.And it’s the ending of a bugbear of many fans throughout Super League – the guarantee of 14 home games next season, and the fact they will be confirmed when the fixtures are announced in November.No. 3 – 14 Home Games The new structure means that your Membership will cover 14 home games in 2019 – and those fixtures will be known well in advance of the season.That means there’s no waiting in July for the next phase of games to be announced; you’ll be able to plan from the off and mark those dates in your diary.Simple!Remember, you can also make your Membership a simple monthly payment with our very popular Direct Debit plan. Each season lots of fans take advantage of this to pay for their Membership over ten months to spread the cost.,Alternatively, you can also take up an eight or six month package later on in the off-season.For example a West Stand renewal for an adult would equate to just £25.06 per month.And an ‘adult and child’ in the Family Stand would be just £27.49 per month.Your Membership covers all Saints’ Betfred Super League home games and to discover Benefits, Prices and more here www.saintsrlfc.com/membershipsWe are Saints and Proud.#saintsandproudlast_img read more

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first_imgSaints face the Rhinos on Friday at the Totally Wicked Stadium with kick off at 7:45pm looking to build on last week’s impressive win over Huddersfield Giants.Grace missed the clash with the Giants, but returns at the expense of Swift, whilst Paulo drops out for Lees who comes back into the squad.Aaron Smith retains his place with Roby recovering from successful groin surgery and Jack Ashworth is free to play after his one match penalty notice was overturned. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Tickets for Saints’ clash with the Rhinos at the Totally Wicked Stadium are still available and are on sale from the Ticket Office, via 01744 455 052 and online here.Tickets for Saints Coral Challenge Cup Semi Final against Halifax, Saturday July 27 (KO 4:30pm) at the University of Bolton Stadium, are also on sale by clicking here.last_img read more

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first_img Rather than sending a bill for each of the properties, the vendor sent multiple copies of the same bill, creating confusion for property owners. The county says they identified the error and those who received the incorrect bills will receive new bills this week with the corrected information and an explanation of what happened.New Hanover County property owners who have questions about this or any other tax matter can go to www.tax.nhc.com or call (910) 798-7300. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County says about 6,600 property owners who own more than one piece of property recently received duplicate bills in the mail.The county says it was an error by the vendor that printed and mailed New Hanover County property tax bills.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A sweet 16 unlike any other, Wilmington’s first-ever doggy daycare is celebrating another year in business.A year ago, Hurricane Matthew shut it down but it is up and running and better than ever.- Advertisement – Last year around this time, Hurricane Matthew’s heavy winds cause a large tree to fall on the building damaging the roof and play yard.Dogs At Play after Hurricane MatthewIt closed down Dogs At Play for six months. The doggy daycare reopened in April and since then these pups have a lot to wag their tails about.Dogs At Play is getting to celebrate a birthday they didn’t get to last year.Related Article: VIDEO: Police warn of scam targeting seniors“The biggest challenge was just missing the dogs and the people being closed that long,” Amanda Wickman, Dogs At Play manager, said. “But we had a great response as soon as we reopened in April all of our customers came back and some new ones. So we’ve made a lot of new friends.”Dogs At Play is not only the first doggy daycare in Wilmington it’s also the first ever in North Carolina.To celebrate turning 16, they are having a customer appreciation week starting October 23.last_img read more

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first_img Police said it looked like the store was targeted in a very unique way. The suspect almost got away without setting off any motion detectors.On September 7, 2016, the owner of the Olde Brunswick Store in Boiling Spring Lakes got a notification that an alarm was going off at his store.“He could remotely view the surveillance footage from his house,” Sgt. Kevin Smith said.Related Article: Dashcam video shows Wilmington man point gun at officerThe owner, Andre Hyuen, pulled up the cameras to check on it.“He didn’t see anybody inside the store, so he dismissed it,” Smith said.Little did he know, a very strategic break-in was taking place inside the walls of the store.Sgt. Kevin Smith with the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department says it all started the day before.“About 7:40 in the morning,” Smith said. “He parks and goes directly to the back of the building you can see him working on the lock.”The store owner said the suspect wound up prying open the back door next to his shop and that’s ultimately how he got in. The shop next door was vacant at the time.“He actually pulls the door and shuts it very lightly where he’s able to just come back and open the door,” Smith said.Smith said the man came back at midnight.“Gained access through that door and tunneled through the wall,” Smith said.He said the man crawled through the walls and then under a staircase and broke through some sheet rock into an office in the Olde Brunswick Store.“He came out through the office, behind the register, and went straight to that room which is called a tobacco room,” Smith said. “He went straight to the room and got all three bank bags.”“As if he knew exactly where they were?”“Yes ma’am.”Then, he took off with about $900 in cash leaving behind his tools.“We recovered a green crowbar inside the business,” Smith said. “We did try to dust it for prints. We didn’t get anything.”They did get some surveillance images.“It’s a black male with a beard,” Smith said. “He had his hair in tight braids. He was wearing a dark hooded shirt, dark pants and dark shoes and he was operating a white Ford F150 van.”Police need help identifying the man or his truck and when he is found he faces multiple felonies.“Felony breaking and entering two times because you have two different locations, property damage, felony larceny,” Smith said.Consequences for a very strategic targeted crime that remains unsolved.If you can identify the man in the photo or his vehicle, or have any other information, please contact the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department. BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — Detectives in Boiling Spring Lakes are looking for a man who broke into the Olde Brunswick Store on Fifty Lakes Drive almost two years ago.The owner of the store is now offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the crime that remains unsolved.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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first_imgResidents of Rabat, backed by the Local Council and a number of NGO’s are up in arms against the proposed development of a 30 room boutique hotel in Rabat.  The Local Council has said that they are ‘unanimous’ in their objection to the proposed project.A council spokesperson stressed that, ‘as this is a residential area of not more than two storeys height. The area is dominated with beautiful rows of  houses of character which we are not ready to lose to speculators and entrepreneurs.’ The house about to be developed forms part of a series of houses designed by Andrea Vassallo (1856-1928) having bay windows overlooking parapets on Is-Saqqajja and formal gardens on St Augustine Avenue, Rabat. The site lies within an area of archaeological importance between Is-Saqqajja which marks the entrance to Mdina  and St. Augustine Avenue, an iconic avenue which is unique in its setting and location.Totally out of syncWhile the project remains suspended awaiting more updates from the relevant entities, one local resident speaking to Newsbook.com.mt voiced their concerns that the project was ‘totally out of sync with the architecture, context and character of the area.’The resident who wished to remain anonymous explained that residents and NGOs, were concerned that the boutique hotel would have a ‘high impact on the residential character and fabric of the location.’The resident explained that the introduction of commericial services and supplies to the area would transform it completely. This was added to the additional storeys which they said ran contrary to the Urban Conservation Area regulations.Newsbook.com.mt informed the local resident about applicant and architect’s desire was to actively restore the building and the wider impact for the local economy.The reply was that restoration as they understand it and the restoration envisaged here were two different interpretations.Non-starter The resident said that the original application contemplated a 48 room hotel including four/five storeys in the garden. Following receipt of over two thousand objections, the developer reduced the intensity of his original proposed interventions but residents claim that even the thirty room hotel as is now proposed and the voluminous development and amenities which come with it is totally incompatible with a residential area.The local resident stressed that the introduction of the second proposal which saw the reduction in floors and rooms to conform with feedback and the Malta Tourism Authority, was a ‘strategic move. The first proposal was a non-starter.’‘Now there is effectively a one storey outside and 4 storeys on the inside. A 4 storey development along with substantial development in the garden.’Among the developments proposed for the garden is a swimming pool.“Over my dead body” – Rabat MayorWhen Newsbook.com.mt reached out to the architect ahead of publication of this follow up story, we were informed that the proposed pool has been moved from the garden to the roof. They explained that only around 10% of the garden would be developed as a result. They argued that the concerns about the pool were strange given that residents close to the site had pools constructed and approved by the authorities.Newsbook.com.mt is informed that  the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage objected to the pool. Residents told us that only two houses have a swimming pool in the area. They noted that there is a difference between a swimming pool for a private house and a swimming pool that wil be used by the occupants of a thirty-room hotel.No formal meetingsThe Local Coucil  also told Newsbook.com.mt, that there had been no official meetings between the local council and the applicant and architect on the project connected with the Permit PA/09516/18. Instead, they were of the understanding that a meeting had been held outside of the local council but included the presence of a number of councillors which included former Mayor Mr Sandro Craus.When the applicant and architect were asked about this, they confirmed that such meetings had been held at the Planning Authority and Mr Craus was present. This meeting is also understood to have included Mr Rudolf Grima and local residents.Rabat hotel development currently suspended by architectThey added that they had had a number of meetings with these individuals about this project. Following the first meeting and additional advice from other organisations like the Superintendence for Cultural Heritage and the Design Advisory Board, they agreed to reduce the number of additional floors from two to one, along with the removal of all rooms from the garden. They state that the SCH, DAC and other bodies involved, were happy with the subsequent changes made to the original plan.Rabat’s local council spokesperson told Newsbook.com.mt that they had, ‘discussed this issue in great detail and objected for this boutique hotel on the basis that such development is going to be higher than the adjacent building scheme in a very sensitive area which is also a Urban Conservation Area and protruding out at the back onto the Vjal Santu Wistin which is the stretch of road leading to Mdina from St Mark church.’“Helping the Rabat economy”In the previous segment of this story, Newsbook.com.mt was told by the applicant and architect that the project there were presenting, restored the property as well as giving something towards the Rabat economy. The applicant also said that the 2,000 objectors including NGO’s – Flimkien ghal Ambjent Ahjar, Moviment Graffiti, Malta Archaeological Society and Din l-Art Helwa – “had been fuelled by misleading information.”‘Public were misled; they need to check the facts’For the time being, the project is understood to be suspended while on-going discussions with the relevant authorities are held. Mr Spiteri, the architect overseeing the project said he was positive that their project would get support and clearances from the entities involved. ‘I am 100% sure we are on the right track with this proposal,’ Spiteri told Newsbook.com.mt.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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