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first_imgA psychologist at the University of Virginia is probing the evolutionary origins of morality:[Jonathan] Haidt shows how evolutionary, neurological and social-psychological insights are being synthesized in support of three principles: 1) Intuitive primacy, which says that human emotions and gut feelings generally drive our moral judgments; 2) Moral thinking if [sic] for social doing, which says that we engage in moral reasoning not to figure out the truth, but to persuade other people of our virtue or to influence them to support us; and 3) Morality binds and builds, which says that morality and gossip were crucial for the evolution of human ultrasociality, which allows humans – but no other primates – to live in large and highly cooperative groups.    “Putting these three principles together forces us to re-evaluate many of our most cherished notions about ourselves,” says Haidt….    Haidt argues that human morality is a cultural construction built on top of – and constrained by – a small set of evolved psychological systems….    “We all start off with the same evolved moral capacities,” says Haidt, “but then we each learn only a subset of the available human virtues and values.  We often end up demonizing people with different political ideologies because of our inability to appreciate the moral motives operating on the other side of a conflict.  We are surrounded by moral conflicts, on the personal level, the national level and the international level.  The recent scientific advances in moral psychology can help explain why these conflicts are so passionate and so intractable.  An understanding of moral psychology can also point to some new ways to bridge these divides, to appeal to hearts and minds on both sides of a conflict.”Moral psychology is thus squarely built on the notion that morality itself is a product of evolution – not a reflection of universal truths or ideals of right vs. wrong.  The article says Haidt’s ideas represent “a new consensus scientists are reaching on the origins and mechanisms of morality.”    Apparently some even think one’s world view is an evolutionary artifact.  In a related story posted by EurekAlert, psychologists at New York University are probing the evolutionary origins of ideology.If you are a veteran reader of these pages, it’s time for a pop quiz.  The commentaries here should not be doing all the work for you.  Each of you needs to think through these ideas and make sound reasoning part of your skill set in life.  So before we post a response to the article, please go read it, and list on a sheet of paper your own reasons why the ideas expressed are stupid, wicked, or both.  The quiz is open book and open notes.  You can refer to previous commentaries and our Baloney Detector for help.  Come back later for our reactions, or send your responses here.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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first_imgEldorado Park has much to be proud of: the Joburg suburb is the home of 24-year-old Liesl Laurie, who is the newest wearer of the sought-after Miss South Africa crown. Believe in yourself, she tells other young girls. Fulfilling your dreams will make life worth it, she adds. Liesl Laurie is Miss South Africa 2015. (Image: Kevin Mark Pass, Miss SA Facebook) • Be good brand ambassadors for South Africa • Debate over the dress is put to good use • The South African who dresses the walkers • Welcome home, Rolene • SA’s Rolene Strauss crowned Miss World Priya PitamberLiesl Laurie will remember 29 March forever: it was the night she was handed the Miss South Africa crown.“I am ready for the responsibility that has been placed on my shoulders,” she said in her acceptance speech. “Taking on the title of Miss South Africa, I look forward to exploring our beautiful country, to seeing its beautiful landscape, but most importantly to connecting with its people. I am proud to stand here as an ambassador of South Africa and my fellow South Africans.”After Laurie, 24, completed her studies, she took a gap year to concentrate on her modelling career. She also spent time doing community work with a non-profit organisation called Babies Behind Bars. It cares for infants born to mothers in prison. “That experience taught me a lot about myself as a person, and also about not being too worried about what you don’t have but being grateful for what you do have,” she said in her Miss South Africa profile video.Watch:The new Miss South Africa advised women and girls to be themselves at all times. “Don’t ever lose the little girl you are or once were as you grow up,” she said. “Dreaming makes life beautiful and one day fulfilling your dreams will make life worth it. Finally, never forget to thank God for your blessings. Believe in yourself.”As for inspiration, she named her grandmother as the most influential person in her life and her favourite person in the world. “She has inspired me to be the best possible version of myself by teaching me to believe in myself, to remain humble and to pray.” Her mother, through overcoming her drug addiction, inspired her in a different way.The swimwear category is always controversial, but is still one of the most popular features of any pageant. This year was no different:  Liesl Laurie Posted by Miss South Africa on Sunday, 29 March 2015 Liesl Laurie wears a cocktail dress by Thula Sindi. “I was inspired by the timeless nature and the changing role of the Miss South Africa pageant so naturally I gravitated to another classic ‘the little black dress,’” said the designer. (Image: Miss SA Facebook)Three Miss Worlds under one roofLaurie has big shoes to fill – last year’s Miss South Africa, Rolene Strauss, went on to win the Miss World crown and has become one of the country’s greatest ambassadors. “South Africa, this is for you,” Strauss said in an interview after her win on the global stage in London. “I’m so proud of you and I’m proud to be your representative.”Watch Strauss being crowned:Only two other South Africans have worn the Miss World crown: Anneline Kriel in 1974 and Penny Coelen-Rey in 1958. They were all at the 2015 pageant, alongside 12 other former Miss South Africas, who mentored each of this year’s finalists. The national weekly newspaper, the Sunday Times called it the biggest gathering of title holders ever.  Backstage and ready to walk the stage with two of the most inspirational women I know. 3 Miss World’s from South Africa Rolene Strauss, Penny Coelen and Anneline Kriel Xxx Posted by Rolene Strauss on Sunday, 29 March 2015 “I’m looking forward to being on the other side [and] just watching the girls do their thing,” Strauss said ahead of last weekend’s pageant.Kriel spoke about the differences between 1974 and 2015. “I think the girls are much more worldy due to social media,” she said in a video interview. “They are educated. It is more than just a beauty pageant today.”Support and challenges“We at Sun International are delighted with the crowning of Liesl whom, I am sure, will walk the path with pride and passion,” said Sun International’s public relations executive, Sue Klerck. “She represents the whole of South Africa and will make a meaningful contribution to the lives of many as this country celebrates 21 years of democracy.”Suzette van der Merwe, a former Miss South Africa and a commercial communications executive at Cell C, added: “We would like to congratulate Liesl, and believe she will leave an indelible mark during her reign. The Cell C Believe manifesto says ‘Believe that if you can dream it, you can achieve it’, which is embodied in the new Miss South Africa and we feel she will make the country proud in whatever she achieves.”Miss South Africa 2015 Liesl Laurie is flanked by first princess Refilwe Mthimunye and second princess Ntsiki Mkhize. (Image: Miss SA Facebook)The pageant’s audience voiced support for second princess Ntsiki Mkhize. They believed she was a stronger contender, particularly following the question and answer segment.#Reaction after Ntsiki didn’t win after an answer like that pic.twitter.com/JNjQKeVI4X — IG: WezaThatGuy (@wezathatguy) March 29, 2015I still say Mrs SA could’ve been Ntsiki — nk. (@_hopolangk) March 30, 2015The people’s winner @Ntsiki_Mkhize #MissSA2015 Trended twice. How did you not win though. pic.twitter.com/Oa0ItKbsMi — Shout Out to Me (@WisemanSedibe) March 30, 2015First princess is Refilwe Mthimunye.last_img read more

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first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Google#web marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Google has quietly moved the link to access Google Reader, its online RSS reader service, below the top level navigation fold for Gmail users. Some Google Reader users are complaining about the move as an inconvenience, but the biggest loss will be to those users who have yet to start using Reader. The Picasa photo service has replaced Reader in navigation bar. Reader is now the first option that appears when a user clicks “more.” While this will likely decrease the frequency with which new users discover the magic that is RSS, it’s probably also a recognition that the service isn’t being used as enthusiastically as anyone had hoped. It may also be related to the fact that Picasa generates revenue for Google and Reader does not.While following publishers on Facebook or Twitter has become the most popular way for web users to subscribe to content from chosen sources, there’s something tragic about each step RSS takes further into the background. An acronym for Really Simple Syndication, RSS really is very simple. It’s also incredibly powerful and full of rich potential.Firefox recently announced that it too would be moving the RSS feed icon button to the background of its browser by default. Browser extensions are already available to resolve all these problems for users who consider them a problem – the biggest issue is for those who won’t even know what they’ve lost.As someone who has used RSS daily and in many, many ways, ever since my discovery of the technology changed my life and set me out into this wonderful new career I have – I struggle to articulate its importance, its potential and why it ought to be moved to the foreground, not the background, of the web use experience.Perhaps this will help: RSS is a simple, flexible, powerful way to bring new content from sites all around the web to one place, as soon as it’s available, without going to look for it. It’s a magical, automated, completely personalized river of news.It doesn’t depend on someone else Tweeting about it, it’s a tool that you can do all kinds of things with. Perhaps most people aren’t interested in doing much with the web besides reading articles, playing games, watching videos and posting photos. Surely there are millions and millions of people who feel otherwise, though, and RSS is a great tool for doing more. For more, see these articles: How to Build a Social Media Cheat Sheet About Any TopicSeven Tips for Making the Most of Your RSS ReaderRSS reader guy picture from FastIcon. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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first_imgSheryl Swoopes. APKNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Sheryl Swoopes fought back tears as she read a poem to her late mother while accepting induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.The three-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time WNBA Most Valuable Player acknowledged Saturday (Sunday Manila time) that the honor felt “bittersweet” because her mother wasn’t with her. Swoopes’ mother, Ida Louise Swoopes, died of colon cancer on March 14.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? Swoopes won gold medals at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics and was part of Houston’s WNBA championship teams in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 — each of the league’s first four seasons. MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage “Although she’s not physically here with us, I know she’s here in spirit and will forever live on in my heart,” Swoopes said.As she closed her induction speech, Swoopes read from a poem that ended with the line, “God took you home to prove to us he only takes the best.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I love you, Mom,” Swoopes said. “Thank you.”Swoopes knew this would be an emotional moment, and said she intentionally wore a dress with pockets to hold the tissues that she’d need later in her speech. LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mellower Green playing this Game 5 after 2016 suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guidelast_img read more

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first_imgThe Mens and Womens Open division picked up in excitement today, as day two of the 2004 NSW State Cup saw teams struggling for those finals positions. With several key matches being played in both the Mens and Womens competition and the sky semi-blue, it was sure to be a great day. With matches such as Canterbury and Easts in the Womens, a Sydney Championships Grand Final rematch, with the latest Smith medal winner Louise Winchester having a brilliant tournament. The Mens competition was also building as Penrith met Parramatta early in the morning, while Wests faced Cronulla and Lismore today, both drawing big crowds. Like Wests weren’t already strong enough the addition of the fast stepping Benji Marshall is sure to please the opposition. MENS OPEN RESULTS: Round four in the Mens competition was a story of two pools. Pool one’s matches were all lopsided; the expected close match between Cronulla and Western Suburbs was entertaining. While it wasn’t close, the skill of Wests with players like Drummayne Dayberg-Muir, Daniel Rushworth and that guy called Benji Marshall, certainly entertained the crowd. Lismore put in another strong performance and their match against Wests in round five is sure to be an indicator for the finals series. Pool two saw a couple of close matches with Penrith’s 5-4 win over Parramatta a great match to watch. The attack of Penrith, especially through their young players, was brilliant. However, Parramatta is still one to keep an eye on, as they didn’t make the most of their opportunities and it was their first match with a full team. The arrival of another Australian Mens Open player in Matt Curran strengthens their team even further. Eastern Suburbs also survived a scare over Manly Warringah, who are proving they can come close to taking down the more fancied sides when it matters. Round 4 results: Pool 1: Western Suburbs (7) def Cronulla (1) Lismore (13) def Newcastle City (1) Wallsend (9) def Bowral (0) Pool 2: Penrith (5) def Parramatta (4) Eastern Suburbs (7) def Manly Warringah (6) Nelson Bay (5) def Port Macquarie (0) Hornsby (7) def UNSW (1) The largest crowd to date headed to field five for the highly anticipated match between Wests and Lismore in the Mens Open division expecting a close and tough match. Wests Coach Tony Trad had signaled before the tournament that he expected Lismore to be amongst their toughest competition. Both sides came out fired up and it took no time at all for the fun and games to begin. Lismore certainly dished out as good as they got and the 6-2 scoreline at the finish was not indicative of how tight the match was. Watch for a potential rematch in the finals. Canterbury also seem to be running into their best form, a 13-0 whitewash of Bowral who seem to be having a better time off the field than on. Parramatta and Easts both had tough matches against UNSW and Hornsby respectively, giving them good hitouts leading into the finals. Round 5 results: Pool 1: Wallsend (11) def Newcastle City (1) Western Suburbs (6) def Lismore (2) Canterbury (13) def Bowral (0) Pool 2: Eastern Suburbs (5) def Hornsby (2) Manly Warringah (10) def Nelson Bay (0) Penrith (12) def Port Macquarie (0) Parramatta (9) def UNSW (6) Round six went as many would have predicted, wins to Canterbury, Lismore and Western Suburbs in pool one, while Eastern Suburbs, Parramatta and UNSW recorded wins in pool two. The one surprising result however, was the 4-4 draw between Manly Warringah and Penrith, which throws Manly’s hat in the ring for a quarter finals position. Round 6 results: Pool 1: Canterbury (15) def Newcastle City (1) Lismore (5) def Cronulla (3) Western Suburbs (9) def Wallsend (2) Pool 2: Penrith (4) drew Manly Warringah (4) Eastern Suburbs (10) def Nelson Bay (2) Parrammatta (4) def Hornsby (2) UNSW (7) def Port Macquarie (3) Round seven saw some highly anticipated matches, particularly Easts and Parramatta in pool two and Wests and Canterbury in pool one. A good crowd had built up around field one for the Easts and Parramatta match, which unfortunately didn’t provide the excitement all were expecting. Parramatta dominated the match, putting in one of their best performances, all is looking good for them come tomorrow’s finals. The win gave them first position in pool two based on for and against. Manly Warringah scraped into the top four in their pool with a 5-4 win over UNSW. Despite being the last qualifier, they look like they have the potential to knock off a more fancied opponent if they play at their best. Western Suburbs survived a scare against Canterbury, a narrow 4-5 win showing the Mens Open competition that heading into the quarter finals tomorrow Wests are most definitely not unbeatable. The finals tomorrow are guaranteed to provide some serious quality Touch action. Round 7 results: Pool 1: Cronulla (6) def Wallsend (5) Newcastle City (14) def Bowral (1) Western Suburbs (4) def Canterbury (3) Pool 2: Parramatta (5) def Eastern Suburbs (2) Hornsby (14) def Port Macquarie (0) Penrith (10) def Nelson Bay (1) Manly Warringah (5) def UNSW (4) All finals schedules and results will be on the finals story found on the ATA homepage. WOMENS OPEN RESULTS: The Womens Open competition started slowly on day two, some low scoring matches and a close one between Albion Park and Canterbury. Led by Rachel Holden the Albion Park girls went down by one yesterday to reigning Sydney Champions Easts and faced off against the in-form Canterbury girls, putting down several good balls that were potentially the difference between a 4-2 loss and a draw or even win. Albion Park are showing that if they perform at their best come finals, they may just be more than a chance for that grand final appearance. Round 5 results: Canterbury (4) def Albion Park (2) Eastern Suburbs (4) def Westmead (0) Western Suburbs (4) def Newcastle Uni (2) Cronulla (3) def Central Coast (1) Led by Bo De Lacruz the Western Suburbs girls put another nail in the Cronulla coffin, with the defending Champions now having lost to Wests, Easts and Canterbury and have yet to play Albion Park. Cronulla will face Albion Park in round nine Sunday morning, which could well be the match that decides who is the fourth side to qualify for the finals. Round six also saw the match of the tournament in the Womens Open division…a Sydney Championships grand final replay. While the match was a traditional Easts v Canterbury clash, with a bit of spite and a lot of passion, it looked as if Canterbury were about to take the edge into the finals series, up 1-0 with literally no time on the clock. However, a diving Easts touchdown as the siren sounded left the game in a 1-1 draw. A beautiful set up for the finals series! Round 6 results: Canterbury (1) drew Eastern Suburbs (1) Wallsend (7) def Westmead (3) Western Suburbs (3) def Cronulla (1) Albion Park (3) def Central Coast (2) With only rounds seven to nine in the Womens Open competition remaining and with six teams fighting for four semi final positions, every match became crucial in the finals race. A struggling Cronulla recorded a narrow 2-1 win over Newcastle Uni to keep themselves in the hunt, only to see Albion Park and Western Suburbs, their competition for finals positions behind Easts and Canterbury, record a draw. With Albion Park and Wests recording that draw and therefore scoring more points than a loss for one of those sides, the job of defending their 2003State Cup title is made even harder. Easts and Canterbury both recorded easy wins in round seven after their tight draw in round six. Round 7 results: Western Suburbs (5) drew Albion Park (5) Cronulla (2) def Newcastle Uni (1) Canterbury (7) def Wallsend (0) Eastern Suburbs (8) def Central Coast (1) Round eight brought the second day of Cup competition in the Womens Open to a finish and with only round nine to be played tomorrow morning, an unexpected result such as Newcastle Uni’s 4-1 win over Albion Park, certainly throws a spanner into the finals works. Canterbury and Easts guaranteed their spot in the semis, while Wests, Albion Park, Cronulla and Newcastle Uni are fighting out the remaining two positions. The round nine match between Albion Park and Cronulla will determine who qualifies for the semis between those two sides, while for Newcastle an upset over Easts could see them sneak through to the finals and Wests will want a win to finish as high as possible. For the Central Coast it was oh so close yet again as they went down to Wallsend by one, and along with Westmead, are yet to record a win. Their round nine meeting tomorrow could be the only win for one of those sides. Round nine in the Womens Open tomorrow morning will certainly be action packed! Round 8 results: Canterbury (5) def Westmead (0) Newcastle Uni (4) def Albion Park (1) Eastern Suburbs (3) def Western Suburbs (1) Wallsend (4) def Central Coast (3) Round 9 (Sunday morning): Albion Park v Cronulla Westmead v Central Coast Western Suburbs v Wallsend Eastern Suburbs v Newcastle Uni All finals schedule and results will be on the ATA homepage. By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img read more

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first_imgNewcastle captain Lascelles: Longstaff just what we neededby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles says Matty Longstaff’s breakthrough is exactly what the club needed.The 19-year-old academy graduate had a debut to remember against Manchester United, scoring the winning goal in the 1-0 victory at St. James’ Park. “I’m buzzing for him since he’s come into the squad. Everything we do, he is up for it. He’s fit, he works hard and always gives extra,” Lascelles told Sky Sports News.”The hard work has recently paid off, he’s been thrown into the deep end like his brother.”What you do know is that he is a young Geordie lad who is going to roll his sleeves up and play with his heart.”Straight after the Leicester game we needed players to be like that, he was a prime example of what you can get from that. His goal got us the three points, I’m over the moon for him.””You see all these big teams signing players for millions of pounds from overseas and everywhere else, Matty was not long ago training down with the reserve team.”He’s just come up through the ranks and grabbed a first team spot with two hands.”He’s humble, a very nice genuine lad. It must mean the world to him.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN National NewsTwo men have been charged with numerous sexual offences following an extensive investigation into reports of alleged sexual and physical abuse in a northern Manitoba First Nation, RCMP announced Thursday.Over the course of an 11-month investigation police say they have identified 17 victims in the community of Garden Hill First Nation, approximately 475 km northeast of Winnipeg.Supt. Michael Koppang of the RCMP calls the alleged offences a “tragedy that has and will deeply affect the community of Garden Hill.”Between December 2017 and June 2018 police received three reports of alleged child sexual assault in the community.Following the investigation, police identified 17 children, both male and female, between the ages of three and 15 who were victims of sexual and or physical abuse, Koppang said.Paul Bruce Harper, 21, has been charged with multiple sexual offences including sexual assault, sexual interference and aggravated assault.Paul Bruce Harper has been charged with multiple sex offences. He was first charged in February 2018.“During the course of the investigation…it was learned that this accused had access to a residence that was a foster home for numerous children in the community,” said Koppang.Police say more than 150 children were identified as having contact with Harper.Child abuse investigators from the RCMP or Child and Family Services interviewed the children. Additionally, a number of these youths were interviewed by experts at a resource centre for children and youth.A second male was also arrested and charged with multiple sexual offences in September 2018.The now 20-year-old cannot be named because he was a youth at the time of the alleged offences.Lucy Harper, 66, was the foster mother in the home police believe Paul Harper had access to. She was charged in September 2018 with perjury as well as under the Child and Family Service Act for failure to report a child in need of protection and failure to provide for a child in need of protection.Police would not confirm the relationship between the two accused.A spokesperson for the province would not confirm how long Ms. Harper was a foster parent, but police say she is no longer in that position.The offences took place between 2011 and 2017, according to police.Koppang credits the community with supporting the investigation.“Police rely on cooperation with the community. We don’t do this by ourselves…trust is everything,” he said.Grand Chief Arlen Dumas of the Assembly of Manitoba First Nations and Grand Chief Garrison Settee of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, the group representing northern Manitoba First Nations, say support is essential for survivors.“It’s not their fault that this happened,” said Dumas.“I hope that they don’t take any blame or that they feel that anything they had done facilitated whatever may have happened to them.”Settee is urging all levels of government to work together to ensure supports are available to “protect them from future harm.”Families Minister Heather Stefanson calls the allegations “horrific”.She says RCMP notified her of the investigation on Wednesday and since it’s still on-going her department is taking it “one step at a time.”“We need to allow the investigative process to take place. I certainly thing it would be inappropriate for myself or anyone to intervene,” she told reporters.RCMP are urging other potential victims to come [email protected]@bhobs22last_img read more

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John City Council has approved two contracts to help start the construction of the new RCMP detachment in the city.At Monday’s Council meeting, a staff report was presented recommending a contract be awarded to KMBR Architects of Vancouver for $1,113,300 plus GST and a second contract to Unitech Construction Management Limited for $1,690,600 plus GST.According to the report submitted by General Manager of Community Services, Wally Ferris “Awarding these contracts puts together the core team of the Integrated Project Delivery team.” The cost of building a new RCMP Detachment could go as high as $43 million.  The City hopes to fund the new facility through annual lease payments on 40% of the full capital cost from the Province and through grants with the Federal Government.The City will also use funds from the Peace River Agreement and internal reserves to fund the construction if the project moves forward.last_img read more

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