PM Calls On JEF to Provide Leadership in Adjusting to Changes at The Workplace

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedPM Calls On JEF to Provide Leadership in Adjusting to Changes at The Workplace FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding has called on the Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF) to provide the leadership that will be pivotal to recognising the changes that have taken place within the workplace and to lead the process of adjustment to deal with it. He said Jamaica faces some new realities that are in some respects bewildering but which also provide horizons of opportunities that must be grasped, understood and confronted.Addressing the JEF’s 50th anniversary launch at the Federation’s expanded and refurbished Ruthven Road facilities in Kingston this evening, (Wednesday Feb 13) Mr. Golding said one of the issues which needed to be addressed by the JEF was that of labour market reform.“We have been unwilling to confront the fact that, the workplace management relationship that we have been accustomed to for many years is not going to cut it in the world we now find ourselves,” he said.He noted that the committee which was set up over 10 years ago to examine current labour practices and to make recommendations as to how to reform the system to improve efficiency, job security, productivity and competitiveness never got off the ground.He said it was important to ensure that there was an understanding of the workplace relationship, so that people don’t have to be resorting to grievance procedures and industrial action.Mr. Golding said his government wanted to get the parties back to the table to start talking again. To this end, Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Finance, Senator Dwight Nelson, is leading the discussions between the government and the trade unions insofar as it affects the public sector. He said the government is determined to go beyond that and has already initiated discussions with the private sector and the trade unions towards a social partnership – ‘a partnership for progress..towards an understanding that pulls together, the critical stakeholders in the process of production ‘. The Prime Minister said the partnership would have to be one in which there is recognition of the place of the worker in the scheme of things. He said there is going to have to be an acknowledgement that there is no more ‘free lunch’ and that some of the cushions of preference and concessionary arrangements that allowed inefficient producers to be profitable in the past will not be possible in the future.Mr. Golding said that his colleagues in CARICOM had established a committee to review the recently-signed Economic Partnership Agreement. He expressed the hope that when the group meets in the Bahamas in March for the intercessional meeting of CARICOM Ministers, the body will focus more on the opportunities offered under the EPA through the duty free quota benefits.‘We have not just a challenge, but an imperative before us that we have to get this country organised. We have to dispose of old paradigms, old practices, old ideologies that used to define our relationship as a people and used to differentiate us within our economic and social environment. We are going to have to realise that we are not going to make it unless we build a partnership’, he concluded.In his brief remarks at the launch, the Head of Delegation of the European Commission to Jamaica, Ambassador Marco Mazzocchi Alemani, expressed the EU’s commitment to working with the government and private sector by providing budget support and assistance with priority programmes identified by the government. The EU has played a pivotal role in the JEF’s project, contributing over J$1.7-billion to the expansion and refurbishing programme.Through its expanded facilities, the JEF services will include new and sophisticated offerings in its enterprise and business development services, business information centre, industrial relations and policy development, training and learning services. PM Calls On JEF to Provide Leadership in Adjusting to Changes at The Workplace UncategorizedFebruary 15, 2008center_img RelatedPM Calls On JEF to Provide Leadership in Adjusting to Changes at The Workplace RelatedPM Calls On JEF to Provide Leadership in Adjusting to Changes at The Workplacelast_img read more

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2019 Lexus LC500 Inspiration Series is very yellow

first_img PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca ‹ Previous Next › See More Videos Trending Videos Lexus is only going to build 100 of the LC500 Inspiration Series, and pricing starts at US$106,210. Look for availability to start in April, although Canadian pricing and availability have not been announced just yet. advertisement We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. At last year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Lexus introduced a bright yellow LC500 concept, with carbon fibre bits and a customized interior. Now, that car is heading to production as a special edition model.The LC500 Inspiration Series, as Lexus calls it, will make its debut production-car debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show next week, featuring almost all of the upgrades from the concept. The car is finished in Electric Flare Yellow and features a carbon fibre roof and grille. Inside, yellow Alcantara door inserts add a pop of colour, while carbon fibre sills denote this is a special edition LC.One thing that has changed from the concept is the 21-inch wheels. They’re still the same size, but now sport a different five-spoke pattern. The engine, however, remains unchainged: The 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 produces 471 horsepower, sent to the rear wheels via a 10-speed automatic. Zero-to-100 km/h still happens in just 4.5 seconds. RELATED TAGSCoupeLuxuryLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending in Canada The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTSlast_img read more

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Black Rock RV Resort sells for nearly $4M

first_imgThe sale of the Black Rock RV Village located at 46751 E. Highway 60 in Brenda, AZ (near Quartzsite) sold April 2, 2015 for $3,925,000 to a California private investment firm.  John Grant and John Sheedy with Park Brokerage Inc. represented the buyer and the seller on the transaction.Black Rock is a winter, snowbird RV resort 15 miles east of Quartzsite which is a marketthat attracts over one million RVers every winter season.  Black Rock has 403 large RV sites of 40X50 feet to 40X100 feet with 26 pull thrus at 30X100 feet on 47 acres.  Additional revenue streams are from five motel units, leased beauty shop, five vendor booths, propane sales, and car wash.  The property’s utilities are 50 amp electric, well water, and septic sewer.  The resort has gravel streets.  Amenities include a 150 seat café leased to an operator, newer swimming pool, spa and bathrooms facility built in 2008, rec hall with a large stage and bathrooms, a smaller rec hall with a library, modem desk, kitchen and card room, a picnic area in the center of the park with cabana, large vehicle storage area, office, laundry, and a manufactured home used as a third meeting room.  The resort has a Good Sam rating of 10/10/9.5.The resort has over 250 annuals with approximately 125 of the annuals being park models at annual rental rates of $1,695-$1,895.  Overnight rates are $31-$34, weekly $195-$230, and monthly $420.The capitalization rate was 10.0%.  The buyer obtained new financing of $2,551,250 or 65% loan to value at a fixed interest rate of 4½% for ten years with monthly payments amortized over 25 years.  The property was in good condition at time of sale.John Sheedy commented, “The greater Quartzsite market is a huge snowbird destination and in January of each year becomes the second largest city in Arizona.  Brenda has a strong attraction to snowbirds for access to Quartzsite, off road quad activity right outside the resort, and reasonable rental rates”.John Grant added, “The private buyer is an experienced real estate investor but new to the RV resort industry.  The RV industry is seeing more and more new investors in the market attracted by yield.  Most apartments and commercial properties are selling at 4%-5% capitalization rates and they were able to obtain a 10% cap rate with 4.5% financed for very positive leverage at 16% cash flow plus principal reduction”.last_img read more

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CARICOM/CSME: The Persisting Implementation Question

first_img CSME Implementation This week’s 40th Conference of Heads will be focusing on the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). You will recall that Jamaica’s Golding Report, the 2017 Report of the Commission to Review Jamaica’s Relations within the CARICOM and CARIFORUM Framework, led the Community to reflect on the protracted and unbalanced implementation of the CSME at the 39th Heads Conference held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, 4-6 July 2018. CSME implementation has been in progress since the Revised Treaty of Chaguramas was adopted in 2002, 17 years ago. Arising from the Montego Bay Conference, a Special Heads Meeting was convened in December 2018 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, focusing specifically on the CSME and resulting in the adoption of the St. Ann Declaration. The 30th Intersessional Meeting of the CARICOM Heads held in St. Kitts/Nevis in February 2019 addressed progress in CSME implementation. Former Jamaica Prime Minister Bruce Golding sits on a panel which discusses his Report at a 2018 Meeting on the CSME The CARICOM Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) has responsibility for implementing the CSME. The 48th COTED Meeting was held in Georgetown, Guyana, April 29-30, and, as expected, CSME implementation was a key agenda item. On this, I took particular note of the opening remarks made by the CARICOM Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque. I quote from these remarks as follows: “In a little over two months our Heads of Government will be expecting to receive a report card that indicates that the mandates laid out last July in Montego Bay; in Port-of-Spain last December; and in Frigate Bay last February have been fulfilled. Priorities were identified by the Leaders and an Implementation Plan agreed upon. Member States recommitted fully to the effective implementation of the CSME and agreed to the timelines – short, medium and long-term – set by the Plan. This [COTED] Meeting presents an opportunity to review the actions taken by Member States to meet the timelines so that there could be an assessment of our progress. Implementation cannot be a shifting target. We cannot come to meeting after meeting and agree to a Plan and not carry forward the work. An urgency to complete the agreed measures and make the CSME a lived reality for our citizens, has been the hallmark of the recent discussions among our Heads of Government.  As the Council tasked under the Revised Treaty to “promote the development and oversee the operation of the CSME” you have a pivotal role to play in ensuring that we accomplish the goals in that regard.” Oct 14, 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Trade-in-Services and Technology: More missed opportunities… CARICOM Day        On July 1, Guyana and possibly a few other Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) commemorated CARICOM Day marking the signing on July 4, 1973 of the Treaty of Chaguaramas creating the Caribbean Community and Common Market. It seems the day is usually marked on the first Monday in July. Member States decided that this day should be commemorated to recall the creation of CARICOM and provide an opportunity for public education and reflection on achievements, challenges and the way forward. The CARICOM Conference of Heads of Government is customarily convened to coincide with the actual signing date. This year, the 40th Conference of Heads of Government is being held in St. Lucia, July 3-5. The commemoration of CARICOM Day across the region, or lack of it, illustrates the general difficulty with implementation. The decision was taken, but only a few Members States and regional institutions actually implement it demonstrating their commitment to the Community which they founded. Oct 7, 2020 Relations within the Western Hemisphere: an uneasy alliance Oct 1, 2020 CARICOM Trade Ministers begin two-day meeting in Guyana on Thursday44th COTED Officials 9 May 2017 from Caribbean Community on Vimeo. The CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) will be one of the main areas of focus when Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ministers with responsibility for Trade meet in Georgetown, Guyana, Thursday and Friday. In preparation for the two-day Ministerial Meeting,…May 10, 2017In “CARICOM”Trinidad accords special priority to CARICOM – PM wants security, CSME on forefrontPrime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr, The Hon. Keith Rowley, on Monday said that his country’s continued commitment to CARICOM has precipitated the refocusing of the ministry with responsibility for foreign policy, to the Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs. Delivering his maiden address to the Conference at the…July 5, 2016In “Anguilla”Statement – Prime Minister Rowley to Parliament on CSMEConceived as an instrument to facilitate economic development, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single Market and Economy (CSME) is the manifestation of the intent to deepen the integration process that began with the signing of the Treaty of Chaguaramas in 1973.  That Treaty was later revised and the Community is now…December 12, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Trade in Services – For CARICOM, Tourism dominates You may be interested in… The Secretary General was clear; Member States must demonstrate their commitment to implementing the CSME by their actions. He reminded the Ministers of the challenges currently existing globally which CARICOM’s small economies must face head on. Progress in CSME Implementation Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley has lead responsibility for CSME It seems that Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados, who has responsibility for the CSME, is committed to making progress. She has been endeavouring to have action taken on CSME decisions both at the national and regional levels. The Prime Minister has particular interest in engaging with the regional private sector and labour representatives as set out in the St. Ann Declaration. The Caribbean Congress of Labour already exist. The challenge is organizing the regional private sector. PM Mottley has met with sector representatives to advance engagement and encourage organization. The Network of Caribbean Chambers of Commerce (CARICHAM) was formed in April. The Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce (CAIC) still exist in some form. There are a number of product specific regional private sector organizations. The Caribbean Business Council (CBC), which could be an umbrella body, still remains a work in progress after 13 years. The St. Ann Declaration envisages a private sector body as an associate institution of CARICOM and a key player in the CSME. The onus is on the regional private sector to find an acceptable structure from which to engage with CARICOM and in other regional and international trade matters. I am hoping the performance appraisal for the CSME to be presented to CARICOM Heads in St. Lucia will demonstrate through action a genuine commitment to implementation and problem-solving among CARICOM Heads and Ministers, particularly those in the CSME. I await the Communique. Maybe next year, CARICOM Day will be marked by all Member States signaling their renewed commitment to the Community and implementation of their decisions. Submitted by Elizabeth Morgan, Specialist in International Trade Policy and International Politics Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CARICOM Competition Authorities encouraged to co-operate last_img read more

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Legal aid cuts remove ‘£200-an-hour’ lawyers – justice minister

first_imgJustice minister Lord Faulks has confirmed the new government will not carry out an immediate review of civil legal aid cuts.Faulks told the House of Lords yesterday that a ‘systematic review’ of the changes will be carried out, but not until 2018.The stance is a reaffirmation of the previous government’s position, but will disappoint campaigners who want to restore legal aid for certain cases.Faulks denied that the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 had been a ‘disaster’ and described the reforms as ‘sensible and well-directed changes’.He said: ‘All the ministers in the Ministry of Justice are wedded to the rule of law and to access to justice.‘But the question that arises out of social welfare law is whether it is always necessary for everybody who has quite real problems to have a lawyer at £200-odd-an-hour, or whether there are better and more effective ways of giving advice.’Faulks stressed that Labour had made no commitment in the lead-up to the general election to restore any legal aid funding.And he stated that ‘significant sums’ have been given to bodies that serve as an alternative to individual lawyers, including £16.8m to the advice services fund and £107m to the transitional fund started in 2010.The government was criticised in the last parliament by the public accounts committee and justice committee for not fully considering the consequences of implementing LASPO.Pressed on the issue of exceptional funding, which was supposed to act as a safety net but has been granted sparingly, Faulks said the percentage of applications that are granted has risen to 25%.He said there is now ‘better understanding’ in the legal profession about what exceptional case funding is designed to cover.Shadow attorney general Lord Bach, who raised the issue through a parliamentary question, said the 52,000 social welfare cases that received funding in 2014 marked an 88% drop compared with 2010.‘The poor, the vulnerable and the disabled, who previously benefited from legal advice, are now effectively deprived of access to justice,’ he added.last_img read more

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DoF opens talks with Arsenal to sign player in ‘dream’ transfer…

first_imgAccording to Turkish newspaper Takvim, Fenerbahce have opened talks with Arsenal with regards to loaning Mesut Özil. After falling out of favour with Arsenal manager Unai Emery, Özil is said to be considering his future and Takvim claim the 30 year old is looking to leave the club this January to make a fresh start.It’s reported Fenerbahçe’s director of football Damien Comolli is in transfer discussions with Arsenal and that the Gunners are said to be keen to pay some of his wages in order to offload him.Takvim claim if everything goes well then, a ‘dream’ transfer could turn into reality for Fenerbahçe.The Yellow Canaries were linked with a move to Özil last summer and with his situation with Arsenal not getting any better, there’s a chance the Süper Lig side could land him.Özil is a boyhood Fenerbahçe fan and he’s stated numerous times he would love to play for the club before hanging up his boots.The former Real Madrid midfielder is under contract at the Emirates until June 2021.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameWill You Build The Most Beautiful City?Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoLifestly.comWhere Ronaldo lives at 42 is heartbreakingLifestly.comUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoPerfect-Dating.comThere Are Many Handsome Guys in Tung Chung Who Happen to Be Single!Perfect-Dating.comUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndolast_img read more

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“I’m No Age Cheat” – Francis Uzoho Fires Back At Critics

first_imgSuper Eagles goalkeeper Francis Uzoho has hit back at criticisms over his goalkeeping abilities and insinuations that he falsified his age.The criticisms about his ability and age have been an albatross around Uzoho’s neck since his international bow in a friendly against Argentina in November 2017.Aged 19 at the time of his Super Eagles bow, many Nigerians struggled to reconcile Uzoho’s given age with his physical appearance.With age cheating a matter of fact in Nigerian football, Uzoho was subjected to widespread taunting for seemingly misrepresenting his age.His jittery performances between the sticks for the national team in the lead up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup gave his critics yet another stick to beat him with.His status as Nigeria’s number one at the Mundial was dismissed as unjustified and only possible because Eagles manager Gernot Rohr favoured him unduly – something that caused Uzoho’s stock to plummet even further with Nigerians.The former AC Omonia goalkeeper eventually dropped to the bench for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt over a lack of match time at Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna.The former Elche goalie who is edging his way to full fitness following knee surgery from an injury sustained in an international friendly against Brazil last October admitted to being affected by the criticisms early on in his career.Speaking in an Instagram interview with the Super Eagles media channel, the former U-17 star admitted that he struggled to deal with the more personal aspects of the criticisms but has learned to shrug them off and focus on more important things.“One cannot run away from critics these days with the way the internet is,” Uzoho said.“When I am criticised, I will consider what is written, if the person is right I will take their opinion, if the person is wrong and talking for talking sake, I will just pass.”Uzoho said he was so affected that he became “afraid” of social media but has now learned how to navigate the online world without incident.“When I first started playing for the Super Eagles, I was crazy. People do not know me, so when they imagine things in their head and express it verbally, it’s their right I don’t really do social media, don’t do many interviews so maybe that fuels it,” the 21-year-old said.“I say I should try and do more, but I am afraid of it. When they wrote things about me, I was a boy, 18 years I didn’t know how to handle it, but some people helped me and showed me this is how social media works.”While he has come to terms with being criticised for his shortcomings as a footballer, Uzoho said criticism that goes beyond his actions on the pitch is “not right”.“Fair enough if people criticise me for football if I make a mistake “you cannot keep”, “you no sabi ball”, that is fair enough, but going outside of football is not right, but then again, I don’t mind them anymore.”“I remember once I was at Elche, I was in a league match, we had lost 5-1, with the 4th goal I broke my ribs and was in pain, coming back from the hospital I was in pain, and I fired back on Instagram. I could not take it; it went to my head, and I responded.”RelatedNigeria’s next big thing, honing his skills at Estadio Municipal de RiazorOctober 18, 2017In “Nigeria”Why Nigerian Goalkeeper Francis Uzoho Lost His First Team Position At DeportivoNovember 7, 2017In “Nigeria”Uzoho Admits Okoye Fears, Dismisses Akpeyi, Ezenwa Challenge (AUDIO)August 8, 2020In “Featured”last_img read more

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Nyhus, Lawrence team up to take tournament title

first_imgE-mail: [email protected] With her usual playing partner down in San Diego enjoying the U.S. Open this week, Sue Nyhus had to find a new teammate for the Women’s State Four-Ball Championship for the first time in more than a decade.So she asked her friend Kari Lawrence, a doctor from Utah County who rarely plays in tournaments, to join her this year.It turned out to be a wise choice, as Nyhus and Lawrence teamed up for a four-stroke victory in a 36-hole tournament that included 59 teams.Nyhus and Lawrence had a best-ball score of 71 and were the only team to break par at Glendale Golf Course Thursday on a blustery morning where temperatures never got out of the 60s and most women wore sweaters and windbreakers in un-June-like conditions. Stephanie Belnap and Jean Labrie finished second at 147 with a 72.”It worked out great,” said Nyhus, a two-time State Amateur champion who is the women’s golf coach at BYU. “We teamed well together. It was a tough day with the wind, but we had fun today.””We’re golfing buddies,” said Lawrence, a North Dakota native who played basketball for BYU in the late-1980s before going to medical school. “We’ve been playing together for about three years. We made some tough par putts today when we needed them.”Nyhus, who has won numerous tournaments since she played for BYU in the early 1980s, had won the State Four-Ball tournament with Joyce Billings in both 2004 and 2005, and the duo finished second in 2006 and third last year.Tenille Slack and Sally Horrack had started the day in the lead after shooting a 71 on Wednesday at Rose Park, but they struggled on Thursday. A 40 on the front nine dropped them five shots behind at the turn, and a late rally that included a tap-in birdie by Slack on No. 14 and 40-foot birdie putt by Horrack at No. 17 was too little, too late.When asked what happened Thursday, Slack replied, “Motherhood.” She said she and Horrack, who are young mothers, had only played a couple of times this year, and their lack of practice hurt them.Things hadn’t started off great for Nyhus and Lawrence, who bogeyed their first three holes at Rose Park the previous day. However, they settled down and finished with a 72, one off the lead.They took the lead early in Thursday’s round, as Nyhus birdied No. 3 and Lawrence birdied No. 9. On the back nine, Nyhus rolled in a “snake” from 45 feet at No. 15 and bogeys at Nos. 14 and 18 didn’t hurt. Flight winners included Val Green and Nan Mendenhall in the second flight, Joanne Kim-Linda Jun in the third flight, Maryjo Aydoner-Marilyn Vilani in the fourth flight and Barrie Frankland-Barbara Neuffer in the fifth flight. last_img read more

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The Timing of Trump’s Tariffs ‘Could Not be Worse for Retailers’

first_imgAnother wave of tariffs is right around the corner, and the timing ‘could not be worse for retailers,’ according to a Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst.Trump announced on Twitter that on September 1, the US will implement an additional tariff of 10% on the remaining $300 billion of goods from China. The President then went on to say that the new duties would not include the $250 billion of items that have already been tariffed at 25%.In a note to investors, Bank of America retail analyst Lorraine Hutchinson said that while retailers have been rapidly moving production out of China into other areas of Southeast Asia over the past decade, only 16% of production remains in China… Yahoo! News- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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