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Trio granted $75,000 bail each on plywood theft charge

first_imgTwo men and a woman were on Thursday arraigned on larceny charges before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts four years after they reportedly stole millions in plywood from Toolsie Persaud Limited, one of Guyana’s largest manufacturing companies.Oliver Coates, 66; Jacquelyn Mangru, 46, and Joseph (only name given), 55, were not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that between June 5, 2011 and November 7, 2012, they stole 12 crates of plywood valued .8 million, property of Toolsie Persaud Limited.There were no objections to bail in the sum of ,000 each by Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones. The case will continue on May 9.last_img read more

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New Amsterdam observes Mental Health Week

first_imgThe National Psychiatric Hospital held a rally in New Amsterdam on Monday to observe Mental Health Week.Participants march in observance of Mental Health Week being held in New AmsterdamIssues related to mental health affect every four out of five persons in Guyana and is everybody’s business. This is according to Director of regional health services in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) Jevaughn Stephens.This year’s mental health week is being observed under the theme, ‘Psychological and mental health first aid for all’.Following the rally, Medical Superintendent of the National Psychiatric Hospital situated at Fort Canje, Dr Vineshri Khirodhar pointed out that many today take mental health lightly.“And I am sure over the months and years many of us have seen the repercussions of taking mental health lightly. In Guyana, we have an average of 222 persons who have fallen to suicide.” These deaths, she said, are all unnecessary.She noted that mental health is under threat and has become psychological warfare.“Fort Canje Hospital is not the only representation of mental health. Fort Canje Hospital is one of the primary facilities for treatment for persons who have fallen with numerous psychiatric diseases and over the years, the numbers have been decreasing. We have a lot of resident patients in our facility and reason being, many of them are stable and they can go but not all of them have family support or any sort of support,” Dr Khirodhar explainedCurrently, there are 185 resident patients at the facility.She said too that mental health is an important issue during every stage of life and with the current support mental health is receiving from the Public Health Ministry and the regional health services, mental health will take a change for the better.Public Health Minister Dr George Norton was slated to speak at the rally but did not show. No excuse was made for his absence.Meanwhile, several activities have been organised to observe Mental Health Week. These include visits to schools and a trip to the Number 63 Beach for resident patients at the Fort Canje Hospital.last_img read more

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Pensioner killed after being struck by Police vehicle

first_imgA pensioner is now dead after she was struck at Crane, West Coast Demerara (WCD) by an Assistant Superintendent of Police, driving motor vehicle PRR 4446 on Tuesday.Dead is Anmarie Deonarine, 65, of Lot 144 New Road, Crane.Guyana Times understands that the accident occurred around 10:00h a short distance from the woman’s home.According to reports, the woman was walking along the roadway when she was hit by a Police Officer attached to the Leonora Police Station, WCD.The woman’s niece, Sharda explained to this publication that around 11:30h, she was passing Deonarine’s home when she noticed that her front door was left open.She related that she received a call a few minutes later that informed that her aunt was in an accident.She explained that she immediately left for the West Demerara Regional Hospital where she saw her relative lying on a stretcher in the Emergency Unit.The niece added that at that time, she was not aware that the woman had already passed away, but was so informed later by a nurse.“I was outside because when I saw her, she didn’t look as if she was dead. And a nurse came up to me and said that I was really brave and I asked why? She said that ‘you don’t know’ and I said no, after which she sent me back inside to speak to the doctor who told me that she had passed away,” the distraught woman explained.She further explained to this publication that numerous Police Officers went to the hospital.“Every minute, if you see how much of them Police Officers keep coming to the hospital and they were all checking her and asking a lot of questions. I then realise that they had something to do with her accident and I asked and was told that she was struck by an Officer.”Deonarine was injured to her face, losing one of her eyes and sustaining a broken hand and leg.Meanwhile, the Officer involved in the accident claimed that the woman was in the middle of the road at the time of the accident; however, an eyewitness disputed the Policeman’s version of events.When contacted, D Division (West Demerara) Commander Leslie James confirmed the accident, and noted that a Police Officer was indeed involved in the accident.In a statement issued on Tuesday evening, Police said that a breathalyser test was conducted on the Officer by the Traffic Chief himself and no trace of blood alcohol was recorded. The widowed mother of three children was described as a very loving and cheerful person who would go out of her way to assist anyone in need.Police have since launched an investigation into the matter.last_img read more

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External debt increases to US$1.3B

first_img– now amounts to 33% of GDPExternal debts have shown increases for 2018, as Guyana’s indebtedness to various international institutions continues to grow. This is contained in the Bank of Guyana’s annual report, which was recently released.The report states that Government’s total public debt increased by 1.5 per cent in 2018. The report notes that this is an increase that represents 43.9 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In the case of external debt, there was an increase to US$1.3 billion.The increase to external debt was 5.5 per cent and accounted for 33.9 per cent of GDP. According to the report, higher disbursements primarily from the International Development Association (IDA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) for project financing were chiefly responsible for this increase.The report further explains that IDA and IADB’s disbursements were mostly targeting citizen security strengthening, sanitation improvement, economic diversification, education sector improvement and fiscal stability.“Obligations to multilateral creditors, which accounted for 58.5 per cent of total external debt, increased by 8.6 per cent or US$62 million to US$788 million,” the report states. “Liabilities to the IADB increased by 4.3 per cent to US$525 million, reflecting a change in the debt stock of US$22 million during 2018.”“Indebtedness to the IDA expanded by 112.2 per cent or US$40 million to US$75 million. Commitments to the ‘Other’ category of multilateral creditors rose by 4.5 per cent to US$38 million. In contrast, obligations to the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) decreased slightly by 0.5 per cent or US$1 million to US$150 million.”According to the report, total bilateral debt obligations which represented 37.2 per cent of total external debt increased by 1.5 per cent to US$487 million. Specifically, Guyana’s debt to the Export Import Bank of China (Exim) increased by 10.7 per cent or US$19 million to US$201 million.“Liabilities to Kuwait and Libya rose by 2.9 per cent and 0.7 per cent to US$80 million and US$44 million respectively. Conversely, obligations to Venezuela, the Exim Bank of India and Trinidad and Tobago declined by 4.7 per cent, 6.9 per cent and 64.4 per cent to US$115 million, US$16 million and US$4 million respectively.”Meanwhile, external debt service payments increased by 27.7 per cent to US$78 million from US$61 million in 2017. This, the report says, represented 5.1 per cent of export earnings and 7.5 per cent of Central Government’s current revenue.“Principal and interest payments amounted to US$55 million and US$23 million respectively. Payments to multilateral creditors rose by 14.2 per cent to US$40 million, and represented 51.3 per cent of total external debt service,” the report says.The US$50.2 million East Coast Road Expansion project is one project for which monies had to be disbursed from the Exim Bank of China. This project has two components. One features a four-lane expansion of the road from Better Hope to Annandale. On the other hand, the other caters for an upgrade to the existing two-lane road from Annandale to Belfield.Guyana had received a US$45.3 million concessional loan from the China EXIM (Export-Import) Bank to finance the road project, and that agreement was signed in January last year.Initially, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic Government had tried to secure financing for the road expansion project, but the money was not readily available.Hence, the then Administration decided to use local funds for preliminary works, while it awaited the release of funds from the Chinese to complete the works. The preliminary works for the four-lane upgrade were completed at the end of 2014.With the China EXIM Bank putting up most of the finances for the road expansion, Guyana had awarded the contract to China Railway First Group for some US$42.7 million. The Chinese construction company reportedly put in the lowest bid of US$46.994 million.In light of the increase in Guyana’s current account balance cause by a drop in exports which brings in foreign exchange, the servicing of this increased debt load will become problematical since it must be done with foreign exchange. It was for this reason the PPP had kept sugar going since it generates foreign exchange.last_img read more

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Three things we learned today at the WCup

first_img0Shares0000Marcos Rojo’s magnificent side-footed volley rescued Argentina’s World Cup dreams, but they next face France© AFP GABRIEL BOUYSMOSCOW, Russia, June 26 – Marcos Rojo’s late winner against Nigeria on Tuesday salvaged Argentina’s World Cup hopes and set up a heavyweight last-16 showdown against France.Iceland’s dreams of replicating their Euro 2016 run to the quarter-finals came to an end with a 2-1 loss to Croatia, while France wrapped up top spot in Group C with a tepid draw against Denmark. Here, AFP Sport looks at three things we learned today at the World Cup.Argentina must improveArgentina dug deep to rescue their World Cup hopes in a dramatic match against Nigeria, but were lucky to see their defensive deficiencies not punished more often.Lionel Messi was inspirational and became only the third Argentinian to score at three World Cups with a majestic opening goal, but their defence was wide open for long periods and Odion Ighalo’s missed chance with the game level at 1-1 proved crucial.But with five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi anything is possible, and France will have to find a way to shackle the Barcelona star in their last-16 showdown in Kazan on Saturday. Didier Deschamps and co will be quietly confident of picking apart Argentina, though, with it hard to see how goalscoring hero Rojo and Nicolas Otamendi will be able to stave off the pace and trickery of Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann.Argentina fans will celebrate the brilliance of Messi, Rojo’s winner and the bravery of the bloodied Javier Mascherano, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if the win provides only temporary respite for coach Jorge Sampaoli and his team.Croatia have strength in depthZlatko Dalic’s men impressed in their 3-0 dismantling of Argentina, but they further displayed their title credentials with a 2-1 victory over Iceland to finish first in Group D despite making nine changes. Milan Badelj’s volley put Croatia in front, before Ivan Perisic’s last-gasp winner after Gylfi Sigurdsson’s equaliser from the spot.With the likes of Fiorentina’s Badelj, defender Vedran Corluka and Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic not even in the usual starting XI, Croatia have plenty of strength in depth.The 1998 semi-finalists may need it if they’re to go all the way, and they will be heavy favourites to see off Denmark in the last 16 and at least set up a quarter-final against either Spain or Russia.France still in first gearDeschamps’s France completed a successful Group C campaign with a goalless draw against Denmark to wrap up top spot, but it was a third successive lifeless display in attack from one of the pre-tournament favourites.Griezmann, who was the top-scorer at Euro 2016 as France lost to Portugal in the final, failed to even complete a pass to his strike partner Olivier Giroud on Tuesday, while Barcelona youngster Ousmane Dembele was ineffective and hauled off in the second half.But France are more than capable of clicking into gear come the knockout rounds — five of Griezmann’s six Euro goals came after the group stage.Deschamps is hoping that proves to be the case, saying that his side are now facing a “second competition” after “achieving their goal” in the group.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Nigeria risk wrath of FIFA over leadership row

first_img“This is a court order,” Sports Minister Solomon Dalung’s spokesman Nneka Anibeze said in a statement.“Mr Amaju Pinnick and others are also directed to comply.”Giwa arrived at NFF headquarters in the capital Abuja at about 1:00 pm (1200 GMT) with dozens of armed police in an apparent attempt to enforce the court order.The long-running dispute over who is in charge of the NFF dates back to 2014.Giwa first claimed to have won election to the top job.However, FIFA did not endorse the vote and threatened suspension unless it was re-run.Pinnick won the re-run, although the vote was also deemed to have been flawed. Giwa then launched court action over the result.FIFA statutes dictate that member states should “manage their affairs independently with no influence from third parties”.It has previously warned Nigeria that if implemented, court rulings would likely be considered to be an interference in the NFF’s internal affairs, which could attract sanctions.NFF lawyer Festus Keyamo has published a letter dated June 5 and purportedly from FIFA secretary-general Fatma Samoura which stated it recognised Pinnick and his executive committee.It also reaffirmed a FIFA ban on Giwa, which the Nigerian court called “unconstitutional, null and void”.Nigeria has previously been banned for government interference in the running of the NFF.The country’s under-20 team is currently preparing for the under-20 World Cup in France in August.The senior men’s side, the Super Eagles, who crashed out of the World Cup in the group stages, start the qualifying campaign for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in September.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Unbeaten leaders Nigeria moved to 10 points from four matches in Group B and a home win over Zambia on October 7, 2017 will clinch a sixth World Cup appearanceABUJA, Nigeria, Jul 2- Nigeria’s government on Monday ordered the country’s football association to comply with a court ruling about its leadership, a move that may open up a new confrontation with FIFA.The sports ministry directed the Nigeria Football Federation to comply with a Supreme Court judgment that overturned the election of NFF president Amaju Pinnick. The court also recognised Chris Giwa as head of the NFF.last_img read more

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Gor’s Guikan okay after freak injury

first_img0Shares0000Guikan went for an aerial ball and had a mid-air collision with Tusker FC players, falling awkwardly on the ground with his tongue being trapped at the back of his mouth.Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 1- Gor Mahia’s Ivorian striker Ephraim Guikan is okay after a freak injury that saw him momentarily lose consciousness in the dying minutes of the side’s match against Tusker FC on Wednesday in Machakos.Guikan went for an aerial ball and had a mid-air collision with Tusker FC players, falling awkwardly on the ground with his tongue being trapped at the back of his mouth. Swift action from Tusker FC midfielder Hashim Ssempala prevented him from swallowing his tongue while Tusker FC team doctor Wycliffe Makanga, also the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) medical committee Secretary rushed to the pitch to stabilize him.“He is okay now. We had to take him to Kenyatta Hospital to see a specialist and read the scans through after leaving Machakos and the good news is that he is stable,” Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr said.Gor Mahia’s Ivorian forward Ephraim Guikan vies for the ball with Tusker FC’s Collins Shivachi during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on February 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluPlayers on the pitch frantically called for help when Guikan went down especially after he failed to make any movement after going down.He is expected to have the mandatory seven-day resting period recommended by FIFA’s medical committee after concussions and will be unavailable for Gor Mahia’s game against Bandari on Saturday.“For Esperance, we will wait. He has to go back to the doctor and get a go ahead to be back because that is a serious kind of situation,” Kerr added.While Guikan will be out, Kerr’s side is boosted with the return of Rwandese forward Jacques Tuyisenge who picked up an ankle injury in their match against Zoo Kericho. Tuyisenge will also be available for the CAF tie against Esperance after sorting his passport issues.Gor Mahia forward Ephraim Guikan reacts after a missed opportunity. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“He would have been part of the team on Wednesday but he hasn’t trained whole week as he was out in Rwanda sorting his passport issues. He should be available for Saturday against Bandari and the Esperance game as well,” the coach said.Kerr continues to lament that his side has been forced to constantly change the starting team especially having been faced with a fixture of four games within 11 days.“I don’t think there is a coach who changes the team as much as I have to do. Look at what has happened to Guikan, could happen to another top player on Saturday and I find myself in an awkward situation,” lamented the tactician.He will be hoping to use the Bandari match as a preparatory platform for the Esperance game on Wednesday at the same venue and has hinted he will use his strongest squad after using mostly fringe players for their last two KPL matches.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Transfer spotlight on the £32m starlet wanted by Liverpool and Manchester City

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer spotlight focuses on Leroy Sane, who is reportedly wanted by both Liverpool and Manchester City.Name: Leroy SaneDate of Birth: 11th January 1996Birthplace: Essen, GermanyPosition: Right Winger/ Attacking MidfielderClub: Schalke 04International appearances: One (Germany)What’s the latest?According to The Guardian, Manchester City have been monitoring Sane since December 2013 and have now stepped up their interest. Txiki Begiristain, City’s sporting director, hopes to seal the transfer in January but the summer is considered a more realistic prospect. Meanwhile, top German publication Bild claims Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has had Sane watched on several occasions this season and is plotting a move for the 19-year-old. Schalke have let it be known that they will resist any bids this month, however, preferring instead to resolve Sane’s future in the summer when they have more time to line up a replacement.Did you know?1. Sane comes from a sporting family; his father is former Schalke and Senegal forward Souleyman Sane and his mother is former German rhythmic gymnast Regina Weber.2. Sane was handed his Bundesliga debut in 2014 by former Chelsea player and manager Roberto Di Matteo. He is now a key member of a youthful Schalke side and has five goals in 24 appearances in all competitions this season.3. He was handed his Champions League debut against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in March 2015 and scored a spectacular goal [see bottom video] as Schalke claimed a thrilling 4-3 victory.4. Having previously represented Germany at youth level, Sane was called up to the full squad in November 2015 and came off the bench in the 2-0 defeat to France to make his debut.5. He was involved in a serious car accident in which he wrote off a €100,000 Mercedes and Schalke’s sporting director Horst Heldt has said the player is understandably yet to mature.6. Jurgen Klopp’s predecessor at Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers, was also keen on Sane and the Reds failed with a £10m attempt to lure the teenager to Anfield in the summer, Heldt told reporters in September.Sane says: “I trust my instincts, it has worked every time so far”“I never wanted to be an astronaut… When I was 16 or 17, I didn’t go to parties. I had only one hobby – the ball.”“You shouldn’t drink two litres of Coca Cola every day… My favourite meal is Penne Carbonara – that’s good for an athlete, right?”They say:“He has a way of playing that can make all the difference. He isn’t put off if things aren’t going as expected; even if he loses the ball, he can complete a well-run counter in the next moment.” – Sporting director Horst Heldt“A lot of players don’t keep their heads on the ground, because they know they can earn money quickly. Leroy won’t do that. He is grounded.” – Souleyman Sané“He is a player with a special gift and finesse, speed paired with technique and strong running – at just 19. He can make the jump with us very quickly.” – Germany coach Joachim LöwVideo evidence: Leroy Sane celebrates scoring for Schalke 1last_img read more

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AROUND THE COUNTY – DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF

first_imgAPPY MAN: AN Ardara man is celebrating after his new iApp went to No2 in the global lifestyle App charts. Niall Campbell, now based in Galway, is the brains behind the ‘myistory’ App which brings together personal photos and information on a phone to one place. “I was delighted that it is No2. There are half a million apps out there so it is some achievement,” said Niall today.NIMBY: Residents in Hawthorne Heights in Letterkenny have lodged an appeal against a decision by the town council to grant planning permission for a new 900-pupil school close to their homes. An Bord Pleanala are expected to make a ruling around Easter. Residents say the size of the building is too big and complain there is no proper provision for a set-down/pick-up zone to alleviate traffic.BOY WONDER: Little Jamie Boyce was the star of the show at the wedding of his parents in Ardara yesterday. Mum Amy Haughey was told that he might not survive when he was born 18 months ago weighing the size of a bag of sugar. But yesterday he was page boy as his mum tied the knot with Shaun Boyce at the Church of the Holy Family. QUICKSAND WARNING: A Carrigart woman has issued a public warning about the foreshore beside the town after she became stuck with her horse there over the holidays. Liz Potter said she had never experienced horses sinking there before and warned others to be careful. “It was frightening. I thought my pony was never going to escape.HOLY WELL: BBC2 will be filming the annual New Year’s Eve religious services at Doon Well this Saturday. The events begin at 8pm with a Holy Hour at St Columba’s Chapel in Termon.  A Vigil Mass starts at 9pm and a procession to the well begins at 10.30pm to arrive at Doon Well for a midnight Rosary and Blessing of Water. The BBC are filming the event for its ‘This World’ series which examines faith issues.HOSPITAL CASH WARNING: Letterkenny General Hospital has overspent its budget by €8.4M, it was revealed today. The hospital is performing well, says a HSE report. You can read it here http://www.hse.ie/eng/staff/Healthstat/hospitalresults/LGH/October_2011_Letterkenny_General_Hospital.pdfJUST SWIMMING: Donegal endurance swimmer Anne-Marie Ward is off on her travels again – to Milford. She is taking part in a swim at Mulroy Bay this Saturday as she “warms up” for a swimathon from Alaska to Siberia next year.    AROUND THE COUNTY – DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF was last modified: December 29th, 2011 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:AROUND THE COUNTY: DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEFlast_img read more

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FORMER PARAMILITARY JAILED FOR 15 YEARS FOR DONEGAL CHILD RAPE ATTACKS

first_imgA former paramilitary has been sentenced to 15 years in jail for raping and sexually assaulting the daughters of a woman he met on the internet.The 53-year-old, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victims, committed the abuse in Co Donegal and in a European country while on holidays there.He began abusing one of the children a few weeks after meeting her mother. He would show her child pornography and make her recreate what she had seen. The now 11-year-old girl said she still worries he will come back and take her and her sister away. She said she “wants to put signs up to let others know what he did”.The man initially made a full confession but then fled the country while on bail. He was later extradited back to face trial.He pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to 16 counts of oral rape and sex assault against the two girls between November 2008 and May 2009.Mr Justice Paul Carney declared him a sex offender and said that the man’s consumption of alcohol or his suicide threat provided no mitigation.He noted the young age of the victims and the number of offences, before sentencing him to 15 years.He took into account the man’s remorse and suspended the final three years. Mr Justice Carney also ordered he undergo 18 months post-release supervision and that he have no contact with his victims.Detective Garda Rosemary Rooney told prosecuting counsel, Isobel Kennedy SC, that the victim’s mother met the accused in an internet chat room and they formed a relationship. He began spending a large amount of time in the family home and would sometimes babysit the children.He abused the younger child in several locations and would make her watch pornography. He abused the older girl, now 14, in the family home.He threatened the younger victim that if she told anyone of the abuse he would hit her and she would never see her mother again. In September 2009, she told her family what had been happening and gardaí were alerted.Shortly afterwards the man gave gardaí a signed confession and said he was “going to do the right thing” and take his own life. He was later arrested and made admissions in interview.He was released on bail and fled the country until he was extradited back on October 10, 2010.The elder sister said in her victim impact statement that she felt terrible that she didn’t know he was abusing her younger sister.“He is a very bad man and I will only feel safe if he is locked away,” she said.Det Gda Rooney said the man has several previous convictions including serious offences associated with paramilitary activity.Defence counsel, Paddy McCarthy SC, said his client had been seriously assaulted as a result of the abuse but did not follow up a complaint with gardaí.He said his client went through a difficult break-up with a former partner and this led him to develop an addiction to internet pornography and to engage in online relationships.FORMER PARAMILITARY JAILED FOR 15 YEARS FOR DONEGAL CHILD RAPE ATTACKS was last modified: February 14th, 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)last_img read more

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