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‘I didn’t have a clue what to do’. Adjusting to football’s new reality

first_imgAll about the money “As for the Ekstraklasa, 50 people from each club had to go into isolation for two weeks before anybody was allowed to train.”We had our temperature taken in the morning and at night and then we had to fill out a questionnaire every night for the doctor, which we are still doing now.”Individual training began in early May and teams then went into three-week training camps to prepare for the resumption. Players undergo blood tests once a week to check for virus antibodies.”We have to wear face masks at the club, any time we are in the stadium, in the changing rooms we have to have a mask on. The gyms are all closed. It is only when you go on the pitch that the masks come off,” says Hateley, shortly before departing for a night in a secure, specially-assigned hotel to prepare for his team’s next game.It is a “strange situation”. However, he understands why most leagues across Europe have been determined to restart, even in Poland where television revenue is nothing like that in major nations.”Clubs all over the world need this money to survive, to be able to pay wages. It makes you realize that football is a business.”Ideally, would everybody go back and play games, contact sport now? I’m not sure. I don’t think it would be rushed back if there wasn’t such big money at stake.”Supporters will be allowed into matches in Poland from June 19, although stadiums will only be allowed to fill a quarter of their capacity.For now, teams have to get used to playing in empty grounds, quite a contrast to early March, when over 23,000 saw Hateley’s team win at title rivals Legia Warsaw.The midfielder is now in his second spell in Poland having previously featured for Slask Wroclaw in between playing in Scotland.He helped Piast win their first Polish title last year. They now sit eight points off leaders Legia with 10 games left, but still hope to repeat the feat.”I hope so. We’re again doing very well, for us. We are second, we are in a position to try to challenge again.” Topics : Daily medical questionnaires, frequent temperature checks, weekly testing, face masks in the changing room and showers at home only. Not to mention trying to work out how to celebrate goals.Such is the reality for footballers in leagues returning from the coronavirus shutdown.Poland was among the first European countries to start playing again as its league returned last weekend. Games are behind closed doors for now, and adjusting to this new way of life is the challenge facing Tom Hateley.The son of former AC Milan, Monaco, Rangers and England striker Mark Hateley, he plays for Piast Gliwice, the unheralded club who resumed their defense of the Polish Ekstraklasa title with a 4-0 mauling of Wisla Krakow.After all that time without a game, they were 2-0 up inside 11 minutes, but — having witnessed social distancing at goal celebrations in the Bundesliga — Hateley had to check himself each time the ball went in.”I didn’t have a clue what to do. We sort of all high-fived and that was that,” he laughs while speaking to AFP. “I saw in Germany with Dortmund in their first game back, they were celebrating two meters apart. We weren’t like that, for us it was just a little fist bump and on we go.”Hateley’s story is a reminder of the difficulties, even in a country like Poland which has suffered comparatively little in the pandemic, with just over 1,000 deaths for a population of 38 million.”In Poland you had to wear masks out and about, which they have just stopped now this week. They have started to open shops, restrictions have been eased,” says the 30-year-old.last_img read more

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LPFA, Lancashire JV announce board members, first sub-fund

first_imgThe London Pensions Fund Authority’s (LPFA) £10bn (€13.6bn) joint venture with the Lancashire County Pension Fund (LCPF) has announced several board members, including the former head of BP’s pension fund, as it pushes ahead with the launch of its first sub-fund.Peter Rogers, Robert Vandersluis and Sally Bridgeland were named non-executive board members of the re-branded Local Pensions Partnership (LPP), as the venture was granted regulatory approval by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).It said it chose its new name to reflect its “readiness to partner with other [local authority] funds”.Bridgeland and Vandersluis bring with them significant pensions experience, as former chief executive of BP Pension Trustee and director of global pension investments at pharmaceutical GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), respectively.  Bridgeland will chair LPP Investment, one of two companies created by the partnership, while Vandersluis will chair the LPP’s risk committee.She told IPE the company, as of the beginning of April, employed the in-house investment teams of both the LPFA and the LCPF, including its respective CIOs Chris Rule and Mike Jensen. She likened LPP Investment’s role to that of BP Investment Management, her former employer’s in-house manager regulated by the FCA. “The pension funds will still have their governance [structures], and the investment company is the service provider to those pension fund trustees,” she added.First assets to be pooledWhile Bridgeland would not be drawn on the first sub-fund to be launched by LPP Investment, a spokesman said the two schemes would at first pool equity holdings. At the end of March 2015, the LCPF had £2.5bn in externally managed equity. Five external equity managers – Baillie Gifford, MFS, Morgan Stanley, NGAM and Robeco – were responsible for the majority of assets, while two UCITS funds managed by AFG and Magellan Financial Group held £504m. The LPFA had a total of £1.5bn in equity holdings, of which £921m was managed by MFS at the end of March last year, with smaller mandates overseen by Sarasin and Partners and Insight. Nearly £420m was managed through an in-house buy-and-hold strategy in March 2015 – a figure that increased to £600m by the time of the publication of the 2014-15 annual report. The venture has also set up a standalone administration company, LPP Administration, chaired by Rogers. He currently chairs New West End Voice, a business group representing the interests of retailers in the centre of London, and is a former chief executive of Westminster City Council and the London Development Agency.The three appointments come despite the two local government pension schemes’ (LGPS) failure to surpass the critical £25bn asset threshold desired by the Department for Communities and Local Government for the creation of one of six LGPS asset pools.The venture now has until the summer to find additional partners.It is likely to collaborate with the £35bn Northern Powerhouse pool being launched by the Greater Manchester Pension Fund, Merseyside Pension Fund and West Yorkshire Pension Fund.Michael O’Higgins, LPP’s chairman, said he was “delighted” the venture could now move forward as an accredited entity.“FCA approval is the cornerstone of our drive for good governance in LGPS reform and an essential part of our formation,” he said.“And our new name underlines the fact we are open for business, and ready and able to work with other LGPS funds in developing this exciting proposition.”Read more about the UK’s plans to reform the LGPSlast_img read more

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Iceland company arrives here to finalize geothermal tests

first_img 50 Views   no discussions LocalNews Iceland company arrives here to finalize geothermal tests by: – April 1, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Hon. Rayburn Blackmoore; Photo credit: GIS NewsAn Iceland company will set foot on Dominica this Sunday, on a geothermal test drilling mission.The actual drilling of test wells in the Roseau Valley will get going in July but the company will sign a contract for the project here next week.The Dominica government says geothermal energy is the most reliable and cleaner alternative energy source for Dominica. Geothermal energy development in Dominica will also have economic benefits for Dominica, officials say.“We are looking at the possibility of constructing a 5 to 10 megawatt power plant to meet the needs of our local consumers… Once we can get most or all Dominicans hooked up to the national grid, one can appreciate what that does to alleviation of poverty and the creation of sustainable jobs.”Blackmoore says the long-term plan is to erect a 120 megawatt power plant “to sell via submarine cable to the departments of Martinique and Guadeloupe.”The drilling of test wells project in Roseau Valley is funded by the European Union.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Champions fill starting grids for all four Saturday RoC events at Super Nationals

first_imgTen cars start the Sunoco race. Lap money is $75. Distances for both Northern SportMod and Hobby Stock RoC events are 10 laps. BOONE, Iowa – Every driver in the four race of champions events at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s on Saturday, Sept. 7 is a champion before they even take the green flag. Wayne Larson, Bill Davis Sr., Mark Noble, Johnny Saathoff, Al Hejna, Kevin Stoa, Jimmy Gustin and Dustin Smith are all two-time Harris winners. Hobby Stock and SportMod RoC qualifying will be Tuesday, Sept. 3. Modified and Stock Car RoC qualifying is Thursday, Sept. 5. 2018 race winners were Jason Wolla in the Modified RoC, John Oliver Jr. in the Sunoco RoC, Colby Fett in the Northern SportMod RoC and Corey Madden in the Hobby Stock RoC. Drivers eligible to qualify for their respective events include former national and Super Nationals champions and race of champions winners, 2019 track champions/point leader or the second-place driver if the leader is not in attendance. One hundred dollars will be paid to the leader of each lap in the Modified RoC and the winner becomes a 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational candidate as well.     center_img Both the Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod events have yet to see repeat winners. The 31st annual Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions features a dozen drivers battling for $1,000 to win while the 18th annual Sunoco Face Fuels Race of Champions for Stock Cars pays $500 to win. David Smith is a three-time Sunoco RoC winner. Kevin Opheim and Donavon Smith have both won it twice. The 11th annual Stephenville Starter Race of Champions for Hobby Stocks and BSB Manufacturing Race of Champions for Northern SportMods both pay $300 to win. Also eligible to qualify are former Modified (from 1993), Stock Car and Hobby Stock regional champions.last_img read more

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EPL: Foxes attack Watford

first_imgWatford vs. Leicester City Venue: Vicarage Road Kick off: 12:30PMThe first Saturday of Premier League football for more than three months begins with Watford manager Nigel Pearson welcoming former club Leicester City to Vicarage Road. The Hornets go into the match with only goal difference keeping them out of the relegation zone, whereas Leicester are flying high in third and look destined to qualify for next season’s Champions League.Pearson was largely credited for building the foundations of Leicester’s greatest-ever season, saving them from relegation the campaign before they won the Premier League title in the most remarkable fashion under his successor Claudio Ranieri.The second leg of that achievement is unlikely to ever be repeated, but once again Pearson has a rescue job on his hands at Watford as he prepares to welcome his former employers.The battle at the bottom could barely be tighter: Watford are only out of the relegation zone by virtue of a goal difference, one better than Bournemouth’s, while 16th-placed West Ham United are also level on 27 points.The Hornets are at least in contention to survive, though, which can be credited to a vast improvement under Pearson. When the surprise managerial choice took over, Watford were rooted to the bottom of the table with only one win in their opening 16 games and a six-point gap to safety already, and after such a poor start they would no doubt be happy with a 17th-placed finish this term.Pearson’s honeymoon period did seem to have ended by the time of lockdown though.After a run of seven games without defeat across all competitions, Watford lost five and won just one of their seven outings immediately before play was suspended.The victory was an unforgettable one, producing one of the biggest shocks in Premier League history by overcoming the previously-unbeaten champions-elect Liverpool in style in what was their last home game.However, it is consistency which keep teams in the Premier League and a 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace one week after the high of beating Liverpool brought them crashing back down to earth. That most recent result was the 13th different Premier League game in which Watford have failed to score this season – the most in the top flight – although that, like most other elements of their form, has also improved since Pearson’s arrival and they have not yet gone back-to-back games without finding the net under him.One of the most impressive statistics of Watford under Pearson surrounds their home form, with only Liverpool winning more points in front of their own fans since he took charge of his first game at Vicarage Road shortly before Christmas.The Hornets have already beaten three top-six teams in their six home league games under Pearson, losing only once in that time, and they also boast an impressive record against Leicester at Vicarage Road with three successive wins.However, home advantage is expected to be lessened with matches being played behind closed doors, which will come as welcome news for a Leicester side that had failed to win any of their last three on the road before lockdown.RelatedPosts Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results MultiChoice unveils sport channels, content line-up Indeed, the break arguably came at a good time for the Foxes, who had only won one of their last five league games and had seen their lead over Chelsea and Manchester United begin to shrink.Leicester remain eight points clear of fifth-placed Man United, though, and did return to winning ways in style in the final Premier League game before play was suspended, thrashing Aston Villa 4-0.Brendan Rodgers’s side could therefore record back-to-back league wins for the first time this calendar year should they beat Watford.The Foxes will be deserved favourites to do just that considering they have scored more goals away from home alone than Watford have home and away this season, while also boasting one of the best defensive records in the division.Watford possible XI: Foster, Femenia, Kabasele, Cathcart, Masina, Hughes, Capoue, Sarr, Doucoure, Pereyra, Deeney. Leicester possible XI: Schmeichel, Justin, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Perez, Tielemans, Ndidi, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy.Tags: Leicester City FCUEFA Champions LeagueVicarage RoadWatford FClast_img read more

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Cricket Ireland considering replacing Australia at Under-19 World Cup

first_img A statement published on cricketireland.ie read: ” Following Australia’s decision to withdraw from the ICC Under-19 World Cup the ICC has invited Ireland, as the runner-up in the qualifying event in Kuala Lumpur in October, to replace them in the 19-day tournament in Bangladesh. “Cricket Ireland is currently assessing the implications of Ireland’s participation in the event based on the logistics and security arrangements for the tournament, and is liaising with the relevant authorities in this regard. “Cricket Ireland hopes to make a statement on Ireland’s participation in the tournament as soon as possible.” Cricket Australia on Tuesday made the eleventh hour decision to pull out, mirroring the decision to postpone the senior side’s Test tour of Bangladesh in October. Chief executive James Sutherland said: “We have always maintained that the safety and security of Australian teams and officials is our number-one priority. “For some time we have been working closely with ICC security advisors and monitoring the security situation in Bangladesh and have been keeping our players, officials and the players’ parents as up to date as possible. “Regrettably, the advice from our Government suggests that the security threat to Australians travelling to Bangladesh remains as high now as it was when we postponed the Test team’s tour of that country late last year. “Included in that is reliable information suggesting there is a high threat to Australian interests in Bangladesh.” “We have not taken this decision lightly and we apologise for the inconvenience this may create for the organisers of the tournament – in particular the ICC and BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board).” International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson accepted the Australian position but remains confident in the organisation’s safety protocols. “Whilst the ICC notes and respects the position of Cricket Australia, which we understand is based on an advice received from the Australian Government, we are obviously disappointed with the decision,” said Richardson. “The ICC takes its responsibilities around the safety and security of ICC events extremely seriously. And taking into consideration the full and unequivocal support of the Bangladesh government that has been afforded to us at the highest level and through all local security agencies, the advice we have received from our own and independent security experts, and the robust security plan that has been developed, the ICC remains of the view that it is appropriate for event planning to continue as scheduled.” England and Scotland are both due to send sides to the event, with the senior England team due to tour Bangladesh next winter. Australia have withdrawn from the 16-team tournament due to concerns over player safety and Ireland have been invited to take their place. But Cricket Ireland will not rush to accept the invitation as it makes its own security checks. Ireland are “assessing the implications” of replacing Australia at the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Students debate race, class and gender at ’SC

first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan Students gathered to discuss issues of race, gender, and class in an informal, guided discussion and workshop called “Plug-In” at Ground Zero on Wednesday night.The Ground Zero stage was deconstructed and the room was set up in a format that would facilitate discussion, with all students on an even surface. The event was co-sponsored by the Political Student Assembly, the Black Student Assembly, the Latino/a Student Assembly, the Queer People of Color Club and Lambda Upsilon Lambda, Fraternity Inc.Taylor Markey, a senior double majoring in neuroscience and philosophy, helped to plan the event as a co-director of the Women’s Assembly.“The objective of Plug-in is to bring what is normally an elevated conversation down to a level that everyone can relate to and talk about,” Markey said. “Plug-in is meant to give USC students the tools to be activists in their everyday lives in small ways, especially in language and in conversations with other USC students, to give them the ability to stand up for themselves and for other marginalized groups effectively, and not feel silenced by comments that they hear.”The event began with an introductory workshop on collective liberation and intersectionality. Leaders began by asking what traits belong to the term “privilege.” Student responses included terms such as males, whites, able-bodied, educated, fit, conventionally attractive and citizens.Leaders then asked what terms were associated with the word “oppressed.” Students responded with queer, black, lesbian, Muslim, incarcerated and veterans, among others. The objective of this exercise was to inform people that everyone has multiple identities and that a person can’t feel safe unless every element of one’s identity is respected.Plug-In sought to initiate collective liberation with the USC community by discussing and accepting these different identities of students.The first workshop was on gender. Leaders began by yelling out offensive remarks, and students worked together to come up with responses. The workshop followed this with the issues of catcalling, and what women can do in response.The gender workshop also focused on issues relating to gender identity, and discussed the terms of gender, cisgender, transgender and preferred gender pronoun, as well as questions of sex and sexuality.“I am cisgender and privileged: I have the ability to walk through the world and blend in without being pointed at, laughed at and stared at,” moderator Melissa Villafranco said.The second workshop on racism was introduced by Professor Sharoni Little, associate professor in the USC Marshall School of Business.  She began by discussing the terms of invisibility, visibility and hypervisibility.“Does the construct of race get constructed with certain privileges in America?” Little asked the group.Almost every student in the room nodded in affirmation.Christina Davis, director for Residential Education, moderated the workshop. She asked students if they feel comfortable on campus, and if they think students of color feel safe on the USC campus. Students responded with stories of fear and hurt they’ve experienced as students of color on campus.“I feel more safe off of campus than on campus,” said De’Ron Marques, a senior majoring in public relations. “Being a black student at USC, I fear DPS, I fear not being able to get onto campus at night. We are few and far between. I feel like I’m not welcome here.”Students of all colors shared their experiences with the room, as listeners clapped and snapped in response.Katrina Miller, a freshman majoring in English, recalled her experience at Welcome Week in August.“The events were mostly white, and I didn’t see many DPS officers,” Katrina said. “But when I went to my first black event, and I saw like five USC officers, I questioned, ‘Are you serious?’ I couldn’t believe DPS always came to black events.”The event concluded with a workshop on class, and what it means in society today.“I hope students leave with a better understanding and a larger perspective on the issues that are racially intensified, and that are across different socioeconomic statuses on campus,” said Program Board’s Speakers Director Monica Parra.last_img read more

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USC ready for rematch with Long Beach

first_imgUSC baseball took a beating from the red-hot Washington Huskies this past weekend, losing all three matchups in the series. Each game told a slightly different tale of missed opportunities and tragic mistakes, both offensively and defensively.I like big bunts · Senior infielder Kevin Swick leads the Trojans with a .340 batting average this season, up from his .305 average last year. Swick recorded two hits against the Dirtbags when the teams faced off in February. – Nick Entin | Daily TrojanThe Trojans started out shaky on the mound Friday night before eventually losing 8-2. Saturday’s match was an even bigger catastrophe in terms of pitching and defense, as the Huskies managed to put at least one run on the board every inning before eventually toppling USC in a 19-4 win.Sunday’s game proved to be far more competitive as the Trojans battled the Huskies through 14 innings before an unsatisfactory performance by some members of the Trojans’ bullpen decided the game at 8-3 in favor of Washington during the 14th inning.USC head coach Dan Hubbs reflected on the shortcomings of this weekend’s series.“We didn’t throw the ball well, obviously, and Washington did an excellent job in hammering any mistakes we made and we made a lot of mistakes,” Hubbs said. “We couldn’t do anything at all this weekend whether that was hitting, pitching or playing defense, which is the most frustrating thing.”The Trojans also struggled offensively against the impressive Husky pitching staff that held the Trojans to four runs or fewer throughout the series.“Maybe we put too much pressure on ourselves because the team was hitting the ball so well before this weekend,” Hubbs said. “We kept trying to make plays that we didn’t need to make, and if we had kept things solid and simple then we would’ve been OK. It was obviously a disappointing weekend.”Hubbs and the team hope that this week brings about a fresh start and an opportunity to rekindle the winning streak.The Trojans will be hosting the Long Beach State Dirtbags at USC’s Dedeaux Field tonight at 6 p.m.The last time the two teams met, the Trojans took a tough 2-1 loss on Feb. 25. Since then, the Trojans have gone 6-12 in contrast with the Dirtbags’ 10-8 mark. Both teams are currently .500 for the season.Despite the fact that the Trojans lost to Long Beach State the first time around, Hubbs said he feels that USC can end its current slump and come out with a win tonight, provided the team comes ready to play.“I think the guys are still feeling really frustrated about last weekend’s series, but now it’s time to get back in the ring and take on Long Beach State,” Hubbs said. “Our guys battled really hard on Sunday, and I think that’s a good indication of the way they’ll come out against Long Beach.”As the season approaches the midway point, the Trojans are reaffirming their goals and strategies to ensure a successful second half to the season despite last weekend’s unfortunate showing.Hubbs feels optimistic that the team can once again start winning tough games.“Luckily we still have a game tomorrow, and hopefully we’ll be able to start turning things around,” Hubbs said. “Thankfully we’re not quite halfway through the season yet, so we’ve got a lot of time left to get rollin’ and start coming through in big ways during big games.”last_img read more

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Tomislav Brkić in the Quarterfinals of the ATP Challenger in Italy

first_imgB&H tennis player, Tomislav Brkić, qualified for the quarterfinals of ATP Challenger tournament in the Biella, Italy.In the 2nd round of 42,500 EUR worth tournament, 25-year-old B&H player from Mostar, listed as the 232nd player in the ATP rankings, defeated the 3rd seed Dutchman, Thiemo de Bakker (145th  player on the ATP list) with the score: 3: 6, 6: 2, 7: 6 (4).In the match for the semi-finals, Brkić will play against local qualifier Salvatore Caruso, who is the 312th on the ATP list). (Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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Argonia and Caldwell dominate 2013 SCBL all-league volleyball list

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The South Central Border League announced its 2013 all-league selections in volleyball. Both Argonia and Caldwell led the pack with two players each on the first team.Argonia seniors Haylea Hessman and Shelby McCoy and Caldwell seniors Tyann Isaacs and Alexis Rice were named to the first team.The complete listing is as follows:First TeamHaylea Hessman, Argonia, Sr.Shelby McCoy, Argonia, Sr.Tyann Isaacs, Caldwell, Sr.Alexis Rice, Caldwell, Sr.London Clapp, Cedar Vale-Dexter, Sr.Kaiman Smith, Sedan, Sr.Tori Benvin, Udall, Sr.Second TeamFaith Gaddie, Argonia, Jr.Ileena Arnett, Caldwell, Jr.Demi Ames, Cedar Vale-Dexter, Jr.Londyn Doll, Flinthills, Soph.Brittanae Metzger, Flinthills, Sr.Danielle Payne, Oxford, Jr.Tarynn Perez, Sr.Honorable MentionRachel Arnold, Caldwell, Sr.Grace Lebeda, Caldwell, Sr.Shelby Bannister, Central-Burden, Sr.Alli Moore, Central-Burden, Jr.Courtney Kuntz, Cedar Vale-Dexter, Jr.Dakota Corle, Elk Valley, Soph.Payton Gawith, Flinthills, Fr.Bayley Reiswig, Flinthills, Jr.Jveila Whitlock, Oxford, Sr.Paula Powell, Sedan, Sr.Monica Harris, South Haven, Soph.Kelsie Hoffman, Udall, Soph.Sami Loos, Udall, Sr.Emily Smith, West Elk, Sr. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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