Parks’ safety crisis reaches Council next week

first_imgHomeFeaturedParks’ safety crisis reaches Council next week Mar. 01, 2019 at 5:00 amFeaturedNewsParks’ safety crisis reaches Council next weekMadeleine Pauker2 years agoNewsSanta MonicaSanta Monica parks City Council will discuss ways to make Santa Monica’s parks and beach safer and cleaner at its meeting Tuesday in response to complaints from residents about crime and hazardous waste at several public parks.Community members and the Parks and Recreation Commission told Council last November that there was a safety crisis in the parks and at the beach, testifying that children have been finding hypodermic needles, bags of meth and open latrines. Residents also said children frequently encounter people living or prostituting themselves in park bathrooms.“Kids are scared to go to the park,” Rich Hill, a safety officer with Santa Monica Little League, told Council last November.The commission wrote a letter to Council in January recommending that the Santa Monica Police Department station an officer in Reed Park around the clock for 90 days as a pilot program and schedule more frequent patrols in other parks. It also asked City staff to look into establishing a beach curfew and creating a shelter for homeless individuals to sleep in during the day.On Tuesday, Council will review and comment on several strategies the City is using to address safety, public health and maintenance issues at the parks and beach, which include stepping up police presence, holding more events, outreach to the homeless and collecting waste. Council can then ask staff to develop new approaches.Residents have largely blamed Santa Monica’s homeless population for safety and public health problems, but Council and staff have stressed that it will not address such issues by criminalizing homelessness. The staff report on Tuesday’s discussion item also states that the parks and beach do not have a higher crime rate than the rest of the city.However, staff said the City recognizes some of the most visible criminal or anti-social behavior is committed by homeless individuals and is deploying outreach workers to house people living on the streets. The City is developing care plans for a list of homeless individuals regularly found in Reed and Tongva Parks and coordinating Los Angeles County-funded outreach teams to cover the beach, staff said. (Funding for the City’s outreach workers will expire in June and replacement funding has not yet been secured.)“Public spaces must be accessible to everyone, and while the City cannot regulate who can use public spaces, the City can and does place reasonable limitations on allowable behavior in public spaces,” staff wrote. “Where drug use and criminal activity enter our public spaces, the City will continue to respond to ensure protection of our community space.”Council and staff have also promoted holding events at the parks as a way to discourage unwanted activity, noting that criminals tend to prefer deserted parks. The City expanded on its Meet Me at Reed series in 2019 by holding four weekend events at Reed Park in January, but lacks the capacity to further expand the series or take it to other parks, staff said.To address public safety, staff will look into installing needle drop boxes at the parks, which the City installed at the beach last October, is installing new lighting and making safety improvements to park bathrooms, and is considering deploying Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. ambassadors to certain parks.The report did not support establishing a beach curfew, noting that the California Coastal Commission recommends against restrictions to beach access. The City will be monitoring a set of data points to measure the effectiveness of its current and future strategies to make the parks and beach safer, cleaner and more welcoming, staff said. The data points include the numbers of events, police officers deployed, park rule violations and homeless individuals connected with services.Council will meet Tuesday, March 5 at City Hall, 1685 Main Street. Open session will begin no earlier than 6:30 [email protected] :NewsSanta Monicashare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSanta Monica votes to organize international wellbeing summitSMC Hosts French Photographer Nico TherinYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agolast_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Imelda Staunton Joins Cast of Downton Abbey Film & More

first_img View Comments Imelda Staunton(Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty Images) It’s a Man’s World, by Playwright Theresa Rebeck, Receives Pilot Order from YouTubeYouTube has greenlit a pilot for It’s a Man’s World, a half-hour comedy about gender inequality in the gaming industry written by theater scribe Theresa Rebeck, according to Deadline. It’s a Man’s World follows video game design executive Emma, who is facing the challenges that come with being a woman in a male-centered field. Pulitzer finalist Rebeck’s newest play, Bernhardt/Hamlet, begins Broadway previews tonight and opens on September 25.Paul Mecurio’s Solo Comedy Permission to Speak Moves Theaters & Extends RunAudiences now have more chances to catch Permission to Speak, Emmy-winning comedian Paul Mecurio’s new off-Broadway solo play which recently concluded its engagement at the Jerry Orbach Theater. The show is now transferring to the Actors Temple Theatre on September 12 for an extended run through October 30. Permission to Speak features Mecurio improvising with audience members by randomly bringing them onstage and talking with them about who they are, their lives, interests, personal experiences and what they honestly think. The show began its off-Broadway run on July 16.First Look at Elizabeth Olsen & Janet McTeer in Moving New Series Sorry for Your LossFacebook Watch has just released the first trailer for the upcoming series Sorry for Your Loss, starring off-Broadway alum Elizabeth Olsen (Romeo and Juliet) and Tony winner Janet McTeer (currently on Broadway in Bernhardt/Hamlet). Sorry for Your Loss follows Leigh (Olsen), a young widow who is working to put her life back together following her husband’s death. Watch Olsen and McTeer in the trailer below, and check out the series for yourself on September 18.center_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today. Imelda Staunton to Appear in Downton Abbey FilmJust in case the upcoming Downton Abbey movie had fallen off your radar, now there is a major reason to pay serious attention. Four-time Olivier winner and Oscar nominee Imelda Staunton (Follies, Gypsy, Vera Drake) has just joined the film’s cast, according to Deadline. Staunton will appear alongside cast members from the Emmy-winning series, including Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery and Hugh Bonneville. A release date for the film, which is about to begin production, will be announced at a later time. Till then, indulge in this footage of Staunton’s Olivier-winning turn as Rose in Gypsy.last_img read more

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Sena Dansua clashes with Asiamah, OB Amoah over World Cup expenses

first_imgYouth and Sports Minister, Akua Sena Dansua is unimpressed with what she says are mischievous attempts by Isaac Asiamah, the New Patriotic Party’s ranking member on Youth and Sports to provoke a needless controversy over the 2010 World Cup expenditure.The Minister in an answer to a question on Wednesday presented itemized expenditure incurred during Ghana’s participation in the football mundial.The total expenditure was quoted at seven million dollars, but the minority insisted the expenditure lacked details and substance.Their attempt to ask supplementary questions of the minister was blocked by the Speaker in line with the Standing Orders of the House which allowed only an hour for question time.Isaac Asiamah in an interview with Joy News’ Sammy Darko described the expenditure as “outrageous” and “profligate.”He did not understand why such an amount will be spent on people he described as supporters when winning bonuses for the Black Stars remain outstanding. He vowed to present a motion on the floor, the purpose of which will drag the Minister back to the House to answer questions about the expenditure.But Akua Dansua told Joy News’ Dzifa Bampoh that her ministry has nothing to hide and will be ready to provide answers to clear any doubts in the minds of people.She also accused the NPP ranking member on Youth and Sports, Isaac Asiamah, of misunderstanding the whole issue.“My colleague, Asiamah in his haste to cause mischief,” “… does not even understand the question that was asked of me,” she said.According to her, the question was to find out the expenditure on the Black Stars, not on the supporters as Asiamah attempted to suggest. She also challenged the NPP to present the 2006 report of expenditure by the Black Stars before demanding that of 2010.She said the NPP did not even present “a one-page report” of expenditure in 2006 and wondered why they are pontificating about 2010 expenditure.Akua Sena Dansua also stated emphatically that the arrears owed the Black Stars is ready and that the individual players must now decide what procedures to use in getting their money.Ex-Deputy Sports Minister, OB Amoah insisted questions being asked of the minister are legitimate, contesting the minister’s assertions that there was no report in 2006. He said the report was presented to Parliament by Prof Dominic Fobih, then Minister of Education and Sports. Play the attached audio for excerpts of the interviews Story by Nathan Gadugah/Myjoyonline.com/Ghanalast_img read more

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Irrepressible Dala makes history as Titans reach final

first_imgCorbin Bosch showed tremendous fight in scoring 45 not out off 65 balls and sharing in a matchwinning, unbeaten sixth-wicket stand of 123 with Behardien.The Cobras’ batting, as fragile as china, was exposed by Steyn and Dala after the Titans had won the toss and sent them in to bat.Steyn was magnificent, dismissing Janneman Malan and Zubayr Hamza in the first over for ducks, and barely bowled a bad ball in his 10 overs.Dala then shattered the rest of the batting line-up, bowling with tremendous pace and aggression, as he took his leading tally of Momentum One-Day Cup wickets this season to 26.That the Cobras bowlers had something to defend was thanks to a fine knock of 65 by young wicketkeeper/batsman Kyle Verreynne, who had some notable help from the experienced duo of Philander (36) and Kleinveldt (32).The Titans will host the winners of Thursday’s semifinal between the Dolphins and the Warriors in Sunday’s final.For more news your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android. Farhaan Behardien may no longer be in the Proteas picture but the veteran batsman showed once again that there are few better than him when it comes to closing the deal.His brilliant unbeaten half-century ensured the Titans are in the Momentum One-Day Cup final thanks to a thrilling five-wicket win over the Cape Cobras at Centurion last night.In a low-scoring semifinal, Junior Dala, with six for 19 – the best ever figures for the Titans in 50-over cricket – and Dale Steyn (10-1-20-3) produced inspirational displays with the ball to bowl the Cobras out for just 187.But the Titans were soon in deep trouble in their run-chase, slumping to 65 for five in the face of some superb seam bowling from Vernon Philander and Rory Kleinveldt.But in Behardien the Titans had the ideal man for a crisis, with the 35-year-old showing tremendous composure and skill.He barely hit a ball in the air as he finished with 75 not out off 92 balls, once again breaking Cape hearts.last_img read more

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More conflict surrounds Region 10 television station

first_imgBy Utamu BelleFifteen names have reportedly been submitted for the expansion of the Board of Trustees of the Region 10 Television Station, following a meeting at Office of the President (OP) on Wednesday.Councillor Gordon CallenderDuring a press conference on Thursday, Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland hailed it a fruitful engagement, noting that it is a step towards the positive development of Linden, while commending former Chairman Sharma Solomon, now secretary of the Trust and other members for leading the efforts.Holland, who was at the meeting, indicated that those present included Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Minister within the Communities Ministry Valerie Adams-Patterson, among others.The Mayor said the consensus, which was arrived at on Wednesday was to reshape the Trust in terms of numbers and to allow forCouncillor Lennox Gasperrepresentation by various entities.Coming out of the discussion, he noted that the Trust now includes two members of Parliament based in Linden, two from the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) which includes himself and Deputy Mayor Waneka Arindell, three members from the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Democratic Council (RDC), another from the Linden Chamber of Commerce and Development, another from the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), the Union, Religious body. Holland also stated that Regional Chairman Renis Morian was named Chairman of the Committee.He added that the mandate now is for the four initial trustees to call a meeting within seven days to plan, discuss and arrive at a resolution, in extending the board. Following that, he said the 15-member board is expected to meet.“The new Chairman of the Trust will be the Regional Chairman because it was established that the authority on this television station will first stand with the Region so that the people of Linden will have a true representation…the second in representation will then be the Mayor and Town Council,” the mayor said.Councillors’ dissatisfactionHowever, LM&TC Councillor Lennox Gasper said the Council should have met to decide on who will be its representatives. He said the letter of invitation to appoint representatives was not read to members of the Council by Holland. Gasper, who also acted as a member of the Information Committee under Solomon’s tenure expressed further discontent, noting that the Mayor appointed himself and the Deputy Mayor without the knowledge of the Council.He said he views the move as a disrespectful one, more so since according to him, the matter was raised at Wednesday’s statutory meeting which was chaired by the Deputy Mayor. Gasper contended that Arindell was unaware that she had been appointed at the time and promised to get back to the Council with information.“I am sidelined…I feel that there is a deliberate move to hijack this station for personal agenda. We need to put the people’s interest forward and I dare ask and petition that we follow a democratic approach and this one was not democratic…I express my dissatisfaction that the Council is being left out under the disguise that the Mayor is the Council in the absence of the Council and give that democratic body a chance to do their work,” he said.Gasper, who serves additionally as part of the LM&TC Communications Committee, said there are numerous instances where decisions are made by the Mayor without consultation of the Council:“This is what he has been doing all the time in this Council. As if he is ‘the boss’ and ultimately…the constitution speaks to the Council, that body of people who were elected by the community, therefore we need to respect the Council and give that democratic body a chance to do their work…he’s not going to go ahead and represent this body because he wasn’t even around for the whole issue of that television station, when it happened…it is not right.”Gasper also objected to the “information” that Phillip Bynoe is a part of the board as a citizen of Linden, noting that Bynoe and others were not part of the initial struggle for the television station. He said the rightful people are being neglected because a selected few have a special agenda.Additionally, RDC Councillor Gordon Callender has also expressed outrage over the process, noting that the people of Region 10 were not consulted. Additionally, he said there should have been a vote by Councillors to appoint their representatives.“Now you’re putting people who have no moral authority…to be representative of the people of Region 10…that is wrong…I think if you want to get people on board there must be broad-based consultation with the people of this Region and that is not happening…there was no discussion at any of the statutory meetings concerning the TV station”Callender also said the OP is being fed with lies by people seeking political gain, and they need to consult with the people. He further threatened that he will “mobilise and take to the streets” over the issue.Solomon denied that Morian had been named Chairman of the Trust. He promised to make an official pronouncement on the meeting Friday.last_img read more

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Michel ascends to Stars hot seat

first_img“I’m proud that the Kenyan federation chose me to be at the helm of this national team.“Besides results, they have the wish to raise the standards of football in Kenya and I’m really interested in taking them to the highest levels in Africa,” said Michel through a translator.His brief is simple on paper but in accepting one of the most thankless jobs in international football, Michel was ushered into the deep end of the cesspool that is the signature of the Kenyan version of the beautiful game.In the past decade alone, the Stars coaching role has resembled musical chairs with no less than 13 changes at the helm, hardly the turnover a team aspiring to qualify for the World Cup or African Nations Cup needs. “We know that during the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, we didn’t have a good start to the competition “We will try our best to have good results and good behaviour on the pitch but we need time to work and consult on a few things,” he expressed.Like those before him, he stressed his main focus will be lifting the dwindling football standards in the country that lies in position 126 on the latest FIFA World Rankings.The tactician who has along standing experience in the continent will be assisted by his two French assistants, Florent Motta and Samir Ajam and one other local coach widely expected to be Rangers FC coach, James Nandwa who has been in acting capacity.While conceding that the work that lay ahead for him was no mean task, Michel said that he was upbeat of matching up to the huge expectations of the Kenyan football fans.Besides heading the national team, whose immediate task will be to prepare them for the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup later this year, he will be expected to oversee youth developments through the junior teams that include the Under 17, 20 and 23 sides.“The next qualifier game will be in March next year, so we need time to get to work and give the opportunity to understand the local football which I don’t know very well.“We ask for support from all the stakeholders since we need it to achieve this together and I really need this since it’s in our heart and biggest wish to achieving this goal,” he underlined.FKF chair Sam Nyamweya delivered the dreaded vote of confidence when he stated they had confidence in the new tactician since he has wide experience with several African teams besides having been a player at national level himself.“The unveiling of Michel is a significant step in our football, not just based on his nationality as a foreigner but since he’s the best from the several applicants we received.“He has an impressive CV and understands the expectations that supporters have on him as we look to qualification to the World Cup and we are convinced he is up to task,” added Nyamweya as he showered praise on the new man.However, Nyamweya is notoriously reputed to play to the gallery when the occasion calls as he displayed when hiring and firing Francis Kimazi, Michel’s immediate predecessor and should results not be immediate, the FKF boss will not hesitate to dump the Frenchman at the earliest opportunity.“The new man has to focus on the critical issue of youth development which is the core for any football nation with a vision for continuity.“He must bear in mind that we have many local talents particularly under the age of 23 who are eager to learn and only need some nurturing to see us have a team that is basically tailored towards the future,” said Jack Oguda, CEO, Tusker Premier League, the country’s topflight club competition.“The federation should perhaps invest some funds to enable the coach travel to see how the professional players are fairing in the international leagues and keep up with their progress to avoid the disappointments that have been manifest when they fail to sparkle in the team colours,” he added. And that has been the bane of all those who have handled the national team with the financial handicap being cited as the biggest impediment ad infinitum. For instance, this is a team used to playing local sides in friendlies ahead of crucial qualifiers, lack of player and official allowances a refrain and above all development structures only exist in rhetoric.Michel, the second Frenchman at the helm of the team in its history is a former French footballer, has been at the World Cup with Cameroon (1994), Morocco (1998), Tunisia (2002) and Ivory Coast (2006) in addition to coaching giant clubs like Zamalek of Egypt, Raja Casablanca of Morocco and South Africa’s Sundowns.He was also instrumental in the preparations of this year’s Africa Cup of Nations co-hosts, Equatorial Guinea before falling out with the country’s federation chiefs over the sides’ final team selection.Michel was selected from a wide list of applicants that were whittled down to four that included Adel Amrouche, Tom Saintfiet and former France coach, Raymond Domenech.Former Le Bleu keeper, Bernard Lama pitched camp in Nairobi in 2006 and three months later, left in a huff when his ambitious decade-long plan for the team was resisted due to its spiralling costs with defeat to Eritrea used to hasten his exit.Kenya has been without a national team coach since Kimanzi was fired in May at the height of the inquest to poor performances after the country was knocked out of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and managed a solitary point from their opening two fixtures of the World Cup qualifiers.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, August 28- Frenchman Henri Michel will need to summon all his 30 years of experience to make the desired impression having finally been enthroned to the poisoned chalice that is the Harambee Stars head coaching role.On Tuesday night in Nairobi, Michel who has coached seven countries prior, six of them in Africa, was unveiled as the 31st manager of Stars with the fizzy pop of a champagne welcome never before accorded to his processors by Football Kenya Federation.last_img read more

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Universal Crowd Calendar Report – July 17 to 23, 2016

first_img(Click to view overall details for this day)Saturday, July 23, 2016 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Crowds picked up on Monday although not to the level expected at Islands of Adventure. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey averaged 57 minutes (predicted 48). WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS 7 7 Islands of Adventure10 Wednesday saw crowd levels at the upper end of our scale at both parks. Transformers: The Ride-3D averaged 66 minutes and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit 69 minutes. (Click to view overall details for this day)Tuesday, July 19, 2016 Another ‘9’ at Universal Studios on Thursday thanks to average wait times like 40 minutes at Men In Balck and 58 at Shrek 4-D. Universal Studios9 July 24 to 30, 2016 Sunday saw both Universal parks less busy than expected, a sign of things to come last week. Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem averaged 80 minutes while Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit averaged 58 minutes (predicted 52). 9 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Islands of Adventure10 Universal Studios9 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Islands of Adventure continued to trail behind crowds at Universal Studios on Friday. Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem averaged 88 minutes while Dragon Challenge averaged 27 minutes. 8 Islands of Adventure9 7 5 (Click to view overall details for this day)Sunday, July 17, 2016 Universal Studios9 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Islands of Adventure9 Islands of Adventure10center_img WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Universal Studios9 6 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Universal Studios9 9 8 (Click to view overall details for this day)Monday, July 18, 2016 6 (Click to view overall details for this day)Friday, July 22, 2016 Share This!How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Last Week?Last week, Universal Orlando crowds came in a few points lower than expected, mostly due to weak attendance at Islands of Adventure. Wait times were higher at Universal Studios most days.Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Universal Crowd Calendar Report: Islands of Adventure10 9 Islands of Adventure10 Universal Studios9 Universal Orlando Resort Crowd Levels – Daily Breakdown What to Expect This Week 9 (Click to view overall details for this day)Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Saturday’s crowd at Universal Studios was the first day without a level ‘9’ since Sunday. Once again, Islands of Adventure saw significantly lower crowds. 9 Universal Studios9 6 (Click to view overall details for this day)Thursday, July 21, 2016 The prediction for Universal Studios hit the mark again on Tuesday with average wait times like 27 minutes at E.T. Adventure and 43 at Men in Black. Next week, guests of Universal Orlando should expect more crowded parks, especially at Universal Studios. It is reasonable to expect Islands of Adventure to trail behind its sister park for much of the remaining weeks of summer.To see Universal Orlando Resort Crowd predictions for the days of your vacation, check the Crowd Calendar.To get details about our predictions of future crowds or details about crowds in the past check out the Crowd Calendar and select “Jump to Date” on the left margin.last_img read more

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St. James Custos Calls for Greater Focus on Entrepreneurial Studies

first_imgCustos of St. James, Bishop the Hon. Conrad Pitkin, is urging schools to place greater focus on entrepreneurial studies.“If students are to succeed in the global market, there needs to be a stronger focus on entrepreneurial education. It focuses on soft and core skills, including problem-solving, team-building, and transversal competences such as learning social and civic competences, initiative taking and cultural awareness,” he noted.Custos Pitkin was speaking at the HEART Trust/NTA’s Career Youth and Information Forum and Exposition held at Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, on Tuesday (February 12).He commended the HEART Trust for staging the event, and its commitment “to educating our nation in the different spheres of our job market”.“Persons want an education that will set them on a path to success, they want an ideal future… and they want an education that will help them thrive, support families, shape the world and contribute to their communities,” he noted.Custos Rotulorum of St. James, Bishop the Hon. Conrad Pitkin, addresses patrons at the HEART Trust/NTA’s Career Youth and Information Forum and Exposition held at Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, on Tuesday (February 12).He encouraged the young people in attendance to set career goals, noting that this helps to “give a person’s life direction and (aid in) the process of thinking about the ideal future”.For her part, Senior Director, Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Development and Support Systems at the HEART Trust/NTA, Dr. Marcia Rowe Amonde, said that the agency is on a “strong drive” to train and certify more Jamaicans. “You can come to the HEART Trust and be trained and be empowered as well as get the skills you need to go into jobs,” she pointed out.The exposition, held in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and the Junior Achievement Programme, was part of activities for Careers’ Week from February 9 to February 15 under the theme ‘Paving the way through education’.The day’s activities included registering persons for skills training at HEART institutions, and recruiting of potential employees by business process outsourcing company (BPO), Advanced Call Centre Technologies.Organisations that participated in the event were the Social Development Commission (SDC), Citizens Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), Peace Management Initiative (PMI) Western, and Western Regional Health Authority (WHRA).last_img read more

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