Rep Potvin schedules office hours in Big Rapids

first_img14Jun Rep. Potvin schedules office hours in Big Rapids Categories: News State Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, will hold office hours from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at Cranker’s Restaurant & Brewery, 213 S. State St. in Big Rapids.“Meetings like this offer a great opportunity for me to listen to the concerns of people from our community,” Rep. Potvin said. “These open discussions help me better serve residents of the 102nd District.”No appointment is necessary. Anyone unable to attend the office hour sessions can contact Rep. Potvin’s Lansing office at (517) 373-1747. The representative also can be reached by email at philpotvin@house.mi.gov; or by mail at S-1386 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909.#####last_img read more

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Rep Howrylak announces July office hours

first_img07Jul Rep. Howrylak announces July office hours Categories: Howrylak News State Rep. Martin Howrylak of Troy will host office hours on July 29 in Troy and July 31 in Clawson.Saturday, July 29 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Troy Library, 510 W. Big Beaver Road in Troy; andMonday, July 31 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Blair Memorial Library, 416 N. Main Street in Clawson.            “I believe talking to friends and neighbors is the best way to gather ideas,” Rep. Howrylak said. “Residents interested in discussing legislative matters or with questions related to state government are encouraged to stop by at their leisure.”            No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend office hours may contact Rep. Howrylak’s office by phone toll free at 1-877-248-0001, or by email at MartinHowrylak@house.mi.gov.#####last_img read more

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Rep Kahle announces monthly indistrict office hours

first_img State Rep. Bronna Kahle invites Lenawee County residents to join her for local office hours on Friday, Jan. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hudson Carnegie District Library, 205 S. Market St. in Hudson.“I enjoy the opportunity to connect with people in the community and hear what matters most to them,” Rep. Kahle said. “I look forward to listening to our neighbors, addressing their concerns and working through solutions for the people of Lenawee County.”No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Kahle’s office at (517) 373-1706 or BronnaKahle@house.mi.gov. 12Jan Rep. Kahle announces monthly in-district office hours Categories: Kahle Newslast_img read more

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Rep LaFave New law gives students dual enrollment options

first_img Categories: LaFave News,News 07Feb Rep. LaFave: New law gives students dual enrollment options State Rep. Beau LaFave today applauded a new state law to allow students of school districts along state borders to have more dual enrollment education options.“Educational opportunities for students should not be limited by physical borders,” said LaFave of Iron Mountain. “Post-secondary and dual-enrollment programs along our shared border with Wisconsin are opportunities for Upper Peninsula students to help fulfill their educational goals.”The new law amends the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act with the stipulation that the out-of-state post-secondary education and dual enrollment school must be within 20 miles of the shared border for students enrolled in a public, charter or private school district.“Hopefully, with a cooperative agreement to grant in-state costs to students in the border districts, this law will help students continue their education and help build their futures,” LaFave said. “We just happen to live in a part of our state where the closest in-state dual programs can be quite a distance away, so I’m pleased we’re not using state boundaries as a barrier in education.”House Bill 4735 is now Public Act 11 of 2018.#####last_img read more

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Rep Berman announces March office hours

first_img Categories: Berman News State Rep. Ryan Berman of Commerce Township invites constituents of the 39th District to his upcoming March office hours.“This is a great opportunity to directly hear your thoughts and questions about state government,” Rep. Berman said. “I’m focused on effectively representing your interests in Lansing and meeting the needs of my communities back home in Oakland County.”Rep. Berman will meet with residents at the following times and locations:Saturday, March 16 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at West Bloomfield Township Public Library, 4600 Walnut Lake Road in West Bloomfield; andMonday, March 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Commerce Township Community Library, 180 E. Commerce Road in Commerce.No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Berman’s office at (517) 373-1799 or RyanBerman@house.mi.gov. 07Mar Rep. Berman announces March office hourslast_img read more

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American Museum of Natural History Faces DNA Problem at the Board Level

first_imgShare122Tweet13Share39Email174 SharesImage courtesy of Anagoria      January 25, 2018; New York TimesIs being a big donor sufficient to serve on a nonprofit board? Does it trump sharing a common vision with the organization? How high should the wall be between board members’ political lives and their role as organizational leaders? For the leadership of New York’s American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), these questions are anything but academic at a moment when they are being asked to remove a wealthy, climate-change-denying board member.Recently, several hundred scientists and academics signed an open letter asking the AMNH Board to sever ties with Rebekah Mercer, a board member since 2013.When some of the biggest contributors to climate change and funders of misinformation on climate science sponsor exhibitions in museums of science and natural history, they undermine public confidence in the validity of the institutions responsible for transmitting scientific knowledge…The most important asset any museum has is its credibility. This can be damaged by ties to donors and board members who are publicly known for investing in climate science obfuscation and opposing environmental solutions. We ask the American Museum of Natural History, and all public science museums, to end ties to anti-science propagandists and funders of climate science misinformation, and to have Rebekah Mercer leave the American Museum of Natural History Board of Trustees.Mercer and her family foundation have made large donations to several organizations that reject the science of global warming and its human causes, positions that directly conflict with the museum’s focus on educating its public about the dangers we are facing as the earth warms. According to the New York Times, “tax records…show that the Mercers have given a little over $19 million to a variety of conservative groups, including at least three that reject the scientific consensus around fossil fuel-driven climate change: the Heartland Institute in Illinois, as well as the CO2 Alliance and the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change.” Mercer’s foundation has also given the museum $4 million.According to BoardSource, board members are responsible for knowing “the organization’s mission, policies, programs, and needs and…serving as active advocates and ambassadors for the organization and fully engaging in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for the organization to advance its mission.” A board’s responsibilities are not just internal, and they are certainly not primarily fundraising; the wider, external set of stakeholders must also be considered.When, as in this case, the board member is a financial asset but rejects core beliefs of the organization, who is to do the vetting, and how? In the case of Mercer, she does not share the museum’s understanding of climate science and supports organizations that work to undermine its educational efforts. So, did the museum’s leadership not think about the implications of this conflict? Did they vet her candidacy with the scientific community it relies on for credibility? Was her potential financial support thought to be so large that it would make up for any reputational harm she might cause?In a statement given to the Times, the museum said it believes it is possible to reap the benefits of such a board member. “The museum deeply respects the work and views of scientists…We also respect and understand scientists’ role in society, including adding their voices to political debates that relate to scientific issues. The museum itself, however, does not make appointment decisions concerning staff or trustees based on political views. The museum has long maintained that its funders do not shape its curatorial decisions.”Supporting this position is Reynold Levy, the former president of New York’s Lincoln Center, who told the Times that a “political litmus test for who should serve can be very destructive to a nonprofit institution. If the mission and important portions of the program are supported by the trustee, what they do in the political world shouldn’t be relevant.” The museum pointed to the numerous exhibits they have mounted focused on climate science as proof of their ability to keep the private activities of their board members separate from their organizational role.They may be correct that Mercer’s board role had no impact on the quality and integrity of their institution. Yet, when science is as politicized as it now is, what may be clear internally looks murkier from the outside. There is a big risk of serious reputational harm from a board member like this. According to the Huffington Post, Jonah Busch, an environmental economist at the nonpartisan Center for Global Development, accused the museum on Twitter of promoting misinformation on climate change when he found in its Dinosaur Wing an informational plaque that minimized the significant impact of human activity on the environment.“When you’ve got people like Mercer on the board,” Busch said, “it just makes it that much harder to give the benefit of doubt when they are putting up inaccurate information about climate change. Something you could give a pass to as an innocuous mistake starts to have the appearance of something more sinister.”The conflict between mission and financial security may never have been easy to balance. In the current moment, it may be impossible. The accessibility of personal information makes the private lives of board members not so private. The ability to communicate quickly and widely makes it more difficult to contain the impact of a real or perceived conflict. The strong feelings and passions that roil our political world push boards to choose sides when they would otherwise not wish to. But, as the AMNH is now forced to struggle with challenges to their scientific integrity because of a board member’s private activities, the issue is just one tweet away from another board agenda.The conflicts are not just about science. Personal politics, ethics, morals, and the source of wealth have all been causes of recent challenges to board service. This is a time for all boards to think about how they will respond when an important board member and donor is challenged. Or, as Steve Dubb concluded in another, similar story earlier this year, “The answers are not easy, but the questions are hard to avoid.”—Martin LevineShare122Tweet13Share39Email174 Shareslast_img read more

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The BBCs ondemand platform iPlayer has launched

first_imgThe BBC’s on-demand platform iPlayer has launched on Microsoft’s Xbox Live games console platform in the UK, meaning it is now available on every major gaming platform.The service is available free of charge. Today’s Xbox Live launch, together with the launch on Sky later this year, will bring iPlayer to millions of new users via the TV. The service is now available on over 450 platforms and devices including Virgin Media, BT Vision, FreeSat, Freeview, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo Wii, mobile phones, tablets and internet-connected TVs.Xbox 360 users with Kinect will be able to search for and play iPlayer content using hand gestures and voice recognition.Daniel Danker, BBC general manager, programmes and on-demand, said: “Xbox is hugely successful in the UK. Given the BBC’s goal to reach its entire audience, I’m particularly excited that the BBC will be bringing iPlayer to all Xbox users at no extra cost as part of Xbox Live’s free membership. As we continue our work to make BBC iPlayer as simple as possible, we’re also excited to experiment with natural user interfaces made possible with Kinect, including voice and gesture control. We believe it’s early days for these experiences, but see a great future working with partners such as Microsoft on innovations like these.”last_img read more

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French service provider Iliad Telecom operator of

first_imgFrench service provider Iliad Telecom, operator of the Free brand, has completed a five-year refinancing round totalling €1.4 billion.The five year credit arrangement, extendable to seven years, will give the group greater financial flexibility and extend the average duration of its resources, according to Iliad.The company said its overall debt would remain unchanged but that repayment conditions would improve.last_img

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Tatarstanbased telecom operator Tattelecom plans

first_imgTatarstan-based telecom operator Tattelecom plans a full commercial launch of new mobile TV service Fly TV in the first half of 2014, following the completion of a test phase. Tattelecom has tapped Russian technology provider SPB TV, which also provides the technology platform for Amedia’s Amediateka service, to deliver Fly TV. Users can currently download the Fly TV app from the Google Play Store for Android devices, and Tattelecom plans to launch an iOS version in the near future.Fly TV currently offers 19 channels including Tatarstan channels TNV, Maydan, TMTV and iTV. The company plans to expand the range of channels available ahead of the commercial launch.last_img read more

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The BBC Trust the public broadcasters governing

first_imgThe BBC Trust, the public broadcaster’s governing body, has introduced what it describes as new protections for the amount of current affairs programming on BBC One, the broadcaster’s flagship channel. A change to the BBC One service licence now requires the BBC to broadcast at least 40 hours of current affairs programming in peak time on the flagship channel each year.The move follows a commitment made by the Trust in its service review of BBC News and Current Affairs, published earlier in the year. The review found that audiences expect more and BBC current affairs should be securing wider recognition and impact.The Trust has also strengthened the expectations set out in the service licence for the BBC’s overall approach to current affairs, with an improved emphasis on current affairs output that goes “beyond observation and illustration to offer a broad audience insight into, and revelation or analysis of, issues of national and international concern.”last_img read more

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Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland is to broadcast th

first_imgPay TV operator Sky Deutschland is to broadcast the DFB Cup Final football match in Ultra HD in a number of selected sports bars.The football match, which takes place on May 30, will be shown in Ultra HD in about 15 sports bars and hotel bars across Germany.Sky is equipping the venues with Samsung 65-inch an 78-inch TVs with build-in UHD tuners. Sky is also providing supporting marketing material.Paul Sexton-Chadwick, VP of business solutions, said that the transmission was a first for the German market that would offer a unique experience to viewers.last_img read more

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Sonys X9000C series of 4K Bravia TVs Household pe

first_imgSony’s X9000C series of 4K Bravia TVsHousehold penetration of 4K TVs will reach 34% in the US and 25% in the European Union in 2019, according to new research by IHS.The study claims that uptake of 4K TVs in both markets will outstrip Japanese adoption, with only 14% of households in Japan expected to have a 4K TV in 2019 – “because most households already have relatively new TVs”.IHS predicts that by the end of 2017 most 50-inch-and-above sized TVs will feature 4K resolution, and that the growing availability of Ultra HD content from internet and pay TV providers will support the trend of increased uptake.In Europe, Switzerland is expected to reach 32% 4K TV penetration in 2019, followed closely by the UK at 31%.Elsewhere, China’s 4K TV household penetration is expected to reach 24% in 2019. In Russia the figure will be 11%, in Brazil 8% and in India 2%, according to IHS.“With the Japanese consumer preference for smaller TV screens, it will be more difficult for 4K TV to expand its household penetration in the country, even though UHD broadcasts are set to begin in 2018, in the run up to the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020,” said Hisakazu Torii, senior director of consumer device research for IHS Technology.last_img read more

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JeanClaude Juncker at the inaugural meeting of th

first_imgJean-Claude Juncker at the inaugural meeting of the Dutch presidencyThe EU is unlikely to take action against Poland over its new media law under the ‘rule of law’ mechanism that could ultimately lead to the country losing its EU voting rights, according to EU president Jean-Claude Juncker.Juncker, in the Netherlands to mark the inauguration of the Dutch presidency of the EU Council, told a news conference that the EC was in discussion with Poland and he did not wish to speculate about initiating the rule of law mechanism, which allows the European Commission to apply pressure on member states to rescind measures that threaten European values.Referring to implementation of the mechanism, also known as Article 7, Juncker said that he did not believe the EC would “get to that point”.The EC will discuss Poland’s media law at a meeting next week. The move follows the introduction of a media law by Poland’s new Law and Justice party government that allows it to replace the management of public radio and TV stations without notice or consultation.Earlier this week, EU digital economy commissioner Gunther Oettinger hinted that the controversial law could trigger action under the mechanism in an interview with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.last_img read more

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Eutelsat has successfully launched its allelectri

first_imgEutelsat has successfully launched its all-electric Eutelsat 117 West B satellite from SpaceX’s Space Launch Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida.The satellite was launched on a Falcon 9 rocket, will begin a seven-month period of ‘orbit-raising’ on June 18 and is due to go into service at 117° West in Q1 2017.The satellite will strengthen Eutelsat’s video capacities at 117° West and offer services to telecom operators and government service providers in Latin America.The satellite is equipped with 48 Ku-band transponders and its four regional beams will provide premium coverage of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, South America and the Southern Cone.Eutelsat claims that the Wide Area Augmentation System payload on Eutelsat 117 West B is the first to be included on an all-electric satellite.last_img read more

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ViaccessOrca has appointed Kudelski Group executi

first_imgViaccess-Orca has appointed Kudelski Group executive Cedric Hardouin as its executive vice-president of research and development.In this role Hardouin will be responsible for managing Viaccess-Orca’s development teams in France and Israel, with a focus on rolling out next-generation security and engagement solutions for operators.Hardouin joins from Kudelski where he was responsible for engineering at the company’s SmarDTV subsidiary. He has previously held executive positions at companies including Canal+ Technologies and LogiWays, where he was CTO.“We are delighted to announce that Cedric is joining our executive team. With his long history in both CAS and middleware, we believe he is the right choice to lead our R&D efforts and drive our technology to even greater heights,” said Viaccess-Orca CEO, Paul Molinier.last_img read more

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The amount of money spent on internet advertising

first_imgThe amount of money spent on internet advertising will surpass traditional TV advertising for the first time this year, according to ad agency Zenith.Zenith’s new Advertising Expenditure Forecasts report predicts that global internet advertising expenditure reach US$205bn in 2017, compared to US$192 billion for TV advertising.Publicis Media-owned Zenith estimates that internet advertising will attract 36.9% of all ad expenditure in 2017, up from 34.0% in 2016. However it added that the “sheer scale” of internet advertising means its growth rate is slowing.“Internet ad spend grew 17% in 2016, down from 20% in 2015, and we expect growth to slow to 13% in 2017, 12% in 2018 and 10% by 2019 – though it will continue to add US$23bn-US$24bn a year,” said the report.“In this environment it is vital that platforms and publishers address advertisers’ valid concerns about viewability and brand safety to secure sustainable growth. As the market matures, advertisers need to know for certain that their ads are being actively viewed by real people inappropriate environments.”Overall, Zenith predicts global ad expenditure will grow 4.4% in both 2017 and 2018, reaching US$592 billion by the end of 2018.last_img read more

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US broadcast station mergers and acquisitions MA

first_imgUS broadcast station mergers and acquisitions (M&A) raised US$5.11 billion in the second quarter of 2018 with over $5.01 billion attributed to TV station sales, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence.This is the largest quarterly deal volume since the second quarter of 2007, according to the research group.The news arrives as consolidation of major networks and studios continues to rise, as we’ve seen with AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner and a possible Disney acquisition of Fox assets.Gray Television’s acquisition of Raycom Media for US$3.65 billion was one of the major drivers contributing to the comparatively high quarterly figure.Raycom owns the licenses for 49 full-power and eight low-power TV stations and provides programming for an additional 14 stations.“We estimate the value of the TV stations at $3.44 billion, making this the eighth-largest US TV station deal of all time and the largest since last year’s merger of Tribune Media Company and Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.,” said S&P.Other large TV transactions were Gray Television’s US$32.5 million purchase of KDLT-TV from Red River Broadcast Company and the US$11.5 million sale of WMDE-DT in Washington, D.C., from Western Pacific Broadcast LLC to WRNN-TV Associates LP.last_img read more

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Satellite operators Eutelsat has teamed up with SE

first_imgSatellite operators Eutelsat has teamed up with SES and to make a “market-based proposal” for the use of the lower C-band spectrum in the US.Eutelsat has agreed to joint the initiative initially proposed by Intelsat, Intel and SES to protect the quality and reliability of satellite operators using the C-band spectrum to serve broadcasters, media and data companies in the US market.The group says that the proposal would establish a commercial and technical framework that would enable terrestrial mobile operators to quickly access spectrum in the 3,700-4,200MHz frequency band in the US, speeding the deployment of next-generation 5G services.The proposal specifies the use of a consortium, which is open to all satellite operators delivering services in the C-band downlink frequencies in any part of the continental US.The consortium proposes to oversee the governance of the initiative, define and implement the methodology for spectrum clearance, and serve as the sole interface for market-based transactions with parties interested in deploying terrestrial mobile services in specific portions of the C-band.“We are pleased to be joining the proposal which aims to create fair conditions for the shared use of C-band with mobile operators in the US while protecting the quality of services provided to our customers over the long term,” said Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat.“By joining this collaborative process, we will be able to advance our interests and those of our clients and contribute to the momentum of the initiative.”Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler and SES president and CEO Steve Collar said: “We are pleased to have Eutelsat join Intelsat and SES in this endeavor, demonstrating that the industry is able to unite, collaborate and fully implement our market-driven proposal. Our solution is the only one which will maintain the high quality of the hundreds of incumbent services operating in the C-band today, protect the significant investments in space and ground infrastructure delivering these crucial services while also supporting the U.S. goal of accelerating the 5G era.”SES and Intelsat teamed up in February to propose the joint use of C-band capacity by satellite and terrestrial mobile operators in the US to the FCC.The operators aimed to protect the array of established satellite services in the 3700-4200 MHz C-band downlink spectrum while opening a specified portion of that spectrum for terrestrial mobile use.last_img read more

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The work has offered Council a unique opportunity

first_img“The work has offered Council a unique opportunity to transform a landfill area into a valuable green space for all our citizens and visitors to visit and enjoy.“As well as offering spectacular views of Lough Foyle and the surrounding countryside to visitors, the project will also play an important role in protecting and enhancing the ecosystem around the area by creating habitats for over wintering birds and protecting the surrounding environment from any harmful effects from the landfill waste.”Originally tidal, the land in the country park site was reclaimed for agricultural use in the late 19th and early 20th century before storms caused the sea defences to be breached.In 1971 the site was developed by the former Derry Development Commission into a controlled municipal landfill site which it operated as for the next 36 years. ShareTweet The restoration work began in in 2013 when the site was capped to reduce rainwater coming into contact with the waste and to trap gas emissions from it.The emissions are now collected and used to generate electricity to operate the park and local waste water treatment works while some of the power is exported to the National Grid.As well as the fun element to the official opening, the launch will offer Council the opportunity to continue with its engagement with the public on the future plans for the site – a process that has been going on since before the restoration took place.Neil Doherty, Chairman of Culmore Community Partnership encouraged local people to play an active role in shaping the future plans for the site by contributing to the consultation process.“As a partnership we are looking forward to the official opening of the site and hopefully we will see as many people as possible attending the family fun day that afternoon which will offer a wide range of activities for our young people to get involved in.“The Country Park is a fantastic addition to the Culmore area and offers a beautiful environment for local people and visitors alike to come out and enjoy the fresh air and reap the benefits of using the extensive greenway within it.“Three opportunities for future development of the site have emanated from the public consultations so far; a community building, a play area and a sports area and this event will offer local people the opportunity to give their views on those options.”The Mayor will unveil a plaque to mark the official opening of the Country Park at 1.30 pm and family fun activities will be held from 1 pm-5 pm.FEAST OF FAMILY FUN PLANNED AT CULMORE COUNTRY PARK OFFICIAL OPENING was last modified: September 20th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: CULMORE Country Park will be a hive of activity on this Saturday, September 23, when Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh, performs the official opening of the £7m restoration works at the site.A family fun day has been planned to run alongside the official opening which will include a sports day, bouncy castle, inflatable obstacle course, kids carousel, petting farm, train tours of the park and sports activities from the local soccer and GAA clubs.Council have funded the entire restoration project at the Country Park, which was a former landfill site for waste until its closure in 2007, and the Mayor of the City and District, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh, encouraged the public to join in the fun and celebrate the park’s official opening.“The Culmore Country Park redevelopment works is a major capital investment project which will further enhance the amenity provision in our City and District,” said Councillor McHugh. CULMORE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPFEAST OF FAMILY FUN PLANNED AT CULMORE COUNTRY PARK OFFICIAL OPENINGMAYOR MAOLIOSA MCHUGHlast_img read more

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