Starting Out

first_imgClick here to subscribe to the Pharr Out BlogYou dream it for years, you plan it for months, then abruptly the time comes to undertake your goal and suddenly you don’t know how to feel.I am currently in the car with my husband, Brew, driving to the base of Katahdin. We are going to spend the afternoon scouting out access roads in the 100 mile Wilderness and if we are able to confirm our meeting points today then I will start my 2,175 mile journey tomorrow, and at the latest Saturday.I don’t know that I am anxious as much as expectant. There is a little bit of fear in me, but I can talk it down and out fairly quickly. I know failure is an option, but when failure is an option it also means that success is attainable. And that’s what this is, a dream; the opportunity to reach beyond my known limits and do something that no one of my sex has done before. Bluntly, it opens up the possibility of a women’s trail record and a world record, however, that doesn’t feel very personal. The intimate issue is that after a long period of preparation, all it’s really about now is just finding out what I’m made of… what’s inside.There is nothing about this journey that does not feel natural, dare I say preordained. People talk about a “calling,” and whether or not I am called by destiny, the wilderness, or a sense of adventure; I know that above all I am called by a sense of belonging. As humans, we are all given an exclusive set of gifts and talents. I truly believe that I have a pain threshold, level of endurance, and love of the woods that makes me uniquely qualified to try to set a woman’s endurance record on the Appalachian Trail. It feels like my body and skills are best utilized in such an endeavor. When I am pushing my limits in nature there is a sense of home; granted, without the stereotypical comforts, but with a sense of meaning and purpose that calls up something innately rooted within my soul.One of the first men to set an Appalachain Trail Endurance Record was David Horton, and then in 2005 he went to the Pacific Crest Trail and set an endurance record on the west coast. This summer he attempted a third record on the Continental Divide Trail, but on the first day he fell victim to extreme heat and conditions and was forced to give-up the attempt due to life-threatening circumstances. I look up to David Horton a great deal, and hearing of his attempt was a sound reminded of how courageous he is, and how powerful and dangerous the elements can be.This summer, I am in no way planning of trying to fight or conquer the trail and it’s conditions. Instead, I want to live harmoniously within its boundaries in a way that I can freely flow down its path. I want to embrace its challenges and learn from every experience.I want to hike the trail, and I am so excited that the time has come and I am able to take my first steps. Even if those ‘first steps’ will result in a hopeful 44 miles on my first day.last_img read more

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CUNA following appropriations bills, DOL overtime hearing

first_imgCUNA will be watching two appropriations bills this week for amendments that may affect financial services. The U.S Senate is expected to resume consideration of the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016 (H.R. 2028), while the House may consider the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (H.R. 4909).Also this week, the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship will conduct a hearing examining the U.S Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule. The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, starting at 10 a.m. (ET).The DOL proposed changes in overtime pay in 2015–changes that would increase the threshold of overtime pay eligibility by more than twice the current rate. CUNA, in its comment letter, said the proposal would make it extremely difficult for credit unions to comply with the rule.CUNA has backed House and Senate bills, the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (S. 2707/H.R. 4773), that would require the DOL to fully analyze the impact of the proposal. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Frye honored by Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association

first_imgState Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) accepts the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award on Friday, June 22, 2018, from the Indiana Volunteer Firefighter’s Association for his dedication to fire services in Indiana. The award is given to members of the Indiana General Assembly whose efforts and hard work support those of Hoosier firefighters and services.Indianapolis, In. — Republican state representative Randy Frye received the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award from the Indiana Volunteer Firefighter’s Association for his dedication and support of fire services.The Indiana Volunteer Firefighter’s Association is a member-ran organization working to help shape the laws and regulations that impact firefighters and residences of Indiana. The association gives the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award to members of the Indiana General Assembly who work to support Indiana firefighters and services.“The work of the Indiana Volunteer Firefighter’s Association is essential,” Frye said. “I will continue my partnership with them and look for ways to support all of our Hoosier firefighters. After serving communities as a firefighter for many years, I understand firsthand the hard work and dedication these men and women give to their community in an effort to keep citizens safe.”Frye worked as a firefighter for the Indianapolis Fire Department for 26 years and retired in 2010. During his time serving as a state representative, Frye authored numerous laws to better protect and serve firefighters. This session, Frye supported laws creating a reporting system for fire departments to better protect their responders and updating fire department contracts to better serve volunteer fire departments and townships.Frye was presented the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award at the Indiana Volunteer Firefighter’s Association annual conference in Indianapolis.last_img read more

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Kootenay takes it on the chin as Vancouver NE Chiefs sweep weekend BCMMHL series in Trail

first_imgWhen the Kootenay Ice plays to the top of its game the team can compete with any team in the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League.But if the Ice decides to take a game off, then don’t look now but the scored may hit double figures.The Ice experienced a little of both as the squad lost a pair of weekend BCMMHL games to the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs at the Cominco Arena in Trail.When the Ice competes the score was a respectable 7-5 affair.However, when the team has a flat game, the scored was not respectable at all as Van City bounced the Ice 11-0.Saturday, Kootenay looked to be surprisingly in control, leading 3-1 with time running out in the first period on goals by Jeremy McGregor of Christina Lake, Greyson Reitmeier of Nakusp and Castlegar’s Darren Medeiros.But a goal by Brandon Volpe with three seconds remaining in the frame gave Vancouver all the life it would need as the Chiefs out scored the Ice 5-2 en route to the win.Medeiros and John Skeet of Christina Lake completed the scoring for Kootenay.Jamie Waddington and Volpe scored twice while Adam Rockwood had five assists to lead the Vancouver attack.Sunday, the Chiefs struck for four first period goals on Ice goalie Brett Soles and never looked back.Soles played both games during the weekend as Kimberley Newell, Kootenay’s other goalies, was at the 2011 National Women’s Under-18 Championships in Saguenay, Que.Volpe led the Vancouver attack with four goals while Jace Hennig added a pair.The road doesn’t get any easier for 1-10-1 Kootenay as the squad travels to Burnaby to meet the Vancouver Northwest Giants Saturday and Sunday.The Giants, 7-3-2, are tied with the Chiefs for third spot in the [email protected]last_img read more

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LONGSHOT SI SAGE GOES GATE TO WIRE TO WIN GRADE II, $200,000 CHARLES WHITTINGHAM STAKES BY 2 ½ LENGTHS UNDER SMITH; CASSIDY TRAINEE GETS 1 ¼ MILES ON TURF IN 1:59.48

first_imgTWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER INTO MONDAY OF $437,763; TOTAL PICK SIX POOL SHOULD APPROACH $2 MILLION ARCADIA, Calif. (May 29, 2016)–With Mike Smith at the controls, veteran Si Sage finally got a firm turf to run on and the 6-year-old French-bred did just that, as he seemingly relished a front-running trip en route to an authoritative 2 ½ length win in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Jim Cassidy and owned by Jed Cohen’s Red Baron’s Barn, LLC, Rancho Temescal and Vayaconsuerte, Si Sage, who was off at 11-1 in a field of 10 three year olds and up, got a mile and a quarter on turf in 1:59.48.“I thought it was a pretty fast dog (with regard to him telling Smith to ‘walk the dog’ during pre-race instructions) as I watched,” quipped Cassidy. “In between being on the outside and going down the hill (immediately after the start), that 47 half made me think we might be in trouble.“If he didn’t impress anybody today, shame on them. He certainly impressed me. I don’t think there’s any problem with him, no matter the distance. He’s just a very honest horse. (Former trainer) Darrell Vienna told me when he retired that this is a very nice horse and he couldn’t have been more right…It brings tears to your eyes to win a race named after such a great man, Charlie Whittingham. It brought a tear to my eye.”In his third start off a roughly one year layoff, Si Sage paid $25.00, $11.80 and $9.40. In winning the Whittingham, he improved his overall mark to 26-5-6-2 and with the winner’s share of $120,000, he increased his earnings to $381,795.“Jim told me he was going to run a big race today,” said Smith. “He got carried out a little bit when we were crossing the dirt (shortly after the start) and we went a bit quicker than I wanted to go, but in doing so he was well within himself, was comfortable, very relaxed and sometimes you’ve just got to let a fast horse be fast.”Although Si Sage carved out what appeared to be a legitimate fractions of 23.15, 47.02, 1:11.23 and 1:35.36, no one made a serious move from behind, including 7-5 favorite Bal a Bali, who appeared to be perfectly positioned while second turning for home, but flattened out through the drive and could only manage a fourth place finish.Completing the Whittingham exacta was another French-bred, Patentar, who swung three-wide turning for home, overtook the favorite inside the sixteenth pole and outran Montego Bay for the place. Ridden by Alonso Quinonez, Patentar was off at 32-1 and paid $25.40 and $11.80.“I saved all the ground (early) and I decided ‘If I’m gonna win it, I’ve got to swing out and take a shot,’” said Quinonez. “I really happy with the way he ran.”Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Montego Bay finished third, 1 ¼ lengths in front of Bal a Bali. Off at 20-1, he paid $10.60 to show.There is a two-day Pick Six carryover into Memorial Day, Monday at Santa Anita of $437,763. The total Pick Six pool on Monday is expected to approach the $2 million mark.First post time for a 10-race card on Monday is at 2 p.m. The Pick Six will begin with the fifth race and approximate post time for race five is at 4 p.m. PDT. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.last_img read more

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Linden girl diagnosed with eye cancer departs for Cuba

first_img– family seeking assistance in securing more funds to complete treatmentThree-year-old Crystal John of Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden, who was diagnosed with cancer of the retina, has departed Guyana for Cuba to undergo life-saving surgery.John departed these shores on Tuesday, but her family is still seeking to raise more funds to offset expenses, since the initial target was not met. According to the toddler’s mother, LaShawn Daniels, the family with the help of the Giving Hope Foundation, public-spirited citizens and organisations had managed to secure only part of the funds and as of Thursday, they were still awaiting financial assistance from the Public Health Ministry.The family had initially sought to secure US$10,000, which included the cost forThree-year-old Crystal Johntreatment, accommodation, transportation, and other costs. A number of organisations, including the Giving Hope Foundation Guyana and the Sar & B Nonprofit Foundation have since been on the quest to assist the family in raising the monies with the help of the public.Linden Nurse Colwyn Allen had also organised a telethon on his radio programme “Healthy Living with Nurse Allen” in an effort to assist.Speaking with Guyana Times, Daniels noted that they still needed half of the funds for the toddler’s complete treatment, since they only managed to secure half. The family, she noted, was expected to send the remainder of the money.“We have no idea where we’re going to get it from,” Daniels indicated.Little Crystal was diagnosed with the life-threatening disease when she was just eight months old, resulting in the removal of one of her eyes. It has since spread to her other eye and she is currently unable to see. In an effort to save her life and prevent further spread, her remaining eye has to be removed.As such, her parents, Ivan John and LaShawn Daniels, are seeking the assistance of the public and the Public Health Ministry, in an effort to urgently secure funds for her complete treatment in Cuba.  Donations can be made via Citizens Bank Account # 219-002-772 and GBTI Account # 001062730013.  A GoFundMe account has also been set up at GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/crystals-johns-treatment. Her parents can be contacted on phone numbers 690-0866, 670-4337 or 687-7171, or interested persons can contact the Giving Hope Foundation on telephone number 227-6588.last_img read more

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Challenges continue in Northwest Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Ohio Field LeaderThe challenges of the incredibly difficult planting season for northwest Ohio are spilling over into the harvest season.With over 80% of his 2019 corn and soybean crops not getting planted, Glen Newcomer, an Ohio Soybean Association member from Williams County, said weed control and planting cover crops has become the next big issue in 2019.“We sprayed all our acres early in the season to prevent them from going to seed, and to keep out any noxious weeds,” Newcomer said.All their fields were sprayed, and they were able to go back and follow-up with tillage on several of them.“We stopped planting soybeans on June 30. After that date, we knew the odds were not in our favor for getting a crop to maturity,” Newcomer said.Once planting had ended, the next step was to develop a plan for how the remainder of the acres would be handled in preparation for the 2020 crop year.“Our plan was to either plant cover crops, or till the fields and prepare them as a stale seedbed for next spring. Our goal is to not perform any tillage next spring,” Newcomer said.They still hope to plant wheat this fall in the fields that they want to tile next year. Newcomer had planned to plant about a quarter of the acres that did not get planted this spring to an oat cover crop, however August and early September were wet and did not offer the opportunity to get cover crops established.“I have a semi load of oats that was supposed to be in the ground by now, and we haven’t even touched it,” Newcomer said. “I have never seen a year like this one, and never seen it this widespread. Most of the corn in the area was planted in June. I would guess 40% to 50% of it will be challenged to reach black-layer. For the soybeans, the challenges are even higher, and that crop is just as vulnerable. In my opinion, if we have a frost before October 15, over half the crops that did get planted in the area will not make it to maturity. Everything is just so late.”For those looking to still establish cover crops this fall, time is of the essence according to Jim Hoorman, Soil Health Specialist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.“We are passed the point of planting summer annuals such as sorghum sudangrass and pearl millet,” Hoorman said. “Depending on where you are farming in Ohio, your options are narrowing. In northern Ohio we have until the first week of October, and in the southern part of the state, we probably have until the third week of October depending on the weather. There is still time to establish brassicas such as radish, kale, rape, and grazing turnips. These will all need continued sunlight and rain to get going. The kale and rape will overwinter, but the radish and turnips will winterkill. As far as grasses, we can still plant oats and cereal rye. The oats will winter kill, but the cereal rye will survive all winter. Looking at legumes, we are too late for cowpeas. There is still time for crimson clover and true winter peas.”When planting legumes for cover crops, especially later into the fall, farmers need to remember to use inoculants.Ohio Field Leader is a project of the Ohio Soybean Council. For more, visit ohiofieldleader.com.last_img read more

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Pune activist blames Maharashtra government for recent floods

first_imgAn activist from Pune has blamed the Maharashtra government for the recent deluge in Kolhapur. He alleges that flood lines of the Panchganga river were “redefined” to provide benefits to the construction sector. Hundreds of villages in Kolhapur and neighbouring Sangli were flooded after heavy rains earlier this month. While 55 people died in flood and rain-related incidents, lakhs were evacuated in these western Maharashtra districts. Environmentalist Sarang Yadwadkar claimed to have accessed some documents of the Irrigation Department through an RTI. He said around 500-hectares land along the Panchganga river, which should have been in the flood-affected area (prohibited zone), was marked as residential zone in Kolhapur’s development plan (DP) by “redefining” the flood lines. There are two types of flood lines – blue for the flood level that occurs once in 25 years and red for the one that occurs once in 100 years, he said. “The Irrigation Department issued a circular in 1989 to mark the flood lines for all the rivers in Maharashtra, but it was ignored. Instead of the flood lines, flood levels (general level of a particular flood) were marked and these levels were later superimposed on the DP maps of Kolhapur,” he claimed. In one of the cases in 2015, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) issued directives to the Irrigation Department to mark both the flood lines over rivers across the State, the activist claimed. “The Irrigation Department started the survey work in 2017 and by 2018 it identified the flood lines (considering water flow at 2.14 lakh cusec for blue line and 3.22 lakh cusec for red line) for the Panchganga river and submitted it to the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay,” he said. He said the IIT-Bombay also verified the report and stated that the flood lines were correct. But, when the Kolhapur chapter of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) came to know about it, it found around 500 hectares land going below the blue line and by default becoming a ‘no development’ zone, Mr. Yadwadkar said. The CREDAI, Kolhapur, in October 2018 wrote a letter to the Chief Minister, stating that the work of demarcation of flood lines is done by a private agency, Mr. Yadwadkar said. “It also stated that the 1989 flood-level is marked on the DP and as the flood that year was the largest, it was pointless to mark new flood lines. It stated that new flood lines will create confusion and unrest among people,” he said. He said the CREDAI also stated in its letter that colonies and apartments were developed on most of the portion falling under the new flood lines. “The Chief Minister, in his remarks on the same letter, addressing the Irrigation Department’s Secretary, wrote ‘the flood line marked with DP should be maintained’,” Mr. Yadwadkar said. He claimed that the government then directed the Maharashtra Krishna Valley Development Corporation to follow the instructions given by CREDAI, Kolhapur, while demarcating new flood lines of the Panchganga river. “This remark clearly means that 500 hectares land should be left open for development. Unfortunately, during the recent floods, this was the same area that was submerged,” he said. Mr. Yadwadkar claimed that the Irrigation Department then prepared the flood lines report again, bringing down the river flow from 2.14 lakh cusec to 97,000 cusec for the blue line and from 3.22 lakh cusec to 1.18 lakh cusec for the red line. “Ironically, the IIT-Bombay, instead of raising questions, vetted the report and development continued in the area,” he said. Seeking to know why the flood lines were “redefined”, Mr. Yadwadkar blamed the Chief Minister, State Irrigation Department, Kolhapur civic body and encroachers for the floods in Kolhapur. He sought that responsibilities be fixed on those responsible for the deluge.last_img read more

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Tamaraws come up short against the Green Archers anew

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University came tantalizingly to handing defending champion De La Salle its second straight loss in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.With 2.2 seconds left, all Ron Dennison needed to do was pass the ball to an open teammate who could’ve made the game-winner but Andrei Caracut wouldn’t let the Tamaraws get their shot at history.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Mbala to miss La Salle’s UAAP Season 80 opener vs FEUFEU staged a 16-7 run in the fourth quarter to cut an 11-point lead to just two, 67-65, only to see Go score five straight points in less than a minute to give La Salle a 72-65 cushion with 3:23 to go.La Salle mproved to 6-2, the second-best mark in the league behind Ateneo, while the Tamaraws dropped to 4-4. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games But Green Archers held their composure despite FEU’s relentless attacks and managed to hold the Tamaraws at bay in the fourth quarter.READ: La Salle bounces back, frustrates FEU“We were catching up the whole game so I couldn’t say we had La Salle’s number,” said Racela in Filipino. “We managed to limit Ben Mbala to 18 points, and for a guy who averages around 30 a game, I think the team followed the game plan.”FEU, however, wasn’t able to stop Jolo Go and Ricci Rivero.Rivero scored a game-high 20 points while Go went 4-of-5 from deep for 14 points. And it was Go who kept extinguishing FEU’s late-game fire.ADVERTISEMENT NU fends off FEU for 1-0 lead in PVL Finals As Caracut stole Dennison’s pass, FEU head coach Olsen Racela was beside himself in disbelief.READ: Bench-clearing brawl erupts in La Salle, FEU pre-season gameFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We came out short, I like effort of the guys but you know it came down to the last play,” said Racela Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum after losing to La Salle 75-73.It could’ve been the first time in Aldin Ayo’s tenure that La Salle would’ve lost two straight. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments LATEST STORIEScenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Nextlast_img read more

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Minister Grange Urges Jamaicans to Stand up Against Gender-Based Violence

first_imgStory Highlights Minister Grange was speaking at a church service in observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women held on Saturday (November 25) at the Hagley Park Seventh-day Adventist Church, Kingston. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says it is time for Jamaicans stand up against gender-based violence.“When we take a stand against violence and offer no comfort to perpetrators; when we expose them, when we stop turning a blind eye to the gender-violence that we know goes on next door, when we create a culture that promotes a harmonious world in which men and women live together with gender equality, when we are serious about stopping it, the violence will end,” she said.Minister Grange was speaking at a church service in observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women held on Saturday (November 25) at the Hagley Park Seventh-day Adventist Church, Kingston.The service, under the theme: ‘Leave No One behind: End Violence Against Women and Girls,’ was organised by the Bureau of Gender Affairs, an agency of the Ministry in collaboration with the Jamaica Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.Minister Grange cited police statistics between January 2016 and February 2017, which showed that 150 women were murdered; 263 shot; and 530 were raped. In addition, 511 girls under the age of 16 reported sexual violations and 370 experienced other forms of violations.“Jamaica we have to do better than this,” Minister Grange said.“Today, let us commit that we will no longer be enablers or accessories to the violence. Let us commit to bawl out against the violence. Let us commit to be our sister’s keeper and report acts of violence against her,” she urged.Minister Grange noted that this year’s observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women comes at the height of the #MeToo movement, which encourages victims of sexual harassment and assault to use social media to tell their experience and stand in solidarity with other victims.Noting that Jamaica has been calling for an end to the silence around gender-based violence, Minister Grange said that the campaign offers an important platform for victims, who have suffered for years in silence, to confront their attackers, to heal and to receive closure.“MeToo is a revolution, a wake-up call and a turning point for the whole world. It has made clear the insidiousness and prevalence of sexual harassment and assault,” she said.“It has helped to put faces to the ugly statistic that one out of every three women will become a victim of violence, which means that there are likely to be victims here with us this morning. And certainly, we each know at least one woman or girl who has suffered or is suffering the violence,” she pointed out. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says it is time for Jamaicans stand up against gender-based violence. Minister Grange cited police statistics between January 2016 and February 2017, which showed that 150 women were murdered; 263 shot; and 530 were raped. In addition, 511 girls under the age of 16 reported sexual violations and 370 experienced other forms of violations. last_img read more

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