Guangzhou holds off Seoul for Asia League title

first_imgView comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Photo from Asia League FacebookMACAU—Guangzhou avoided a late-game collapse and survived Seoul’s rally to come away with a 78-72 victory and the championship in the Asia League Super 8 Sunday at Macau East Asian Games Dome.The Long Lions held a big 16-point lead, 65-49, at the 7:38 mark of the fourth quarter after Zheng Zhun’s layup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Beermen back in finals, knock off Aces in Game 4 Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img That lead, however, dissipated after the Samsung Thunders went on an electrifying 20-6 run that Kim Dong Uk’s three-pointer capped off that pulled the Korean side to within two, 71-69, with 58 seconds left to play.Guangzhou managed to survive through free throws as the Long Lions went 7-of-8 from the line in the final minute of the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Ju Mingxin led the Long Lions with 25 points and five rebounds while Zheng had 13 points and seven boards.Lee Gwan Hee put up 34 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Samsung Thunders while Kim and Jang Min Guk had 14 and 12 points, respectively. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamlast_img read more

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Liberia Anguished over Isolation by African Neighbors

first_imgThe Government of Liberia is not taking lightly what it sees as the ostracizing of the three nations affected by the Ebola virus — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.Addressing foreign newsmen over the weekend, Liberia’s Foreign Minister, Augustine K. Ngafuan, recalled a time “when certain African nations were ravaged by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.” Liberia, he said, did not shut its doors for fear of contagion. The Foreign Minister could only have been referring to one nation — South Africa — the latest African nation to close its borders to passengers traveling from the Mano River Union. Ngafuan also reminded newsmen that the Ebola virus used to be known as an East African disease before it suddenly surfaced in the West African rainforest. “As we speak,” he pointed out, “it has gone right back to Zaire. Who knows where it will go next?”Ngafuan said while it is understandable that countries not affected by the Ebola outbreak may take measures to protect their citizens, they should heed the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations which do not support travel or trade restrictions on Liberia and other countries hit by the Ebola virus. The WHO has been emphatic in its warning against the imposition of air and sea restrictions: “If you try to shut down air travel and sea travel, you risk affecting to a huge extent the economy, people’s livelihoods and their ability to get around without stopping the virus from traveling. You can’t ship goods in. Sometimes these goods are basic staples people need to survive — food and fuel,” said WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl.  “In these difficult moments in our countries,” Ngafuan asserted, “we expect our African brothers and sisters across the globe to take actions that will complement measures already undertaken by the affected countries with a view to speedily eradicating the disease. Actions grounded primarily in paranoia may, instead of aiding affected countries, lead to blanket stigmatization of citizens from these countries and may make it doubly difficult for affected countries to effectively combat the Ebola disease.” The WHO further emphasized that official border closures would constrain resources to address the epidemic and would not stop all means of travel outside of affected areas. The Foreign Minister commended the African Union (AU), which is expected to soon dispatch a military medical personnel team to Ebola affected countries including Liberia. The AU team is expected to comprise doctors, professional nurses, infection control officers, social workers, medical data management experts, among others. He made specific mention of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) which has already dispatched a five-member team of medical experts to Liberia. He also commended the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for committing US$500,000 to aid Liberia’s fight against the deadly virus. The Government of the Kingdom of Morocco also rceived commendation for continuing flights of Royal Air Maroc (the Moroccan national carrier) to Monrovia and Freetown. Regional airlines such as Gambia Bird, Ghana Airways and Arik Air have halted flights to Monrovia in the wake of th outbreak of the Ebola virus, as have international carriers. British Airways has suspended flights to Monrovia. Delta’s flights will be suspended as of August 31.  SN Brussels had recently suspended its service to Liberia because landing in Liberia would have caused other countries to reject the Belgian carrier. The airline announced later Tuesday night that it had sorted out the issue, and that flights would resume Thursday, August 28.  The Foreign Minister was not the only Liberian official to register his disappointment with the isolation of the affected nations. Information Minister, Lewis Brown, addressing newsmen in Monrovia Tuesday, also recalled a time when Liberia came to the aid of other countries.  “Many of those who have now isolated Liberia have benefited from its friendship in the past. When the world found it fashionable and acceptable to ostracize them, Liberia welcomed them and was despised for it. But we were proud of what we were able to do for them.”center_img “How do we get the supplies we need?” Brown wondered. “Aid workers coming in to help us are coming from afar. They also come in rotations. He described the isolation of the Mano River Union as being “against the African spirit and that of African solidarity”, but nonetheless expressed the confidence that Liberia would weather this storm as it has others. Minister Brown, too, could only have been referring to South Africa, during whose apartheid struggle many comrades (including Nelson Mandela) traveled on Liberian passports and took refuge here.  Ivory Coast, Liberia’s neighbor to the east which still has refugees in Liberia since its civil conflict a few years ago, rejected a vessel that had docked at the Freeport of Monrovia.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) While commending all countries, institutions, and individuals that have contributed towards the fight against the Ebola disease in Liberia and other affected countries, Minister Ngafuan also commended all African countries that have already contributed or communicated intentions to contribute to the fight against the disease. For other countries to isolate Liberia — rejecting ships that have docked in Liberia, canceling flights and shutting down businesses — is “unfair, unjust and un-African,” Brown contended. Even close neighbors, Brown said, have turned their backs on Liberia. last_img read more

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Guyanese volunteer wins Commonwealth Point of Light award

first_imgGuyanese volunteer Denise Dias has been recognised by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom as the recipient of the Commonwealth Point of Light award.This is in light of the extraordinary voluntary work that she has done in campaigning for better road safety regulations after the death of her daughter Alicea Dias.Having received the award, Dias noted that she is shocked and “so honoured”. “Even though I haven’t got Alicea in my life now, she continues to save so many lives across Guyana,” Dias expressed.The British High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn, has since said that Denise Dias has been a tireless campaigner on road safety. “I have been humbled by her work, especially given the tragic circumstances surrounding it. She is, without question, a very deserving recipient of a Points of Light award, and it is an honour for me to have the opportunity to congratulate her on this occasion,” he said.British High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn, presenting a copy of the award to Denise DiasThe foundation, Alicea Foundation, was established in 1997 following the death of Denise’s 17-year-old daughter Alicea, who was involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver in 1996. The foundation organises a weekly one-hour vigil outside the Parliament Buildings. For four years, grieving mothers and supporters, dressed in black and carrying pictures of their lost ones, have participated in the vigil. Eventually, road safety legislation was passed. The amendment in 2002 saw the enforcement of the use of helmets, seat belts, breathalyzers and radar guns.Her Majesty is thanking those persons from the 53 Commonwealth nations who have made exceptional and inspirational volunteer work in their communities and beyond. The heads of government of these nations will meet to celebrate the volunteering works and inspire others to contribute towards the social challenges of today. The Points of Light award recognises outstanding volunteers every day of the week, and is given to persons who volunteer their time and service towards making a difference in their communities. The official award for Denise Dias will be presented on April 14 at Pakuri Village, during a Commonwealth Big Lunch hosted by High Commissioner Greg Quinn.last_img read more

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NAREI hosts Open Day

first_imgIn observance of Agriculture Month 2018, the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) hosted an Open Day for schools and agricultural institutions on Friday.The Open Day is promoting the theme for Agricultural Month, “Shaping agriculture in a green economy.” At GSA on Friday, there was a large number of exhibits showcasing the work of the institution as numbers of primary, secondary and university students benefited from this event.Speaking at the event, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI), Dr Oudho Homenauth, explained that the event demonstrates aspects of inter-cropping and the value-added productsSeveral students, accompanied by their teachers, grasped information from NAREI representative during the Open Daythat NAREI promotes, which include spices, coconuts and cassava, since these are major commodities.Dr Homenauth added that information will be passed on to the agriculture students, since the event is likely to give the students a better understanding of agriculture and knowledge on the careers in agriculture.Secondary schools from as far as Skeldon on the Corentyne in East Berbice converged at the NAREI, since the event provided information for the CSEC Agriculture School Based Assessment (SBA) and CAPE Agriculture Internal Assessment (IA). Teachers from the various schools explained that the NAREI Open Day has exposed the CSEC students to a wider range of crops, and will greatly assist in the schools’ curriculum.Meanwhile, University students speaking to Guyana Times explained that the Open Day has provided knowledge for handling agricultural pests on crops, increase in crop production, and would greatly aid in their upcoming project on control of mechanisms for agricultural pests.The National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) is the premier organisation responsible for spearheading agricultural research and extension activities for productivity enhancement and diversification of the non-traditional crops sector (fruits and vegetables), bio-fuel development, as well as for plant quarantine services.NAREI’s vision is to ensure food security, prosperity and livelihoods of all, using technological innovations in agriculture. The Institute is actively engaged in adaptive research that focuses on improving crop production and productivity for enhanced food security and rural development.last_img read more

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Auditor General collaborating with GRA for cost oil claims audit – Jordan

first_img…says Govt looking towards external assistanceWhile the Government of Guyana will place much reliance on the help it gets from its external partners to audit ExxonMobil’s cost oil claims, Finance Minister Winston Jordan has said the Audit Office does have an input in these activities.In an interview with Guyana Times on the sidelines of an event on Sunday, Minister Jordan was asked for an update on Government’s audit of the US$460 million pre-contract costs claimed by Exxon in its contract with the Guyana Government.“We are trying to get some help out of the Department of Energy. They are supposed to be helping [the Guyana Revenue Authority] GRA and the Auditor General’s Office to source input for these (initiatives), bearing in mind we don’t have any expertise in these areas.”“Also, expertise doesn’t come cheap,” he added. “Therefore, we’re looking forward to financial assistance from the World Bank and the IDB to help us establish these agreements, in terms of getting people and (other requirements) and so on.”After its 10th discovery of oil in the Stabroek Block, ExxonMobil has estimated the recoverable resource in the block to be five billion oil equivalent barrels. At US$50 a barrel, that equates to well over US$200 billion. In addition, an independent assessment, or competent persons report, had found that 2.9 billion barrels of oil existed in the Orinduik Block.Exxon is expected to use revenue from its production in order to recoup its capital investment. Whatever remains of this is the ‘profit oil’ Guyana will have to split with the oil company and its associates.According to Annex C of the Production Sharing Agreement (PSA), Guyana signed with Exxon, pre-contract costs “shall include four hundred and sixty million, two hundred and thirty seven hundred thousand and nine hundred and eighteen United States Dollars (US$460,237,918) in respect of all such costs incurred under the 1999 Petroleum Agreement prior to the year ended 2015.”Exxon is expected to use revenue from its production in order to recoup its capital investment. Whatever remains of this is the ‘profit oil’ Guyana will have to split with the oil company and its associates.PreparationA burning question had been what preparations Government would make for oil and gas and auditing these costs, in the recently presented 2019 Budget. It turns out that a total of $333.2 million in capital funds was allocated by the Government for Petroleum and Energy Management.The estimates also detail that current expenditure, which among other things will go towards employment and other recurrent costs, was $90.9 million. Specifically, wages and salaries are expected to cost the Treasury $20.5 million.According to the budget estimates, however, only three positions are currently filled in the Department of Energy. In addition, the estimates show that all these employees are employed on a contractual basis.$43.3 million is earmarked for ‘other goods and services purchased’. Under this heading, $30.3 million will be spent on security services, while $5 million will be spent on training that includes scholarships. Under a heading named ‘other’, a sum of $12 million is earmarked.Meanwhile, $100 million is earmarked for building expenses; $200 million for institutional support for the oil and gas sector; $28 million for purchasing vehicles and the remainder for the purchase of furniture and equipment.last_img read more

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Inconnu swimmers have strong showing at B.C. provincials

first_imgInconnu Swim Club athletes were in Chilliwack last month for the Swim B.C. Provincial AA Championships. Swimmers posted personal best times and they also had breakthrough swims in at least one event.Ty Haugan made his qualifying Swim B.C. AA times this season which is significant in that the organization made cut times harder this year. He also was able to shave 11 seconds off of his preliminary time set in the 400 metre freestyle.Tate Haugan won in the 200 metre breaststroke as he overtook the field over the final 25 metres of the race. He also achieved his Swim B.C. AAA qualifying time in the event.- Advertisement -Jamie Jodoin made it to the finals of the 200 metre breaststroke and improved her personal best in the event by five seconds as she finished in 3:05.07.David Shipalesky improved his times significantly in three of the four events he competed in. He also came close to meeting the Swim BC AAA qualifying times in the 1,500 metre freestyle and the 200 metre backstroke.In a release Inconnu coach Jason Brockman said that he was impressed with the team results over the weekend. He added that he appreciates Swim B.C. providing a high level of competition for athletes as it allows them to enjoy the sport and have the opportunity to be recognized for their dedication and commitment.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Modric the latest to join Real Madrid injury list

first_img0Shares0000Luka Modric is the latest Real Madrid player in the treatment room © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Feb 20 – Luka Modric has become the latest player to join the queue to the Real Madrid treatment room, with the injury problems starting to pile up for coach Zinedine Zidane.The Croatian playmaker has a thigh injury, meaning he is set to sit out Wednesday’s rearranged La Liga game at Leganes. “He felt a pain and didn’t train today,” Zidane said at a press conference on Tuesday.“I don’t think it’s much. I have confidence in the physios and the doctors, so that he will be back with us quickly.”A statement on Real’s website said Modric “has been diagnosed with a muscle injury in the biceps femoris of the right leg.”They did not say how long he will be out, but the news is a worry with their Champions League last 16, second leg away to Paris Saint-Germain just two weeks away.Modric’s fellow midfielder Toni Kroos is sidelined with an injury to his left knee suffered against PSG last midweek.Meanwhile, Brazilian left-back Marcelo came off with a hamstring problem in Sunday’s 5-3 win at Betis.All three are doubts for the PSG return leg at the Parc des Princes on March 6.Zidane accepted that his players could be feeling the effects from the effort they put in to beat PSG 3-1 last week, a result that has galvanised the reigning European champions after an indifferent run of form.“When you get little injuries, that means that there has been an enormous effort,” said Zidane.“But it’s by putting pressure on ourselves to play with that intensity for 90 minutes every three days that we are able to produce such great performances.”Zidane is likely to rotate his squad for the match at near neighbours Leganes, postponed in December due to Real’s involvement in the Club World Cup. The game kicks off at 1845 (1745GMT).Madrid are fourth in La Liga, 17 points behind leaders Barcelona. But a win will lift them above Valencia and into third.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Man City, Man United, Chelsea or Arsenal – where next for Pep?

first_img3 Chelsea:How about the pull factor of London? Well, if reports in the Daily Mail today are anything to go by, lifestyle could certainly play a part in any decision as Guardiola’s wife is allegedly keen on a move to the capital. Roman Abramovich is armed and ready to make the Spaniard the highest paid manager in the world after dismissing the seemingly impregnable Jose Mourinho on Thursday. Guardiola, however, has publicly voiced his concerns about the state of the Chelsea squad, claiming they need ten new players after a dismal defence of their Premier League crown so far. Abramovich’s ruthless record with incumbents in the past may not settle well with Guardiola either, while no guarantee of Champions League football next season is another massive stumbling block.Then again, his fierce rivalry with Mourinho dating back to their El Clasico days means the opportunity to succeed him, and duly put one over the Special One, could be prove enticing.Likelihood: 3/5 Arsenal:If all four managerial posts became available at the same time and money wasn’t a factor, Guardiola would probably choose Arsenal. The Spaniard’s possession-based mantra means both parties are highly compatible as he is a huge admirer of the similar philosophy established by Arsene Wenger in his 19 years in north London.Availability is the key word though. Wenger and co are flying at the moment, so any move for Guardiola could unsettle the squad and derail their most convincing title tilt for years. Wenger, who sits on the Arsenal board, would almost certainly never be sacked, which means seeing out his contract until it expires in 2017 is the most feasible outcome.Guardiola was willing to take a sabbatical before moving to Bayern Munich in 2013, but would he really commit to another hiatus to accommodate another year of the Wenger regime?Likelihood: 2/5 3 3 Manchester United:The recent gloom that has descended over Old Trafford has led to claims that Ed Woodward and his bunch of merrymen may cut their losses with Louis van Gaal by wielding the axe. Guardiola’s availability might well be a once in a generation opportunity for the Red Devils to truly identify their long-term replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson after failing with David Moyes and Van Gaal thus far.Financially, United could match any of their competitors after recent astronomical kit deals that boosted their global franchise, while their prestigious history gives them an edge over arch rivals City.United’s poor form this season, however, means any bid to secure Guardiola for the start of next season would be undermined if they cannot offer Champions League football. Limitations within the current squad, which looks severely depleted in all areas, also means less room for tactical experimentation and rotation – something Guardiola has prided himself upon at Bayern.Likelihood: 3/5 The most wanted man in football is back on the market after Pep Guardiola confirmed over the weekend that he will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season.Guardiola is a man of his word, meaning he will see out the rest of his contract as the sun sets on another of the Barcelona legend’s managerial projects.Unsurprisingly, the queue of potential admirers is both lengthy and esteemed as a host of European heavyweights, including last season’s top four in the Premier League, jostle for his services.But which destination suits Guardiola best? And which is most likely to materialize?talkSPORT takes a look…Manchester City:The most viable outcome to the Guardiola saga would see the Spaniard succeed Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad at the end of the season. Reports in Germany over the weekend, supposedly fuelled by City centre-back Martin Demichellis, even implied all aspects had already been formalized.City, as an expanding global brand backed by eye-watering investment, would certainly appeal to Guardiola as the next project for him to get stuck into. His record in the Champions League, in start contrast to the pitfalls of Pellegrini, is impeccable, and the City hierarchy will hope he could deliver that elusive first European crown. Pellegrini himself seems resigned to eventually being succeeded by Guardiola too, stating: “I hope he will have the option to work at Manchester City. I say that because I love this club and I hope, in the future, he can work here also. I am sure that he will be very important for the club.”City may also hold the aces in the pack when it comes to seducing Guardiola as chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain (below left) have already worked with the 44-year-old at Barcelona.Likelihood: 4/5 Pep Guardiola last_img read more

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MORE THAN 500 ATTEND JOHN DOWNEY DEFENCE FUND EVENT

first_imgSinn Féin Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has said he is extremely proud of the republican community in Donegal after the huge success of a fundraiser in aid of the John Downey Defence Fund.Some 500 republicans from across the county packed into the Lagoon in Termon along with Sinn Féin representatives from Donegal, Derry, Tyrone, Monaghan, Belfast and Mayo. Mr Downey is in police custody in London after being arrested in connection with the Hyde Park Bombings.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said the event was a huge statement of support for John and a morale boost for his friends and family.“The wrongful arrest of our friend and colleague, John Downey, shocked the people of Donegal and the wider republican family across Ireland.“It was vindictive and wrong. But as evidenced by Saturday ‘s event, John’s arrest has motivated the republican community. I was proud to see the people of Donegal rally in such huge numbers behind the Downey family. “I am also proud of my Sinn Féin colleagues from across Ireland who also came along to show their support for John. The presence of an MEP, an MP, an MLA, TDs and many councillors shows the political support that the campaign for John’s release has received. Their presence adds to the political support that was demonstrated in Donegal County Council recently after cross-party support for a motion calling for his release was passed.“We now need to continue this campaign, defend the peace process and have John Downey returned home to his family immediately.”MORE THAN 500 ATTEND JOHN DOWNEY DEFENCE FUND EVENT was last modified: June 17th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arrestfundraiserJohn Downeylast_img read more

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MEP: Donegal should qualify for EU aid as floods cause over €400 million in damage

first_imgMEP Marian Harkin says that Ireland should apply for the European Solidarity Fund to assist with €400 million needed for reconstruction following the catastrophic floods last week.Harkin has contacted Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, to initiate this process and also made contact with the European Commission regarding the possible application.“This fund was set up by the European Union to assist Member States in the aftermath of national or regional disasters and, while the amounts awarded were small compared to the overall damage, it was nonetheless, of some assistance to Member States to get the clean-up underway and start repairing or rebuilding damaged infrastructure,” she said. Ireland was previously awarded €13 million in aid following the severe flooding in the Cork region.“Each region has a damage threshold that must be exceeded in order to apply for aid. In the case of the Border, Midland and Western region, that threshold is €497.8 million”, the Independent MEP pointed out.“As the estimated costs of the flooding are currently in excess of €400 million it was highly likely that the affected area would qualify for aid, and I have therefore asked the Minister to start the ball rolling”, she said.She concluded, “It is also worth noting that there was flexibility as to the threshold requirement where a number of smaller countries such as Malta, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia were able to access the Solidarity Fund for natural disasters without reaching the threshold, and I will be raising this point with the EU Commission.” MEP: Donegal should qualify for EU aid as floods cause over €400 million in damage was last modified: August 31st, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:eu aidfloodsInishowenmarian harkinlast_img read more

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