Finance Asked to Help Private Schools Reduce Tuition

first_imgThe Ministry of Education (MOE) says its decision to reopen schools in February for Academic Year 2015 remains irreversible despite the outcry of parents across the country.George Wou, Administrative Assistant to Deputy Education Minister for Instruction Hawa Goll-Kochi, told newsmen Monday in an interview at his Third Street office that plans were being finalized by the Ministry to reopen schools throughout the country.He indicated that the MOE has submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Finance that would help privately- owned schools to reduce fees to enable parents to afford sending their children to school.He acknowledged that “the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the country imposed hardships on the parents, thus making it difficult for many of them to be able to meet up with fees charged by private schools.”Regarding the concern from many quarters about the deplorable condition of many public schools, lack of adequate seating, toilets and other amenities, Mr. Wou said the Government of Liberia has committed US$2.2 million dollars for the purchase of armchairs and the renovation of public schools to ensure the smooth conduct of classes following the long closure of schools.With the question of managing the Ebola risk in mind, the MOE official disclosed that UNICEF had agreed to supply anti-Ebola materials to all campuses of the 5,800 public and private schools in Liberia to ensure the safety of students during school hours.Wou said thermometers, detergents, faucet buckets for hand washing, as well as other Ebola preventive materials would be supplied to the various schools around the country.“We have put into place mechanism for the reopening of schools. With the decline of Ebola cases throughout Liberia, children should now be in school,” declared Mr. Wou.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Heated debate may arise from tolerance plan

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “Personally, you can’t mandate tolerance,” she said. “You can’t tell people what they should or should not tolerate, but you can tell them that everyone deserves to be treated respectfully.” Before moving forward with the program, Kurachi will ask the district to define tolerance and, specifically, toward whom. “I’m not sure all the board members are on the same page,” she said. “Before staff goes further, we need to have a clarification.” Bill Waxman, the Simi Valley Unified School District’s director of secondary education, said administrators are researching programs, including costs, and identifying those compatible with the district’s needs. He said he doesn’t know whether it will include sexual orientation or whether it will get into specifics. The objective is to teach students about respect and learn ways to solve conflicts. The final decision is up to the five-member board. SIMI VALLEY – In what could become a source of heated debate, a local school board member wants to establish a tolerance and anti-discrimination program in secondary schools for all students, possibly including those of various sexual orientations. School board President Debbie Sandland said the goal is to provide a safe learning environment for all students despite their race, religion or language. “I’m trying to accomplish respect for all people in our school campuses and give people the tools to respect the diversity of our population to ensure all people are treated fairly,” said Sandland, a registered nurse. Fellow board member Carla Kurachi countered that such programs are known to push a nontraditional family, pro-homosexual agenda, which is not in line with the religious community. The issue first came up last year after an altercation at Royal High School that led to the suspension of 20 students. The fight was believed to be race-related. At the time, the school board agreed to implement a tolerance program. “Not all people are alike,” Sandland said. “When we’re dealing with behavior issues or conflicts, it takes away from the education process. “The board agreed that this is a program they’d be interested in looking at. You can’t teach kids to be homosexuals. That’s not something I even thought.” Norm Walker, a former school board member who leans politically to the right, said tolerance training becomes more of a social program to promote a particular point of view. “I object to that,” said Walker, a pastor who served on the board from 1994 to 2002. “I don’t like schools to become a battleground for social issues. “The homosexual lifestyle conflicts with the family life. My concern is that it really is a facade for attempting to teach an alternate lifestyle that neither the parents or community at large would be supportive of.” All human beings deserve to be treated fairly, he said. However, schools ought to be more concerned with the education of students, including raising academic test scores and improving graduation rates, and not focus on social agendas. Benjamin Stilp, executive director of the Ventura County Rainbow Alliance, an advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, said schools that don’t protect all students can be held liable. There are approximately 40,000 lesbian and gay adults living in the county, he said. “I always find it bitterly ironic that when concerned parents get involved, they are referred to as PTA members,” he said. “When someone gets involved and wants to advocate on behalf of lesbians and gays and other students’ safety, they are accused of having a radical homosexual agenda. “Shouldn’t schools be safe for all children, and why would anyone want to single out gay students for abuse?” The Rev. Lou Sheldon, chairman of the Washington, D.C.-based Traditional Values Coalition, said any program that sends the message that homosexuality is normal is not tolerant to the Christian point of view. “We certainly believe you need to teach diversity and tolerance in terms of race and color, ethnicity and religion,” he said. “We do not believe that homosexuality should be included in diversity.” Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Purposefulness Promotes Health, Longevity

first_imgA purpose-driven life has side benefits of psychological health and drive, and might even prolong your life.Live Science published results of a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association that confirmed longevity benefits for people who describe their life as purposeful.The findings held even after the researchers took into account certain factors that could affect people’s sense of life purpose or their risk of death, such as whether the participants had depression.“There seems to be no downside to improving one’s life purpose, and there may be benefits,” said lead author Aliya Alimujiang, a doctoral student at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. “Previous research has suggested that volunteering and meditation may improve psychological well-being.“The findings from a long-term study that began in 1992 and carried forward to a questionnaire in 2006, involving 7,000 people. Mortality rates of participants were studied over subsequent years. Those with low life-purpose scores were more than twice as likely to die, researchers found. The reason, they believe, is that purposeful living lowers stress hormones that lead to inflammation. “Inflammation, in turn, has been previously linked with an increase in risk of early death, according to the study.”It’s nice to know that purposeful living has benefits, but it depends on the purpose. If a Muslim’s purpose is to blow up as many infidels as he or she can, that will not promote longevity!When thinking about your life’s purpose, don’t listen to shallow graduation speeches, or hollow platitudes like “The meaning of life is to live a life of meaning.” No; turn to the Manufacturer! He knows our purpose, and He revealed it to us in His word. Micah 6:8 says, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” The Apostle Paul spoke of his purpose as a “calling.” Paul’s calling as a preacher of the gospel to the Gentiles involved much danger and opposition. Near the end of his life, he wrote to his student Timothy,6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, 7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, 9 who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10 and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher,12 which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.  (II Timothy 1:6-12).Man’s purpose is to glorify our Creator and love Him forever. Each of us individually has a purpose within that purpose – a calling tailored individually to each of us. There is no greater mission in life than to find the will of God for your life, and to fulfill it. Whether or not that leads to health and long life, a life that fulfills our divine mission is a life well livedFurther Reading: 2 Peter, ch. 1. (Visited 199 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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South Africa’s energy supply

first_imgSouth Africa’s strong economic growth, rapid industrialisation and a mass electrification programme led, by early 2008, to demand for power outstripping supply. The multi-faceted plan to correct this includes spending a projected R343- billion over five years to fund a new generation of power stations.South Africa’s steady economic growth as it increasingly focuses on industrialisation, together with its mass electrification programme to take power into deep rural areas, has seen a steep increase in the demand for electricity. In fact, South Africa’s energy demand is expected to be twice the current levels by 2030.Years of underinvestment in the country’s power infrastructure has meant that energy demands are rising faster than Eskom, the state-owned company in charge of the majority of energy generation and distribution, can meet them.Together with Eskom, the government’s Department of Energy has embarked on a massive programme to bring the electricity supply and distribution system into balance. With an infrastructural price tag of around R340-billion, Eskom is building new power stations, including Medupi in Limpopo that will make its first contribution to the grid by 2013, and Kusile, which will come on stream in mid-2014.Green energySouth Africa, which has always been heavily dependent on coal, is looking at ways to diversify its power-generating capacity. The Development Bank, the Treasury and Eskom are working on a renewable energy programme that involves independent power producers.The government is also looking to support sustainable green energy initiatives on a national scale through a diverse range of clean-energy options as envisaged in the Integrated Resource Plan 2010. In terms of this plan, which is a 20-year projection on electricity demand and production, about 42% of electricity generated must come from renewable resources.The Integrated Municipal Infrastructure Project will focus on 23 of the least-resourced districts, and address all the upgrades and backlogs – including in electricity – needed to serve the 17-million people living in those areas.Independent power producers have been introduced. Including projects that cover solar photovoltaic technology, wind, small hydro and concentrated solar thermal generators, these privately held entities and facilities sell power to the government, contributing to the country’s energy mix.Coal, fuel, oil and gasWith abundant coal supplies, South Africa meets around 77% of its energy needs through coal. While it is largely used to generate electricity, a significant amount is channelled to synthetic fuel and petrochemical operations. Around 28% of coal production is exported.Sasol is an integrated energy and chemical company. It beneficiates coal, oil and gas into liquid fuels, fuel components and chemicals with the help of its proprietary Fischer-Tropsch processes. It is the largest coal-to-chemicals producer in the world.Because of its dependence on coal, South Africa is the 14th highest emitter of greenhouse gases. However, the country is a signatory to the Kyoto Protocol, committing it to reducing its emissions of greenhouse gases.The Petroleum, Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa (PetroSA) manages the country’s commercial assets in the petroleum industry, including the world’s largest commercial gas-to-liquids plant at Mossel Bay in the Western Cape.Most of the transport fuel is produced in the coastal areas, but about 68% of it is consumed in inland in Gauteng. This requires investments in the storage and distribution facilities for the supply of petroleum products at the point of need.Transnet Pipelines commissioned a multiproduct pipeline in January 2012, which will ensure inland demand is met as well as cut congestion between Durban and Johannesburg by keeping tankers off the roads. The innovative infrastructure investment – which comprises a 712km long pipeline as well as two terminals – cost R23,4-billion to build.Nuclear powerCurrently, around 6.5% of South Africa’s electricity is provided via Eskom’s Koeberg Nuclear Power Station’s two reactors outside Cape Town.The Nuclear Energy Policy aims to increase the role of nuclear energy as part of the process of diversifying South Africa’s primary energy sources to ensure energy security.The policy will help reduce South Africa’s over-reliance on coal. The long-term vision of the policy is for South Africa to become globally competitive in the use of innovative technology for the design, manufacture and deployment of state-of-the-art nuclear energy systems and power reactors, and nuclear fuel-cycle systems.State-owned Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) undertakes and promotes nuclear energy research and development and innovation. Its reactor- produced radiostopes are exported to more than 60 countries.Brand South Africa reporter, incorporating material from the South African YearbookLast reviewed: 27 November 2012Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Favorite Things: The Shoe Bench

first_imgMany years ago, at a green-building lecture that focused on indoor air quality, I gleaned a factoid that has stuck with me ever since: One of the most common ways that contaminants enter homes is by hitchhiking in on the bottoms of our shoes!At first I found this startling, even laughable—as do many people to whom I relay this information. But then the light began to dawn—when we’re out walking around in shod feet, we inevitably walk on streets, parking lots, sidewalks, and lawns. And on those surfaces are inevitably deposited substances that, if you spend more than a few seconds thinking about them, will make you scrunch up your nose in disgust:GasolineBrake fluidAntifreezeMotor oilFertilizersPesticidesHerbicidesDog dooNot too long after that revelation, when my son was about five months old, an Estonian nanny came to work in our home. She never wore shoes in the house, explaining in the most diplomatic way possible that, where she came from, it simply wasn’t done—for precisely the reasons enumerated above.Now, it was one thing for me to blithely tromp around my house with my shoes on, being sure to wash my hands if they came in contact with the floor. It was quite another to contemplate the fact that my infant child spent a fair amount of his time if not on the floor, then in very close proximity to it—needless to say, his hands were often on the floor, and he would pick up anything from the floor at any time. Hand-washing, even now at age 9, still isn’t very high on his list of favorite things to do.And so I became a shoes-free convert. Everyone in the household got a pair of fleece scuffs to wear around the house, the hall closet became home to a shoe rack, and we learned to put up with a resident covey of shoes in the entry hall.When we did an energy retrofit to the house about three years ago (see case study), we removed a big, leaky greenhouse window from the south wall of our front entry hall. This meant there wasn’t going to be much of a wall left, so, since one of my mottoes is “Think of demolition as opportunity,” I designed a shoe bench and storage area for the space.I’m a big fan of built-in storage anyway, but even so, this is one of my hands-down favorite features of the house. I absolutely love it. It gets used every single day, occupies very little floor space, and provides space for so many things, I can’t even list them all—but here are a few:Shoes and slippers (of course)Putting shoes on and taking them off (naturally)Grocery sacks—full ones inbound, empty ones outboundBike helmetsOutgoing mailLibrary booksPurse, keys, etc., when I come in and hang up my coatHatsUmbrellasSunscreenOur shoes-free policy is a fairly liberal one. Those of us who are here the most usually leave our shoes at the door and pad around in slippers or socks. Some of our visitors do, too. But we don’t insist on it, because some people are really loath to remove their shoes, even though we do have toasty radiant floors. My philosophy is that perfection in anything is pretty difficult to achieve, so if we eliminate 90% of the tracked-in crud, that’s pretty darned good.Of course, you don’t have to remodel your house to go shoes-free —if you have enough space, you can give this a try just by adding a chair or stool to your entryway and making room nearby for a few pairs of shoes and slippers. You may find that it’s quite easy to adopt this particular habit and leave the dirt at the door.last_img read more

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Using Nano-Influencers to Promote Your Brand on Social Media

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Today, every average schoolchild knows who influencers are. These are the influential people on Instagram – celebrities who have millions of active followers. The presence of your product in an educational account — means that millions of people will see your item. Many of those people (parents and such) are likely to buy that product or service after the approval of the Insta-authority. This is using nano-influencers to promote your brand on social media.Regardless of all the obvious benefits that advertisements done with influencers may bring you, there are disadvantages too. The first is the price. The bigger the influencer’s audience grows — the more expensive the collaboration becomes. The second is obvious commercialization and loss of sincerity that comes together with fame and influence. More people start considering them fakes and don’t believe them anymore.Besides, a customer of the average income feels difficulties in associating oneself with the rich and famous. This is why recently micro influencers who have less audience were on the top of social media marketing trends. But now there’s a new thing – nano influencers. Who are they and how can they help you with sales?Who Are Nano Influencers?Nano influencer is not a celebrity or a very rich person. It’s an average social media user who has an attractive Instagram account. The number of followers this person has is not big – a thousand or several thousand. How can such a small account be helpful?Usually, such an amount of followers of the average person means that the content is engaging and the person has a certain authority in the local community. Many of their followers are their acquaintances but their accounts may be interesting even for strangers. Nano influencers rarely have the experience of social media marketing but they know how to make their accounts attractive – through attractive pictures, interesting discussions or informative value that meets a certain audience’s group needs. They also know how to use the proper hashtags that increase the visibility of their posts to a wider audience. Such people like to show what they bought, what place they visited and what service they used and they often share their experience with their audience. Reasons to Collaborate with Nano-InfluencersThey dig the interests of your target groupEach brand that sells goods or services should understand what its target audience wants. But who will know it better than a representative of this audience? These are average living people and their needs are close to the needs of other people from your target group. Working with such people may help you be more specific in your targeting, find new horizons to promote your brand and increase sales through social media. They are real and are easier to relate toMaybe with nano influencers, fewer people will see your brand, but there are chances to improve sales and get new committed customers. The example and advice of an average person who tried a product visited some place or went to some holistic health center are helpful to many other average people. They also want to try something that was tried and praised by a nano influencer, because it’s a person who is just like them.They won’t cost you muchSuch people will be glad to receive free products and a small payment. Of course, as their audience grows, their demands will become higher (and this is why micro influencers are losing their relevance) but people with one thousand followers will be happy to help you without a big cost. What Are the Possible Problems?The first thing that makes some marketing specialists feel skeptical about nano influencers is difficulties in tracking the efficiency of such an advertisement strategy.  It’s much easier to track one macro influencer than twenty nano influencers. Studying the efficiency is a very important part of social media marketing that helps develop better selling strategies.The other problem is that you need sponsored posts to contain certain keywords and be written in a certain way that may not always respond to the account’s initial mood and style. There can be also problems with the narrow audience if your goods don’t meet their expectations. However, these problems can be avoided with a smart approach and negotiation with the influencer.Marketing through nano influencers is a new important tool in social media marketing that can really increase your sales. This strategy won’t make your brand famous but will help you find new customers in your local area. Amelia Grant Digital Marketing Jobs in the Government Sector Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Related Posts Tags:#celebrity influencers#Influencers#nano-influencers#social media I am Amelia Grant, journalist, and blogger. I think that information is a great force that is able to change people’s lives for the better. That is why I feel a strong intention to share useful and important things about health self-care, wellness and other advice that may be helpful for people. Being an enthusiast of a healthy lifestyle that keeps improving my life, I wish the same for everyone.Our attention to ourselves, to our daily routine and habits, is very important. Things that may seem insignificant, are pieces of a big puzzle called life. I want to encourage people to be more attentive to their well-being, improve every little item of it and become healthier, happier, stronger. All of us deserve that. And I really hope that my work helps to make the world better. last_img read more

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UFC rival Nate Diaz slams McGregor over boxing loss

first_imgDiaz won their first bout via rear-naked choke, while McGregor avenged that loss at UFC 202 via decision. /raRELATED STORIES:UFC: Trilogy bout with Nate Diaz should happen at 155 lbs, McGregor insistsUFC: Diaz not rushing McGregor trilogy, says he won both fights Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ Read Next The 32-year-old lanky fighter reposted a photo from the UFC’s official Instagram page, which quoted McGregor as saying, “I Never Lose Either I Win Or I Learn.” Houston Rockets sold for $2.2 billion Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses In true Diaz fashion, he lashed out at his former adversary and described the “fight of the century” as “over promotion.”“He punched himself out the same way he lost in the Ufc there was no learning goin on..,” he wrote.“Bullsh** get off the nuts this the sh*t I’m talking about Bruce Lee would’ve never lost like that,” he added, along with another expletive hashtag and emoji.Diaz’s comments came after McGregor appeared to be winning the early rounds of the bout, before Mayweather picked up his rhythm en route to a TKO victory in the 10th round. The MMA fighter was visibly gassed mid-way to the fight—which Diaz knows all too well as McGregor’s cardio was also suspect the first time they fought at UFC 196 last year.Although Diaz’s smack talk is nothing new for MMA fans, it certainly sets up the stage for a a possible trilogy bout, when McGregor decides to return to the promotion.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Although he came up short against one of the best boxers to ever lace up a pair of gloves, Conor McGregor was widely praised by the mixed martial arts (MMA) community for his valiant effort against Floyd Mayweather Jr. last week.FEATURED 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 shutoutBut not everyone was pleased with the Irish superstar’s crossover from the octagon to the boxing ring, especially his rival Nate Diaz, who chastised the UFC Lightweight Champion in a recent social media post.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more

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Cavs opt not to show Kyrie Irving tribute video on opening night

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:37Protesters 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Ateneo holds off NU to keep perfect slate Meanwhile, Carper clarified that the decision was not in any way related to the horrific injury suffered by the Celtics’ Gordon Hayward, who appeared to fracture his ankle just five minutes into the game.READ: Gordon Hayward suffers gruesome ankle injury in Celtics’ season-openerBefore packing his bags to Beantown, Irving donned the Cavs’ colors for six seasons and was an instrumental figure to the team’s first ever NBA title run in the 2015-2016 season. /raADVERTISEMENT Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients center_img MOST READ Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving, left, and Gordon Hayward look on from the bench during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Boston, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.  AP PHOTO/Winslow TownsonThe Cleveland Cavaliers were supposed to honor their former point guard Kyrie Irving on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) as he stepped foot inside the Quicken Loans Arena as member of the Boston Celtics for the first time.But even after the Cavs survived a thrilling nail-biter against the visiting team on opening night, the video tribute never aired.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH READ: Cavaliers hold off Celtics in NBA openerAccording to Cleveland.com’s Jason Lloyd, several Cavs officials—including majority owner Dan Gilbert—decided not to show the video after failing to find the “right moment.”FEATURED 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 were expecting to run it at a floating opportunity based on the right moment, and we felt that moment never presented itself,” the team’s spokesman Tad Carper told the sports writer.Irving’s former teammates were also reportedly irked upon learning about the tribute video, after the four-time All-Star publicly asked to be traded this off-season. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

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