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Hinds defends WIPA, WICB deal

first_imgWavell Hinds, president of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), has described as surprising, claims by West Indies Twenty20 captain, Darren Sammy, that the organisation has not represented their best interest as it relates to contracts for ICC Twenty20 World Cup in India next month.Sammy, in a recent letter to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), claimed that a reduction in payments for players to participate in the tournament, has ran contrary to their expectations, and, as a result, members squad, are seeking a renegotiation.However, Hinds, whose entity has been at loggerheads with several of its senior playing members, especially since their aborted tour of India in October 2014, has defended negotiated contracts between WIPA and the WICB, saying that what has been arrived at represents the “best interest” of all players in the region.”I am surprised that they (World Twenty20 squad players) are behaving this way, as the information (based on new payments) would have been disseminated to them nine months ago,” stated Hinds.”I was present at all the meetings, and Darren Sammy was not, so I think he is speaking on information he has gotten.”[However], as far as I am concerned the team that I lead, and the executive that I lead, and the members of the (WIPA) negotiating team, did all the best that they could to get the best.”He continued: “This was not just for a selected group of players, but for all the players of the region, including first-class players.”Currently serving his fourth year as president, Hinds explained that the contracts were negotiated based on new payment conditions stipulated by the WICB, as a result of changes at the International Cricket Council (ICC) level.This, he continued, has subsequently resulted in players being offered less money as compared to the Twenty20 World Cup in 2012.LESS MONEY”In February 2014, the International Cricket Council (ICC) agreed to have a new payment scale for its members, and this took effect January 2016,” said Hinds.”The new (players’) remuneration package is therefore based on current commercial revenues available to the WICB, and not that of commercial revenue that obtained in 2012 when the West Indies won the tournament.”There is no specific fees for Twenty20 World Cups anymore. Its ICC Events payments,” he stressed.Hinds also expressed that the disbursement of monies from the ICC has also change with payments now being collectively issued twice per year over a new four- and eight-year period, in comparison, to it’s prior one-off payment regimes.Hinds, in further explaining the new payment structure, also said that player match fees for Twenty20 World Cup has been increased from US$1,750 to US$6,900.This is in addition to an incentive 80 per cent of prize money won, and 50 per cent of sponsorship fees, should there be any.last_img read more

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JFF Technical Centre gets FIFA nod

first_imgFIFA Member Association Service Director Theodore Giannikos is satisfied with the progress made at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Technical Centre, after yesterday assessing the construction of a 24-room dormitory building at the University of the West Indies (UWI) – based facility. The first phase of the project was completed at a cost of US$480,000 ($61 million) and the second and final phase is expected to start this month end, costing US$620,000 (J$78.7 million). It is projected to be finished in six months. “I am impressed. I think it is a good step towards the development of football in the country,” Giannikos told The Gleaner. “This is creative work, very important help to football. The federation will have a very good base to build from (when the building is completed) to help young footballers develop,” he also added. JFF’s general secretary Raymond Grant says the second phase of the project was sent to FIFA for approval. “The second phase is before FIFA for approval by March 28. If approved a contract should be signed between FIFA and YP Seaton (local contractors for the project),” Grant said. “The good thing is that FIFA is satisfied with the plan, so work is expected to start later this month,” the general secretary said. According to JFF president Captain Horace Burrell it is long time coming but worth the wait. “I’m extremely happy that phase one of the project is completed. The project has taken a long time but the vision is for the future. It will benefit generations to come. A lot has gone into the project. It is about the development of our football. Christopher Shaw, project consultant explained that the three storey building will consist of 24 fully furnished double occupancy rooms, a lobby, manager’s office, patio, canteen, technical area, library, cold storage and meeting area. The property is on lands leased to the JFF by the UWI for 49 years.last_img read more

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Celtics keep rolling, top Wolves

first_imgBoston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) drives past Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler (23) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball in Boston, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Defense dominated as Boston went back-and-forth with Minnesota for three quarters.The fourth belonged to the Celtics, who pulled away early in the final period and held off the Timberwolves 91-84 on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 25 points and a career-high 23 rebounds. Jimmy Butler scored 14, Jamal Crawford had 13 points and Andrew Wiggins scored 10 for Minnesota, which lost back-to-back games for the first time since November.“I think we did a pretty good job defensively making it hard on them. We just didn’t make the shots we needed to make,” Towns said. “We fought very hard offensively. It just was a funky night for us.”Boston had a rough night shooting, going 38 for 94 (40.4 percent) and making just 6 of 36 3-pointers. Minnesota also struggled, shooting 36.8 percent from the field.“They are a good team,” Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said. “You’ve got to play 48 minutes against them to win. We didn’t do that. We had a little lull at the start of the fourth.”The Timberwolves, coming off a 98-97 loss at Brooklyn on Wednesday, faded early in the fourth after leading by as many as seven in what had been a tight game. The lead changed 14 times before Boston went up for good in the final period.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 award Thomas to start for Cavs, Rose could return soon Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Celtics: Aren’t home again until Jan. 16, a stretch that includes a game in London against Philadelphia on Jan. 11. … Boston swept the two games against Minnesota last season. … The Celtics shot 20 percent (3 for 15) from 3-point range in the first half.UP NEXTTimberwolves: Host the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.Celtics: Visit the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalscenter_img Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Irving drove for a layup with one second left in the third, starting a 10-2 run that allowed the Celtics to start pulling away. Baynes scored Boston’s first four points of the final period, and Rozier banked in a shot and then added a 3-pointer with 8:02 left that gave the Celtics a 77-68 lead.Boston continued its run, getting a dunk by Baynes followed by a steal by Smart that started a fast break and sent Smart to the line for two free throws that pushed the lead to 85-73 with 6:05 remaining.PLAYING SMARTBoston coach Brad Stevens said Smart is a luxury to have coming off the bench for the Celtics. He scored 16 on Wednesday night as Boston beat Cleveland 102-88 in a rematch of the 2017 Eastern Conference finals, and then led Boston in scoring Friday when the Celtics needed a late push to pull away from Minnesota.“Sometimes when we’re struggling, I think the ball is going to find energy. And Marcus Smart has energy,” Stevens said. “He’s playing at a good level. We need him to continue to do so. Obviously, he’s a really important part of our team.”REBOUNDING WOESTowns pulled down more than half of the Timberwolves’ 43 rebounds, and no other Minnesota player had more than four as Boston dominated the glass 56-43.“We’ve just got to make a conscious effort to go get them. We can’t just rely on Kat (Towns) to get every single rebound,” Butler said. “He did a great job of it, but we’ve got to help him. He can’t be everywhere on the floor.”TIP-INSTimberwolves: Hadn’t lost back-to-back games since Nov. 19 against Detroit and the following night at Charlotte. … Lost their 11th straight at Boston. … Towns had a double-double by halftime with 14 points and 13 rebounds in the first two quarters. His previous career high was 22 rebounds against Houston last Feb. 25, and the most he pulled down this season was 19 against Oklahoma City on Oct. 27. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES “We just stuck with it and the defense came and gave us a victory,” said Marcus Smart, who led Boston with 18 points. “Tonight was one of those games where every last one of us from the starters to the guys coming in off the bench were ready.”Smart scored 16 in the second half and fellow reserve Terry Rozier finished with 14 points for the Celtics, whose bench outscored Minnesota’s 42-20.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We played pretty good defense tonight. That’s what pushed us over at the end,” said Rozier, who added nine rebounds. “Once we locked in on the defensive end, we were fine. Create our offense by creating defense.”Kyrie Irving had 16 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, Aron Baynes had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Jaylen Brown also scored 11 for Boston, which has won five straight and six of seven. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

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Kotoko Arrives on Friday

first_imgA contingent of Asante Kotoko, to be led by acting general manager, Opoku Nti, is expected in Monrovia on Friday.Opoku Nti was a former captain of the Black Stars, as well as Asante Kotoko. He led the Black Stars to win the Zone lll finals in the SCSA tournament in Monrovia.Kotoko will clash with local champions, Barrack Young Controllers in their second leg qualifying match in the CAF Championship League, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Kotoko won the first leg 2-1, and the winner of the two-leg matches advances to the second round.  -30-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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THE POWER OF LIBERIA

first_imgIn a speech in 1973 President William R. Tolbert, Jr. proposed to the nation that the country’s symbols (Flag, Coat of Arms, National Anthem and Motto) be reviewed to reflect – more accurately – Liberia’s ethnic, social, religious and political diversity. Tolbert’s efforts were stymied by a congressionally constituted Commission which, four years later, returned a near unanimous opinion that there was NO NEED to change and/or modify these symbols.  Today, in the aftermath of Coups and Civil Wars, a National Symbols Review Committee has taken up President Tolbert’s challenge to find the words and images which accurately represent ALL of the people. Is there a need for this? Yes, I wager that there is!  Urgent even…  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Maya Angelou, Poet and Activist passed away a few days ago.  I have been told (unverified) that her great masterpiece, ‘I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings’ was written in Liberia.  But more poignantly, her death is a reminder of her great Crusade on the Power of Words… the power of words to both create and destroy.  But Maya’s life and crusade was centered around the intrinsic spiritual ability of words to unite and uplift, to heal and to reconcile.  And that is why the decisions which are ultimately reached by the Review Committee will mean absolutely nothing to the extent that we, as Liberians, do not NOW begin to eliminate from our thinking and banish from our vocabulary the words and descriptions we use to denigrate, to deny, to humiliate, to isolate and to impugn our brothers and sisters as ‘OTHER’ or ‘NOT A PART OF…’.  This is a hugely destructive and dangerously effective exercise which cuts in every direction and defeats us all! Have we not already and too much endured the bitter consequences of this behavior?It is only we, Liberians, who singularly determine the success of the Review Committee. The Committee in its revisionist wisdom might opt to change everything! But the effects of distrust, hatred, ignorance, envy, disunity and suspicion will only be exacerbated if we continue to use the spiritual and verbal tools which shackle, suppress and imprison our happiness, success and development as ONE NATION AND PEOPLE indivisible under GOD.   Remember Maya Angelou’s caution on the Power of Words! How we use (or do not use) language or descriptions between, with, for or against each other underpins any and all efforts to find the common mystic bonds of nationhood.  There can be no more option for failure in this exercise because it will ultimately augur the dissolution of the place we all know and love.What is the meaning of ‘indigenous’ if it is not someone or something native to a specific or legal geography?  Is there anyone born today in Liberia who can claim that they are not indigenous to Liberia, or who do not love the country because they were born there?  Can ‘Americo-Liberians or Congau’ demonstrate love or prove an affinity for places in the Congo, the Bight of Benin, the Carribean Islands or in any of the Dixie States?  If ‘Country’ people are inherently inferior or undeserving of consideration and humanity simply because they were born in Liberia THEN SO ARE WE ALL.  Let US now turn OUR minds and hearts towards creating and using the new vocabulary and descriptions which will bind and unite US, which will heal OUR wounds and enshrine OUR special and sacred humanity as Liberians.  This exercise will not instantly solve all of our problems, but it will give us the strength, the patience and compassion, the vision, mercy and love to succeed and create those things and entities which we have so far failed to do. Let us ALL and TOGETHER face the world as indefatigable and triumphant Liberians in a forward march of Greatness and Destiny.  WE ARE ALL INDIGENOUS!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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Contractors likely to be underpaid as $298M still owed

first_imgD’Urban Park controversy…Finance Minister tells them to “take it or leave it”Contractors are likely to be majorly underpaid for works done at the D’Urban Park complex and Finance Minister Winston Jordan told them they can either “take it or leave it.”Finance Minister Winston JordanThe Minister added that those contractors who are dissatisfied with their underpayment, are free to file lawsuits against the building company, Homestretch Development Inc (HDI) – which was clandestinely registered for the purpose of collecting monies for the D’Urban Park Project.Artist’s impression of the proposed D’Urban Park ProjectThe D’Urban ParkJordan told the yearend press briefing on Monday that the company still owes approximately $298 million to contractors but he noted that Government will not be releasing any more monies.Government on December 14 approved an additional $500 million to be paid out from the Consolidated Fund to a number of contractors and other persons owed varying amounts for works done on the controversial Jubilee Park Project.But the $500 million is inadequate to meet the debts of the company, which owes contractors some $798 million altogether.“Government indicated that it can only accommodate the $500 million as the full and final settlement. What that means is that HDI will have to pay some apportionment relative to the debts owed. This is a ‘take it or leave it’ situation. If you were owed $2 million by HDI, and it works out that you will only get paid $1.2 million, then you could either accept $1.2 million as the full and final settlement or you could sue HDI,” the Finance Minister explained.The Minister refused to expand on his proposal for the disgruntled contractors to file a lawsuit against the building company, shutting down further questions on the matter.“I don’t want to answer any more questions on this,” he expressed, noting that he will only disclose information relative to the financial aspect of the D’Urban Park scandal.It is assumed that the company does not generate its own revenue since it relied on monies from donations and from the public purse for the construction of D’Urban Park.President David Granger had described HDI as a “special purpose” company, setup with the sole purpose of overseeing the D’Urban Park development.It is therefore puzzling regarding the source of the finance for legal proceedings if HDI is sued for underpaying the contractors.Government already pumped $400 million into the D’Urban Park Project, which has been shrouded in secrecy since its inception in 2015.Only several weeks ago it was finally disclosed that a private company was registered in January to collect donations which were given since the previous year towards to D’Urban Park development.Questions still abound regarding which entity collected the monies that were donated before HDI was established. Concerns were also voiced about the absence of public tendering for a project that amounted to close to $1 billion.Education Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine is a director of HDI but Government never disclosed this information.Following a motion brought by Opposition parliamentarian Bishop Juan Edghill, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson finally announced to the National Assembly the list of those who sat as directors of the company.He failed to disclose that his cabinet colleague was a director, and the coalition Administration is yet to offer an explanation regarding why this information was withheld and what process was undertaken for the Education Minister to be sitting as a director.Other affiliates of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government including Larry London is also a director of HDI.Patterson’s Ministry subsequently took over work of the D’Urban Park Project after Government realised that HDI had run out of resources to complete the arena in time for the country’s 50th Independence anniversary celebrations.Government also cited the shoddy works done as reasons for the Public Infrastructure Ministry to take over the project.Meanwhile, Minister Patterson had told the House that a total of $27.7 million was received in the form of donations from private individuals and entities, while another $37 million came about ‘in kind’. As it relates to the donations, the Minister provided a list to the House.The Opposition is calling on the Auditor General to conduct an immediate forensic audit into all revenues, expenditure and donations received. It contends that the coalition Government attempted propagate the impression that D’Urban Park was privately funded when only less than 10 per cent of the financing was from private individuals. (Devina Samaroo)last_img read more

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EU MUST INVESTIGATE FIANNA FÁIL AS PART OF TROIKA PROBE – DOHERTY

first_imgPearse Doherty TDSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has welcomed the EU Parliament’s investigation into the role played by the Troika in Ireland, Greece, Portugal and Cyprus.As part of this process the EU Committee has sent a questionnaire to the political leaders in these countries asking about the role played by the Troika in their countries.However Deputy Doherty said the questionnaire should also be sent to Fianna Fáil as the governing party who “surrendered” the state to the bailout. Deputy Doherty said: “I welcome the EU Parliament’s investigation into the role the Troika has played in Ireland, Greece, Portugal and Cyprus.“It is clear however that the questions need also to be addressed to Fianna Fail as the government of the time of the important decisions.“Sinn Fein contributed through our political group to drafting the questionnaire which contains questions to the EU institutions and IMF as well as direct questions to the Member States.“These include asking the political leaders of each country why they decided to request a financial assistance programme and what role and function they played in the negotiation and set-up of the financial assistance programme for your country. “Clearly these are important questions that have never been fully answered in an Irish context.“I look forward to seeing the replies from the Taoiseach and current Minister for Finance but these questions should also be sent to Fianna Fail as the governing party who surrendered the state to the bailout.” EU MUST INVESTIGATE FIANNA FÁIL AS PART OF TROIKA PROBE – DOHERTY was last modified: November 25th, 2013 by John2Share 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 inquiryfianna failPearse Doherty TDTroikalast_img read more

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ENJOY A UNIQUE THEATRE EXPERIENCE AS EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL SAYS ‘I DO’

first_imgEaragail Arts Festival is delighted to present ‘I Do’ in association with Clonmel Junction Festival and Dante or Die. Don your button-hole, down a glass of bubbly and join Dante or Die’s eleven-strong cast to voyeuristically peek into the lives of a wedding party ten minutes before the ceremony.‘I Do’ is a unique theatre experience that lets members of the audience become a fly on the wall in the build up to a wedding. Divided into six groups, the audience will discover the twists and turns in the plot in a different order, seeing the same ten minutes replayed in each of the rooms, and experiencing that moment in time from each character’s point of view.The best man is practicing his speech.The bridesmaids are squeezing the bride into her dress. Mum and Dad are seeing each other for the first time in years.Grandma is struggling to dress her husband whilst the bride’s brother is getting frisky with the maid of honour. Meanwhile, the groom is frozen.Paul Brown, Festival Director says, “‘I Do’ is one of the highlights of our programme and we’re delighted that The Clanree Hotel is hosting this show.“With six rooms in the same hotel and six interlinked stories, some sad, some funny and some shocking, who knows what you might discover.’‘I Do’ takes place in The Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny from Tuesday, 15th to Friday 18th July with two shows per evening at 6.30pm and 8.45pm. Tickets cost €15 / €12.A pre-theatre dinner is available in the Clanree’s Aileach Restaurant with three courses for €25.00 per person from 6.00pm – 7.30pm. Book your place today by calling hotel reception on 074 9124369.For full details on the Earagail Arts programme visit www.eaf.ie.Earagail Arts Festival is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Donegal County CouncilENJOY A UNIQUE THEATRE EXPERIENCE AS EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL SAYS ‘I DO’ was last modified: July 8th, 2014 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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BLACKMAIL MAN TOOK CONTROL OF MY COMPUTER AND DEMANDED €249

first_imgA MAN took remote control of a Donegal woman’s computer and demanded a credit card payment of €249 to release it, the victim has said.The computer hijacker – thankfully – didn’t get away with the money or the scam.But the victim is warning other people to be vigilant. “Our landline rang at 8pm, my mother in law answered an Indian sounding man was on the other side telling her our internet had been hacked and to go to the computer immediately,” she said.“At this stage she passed me the phone so assuming this person was calling from 3, I did as he instructed and within minutes he had control of the computer and told me I had to pay €249 to regain control of my computer and asked for my credit card details – which I did not give him.“He started to get abusive and threatening so I hung up and tried to shut down my computer which I could not as he was changing all settings and I had no control at all.“I switched off computer and when I went to turn it back on he had it password protected and I could not use it at all. I was very lucky as later when I turned it on again the computer itself recognised suspicious activity had taken place and offer me the chance to reset it to a previous setting.” The victim said she wanted other people to be wary of the bogus callers.“I would like to warn other people in Donegal about this as I found it very distressing and a huge invasion of privacy.” she said. BLACKMAIL MAN TOOK CONTROL OF MY COMPUTER AND DEMANDED €249 was last modified: October 6th, 2014 by John2Share 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:blackmailcomputerdonegalhackersWarninglast_img read more

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LIFFORD MAN ON PARKING CHARGE TOLD TO WALK TO BOOKIES

first_imgA Lifford man has been told by a Judge that he should walk to his local betting shop the next time he wants to put on a wager.Michael Patrick Brown, of Coolatee, Lifford appeared at Letterkenny District Court on a charge of illegal parking.The court heard that the 37 year old parked on double yellow lines on Main Street, St Johnston on February 8th last. Judge Paul Kelly told Brown he would need to walk a little bit the next time he wants to visit the bookmakers instead of parking outside it.He fined the accused €80.LIFFORD MAN ON PARKING CHARGE TOLD TO WALK TO BOOKIES was last modified: September 17th, 2015 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)last_img read more