Everywhere and nowhere: The many layers of ‘cancel culture’

first_img1 of 3 FILE – NFL football quarterback Colin Kaepernick applauds during W.E.B. Du Bois Medal ceremonies at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. on Oct. 11, 2018. Kaepernick has been condemned by President Donald Trump and others on the right and had not played an NFL game since 2016, when he began kneeling during the National Anthem to protest “a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” But he has appeared in Nike advertisements, been honored by the ACLU and Amnesty International among other organizations and reached an agreement with the Walt Disney Co. for a docuseries about this life. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) This combination photo shows, from left, morning news show anchors Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose, filmmaker Woody Allen and actor Kevin Spacey, who have all been accused of sexual abuse and harassment. Lauer and Rose were terminated and Allen was dropped by his U.S. distributor Amazon and Spacey has not worked on a big budget film since his last film “All the Money in the World,” which his role was replaced last-minute by Christopher Plummer. (AP Photo) This combination photo shows authors J.K. Rowling, left, and Salman Rushdie. Rowling, threatened legal action against a British news site that suggested she was transphobic after referring to controversial tweets she has written in recent months. Rushdie was forced into hiding because of death threats because of his novel “The Satanic Verses.” (AP Photo) NEW YORK | So you’ve probably read a lot about “cancel culture.” Or know about a new poll that shows a plurality of Americans disapproving of it. Or you may have heard about a letter in Harper’s Magazine condemning censorship and intolerance.But can you say exactly what “cancel culture” is? Some takes:— “It seems like a buzzword that creates more confusion than clarity,” says the author and journalist George Packer, who went on to call it “a mechanism where a chorus of voices, amplified on social media, tries to silence a point of view that they find offensive by trying to damage or destroy the reputation of the person who has given offense.”— “I don’t think it’s real. But there are reasonable people who believe in it,” says the author, educator and sociologist Tressie McMillan Cottom. “From my perspective, accountability has always existed. But some people are being held accountable in ways that are new to them. We didn’t talk about ‘cancel culture’ when someone was charged with a crime and had to stay in jail because they couldn’t afford the bail.”— “‘Cancel culture’ tacitly attempts to disable the ability of a person with whom you disagree to ever again be taken seriously as a writer/editor/speaker/activist/intellectual, or in the extreme, to be hired or employed in their field of work,” says Letty Cottin Pogrebin, the author, activist and founding editor of Ms. magazine.— “It means different things to different people,” says Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project.In tweets, online letters, opinion pieces and books, conservatives, centrists and liberals continue to denounce what they call growing intolerance for opposing viewpoints and the needless ruining of lives and careers. A Politico/Morning Consult poll released last week shows 44% of Americans disapprove of it, 32% approve and the remaining 24% had no opinion or didn’t know what it was.For some, “cancel culture” is the coming of the thought police. For others, it contains important chances to be heard that didn’t exist before.Recent examples of unpopular “cancellations” include the owner of a chain of food stores in Minneapolis whose business faced eviction and calls for boycotts because of racist social media posts by his then-teenage daughter, and a data analyst fired by the progressive firm Civis Analytics after he tweeted a study finding that nonviolent protests increase support for Democratic candidates and violent protests decrease it. Civis Analytics has denied he was fired for the tweet.“These incidents damage the lives of innocent people without achieving any noble purpose,” Yascha Mounk wrote in The Atlantic last month. Mounk himself has been criticized for alleging that “an astonishing number of academics and journalists proudly proclaim that it is time to abandon values like due process and free speech.”Debates can be circular and confusing, with those objecting to intolerance sometimes openly uncomfortable with those who don’t share their views. A few weeks ago, more than 100 artists and thinkers endorsed a letter co-written by Packer and published by Harper’s. It warned against a “new set of moral attitudes and political commitments that tend to weaken our norms of open debate and toleration of differences in favor of ideological conformity.”The letter drew signatories from many backgrounds and political points of view, ranging from the far-left Noam Chomsky to the conservative David Frum, and was a starting point for contradiction.The writer and trans activist Jennifer Finney Boylan, who signed the letter, quickly disowned it because she “did not know who else” had attached their names. Although endorsers included Salman Rushdie, who in 1989 was forced into hiding over death threats from Iranian Islamic leaders because of his novel “The Satanic Verses,” numerous online critics dismissed the letter as a product of elitists who knew nothing about censorship.One of the organizers of the letter, the writer Thomas Chatterton Williams, later announced on Twitter that he had thrown a guest out of his home over criticisms of letter-supporter Bari Weiss, the New York Times columnist who recently quit over what she called a Twitter-driven culture of political correctness. Another endorser, “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, threatened legal action against a British news site that suggested she was transphobic after referring to controversial tweets that she has written in recent months.“The only speech these powerful people seem to care about is their own,” the author and feminist Jessica Valenti wrote in response to the Harper’s letter. “(‘Cancel culture’ ) is certainly not about free speech: After all, an arrested journalist is never referred to as ‘canceled,’ nor is a woman who has been frozen out of an industry after complaining about sexual harassment. ‘Canceled’ is a label we all understand to mean a powerful person who’s been held to account.”“Cancel culture” is hard to define, in part because there is nothing confined about it — no single cause, no single ideology, no single fate for those allegedly canceled.Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby, convicted sex offenders, are in prison. Former television personality Charlie Rose has been unemployable since allegations of sexual abuse and harassment were published in 2017-18. Oscar winner Kevin Spacey has made no films since he faced allegations of harassment and assault and saw his performance in “All the Money in the World” replaced by Christopher Plummer’s.Others are only partially “canceled.” Woody Allen, accused by daughter Dylan Farrow of molesting her when she was 7, was dropped by Amazon, his U.S. film distributor, but continues to release movies overseas. His memoir was canceled by Hachette Book Group, but soon acquired by Skyhorse Publishing, which also has a deal with the previously “canceled” Garrison Keillor. Sirius XM announced last week that the late Michael Jackson, who seemed to face posthumous cancellation after the 2019 documentary “Leaving Neverland” presented extensive allegations that he sexually abused boys, would have a channel dedicated to his music.Cancellation in one subculture can lead to elevation in others. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has not played an NFL game since 2016 and has been condemned by President Donald Trump and many others on the right after he began kneeling during the National Anthem to protest “a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” But he has appeared in Nike advertisements, been honored by the ACLU and Amnesty International and reached an agreement with the Walt Disney Co. for a series about his life.“You can say the NFL canceled Colin Kaepernick as a quarterback and that he was resurrected as a cultural hero,” says Julius Bailey, an associate professor of philosophy at Wittenberg University who writes about Kaepernick in his book “Racism, Hypocrisy and Bad Faith.”In politics, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, a Democrat, remains in his job 1 1/2 years after acknowledging he appeared in a racist yearbook picture while in college. Sen. Al Franken, a Democrat from Minnesota, resigned after multiple women alleged he had sexually harassed them, but Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax of Virginia defied orders to quit after two women accused him of sexual assault.Sometimes even multiple allegations of sexual assault, countless racist remarks and the disparagement of wounded military veterans aren’t enough to induce cancellation. Trump, a Republican, has labeled cancel culture “far-left fascism” and “the very definition of totalitarianism” while so far proving immune to it.“Politicians can ride this out because they were hired by the public. And if the public is willing to go along, then they can sometimes survive things perhaps they shouldn’t survive,” Packer says.“I think you can say that Trump’s rhetoric has had a boomerang effect on the rest of our society,” says PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel, who addresses free expression in her book “Dare to Speak,” which comes out next week. “People on the left feel that he can get away with anything, so they do all they can to contain it elsewhere.”last_img read more

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James, Ramos and Pepe miss Madrid’s Malmo trip

first_img EFE Also named are young Real Madrid Castilla players Marcos Llorente and Borja Mayoral.  Upd. at 13:00 Defenders Danilo and Pepe are also out and could miss the Madrid derby, while Gareth Bale is almost certain to miss this Sunday’s showdown at the Vicente Calderon.  It’s better news for Jese Rodriguez, who after injuring his calf in the game against Malaga on Saturday, has been cleared to be named in the 20-man Los Blancos squad which will travel to Sweden on Tuesday.  Here is Benitez’s squad: Keylor Navas, Kiko Casilla, Rubén Yáñez, Carvajal, Arbeloa, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Marcos Llorente, Modric, Kovacic, Isco, Cheryshev, Jesé, Lucas Vázquez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Borja Mayoral.center_img Madrid are currently suffering from a mini-injury crisis. Benitez remains hopeful of recovering defender Ramos and midfielder James for the Madrid derby at the weekend, but he will not risk them on Wednesday night.  CEST 29/09/2015 Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez has decided not to force the returns of Sergio Ramos and James Rodriguez, neither of whom will make the trip to Sweden for the Champions League match against Malmo. last_img read more

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Boxing: Dereck Chisora knocks out Carlos Takam unconscious, which even Anthony Joshua failed to…

first_imgAdvertisement k4rNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecfsip( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) t8ye9aWould you ever consider trying this?😱60huvCan your students do this? 🌚2jRoller skating! Powered by Firework Dereck Chisora incredibly knocked out Carlos Takam in a comeback victory that took the roof off The O2.Advertisement The popular heavyweight was on the verge of defeat until he uncorked two colossal right hands in the eighth round – Takam, who took Anthony Joshua into the 10th round last year, was floored twice and could not recover on the second occasion.Both men are known for having excellent chins and that was surely on display in this fight; at least early on.Advertisement Takam came into this fight like a pitbull who had just seen a piece of raw meat! He stayed on top of Chisora, backing him into the ropes and landing thudding shots to the body and head.Advertisement Though being hit, Chisora seemed to be calm and collected. He would sneak uppercuts and hooks in on occasion looking to land a big shot that would hurt Takam.This tactic started to pay dividends by the fifth round. As Takam kept up the high pace, Chisora found a home for the left hook up top and right hook down low.The tone of the fight started to turn into “volume and aggression vs economical, but accurate punching.”Then, shortly after the start of the eighth round, BOOM! Derek Chisora landed a HUGE sneaky right hand while Takam came in and floored him.His legs looked a bit shaky, but he was able to make the count. As soon as the referee signaled for the fight to continue, BOOM! Another right hand immediately ends this fight!This is a great example of knowing how to keep calm under pressure and understanding when to take opportunities as they come.For Takam, this outcome was very reminiscent of his fight with Alexander Povetkin in 2014.With this win, Chisora has reincarnated his career for the time being as he is now being considered a formidable challenger in the division again.He improves to 29-8, 21 KOs. In the post fight interview, he expressed his interest in fighting the winner of Whyte/Parker.VIDEO: Advertisementlast_img read more

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CWC 2019- RSA vs PAK Review: Glimmer of hope for Pakistan as Proteas crash…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Deccan HeraldAdvertisement 1tfnxNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4w4yWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eav0ah( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6zwzWould you ever consider trying this?😱6tsf8nCan your students do this? 🌚a7vRoller skating! Powered by Firework The everlasting crisis for the Proteas came to a painful end after a defeat to Pakistan at the Lord’s. Haris Sohail marked his return back to the side with a match-winning knock to extend Pakistan’s stay for the time being.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Deccan HeraldOpting to bat first after winning the toss, Sarfaraz Ahmed and co. did not put a foot wrong during the first innings. Riding on a strong foundation laid out by the openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq, the middle order capitalized on it.Haris Sohail joined forces with Babar Azam to stitch a partnership that slowly took the Proteas out of the game. Rabada’s poor tournament continued as the speedster ended up wicketless. Tahir, however, etched his name into the history books by being the leading wicket-taker for South Africa in the tournament’s history.Advertisement Chasing 309 to win and stay alive in the tournament, South Africa had a horrible start with Amir scalping the wicket of Hashim Amla quite early. Barring a half-century by the skipper, no one could get quite going.A few lusty blows by all-rounder Phehlukwayo helped the team reach 259-9 at the end of their allotted overs. This defeat leaves the Proteas in the ninth position with just a solitary win against Afghanistan against their name.Advertisement Read Also:CWC 2019: Sachin Tendulkar laments lack of positive intent by Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni during partnership against AfghanistanCWC 2019: Sarfaraz Ahmed hits back at pundits over criticism row Advertisementlast_img read more

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Podolski slams Mourinho treatment on Schweinsteiger

first_img0Shares0000Lukas Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrate after winning the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. PHOTO/AFPISTANBUL, Turkey, Sep 26- Lukas Podolski is less than impressed with Jose Mourinho’s treatment of Bastian Schweinsteiger.The Galatasaray forward has hit out at the Manchester United boss after seeing his former Germany and Bayern Munich team-mate forced out of the picture at Old Trafford. Schweinsteiger joined United from Bayern ahead of the 2015-16 campaign. The 32-year-old struggled to make an impact in Manchester, partially due to injury problems, before new manager Mourinho quickly decided he no longer needed the German.This season Schweinsteiger has been dropped to the reserves, much to the dismay of Podolski.‘When you look at the career Bastian has had, I can only say that what is happening there is simply not right for a player of his stature,’ Podolski told Bild.‘I do not know what Mourinho has discussed with Bastian; but is clear that it is not okay to drop someone like Basti to the reserves. A coach should always keep his door open to all players, and especially to players like Schweini.’The former Arsenal striker retains a hope of seeing his former Bayern and Germany team-mate escape Old Trafford. Podolski is eyeing an MLS switch and thinks a move to the other side of the Atlantic could also work out for Schweinsteiger.‘I think America is great. Moving abroad is good for personality development and it would also be good for our children,’ added Podolski.‘Clearly it would be possible to play with Schweinsteiger in the States.’-By Daily Mail–0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, May 31

first_img1 Transfer rumours and paper review Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers…Reports from Germany suggest talks between Liverpool and German champions Bayern Munich over a deal for wantaway starlet Raheem Sterling have broken down. (Bild)Bayern’s miss will leave Chelsea and Real Madrid to fight it out for 20-year-old Sterling’s signature. (Sunday Express) Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has urged the club to sign his Belgian compatriot, Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke, 24. (Liverpool Echo) But Premier League champions Chelsea hope to beat the Merseysiders to the signing of the in-form striker. (Sunday Express) Reports in Spain suggest Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal, 29, has rejected a new deal at Emirates Stadium and looks set to join La Liga side Athletic Bilbao. (AS English) Out-of-contract Real Madrid midfielder, and one-time Arsenal target, Sami Khedira has settled on a move to join Serie A champions Juventus, according to one of the Italian club’s directors. (Star on Sunday) The Gunners may make a summer move for Swansea City’s South Korean international Ki Sung-Yeung, 26. (Sunday Express) Chelsea have missed out on signing Japan striker Yoshinori Muto after the 22-year-old opted to join Mainz in Germany from J-League side FC Tokyo. (Star on Sunday) Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 28, wants to stay at White Hart Lane despite interest from Manchester United. (Mail on Sunday) Former Manchester United loan striker Radamel Falcao, 29, looks set to agree a move to Premier League champions Chelsea from parent club Monaco. (Sky Sports) Juventus are favourites to sign Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, 31, with the Premier League club ready to listen to offers for the Netherlands international. (Sun on Sunday)Stoke City are showing interest in Netherlands winger Ibrahim Afellay, 29, who is out of contract at Barcelona this summer. (Mail on Sunday) And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…David Seaman exclusive: ‘If Raheem Sterling joins Arsenal, does that mean Theo Walcott will leave?’Exclusive – FA Cup victory can help Arsenal be Premier League title challengers next season, says Nigel WinterburnSherwood tells select Aston Villa players to ‘find a new club’ following FA Cup final drubbingExclusive – ‘We should do this more often!’ Arsenal players react to back-to-back FA Cup winsReports – Liverpool to face NO competition from Manchester United in race for Southampton starTim Sherwood admits he’s powerless to stop Christian Benteke leaving Aston VillaAlexandre Lacazette latest: Lyon coach admits Arsenal and Liverpool target’s future uncertainManchester United told to move quickly for Bundesliga playmaker after Italian giants join raceBoost for Manchester United! Juventus set to pull out of deal for Ligue 1 starJuan Cuadrado lined up for Serie A return just four months after £23m Chelsea moveTottenham confident of landing £6m defender despite Manchester United interestChelsea transfer report: Juventus refuse to give up chase for Blues starDONE DEAL! Bournemouth snap up Chelsea winger on season-long loanlast_img read more

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Kobe, Shaq are fathers again

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event It’s the third girl for the O’Neals, with Mearah joining sisters Taahirah and Amirah and brothers Myles, Shareef and Shaqir, who turned 3 last month. Both mothers and their new babies were said to be doing well. Fatherhood helped O’Neal and Bryant end the feud that led to the breakup of their pairing with the Lakers. When the Miami Heat played at Los Angeles in January, O’Neal congratulated Bryant on the birth of his daughter and the impending birth of the second one. Bryant and O’Neal are both in the playoffs. Bryant’s game-winner in overtime Sunday gave the Lakers a 3-1 lead in their series against the Phoenix Suns. The Heat and Chicago Bulls are tied at two games apiece in their series. Just like old times, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal are celebrating. The former Lakers teammates became fathers again Monday when their wives gave birth to girls. Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant was born at 2:03 a.m. in Orange County, Calif. Kobe and Vanessa Bryant are already parents to 3-year-old Natalia. “The arrival of our new daughter Gianna early this morning is such an incredible blessing for me and my family,” Bryant said in a statement. “We are all full of beautiful emotions after such an incredible day.” Less than three hours later, Shaquille and Shaunie O’Neal became parents for the sixth time when Mearah Sanaa O’Neal was born at 4:57 a.m. in a South Florida hospital.last_img read more

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Klopp slams decision not to send off Man City star in Liverpool loss

first_img REVEALED When quizzed about the tackle himself, Kompany gave a different perspective.“I thought it was a great challenge, was it not?” the Belgian asked while grinning.“I got the ball, a little bit of the man but it wasn’t naughty.“I didn’t try to injure him. It was that or let him go through on goal and the decision was made very quickly in my head.” The centre-back was booked for the first-half tackle 2 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Latest Liverpool News RANKED Jurgen Klopp insisted Vincent Kompany should have been sent off during Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Liverpool.The Citizens reduced the gap to Klopp’s Premier League leaders to four points and reignited the title race with the victory. REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? targets shining However, there was some controversy resulting from a first-half incident as Kompany was booked for a reckless challenge on Mohammed Salah, which some felt should have seen him dismissed completely.One notable person who held this view was Liverpool boss Klopp, who expressed his opinion after the game.“I really like Vincent Kompany,” the German began in his Sky post-match interview, “But how on Earth is that not a red card?“He is last man and he goes in. If he hits Mo [Salah] more he is out for the season.“It is not easy for the ref and he may not see it how I see it.“But it’s all okay, we lost the game because they scored two and we scored one.” Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won TROPHY REVEALED 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Jurgen Klopp was stunned by the decision huge blow Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Victory for the champions put them well and truly back in the title picture, while simultaneously ending their main rivals’ unbeaten start to the campaign.Guardiola refused to be drawn into the row.“The decision of the referee, you have to ask to the referee. One day in my life I speak quite well about the referee and I understand you can be banned,” he said. gameday cracker latest last_img read more

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Allan McGregor avoids SFA action over alleged kick

first_imgThe trio of officials reviewing McGregor’s kick at Ajer did not all feel that a sending off should have occurred. Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor will not face action over an apparent kick at Kristoffer Ajer during the match against Celtic on Sunday.Celtic were 1-0 winners but McGregor was in the spotlight after an incident where he appeared to kick Ajer when both players were on the ground after a corner.Rangers boss Steven Gerrard admitted after the game he believed McGregor was lucky to escape a red card and said his player “lashed out”.The incident was reviewed as part of the Scottish FA’s disciplinary process but the Rangers keeper will not face a notice of complaint and potential ban after a trio of former officials failed to agree a sending off had been missed by referee Willie Collum. The Scottish FA changed its procedures over the summer and McGregor’s is one of the most high-profile cases handled so far.In previous seasons, the match referee would be asked if he had missed the incident and, if so, he would review video and if he felt he had missed a red card then a notice of complaint would be issued.Under the new system, the match referee no longer gives his opinion on the incident. Instead, three former category one referees are asked to separately view the incident and give their take.The case will only progress to a notice of complaint and possible disciplinary hearing if the three are in unanimous agreement that a red card offence has been missed.last_img read more

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Competition: Win a Sunday Roast for 4 at Sara’s Kitchen!

first_imgSara’s Kitchen in Sister Sara’s Letterkenny Superpub have another great giveaway this week for Donegal Daily readers.This week you could win a delicious Sunday Roast dinner for the family – enjoying the chance to skip cooking for a day!Competition: This week’s prize at Sara’s Kitchen is a Sunday Roast for four people To enter for a chance to win just like and share the Facebook post here: www.facebook.com/donegaldailySara’s Kitchen is the talk of Donegal this summer as it brings a whole new food experience to Letterkenny.There is something for everyone in Sara’s Kitchen, where food is served daily from 4pm-9pm Mon-Thurs and from 1pm-9pm Friday-Saturday-Sunday.Sara’s Kitchen is the perfect place to grab a great lunch or a tasty meal before a night out in Letterkenny. If you are planning a party soon, why not try out Sara’s for great value dishes, daily specials and a full kids menu. If you’d like to try out Sara’s for yourself, simply book a table by calling in, telephoning on 0749122238 or message Sister Saras on Facebook.Check out Sister Saras on Facebook here for more events and offers.  Competition: Win a Sunday Roast for 4 at Sara’s Kitchen! was last modified: September 7th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

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