first_imgDeschamps supports the decision to postpone the Euro CupThe French coach, Didier Deschamps, supported the decision made this Tuesday by UEFA to postpone the European Championship to 2021 because “nobody has their mind on that now.” “It is a sensible decision given the problems that COVID-19 is causing throughout the planet,” said the coach of the world champion in a statement released by the French Football Federation (FFF).“The only game we have to win now is the one we are fighting against the coronavirus. More than ever, we have to show solidarity, rigor, discipline. This party affects us all and not only health professionals, “he said.Deschamps sent a message to the medical teams and assured that “to give help, you must respect the instructions.”Take care of yourself by staying home as much as you can. Taking care of yourself is also protecting others, “he said. The German coach, Joachim Löw, He said Tuesday that the postponement of Euro 2020 has been a “right and no alternative” decision in view of the coronavirus crisis.“We have to protect the health and life of the people. That also naturally falls to football. So postponing the Euro Cup is a completely sound decision with no alternative, “said Löw.“Naturally, our internationals would have liked to play the European Championship in summer, something they had fought for. Every player lives for these great tournaments, “added the 2014 world champion coach.last_img read more

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first_imgReal Madrid planned to face next summer the start of the reconstruction of a squad in which up to seven footballers are 30 years or older (Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Bale and Benzema), as published by AS the February 12. A Renewal Plan based on the Generation of ’98, a batch from which the Chamartín club knew how to choose various jewels. Not in vain, Madrid has four of the ten players with the most market value on its payroll, according to the specialized website Transfermarkt. The table is led by PSG Mbappé’s ‘alien’, for whom Zidane (200 million) sighs, followed by Alexander-Arnold, of Liverpool (110). But to the third drawer of the podium Acrhaf and Fede Valverde, who share ‘value’ (60), climb. Odegaard, eighth (50), and Militao, ninth (40), complete the list of Madridistas. No club puts so many players in the Top-10. PLAYERTEAMMARKET VALUE (in millions of euros) UpamecanLeipzigfifty The one who is already a fundamental pillar in Real Madrid is Fede Valverde (21 years old). “He will be a Madrid footballer for a decade,” they said at Madrid two summers ago. After his loan at Deportivo and a year with the first white team, this season he has become essential due to the balance he brings to the team. , along with Casemiro, the support of Zidane’s scheme. Madrid only lost two games out of 23 (8%) in which Valverde started and was defeated in four of 16 (25%) in which he was not in eleven, the last against Betis, before the break due to the coronavirus crisis. In addition, with him on the field, the team scores 2.21 goals per game and fits 0.73. Without it, he scores an average of 1.31 and fits 1.37 … The season started with 20 million market value. Already ‘worth’ triple, 60. Achraf (21 years old) is already a success in Europe. His two years on loan at Borussia have helped him take a step forward and convince Madrid that he’s already done for the Bernabéu. Lucien Favre has driven him. It has given him space and confidence. In his first year at Signal Iduna Park he scored three goals and gave seven assists in 2,349 minutes and was named the Bundesliga’s best ‘rookie’ in September and October. His second year has been his confirmation: seven goals and ten assists in 2,900 minutes. A performance that has released its market value: it has gone from five million when it left Madrid to 60. Twelve times more … The last Madrid player to appear in the Top-10 of the Generation of ’98 is Militao. It is the only one that has been devalued. Signed this summer by Real Madrid for 50 million euros from Porto and now its value is 40. The irregularity has marked his first months at the Bernabéu. Despite this, the club maintains their confidence in this youth center and projection.Achraf, Valverde, Odegaard and Militao. Four pearls that Madrid bought, which still has between eyebrows the jewel in the crown of 98: Mbappé. The French striker for PSG ends his contract in 2022 with PSG and is the footballer around whom Florentino Pérez wants to build a new project after the magic cycle of the four Champions in five years …MARKET VALUE OF THE GENERATION OF 1998 AchrafBorussia (on loan from Madrid)60 The case of Odegaard (21 years old) is very similar to that of Achraf. This year of assignment at Real Sociedad has shown that the Norwegian has matured in physics, game and character and many already see him as a full member of the next Real Madrid. This season he has scored seven goals and has given eight assists in 2,415 minutes. Fixed for Imanol and idolized in Anoeta, his price has shot up. He arrived in San Sebastián, after two assignments in the Heerenveen and the Vitesse, with 15 million market value. His outbreak at Real has revalued him up to € 50M. Fede ValverdeReal Madrid60center_img OdegaardReal Sociedad (on loan from Madrid)fifty MilitaoReal Madrid40 AouarO. Lyon55 MbappéPSG200 PulisicChelsea60 Alexander-ArnoldLiverpool100 IkonéLille40last_img read more

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January 20, 2020

More sports in brief

first_imgOlympic champion boxer Davis Jr diesMIAMI (AP):Olympic champion boxer Howard Davis Jr, who won the 1976 gold medal and was named over US teammate Sugar Ray Leonard as the most outstanding fighter in the Montreal Games, has died of cancer, his wife said on Friday.Davis, 59, died on Wednesday at his Plantation home, surrounded by family, Karla Guadamuz-Davis said.Amir back inPakistan squadISLAMABAD (AP):Fast-bowler Mohammad Amir is back in Pakistan’s Twenty20 and ODI squads – provided he can get a visa for New Zealand.Amir’s five-year ban from international cricket for spot-fixing ended in September, but the left-arm quick needs clearance from authorities in New Zealand because he also served three months in an English jail for taking bribes to bowl no-balls at agreed times.Pakistan is scheduled to play three Twenty20s and three one-day internationals, starting January 15, in New Zealand.AtlÈtico signs Argentine midfielderMADRID (AP):AtlÈtico Madrid have signed Argentine midfielder Augusto Fern·ndez from rival Spanish club Celta Vigo at the start of the winter transfer window.The 2014 league champions say Fern·ndez signed a contract through to 2019 after passing a medical examination.The 29-year-old Fern·ndez will help fill the void left by the injured Tiago Mendes.Fern·ndez scored 10 goals in more than three seasons for Celta. He previously played for AtlÈtico coach Diego Simeone at River Plate in 2007-08.last_img read more

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January 18, 2020

STIGMA AND NATIONALISM

first_imgLiberia has become the bio-terrorist of the new modern age, a sort of North Korea with personalized, microscopic nukes. And this state of mind which holds that Liberians are proliferators of deadly agents is far more destructive than the EBOLA virus which has lamentably claimed 5,000 lives in three countries. Coupled with our own ignorance and fear in Liberia and the continuing loss of our compatriots, the internationalized STIGMA of our people and country has far reaching and deleterious effects in every sphere of our society and economy. The loathing, suspicion and mistreatment of Liberians gallop into a surreal career of its own, creating a brand, a “STIGMA” which nobody wants.But is the authoritative Washington Post factually correct when it feeds the hysteria by publishing hyperbole that the streets of Monrovia are littered with EBOLA dead bodies? It is not. Are not the International Community in part responsible for the deaths given that they have long ignored, facilitated, aided and abetted the local circumstances which produce the current state of affairs? They are. Should not Liberia’s leadership accept ownership of this crisis by virtue of its incompetence, vanity, ignorance, selfishness, corruption and endemic dishonesty? They must. Are we -private citizens- not culpable when we have not forced our leaders to account? We are. Paradigm shifts.Ebola has upended everything in Liberia as we know. It has thrust into disinfecting daylight the sham of government while ripping away the neat bandages covering the festers of old national sores. And in spite of the epidemiological projections of near genocide the disease will be stopped if only because this evil, surreptitious scourge threatens the lives and economies of people who have the financial, technical and medical resources to stop it in its tracks.But here’s the rub. The “STIGMA” which now pervades affects all Liberians everywhere. No Exceptions! Whether you are born Liberian but naturalized in another country, of Liberian parentage born in another country, Liberian legally resident elsewhere, a Liberian resident in Liberia, or a Liberian disguising your Liberian origins, the “STIGMA” applies. You are to be avoided, watched and monitored…for a lot longer than 21 days.But this is also the thing which underscores a common origin, a common heritage, and a unity which we have ignored. And EBOLA has also arrived with improbably beneficial effects because irrespective of your economic capacity, your occupation, your level or lack of education, your age, your ethnicity, your class, your opinions, your religion, your political affiliations, your talents, your aspirations, your sexuality, or your achievements and failures, EBOLA has returned ALL Liberians to sender. This disease cuts a pitiless swathe. And try as we might to evade, avoid or escape the association we still have a common challenge. Like it or not, we ALL carry the burdens and promises of Patrick Sawyer and Thomas Eric Duncan…without touching.EBOLA is not just fear, isolation and death, it is also opportunity. Ebola presents brilliant new vistas for renaissance, for refocusing, for re-commitment, for re-emphasis AND for jettisoning the practices, attitudes and behaviors which act as immobilizing albatrosses around the neck of progress. We are all possessed of the consciousness that “things” have to change in Liberia. The fundamental question is not so much “what must change” as much as it is “where are we going next?” and “who can take us there?”STIGMA by definition is a BRAND. In Liberia’s case stigma is nationalism turned inside out.  Stigma exposes the worst so that we can begin a path to achieving the best. Stigma forces us to return to the essence and place of our existence…why do we exist in the contexts that we do? And the answers to that question are not as difficult as they may appear to the extent that we understand our connections and responsibilities to each other as Liberians. It is only thru unified and collective actions that we can reverse or overturn the stigma. Charity, Health, Security, Hope, Prosperity and Success truly begins at HOME, and that must be the kernel of the new Nationalism going forward.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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first_imgThe consistency continues with the Everest Cricket Club masters team as they won yet another match in what can be described as a successful year on the field when they beat the visiting Zeelugth Masters by 48 runs on Wednesday at the Everest ground.Saheed Mohamed had a wonderful game with both bat and ballThe hosts started to get it right from the beginning when they won the toss and batted. After their allotment of 25 overs the score was an imposing 184 for 4. The inform Saheed Mohamed muscled his way to 54 (3×4; 1×6) with Hemraj Garbarran 45 (4×4; 1×5; 1×6), Alex Cully 23 (2×4) and Rakesh Gangaram 21 (1×4; 1×6) offering excellent support.The Zeelught bowlers had a tough day at the office with S.Persaud, D. Maniram and S. Mangra picking up a wicket each.In reply, the visitors kept losing wickets at regular intervals and eventually folded for 136 in the 24th over with Ricky Persaud top scoring with 54(6×4) while Manishwar Balgobin hit 26 (2×4).The victors’ bowling was spearheaded by Man of the Match, Rakesh Gangaram who snared 4/19 while Saheed Mohamed also came back with the ball to reap success with 3/12.So far for the year, Everest Masters have played 12 matches in and out of Guyana and were on the winning end in 10 of those encounters. Their next assignment is against Parika Defenders on September 16 at the Parika ground.Trophies for the match were sponsored by Trophy Stall of Bourda Market.last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Zinedine Zidane is the only coach in history to win three Champions Leagues in a row © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, May 31 – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane dropped a bombshell Thursday, quitting the Spanish giants just days after winning the Champions League for a record third year in a row.The 45-year-old former international decided to leave at the top saying it was time for a change for himself and the club and admitting he was unsure of his ability to maintain his winning record at Real. But he said no other club was involved in his decision to part ways with Real and although experts have linked him to the French national team coaching job, Zidane insisted he is eyeing no other position at this time.“I have taken the decision to not continue next year as Real Madrid coach,” the Frenchman told a hastily convened press conference.“This club deserves to continue to win and needs a change” he said, adding that he believed the “moment has come.”“After three years the club needs another discourse, another method of working,” he addedZidane said he was unsure of his ability to inspire the team to more victories.“I don’t see myself continuing to win this year and I am a winner, I don’t like to lose,” added Zidane, who was under contract with Real until 2020.“I have thought a lot about this decision and I can’t go back on it.”Real beat Liverpool 3-1 in the final in Kiev on Saturday, making Zidane the first coach in history to win three successive Champions League titles.Zidane has now won nine trophies since replacing Rafael Benitez in the Santiago Bernabeu dugout in January 2016.When Benitez was sacked in January 2016, Barcelona daily Mundo Deportivo dismissed Zidane as merely a “sticking plaster”, who would be replaced quickly by a permanent coach.But Zidane won the confidence of players and the rest is history.Real’s captain Sergio Ramos tweeted his reaction, in English and Spanish, above a photo of the two men with the Champions League trophy.“As a player and coach you decided to say goodbye at the top. Thank you for two and a half incredible years. Your legacy will never be erased, one of the most successful chapters in the history of our beloved realmadrid,” Ramos wrote.At the press conference Zidane was flanked by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez who said Zidane’s announcement was “totally unexpected”.“This is a sad day,” Perez said.“This house will be his family forever, he triumphed and won everything, as you know. I thank him for his commitment, his passion. I have no doubt that he will return.”Reports in Britain say Real may now try to lure Mauricio Pochettino to Madrid from English Premier League club Tottenham.The Argentinian has just signed a five-year contract to remain at Tottenham, but some reports said that might contain a get-out clause in the event of an approach from Real.Many British bookmakers however make former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger their favourite as speculation ran rampant over the identity of the next man in the Madrid hot seat.– Stunning blow –Zidane said his decision had nothing to do with Real icon Cristiano Ronaldo hinting that he will also leave the club following the Champions League triumph on Saturday.It had perhaps more to do with the side’s mixed performance in La Liga, where they finished a disappointing third, and were left for dead by champions and bitter rivals Barcelona.“We say it, it was complicated this year in the league, these are moments that I don’t forget,” he said.Zidane’s bombshell decision came 12 years after another stunning blow brought a controversial close to the midfielder’s international career.He earned a red card in the 2006 World Cup final, probably costing France the title, for his full-blooded headbutt against Italian Marco Materazzi.Considered one of the all-time greats as a player, his career included winning the 1998 World Cup with France and scoring the winning goal in the 2002 Champions League final for Real against Beyer Leverkusen.The next step for the former Real Madrid star player is unclear but he has time on his side.Guy Lacombe, Zidane’s first coach when he joined AS Cannes, his first professional club, in 1988, said that there was little left to challenge the coach who had already won virtually everything.“But there is one thing…,” Lacombe told AFP. “He would like one day to coach the French national team. He has made no secret of that ambition.“It will happen at the right time. In the right conditions. There is no rush.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgDougie Freedman has signed a new two-year contract to remain as manager of Nottingham Forest.Freedman revealed the news on Wednesday night following his side’s 3-1 defeat to Watford at the City Ground.The final details of the new deal are still to be confirmed, but the Scot has put pen to paper and believes Fawaz Al Hasawi, the club’s owner and chairman, is set to do likewise in the very near future.“I have signed the contract which he sent me and I have sent it back. It’s done,” said Freedman.“The chairman is here, so hopefully he will sign his part. I have signed my part, so it is all but done.“I don’t see any hiccups. I’m delighted to be the manager of this club. I am so excited. It’s a fantastic opportunity.”Freedman replaced Stuart Pearce as manager at the beginning of February, agreeing an 18-month contract, but the situation was to be reviewed at the end of the season.Forest were unbeaten during his first six matches in charge, winning five of them, as they started to make up ground on the teams in the Championship play-off positions.However, the Reds are now without a win in five games, losing four, with a ninth-place finish the highest they can achieve this campaign.Despite recent results, Al Hasawi has seen enough to believe Freedman is the right man for the job and the 40-year-old former Crystal Palace and Bolton boss is relishing the challenge of rebuilding Forest to become a Championship force again.Freedman said: “I am here for two more years and there is an option in there to extend it again, if the club want to.“You cannot look too far but it is nice for the players to know who they will be working with for the next couple of years.“We have to build something now and I am excited about that. I have a good squad and a good spirit here. We have Chris Cohen and Andy Reid coming back from injury, we have young Britt [Assombalonga] coming back too hopefully, before too long, with the goals he brings.“There are a couple of young players coming through and I will recruit a couple of players.“I have to build something – it doesn’t just happen overnight. We have tried that trick and tried to throw money at it and it has got us nowhere. Let’s settle everything down a little bit.“It is certainly a brighter future but we need to plan it in a different way. It might not be back-page stuff but we will slowly go about our business and try to be successful for the longer term.” 1 Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman last_img read more

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first_img Vincent Kompany in training for Manchester City Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of Manchester City’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Paris Saint-German tomorrow.The Belgian defender trained with the City squad on Monday ahead of the crucial clash at the Etihad but has not recovered from a calf injury in time to play a part against the French giants.Manuel Pellegrini also confirmed that Raheem Sterling remains sidelined but Nicolas Otamendi will be fit after shaking off an ankle problem.“Sterling is still injured, and Vincent Kompany is not 100 per cent, it will not be possible for him,” said Pellegrini.“Otamendi twisted his ankle in the last game, he will be okay to play.“I’m confident, we have played a lot of games and if we have arrived at this stage of the quarter-finals, it’s because we have good defenders.” Meanwhile, Spanish playmaker David Silva (ankle) is fit to return to action after sitting out the weekend win over West Brom. 1last_img read more

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first_img 8 Owned by Liverpool, Grujic helped Cardiff into the Premier League while on loan in Wales More than a century of Premier League players are set to shine at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.A combined 108 stars from the top-flight in England will grace the biggest stage of them all. Lovren was much improved for Liverpool in the second half of 2017/18 The tournament will begin on June 14 when hosts Russia face Saudi Arabia in Group A – a game where no Premier League players will be on show.In fact, along with those aforementioned countries, Uruguay, Iran and Panama will be the only countries at the World Cup in Russia without a Premier League representative.So where and when are all the Premier League players going to be playing at the World Cup this month?Fear not, talkSPORT have listed every single Premier League player into their respective country and group.Simply scroll down to see the list in full…GROUP AEgyptMohamed Salah (Liverpool), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal)GROUP BMoroccoRomain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) Chelsea star Christensen has emerged as one of the finest young defenders in the world PortugalBernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cedric Soares (Southampton), Adrien Silva (Leicester City)SpainDavid de Gea (Manchester United), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), David Silva (Manchester City)GROUP CAustraliaMat Ryan (Brighton and Hove Albion), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town)DenmarkKasper Schmeichel (Leicester City), Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur), Mathias Jorgensen (Huddersfield Town), Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield Town) West Ham star Hernandez is Mexico’s all-time leading goalscorer 8 EnglandJordan Pickford (Everton), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)Nick Pope (Burnley)TunisiaYohan Benalouane (Leicester City)GROUP HColombiaDavid Ospina (Arsenal), Joze Izquierdo (Brighton and Hove Albion), Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham Hotspur)JapanShinji Okazaki (Leicester City), Maya Yoshida (Southampton)PolandJan Bednarek (Southampton) 8 South KoreaHeung-Min Son (Tottenham Hotspur)SwedenVictor Lindelof (Manchester United)GROUP GBelgiumThibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur), Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) SwitzerlandStephan Lichtsteiner (Arsenal), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal)GROUP FGermanyMesut Ozil (Arsenal), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City)MexicoJavier Hernandez (West Ham United) Only England call upon more Premier League players than Belgium IcelandJohann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton)NigeriaWilfred Ndidi (Leicester City), Ahmed Musa (Leicester City), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal)GROUP EBrazilGabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Danilo (Manchester City), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Willian (Chelsea), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City)SerbiaLuka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace), Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United), Dusan Tadic (Southampton), Nemanja Matic (Manchester United), Marko Grujic (Liverpool) 8 8 8 FranceHugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City)GROUP DArgentinaMarcos Rojo (Manchester United), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Willy Caballero (Chelsea)CroatiaDejan Lovren (Liverpool) Saiss will feature for Morocco after helping Wolves into the Premier League 11 of Belgium’s World Cup squad play for Premier League teams Bednarek made just eight appearances for Southampton last season 8 8 SenegalIdrissa Gueye (Everton), Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham United), Sadio Mane (Liverpool)*Only players permanently contracted to Premier League clubs are included. Premier League teams are those who will play in the top flight in 2018/19talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

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first_imgChief refreshment providers on the day Tara Campbell, Margaret McConnell and Tina Crawford take time out for a quick pic.Some of the young people ready to give the machines a big send off at the Drumoghill NS Tractor Run.Michael Burns all set for the off at the Drumoghill NS Tractor Run.Kieran O’Donnell, Neville Rodgers and Patrick Rodgers enjoying a quick cuppa before heading on the Tractor Run.Young Oisin Higgins all suited and booted for the Drumoghill NS Tractor Run.Neville Rodgers makes his way through Newmills on the Drumoghill NS Tractor Run.Anne Roarty and William Ramsey enjoying a quick cuppa before the start of Saturday’s Tractor Run in aid of Drumoghill NS.James O’Donnell, Terence McClintock and Paul McNamee at the Drumoghill NS Tractor Run.Taking a breather at the mid-way point at the Drumoghill NS Tractor Run.Patricia Hill of Stateside Restaurant, Letterkenny stops for a quick pic during the Drumoghill NS Tractor Run.Alan Robb leads the charge through Newmills at the Drumoghill NS Tractor Run.‘ON TRACK’ TO RAISE FUNDS FOR DRUMOGHILL NS – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: August 19th, 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:Drumoghill NStractor runlast_img read more

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