A mass dying of crabeater seals, Lobodon carcinophagus (Gray)

first_imgn 1955 some 3000 Crabeater Seals Lobodon carcinophagus wintered on the sea‐ice of the Crown Prince Gustav Channel. The seals, most of which were young, were ten times more numerous in 1955 than is normal in winter. Most of the animals died in the spring from a contagious disease whose effect was probably increased by crowding and partial starvation. Its exact nature was not elucidated, but a virus infection is likely. The average mortality was 85 per cent but in places the figure was 97 per cent. Although the population was observed before, during and after the normal pupping season, no live births but only abortions were recorded. Some abortions were found three weeks before any adult mortality or any sign of disease. It is unlikely that the epidemic had any appreciable effect on the total number of Crabeater Seals in Antarctica. The disease did not spread to the intermingled Weddell Seals Leptonychotes weddelli; diseased meat was eaten by dogs and by man with no ill effects.last_img read more

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HMS Enterprise hands over SNMCMG2 flagship role to FGS Rhein

first_img View post tag: Royal Navy HMS Enterprise hands over SNMCMG2 flagship role to FGS Rhein Authorities July 9, 2018 Royal Navy’s HMS Enterprise concluded a year-long stint with NATO’s Standing Mine Countermeasures Group 2, handing over the flagship role to German Navy tender FGS Rhein.The Royal Navy survey ship concluded her deployment in a change of command ceremony in Souda Bay, Crete, on July 6.Enterprise led SNMCMG2 as it trained with navies in the Mediterranean and Black Seas in both the art of hunting mines and disaster relief and search and rescue missions.With a battle staff under Commander Justin Haines embarked, Enterprise has directed six major exercises, visited 40 ports, helped locate four WW2-era mines, worked with scientists to further the use of unmanned technology in finding objects underwater, and worked with around a dozen NATO and foreign navies.Command of the mine warfare group is now with Fregattenkapitän Frank Maginsky and his flagship FGS Rhein.“It has been an immense privilege to command a multi-national task force with outstanding people at its heart,” said SNMCMG2 Commander Justin Haines as the NATO flag was passed to the Deutsche Marine.Enterprise is now preparing to return to the UK before the end of the month. View post tag: SNMCMG2 View post tag: German Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Enterprise hands over SNMCMG2 flagship role to FGS Rhein Share this articlelast_img read more

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Ocean City Police Activity Report for March 9 to 15

first_imgMarch 12, 2014: WednesdayCalls for service: 78Motor Vehicle Stops: 27Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 14Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 4 EMS callsWarrant, 3100 block Simpson Ave., one in custody, at 10:04amHarassment, 800 block Wesley Ave., at 12:42pmDomestic violence, 1200 block Asbury Ave., at 8:26pm March 15, 2014: Saturday Calls for service: 109Motor Vehicle Stops: 39Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2Property Checks: 27Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 5 fire and 5 EMS callsDisorderly conduct, 800 block St. Charles Pl., at 2:33amMotor vehicle accident, hit & run, Rt. 52, at 10:36amTheft, 900 block 1st Street, at 11:11amMotor vehicle accident, hit 7 run, 10th St. & Asbury Ave., at 12:49pmTheft, 1200 block Asbury Ave., at 3:54pmDomestic violence, 900 block Pleasure Ave., at 6:33pm March 11, 2014: TuesdayCalls for service:  84Motor Vehicle Stops: 29Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 20Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 2 EMS callsWarrant, 1400 block Ocean Ave., one in custody, at 9:21amFraud, 2200 block Bay Ave., at 11:26amCDS, 400 block Wesley Ave., at 7:15pmFraud, 800 block Wesley Ave., at 10:00pmWarrant, 800 block Wesley Ave., one in custody, at 10:48pm March 14, 2014: FridayCalls for service: 65Motor Vehicle Stops: 23Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 18Alarms: 0The Police Department assisted with 5 fire and 7 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, no injuries, 1200 block West Ave., at 12:02pmTrespassing, 1100 block Simpson Ave., at 2:49pmWarrant, 3400 block Haven Ave., at 4:55pmCDS, 1000 block Asbury Ave., at 8:25pm OCEAN CITY POLICE SUMMARIZED WEEK’S ACTIVITIESMarch 9 – March 15, 2014Calls for Service: 550Daily Average: 78 March 9, 2014: SundayCalls for service: 61Motor Vehicle Stops: 18Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 18Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 5 Fire and 4 EMS callsWarrant, 1400 block Wesley Ave., one in custody, at 9:01amMotor vehicle accident, no injuries, 100 block 34th St., at 10:28amTheft, 600 block 6th St., at 3:00pmTheft, 600 block Wesley Ave., at 3:45pm March 13, 2014: ThursdayCalls for service: 81Motor Vehicle Stops: 39Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 10Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 1 fire and 2 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, no injuries, 14th St. & West Ave., at 4:00pmBurglary, unit block Bay Ave., at 4:30pmBurglary, 900 block Pleasure Ave., at 7:01pm PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year.City Ordinance 87-17sec.4-32 prohibits any Boat/Trailer over 22 feet in overall length from being parked on a city street.  Any boat/trailer less than 22 feet in overall length can only remain on a city street for three consecutive days.  Officers will be issuing summons and towing boats/trailers for any observed violations. Ocean City Police Department March 10, 2014: Monday  Calls for service: 71Motor Vehicle Stops: 27Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 17Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 6 Fire and 5 EMS callsBurglary, 300 block West Ave., at 8:25amlast_img read more

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Week of ‘Weird’ Family Contests Starts on Monday

first_imgOcean City’s “Weird Week” will offer daily “wacky but not tacky” competitions in french-fry sculpting, saltwater taffy molding and noise-making starting on MondayOcean City’s week-long series of family-oriented contests is a tradition that happens twice a summer. The first week was held in June. The second starts on August 10. All events are held at the Ocean City Music Pier (on the boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace) and each day the events start at 11 a.m.Entry in the contests is free and prizes are awarded. Age divisions include 5-and-under, 6-8, 9-12, teens and adults.The contest schedule is as follows:Monday: Salt Water Taffy Sculpting. Contestants are challenged to create a work of art from taffy donated by Shriver’s.Tuesday: It’s French Fry Sculpting. This category has featured such entries as Elvis, a bouquet of flowers, and a map of the State of New Jersey. The fries are donated by the Promenade Food Court.Wednesday: It’s “That’s the Way The Cookie Crumbles.” Transform a giant cookie into a work of art. There also will be an ear-wiggling contest.Thursday: Contestants sculpt paper clips, which have resulted in such past entries as the Brooklyn Bridge.Friday: Sculpting is abandoned for creative performance. Little Miss and Little Mister Chaos requires children from three to five years of age to make as much noise as possible pounding on pots and pans. They are accompanied by the music of Dire Straits. The Contest concludes on Friday with the Miss and Mr. Miscellaneous talent pageants. This is for all those who have always wanted to perform in a talent show but somehow missed the bus or got delayed at a Rugby Game.For information, call  (609) 399-6111.last_img read more

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Harvard awards 8,227 degrees and certificates

first_imgToday the University awarded a total of 8,227 degrees and certificates. A breakdown of degrees and programs is listed below.Harvard College granted a total of 1,542 degrees. Degrees from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences were awarded by Harvard College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School of Design.All figures include degrees awarded in November 2019 and March and May 2020.Harvard College1,542 degrees1,493 Bachelor of Arts49 Bachelor of ScienceGraduate School of Arts and Sciences651 degrees183 Master of Arts110 Master of Science10 Master of Engineering348 Doctor of PhilosophyHarvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences105 degrees11 Master of Engineering (included under Graduate School of Arts and Sciences)49 Master of Science (included under Graduate School of Arts and Sciences)17 Master in Design Engineering (included under Harvard Graduate School of Design)28 Master of Science/Master of Business AdministrationHarvard Business School953 degrees932 Master of Business Administration21 Doctor of Business AdministrationHarvard Divinity School116 degrees47 Master of Divinity64 Master of Theological Studies3 Master of Theology2 Doctor of TheologyHarvard Law School758 degrees178 Master of Laws10 Doctor of Juridical Science570 Doctor of LawHarvard Kennedy School596 degrees95 Master in Public Administration184 Master in Public Administration (Mid-Career)74 Master in Public Administration in International Development228 Master in Public Policy1 Doctor of Political Economy & Government14 Doctor of Public PolicyHarvard Graduate School of Design366 degrees100 Master in Architecture41 Master of Architecture in Urban Design89 Master in Design Studies63 Master in Landscape Architecture5 Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design43 Master in Urban Planning8 Doctor of Design17 Master in Design Engineering (Joint with SEAS)Harvard Graduate School of Education701 degrees658 Master of Education7 Certificate of Advanced Study23 Doctor of Education Leadership13 Doctor of EducationHarvard Medical School305 degrees22 Master of Biomedical Informatics33 Master of Bioethics3 Master of Healthcare Quality and Safety12 Master in Clinical Service Operations56 Master in Medical Science179 Doctor of MedicineHarvard School of Dental Medicine56 degrees12 Master of Medical Sciences10 Doctor of Medical Sciences34 Doctor of Dental MedicineHarvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health408 degrees265 Master of Public Health96 Master of Science25 Master in Health Care Management12 Doctor of Public Health10 Doctor of ScienceHarvard Extension School1,199 degrees2 Associate in Arts148 Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies1049 Master of Liberal Arts in Extension Studieslast_img read more

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Spring Day entertains prospective students

first_imgSaint Mary’s welcomed high school sophomores and juniors to campus Sunday for the annual Spring Day on Campus. The program, which is directed by the Admissions Office, aims to teach prospective students about the College and the admissions process. Admissions administrator Valeria Efta said it is a great opportunity for the girls and their parents to learn about Saint Mary’s together. “I think it’s great because not many of the rising juniors and seniors have done much with the college process yet, and this is some of their first experiences in thinking about college,” Efta said. Senior Katie Gutrich, a campus tour guide for the Spring Day, said the young students were in awe and struggling to process the many facets of college life. “We’re trying to make the best impression that we can,” Gutrich said. The day started with an information session led by members of the Admissions Office in O’Laughlin Auditorium. Admissions administrator Anne Reagan said many visitors appreciated the opportunity to ask questions alongside their parents. “The students were able to learn about the admissions process and play our ‘GPA game,’ where each girl participating had a designated GPA,” Reagan said. “We then went through and looked at each one and showed how a student with a 4.0 is not necessarily a better candidate than the rest.” A panel of current Saint Mary’s students in various disciplines then took the stage to answer questions. “We got a lot of questions about how we study in college, about going out on the weekends and then some questions about job placement after college and about the various majors,” Gutrich said.” After the panel, students ate lunch in Noble Family Dining Hall with their parents and then were able to venture to the different buildings and dorms on campus. Efta said this enables students to tour the buildings that most interest them. “If you’re not an athlete, you don’t have to go to Angela Athletic Facility but instead can go to the Science Hall if that better relates to your future focus,” Efta said. Later in the afternoon, prospective students and their parents had the opportunity to attend information sessions on studying abroad, financial aid and athletics, Reagan said. “There is a short reception with the coaches in the athletic department so that the girls can meet and speak with them,” Reagan said. The prospective students and parents ended the day with an optional mass in Regina Chapel. High school junior Natalie Woodley and her mother Lisa Woodley, from Michigan, said they are particularly interested in the golf team. “I have a cousin that graduated from here, and we came down last fall to check out the golf team because Natalie is a golfer, and we are maybe looking to play some golf,” Lisa Woodley said. Natalie Woodley said she enjoyed seeing the school and learning about college life. “I don’t mind that it’s an all-girls college since Notre Dame is right across the street,” she said. “I have really liked it so far.” High school junior Grace Frantz, from Sidney, Ohio, said her sister graduated from Saint Mary’s, and she holds the school in high esteem. “She loved it here, and I liked it each time I visited her, so now it’s really about my experience and if I will keep on liking it,” she said. Frantz said touring Saint Mary’s felt different than the other colleges she had visited. “I like how everybody here says the community gives them so much confidence and how they feel so empowered,” she said.last_img read more

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PrismND sponsors “Coming Out Closets”

first_imgPrismND held its annual “Coming Out Closets” event on Wednesday, Oct. 8, in support of the LGBTQ community. The event, which took place both in front of DeBartolo Hall and on the Fieldhouse Mall, gave students the chance to walk through a doorframe lined with rainbow streamers and “come out of the closet” as whatever they wished, in an attempt to spread a spirit of acceptance of personal identities across campus.“People will go through the door frames as a metaphor for coming out of the closet, but they’re going to come out as any part of their identity,” vice president of PrismND Lily Crawford said. “They can come out as a business major or an engineer or a band geek or an artist, or whatever they want to come out as. We want to show everybody that the entirety of their identity is valued and they don’t have to keep a part of it hidden if they don’t want to.”President of PrismND Bryan Ricketts agreed, saying the metaphoric “coming out” is a visible way to show support for people.“If they want to come out but are unsure that Notre Dame is a safe place, we want to show them that it is a safe place to come out,” Ricketts said.LGBTQ identity and its place on Notre Dame’s campus has always been something of a shaky subject, according to both Crawford and Ricketts.Up until “a culture shift within the last five years” the lack of an LGBTQ presence at Notre Dame was “a much bigger issue,” Ricketts said.“There was a silence on campus. Then people started talking about it, and it turned out that most people on campus are very accepting and loving and it just needed a push to get that out in the open,” Ricketts said.“There are students who e-mail us before they make a school decision,” Crawford said, referring to LGBTQ-identifying high school students who fear that because Notre Dame is notorious for its staunch Catholic values, it will not be an accepting campus. “We tell them that yes, for a few people here, that stigma is kind of correct and there’s sort of a lack of understanding and an ignorance, but there are people like that at a lot of different places.“Notre Dame is pretty accepting, a lot of people are really nice about it. There might be a few things that they’re ignorant about, but they’re usually very understanding,” she said.PrismND began after a 2011 campus visit from Senator Brian Sims, who gave a speech on “how four out of five college students are accepting of LGBTQ individuals, but they only think that one out of three of their peers are,” Crawford said. Prior to Sims’ speech, there were LGBTQ student organizations that were denied club status [at Notre Dame]. But, the “echo” of the Four-to-Five Movement, as Sims referred to his statistics, was a call for a club.“In the fall of 2012 Father Jenkins called the division of student affairs to do a review of services for LGBTQ individuals, and it was found in that review that there was not enough service and support for LGBTQ students,” Crawford said. “The report suggested to have an organization, and that organization is Prism.”“Coming Out Closets” was “inherited” from preexisting councils at Notre Dame on gay and lesbian student affairs, and it has occurred before PrismND’s inception two years ago, Crawford said. On Wednesday, crowds of students passed through the rainbow-decorated doorframes in front of DeBartolo Hall and the Stonehenge Fountain, and many took the opportunity to come out of their “closet.”“I’ve done this for the past few years,” Melanie Sajbel, a senior in Pasquerilla East, said. “You come out as something that you’re proud of, and I’m proud that my brother is gay. I think it’s something that he’d be excited to see because we have a pretty conservative campus and he’s not Catholic.”Josephine Jackson, a Lewis sophomore, went through her closet for different reasons.“I went through the closet for my mom,” Jackson said. “She’s bisexual … And my stepmom has been in my life for about five years, so I came out for her because I know that her coming out was very difficult, coming from a very conservative household, it took a lot for her to do that.”Ricketts and Crawford emphasized the role of “allies” in LGBTQ acceptance on campus throughout the event.“We have plenty of members who aren’t LGBTQ who just come out to support their friends because that’s something they believe in,” Ricketts said.“Allies are a big part and they help make this a safer spot,” Crawford added, “Having a lot of allies there shows that you don’t have to feel so alone.”If safety and acceptance were the goals of “Coming Out Closets,” participating students seemed to feel this was achieved, Crawford said.Sorin first year Tyrel London said for him, coming out during a public Notre Dame event had a deep significance.“It means that I don’t have to be afraid anymore,” London said.Tags: coming out, coming out closets, prism, prism ndlast_img read more

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Gallivan program advisors debate ‘traditional’ versus digital media outlets

first_imgMembers of the advisory committee for Notre Dame’s Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy gathered Nov. 24 for a panel discussion about “traditional” versus digital news and how online publications are changing the face of journalism.The event, titled “The New York Times vs. BuzzFeed: Can Traditional Journalism Compete with Digital News?,” gathered six advisors and program director Robert Schmuhl, chair of the American Studies department. Panelists included Anne Thompson, chief environmental affairs correspondent for NBC News; Meg Martin, associate editor for mobile and breaking news at Minnesota Public Radio; Tom Bettag, producer for NBC News; Maddie Hanna, reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer; Daniel Leduc, senior officer and editor for The Pew Charitable Trusts, and Robert Costa, national political reporter for The Washington Post.Schmuhl began the discourse by asking whether the dynamic between the traditional news media and new digital outlets would be better described as competition or conflict.Costa said the internet is an equalizing force, but the traditional brand weight carried by established news outlets is an advantage.“If you want to be creative with your coverage, you can do that from any platform, any organization,” he said. “If it’s quality, it will get read, and it will get noticed. The only thing the traditional media still has an edge up on is when it comes to traditional things – if the president wants to sit down with an organization, he’s likely not going to sit down with BuzzFeed.”Bettag agreed and said “brand is everything.”“In this era when there are a hundred possible outlets, having a brand that stands for something [means] that I recognize that and I’ll go there, out of all 280 of these channels and all the different options,” he said. “Brand consciousness is the key to success.“People identify themselves with certain … media outlets, and these become loyalties that are so important for outlets looking for the young demographic. Once you say you’re a committed viewer, you’re going to carry that until you’re 80 years old. If they can get you now, you will stay with that.”Martin said the idea of “traditional media” is misleading because of blending platforms.“I do have trouble with the idea of the traditional media because if the Washington Post is talking to the president, they’re not just going to print that in the paper,” she said. “They’re going to put it on their website immediately. They might even live stream it. So is that television? … Yes, it’s a newsroom that has been around for awhile, a lot longer than an online organization, but I still have a little trouble with the [traditional media] construct.”Social media is another factor at play, and it can diminish brand power, Hanna said.“Maybe there’s some sort of brand loyalty, but there’s also this egalitarian system where I happen to see a link that’s being circulated on social media, so I’ll visit the site,” she said. “It’s not really because it’s from any particular news outlet, so I think that’s the biggest way that the web levels the playing field.”Thompson said her biggest concern with BuzzFeed or other internet sites such as Gawker or the Huffington Post is that the information verification process might not be as meticulous as it is with a more traditional news organization.“I don’t know what [BuzzFeed’s] oversight is, so as a consumer of news, I am wary of what I see or read from them,” she said. “I know that if it’s in The Washington Post or The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal or any of the three broadcast networks or CNN, there is a vetting process it goes through to catch potential mistakes.”Leduc said he sees BuzzFeed and other digital-only outelts already moving to more “ambitious” coverage.“BuzzFeed and a couple of other sites who are trying to increase their ambition, they’re doing it by trying to do what traditional media does,” he said. “BuzzFeed made a big deal of creating an investigative unit, and they hired someone experienced to run that unit.”Bettag said he believes the two extremes can coexist if the audience is willing to use each on its own terms.“To some extent … they’re like apples and oranges,” he said. “I think offering people two different things with different standards that promise people different things is perfectly fine. …That’s a business, and it’s good business.”Thompson said she does not think network news will die, but rather that people will access it in different ways.“Maybe instead of watching it on TV, you watch it on your iPhone. You watch it on your iPad,” she said. “What’s great for you is that journalism is not a dying industry, it is a growing industry.“Technology is changing the way we access journalism, but people still need to know what’s going on. They still need somebody to get out there and ask questions and investigate, and it will take different forms.”The panelists discussed their personal news consumption habits, ranging from radio broadcasts to Twitter to traditional newspapers. They agreed that Twitter is a valuable medium for both consuming and disseminating news.“I read Twitter constantly; it’s like my headline service,” Thompson said.“I also am a constant checker of Twitter,” Hanna said.“I use Twitter lists a lot,” Martin said. “There’s no way I could follow the billions of people I follow if I didn’t organize them. I check my Minnesota list; I check my regular feed; I check my breaking news feed; I have a Catholic Church feed.”“Twitter is a great way to compete,” Costa said. “It keeps people on edge. You don’t want to be consumed by it, but you want to make sure you’re engaged. … Our editors at the Post are always telling us to share what you know, in an article or on Twitter, but show people that the Washington Post is on top of it.”Tags: American Studies, Anne Thompson, brand consciousness, BuzzFeed, Daniel Leduc, Gallivan Program, Journalism, Maddie Hanna, Meg Martin, Minnesota Public Radio, NBC News, news, Philadelphia Inquirer, Robert Costa, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Washington Post, Tom Bettag, traditional medialast_img read more

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Hamilton, Gigi & More Are Top 2015 B’way-Themed Halloween Costumes

first_imgThe Schuyler Sisters, Hamilton Jason and Tyrone, Hand to God King George, Hamilton View Comments The Bard, Something Rotten! Anna, The King and I The Three Alisons, Fun Homecenter_img Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton Lily Garland, On the Twentieth Century Gigi, Gigi We’ve had Halloween on the brain for weeks, and now it’s here! Since we’re always looking for a reason to get dressed up and demand candy from strangers, we turned to Broadway for inspiration this year. Thus, we asked you to name your top Broadway-themed Halloween costumes on ranking site Culturalist.com. The results are in, and we’re not surprised that you are excited to go as the Schuyler sisters from Hamilton. After all, who doesn’t want to say, “Trick or treat…Work!”?? Check out your top 10 favorites below. Wendla, Spring Awakeninglast_img read more

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Heather Headley Enlisted for LCT’s American Songbook Series

first_imgHeather Headley(Photo: Russ Harrington) Tony winners Heather Headley and Sutton Foster, Tony nominee Santino Fontana and more have been tapped for Lincoln Center’s 18th season of the American Songbook series next year. The event celebrates the best in American singing and songwriting, with established and rising singers and singer-songwriters across a range of genres—Southern soul, bluegrass, folk, R&B, indie rock, pop, musical theater and more.In The Appel Room, Andrew Lippa & Friends will kick off the series on February 1, 2017 which will be followed by Headley on February 4, The Story Goes On: Liz Callaway Sings Maltby & Shire on February 15 and Fontana on February 18. The Songs of Elizabeth Swados is to play on March 8 and our favorite Oscar and Tony-winning duo will appear on March 11 with We Never Do This: An Evening with Kristen & Bobby Lopez.Over at Alice Tully Hall, Foster will take center stage on April 14.Other artists tapped for the series include India.Arie, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Laura Mvula, José González, William Bell, Five for Fighting, Okkervil River, Jamie Lidell & The Royal Pharaohs and Tanya Tagaq. View Commentslast_img read more

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