Tomorrow’s Hope: Qaanitaah Dramat

first_imgYouth Presenter: Radio 786Why is Qaanitaah Tomorrow’s Hope?Qaanitaah Dramat may be a voice among many on the airwaves, but she is using her voice to help change the attitudes of many young people in her community.At age 16, being an incredibly shy person, she stepped out of her comfort zone by volunteering to be a presenter at a local community radio station. Qaanitaah’s voice has helped many young people steer clear of negative influences and has raised awareness on pertinent issues and difficulties that teenagers face.One of the things she did was to interview a reformed criminal and reformed drug addict who relayed his past exploits, his time in prison and the impact of his crimes and lessons learned in an in-depth on-air interview. Her intention in getting his story out was to try to ensure other young people to not make the same mistakes as he did.The interview earned her the BBC Young Broadcaster of the Year Award.Qaanitaah, with the help of a friend, also runs an informal soup kitchen for disadvantaged individuals in her community. She tries by all means to identify with the adversity faced by her peers and community. She sees herself as being an ambassador first for her religion, then for South Africa, and hopefully, one day, for the whole world.In her own words …“I think that the youth in South Africa lack a lot of confidence and belief in themselves. Growing up as a teenager is not easy because there are so many negative influences that can suck you in so easily. I want to help people to believe in themselves, to just motivate and encourage them to drive themselves to success.”Fast FactsQaanitaah is currently studying Chinese medicine at the University of the Western Cape.Radio 786 is a Cape-based Muslim Community Radio station.How can you help?Volunteer for community projects, and use the platforms available – such as soup kitchens and community radio stations – to help uplift others.Story published on SAinfo on 22 July 2008.Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

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First to Find 4,355 Days Later

first_imgOlemaz wants to complete the Jasmer Challenge—to find one geocache hidden in each month since May 2000. He is only four finds away.Scratch1 plans to find a geocache in every province and territory in Canada. When that’s done, he’ll find a geocache in every state in the U.S.Bennykidd is just going to go out and find more geocaches, all over, from one coastline to the other!Sasktravelbugs has the last “APE” geocache in Brazil in his sights. He also needs to find caches on only one more continent to complete the 7-continent challenge. Share with your Friends:More Remember that time we wrote about an FTF after 12 years? Maybe we weren’t being specific enough. That was a FTF after 4,337 days.Geocachers are born to break records, to test limits, to push boundaries. So when four guys set out in a boat on a journey to an obscure island to find a geocache with impossible odds, we were excited, enthralled, even impressed. But we were not surprised. No, never surprised. The need to seek adventure is in a geocacher’s very DNA.First rule of geocaching as a team: find a good team name.SK Extreme 01 is a virtual geocache on an uninhabited and unnamed island in Brabant Lake, in northern Saskatchewan. Note that Saskatchewan is just about twice the size of Germany—making the island a needle in a big Canadian haystack.The geocache was published on Geocaching.com in 2002 by geocacher KenJamin, who was staying on the island during a guided canoeing trip. He found a topographical survey benchmark and, realizing that Canadian benchmarks weren’t published online like American benchmarks, thought it would make a good virtual cache.That’s the type of geocache for which one gathers information at a site, rather than finding a physical hidden container.KenJamin says the virtual would be the start of a series of extreme geocaches. “The kind of caches that drew me to geocaching in the first place.”Twelve years and zero finds later…Team BOSS, a group of geocachers consisting of bennykidd, olemaz, scratch1, and sasktravelbugs, planned a trip. Snow and ice would force them to delay their adventure until spring. Their journey would begin with a drive from Saskatoon to Brabant Lake, a route so long and remote even Google Maps doesn’t dare plot it. And they knew the drive itself wouldn’t be a picnic. Says Olemaz, “We had heavy rains in Southern/Central Saskatchewan and if we had the same rain that far North, roads could have been treacherous. ”Once at the lake, which is shaped more like a trailing globule of drool than a water feature, they’d cross the water in a rented boat to the island—the site of the cache. Rain, fog, and wind were of primary concern on this stretch of the journey.Of course, these things don’t usually go as planned.Team BOSS had, “perfect weather, perfect roads, and a perfect landing.” And the benchmark itself? It was “a fairly quick find.”The real challenge came when the team was forced to wait to return to an area with cell service before making the phone call to KenJamin. The reward, however, was spectacular. “The phone call to the Cache Owner, KenJamin, for his required answers made our day as we knew we’d catch him off-guard and he would be stunned.”Benchmark Island, SKAnd he was. “I vividly remember receiving the call from Team BOSS.  I think olemaz said the digits from the benchmark followed by the key digit, and words to the effect of ‘does that mean anything to you?’  I admit I was stunned and didn’t make the connection at first.  I paused and thought; then it suddenly stuck me and I blurted out ‘No Way!’”Gold, guts, and glory?Not quite. Despite this, olemaz says there was great deal of excitement and adventure for sure. “The best moment of the trip was seeing the beauty of nature in this world and the camaraderie among geocaching friends having fun.”What’s next for Team BOSS?Among other things on a long, long bucket list… And KenJamin?“As I reflect on this, the first cache in the series, I recall and appreciate all the great logs and pictures I have received as a result.  The three caches and the cachers that have visited them have made the distance, hikes and effort to place them repaid ten fold. As far as my future geocaching adventures go I have ambitions for areas in and around Arches and Grand Canyon National Parks.  Cache recommendations would be appreciated.”Want to read more about this epic adventure? Check out the audio of an interview with Team BOSS on http://www.livingskies2014.ca/ or http://www.podcacher.com/2014/06/show-474-1-pmm-ftf-12-years-later/.Now, a few more people in the geocaching world know what’s behind the black box. SharePrint RelatedHelicopter Geocaching – The Ultimate First To Find (FTF)July 13, 2011In “Community”Geocaching with SealsApril 14, 2013In “Community”Geocaching Alter Egos: TheVillains!November 16, 2011In “Community”last_img read more

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Video: UCF Returner Takes Ball Out Of End Zone, Tries To Take A Knee, Gives UConn A Safety

first_imgUCF player tries to take a knee during kick return against UConn.Twitter/@edsbsThe “conFLiCT,” college football’s most intense months-old, Bob Diaco-created rivalry, promises to produce some of the most exciting highlights you’ll see this week. Or, at the very least, some of the weirdest. After a UConn touchdown, the Huskies kicked off to UCF return man Hayden Jones, who looks to run with it, but eventually rethinks things and kneels the ball. The only problem: he was already a step out of the end zone.Theyyyyyyyyyyyyy did iiiiiiiiiiit pic.twitter.com/3OQjuChmjC— JOEY FRESHWATER (@edsbs) October 10, 2015The boneheaded play gave UConn a safety, extending its lead to 9-3, and giving the Huskies the ball again. These are the kinds of plays that cause teams to start the year 0-5.last_img

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Bridgeport High Vice Principal Elated to Receive PM’s Medal of Appreciation

first_img Recipient of the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for service to Education, Vice Principal at Bridgeport High School, in Portmore, Paula Taylor, says she is elated about the award, having spent 30 years as an educator at the school. Recipient of the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for service to Education, Vice Principal at Bridgeport High School, in Portmore, Paula Taylor, says she is elated about the award, having spent 30 years as an educator at the school.Mrs. Taylor, who began her career as a Physical Education and Remedial English Language teacher, tells JIS News that teaching was not her first choice, but she was encouraged to pursue that career by her mother.She has excelled at the profession during her years at the school, having been appointed House Leader, Grade Supervisor, Dean of Academics and Student Council Advisor.Known as a strict disciplinarian, Mrs. Taylor was instrumental in establishing numerous initiatives to treat disorderly students.Three of the major initiatives implemented by her are the establishment and coordination of a voluntary service programme for problematic students; a mentorship programme; as well as the organisation and implementation of a behavioural modification workshop.She says that many of the students participating in these programmes have behavioural problems, as most of them have little or no help at home.Mrs. Taylor implores parents to be more supportive of their children. “You just need to work with your children, and you need to monitor them,” she advises.Another programme she spearheads with the aim of motivating students include the annual grade awards function for Child Month, where students are recognised for their strengths and improvements.Through these programmes, Mrs. Taylor says she has seen amazing transformation over the years, even noting that one student who had missed an entire year of school, and was performing badly, received a scholarship after his exceptional improvement following his participation.Mrs. Taylor also played a key role in implementing interventions to improve the performance of students.These include the summer academic intervention programme for students who fall below a certain average; the establishment of a homework centre, and introduction of the Caribbean School Examination Certification (CSEC) Religious Education syllabus at the Bridgeport High School.She says inclusion of Religious Education in the syllabus was important to her, in an effort to ensure that the students learn other religions and to practise tolerance.Mrs. Taylor says she is very strict; however, “they [the students]can rap with me, they can run jokes and I run jokes with them, but when it is serious time, it is serious time.”“I push school work because that is very important, but I also have my light moments when I sit with them, and speak their language. If they say they want a hug, I give them a hug, but when it’s time for work, I get serious with them,” she tells JIS News.In addition to teaching, Mrs. Taylor is an active community member as part of the Manchester High and Church Teachers’ College Alumni.The Vice Principal highlights that she has also made a second career out of assisting students outside the classroom by helping school leavers considered to be at risk in the community, to pursue skills training courses.Mrs. Taylor says she assists students with school based assessments (SBAs), explaining that even her family gets involved.She notes that her two sons, who are in sixth form and at university, help with these assessments, as well as with the homework centre.The educator carries her love for children even further by extending her home to foster children, having fostered two girls, and assisted two boys in finding homes.She says that in the 30 years in the classroom, she has tried many innovative ways to stay motivated and to keep the children motivated.Mrs. Taylor is encouraging teachers to “find ways and means to motivate yourselves, because there were times when I had a hard time. Now everyone has to beg me to take a day, because if I do I just worry that the children will fall behind.”The Vice Principal says she lives by the mantra: ‘Doing what I do best, serving the nation’s children”.Mrs. Taylor is among 40 distinguished educators who will receive the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation on Wednesday, June 27. Mrs. Taylor, who began her career as a Physical Education and Remedial English Language teacher, tells JIS News that teaching was not her first choice, but she was encouraged to pursue that career by her mother. Story Highlights She has excelled at the profession during her years at the school, having been appointed House Leader, Grade Supervisor, Dean of Academics and Student Council Advisor.last_img read more

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Global Ship Lease to Expand Fleet with 2005Built Boxship

first_imgzoom UK-based containership charter owner Global Ship Lease has agreed to acquire a 2,800 TEU containership to service a time charter with French shipping major CMA CGM.The company said it would pay a price of USD 11.3 million for the 2005-built high-specification vessel.Following delivery, which is expected to be during the second quarter of 2018 once the existing charter terminates, the containership will be renamed and will commence charter employment with CMA CGM for a period of 12 months at a fixed rate of 9,000 per day.With this addition, Global Ship Lease’s fleet will comprise 19 vessels with a total capacity of 85,112 TEU.“We are pleased to have expanded our fleet in a strengthening market with the acquisition of this high-specification vessel at an attractive price,” Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, said.“We remain optimistic for the continued tightening of the supply/demand balance for mid-sized and smaller vessels, and we will continue to pursue attractive, immediately accretive acquisition opportunities for the benefit of shareholders,” Webber added.Global Ship Lease currently owns 18 vessels with an average age of 13 years. All 18 vessels are currently fixed on time charters, 16 of which are with CMA CGM.last_img read more

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One Way James Hardens Scoring Streak Is More Impressive Than Wilts

Houston Rockets guard James Harden has been busy this season redefining just how much offense a single player can create. As we near the NBA All-Star break, Harden has scored at least 30 points in an absurd 30 consecutive games and counting, which, according to Basketball-Reference.com, is the second-longest streak in league history. Harden’s streak trails only Wilt Chamberlain’s 65-game run from the 1961-62 season — a season in which Wilt happened to set the NBA record by scoring 50.4 points per game. The way Harden has been filling up the scoresheet, Chamberlain comes up as a frequent comparison, continually amazing for those of us who never thought we’d get to see numbers like Wilt’s in today’s game. But what might be most remarkable about Harden is the way he’s different from Chamberlain — specifically, how his one-man show has changed his team’s offense.A big reason that Chamberlain keeps popping up is that it’s difficult to find a modern analogue for what Harden is doing. Harden currently has a usage rate of 40.2 percent, meaning he has taken a shot (or turned the ball over) on roughly two out of every five Houston plays when he’s on the court. And when he isn’t trying to score himself, Harden has also assisted on 40.3 percent of teammate baskets. The only other qualified season in NBA history to break those 40/40 thresholds belonged to Russell Westbrook in 2016-17 — and Westbrook was much less efficient that season than Harden has been this year, averaging 6.8 fewer points per 100 possessions on plays he had a hand in ending.To get a sense of just how far Harden is pushing the boundaries of productivity, here’s a breakdown of all qualified seasons since 1976-77 by possession rate1The share of total on-court team possessions a player had a hand in ending, via shots, turnovers, assists and rebounds. versus offensive efficiency. (The outermost points up and to the right are the best combinations of workload and efficiency.) With 118.6 points produced per 100 possessions on a possession rate of 40.5 percent, Harden is currently having the greatest high-usage offensive season in modern history. From a team perspective, those numbers mean that Houston is funneling nearly half of its possessions through a player who is personally averaging nearly 2 more points per 100 possessions than the league’s most efficient team (the Warriors, at 117.0). So in theory, this should be a very good thing for his team’s scoring rate, which in turn should lead to more and more wins.And in Harden’s case, that appears to be true. Since Harden’s streak began, he is averaging 122 points per 100 possessions with a usage rate of 42.8 percent, both numbers up from the 114 and 37.3 percent marks he had before the streak, respectively. And over the same span, Houston’s teamwide offensive efficiency has zoomed up from 111.2 points per 100 before the streak (sixth-best in the NBA) to 116.9 (second-best) ever since, with his Rockets’ on/off-court offensive efficiency split (+5.8 points per 100) staying roughly the same before the streak and after. Houston is also 21-9 over the streak, after starting the season 12-14. Of course, the recent return of former All-Star point guard Chris Paul, who missed 18 games during Harden’s streak, has buoyed the Rockets as well — but in general it’s safe to say that Harden’s tear has had a very positive effect on Houston’s efficiency and overall record.Why is that notable, though? Isn’t that simply the logical result of having a highly efficient player dominate his team’s possessions? You might think so, but in a dynamic sport such as basketball, things are often more complicated than they may appear. And the best example of this could be Chamberlain.Chamberlain’s career was unwittingly one of history’s most fascinating laboratories for basketball experimentation, in large part because he was the NBA’s most extreme statistical outlier ever. Wilt led the league in scoring in each of his first six seasons, with a staggering scoring average of 40.6 points per game over that span; he also led the league in field goal percentage in three of those campaigns, making 50.7 percent of his shots in total (at a time when the NBA average was around 42 percent). With such a high volume of efficient shots, you might expect that Wilt was like Harden, leading his teams to tremendously efficient offensive performances.But you’d be wrong. Shockingly, Chamberlain’s Warriors struggled to even break league average in efficiency during his seasons with the club, despite the enormous amount of high-percentage scoring Chamberlain did by himself. It wasn’t until Chamberlain switched teams and started scoring less — passing to his teammates more — that his clubs began breaking offensive records.To better understand the sometimes-counterintuitive effect a single scorer can have on his team’s offense, I reached out to Ben Taylor, author of the book “Thinking Basketball,” who was one of the first researchers to notice this phenomenon in Chamberlain’s numbers. “The arc of [Wilt’s] career is very, very unique,” he said. “Not only do some people consider him the best player ever precisely because of these raw stats, but he goes through many different coaches, they put him in many different situations, and specifically Alex Hannum comes along with this great idea — like, ‘Hey, Wilt, what if you just didn’t shoot that much anymore?’ — and he does this, and the team becomes incredible.”Chamberlain’s 1965-66 and 1966-67 seasons with Philadelphia present the most fascinating test case. According to Taylor’s research, Chamberlain’s own personal scoring attempts in 1966 were much more efficient (averaging about 1.09 points per possession) than those of his teammates when they tried to score (0.94), and the 76ers had a mediocre offense with Chamberlain scoring 33.5 points per game. If anything, that makes it sound like Chamberlain should have shot the ball even more — but instead, Hannum persuaded Chamberlain to spread the ball around the following season. His teammates, basically the same cast of characters, averaged more points per attempt (1.01) on more shots per game, while Wilt himself was far more efficient (1.27 points per attempt!) when scoring “only” 24.1 points per game. The result was a championship for Philadelphia and one of history’s greatest offenses.Chamberlain’s less-is-more experience is indicative of other one-man shows from throughout NBA history, Taylor said. “You can see it with other high-usage players in a modern setting. I think the classic examples are 1987 [Michael] Jordan, 2006 Kobe [Bryant], guys like that — they’re doing a similar thing, and again you don’t have anywhere near a top-shelf offense.”But Harden has been able to break that mold by playing differently than other one-man offenses from the past. “Harden’s not the best example of one of these high-usage all time scorers,” Taylor said. “He’s a little weird in that he’s more like Steve Nash — he’s passing and dominating the offense to also set up teammates, and so you have a huge ‘creation’ player. … The stark difference between [Harden and Wilt] is that Wilt, when he was scoring, was more like a black hole, and Harden is just running everything.”The idea that Harden is what Taylor called a “Scoring Nash” is eye-opening. Playing in a similar (if not exactly identical) system to the one Nash orchestrated for four years under coach Mike D’Antoni, Harden has evolved the role of distributor to include an even greater level of player choice. If one of Nash’s great strengths was drawing defensive attention as a means of setting others up for easy shots, Harden can also use the threat of the pass as a means of giving himself more space to shoot. As a result, Harden has an “offensive load” — Taylor’s metric for measuring direct involvement via scoring or passing within an offense — of 66 percent, compared with Nash’s single-season high of 51 percent under D’Antoni in 2007.Pass-heavy initiators like Harden don’t always elevate otherwise mediocre offenses to greatness. For instance, Westbrook — who in 2017 set the NBA record for single-season usage rate (just ahead of Harden’s rate this year) — was the centerpiece of a barely average scoring attack that year, despite his record offensive load of 74 percent. But a disproportionate share of history’s greatest offenses were led by players such as Harden, Nash, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and even Golden State’s Stephen Curry — players who stretched defenses into oblivion with the interplay between their passing and scoring.That’s why Harden’s admittedly impressive scoring streak is only one part of the puzzle that has helped vault the Rockets back near the top of the Western Conference’s contender list. By playing more like the Chamberlain of 1967 than 1962, Harden isn’t just helping the team with his own statistics — he’s also making the players around him better.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Luke Shaw is fit to play for United says Mourinho

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that left-back Luke Shaw is available for selection for Saturday’s match at Watford.Shaw left the pitch on a stretcher after a clash with Dani Carvajal in the second half of England’s Nations League match with Spain at Wembley.However, it seems that Shaw has made a quick recovery, and is now in contention to play on Saturday as United visit Watford.Even though the club doctor has declared him fit, Mourinho has not yet decided whether to play him or not.“I don’t know (if he’ll play),” Mourinho told Sky Sports.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“We still have a training session.“Contrary to some news, by the protocol point of view and according to our doctor he will be free to play.“The only situation we have to analyse is if we are going to play him when during the week he was not training with the team, or if, even so, we decide to play him.”last_img read more

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TCI will not fall off the fiscal cliff says Premier national facelift

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 20, 2017 – Providenciales – The Turks and Caicos needs a facelift and according to the new finance minister, Sharlene Robinson her administration plans to give it one.  “We are going to have some capital projects that are desperately needed, so you would see in terms of infrastructure, major infrastructure happening,  we have to give the country pretty much a facelift and improve the looks and also while addressing immediate needs in the different islands.”The budget will be late but it will not fall outside of the constitutional timeline,  that means no falling over the fiscal cliff for these islands.   “We have a house meeting that’s coming up in which I will present something know as a Provisional Warrant, that would allow the government to continue to function on a twelfth of the budget until the budget is actually passed.  So you will see that Provisional Warrant coming out this month.”Minister Sharlene Robinson recently addressed media on money matters and said the budget allocation will remain the same, she said for the upcoming fiscal year.   “We are pleased that already we have pretty much agreed new spend, which is the recurring budget, and I can say to you that you will see spending in the area of Law Enforcement, Policing, Primary Health Care and certain priorities for us, but in particular in policing and prison you would see quite a bit of support.”The Rufus Ewing regime had allotted $255.7 million for 2016-17 period.  Minister Robinson said it is not comprehensively a PDM Budget because her team will be continuing PNP projects from as far back as two years ago 2015.#MagneticMediaNews#TCItogetnationalfacelift#betterinfrastructureforTCI Related Items:#betterinfrastructureforTCI, #magneticmedianews, #TCItogetnationalfacelift Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Prime Ministers Wife Mrs Patricia Minnis Visits Grand Bahama

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 18, 2017 – Grand Bahama – On a one-day trip to Grand Bahama, wife of Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis, on Thursday, November 16, 2017 brightened the day of the young, as well as the young at heart.    Mrs. Patricia Minnis, upon arrival in Grand Bahama, traveled to the West End community, where she read to students of West End Primary.Following this, she made a few home visits, accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for West End and Bimini, Mrs. Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe.It was then on to lunch with the senior citizens for their Thanksgiving Luncheon at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church where Mrs. Minnis spoke on passing on knowledge to the younger generation: she encouraged the residents to share their knowledge of child rearing, marriage, cooking, sewing, construction, and any other information that could assist in building better communities.  Following lunch, Mrs. Minnis was presented with gifts — a floral sculpture by Ms. Cathy Laing of the Office of the Prime Minister, Grand Bahama, and honey from the farm of Mr. James Taylor.(BIS Photos/Andrew Miller) Related Items:last_img read more

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Robertson pays tribute to Van Dijk

first_imgLiverpool defender Andy Robertson has heaped praises on teammate Virgil Van Dijk following his performance against Wolverhampton Wanderers.Van Dijk, who joined the club in January this year for club a record fee of £75million from Southampton, scored the team’s second goal, as they defeated Wolves 2-0 on Friday night.The Netherlands captain has been fantastic at the heart of the Reds defense, helping the club reach the UEFA Champions League final last season and leading them to the summit of the Premier League this season.Robertson said, according to Mirror Football: “I’m getting bored talking about how good he is… I’m only joking.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“We knew what we saw Adama Traore playing up front that he’s got great pace. His pace and directness are a big threat – and big Virgil did so well with him.”“I’m sure he will be disappointed he has not scored more goals but it was a clean sheet and his first Premier League goal. It was pretty much a perfect day for him.”“His impact on the club has been good. He’s been brilliant. I’ve worked alongside him for the majority of time on the left-hand side of defence.”“He’s just a great lad to have alongside you.”last_img read more

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