Poole’s wins national Asda contract

first_imgWigan-based Poole’s Pies has secured a national contract to supply a range of frozen pies to Asda.The savoury range of pies from the UK’s oldest pie and pastry brand will be available to shoppers in over 500 Asda stores throughout the UK from the beginning of May.The range will include chicken and mushroom, potato and meat, chunky steak, meat, steak and kidney, and minced beef, as well as sausage rolls.Neil Court-Johnston, Poole’s Pies managing director, said: “We all know that Wigan is the home of the pie and ours have been enjoyed throughout the North West for 165 years, but we have long felt that the rest of the UK has been missing out. Clearly Asda agree with us and we are absolutely thrilled with this opportunity to roll out our brand nationally.”To mark the launch, Poole’s Pies has developed a new range of packaging which features new photography and a black and gold design. It has been developed to work portrait or landscape so is versatile in terms of shelf position.The pies are entirely British sourced and will retail at £2.50 for a pack of four.last_img read more

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Study: Children fare better in traditional mom-dad families

first_imgWashington Post 10 June 2012Two studies released Sunday may act like brakes on popular social-science assertions that gay parents  are the same as — or maybe better than — married, mother-father parents. “The empirical claim that no notable differences exist must go,” Mark Regnerus, a sociology professor at the University of Texas at Austin, said in his study in Social Science Research. Using a new, “gold standard” data set of nearly 3,000 randomly selected American young adults, Mr. Regnerus looked at their lives on 40 measures of social, emotional and relationship outcomes. He found that, when compared with adults raised in married, mother-father families, adults raised by lesbian mothers had negative outcomes in 24 of 40 categories, while adults raised by gay fathers had negative outcomes in 19 categories. Findings such as these do not support claims that there are “no differences” between gay parenting and heterosexual, married parents, said Mr. Regnerus, who helped develop the New Family Structures Study at the university. Instead, “children appear most apt to succeed well as adults when they spend their entire childhood with   their  married mother and father, and especially when the parents remain married to the present day,” he wrote. Mr. Regnerus‘ study of  2,988  persons ages 18 to 39 — including 175 adults raised by lesbian   mothers  and 73 adults raised by gay fathers — marks the first research from  the new dataset, which initially included some 15,000 persons.The  second study, also in Social Science Research, takes a critical look at  the basis of an oft-cited American Psychological   Association (APA)  report on gay parenting. The APA brief says, “Not a single study has  found children of lesbian or gay parents to be disadvantaged in any  significant respect relative to children of   heterosexual parents,” said Loren Marks, associate professor at the School of Human Ecology at  Louisiana State University. However,   after looking at the 59 studies  that undergird this assertion, “the   jury is still out,” Mr. Marks said.  “The lack of high-quality data leaves the most significant questions [about gay parenting] unaddressed and unanswered.” Problems with the APA-cited studies were their tiny size; dependence on wealthy, white,  well-educated lesbian mothers; and a failure to examine common outcomes  for children, such as their education, employment and risks for poverty, criminality, early childbearing, substance abuse and suicide. Instead,  the APA studies often looked at children’s gender-role behaviors, emotional functioning and sexual identity.http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jun/10/study-children-fare-better-traditional-mom-dad-fam/New Studies Challenge Established Views About Development of Children Raised by Gay or Lesbian ParentsScience Daily 10 June 2012http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/06/120610151302.htmREAD Media Release from University of TexasREAD Full StudyIn a stunning side-by-side comparison, the Washington Times highlighted these discrepancies (and more) in childhood experiences:17% of those raised with married parents were on welfare, compared to 69% of those in lesbian homes5% of those raised with married parents thought about suicide, compared to 12% of those in lesbian homes90% of those raised with married parents are heterosexual, compared to 61% of those in lesbian homes2% of those raised with married parents were touched sexually by a parent or other adult, compared to 23% of those in lesbian homes8% of those raised with married parents have a sexually transmitted infection, compared to 20% of those in lesbian homeslast_img read more

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Police officer apologizes for accusing McDonald’s employee of tampering with his food

first_imgA police officer who wrongly accused a McDonald’s employee of taking a bite out of his sandwich is apologizing to McDonald’s after an investigation found he took a bite out of his own sandwich and forgot about it after putting it away.The incident occurred last week in Indianapolis.The Marion County Sheriff’s Officer who goes by DJ, reported that he went to the establishment before his shift but put the meal in the fridge at the start of his shift.Seven hours into this shift the officer then went to eat his meal but noticed a bite had been taken out of his sandwich.Convinced that he had been targeted because of his line of work, the officer contacted McDonald’s about the situation:“I just wanted to find out who the person was and they deal with that person in an appropriate way,” he told the WTHR.Managers at the branch checked their staffing schedule and questioned the staff member who served the officer, however, after conducting an investigation of their own McDonald’s reported that they did not find any evidence of tampering on their end.“The investigation has determined that McDonald’s restaurant staff in no way tampered with the employee’s food,” McDonald’s said in a statement on Friday.The department later found that officer DJ actually had actually took a bite out of his own sandwich before his shift but had forgotten that he did so. He then came to believe that an employee at McDonald’s must have done it.“The employee took a bite out of the sandwich upon starting his shift at the Marion County Jail, then placed it in the refrigerator in a break room.“He returned nearly seven hours later having forgotten that he had previously bitten the sandwich.“He wrongly concluded that a McDonald’s restaurant employee had tampered with his food because he is a law enforcement officer,” the police department said.The officer has since apologized to McDonald’s.last_img read more

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Three teams head to Spanish championship

first_img Three teams will represent England in the Nations Cup at the Spanish women’s amateur championship later this month.The first combines Annabell Fuller, Sophie Lamb and Bel Wardle. Wardle won the recent Portuguese women’s championship in a play-off with Fuller. Lamb (image copyright Leaderboard Photography) was low amateur at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.The second team is Lianna Bailey, Lily May Humphreys and Georgia Price. Humphreys won five championships last season including English, British and European titles, while Bailey and Price are consistently high finishers.The third team is drawn from the England Golf girls’ squad and is Martha Lewis, Mimi Rhodes and Hannah Screen. Lewis was runner-up in the English girls’ championship, Screen was runner-up in the British women’s stroke play and Rhodes reached the last 16 in the British girls’ championship.The Spanish championship will be played at Barcelo Montecastillo golf & sports resort from 28 February to 4 March.Team A:  Annabell Fuller, 15, Roehampton, SurreySophie Lamb, 20, Clitheroe, LancashireBel Wardle, 18, Prestbury, CheshireTeam B:Lianna Bailey, 21, Kirby Muxloe, LeicestershireLily May Humphreys , 15, Stoke By Nayland, EssexGeorgia Price, 24, Bude & North CornwallTeam C:Martha Lewis, 18, St George’s Hill, SurreyMimi Rhodes, 16, Burnham & Berrow, SomersetHannah Screen, 18, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire 16 Feb 2018 Three teams head to Spanish championship Tags: Nations Cup, Spanish, Womenlast_img read more

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Rose Ladies Series: Class act Charley an inspiration for England ace Mimi

first_img It’s fair to say that Mimi Rhodes made a spectacular first impression on LPGA and Solheim Cup star Charley Hull at the opening event of the Rose Ladies Series.A booming drive from the 18-year England women’s squad player saw her make the green at the 308-yard, first hole at Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club.Rhodes’ eagle putt from 25 feet then struck the flag and agonisingly hopped back out the hole to set up a tap-in birdie.No wonder Hull had a broad grin on her face at the early exploits of her young playing partner!Yet if Rhodes made a positive early impact on Hull (she also birdied the second hole to take the early tournament lead- see pic below) , it was nothing compared to the lasting impression the woman ranked 25 in the world made on the young England international.Hull went on to win the event after making birdie at the first play-off hole. She pipped tournament organiser Liz Young after the duo finished the regulation 18 holes tied on a level par score of 70.Hull, 24, is pictured above receiving the trophy and cheque from Kate Rose, wife of England Golf ambassador Justin and sponsor of the event.And Rhodes was watching her every step of the way, eager to pick up tidbits of advice and insight as she makes her own way in the game.Rhodes performed superbly to shoot a five over par 75 and finish in a tie for seventh place. As one of only three amateurs in the field of 47 players, her finish was highly creditable.As she reflected on her own performance, Rhodes admitted that watching Hull at close proximity for 18 holes was the major positive she will take from the day.“I desperately wanted to play well in front of Charley. My sister was on the bag and telling me to calm down!” joked Rhodes, a member at Burnham and Berrow Golf Club.“At the first hole I was really nervous, but I guess there was a bit of adrenaline too.“In practice my drive at the first was close to the green.“Then in the event I had 310 yards to the front and I boomed one and it finished pin high.“It was a bit awkward with players still on the green.“My putt was from 25 feet, it hit the pin and was knocked out. Charley was laughing and the birdie settled me down.“I had watched Charley play at the Solheim Cup last year, but never met her.“She was obviously concentrating on her own game, but when we were walking between shots she was really friendly and the conversation felt really normal and that helped me settle.“I was watching her play really intently. I was also listening to how her and her caddie made decisions during the round.“My sister could have learned a lot!“I always wondered how my game would compare to these players and playing with Charley helped me realise a few things.“It has given me confidence that I have enough distance in my game to keep up – but the big area of difference is the short game.“It really opened my eyes to where I need to get to in the future.“I tightened up around the green and had five putts of around 10 feet for birdie that I didn’t take.”I can take a lot from the experience.“It was really good that Justin sponsored the event to give women professionals and amateurs the chance to compete in such a great event.“For him to take such an interest in the women’s game is a real positive for our sport.“I had time to meet his wife Kate and thank her for their support which we all truly appreciate.”Rhodes (pictured above right with Hull as they finalised their scores) has decisions to make about what direction her season will now take with options to play a couple more events in England or head to America for the US Amateur.Whatever route she takes, it does appear that her career is following an upward trajectory as she looks forward to the rest of the summer and then a move to America for college.“I’m going to Wake Forest in North Carolina at the end of August and really looking forward to combining studies with golf,” added Rhodes.“It’s an exciting time and hopefully I can make progress toward my goal of eventually becoming a professional.” Tags: Charley Hull, Mimi Rhodes, Rose Ladies Series 19 Jun 2020 Rose Ladies Series: Class act Charley an inspiration for England ace Mimi center_img ICYMI: Thank you to the team at Sky Sports Golf for their coverage of the event.Video Playerhttps://www.englandgolf.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Rose-Ladies-New.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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Maxell nips Allen for bragging rights at Ted Allen’s Jewellery Low Net tournament

first_imgLorna Maxwell covered the Granite Pointe at Nelson course in a net 61 to capture the top prize at the Ted Allen’s Jewellery tournament Tuesday at the Rosemont track.Maxwell edged out Becky Allen for the title. Allen finished with a score of net 70, two strokes in front of Cathie McLaren. Joan Jordan finished fourth ahead of Maria Dimopoulos. Both finished with scores of 73 with Jordan winning in retrogression.Edna Mierau was next at 74.last_img

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Leafs training camp begins Friday; season tickets on sale now

first_imgLeafs, under the guidance of new coach Dave McLellan, have very little time to get battle ready as the squad plays a series of exhibition games beginning Wednesday, September 3 in Fruitvale against Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Nelson continues its preseason slate Friday, September 5 in Creston before returning home to meet the Thunder Cats Saturday September 6 and Nitehawks Sunday, September 7.Nelson opens the KIJHL season Friday, September 12 against Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Fans can purchase season tickets for the upcoming KIJHL campaign at the Nelson Regional Sports Council upstairs in the Chamber of Commerce building or during Leafs training camp on the NDCC concourse from 2 -4 p.m. Friday through Sunday.For more information check the Nelson Leafs website. Believe it or not, hockey season is right around the corner.The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Nelson Leafs take to the ice for training camp Friday through Sunday at the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

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Leafs, Border Bruins square off in Murdoch Showdown

first_imgHowever, the key to beating Grand Forks maybe some early goals on netminder Anthony Galliart.The native of Kansas City owns 2.18 goals against average and sits ninth in KIJHL goalie leaders.Galliart, who was sitting a suspension during the first meeting of the season, is responsible for many wins last season as Grand Forks went from perennial cellar-dwellers in the Murdoch to division finalists, losing out to Beaver Valley in the 2016 playoffs.Goalies? Anyone for goalies?The Nelson Leafs have almost as many netminders on the roster as defencemen as the coaching staff looks to bolster the goal.The Leafs nets looks almost like a goaltending school with four players vying for a spot between the pipes.Ben Kelsch and Jason Sandhu were the goalies on the squad coming out of training camp.However, the coaching staff still looks to be experimenting with the goalie position as two backstoppers were added —Devin Allen and recently, Josh Bolding — to the roster.A decision should be made sooner than later regarding the goaltending position.Injury reportLeafs will be without the services of defenceman Zack Morey and forward Jacob Karran for the weekend games.Morey was injured against Castlegar while Karran, a 6’7” blueliner has yet to dress for the Leafs this season. The Nelson Leafs have spent a lot of the first six weeks of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season on the bus.Nelson, 5-4-0-0-1 on the season which is good enough for third place in the Murdoch Division, have played only four games at home to start the season.This weekend, Leafs have the chance to take advantage of home ice while trying to exact some revenge on the Grand Forks Border as the two Murdoch opponents hook up Friday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Saturday, Nelson hosts Spokane Braves at the NDCC Arena. The Leafs have yet to lose to the Braves this season.The Bruins, second in the divison two points ahead of Nelson, are led by September Player of the month honourable mention in the Kootenay Conference, Dylan Haney.The 5’11” 165-pound Haney has seven goals and 11 assists to lead the Bruins in scoring.Other players to watch are Trey Mason, Chad Grambo and Brady Berger.Haney, Grambo and Berger combined for eight points in the Bruins 7-4 win over Nelson September 21 in the Boundary City.last_img read more

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Giving power to victims of crime

first_img28 November 2007The launch of the national five-year implementation of the South African Victims Charter is set to give back power to victims of crime in the country and ensure that they are not short-changed by those whose job it is to help them.The Service Charter for Victims of Crime in South Africa, approved by the Cabinet in 2004 and officially launch on 21 November 2007, combines the current legal framework on the rights of victims of crime with the services to be provided to them.It identifies seven key rights for which victims can demand service from the criminal justice system and related service providers like hospitals.Implementation the keyThe Victims Charter sets high aspirational standards for the criminal justice system, but implementation is key to its success, a point that researcher and activist against gender violence Lisa Vetten agrees with.“It’s a good idea and a good initiative,” says Vetten, who works for the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre to End Violence Against Women. “It is also important to keep the dialogue and partnership open and engage with people.“I think a practical document that sets out rights is useful, but my concern is implementation,” Vetten adds. She says the Minimum Standards on Service for Victims of Crime needs to be more specific to allow victims to know what they can request and the police to know what is required of them.Anticipating this concern, the government has taken steps ensure implementation of the Charter, and work already under way by the justice, crime prevention and security cluster shows that the policy framework is in fact quite realistic.Steps takenChild victim and witness rooms have been created in 35 courts with one-way glass partitions, and 54 Sexual Offences Courts have been established with an average conviction rate to date of 62%.Another 52 new Correctional Supervision Parole Boards were established in 2005 and, for the first time ever in South Africa, victims can make presentations to the Parole Board and attend parole hearings.In 2004, the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit was given priority by the South African Police Service (SAPS). That same year the sexual offences and community affairs unit of the National Prosecuting Authority opened four multidisciplinary Thuthezela Care Centres in support of rape victims.The Charter aims to ensure that victims remain central to the criminal justice process in South Africa, to eliminate “secondary victimisation” from this process.The complementary Minimum Standards on Service for Victims of Crime aims to explain the rights contained in the Victims’ Charter further, and to help make these rights a reality – by giving detailed information to enable victims to exercise their rights and service providers to uphold them.‘People need to know’“The Charter is definitely going to help victims a lot,” says Boitumelo Kekana, a social worker and trauma counsellor who has worked at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation’s victim empowerment programme for the last 10 years.In her daily dealing with clients who are survivors of crimes, Kekana says she frequently finds that people do not know their rights.“Having this kind of information [the Charter] will help empower people instead of them being short-changed,” she says.Kekana says that when she works with child abuse cases, she finds that it is common for parents to report a crime where their child is concerned at a local police station and leave after being told that the case will be investigated.“Parents do not know that they had the right to ask for information, the case number or a contact number of the investigating officer – they often just give up,” Kekana says.Kekana says the Charter, which clearly states that victims have the right to offer information and the right to receive information, will help victims of crimes become educated on their legal, social and medical options.Both the Charter and the Minimum Standards were translated into South Africa’s 11 official languages and Braille and made available on audio-cassette in 2005.Over 20 000 government officials and personnel, police officers and “train-the-trainers” have been trained on the Victims Charter nationally, including the chairperson and vice-chairperson of all the Parole Boards.In 2006, 50 000 victims were prepared for court by 66 trained court preparation officers and the Victims Support Directorate established in 2005 as part of the Department of Justice.Ongoing debateWhen the public consultation on the implementation of the Charter was done earlier this year, the government received submissions from 50 organisations and individuals. Provincial consultations were also held with all government departments on the national implementation plan.Vetten believes that debate around the Charter should be ongoing to ensure that people make best use of it.For example, while the Charter provides for victims who choose to use the criminal justice system, Vetten questions what will happen to victims who choose not to report a crime but still seek counselling or other services.SAPS chief director Susan Pienaar says that while the police cannot render the appropriate services to victims of crime if the crime is not reported – because they would not be aware of the victim’s situation – other services linked to the Charter and the Minimum Standards, for example social services, can be carried out.“One must also note that the right to access information, as set out by the Charter, is not related to reporting a case, and therefore anyone can still request information regarding services for victims of crime, regardless of whether the crime has been reported or they themselves are victims.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Twitter #Music Is Great For Artists; Less So For Fans [Hands On Review]

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Twitter put months of speculation to rest this morning when it launched its own music-focused service for iOS and the Web. Twitter #Music is a standalone app for discovering, following and listening to artists that draws its intelligence from Twitter’s own user activity data. At first glance, it’s a win for artists, but the value it adds for fans remains to be seen. First and foremost, Twitter #Music is undoubtedly good for Twitter. The app takes something that is hugely popular among consumers — music — and intimately ties it to its own service. It also integrates with Spotify and Rdio so tracks can be streamed in their entirety from within Twitter #Music. That feature, the company is betting, will keep listeners glued to the app, where much of what they do is tied to Twitter’s core functionality: tweeting songs and following artists. Putting Artists Front and Center For artists, the potential advantages here are huge. At every turn, Twitter #Music encourages you to follow bands and musicians, which of course can lead to longterm engagement and even sales. Whether they’re already trending or Twitter thinks you might like them (based on your existing follows), this app puts artists and their Twitter handles front-and-center, never missing an opportunity to stick a “follow” button in front of the user. Twitter #Music also lets users buy tracks directly from iTunes, which is a major plus for artists who still aren’t making all that much money from those Spotify and Rdio streams. If widely adopted, Twitter #Music could become a potent source of exposure for up-and-coming musicians. And while there a million services that promise to enable music discovery, seldom do they directly make money for artists. We Are Hunted, R.I.P.Twitter #Music is built on top of the guts of We Are Hunted, a service that ranked the popularity of online music so effectively that some people wondered whether it could replace Billboard. Twitter gobbled it up to build this, and you can tell. Twitter #Music’s design is strongly reminiscent of We Are Hunted’s, even if Twitter appear to have gutted much of the service’s original functionality. We Are Hunted’s flagship feature was its Emerging Music chart, which analyzed a wide range of data signals to determine what music was most popular online. Twitter #Music appears to replace that more complex algorithm with something that more heavily favors Twitter’s own data. That’s not surprising, but it makes for a less thorough analysis and for music fans, a less useful experience. In the process of launching this new product, Twitter also appears to have gutted some of We Are Hunted’s core recommendation technology in favor of a more Twitter-centric approach. Whereas We Are Hunted used a complex array of data to associate artist to one another, Twitter #Music appears to be relying heavily (if not exclusively) on data about the relationship between artists on the service, such as who follows who.  When I look at The Flaming Lips on Twitter’s new service, it recommends Taylor Swift. Really? Do We Need This? With We Are Hunted effectively neutered and Twitter entering the digital music space with a big splash, the big question remains: How useful is this new app for users? It depends. Let’s consider Twitter #Music’s key selling points: You can discover music that’s popular on Twitter, get new music recommendations and listen to it all within the app. Those are all useful things, although to varying degrees. The music-listening part is only really worthwhile to those of us who pay for premium Spotify or Rdio accounts. Otherwise, we’re left with a mere iTunes snippet and the option to buy the whole track. And if you do have Rdio or Spotify, you’re going to continue to use those services’ apps for the majority of your listening. Listening to music isn’t the main draw of Twitter #Music, just a very nice touch. The most compelling aspect of the app is Twitter’s data about artists, songs and the social relationships between them. If you can get over the fact that We Are Hunted pulled in much more data and was thus much more interesting, this is useful, especially if you happen to be active on Twitter.Where Twitter-Based Music Discovery FailsBut just being a voracious tweeter isn’t enough. As many users have pointed out, the “Me” and “Suggested” tabs of the app are of limited value if you don’t follow a lot of musicians on Twitter. Indeed, using Twitter follows as a barometer for one’s music taste is a curious choice. Sometimes musicians have worthwhile Twitter accounts, sometimes not.Either way, most people probably don’t follow all the artists they like. Unlike the Facebook “like”, the Twitter “follow” is not an explicit statement saying “I enjoy listening to this band.” Instead, it’s saying, “I think this band, whose music I happen to enjoy, might have interesting things to say, so I’m listening.”Of course, if you’re not following a lot of artists, that’s something Twitter #Music is explicitly designed to change. But out of the box, this is a real handicap for some users.It’s also worth mentioning that at launch, Twitter #Music only appears to acknowledge verified artist accounts, at least as far as the “Me” tab is concerned. When I click on my own profile, it shows eight bands that I follow. There are certainly more artists that I follow, but they’re less well-known and thus have no official designation from Twitter. As a result, they are presumably not factored into my recommendations. Personally, I’m not all that interested in what music is generally popular on Twitter. You mean to tell me that lots of people are listening to Psy, P!nk and Maroon 5? No kidding! The “Emerging” tab is a bit more interesting, as this is where a hidden gem or two is bound to surface. The other tabs are more personalized, and thus likely to be more relevant to users. It’s not clear exactly what kind of data is fueling he “Suggested” tab, but it does a reasonably decent job of recommending artists. Many of its suggestions are spot-on. Some are questionable. It’s not terrible, but it could be better. I’ve tested a lot of services that utilize music recommendation engines.For my money, algorithms like the ones behind Pandora, Last.fm and the Echo Nest do a much better job of making music suggestions than this app does. Twitter #Music is also competing against beloved and impressive music recommendation apps like Shuffler.fm and Hype Machine. On the whole, Twitter #Music is a decent app. If you like music enough to subscribe to a streaming service and are interested in finding new music, this is a pretty good, social-fueled way to do it. If your tastes are more particular and nuanced, tools with more complex algorithms and granular data points are likely to be more useful to you. Either way, it’s worth taking it for a spin. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#music#Recommendation Engines#social music#streaming music#twitter Related Posts center_img john paul titlow 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

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