Wavell Heights’ elevation is becoming a big drawcard for buyers on the northside

first_imgInside 9 Deloraine St, Wavell HeightsMarketing specialist Tony McLoughlin, of Ashton Properties, said the home at 9 Deloraine St, Wavell Heights, went under contract three times before selling, with the first two falling through due to building and pest inspections. 9 Deloraine St, Wavell HeightsThis quality 1926 character Queenslander home has sold for $835,000. Inside 9 Deloraine St, Wavell HeightsMr McLaughlin said buyers were also attracted by the limited number of units in the suburb, however expressed that quality stock was low. Inside 9 Deloraine St, Wavell HeightsMore from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“It’s an old Queenslander, so you have to expect wear and tear,” he said. “But that can scare people off a bit, and so was the case for this property. Mr McLoughlin said the market in Wavell Heights was performing extremely well. Inside 9 Deloraine St, Wavell HeightsHe said that a lot of homeowners in surrounding suburbs were moving to the area in order to gain city views at affordable prices. “The city views in Wavell Heights are pretty sought after,” he said.“We’re seeing a big shift from owners in Hamilton and Ascot moving here to get these views.“They’ll sell their million dollar property, come here and renovate and still have money left over.”last_img read more

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Aon: latest valuations show 67% UK schemes use long-term funding target

first_imgTwo years later, in March 2020, The Pensions Regulator (TPR) published the first of two planned consultations on its proposals for a revised code.The LTO principle, Aon said, is key to the revised code and introduces for the first time an explicit requirement that schemes look to the long term: “By the time they are significantly mature, the regulator expects schemes to have a low level of dependency on the employer and be invested with high resilience to risk.”TPR has proposed that a scheme be considered ‘significantly mature’ upon its duration reducing to somewhere in the range of 14 to 12 years.It defines ‘duration’ to be the mean term of the liabilities weighted by the value of the scheme’s future cashflows; in less technical terms, it might be considered the number of years until the ‘average’ payment date of the scheme’s benefit outgo.Aon said the rationale for introducing such a principle now is the maturing of the typical DB pension scheme.The Pension Schemes Bill – which is currently going through parliament – will require schemes to set a strategy for ensuring that benefits can be provided over the long term, the firm added.In its consultation, TPR cites this as a requirement for trustees to set an LTO for their scheme with regards to the desired funding target – the long-term funding target (LTFT) – the time taken to get there and the investments a scheme will hold.In its 2020 annual funding statement, TPR said schemes with LTFTs already in place should be able to continue to focus on these targets with suitable short-term modifications and encouraged other schemes to set a LTFT.Although a revised code will not be in force until December 2021, based on the regulator’s current timescales, Aon’s findings show that trustees and employers understand the importance of setting an LTO, and that they are anticipating the likely changes to the funding regime.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. Aon has published a report under its In Depth series, Pension scheme funding – an analysis of completed valuations, showing that 67% of surveyed UK pension funds used a long-term funding target in addition to a technical provisions target during their latest valuations.Of those schemes, 74% had a journey plan to achieve the target by the time the scheme was significantly mature, the study also found.The analysis sets out the positions of schemes at effective dates to July 2019, and considers the assumptions adopted for assessing schemes’ liabilities, and formulating recovery plans where schemes were found to be underfunded.The March 2018 Department for Work & Pensions white paper on Protecting defined benefit pension schemes proposed that a revised Code of Practice should include a description of how trustees and sponsoring employers should set their statutory funding objective – their technical provisions – in the context of their long-term objective (LTO).last_img read more

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WHO: Ebola Outbreak Is A Public Health Emergency

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint WHO: Ebola Outbreak Is A Public Health Emergency by: – August 8, 2014 49 Views   no discussions Share Share LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization on Friday declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread.It is the largest and longest outbreak ever recorded of Ebola, which has a death rate of about 50 percent and has so far killed at least 961 people. WHO declared similar emergencies for the swine flu pandemic in 2009 and for polio in May.The WHO chief, Dr. Margaret Chan, said the announcement is “a clear call for international solidarity” although she acknowledged that many countries would probably not have any Ebola cases.“Countries affected to date simply do not have the capacity to manage an outbreak of this size and complexity on their own,” Chan said at a news conference in Geneva. “I urge the international community to provide this support on the most urgent basis possible.”The agency had convened an expert committee this week to assess the severity of the continuing epidemic.The current outbreak of Ebola emerged in Guinea in March and has since spread to Sierra Leone and Liberia, with a suspected cluster in Nigeria. Since it was first identified in 1976, there have been more than 20 outbreaks in central and eastern Africa; this is the first one to affect West Africa.The impact of the WHO declaration is unclear; the declaration about polio doesn’t yet seem to have slowed the spread of virus.“Statements won’t save lives,” said Dr. Bart Janssens, director of operations for Doctors Without Borders. “For weeks, (we) have been repeating that a massive medical, epidemiological and public health response is desperately needed. … Lives are being lost because the response is too slow.”“I don’t know what the advantage is of declaring an international emergency,” added Dr. David Heymann, who directed WHO’s response to the SARS outbreak and is now a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.“This could bring in more foreign aid but we don’t know that yet,” he said.In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention already recommends against traveling to West Africa. The agency has also put U.S. hospitals on alert for symptoms to spot potential cases as quickly as possible.Two Americans infected with Ebola recently received a drug never before tested in people and seem to be improving slightly, according to the charity they work for.Next week, WHO will hold another meeting to discuss whether it’s ethical to use experimental treatments and drugs in the current outbreak. There’s no evidence in people that the experimental treatments work and it would take months even to have a modest amount. There is no licensed drug or treatment for Ebola.Other experts hoped the WHO declaration would send more health workers to West Africa.“The situation is very critical and different from what we’ve seen before,” said Dr. Heinz Feldmann, chief of virology at the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. “There are so many locations with transmission popping up and we just need more people on the ground.”WHO did not recommend any travel or trade bans but said people who had close contact with Ebola patients should not travel internationally. For countries with Ebola, WHO issued various recommendations, including exit screening at international airports and border crossings to spot potential cases. It also discouraged mass gatherings.WHO said countries without Ebola should heighten their surveillance and treat any suspected cases as a health emergency.This week, two of the worst-hit Ebola countries — Liberia and Sierra Leone — brought in troops to enforce quarantines and stop people infected with the disease from traveling. Liberian authorities said no one with a fever would be allowed in or out of the country and warned some civil liberties could be suspended if needed to bring the virus under control.Chan said while extraordinary measures might be necessary to contain the outbreak, it is important to recognize civil rights.“We need to respect the dignity of people and inform them why these measures are being taken,” she said.The disease spread from Liberia to Nigeria when a man apparently sick with Ebola boarded a plane, according to the Nigerian government. Nigerian authorities say the man, who later died, was not placed into isolation for at least 24 hours after he was hospitalized. A nurse who treated him has since died from Ebola and authorities are monitoring seven other cases among people who had contact with the first victim.Huffington Postcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweetlast_img read more

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Rooney a doubt for United

first_imgWayne Rooney is a major doubt for Manchester United’s match against Sunderland this weekend due to the combination of illness and a minor groin injury. Interim manager Ryan Giggs said a number of United players have been struck down by illness, and are therefore unlikely to play at Old Trafford on Saturday. Giggs said: “A few of the lads have had a bug. “Anders Lindegaard has, and so has Wayne. “Wayne has a tight groin also so obviously with the bug you have to be careful with that because his immune system is down. “Wayne being Wayne, he wants to be involved so we will just monitor it over the next 24 hours.” Since United beat Norwich 4-0 in Giggs’ first game in charge last Saturday, Juan Mata, Rooney and Lindegaard have backed the Welshman to be the club’s long-term replacement for David Moyes, who was sacked last week just 10 months into a six-year contract. United want a more experienced man at the helm though and have held discussions with Holland coach Louis van Gaal. The former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach could be appointed early next week. Giggs is yet to decide whether he would like to be part of Van Gaal’s staff. “Nothing has changed. (This job) is just until the end of the season,” Giggs said. “We will chat when the season is over. “The main concentration I have is on the Sunderland game and then after that the remaining two games. “I have a lot to think about – whether to continue playing… “But my concentration is just on now. We will see what happens at the end of the season.” Giggs has been handed a boost ahead of the Sunderland game with the news that Robin van Persie is back in training. The Dutch striker has been out with a knee injury since scoring a match-winning hat-trick in United’s victory over Olympiacos on March 19. “Robin has looked good in training this week,” Giggs said. “We will see (after training) today whether he is ready for tomorrow.” Giggs is sure to receive another rapturous reception when he emerges from the tunnel – just as he did last Saturday when he confidently strode down the touch line in his official club suit. Giggs is reluctant to swap the suit for his United kit, which opens up the possibility that the 40-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer, may never again play for the team he has supported all his life. “I have kept myself fit, but I might not get back in (the team),” said Giggs, who has made a record 962 appearances for the club. “The lads have been doing well. We will just have to wait and see.” Following the win over Norwich, Giggs spoke of the agony he felt at dropping some of his team-mates like Mata for the match. The midfielder has been getting to grips with other aspects of the job this week, mainly in the planning department. Giggs may not be at the helm next term, but executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has been seeking the interim manager’s thoughts on next season at the AON Training Complex. “The only peace and quiet you do get is when you are on the training pitch,” Giggs added. “As soon as you are back in the office, you have meetings, and you have calls… “For example this week has been planning pre-season, which has been testing because we have to wait and see about the Europa League and the Q3 for that is round about the tour time, so there are different permutations. “Also it is a difficult time for young players, extending contracts, renewing contracts, loan players, players that need to come back, players that need their future sorting out so there has been a lot of that this week.” Giggs will also find himself in another unusual situation this weekend when he tries to manage a team to victory over former team-mates. “It will be great to see Wes (Brown) and John O’Shea back,” Giggs said of the former United duo, who left for Sunderland in 2011. “They are in really good form, and Phil Bardsley is as well. “The service they have given to this club will never be forgotten. They were great team-mates.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Guilty plea in smuggling of Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig out of Cuba

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error MIAMI — A South Florida businessman has pleaded guilty to illegally helping finance the smuggling of Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig out of Cuba.Gilberto Suarez entered the plea Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Robert Scola, who set a March 6 sentencing date. The alien smuggling conspiracy charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison.Investigators say Suarez was one of the Miami-based financiers of the 2012 smuggling venture in which Puig was taken by boat from Cuba to Mexico. The financiers were to receive a cut of the seven-year, $42 million contract Puig later signed with the Dodgers.Court documents show Suarez got $2.5 million from Puig’s contract. He agreed to forfeit a house, a condominium and a Mercedes-Benz traceable to the Puig contract to the government.last_img read more

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Fiesta in December – Steamboat Island Coop Preschool’s Annual Fundraiser

first_imgFacebook69Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Bagel Brothers“My favorite part of Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool is that every parent is required to do a couple of days a month of in-class time,” says mom Abbie Rose. “On my volunteer days I get to see my daughter Paisley interact with her peers in a way that’s different than any other play I see her engage in. It gives me a better idea of who she is as a person when I see her play with a big group of kids her age, it’s pretty cool.”Parents of kids at the preschool know this feeling well. Since 1972 the preschool has been nurturing children, parents, and caregiver relationships through an emphasis on nature and creative art, movement, and music. Kiddos ages 2-5 thrive in the community environment, with special support from South Puget Sound Community College.This local involvement is perhaps one reason why a variety of businesses are donating time, services, products, funding, and more to Steamboat Island Coop Preschool’s yearly auction. Rose, who also owns Bagel Brothers, and who attended the preschool as a child, feels proud to support the next generation by donating, and helping put the auction on.“I love using skills that I’ve learned in the business world to benefit a local nonprofit,” she said.Dozens of business, local and beyond, are donating to the fiesta food-fun part of the event, including Steamboat Grill and Greens, Jalisco Tortillas, Chelsea’s Shellfish, Olympic Mountain Ice Cream, and more.Event highlights also include arts and crafts for the kids, and a silent auction with many items donated from local businesses.The event takes place Saturday, December 5, at Griffin Elementary. Festivities start at 6 p.m. Open to the public, tickets are $15 and include dinner and dessert. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time by calling 360.866.1819, or purchased at the door. All proceeds benefit Steamboat Island Coop Preschool.last_img read more

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More Examples of Exceptional Preservation in Fossil Reptiles

first_imgHow could structures this delicate survive the ravages of tens or hundreds of millions of years?Tired BloodA video posted by Reuters shows the “‘oldest in world’ fossilized blood vessels.” Found by Polish scientists, this fossil reptile appears to have original traces of proteins—including the amino acids of collagen—in rock said to be 240 million years old. It clearly shows traces of blood vessels and their “molecular remnants” in bones found during an excavation. “Researchers were soon able to show that there was organic matter from prehistoric animals present in the bone,” including “fragments of amino acids that are typical components of collagen.” This was apparently “among other proteins” detected. This new claim is much older in the evolutionary time scale than the previous record, which they cite as 80 million years. “The latest discovery goes back 3 times further,” the video concludes.Snake BlingImpressions of chromatophores in fossil snake skin have allowed paleontologists to infer the color of a snake found fossilized in Spain. The particular chromatophores have the shape of carotenoids that would have endowed the snake, said to be 10 million years old, with a pale green color. “The findings suggest that the animal had a pale belly and a green back and sides, with brown–black and yellow–green blotches — possibly a form of camouflage,” Nature News says. The chromatophores are apparently mineralized, not original tissue. Still, the preservation is so exceptional, the researchers say in their paper in Current Biology that they cannot rule out some original material present:Certain pigments, including melanins, pteridines, and carotenoids, are known to have an affinity for metal cations. Elevated levels of sulfur in the dermal chromatophores and collagen fibers may reflect the presence of sulfur-bearing moieties in the original tissue structures or the incorporation of sulfur (in the form of sulfate) into the replacement phosphate during mineralization. There is no evidence, however, for partitioning of trace elements among the various chromatophores in the fossil snake skin (Figure 3). This may reflect concentrations below detection limits (<100 ppm) or overprinting of the original trace element chemistry during the mineralization process. The fossil chromatophores are therefore interpreted on the basis of their size, geometry, and, in some examples, internal structure compared with those in extant reptiles.Before this, colors were inferred from the presence of melanosomes that contain the dark pigment melanin. This was the first time that chromatophores containing carotenoids have been detected in a fossil. The search should accelerate for more, the scientists say:Our discovery confirms that direct evidence for diverse coloration mechanisms can be preserved in fossils via an alternative taphonomic pathway, namely replication of tissues in authigenic minerals, and that the high fidelity of preservation allows original coloration to be reconstructed. The various factors that control phosphatization of soft tissues are known, and fossil examples of phosphatized skin are not uncommon; importantly, they have been reported from various taxa and fossil localities, suggesting that our discovery has broad applications in the fossil record. Our discovery should prompt a search for other examples and is likely to be the first example of a recurrent phenomenon. Integuments replicated in calcium phosphate are obvious targets for further attempts to reconstruct color patterns derived from melanin and, critically, other pigments and structural coloration mechanisms across diverse vertebrate groups.The discovery raises a question. After decades and centuries of looking at fossils, why was this not found before now? Were paleontologists not looking?Modern MythologyIronically, Current Biology simultaneously published a book review written by Rick Shine, lamenting the fact that most human beings only know about reptiles and amphibians through mythology. The book by Marty Crump recounts various myths about these animals. Science is so much better, Shine thinks, as he lobs some sarcastic aspersions at those he considers anti-science:Most human beings in the world ‘know’ about reptiles and amphibians through myth, not science. Even in developed countries, the general public is woefully ignorant of reptiles and amphibians (and of evolution, and ecology, and physics, and chemistry, and…). Indeed, many of Crump’s fables come from Louisiana or Essex, not Islamabad or Palembang. Of the teeming millions of humans on the planet, few have access to a scientific education. And even of those that do, folk beliefs often trump schoolbooks as a source of trusted information (and I use the word ‘trump’ advisedly).How ironic it would be, indeed, if future scientists look back on the Darwinian explanation for reptiles, and the long ages of their emergence by unguided processes, as a regrettable myth.He who laughs last laughs best. If you think that complex specified information in reptile and amphibian genes and body types show evidence of intelligent causes instead of “stuff happens,” you should be having some roaring guffaws right now.(Visited 113 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Moody’s rating: South Africa has plans to revive economy

first_img7 November 2014Moody’s decision to downgrade South Africa’s credit rating confirms the need for the country to implement growth-inducing initiatives.Responding to credit rating agency Moody’s Investor Services decision on Thursday, 6 November to downgrade South Africa’s credit rating from Baa1 to Baa2, National Treasury said the slowdown in the economy has spurred government to come up with measures to revive the economy.The Medium Term Strategic Framework, announced by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene in his 2014 Medium Term budget, is one such measure. The framework prioritises initiatives that will boost investment including major projects in rail, energy and ports.“Furthermore, focus in the medium term will be on accelerating the structural changes that are already underway and whose impact will support economic growth,’ said Treasury in a statement.Moody’s also revised the credit outlook for South Africa from negative to stable, retaining South Africa’s rating in investment grade. The agency said several factors informed its decision to assign the country a stable outlook and these include: South Africa’s position as the most developed country in Africa, offering by far the deepest capital marketThe country possesses one of the most sophisticated financial systems among emerging countriesIt has an economy that has a diversified productive base, with substantial value-added from domestic sourcesSouth Africa has highly advanced infrastructure compared with most emerging marketsIts institutions, especially the judiciary, are stronger than many of its peersHas recorded important milestones in the past 20 years which include the early establishment of macroeconomic policy credibility, expansion of services, housing and utilities and the emergence of the black middle class.In addition to the above, Moody’s said South Africa is committed to reigning in government debt growth over the medium term. The support that the National Development Plan (NDP) has received from the political sphere, introduction of tighter monetary policy and fiscal restraint will help stabilize the debt burden over the medium term, according to Moody’s.“The rating agency’s decision to assign a stable outlook to the current ratings affirms government’s commitment to fiscal discipline, which was reinforced by the recently published Medium Term Budget Policy Statement,’ said Treasury, adding that South Africa is committed to narrowing the budget deficit, stabilising debt and rebuilding the fiscal space that enabled the country to extricate itself out of the debilitating 2008/9 global economic crisis.Adding Treasury said South Africa will continue to implement “prudent’ macroeconomic policies which have been the hallmark of government since 1994.“Government will continue to make tough decisions that are necessary to address out challenges so we can build on the gains we have made over the past 20 years to improve the lives of our people,’ said Treasury.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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#8. The Buckeye Cowboy — Kirby Hidy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The #8 story of 2015 was: The Buckeye Cowboy — Kirby HidyIn 2015, we lost our friend and co-worker Kirby Hidy, who was clearly loved by many in agriculture. After his passing, Ty wrote a beautiful tribute for Kirby that was read and enjoyed by his many friends in Ohio agriculture.last_img

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China Kashgar ousts Chooks-to-Go from title contention with 16-point beatdown

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “Proud of the guys’ effort, pero hanggang doon lang talaga,” tweeted coach Chot Reyes after the game.Chooks-to-Go has been relegated to the classification phase, where it meets Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai of UAE on Friday with a chance to finish as high as fifth place in the continental club championship.Adams caught fire early for China Kashgar, dropping 21 of his 23 points in the first half, to go with his nine rebounds, four assists, and two steals, before Xi Re Li Jiang picked up the slack in the third quarter, unfurling eight of his 20 markers in the frame as the Chinese ran away from the Filipinos.Yu Tang Cai added 11 points in the win, as China Kashgar advanced to the semifinals where it meets Kazakh side BC Astana.Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas faced an uphill battle early as Adams waxed hot and helped China Kashgar opened the game with a 17-4 start.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Fiba.comChooks-to-Go Pilipinas’ dream of reigning supreme in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup came to a screeching halt at the hands of China Kashgar.The Chinese crew, made up of the core of Xinjiang Flying Tigers, imposed their will in the second half to blowout the Philippine side, 86-70, in their quarterfinals duel at Chenzhou Sports Center in Chenzhen, China on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Meralco averts disaster, ousts Blackwater Though the Filipinos got their bearings back behind Ravena, who tied the game at 39-all with 2:00 left in the second quarter, they were just outmatched on the other side of the halftime break before Makan Kelanbaike gave the Chinese a commanding 21-point lead, 84-63, with 5:25 to play.Blatche did not play against his fellow Filipinos as coach Li Qiuping sat him out for the game after playing against Al Riyadi on Tuesday.The Scores:CHINA KASHGAR 86 – Adams 23, Xi Re Li Jiang 20, Yu 11, Wang 8, Makan 7, Sun M 6, Li 4, Tang 3, Liu 2, Sun T 2.CHOOKS-TO-GO PILIPINAS 70 – Austin 16, Ravena 16, Cruz 10, Manuel 10, Jose 5, Torres 5, Jero. Teng 4, Tamsi 2, Vosotros 2, Revilla 0, Jeri. Teng 0.Quarters: 24-17, 45-39, 68-57, 86-70. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight China Kashgar was afforded the luxury to rest Andray Blatche in the tiff as it was the duo of Darius Adams and Xi Re Li Jiang Mugedaer who did the damage and dashed Chooks’ aspirations.Kiefer Ravena fought valiantly for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas, firing 16 points, three rebounds, and two assists, but was largely checked by the taller opposition in the second half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIsaiah Austin also added 16 markers, but shot 5-of-12 from the field, to go with 11 boards and two dimes, while Carl Bryan Cruz and Jett Manuel got 10 points apiece in the losing effort.Chooks shot a horrific 5-of-23 clip from three against China Kashgar’s 14-of-35 shooting from beyond the arc. MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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