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VesselsValue shares top 5 OSV owners after Tidewater-Gulfmark merger news

first_imgThe merger between offshore vessel specialists Tidewater and Gulfmark will create the world’s largest OSV fleet owner, with the second-ranked highest valued OSV fleet.Image source: TidewaterThis is according to VesselsValue, a website providing global vessel and rig fleet valuations, who also used to opportunity to share the list of the top five OSV owners by the fleet size and the fleet value, with Tidewater second only to Edison Chouest by the fleet value.Commenting on the merger, VesselsValue’s Head of Offshore, Charlie Hockless said he was quite surprised when the news broke, as both companies had effectively tackled the downturn by successfully restructuring, and survival seemed to be a formality for Tidewater and Gulfmark.“Now that the merger is complete, I can certainly see the advantages. New Tidewater will be the largest OSV owner on the planet by the sheer number of OSVs owned.“However, the new combined fleet closes the gap between Tidewater and Edison Chouest Offshore, which remains in the pole position by fleet value. If this downturn has taught us anything, big companies survive. The new Tidewater will be a dominant player for years to come.”Tidewater itself on Monday said the combined company would have the industry’s largest fleet and the broadest global operating footprint in the OSV sector.The combined company will own/operate 102 Tier 1 vessels, of which 20 are currently stacked, with an average age of approximately 6 1/2 years. Reactivation of a combined 20 currently idle Tier 1 vessels, is estimated to generate additional annual vessel operating margin of $32 million.Tier 1 vessels include PSVs ≤ 10 years old, DP2 and with a clear deck area of ≥ 700 m2; and AHTSs ≤ 10 years old, DP2 and with bollard pull of ≥ 80t.Related:last_img read more

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Citing precarious conditions, UN urges governments not to return Haitians

first_img Share NewsRegional Citing precarious conditions, UN urges governments not to return Haitians by: – June 22, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share 12 Views   no discussions United Nations Logo. Photo credit: un.orgGENEVA, Switzerland — The United Nations is appealing to governments to suspend all involuntary returns to Haiti, given the precarious conditions that continue to persist in the Caribbean nation 18 months after the devastating January 2010 earthquake.“Despite the recent elections and ongoing reconstruction efforts, Haiti, weakened by the earthquake, cannot yet ensure adequate protection or care especially for some vulnerable groups in case of return,” Adrian Edwards, the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.An estimated 680,000 people are still displaced within Haiti, living in over 1,000 tented camps in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and other earthquake-affected areas. An unknown number remains outside the country.Given the current situation in Haiti, UNHCR and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) are urging governments to renew, on humanitarian grounds, residence permits and other mechanisms that have allowed Haitians to remain outside their country.“The appeal calls on governments to assess Haitian cases on an individual basis and to pay special consideration and refrain from returning to Haiti persons with special protection needs, and to prevent situations where returns can lead to family separation,” said Edwards.Michel Martelly was sworn in as the new president of Haiti in May after he won the run-off round of polls earlier this year. The UN peacekeeping mission in the country (MINUSTAH) said at the time that his inauguration carried with it “all the hopes of change for the people of Haiti: hopes for reconstruction, progress, stability, social peace, rule of law [and] development.”The mission called on Martelly, his government, Haiti’s politicians, civil society groups and wider citizenry to “make this historic moment their rallying point for sealing a new political, economic and social pact to rebuild together a new Haiti.”Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair celebrates and encourages the art of writing and reading

first_img Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair celebrates and encourages the art of writing and reading by: – August 6, 2011 Share Tweetcenter_img Share 34 Views   one comment Nature Island Literary Festival 2011.Alwin Bully the Chairman of the Nature Island Literary Festival has described the three day event as one which celebrates and encourages the art of reading and writing.Mr. Bully while addressing the opening ceremony of the festival, noted the significance of the festival in creating an all encompassing medium through which Caribbean people can express themselves.“We can hear their views especially now by radio, television, it can be recorded by audio machinery or writing it down whether it’s on paper or the internet. Putting it in writing is what gives it validity and longevity and as such the art of writing and reading is what is being celebrated and encouraged here today. Not only in the forms of their importance to the human mind but also in terms of creating lucrative avenues of existence, basically the creation of industry and the massive industry is that emanates from the writing and so we see this as another opportunity for we as Caribbean people to express ourselves through a medium which has so much potential, which is so all encompassing.”The Grandbay Secondary School students thrilled the audience with their choral speech presentation which received a thunderous applause from the audience as their choral speech was very meaningful and very well delivered.Click here to listen to the student’s performance: Meantime, the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Francis Severin Head, UWI Open Campus made an appeal to private sector corporations to make a greater effort in supporting educational and cultural activities in Dominica.“I am confident that our other private sector corporations can do a lot more to support education and culture in the Commonwealth of Dominica. If we fail to it will become increasingly visible to all of us the self-defeating path that we tread when we jump to support the loud and noisy events but we coil and retreat when we are called upon to invest in events that will uplift our minds, boost our dignity, engage our creative imagination, excite our spirit and on the whole bring about a gentler and more peaceful nation.”The opening ceremony was very well attended and continues throughout the weekend with workshops, open mic sessions, music and the movie “Fire in Babylon.”Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo Selling Former Manchester Mansion for £3.25m .

first_img Ronaldo, who now plays forward for Italian club Juventus, listed the five-bedroom, three-story brick house on Monday for £3.25 million (US$4.1 million), according to listing records. The Portuguese footballer is set to take a £600,000 loss if it sells for that asking price. Mr. Ronaldo, 33, purchased the house for £3.895 million over a decade ago, according to a title document filed with the Land Registry in 2007. Otherwise, the home has fairly traditional finishes, including light stone-tile and hardwood floors and tall windows.Advertisement Having left Manchester United almost a decade ago, it’s no surprise that international soccer superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to bid farewell to his home in the affluent English village of Alderley Edge, just 15 miles away from his former playing ground at Old Trafford. There’s also a slew of luxurious amenities, including a pool, spacious white-and-black lacquer kitchen (Juventus’s team colors), a steam room, a cinema room, and a gym, according to images of the house, which is listing with local real estate agency Benson Bunch. The brokerage did not return a request for comment. There are three en-suite bedrooms in total, including a large master suite with two adjoining bathrooms and a walk-in closet. This is the second time the Portuguese footballer has marketed his former English home. The property first hit the market in 2013 for £3.75 million, according to an old listing for the home. Read Also:How Malaga rejected signing Ronaldo for €3.5m Mr. Ronaldo, who left Manchester United in 2009, could not be reached for comment. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading…last_img read more

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Man City attacker grateful to teammates for rehab support

first_img Sane was on the brink of a comeback before the coronavirus shut down, having been out since damaging his cruciate in August’s Community Shield. He said: “The whole team supported me, of course.Advertisement “But I was especially talking to (Ilkay) Gundogan and (Benjamin) Mendy about the injury, what they did, what could happen and their experience with everything. “It helped me a lot to know how certain stuff feels and what can happen. Read Also:Man City keeping tabs on Bayern star as Leroy Sane replacement “I’m pleased they pushed me along with that.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester City attacker Leroy Sane is grateful to his teammates for their support as he worked his way back from knee surgery. Loading… Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Mysterious Discoveries From All Around The WorldThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The World7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Nowlast_img read more

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Social media and Mass media: Who has the Political Midas touch?

first_imgThe phrase Quid pro quo would best describe the current relationship between social media and politics with each in a symbiotic relationship with the other. But this is not a story about social media nor Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm synonymous with data mining. This is an analysis on how politics is leveraging on the power of data, and how Kenyan politics could adapt to the global playbook.My recent engagement in a webinar hosted by Stefan Turkheimer, an Attorney & Political Strategist and a former Deputy Political Director for Elizabeth Warren’s Presidential Campaign, would offer me vital lessons.The role of finance in PoliticsWith a haul of $796.8 million in political Ads spent in the 2019/2020 US election cycle to date, the role of finance in politics cannot be understated. With a 59.4% share among political advertisers, Facebook remains the dominant digital platform for political ads dwarfing Google, on a ratio of 3 to 1, which is ranked second with a 18.2% share. Of note, though, is the leveling power these digital platforms bring to what was erstwhile expensive campaign politics. As an incumbent, you had a splitting advantage against your opponent especially as regards branding, the establishment, access to finances and the media. But the digital space has now turned the tables; if you have an innovative & efficient opponent, they can negate your advantage in a snap.Leveraging on data to enhance competitive advantageImagine a system where the bulk of the global population are active participants, sharing about their lives & key events happening such as birthdays, deaths, weddings or anniversaries. Where they live, who are their family, when they were born as well as their ages. The biodata even going further to reveal their relationship status, what languages they speak, what interests them, their academic qualifications, their ethnic affinity, parental status, where they live and their political affiliation thereby exposing their behavioral patterns.This is the power of Facebook’s Ad Targeting system. At the click of a button from the comfort of your desk, Facebook enables you to Profile particular individuals at particular locations, whose support you need. You can tailor targeted messages for such populations through use of data available on the platform, Facebook will deliver at just the right moment when your target audience is online. This means you can be virtually present at the precise moment & location, when and where they are, influencing the decision they’re about to make thereby leveraging on available data to enhance your competitive advantage.Also Read  Uhuru calls for rebuilding of the UN to better address emerging challengesThis is what is what digital experts refer to as Behavioral or Interest-based Targeting. This has provided Facebook with an edge compared to let’s say political Google, who’s targeting options are more limiting because you have to cookie-match.Why Facebook Needs PoliticsSocial Media is the modern word-of-mouth, we don’t tell people things anymore; we see them online. And none else understands the power of this dynamic, as our politicians. In the Kikuyu dialect, the term ‘politician’ loosely translates to “one who complains” or “makes an argument”. It’s all about the power of your mind and how the message resonates with your targeted audience, better explained by a phrase by Canadian communication expert Marshal McLuhan ‘the medium is the message’ in his study of the media.The trick when making campaign pit stops & speeches is to have an intricate understanding of who your audience at a particular location are & what message will provoke attachment. That’s how you become popular & win votes.Why does Facebook allow Political Ads?Facebook needs to support the political ecosystem because over and above the huge tranches of money it brings & influential lobbyists.Political conversation drives engagement on Facebook, via posts in groups, pages & personal profiles. This is important for Facebook as it keeps users on the platform which converges with the political interests of political players.The Power of Micro-targetingEngaging Digital, conspirators has proven crucial in countering political opponents’ narratives in real-time. Take an example where the Washington Times, perceived as a liberal-leaning publisher by conservatives, publishes an article that conspirators feel attacks their candidate, in this case, DJT. The conspirators could create alternative conspiracy theorist content and use the power of micro-targeting by creating custom audiences that target undecideds and non-voters, whom they deem to share in conservative ideals. This in effect has the potential to lock out the decided who are competitor leaning to promote that conspiracy content.Also Read  President Uhuru to make remarks in the 75th Session of UNGATo put this into context, a case where Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto’s philanthropic team donated foodstuff in Kiambu county, could bring the narrative closer home. Within the week, an impish donor is said to have distributed unsafe food branded as DP team’s donations in the same location. It meant to change the conversation from the good deed that endears one political player to the people to an alternative narrative that quickly trended on social media and on local news websites, both credible & conspiracy blogs.Digital Ad platforms once hooked into machine learning applications make it possible to identify persons who resonate with your candidate’s messaging and your competitors, but also those who don’t resonate with your competitors as well as the neutrals. You can then create unique sets of messages and classify each of these groups, then create fake content on your competitor and feed it to those who support your candidate and the undecided with the hope of tilting their support. Of note, however, is that you can ensure Facebook does not display this promoted content to your opponent or his/her supporters. Therefore, they may never know of the false information being peddled about them, which makes it impossible to respond to it or deny it.This is a departure from the past where the only impactful channels of communication were TV, Radio or Print and launching a sneak attack on your opponent meant that the media would broadcast it to everyone.“The Puppet Role of Kenya’s Media”Media Business is largely an event-driven business with investigative journalism proving an expensive venture. With media houses smarting from a spate of losses to Digital media platforms who have disrupted their advertising-based business models, the easier approach is now to play the game, leveraging on the power of Click-bait, which political players have learnt to manipulate.Most will monitor trending topics on Twitter, do some minimal research, push out news stories on their websites, then post it on Twitter tagging the hashtag to gain more viewers. Or create sensational political headlines that they know will trend online, driving traffic to their website & broadcast channels.However, politicians use Social Media to direct media coverage of events. For any media company to be in the business, they need advertisers. The model is simple, Advertising follows audiences & Audiences follow Content.Unlike their Chinese peers whom the rest of the world has branded as “China’s keyboard warriors”, these share a belief in China’s cause. Kenya’s twitter “keyboard mercenaries” do not align to a political grouping based on ideals but based on a financial incentive. However, if trending on twitter won elections in Kenya, then politicians like Peter Kenneth & Jimnah Mbaru would have won.Also Read  Teachers to report back to school on MondayCambridge Analytica & Use of AdsIt all started with Obama’s Campaign when the political world became alive to the power of Social Media in political campaigning. Then there was Cambridge Analytica. These were purveyors of misinformation. Unlike all the process described above, which is purely within the rules & legal, Cambridge Analytica stole data & cheated the game to win.What of Political Campaign AdsThe trick is not to find just the Undecided but also nonvoters. The undecided does not align to a particular party that alleges to represent a particular set of ideals. What they have are very strong divergent views from either or both, the Liberals & the Conservatives. These are easy to find & cheap to target with messaging that could sway their choice for your candidate.However, using Artificial Intelligence & Machine learning, Cambridge Analytica figured out another set of people whom most campaign teams did not target. These are the Non-voters, people strong on ideals but not likely to turn out to vote. Most campaign teams ignore them as they are lower in the political digital marketing funnel. Cambridge Analytica realized this & targeted them, despite the exercise being overly expensive as opposed to those who you are sure will vote and are cheaper to target.Here’s the difference, Free Education is an Ideal, however Affordable Education is Policy. Nonvoters do not show up because they view politicians as wishy-washy. Politicians are always playing safe and use policy messaging. Guys like US president Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who’s Ideal based message presents a definitive result, appealed to them. For them, this was everything.This Ideal based messaging makes it even more challenging for the media to act as a neutral fact-checker. Jonathan Swift opinion that “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes” rings true. The general populous will trust a politician who aligns his/her message to their ideals. Trump & Brexit campaigns targeted nonvoters & engaged with them on their ideals, hence their higher turnout.It is my believe that a presidential candidate who adapts this Ideal based approach in their messaging has a prospect of overcoming the tribe-driven campaign political barriers in Kenya. Despite the presence of Election Financing laws, which spell out spending limits for political campaigns, the ‘Digital game’ makes it a lot harder to monitor or track. Even in the US where there are comparatively tough election donation laws, Candidate and/or Ideal affiliated groupings are now fundraising & outspending candidates’ teams in Digital Ads spend. In Kenya, this may not apply partly because of weak legal frameworks, and at worst, blatant disregard or abuse of existing laws.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

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Franklin County deputies take the ‘plunge’

first_imgFront: Sgt. Adam Henson (left) and Deputy Jason Lovins (right) Center: Transport Officer Scott Stirn (left) and Deputy Kyle Hartman (hidden)Brookville, In. — Deputies from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department recently participated in the 2019 Polar Plunge for Indiana Special Olympics.The deputies and many others took the plunge at the Whitewater Memorial State Park beach, on the northern portion of Brookville Lake.  Deputy Jason Lovins and Greensburg Police Chief Brendan Bridges kicked the event off as torchbearers.Torchbearers kick off the 2019 Polar Plunge at the Whitewater Memorial State Park beach.“This is for such a great cause.” said Deputy Lovins.  “It was an honor to have been asked to be a torchbearer and take the plunge with these two wonderful athletes.” Deputy Lovins continued.For more information on the Indiana Special Olympics please click here or call toll free 1-800-742-0612.last_img read more

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Warri Stands Still for Amaju Pinnick

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The special service at the First Baptist Church (Agape Community) on Palm Sunday was to celebrate and honour God for Pinnick’s victory at last month’s CAF Executive Committee elections in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where the NFF supremo became only the third Nigerian ever to win a seat on the exalted council. *Governors, others honour new CAF exco member Johansen, who also won a seat on the CAF Executive Committee at last month’s congress, thanked Pinnick on behalf of the new CAF leadership, for the huge role he played in entrenching a new order in African football administration.    Also speaking on Pinnick’s elevation, both Obaseki and Ikpeazu hailed it as a great achievement for Nigeria as a football nation.Obaseki noted that as a fellow Bendelite, it was necessary to support him and also explore the new potentials that his membership of CAF will impact on the country. He said Edo government would take full advantage of Nigeria’ representation at CAF to develop football in the state.On his part, the Abia governor said Pinnick’ election into CAF was a milestone achievement for the country. He said, Nigeria is a sport loving country; soccer is a unifying factor in Nigeria so Pinnick is occupying a good position there that can unify Nigeria and take us to a greater height in terms of soccer in the world.Former Delta Governor Uduaghan was accompanied by his wife Roli, and there were also House of Representatives’ members Daniel Beyenieju and Julius Pondi, Isha Johansen (president of Sierra Leone FA), Kossi Akpovy (president of Togo FA), Chief Solomon Ogba (president of Athletics Federation of Nigeria), Chiefs Omagbemi and Agbeluje (representatives of the Olu of Warri) and Chris Green (Chairman of NFF Technical and Development Committee).Porbeni Ogun and Messrs Emmanuel Iba and Frank Ilaboya (FA Chairmen of Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Edo states) were also at the event, with officials of the Delta State Government and Delta State Football Association not left out.Other high-anking chiefs including Chiefs Ayiri Emami and Sunny Ekpiwre, Mr. Adozor Okotie-Eboh, Mr. Chris Iyere, Mr. Neville Oghene, former Nigerian internationals Edema Fuludu, Clement Temile, Chikelue Iloenyosi and Nasiru Jibril (the last two also being Pinnick’s special assistants) were also there, alongside former elite League chairman Davidson Owumi and Larry Kubeinje.center_img Pinnick gave all the glory to God for his steady rise in football administration, from being second vice chairman of Delta State FA to becoming a Member of the CAF Executive Committee and Member of the Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions.He again lauded the Federal Government, the Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, NFF Executive Committee and Management, NFF Congress, sports committees of the National Assembly and various individuals who supported his CAF executive committee membership aspiration. Governors Godwin Obaseki (Edo State) and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia State), former Delta State Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, members of the House of Representatives, presidents of Sierra Leone and Togo football federations, high-ranking politicians, representatives of His Royal Majesty, the Olu of Warri, chieftains of the Nigeria Football Federation and members of the NFF Congress were among a gorgeous crowd that turned out to honour NFF President Amaju Pinnick at a special thanksgiving in Warri yesterday,last_img read more

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KPMG terminates Global Gaming auditor contract

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Share Stockholm-listed online gambling group Global Gaming AB seeks a new auditor, as incumbent KPMG sanctions an ‘early termination’ of its existing contract.Yesterday, Global Gaming CEO Tobias Fagerlund issued a corporate statement, informing investors that KPMG account auditor Jonas Nihlberg had called for a termination of services.An embattled Global Gaming finds itself at the centre of a Swedish market dispute, as this June its flagship Ninja Casino was suspended by gambling inspectorate Spelinspektionen for significant ‘care of duty deficiencies’ related to player protection, AML and social responsibility failures.“Today’s message from our auditors at KPMG came as a surprise,” said Fagerlund. “Whilst we understand that the case against the Gambling Authority might raise questions and concerns, it is our conviction that the ongoing case will ultimately show that the Gambling Authority ‘s decision was incorrect and disproportionate. It is unfortunate that their decisions should have side effects of this kind.”Global Gaming has previously communicated that it will contest the Spelinspektionen suspension of Ninja Casino, stating that – despite shortcomings – the online casino had been compliant with its Swedish license requirements.However, seeking relief from its troubles, Global Gaming was served further bad news this month as an Administrative Court representing the Chamber of Commerce rejected the group’s appeal to ‘withdraw its suspension.’Founded in 2009, Global Gaming AB has branded itself as an ‘online casino challenger brand’, promoting its Ninja Casino brand as a ‘No Registration’ and ‘Instant Cashout’ casino property.In November 2017, Global Gaming floated on the Stockholm Nasdaq, as corporate governance aimed to secure a ‘deeper pool of professional investors’ to help the company develop its European and Nordic profiles. Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Submit Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020last_img read more

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Kings Guard Gaming hires MMA fighter, Urijah Faber

first_imgUFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber has joined Kings Guard Gaming as the Director of Mental Performance and Human Optimization. The organisation will compete in the NBA 2K League, and is the Sacramento Kings‘ first esports franchise.Urijah Faber and John RinehartUrijah Faber discussed his appointment in a statement: “I am excited to help these next-generation athletes prepare to represent Sacramento on the global stage. It is an exciting time to be involved in esports, and I want to provide each player with that same competitive edge that I brought to the Octagon.”Ryan Montoya, CTO & Head of Esports of Sacramento Kings also commented: “Urijah’s expertise in preparation, mental toughness, and physical fitness make him a perfect fit for Kings Guard. We’re excited to have an advisor with Urijah’s champion mentality join our ranks.”Kings Guard Gaming also announced the hire of Shaquille O’Neal earlier in the week. The heralded former NBA player was appointed as the General Manager of the organisation, where he will provide “valuable basketball council” to the team and the six players it drafted. It used O’Neal’s expertise along with artificial intelligence and support from Sacramento Kings’ VP of Strategy and Analytics, Luke Bornn, to decide on which players the organisation would pick.Kings Guard Gaming is set to run a training camp, with the players meeting the team’s office and support staff – as well as being granted access to an esports training facility and content studio.Esports Insider says: Bringing in a professional fighter to help develop its players is an intriguing move by Kings Guard Gaming. Add this to the recent appointment of O’Neal, and the organisation sounds prepared for the inaugural season of the league.last_img read more

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