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Southampton transfer blow: Inter Milan poised to land Parma winger

first_img1 Inter Milan have emerged as the favourites to land Southampton target Jonathan Biabiany, reports in Italy claim.Interest in the Parma winger is thought to be high, with both Serie A Champions Juventus and Southampton making enquiries.Juventus had been willing to offer Simone Pepe in a straight-swap for Biabiany, a proposal that had initially caught the eye of Parma.However, according to TMW, Inter have now offered to take Biabiany on loan for the season with a view to a permanent move next summer.Such a deal is said to be attractive to Parma, who are keen to recoup some sort of transfer fee for the 26-year-old, and leave Southampton out in the cold. Jonathan Biabiany last_img read more

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Organic seed to grow Klein Karoo

first_img30 December 2005New legislation will require organic farmers to use only organically produced seed to grow crops and feed livestock, but no one in South Africa produces 100% organic seed. Now empowerment company Diverse International has taken the gap in the market and set up a community seed production project in the Klein Karoo, an area hit hard by poverty and unemployment. The project, known as the Klein Karoo Organic Initiative (KKOI), will improve the lives of the people of Zoar, a tiny village between Ladismith and Calitzdorp in the Western Cape. Chairperson Liz Eglington says the project, run from the farm Amalienstein, will create jobs and alleviate poverty by producing and marketing organically produced fruit and vegetables.Most of the world’s organic producers use non-organic seed in their operations. But pending South African legislation will soon restrict fruit, vegetable, herb and cereal producers to using only certified organic seed if they wish to maintain their certified organic status. Even the feed used in organic animal production will have to be produced from organic seed.Unfortunately, there is no organic seed available in South Africa. Empowerment group Diverse International identified this shortage as a market opportunity and launched the National Organic Seed Project.The group has spent over four years planning the project and has established partnerships and relationships with various government departments, seed companies, overseas buyers and funding organisations to support the project. They lacked only the farmers to grow the seed.Zoar is ideally situated for organic seed production, given the Klein Karoo’s dry climate. The mountains that separate the valleys help prevent contamination from neighbouring non-organic farms.Klein Karoo ideal for organicsOnly a few places in the world are suitable for organic seed production. The Klein Karoo, with its dry climate, is one such place and is already one of the country’s largest seed-producing regions.It is also ideally situated for organic production because several mountain ranges separate the land, helping prevent agrichemical contamination and cross-pollination from neighbouring non-organic farms.Diverse International approached the KKOI to spearhead the project because they were already involved in organic production in the area.Eglington believes the project will do more than benefit commercial farmers – it will transform the entire Klein Karoo.“Many small-scale farmers in the Klein Karoo are struggling to survive, never mind remain sustainable, and most lack access to markets,” she says. “But farmers can be empowered through the production of organic seed. Organic seed can even be produced in people’s backyards and then sold to a central marketing agent.”The first step in realising this dream is to set up a training centre to teach farmers organic seed production techniques. Initially, Eglington and her KKOI colleagues wanted to buy a farm from which to provide the training. But they found this was too expensive, and it would be better to conduct the training on an existing farm. After thorough analysis and research, Amalienstein was identified as the most suitable project site.Amalienstein is owned by the South African government, and was made available to the Zoar community under the Land Redistribution for Agricultural Development programme. Unfortunately, the 7 000ha farm currently runs at a substantial loss. Of the 5 000 people living in the community, fewer than 30% are employed on the farm.“There isn’t any work here,” says Hendrik January, chairperson of the Zoar Community Trust. “A handful of people are employed at Amalienstein and on other farms in the area. The rest of the people depend on seasonal and piece work.”Small-scale farmers are organic farmersAmalienstein is ideal for the National Seed Project as it already has the required infrastructure and the storage facilities. Existing enterprises on the farm, such as the dairy and small-scale farming projects, will continue, but as organic projects.James Jacobs, a Zoar Community Trust member, says most small-scale farmers are already farming organically because they cannot afford agrichemicals. For most of these farmers the switch to organic farming will be natural.“The organic seed initiative will have many spinoffs for the community,” Jacobs says. It will not alleviate poverty – it will eradicate it.”Eglington believes the project will create many job opportunities, and not only in agricultural production.“Our vision is to turn the entire Zoar community into an organic village,” she says. “First we want to set up the organic training centre. To do this we will need trainers and administrative staff. Compost, compost teas, organic sprays, pesticides, repellants and fertilisers will be made from material sourced from Amalienstein. This will create job opportunities in the making and marketing of these products.”The farm will produce organic seed and seedlings for international and local markets, while vegetables and fruit, and other byproducts of seed production, will be sold or consumed locally. The production of value-added organic products, such as herbal and medicinal plants, essential oils, soaps and even cosmetics, is also planned. This will again provide production as well as marketing and processing opportunities.Community ownershipEglington emphasises that KKOI and Diverse International don’t want to take over Amalienstein.“We need a training centre and Diverse International needs seed. But we want the community to take ownership of the project and benefit from it. We will supply expertise and support as long as the community needs it.”As Amalienstein is owned by the government, KKOI will require approval before it starts anything new on the farm. Eglington has met with Western Cape agriculture MEC Cobus Dowry and says he’s willing to look at the feasibility document of using Amalienstein for the seed project. She says Dowry wants the entire Zoar community to buy into the project before approving it.Kannaland district mayor Magdalene Barry is optimistic the project will take off.“Zoar is sitting on a goldmine,” she says. “All the community leaders have bought into the dream. Now we only need the community to vote and commit to the project – and that will be easy since the benefits of the project are very transparent and people have been suffering under poverty for a long time.”This article was originally published in Farmer’s Weekly, South Africa’s premier national agricultural magazine, and is reproduced on SouthAfrica.info with kind permission.last_img read more

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Google Job Posting Appears to Confirm Mobile Payments Service

first_imgAs reported earlier this month, Google may be working on a mobile payments service which ties together a number of Google products, including its mobile operating system Android, the business listings on Google Places and Google’s recommendation service (plus local advertising program) called Hotpot, which just today arrived in app format on the iPhone.Now, according to a job posting here on Google’s corporate website, it appears the company is seeking an Account Manager with mobile commerce experience, particularly experience in Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, Point-of-Sale (POS) readers and systems, payment processing and more.Is this the Google Mobile payments service confirmed?Google Looking for Mobile Commerce Account ManagerFirst spotted by NFC-tracking site, NearFieldCommunicationsWorld.com, the job posting clearly describes a position where the Google employee will be “the engagement manager taking responsibility for the success of our largest partnerships in the Mobile Commerce space.”“You lead deployments, optimize implementations and integrations, drive new business opportunities, and manage the overall technical aspects to build strong, successful, long-term partnerships,” the description reads.And the applicant should have “at least 5 years of hands-on experience in Internet products and technologies, and knowledge of one or more of the following: NFC/RFID technologies, different chipset ISO specifications, integration with POS readers & systems and payment processing, technical implementation of merchant loyalty, coupon or incentive programs.“Well, that sounds a lot like a position for a mobile payments service, does it not?Google’s Mobile Payments Service In case you missed it, the plans for Google’s reported mobile payments service will involve NFC technology – the wireless communication standard that works by way of a small chip embedded into mobile phones or other devices, used for transmitting data across short distances. One example of its use would be mobile payments – you could wave your phone at a cash register to pay for your purchases.Google’s mobile operating system Android introduced NFC support into its latest version (2.3, code-named Gingerbread) and an NFC chip is built into the latest “Google experience” phone, the Nexus S.The company has also begun testing NFC-enabled window stickers for businesses using Hotpot. These stickers, currently being tested in a pilot program in Portland, Oregon, let a passerby wave an NFC phone at the sticker, which in turn takes them to a mobile Google Places Page for that business via their device’s Web browser.In addition, Google recently acquired a mobile payments company called Zetawire, which had applied for a patent involving mobile banking, advertising, identity management, credit card and mobile coupon transaction processing.Altogether, these initiatives have been adding up to a mobile commerce program in development, but a recent Bloomberg report confirmed it, according to unnamed sources.Full Job PostingHere’s the full job posting posted Google, as it appeared this morning:The role: Technical Account ManagerAs a Technical Account Manager, you are the engagement manager taking responsibility for the success of our largest partnerships in the Mobile Commerce space. You lead deployments, optimize implementations and integrations, drive new business opportunities, and manage the overall technical aspects to build strong, successful, long-term partnerships. If you are a creative thinker who thrives in a fast-paced, market-driven environment, Google’s Partner Solutions Organization wants to talk to you. You should be a self-motivated individual looking to drive solutions for an emerging business and solidify Google’s strategic partnerships and initiatives across a variety of partnerships that include merchants, issuers, point-of-sales (POS) solution providers, mobile OEMs, etc.Responsibilities:Identify, drive, and optimize the revenue flow from new business opportunities by leveraging Google technologies.Perform implementation reviews, evangelize new product features, and ensure the prompt and proper resolution of technical challenges.Improve product feature offerings by providing partner feedback to internal cross-functional teams including Product Management and Engineering.Guarantee the technical aspects of a partner’s integration (both new and ongoing) by providing necessary documentation and technical guidance.Requirements:BA/BS in a technical field preferred with a strong academic record (MBA a plus).At least 5 years of hands-on experience in Internet products and technologies, and knowledge of one or more of the following: NFC/RFID technologies, different chipset ISO specifications, integration with POS readers & systems and payment processing, technical implementation of merchant loyalty, coupon or incentive programs.Excellent project management skills and attention to detail.Ability to work well in a cross-functional team environment.Excellent written and oral business communication skills. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez Tags:#Google#mobile#news#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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Key Workflow Tips For A Smooth Color Grading Process

first_imgIt was only a few years ago that color correction was an expensive part of the post-pipeline, only reserved for fully budgeted productions. But today, with an abundance of color software options out there, more and more filmmakers, DPs, and editors are able to properly color their footage without breaking the bank.This is great news, however for many (that haven’t gone through the process before) there are a lot of workflow issues that can cost their productions time and money.I’ve been working as a colorist for several years now. While I’m not exclusively a colorist, I spend a great deal of my time on color correction – either on the projects of my collaborators or my own personal projects. As such, I’ve seen just about every single mistake that can be made on the workflow side of things, and now go into my color projects with a very different approach than I did when I was first starting out.When most people think about color correction, they are simply thinking about the actual act of grading and adjusting their footage during the finishing stage of post. What they often neglect to consider though, is the workflow – which can be a huge mistake considering the fact that on many projects dealing with a roundtrip pipeline can be just as laborious as the actual color work itself…even when it’s done right.So if you are a colorist, or simply a producer/director that is looking to have some of your projects color corrected in the future, be sure to follow these 5 tips below as they will save you a lot of time and energy down the road.Shoot for the GradeThis first point is specific to those of you that are also involved on the production side of things. If you are a post-supervisor, producer, DP, director, etc. and will be involved in both production and post, it’s critical that you take the necessary measures during the production of your project to ensure your footage is being captured in an optimal way for the color work that you will later have done. In some cases, this can mean shooting in a flat (or log-style) setting in order to have maximum flexibility in post, while in other cases it might mean shooting with an LUT applied in camera so that your colorist (or maybe yourself, if you are the colorist) can work quickly. There isn’t a one size fits all approach to this, but by simply assessing the needs of your projects and knowing the capabilities of the camera that you are working with, you can keep your color process as streamlined as possible.Lock Your EditThis might sound ridiculous and obvious (especially for those of you with a finishing background), but you absolutely need to lock your edit before you go to color. You wouldn’t believe how many productions I’ve worked on that gave me locked edits to work on, that were later unlocked (meaning edit changes were made) and I needed to go back in and re-do some of the color work. While many color programs (such as Resolve) have tools like “Color Trace” that allow you to copy grades over to a new session when edit changes are made, this isn’t ideal as it doesn’t always work smoothly and adds more room for error during the process. So whatever you do, make sure your edits are locked and singed off on before going to color.Know How to Use ProxiesEven though most editing platforms, including FCP X and Premiere Pro can edit raw files natively, it’s still often preferable to use proxy files for editing. For those of you that are new to this, proxies are essentially smaller, lower res versions of your raw files that allow you to edit much more smoothly during the offline process. The idea is that you will later relink the footage back to your raw files during color grading, to have a best of both worlds situation. The challenge with this workflow is that you need to know exactly how to create your proxy files, as if they are not created properly, you will not be able to relink to the raw files in the color session easily.The biggest thing you need to be aware of are the file names. Your file names need to be 100% consistent between the raw and proxy files (with the exception of the file extension which will vary depending on which format you are using). By doing this, you will have an easy time re-linking your footage as whatever software you are using will be able to recognize the naming conventions that you have been using throughout the process.Be Aware of Re-timed ClipsTypically projects are brought into color software (from editing software) via a translation file – such as an XML or AAF. These files essentially tell the color software how to re-build the edits to match what was done in the NLE. In an ideal world, everything gets translated perfectly…but in reality, that’s often not the case. One of the biggest issues you need to look out for are re-timed clips (clips that are sped up, slowed down, or have speed ramps), as often times color software doesn’t read the speed data properly, and the clips come in at regular speed.Depending on the specifics of your project, there are a number of ways to deal with this issue. One option is to export the retimed clips as self contained files, and bring them into your color session as individual files. Alternatively, you could color the regular speed clips in your color software and then retime them again in your NLE, if you are round tripping.Know When to LetterboxIn some cases, you might choose to finish your project entirely inside of your color software and do your deliverables and final output straight from there. In many other instances though, you may choose to bring your colored files back into your NLE to add final titles, audio, and credits there instead. Depending on where in your pipeline you are planning on doing your final output from, you’ll want to decide when you will add your letterbox matte (assuming you are cropping to 2.40:1 or similar). The general rule of thumb is to do it at the very end of your process. If you were to add it in your color session, and then brought the colored/letterboxed files back in to your NLE, you will prevent yourself from doing any additional reframing in your NLE if you catch a shot that needs to be shifted a bit. Just to be safe, always render your files as full resolution with no letterbox, that way if you or anyone else requests a change at the end of your process, you won’t need to go back into the color session to re-export individual clips.last_img read more

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10 months agoKeane: Man Utd must sell Pogba

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Keane: Man Utd must sell Pogbaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Roy Keane says Paul Pogba needs to be sold.Pogba watched on from the bench as United lost 3-1 at Liverpool yesterday.”I think the players are giving everything. I think there’s one or two players not on top form, Pogba on the bench,” Keane told Sky Sports. “Come the summer you move him on, he’s left United before. I just think they’re short, defensively they’re short.”Man United that’s where they’re at, I guess fourth is the best they can get. If you came down from the Moon and knew nothing about Manchester United, you’d think they were an average Premiership side.”Some of these players are not good enough.” last_img read more

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Not me says Lighthizer as Freeland NAFTA negotiators grind forward

first_imgWASHINGTON – A bombshell claim of “resistance” to Donald Trump’s presidency inside the White House inserted itself Thursday into Canada’s painstaking march toward a deal on the North American Free Trade Agreement.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s two hours of talks with her U.S. counterpart, trade czar Robert Lighthizer, barely registered in the American capital despite the high-stakes for the continent’s economy.As Trump fumed, and a full-scale hunt was launched the identity of the anonymous author of a New York Times op-ed piece, Lighthizer was drawn into the stranger-than-fiction drama, joining a series of Trump administration officials who publicly denied authorship and declared their loyalty to the president.“It does not reflect my views at all, and it does not reflect the views of anyone I know in the Administration. It is a complete and total fabrication,” Lighthizer said in a widely reported written statement.He joined Vice-President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, and others in issuing his disclaimer to being the Washington’s most famous anonymous Beltway politico since Deep Throat during the Watergate scandal.A block from the White House, where a furious Trump was Tweeting fire at the disloyalty from his inner circle, Freeland and Lighthizer pushed on with talks that cut to the core of North American prosperity.They issued fresh marching orders for their respective negotiating teams. Freeland maintained the same upbeat tone she has held since arriving in Washington this week to reboot talks with the Trump administration.“We really are confident, as we have been from the outset, that a deal which is good for Canada, good for the United States and good for Mexico is possible,” Freeland said, as she departed the office of the U.S. Trade Representative on her way to the Canadian Embassy.Freeland returned to Lighthizer’s office Thursday night for a 20-minute meeting that she said was constructive.“It was important to discuss a couple of issues face-to-face,” she said, without elaborating.But with the economic fate of workers and industries in three North American countries hanging in the balance, the New York Times piece sparked questions about how the fallout would affect the bump-and-grind of the NAFTA negotiations.Derek Burney, who was former prime minister Brian Mulroney’s chief of staff during the original 1988 Canada-U.S. free trade negotiations, said any direct impact was unlikely but Trump remained “the big wild card” in the negotiation.“We have to hope to catch him between tantrums to get a deal,” said Burney, who along with Mulroney has advised the current Trudeau government on how to negotiate with Trump.Trump is likely “feeling pressure on many fronts these days and may be frustrated to learn the limits to his authority on trade, hence his warning to Congress ‘not to interfere’,” said Burney, who became Canada’s U.S. ambassador after the original free trade deal.Canada and the U.S. need to present an agreed-upon text to the U.S. Congress by Oct. 1 in order to join the deal the Trump administration signed with Mexico.Trump is threatening to move ahead on a deal that excludes Canada, but he also needs a win on trade ahead of midterm elections in November that will test his ability to keep control of Congress.Flavio Volpe, the president of the Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, said he didn’t think the latest bombshell would directly affect the negotiators inside the room.“But it certainly underscores for all of us observing the talks that it’s not that easy to do this negotiation. It’s a compressed timeline with an ever-changing counterparty,” said Volpe, who was in Washington on Thursday for meetings with auto industry representatives on the possible impact of Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on Canadian automobiles.Trump has already imposed hefty tariffs on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum, using a section of U.S. trade law that gives him executive authority to do that in the name of national security.Freeland reiterated her view Thursday that the fate of those tariffs was separate from the NAFTA talks, and she urged the administration to lift the “unjustified and illegal” action.During the day, she and Lighthizer pored over results from their front-line negotiators who held a long stretch of talks that started Wednesday night and finished in the early morning hours of Thursday.Freeland stuck to her mantra of not wanting to negotiate in public — an agreement struck with the tough-talking Lighthizer as an act of good faith.The two sides still have to resolve differences on three key issues: dairy, culture and the Chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism.The goal of this week’s talks is to reach a deal by Dec. 1 so Congress can give its approval to a revised three-country NAFTA before Mexico’s new president takes office.last_img read more

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Illinois steel company announces 197M move to Indiana

first_imgGARY, Ind. — An Illinois steel company has finalized plans to move its operations to northwestern Indiana .The state of Indiana announced Wednesday that Alliance Steel plans to invest $19.7 million in Gary, about 25 miles (40 kilometres) from its plant in Bedford Park, Illinois. The company is beginning renovations in Gary in early 2019 and could be operational there by January 2020.Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb says it’s “an exciting step forward” for northwestern Indiana.Alliance Steel’s CEO Andy Gross says the region is “making all the right moves to recreate a very promising industrial area.”The company currently has about 100 workers and employment in Gary could reach 130 by 2023.The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Alliance Steel more than $2.7 million in conditional tax credits. Gary offered additional incentives.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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India mauls Poland 100 in Azlan Shah Cup

first_imgIpoh (Malaysia): With their final berth already sealed, India toyed with Poland and thrashed them 10-0 in their final group stage game of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup here on Friday. With four wins and a draw, India lead the six-team league table with 13 points and a goal difference of +18. India will face South Korea in the final on Saturday. It was a one-sided battle from start to finish with India demonstrating their attacking prowess to the fullest. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIndia were two goals to the good inside the first seven minutes. Vivek Prasad scored the first goal while Sumit converted Mandeep Singh’s pass to make it 2-0. The Indians were all over Poland as the 21st ranked team in the world failed to stave off their opponent’s repeated forays inside the circle. In the 18th minute, Varun Kumar’s flick saied into the net to make it 3-0 while Surender Kumar added the fourth a minute later. It was one way traffic all the way as Varun doubled his tally with Simranjeet also getting on the scoresheet in the 29th minute. At the end of the first period, Indians had raced to a 6-0 lead. The script was no different in the second, as India continued to dominate. Nilakanta scored India’s seventh goal after Sumit set him up inside the circle. Mandeep then struck back-to-back goals in the 50th and 51st minute while and Amit Rohidas found the back of the net in the 55th minute to round off a massive 10-0 victory.last_img read more

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Football Ohio State stays at No 4 in latest AP Poll

The Buckeyes line up to sing “Carmen Ohio” after the game against TCU on Sept. 15. Ohio State won 40-28. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State stayed as the No. 4 team in the latest AP Poll after defeating TCU 40-28 on Saturday. The Buckeyes failed to earn a first place vote. Ohio State began the season as the No. 5 team in the nation according to the preseason AP Poll, but had failed to earn a first place vote after defeating both Oregon State and Rutgers in the first two weeks of the season. Ohio State did earn a first place vote in the USA Coaches Poll released Sunday, which had the Buckeyes as the No. 4 team in the nation as well. The Buckeyes defeated the Horned Frogs on Saturday, which fell to No. 17 after the loss. Ohio State is one of five teams from the Big Ten represented in the latest AP Poll along with Penn State (No. 10 along with Washington), Wisconsin (No. 18), Michigan (No. 19) and Michigan State (No. 24). The AP Poll: Week 41. Alabama (58)2. Georgia3. Clemson (3)4. Ohio State5. Oklahoma6. LSU7. Stanford8. Notre Dame9. Auburn10. Washington10. Penn State12. West Virginia13. Virginia Tech14. Mississippi State15. Oklahoma State16. UCF17. TCU18. Wisconsin19. Michigan20. Oregon21. Miami22. Texas A&M23. Boston College24. Michigan State25. BYU read more

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Beckham backs North America World Cup bid

first_imgDavid Beckham has backed North America’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup and is adamant that it would be  “very special”FIFA have received a joint bid from the US, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 tournament with Morocco being the other.The final decision will be taken next week and Beckham, who used to play for LA Galaxy in the MLS, believes that the football’s big increase in popularity in America over recent years justifies why it should host the World Cup.“A football competition as big as the World Cup deserves to be in great places,” he said, according to Sky Sports.“And if the US, Canada and Mexico get that, it will be very special.“I know the passion that runs through all three of those countries – I played in LA for six years and when we travelled to Canada, I have seen that passion.“And don’t get me started on Mexico! There are not many nations that are as passionate as Mexico.Opinion: De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We never thought we would see anything remotely like it, but now we can say that De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham.Nobody…“I went to a couple of games the last time America hosted the World Cup (1994) and it was incredible.“Now, there are more people who understand the game and get excited about the game.“The infrastructure will be there and, more importantly, the excitement and the passion will be there.“I think a joint bid is important and it is three places where football runs deep.“I have seen how much the game has grown in the last 10 years, people are really getting behind the game“If it does happen I know, as a fan, I will be going to that World Cup.”last_img read more

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