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Avian flu deaths reported in Indonesia, China

first_imgJan 27, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A 22-year-old chicken seller in Indonesia died yesterday after testing positive for avian influenza, and a young Chinese woman whose case was reported previously also succumbed to the disease this week.The Indonesian man died after a week of hospitalization, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report quoting Ilham Patu of the Sulianti Saroso Hospital in Jakarta.Local testing showed he had the H5N1 avian flu virus, the story said. If his case is confirmed by tests at a Hong Kong lab accredited by the World Health Organization (WHO), he will be counted as the 15th Indonesian to die of avian flu.The Chinese victim was a 29-year-old woman from Chengdu City in the south-central province of Sichuan, the WHO reported on Jan 25. She became ill Jan 12 and died Jan 23. Some previous reports had listed her age as 36.She worked in a dry-goods shop and had no reported exposure to sick birds, the WHO said. Her case was the second one in China so far this year. The first case was also in Sichuan province but was about 150 kilometers from the latest one. No poultry outbreaks had been reported in the areas where the two patients lived, though one occurred elsewhere in the province in December.China has had 10 human cases of H5N1 avian flu, with 7 deaths, the WHO said. The cases began last November.In other news, Turkish health officials today said a British lab had confirmed 12 of the 21 human H5N1 cases reported in Turkey, according to an AFP report.On the basis of in-country tests, Turkey has had 21 human cases, including 4 deaths, all occurring this month. The WHO has mentioned those numbers in reports but has not yet added them to its case count, pending confirmation by outside labs. The agency currently lists a global total of 152 cases with 83 deaths.The Turkish health ministry said 14 H5N1 patients had recovered and been released from hospitals, while three were still being treated, according to AFP. “It is encouraging that there have been no new cases [since January 17], but precautions should continue,” the ministry was quoted as saying.The apparent mortality rate in Turkey so far is much lower than in East Asia, where it has been more than 50%. A United Nations official said today that scientists are studying whether this means the virus is becoming less deadly in humans, according to a Reuters report.”The question being asked is, ‘Are these people having a milder form of the disease and what does that mean?'” said David Nabarro, the UN’s coordinator for avian and pandemic flu. He made the comments at a meeting sponsored by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.Nabarro said the lower death rate in Turkey does not mean a reduced risk of a pandemic. “It simply is telling us that the virus may be changing the way it interacts with humans. It does not tell us that the risk of a mutation that causes the pandemic is increasing or decreasing,” he told Reuters.At the same meeting in Davos, business mogul Richard Branson predicted that a flu pandemic could halt up to 70% of commercial air traffic, according to another Reuters report.”If it happens, an airline is going to have 50 percent of its planes grounded, maybe more—60, 70 percent,” he said. Branson is the founder of Virgin Atlantic Airways and other carriers, the story said.In other developments, a wild bird called a magpie robin was positive for an H5 virus in preliminary testing in Hong Kong, according to AFP. Another magpie robin in Hong Kong tested positive for an H5N1 virus last week.See also:Jan 25 WHO report on fatal human case in Chinahttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_01_25a/en/index.htmllast_img read more

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WHS Daily Bulletin: It is Kansas FFA week and Wellington is celebrating

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015:Tuesday• Basketball at Circle• High School Band Concert, 7 p.m.WednesdayThursday• Basketball at WHS vs. Clearwater.Friday• State Wrestling 10 a.m.- Salina.Saturday• State Wrestling 9 a.m.- Salina.Tuesday lunch: Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes/gravy, fresh broccoli, peaches, hot roll/jelly.Wednesday lunch: Chili, chips, celery and cucumber, cinnamon roll, pears, baby carrots.Today’s news:*Students participating in Spring Sports: You must have a physical on file before you can practice. Your sports fee must be paid before the first game.*Kansas FFA Fact #2 In Kansas there are 11,178 Agriculture Education students, 33 percent are female and 66 percent are male.*Congratulations to Amber Biddle who placed second and Mikala Bradbury who placed 10th in the B-Team Division of the Food Science Contest. The Wellington FFA B- Team placed second over- all in Food Science. The A- Team placed eighth over all and the Green hand team (Freshman) placed 8th as well. Congratulations to all that went and competed!*Classic Movie Club will be showing the Movie “The Breakfast Club” on Thursday February 26th at 3:30 p.m. in Room 205.*Seniors: Don’t forget to stop by the Counselors office to check out what scholarship applications are available.*Madrigal try outs will be held next week March 2-5. These auditions will be held before and after school. See Ms. Coldwell if you are interested in auditioning.*Don’t forget to sign up for the talent show and Dodgeball tournament. You must sign up by tomorrow!*Girls Softball Players: There will be a meeting for any girls interested in playing softball this Spring in the Health Room on Wednesday morning at 6:45 a.m.*There will be a STUCO meeting tomorrow morning at 7:30 in room 107.*Support National FFA Week : The Wellington FFA Chapter will be showing FARMLAND the Movie on Friday, February 27 during 7th and 8th hour. This movie highlights 6 young farmers across America and how they are starting their lives as farmers and ranchers. It shows their struggles and what their lives are like on a daily basis. Cost for students: $1.00 Proceeds benefit WHS FFA Scholarships*Come Try-out for the 2015-2016 Cheer Squad! Cheer Clinic will be held on March 11-12 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Main Gym and Tryouts will be on Friday, March 13 at 10 a.m. You will need to pick up a try-out packet in the office before tryouts. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Lawrence in the office.College visits during lunch:Tuesday, February 24-Fort Hayslast_img read more

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Sales tax holiday underway today and tomorrow

first_imgDES MOINES — Whether you’re shopping for clothes for yourself or for your kids heading back to school, you can save a nice chunk of change with this weekend’s annual Sales Tax Holiday.John Fuller, a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Revenue, says the taxes will be eliminated on qualifying purchases all day today  and Saturday.  “Generally, if you can wear it, clothing or footwear that’s under $100 would be tax free,” Fuller says. “Tax in Iowa is 6% and if there’s a local option sales tax, that’s an additional 1%, so it could be 7%.”Fuller says there are a few restrictions. “Watches, jewelry, Rollerblades, those are not considered clothing by this law,” Fuller says. “The best thing to do for your listeners might be to go to tax.iowa.gov and there’s information more specifically on what is and what is not taxable.”The tax-free “weekend” is only Friday and Saturday and does not apply on Sunday. Fuller says many people ask why Sunday isn’t included.  “That would require a law change,” Fuller says. “The Iowa legislature would have to take that up to add an extra day.”The two-day sales tax holiday has been held in Iowa the first Friday and Saturday of August each year for nearly 20 years.last_img read more

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Park Jung Chum wins the coveted HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn…

first_imgJung Chum Park of South Korea won the Nov. 1 tournament, receiving the prestigious Princess’s trophy at the post-golf gala dinner at the Renaissance Pattaya Resort in Jomtien Beach.Kampanart Tangamatakul took second place, receiving the Ambassador’s Cup from H.E. Georg Schmidt, and Tarana Kanya third, receiving the Mayor’s Cup from Sonthaya Kunplome’s advisor Rattanachai Sutidechanai.The poolside reception and ballroom dinner were lavish affairs, with beautiful violin music from Princess Group, Rock ‘n Roll from sensation Barry Upton, dance performances by children of the CPDC, the rock ‘n roll dancers from the Plutaluang dance club, and the rollicking Elvis Presley impersonator Arthur Elvis.Past Rotary District 3340 Gov. Peter Malhotra emceed the event, introducing Schmidt, Brauer and Phoenix club President Dieter Barth for speeches to a crowd full of community leaders and expats who flew in for the occasion.Rattanachai Sutidechanai advisor to the Mayor Sonthaya presents the Mayor’s Trophy to Tarana Kanya.Among them at the VIP table were Roland Wein, director of the Thai-German Chamber of Commerce, German Honorary Consul Hagen Dirksen, who is also German Aid Association Thailand, Sopin Thappajug, managing director of the Diana Group, HHNF Director Radchada Chomjinda, Praichit Jetapai, chairwoman of the YWCA Bangkok-Pattaya Center, and Noi Emerson, charity chairwoman for the Pattaya Sports Club.Volker Fischer and wife Monika were among the guests, just having returned from Vienna along with Fabian Arp of ThaiGerline, Dr. Olivier Meier and members of the Rotary Club of Marina Pattaya, and former German golf champ Jens Maspfuhl.Bo Songkram with CP Sumon Jaikid and Pres. Dol Adinan of the Rotary Club of Plutaluang.Axel Brauer the force behind this most prestigious and successful event.President Dieter Barth (right) inducts H.E. Georg Schmidt the German Ambassador to Thailand as an Honorary member of the Rotary Club of Phoenix Pattaya.President Dieter Barth presents PP Peter Schlegel with the Paul Harris pin and badge for his generous contribution of US$1000 to the Rotary Foundation.H.E. Georg Schmidt (left) and Axel Brauer (2nd right) together with Sarah Chagri and Linda Heil congratulate Jung Chum Park on his magnificent achievement.German Ambassador H.E. Georg Schmidt is flanked by Radchada Chomjinda, Director of HHNFT and Elfi Seitz, Executive Editor of Pattaya Blatt.Radchada Chomjinda, Director of HHNFT together with Siromet Akarapongpanich, Asst. Director of HHNFT and two lovely volunteers Sarah Chagri and Linda Heil present a special gift to H.E. Georg Schmidt.President Dieter Barth of the Rotary Club of Phoenix Pattaya and German Ambassador H.E. Georg Schmidt present a donation of 500,000 baht to Radchada Chomjinda, Director the Human Help Network Foundation (Thailand)President Dieter Barth of the Rotary Club of Phoenix Pattaya and German Ambassador H.E. Georg Schmidt present a donation of 500,000 baht to Hagen Dirksen, Vice Chair of the German Aid Association Thailand (Deutscher Hilfe Verein e.V.).PDG Peter Malhotra congratulates H.E. Georg Schmidt on being inducted as an Honorary member of the Rotary Club of Phoenix Pattaya. At left is Assistant Governor Rodney Charman.Barry Upton together with Elvis Presley kept the dance floor thumping and jumping  throughout the evening.The rock ‘n roll dancers were brilliant.The Grand Finale was the fireworks display over the gulf.There was plenty of action on the golf course during the day The Gala Dinner and prize presentations was a star-studded glittering affair. Park Jung Chum wins the coveted HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Trophy1 of 59center_img Jung Chum Park of South Korea with the highest of respect raises the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Trophy.Rotary Club of Phoenix Pattaya raises 1 million baht for charityMore than 75 golfers raised at least a million baht for children as the Rotary Club of Phoenix-Pattaya held its first charity golf tournament.German Ambassador H.E. Georg Schmidt was the guest of honor for the tourney at the Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club. Seventy-eight golfers competed for the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Trophy and two trophies in the name of H.E. Schmidt and Pattaya Mayor Sonthaya Kunplome.German Ambassador H.E. Georg Schmidt presents the Ambassador’s trophy to Kampanart Tangamatakul witnessed by President Dieter Barth, Linda Heil, Sarah Chagri and Axel Brauer.Organizer Axel Brauer ensured the event would be a success, saying beforehand that he would raise a minimum of 1 million baht which would be donated to the Human Help Network Foundation (Thailand), Child Protection and Development Center (CPDC), Take Care Kids Foundation and the German Aid Association Thailand e.V. (Deutscher Hilfe Verein e.V.).last_img read more

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Pitt smashes Virginia Tech 52-22 to near ACC Coastal title

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — Qadree Ollison looked at the line of scrimmage, looked at the Virginia Tech end zone 97 long yards away and turned to good friend and fellow Pittsburgh running back Darrin Hall.“I asked him if he thought I could run that far and he was like, ‘I don’t know,’” Ollison said with a laugh.The answer unfolded over 17 seconds that began with textbook blocking at the snap, included a vicious stiff-arm at midfield and ended with Ollison flipping across the goal line to finish off the longest offensive play in the program’s 114-year history to provide a giddy exclamation point as the Panthers took a massive step toward their first ACC Coastal Division title with a dominant 52-22 victory over the reeling Hokies on Saturday. Pittsburgh running backs Darrin Hall (22) and Qadree Ollison celebrate after Hall scored a touchdown against Virginia Tech in the third quarter of an NCAA football game, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh won 52-22.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) ACC Digital Network✔@theACCDN 46 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy 2017:15 PM – Nov 10, 2018 BEAST MODE ACTIVATED Qadree Ollison is taking names from one endzone to the other!#H2P (@Pitt_FB, @QOllison) #Hail2Hall ? yards. SEE YA #H2P (@Pitt_FB, @D_Halll)center_img 1,4656:43 PM – Nov 10, 2018 ACC Digital Network✔@theACCDN 484 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy “It was perfect,” Ollison said after finishing with 235 yards and three touchdowns. “It parted like the Red Sea and as a running back it’s my job to make a guy miss. It’s my job to run a guy over, not let one guy tackle you and after (breaking free), I did.”Yet it’s what happened in the immediate aftermath that the Panthers believe speaks volumes about their team and the bond Ollison and Hall have formed over the last four years while taking turns atop the depth chart. Ollison’s record-breaking sprint broke the previous record of 92 yards set by Hall set last season against Duke. And Hall couldn’t have been happier.“I’m glad he got it,” said Hall after running for 186 yards and a touchdown of his own on Senior Day. “It’s a blessing because he deserves it for everything he’s done for this university.” The Panthers (6-4, 5-1 ACC) rolled up a school-record 654 total yards, 492 coming on the ground, the second-most ever given up by the Hokies (4-5, 3-3).“Obviously, we had trouble and they ran the ball awfully well,” Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente said. “Kind of a weird deal … we didn’t play as well as we would’ve liked to.”Ryan Willis threw for 231 yards and three touchdowns for the Hokies (4-5, 3-3), two of them to Eric Kumah, but Virginia Tech’s defense offered little resistance. A season that began with such promise now finds the Hokies needing to win each of their final two games if they want to extend their bowl streak to 26 seasons.“It’s not foremost in my mind,” Fuente said. “I’ve got plenty of other things to worry about right now.”Pitt’s concerns are far different. The team that found itself floundering at 2-3 at the end of September after getting blown out by Central Florida now needs to win just one of its final two games to earn a trip to the ACC title game on the first Saturday in December.“I know everyone wanted to jump ship after that (UCF) game but there was no doubt in my mind,” Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett said. “We showed it with our play and how confident we are in each other.”Despite the stakes, the Panthers insisted they were focused on avenging a 20-14 loss at Virginia Tech last November. Pitt had four chances from just outside the goal line in the final seconds to pull out the victory at Lane Stadium only to get stopped short, a setback that ultimately prevented the Panthers from earning a bowl bid.Still, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said he wasn’t worried about his team’s ability to deliver if put in a similar spot, and the Panthers spent four quarters putting on a clinic. Hall and Ollison spent most of the afternoon roaring through gaping holes and responding in the second half whenever Virginia Tech attempted to get back in it.“Whatever we wanted, we got,” Pickett said. “So it was a good day.”THE TAKEAWAYVirginia Tech: The Hokies don’t appear interested in tackling anybody. Defensive coordinator Bud Foster hoped his young group would have learned after getting run over in losses to Georgia Tech and Boston College. Instead it was more of the same. Pitt’s offensive line bullied Virginia Tech on a day the Panthers averaged 13.9 yards per play.Pitt: The Panthers have developed a hard-earned reputation for stumbling when given an opportunity to produce a true breakthrough moment. It looked like the latest edition of “Pitt-ing” might come in the second quarter when Pickett fumbled going into the end zone, Virginia Tech recovered for a touchback and then went down and scored to draw within 17-7. This time, however, the Panthers didn’t panic. Pickett directed two touchdown drives before the end of the first half to put the Panthers up 31-7 at the break. The Hokies never drew closer than 16 the rest of the way.UP NEXTVirginia Tech: Welcomes Miami to Lane Stadium next Saturday.Pitt: Travels to Wake Forest next Saturday in the first meeting between the two schools since Pitt joined the ACC in 2013.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25last_img read more

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Amla upbeat about preparations

first_img The visitors were pegged back largely by rookie leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, who picked up four for 53 from his 10 overs. “It was a really good sign that our bowlers got some time in the middle before it started raining. It was turning out to be a good game,” Amla said. “They bowled well. It started raining and the ball got really wet, but even then they bowled decently. Getting overs under the belt is the most important thing.” South Africa will join hosts West Indies and world champions Australia in Guyana for the Tri-Nations Series, which runs from June 3-26. The series will move on to St Kitts from June 11-15 before winding up in Barbados. Though the majority of the Proteas unit are coming off the Indian Premier League, which climaxed last Sunday, Amla said he did not foresee any major problems with the transition from Twenty20 cricket to the 50-overs format. “I don’t think (the difference) is that big. The only thing is that you have a lot of time to set the game up,” the former captain said. “You have to remind yourself that there is a lot of time still left in the game, but it’s a lot easier to go from T20s to one-dayers than from a Test match.” GOOD SIGN PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Opener Hashim Amla says Sunday’s one-day tour match against the WICB President’s XI was important in South Africa’s build-up to the start of the Tri-Nations Series later this week, even though rain ruined the contest at Queen’s Park Oval. Opting to bat, the Proteas piled up 280 for nine off their 50 overs, and the President’s XI were 127 for three in the 25th over when rained arrived to end the game prematurely. The game was ruled a tie under Duckworth/Lewis. “It was a great outing for us. When you come to a foreign country, the most important thing is having time on the legs, especially some of the guys who haven’t played in a while,” said the prolific opener, who top-scored with 92. “We put up a good total on the board. Fortunately I managed to get some runs and a few of the lower order batsmen as well, which is quite handy.”last_img read more

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Team South Africa at Davos

first_imgThe World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland will be held from the 20 to 23 January 2016 under the theme “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution”. WEF Davos takes place in a challenging global environment for both governments and business.The deterioration of the global economic outlook in recent months has resulted in slower global growth that has led to the weaker performance in several important developing countries, including China.Moreover, the weakness in commodity prices is a concern for major commodity exporters such as South Africa. The fall in commodity prices is unlikely to reverse and will have a sustained impact on emerging market economies.Importantly, the changing sentiment towards emerging markets particular in capital flows is a cause for concern given the role it played in averting a deeper and sustained global recession during the 2008 global downturn.The depressed trade volumes and turbulent global capital markets underscore the need for nations to build resilience and act cautiously in the period ahead.In this difficult global context, South Africa is intervening strategically and more decisively to restore the momentum of economic growth. It is also addressing issues at a local level that have impacted confidence in the economy.The National Development Plan provides a basis for collective actions required to stabilise the economy, build confidence, raise the level of investment and return South Africa to a path of inclusive economic growth.Stronger measures to restore a sustainable fiscal path, taking account of the weakened outlook for the global economy and its domestic consequences have been endorsed at the highest level of government.South Africa has proved to be a resilient economy which is the outcome of the solid economic fundamentals that have been painstakingly laid since the advent of democracy.The country’s prudent fiscal management and monetary policies support macroeconomic stability, promote competitiveness and increases the economy’s outward orientation.  South Africa’s positive attributes continue to outweigh its challenges which are being addressed through dedicated programmes and plans.Team South Africa is taking the following key messages to Davos in 2016. Here’s a summary of salient themes:The macro economic framework has shielded the economy from the full brunt of a challenging global economic environment and volatility in global capital markets.Government through its fiscal consolidation measures is committed to continued fiscal prudence and preservation of investment grade credit ratings.Private partnerships in energy through renewable programs are fast contributing to power availability over and above the large energy infrastructure built.Mature banking institutions and world class capital markets make for easy access to capital.Adoption of a socio economic impact assessment system (SEIAS) by cabinet in September 2015, seeks to avoid policy contradictions and preserve business friendly environment.Efforts at Nedlac to foster a stable labour environment are yielding results. The CCMA has been given responsibility through the labour Act amendment to mediate in resolving strikes.A comprehensive business incentive packages across sectors offer support to business.South Africa in Africa provides platform to leverage on the fastest growing region in the world.last_img read more

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CES 2011: Get Ready for Twitter-Embedded Phones, TVs & More

first_imgTags:#news#NYT#twitter#web Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Today at the Consumer Electronics Show, All Things Digital’s Kara Swisher interviewed Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and started off with the most obvious question – what was Twitter doing at a gadget show? According to Costolo, Twitter had been busy meeting with several device makers to try to make it easier and more consistent to use the microblogging platform across multiple platforms and devices, including becoming an embedded feature of some phones.“One of the things we’re trying to do this year is to become more of a mass consumption environment,” said Costolo. “It’s more and more important that Twitter become easier and simpler to use across more platforms and devices.”What exactly does that mean? According to Costolo, Twitter has spent a lot of time this week with various companies like Samsung and other device manufacturers discussing the ways that Twitter could become a standard feature on devices.ReadWriteWeb’s CES Coverage:The Group Messaging App That Saved My Butt at CESWho Came Out On Top At CES?CES 2011: Will Twitter Sell or IPO? CEO Dick Costolo Says “Neither” A Valediction: Forbidding KeynotesCES 2011: Verizon Says It Can Handle the DataCES 2011: RealNetworks Steps Past Apple & Google to Offer Cloud-Based MusicSteve Ballmer Kicks Off CES 2011 [Updated]CES 2011: Mobile DTV Coming to an iPhone, iPad Near You“It would be great if Twitter could be preloaded as a contact on your phone,” said Costolo, explaining that one of Twitter’s coolest, most recently added yet most unnoticed features was something called “Fast Follow”, which allows people to follow and receive SMS updates to their phone simply by texting “Follow @” and the account name. The texter doesn’t even need to be an existing Twitter member for the feature to work. Costolo went on to say that it would be great to see Twitter available on many devices, perhaps even as a voice-commanded application on Kinect. (Voice commands were just debuted this week at Microsoft’s opening keynote address.) Key to this sort of embedding, however, is a consistent experience.“As long as twitter is a simple piece of communication that can carry content and point to any kind of content, that’s success for us,” he said. “It’s got to be the case that when I pick up this device and tweet something, it has to be the same on another device.”Only a year ago, Twitter mobile usage was at around 20% to 25%, but now this has risen to nearly 40% of all tweets. While Costolo only spoke to stats concerning mobile content creation, we have to wonder what these same stats are in terms of consumption. They are likely much lower, but it seems that this is a primary area of concern for the company. He repeated the same (now expected) mantra that Twitter is for consumers too and device integration could certainly help with this effort. Imagine, for example, Twitter-embedded TVs that automatically show tweets related to content you’re currently watching. Nevermind the idea of one person in the room having Twitter conversations with friends while everyone else tries to watch, but instead think of the potential value addition of displaying relevant tweets. In the end, Costolo didn’t make any specific announcements concerning OEM device integration, but he was clear that Twitter was present at the gadget-centric show with that exact topic in mind. We look forward to seeing how else Twitter plans to make its presence known in the everyday lives of the non-Twitterati.center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification mike melanson A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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