Hope Solo says Blatter grabbed her; he calls it ‘ridiculous’

first_imgFILE – In this Jan. 7, 2013, file photo, Abby Wambach, left, of the United States is presented the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award by Hope Solo, center, goalkeeper of the U.S. team, and FIFA President Sepp Blatter, right, during the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala held at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland. Solo told a Portuguese newspaper that former FIFA President Blatter sexually assaulted her at the ceremony. In an interview published Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in the newspaper Expresso, Solo said Blatter “grabbed” her inappropriately on her rear end shortly before the two appeared onstage at the awards event. APHope Solo says former FIFA President Sepp Blatter grabbed her rear shortly before the two were to appear on stage at a prestigious soccer ceremony four years ago. A representative for Blatter called the allegation “ridiculous.”In an interview published Friday (Saturday Manila time) in the Portuguese newspaper Expresso, the former goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s national team recounted what happened at the Ballon d’Or awards in 2013 in Zurich.ADVERTISEMENT U.S. forward Alex Morgan has said that Blatter failed to recognize her at the annual awards event in 2012, even though she was one of three nominees for the women’s Player of the Year.Blatter also famously argued in 2004 that players could boost the popularity of the women’s game by wearing tighter shorts.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ A representative for Solo confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday that the report was accurate and said the player had no further comment.Blatter spokesman Thomas Renggli messaged the AP on Saturday (Sunday Manila time): “This allegation is ridiculous.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe remarks by Solo come amid a torrent of accusations by women of sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment and media industries.Solo anchored the U.S. team in goal during its 2015 Women’s World Cup championship run, allowing just three goals in seven games with five shutouts during the tournament. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson For her career, Solo has made 202 total appearances with the national team, with 153 wins and an international-record 102 shutouts.Solo’s time with the national team ended following last year’s Olympics in Brazil, where the Americans were ousted by Sweden in the quarterfinals. Afterward, Solo called the Swedish team “cowards” for its defensive play.She was suspended from the team shortly thereafter and has not returned. She was dogged throughout her career with controversies, including a 2014 domestic violence case involving a family member’s home in Washington state.Blatter was suspended as head of soccer’s governing body for six years following allegations of widespread corruption in a scandal that came to light in 2015. U.S. and Swiss officials cooperated in the investigation, which is ongoing, and more than 40 people have been indicted.Blatter has had a history of what many consider to be sexist behavior concerning the women’s game.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Bottas takes Brazilian GP pole after Hamilton crashes Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

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Youman Nabi to be observed on Dec 1

first_imgThe Central Islamic Organization of Guyana (CIOG) has on Monday advised that the Muslim festival of Youman Nabi will this year be observed on Friday, December 1.This is because the moon signalling the commencement of the third Islamic month of Rabi’ al-awwal has not yet been sighted, thereby confirming that date for the observation.Youman Nabi, also known as Mawlid al Nabi, is the celebration of the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, the Founding Prophet of Islam. Although Islam claims earlier prophets all the way back to Adam, the first man recorded in the Creation narrative, it holds up Muhammad as the final prophet, who gave definitive shape to the religion of Islam.The CIOG, in its release, has extended best wishes to all Muslim brothers and sisters at home and abroad, ahead of the celebration of Youman Nabi this year.last_img read more

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41 Lindeners graduate from First Lady’s ICT initiative

first_imgForty-one youths from Linden on Friday graduated from the Information Communication Technology (ICT) training programme, facilitated by the Office of First Lady, Sandra Granger, in collaboration with the Social Protection Ministry and the Board of Industrial Training (BIT).First Lady Sandra Granger presents the valedictorian trophy toDaicia Caesar at the graduation ceremonyAt the ceremony, which was hosted at the Linden Enterprise Network (LEN) in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), the graduates were awarded certificates of completion, while some were awarded trophies for their outstanding performances in various categories. Daicia Caesar was the Valedictorian, while Odeli Paul was the second Best Graduating Student and Edson Emanuel, Most Improved Student. In her remarks to the graduates, the First Lady pointed to the evolution of Information Technology (IT), noting that every day it is changing and developing.She also spoke about the opportunities, through the job training, which are available in the area of Information Technology.The First Lady also alluded to the importance of ‘Soft Skills’ training which the graduates were exposed to and how it can benefit them in the world of work and the development of their own lives. She also pointed out that many graduates of the programme, which is offered countrywide, went on to become employed at private enterprises as well as the National Data Management Authority. She noted too that some have gone as far as setting up their own businesses.“Always open yourselves to learning. Always open yourselves to experiences…just think of the possibilities as you go through life…and don’t be afraid. Girls, don’t be confined by social perception that you mustn’t speak up when you have a question or you’re aware of something. You have to learn to promote yourselves in reality…”, she noted.In his remarks and overview, Chief Facilitator of the programme Fitzroy Younge noted that the initiative, which ran for four weeks, was a success and saw maximum attendance.Senior Administrator of the National Data Management Committee, Marlon Pearson, who was the guest speaker at the event noted that it was a joy witnessing such a pleasant evolution. He said the programme is geared to instil in participants, the ability to become independent thinkers, great listeners and to be able to develop problem-solving skills.last_img read more

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GECOM special audit only partially complete – AG

first_img…work to be done on other discrepanciesSince being launched last year after millions of dollars in discrepancies were discovered with purchasing of electronic items, the audit into the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is yet to be completed.According to Auditor General Deodat Sharma, the process has been one involving extensive interviews with officials. And he said that at least one report which examined purchases of Very High Frequency (VHF) radios was completed.“One report, the one on the radios, has been completed and sent to the Commissioners,” Sharma stated in an interview with this publication. “We are still continuing the other aspects (of the audit). That (includes) the purchase of the pliers and the toners.”The Auditor General affirmed that the work of his office has not been impeded by officials from GECOM. While he could not give a definitive end date for the audit, he stated that it would soon be completed.The special audit was launched last year after the Audit Office of Guyana reportedly noticed some discrepancies with the purchasing of 50 VHF communication radios by GECOM for close to $100 million. The purchases, which had occurred prior to the May 2015 General and Regional Elections, raised concerns over the extraordinarily high cost of the equipment. The investigation’s scope had included contracts and inventories, in addition to spending for the May 2015 General and Regional Elections.It is understood that auditors were working from GECOM’s head office in High Street, Kingston. Besides the radios, some of the things that the State’s auditors were looking into were the purchase of a quantity of toners, pliers and batteries.Based on reports, the radio sets were purchased for use during the 2015 General and Regional Elections, particularly in the outlying regions of Guyana; however, they were never put into use after it was discovered many of them were not working.Later, information surfaced that while the electoral body would have collected quotations from a number of suppliers, it handed the contract for the supply of the equipment to Mobile Authority, a company owned by a Water Street, Georgetown businessman.But media reports later surfaced that some of the equipment purchased was obsolete and was not covered by warranty.As a matter of fact, sections of the Guyanese media reported that the Australia-based manufacturer, Barrett Communications, through its European office, distanced itself from the purchase. The company made it clear that it had ceased to produce the equipment more than five years ago. Barrett said it had also tendered through the Advanced Office Systems for the supply of new radio equipment for the 2015 elections; however, GECOM subsequently cancelled the order. The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has been calling for the release of the findings, in addition to questioning the deafening silence of GECOM’s then outgoing Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally and the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield, on the matter. Both were in power at the Commission when the purchases were made.SlowdownThe proposed budget for the Audit Office of Guyana had been slashed by the Government side in the National Assembly during consideration of the 2017 Estimates of Expenditure, and subsequently, the situation had forced the Audit Office to grapple with not having adequate staff, or adequate funds to pay them.The Audit Office has a wide remit, and is responsible for auditing the public accounts of Guyana and presenting reports of those audits to the Finance Minister, thence to the National Assembly. As laid out in Article 223 of the Constitution of Guyana, the Audit Office is authorised to audit all officers and authorities of the Government, including Commissions.Questions have thus been raised about the effect the reduced staffing would have on the work of the Audit Office.The proposed estimate for the Audit Office in the last budget was $771.2 million for that constitutional agency, which is tasked with auditing ‘the State apparatus’, but Finance Minister Winston Jordan had decreased this sum to $754.9 million, owing to claims of financial restraints.last_img read more

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CAF Cup Quarters dream alive, roars Gor’s Kerr

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr is hoisted high by fans.NAIROBI, Kenya, May 17- Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr remains optimistic that despite back-to-back draws in their opening two CAF Confederation Cup Group D matches, the dream of making it into the quarter final remains alive.With Tanzania’s Young Africans playing to a 0-0 draw with Rayon Sport in the other group fixture on Wednesday, Gor retained their hold on second spot and Kerr now wants to see his side bag wins in the remaining four group matches. “To be honest the group is massively open. It is achievable; we can win in this group. We have to think about it, if not maybe runners up, but we have to believe that we can win it,” Kerr said after Wednesday night’s 0-0 draw with Algerian side USM Alger at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani.The Gor Mahia team that started against USM Alger at the Kasarani Stadium on May 16, 2018 in a CAF Confederation Cup match. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaIf they can manage to pick home wins against both Yanga and Rayon, Gor will hand themselves a massive chance of going into the quarter finals and Kerr who firmly believes they have the quality to do so has urged his players to work harder.In both their opening games, Gor have created numerous scoring opportunities and failed to score, an area that Kerr wants his charges to improve on as a matter of urgency.“It’s a million dollar question. I see it every day in training what we can do in front of goal. I just don’t think we have the luck. Maybe someone put a curse on us. I am hoping it’s gonna happen soon and we need to keep working on it,” the coach further added.-Praise on charges-Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr salutes his players. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHe was full of praise for his charges on their performance against USM Alger especially after going down to 10 men with Joash Onyango sent to the showers for a second bookable offense 10 minutes after the restart.“Once we were down to 10 men the pressure was on us to defend. I think my players were superb; Ephraim (Guikan) came to the party and worked his legs off, Jack (Tuyisenge) had to play a deeper role in midfield and he did it superbly well. We had the chances to score even with one man down but I think we leave happy with the point,” the coach further commented.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr gestures on the touchline during the CAF Confederation Cup match against USM Alger at the Kasarani Stadium on May 16, 2018 in a CAF Confederation Cup match. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHe lauded his players for ‘running through brick walls’ for him and the supporters, putting in a shift of hard work against a tough opponent in very difficult playing conditions.“We would have loved to win at home but we played against a very difficult opponent. The pitch was bad but we played football on it. We played one-two passes and it was great to watch these players,” the tactician further added.With the next CAF Confederation Cup fixture almost two months away against Tanzania’s Yanga at home, Kerr will now switch his focus to the defense of their Kenyan Premier League crown and they get right into it on Sunday when they tackle Sofapaka in Machakos.“We have really faced a challenging period playing nine games in 29 days which is very crazy. But we have to ensure every one is fresh by tinkering with the squad one or two times. Some may not like it but we don’t have quite a choice,” the tactician further noted.With three matches at hand, Gor still enjoy a healthy six-point lead at the top of the standings.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Zidane wants coaching return ‘soon’

first_img0Shares0000Zinedine Zidane left Real Madrid after winning a third successive Champions League title © AFP/File / Eric FEFERBERGMADRID, Spain, Sep 10 – Zinedine Zidane has paved the way for a return to management by admitting he expects to take another coaching job soon.Zidane made the surprise decision to leave Real Madrid at the end of last season, five days after leading the club to a third consecutive Champions League title. The Frenchman said he believed change was needed for the team to “keep winning” but, despite a disappointing final La Liga campaign, he left with his reputation sky-high.Manchester United have been linked with a move for Zidane, with Jose Mourinho’s position at Old Trafford increasingly uncertain.“Surely I am going to return to coaching soon,” Zidane told Spanish broadcaster RTVE on Sunday.“Because I like it and (football) is what I have done my whole life.”Zidane began coaching for Castilla, Real Madrid’s B team, in 2014 before taking charge of the first team in January 2016 after Rafael Benitez was sacked.He led Madrid to the league title the following year but failed to replicate that success domestically last term, as Los Blancos finished third, 17 points behind Barcelona.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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£200m Chelsea star! More successful dribbles, more key passes – why Hazard is number one

first_imgWhoScored.com explain why, statistically-speaking, Chelsea’s Belgian wizard fully deserved to be named PFA Player of the Year. For more Chelsea stats, check out WhoScored.com.Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with Arsenal was hardly an advert for the Premier League, with the London pairing playing out a drab stalemate in North London in Sunday’s late kick off.Nevertheless, the point gained took the Blues one step closer towards their fifth top-flight title. A victory at the Emirates would have been cause for celebration, but a draw can rightly be considered a positive result given Arsenal’s home form this season.The Blues would probably not be on the brink of securing another trophy, though, were it not for Eden Hazard, who, in the evening following the London derby, was named PFA Player of the Year.Some might argue that Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez deserved the award, but with Hazard currently WhoScored.com’s highest rated Premier League player (8.04), the Belgian was a worthy winner of the accolade.“£100m each leg – he’s very young,” Chelsea manager José Mourinho said when asked how much it would cost Real Madrid – who were linked with a move for the Belgian last week – to sign their prized asset.Hazard was not at his best against Arsenal, but the Belgium international certainly warrants the praise being thrust his way.Hazard may not have the most goals (13) or assists (8) in the Premier League this term, but the latter is not for want of trying. The Chelsea star has played more key passes (88) than any other player in England’s top tier this season.His creative ability has seen him gain a statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘key passes’, though it’s his ability on the ball that is Hazard’s best quality.Hazard has completed more successful dribbles (156) than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues this campaign.Opposition defenders cower when the 24-year-old gets the ball at his feet and runs at them. Once he gains a head of steam, Hazard is one of the most difficult players in the game to stop, with his dribbling ability rivalling – and perhaps bettering – that of Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben, two players renowned for their capability to carry possession forward.The impressiveness of his performances in a Chelsea shirt are accentuated in that he has won more WhoScored.com man of the match awards (nine) than any other Premier League player this season.The former Lille star has completed 2931 minutes of a possible 2970 this campaign, highlighting just how crucial a player he is in Mourinho’s starting XI.What’s more notable about the amount he has played in the league this season is how opponents go to great lengths to halt the nippy attacker.Hazard has been fouled more times (100) than any other performer in England’s top tier this campaign.Despite this, he simply gets up, dusts himself off and continues what he does best for the good of the team.Alexis, PFA Young Player of the Year award winner Harry Kane and David de Gea were all worthy of a nomination for the Player of the Year award.Ultimately, though, there was only one player deserving of the accolade, with Hazard, without a shadow of a doubt, the Premier League’s best player this season.For more stats on PFA Player of the Year Eden Hazard, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page Eden Hazard celebrates another Chelsea goal 1last_img read more

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GLENTIES BUSINESSWOMAN FUMING OVER SMOKING BAN SNUB DURING MACGILL SUMMER SCHOOL

first_imgA pub owner who welcomed Government Ministers and other VIPs to Donegal’s famous MacGill Summer School this week is fuming after she was told she is facing a €5,000 for not having a proper smoking area.Carmel Doherty of Keeney’s Bar in Glenties was left outraged after she was hit with the fine and told to close her smoking area on Thursday afternoon.The same smoking area has been operating at the pub for the past 10 years and has been visited by numerous environmental health officers who passed it. Ms Doherty said her pub has been visited by hundreds of summer school devotees over the years including playwright Brian Friel, former RTE boss Dr.Joe Mulholland, Dr Garrett Fitzgerald and former Tanaiste Mary Coughlan.The theme of this year’s summer school, which ended yesterday (FRI) was ‘The first 100 days – The next Five years.’However Ms Doherty said the country is now being strangled by legislation when small business should be encouraged.The businesswoman has also been serving sandwiches and baguettes to MacGill Summer School crowds but was also told to stop because her kitchen was too small. The bar does operate both a food and drinks license.She became so angry that she put a sandwich board outside her premises to protest at the fine.The sign reads “No Food Served Here today due to over regulation.”Ms Doherty said she and her husband are not sleeping because they are trying to find ways of getting the money to pay the €5,000 fine.“Just up the street we had the Taoiseach and Government Ministers trying to find out ways of getting the country back on track. “And here I am being fined up to €5,000 because of fussy laws when I am trying my best to get by.“I have just paid a VAT bill of more than €4,000 and it’s no secret that pubs are struggling to get customers in.“This smoking area has been passed by numerous health environmental heath officers over the years but now they claim it is not good enough and have said I am facing a €5,000 and ordered me to close it down,” she said.She added that she now had no choice but to tell her customers to smoke outside the front of her bar. “Glenties was the first national winner of the National Tidy Towns competition and it is a beautiful town.“But my customers will be left with no option but to stand out at the front door and throw their cigarette butts onto the street when we have a perfectly proper smoking area out the back.“For me that just doesn’t make sense and it’s bureaucracy gone mad,” she said.A spokesperson for HSE West said they do not comment on individual cases but that all smoking areas are governed by legislation and conditions introduced in 2004.(Pictures by kind permission of Sean McHugh)EndsGLENTIES BUSINESSWOMAN FUMING OVER SMOKING BAN SNUB DURING MACGILL SUMMER SCHOOL was last modified: July 30th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CARMEL DOHERTYKEENEY’S BARMACGILL SUMMER SCHOOLlast_img read more

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Party guest held for knocking man’s head

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Illian is being held on $30,000 bail and is in custody at Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Deputies arrested a Canyon Country man Friday night after they saw him hit another man with a flashlight. Frederick William Illian, 20, was at a party on Talavera Lane in Valencia when deputies responding to a call about a boisterous party saw him hit one of the guests on the back of the head with a metal flashlight. He was arrested and booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, a felony. The victim was taken to a local hospital by friends. “Apparently he was being kicked out of the party and got mad,” said sheriff’s Detective Pat O’Neill. Illian was an outstanding suspect in an assault that occurred Jan. 14 at a party on Mayfair Drive, where another victim was hit over the head with a pipe, O’Neill said. He also was on probation for a prior grand theft incident. The District Attorney’s Office filed a second assault with a deadly weapon charge for the Jan. 14 incident when Illian was arraigned Tuesday in Santa Clarita Superior Court. last_img read more

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Echoecho: Locating Your Friends Made Easy

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#NYT#Product Reviews#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement frederic lardinois Permission-Based Location SharingOne problem that has hindered the widespread adoption of location-based services in the past is the fact that sharing location data with random people is something that a lot of people feel rather uneasy about. Echoecho routes around this problem by using a very nifty permission-based solution. Whenever you request somebody’s location, your friend has the option to completely ignore your request. At the same time, if somebody responds to your request, that person will also be able to see your own location. This should help to alleviate some of the social issues that are often associated with location-based social networks. The next version of the echoecho mobile app will also include an augmented reality view that will allow you to see where exactly your friends are. For now, echoecho only allows you to ping one of your contacts at a time. The echoecho team plans to implement a way to ping groups in future versions of the application. Getting StartedTo get started, you just have to install the application on your phone. You don’t have to sign up for yet another social network, though the application will ask you for your phone number. On the iPhone, Echoecho will send you an SMS with a PIN code and once you enter this code into the application, you are good to go. On all the other platforms, you can skip this step.For Developers: EchoEcho’s API Echoecho also offers a free and open API for developers who want to implement the company’s service into their own applications. You can find more info about the API here. Echoecho is a location-based mobile application that wants to make it easier for you to locate your friends, family members and colleagues in the real world. Echoecho only tries to get you to answer one straightforward question: Where are you? Unlike other location-based application, echoecho doesn’t force you to constantly broadcast your own location. Instead, the application takes the opposite route. Instead of telling people where you are, you ask others where they are. You could use echoecho to check where your children are, for example, or simply to meet up with your friend without having to give a long and complicated description of where exactly they can find you.Echoecho is compatible with the iPhone (iTunes link), Android, Nokia Symbian, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile. The service offers apps and push notifications for all of these platforms.Where Are You? Nick Bicanic, the CEO of Purpose Wireless, the company behind echoecho, told us that he came up with the idea for echoecho because he was tired of signing up to location-based social networks, just to find that none of his friends were on there anyway. Instead, Bicanic decided to harness the power of the social network that is already build into every phone: the address book. Thanks to this, you don’t have to sign up for a new social network if you want to use the service – echoecho simply uses the contacts in your address book.If your friend has already signed up for echoecho, the program will route your request through its own network and send a push notification to your friend’s phone. If the service realizes that your friend hasn’t signed up yet, it will send out a text message instead. On Android, for example, the text message will include a link to echoecho’s mobile site, which will redirect you to the Android Market.Once your friend has been located, you will get a notification on your phone, and a map that shows your location in relation to that of your friend will appear in the app. Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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