‘I’ve Not Come for Politics’

first_imgIn the wake of widespread speculations that former Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Amara M. Konneh, will contest in the upcoming elections, he announced to a huge crowd of people who turned out to welcome him home yesterday that he is not ready for politics.“I am not in Liberia for power but I have come to work with my people, visit my farm, celebrate the festive season and contribute to the development process of my country,” Mr. Konneh said.Mr. Konneh, who is the Manager for Fragility, Conflict, Violence and Forced Migration Hub at the World Bank, resident in Nairobi, Kenya, spoke yesterday at a well-organized welcome and interfaith intercessory program by the Amara Mohammed Konneh Foundation and friends of Amara held at the Monrovia City Hall in Sinkor.The program brought together people from the Muslim and Christian communities, the Yana Boys Association of Liberia, student groups, government officials, Shoe Shine Union of Liberia, and the business community.“The message here today to the Liberian people and the Liberian media is, I have not come back home for politics, but I am home to see friends, family members and colleagues,” Konneh declared. The former finance minister said he has come to reconnect with friends about the future of Liberia and the people and to visit his farm, because “I am a farmer as well. This gathering today is not about Liberian politics but about appreciation from brotherhood and sisterhood which I appreciate so highly.” Konneh, who has spent eight months at his new job in Nairobi, said he was delighted to be back in Liberia to celebrate the festive season with friends and family. Konneh said he was excited, because he did not abuse the power he had but helped people that he had no connection with.“When God gave me power through the blessing of the President, I helped young people, for which all of you gathered here today have come to welcome me. I did not go to the University in Liberia because of the war so I was naïve of the help to people. And I am happy that I made some important friendships in all of you,” he said.Konneh meanwhile pledged 20 percent of his salary to the Amara Mohammed Konneh Foundation to help improve the lives of Liberians whether Muslim or Christian.He said his vision is to empower the young generation of Liberians through education by assisting schools around the country and working to renovate churches and mosques to rebuild his country and strengthen the youth and the Liberian people.His target, according to him, is to create avenues for entrepreneurs and improve the livelihood of shoe shine boys, market women which are part of his Foundation’s mandate.“I want to thank everyone for coming to welcome me, including the religious leaders. I visited twenty countries in the last eight months helping them, including Liberia with the issue of the budget,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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New Comment Policy on Energeticcity.ca

first_imgLet’s try and keep things as positive as possible. A few simple rules: no foul language. Also, stay clear of libelous statements. What does that mean? Don’t say something about someone that hasn’t been proved to be true. For example, don’t say that Johnny is a drug dealer, because you THINK he is… you can only say it if he has been proven to be a drug dealer. If you have proof that Johnny is a drug dealer, you should phone the police and tell them, so they can prove that Johnny is a drug dealer, THEN, you can comment and say that Johnny IS a drug dealer.We want to hear your opinions on this site. What do you think about the story? If you could, how would you change things about the story?If your comments don’t follow these guidelines, your comment won’t be approved by our site moderators. Thanks for posting – we value your comments and participation on the site.There we have it. Simple enough. Have a comment about our new comment policy? Let us know below 🙂– Energeticcity.ca AdminsAdvertisement Since we launched Energeticcity.ca to Fort St. John, we’ve been overwhelmedby the success of this site. Over 25,000 people have visited us since we launched, and that number grows every day.- Advertisement -As part of our growth, more and more of you have been commenting on news stories. It has become necessary for us to implement a comment policy. It’s pretty straightforward:last_img read more

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MLB notes: Zambrano gives ultimatum

first_img“Whatever happens, I don’t want to know about a contract during the season. I want to sign with the Cubs before the season starts. If they don’t sign me, sorry, but I must go. That’s what Carlos Zambrano thinks.” Zambrano, 16-7 with a 3.41ERA and 210 strikeouts last season, asked for $15.5 million in arbitration. The team offered $11.025 million. He made $6.5 million last season. At the team’s winter convention last month, Zambrano first said that he wanted to have a new deal in place before the season starts. Cubs pitchers and catchers report to spring training today in Mesa, Ariz. Zambrano wants some of the money Cubs’ general manager Jim Hendry has been doling out. “Jim spent a lot of money. I hope he has more for `Big Z,”‘ Zambrano said. Also, the Cubs traded right-hander Jae Kuk Ryu to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for two minor leaguers, outfielder Andrew Lopez and right-hander Gregor Reinhard. Torre looks to managing after `07: After Detroit eliminated the New York Yankees in the first round of last year’s playoffs, Joe Torre wasn’t sure he’d be allowed to return for a 12th season as manager. But owner George Steinbrenner was persuaded to keep him on for the final season of his contract, and Torre sounded open to managing beyond 2007. “I don’t know yet. The way I feel now, I say yes,” Torre said. “It’s exciting. I’m looking forward to it. Every year is different, and that’s what I think keeps it stimulating.” Torre will earn $7.5 million the final season of a three-year deal that paid him $6.7 million in each of the previous two years. “Is there pressure on me because I don’t have a contract?” he asked out loud. “No more pressure, my mind, than there always is, as far as I’m concerned.” Steinbrenner didn’t have much to say Tuesday. Asked whether Torre had to “win it” this year, he gave a one-word answer Tuesday: “No.” The Yankees also signed reliever Ron Villone agreed to a minor league contract. He would get a $2.5 million, one-year contract if added to the major league roster and would have the chance to earn $300,000 in performance bonuses. Braves president: No changes here: Atlanta Braves president Terry McGuirk said fans should expect a “transparent” ownership transition if the team’s sale from Time Warner to Liberty Media is approved by Major League Baseball. McGuirk says the Braves, under the ownership of Liberty Media, will look much like the Braves under Time Warner, including the continued leadership of general manager John Schuerholz and manager Bobby Cox. “Yes, I think as an operating theory this is what is contemplated,” McGuirk said. “I’ve used the word transparent. I think that is a good description of how it will affect the organization. I think there will be no changes.” Clubs win again: Baseball teams improved to 4-0 in salary arbitration when the Washington Nationals beat pitcher John Patterson and the Florida Marlins defeated reliever Kevin Gregg. Patterson was awarded $850,000 by arbitrators Elliott Shriftman, Dan Brent and Stephen Goldberg, who heard the case Monday, less than half the $1.85 million he asked for. Gregg, acquired in November from the Angels, will get the Marlins’ offer of $575,000 instead of his request for $700,000, arbitrators Jack Clarke, Goldberg and Elizabeth Neumeier decided. Dodgers reliever Joe Beimel and Tampa Bay backup catcher Josh Paul were the first two players who went to arbitration this year and lost their cases Saturday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Chicago Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano has a new message for the team: sign him to a new contract before the season starts or he’ll leave and become a free agent after it’s over. “I’m ready to sign and I would do my job anyway with the Cubs this year,” Zambrano said in an interview with WGN-TV that was reported Tuesday by the Chicago Tribune. last_img
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Premier League round-up: Chelsea back on track as Hazard dazzles

first_imgChelsea got their Premier League campaign back on track with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Hull City at Stamford Bridge.The Blues’ 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United last weekend threatened to derail what had been an imperious start to the season but Jose Mourinho’s men regrouped well to seal a win over Steve Bruce’s strugglers with Eden Hazard at his effervescent best.Just seven minutes had been played when the hosts grabbed the lead. Oscar out on the left delivered a tantalising cross into the box and, when the ball passed over Diego Costa, Hazard was there to head home.As Chelsea failed to double their lead, Jake Livermore sent a shot a whisker wide of the post, while an already cautioned Gary Cahill provoked ire from the Hull players as he went tumbling despite a lack of contact from either David Meyler or Tom Huddlestone.The latter then saw red for an ugly challenge of Filipe Luis and the Blues quickly made their advantage count with Costa finishing off an incredible move which saw Hazard dazzle the Hull midfield and defence before playing in his Spanish team-mate, who rolled home with ease to complete the scoring.Champions Manchester City, though, were able to keep pace and remain just three points behind their title rivals after claiming a slim 1-0 triumph against Leicester City.The Blues suffered a blow in the warm up with Edin Dzeko forced to pull out and Jose Angel Pozo replacing him in the starting line up and Manuel Pellegrini’s side were slow to start, while Esteban Cambiasso went close with a curled effort for the Foxes.The Leicester City defence, though, is extremely porous and five minutes before the break Frank Lampard sneaked between their centre-backs and slipped a left-foot shot into the net from Samir Nasri’s ball across the area.For the second time in a week Southampton boss Ronald Koeman was left frustrated as he watched his side throw away three points, this time to Burnley who sneaked a 1-0 win.After a quiet opening period, his men had the perfect chance to get in front but when Ryan Bertrand was brought down in the box Tom Heaton saved Dusan Tadic’s strike from 12 yards.Burnley made sure their visitors paid the penalty for the Serbian’s miss as Nathaniel Clyne’s attempted clearance cannoned into the path of Ashley Barnes and the ex-Brighton man slipped the ball between Fraser Forster and his near post to win the game.Crystal Palace and Stoke City shared the spoils in their clash at Selhurst Park as they played out a 1-1 draw.James McArthur put the hosts ahead with a back header from Yannick Bolasie’s centre which looped over Asmir Begovic.They were in front for only two minutes though as Peter Crouch knocked in an equaliser but neither side were able to claim a winner.And it was the same scoreline between Sunderland and West Ham at the Stadium of Light.The Hammers have been in great form but found themselves on the back foot early on when James Tomkins felled Adam Johnson in the penalty area and Jordi Gomez coolly slotted the ball into the back of the net.But Stewart Downing, who is currently flourishing under Sam Allardyce, ensured they weren’t to be beaten as his strike, after cutting in from the left, deflected in past the outstretched arm of Costel Pantilimon.And in the final afternoon fixture, West Bromwich Albion registered an important 1-0 victory over Aston Villa on home soil.Paul Lambert was left to despair in the first half as his side were reduced to ten men after 22 minutes when Kieran Richardson slid in hard on Stephane Sessegnon after overrunning the ball.The hosts eventually made the extra man count as Craig Gardner fired in after a melee in the Villans penalty area after 72 minutes.And despite late pressure, which saw Brad Guzan in the Baggies’ penalty area, Alan Irvine’s men held on to claim the win. 1 Chelsea star Eden Hazard last_img read more

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Ronaldo rescues a point as Juve slip at home to Sassuolo

first_imgLeonardo Bonucci had scored early for the eight-time reigning Serie A champions but Jeremie Boga and Francesco Caputo hit back for Sassuolo before Ronaldo’s point-saving intervention from the spot in Turin.Juventus have a two-point lead on top of Serie A but can be overtaken by Inter Milan, who host struggling SPAL later on Sunday.Sassuolo, in 12th, claimed their first ever point at Juventus, and held Sarri’s unbeaten champions to their third draw of the season.“We got into trouble on our own, we didn’t use our heads in the first half, as the goals conceded show,” said Sarri.“Every time we lost the ball we left ourselves open. We had a first half without application and little energy from the character point of view.“But we were coming off two games in which we used up a lot of energy against Atalanta and Atletico Madrid.“The reaction came at the end and we could even have won it.”Ronaldo started up front, having missed last weekend’s league game with a slight knee problem, as Paulo Dybala, who scored in their Champions League win over Atletico Madrid, started on the bench.Eighteen-year-old Stefano Turati made an impressive debut in the Sassuolo goal, and pulled off a string of fine saves, denying Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain and Dybala late.But Juventus counterpart Gianluigi Buffon had a nightmare. The 41-year-old, making just his fifth start this season, was at fault in Caputo’s goal just after the break.Bonucci got Juventus off the mark with a long-range effort on 20 minutes.Three minutes later Boga pounced on a Caputo cross and sent it past an out-rushing Buffon from an angle.– ‘Recover brilliance’ –Caputo added a second following a mix-up between Juan Cuadrado and Matthijs De Ligt in the Juventus defence, with Buffon then fumbling the effort into the back of the net.Turati got down low to deny Higuain after getting his hand to send a Ronaldo free kick over the bar.Sassuolo’s teenage goalkeeper Stefano Turati (L) made his Serie A debut against Cristiano Ronaldo’s (R) Juventus. © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLORonaldo’s penalty pulled the hosts level on 68 minutes after Filippo Romagna fouled substitute Dybala.It was the Portuguese star’s fifth Serie A goal this season.“Ronaldo has regained stamina, the next step will be to recover brilliance, but the road is right,” insisted Sarri.Sassuolo coach Roberto De Zerbi hailed “an important point” for his team.“You need courage when playing here, otherwise you’re dead before kick-off,” said De Zerbi.He also heaped praise on Turati for his solid performance.“The lad is crazy completely. Yesterday I called him in the hotel and told him to enjoy it, that if he didn’t sleep it was normal, but not to have too many expectations, too much anxiety.”Later, Inter host SPAL with third-placed Lazio at home against Udinese and city rivals Roma at Verona.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a penalty in Turin. © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Dec 1 – Cristiano Ronaldo rescued a 2-2 draw for Juventus at home against Sassuolo on Sunday but the result left the way open for Inter Milan to take top spot in Serie A.“We didn’t use our heads,” lamented Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri.last_img read more

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Middlesbrough 0-2 Norwich: Canaries sing as they secure £150m Premier League return

first_imgNorwich City sealed an immediate return to the Premier League, as the Canaries took advantage of Middlesbrough’s sluggish start to clinch a 2-0 play-off final victory at Wembley.A hold up on the team bus meant Aitor Karanka’s men arrived at the Home of Football barely an hour before kick-off, and Boro perhaps paid the price for their delayed preparation.The game appeared over with just 15 minutes on the clock, as two quick-fire goals from Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond proved enough for the Yellows to lift the trophy and secure victory in this £150million contest.Fans were treated to a rapid, end-to-end start from both sides, with Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson and Boro’s Jelle Vossen both hitting the crossbar in the space of seconds.Johnson’s left-footed drive from 18 yards had Dimitrios Konstantopoulos beaten but hammered the bar, and, as Middlesbrough immediately broke on the counter, Belgian forward Vossen seemed to have netted a fine opener, only for his swerving volley to hit the very top corner of the woodwork.It was a promising sign for Boro who, like Norwich, had to-and-froed in an out of the top two places all campaign.But the Riverside outfit had a lethargic look about them and hopes of a first Premier League return since their relegation in 2009 was soon all-but extinguished as Alex Neil’s side turned on the style.Jerome, who netted 19 Championship goals this season, robbed Daniel Ayala on the edge of the box and was unchallenged as he skipped towards goal, gave Konstantopoulos the eyes and coolly slotted in at his near post.If that was a shock, Redmond’s strike was a hammer blow, as the young winger was given far too much space on the right flank before turning in the area and firing a low shot across the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner.Neil’s wild celebrations buoyed the packed yellow and green half of Wembley, with the Carrow Road faithful signing with shouts of ‘ole’ as their side dominate the opening half.But Boro rallied back after the break, with Ayala going close from a corner before Championship Player of the Year Patrick Bamford finally tested John Ruddy with a low drive after a neat turn into the box.Vossen then took a tumble on the edge of the penalty area, after apparent contact from Wes Hoolahan halted the Belgian’s run, but instead of pointing to the spot, referee Mike Dean booked the Boro man for diving.Karanka rolled the dice with 30 minutes remaining, chucking three strikers forward in a desperate move to get his side back into the game, but it was Norwich who threatened to add to their scoreline.Captain Russell Martin was presented the chance to put the contest to bed, but could only direct his header over the bar from a corner.It mattered little in the end, though, as the final whistle soon blew to spark joy for Norwich, but misery for Middlesbrough, who will have to wait another year to end their top flight exile. 1 Norwich celebrate Cameron Jerome’s opening goal in the Championship play-off final against Middlesbrough last_img read more

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MAN CHARGED WITH ATTACKING BOUNCER REMANDED AGAIN

first_imgA man who allegedly attacked a doorman in Letterkenny has been remanded on bail after the court heard the bouncer suffered serious injuries.Ian Balfour, a father-of-four, was remanded on his own bail until May 27th after the attack at the Central Bar in Letterkenny on February 23rd last.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told Letterkenny District Court that a file has been sent to the DPP and they are awaiting a full medical report from the injured man. “The injuries are extremely serious,” said Inspector Harrison.Balfour, 36, of Bellanaleck, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh has been signing on at Ballyconnell Garda station in Cavan.Balfour, a part-time farmer, had been out on a stag party with friends before the alleged incident happened.Judge Paul Kelly remanded him on his own bail and to continue signing on.MAN CHARGED WITH ATTACKING BOUNCER REMANDED AGAIN was last modified: March 26th, 2013 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:attackBOUNCERCentral BarIAN BALFOURletterkennylast_img read more

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DONEGAL SFC PREVIEW: CLASH OF THE TITANS AS ST EUNAN’S AND GLENSWILLY FACE OFF

first_imgGAA: The Donegal SFC has reached the knockout stages, four games are down for decision – but the one clash that everybody is talking about is the clash between Glenswilly and holder St Eunan’s.The last FOUR Donegal SFC titles have been won by either Glenswilly (2011, 2013) or St Eunan’s. (2012, 2014) St Eunan’s were deserving winners last year and defeated Glenswilly in the decider in what was a tense and physical encounter.Many local GAA commentators had tipped Glenswilly to win consecutive titles but Maxi Curran and St Eunan’s had other ideas.His young side showed great maturity with many on the team winning their first ever Donegal SFC title.Glenswilly were in rampant form during the group stages and recorded comfortable wins over Gaoth Dobhair, Malin and Mac Cumhaills. St Eunan’s on the other hand suffered a heavy defeat at home to Naomh Conaill and then stuttered to a win over Dungloe to ensure their passage to the last eight of the Donegal SFC.However, Maxi Curran’s side will be boosted by the return of Rory Kavanagh who has been absent all summer.Kavanagh was in the USA and helped Donegal Boston win the county championship title and his return is a real lift for Eunan’s.Glenswilly will be keen to avenge last year’s win over their bitter local rivals and are desperate to reclaim the Dr Maguire Cup.Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher as always will have a major bearing on the encounter but Glenswilly also have serious quality at their disposal in the form of Gary McFadden, Caolan Kelly, Ciaran Bonner and Keelan McFadden.The game is at 6.45pm at Mac Cumhaill Park on Sunday night and a massive crowd is expected to attend the match. It promises to be a cracking championship encounter and there will be very little between the two sides at the end.Glenswilly have built up good momentum and look solid and settled and have a real look of a side that mean business.While question marks have been raised over St Eunan’s since their heavy defeat to Naomh Conaill a few weeks.St Eunan’s have serious quality all over the pitch and will relish the prospect of taking on Glenswilly. The reigning champions will be in no mood to relinquish their title and bow out of the competition to Glenswilly.However, Glenswilly’s physicality and the Michael Murphy factor might tip them over the edge.Verdict – GLENSWILLYDONEGAL SFC PREVIEW: CLASH OF THE TITANS AS ST EUNAN’S AND GLENSWILLY FACE OFF was last modified: September 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Donegal SFCGAAnewsSportlast_img read more

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Cal Lutheran routs Menlo 54-0

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Danny Jones threw three touchdowns passes and ran for another score, and Cal Lutheran’s football team limited Menlo to 139 yards total offense and took advantage of six turnovers in a 54-0 romp Saturday afternoon at Cartan Field in Atherton. Jones completed 10 of 16 passes for 178 yards and connected for touchdowns with Chad Power, Tyler Williams and Kellan Mayberry as the Kingsmen (3-1) ran to 16-0 first-quarter and 30-0 halftime advantages. Cal Lutheran turned three fumble recoveries and three interceptions into 31 points, and received two more on a first-quarter safety when the ball was snapped over Oaks punter Brandon Gresham’s head and out of the end zone. Charlie Brown rushed for 116 yards on nine carries, and Ars Valenzuela and Craig Herrera scored rushing touchdowns for the Kingsmen. David Garza returned an interception 33 yards for another score. Menlo (0-6), outscored 110-0 in successive shutout losses, didn’t get into Kingsmen territory until just before halftime, failing to turn the opportunity into points when Gresham’s 40-yard field goal attempt was wide right. Cal Lutheran scored on its opening possession, marching 64 yards on five plays, covering 2 minutes, 21 seconds, with Jones finding Power on a 29-yard touchdown pass. After the safety, the Kingsmen put together another scoring drive, with Valenzuela’s 1-yard run making it 16-0. The Oaks never again challenged. Occidental 34, Colorado College 10: Matt Andersen rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns, and the Tigers, ranked sixth in NCAA Division III, amassed 582 yards at Colorado Springs, Colo. Occidental (4-0) took charge in the second quarter, opening a 17-0 halftime lead on Andy Collins’ touchdown pass to Ric Fukushima and Andersen’s first touchdown. Andersen and Justin Goltz scored fourth-quarter touchdowns. Collins completed 18 of 26 passes for 305 yards, hitting Josh Jones seven times for 126 yards and Rocky Ciasulli five times for 125. He’s thrown for 1,440 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. Scott Green completed 26 of 50 passes for 248 yards and a touchdown, on the game’s final play, to lead Colorado College (1-3). last_img read more

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Donegal farmer Bobby delights fans in new BBC comedy series

first_imgA popular Donegal farmer has taken on a side job of acting as he stars in a new comedy series on BBC.Bobby Patterson from Raphoe is one of the main characters in Northern Ireland’s first scripted reality series – There’s No Place Like Tyrone. The 47-year-old part-time farmer features in the series with his girlfriend Lynda Hamilton. Lynda Hamilton and Bobby Patterson, stars of There’s No Place Like Tyrone on BBC NI – Photographer: StellifyThere’s No Place Like Tyrone features real life characters, but events have been constructed purely for the series. The show skips around the Mid-Ulster Countryside and into the lives of some of the people who live or work there.The three-part series began on BBC1 Northern Ireland on Monday night, when Bobby’s scenes as a bewildered lingerie shopper left locals in stitches.Image via @BBCNI FacebookEpisode two will see Bobby and Linda having their weekly date night – at the mart!The second episode airs on Monday 10th June at 10.35pm on BBC1 NI Donegal farmer Bobby delights fans in new BBC comedy series was last modified: June 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:bobby pattersonthere’s no place like tyronelast_img read more

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