Balotelli sorry, must explain post

first_img Balotelli also posted an apology on Twitter, stating: “I apologize if I’ve offended anyone. “The post was meant to be anti-racist with humour. I now understand that out of context may have the opposite effect. “Not all Mexicans have moustache, not all black people jump high and not all Jewish people love money. “I used a cartoon done by someone else because it has Super Mario and I thought it was funny and not offensive. Again, I’m sorry.” The minimum FA ban for a race-related offence is five matches. Jewish representative group, the Board of Deputies of British Jews welcomed the FA’s involvement. “The Board of Deputies of British Jews is concerned by the racist meme shared by footballer Mario Balotelli on his Instagram account and welcomes the FA’s probe into the matter,” it said in a statement. “Footballers in particular have big followings of young people and should act responsibly when using social media.” The board’s president, Vivian Wineman, added: “Balotelli’s sharing of images which use unacceptable language and appeal to classic antisemitic tropes is troubling. “We were pleased to see his immediate retraction and apology but such language has no place in public discourse. We welcome the decision by the FA to investigate this matter.” The PFA said players must use better judgement when posting on social media accounts. “The situation regarding Mario Balotelli’s Instagram post reinforces the need for continued education and highlights how vigilant players need to be in all of their dealings with social media,” the PFA stated. “We strongly condemn all discriminatory language used in any context. “We are working with clubs and the FA to ensure players are aware of the impact of inappropriate and unacceptable language regardless of the forum. “Our club meetings and senior player diversity programmes serve to educate and inform our members in the areas of equality and diversity with a strong emphasis on the misuse of language. “The matter is now with the FA for investigation under a disciplinary system that the PFA has approved in conjunction with all the other football stakeholders.” Liverpool have been embroiled in a racism row before when striker Luis Suarez, now at Barcelona, was banned for eight matches for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra in September 2011. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had nothing to add on the Balotelli issue as he had been occupied with the team’s match at Leicester. “I don’t know hardly anything about it. I have been busy preparing the team and I will probably find out more about it tomorrow,” he said. Mario Balotelli was swift to apologise but the Liverpool striker has been asked by the Football Association to explain his social media post which appeared to contain anti-Semitic and racist references. Press Association An investigation has begun and part of that involves the FA asking the player for an explanation. Press Association Sport understands Balotelli, currently injured so not in action against Leicester in the Premier League on Tuesday night, has been given until 6pm on Friday to provide a response to the FA. FA guidelines regarding when to charge someone over a comment on social media state “deleting an inappropriate posting, whilst advisable, does not necessarily prevent disciplinary action being taken”. The Professional Footballers’ Association, meanwhile, issued a statement in which it said: “We strongly condemn all discriminatory language used in any context.” The Italy international will be spoken to by his club. “We are aware of the posting which has since been promptly deleted by the player. We will be speaking to the player about the issue,” said a Liverpool spokesman. The controversial image of Super Mario appeared with the heading “Don’t be a racist”. The text then read: “Be like Mario. He’s an Italian plumber, created by Japanese people, who speaks English and looks like a Mexican, he jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew.” After criticism began to mount online Balotelli deleted the offending item and responded on his Twitter account: “My Mom is jewish so all of u shut up please”. He also described reposting the image as “my Unlucky moment”. Balotelli reposted an image of the computer game character Super Mario on his Instagram page which included the comment “jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew”. The Liverpool striker quickly deleted the posting on Monday night, claiming he was attempting to be “anti-racist with humour”, but the 24-year-old is now facing the prospect of a misconduct charge. last_img read more

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Javelin star Lalam wins gold in Abidjan

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Josephine LalamKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda’s javelin star Josephine Lalam has won a gold medal at the 2019 Africa U-18 Youth and U-20 Junior Athletics Championships in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.Lalam, a Commonwealth Youth Games champion covered a distance of 49.72m in the U-20 women’s category to win gold.“This is very good for Lalam because it shows that as a country we are also working hard on lifting Javelin and not only the track events,” President of the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF), Domini Otuchet told URN from Abidjan.On Monday Samuel Kibet won Uganda’s first medal in the 10,000m men’s race for U-20. He recorded a time of 28:22:26 to win silver behind Kenya’s Bravin Kipkoech Kiptoo.Otuchet said Uganda’s team of 15 are using the Championship to get more international exposure for the young athletes. The Championship which has attracted all big athletics nations in Africa like Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea and South Africa and ends today is organized under the Confederation of Africa Athletics (CAA) umbrella.*****URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Blair gives back to city that gave him everything

first_imgStart spreading the news: The DeJuan Blair and LaMarr Woodley Independents Day Celebrity Basketball Extravaganza was a big success. The Hill District native and San Antonio Spurs star stunned the city when he defied conventional wisdom by hosting and coaching in four highly competitive celebrity games at the Petersen Events Center July 3. Blair, an All-American at Pitt, just completed his rookie season in the NBA. He scored a season-high 28 points and had 21 rebounds in a game against Oklahoma City in January and became the first rookie not selected in the first round of the draft to post a 20-20 game in 29 years. ALL SMILES—DeJuan Blair has a good laugh as he watches his team play in the final game of the day. “The Basketball Gods” were shining on the “Big Fella” in the final contest of the regular season against the in-state rival Dallas Mavericks. He scored 27 points and grabbed 23 rebounds. Blair played mostly backup center to Spurs superstar Tim Duncan. Will he play behind Duncan again next season?“No I’m going to be a starter next season,” Blair said. “I’m going to move to power forward. I will be leaving next week to play in the NBA summer league.”Blair treated the Pittsburgh crowd to one of the most stacked lineups you would ever hope to see and the fireworks began early. In the first game coaches Marvin Wright and Mitch Adams led the WPIAL Standouts over coach Rob Cash and the City League Stars. Mike Lamberti of South Fayette and 6-10 Barnett Harris of Gateway were co-MVPs for the WPIAL and Ishmael Swain of Allderdice was MVP for the City Stars.Coach Chuck Sanders led the Media team over the Pittsburgh Legends and coach James Larkin. J. Kruz, formerly of WAMO and Tony Houghton were the MVPs for the Media team while Efrem Whitehead and Shon Crosby were the MVPs for the Legends.Coach Carl Valenti led the Pitt Legends to a 137-132 overtime victory over coach Barnett Harris and the Pittsburgh Stars. Jamaal “Onion” Bryant was the game’s MVP.Bryant, a 2007 graduate of Schenley High School, concluded a four-year career with a 103-16 overall record, including a 57-0 career record vs. Pittsburgh City League teams and led Schenley to a PIAA state championship. Schenley became the first City League team to win the state title since 1978 and was ranked No. 11 nationally by USA Today. Greg McGhee, of Perry and Sofion Moore, of Oliver were co-MVPs of the Pittsburgh stars.Coach DeJuan Blair led the DeJuan All-Stars over coach Chuck Sanders and Woodley’s All-Stars. “Onion” Bryant, arguably the greatest playmaker in western Pennsylvania history, was again the game’s MVP. Shawn Hawkins, who is related to NBA Hall of Famer Connie Hawkins, and 15-year NBA star Armon Gilliam were the co-MVPs for Woodley’s All-Stars.In the wake of the Tiger Woods and Ben Roethlisberger scandals, some sponsors are shying away from celebrity events. Woodley was a “no show” at his own event. This lack of accountability is one of the reasons the Steelers failed to reach the playoffs in ’09. Big Ben, Santonio Holmes and now Woodley are breaking the hearts of the Steeler Nation.“A lot of kids came here to see LaMarr Woodley and the Steelers,” said model and actress Bella’lisa Smith. “Today was a great event. I just feel bad for all the children who showed up in their black and gold hoping to get some autographs.”“I want to thank B. Marshall Productions, Community Empowerment Association, Sanders Charities and Valenti Capital Management,” said Blair. “I would also like to thank Ace Pippens, Armon Gilliam, Mitch Adams, Terry Jones, Arieene Wrigley, Jason Hood, Chuck Sanders, Mike Reed, all the interns that assisted, and the many players and coaches involved for making this event truly special.”Proceeds from the event benefit the DeJuan Blair Foundation, and this is Blair’s way of giving back and improving the lives of children in Pittsburgh. Blair was born and raised in the Hill District and he’s good for his word.last_img read more

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Thurston County Fair Calling All Open Class Home Arts, Hobbies and…

first_imgAll of the information and details you need to compete in open class home arts contests and hundreds of other open class and club contests are included in the 2013 Exhibitor’s Guide. The guide also includes information on entry forms, camping, and this year’s calendar of events from July 31 through August 4. Download the complete 2013 Exhibitor’s Guide at www.co.thurston.wa.us/fair/exhibitor_guide.htm. Open Class Home Arts: Monday, July 22 from 3–7 p.m.Let your spectacular sewing, needle art and fiber art do the talking in dozens of home arts contests. Don’t forget about this year’s Quilt Block Contest—pick up your quilt block kit from Gee Gee’s Quilting Inc. in Yelm. Bring in your finished quilt block for a chance to win prizes and to have your quilt block selected to be part of next year’s quilt raffle. Check the 2013 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories and requirements. Open Class Art: Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, July 28 from 11 a.m.–3 p.m.There’s a contest for every age and almost every medium. Bring your paintings, sketches and drawings, miniatures and sculptures ready for display. Check the 2013 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories and requirements. “Laughter and Ladybugs at the Thurston County Fair!”July 31 – Aug. 4, 2013 This year’s open class home arts competitions are sure to be full of laughter, ladybugs and inspiration! Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Photos, floral, fiber arts and more due before fair opens July 31center_img Open Class Hobbies and Crafts: Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.Quality and craftsmanship are alive and well in workshops and craft rooms throughout Thurston County. Enter your woodworking, jewelry, ceramics, dolls, models, and countless other handicrafts in dozens of hobby and craft contests. Check the 2013 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories and requirements. Open Class Photography: Friday, July 26 from 3–7 p.m. and Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.Whether you prefer landscapes or portraits, people or animals, black and white or full color, there’s an open class photography contest that has you framed perfectly. Check the 2013 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories and requirements. Open Class Floral: Monday, July 29 from 4–8 p.m.From aster to zinnias and everything in between, there are dozens of floral contests for cut flowers, herbs, trees and shrubs, bulbs, container gardens—the list is nearly endless. Check the 2013 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories. For more information on the 2013 Thurston County Fair Exhibitor’s Guide, contest entry forms or other fair activities, contact the Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 or visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/fair. There are dozens of different categories for home arts enthusiasts, artists and crafters of all ages and abilities. Entries for many of this year’s open class contests are due during the week before the fair opens on Wednesday, July 31:last_img read more

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Castlegar faces Osoyoos in Game one of the KIJHL Final Saturday

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Castlegar Rebels face an uphill battle when the Kootenay Conference Champs meet the best from the Okanagan in the Osoyoos Coyotes in game one of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Final Saturday in the South Okanagan City.But the Rebels are ready for any challenge. Castlegar just disposed of the second-best team in the KIJHL, in the Fernie Ghostriders. So why not do the same to the regular season champs?The teams begin the best-of-seven final Saturday in Osoyoos. Game two is Sunday in the Desert City.The series then shifts to the Castlegar Complex for games three and four, Tuesday and Wednesday.If necessary, game five returns to Osoyoos Thursday, March 24. Game six is back in Castlegar Friday, March 26 with a seventh game, if needed, set for Osoyoos Monday, March 28.The Coyotes enter the series as the early favourite, having lost six regular season games all season — four coming in overtime.The Dogs also rallied from a one-game deficit to dispose of the defending KIJHL champs from Revelstoke in six [email protected]last_img read more

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Boy-woman guilty of molesting

first_imgEVERETT, Wash. – A woman who posed as a homeless orphaned boy, befriended a teenage girl and was taken into her family’s home has pleaded guilty to child molestation. Prosecutors said they will seek the maximum one-year jail term for Lorelei J. Corpuz, 30, who entered her plea Wednesday. Charges of third-degree child rape were dropped last month. Authorities said Corpuz, who cropped her hair and stands 5feet3 inches tall, passed herself off as 17-year-old Mark Villanueva after meeting the girl at a mall in September 2005. Her parents, immigrants who speak little English, later let Corpuz live at their home. The deception became known after a traffic stop led to Corpuz’s arrest on an unrelated warrant. The girl was in the car and told police that Corpuz was her boyfriend, according to documents filed in court. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Although Corpuz had sexual contact with the girl, “the suspect never let victim see her/his private parts and victim always thought that suspect was male until officer informed her otherwise,” Officer Don de Nevens wrote. The girl also said Corpuz beat her and bit her twice on the back, leaving a scar. After serving her sentence, Corpuz must register as a sex offender, and she remains under investigation for fraud and other sex offenses, including accusations in Kitsap County that closely resemble the Everett case, authorities said. In that case, detectives looked into whether Corpuz had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old Bremerton girl three years ago.last_img read more

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Paleoanthropologists Announce the Middle Man

first_imgIn unison, the news media joined the most recent chorus over alleged fossil human ancestors: “Fossil find improves knowledge of human origins” (Live Science): “Fossils fill gap in human lineage,” (BBC News); “Ancient fossils fill gap in early human evolution” (Yahoo News); “Fossil discovery fills gap in human evolution” (MSNBC News, which adds, ‘We just found the chain of evolution, the continuity through time’); “Fossils clinch identity of Lucy’s Ancestor” (Science magazine); and the press release from UC Berkeley where Tim White, one of the discoverers, hails from, which calls the Middle Awash in Ethiopia “the world’s best window on human evolution.”    The claim is that the Ethiopian fragments of Australopithecus amarensis lie between its alleged predecessor Ardipithecus and the successor Australopithecus afarensis (a.k.a. Lucy).  That makes this fossil somewhat of a Middle Awash man.Veteran readers of these pages know the song and dance well enough not to give this more than a yawn.  Do these few fragmentary bones and teeth fill in any gaps?  John Hawks, a pro-evolution paleoanthropologist at Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison doesn’t think so; he said, “The finding of Au. anamensis within the already-known time range of Au. anamensis means that the new fossils haven’t really added much to the question of phylogenetic diversity in early hominids.”  In other words, it’s like claiming, “we found a fossil trilobite within the range of fossil trilobites!  This sheds new light on trilobite evolution and closes a gap in our knowledge!”    Ann Gibbons in the Science article quotes Tim White as claiming that “testing these hypotheses will require additional fossils from other sites” and Meave Leakey saying, “I don’t think that the published evidence shows [the link between A. ramidus and A. anamensis] very convincingly,”  Gibbons advises, “stay tuned.”  As with Tiktaalik (04/06/2006), the most important missing links lie buried in the future.    All three alleged hominoid species are members of extinct ape families, anyway, and have nothing to do with human ancestry.  Only wishful thinking and allegiance to Charlie ties these fragments to his icon of the descent of man (illustration).  As Jerry Bergman documented in a recent article for the CRS, the field of evolutionary paleoanthropology is filled with rivalry, contradiction, deception, exaggeration and outright fraud.  Too bad the news media are all dupes; they think this is science instead of mud wrestling.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Cross-border payments go mobile

first_img15 August 2012South Africa’s First National Bank (FNB) has launched cross-border payments to Swaziland and Lesotho through its Pay2Cell service.Pay2Cell was launched by FNB in September 2011, and allows the bank’s mobile phone banking customers to make payments directly into FNB accounts using only the recipient’s mobile number.‘Changing the way customers transact’“Electronic channels are changing the way customers transact,” chief executive officer of FNB cellphone banking, Ravesh Ramlakan, said in a statement on Wednesday.“Traditionally making payments to other African countries has been limited to internet banking for senders or making a deposit or withdrawal through a branch or via an international money transfer company.“We needed to have a simpler solution for our customers,” he said.According to FNB, Pay2Cell has seen a 400% increase in transaction values since its inception. “Pay2Cell is a confirmation of how we are constantly innovating to the benefit of our customers,” said chief operating officer of cellphone banking, Dione Sankar.“Offering cross-border payments from a cellphone allows our customers to send and receive money instantly. In addition to this, the use of only the recipient’s cellphone number makes the payment process extremely simple for our customers.”To use Pay2Cell, registered FNB cellphone banking users can either visit the FNB mobi site or dial *120*321#, select the banking option and select Pay2Cell from the list.There is a daily limit of R1 500 on transactions.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Why Twitter Hashtags and Trending Topics Are Useless to Marketers

first_img . Webinar: Twitter for Marketing and PR , word or phrase (up to three words) is being Tweeted more than usual, they put it on the front-page of Let’s examine that idea more closely. Twitter Search hashtag hashtags are pointless While usernames do not trend and will not appear in the topics list, the sheer volume of tweets would likely drive @hubspot there was essentially no effect when it “trended” More recently, we can look at the rate of follower growth experienced by our it’s important to look past the feel-good benefits and figure out if there is any real business value A hashtag is a word or string of characters that starts with a number sign. When a hashtag appears in a tweet, it links that word to its Twitter Search results page. We’ve established that for marketing, (in the image on the right) and on the home page of account. When we map the three most recent times the “#hubspot” hashtag became a trending topic, Topics: The alternative would be to put @hubspot at the end of the “Tweet this link” and ask people to label their tweets with “@hubspot” at the end instead of “#hubspot”. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack huge follower increases Other Trending Topics? Also Useless. Beyond the zeitgeist value they provide, hashtags and trending topics are largely useless for marketing via Twitter. That’s initially pretty appealing from a marketing perspective, but there’s a problem: Why Hashtags Are Useless Unfortunately, that doesn’t fix the above-mentioned problems — it merely reduces the functionality of the word (no more link to Twitter Search). Many marketers think of hashtags first when they think about “going viral” on Twitter. Don’t Trending Topics Attract New Followers? In social-media marketing circles, “trending topics” on Twitter are somewhat of a status symbol. , which is a more useful asset than the ego-boost that comes with “trending.”center_img When Twitter’s secret algorithm decides that a . (especially when compared to what happened when popular users tweeted it). You should use @username instead of #hashtag in Twitter-based calls to action whenever you can One benefit some marketers assume trending topics have is that they give the word, phrase or hashtag added exposure because they appear in a number of places. Hashtags search results page we see that with one exception, there was no accompanying lift in followers So What’s the Takeaway? That one exception was a huge webinar we did with close to 3,000 live attendees, so many of the new followers we got could have been related to the sheer buzz generated by the webinar, not by the hashtag. . Twitter Search doesn’t explain what the hashtag means Originally published Apr 24, 2009 8:30:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 to trending-topics. , on the Twitter Back in October of 2008 I did a little test and started a trending topic (not a hashtag but rather a three-word phrase: “Viral Tweet Test”) and monitored the rate of tweets over time using that phrase. When we graph the Tweet velocity, traffic and comments generated by the test against important events in the life of the meme we see that When we schedule and promote a webinar, we include a “Tweet this” link on the page that uses the #hubspot hashtag in it. During the webinar we suggest that viewers tweet their questions with the hashtag. This produces the huge wave of tweets required to push #hubspot into the trending topics, but does very little for our follower counts. . Multi-word phrases can be crafted to make a bit more sense, but for the most part, any phrase common enough to trend will probably be opaque to those who aren’t already familiar with it. In other words, the extra visibility didn’t help accelerate the meme. Want to learn more about using Twitter for Marketing and PR? Download the free webinar , but hashtags aren’t the only thing that can “trend.” You could simply take the word you had been previously using as a hashtag and remove the number sign. for tips and tricks to drive inbound marketing using Twitter. Unless you’re already involved in the conversation, the Twitter search results page is usually useless — so useless that you often see Twitterers asking “What the heck is #suchandsuch? And why is it a trending topic?” some user’s accounts When your brand achieves trending-topic status, you get an ego-boost, just like when you hit the front page of Digg. But just as with Digg,last_img read more

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Eight Social Media Tips from Artist Natasha Wescoat

first_img post 8) Consistency + Conversation = Success Topics: Make sure you are not overusing the social networking sites. “I try to set a time everyday to check all my different networks,” said Natasha. Twice a day, after waking up and before going to bed, she checks her Twitter replies. That helps her avoid habitually overusing the tool. scalejacking Experimentation helps you keep up with changing industry landscapes. As Ben Rowe commented on Natasha’s Mashable creative work online 3) Patience is a virtue If you feel comfortable revealing details about your personal life on Twitter, do it! The nature of social media is to express your personality. Many companies encourage employees to represent their brand on Twitter without fear of getting sabotaged. As a successful example of this practice Natasha mentioned , the head of social media at Ford Motor Company. 2) Set time for social media , “Twitter mightn’t be the silver bullet for all artists. A blog, Flickr or Etsy page might not be either. But the artists who are out there trying these new tools are already miles ahead of the artists who aren’t.” If you are just getting started with social media, be patient. “It takes a lot of patience and research,” Natasha said. You won’t see instant results because developing relationships takes time. Natasha suggested that social media rookies focus on “building their networks and relationships because that will be their most powerful tool.” Train your brain to regularly read other people’s blogs and tweets. They provide good examples of the interaction that you are looking for. When she first started using Twitter, Natasha found herself at a loss. “I didn’t have any idea what to say. But I read other people’s discussions, trained my mind and got started on new ideas,” she said. Originally published Jul 8, 2009 9:20:00 AM, updated October 01 2013 Natasha Wescoat 5) Build friendships Webinar: How to Sell Social Media to Your Boss Social media guru Chris Brogan explains how to demonstrate the value of social media marketing. . “If I can do it, anyone can,” she said in a telephone interview yesterday about her social media usage. Here are eight tips that emerged from our conversation: can’t be emphasized enough. “Work on the friendships, most of all,” said Natasha. “Don’t think about numbers.” If you are not working on the conversations, you will eventually lose your existing connections. Social media requires not only networking across different channels, but also engaging in those networks. Scott Monty The importance of real interaction and conversation versus Natasha got started with experimentation. In 2005, she began video blogging and saw that people responded to her content. Afterward, she got interested in MySpace and Facebook. With almost 5,000 followers, she has now become an avid Twitter user. Download the free webinar Bringing your target audience to Twitter is an enormous step toward achieving your goal as a marketer. For instance, Natasha uses her blog and newsletters to attract her readership to Twitter. You too should use widely known tools to draw connections to your Twitter page. Social Media Although there is no fixed success formula for social media interactions, a certain pattern repeats for the successful Twitter users. “Even though social media is intuitive and fluid, there is a main theme–consistency and delving into the conversation,” said Natasha. By adopting these two features, you can network more effectively. has done just fine online with all three. She uses blogging and social media to promote and sell her 1) Experiment, experiment, experiment 6) Add personality Photo Credit: Natasha Wescoat to learn how to get your company started with social media. 4) Train Your Brain Artist 7) Bring target audiences in Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

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