U.S. farm exports boom as rest of economy struggles

first_imgAs U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visits Vietnam and China to talk trade, he’s hoping to build on one of the few bright spots in the struggling American economy: agricultural exports.U.S. agricultural exports are projected to reach a record $137 billion this year and hit that same mark next year. The U.S. agricultural trade surplus is expected to top $42 billion. And new free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama are expected to boost farm exports by another $2.3 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.advertisementadvertisement The gains aren’t limited to products like corn, soybeans, rice, beef and pork. U.S. exports of dairy products, including powdered milk, cheese and butter, and nuts such as pecans, pistachios and almonds also have climbed in recent years.In an interview with The Associated Press, Vilsack rattled off several reasons why agricultural exports are doing so well when much of the economy is stagnant: demand in China and other developing nations, the growing productivity of American farmers and ranchers, a positive perception of American agricultural products overseas and aggressive marketing efforts by farm groups and the USDA.”As long as we continue to focus on those countries with these emerging middle classes, and focus on countries that are open to trade agreements, that open their markets as much as our markets are open, we’re always going to do well,” Vilsack said.He pointed to the new trade deal with South Korea, which he expects will boost U.S. farm exports by about $1.9 billion annually. It also may reopen the door for discussions with China and Japan about reducing their restrictions on American beef imports, he said.Exports in general have been a bright spot in the struggling U.S. economy, which is why the Obama administration has set a goal of doubling them in five years. Agriculture makes up about 9 percent of U.S. exports, compared with about 80 percent for manufacturing. But Commerce Department data show farm exports grew much faster than manufacturing exports during the past decade – by 123 percent compared to 68 percent.High prices for farm products explains much of the increase in value for agriculture exports – the same products shipped overseas are worth much more today than they were 10 years ago. But the USDA also has done a “great job” of promoting agricultural exports, said Frank Vargo, vice president for international economic affairs at the National Association of Manufacturers.advertisementVargo, who spent three decades in trade policy positions at the Commerce Department, said he was always “admiring and jealous” of the USDA’s export programs. The agency spends about double what the Commerce Department spends on export promotion, which is a big reason why one-third of U.S. farm products get shipped overseas, compared with only one-fifth of manufactured goods, he said.”Our ag exports are a strong point for the United States and we’d like them to stay that way,” Vargo said, “but we’d like manufacturing, even though manufacturing exports are 80 percent of our exports, we want steps taken to make them grow faster.”Vilsack will be the first agriculture secretary to visit Vietnam, which has jumped from the No. 50 to the No. 15 market for U.S. farm exports in the past decade. He said he hopes the Vietnamese see his visit as a sign of the importance the U.S. places on their relationship.He’ll then go to China, which has been the leading U.S. agricultural trade partner most of this year, supplanting Canada. He’ll be part of the American delegation to an annual meeting on a broad range of trade issues.The USDA credits agricultural exports with nibbling away at the U.S. trade deficit. The agency projects an agricultural trade surplus of a record $42.5 billion in 2011. By comparison, Commerce Department figures show the U.S. ran an overall trade deficit of about $500 billion last year.Overall export totals don’t tell the entire story of how farmers are benefiting, however.advertisementTake corn, for example. A recent report by University of Illinois agricultural economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good pointed out that while fewer tons of corn are being shipped overseas, exports of products made from corn, such as ethanol, distillers dried grains and pork from corn-fed pigs have skyrocketed. So corn farmers are coming out way ahead overall and that’s what matters, Good said.The growth in exports hasn’t cost consumers much because farmers also have increased productivity, Vilsack said. Higher fuel costs have been a more significant factor in food price increases, he said.”I think it is important for the American consumer to understand they’ve got a pretty good deal right now,” Vilsack said. “Roughly 6 to 7 percent of our paychecks are spent on food. When you compare that to most developed nations, we fare very, very well.” PD—AP newswire reportlast_img read more

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PH dominant in 3×3 basketball

first_imgIn the women’s event, the Philippinewomen’s 3×3 team opened their campaign with a 21-4 rout of Myanmar. ClaireCastro was a force inside while Jack Animam, Janine Pontejos and AfrilBernardino also had their contributions. MANILA – The Philippine men’s and women’s 3×3 basketball team were dominant at the start of the 30th Southeast Asian Games 3×3 basketball at the San Juan Arena. In the second game, Tautuaa andPerkins feasted inside while Perez and Newsome connected with their perimeterhits as the Philippines 3×3 team easily defeated Myanmar, 21-10. In the second game, Pontejos and Bernardino converted crucial points in the endgame as Castro and Animam were unable to do damage inside. The Philippines escaped Malaysia, 15-13. The Philippines’ Jason Perkins easily scores against two Myanmar defenders. center_img Jason Perkins and Chris Newsome came up with clutch baskets while Jaymar Perez and Moala Tautuaa had their hits early on as the Philippines prevailed over Indonesia, 21-17, yesterday. In the third match, the women’s 3×3 team surged to a strong start behind Bernardino and Pontejos before holding off a late rally by Indonesia, 16-13, to finish the day with perfect 3-0 record. In the women’s beach volleyball in Subic, Negrense Bernadeth Pons and Cherry Rondina bounced back from opening day defeat with a 21-8, 17-21, 15-7 victory over Vietnam./PNlast_img read more

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Rahasia Penerbangan: Sebaiknya Jangan Bertelanjang Kaki di Kabin,Bandara Internasional Hong Kong Hadirkan e-Security Gates

first_imgSeorang awak kabin baru-baru ini memberikan beberapa saran praktis bagi penumpang. Saran ini merupakan hal yang baiknya tidak pernah dilakukan penumpang saat berada di dalam kabin. Bahkan dia mengatakan banyak yang mengabaikannya, salah satunya seperti berjalan di kabin tanpa alas kaki.“Jangan berjalan di kabin tanpa alas kaki. Semua kotoran ada di sana,” ujar pramugari tersebut.Dia mengatakan, seperti menyaksikan kecelakaan secara teratur baik di kursi maupun di toilet pesawat, dimana ada penumpang mimisan ataupun terluka. Penumpang memperingatkan awak kabin bisa membersihkan sebaik yang mereka bisa lakukan.Sayangnya saat mendarat awak kabin tidak dapat sepenuhnya untuk melakukan hal tersebut. “Jelas ketika mendarat semua benar-benar dibersihkan, tetapi inflight sumber daya kami terbatas,” jelas awak kabin.Sebenarnya dengan melepas alas kaki atau sepatu yang mereka kenakan, ini membuat masalah bagi pesawat dan pelancong sendiri dengan penyebaran kuman. Hal ini dikarenakan karpet kabin yang jarang dibersihkan.Baca juga: Viral! Video Pria Gunting Kuku Kaki di Kabin PesawatSebab, banyak penerbangan yang memiliki waktu turn-around sangat sedikit. Sehingga awak kabin hanya membersihkan yang perlu dibersihkan saja sebelum pesawat tersebut kembali untuk mengudara. Seorang pramugari pun bahkan memperingatkan penumpang untuk tetap mengenakan minimal kaus kaki mereka setiap saat.“Kami menyuruh orang melepas sepatu mereka dan meletakkan kaki mereka di sekat, dinding antara kelas satu,” ujar Anette Long. Meskipun begitu Anette mengatakan, kaki pada umumnya tidak menjadi bagian kesenangan orang lain.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedJangan Sembarang Buka Sepatu di Dalam Kabin Pesawat, Inilah Sebabnya!22/01/2018In “Destinasi”Sedikit Rahasia Yang Terlupakan dari Sosok Awak Kabin15/09/2017In “Destinasi”Anda Harus Kontak Mata dengan Awak Kabin di Pintu Masuk Pesawat, Ini Alasannya15/08/2019In “Domestik” (The Points Guy) Dalam penerbangan dengan jarak antar kursi yang sempit tidak akan pernah membuat seorang penumpang nyaman. Bahkan hanya sekedar berselojor kaki untuk menghilangkan rasa pegal. Biasanya masalah seperti ini dirasakan para penumpang dengan penerbangan jarak jauh lebih dari empat jam.Baca juga: Jangan Sembarang Buka Sepatu di Dalam Kabin Pesawat, Inilah Sebabnya!KabarPenumpang.com melansir dari laman express.co.uk (23/9/2018), bahwa awak kabin telah mengungkapkan sesuatu yang memang seharusnya tidak pernah dilakukan seorang penumpang. Sebab, mereka mengetahui rahasia paling menjijikkan didalam kabin seperti sedikitnya air bersih, meletakkan kaki di dekat kursi penumpang depan dan lainnya.last_img read more

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Emirates Jadi Maskapai Pertama Lakukan Rapid Test Corona ke Seluruh Penumpang,Pasca Pandemi Corona, Haruskah Seluruh Bandara Tetap Lakukan Pemeriksaan Suhu Tubuh?

first_imgIlustrasi rapid test. Foto: Emirates Emirates Airlines mengklaim pihaknya menjadi maskapai pertama di dunia yang melakukan rapid tes corona ke seluruh penumpang. Kepastian tersebut didapat setelah sebelumnya seluruh traveler yang terbang dari Bandara Internasional Dubai (DXB) menuju Tunisia pada, Rabu (15/4), mengikuti rapid tes yang bekerjasama dengan Otoritas Kesehatan Dubai (DHA), di terminal tiga DXB.Baca juga: Emirates Lakukan Tes Covid-19 Pada Seluruh Awak KabinSeperti dikutip dari traveller.com.au, tak perlu menunggu lama, penumpang akan langsung diberitahu hasilnya sekitar 10 menit setelah tes dilakukan. Hasil tersebut kemudian akan menjadi dasar Emirates untuk memperbolehkan penumpang melanjutkan perjalanan atau tidak. Selain rapid tes, Emirates juga mewajibkan seluruh penumpang untuk memakai masker sebelum keberangkatan dan selama di pesawat. Penumpang yang dinyatakan negatif virus corona dan boleh melanjutkan perjalanan nantinya akan mendapatkan sertifikat sehat yang menyatakan bebas virus corona untuk dipergunakan saat masuk ke negara yang dikunjungi. Sebab, beberapa negara kini telah memberlakukan kebijakan baru perihal pandemi virus corona, di mana traveler harus menunjukkan sertifikat yang menyatakan dirinya bebas virus corona.Pada penerbangan Rabu lalu, Emirates tidak mengungkap berapa penumpang yang melakukan rapid tes corona dan bagaimana hasilnya. Namun, yang jelas, sejauh ini belum terdapat laporan penumpang yang batal berangkat bersama Emirates dalam penerbangan dengan menggunakan Boeing 777 tersebut. Itu berarti, besar kemungkinan, hasil rapid tes corona seluruh penumpang dinyatakan negatif.Mengingat pentingnya rapid tes corona, maskapai yang masuk dalam salah satu The Three Mega Carrier Timur Tengah tersebut, bersama Qatar Airways dan Etihad Airways, saat ini mengaku tengah mempertimbangkan untuk memperluas rapid tes. Bila kemarin hanya terbatas pada penerbangan ke Tunisia saja, ke depannya Emirates ingin melakukan hal serupa ke penerbangan lainnya.Tak hanya itu, melalui kepala operasionalnya, Adel Al Redha, Emirates juga tengah mempersiapkan diri untuk meningkatkan akurasi rapid tes corona. Pasalnya, saat ini, rapid tes yang dilakukan, berupa pengambilan sampel darah, hanya untuk memeriksa antibodi dan memantiknya agar bekerja sebelum virus Cina menyerang dan bukan menjadi indikator yang dapat diandalkan untuk memvonis penumpang positif atau negatif.“Kami sedang mengerjakan rencana untuk meningkatkan kemampuan pengujian di masa depan dan memperluasnya ke penerbangan lain. Kesehatan dan keselamatan staf dan penumpang di bandara tetap sangat penting,” ujar Adel Al Redha.Sementara itu, Direktur Jenderal Dubai Health Authority (DHA), HE Humaid Al Qutami, mengatakan untuk menangani COVID-19, pihaknya secara proaktif bekerja sama dengan berbagai organisasi pemerintah dan sektor kesehatan swasta.“Kami senang bekerja sama dengan Emirates untuk menyukseskan implementasi dari rapid tes COVID-19 di bandara untuk keberangkatan wisatawan,” kata Humaid Al Qutami.Baca juga: IATA: Maskapai Kehilangan Revenue dari Penumpang Sebesar 55 PersenPihaknya juga telah menerapkan semua langkah yang diperlukan, mulai dari perlindungan kesehatan masyarakat hingga penyediaan layanan kesehatan berkualitas tinggi, sesuai dengan pedoman internasional terbaru.Sebagai informasi, selain maskapai, salah satu hub internasional utama di Asia Timur, Bandara Hong Kong, juga telah melakukan rapid tes corona ke seluruh penumpang yang baru tiba mulai 9 April lalu. Sama halnya seperti Emirates, secara resmi, hal itu menjadikan Bandara Hong Kong menjadi yang pertama di dunia dalam pemeriksaan virus Corona bagi penumpang.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Relatedlast_img read more

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AUDIO FROM TERRY FRANCONA BEFORE TODAY’S GAME IN OAKLAND

first_img Co-editor, photographer covering the Cleveland Monsters, Gladiators and Indians. Also, passionate about high school sports, be sure to follow David on Twitter and Instagram @neosi_sprouse for in-game updates and up-to-the-minute developing news. Related Topics2018 Cleveland IndiansAdam PlutkoCarlos CarascoMark RzepczysnkiTerry Francona As the Cleveland Indians are playing lights out baseball today and taking out two days of frustrations on Oakland, before the game Terry Francona had some things to say that shed some light on the situation in the clubhouse for the Tribe on the road trip that they are currently on at the Oakland Coliseum.Francona also spoke of the two stadiums that are problematic for ballplayers to deal with the afternoon sun. Ine being Goodyear in Arizona and the other is the Oakland Coliseum.He took an opportunity to talk about the pitching of Carlos Carasco last night as he was on his rehab assignment in Triple A Akron last night and looking forward to him returning to the lineup next week.He then elaborates on how difficult it is to maintain on the road when the team makes errors due to the grind of a long road trip with players becoming mentally and physically tired.Excited to see the return of Rzepczysnki, Francona talked about having an opening in the rotation for Mark to come in and pitch a little as Carasco gets himself back in shape and setting Adam Plutko down for a short stent.At the time of writing this article the Indians have scored eight runs in the eighth inning and are in the driver’s seat in today’s contest 13-3. Stay tuned to neosportsinside on twitter for continued updates and all the action of Indians’ baseball. Go Tribe!center_img David Sprouselast_img read more

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Dr Anthony Fauci claims NBA, MLB, MLS could make summer return BUT behind closed doors

first_img COMMENT The head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Maryland, United States, Dr Anthony Fauci believes that major sports leagues in the country can return in the summer. Dr Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday that the NBA, MLB and NHL could return this summer on the condition that no fans are allowed in the stadium and players being kept in quarantine during the season. Also Read | NBA return: NBA’s Popular Show ‘Open Court’ To Return Amid The Coronavirus OutbreakDr Anthony Fauci on sports: Pathway for NBA return and MLB returnThe ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the US has forced all the major sports leagues in the country to be suspended for an indefinite period of time. The MLS, NBA and NHL had to abandon their ongoing seasons while the MLB has delayed the start of the 2020 season. Even the NFL is contemplating delaying the start of their season and even introducing a shorter format to deal with the outbreak.During an interview with Peter Hamby of Snap Originals, Dr Anthony Fauci outlined the steps the major leagues will have to follow in order to resume activities in the summer. Dr Anthony Fauci said, “There’s a way of doing that. Nobody comes to the stadium. Put (the players) in big hotels, wherever you want to play, keep them very well surveilled. Have them tested every single week and make sure they don’t wind up infecting each other or their family and just let them play the season out.”Also Read | MLB return: Arizona Governor Keen On State Hosting MLB Season With All 30 Teams At ‘right Time’The officials of the major leagues are already believed to be formulating a plan to resume their ongoing season without fans, as soon as the lockdown in the country is relaxed. However, a primary concern for the league owners is potentially missing out on a fair share of the revenue of games are played without fans.Dr Anthony Fauci believes there will still be plenty of interest from fans to watch games on television. As fans will be forced to spend time isolated in their homes, Fauci reckons live sports will be the perfect gateway for the citizens stuck inside their houses.Fauci added, “I’m living in Washington, we have the world champion Washington Nationals. I want to see them play again.”Also Read | NBA return: Chris Paul Calls NBA Shutdown Situation ‘crazy’ As His First Instinct Was To Return HomeDr Anthony Fauci on sports and a highlight of his interview Sujay Chakraborty SUBSCRIBE TO US Earlier this week, US President Donald Trump stated the need to restart sports in the country, which can be the key to awakening the nation’s ‘sleeping economy’. With a view of resuming sports as soon as possible, Trump added prominent sports leaders of the nation to his advisory panel. The panel includes the commissioners of NBA, MLB, NFL and NFL along with the likes of Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, WWE chairman Vince McMahon and UFC President Dana White.With several sports leaders in discussions with Trump, it remains to be seen if the major leagues will resume in the summer or they will be delayed further due to the pandemic.Also Read | NBA return, MLB return: League Could Introduce Voting System To Crown 2020 Champion Without Playoffs WATCH US LIVE First Published: 16th April, 2020 18:43 ISTcenter_img Written By Last Updated: 16th April, 2020 18:43 IST Dr Anthony Fauci Claims NBA, MLB, MLS Could Make Summer Return BUT Behind Closed Doors USA’s leading expert on infectious diseases, Dr Anthony Fauci believes sports could return in the summer. However, fans should not be allowed to enter stadiums. LIVE TV Who is Dr Anthony Fauci? Dr Anthony Fauci on sportsDr Anthony Fauci, as mentioned above is the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Widely recognised as one of the world’s leading experts on infectious diseases, Dr Anthony Fauci is reportedly also an advisor to US President, Donald Trump. Fauci assumed the role of the director in 2004 and believed to be the United States’ key figure in formulating plans to deal with the pandemic. FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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Lampard penalty seals Chelsea win

first_imgChelsea restored their three-point lead in the Premier League – but only after an unconvincing win over Portsmouth.Nicolas Anelka side-footed Chelsea ahead after good work from Alex as the home side dominated the first half.But Pompey, managed by former Blues boss Avram Grant, levelled through Frederic Piquionne’s fierce finish and even had chances to go ahead.Frank Lampard saved the hosts’ blushes with a 79th-minute penalty after Marc Wilson’s lunge on Branislav Ivanovic.Teenage substitute Fabio Borini could have made the win more comfortable had he not dragged his shot narrowly wide – but that would have masked a curiously flat performance by the league leaders.They can, at least, celebrate their first win in five matches as they look ahead to Sunday’s trip to West Ham, but Carlo Ancelotti must be concerned by his side’s stuttering form. Grant was given a warm reception on his return to Stamford Bridge, but the home fans were probably not feeling quite so charitable when the Israeli’s side threatened to deal a stunning blow to the Blues’ title chances.After Mick McCarthy controversially fielded a weakened Wolves side at Manchester United on Tuesday, eyebrows were raised when Grant made seven changes to the side that snatched a late draw against Sunderland at the weekend.But in reality, two were enforced, David James missing out through illness and Younes Kaboul serving a suspension, while Papa Bouba Diop, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Steve Finnan all returned to the side after injury and illness.Having watched his side concede three goals at home to Everton on Saturday, Ancelotti brought Alex into his defence to replace Ricardo Carvalho.Up front, Didier Drogba was also absent, nursing a back injury, but he was not missed in a one-sided first half, while under-pressure keeper Petr Cech was barely tested. Chelsea dominated the opening 20 minutes, with Michael Ballack and Anelka going close and Lampard spooning a good chance into the crowd.Anelka finally made the breakthrough, Alex galloping out of defence and holding off Wilson’s challenge on the right before cutting back for the Frenchman to score on his 100th appearance for the Blues.In driving sleet and freezing conditions, it was hard not to feel sympathy for the under-employed Cech, and the keeper almost fluffed his opening lines on 35 minutes when he spilled a well-struck Piquionne shot – but Hermann Hreidarsson could not control the rebound.Portsmouth, though, improved after the break, as Chelsea appeared to slip into complacency.The Blues’ set-piece defending has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks, so it was no surprise that the equaliser came from a free-kick, but there was a slice of good fortune for Portsmouth. Jamie O’Hara’s 30-yard effort deflected off the end of the wall, and then off Ashley Cole, before falling into the path of Piquionne, who smashed a glorious finish past Cech.The home fans, quiet until that point, suddenly ramped up the noise, but Chelsea continued to toil, Drogba’s absence suddenly keenly felt.Boateng twice had chances to give Pompey a shock lead, but was denied first by a desperate Ashley Cole block and then lost his footing with the goal gaping.The introduction of Joe Cole for the injured Deco injected some welcome pace and creativity into the Chelsea side.And the goal they craved arrived with 11 minutes remaining, Wilson diving in wildly on Ivanovic as the right-back burst into the box. Lampard, whose previous penalty effort was saved in the defeat by Manchester City, made no mistake this time, hitting it high into the roof of the net.Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti:“We did well in the first half, played good football, not with great intensity, but good.“But after they equalised, we lost our confidence, our composure, and it was a difficult game in the second half.“It was important to win, to maintain our lead. It was not our best moment because we are lacking. But I think we deserved to win.”Portsmouth boss Avram Grant:“If we continue to play like this, we will be off the bottom. “We played tactically well. I’m very very proud of our performance today.“It was nice [to return to Chelsea], the supporters have been very good to me since I left, and I will always have a bond with this club.”Source: bbclast_img read more

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Young & O’Connor win championship tune-up

first_imgNear pins went to (Div 1) John Hughes, Teddy Lodge and Pete Sumner, and (Div 2) Mike Fitzgerald, Barry Stirling and Paul Sturgeon.In the ‘2’s competition, Paul Young birdied the 6th and Mike Fitzgerald and Paul Sturgeon did likewise on the 11th. The Jomtien Golf SocietyMonday, Jan. 29, Parichat – StablefordThis was a warm-up game before the IPGC two-day annual club championship at Khao Kheow.  Two divisions were out with an equal cut of 9-17.5 and 18.1 + and the best score of the day came from Paul Young who won division 1 with 34 points.  John Hughes was second on 32 and with 30 points Jim Connelly took third ahead of Dennus Scougall in fourth with 28.Fred O’Connor won division 2with 33 points while Herma’s other half Mike Fitzgerald was second on 29 and Bruce Gardner with a 12/10/8 count-back beat Paul Butler and Barry Stirling for third after they all came in with 27points.last_img read more

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Sydney overpowered

first_imgBy Justin RobertsonGIPPSLAND Power mauled a flaccid Greater Western Sydney (GWS) by 118 points in blustery conditions at Shepley Oval,…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Snap the spirit

first_imgIN THE lead-up to this year’s Anzac Day commemorations, the Pakenham-Berwick Gazette is running a competition for budding photographers to…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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