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Ween Celebrates St. Paddy’s Day With Acoustic Numbers, Cubs Jerseys, And More [Photos/Videos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Ween hit the Aragon Ballroom last night for St. Patrick’s Day, finishing off their two-night stand in Chicago, Illinois. The group certainly celebrated the holiday in style, with a setlist filled with deep cuts and three acoustic numbers, “Chocolate Town,” “Tried and True,” and “Kim Smoltz,” falling squarely in the middle of their show. When the band reemerged for their encore, they had all donned Chicago Cubs jerseys personalized with their names during the break, taking a moment to soak in the crowd before busting out “Mr. Richard Smoker.” You can check out the setlist from last night, courtesy of Jenny Lee Baniszewski, as well as a photo gallery provided by Bill McAlaine and a bunch of videos from last night’s performance below.Setlist: Ween | Aragon Ballroom | Chicago, IL | 3/17/2017Set One: Blarney Stone, Pork Roll Egg & Cheese, Push Th’ Little Daisies, Happy Colored Marbles, She Wanted To Leave, You Fucked Up, Never Squeal, Homo Rainbow, Gabrielle, Captain Fantasy, Zoloft, *Chocolate Town, *Tried and True, *Kim Smoltz, Stroker Ace, Tick, Doctor Rock, The Argus^, The Stallion pt. 3, Frank, Mango Woman, Papa Zit, I’ll Be Your Johnny On The Spot, Polka Dot TailEncore: Mr. Richard Smoker, Japanese Cowboy, Tender Situation* Acoustic^Gener starts to sing/play “Sound Of Silence” (Simon & Garfunkel) then goes into “The Argus”“Blarney Stone,” “Pork Roll Egg & Cheese,” and “Push Th’ Little Daisies”[Video courtesy of Steve Pettit]“Happy Colored Marbles”[Video courtesy of Tim Moony]“You Fucked Up” and “Never Squeal On The Pusher”[Video courtesy of Steve Pettit]“Homo Rainbow” and “Gabrielle”[Video courtesy of Tim Moony]Acoustic set with “Chocolate Town,” “Tried and True,” and “Kim Smoltz”[Video courtesy of Tim Moony]“The Stallion, pt. 3”[Video courtesy of Brian J. Leonard]“Mango Woman”[Video courtesy of Tim Moony]last_img read more

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Voice-Activated Tractors

first_imgVoice-activated tractors are the future of farming, according to University of Georgia agricultural engineer Glen Rains. Through research on the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences campus in Tifton, Georgia, and in partnership with Georgia Tech, Rains is researching voice-activated software that will cause tractors to stop in the event of an emergency. “Say a farmer had a heart attack or fell off of a tractor. With the voice activation, they could stop the tractor by using just their voice,” said Rains. He envisions the tractor stopping in the event of an emergency, notifying 911 and providing the farmer’s location, and alerting the farmer’s family. The innovation consists of a series of microphones that are mounted onto the tractor. Noise cancellation devices allow the farmer’s voice to be heard over the sounds of the tractor or other piece of farming equipment. The farmer must be within 10 meters – about 32 feet – of the microphone for it to detect his voice. “We just need to delve into more of the broader aspects – multiple types of tractors and voice types,” Rains said. “We need to test multiple algorithms for noise cancellation and voice recognition outside the tractor.” This is challenging because the microphone is trying to pick up the volume of a person’s voice over other noises, he said. Since all voices are different, the system must be trained to recognize each distinct voice. Rains is focusing on the mechanical parts of the device that control switching the tractor off and calling 911. His colleague, David Anderson, professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech, is working on the voice activation and noise cancellation aspects of the project. Rains is also receiving assistance from the AGCO Corporation, an agricultural equipment manufacturer headquartered in Duluth, Georgia. “When we build our first system, it will be put onto [an AGCO] tractor,” said Rains. Rains has been working on this project for almost three years and hopes it will be ready for commercial use in another three years. His inspiration for the device came from many years of training EMTs and firefighters how to extract people caught in farming equipment. After speaking to many spouses, friends and children of farmers who have been injured, Rains sees a great need for the device. “One of the scenarios I have heard repeatedly involves someone being grabbed by a piece of equipment and being isolated for a while before anyone knows they are caught in the equipment,” Rains said. “My objective is to develop something to keep that from happening.” Rains is also working with AGCO Corporation on a project that uses a tractor-mounted camera to take 3-D photos, complete with GPS location, in peanut fields in order to detect where diseases initially occur.Rains’ other farm equipment modifications include the UGA “Row-bot,” a computer-guided vehicle that checks the health of plants and fields, monitors cattle and sprays for insects. As co-director of the National AgrAbility Project in Georgia, he also modifies farm equipment for farmers with disabilities.(Kenzie Kesselring is an intern on the UGA Tifton Campus).last_img read more

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Oly Town Artesians get back in the Win Column with 4-0…

first_imgStay up to date with the Artesians by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.Featured photo credit: Charis Wilson Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansJT Meyer scored twice and the Oly Town Artesians scored three goals in four minutes midway through the second half to roll to a 4-0 win over the Tri-Cities Alliance on Saturday night at Black Hills High School. Oly goalkeeper JJ Olson made five saves and recorded his first clean sheet of the season and the Artesians improved to 3-1-2 with 11 points this season.Meyer started the game off right when he received a pass from Nate Boatright, made a couple of moves in front of the goal, and buried his shot past Alliance keeper Tonio Gonzalez to give the Artesians a 1-0 lead, one that they would not relinquish.After the opening goal, both teams struggled in midfield and allowed good opportunities and Tri-Cities dominated possession for the last ten minutes of the half. Jason Rodriguez had the best opportunity but banged one off the post in the 31st minute, and the Lions could not get on the board before heading into the break.They continued to hold the advantage for the first ten minutes of the second half, but then a switch flipped for the Artesians and it was a completely different game from then on. Sebastian Lyons started the goal-splosion with an unassisted goal in the 57th minute, and then moments later, Nigel El-Sokkary got behind the Tri-Cities defense on a counter attack and scored his first goal in his Oly Town debut. El-Sokkary, The Olympian’s 2016 All-Area Boy’s Soccer Player of the Year, was a late addition to the roster after Angel Trejo-Delgado was unable to play due to injury.Meyer earned his brace just three minutes later on another counter attack, and Oly continued to put on the pressure for the final 30 minutes and were able to keep Tri-Cities off the board for their first clean sheet of the season.The win moved Oly into second place in the Coastal Division with 11 points and to within one point of the division leading Seattle Stars. They are now two points ahead of the Vancouver Victory in the division and they will make a quick turnaround and travel to the Harmony Sports Complex to face the Victory tomorrow at 5:00 p.m.The Artesians will return home for the final regular season home game on Saturday, June 30 against the Vancouver Victory. First kick at Black Hills is set for 6:00 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at www.olytownfc.com/tickets.last_img read more

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More About Global Warming and Insulation

first_imgWell, I really stirred things up with my last article on insulation and global warming. My intention was to explain why Alex Wilson’s results could be doing a disservice to the green building community. In the end, I was rightly accused of have done a disservice myself.So, here goes with Part Three of my take on the global warming impact of insulation. Let’s see if I can get closer to the truth this time.A public apology to Alex WilsonFirst, I need to apologize to Alex Wilson. I apologized privately at the time of my last article. Now I do so publicly. I wrote things that went too far, saying his results were bogus and he was engaging in pseudoscience. I regret those comments and have removed them from that article.As I’ve said before, Alex Wilson has done great work in his career. He’s taken green building further than just about any other person in the field. His Environmental Building News has set the standard for green building news and analysis for decades. He also has a background in science and takes science seriously. Wilson’s insulation and global warming studySince that last article, I’ve done more reading of Wilson’s 2010 article, Avoiding the Global Warming Impact of Insulation, and related works, as well as discussing it with others. Briefly, what he did was to calculate the amount of time a highly-insulated wall assembly would have to be in service to “pay back” in reduced carbon emissions the amount of global warming created by the insulation itself. That insulation impact, he stated, comes from two things: the embodied global warming potential (GWP) and the GWP of the blowing agents used in foam insulation. His conclusion was that extruded polystyrene (XPS) and closed-cell spray foam had long payback periods and should be avoided.To do the calculations, he had to assume certain things and set the parameters for his model. As I’ve written before, some of his assumptions were:The manufacturers used high GWP blowing agents.The offgassing profile is uniform.The lifetime of the product is somewhere between 50 and 500 years, though the article doesn’t say what numbers they used.Those were the main things I focused on in my two previous articles. After doing more reading, discussing, and thinking, I now see I was looking at the wrong things. Here are the assumptions of his model that are more relevant:He looked only at walls.He calculated GWP payback from various insulation materials after the 2×6 cavities were insulated with cellulose.He didn’t give any credit to the air-sealing properties of any insulation.Energy savings and carbon reductions were based on heating with a 90% efficient gas furnace.In the next two sections, I’ll discuss these other assumptions.Looking at the whole system rather than individual materialsWilson’s study looked at the contribution to global warming from additional insulation on a 2×6 wall after the stud cavities were filled with cellulose or fiberglass. So the starting point was a wall with a whole-wall R-value of 14, which results from putting R-20 in the cavities and factoring in the effects of the framing.As I discussed in my article on the diminishing returns of adding more insulation, most of the energy savings are due to the first few inches of insulation. As you add more and more insulation, the amount of energy you save keeps diminishing. If you’re calculating the global warming impact of insulation based on the amount of energy saved after you’ve already got a wall with R-20 in the cavities, the results are guaranteed to be worse than if you take the initial energy savings from the insulation in question.Since Wilson was looking at highly-insulated walls with R-values up to 60, the results don’t tell you what the payback would be if you used closed-cell spray foam insulation or extruded polystyrene (XPS) by themselves in a wall that just meets code. In that case, it wouldn’t look nearly as bad for those two insulation materials because they’d get credited with all of the energy savings.Also, Wilson’s study excluded any air-sealing benefits of the insulation materials they looked at. But if you’re using closed-cell spray foam, airtightess is one of the biggest benefits you get. If you’re going to compare the global warming impact of fiberglass, mineral wool, or cellulose to closed-cell spray foam, you need to account for the global warming impact of the air sealing materials used for the fibrous insulation materials. And you’d need to give credit for the savings due to airtightness.The bottom line here is that I don’t think you can look only at the global warming impact of specific materials here. You have to look at the complete system. If we want to get serious about understanding the global warming impact of buildings, we need to model all the impacts together and see how those results compare.Consider the sourceAnother really important component lacking from this study is a consideration of the source of the energy being saved. In their calculations, Wilson used a 90% efficient natural gas furnace. That’s an easy one to do. Natural gas doesn’t vary much in its carbon emisions from one area to another.But what if the house you’re building is going to be all-electric? And what if your electricity comes from one of the utilities with the highest carbon emissions? My electricity here in the Atlanta area comes from the Southern Company, which is reported to have the highest carbon emissions in the U.S. That makes anything I do to save energy very good at reducing carbon emissions.Or let’s say you’re going to build a net-zero house in the Pacific Northwest? You’ve got lots of photovoltaics on the roof, and when you draw from the grid, you’re getting some of the lowest-carbon electricity in the country. In that case, you’re going to have a hard time reducing carbon emissions at all. (Keep in mind, though, that insulating homes does a lot more than just helping with our global warming problem.)The fact is that you’ve got to be able to account for the source of the energy being saved if you want to know something about the real global warming impact of your insulation.The real takeaway from Wilson’s studyAfter spending so much time thinking about this recently, I’ve discovered that what bothered me the most about Wilson’s 2010 article. He simplified a complex calculation and drew a conclusion that seemed to define a static property for various insulation materials. He wrote:These differences are dramatic enough that, even if our assumptions are off by a significant factor, we can draw some general conclusions about sensible choices. If we’re building highly insulated buildings and doing so in part to mitigate global warming, we should use insulation materials other than XPS or SPF…I believe he underestimated that “significant factor” of uncertainty. That all-electric, code-minimum house using high-carbon electricity would have payback that is perhaps only a tenth of what Wilson found. Would you feel the need to avoid using XPS or closed-cell spray foam if the payback were only 10 years instead of 100?The real takeaway from Wilson’s study, however, is something most of us seem to have missed. What he showed is that we can calculate the global warming impact of buildings. It just needs to include more inputs than he used. It needs to be based on assemblies at a minimum, although it really should be done for a whole enclosure. That way you can take into account the airtightness. You can also look at different combinations of insulation in the walls, floors, and ceilings. The calculations also need to include the actual carbon data about the energy being saved.The good news is that this process has already begun. David White put together a spreadsheet in 2011 that is a bit more nuanced than Wilson’s calculations. Martin Holladay wrote about it and included a link so you can download it and use it. It still lacks inputs for carbon emissions from the source of electricity and for modeling different assemblies and enclosures. It’s a good start, though.I’ve been ranting about Wilson’s article since it first came out, but now I see its true value. He took L.D. Danny Harvey’s academic paper on the subject, which is inaccessible to most, and started the process of creating a useful tool. Eventually, designers and builders will be able to run what-if scenarios to minimize the carbon emissions of a particular building. Kudos to Alex Wilson for that. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. RELATED ARTICLES The Misleading Numbers Behind the Global Warming Impact of InsulationAvoiding the Global Warming Impact of InsulationCalculating the Global Warming Impact of Insulation New Blowing Agent Addresses Climate Impact of Foam InsulationInsulation to Keep Us Warm — Not Warm the Planetlast_img read more

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Gambhir absence makes Twitter abuzz as India totter in Southampton

first_imgAfter a high of the Lord’s Test came an energy-sapping innings from England for the tourists, who were trailing by 544 runs in the third Test on Monday. Naturally, Twitter was abuzz with various permutations and combinations, where Gautam Gambhir was the talking point on Tuesday.Gautam Gambhir. PTI PhotoWhile opener Murali Vijay has impresses so far in this series, Shikhar Dhawan, who was the first to fall on Monday, has made Twitterati either ask questions if M.S. Dhoni made a mistake by excluding the Delhi dasher or take a stand against Dhawan.Team India need depth in fast bowling, says Brett LeeInd vs Eng: Pujara, Vijay hold fort for Team India on Day 2 England cricketer Moeen Ali in trouble over Gaza wristbands While Garav Sethi said Gambhir can’t be any better than Dhawan, why not open with Ashwin, Mr Bun said, “Time has come for Shikhar to turn Gambhir & for Gambhir to climb the shikhar.Much as I like Gambhir, don’t think he’ll do any better than Dhawan. For kicks, why not open with Ashwin. Batting order stays same.Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) July 29, 2014For the last couple of years, I have felt that Gambhir should have replaced Dhoni as Indian Captain at least in the T20 format. #IndvsEng -.- (@PrajeetMehra) July 29, 2014Arun said Rahane, Pujara, Gambhir and Bhuvi are the only men who can bat three days to save the game.Rahane,Pujara,Gambhir,Bhuvi are the only men who can bat 3 days to save the game.However dont think they will do it this time #EngvIndadvertisementArun (@iamjhakaas) July 29, 2014Vishal Sharma said, “Really surprised player like Gautam Gambhir is not picked in-spite of in good form.”Really surprised player like Gautam Gambhir is not picked in-spite of in good formVishal Sharma (@sharma_vishal) July 29, 2014Many felt it was time to bring back Gambhir.The Gambhir and Viru storyGautam Gambhir, who made a few runs in the practice games, and Virender Sehwag had terrific opening partnership for India for about three years. However, after series against Australia in 2013, Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan are holding the show.In the two Tests so far in England, Dhawan had scored just 79 runs in four innings. Barring his 60 not out against Leicestershire, Dhawan has failed with the bat.Gambhir, who was one of the most successful openers for India 2008 to early 2010, was once hailed by Sehwag as the greatest Indian opener since Sunil Gavaskar.It is to be seen if MSD takes a call on Gambhir. Ashwini Jain has tweeted, “Poor leadership from Dhoni, his personal equation with Gambhir is hurting team. Bring Gambhir in place of Dhawan. #Gambhir”Poor leadership from Dhoni, his personal equation with Gambhir is hurting team. Bring Gambhir in place of Dhawan. #GambhirAshwani Jain (@ashwanijain05) July 29, 2014There are harsh words too, with Nishit Ozil saying, “@PratikSarkar17 may be , Yup, try out Gambhir for 4 innings (2 Test) and dump him permanently!”@PratikSarkar17 may be , Yup, try out Gambhir for 4 innings (2 Test) and dump him permanently! Nishit Ozil (@Nicks103) July 29, 2014Couldn’t follow the lead up games to the test series. What is Gautam Gambhir’s form like? #EngVInd #dhawan #outofformRahul Bose (@RahulBose1) July 28, 2014In third Test so farIan Bell rediscovered his form with sparkling 167 as England piled up a mammoth first innings total of 569/7 to take control of the third cricket Test against India on Monday.    At stumps, India were 25 for one in 14 overs as their first target will be to reach the magic figure of 370 thereby saving the follow-on. Murali Vijay (11 batting) and Cheteshwar Pujara (4 batting) were at the crease.     Shikhar Dhawan’s (6) English Summer turned from bad to worse as he edged one from James Anderson to Cook at slip.last_img read more

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Education Ministry Commences Procurement Process for Literature Texts

first_imgStory Highlights School administrators are being reminded that in keeping with the Ministry’s principle of school-based management, they are required to exercise judgement in selecting the supplementary textbooks they deem most suitable from the lists. This is part of the Ministry’s commitment to promote the use of quality learning material at all levels of the education system by providing textbooks annually for students in primary and secondary schools. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has commenced the procurement process for literature texts and dictionaries as part of the Secondary Textbook programme under the National Textbook Loan Scheme (NTLS). The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has commenced the procurement process for literature texts and dictionaries as part of the Secondary Textbook programme under the National Textbook Loan Scheme (NTLS).This is part of the Ministry’s commitment to promote the use of quality learning material at all levels of the education system by providing textbooks annually for students in primary and secondary schools.In a bulletin issued by the Ministry, it was noted that there has been growing concern among parents and guardians about the cost of literature texts required by students.These learning material will be supplied in the first instance to Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) students only.For the 2017-2018 school year, PATH students in grades seven, 10 and 11 will be provided with literature texts and dictionaries under the NTLS.Meanwhile, the Ministry is reporting that the Supplementary Textbook lists for the new school year have been prepared.School administrators are being reminded that in keeping with the Ministry’s principle of school-based management, they are required to exercise judgement in selecting the supplementary textbooks they deem most suitable from the lists.They are being advised that in order to select the most appropriate textbooks, a textbook selection committee comprising a subject specialist at the secondary level and grade coordinator at both the primary and secondary levels should be established.Members of the committee must examine the books to determine their suitability for the students’ needs.The Approved Supplementary Primary and Secondary Textbook lists can be viewed on the Ministry’s website at http://www.moey.gov.jm.last_img read more

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Why worry if you have done no wrong says CM Fadnavis

first_imgMumbai: MNS president Raj Thackeray, who has received an Enforcement Directorate notice in the IL&FS case, need not worry if he had done no wrong, said Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday.Fadnavis said he learnt about the ED notice to Thackeray from the media. He warned the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) of “consequences” if it resorted to protests that inconvenienced the public. Speaking to reporters at his official residence ‘Varsha’ here, Fadnavis said, “I am as much aware of the ED notice to Raj as much as you (reporters) are. If he has done nothing wrong, he should not be afraid of such a notice.” On the MNS’ threat of organising street protests against what the party claimed was “political vendetta”, the CM said there was no need to create trouble for people. “There is no need to create problems for the people. If Raj has done nothing wrong, his party should not create problem for common people,” he said. “If they (MNS) engage in any untoward incident, they will face the consequences,” Fadnavis warned.last_img read more

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Seven stories in the news for today July 18

first_imgSeven stories in the news for Tuesday, July 18———B.C. OFFICIALS PREPARE FOR SOME RESIDENTS TO RETURN HOME.A British Columbia official says getting people to safety as fast-moving wildfires approached was only half the battle — the other half will be returning them home. Al Richmond, chairman of the Cariboo Regional District in B.C.’s central Interior, says it’s no easy task, partly due to the health hazards of food that has rotted in homes where power was off. More than 40,000 people remain out of their homes as nearly 160 wildfires burn across B.C.———PREMIERS FORGE AHEAD WITH INDIGENOUS MEETING DESPITE BOYCOTTThe premiers met with a reduced group of Indigenous leaders in Edmonton on Monday even though three national bodies boycotted the event. The heads of the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Metis National Council said their boycott was to draw attention to their bid for “full and meaningful inclusion” in the larger annual gathering of provincial and territorial leaders known as the Council of the Federation.———NAFTA TO BE FOCUS OF PREMIERS’ MEETINGThe premiers meet today in Edmonton to discuss trade issues, particularly business with the United States and the looming NAFTA renegotiation. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the premiers need to work even closer together as they continue to make the case directly to individual states in the U.S. that rely on cross-border business. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says Canada should start compiling a list of ways to retaliate if the NAFTA talks take an ugly turn.———NAFTA CONSULTATIONS EXTENDEDThe Trudeau government is extending public consultations to find out what Canadians want to see in a new North American Free Trade Agreement. The consultations were to end today but officials say the government will continue indefinitely to accept responses to its online survey, which asks Canadians to identify their priorities for a renegotiated deal to modernize the 23-year-old agreement. The government will also be staging a number of townhall-style meetings on the subject.———B.C. NDP TAKE REINS FOR FIRST TIME IN 16 YEARSBritish Columbia’s New Democrats will get their first taste of power in 16 years at a swearing-in ceremony in Victoria this afternoon. The NDP won 41 of the legislature’s 87 seats during May’s election, two less than the governing Liberals. But NDP Leader and premier-designate John Horgan brokered a deal with the B.C. Greens, who won three seats, paving the way for him to form the narrowest of minority governments.———SEARS CANADA TO ASK COURT TO START LIQUIDATIONLawyers for Sears Canada return to court today to ask a Toronto judge if the retailer can begin liquidation sales as early as Friday. The retail chain has been under creditor protection since June 22 after saying it was shuttering 59 stores and cutting approximately 2,900 jobs. In documents filed with the Ontario Superior Court, the chief financial officer for Sears Canada says it’s “crucial” that the company be able to begin liquidation sales no later than this Friday, with the sales to be completed by Oct. 12.———PM TRUDEAU TO MARCH IN HALIFAX PRIDE PARADEPrime Minister Justin Trudeau will take part in Saturday’s Pride Parade in Halifax. Halifax Pride tweeted on Monday evening that a “special guest” would join the parade, to which Trudeau replied, “See you there!” Halifax Liberal MP Andy Fillmore also sent out a tweet saying Trudeau will march in this year’s parade. Trudeau was the first sitting prime minister to march in a Pride parade when he did so in Toronto in 2016, then attended the same event last month.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Gov. Gen. David Johnston will bid farewell to The Queen today during a private audience in London.— Minister of Finance Bill Morneau will hold an Ottawa news conference regarding plans to improve tax fairness for the middle class.— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Quebec’s Gaspe region.— Wildrose Leader Brian Jean will hold a rally for unity in Calgary.— Annual general meeting of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. Grand chief to be elected on July 19.— The Fraser Institute will release a study on household and government debt.last_img read more

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