How hard is it to be a basketball player? Just take a look at June Mar Fajardo’s feet

first_imgLATEST STORIES Playing for Ginebra ‘both curse and blessing’ as crowd darlings race to prepare for opener Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—Achieving superhuman feats of strength, speed, and stamina for elite athletes take a toll on a human body.There are countless sacrifices these players have to endure to be on top of their game, like having your feet go through the torture of the daily grind in basketball.ADVERTISEMENT June Mar’s size 17 foot.While boxers have calloused and inflamed knuckles for using their hands too much, most basketball players have almost misshapen feet due to constant running, cutting, and jumping.It’s no different for four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, whose feet look like a size 17 version of Lotus Feet’s.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBut if having an ugly foot is the price for being the best player of his generation in the PBA, and even of all time, then it’s a small price to pay. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garciacenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

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New Anti-Corruption Chair Seeks Collaboration with Media

first_imgThe Executive Chairperson of the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. James Nyepan Verdier, Jr. has expressed the need to collaborate with the media to effectively fight corruption in Liberia.The Liberia Anti Corruption Commission was created by an act of the Legislature in 2007, and came into force in 2008, with the aim of investigating and recording corruption cases carried out in the public sector and private institutions that receive public funding; it then forwards those connected to corruption to the Justice Ministry for prosecution.Cllr. Verdier, who walked into the offices of the Daily Observer on April 9, 2014, said that for the fight against corruption to succeed, LACC needs to liaise with the media in releasing available information to it or the media providing investigative information to the LACC.In a conversation with the Manager and Publisher of the Daily Observer, Cllr. Verdier indicated that more information to the public brings empowerment to the people, and the media—as disseminator of information— is important to the work of the LACC.“Publication from the media triggers investigation for the LACC, and therefore, we would like to have the cooperation of the media to help bring out investigative issues that we can dwell on to fight corruption.  We would also like to liaise with the media to acquaint journalists with our activities so they can best understand what we do in accordance with the act that created the LACC,” Cllr. Verdier said.He stressed that involvement of the media in the work of the LACC will help promote accountability that would enable Liberians to know how their resources are used.According to him, impunity has seriously undermined the Liberian society, and the only way this mindset can be broken is for two or more people to be prosecuted and made to bear the consequences of their actions to serve as a deterrent for others.Cllr. Verdier also noted that embezzlement of funds is not the only act of corruption, but abuse of office as well.He said many people in high offices use them (offices) to deprive subordinates of their rights, which are also acts of corruption.Welcoming the idea, the Manager and Publisher of the Daily Observer, Kenneth Y. Best, said the involvement of the media is a good thing; but there are challenges in getting the needed information from stakeholders most of the time.Mr. Best underscored that the media finds it difficult in many instances to get information because those concerned are not willing to provide it—sometimes for fear of reprisal or for the protection of their jobs.He also noted that the media, including the Daily Observer, has written several editorials informing the government about what it must do to set a good legacy, but the suggestions are overlooked and trashed out.Despite the challenge, Mr. Best said the idea is quite welcoming and hoped the collaboration would make a mark in the fight against the rampant corruption that has engulfed the society.The Liberia Anti Corruption Commission has been seen as a symbolic institution since it came into force in 2008.There was a public perception that it would serve as an important instrument for curbing and prosecuting corrupt officials; but its mandate to investigate and forward cases to the Justice Ministry for prosecution brought a lukewarm feeling in many people.Moreover, since its establishment—headed first by Cllr. Frances Johnson-Allison—prosecution has been very slow, with many challenging the LACC when they are called for investigation.According it its achievement record, the LACC had on separate occasions recommended for prosecution, former Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) Chairperson Albert Bropleh and the Central Bank of Liberia and four other commercial banks.Though Bropleh was arrested, investigated, and found guilty, the public is yet to know what penalty he bore as a result of his action.Collaboration between the Media and LACC, though essential, the public for which the information is intended will develop interest only if cases are prosecuted and convicted persons are penalized for their actions, it was agreed.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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Too many Huskies

first_imgStill a little over an hour away from the drop of the puck here in Grande Prairie. I am sitting at the Weyehaeuser Arena North at the Coca-Cola Center here in GP. I am sure there are some other companies that I forgot to mention. The GM ice surface or the Speedy Auto Glass Arena seats. I am watching team Red beat up on team Blue. not sure how olds these kids are, maybe 10 or 11, but there is one kid, number 20, who is too good for everyone else. I think he has 9 of the 14 goals his team has scored. he is putting on a clinic.Anyway there was a point for this blog post. The Huskies had a full bus heading to GP today so for the first time in a long time the Pups have scratches. Who is in? Who is out? Will Wongstedt play after hurting his foot last night? How is Ty Gullickson? Find out the answers to all these questions during the pre-game show on the Moose at 7:15 Fort St John time. Listen live on energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com/moosefm.Mike Feeney- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Injuries wearing on Bruins

first_imgBoth players talked about heading to campus today to get treatment for their injuries, neither knowing if they would be ready for upcoming trips to Arizona State and Arizona. The absence of the two put pressure on UCLA’s youth. With Etiwanda graduate Collison out, freshman Russell Westbrook played a career-high 32 minutes. He went 1 for 11 from the field and scored four points. With Mata out, little-used sophomore center Ryan Wright saw playing time, and backup center Alfred Aboya played 26 minutes, equaling his second-most this season. “I want to play every game, but the best thing is to try and stay healthy for the near future,” Collison said. “I’m going to continue to do my rehab and treatment. I think the best thing was to stay out for this game.” Collison injured his shoulder in the second half Wednesday against No. 19 USC, but said he isn’t sure at what point. He tried to warm up Saturday but was scratched before the game. Mata said he awoke with a sore hip. It loosened during pregame warmups but tightened during the first half. MORGANTOWN, W.Va. UCLA starting center Lorenzo Mata limped toward the team bus, a heavy jacket on to combat the frigid temperatures and an ice bag taped to his left hip. Bruins starting point guard Darren Collison sported a similar ice bag on his left shoulder, then explained why he didn’t play in No. 2 UCLA’s 70-65 loss to West Virginia on Saturday. center_img “He came in at halftime and said, `I can’t play,”‘ UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “In the middle of second half he said, `I can play again.’ I just elected not to use him.” sophomore MIND YOUR MANNERS West Virginia has a notoriously volatile crowd, led by the student section. During a mid-week game against rival Pittsburgh, the crowd taunted Panthers center Aaron Gray, chanting a term that is derogatory toward gay men. Eighty minutes before Saturday’s tipoff, Mountaineers coach John Beilein addressed the students. He told them the school has made positive strides in changing its reputation the past few years and asked them to represent the school in a positive fashion. When the Bruins took the court for layups prior to tipoff, there was a quick chant of “U-S-A, U-S-A,” an obvious reference to a UCLA team with four foreigners. Alfred Aboya and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute are from Cameroon, Ryan Wright is from Canada and Nikola Dragovic hails from Serbia. MAKING THE ROUNDS Following the loss, Bruins athletic director Dan Guerrero led a four-person contingent to the University of Pittsburgh’s Peterson Center for a tour, then took in the No. 7 Panthers’ game against Providence as part of the discovery process for the renovation of Pauley Pavilion. Guerrero was joined by UCLA senior associate athletic director for external relations Ross Bjork, chairman of the Pauley renovation leadership committee Richard Bergman and his assistant, Joel Browning. The quartet already has visited the University of Texas, Wichita State, Kentucky (which has new practice facilities) and Ohio State. Also on the schedule are the University of Virginia’s new basketball arena, Maryland, Missouri and the headquarters of HOK Sport, which was selected to prepare preliminary designs to redo Pauley. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Dumbing down

first_imgEncino After Ruby Re “Packing her trunk” (March 13): I am thrilled that Ruby will very soon be living in a sanctuary and not in a zoo. However, there is still a huge problem in this city. We need to shut down, not approve, a $38 million tax waste of an elephant-exhibit expansion. Elephants do not belong in zoos. They deserve and need to be in a sanctuary. How many more elephants, such as Gita, have to die before the mayor of Los Angeles listens? Re “Students not up to grade” (March 13): Take a generation of young people, many of whom have extreme difficulty computing with common fractions, decimals and percents, and force-feed them into algebra and geometry classes. When they have trouble, give them much-needed remediation. When they still have trouble, expand the one-year curriculum for each course to 1 1/2 to two years. Dumb down the course content. Inflate grades so practically everyone can pass and obtain a high school diploma. Is anyone surprised that so large a percent of students who enter college need remediation in mathematics? – Michael Wiener – Tia Triplett Los Angeles Free them all Re “Packing her trunk” (March 13): Thank you, Daily News and Kerry Cavanaugh, for bringing awareness of the plight of our L.A. Zoo-kept elephants. Thank you for being a voice for the animals. The planned “new and improved” elephant exhibit is a joke. It is an outrage that the zoo was allowed so much taxpayer money to go into holding even more elephants captive in an unnatural and distressing environment. I, for one, am against holding any kind of wild animals captive for human entertainment. – Patty McCollim Los Angeles This is the USA Re “Neocon Garza” (Your Opinions, March 13): Elaine Wernet called Mariel Garza intellectually and ethically challenged, an opportunist, greedy and an exploiting dictator. And I know it is not because she obtained dual citizenship. Just the name-calling and the use of the label “neocon” tell me that Wernet is a member of the “I want the government to confiscate a successful, hard-working person’s money and give it to me” crowd. Garza has done nothing illegal or unethical. Now Garza can own property in Mexico if she wants to. If it falls within her financial strategy, why not? It is her money. This is the USA. You can own things here and, if possible, in another country. It is not a zero-sum-gain world. There is plenty for everyone. Elaine can have it, too. – Salvador Gallegos Sylmar Same old song I do believe I have heard the same type of rant now spilling out from Al Gore and the environmentalists. (They should form a rock band.) It is the oldest con in the book, and it goes like this: An unspeakable disaster is at hand and you – yes, you, are in terrible danger. But, if you transfer a great deal of money and power to our small elite group (such as those mentioned in the Kyoto Accord), we’ll fix everything. Pay no attention to that man behind the – look; it’s coming! AAAAH! There is, indeed, a global threat, and it does come from people – environmental extremists. – Sylvia Alloway Granada Hills Set an example Re “Rogue cops” (Our Opinions, March 9): If the Daily News is so concerned about the financial disclosure clause in the federal consent decree, then the Daily News should challenge the politicians of L.A. to disclose their financial statements as a step forward in a good-faith effort to set an example of fairness. I wager those suggestions will fall on deaf ears. I further wager the politicians in L.A. get their share of kickbacks from all segments of the industrial special-interest groups. It just amazes me that these politicians go into office wearing suits purchased at J.C. Penney and leave office wearing custom-made rags. How does that happen? – Chris Biller Simi Valley160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Evictions hurt vulnerable

first_imgAntelope Valley community groups have expressed concern for years that those who abuse federally subsidized Section 8 housing imperil their neighborhoods. Amid a Los Angeles County Housing Authority fraud crackdown of the voucher-based rental program, now more than ever, such abusers are imperiling their own families. Violating Section 8 eligibility terms constitutes fraud, and can result in subsidy termination, essentially eviction. Violations include permitting parolees or individuals on probation to live in the housing unit or breaking the law. The consequences of such termination, however, can be devastating to society’s most vulnerable, the leader of one of the Antelope Valley’s most prominent charities said. Grace Resource Center executive director Steve Baker said he’s troubled that removing a family’s subsidy often results in unintended punishment of the innocent, and sometimes leaves the elderly and children with no safety net. “When they lose that roof over their heads, that’s when we have families living out of cars in the middle of the desert,” Baker said. The Section 8 program issues vouchers to low-income families and individuals who often wait years for such subsidies. The program is an offshoot of a housing subsidy program first offered during the Great Depression. Recent Section 8 enforcement sweeps – a significant portion of which have been triggered by tips from the public – have produced growing numbers of recommendations for termination, a trend that’s likely to continue. The county Board of Supervisors last week unanimously approved 5th District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich’s recommendation for $178,000 to fund Section 8 fraud and abuse investigations – a 137 percent increase over the previous fiscal year. “A tremendous amount of people are concerned about the (Section 8) program and how it’s impacting their communities,” said Norm Hickling, an Antonovich aide. Hickling said the increased funding reflects increased demand to investigate tips that have come into a Section 8 fraud hotline established in 2005. “It’s a real issue when people work hard to purchase a home in a nice neighborhood and then they see people who don’t have the same respect for the neighborhood and their community come in and destroy it,” Hickling said. Nevertheless, Section 8 compliance enforcement can be gut-wrenching work, requiring inspectors to consciously distance themselves from their casework, said Gary Brody, a Section 8 fraud investigator in Palmdale. Brody cited cases in which he recommended removal of an 80-year-old grandmother and a man who was legally blind to be among his most difficult assignments. The elderly woman was removed for permitting a granddaughter who was on parole to live in her apartment. The blind man had 11 children and foster children living with him who turned his rental unit into a “crack house,” Grody said. “I think it’s a shame that family are willing to take advantage of people who need Section 8,” Grody said. “They’re disrespecting their own families.” Although Baker finds the consequences of removing Section 8 subsidies troublesome, he acknowledged that recipients are responsible for compliance, noting that a parent who allows a drug addict or ex-convict into his or her home is “asking for it.” “I think Section 8 is wonderful for people who use it – and use it by the rules,” Baker said. “After you wait so long to get on Section 8, you’d think they’d be more protective of it.” Baker believes abusers represent a small minority of Section 8 recipients, and that the program is unfairly blamed for social problems. “For every one that gets busted, there’s a hundred that are using it properly,” Baker said. “It’s really a shame that people are abusing it, because everyone loses.” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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We will be back in the KPL, says Wazito’s Ouna

first_img0Shares0000Wazito FC tactician Frank Ouna gestures instructions from the touchline during his side’s Kenyan Premier League clash against Kariobangi Sharks at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on March 4, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 28 – Wazito FC head coach Frank Ouna is confident the team will return to the top tier having been relegated from the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) on Thursday thanks to Chemelil Sugar’s 1-0 win over Thika United.Wazito earned a first ever promotion from the National Super League (NSL) at the close of last season, but found the heat in the top tier too much to handle especially with the financial demands that come with it. Ouna says their turning point was in June when they lost 18 first team players because of their tough financial position at the time and from there, the coach admitted it was hard to make a turn-around.“We know how we were relegated. It’s not on the pitch but off it,”“I don’t think there is a team anywhere in the world which lost 18 players and went on to perform well. That was the turning point for us. Also, the fact that we were changing calendars meant that we didn’t have the benefit of three or four-week break,” the tactician noted.He added; “With that we were losing players and playing matches and we had a tough run that had Sofapaka, Tusker, Bandari, Posta and we ended losing about five or six matches on the trot. It was always going to be difficult for us.”Wazito who are 17th in the standings with two rounds of matches left won only seven of their 32 games and conceded a whooping 49 goals, the second joint highest in the league after Nakumatt who have so far conceded 57.Wazito FC head coach Frank Ouna shouts instructions during their KPL match against Sony Sugar at Camp Toyoyo on February 3, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaOuna says the team has taken in the hard lessons and will be sure to put them into the NSL and ensure they rise back to the top immediately.“We now have sponsors on board and we take the hard lessons we have picked from this division and prepare for next season in the NSL; there’s nothing to be ashamed about. We have been there in the NSL and earned promotion and we will go there and do it again,” the tactician added.The side will now shift focus on finishing the season strongly and they will have a home tie against Bandari and an away trip to Sony Sugar as their final goodbyes to the top tier.“We have to put our heads high and focus on those two remaining games. We have to go out on a high and give ourselves a bit of confidence heading into the NSL,” further stated the tactician.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Grande Prairie RCMP seek assistance in locating missing youth

first_imgUPDATE – As of 3:40 p.m., Grande Prairie RCMP advises that Jordyn MCCARTNEY has been located. She is safe and unharmed. RCMP would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance.GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 14-year-old Jordyn McCartney.According to RCMP, McCartney was last seen in the Wembley area on October 7, however, she is believed to be in Grande Prairie.- Advertisement -McCartney is described as:5’2″/150lbsOrange hairBrown eyeslast seen wearing a red coat, black baseball cap, and a dress/ skirt with flower printThere is a concern for her well-being. The RCMP would like to locate and speak with her as soon as possible.If you have any information regarding McCartney’s whereabouts, you are being asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Mou tells United to treat Young Boys clash as ‘last chance’

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants his side to be “proactive, not reactive” in their Champions League clash against Young Boys at Old Trafford on Tuesday. © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Nov 26 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants his side to take the game to Young Boys straight from kick-off when they face the Swiss club in the Champions League at Old Trafford on Tuesday.If United win and Valencia fail to beat Juventus, they would qualify for the last 16 with a game to spare. Mourinho slammed United after their lacklustre goalless draw with Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace last weekend, accusing his players of lacking “heart” after they were booed off the field by their own fans at Old Trafford following a result that left them seventh in the table — well adrift of the qualifying positions for next season’s Champions League.He warned then that a repeat display against Young Boys would leave United needing to go Spain and beat Valencia in their final Group H game if they were to remain involved in the competition.United’s sluggish start has been attributed to Mourinho’s own approach, which some Red Devils fans feel runs contrary to the club’s tradition of attacking football.But, speaking at his pre-match press conference on Monday, Mourinho insisted: “It’s frustrating because what I want is the team to start strong, is the team to go strong on the opponent, not to be waiting, not to be reactive but proactive.– ‘Play like knockout game’ –“That’s exactly what I want and probably you or the fans, they think ‘oh, Jose told them to start slow’, ‘Jose told them to play nice and easy and wait to see what happens’ or ‘to be losing for then to react’.”The Portuguese boss insisted: “It is exactly the opposite thing. I want the team to start strong, I want the team to have a go immediately and it is a bit frustrating.“It is not a crucial game, but I want to play like it is the last chance to qualify. I want to play like a knockout game.”As for suggestions United were better off playing away from Old Trafford at the moment, Mourinho said: “If you feel pressure to play matches at home where the people come to support… come on. I never felt pressure to play at home.”Young Boys boss Gerardo Seoane expects United to be back to their best.“I think Manchester United are strong at home and, for sure, also they want to show to their crowd that they are strong also at home,” he said.“This stadium has a big tradition. Manchester United were always the Red Devils at home so we expect a very difficult game.”Meanwhile Mourinho said he was prepared to walk to Old Trafford if traffic problems again hampered United’s preparations before a home Champions League tie.UEFA fined United 15,000 euros (Sh1.3mn) for their late arrival and the subsequent delayed kick-off of their match against Valencia in October.Traffic congestion also saw Juventus arrive just over an hour and United barely 50 minutes before their clash at Old Trafford that same month.Mourinho got out of the team bus and walked to the ground on that occasion — and is ready to do so again.“We are going to stay in a hotel just a few metres away and the information I have from the club and the club contacts with the police is that things are going to be much better than the last time. But if it isn’t better, I walk!”United will be without injured Sweden defender Victor Lindelof while Swiss champions Young Boys, who lost the reverse fixture 3-0, are missing French striker Guillaume Hoarau because of an ankle problem.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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SALES & SERVICES: LOOKING TO BUY A NEW OR USED CAR, LOOK NO FURTHER!

first_imgDonegal Daily’s new Sales & Services section gives you a list of the top businesses and services within Donegal.The Sales & Services section is now live on our website so if you require any business have a look at our brand new section for contact information.Below are some of the top Car Sales in Donegal so if your a looking for a new or second hand car make sure to have a look at what these garages have in stock. T Diver & Sons LTDWe are located on the Canal Road, Letterkenny, Co.Donegal.At Divers Garage you can view our full range of New Hyundai models, a wide selection of used cars, book your car service or explore our full range of Hyundai parts. FDR Car Sales & ServicesFDR Car Sales are a family run business who pride ourselves on maintaining the highest standards of customer care whilst always making value our priority. Both Stuart & Noreen are on site each day to handle your inquiry personally and we look forward to your visit.Inishowen MotorsWe at Inishowen Motors have been an agent for KIA for 10 years and this partnership has delivered the famous 7 year warranty commitment for top quality low cost vehicles. Due to the success of our expansion at Drumkeen, Letterkenny, we at Inishowen Motors are confident that our planned development with Nissan will bring more choice to our customers with real deals and real discounts.Drive ahead with Inishowen Motors.If you would like to place your business in front of 55,000 readers a day contact Hugh today on 087 164 1160 or on hughboyle95@gmail.com Only 5 businesses per category so don’t miss out and call today to book your spot.SALES & SERVICES: LOOKING TO BUY A NEW OR USED CAR, LOOK NO FURTHER! was last modified: July 13th, 2016 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:business directoryCar salesDonegal Dailysales and serviceslast_img read more

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