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‘Suffering from ongoing publication’: Higgins’ distress at leaked texts

Brittany Higgins believed the publication of her private text messages, diary entries and other documents handed over to police and prosecutors to assist in Bruce Lehrmann’s sexual assault trial was part of a deliberate campaign to undermine her credibility, court documents reveal. The Federal Court heard allegations on Tuesday that Lehrmann leaked more than 2300 pages of Higgins’ text messages with her ex-boyfriend Ben Dillaway to Seven as he negotiated an exclusive interview deal in 2022 with the network’s Spotlight program. He has previously told the court he did not give any documents to Seven. In a bombshell development on Tuesday night, Network Ten succeeded in an application to reopen its defence to Lehrmann’s multimillion-dollar Federal Court defamation case against Ten and high-profile presenter Lisa Wilkinson over an interview with Higgins broadcast on The Project on February 15, 2021. Justice Michael Lee was due to deliver his decision in the defamation case on Thursday but has postponed his judgment to hear evidence called by Ten from Taylor Auerbach, a former Spotlight producer who has alleged in affidavits filed in court that Lehrmann leaked the Higgins and Dillaway texts to Seven in December 2022. Auerbach will give evidence on Thursday.

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Voters in Enid, Oklahoma, oust city council member with ties to white nationalism

Voters in the northwest Oklahoma city of Enid ousted a city council member with ties to white nationalism, according to unofficial results posted Tuesday on the Oklahoma Election Board website. With all four precincts reporting in Enid’s Ward 1, results show voters chose to recall 42-year-old Judd Blevins. They instead selected Cheryl Patterson, a grandmother and longtime youth leader at an area church, to fill the seat. Blevins, an Iraq War veteran, was narrowly elected to the seat last year despite his ties to white nationalist groups. Blevins acknowledged at a community forum last week that he marched in the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017. He also admitted being connected to the now-defunct white supremacist group Identity Evropa. When asked at the forum to explain his involvement in the rally and his ties to Identity Evropa, he responded: “Bringing attention to the same issues that got Donald Trump elected in 2016: securing America’s borders, reforming our legal immigration system and, quite frankly, pushing back on this anti-white hatred that is so common in media entertainment.” The recall effort in Oklahoma was launched by two longtime Enid residents, best friends Connie Vickers and Nancy Presnall, both Democrats in a county where Republicans have a nearly 4-to-1 advantage in voter registration.

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Scathing federal report rips Microsoft for shoddy security, insincerity in response to Chinese hack

In a scathing indictment of Microsoft corporate security and transparency, a Biden administration-appointed review board issued a report Tuesday saying “a cascade of errors” by the tech giant let state-backed Chinese cyber operators break into email accounts of senior U.S. officials including Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. The Cyber Safety Review Board, created in 2021 by executive order, describes shoddy cybersecurity practices, a lax corporate culture and a lack of sincerity about the company’s knowledge of the targeted breach, which affected multiple U.S. agencies that deal with China. It concluded that “Microsoft’s security culture was inadequate and requires an overhaul” given the company’s ubiquity and critical role in the global technology ecosystem. Microsoft products “underpin essential services that support national security, the foundations of our economy, and public health and safety.” The panel said the intrusion, discovered in June by the State Department and dating to May “was preventable and should never have occurred,” blaming its success on “a cascade of avoidable errors.” What’s more, the board said, Microsoft still doesn’t know how the hackers got in. The panel made sweeping recommendations, including urging Microsoft to put on hold adding features to its cloud computing environment until “substantial security improvements have been made.” It said Microsoft’s CEO and board should institute “rapid cultural change” including publicly sharing “a plan with specific timelines to make fundamental, security-focused reforms across the company and its full suite of products.” In a statement, Microsoft said it appreciated the board’s investigation and would “continue to harden all our systems against attack and implement even more robust sensors and logs to help us detect and repel the cyber-armies of our adversaries.” In all, the state-backed Chinese hackers broke into the Microsoft Exchange Online email of 22 organizations and more than 500 individuals around the world including the U.S. ambassador to China, Nicholas Burns — accessing some cloud-based email boxes for at least six weeks and downloading some 60,000 emails from the State Department alone, the 34-page report said. Three think tanks and four foreign government entities, including Britain’s National Cyber Security Center, were among those compromised, it said. The board, convened by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in August, accused Microsoft of making inaccurate public statements about the incident — including issuing a statement saying it believed it had determined the likely root cause of the intrusion “when, in fact, it still has not.” Microsoft did not update that misleading blog post, published in September, until mid-March after the board repeatedly asked if it planned to issue a correction, it said. Separately, the board expressed concern about a separate hack disclosed by the Redmond, Washington, company in January — this one of email accounts including those of an undisclosed number of senior Microsoft executives and an undisclosed number of Microsoft customers and attributed to state-backed Russian hackers. The board lamented “a corporate culture that deprioritized both enterprise security investments and rigorous risk management.” The Chinese hack was initially disclosed in July by Microsoft in a blog post and carried out by a group the company calls Storm-0558. That same group, the panel noted, has been engaged in similar intrusions — compromising cloud providers or stealing authentication keys so it can break into accounts — since at least 2009, targeting companies including Google, Yahoo, Adobe, Dow Chemical and Morgan Stanley. Microsoft noted in its statement that the hackers involved are “well-resourced nation state threat actors who operate continuously and without meaningful deterrence.” The company said it recognizes that recent events “have demonstrated a need to adopt a new culture of engineering security in our own networks,” adding it has “mobilized our engineering teams to identify and mitigate legacy infrastructure, improve processes, and enforce security benchmarks.”

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Jalen Brunson struggles as Knicks’ late rally falls short in loss to rival Heat

MIAMI – The Knicks were reminded of last year’s elimination with a Jalen Brunson struggle twist. ‘ The Knicks star couldn’t come close to matching his supreme play of late, missing 12 of his 17 shots as a comeback fell short in Tuesday’s 109-99 loss to the Heat. In a lot of ways, the Knicks were uncharacteristic in ways that often only apply when they face Miami in big games. They committed sloppy turnovers. They lost the rebounding battle handily, 39-30, despite entering as the NBA’s best team on the glass. They were outhustled, outmuscled. But after trailing throughout – most often by double-digits — the Knicks exploded a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 92 on Precious Achiuwa’s putback with four minutes left. The Heat responded with a 17-7 run to close out the win, with Terry Rozier finishing with a game-high 34 points. The big difference Tuesday was that Brunson — a star in that playoff series against the Heat last year – was riding the struggle bus. Perhaps he was due for a letdown after carrying such a load in March. He acknowledged feeling under the weather before the game, saying with congestion, “”I don’t feel the best, but I’m fine.” Then he committed five turnovers and missed 5 of 6 treys. The Knicks (44-31) dropped their third straight and fell below the Magic from 4th to 5th in the Eastern Conference. New York’s bright spots Tuesday were Miles McBride, who dropped 24 points and chased around Rozier on defense, Bojan Bogdanovic, who had his best game as a Knick with 16 points off the bench, and Donte DiVincenzo, who added 31 points in 35 minutes on 11 for 21 shooting. Erik Spoelstra’s teams tend to ramp it up in April. Part of that is because Jimmy Butler coasts through the regular season before turning on the boosters when it matters. And it’s starting to really matter for the Heat (42-33), who are currently seventh in the East and trying to avoid the play-in. “Jimmy kind of does side quests during the year until about April,” Josh Hart said. “Then he starts locking in. I’m sure people are going to see that maniac competitive side now that he’s done with the side quests and he’s on to the main quests.” It was the Knicks’ first game at the Kaseya Center since being eliminated in Game 6 last year. And it was a rough start. After dueling MVP chants for Brunson and Butler in the opening minutes, the Knicks trailed by 12 after the first quarter.

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Surgeon reveals the one body part that indicates penis size — and it’s not hands or feet

She’s sizing up some seriously big myths. A surgeon specializing in sexual health says you cannot tell the size of a man’s penis simply by looking at his hands and feet. Dr. Rena Malik made the declaration on the Diary of a CEO podcast on Monday, squashing the stereotype that blokes with bigger shoes are better endowed. However, the surgeon — who practices in both Beverly Hills and Irvine, Calif. — said there is one body part that could accurately indicate the size of a man’s member. “There’s one study — it’s a Japanese study where they looked at only Japanese men so there are some limitations — but they measured all these body parts and penile length and they found was that nose length was correlated with penile length, not hand length or foot,” Malik declared. The expert didn’t divulge whether she had seen other studies linking nose and penis size, but said she’d certainly noticed an uptick in patients panicked about their pecker. Malik said lads who want to lengthen their willy could use a traction device. “These are devices that are made for penile lengthening but they’re also made for men who have something called Peyronie’s disease,” she explained. According to the Mayo Clinic, Peyronie’s disease “is a condition in which fibrous scar tissue forms in the deeper tissues under the skin of the penis” causing curved and painful erections. It also can make the penis shorter while erect. Malik said a traction device can increase the length of a penis by up to 2cm. However, males anxious over the size of their penis should fear not. Last year, another doctor declared that most people overestimate the size of the average penis and said most men barely measure more than five inches even when they’re rock hard. Dr. Jen Caudle dished the details in a TikTok clip in a bid to alter expectations about appendages and destroy the motto that “size matters.” “The average size of a flaccid penis is 3.6 inches, and the average size of an erect penis is 5.17 inches. Did you know that? It’s actually shorter than I think a lot of people would imagine.”

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AAP leadership behind bars, why Sanjay Singh bail raises hopes in party

An AAP orator next only to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, a Member of Parliament with links across Opposition parties apart from his hold on MLAs in Delhi and Punjab — for a party that has its top brass behind bars, the Supreme Court’s grant of bail to Sanjay Singh could not have been more timely. With Singh set to be released from Tihar Jail where he spent the last six months after his arrest under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, senior AAP leaders went into a huddle Tuesday afternoon to discuss plans for their Rajya Sabha MP ahead of the party’s Lok Sabha campaign. His release promises to tackle challenges that may be bigger than the upcoming Lok Sabha elections – that of keeping the AAP flock intact, and removing the hurdles in communicating with INDIA bloc parties following his arrest last October. “He is very important to the organisation in Delhi, having been with the party since its India Against Corruption days… He will be able to keep the flock together and quell dissent among those who may have been approached and thinking about jumping ship, not just in Delhi but also in Punjab,” a senior AAP leader said. Ever since the arrest of Kejriwal, the party’s star draw, its election campaigns in Delhi and Punjab have taken a hit. The party had been concentrating on organising protests against his arrest, and the results in some sections were poor. This, a senior AAP leader said, was set to change after Singh’s return because he is likely to take the lead in organising daily public meetings to mobilise support against Kejriwal’s arrest. “It is true that the response from people in some parts was not as strong as we would have liked. The people and the cadre were demoralised. Sanjay Ji’s release on bail will help solve this problem; he is not only very hard working but has a personal relationship both with AAP leaders as well as supporters,” a party leader said. The timing, the leader said, would be crucial in this regard. “In Delhi’s politics, initiating issues of political nature takes as much time as it does for them to die down; the issue of the arrest of the CM is crucial and it must peak around polling time (towards the end of May),” the leader said. Another leader pointed out that before his arrest, Singh was in touch with Opposition parties on alliance matters. “Sanjay Bhai is a man who has built personal and political relationships with people across party lines. He is AAP’s anchor and the go-to man for Opposition parties. He was also a key player in all protests inside and outside Parliament. Not only AAP, the INDIA bloc stands to benefit from his return,” another key AAP leader said. Some others in the party also see Singh’s bail as a “moral victory”. “While the BJP is trying to further the narrative that Sanjay Singh got bail because the ED did not oppose it, anyone who goes through the Supreme Court observations can see that it was because the investigating agency did not have any arguments on merit. For us, this is a big moral victory. And it will give a big boost to our campaign. He will hold rallies and public meetings not just in Delhi but across the country. While the BJP started the campaign for us by arresting Arvind Kejriwal, Sanjay Singh will now take it forward,” a leader who participated in the party huddle said. The Delhi BJP, meanwhile, said grant of bail to Singh was evidence of “the impartiality of the judiciary and investigating agencies”. Delhi BJP president Virendra Sachdeva said, “Until this morning, AAP leaders were repeatedly alleging that the Central government was misusing investigating agencies to imprison our leaders. But today, the lack of opposition by the investigating agency to the bail application of MP Sanjay Singh has established that the investigating agencies only demand the custody of the accused until it is legally necessary. Sanjay Singh’s bail is a lesson for Opposition leaders who should understand that both imprisonment and bail are granted by law, not by investigating agencies or the government.”

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Seattle public schools replacing gifted students program to be more ‘inclusive,’ citing diversity concerns

Seattle Public Schools is replacing its program for gifted students with a more “inclusive” and “equitable” program in an ongoing trend of states scrapping honors classes in the name of diversity. SPS began phasing out its Highly Capable Cohort (HCC) schools and classrooms for advanced learners in the 2021-22 school year, claiming the program did not address racial inequalities. Its replacement, called the Highly Capable Neighborhood School Model, will be available in every school by the 2024-25 school year, SPS said. Instead of separate classrooms and schools for gifted students, all students will remain together in the same classroom and the teacher will individualize learning plans for each student. The district announced the changes will “address historical inequity” and include “three tiers of service for students depending on individual needs, delivered in a way that honors individual cultures and backgrounds.” STOP PUNISHING GIFTED STUDENTS: WAR ON MERIT, HONORS PROGRAMS IS HURTING BLACK CHILDREN, OTHERS Parents and teachers critical of the program told The Seattle Times that they fear gifted students will get overlooked in the new model. They also raised concerns it puts an additional burden on teachers to create personalized lesson plans for as many as 20 or 30 students. However, advocates of the changes say the new model will address loopholes which left some students behind, such as families who couldn’t make the Saturday testing into the program because of transportation challenges. Fox News previously reported that the school district’s gifted program was among the least diverse in the country. “In the 2022-23 school year, 52% of highly capable students at SPS were White, 16% were Asian, and 3.4% were Black,” according to the Seattle Times’ analysis of school data. PARENTS SPEAK OUT AGAINST SCHOOL CANCELING HONORS CLASSES IN THE NAME OF EQUITY: ‘IT’S NOT WORKING’ The new program will better serve students who have been “historically excluded” from school opportunities, SPS argued. “The program is not going away, it’s getting better. It will be more inclusive, equitable, and culturally sensitive. In particular, students who have been historically excluded will now have the same opportunities for services as every other student and get the support and enrichment they need to grow,” the district announced on its website. Seattle isn’t the only city to make changes to or eliminate its offerings for gifted students due to diversity concerns. Districts in Virginia, Rhode Island, New York and California have made national headlines in the past few years for eliminating honors classes or awards in the name of racial equity. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

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Migrants flown to Martha’s Vineyard on flights coordinated by DeSantis can sue aviation company

Migrants who were flown to Martha’s Vineyard nearly two years ago on charter flights coordinated by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis can sue the aviation company that transported them, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled on Monday. Fifty Venezuelans were flown in 2022 to Martha’s Vineyard — famously known as a playground of rich progressives — from San Antonio, Texas, and had been promised work and housing. Under the terms of the ruling, the migrants can proceed with a lawsuit against Florida-based Vertol Systems Co., which coordinated the flights for $1.5 million. Fox News Digital has reached out to the company. PREVIOUSLY DEPORTED ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT CHARGED WITH MURDER OF 25-YEAR OLD MICHIGAN WOMAN “These facts, taken together, support an inference that Vertol and the other Defendants specifically targeted Plaintiffs because they were Latinx immigrants,” the 77-page ruling from U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs states. DeSantis was named in a lawsuit but was dropped by the judge, citing “insufficient facts” presented in the case. Burroughs said the court could not “ascertain what actions were taken by whom and therefore cannot determine which, if any, of those individual Defendants transacted business or caused injury here, leaving it no choice but to find that, at least on this record, personal jurisdiction has not been established.” BORDER PATROL CHIEF SUGGESTS ‘JAIL TIME,’ TOUGHER ‘CONSEQUENCES’ TO STOP ILLEGAL US-MEXICO BORDER CROSSINGS DeSantis, like his counterpart in Texas, had the migrants flown to the Massachusetts island to highlight the Biden administration’s border policies, which have been heavily criticized by Republicans amid record-numbers of illegal immigrants entering the U.S. His office told Fox News Digital that the flights were “conducted lawfully and authorized by the Florida Legislature.” “We look forward to Florida’s next illegal immigrant relocation flight, and we are glad to bring national attention to the crisis at the southern border,” said DeSantis Deputy Press Secretary Julia Friedland. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Residents on the island were caught off guard and scrambled to provide resources for them upon their arrival. The National Guard was eventually activated in response. The migrants were loaded onto buses after two days and taken to military housing on the Cape Cod mainland. Fox News Digital’s Bradford Betz contributed to this report.

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Albanese, Wong express outrage as Israel calls fatal attack a ‘misidentification’

Herzi Halevi, the chief-of-staff of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), said a preliminary debrief suggested the strike was the result of misidentification, describing it as a “grave mistake”. “I want to be very clear: the strike was not carried out with the intention of harming WCK aid workers,” Halevi said in a statement. “It was a mistake that followed a misidentification, at night during a war in very complex conditions. It shouldn’t have happened.” In a video statement Netanyahu said: “Unfortunately in the past day there was a tragic event in which our forces unintentionally harmed non-combatants in the Gaza Strip.

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Intermap Announces 2023 Results and 2024 Guidance

Software and solutions revenue grew 25% in 2023 Company projects 2024 bookings of $20 – 25 million, revenue of $16 – 18 million and an adjusted EBITDA margin of approximately 25% DENVER, April 02, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Intermap Technologies (TSX: IMP; OTCQB: ITMSF) (“Intermap” or the “Company”), a global leader in 3D geospatial products and intelligence solutions, today announced 2023 financial results and 2024 guidance. For the year ending December 31, 2023, the Company reported revenue of $6.2 million, compared with $6.8 million the previous year. Recurring and repeating software and solutions revenue grew to $4.2 million, 67% of total revenue, compared with $3.4 million in 2022. A decline in acquisition revenue of $1.1 million was caused by a delay in the award of a significant government contract, which was subsequently announced in March 2024, as well as the pandemic-related restrictions that remained across Southeast Asia until late 2023. U.S. government work was also delayed by the federal budget impasse. The Company expects to begin collecting this revenue during 2024. Despite the contracting delays, Intermap’s EPS for 2023 improved to ($0.10) per share, compared with ($0.16) per share for the previous year. Subsequent to year end, Intermap announced the award of a material contract from the Indonesian government. This initial award includes an opportunity to repeat, with follow-on requirements to complete mapping the country during an additional 4-year period. Work on this contract commenced in February 2024. Including Indonesia, for the current year ending December 31, 2024, the Company projects total bookings in the range of $20-25 million, with $16-18 million in revenue and an adjusted EBITDA margin of approximately 25%. “Our government and commercial businesses are off to a strong start in 2024,” said Patrick A. Blott, Intermap Chairman and CEO. “We’ve recently announced major government wins and we remain on track to extend our high-growth, high-margin services model to these large government accounts.” 2023 notable commercial achievements include: Grew in core commercial market: Won a $1 million multiyear renewal and increased multiple recurring subscriptions by 60-350%Extended product offering: Partnered with Twinn by Royal HaskoningDHV to provide additional natural hazard data for the global insurance industryExpanded market reach: Won multiyear contracts in Europe, exceeding $1.3 million, expanding software solution to incorporate risk, appraisal and pricing applications for global residential and commercial real estateEntered new, fast-growing segments: Won a new contract with a global spacecraft and communications operator to supply proprietary NEXTMap® elevation data to improve simulation, regulatory compliance and global situational awareness. Revised a subscription with a leading autonomous aviation customer for NEXTView™, the Company’s certified aviation specific elevation dataset 2023 notable government work includes: Won competitive government project in Singapore for water pollution monitoringSecured and completed Intermap’s first task orders under the U.S. Defense Department’s JANUS contractCompleted task orders for the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs dam inundations studies IDIQ prime contractTwo-year subscription renewal by the State of California with an increase of 50% for its NEXTMap elevation dataContracted by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to provide precision elevation data for NASA moon landing simulations in preparation for the Artemis III missionShowcased proprietary advanced AI/ML technology to the U.S. Department of Defense for next-generation, actionable, geo-precise coordinates Intermap’s audited annual financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2023, the annual management discussion and analysis for the corresponding period, related management certifications of annual filings and its annual information form will be filed and available on SEDAR+ at www.sedarplus.ca on April 2, 2024. Learn more about Intermap at intermap.com/investors. Intermap Reader AdvisoryCertain information provided in this news release, including reference to full-year guidance, projected bookings, revenue and EBITDA, constitutes forward-looking statements. The words “anticipate”, “expect”, “project”, “estimate”, “forecast”, “will be”, “will consider”, “intends”, “guidance” and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Although Intermap believes that these statements are based on information and assumptions which are current, reasonable and complete, these statements are necessarily subject to a variety of known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Intermap’s forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties pertaining to, among other things, cash available to fund operations, availability of capital, revenue fluctuations, nature of government contracts, economic conditions, loss of key customers, retention and availability of executive talent, competing technologies, common share price volatility, loss of proprietary information, software functionality, internet and system infrastructure functionality, information technology security, breakdown of strategic alliances, and international and political considerations, as well as those risks and uncertainties discussed Intermap’s Annual Information Form and other securities filings. While the Company makes these forward-looking statements in good faith, should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary significantly from those expected. Accordingly, no assurances can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what benefits that the Company will derive therefrom. All subsequent forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, attributable to Intermap or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as at the date of this news release and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the forward-looking statements made herein, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable securities law. About Intermap TechnologiesFounded in 1997 and headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Intermap (TSX: IMP; OTCQB: ITMSF) is a global leader in geospatial intelligence solutions, focusing on the creation and analysis of 3D terrain data to produce high-resolution thematic models. Through scientific analysis of geospatial information and patented sensors and processing technology, the Company provisions diverse, complementary, multi-source datasets to enable customers to seamlessly integrate geospatial intelligence into their workflows. Intermap’s 3D elevation data and software analytic capabilities enable global geospatial analysis through artificial intelligence and machine learning, providing customers with critical information to understand their terrain environment. By leveraging its proprietary archive of the world’s largest collection of multi-sensor global elevation data, the Company’s collection and processing capabilities provide multi-source 3D datasets and analytics at mission speed, enabling governments and companies to build and integrate geospatial foundation data with actionable insights. Applications for Intermap’s products and solutions include defense, aviation and UAV flight planning, flood and wildfire insurance, disaster mitigation, base mapping, environmental and renewable energy planning, telecommunications, engineering, critical infrastructure monitoring, hydrology, land management, oil and gas and transportation. Source link The content is by Globe Newswire. Headlines of Today Media is not responsible for the content provided or any links related to this content. Headlines of Today Media is not responsible for the correctness, topicality or the quality of the content.

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