Regional Policy to Protect, Promote, Pay Whistle-blowers Proposed

first_imgThe Executive Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. James N. Verdier, Jr. has been elected vice chairman of the Bureau of Executives of the Network of National Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa (NACIWA).Cllr. Verdier was elected during the Round-Table Meeting on “Whistle-Blowing” for member institutions of NACIWA and the Annual General Assembly of NACIWA held in Abuja, Nigeria from March 10-13.The Assembly also elected Issoufou Bouraimah of Niger as chairman, Mrs. Nafy Ngom Keita of Senegal as administrative secretary and Shollay Davies of Sierra Leone, financial secretary. They will serve for a period of three years.The Annual General Assembly of NACIWA also set up a committee to review the constitution of the organization. The committee comprises Professor Ibriga Luc Marius of Burkina Faso as president and Cllr. Verdier, Agapit Napoleon Maforikan of Benin, Mrs. Fati Abarchi, Niger and Dr. Luis Jose’ Tavares Landim of Cape  Verde as members.The Meeting was designed to re-enforce the capacity of anti-corruption institutions on “Whistle-blowing” in the region, with a view to enhance  their efforts in combating corruption as well as  deepening and promoting transparency and accountability at all levels in the governance process in member states.The conference also examined the skills, tools and methodologies deployed by member states to work in-country and across borders to effectively support citizens, CSOs and media involvement in whistle blowing practices in the region. At the close of the meeting, participants recommended that ECOWAS should develop a Regional policy on Whistle-blower protection.  They further recommended that efforts should be made to reinforce synergy between and among civil societies, media, anti-corruption institutions, legislature, judiciary and other stakeholders with the aim to promote whistle-blowing and the protection of Whistle-blowers.Participants also recognized the need to ensure absolute autonomy of anti-corruption Institutions in the region and promote integrity of the institutions, particularly in relation to Whistle-blowers.  They agreed that members of NACIWA should consider a compensation regime for Whistle-blowers; that there be continuous engagement on the enhancement of the capacities of the judiciary to understand better the mechanism of whistle-blowing and its processes; and the need for reinforcement of the collaboration between NACIWA and the ECOWAS Commission in order to help countries who have no anti-corruption institution to establish one. It was further agreed that member institutions should work towards the formulation of national whistle-blower legislation that will reflect best practices as obtained across the region, continent and the world; and that NACIWA should raise funds to promote whistle-blowing across the region.The meeting was attended by several heads and  representatives  of national anti-corruption institutions from the member-states of Benin; Burkina Faso;  Cote d’Ivoire;  Ghana;  Guinea;  Guinea Bissau; Cape Verde;  Liberia;  Mali;  Niger; Nigeria;  Senegal;  Sierra Leone and Togo.The Regional Advisor of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crimes (UNODC), a representative of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), the director of the Journal “l’Evènement” Niger and the representative of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) were also in attendance.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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Your Excellency: return to that first 24h after no-confidence resolution passage

first_imgDear Editor,Late as it is, hopeless as it now seems, I will not let be dashed, my hope in our Guyanese people and the better future we could be creating.The unchartered waters of a constitutional crisis are truly on us. Our Ministers are no longer claiming that they are meeting as a Cabinet.First, themselves calling their meeting a caucus then soon after a plenary speaks loudly about the unchartered waters we are already in. We are already in confusion.During a meeting with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) yesterday, it was indicated that their support would stand suspended after March 21, 2019: those sanctions with which Guyana was threatened in 2014 must once again be avoided.Our Leader of the Opposition is not the one steering Guyana’s ship, he cannot avoid the constitutional crisis; he can only rail against it.It is our President and Prime Minister, their advisers and supporters who can still steer us away from it. We must call on our President and Prime Minister to be valiant and valorous. Return themselves to their initial positions within the first 24 hours of the passage of the NCM.Prevail on our Prime Minister to return to his words:“We want our supporters in particular … to understand that we are going back to the polls…. Guyanese must understand that the democratic process is sometimes unpredictable. You may have results that are not planned for…. But the outcome has to be accepted… It is like cricket in some sense, what happened here today, a game of glorious uncertainty.”Prevail on our President to return to his statement issued the following morning:“We will do everything necessary to facilitate the smooth functioning of General and Regional Elections bearing in mind the need for normal governmental functions to continue uninterrupted.”Our Leader of the Opposition approached the Honourable Minister of State, Joseph Harmon for an early meeting, the Government having fallen, to work things out in some harmony. Those initial responses gave hope that the NCM needed not be a calamity, a disaster, but presented an opportunity for steps to a greater maturity in our politics; a perceived bad thing that might bring good results.The reversed positions of our President and Prime Minister have not brought them any glory. The Speaker pushed, did not budge, and did reassert his ruling that the NCM stood; and our Chief Justice issued a judgment overwhelmingly judged sound. The Chief Justice’s NCM ruling seems to be slowly and grudgingly accepted by the Government.According to the Guyana Chronicle of Tuesday, March 12, 2019, the Honourable Finance Minister, Winston Jordan had sought to assure the public that in keeping with the Chief Justice’s ruling, Cabinet has resigned but Government continues to function.Perhaps it had to be this way, to provide examples that in this sixth or seventh decade of ethnopolitical insecurities, there be amongst us persons who would persevere in walking the straight path and we may trust ourselves to expectations of fair play.And when we think and note that the conflagrations that I feared would have followed after the passage of the NCM have not unfolded, we must wonder whether our people are not changing and whether there are not possibilities for us politicians to develop new approaches.In his book on “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” the management guru, Peter Drucker, points out that the occurrence of unexpected things, whether failures or successes, must cause us to question our old assumptions: their period of validity is ending.Discern and come to terms with the change! Look for the new opportunities! Seize the opportunities! Innovate!Mr President, let us go forward, name the date, let the campaigns begin, everyone campaigning on the basis of the next realistic steps they can and will take were they privileged to win, to grow and develop Guyanese and Guyana, without fear or favour, affection or ill will.Yours truly,Samuel A A HindsFormer Presidentand former PrimeMinisterlast_img read more

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ICT development underscored at Internet Week launch

first_imgAt the launch of the Internet Week on Monday, Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes expressed that the way in which Guyana developed its Information Communications Technology (ICT) sector would determine how the country’s Internet industry was transformed.A section of the gathering at Monday’s opening ceremonyShe made these comments at the Pegasus Hotel, where stakeholders are gathering throughout this week to discuss solutions and strategies to improve ICT in Guyana.The discussions are being held as part of Internet Week 2017, which is being held here for the first time. Minister Hughes told the gathering that Government was working to ensure that citizens have safe and secure access to the Internet. Regional and international stakeholders are collaborating with the Ministry to lead discussions on Internet governance, social networking, digital responsibility and cyber security during this week.These stakeholders include the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU); the Internet Society; Internet Governance Day; Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG); and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Formed in 1998, ICANN helps to promote competition and develops policies for the top level of the Internet’s naming system, while CaribNOG is a group of network operators that deal with the management of IP networks in the Caribbean Region. Meanwhile, the CTU is inter-governmental in nature, formed by Caricom. It seeks to support the development of ICT technologies across the Region.The discussion will focus on what regional players have implemented thus far to capitalise on the business opportunities and other technological advances that the sector offers. The afternoon session included discussions on net neutrality, Internet services and cyber security. The week of activities ends on Friday.last_img read more

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Pressure mounts over Williams’ racial insult

first_img0Shares0000SHANGHAI, China, November 6 – Pressure was mounting Sunday on the European Tour to investigate caddy Steve Williams after his racial insult aimed at golf legend Tiger Woods caused worldwide revulsion.Williams sparked outrage when he used a racial slur to refer to former employer Woods after he collected an award during a caddies’ gala dinner at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China on Friday evening.Several leading players — including Williams’ new Australian boss Adam Scott — dismissed his racial slur as nothing more than a misguided joke “that should never have left the room”. Williams posted an online statement Saturday apologising to Woods and admitting his comments “could be construed as racist” after fellow caddies, fans and sponsors reacted with disgust to his remarks.But the players’ casual reaction and silence from the sport’s leading officials has been seen as a closing of ranks, and anti-racist groups lined up to condemn the European and PGA tours for failing to censure Williams.Sally Dhalu, secretary of the UK anti-racism group One Society, Many Cultures, said: “I don’t think an apology is enough. The only way to root [racism] out and prevent other people from behaving in the same way is to take disciplinary action.“An investigation should be conducted,” she was quoted as saying by the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.The European Tour has so far refused to comment on the scandal.But HSBC bank, the main sponsor of Asia’s flagship golfing tournament, has been keen to distance itself from the row, which has overshadowed the event in Shanghai.“Any kind of racially motivated comment in this day and age is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated,” HSBC group head of sponsorship Giles Morgan told AFP Sunday.“It is not up to us to take action [against Williams] and I understand European Tour officials will be making a statement later today. We are keen to get back to focusing on what is a great golfing tournament,” he added.New Zealander Williams was employed by Woods for 12 years, the pair winning 72 tournaments together with the caddy earning an estimated US$3 million, before their acrimonious split in the summer.The 47-year-old caddy, who kept silent during Woods’ sex scandal, is believed to have struggled to come to terms with his axing and issued a series of barbed comments before his racial slur.Williams has previously courted controversy with his outspokenness and gruff personality, once calling Phil Mickelson a “right prick”, insulting spectators and bullying the media.He was again due on the first tee with world number 8 Scott on Sunday.Scott is in third place on 13 under overall going into the fourth and final round of the US$7 million tournament, three shots off the leader Fredrik Jacobson of Sweden.Many golf commentators have expressed surprise that Williams was still carrying the bag of Scott, a rising young star who is keen to foster a supporter-friendly image.Some golf fans who spoke with AFP Saturday said Williams’ apology was insufficient and further disciplinary action should be taken against him for bringing shame on the sport.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Parking lot upgrades for Dawson Creek Hospital and Rotary Manor

first_imgIn addition to resurfacing and lighting, the hospital will get sidewalk and drainage system upgrades, and Rotary Manor will get electrical plug-ins. The Ministry of Health says in a press release, that when the upgrade is finished, there will be 30 additional parking spaces for visitors at the northwest corner of the hospital, as well as 30 parking spaces for staff behind Rotary Manor. “This will allow for improved parking availability, so visitors may have increased and efficient access to parking when they visit the Dawson Creek and District Hospital, Rotary Manor, Northview and Southview facilities. The parking spots that will become available will also ease congestion and help handle the flow of traffic around the facilities.” The hospital’s upgrade will cost $430,000, with $258,000 from the government of B.C. and $172,000 from the PRRHD. Rotary Manor’s upgrade will cost $265,000, with $159,000 from the provincial government and $106,000 from the PRRHD.- Advertisement – “Visitors to the facilities can look forward to a better parking experience with reduced congestion,” says Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom. “These projects contribute greatly to an improved visitor experience, which is good news for Dawson Creek area families.” The hospital’s upgrades are scheduled to be completed by January 2013, and Rotary Manor’s by December 2012.Advertisementlast_img read more

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PRESIDENT MICHAEL D HIGGINS TO VISIT DONEGAL TO PRESENT TIP O’NEILL AWARD

first_imgThe  Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award award will be presented to Senate President Therese Murray by President Michael D. Higgins at a special ceremony in September.Tip O’NeillThe Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award was established on the centenary of the birth of Speaker Thomas P. Tip O’Neill in 2012.It was established to recognise the achievements of members of the Irish Diaspora in their chosen fields and to celebrate the global impact of Irish people everywhere and their maintenance of links with Ireland. Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed the announcement of Senator Therese Murray, President of the Massachusetts State Senate as recipient of the 2014 Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award. Congratulating Senator Murray, the Taoiseach acknowledged her leadership role in Massachusetts and her ongoing interest in and support for economic development in Ireland.Senator Murray has proven herself to be a worthy recipient by carving out a very successful career in the predominantly male world of, not just American politics, but politics in general. She has been a champion of Welfare causes, mental health, children’s welfare and health, and the elderly. She has been the driving force behind many very worthy State reforms in Massachusetts and has always maintained her close links with the country of her heritage. A champion of the people, Senator Murray is a politician with a very large heart that has remained true to the traditional Irish values that were instilled in her from both her parents. Her father’s people hail from County Cork, and her mother’s from Limerick and Dublin. She will be attending the annual prize giving ceremony and the associated calendar of events which are held each year in Buncrana, in recognition of the Tip O’Neill’s Donegal roots and his impact on world affairs.“I am humbled and honored to be receiving the 3rd Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award,” said Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray.“Having the opportunity to further strengthen and create economic and academic links between Massachusetts and in the Northwest of Ireland not only solidifies our historic ties, but also allows us to build a new bridge of cutting edge technology and innovation. It is these new connections that will help spur discovery and development, provide inspiration and opportunity, and move Massachusetts and the Island of Ireland forward in this global economy. Where there is opportunity there is hope and where there is hope there is peace. Working together, we will achieve great things.”Donegal County Manager, Seamus Neely stated, “The importance of our Diaspora to Donegal and to Ireland cannot be overstated and we are committed to continuing to work to consolidate and further develop our links in this regard. The enthusiasm, commitment, and work ethic of our Diaspora has ingratiated them to their adopted nations, but we will continue to consider them as merely ‘being away for a while’, regardless of the generations that may have passed since.” Previous recipients have been renowned journalist and social commentator and Editor of the Irish Voice and Irish Central, Niall O’Dowd (2012) and Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana (2013).This recognition and celebration of the Irish Diaspora has proven to be hugely successful and cements the links between Irish people throughout the world for mutual benefit. It is hugely important that these two cohorts of people maintain these strong bonds and that we can all take pride in the achievements of our Diaspora for many years to come.  PRESIDENT MICHAEL D HIGGINS TO VISIT DONEGAL TO PRESENT TIP O’NEILL AWARD was last modified: May 6th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:President Michael D HigginsTip O’Neill Awardlast_img read more

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Poole Town midfielder’s boss sees funny side as he completes Love Island transfer

first_img Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea JIBE The 29-year-old has also played for Sailsbury FC and trained with Sutton United in addition to making a living as a personal trainer. He will now be one of 12 new contestants to enter the ITV’s reality show where a £50,000 prize awaits the winner.His manager has at least seen the funny side. LATEST Arsenal’s new kit video has been leaked and features a star studded cast Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Poole Town midfielder Marvin Brooks will be entering Love Island, leaving his manager one player short for pre-season The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star latest LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS boost Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:51Loaded: 8.93%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Pre season training starts next week and my attacking midfielder has disappeared on to love island !!— tom killick (@tomkillick) June 27, 2019“I hope it’s all inclusive on there because he’ll never buy a drink.”The footballer has said he has his eye on Anna Vakili and Lucie Donlan.“It’s changed a few times because of how people have reacted to things. My type I’ve always said is brunette,” he said.“Anna has definitely caught my eye but then recently Lucie has as I feel like she’s very similar to me in the sense that if she doesn’t want to hang around with a group she won’t force herself to do, which I’ve admired.”The ex-royal navy officer, who is also a personal trainer to Harry Redknapp, rates himself as a strong 8.7 out of ten – depending on whether he’s got a tan. “Pre-season training starts next week and my attacking midfielder has disappeared to Love Island!!’ Killick wrote.On the club’s website, he said: “I’m told he goes into a separate villa and needs to be picked to go on the main show.center_img deals Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions punished Poole Town boss Tom Killick has jokingly vented his anger on Twitter after learning – possibly via text – midfielder Marvin Brooks will miss pre-season training to go on Love Island.The South League Premier Division South side begin preparations for the new season in a matter of days and will miss the attacking midfielder, who scored 86 goals in more than 300 games. TROPHY @Marvinbrooks – Instagram 1 REVEALED last_img read more

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Victory for Donegal in Newry

first_imgDeclan Bonner’s Donegal made it two wins from two in the McKenna Cup on Sunday  with a 1-17 to 0-10 win over Down in Newry.Donegal hit the front in the first minute and didn’t look back from there- leading 0-10 to 0-03 at the break with Man of The Match Martin McElhinney to the fore.Further points in the second-half from McElhinney and a goal from Caolán MacGonagaill saw Bonner’s men run out comfortable winners and set up a Section A decider against Cavan in Ballybofey on Wednesday night.The only downside of an othewise comprehensive victory was a serious looking injury for Donegal’s wing forward Eoin McHugh with the Allianz League opener just three weeks away.Listen to the postmatch verdicts of Donegal manager Declan Bonner and Man of the Match Martin McElhinney here:Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/DeclanBonner06jan19.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/MartinMc06Jan19.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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Decline in South Africa’s mortality rate continues

first_img19 March 2014The number of deaths in South Africa decreased by 7.7% between 2010 and 2011, as a downward trend in mortality that started in 2007 gained further momentum, Statistics SA’s Mortality and Causes of Death in South Africa Report for 2011 reveals.“The downward trend observed since 2007 in the number of deaths occurring in the country per year continues,” Statistician-General Pali Lehohla said at the release of the report in Pretoria on Tuesday, noting that a total of 505 803 deaths were registered in 2011.“The number of deaths between 2010 and 2011 decreased by 7.7%, while during 2009-2010 and 2008-2009 the number of deaths decreased by 5.6% and 2.6% respectively, which is an indication that the number of deaths are annually decreasing at an increasing rate.”The report indicates that communicable diseases are on the decrease in South Africa, especially among females.The overall decrease in the mortality rate was much higher for females than for males. Between 2010 and 2011, deaths of females decreased by 8.2%, while deaths of males decreased by 7.5%.Lehohla attributed the overall decrease to the government’s massive intervention to provide treatment to tuberculosis (TB) patients and people living with HIV.The decrease also coincided with decreases in tuberculosis, influenza, pneumonia and intestinal infectious diseases. “While these causes remain among the 10 leading causes of death in the country, their relative importance in mortality is decreasing over time,” Lehohla said.“However, among the 10 leading causes of death due to communicable diseases, the proportion of deaths due to HIV disease continues to increase, although at a very slow pace (from 3.1% in 2009 to 3.4% in 2010).”In recent years, there has been a modest increase in the proportion of deaths due to specific non-communicable diseases, Statistics SA found.Among the 10 leading causes of death, there was an increase in the proportion of death due to the following causes: other forms of heart disease (particularly heart failure), cerebrovascular disease (largely stroke), diabetes mellitus, and hypertensive diseases.The contribution of these diseases to the overall number of deaths in 2009 was 15.2%, increasing to 17% in 2011. The proportion of deaths due to injuries also increased slightly, from 8.7% in 2009 to 9.1% in 2011.The proportion of deaths due to certain infectious and parasitic diseases and respiratory diseases has declined, while there has been an increase in the proportion of deaths due to diseases of the circulatory system; neoplasms (cancers); and endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases.The Mortality and Causes of Death in South Africa Report for 2011 is based on data collected by the Department of Home Affairs through the country’s death registration system. It is estimated that this system covered 94% of adult deaths in the country during this period.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Aunty Remix

first_imgTags:#Mashups#web The BBC has launched anew beta site called BBC Backstage, whichis their new developer network. They’ve put the call out for people to remix theircontent, using their APIs and content RSS feeds. Although over the years the BBC has beenunderstandably “cautious” about “letting go of control of so much of our content”, it’s agood sign they’ve started the unshackling process now.I took a look at the Prototypesection of the site and was impressed by the projects already published: a BBC News/Wikipedia mash-up, some del.icio.us experimentation and a search of the BBC’s Todayprogram. In the BBC/Wikipedia and BBC/del.icio.us prototype apps, the additonal information and links areintegrated very tightly using the existing BBC News design. In fact it took my eyes a while to pick up the changes! While using the samedesign may be the point, personally I’d prefer a little more differentiation – if only sothe Wikipedia and del.icio.us services have their fair share ofbranding on those pages.Other highlights for me in the Prototype section were an RSSfeed of BBC complaints and Mint, “a video bloggers friend”. Ican’t wait to see what else pops up! You don’t necessarily need to develop the appsyourself either, you can simply note down an ideaand who knows who’ll pick it up and run with it. For example, Rael Dornfest hasput in a request for “an app that’ll find, bundle, and download all parts of a fourpart radio play”.So whether you’re a developer or a normal user with a request, the BBC Backstage hassomething for you. Congrats to the BBC for fully embracing the Remix Culture! A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanuslast_img read more

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