New guide offers communities a path to zoning reform

first_imgState Joins with National Organization to Encourage Housing Access and AffordabilityVermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the Congress of the New Urbanism (CNU) have just completed Enabling Better Places: A Zoning Guide for Vermont Neighborhoods(link is external). This how-to manual promotes practical, small steps that Vermont’s cities, towns, and villages can take to address widespread regulatory barriers that limit the choice of homes available to Vermont residents at prices people can afford. In most communities, obsolete land use regulations impede the development of vibrant, walkable neighborhoods that combine housing and compatible commercial uses in neighborhoods that offer a variety of homes for every stage of life. Demand for diverse housing choices in walkable places is growing as the population ages and household sizes decrease.  However, most local bylaws restrict the kind of new housing that can be built in convenient places and can limit a homeowners’ ability to add additional housing such as an apartment within their own property. “Vermont’s demographics and housing needs are quickly changing, with striking implications for our economy,” said DHCD Commissioner, Josh Hanford. “This new tool helps communities enable the walkable, residential development needed today to support a diverse workforce.”Enabling Better Places: A Zoning Guide for Vermont Neighborhoods offers guidance and model regulations that support an incremental process for addressing the specific zoning reforms that municipalities need to provide housing choices for more Vermonters and increase vibrancy, inclusion, equity and affordability.“Taking this incremental approach to bylaw reform is an efficient way to add value to communities across Vermont while enabling more diverse and affordable housing choices,” said Mallory Baches, Director of Strategic Development at CNU.  “Communities don’t need to wait until they are ready to completely overhaul their regulations; instead, this guide describes the small, tactical steps that can be taken immediately.”The guide culminates a year of work with six Vermont communities through the Project for Code Reform(link is external), CNU’s strategic initiative to support cities and towns as they reform outdated zoning codes in favor of more walkable urbanism. With financial support from the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board(link is external), AARP-Vermont(link is external), and the Vermont Association of Realtors(link is external), CNU worked with DHCD and Vermont’s Regional Planning Commissions(link is external) to create the new guide, focusing on increasing housing access and affordability in walkable centers.The guide emphasizes small changes that can have a big impact in a single neighborhood or area of town, making it easy for communities to create solutions right for their needs and circumstances.  This focus helps local leaders test approaches, build political will, and gain community support as they go, before moving on to other reforms.During a time of overlapping health, economic, and social crises, the guide offers perspective on how municipalities can acknowledge their own capacity and readiness for change by exploring the practical and political dimensions of bylaw reform.  Working to make review processes smoother and adapt to evolving housing needs while addressing related land use issues such as wastewater and stormwater service is complex work. With this guide, municipalities do not have to delay small changes that can make a big difference for friends, neighbors, and their community.  They can act now.Enabling Better Places: A Zoning Guide for Vermont Neighborhoods may be downloaded free of charge by visiting https://accd.vermont.gov/content/zoning-for-great-neighborhoods(link is external).About DHCDThe Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) coordinates and oversees the implementation of the state’s housing policy, facilitates collaboration among state housing agencies, serves as a resource to housing providers and promotes the production and preservation of housing that is affordable to all.About CNUThe mission of The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU)(link is external) is to champion walkable urbanism. CNU provides resources, education, and technical assistance to create socially just, economically robust, environmentally resilient, and people centered places. We leverage New Urbanism’s unique integration of design and social principles to advance three key goals: to diversify neighborhoods, to design for climate change, and to legalize walkable places.Source: Montpelier, VT – Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development 7.23.2020last_img read more

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Law training tackles family violence

first_imgBy Aneeka Simonis A DEDICATED family violence lawyer has been funded to serve the Cardinia and Casey region, and those…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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MATCH TRACKER Connacht V Toulouse

first_imgWelcome to our European Champions Cup Match Tracker, Connacht V Toulouse Stade Ernest Wallon. Kick-off 3.15pm Follow our live stream on galwayfm.wpengine.com and facebook or listen to live commentary on Galway Bay FM Denis Buckley & John Muldoon will start against ToulouseConnacht will line out as selectedTeam are coming on to the pitch….lots of Connacht fans have travelled and making plenty of noise!Jack Carty kicks off…GAME ON!Toulouse showing their power early on….they go over the line but it is held up….scrum 5 for ToulouseTRY for Toulouse….relentless pressure from the French Side…..Conversion to comeTwo points added……Toulouse 7-0 ConnachtA second TRY for Toulouse…..Two points added…..Toulouse 14-0 ConnachtToulouse are now in control of the matchPenalty for Connacht ….converted by Jack Carty Toulouse 14-3 ConnachtYellow Card for Quin Rous….Connacht down to 14 with 3 minutes to go to half timeToulouse go for the posts….MISSED!…let off for ConnachtHALF TIME: Toulouse 14-3 Connacht….still a lot to play for!Second Half on48 Mins: TRY for Toulouse……Conversion missed. Toulouse 19-3 Connacht50 Mins: Penalty to Connacht…..kicked to touch.Scrum 5 to Connacht!TRYYYYY for Connacht…..John Muldoon….game still alive…conversion to comeRonaldson gets the conversion…Toulouse 19-10 ConnachtPenalty to Connacht……around half way…Carty kicks to touchToulouse get a relieving penaltySean O’Brien and Danie Poolman come onDave Heffernan comes on69 Mins: Game still in the balance…Connacht just need 3 points to move to quarter final positionConnacht closing in on Toulouse line….but they knock it onLine out for Connacht just inside the 22….is this the big moment?Penalty for Toulouse3 Minutes to go…..slipping away for ConnachtToulouse are in the Connacht 22….line out….time running out for ConnachtAll Over! Toulouse win it by 9 points……Connacht are out of the quarter finals.FULL TIME SCORE: Toulouse 19-10 ConnachtThanks for your company – Gerry MurphyQuarter FinalsClermont V ToulonLeinster V WaspsSaracens V GlasgowMunster V Toulouseprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Insurance claims crippling small businesses – Cllr Harley

first_imgBusinesses owners are living in fear of closure due to the cost of insurance claims and charges, warns Donegal County Councillor Martin Harley.Cllr Harley said fluctuating claims and fraudulent cases are crippling small businesses.Locally, he said one business faced a series of 15 accident claims over 8 years. “You can be unlucky, but there’s something suspicious about that,” Cllr Harley told the January sitting of Donegal County Council on Monday.“I am calling on the government to push forward legislation on the amount of claims paid out,” Cllr Harley said.“For example, the average claim in Ireland for whiplash is €15,000, the average claim in England is £5,000 and in Spain and France it’s €3,000.“I feel if there was an exact payout for certain things it would cut out the courts and barristers.” Cllr Harley stated. Cllr Harley said he has been approached by business owners who are unsure if they will be able to stay in business without a high enough turnover to pay current charges. He pointed out that businesses also face a hike in charges if they have a claim against them which is yet to be settled.The motion was greeted as a timely measure by Cllr Bernard McGuiness.Donegal County Councillors agreed to pass Cllr Harley’s motion and ask the Government to fast-track insurance reform legislation regarding claims.Insurance claims crippling small businesses – Cllr Harley was last modified: January 29th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:BusinessclaimsCllr Martin Harleydonegal county council insurancelast_img read more

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DVC Monthly Preview – June 2018

first_imgShare This!Welcome to the June installment of our monthly Disney Vacation Club preview. We’ve got news about the 2019 DVC member cruises and a booking reminder for the next Moonlight Magic events. Our DVC explainer this month is all about those member benefits we’re discussing. You can view last month’s preview here.Booking WindowsThis month, here are some booking window dates to keep in mind. For your home resort (11-month booking window), in June, you will be able to book for dates in May 2019. For all other DVC resorts (7-month booking window), this month you will be able to book for dates in January 2019. If you’re looking to book a room for marathon weekend Jan. 9-13, 2019, don’t delay. Availability gets scooped up quickly.For last-minute trips, Saratoga Springs and Old Key West have availability for their 1- and 2-bedroom villas for much of the month. And if you have the points available, the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows have availability for most days June 10 and later at DVC’s last-minute resort availability page.DVC NewsDisney Vacation Club has announced two DVC Member Cruises for 2019, departing from each coast.Two DVC member cruises will be offered in 2019 ©Julia MascardoFrom May 15-20, 2019, a 5-night Pacific Coast cruise on the Disney Wonder will depart from San Diego, making stops in San Francisco and Victoria, British Columbia, disembarking in Vancouver. From Oct. 5-12, 2019, the Disney Magic will host the 7-night Bermuda cruise out of New York City with a port stop in Boston and a two-day visit in Bermuda before returning to New York.Member Services will begin taking reservations for both cruises on June 23. Full payment is required at the time of booking. DVC has waived both the $95 fee for using DVC points toward a cruise and the policy of requiring at least one passenger to sail using vacation points. You can use a combination of cash and vacation points for a room, but individual passengers must either be all cash or all vacation points.Registration is set to open for the next round of Moonlight Magic parties for DVC members on July 16 and Aug. 15 at Epcot. Members with resort reservations during the event can register online beginning Wednesday, June 6, at 9 a.m. Eastern time. Registration opens to all members on Wednesday, June 20, at 9 a.m. Eastern time.At the Disneyland Resort, a Father’s Day lunch will be offered from 12 to 2 p.m. June 17 in the Sequoia Ballroom at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Pixar-themed games, activities, and characters will be part of the event. Prices are $53.95 per adult and $29.95 for children 3-9. Call Member Services to reserve your space.As part of the effort to promote Incredibles 2, DVC has launched the Incredible Family Vacation Sweepstakes. First prize is a 5-day, 4-night vacation in a 2-bedroom villa at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins with park tickets and round-trip flights for up to eight people. Go to incrediblevacationsweeps.com to enter by July 19.Last month, we mentioned no information had been released about any possible Toy Story Land previews for DVC members prior to the official June 30 opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The follow-up is that it’s looking highly doubtful that there will be any previews, except perhaps for media and cast members, as work continues to finish construction.DVC Explainer – Member BenefitsMuch of what we discuss in our monthly preview can be placed under the category of member benefits. At its core, Disney Vacation Club is a timeshare with your real estate interest being represented by vacation points. The one guarantee to all members is the ability to use those points to book rooms at resorts that have been sold as Disney Vacation Club properties.Presenting a membership card is required for many of the DVC member benefits.As the years have gone on, additional member benefits have become part of the appeal of owning DVC. That appeal has prompted Disney Vacation Club to ratchet back the amount of benefits received by owners who buy resale, thus making direct purchases more appealing.So this month, we will briefly explain the benefits, then explain how benefits have changed for those who purchased DVC contracts resale and don’t have that blue membership card.Here is a rundown of the various categories of benefits for DVC members:Events/experiences – Events such as the Member Cruise and the Moonlight Magic nights fall under this category. DVC also offers smaller events for members, such as the weekly member nights at Splitsville Luxury Lanes in Disney Springs, fitness activities at Disney California Adventure, and exclusive culinary experiences at the resorts.Member-exclusive areas – The Top of The World Lounge in Disney’s Bay Lake Tower and the Member’s Lounge in Epcot’s Imagination Pavilion are two areas that require a blue membership card and ID to access.Top of the World Lounge at Bay Lake Tower Annual pass discounts, ticket offers – The value of this benefit has varied year to year, but in general, members have received discounted annual passes. Annual pass discounts are limited to those living in the household of the owner. In the past, DVC has also provided other theme park ticket offers, though they haven’t done that recently.Tour/party discounts – Members get discounts (typically 15 percent) for all kinds of tours, activities, and spa treatments. Members also get discounted tickets for select dates of the Halloween and Christmas parties.Dining/merchandise discounts – These can add up quickly while you’re on vacation. Many table service dining locations are discounted 10 percent, though you can find some select Epcot or Swan and Dolphin restaurants with discounts as high as 20 percent. The shopping discount at Walt Disney World owned and operated shops is currently 20 percent, though that could return to 10 percent in the future.Other Disney destinations – Members can use points for Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, and even non-DVC rooms at Disney resorts throughout the world. Though, as members will tell you, the value of using points for some of these options is debatable. Here is DVC’s information on booking the Disney Collection.Non-Disney destinations – Non-Disney resorts worldwide are available to book with points through the Concierge Collection and the World Collection through RCI exchanges. There are complicated rules for booking these destinations, including fees to book and use year limits. If you’re interested in learning more, here is DVC’s information on booking the Concierge Collection and the World Collection.Disney Files magazine – Comes in the mail to members four times a year.Printable lists of member benefits can be found here. I recommend printing them or saving them to your mobile device for quick reference while you’re on vacation.Now, here’s how benefits for resale owners have changed through the years:For resale purchasers after March 21, 2011: DVC points are no longer eligible for reservations in the Concierge Collection, the Disney Collection, or the Adventurer Collection. This includes Disney Cruise Line and Adventures By Disney. As we said earlier, the value of using points for some of these options was already questionable, so the change wasn’t considered a huge loss to resale buyers.For resale purchasers after April 4, 2016: Members who did not purchase points direct from Disney are no longer eligible for Membership Extras, such as exclusive experiences and discounts. This change had a much larger impact, affecting nearly all of the benefits we’ve outlined above. The workaround that some used was to purchase a small contract direct from Disney to get the benefits, then purchase the bulk of their points resale.For resale purchasers after February 25, 2018: The tiny direct purchase “workaround” brought the next change, which was the requirement of at least 75 points to be bought direct for the owner to enjoy full member benefits.So owners considering whether to buy direct or resale (or a combination of both) must weigh the value of member benefits into their decision. The complicating factor is that none of these benefits is guaranteed. As we mentioned at the outset, the only guaranteed benefit for any member is the continued ability to use your purchased points to book rooms for the length of your contract.Admittedly, there would be loud howls if some of these discounts and benefits were to be taken away. And it’s in DVC’s interest to keep members happy, as word of mouth is one of their best selling tools.Which member benefits do you use and consider most valuable? Which would upset you the most if they went away? And what benefits would you like to see added in the future? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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Qatar nixes move to invest in American Airlines

first_imgPhoto: Qatar QATAR Airways has backed away from its surprise plan to invest in sparring partner American Airlines, saying the move no longer meets its objectives.The Gulf carrier raised eyebrows when it announced in June that it wanted to take a stake of up to 10 per cent in the US carrier and would start with an initial investment of 4.75 per cent.The announcement received a hostile reception from American with chief executive Doug Parker describing it as puzzling at best and concerning at worst.Read: CEO questions Qatar move to invest in American.Qatar said at the time that it saw the US carrier as “a strong investment opportunity”. “Qatar Airways believes in American Airlines’ fundamentals and intends to build a passive position in the company with no involvement in management, operations or governance,’’ it said.But in a statement issued Wednesday the airline said it had decided not to proceed with the investment. “Further review of the proposed financial investment, taking into account the latest public disclosure of American Airlines, has demonstrated that the investment no longer meets our objectives,’’ it said.“Qatar Airways will continue to investigate alternative investment opportunities in the United States of America and elsewhere that do meet our objectives.”American said it respected Qatar’s decision not to proceed with its proposed investment and it in no way changed the US carrier’s course.It was not clear what particular disclosure prompted the Qatar move.American in July reported a second-quarter pre-tax profit of $US1.3 billion and a net profit of $US803 million.The net profit was down from $US950m in the same quarter in the previous year but revenue was up 7.2 per cent to $US11.1 billion.Separately, the Gulf carrier has begun code sharing with South America’s LATAM Airlines Brazil and is now offering connections to 25 Brazilian cities, including Rio de Janeiro.Qatar has been flying to Brazil since 2010 with a Doha-Sao Paulo service that continues on to Argentina’s Buenos Aries.It introduced a freighter service in February,  2017, and recently announced plans to fly to Rio in 2018last_img read more

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Tension at Work? Find the Root Cause

first_imgQ: I supervise a group of about 20 employees. We’re a diverse group, and have a variety of ethnicities and races as well as a wide range of personal lifestyles, folks with kids and without, single parents, straight and gay. Different ages. It’s a healthy snapshot of the modern workplace. Most of the time, we all get along fine. Sometimes however I can sense an underlying tension. When I dig deeper, the issues seem to be petty, and grudging. Not anything substantial I can address. How should I deal with an environment that’s not quite hostile yet feels chilly?A: What you’re describing sounds like there may be some unresolved conflict among staff which they’re unable to resolve on their own. When people don’t know how to deal with conflict in a healthy professional way (very few of us do), they sometimes resort to pettiness, passive aggressiveness and holding grudges.I’d categorize your situation as an example “interpersonal conflict” between individuals as opposed to “group conflict” (when marketing feuds with accounting).Conflict resolution experts tell us there are 12 root causes of interpersonal conflict, and surprise, many of those can be acerbated by diversity.Let’s look at some root causes:Values – Different perceive the world differently. These incongruent views are traceable to upbringing, culture, race, experience, education, socio-economic class. We generally respond best to people who’re most like us because we can understand their behavior better.Bias – This means that one person may clash with another based simply on how he/she feels about that person based on personality or prejudice.Sensitivity  – When someone easily feels hurt or attacked by criticism or other interpersonal directness, because of low self-esteem, insecurity, or previous conflict.Misunderstanding –  Often, the instances that look like interpersonal conflict are actually communication breakdown. If not attended to with care, communication can fail. If it does, a listener’s unwarranted inferences about a speaker’s intent often create inter-personal conflict.Unfulfilled Expectations – These contribute to many of the above. Unfulfilled expectations are the ultimate cause of divorce, firings, and other forms of relational breakdown. The major reason that expectations go unfulfilled is that they are unreasonable, inappropriate, too numerous, or unstated.Do these sound like they may be at the root of your problem?Luckily, there are ways to address conflicts methodically, next week I’ll offer suggestions on what can be done about it.  Stay tuned. Originally published on HR Box blog.last_img read more

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#Nextchat: SHRM Advocacy – At the Intersection of Work, Workers and Workplace #SHRMLeg

first_imgNow that the 116th Congress has settled in and is busy addressing important workplace issues, there is no better time to discuss SHRM’s public-policy priorities that are situated at the intersection of work, workers and the workplace! SHRM is focused on educating new and returning members of Congress on key policy priorities including workforce development, workplace equity, workplace immigration, and workplace flexibility and leave.The 2019 SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference provides a unique opportunity for HR professionals to highlight these issues on Capitol Hill while also offering attendees the latest legal compliance updates! Whether you’re a first-timer or a veteran attendee, there will be something for everyone. This event offers sessions that dissect workplace policy at the federal and state levels, discussions with young professionals on their perspective of the workplace, conversations about best practices to recruit and retain individuals with a criminal background, and much more!We are expecting more than 650 HR professionals from around the country in Washington, D.C., from March 18-20 at #SHRMLeg. This year we are excited to share with you an innovative new format. The conference will encompass six general sessions, over 25 interactive sessions led by thought leaders, and our popular Advocacy Day events. The conference will also provide attendees unique experiences with great networking events.Join SHRM’s Government Affairs team at 3:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 13, for a #SHRMLeg #Nextchat! This pre-conference chat will gather #SHRMLeg registrants and HR public-policy devotees to discuss workplace policy issues, offer advocacy tips and provide must-attend session suggestions to make the most of your time in Washington, D.C.Q1. On Advocacy Day, we will be educating Congressional offices on SHRM’s public-policy priorities including issues of workforce development, workplace immigration, workplace equity, and workplace flexibility and leave. How are these public-policy issues currently impacting your organization?Q2.  One topic SHRM will be advocating on is employer-provided education assistance and student loan repayment as a benefit. How might changes to expand employer-provided education assistance impact your talent acquisition and retention efforts, as well as your employees?Q3. Why is it more important than ever for HR professionals to engage in advocacy?Q4. There are a number of sessions at #SHRMLeg that will address compliance updates. What workplace compliance challenges are keeping you up at night?Q5. What speakers, topics or sessions are you most looking forward to at the #SHRMLeg Conference?  Q6. What advice do you have for first-time attendees to “know before they go” to the #SHRMLeg Conference? Q7. What advice would you offer to first-time participants of the Advocacy Day Capitol Hill visits at the #SHRMLeg Conference?  Q8.  If you have attended a SHRM Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in the past, what was a “WOW!” moment you experienced and what keeps you coming back?How to participate in an HR Twitter chatlast_img read more

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Suspect Accused in Thefts at Big Box Stores May Be Responsible for 23 Others

first_imgAccording to a criminal complaint, on March 26, police responded to the Walmart store in Franklin, Wisconsin, for a report of a firearm being discharged. They took a look at surveillance video, which showed an individual had placed a hover board worth $198 and motorized scooter worth $249 into a shopping cart and then exited the store without paying for those items. He got into a vehicle and was confronted by a Walmart employee, who discharged a firearm. An officer was able to identify the suspect as McKenzie — who had been arrested days prior for a robbery at 7-Eleven.The owner of the vehicle the suspect entered after the theft was interviewed by police. The complaint said he indicated he had dropped off an individual at Walmart and then picked him up. He identified McKenzie as the individual he was with. He said McKenzie offered him money and a pack of cigarettes in exchange for dropping him off. He said McKenzie was in the store for about 20 minutes, and then came out with items in a shopping cart — loading them into the vehicle as the Walmart employee approached and told him to drop the items. He said the employee then pulled out a gun and shot at the vehicle as they drove away… Fox6 Now Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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iPad for Business Round-Up: A Flipboard for the Enterprise and More

first_imgklint finley IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#mobile As part of the tibbr 3.0 release (coverage), the company has added a Flipboard-style magazine view within its iPad app. Is this the first sign of the next shift in consumerization of IT, from activity streams to magazine views?65% of Major Marketing Automation Vendors to Develop iPad Apps by 2016Enterprise Innovation reports that, according to Gartner, “65 percent of major marketing automation vendors will extend 25 percent of their functionality to the iPad.” The Law Firm that Traded Its Notebooks for iPadsInfo World has a look at how the law firm Proskauer replaced its laptops with iPads. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now ScrumMaster is a new iPad app for managing scrum projects. It features a product backlog, a task board with burndown chart. It can be used by all members of a scrum team, including the product owner, scrum master and stakeholders. The database file can be shared between different users.tibbr FlipView The iPad isn’t just a hot new consumer device, it’s also an increasingly popular tool for business. Each week we take a look at the new or updated business apps for the iPad, and highlight trends in how tablets are being used in the enterprise.This week we look at a new ERP client, a new project management, a whole new way to look at your enterprise activity stream and more.Exact Synergy Exact released an iOS client for its ERP product Synergy. It enables users to manage schedules, enter billable time, update expense reports, etc.A third-party client called iSynergy is also available.ScrumMaster Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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