Month: July 2019

How many hoops must Manny Yekutiel jump through before hes deemed worthy

first_imgUnited to Save the Mission also originally wanted Yekutiel to have awnings, because, he was told, “certain physical traits supposedly make spaces more welcoming for Latino families.” This wasn’t a hard-and-fast point. He doesn’t have an awning. And yet, there’s “controversy” here now. It has nothing to do with United to Save the Mission. Or awnings. When you wander into Manny’s at 16th and Valencia, everything is chill. It’s a big space. And it’s crowded. People are working on projects, sipping $1.75 cups of coffee, or reading the literature they can purchase in-house from an adjunct of Dog-Eared Books located in the store (curated titles from Franz Fanon, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Howard Zinn and many others for sale).This space feels casual and accessible. That’s the idea. Owner Manny Yekutiel, in fact, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with United to Save the Mission, a coalition of more than a dozen neighborhood nonprofits and activist groups, to ensure the “community” is copacetic with his “community space.”The Mission anti-gentrification activists wanted a “bicultural, bilingual environment for Mission families” with bilingual signage here. And that happened. They wanted Yekutiel to hire bilingual staff that “reflects the availability of qualified applicants in the local community,” and the staff here is now heavily composed of local people of color (many are also LGBTQ, like Yekutiel). United to Save the Mission called for “moderate price points” — and not only is the coffee a buck seventy-five, but Tecate runs you two bucks and a meal starts at six. The food here, in fact, is prepared on-site by Farming Hope, a nonprofit employing homeless, formerly incarcerated, and low-income community members — and they earn all the food revenue.  And, on top of that, the MOU calls for “community-serving groups” to use the event space here — for free. That’s happening, too (groups with a bit more cash pay $54 per hour, which is still low). Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter “Boycott Manny’s and its ‘woke-washing’ of the Mission,” blared an email sent Dec. 5 to media outlets by “The Lucy Parsons Project,” a self-described “radical black queer direct action group fighting anti-blackness in the Bay Area.”“Manny’s as a gentrifying wine-bar, cafe and fake ‘social justice’ space in the Mission District, will only accelerate the raising of rents and the displacement of Black, Latinx, disabled and trans/queer people in the Mission,” the letter continued. “Additionally, the proprietor of Manny’s, Emmanuel Yekutiel, has unequivocally espoused racist, Zionist, pro-Israel ideals that we will not tolerate or accept in our community. … We will not tolerate gentrifiers and Zionists attempts at invading and destroying our community through ‘woke-washing’!!”Want local news? Help support us today. And, surely enough, a handful of protesters began showing up, weekly, shouting through bullhorns and waving placards. Someone painted a Star of David on Manny’s exterior along with the words “Fuck Zionism.” A window was broken. But all of this was initially ignored here in the city. By the media. And by Yekutiel, too. At first. Media outlets, including this one, were loath to provide a greater platform to a small cadre of demonstrators making a Jewish man’s position on Israel’s right to exist a litmus test for operating a business in the Mission. Yekutiel did the same. Until the Forward, the longstanding New York-based Jewish newspaper, went with the story on Dec. 27. Yekutiel followed shortly thereafter with an op-ed in the Chronicle, and now we’re off to the races.This is not an ideal story for straightforward, both-sides, he-said-she-said coverage — all the more so because one of the sides is a diminutive group of attention-seekers going on about Zionist gentrifiers in the Mission and using Jew-as-interloper-and-parasite language (“invading and destroying our community…”). There are earnest discussions to be had about Mideast politics and Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and the shifting role of Israel in Jewish American life. But the “gotcha” here is that Yekutiel has espoused baseline support on Facebook for the mere existence of Israel (the nation where his paternal grandparents and their eight children fled from near-certain death in Afghanistan). Protesters are not canvassing the Valencia Street corridor, gauging the non-Jewish business owners’ stances on Israel’s right to exist. That’s something to think about. As it is, nearly every claim the protesters have made isn’t borne out by the facts. As far as gentrifying Valencia, Manny’s has replaced a high-end sushi shop known for its rolled ice cream with an establishment featuring (MOU-mandated) “moderate price points” and free community space. (Also, while the demonstrators often refer to Manny’s as a “wine bar,” which certainly sounds chi-chi and protestable, the MOU mandates it remain a full-service restaurant and not a bar). Far from getting a sweet deal from landlord Sam Moss of Mission Housing, Yekutiel is, in fact, paying higher rent than the sushi joint did — rent that subsidizes the below-market-rate housing in this building. While the email calling for a boycott of Manny’s described the programming as “Washington DC politicos TED-talks catering to the ruling-class Tech-elite,” that would come as news to Lateefah Simon and Lenore Anderson, hosting a forum Tuesday on criminal justice reform. Other January events include a panel of public school teachers brainstorming how to afford Bay Area life; a San Francisco public defender discussing a history of incarceration; “The Queer Latinx History of San Francisco’s 16th-Street Corridor,” and “The State of the LGBT Rights Movement in the U.S.” with Kate Kendall and Cecilia Chung.Yekutiel was described by his critics as being “in cahoots” with his “homie” Mayor London Breed — which would be a hell of a thing, considering he served as the finance director for Mark Leno’s mayoral campaign. And, perhaps most significantly of all, Yekutiel did not drop, unbidden, into the Mission. He spent well over a year methodically making inroads with multiple elected officials, nearly every nearby business owner, and several dozen community leaders — culminating in the aforementioned negotiated MOU. “I have rarely seen a business owner go about things in such a thoughtful way and take feedback to heart,” said Supervisor Hillary Ronen. “The attacks are unfounded and unfair. He offers low-cost food made by people recently released from jail — what more can you ask of Manny?” Renouncing Zionism, it would seem. Yekutiel’s belief in the Jewish State’s right to exist is, it seems, the only accurate allegation made against him. Hilary Ronen in conversation with Manny Yekutiel at Manny’s. “I never faced this type of misogyny that I faced in becoming an elected official,” Ronen told the standing-room-only crowd. Illustration by Lola Noguer.The MOU Yekutiel signed with United to Save the Mission does not mention Israel, Zionism, or any other forms of ethno-nationalism among its 12 clauses. Imagine that. Yekutiel has ostensibly lived up to his end of the bargain, however — the price points are low, the programming is booked solid, and the food revenue is going to a benevolent nonprofit. It’s crowded in here, but Yekutiel is cagey when asked if he’s making money. There have been a lot of free events, and he won’t profit unless he sells a goodly amount of coffee, tea, or beer — and, again, the price points are low. It’s easy to portray an unelected group of self-proclaimed community guardians like United to Save the Mission  as heavy handed for dictating a business’ price points (and even decor). The awning part, admittedly, doesn’t make much sense — but the more substantive issues seem quite germane in a community so decimated by gentrification. Nearly all of the asks made of Yekutiel are warranted and reasonable, especially given his professed desire to run a community space. That’s why he signed the MOU, all the way back on Nov. 28. United to Save the Mission, however, has not signed its own document. We called multiple members of United to Save the Mission to query about the status of Yekutiel’s MOU. We did not receive a call back. We do not know the reason behind the holdup; we do not know if these protests are a factor. Of note, clause No. 12 of this MOU would bind United to Save the Mission to “discourage peer organizations from taking any oppositional actions” to Manny’s. That would be a good thing to do. “What more can you ask of Manny?” is a relevant question. It’s time to start asking more of everyone else.   center_img Last night, Black and Brown Social Club, the Lucy Parsons Project, QUIT (Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism) and allied groups showed up to fight the Zionist-Gentrification cafe Manny’s while white supremacist Zionists ate a meal in support of Manny’s: pic.twitter.com/Ff7g8VhZcx— LucyParsonsProject (@LucyParsonsProj) December 27, 2018 Email Addresslast_img read more

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Is crumbling City College preparing to ask San Francisco voters to pay

first_imgPutting a quarter of a billion dollars toward a performing arts center when you’ve got a nearly half-billion dollar backlog of maintenance, an impromptu water park at Batmale Hall — and performing arts students represent less than 3 percent of CCSF’s classroom population — may seem a bit surreal. But that’s just one way of looking at things. “It’s a project that is needed in San Francisco,” says trustee John Rizzo. “There is a dearth of small performing spaces.” Adds trustee Shanell Williams, “We could be the only facility of this type in the entire region. We could generate income from this project.”Rizzo and Williams aren’t wrong. The college’s current theater is both deficient as a theater and as a repository for a Diego Rivera mural. And this could be a moneymaker for CCSF — but, as currently planned, only after this city and its taxpayers invest a quarter of a billion dollars up front. There are easier ways to make money. Just as there are better ways to ease students’ transit needs than the $174 million CCSF has identified as being required to construct parking lots housing 1,907 cars — more than $91,000 per spot. For that kind of money, says Randolph,  “we could give every student a scooter or a bike.” So, he’s against that. And, in fact, the idea of erecting a Taj Mahal of a performance venue on the public dime is not universally loved. “I’m supportive of building a performing arts center,” Randolph notes, “but not supportive of building it at any cost.” Trustee Ivy Lee says, “We need to fix the facilities we already have.” Trustee Tom Temprano adds, “I think we should be spending our dollars as wisely as possible in a way that has as broad a benefit as possible for our students.” And trustee Brigitte Davila says, “We need to look at where our highest needs are. One of my issues has been housing: I don’t know how we can recruit faculty without providing some kind of housing.” So, expect no small degree of wrangling in the coming months regarding the amount of City College’s ask, the timing of that ask and — most of all — where the money might go. And while college trustees are independently elected, that doesn’t mean political pressure can’t be applied by City Hall. From multiple offices.  Yesterday, students on Ocean campus reported major flooding near Batmale Hall due to heavy rain pic.twitter.com/ZmOURi7SiM— The Guardsman (@theguardsman) February 14, 2019 Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Seventy percent of the college’s structures are rated as “poor to very poor” on the facilities condition index; 60 percent are 40 to 80 years old. Slides from a recent presentation made before the college’s Board of Trustees read, “Aging infrastructure,” “Outdated labs” and “Deficient classrooms” (which sounds better if you read it in the voice of Paul from the Diamond Center). City College has a backlog of more than $450 million in deferred maintenance. Its Eddy Street campus has been shuttered as a public safety hazard for four years. Its other satellite campuses, most notably in the city’s southeast, are in shambles. “Our buildings are falling apart,” sums up CCSF board of trustees president Alex Randolph. “Can you imagine working and studying in an 80-year-old building with no heat?”  You should’ve stayed home. So, it comes as little surprise that the college’s board of trustees is weighing a hulking bond, possibly as much as $800 million, to be put before the voters — perhaps as soon as November.What’s surprising is, with all of these identified needs, more than a quarter of that money — perhaps $230 million to $250 million — may go to erect a glistening new performing arts and education center. Within City Hall, this has indeed been received with a modicum of astonishment. And horror.CCSF’s performing arts center was priced at $200M when it was supposed to be included in a 2005 bond approved by city voters. But CCSF failed to break ground on the theater with the bond money it received. What’s more, then-Chancellor Philip Day and Vice Chancellor Stephen Herman in 2011 pleaded guilty to a funding scam to help pass that bond. Image from LMN/TEF and Studio/216.Mayor London Breed has an ask of her own for voters come November — a $300 million affordable housing bond. She is none too pleased about the possibility of an $800 million missive from City College crowding out her own signature ask (which she is, no small deal, running for re-election on).But Breed is just getting warmed up. “There are a lot of struggling City College facilities throughout San Francisco that are already open: The southeast campus, the John Adams campus — I could go on and on,” she tells me. “They need to make sure those buildings and campuses are there to provide the services we promise to the community.” She shakes her head. “We need to get our existing facilities at full capacity. What they’re doing is irresponsible.” Breed and Supervisor Aaron Peskin don’t disagree on everything. They both would agree that it’s good to eat three meals a day and to not lie down in the middle of traffic. They certainly don’t disagree on City College. “Quite frankly, while everybody is a fan of the performing arts, right now they need to steward what they have before embarking on a multi-hundred-million-dollar project that’s not part of their core mission,” Peskin says. “It’s absurd. It’s obscene. It’s the wrong project for too much money at the wrong time.” And yet that’s neither Breed nor Peskin’s call. Not directly. It’s your call, should the matter be put before you as a voter (we voters have, historically, been very generous to City College — and, polling shows, this bond is just as popular at $450 million as it would be at $800 million, so expect CCSF’s ask to be large). And it’s the call of the City College board of trustees on how much money to ask for, when to ask for it, and what to do with it once they get it.center_img Batmale Hall on the main campus of City College is the kind of nondescript, joyless, brutalist structure you’ll find dotting the grounds of so many California public colleges and universities. It resembles a concrete Rubik’s cube; a post-apocalyptic skate park; an oversize automotive implement left in a field; an above-ground bomb shelter; a parking garage; a set of pizza boxes dropped from the heavens. But not when it rains. Then, it’s the water ride. Video posted on social media last month by the college’s Guardsman newspaper reveals a full-on cascade coming down Batmale Hall’s steps. A pair of students gingerly saunter through this personal injury lawyer’s literal wet dream with the text, “I should have stayed home” splayed across the moist screen. They should have. That’s the message imparted, whether the college wishes it or not, by subjecting the student body to such piss-poor conditions — rain or shine. Email Addresslast_img read more

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ROYCE Simmons is expecting nothing less than the u

first_imgROYCE Simmons is expecting nothing less than the usual tough, blockbusting and intensive clash when Saints take on Wigan Warriors this Friday.The old rivals have been involved in two tight matches already this season and ‘Round Three’ looks just as close.And, as both sides had players backing up at the weekend and have had a five-day preparation period for the game, that should level out the contest and ensure the fans are enthralled with an epic contest.“Quite simply, you have two of the best sides in the world playing each other and we are closely matched,” Simmons said. “You see that with the great rivalries over the years. Teams battle though the 70s, 80s and 90s and hook into each other. It usually goes down to the last ten minutes and we know it is likely to happen again.“Our first game finished 16-16 and there were shots from the sidelines and drop goal attempts. The second one they scored with 30 seconds to go. It shows how intensive the games are and how important it is for us to play for the full 80 minutes.“We lost our way for 10 minutes in that match after losing Paul Wellens and Gary Wheeler and they scored, then we settled again, got in front and they pipped us at the end. In games like this every tackle you make is a potential try saver. Sometimes you can get away with missing a tackle but you can’t in these big matches.”Saints expect to have Francis Meli back in the centres, but have doubts over Josh Perry who has a problem at the top of his hamstring.But Shaun Magennis and Matty Ashurst will come back into the reckoning after being rested on Sunday.“Paul Clough is continuing his rehab too and is taking part in contact sessions,” Royce continues. “Leon Pryce is now running curves which is a good sign too. We’ve had a minor setback with Gary Wheeler which might put him back a week or two but James Roby came through the match at Odsal ok.“He was courageous in that match. The numbness was still there but it’s important he won’t be going into that first tackle in the Wigan game worrying about the injury.”Tickets for the match are still on sale at the Saints Superstore in St Helens Town Centre, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on to www.saintssuperstore.comlast_img read more

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SAINTS have announced their 19man squad for Thurs

first_imgSAINTS have announced their 19-man squad for Thursday’s First Utility Super League Semi Final against Catalan Dragons.Alex Walmsley returns from suspension in place of Matty Dawson.Nathan Brown will therefore choose from:2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Lance Hohaia, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Paul Wellens, 18. Alex Walmsley, 22. Mark Percival, 24. Gary Wheeler, 27. Greg Richards, 28. Luke Thompson.Laurent Frayssinous has named an unchanged 19 and will choose his Catalan side from:2. Morgan Escaré, 4. Ben Pomeroy, 5. Michael Oldfield, 6. Thomas Bosc, 8. Olivier Elima, 9. Ian Henderson, 10. Jeff Lima, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Louis Anderson, 13. Greg Mounis, 15. Antoni Maria, 16. Eloi Pelissier, 17. Elliott Whitehead, 18. Daryl Millard, 21. Julian Bousquet, 24. Jason Baitieri, 25. Vincent Duport, 29. Benjamin Garcia, 34. Sam Williams.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be Richard Silverwood.Tickets for the match remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

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The violet coloured shirts are in memory of the fo

first_imgThe violet coloured shirts are in memory of the four-year-old who tragically passed away on Saturday after being struck by a stolen car.Her grandmother Angela French remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition after the incident.We will also wear the shirts next Friday when we take on Huddersfield at the Totally Wicked Stadium.last_img

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First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgSaints fell behind after tries from Danny Addy and Ryan Shaw before we responded in typical fashion with two tries from Naiqama and Makinson which sent us in 18-14 up at the break. Jimmy Keinhorst put Rovers back in front early in the second half before Jonny Lomax and Makinson again turned the score in our favour. Will Oakes pulled another try back for the hosts, but Naiqama and Makinson completed their hat-tricks before Regan Grace put the icing on the cake with a marauding run late on.You can watch all the tries which includes both hat-tricks in the extended highlights below.In his post match press conference, Holbrook said he was pleased with the response his players showed after falling behind and you can hear what the Head Coach has to say ahead of Saints Coral Challenge Cup clash with Huddersfield Giants later this week here on saintsrlfc.com.Tickets for Saints’ Coral Challenge Cup Round Six clash with the Huddersfield Giants at the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday are now on sale from just £10 for adults. Click here for more information.Next up for Saints at the Totally Wicked Stadium is a Heaven vs Hell clash with Salford Red Devils on Friday May 17th with a 7:45pm kick off. You can buy tickets for the game online here, or by calling into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.last_img read more

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First Team Match

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Couple accused of stealing security cameras caught on surveillance camera

first_imgSuspects accused of stealing security cameras on July 25 (Photo: Leland Police) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Leland Police are searching for the man and woman accused of stealing $700 worth of security equipment.Police say that around 8:20 a.m. on July 25, the suspects went into the WalMart on New Pointe Boulevard and left with two Night Owl security cameras. The suspects were last seen driving a 2007 Mercury Grand Marquis, which is registered to Jeffrey Wayne Graham of Wilmington.- Advertisement – If you can identify the suspects, contact Det. Jonathan Berry at (910) 332-5003.last_img read more

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STV What is happening to my vote

first_imgMaltese voters are selecting the people they want to represent them in Local government as well as at the European level.They are using what is known as the Single Transferable Vote system emphasis on the ‘transferable’ part… this is very important later. Malta has been using this system since the 1920s for its National elections, with some modifications after the 1981 anomalous results.So it’s one vote, its Transferable, but it still leaves many confused.Let’s break it down.So you go to the polling station and you’re given your ballot paper. You’re confronted with a number of candidates and you have to number them by preference, 1, 2,3… to how many candidates appear on the paper. For the European elections this is selecting your preferences from 41 candidates. The same applies at the Local level of each locality. The candidates are grouped by party and it’s your choice of candidate, not the party’s who gets to go to Brussels.That’s it done then? Well partly.First count, second count – Elimination and TransferEach candidate has to hit a quota of votes in order for them to win a seat in the European Parliament or the Local Council.These quotas are calculated by dividing the number of votes by the number of seats plus one and then plus one more vote. So, if you have say, 100,000 votes and 4 seats, the quota would be 20,001 (division by 5 plus 1 vote). The rationale here is that only 4 people could possibly get 20,001 votes. the remaining 19,996 can never reach the quota. These are then re-distributed on second count and so on.In the European elections, this works out as the division of votes between 7 rather than the 6 Maltese seats, plus one vote.With the estimated number of voters being 371,625 and the estimated turnout reported to be 71.3% (264,969), this works out that candidates must achieve 37,096 votes to pass the quota and be elected.But, as the count proceeds and candidates are eliminated because they fail to win enough to pass the quota, a second count is held. This proportionately ‘transfers’ surplus votes from those already past the quota to second preference candidates on the ballot papers. This can also extend to a third count or more if need be. These additional counts are based on what the Electoral Commission considers valid beyond the first round.Farrugia smells a voting rat; Commission not impressedThe way STV works, it can be mean that even a candidate with the highest number of votes in the first round, does not guarantee they’re elected. The process of making your preference as well as where you sit on the ballot paper can mean you’re at a greater advantage.Cross votingIt sounds complex yes.. but it’s also meant to give voters the chance to both select the party that wins but also to choose who they want. This is what is referred to as ‘cross voting.’So technically, you could vote for one of the main parties to win but still also choose someone else completely different. This is a more common occurrence in local council elections.Read more:Watch: Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his wife vote in BurmarradWatch: Adrian Delia votes in SiġġiewiWhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Delia should Resign – Lawrence Zammit

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Lawrence Zammit, Director of MISCO said that PN leader Adrian Delia should resign given that the defeat at the polls was so massive. He said that the basic issue which came out of the MEP results so far is: Where is the PN going? Analysing the result on a Special Live program on Newsbook.com.mt, Zammit rubbished the claims that the party needs fine tuning but needs a radical overhaul. “There is an issue of vision. There is an issue of personalities. If the PN does not carry out a radical, honest and meaningful stocktake, the party will not only be short changing its voters, it will also be torpedoing the country” said Zammit.A vote of confidence – Yea or Nay?Referring to the 1996 defeat at the polls of PN icon Eddie Fenech Adami, Zammit pointed out that he had gone to the party structures to ask for a vote of confidence. “This was when the gap between the parties was about 7,000 votes. This time it is seven times that” observed Zammit. He criticised Delia for saying that he does not need a vote of confidence and said that the PN leader was further mistaken in thinking that he could carry on as if nothing had happened. “This is not a question of studies. This is a result which shows that he does not have the respect and backing of the Maltese electorate. If he stays, I fear the PN will keep getting these results” Said Zammit, emphasising further that Delia should resign. He said that the major parties know exactly who voted and who didn’t and there should no be any dilly dallying aboutA party in regression The percentage obtained by the PN in these elections, said Zammit shows regression and that party needs to strive to remain a relevant opposition. He added that the PL victory too carried the dangers of megalomania, something the Prime Minister seems to be aware of and warned against. The votes given to the far-rightist Imperium Europa, said Zammit carried within them an element of protest and while this became the ‘Third largest party’, this was more of a ‘show’ than a party. Zammit said that the Alternattiva Demokratika imploded with the departure of Arnold Cassola.Referring to the showing of Partit Demokratiku, Lawrence Zammit said that the candidate Cami Applegren was set to get about double the votes of Godfrey Farrugia. This he said was interesting since it indicates that that candidate may have tapped into an electoral need as yet unrecognised. SharePrintcenter_img WhatsApplast_img read more

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