Fencer Represents U.S. in Jewish Olympics

first_imgFor junior Madison Zeiss, this summer revolved around only one event: the Maccabiah, an international competition for Jewish athletes around the world. Zeiss, a first-team All-American fencer, collected a gold medal in both the individual and team foil events in the open division for athletes of all ages. Despite her successful individual performance, Zeiss said she felt prouder to represent the United States in the Maccabiah, which is frequently hailed the “Jewish Olympics,” according to the games’ website. “I definitely felt like I was competing for the US; all of us [on the US team] did,” she said. “That’s what we were there for and it wasn’t about the individual medal. That was awesome but it was about the team.” Although the Maccabiah is a competition, Zeiss said learning more about Israel and Israeli culture filled much of her time abroad. “It was more about bringing awareness to Israel and showing us exactly what the country has to offer. … The times that we weren’t competing we were always just constantly touring and sightseeing around the country and meeting people.” Zeiss described a trip to an Israeli Defense Force base where she met adults her age completing their compulsory two- or three-year military service requirements. “It was so eye-opening to see that because it’s normal for us to go to college; this is just normal for them.” She also noted that despite the political turmoil in Israel, Palestine and neighboring Syria, she never believed she was in danger. “There wasn’t even one point that I felt uncomfortable,” Zeiss said. “To me the people were amazing.” Zeiss said her primary focus for the summer was preparing for the Maccabiah. For that reason, she stayed in South Bend for the summer to continue training with Notre Dame fencing associate head coach Gia Kvaratskhelia. “I was here this summer, so I trained a lot really closely with my coach,” Zeiss said. “Probably every other day we’d go to the gym and train. So that definitely helped a lot. It was mainly just being here and being able to focus on getting ready.” Collegiate fencers tend to meet each other through competition, Zeiss said, so she knew many of her US teammates before competing with them at the Maccabiah. “We all know each other, but we obviously weren’t as close as we were when we left,” she said. “We immediately meshed as a team. … There was no conflict or anything.” According to the Maccabiah website, about 10,000 Jewish athletes come to Israel from across the globe to compete in the games, which are “the world’s largest Jewish athletic competition.” The Maccabiah offers competitions in Olympic sports like basketball, volleyball, soccer and cycling as well as other events such as bridge, chess, karate and bowling. The U.S. ranked second in the overall medal count for the open division. With 170 medals total, American athletes earned 56 gold, 53 silver and 61 bronze, far behind the 498 total medals won by Israeli athletes. Russia finished third in that division with 38 medals.last_img read more

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Operation Unified Response – First 100 Days

first_imgBy Dialogo April 27, 2010 On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck approximately 10-miles from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The devastation throughout the capital city and nearby areas was enormous. United Nations estimates indicate more than 220,000 people were killed, 300,000 injured, and 1.2 million displaced by the earthquake and its 59 aftershocks. Nearly 50-percent of the buildings in Port-au-Prince sustained significant damage and several nearby towns suffered far worse. The airport was inoperable and more than half of the seaport was left in ruins. The people of Haiti were cut-off from the outside world and were in desperate need of immediate help. On January 13, 2010, U.S. Southern Command immediately began deploying troops, aircraft and ships to Haiti in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which was the lead agency for the U.S. response. Joint Task Force-Haiti (JTFH) was soon established under the command of Lieutenant General Ken Keen and the military named its effort Operation Unified Response to indicate the collaborative nature of the mission. JTFH performed its mission by working closely with the Government of Haiti, United Nations, U.S. Government agencies, and non-government organizations. The following information is based upon the U.S. military’s efforts as of April 23, 2010: *Support of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief* Number of military personnel (peak level):…………………………..22,268 Number of U.S. Navy ships:……………………………………………………………..23 Number of U.S. Coast Guard ships:…………………………………………………10 Number of fixed-wing aircraft:……………………………………………………..264 Number of helicopters:…………………………………………………………………….57 Liters of water distributed:………………………………………………….2,600,000 Humanitarian rations packages distributed: …………………..2,900,000 Bulk food delivered (pounds): …………………………………………….17,000,000 Number of Meals-Ready-to-Eat delivered: ………………………….2,700,000 Number of emergency radios distributed:………………………………. 73,300 Hours of emergency radio broadcasts:………………………………………….. 660 Supported distribution of emergency shelter to 1,170,000 people. Supported 16 World Food Program distribution points. Supported development of two transitional camps and improvements in nine camps. *Logistical Assistance* Number of internally displaced persons (IDP) relocated from high flood risk areas:…………………………………………………………………3,884 Number of DoD-coordinated flights into Haiti and neighboring Dominican Republic from January 12 to March 15, 2010:……3,989 Number of American citizens transported out of Haiti:….. 16,412 Air delivered relief (pounds):……………………….more than 36 million *Medical Assistance* U.S. government medical personnel in Haiti (peak level):…….1,100 Number of hospital beds provided (peak level):…………………….1,400 Number of patients aboard all ships (peak level):………………………543 Pounds of medical supplies delivered:…………………………………149,045 Number of surgeries performed by U.S. military:…………………..1,025 Number of medical evacuations:…………………………………………………..343 Number of patients treated by U.S. military:……………………………9,758 *Engineering Assistance* Number of Haitian engineers trained:………………………………160 City streets cleared of rubble (cubic yards):………………..12,724 Number of structures assessed:……………………………………25,522 *Seaport Flow:* Port re-opened on January 22, 2010 with U.S. Military assistance Number of ship containers off-loaded: 8,867 Twenty-foot Equivalent units (TEU) *Airport Flow Pre/Post-Earthquake:* • Pre-quake average was 20 flights per day • Post-quake peak capacity of 168 flights in one day *Airport Timeline:* January 13: U.S. Military re-opens airport at request of Government of Haiti and begins 24/7 operations February 18: Government of Haiti begins gradual assumption of air traffic control duties February 19: Commercial flights resume March 16: Government of Haiti resumes full air traffic control of airport _(Current as of 23 April 2010)_last_img read more

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Multinational task force begins deployment during hurricane season to Latin America, Caribbean

first_imgBy Corporal Carlos Jimenez, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South June 26, 2019 Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command (SPMAGTF-SC) officially kicked off its 2019 deployment with an opening ceremony at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, June 21. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández and U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command, attended to welcome the SPMAGTF-SC multinational team and reaffirm the importance of this deployment. “The [SPMAGTF-SC] is one of the many ways U.S. Southern Command is strengthening partnerships here in Honduras and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Adm. Faller. “The depth and breadth of our engagement runs the gamut from security cooperation and humanitarian missions like this one, to multinational exercises.” SPMAGTF-SC is made of approximately 300 U.S. marines and sailors from various units spread across the United States and a multinational staff that includes partner nations’ service members from Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Belize, and the Dominican Republic. The integration of regional partners for the deployment marks another milestone in developing a Multinational Maritime Task Force that will enhance humanitarian assistance and disaster response in the Latin America and Caribbean region. For the second consecutive year, a partner nation military officer will lead the task force as the deputy commander. Colombian Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Eduar Alexander Michaels Bravo, SPMAGTF-SC deputy commander, said the primary purpose of the multinational force is to be ready to respond to any emergency caused by a natural disaster, and that the force is here to support the armed forces of partner nations. The task force’s mission is to work with partner nations to build security force capabilities in Latin America and the Caribbean through recurrent training events. It is also trained and equipped to provide timely responses to natural disasters and other crisis situations in the region. “Our task organization and training will allow us to be the primary crisis response partner of choice,” said U.S. Marine Corps Colonel Robert Meade, SPMAGTF-SC commanding officer. “It’s also another large step toward the creation of the Multinational Maritime Task Force, which will be critical to regional assistance in the case of a natural disaster.” SPMAGTF-SC will train and operate in the region from June to December to coincide with hurricane season and is scheduled to work in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The deployment enables partner nations’ militaries to improve regional capacity and facilitate humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in case of a major disaster while simultaneously improving U.S. and partner nations’ interoperability and readiness. “Experience has taught us that in the aftermath of natural disasters, infrastructure to support response forces is seldom available. Therefore, our ability to respond quickly and effectively is directly linked to our interoperability with our navies,” said U.S. Marine Corps Major General Michael F. Fahey III, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South. “This force is the embodiment of the spirit in this region — where friends and neighbors partner together to help and mutually support one another, especially in a time of need.” SPMAGTF-SC’s mission is to work to promote a stable and prosperous region in the Caribbean and Latin America through integration, shared values, and shared interests.last_img read more

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Prior to deadline, groundswell of support for legislators’ regulatory burden letter

first_imgMore than 266 legislators signed a letter calling for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to use its authority to protect credit unions as of Friday.The letter, composed by Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) and addressed to the CFPB, cited a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study that shows how increased regulatory burden for credit unions and other small institutions leads to reduced lending.“The GAO recently reviewed the impact of regulation on community lenders and found that credit unions and other small banks have reduced consumer lending products because of an increased compliance burden that may not have been intended for them,” the representatives noted in their call for signers. “With major rules already being implemented and new regulations on the horizon, our letter reminds the CFPB that Congress intentionally provided for regulatory flexibility to mitigate collateral damage on smaller financial institutions.”The letter, which closed Friday, also cites the Dodd-Frank Act section in which the CFPB has “the authority to adapt regulations by allowing it to exempt ‘any class’ of entity from its rulemakings” and pointed out that the letter was sent to encourage continued access to financial products. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Tax bill heads to president; CU exemption safe

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The House yesterday passed the updated conference report for the Republican tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Keeping the credit union tax exemption intact, the bill now heads to the president’s desk for his signature.“This accomplishment to preserve the credit union tax exemption could not have been achieved without credit unions reaching out to their members of Congress and without the support of our many champions in the House and Senate,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “NAFCU has prioritized preserving the credit union tax exemption for years, successfully keeping credit unions top of mind at a time on Capitol Hill when there are so many competing interests.“NAFCU and our member credit unions sincerely appreciate the willingness of the Trump administration, Treasury Secretary [Steven] Mnuchin, Chairman [Orrin] Hatch, Chairman [Kevin] Brady and members of Congress to meet with us and hear our concerns throughout this process. With the industry’s tax exemption untouched, credit unions will be able to continue serving their communities and remain a key player in the financial services arena.” continue reading »last_img read more

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Launched a portal for online payment of tourist tax in nautical

first_imgFROM THIS YEAR, IT IS POSSIBLE TO REPORT THE ARRIVAL OF A FOREIGN VESSEL THROUGH THE E-CITIZENS SYSTEM Pursuant to the Tourist Tax Act, boaters can pay the tourist tax according to the length of the vessel, and from 2020 according to the number of persons, ie the number of nights if it is more favorable for them, which is usually the case during a short stay in the destination.  The Croatian National Tourist Board has launched a multilingual portal nautika.evisitor.hr which allows boaters to pay the tourist tax online. Also, the portal supports payments through all the world’s most famous card brands, and after the tourist tax is paid, the boater will receive a confirmation to his email address, which he must keep during his entire stay on board. The portal represents an additional way of paying the tourist tax in nautical, which has so far been paid only in port captaincies and branches. Croatia has a fleet of 4.300 vessels, more than 140 nautical tourism ports with over 17.000 berths and over a million cruise passengers. The average consumption of nautical tourists is 126 euros per day, and in the charter 183 euros per day. More than 30 percent of that money is spent on other forms of tourism, from cultural to wine and gastronomic offerings. According to the CNTB, from the beginning of the year to July 15, more than seven thousand certificates, ie vignettes in nautical, were sold, which is 53 percent of the results achieved in the last record year. We are also recording good results in the nautical charter segment, in which, according to the eCrew system, almost 200 overnight stays have been realized so far in July, which is about 57 percent of last year’s result. Although it was supposed to be launched before the tourist season, especially this year in the context of the emergency situation caused by the covid19 pandemic, because it is the sailors who open and close every tourist season. But better late than never. For the promotion of nautical tourism certainly our main communication web platform Croatia.hr , which brings various articles and information on nautical tourism. RELATED NEWS: Apart from the Croatian language, the portal is also available in English, German and Italian, and guides the user through the process of registering and paying the tourist tax in a simple and clear way.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf: Congress Must Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act Now

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today said it would be a failure of victims if Congress failed to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act before the end of the month when it is set to expire. In a letter, Governor Wolf urged the Pennsylvania delegation to stand up for victims.“Congress is teetering on the edge of failing to provide long-held protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other relationship violence,” Governor Wolf. “Important local organizations rely on millions in funding under this law to protect thousands of Pennsylvanians. Sexual and relationship violence is a scourge on our society and it terrorizes too many women and families. Congress needs to prioritize a permanent reauthorization of this bill without any more delay.”Read Governor Wolf’s full letter below. You can also view this letter on Scribd or as a PDF.Dear Congressman/Senator:As you know at the end of this month, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) will expire. I write today to urge you to pass a reauthorization of this landmark federal law to continue to protect and support thousands of Pennsylvanians impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.These acts of violence happen in every community and affect individuals from every background. Research suggests that domestic violence and sexual assault carry significant costs and consequences not only for individuals, but for the commonwealth as a whole, including decreased job or academic performance caused by physical and mental health issues.Recognizing this moral and economic imperative, we must do everything we can to ensure all women continue to have access to the services and protections provided under VAWA. In 2017, approximately $4.8 million in funding from VAWA helped more than 17,500 Pennsylvanians by providing crisis counseling, assistance with protection orders, legal advocacy and assistance, hospital and court accompaniment, safety planning, and emergency housing. Failure to reauthorize VAWA would hurt victims, who rely on life-saving services, and would make planning harder for the organizations that depend on VAWA grants to help women in crisis.Expiration of this program would also halt two decades of work in the Commonwealth to build systemic collaboration among judicial, law enforcement, victim service, prosecutorial and healthcare personnel to respond to the crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence.All Pennsylvanians deserve to live, work, and learn in environments that are free from violence. Throughout my tenure, I have worked to support programs and policies that combat domestic violence and sexual assault, and that improve options and protections for individuals experiencing abuse. In 2016, I was proud to launch “It’s on Us PA,” a statewide campaign to address the crisis of sexual assault in schools and on college campuses. As part of this initiative, my administration has awarded nearly $2 million dollars in grants to Pennsylvania colleges and universities to combat sexual assault on campus, with another $1 million to be awarded in the 2018-19 academic year from this year’s budget. Earlier this year, I signed Tierne’s Law, strengthening protections for victims of domestic violence and I continue to call on the General Assembly in Harrisburg to fix an arcane law that allows domestic abusers to have access to guns.We have made great strides in Pennsylvania and VAWA has played a significant role in this progress. Public awareness about sexual and domestic violence has increased; the criminal justice system’s response to these crimes has been strengthened and services for victims have been improved. Allowing VAWA to lapse would be a significant step back for women, families, and communities across the commonwealth.I urge you to continue Pennsylvania’s commitment to ending violence against women by reauthorizing this critical piece of legislation.Sincerely,Tom WolfGovernorLetter to Congress by on Scribd September 25, 2018center_img Governor Wolf: Congress Must Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act Nowlast_img read more

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Where to watch Riverfire from the comfort of your couch

first_imgJared, Robert, Grace, Rachel and Sophie Harder get ready to watch Riverfire from an apartment at Pixley St, Kangaroo Point. Image: AAP/Josh Woning.HALF a million people are expected in Brisbane for the annual Sunsuper Riverfire spectacular Saturday night, but a lucky few will watch the city explode in colour from the comfort of a couch.Place Estate Agents Kangaroo Point director Simon Caulfield and his wife, Courtney, will be watching from Watermark on Pixley St, but next year they will take it all in from Walan on Scott St.“We are the last to move in to the new building so this year we are spending Riverfire at our close clients’ penthouse next door in Watermark,” he said. The view of Brisbane’s CBD from Kangaroo Point.“We sold all 11 apartments within the building (Walan), at an average of $4 million so we bought off ourselves direct from the developer.“This was the last available apartment which a couple from the US had under contract.“We knew what a great opportunity it was and bought the apartment ourselves.”CoreLogic property data shows the median sales price for a unit in the CBD is 498,000, down 0.8 per cent on 12 months ago.But in South Brisbane, the median unit sales price is $569,000 – up 16.1 per cent on 12 months ago. The view from the apartment at 4602/71 Eagle St, Brisbane, which is for sale.Tessa Residential selling principal Colin Walsh has listed apartment 292, 30 Macrossan St, Brisbane City, which not only has a great view, but the capacity to entertain up to 30 people on the balcony.“You do get a nice view down the river over towards Kangaroo Point,” Mr Walsh said.“You’ll be able to see the fireworks from the barges that are along that part of the river.” This apartment at 292/30 Macrossan St, Brisbane City, is for sale.center_img This apartment at 702/21 Pixley St, Kangaroo Point, offers one of the best views of Riverfire.“That apartment 4602 has unobstructed river views, so you can see the planes, the helicopters come right down from Kangaroo Point cliffs and you get unobstructed views of the bridge as well, it’s, in my opinion, the best place to watch riverfire from.”Mr Davies said this time next year one lucky buyer could likely be enjoying a fabulous riverfire event as the property has just gone under contract.“It’s not unconditional, but it is under contract.” The Story Bridge will explode in a cascade of colour for Riverfire.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoIn Kangaroo Point, units are up 0.5 per cent to $515,000.“We can see down the river towards the Story Bridge and also across the Botanical Gardens to Southbank,” Mr Caulfield said. “It’s an added bonus to see Riverfire considering how good our view is already.”For those who don’t want to miss out on the fun at next year’s event, McGrath New Farm sales agent Drew Davis has listed apartment 4602 Riparian Place, 72 Eagle St, Brisbane City, which he said was “undoubtedly the best place to watch Riverfire”.“I’ve actually lived in Riparian Plaza myself, so it is undoubtedly the best place to watch Riverfire from anywhere in the city,” Mr Davis said.last_img read more

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Nadal bounces back as Sharapova hits all-time low at Australian Open

first_img The 32-year-old, playing on a wildcard as she wrestles with a shoulder injury, lost 6-3, 6-4 to Croatian 19th seed Donna Vekic, making her an opening-round loser atthree straight Grand Slams for the first time. Maria Sharapova has lost in the first round at the last three Grand Slam tournaments The future looks uncertain for the former world number one, who won Wimbledon when she was just 17 but has not reached a Grand Slam final since she lifted the 2014French Open trophy. “I can speak about my struggles and the things that I’ve gone through with my shoulder, but it’s not really in my character to,” Sharapova said. “I was there, I put myself out there (playing). As tough as it was, I finished the match – it wasn’t the way that I wanted.” Read Also:Australian Open: Nadal not focusing on beating Federer’s 20 Slams record Britain’s Johanna Konta, a two-time Slam semi-finalist, also fell at the first hurdle as she battles to overcome a knee problem, losing 4-6, 2-6 to unseeded TunisianOns Jabeur. On a bumper day of 88 first-round matches, after rain wiped out half of Monday’s schedule, former US Open champion Marin Cilic and Milos Raonic both moved safelythrough. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios also cantered into the second round, but fourth seed Daniil Medvedev had to fight his way past American Frances Tiafoe in four sets. Nadal, one shy of Roger Federer’s Grand Slam mark, dropped only five games as he swatted aside Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien 6-2, 6-3, 6-0 in just over two hours at a sunnyRod Laver Arena. “It was a positive start,” said the reigning Roland Garros and US Open champion, wearing a bright pink singlet and matching trainers. “What you want in the first round is just to win, and it’s better if it’s in straight sets.” He joins Federer and defending champion Novak Djokovic in round two as the Big Three look to tighten a stranglehold that has brought them all but one of the last 14Australian Open titles. Nadal, the first player to be world number one in three different decades, is still thriving at 33 but it’s a different story for five-time Grand Slam winnerSharapova. Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTarantino Wants To End His Career With This Movie?Can You Recognize These Cute Celeb Baby Faces?Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldAmazing Bridal Looks From Around The World7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural WondersWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time? Loading… Top seed Rafael Nadal turned on the style as he launched his bid for a record-equalling 20th Major title at the Australian Open on Tuesday, but falling star Maria Sharapova hit a career low.last_img read more

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La Liga: Barcelona close title gap in bad tempered Espanyol win

first_img The game burst into life after the break, but for the wrong reasons for both sides, as Fati and Lozano were dismissed. Loading… Barcelona have closed the gap at the top of La Liga to a single point behind Real Madrid, after a 1-0 win at home to Espanyol. Luis Suarez netted a second half winner for the hosts, but the big stories from the night were Espanyol’s subsequent relegation and red cards for Ansu Fati and Pol Lozano. Neither side created much in a low key first half, with Didac Vila’s effort against the post the closest to a breakthrough. Read Also: Premier League clubs push for July 27 transfer windowMessi came close to extending La Blaugrana’s lead with a quarter of an hour to go, but Diego Lopez produced a fine stop to deny him. The result keeps Quique Setien’s side in the title race, but Los Blancos will reestablish their four point lead, if they win their game in hand at home to Alaves on Friday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Fati had only been on the pitch for five minutes before he was sent off for a high foot on Fernando Calero, and Lozano shown a straight red for a late tackle on Gerard Pique. Barcelona were the quickest to react after being reduced to ten men, as Suarez followed up Lionel Messi’s blocked shot to tuck home from close range. Promoted ContentTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueShockingly, Some Foods We Eat Every Day Have A Bizarre Beginning7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone10 Celebrity Dads Who Have A Bad Relationship With Their Kids7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?last_img read more

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