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Learning from our past to prevent negative repeats (Part 2)

first_imgDear Editor,By 1992, the struggle for democracy was widened. Many other forces joined the struggle for free and fair elections; it was recognised as the pre-condition for democratic governance. The PNC, having resisted having the votes counted at the places of poll for decades, was forced to accede to that request due to the internal pressure and international solidarity. In this regard, the Carter Center and the late Senator Edward Kennedy, among others, played important roles in assisting the democratic forces in our country to achieve that objective.Today, though, the situation has once more changed. Many of what was fought and paid for in lives and blood are now once again on the chopping block. A visible reversal is taking place.The PNC-led APNU+AFC regime has, over the last three years in Government, resumed the practice of racial and political discrimination. Indian Guyanese are once more becoming second class citizens in their own land.Our institutions are being subverted. The Police are once more being used as tools of the PNC to persecute opponents of the regime and their families. The judicial system is being compromised. Many of the decisions are looking more and more as like in the old days when judges took orders from the political directorate.New ways were devised to rig elections. Fake Statements of Poll were used in 2015.Moreover, the elections petition case has not as yet seen the light of day. Take this into consideration when considering that elections in Trinidad and Tobago and Kenya were held long after ours, but the elections petition cases were heard and decided on. In the case of Kenya new elections were held.The regime is violating our Constitution almost daily. The appointment of the Chairman of the Elections Commission was done unconstitutionally. It violated the spirit of the Carter/Price Formula, which, at the heart, was to arrive at that person via consensus.The Public Procurement Commission has been transformed into a toothless poodle. High placed personnel in the regime are giving out contracts and procuring goods and services, bypassing the Tender Board and all other requirements. The bond deal and the drugs deal stand out like monuments to the massive corruption that has engulfed our land.It is also clear that the PNC/APNU are planning to subvert our elections. That will send us back to the period of undemocratic rule.Already, we see the massive gerrymandering of the boundaries for the upcoming Local Government Elections. This is elections manipulation, but civil society is deafeningly silent.The establishment of the Ministry of Citizenship has one and only one purpose: to manipulate the elections. Its creation was necessary, since new methods have to be found in this period.Our country’s history has shown us where these actions lead to. They lead to all round decay and destruction. Our economic, political and social life will deteriorate and decay.Michael Forde, Jagan Ramessar and Bhola Nauth Parmanand gave their lives for an independent and democratic Guyana. Our country achieved quite a bit between 1992 and 2015 as a result of their ultimate sacrifices.Let us learn that lesson and stop the slide to dictatorship.Yours sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

Speed skaters headed to Quebec City for Long Track Championships

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Elks Speed Skating Club members are preparing for the Canadian Age Class Long Track Championship event this weekend.The B.C. Speed Skating Association selected 22 athletes to represent the province, seven of which were chosen from the Energetic City based on their performances at Provincials in late January.The age-restricted event will have a Girls age group which consists of competitors between eleven to fourteen years of age and will feature Emma North, Hannah North, Brooke Braun and Sidney Bennie. In the Boys category, which will see participants within the age group of twelve to fifteen, speed skaters Nicholas Guilov, Nyam Newlove and Joshua Telizyn will represent Fort St. John.- Advertisement -The event takes place on February 10th and 11th in Quebec City.last_img read more

Will Riggs break through?

first_imgAfter missing the Daytona 500 to start the year, Riggs had driven his No. 10 Valvoline Dodge all the way back up to 18th in the points – less than 100 away from 15th place – with 10 races to go. But when Riggs suffered blown tires in each of the next three races, he fell all the way back to 23rd. Nevertheless, the 36-year-old finished with enough momentum to be convinced that his breakout season finally would arrive in 2007. Yet the broken transmission and resulting 37th-place finish at Sunday’s Daytona 500 – combined with the suspension of crew chief Rodney Childers for two races and the loss of 25 points – didn’t exactly give Riggs the start he wanted. “I always wondered if I was ever going to get an opportunity to be with a team or if (MB2) was going to be able to turn it around,” he said. “Coming to Evernham Motorsports, I learned so much about all the things and operations and engineering and resources that we were missing over there. “To have the opportunity to come to Evernham Motorsports was, to me, a chance of a lifetime.” Now all that’s left is to put together some solid finishes. Although that might be easier said than done. “Scott battles hard and they’re fast a lot,” Kahne said. “Once they figure out how to finish each race and be there at the end – things that I’m still trying to figure out – they’re going to be a good team.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But Riggs remains a darkhorse to make the Chase for the Cup this year. After all, he has rebounded from a nightmarish Speedweeks before. “We sort of flew under the radar a lot last year because we were so hit and miss at times,” he said before the season. “I keep thinking this is the year we’ll be able to keep the barn door wide open.” The Dodge teams have a new and improved nose for their Charger model, and Evernham Motorsports’ three entries – Riggs, Elliott Sadler and championship contender Kasey Kahne – could be poised to have the same sort of out-of-nowhere season that Richard Childress Racing saw in 2006. “I think Scott is going to have a breakout year this year,” Sadler said. “He’s going to get his first win in Nextel Cup racing, and man, I can’t wait. I’m going to be his biggest fan right there in Victory Lane.” Valvoline decided to move to Evernham at the start of last season, and Riggs came along to drive for the organization’s new startup team. center_img FONTANA – It was a modest goal, one that some of NASCAR’s more established drivers would call a disappointing season. But last year, driver Scott Riggs and his Evernham Motorsports team wanted to finish 15th in the Nextel Cup season standings. They almost made it, too. last_img read more

Europa League semi-final round-up: Holders Sevilla to face Dnipro in Warsaw final

first_img1 Holders Sevilla comfortably reached the Europa League final with a 5-0 aggregate victory over Fiorentina after a 2-0 second-leg win in Florence.Carlos Bacca tapped home his 26th goal of the season from inside a congested penalty area, before Daniel Carrico slammed in from close range to make it 2-0 before the half hour mark.Josip Ilicic blazed over a second half penalty to compound Fiorentina’s bad night, as Sevilla remained on track to become the first side to retain the trophy since they themselves did it in 2006.In the other semi-final, Rafael Benitez’s rich Europa League pedigree couldn’t inspire Napoli, as the Italians were knocked out by a resolute Dnipro side 2-1 on aggregate.Dnipro won 1-0 on the night in Ukraine as Evgen Seleznyov, who scored in the first leg, proved the match winner again with a superb second-half header from sought-after Yevhen Konoplyanka’s cross.The hosts clung on despite a late Napoli onslaught to book their place in the showpiece in Warsaw and duly reach the first major European final in their club history. Carlos Bacca last_img read more

Wildfires’ full impact yet to be felt

first_imgThe cough-inducing haze eventually will clear, but Southern California’s recent wildfires could lead to longer-lasting environmental consequences – mudslides that send ash-ridden water to the ocean and the extinction of a few plants and wildlife. And in areas especially hard hit by fire, chaparral might never grow back, meaning a tough time for other plants and animals within a charred, altered ecosystem. “If you have too frequent fire, your vegetation may not recover from fire and you can end up losing species,” said Scott Morrison, a scientist with the Nature Conservancy. “A lot of the natural environment will recover on its own. What we want to be on the lookout for are those places that are going to need some help.” With nearly two dozen wildfires burning in recent days, Southern California has seen more than 517,700 acres and more than 2,000 homes burn. Now that many of the fires are out or contained, environmentalists are assessing the damage to the natural landscape. The Tecate cypress, a rare tree found in the Otay mountains near the border with Mexico, could also be at risk, he said. But for other species, the news might not be so dire. In fact, the wildfires could be a boon. Coyotes often eat smaller prey that has been left disoriented by flames. A bird called the rock wren has been known to settle in areas stripped of plants and trees, nesting in rock outcroppings. “Some things die, but then other species benefit and probably their populations go up,” said Ian Swift, director of the Placerita Canyon Nature Center in Newhall. Wildlife managers were particularly concerned about populations of big-horn sheep and a few young California condors, but those animals appear to have made it through OK. Some plants called “fire followers” will grow back by the spring in areas that have burned, Swift said. Larger shrubs will grow back within five years, he said. The California Department of Fish and Game will evaluate the burned areas, using satellite images and aerial photos to determine if anything should be done to help species affected by the fires, said Harry Morse, a spokesman for the department. Meanwhile, in heavily populated coastal areas, fires have been occurring too frequently, and that is harming the environment, experts said. Near Pepperdine University in Malibu, some chaparral – the thicket of shrubs and thorny bushes native to Southern California – has been unable to grow back because of frequent fires, said Suzanne Goode, senior environmental scientist with California State Parks. Laurel sumac, weeds and mustard grass have grown in the place of the chaparral, and they are more flammable. “Increasing fire frequency causes increasing fire frequency,” Goode said. Plants that emerge after a fire don’t hold the soil as well as chaparral, which leads to erosion – especially with heavy rain – and harms rivers and streams. “So the whole ecosystem starts to really deteriorate,” Goode said. A similar process of vegetation changing to more flammable plants has been at work along coastal Orange County and in parts of Los Angeles County inland from Malibu. “It is a really serious condition from an ecosystem point of view,” said Pepperdine professor Stephen Davis, a plant ecologist who has studied the process. While the ash from burned vegetation is relatively clean, officials warned that burned homes could be toxic and include asbestos. “Any structure that is burned, it’s a good idea to assume the resulting ash has hazardous material,” Rukeyser said. As for the air quality, the health threat will be nearly eliminated within days of the fires being put out, Air Quality Management District officials said. Winds eventually will blow the bad air east over the Rocky Mountains. On Monday, the South Coast Air Quality Management District said air quality had improved in most areas, but that it remained unhealthful near the remaining wildfires. And while some blame the wildfires for all the environmental hazards that have resulted, some think we need more fires to let nature take its course. Richard Minnich, a geography professor at UC Riverside, argues that in Baja California, where firefighters purposely don’t battle wildfires as hard as in Southern California, frequent but less dramatic blazes thin out the vegetation and prevent the kinds of destruction seen here in recent days. Minnich advocates letting wildfires burn out naturally. “Look, fire is inevitable, it’s like breathing – in fact they’re the same process, it’s called oxidation,” he said. “The public has to understand this process is going to happen.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.After a wildfire, officials always prepare for the threat of mudslides on hills made bare by the flames. And this year is no exception, despite predictions of low rainfall. “In terms of watersheds, erosion is a big worry if you’ve got hillsides without live vegetation,” said Bill Rukeyser, a spokesman for the State Water Resources Control Board. And if too much nutrient-rich ash and silt get into waterways and out to the ocean, it can cause algae to grow, which hurts fish, Rukeyser said. To prevent the threat of erosion and runoff, workers in the coming weeks will lay down sandbags or turn fallen trees sideways to slow water flowing downhill. In U.S. Forest Service land, some of the same firefighters who were battling the flames will be setting up bales of hay to prevent runoff. In San Diego County, the Quino checkerspot butterfly and the Thorne’s hairstreak butterfly are in danger of extinction because of frequent fires that have recently burned through their habitat, Morrison said. last_img read more

Manchester United wonderkid becomes first footballer to do this

first_imgAngel Gomes has become the first player born in the 2000s to play in the Premier League after coming off the bench in Manchester United’s win over Crystal Palace.The 16-year-old, who was born in August 2000, made history when he was brought off the bench by Jose Mourinho to replace captain Wayne Rooney in the 88th minute of a 2-0 win over Palace.SEE ALSO: Angel Gomes: Profile on England and Manchester United sensation eyed by Barcelona who could made debut against Crystal PalaceAnother youngster, Kane Wilson, remained on the bench for West Brom as Tony Pulis joined Mourinho in giving his talented youngsters a taste of the match-day experience.Gomes came off the bench to become the first player born in the 21st century to play Premier League football, and big things are expected of the former England Under-16 captain who was recently crowned the club’s youth-team player of the year.Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon has made a big impact in the Sky Bet Championship having also been born in 2000, while Moise Kean became the first to achieve the feat in Serie A after featuring for Juventus. Angel Gomes made his Manchester United debut on the last day of the 2016/17 Premier League season 1last_img read more

The 25 best Premier League players aged 21 and under revealed and ranked

first_img 4. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) 19. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) 7. Luke Shaw (Manchester United) 25 24. Dominic Solanke (Liverpool) 25 25 The Premier League is home to some of the best young players in all Europe.Dele Alli has established himself as a superb goalscoring midfielder since leaving MK Dons for Tottenham Hotspur, while 20-year-old Gabriel Jesus scored seven goals in his first 10 games for Manchester City.Elsewhere, a number of top flight youngsters were part of the England squad which won the Under-20 World Cup earlier in the summer – and fans are hoping these players are given a chance in the Premier League.So, just who are the best youngsters in England’s top division? talkSPORT take a look at the 25 best players aged 21 and under in the Premier League, and rank them in order of greatness.You can see the results by clicking the right arrow, above… 1. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) 18. Isaac Success (Watford) 25 11. Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City) 5. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) 10. Lewis Cook (AFC Bournemouth) 13. Mason Holgate (Everton) 25 25 14. Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur) 25 25 25 25 25 9. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) 20. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) 23. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) 8. Tom Davies (Everton) center_img 21. Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea) – Nathaniel Chalobah failed to make the grade at Chelsea 22. Ademola Lookman (Everton) 6. Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) 25 25. Ben Woodburn (Liverpool) – click right to count down to number one 25 2. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) 3. Leroy Sane (Manchester City) 15. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Southampton) 25 17. Joe Gomez (Liverpool) 25 25 25 25 25 16. Demarai Gray (Leicester City) 25 25 25 25 Getty 25 25 12. Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) last_img read more

ATHLETICS: EAMON HARVEY’S TIR CHONAILL AC NEWS

first_imgA group of club juvenile’s at the Ulster/ANI Indoors in Magherafelt on Saturday lastBY EAMON HARVEY: Tir Chonaill AC NotesMary Mc Loone excels at Irish Indoors in AthloneMary Mc Loone, joined the club as an Under 12 juvenile athlete, and has subsequently progressed to dominate underage and Senior Irish athletes in the Triple Jump over a ten year period. On Sunday in Athlone IT’s magnificent indoor International arena she was involved in a nail biting competition before going onto to win with a best combination of 12.48m -9cm ahead of Caoimhe King from Mayo. On Saturday it was an equally close encounter when she pushed Kelly Proper from Waterford to within 5cm when finishing 2nd in a great Long Jump competition. Mary, currently a primary teacher in Glenswilly NS, had her Dad Pat and family in support over the weekend in Athlone – a role they played so many times over the years in transporting Mary to twice weekly training sessions in Donegal Town and to major competitions all over Ireland. Congratulations also go to three young club athletes who entered the senior c/ships and will be very happy with their performances. Dunkineely’s Mark McGuinness ran a PB of 9mins 3secs in the 3k –a race won by John Travers in a European qualifying time; Barry Quigg from Carrick high jumped 1.85m – narrowly missing at 1.90m and Enniskillen’s Conal Mahon triple jumped 13metres.Anne Marie McGlynn Lifford 2nd 3k at the Irish Senior Indoor c/ships in Athlone ITAthletics Ireland National AwardsThe Tullamore Court Hotel was the venue on Saturday night for the cream of the countries young athletics talent when the annual Athletics Ireland awards were staged. It was a most enjoyable and relaxed occasion with the athletes families and friends plus numerous dignitaries in attendance. Laghey’s Kelly Mc Grory received the Donegal Athlete of the year award while Donegal Town’s Karl Griffin, because of his outstanding achievements in 2012, received the Robin Sykes Award. Well done to both –a great honour for athletes, their families and Tir Chonaill AC.Ulster Schools CC Mullusk on Wednesday last was the venue for the Ulster schools CC finals. Congrats to Mark McGuinness [Senior] 7th and Daniel Gallagher [Intermediate] 6th both qualifying for Saturday 9th March Irish Schools finals. Hopefully the course for the Irish finals at the University of Ulster in Jordanstown will be a little kinder and athlete friendly.Primary Schools SHAOn Wednesday last teams 300 young athletes from St Macartans, Bundoran, Scoil Aodh Rua agus Nuala, St Francis, Barnesmore, Fintragh NS Killybegs, Carrick NS and Glencolmcille.participated in a regional final of SHA. From reports it was a most enjoyable experiences for all with the winning schools progressing to Co Finals in the Aura in early March. Thanks to all the schools for participating to the teachers for giving the pupils an enjoyable introduction to athletics and to the fifteen club officials who ran the competition so efficiently.Cara Bundoran 10The organising committee of the Cara Bundoran 10 – scheduled for Saturday 9th March – report a huge entry, [over 1,000 walkers and runners expected to participate], excellent organisation, double Olympian Danny McDaid as official starter, over €4,000 in prizes, in addition to the 10mile distance -a new race over 10k, team prizes, young athletes races, outstanding hospitality, charities SVP and Cancer Society to benefit. Local club groups are preparing for the event and it was so encouraging to find 50 athletes from Sligo, Leitrim joining the local Tir Chonaill group on Saturday morning last at 8.30am for a dry run of the course. Well done to all and thanks to organisor/coach Paddy Donoghue.Marie Rooney continues to MasterOn Saturday week last it was the turn of the Masters to experience the new state of the art indoor facility in Athlone. Tir Chonaill’s Marie Rooney had another outstanding competitive weekend when she added three National medals to her ever increasing tally. The Ballyshannon woman won the walk, was 2nd in the 3,000, and 3rd in the 1,500m. Marie who captained county and club cross country teams to gold and silver medal performances the previous weekend in Derry was re-elected Treasurer at last week’s club AGM. For good measure she also assists weekly coaching with the North Sligo club at Grange-a definition of commitment. Fellow Ballyshnnon man Paul Ward, ran 9mins 34secs, 3,000m in a hotly contested race. John Cannon was pleased with his 4th -1,500m and 6th 800m finishes. The Ardara man was experiencing indoor running for the first time. Jackie Harvey, the final Tir Chonaill member, was also pleased with her 4th place finish in the 800m. Finally aMeanwhile in the final race of the Lifford 5k series, Ardara man Donal Haughey, who recently returned to the competitive scene and trains with the clubs Donegal Town fit4life group, was an impressive winner of his category while Jackie Harvey filled runners up spot in her class. Meanwhile the Finn Valley 5k Spring series got off the ground on Sunday morning last and had the trio of Vera Haughey, Jackie Harvey and Brendan Hoey all do wellOn Sunday week at the National Junior and U23 Indoor c/ships it was again more success and headlines for club athletes. Kelly McGrory, runs a PB of 7.90secs in the 60m and finishes 5th while two hours later she battles her way to the 200m final where she finishes 3rd in 25.78secs. Emma Brady secures a silver medal in the Triple Jump; Kate McGowan finishes 4th in the Long Jump and 60m Hurdles; Barry Quigg clears 1.90m for bronze; Conal Mahon gets out to 13metres in the Triple jump for silver; Mark McGuinness runs 4mins 11.58secs in the 1,500mOur juveniles took in the Ulster/ANI Indoor c/ships in Magherafelt on Saturday week and had a number of exciting and medal winning performances .Upcoming· Club Training continues at the usual locations and times· Club Awards night on Sunday 3rd March at 5pm· Part 2 of Ulster Indoors at Jordanstown on 2nd March – entries direct or to Anne McGowan at training on Thurs nght· Tir Chonaill Open meet on Monday 1st April – permit granted· Co Donegal SHA trails in Deele College Gymnasium, on Friday evening –register at 6pm. County U13 and U15 teams will be selected afterwardsATHLETICS: EAMON HARVEY’S TIR CHONAILL AC NEWS was last modified: February 19th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:ATHLETICS: EAMON HARVEY’S TIR CHONAILL AC NEWSlast_img read more

SOCCER: HARPS 19’S ON THE BRINK OF HISTORY

first_imgSOCCER: Finn Harps under 19s can make history tomorrow when they face Sligo Rovers at Maginn Park tomorrow afternoon.A win for Harps, will see them crowned winners of their League of Ireland section for the first time in the club’s illustrious history.Finn Harps host North-West rivals Sligo Rovers, in what should be a thriller of a game. Both teams are level on top of the table with 20 points, however harps have a goal difference of +12 while sligo have a goal differnce of +11. If harps win or get a draw they will have home advantage for the play offs.Finn Harps only defeat this season was to Sligo Rovers, in the showgrounds when they were beat by a dominating Sligo.The u19 fixture scheduling of Finn Harps and Sligo Rovers has been causing some problems due to waterlogged pitches this week but Harps have now announced on their fb page that the fixture will go ahead in Maginn Park on Saturday at 2pm.Finn Harps u17s face Drogheda United in which will be a tough game. In the reverse fixture the game finished 0-0, the game was nearly won in the last minute of the game however Shane Blaney couldnt get his foot on it.If Harps get a win and Derry lose, Harps will go above Derry and into 4th spot.The game kicks off at 2pm in the curragh.  SOCCER: HARPS 19’S ON THE BRINK OF HISTORY was last modified: November 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:finn harpsLeague of IrelandSligo Roverslast_img read more

Video assault 3 face sentences as adults

first_imgSANTA ANA, Calif. – An Orange County judge ruled Friday that three men, including the son of a former assistant sheriff, will be sentenced as adults in the videotaped sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl. Defense attorney Peter Scalisi told reporters outside a hearing Friday he was “very disappointed.” The media and the public were excluded from the hearing, which was open only to immediate family members. Defense lawyers had asked Superior Court Judge Francisco Briseno to sentence Greg Haidl, Kyle Nachreiner and Keith Spann as juveniles, which likely would have brought them lighter sentences. All three defendants were sent to prison for a 90-day diagnostic evaluation and will be sentenced Jan. 20, chief assistant district attorney Chuck Middleton. The judge’s reasoning in the sentencing matter remained sealed, but some details will be released later, Middleton said. “It doesn’t surprise me at all what the result is,” he said. “The public has not seen the video and the video, regardless of what the defense attorneys say, is shocking. It’s criminal and the behavior on it has to be punished as if they were adults. It would be shocking if adults did it.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week All are 20 but were 17 when they assaulted the girl in July 2002 while she was unconscious on a pool table at Haidl’s Newport Beach home. They were tried as adults under a state law that allows stiffer penalties for juveniles charged with serious crimes. Haidl is the son of former Orange County Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl, who was not home at the time of the assault. “We certainly thought all three boys should be treated as juveniles in terms of sentencing,” Scalisi said. “But the court ruled otherwise.” The defendants should have been sentenced as juveniles because none of the had prior criminal records and because “the offense, in our opinion, was very unsophisticated in the manner in which it was done.” The three men have already faced two trials. Jurors were deadlocked in the first one. In the second, jurors found the three guilty of using objects including a pool cue and juice bottle to penetrate the girl. last_img read more