After calls for action on social media, Gov. Dunleavy issues emergency declaration for Tuluksak water crisis

first_imgHealth | Public Safety | Southwest | State GovernmentAfter calls for action on social media, Gov. Dunleavy issues emergency declaration for Tuluksak water crisisFebruary 8, 2021 by Olivia Ebertz, KYUK – Bethel Share:The washeteria and water plant building burned down in Tuluksak on Sat., Jan. 16. (courtesy of Kristy Napoka)Gov. Dunleavy issued a disaster declaration for the village of Tuluksak on Monday. The declaration comes nearly a month after a fire destroyed the village’s only source of drinking water. In the interim, residents of Tuluksak have been drinking bottled water donated by private citizens and businesses.After a weekend of mounting social media pressure, including from the band Black Eyed Peas, the governor issued the declaration, freeing up $1 million in state relief funds.“Today the governor has verbally issued a disaster declaration for Tuluksak. The declaration will open up public assistance,” said Maj. Gen. Torrence Saxe, Commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.Paul Nelson, the director of the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said the funds will go toward reimbursing agencies who have already stepped up. Like the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, which has been fronting payments for initial infrastructure construction.Nelson said it took the state this long to respond because they needed extra time to analyze the situation. He also said immediate response is reserved for life-threatening emergencies.“To declare disaster immediately when an event happens, is usually only reserved for when the community is utterly overwhelmed. And there is an imminent or immediate life threat,” Nelson said.Share this story:last_img read more

An 8-year-old boy puts Vertex on the defensive over the price of its drugs in the U.K.

first_img What’s included? @Pharmalot Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. [email protected] By Ed Silverman Aug. 16, 2018 Reprints Ed Silverman Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX) is facing pushback from cystic fibrosis patients and their families as it plays hardball with the U.K. government over the cost of its medicines.In a highly publicized move designed to tug heartstrings, an 8-year-old boy and his mother gave an orchestrated round of media interviews to implore the company to lower the price of its Orkambi treatment, which the government calls too expensive. What is it? Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED GET STARTEDcenter_img Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. About the Author Reprints Pharmalot An 8-year-old boy puts Vertex on the defensive over the price of its drugs in the U.K. Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Log In | Learn More Tags drug pricingpharmaceuticalsrare diseaseSTAT+last_img read more

NK, Expanding ‘Retail Trade in Individual Houses’ Instead of Jangmadang

first_img NK, Expanding ‘Retail Trade in Individual Houses’ Instead of Jangmadang AvatarKwon Jeong Hyun There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest NewsEconomy SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News By Kwon Jeong Hyun – 2006.02.15 3:23pm center_img News News Facebook Twitter North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) [imText1]Since the North Korean government has begun reinforcing control over Jangmadang during the past year, it has been making North Koreans increase trade of retail goods in their own homes, which were remodeled as retail shops for themselves. According to Korean-Chinese Lee Chul Man (pseudonym, age 44) who recently came back to China after a visit to his relatives in North Korea, while only necessities such as vegetables and corn were sold in Jangmadang in North Korea, industrial products such as clothes, medicines and electronic appliances were traded in each merchant’s own house in secret. People in Jangmadang were prohibited from selling industrial products, but since a shortage of food occurred, various industrial products which come from China in general were traded actively. Whenever the government cracks down on them, the trend of traders withdrawing from Jangmadang and selling goods in secret is also repeated on a regular basis.Lee, returning from a visit to Taechun district of North Pyongan Province said, “This individual trade is expanding because people in Jangmadang were prohibited from selling and the related officers would not blame them for the trading activities, adding that “Such trading activities are illegal. Yet if you offer a bribe to each officer concerned, it is not a problem.”“Eighteen Thousand Won for Removing the Seals of Audio Frequency”Lee stated, “There is a case where traders around a village share a telephone installed in one house,” adding that, “I heard that in many cases, they install telephones and mobile phones for the retail trade.” Lee added, “Mobile phones which have phone numbers registered in Chinese telecommunication companies are traded in secret anywhere from one hundred fifty thousand won to three hundred thousand won (50 dollars to 100 dollars) in Shinuiju”.On the other hand, a well-informed person living in Shinuiju said, “Such trade (retailing the industrial products in traders’ houses) are carried on by people who have relatives sponsoring money or goods. Especially the rich overseas Chinese.”One can often purchase reasonably priced goods of quality through such private retail shops. Also, those people considered ‘patrons’ are increasing. Last December, Lee Soon Bok, who defected from Hamhung, also testified in an interview with DailyNK last February that even though they cannot trade at their own stands at Jangmadang, they provide the necessities gained from other traders, and in most cases, install telephones. Lee, who traded medicines made in China in Hyesan of North Hamkyung Province, said, “We traded in the way that if someone orders privately, we deliver it to him or her in person, and because of the personal delivery, I had a lot of regular customers.” At the same time, Lee said, “North Koreans cannot listen to radio programs, for the North Korean government sealed the audio frequency. However, if you give eighteen thousand won ($6.20) to a sealing remover, he removes the seals.” US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againlast_img read more

Taxpayer complaints return to normal: Ombudsman

first_img Keywords Income taxes IE Staff IRS announces filing extension for 2020 tax return Frustrated man calculating bills and tax expenses iStock Federal budget bill includes changes to stock options, annuities, mutual fund trusts Related news Tax tips for self-employed clients The annual report outlines the ombudsman’s activities, identifies key Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) service issues, examines trends and outlines the most common complaints received in the fiscal year.The ombudsman opened 1,506 complaint files in fiscal 2019–20, the report said. (This figure doesn’t include files received between March 14 and March 31, 2020.)This shift represented a return to the level of opened files in fiscal 2016–17, after two years of record numbers (in 2018–19 and 2017–18), the report said.The levelling of complaints could be due to such things as increased public awareness and knowledge of current tax and benefit programs, increased use of the ombudsman’s website and social media platforms before making a complaint, and changes in service delivery, the report said.Within the complaint files opened, the ombudsman identified 3,098 issues, the most common being a lack of fairness in the debt collection process, delays in processing T1 returns and adjustment requests, and a lack of clarity of information regarding processing T1 returns.The most complaints came from Ontario (almost 43%), followed by Quebec (more than 17%) and B.C. (almost 14%).The ombudsman closed 1,962 files, consistent with the previous year.However, closed files had a 10% increase in the number of issues examined in which the CRA didn’t respect the taxpayer’s service rights, the report said. These rights include professional, courteous and fair treatment; and the provision of complete, accurate, clear and timely information.Earlier this year, the ombudsman released Sub-Standard, a report examining delays and lack of transparency in the CRA’s processing of individual income tax returns and adjustment requests.The CRA didn’t accept all the ombudsman’s recommendations in Sub-Standard, although it did accept some.Regarding the recommendations, the ombudsman’s annual report said, “[M]any of the CRA’s responses lack clarity and do not fully address the recommendations. Often, the CRA reiterates actions it is already taking and deems to be sufficient, serving only to maintain the status quo.”For more details on the ombudsman’s activities, read the full Taxpayers’ Ombudsman annual report. After two years of record numbers of complaints to the Office of the Taxpayers’ Ombudsman, complaints have returned to their typical level, according to the ombudsman’s annual report released on Thursday.The ombudsman advises the Minister of National Revenue on CRA services and makes recommendations. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Brisbane man arrested, two international warrants issued in foreign bribery investigation

first_imgBrisbane man arrested, two international warrants issued in foreign bribery investigation The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has made one arrest, and issued a further two arrest warrants, following an intricate and long-running foreign bribery investigation.A 54-year-old Brisbane man is expected to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court today (18 Nov. 2020), while arrest warrants have been issued for two men residing overseas.In November 2011, the AFP received a report from Australian-registered company Leighton Holdings Limited about alleged improper payments made by Singapore registered operating entity Leighton Offshore Pty Ltd, regarding two contracts with Iraq Crude Oil Export in 2010 and 2011.Operation Trig commenced as a result of the information received from Leighton Holdings Limited.The investigation revealed two contracts for the development and installation of onshore and offshore oil pipelines designed to increase the capacity of Iraq’s crude oil export. For Leighton Offshore Pty Ltd to be awarded the two contracts – which had a combined value of approximately USD 1.46 billion – approvals were required from the Iraqi Ministry of Oil and the South Oil Company of Iraq.AFP investigators will allege Leighton Offshore Pty Ltd funnelled bribes through entities associated with Iyer-associated companies and Unaoil to guarantee approvals for the Iraq Crude Oil Export contracts.Police will allege the key targets of the bribery scheme were Iraqi Ministry of Oil officials and government officials within the South Oil Company of Iraq.The investigation identified approximately USD 77.6 million in suspicious payments made via third party contractors.AFP officers, working in close collaboration with international law enforcement, specifically the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office, the United States Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation, throughout the nine-year long investigation have:seized more than two million documents related to the projects;obtained evidence from 10 countries;provided evidence to help foreign law enforcement partners secure guilty pleas to foreign bribery charges; andobtained key witness statements that have allowed charges to be laid and put before the Court.These efforts reflect the AFP’s and the International Foreign Bribery Taskforce’s ongoing commitment to global cooperation in the fight against corruption.This week, the AFP issued arrest warrants for three men aged 54, 60 and 62.The 54-year-old man was arrested today (18 Nov. 2020) at his residence in Brisbane and charged with two foreign bribery offences contrary to sections 70.2 and 11.5 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).He was also charged with allegedly engaging in conduct to falsify books linked to the corporation, and knowingly providing misleading information, contrary to sections 1307 (1) and 1309 (1) of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).AFP Deputy Commissioner Investigations Ian McCartney said foreign bribery investigations required strong collaboration with international law enforcement partners to combat corruption on a global scale.“Operation Trig investigators demonstrated outstanding resilience over the past nine years,” Deputy Commissioner McCartney said.“They persevered through the painstaking process of piecing this jigsaw together from facts and allegations of alleged corruption that reached internationally, to a level that allowed us to bring this before the court in Australia.“Their determination to ensure acts of alleged corruption are held to account is a testament to the dedication, skill and tenacious approach of AFP members, and the strength of our partnerships worldwide.”The AFP has not ruled out further arrests or charges, with investigations continuing. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AFP, Australia, Australian, Australian federal police, Commissioner, corruption, Department of Justice, Government, investigation, Iraq, magistrates court, police, Singapore, Suspicious, U.S., United Kingdom, United Stateslast_img read more

Clark County Sheriff’s deputies involved in officer-involved shooting

first_imgClark County Sheriff’s deputies involved in officer-involved shootingPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Friday, February 5, 2021in: Newsshare 0 Suspect of Thursday evening incident transported to area hospital in critical conditionA suspect is in critical condition at an area hospital after an officer-involved shooting that took place Thursday evening in Hazel Dell.At about 7:41 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 4), Clark County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies were involved in an officer-involved shooting at the intersection of NE 68th street and NE 2nd avenue.   The Regional Independent Investigation Team will be conducting the investigation.As per CCSO policy, the involved deputies were placed on critical incident leave per standard protocol. Northeast 68th street was closed from Hazel Dell avenue east to NW 2nd Avenue and NE 2nd avenue was closed south from NE 68th street to NE 71st street due to the crime scene investigation.Clark County Today will continue to follow this story.Information provided by Clark Co. Sheriff’s Office.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Vancouver Police make arrest in attempted murder and arson investigation Next : Rep. Vicki Kraft says education committee chair declines hearing on school choice bill; expresses disappointmentAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Quebec mother, daughter charged with drunk driving within hours of each other

first_img advertisement ‹ Previous Next › PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Magog is about 125 kilometres east of Montreal. She was arrested and taken to the police station but refused a breathalyzer test, which added to the charges she faces.When the young woman’s mother arrived at the police station to retrieve her daughter about 1 a.m. Sunday, police noted she too seemed under the influence of alcohol.The mother failed a breathalyzer and was also arrested for impaired driving. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS RELATED TAGSNews Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending Videos Police east of Montreal arrested a 50-year-old woman for driving under the influence on Sunday as she came to bail out her daughter who had been arrested on a similar offence just hours earlier.Magog police say the two women had their licences suspended for 90 days and were released on a promise to appear at the courthouse in Sherbrooke, Quebec.Police say officers responding to a call about a car stopped along the side of a main road found a 27-year-old woman allegedly under the effects of alcohol. See More Videos Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Officer Kevin Millan from the City of Miami Beach police department arrests a woman after she failed a field sobriety test at a DUI checkpoint December 15, 2006 in Miami, Florida. According to police, the woman failed a breathalyzer test by blowing into the device and receiving two readings one at .190 the other .183, which is twice the legal limit in Florida. Trending in Canadalast_img read more

Paulwell Looking to Improve Broadband Access

first_img By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter RelatedPaulwell Looking to Improve Broadband Access RelatedPaulwell Looking to Improve Broadband Access RelatedPaulwell Looking to Improve Broadband Access Paulwell Looking to Improve Broadband Access TechnologyMarch 1, 2012 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining is moving to expand broadband access to make it easier for Jamaicans, especially those in remote areas, to conduct business with government agencies.  Portfolio Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, said broadband technology “is going to be a major focus of mine” to ensure that every nook and cranny of Jamaica has access.  “An ordinary Jamaican can be able to deal with their government. You don’t have to be travelling from Westmoreland to Kingston anymore. You can pay your taxes, you can deal with most of the functions that we do in government,” he stated. He was speaking on February 28 at the launch of the book: ‘Can the Future be Discovered? – The Role of Science, Technology and Innovation in Developing Countries’, at the Oxford Road offices of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ).  Minister Paulwell said the government is working to ensure “that there is no continuation of this massive divide in access,” noting that in order to become a part of the knowledge-based world, all citizens must have access to information and communication technology (ICT). The Minister, while noting developments in the ICT industry, said Jamaica must now look to the high end of the sector, such as software development, so that the “Government can now finally remove itself from paying out such hefty fees to Microsoft”.   He said learning institutions have a pivotal role to play in this process “to train our people. We need more engineers, scientists, specialists in software development.”          “We have been performing too long at the lower end of that ICT spectrum – (in terms of ) data entry, telemarketing …but we now have to exploit the infrastructure we have, to create wealth, we have to innovate,” he stressed. Stating that Jamaica has “fallen somewhat in our ICT ranking” in the region, the Minister pledged that within three years, the country will re-assume its position. “Through our policy implementation we’re going to re-assert Jamaica…as the leading destination in the Caribbean where we are going to be utilising ICTs to become a more efficient government,” he said. Minister Paulwell went on to congratulate the three authors of the book: noted scientist, Dr. Henry Lowe; sustainable development expert, Professor Anthony Clayton; and science and technology academic, Richard Kelly, for their “eye opening”, publication, which is “an addition to the growing body of indigenous publications that we have in Jamaica”. The book uses Jamaica as a model in examining the role science, technology and innovation can play in promoting sustainable development in developing countries. Advertisementslast_img read more

South East European Media Observatory Grants

first_img Reddit Similar Stories Freedom Prize Tweet Jean Monnet PhD Summer School on Security and Justice Traineeship program: Junior Professionals in Delegations (JPD) → February 12, 2014 Published by aana Pocket +1center_img Competitive Enterprise Institute Internships in US Deadline: 28 February 2014Open to: civil society organizations: professional associations, advocacy groups, research institutes, human rights organizations, specializing in media and with relevant experience in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and SerbiaGrants: The total amount of the grant for five countries is 25000 euros, a maximum grant amount of EUR 5000 per country will be awardedDescriptionSouth East Europe (SEE) Media Observatory has announced a call for proposals for civil society organizations (CSOs) to implement public awareness and advocacy campaigns and organize actions aiming at promotion and protection of media freedom, pluralism and integrity in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia. Civil society organizations – professional associations, advocacy groups, research institutes, human rights organizations and other CSOs – specializing in media are invited to propose actions with a duration from 3 to 6 months to be implemented in 2014.Actions under this call for proposals should focus on the main topic of the project South East European Media Observatory – media integrity. Media integrity encompasses qualities of the media system which enable the media to serve public interest and democracy. Through research activities the project envisages to find answers for the following questions: Whether and in which way media systems in the countries of SEE integrate risks of institutional corruption and political clientelism? How these risks influence the ability of the media to serve public interest and fulfill its democratic role? Which policies, structures and practices can be considered as “agents of change” to protect media integrity and advance democratic media reforms? Thus, this project explores the situation in the following major areas of media integrity: Media policy development and implementation; Media structures and institutions (media ownership and finances, public service broadcasting);Status and situation of journalists; Journalistic and media practices (methods and ethics in content gathering and presentation).EligibilityThis call invites civil society organizations – professional associations, advocacy groups, research institutes, human rights organizations and other CSOs – specializing in media and with relevant experience in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia to submit proposals.CSOs can apply, if they are established in any of these five countries and meet the following definition:They are established as a legal entity having a non-commercial purpose;They are independent of any local, regional and central governments, any public entities, political parties, religious institutions and commercial organizations;They have been actively operating according to their founding document for at least 1 year prior to submitting the proposal.One applicant is entitled to submit one proposal under this call.GrantsThe total amount of the grant for five countries is 25000 euros. A maximum grant amount of EUR 5000 per country will be awarded. The evaluation team may decide to award only one applicant organization, but may also split this amount between two proposals from a country.The duration of the public awareness and advocacy campaigns will be from 3 to 6 months. Activities can start on the day of the grant decision (expected on 15 March, 2014) and should end on 30 September, 2014 at the latest. Each selected organization is to send one representative to the advocacy workshop of the South East European Media Observatory project to be held in Macedonia during the last week of March 2014. All costs of the participants will be covered by organizers.ApplicationApplications should be submitted in English language via e-mail to the Center for Independent Journalism at: [email protected] The deadline for submitting the applications is 24:00 on 28 February 2014. The Center for Independent Journalism Budapest will confirm the receipt of the submitted proposals by sending an email message. Additional documentation and information may be requested from the applicant during the evaluation process.  Applicants can ask further information about the Call for Proposals from the Center for Independent Journalism in writing until 20 February 2014 by sending inquiries to [email protected]  The decision by the evaluation team is expected on 15 March 2014. The Center for Independent Journalism will sign the contracts with the grantees till 31 March 2014.The application consists of three parts: the Application Form, the Budget Plan and the Supporting Documents (including the statement by the legal representative of the organization).More information about the application procedure is available in the official call. South East European Media Observatory Grants Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. 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How alleged Air Force deserter was found 35 years later living under fake name

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A man who allegedly deserted the U.S. Air Force and vanished without a trace 35 years ago was found at a California home living under a fake name, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations said in a news release.William Howard Hughes Jr. allegedly deserted the Air Force in July 1983 after coming back from temporary duty in Western Europe, the Air Force said.At the time, Hughes was single and assigned to an Air Force center in New Mexico, where he had responsibilities including “classified planning and analysis of the NATO command, control, and communications surveillance systems,” the Air Force said.He had been sent to the Netherlands July 18, 1983, to work with NATO officers and was due back in Albuquerque on Aug. 1, the Air Force said.But he disappeared. Hughes was last seen in the Albuquerque area withdrawing $28,500 from his bank account at 19 different branches, the Air Force said, though not indicating when.Law enforcement agencies searched in the United States and overseas but couldn’t find him. Friends and co-workers also didn’t provide any information, the Air Force said.The Air Force said it declared Hughes a deserter Dec. 9, 1983.But federal authorities were interviewing a man named Barry O’Beirne last Tuesday as part of a passport fraud investigation, and when they challenged him over his identity’s inconsistencies, he said he was Hughes and had deserted the Air Force in 1983, the news release said. Agents from the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations took Hughes into custody at his California home Wednesday, the Air Force said.Hughes said he had been depressed about being in the Air Force so he deserted, made up the O’Beirne identity and moved to California, the Air Force said.Hughes’ sister, Christine Hughes, told The Associated Press in 1984 that her brother wouldn’t desert and wouldn’t vanish without leaving a note, according to The Washington Post.“We do not feel he disappeared voluntarily,” Christine Hughes said at the time, according to the Post.William Hughes was taken into custody without incident and is at Travis Air Force Base in California awaiting pre-trial confinement, the Air Force said. The Office of Special Investigations declined to comment further on the case, telling ABC News the Air Force has nothing more to add until its legal department moves forward with a recommendation.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more