Video: Man United winger has horror debut on loan

first_imgNani rejoined Sporting Lisbon this week as part of a deal which saw Marcos Rojo move to Manchester United.The skilful winger was looking to make a huge impact on his return to the club where he made his name as he attempts to get his stalled career back on track.Unfortunately his debut did not go to plan though as the Portugal international saw a penalty saved and found himself in the referee’s book.Thankfully for the 27-year-old, team-mate Carlos Mane notched two minutes into injury time to hand Sporting a 1-0 victory over Arouca.You can see Nani’s miss in the video above…last_img

Falcao arrival ‘a real sign of intent’ from Man United, insists Rooney

first_img New Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is excited to link up with Radamel Falcao following the striker’s deadline day arrival at Old Trafford.The Red Devils pulled off quite a coup on transfer deadline day by completing an £8million season-long loan deal for the South American superstar.Manager Louis van Gaal now has an embarrassment of riches to choose from in attack following Falcao’s short-term arrival, while the Dutch coach also has the option to make the 28-year-old’s move from French side Monaco permanent at the end of the season.And Rooney believes the Colombia international’s addition is a major signal of intent from the struggling Premier League giants, though the new skipper admits he is unsure where it leaves his place in the Red Devils team.“I obviously don’t know how it could affect my role, that is something you’d have to ask Louis van Gaal,” the England striker said.“But I think is a fantastic signing, he is one of the best players in the world.“It is a real sign of intent from Manchester United and an exciting signing for us.” 1last_img read more

Kasper Schmeichel admits Leicester’s title success is a ‘dream come true’

first_imgKasper Schmeichel has admitted winning the Premier League is a dream come true, after following in his father’s footsteps on the path to success in English football.The goalkeeper, son of United legend Peter, has kept 15 clean sheets this season as the Foxes stunned the football world to win the Barclays Premier League. He is the same age as his father when Schmeichel senior won the first of his five titles at Old Trafford, 29, with United dominating the 1990s. And Schmeichel junior admitted he dreamt of following his father and winning titles himself.“That is the just the beauty of football. Anything can happen,” said the Denmark international.“You play football for these type of moments and that is what you dream of as a kid. This is a dream come true definitely. The trophy is a massive experience and it is all a bit of a blur.“It is an amazing achievement, everyone is buzzing as you can see and we still haven’t taken it in. “It is a massive moment, there is no question, and something the whole city can be proud of. “Claudio (Ranieri) has come in and inherited a well-assembled squad that Nigel Pearson had created with a good team atmosphere. He has built on that and tweaked it and put his own little stamp on it.”Dad Peter was at the King Power Stadium on Saturday to see Leicester beat Everton 3-1 and then lift the league trophy, and the younger Schmeichel insisted family are important to him.“The family are the people who see you day in day out through all the bad times as well,” he added. “People see you for 90 minutes a week, they don’t see the all the effort and time that goes into the weekend. They obviously have to make a lot of sacrifices time-wise and it is nice to be able to share it with the entire family.”Leicester go to Chelsea for Sunday’s season-finale before their trophy parade on Monday through the city. 1 Kasper Schmeichel celebrates Leicester’s title win last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny 247 Triathlon club News:Aidan Callaghan qualifies for Kona: The pinnacle of long distance triathlons is the World championship held every October in Hawaii.To qualify for this event you have to qualify by placing   wel l  in a qualifying event. To do this is a great achievement,  but  to  do it in your first Iron man event is almost unprecedented.Aidan Callaghan in his first year going long finished twentieth overall  in the Iron Man event held in Bolton at the weekend in a time of 9.53.58. he was racing along with ten professionals and because of his high placing has qualified for Kona. His splits were as follows3.8 k swim 51.54 180k cycle  5.30.4142 k run 3.21.03He finished strong passing  professional athletes on the run after a very strong swim and cycle.On a separate note Bryan Mc Crystal who warmed up by winning the Gartan Olympic Triathlon recently was fifth overall after the best cycle of all the competitors and is also Kona bound.In other events the national sprint championships were held in Longford and there were good performances from Siobhan Gallagher, Triona McMenamin, Eugene McGettigan , John Conaghan in the main sprint event   and  Brian Sweeney in the Swim bike event. It was a family occasion for Triona as four  sisters raced on the day with two podium finishes between the four of them.  On the five k scene there were good performances from Jason King  in Liford , Danny Mooney, Gavin Crawford and Lisa Dalton in Churchill.Danny Mooney had a busy week finishing third overall in the Pulse Aquathlon in Dublin On Wednesday and winning the Churchill 5 k on Friday. Niamh Mc Daid also raced well in Dublin finishing fifth Woman. On the adventure race front there were also strong performances from Mark Hunter, Billy Black, Sharon Black, Evelyn O Kane, Karl Sweeny, Philip Robinson , Raj Mehan and Terence Quinn.In the six k swim in Mullaghmore in Sligo Jason Black , Karen Crawford, Paddy Bond  and Fergus Callaghan all swam well in difficult conditions.Next up is the sprint triathlon in Ballyshannon for The MSC tri club event.Please note the quarterly swim fee for July to the end of September is now due for all participants. TrainingTraining continues as followsMonday: Gartan – Open Water Swim 6.30 pm (weather permitting)Tuesday: Aura track – Track session  7.50 pmWednesday : Aura Pool – Swim session 8.00 pmThursday : Foxhall TT or Brick 6.30pmSaturday : Aura club cycle 8.00 amSunday : Beginners cycle 9.00 am from AuraResultsIron man Bolton20th Aidan Callaghan 9.53.58Twin Provinces sprint championship Longford Super series37th Siobhan Gallagher 1.10.4743rd Triona Mc Menamin 1.13.19Twin Provinces sprint championship Longford age group51st John Conaghan 1.08.17 (category winner)150th Eugene Mc Gettigan 1.15.23Bikeathon7th Brian Sweeney 51.54Churchill 5 k1st Danny Mooney  16.273rd Gavin Crawford 16.3432nd Lisa Dalton 20.44Lifford  5 k28th Jason King 18.29Fern adventure race7th Mark Hunter  1.29.11 (male 18-24 short race)15TH Billy Black 1.36.48( male 18-24 short race)2nd Sharon Black 2.33.31(women 18-42 long race)16th Karl Sweeney 2.17 (men 18-44 long race)19th Philip Robinson(men 18-44 long race)27th Raj Mehan 2.56.37 (men 18-44 long race)6th Terence Quinn 2.30.43( men 45+ long race)Warrior of the sea six k swim37th Fergus Callaghan 1.36.4340th Jason Black 1.48.5856th Karen Crawford 1.53.28ATHLETICS: DELIGHT AS AIDAN CALLAGHAN QUALIFIES FOR IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: July 19th, 2016 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)last_img read more


first_imgSt. Eunan’s College inaugural 5k Race/Walk was an outstanding success with well over 500 registered walkers and runners taking part last night.Athletics legend Danny Mc Daid officiated at the starting line. The competitive runners completed a challenging course, while recreational runners and walkers alike enjoyed a well-organised and sociable event.Congratulations to student Ruairi Finnegan who won in a time of 15 mins 48 secs. Check out the photos below which capture the buzz of the event- and thanks to all who made it a wonderful success!College Team results were: Team 1st Place:Michael MillerCormac CallaghanChris FlanaganPeter O’MalleySean McDonaghTeam 2nd Place: Donal FarrenConor FarrellJoseph DohertyPaul McKinnon Team 3rd Place:Jack BoyceDavid IrelandPatrick QuinnRaymond RodgersConor Bogan INAUGURAL ST.EUNAN’S COLLEGE 5K A HUGE SUCCESS – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: April 24th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:St.Eunan’s College 5Klast_img read more

Maybe the NSA is listening in

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake As for the gift shop, unless they are selling the gizmos of the cloak-and-dagger world, it’s all just another T-shirt shop. I’d rather spend my money on Victoria’s Secret. Frankly, Vicky’s secrets seem to be less revealing these days than some of the explanations coming from the White House on a host of fronts. Maybe the administration should name a Secretary of Defensiveness. As for the NSA Web site, it is a comfort to know that it is one-stop shopping for governmental information on UFO intelligence – everything from alien autopsies to the alien abductors from Zeta Reticuli. It even has a separate page for children, the NSA’s new “CryptoKids” site with its very own trademarked characters, Crypto Cat and Decipher Dog. “Hey, Crypto Cat, my parents are away for the weekend, want to come over and do some covert hide and seek?” Since Decipher Dog’s stepmom allegedly works for the NSA, you can be certain his phone calls are being monitored the same way my mom listened in on my teenage conversations. Then the only rule of law needed was: Because I’m your mother. There are plenty of hang-ups about the NSA snooping coming from both Republicans and Democrats. And it appears there could be some congressional hearings into this domestic surveillance. Since I was not around during the McCarthy hearings, too young to remember the Watergate ones and too busy to understand the Iran-Contra contretemps, I certainly plan on listening in this time. Hey, maybe if I’m lucky, I’m on the list, whether it’s warranted or not. I’ve always felt a little ripped off by historical timing. I am too young to be a boomer, too old to be a slacker, too young to protest Vietnam or burn my bra in any meaningful way. (Training bras simply don’t send the right message.) But finally there’s a goal for those of us too youthful to have earned a place on the notorious Nixon “Enemies List” – that place of honor for opponents of the only president ever to have resigned. Paul Newman once said making that list was his greatest accomplishment. Now those of us in the “missed out” generation have something to strive for, a distinction to aspire to, a link to the infamy we so richly deserve – the privilege of being secretly and perhaps illegally spied on by the National Security Agency. The disclosure that the intelligence-gathering NSA is eavesdropping on some of us citizens without judicial oversight has given me hope that when the roll is called on those whose chatter has been tapped, I might be on it. It makes me all tingly with anticipation. Although, I’m pretty sure my habitual whining about my cable bill, dismal cell-phone service, my mother, my ex-husband and telemarketers who so flagrantly violate the law of “do not call” qualifies me only as an average American, not a potential evil-doer. On the flip side, I have seen all the Michael Moore movies and once dated the lone liberal on Fox News Channel. In fact, I wonder how clandestine the NSA (an acronym once referred to as No Such Agency) really is since it has a museum and gift shop, a Web site and a spokesman. That pretty much puts it in the same league as Disneyland. I’m guessing the job of Disney’s P.R. flak is a lot harder than the P.R. rep for the NSA. Honestly, how many different ways can you deny you work for people who can’t tell you that they aren’t doing anything that can’t be divulged by a staff that can’t exist and therefore needn’t be bothered with warrants and whatnot? Stephanie Becker is a writer in Los Angeles.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Watch: Hootin’ Annies’ cover of ‘Mary from Dungloe’ is a must-hear

first_imgThe Hootin’ Annies have shared their fantastic cover of ‘Mary from Dungloe’ to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Mary from Dungloe International Festival.Mick Owens, Andrew Masterson, and Ronan McCann add their own unique twist to the classic anthem, with goosebump-inducing harmonies as the banjo, acoustic guitar, and keyboard are masterfully played by the trio.The Hootin’ Annies took to the Gig Rig on Dungloe Main Street on Sunday last, performing everything from sixties hits to modern classics. They say; “We were given the privilege of being asked to record the title track for this year’s Mary From Dungloe International Festival, we are delighted to present our live recording of it to you now, recorded in the downtime between recording our album, due for release later this year.“This will also become our first track ever to become available on Spotify, iTunes and other streaming and media platforms within the next week, we will keep you posted with regards to these developments.“We want to say a massive thank you to Bayview Bar Dungloe for asking this of us, to Steve Rafferty of Outland Studios for his wisdom, guidance and craic in not just this small recording but with our album work so far. Also to one of our best bais Darragh Tracey for shooting our wee bakes in this video. “Finally we want to wish Rachel Doherty all the best in the competition representing Dungloe, one of our favourite people from one of our favourite towns and a regular at our gigs and at the occasional Bruce Springsteen concert with us.”To keep up with The Hootin’ Annies, be sure to check out their Facebook page.Don’t forget to tune in to Donegal Daily this Sunday, 6th August to see the LIVE Crowning Cabaret.When is it? Sunday 6th August at 8pm (Irish Time)Here’s how you can tune in:1 – Via our websites. and will host links to the live stream.2 – Facebook Live. The coverage will be shown via Facebook Live on – Smart TV. Have you got a smart tv? Then, why not hook us up by going into our YouTube channel – Donegal Daily TV – CLICK HERE – where the coverage will also be running. Competition: WIN with Donegal DailyPlus you can bag a wonderful holiday prize to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Mary from Dungloe Festival. Click here for ways to enter:WIN 6 nights B&B plus €1,000 in Donegal Daily’s Mary from Dungloe giveaway!Watch: Hootin’ Annies’ cover of ‘Mary from Dungloe’ is a must-hear was last modified: August 4th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:#mfd17coverhootin’ anniesMary From Dungloelast_img read more

Emerging farmer breaks the mould

first_imgDetermined to become a farmer, he approached Tim Hedges, a former colleague at McCain, to act as his mentor and adviser. Mafuleka’s tractor is one that many car owners would envy. It has roof-top air conditioners, a car stereo and two small speakers. He doesn’t play house or kwaito music, but switches to a local radio station to get his daily dose of the news. Mafuleka, who has a B.Tech degree in crop production, joined McCain Foods South Africa in 2006 as a crop manager and was based at Leeuwfontein farm. His break came a few years later when he discovered that the farm was for sale. He also managed to secure funding, skills development and training support from local mining company SamQuarz and the local subsidiary of global food giant McCain. According to the farm’s current crop production plan, Mphiwe Siyalima is to produce peas and sweet corn for McCain, cabbage and spinach for the local market, baby marrows for sale at the Johannesburg Fresh Produce Market, and maize for the South African Futures Exchange (Safex). SamQuarz, a silica mine located in the Delmas area, has committed to supporting Mafuleka by purchasing farming equipment and machinery to be used on the farm over a five-year period. McCain will also make its well-developed agricultural and personal development training programmes available to Gift and his employees. The department has also given Mafuleka an option to renew the lease for a further five years. Mafuleka was given a chance to manage his own farm when he was given a five-year lease on a portion of Leeuwfontein farm near Bronkhorstspruit. Skills training, entrepreneurial development and job opportunities will be a key focus of this project, and SamQuarz will provide Mphiwe Siyalima with training in project management, financial management, safety management and legal support to ensure the success of the project. At the entrance to the farm, a huge billboard with the words “Mphiwe Siyalima” greets visitors. Loosely translated, it means “using our given talents, we are farming together”. Mafuleka has employed 11 workers, all women. Five of them are earmarked to be employed permanently. He might be younger than his employees, their respect for each other is clear. Mavis Mahlangu, 36, said: “We enjoy working with him because he respects us and he always apologises when he is wrong.” While many young people move to the big city in pursuit fancy cars and designer wear, 29-year-old Gift Mafuleka is making the most of the opportunities afforded by public land reform initiatives and private sector support to breathe new life into a farm in Mpumalanga. The government acquired the farm in November 2009 as part of its Proactive Land Acquisition Strategy, which aims to accelerate the land redistribution process and ensure maximum productive use of the acquired land. Private sector support, skills development “This support will also enable Gift to build his confidence in managing the finances and other business aspects of the project, as well as establishing a good credit rating,” McCain said in a statement. ‘We are farming together’ The department has approved funding of over R1-million to be used to cover key production overhead expenses, most significantly the production and input costs of summer dry land crops.center_img It has committed to investing R1.3-million during the first year of the farming project, and has agreed to evaluate the capital requirements from year two to year five of the project, with the potential of investing a further R2-million in the project. “Look, I can plough, plant or harvest with a tractor,” said the young farmer, whose fancy toy seems to bring out the little boy in him. He’s driving to pick up a surplus of peas where he plans to plant sweet corn in the coming week. Government land reform strategy 22 October 2010 Mafuleka jumps off the tractor, wearing khakhi shorts, a casual light blue shirt, brown socks and boots. He introduces himself and greets those near him. “There is no time to sit in the office, we are always busy in the field. Jump onto the tractor so that we can talk while I continue with my work,” he gestures. When BuaNews visited Mafuleka, the farm workers were at a vegetable plot covered from head to toe in green overalls, seemingly oblivious to the sweltering heat as they watered cabbages and baby marrows. Leeuwfontein covers about 342 hectares and can be classified as a mixed-farming unit as it has the potential to support 60 hectares of irrigation, 70 hectares of arable land and a further seven hectares of intensive vegetable land, the remainder being grazing land. At that time, the farm was leased by McCain, so together with Hedges, Mafuleka developed a plan that finally saw him being granted a five-year lease by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform. Her sentiments are echoed by Mamorena Serothola, a supervisor at the vegetable garden. “We don’t even pay attention to the fact that our boss is young because he treats us with much respect,” she said. Always busy in the field A tractor, haymaker, trailer, boom sprayer, fertilizer spreader, and disc harrow stood at the farm workshop waiting to be used later in the day. McCain has also helped facilitate the opening of an Absa production bank account for Mphiwe Siyalima, while Hedges and Stuart Wortley (representing McCain) will ensure that grants from the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, and other monies, are correctly allocated and administered according to the business plan. McCain has purchased and installed a 30-hectare pivot valued at about R450 000 for the project. The equipment will be paid off, interest free, by Mphiwe Siyalima through the income generated by the delivery of peas and sweet corn to McCain over the five years. A loud sound pierces through the farm; it’s a modern canopy tractor with four women sitting on top of a huge trailer. They are all wearing sun hats to cover their faces from the sun. SAinfo reporter and BuaNews Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

HC sees ‘sexual experimentation’ in rape case, suspends sentences of 3 convicts

first_imgThe Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday suspended the sentences of three persons, who were convicted by a Sonepat trial court for repeated gang rape and blackmail of a fellow student of a private university in 2013.All the three were law students of the university in Sonepat. The FIR in the case was registered in 2015 on the basis of the victim’s statement.While Hardik Sikri and Karan Chhabra were sentenced to 20 years in jail, Vikas Garg was given a seven-year sentence by the trial court.In the order, delivered last week by justice Mahesh Grover and justice Raj Shekhar Attri, the High Court said, “The testimony of the victim does offer an alternate story of casual relationship with her friends, acquaintances, adventurism, and experimentation in sexual encounters and these factors would therefore, offer a compelling reasons to consider the prayer for suspension of sentence favourably, particularly when the accused themselves are young and the narrative does not throw up gut-wrenching violence that normally precede or accompany such incidents.”’Alternate conclusion of misadventure’The court, while accepting the applications of suspension of sentence, said, “We are conscious of the fact that allegations of the victim regarding her being threatened into submission and blackmail lends sufficient diabolism to the offence, but a careful examination of her statement again offers an alternate conclusion of misadventure stemming from a promiscuous attitude and a voyeuristic mind.”The court, however, clearly said, “Nothing said above should be construed to be an expression on the merits of the case.”“A careful examination of her statement again offers an alternate conclusion of misadventure stemming from a promiscuous attitude and a voyeuristic mind.”The court said: “It would be a travesty if these young minds are confined to jail for an inordinate long period which would deprive them of their education, opportunity to redeem themselves and be a part of the society as normal beings. Long incarceration at this stage when the appeal is not likely to mature for some time is likely to result in an irreparable damage. We are also of the opinion the pendnecy of appeal, ironically may work as a guarantee to prevent a repeat resulting from fear of incarceration in the event of failure of appeal.“We have considered the argument of the learned counsel and have thought it prudent to refer to the statement of the prosecutrix and her cross-examination in extenso to gain and give an insight into the immature but nefarious world of youngsters unable to comprehend the worth of a relationship based on respect and understanding. The entire crass sequence actually is reflective of a degenerative mindset of the youth, breeding denigrating relationships mired in drugs, alcohol, casual sexual escapades and a promiscuous and voyeuristic world. No wonder, what is thrown up before us is a tragedy of sorts, driving four young lives into an abyss.“There’s no doubt that few allegations of the victim regarding blackmail, if correct, need strongest condemnation with equal forceful retribution that the law mandates. What is equally worrisome is how to retrieve the youth who have dragged themselves and their families into an abysmal situation, be it the victim or the perpetrators.“Indeed all the transgressions if established would demand retributory justice at the time of decision of the appeal, but while dealing with an issue of suspension of sentence, we are constrained to not only keep in mind the gravity of the situation and the offence, but also to strike a balance between the retributory reformatory and rehabilitative justice.” The court ordered that counselling be provided to the three men by a psychiatrist of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). It also ordered a compensation of ₹ 10 lakh to the victim.last_img read more

Renewal of R&D tax credit seems like sure bet after U.S. House vote

first_imgBetter than nothing—but barely.That is how many lawmakers and business groups are reacting to a vote last night by the U.S. House of Representatives to retroactively revive a tax credit that allows companies to write off certain research expenses.Backers of the so-called R&D credit, worth some $7 billion annually in recent years, had hoped this would be the year Congress finally made the 33-year-old tax break permanent—as many economic experts have long urged. But those hopes were again dashed by political infighting. 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Even the White House had embraced the idea, joining others who argue that businesses need certainty to make long-term plans for investing in research. Supporters also insist that the cost of the credit is more than offset by related economic gains.There was even a rumored 11th-hour agreement between House and Senate leaders on such a strategy—until the White House threatened to veto any deal, in part because it did not include certain breaks for low-income taxpayers. With the current Congress set to adjourn as soon as the end of next week, lawmakers settled on a simple 1-year extension. If the House bill is approved by the Senate, as expected, it will mark the 16th time Congress has extended the R&D credit since it was created in 1981.Bipartisan frustration with that outcome was obvious during the House floor debate on the measure.“This place is dysfunctional,” said Representative Jim McDermott (D–WA). Congress should have acted on the tax credits “a long time ago, and done it permanently,” he said. “Businesses and individuals need to know what the tax is going to be in the beginning of the year so that they can plan and take advantage of incentives rather than waiting until the last 2 weeks of the year when the Congress may or may not act.”“This is a lousy way to run a tax code. It is a lousy way to run a government,” said Representative Ron Kind (D–WI). “I think individuals and businesses, large and small, need greater certainty.”Industry groups were disappointed, but still thankful that lawmakers didn’t blow a yearlong hole in the credit, as they did once in the 1990s, by letting it lapse completely. “They’ve produced a train wreck—again—but at least it is not as bad a wreck as it could have been,” one lobbyist for a high-tech group told ScienceInsider, asking for anonymity because the group has already begun enlisting lawmakers to protect the credit in 2015. “We’re pretty unhappy, but we don’t want to appear ungrateful.”There will be a new push next year to make the credit permanent, perhaps as part of a much larger effort to reform and simplify the U.S. tax code. But finding a way to offset the estimated $100 billion to $150 billion in lost tax revenue won’t be easy.McDermott, for one, was not optimistic about the prospects for a broader overhaul. “Everyone should take note of today, the third of December,” he said during the floor debate. “Next year, right about this time, we will be right back here with the same bill.”last_img read more