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Bangladesh: RSF condemns government blocking of 35 news sites

first_img Help by sharing this information August 8, 2016 Bangladesh: RSF condemns government blocking of 35 news sites Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention Bangladesh Telecommunicaion Regulatory Commission (BTRC) website BangladeshAsia – Pacific Online freedoms Judicial harassmentInternet to go further Receive email alerts Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists RSF_en The 35 blocked news sites include such much-visited pro-opposition sites as Sheershanewsbd.com and AmardeshOnline, which have been in the government’s sights for several years. The authorities gave no reason and did not refer the matter to the courts before taking action. “This wave of administrative blocking by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government represents a significant escalation in its policy of suppressing news reports and opinions critical of the government,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “Previously, the government seemed to think any reason – national security, public order, preventing the spread of hate messages or preventing messages that could incite violence – was legitimate. But now it no longer even bothers to explain its flagrant violations of freedom of information. We demand the lifting of this blocking, which flouts basic freedoms protected by Bangladesh’s constitution and the principle of proportionality that the authorities should always respect.” Systematic suppression of online criticism The government has in recent months been stepping up its offensives against opposition journalists, bloggers and social network commentators. On the eve of today’s mass website blocking, a Dhaka court ordered that Sikdar should be tried on a charge of defaming Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, who is minister of local government and rural development and at the same time father-in-law of the prime minister’s daughter. Sikdar is now facing possible imprisonment under the ICT Act over the message he posted after the police refused to register his complaint about a threat he had received on Facebook in August 2015. In the message, he said he held Hossain and the threat’s instigators responsible for anything that might happen to him. Harassment of news websites and their journalists is not new in Bangladesh. Ekramul Haque, the editor of the Sheershanews.com site, has been persecuted for the past five years because of his investigative reporting on corruption and his criticism of the authorities. The newspaper Amar Desh is also one of the government’s favourite targets. The authorities closed its print version in 2013 but it had managed to maintain its online versions until now. List of the sites blocked by the BTRC: www.rtnews24.com, www.haquekotha.com, www.amrabnp.com, www.real-timenews.com, www.bnation24.com, www.nationnewsbd.com, www.bhoreralap.com, www.banglapost24.com, www.dailytimes24.com, www.mynewsbd.com, www.livekhobor.com, www.rikhan.com, www.sheershanewsbd.com, www.natunerdak.com, www.sylhetvoice24.com, www.somoybangla.com, www.prothom-news.com, www.banglalatestnews.com, www.bdmonitor.net, www.bdupdatenews24.net, www.newsdaily24bd.com, www.amardeshonline.com, www.doinikamardesh.com, www.onnojogot24.com, www.amarbangladesh-online.com, www.desh-bd.net, www.crimebdnews24.com, www.natunsokal.com, www.sheershakhobor.com, www.onb24.com, www.dinkalonline.net, www.sarabangla.com, www.parstoday.com, www.weeklysonarbangla.net and www.24banglanewsblog.wordpress.com Bangladesh is ranked 144th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Bangladeshi authorities to rescind the blocking of 35 news websites that the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) implemented today without giving any official reason. RSF also calls for the withdrawal of all charges against Probir Sikdar, the editor of the Daily Bangla 71 newspaper and the U71news.com website, who is accused of defaming government officials on Facebook in August 2015. center_img February 22, 2021 Find out more February 26, 2021 Find out more News May 19, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Bangladesh Organisation News RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage BangladeshAsia – Pacific Online freedoms Judicial harassmentInternet last_img read more

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Delinquencies Down Among Single-Family Rental Securitizations

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Delinquencies Down Among Single-Family Rental Securitizations Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Delinquencies were reported at below 1 percent for 16 out of 17 single-family rental securitizations in April, according to data reported by Morningstar Credit Ratings in its May 2015 Single-Family Research: Performance Summary Covering All Morningstar Rated Securitizations released Friday.April represented a noticeable drop in delinquencies on the securitizations. Delinquencies were reported at less than 1 percent in 11 out of 15 single-family securitizations rated by Morningstar in March 2015, compared with 16 out of 17 in April. The recently-closed AH4R 2015-SFR1 (American Homes 4 Rent) and IH-2015 SFR2 (Invitation Homes) were added to the May 2015 report.The single-family rental securitization with the highest percentage of delinquent tenants out of the 17 covered in May’s report was ARP 2014-SFR1 (American Residential Properties) with 2.3 percent for April, which was a month-over-month increase from 1.9 percent, according to Morningstar. The vacancy rate for this securitization is improving, however, dropping from a peak of 10.0 percent in February, to 8.3 percent in March, down to 8.0 percent in April. Morningstar reported that this metric may continue to improve for the ARP 2014-SFR1 securitization, since fewer lease expirations are anticipated in the coming months.”Vacancy rates generally remain low, cash flows remain sufficient to cover bond obligations, and the asset class mostly shows performance in line with its recent history,” Morningstar said in the report. “Overall, monthly retention rates remain in the mid-70s to low-80s.”Morningstar noted in the May report that lease expirations were rising across multiple transactions, which is an indication that vacancies could potentially rise in the future.Click here to see the entire May 2015 Single-Family Rental Research report from Morningstar, covering the month of April. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Judge Dismisses Class Action Racketeering Suit Against Ocwen Next: DS News Webcast: Monday 6/1/2015 Share Save  Print This Post Related Articles Delinquencies Morningstar Credit Ratings Single-Family Rental Securitizations 2015-05-29 Brian Honeacenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Home / Daily Dose / Delinquencies Down Among Single-Family Rental Securitizations The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago May 29, 2015 1,277 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: Delinquencies Morningstar Credit Ratings Single-Family Rental Securitizationslast_img read more

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Mother of missing 11-year-old boy says she can’t help having ‘bad thoughts’

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — The mother of Gannon Stauch, an 11-year-old Colorado boy who has been missing for nearly a month, opened up about her son’s disappearance, the rumors that have followed, and the desperation she feels for him to be home.In a sit-down interview with ABC News Thursday, Landen Hiott said that while she has tried to stay hopeful, at times she finds the emotions too much to bear.“You have anger. You have so many feelings. I have so many feelings I’ve never felt before,” she said.Hiott said the circumstances of the investigation and the bad weather have made it even more difficult.“The more time that goes by, if he did wander off, whatever happened, how can you … it’s snowing and you have them looking in snow and sifting through snow, you can’t help but have bad thoughts come in,” she said.Gannon was reported missing on Jan. 27 by his stepmother, Letecia Stauch, who told authorities he was last seen at home between 3:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m., according to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department. He was initially reported as a runaway, but on Jan. 30 his disappearance was changed to a missing/endangered persons case. Since then, there have been few clues as to what happened.A neighbor says footage captured by his security camera the day Gannon went missing showed Gannon’s stepmother driving away with the boy in the morning, and returning hours later alone. Authorities have said they are aware of the footage and do not dispute the neighbor’s description, but describe it only as “one piece in a very, very, very large puzzle.”Backlash against Letecia Stauch was swift and rampant, so much so that she had to respond to online rumors. She denied having anything to do with Gannon’s disappearance.Hiott did not comment on the footage or Stauch, but said that “when you’re trying to hold it together and you hear those stories, you hear people talk about it, it’s hard to hold it in sometimes.”She said she maintains restraint only because she doesn’t want to hinder the investigation and have “another day added to me not seeing my boy.”Hiott lives in South Carolina, but traveled to Colorado immediately after getting a call that Gannon was missing.She said she is confident her son would never run away.“100% without a shadow of doubt, my boy would not run away,” Hiott said. She also resents the notion that he may have somehow brought this on himself.“For it to be said that he has behavioral issues, and it to be blamed on him, that’s what makes me sick about this. … It is not Gannon’s fault. He is a child,” she said.Hiott gets through each day by waiting for the next one, hoping for new information that brings her son home.“This is the longest time I have not heard his voice. The only thing I can do is keep playing videos back and forth,” she said through sobs.When her two other children — an 8-year-old and 18-month-old — ask where Gannon is, she wishes she could have answer.“‘Where’s Bubba? Is he coming home?’” she said her kids have asked her. “Only thing I can say is, ‘I hope so.’”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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6 tips for affluent card success

first_img continue reading » Affluent members represent an attractive demographic for credit unions—not to mention the large national players, says Doug Leighton, head of community accounts at CUES Supplier member Visa Inc., Foster City, Calif. He stresses that national players are mailing or emailing credit card offers to your affluent members all the time.If your credit union wants to market its credit card products to affluent members, Visa suggests:Partnering with your credit bureau; many have services to assist in building out a profile segmentation to market and can underwrite affluent card-likely members.Developing cross-sell campaigns for employees to encourage affluent card sales.Making an effort for employees to obtain and use the card products. 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Uzoho undergoes successful surgery

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles’ goalie Uzoho joins Apoel FC Michael Schumacher to undergo another surgery Austin Ejide dreams Super Eagles recall Nigeria international goalkeeper Francis Uzoho has undergone a successful surgery after sustaining knee ligament damage last month.Uzoho, 20, suffered the injury after the hour mark during the Super Eagles’s 1-1 friendly draw with Brazil in Singapore and had to be carried off on a stretcher.His Cypriot club Omonia Nicosia confirmed the extent of the injury and that the Nigerian was facing an extended lay-off.“And it was a success. I’m grateful to every prayer and good wishes said. Even the hidden prayers said on my behalf,” Uzoho wrote on social media.“I’m deeply grateful. Now let the healing begin.”He is expected to be out for at least six months and the injury comes as a setback for Uzoho, who had regained his starting place and had been picked for both of Nigeria’s most recent friendly internationals against Ukraine and Brazil.In search of regular football, Uzoho had returned for a second loan spell in Cyprus by joining Omonia Nicosia in July from Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna.A lack of top-flight football had cost him his place as Nigeria’s number one keeper ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, and consequently went into the tournament as third choice behind Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa.Capped 16 times by Nigeria, he played all three matches as the Super Eagles were knocked out of the 2018 World Cup in the group stage.He made a solitary appearance at this summer’s Nations Cup in the win over Tunisia as the West African nation sealed a third place finish in Egypt.The Super Eagles via her twitter handle @NGSuperEagles has congratulated the goalkeeper on a successful surgery.“Thank God for the successful surgery, now rehabilitation begins. Get well [email protected]“We can’t wait to have you back.” Tags: CypriotFrancis UzohoOmonia NicosiaSurgerylast_img read more

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Alex Akummey unperturbed by slow start to Edubiase’s season

first_imgChief Executive officer of New Edubiase, Alex Akummey, insists he is not alarmed about his side’s slow start to the season.New Edubiase United suffered another away defeat to Wa All Stars on Sunday – their third successive loss in away- and lie 12th in the Premier League.They have lost three, won one and drew one from their five matches played so far in the 2016 picking only four points as a result.But CEO Alex Akummey claims his side, who face AC Milan Fc in the MTN FA Cup Round 64 Cup on Sunday, are still heading in the right direction despite their slow start to the season.“It is always different when you arrive at a new club with different players. You need time to get to know each other. I am not worried about the situation,” he told Asempa Sports“I believe at the moment we need to have more points to reflect on the table but it is only the beginning.” “It is not how we start, it is how we finish. We are sure our team will improve not only in how we play but in the results in the next few weeks.”“This is a normal process, maybe up and down in the beginning, but we need to be strong and to carry on and to work hard and believe in our way.”“You need to recognize your mistakes and learn how to fix them and be clever. We will try in the next game not to repeat these mistake.”Edubiase will welcome Techiman City in Obuasi in when the league resumes after the International break. – Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Foul-mouthed Messi banned for four Argentina games

first_imgMessi was toothless against Athletico Madrid. PHOTO BY AFPZurich, Switzerland | AFP | Barcelona star Lionel Messi was suspended for four Argentina matches by FIFA on Tuesday for swearing at an assistant referee, a ban that will see the striker miss out on decisive qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup.Messi was found guilty of “having directed insulting words at an assistant referee” in the World Cup qualifier against Chile last Thursday which Argentina won 1-0 thanks to a penalty from the Barcelona hitman.Messi will be forced to sit out Argentina’s next South American qualifying game against Bolivia, scheduled for later on Tuesday, with the remainder of the suspension served over his country’s subsequent World Cup qualifiers: in Uruguay on August 31, at home to Venezuela on September 5 and against Peru on October 5.He was also fined 10,000 Swiss francs (9,350 euros, $10,170), with FIFA saying: “This decision is in line with the FIFA Disciplinary Committee’s previous rulings in similar cases.”“We are going to appeal,” said Armando Perez, president of the Argentine FA’s interim board.He acknowledged that Messi “made a mistake by insulting” the linesman, but argued that FIFA’s sanction was disproportionate.“This is more political than anything else,” he said.The AFA’s national squad selection secretary Jorge Miasdoqui called the ban “a blow, and unfair”.“There are precedents that give reason to believe the sanction could be reduced,” he told reporters at a hotel in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz, where the squad was en route to the capital La Paz for Tuesday’s game.“They have cut the legs off Messi and the Argentine national team.” Share on: WhatsApp Miasdoqui noted that Messi had not been warned or sanctioned by the referee of the Chile match at the time of the outburst, and nothing had been mentioned in the referee’s match report.“We feel powerless, surprised,” added Miasdoqui.“I’m angry, Messi is sad, like us. He could have played, he travelled to play, he should have played.”Argentina’s victory over Chile left them in third place overall in the 10-team South American qualifying competition for the World Cup with 22 points from 13 games, behind Brazil (30) and Uruguay (23).The top four finishers qualify automatically for next year’s finals in Russia.Argentina have won five of their six World Cup 2018 qualifiers with Messi but only one of seven without the Barcelona superstar.They are only two points ahead of Ecuador and Chile in fifth and sixth, with Colombia only one point adrift in fourth.last_img read more

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Aubameyang hits hat-trick for leaders Dormund

first_imgGermany Under-21 international Jeremy Toljan left-back pounced on the loose ball and fired in a short cross for Philipp to again fire in.With Gladbach unable to cope with Dortmund’s pace, Greece defender Sokratis rolled the ball behind the defence and Philipp squared for Aubameyang to make it 3-0 at the break.The Gabon striker grabbed his second when he hit the post on 49 minutes, but hammered home the rebound and completed his hat-trick by using his devastating pace on 63 minutes. Berlin, Germany | AFP | Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbed a hat-trick as Borussia Dortmund romped to a 6-1 home thrashing of Borussia Moenchengladbach to regain top spot in the Bundesliga on Saturday.Gladbach had no answer to Peter Bosz’s fleet-footed Dortmund, who opened a two-point lead over Hoffenheim at the top of the table before Tuesday’s Champions League clash with holders Real Madrid.Aubameyang, last season’s top scorer in Germany’s top flight, has now netted eight goals in six league games — one ahead of main rival Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich.Left winger Maximilian Philipp scored Dortmund’s first two goals with ice-cold finishing before Aubameyang’s hat-trick, with defensive midfielder Julian Weigl scoring a superb sixth.After third-placed Bayern threw away a two-goal lead on Friday in a 2-2 draw at home to Wolfsburg, Dortmund are now three points ahead of the defending champions.Bayern could finish the weekend in fourth if Hanover 96 beat bottom side Cologne on Sunday.Hosts Dortmund needed just 28 minutes to take the lead at Signal Iduna Park when Aubameyang, who hit the post twice in the first half, played provider.A superb pass from Weigl released Aubameyang, who sprinted into the box and squared for Philipp to drill home and then grab a second ten minutes later thanks to Dortmund pressing.After briefly losing possession, Dortmund defended high up, forcing Gladbach defender Matthias Ginter into a mistake. Gladach’s Lars Stindl became the first player to score against Dortmund in the league this season when he netted three minutes later.But Germany midfielder Weigl chipped into the top right-hand corner in the 79th minute from outside the area for a superb sixth.– Hoffenheim down Schalke –Earlier, teenage midfielder Dennis Geiger scored his first league goal as Hoffenheim briefly went top with a 2-0 win against Schalke.center_img Geiger hit the top corner from the edge of the box with 13 minutes gone and Lukas Rupp added Hoffenheim’s second just before the final whistle.Germany striker Timo Werner hit form with a goal and an assist during RB Leipzig’s 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt at the Red Bull Arena.Leipzig responded to their shock 1-0 defeat by Augsburg, when Werner was below-par, and boosted confidence for Tuesday’s Champions League match at Besiktas with an impressive display.Werner played a big part in the opening goal when his shot was saved by Frankfurt goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky, but French forward Jean-Kevin Augustin tapped home the rebound on 28 minutes.The 21-year-old Werner doubled the lead midway through the second half when he fired in off the post for his fifth goal in six league games to leave Leipzig in sixth.Hosts Werder Bremen and Freiburg both stayed in the relegation places after their 0-0 draw, while Augsburg are fourth after their goalless stalemate at Stuttgart.Striker Pablo de Blasis converted a second-half penalty as Mainz picked up only their second win in six games with a 1-0 victory at home to midtable Hertha Berlin.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Liverpool back top as Shaqiri sinks United, Arsenal’s unbeaten run ends

first_imgOf Liverpool’s title bid, Klopp added: “We know we are a good team. We had to prove it and keep on proving it.”– Mane strikes –Senegal winger Mane put Liverpool ahead in the 24th minute when he broke away from Ashley Young to meet Fabinho’s sublime pass with a nimble piece of chest control before shooting past David De Gea.United equalised against the run of play in the 33rd minute as Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker made a hash of catching Romelu Lukaku’s low cross and Lingard finished off the rebound.Alisson’s error didn’t prove costly as Switzerland midfielder Shaqiri struck within three minutes of coming off the bench, his shot flicking off the hapless Young into the roof of the net in the 73rd minute.Shaqiri ensured Liverpool would return to the top in the 80th minute with a stinging strike that clipped the foot of United defender Eric Bailly on its way past De Gea. United are now 19 points behind Liverpool in sixth place as the pressure mounts on Mourinho following another wretched display.“We couldn’t cope with their fantastic intensity and pressing. They are the strong team, but it’s hard to concede two goals in the way we conceded,” Mourinho said.“If you speak about fortunate you speak about their second and third goals.”– Leno howler –Meanwhile, Unai Emery admitted Arsenal need to fix their leaky defence after Southampton’s Charlie Austin punished a howler from Bernd Leno to stun the Gunners in a 3-2 victory.Austin settled a thrilling clash at St Mary’s when he headed home with just five minutes left after Arsenal goalkeeper Leno misjudged Shane Long’s cross.Southampton had twice taken the lead through Danny Ings, only for Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s brace to draw Arsenal level on each occasion.Leno’s mistake handed Arsenal their first defeat in 15 league games and brought a stunning halt to their longest unbeaten run in all competitions since 2007.Emery’s fifth-placed team had not lost since a 3-2 defeat at Chelsea in August and the north Londoners’ first setback since the close-season leaves them three points behind the fourth-placed Blues, who won 2-1 at Brighton on Sunday.Conceding Arsenal need to tighten up at the back, Emery said: “We haven’t conceded a lot of chances but today they scored three goals. That is a lot so we need to improve with this.“We need to do some analysis on how we can improve and do better.”Chelsea put a week of negative headlines for the behaviour of their fans behind them on the field thanks to an inspired Eden Hazard at Brighton.The Belgian provided his ninth assist of the season for Pedro to open the scoring and then chalked up his ninth goal of the campaign, but first in 13 games for club and country.Solly March pulled one back with his first goal of the campaign, but Chelsea held on.“He’s very able to come out and play with his team-mates, very able to create spaces. Now, in that position, he has to improve in attacking the box,” Sarri said of Hazard’s display as the spearhead of Chelsea’s attack.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool powered back to the top of the Premier League as Xherdan Shaqiri inspired a 3-1 win over bitter rivals Manchester United, while Arsenal’s 22-match unbeaten run was shattered by a shock defeat at Southampton on Sunday.Jurgen Klopp’s side made it six successive league victories thanks to Shaqiri’s late double after United’s Jesse Lingard had cancelled out Sadio Mane’s opener at Anfield.Shaqiri’s superb substitute cameo allowed Liverpool to reopen a one-point lead over second-placed Manchester City after the champions had knocked the Reds off the summit with their win against Everton on Saturday.Liverpool’s first win in their last six meetings with United ended a frustrating streak against the Old Trafford outfit that dated back to March 2016, while also extending their unbeaten start to the league season to 17 matches.While that was cause for pre-Christmas revelry on the Kop, more significantly, Liverpool’s refusal to be subdued by a United team set up by Jose Mourinho with five defenders was another statement of intent as they chase a first English league title since 1990.“The way the boys played and fought was outstanding. We saw the line up of United, how organised they were and they fight from the back. I’m over the moon about the performance,” Klopp said.“The timing of Shaqiri’s introduction was not too bad. We need somebody to score the goals.”last_img read more

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Donegal woman honoured as part of National Volunteer Week

first_imgAs part of ‘National Volunteer Week’ Minister Joe McHugh took time out to acknowledge the tireless work and commitment of one of Donegal’s hardest working and most committed community volunteers.Katie Callaghan, who is at the centre of all aspects of community life in Killygordon, was honoured by the Donegal TD on Sunday.Callaghan has been heavily involved in the ‘Crossroads and Killygordon’ project for decades. Katie is involved in looking after St. Patrick’s Church, the local community hall, the weekly bingo and is a former caretaker of ‘Dromore National School.Donegal woman honoured as part of National Volunteer Week was last modified: May 19th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

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