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1.2 million people have now registered to pay the local property tax.

first_img Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week WhatsApp Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Twitter Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Google+ Previous articleNew resource for pyrite-affected homeownersNext articleJim McGuinness says Celtic involvement has helped him grow as a coach News Highland Facebook Twitter 1.2 million people have now registered to pay the local property tax. By News Highland – May 27, 2013 Facebookcenter_img Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The latest figures from Revenue show that one quarter of all relevant households have yet to register.The deadline for online registrations is midnight tomorrow, May 28th.Author of “Know Your Rights” Andrew McCann says people are strongly advised to register as the penalties for not doing so are stiff.”There may be some people who may be quite adamant who say they are not paying; and just to be very clear – in the legislation, it says people can be fined up to 5,000 euro for non-compliance of registration and up to 500 euro per day for non-compliance to correspondence” he said.”Revenue do have the powers to either issue a sheriff or to remove monies from accounts as needs be ” he added. News Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH WhatsApp LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Google+ Pinterest Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad alsolast_img read more

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PODCAST: Producer David Barbe Talks Drive-By Truckers And The University of Georgia Music Business Program

first_imgIn the latest episode of Inside Out w/ Turner & Seth, the dynamic duo gives us an introduction to super producer David Barbe, who has produced Drive-By Truckers, Son Volt, and more. Turner and Seth take us across the country to the early 1980’s in Athens, Georgia — a burgeoning scene that spawned the likes of R.E.M., The B-52’s, Vic Chestnutt, Widespread Panic, and eventually younger acts such as Perpetual Groove, The Whigs, and many more.Barbe came up with bands like punk-rock outfit Mercyland, and eventually was recruited by Bob Mould of Hüsker Dü to form Sugar. Mould and producer John Keane (who has produced almost all of Widespread Panic’s albums, along with R.E.M. and Indigo Girls, among others) convinced Barbe to work in the studio, kicking off his producing/engineering career. Outside of working regularly with Drive-By Truckers, Son Volt, Jerry Joseph, Deerhunter, K.D. Lang, and R.E.M., Barbe has assisted in creating and heading one of the best music industry business programs in the country at the University of Georgia. The Music Business Certificate Program (check out information about the program here) brings in students from all over the country. In the past, young people used to head exclusively to Los Angeles, New York, or Nashville to start their careers in the industry; now there is a program designed specifically for students to gain the knowledge needed to advance in the music industry. The program itself touts many notable guest lecturer, such as David Macias of Thirty Tigers Management, Bob Moczydlowsky (managing director of Techstars Music), Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers, Bradford Cox from Deerhunter, Jason Isbell’s manager Tracey Thomas, and many more, which positions it as one of the top music business schools. Barbe goes on to discuss the program and how it has become a leader in the education of up-and-coming music industry people, stating “Music and the business of it changes so rapidly. If you teach on a model, you can’t teach on the same model from 2010 because it was all downloads. You realize that everything is changing constantly. There is always something.”The podcast also featured a brief interview with Patterson Hood, who discussed the Drive-By Truckers latest album American Band. In his interview, Hood discusses the album’s overt dissection of the current political climate in America, noting “It’s so easy to generalize things….you know, life is political. You can’t live your life without inter-relating to politics. I consider everything we write, on some level, to be both political and personal….we are in a pretty intense moment in time as a society and culture. You write what you feel, and that certainly affected the songs.”Listen to the David Barbe interview via Soundcloud:Upcoming episodes of Inside Out w/ Turner & Seth will feature interviews with Phish’s Jon Fishman, Marcus King, The Main Squeeze, and many more. Stay tuned!**For more Inside Out With Turner And Seth episodes, head to their SoundCloud, iTunes, or Stitcher page. You can also email the podcast producers here to submit feedback which may be incorporated into future episodes!**You can check out past episodes of Live For Live Music Presents: Inside Out with Turner and Seth podcast below:The Zipper Club Brings Their Punk Universe To Shaky Knees FestivalJen Hartswick Recounts Her Pinky Swear With Christian McBride, A Fateful Call From TreyDirty Heads Frontman Jared Watson Talks Weed, Colors, Addiction, And MoreWidespread Panic’s John “JoJo” Hermann Tells Studio Stories And MoreJason Crosby Talks Impromptu Performances With Prince And Bruce SpringsteenCol. Bruce Hampton Discusses Upcoming Star-Studded 70th Birthday BlowoutLos Lobos’ Steve Berlin Goes Back To His RootsBig Gigantic’s Dominic Lalli And Jeremy Salken Discuss Their Careers In EDMBenny Bloom & Tom Hamilton Get Us Excited For Fool’s ParadiseAl Schnier & Jim Loughlin Talk All Things moe.Umphrey’s McGee Engineer Chris Mitchell Discusses How He Captures The Band’s Unique SoundChris Kuroda Talks Evolution From Early Phish To MSGBrendan Bayliss Talks New Umphrey’s McGee Album, Career HighlightsJefferson Waful Talks Umphrey’s, Collaborating With Chris KurodaUM’s Brendan Bayliss Talks Band Origins, Meeting Steve Miller & Morelast_img read more

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The beauty of Smartwool Socks

first_imgSplash…splash, splash, slosh, splash.These were the sounds that accompanied my run through the Shenandoah National Park. A rainy previous day and melting ice and snow had generously provided me some wet and cold conditions for my 15-mile trail run.Normally this type of trail condition would have me upset, and contemplating cutting a run short. Not that I am soft or anything, but my feet get cold, and the added wet could really make for a rough day. Luckily, as shown to me during my 24 mile New Years day run earlier this year in the ice, slush, and snow Smartwool socks have a few tricks up their sleeves.Socks are one of those items that normally we don’t give the most thought to. We just wear them, shuck them off at the end of the day, and don’t give them the credit they deserve. On these runs however I was thanking my Smartwool socks with just about every stride. Not only are they soft and incredibly well tailored, they also are made of wool and therefore keep your feet warm no matter if they are wet or dry.I have been able to try three different variations of Smartwool socks, and now I want to go a bit more in depth on each one.PhD Run Ultra Light MiniThe Ultra Light is just that ultra light. It has padding where it’s necessary then cuts away any excess from there. They are extremely comfortable and hug the foot. Despite being lightweight they do not feel like 5 runs from now they are going to fall apart, a problem I have found with other lightweight offerings. I found these best for runs lasting under an hour and a half, and as the description states they are good for mild weather. Don’t wear them in the bitter cold, they are not meant for it. $15.95PhD Run Light MicroThis sock is a bit more cushioned than the Ultra Light Mini. With a thicker wool construction the sock keeps your keep warm in cold weather without feeling bulky or cumbersome. The people at Smartwool are well smart. The fit is great and again is tight where it needs to be keeping the sock in place no matter what the trail throws at you.PhD Run Graduated Compression Ultra LightThe running crowd is an odd one, and just like most sports we have our own unique dress code. A popular fashion trend is wearing taller socks with shorts. Why you ask? Well the taller socks keeps your shins a bit more protected from thorns and other debris, while also not being as hot as a pair of tights. The Ultra Light is a great choice for this if you’re looking for a pair of longer socks.  I wore them quite a few times on both road and trail and they never slipped down, which was critical. It would surprise you how a small thing like a falling sock wears on you 3 hours into a run. They are soft and fit great just like the other two models. $37.95compressionIf you give Smartwool a closer look, they really are an interesting and neat company. They believe in the “power of comfort” which as they say is “a simple idea: when you’re comfortable, your body performs better, allowing you to forget about what you’re wearing and enjoy the moment.” If there ever were a product that falls under the “Power of Comfort” it would be socks. They keep us warm, comfortable, and allow us to spend more time enjoying the trail than fretting over the elements.The PhD Micro is not yet available online, so I was not able to find a link or picture.Bottom line: Picking socks doesn’t have to be a tough choice, go with Smartwool and make your feet happy.last_img read more

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Weekend Picks: Get in Gear Fest

first_imgExcited to get outside this spring, but need some extra help getting prepared? The Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina know that great gear makes for a great trip, so they’ve got everything ready for you to take the first step toward adventure success at the Get in Gear Fest in Asheville, N.C.The Get in Gear Fest, taking place this Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at RiverLink Performance Plaza, will have a little something for every adrenaline junkie. Backpacks, bikes, boats, crashpads, tents: you name it, they’ll bring it. Plus, the Gear Builders suppliers will have plenty of that gear on hand for test runs. Meanwhile, your fellow athletes will show you how it’s done with demos, examples, and clinics. Even beer enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to thanks to the many local breweries that will be joining the crowd.Get in Gear FestThere will be more gear for sale than you’ll know what to do with, but you might also get the chance walk away with some of it – minus that pesky pricetag. Raffles, races, and giveaways galore will take place throughout the day, so come grab your own opportunity to win.Some of the proceeds from the beer sales during the event will benefit RiverLink, a local environmental conservation non-profit working to protect the French Broad River area. Good gear, good beer, good cause… good deal!No matter what you need to leap into spring, the Get in Gear Fest will help you get it all together. Don’t miss this one-stop shop for outdoor fun.While you’re there, say hi to our travel editor Jess Daddio who will be set up with the SylvanSport crew and her Live Outside and Play project! She’ll have copies of this month’s issue and stickers to give away.last_img read more

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Silence complicates efforts to gauge readiness of food industry

first_img(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – Several large, influential food companies and organizations contacted by Weekly Briefing had little or nothing to say about their pandemic preparedness plans. One crisis planner says that such companies need to face the realities of a pandemic—and that not sharing information is counterproductive for all.”I think that’s the wrong approach,” says Jay Schwarz, vice president for information systems with the wholesale and retail grocery company Alex Lee, referring to some organizations’ lack of transparency about their plans. “Now that we have this just-in-time global economy, I think many people don’t realize just how bad [food-delivery problems] could get.”Alex Lee has readily shared copies of the company’s pandemic plans with the grocery industry. At a meeting of the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association in fall 2006, Schwarz stressed the importance of industry cooperation during a pandemic to ensure the continuity of the food supply. “We just can’t compete on this one,” he says. “It’s simply that important.”In the event of a pandemic, Schwarz says, any grocery organization would be overwhelmed by all the extra business if competitors have to close. “If only one grocery chain does a great job, there’s no way they’ll be able to handle [the excess demand],” he says.Difficulties in obtaining information from major food industry players are outlined here:ConAgra Foods Inc., Omaha, Neb., convened a pandemic task force more than a year ago but will not disclose any details, says spokeswoman Stephanie Childs. ConAgra, which has 27,000 employees, manufactures and markets brands such as Chef Boyardee and Orville Redenbacher’s to retailers and food service providers.C&S Wholesale Grocers, Keene, N.H., rarely releases information to the media, a spokeswoman says. C&S, which employs 20,000 people, supplies supermarkets such as Safeway, A&P Food Mart, and BJ’s Warehouse.Despite repeated requests for an interview over 2 weeks, no one at the Food Marketing Institute, Crystal City, Va., was available for comment, according to spokesman Bill Greer. The organization conducts programs in research, education, industry relations, and public affairs for the 1,500 food retailers and wholesalers that make up its membership—and that represent three fourths of all retail food stores in the United States.No one at the National Grocers Association (NGA), Arlington, Va., could address pandemic planning, according to spokeswoman Christine Cunnick. NGA is the national trade association of independent retail and wholesale grocers.—Mary Van Beusekomlast_img read more

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Commonwealth organisers roll out red carpet – and condoms

first_imgGold Coast, Australia | AFP | About 225,000 condoms, 17,000 toilet rolls and free ice cream: welcome to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games village, where athletes and officials will want for little.Ahead of Wednesday’s opening ceremony, thousands of competitors and support staff are pouring in to their temporary home on Australia’s eastern coast.Organisers hope to make the village as comfortable and safe as possible for the 6,600 athletes and team officials — and that includes their sexual health.The large number of free condoms equates to about 34 per person, a robust average of three a day over the 11 days of competition.At the recent Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea, organisers handed out 110,000 free condoms — a Winter Games record — while 450,000 were on offer at the Rio Olympics, where sexually transmissible Zika was a threat. At the Gold Coast village, competitors can relax with virtual reality computer games, swim, lounge by a man-made waterfall, play the piano or sample the free lollies and ice cream.About 300 chefs will staff the 24-hour dining room, catering for different needs including vegan, vegetarian, halal, gluten-free or lactose-free.The 1,250 apartments and townhouses that comprise the athletes’ village will be sold off or made available to rent from early 2019.The redevelopment of the area is the “most significant legacy project of the Games”, organisers say.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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MINISTRY OF EDUCATION: Akii-Bua Stadium money was well spent

first_imgAkii stadium in 2015. PHOTO @sadabkitatta79Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Education and Sports Ministry has responded to parliament’s handling of a query on the construction of Akii-Bua Olympic stadium, insisting they disbursed all monies to local government.Early this week, the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprise-COSASE detained Lamex Omara Apitta, the Commissioner Physical education under the Education and Sports Ministry for alleged mismanagement of the money advanced for the stadium works.Before he was handed over to police, Omara told COSASE that government had disbursed sh665 million to Lira for the construction.But Lira Chief Administrative Officer, Mark Tivu told URN a day later that they had only received sh300 million that they spent on clearing the 12-acre, site which involved uprooting trees, leveling the ground, opening boundaries and access roads, draining the swamp, construction of a pit latrine and the 200-seater pavilion.However, the Education Ministry Permanent Secretary, Andrew Kibenge, insists they disbursed sh665 million to Lira district. He explains that the ministry channeled sh400 million to Lira district local government in the 2015/2016 financial year, sh175M in the 2016/2017 financial year and sh90M in the 2017/2018 financial year. Kibenge says there could have been an information gap but their records show that Lira district received sh665million.He explains that Lira district asked for sh665 million for opening the boundaries of the land earmarked to host the facility, clear and level the field of 18.455 hectares, construction of access roads and drainage channels.Kabenge insisted work has been progressing well except for the misinformation about the alleged misuse of the funds. “Demarcation of two temporary football fields, a basketball and volleyball field, construction of a 3 stance latrine and a 150-seater temporary pavilion has been made,” Kibenge told URN in an interview.The stadium today. INTERNET PHOTOThe Lira Chief Administrative Officer, Mark Tivu, has since backtracked on his earlier claims that they only received sh300million. In his October 30th letter to the Permanent Secretary, Tivu confirms having received sh665M. He also attached copies of audited payment vouchers on the letter detailing how the money was spent. “It is important to note that all activities were implemented as planned based on the funding received and there was no audit queries raised as far as the implementation were concerned,” reads the letter. He explains that they need an additional Ssh260M for the construction of changing rooms, guest pavilion and also installing culverts.Lamex Omara, the Commissioner Physical Education in the Education Ministry, says only sh80M was used to construct the pavilion at the stadium, while sh150M went to survey the land, bush clearing, leveling, demarcation and grading the hardcore surface.He explains that another sh120 million was spent on paying compensation for the land, graveling, marrum works, draining the swamp, planting grass and selected trees. Omara says most the preliminary work went towards preparation of the site and not construction.According to the original plan of the stadium, it is expected to cost $47million (about sg175bn). Once completed, the stadium is expected to come second to the Mandela National Stadium.“The money is supposed to come from China, and the Ministry of Finance and planning and the Office of the Prime minister are looking at this. If it is to be the stadium that people expect it cannot just cost sh600M,” Omara said.*****URN Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Rachel

first_imgFacebook35Tweet0Pin1Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Rachel! She is a 2-year-old, 71-pound Rottweiler/Labrador mix. She is a stunning beauty, who is very shy. Rachel had to fend for herself for four months, and because of this her prey-drive is strong. She will need a calm and patient, quiet home with a secure fenced yard where her forever people will help her grow into a loving family member. She does know her basic commands, and walks well on a leash. Rachel has lived with two other dogs and would be willing to meet new friends with proper introduction and supervision. She has great potential, and is very smart.If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Rachel in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.last_img read more

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Project Restart: Premier League is back but is the excitement?

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFP/Reuters/GettyAdvertisement 3adiNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsmgWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4tt( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 595Would you ever consider trying this?😱a2v2Can your students do this? 🌚pdal1Roller skating! Powered by Firework The English Premier League. The name bears its prestige and presence in global football. One of the richest and most followed league in the world, with millions of fans, regular viewers and stadium crazy spectators rooting for their favourite sides for ten months of top tier football action using online betting PA.Advertisement However, 2020 has made a mark in the history of the esteemed football league, as the novel Coronavirus pandemic caused a halt of more than three months, the longest suspension it had faced since the Second World War. Now with the reduction of the COVID-19 crisis in the United Kingdom, Premier League is finally back, with the resumption of the 2019-20 season, which has been termed as ‘Project Restart’. The question is, is the excitement back?Image Courtesy: AFP/Reuters/GettyThe resumption of football in such troubling times is undoubtedly a huge achievement for the English football system. For a country’s population that lives and breathes the beautiful game, restart of all major football activities is undoubtedly bringing in a ray of hope and exhilaration, as Chief Executive Richard Masters has corresponded. Not just the fans, but the footballers are finally able to return to training, and to don the jerseys and be back in the job they are the best in.Advertisement “I’m feeling very excited,” Masters was quoted via PL’s official website last week. “It is the culmination of a lot of hard work, a lot of consultation with clubs, with players, with managers, with other organisations and particularly with government.”The Citizens celebrate their 3-0 season reopener thrashing of Arsenal on Thursday. (Image Courtesy: Sports Illustrated)Fans are undoubtedly delighted on the return of football, as the remaining nine match days have started from 17th May. Seeing your favourite stars in their natural habitat after months of monotony is a fresh breeze of air. But is the return of PL surrounded by all joy and elation? Because there are some fundamental changes to the familiar sport.Advertisement First of all, forget about going to stadiums. While the UK government has given a green light to resume all sporting activities in the country with the ease of lock down, the threat from COVID-19 and chances of contamination is still very much prevalent. As a result, Premier League decided to go ahead in a behind closed doors format for the rest of the season.Say goodbye to the stands: the rest of the 2019-20 season will be played in empty stadiums. (Image Courtesy: Getty)More than 300k positive cases have been reported in the UK till date, and 42,632 patients succumbed to the virus. Gathering up in the stadiums in the current scenario is a very risky affair and bears a chance of rapid spread of the virus again. As a result, the teams will have to play the remaining matches of the season in front of empty crowds, without the banners, anthems and the powerful aura that we have been familiar with in the English football culture for years.Under ‘Project Restart’, Premier League has taken all the necessary regulations which are required against COVID-19, from a number of sanitary measures such as sterilisation of match balls to regular testing of players and staffs. While the teams have just recently started contact training, each club has also begun testing 40 individuals twice a week. In case a player or a staff tests positive, the individual is put under quarantine away from the club. Till date, all PL sides have collectively done 8,687 tests, and 16 returned positive.Team morale: a player found positive after drive-through testing will be put into quarantine. (Image Courtesy: BBC)Taking a player who has tested positive away from the squad for self isolation is a necessary safety measure for the whole team, but this can surely affect the first team chemistry. In addition to crowd less stands, not having all the players of the regular starting eleven can hinder morale.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Cricketers and athletes react to International Yoga Day Advertisementlast_img read more

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After More Than 1,090 Days, Shelter’s Longtime Resident Finds a Home

first_imgA black-and-white terrier mix with a shiny coat, Jules knows commands like “sit” and “paw.” She loves to go for walks or runs on her leash and wears a bright pink collar. She loves belly rubs and has a contagious smile. She sometimes barks out of excitement but is very friendly. The pup had been involved in theShare-A-Pet program at the facility,which allows donors to take her onwalks, feed her treats and give herattention. These social interactionsopened her up and readied her foradoption, the shelter states. According to the shelter there is a $165 fee to adopt large, mixed-breed dogs which includes spaying/ neutering, updated vaccinations and microchips. A $350 fee is imposed when adopting puppies and might require adopters to sign up for puppy training classes. The fee for adopting felines is $75 for kittens and $50 for adult cats, which also includes spaying/neutering, updated vaccinations and microchips. “There’s too many animals whodon’t have homes or families tolive with,” said Delfino Salazar,a shelter employee since 2010.“These dogs need family, love.” TINTON FALLS – Things werelooking a bit dismal for a 6-year-oldterrier mix named Shanice. Nov. 2marked her third year in a TintonFalls-based animal shelter andshe was about to spend her fourthChristmas inside those walls. Thatis, until last week. Shanice was the longest resident of the Associated Humane Societies of New Jersey’s Tinton Falls facility. Representatives started campaigning for her adoption as her 1,090th day in the shelter approached, came and went. But a media blitz brought Shanice to the attention of employees of the Jackson-based nonprofit Pitties and Pals Rescue, who decided to change her luck, promoting her cause until finding her “forever family.” A 6-year old terrier mix, has been adopted after spending over three years in the Associated Humane Societies shelter in Tinton Falls. Representatives campaigned for her adoption before the holiday season.Photo by Allison Perrine Papa thought Jules probably spent so long in the Tinton Falls shelter because she was not great with other dogs. “But that can always change. This is a stressful environment, so sometimes it’s hard to tell exactly what they’re going to be like in a home. But we obviously have to be cautious.” The adoption process at The Associated Humane Societies of New Jersey’s Tinton Falls facility requires that interested parties have a copy of a valid driver’s license or state-issued identification available. Homeowners must prove ownership of their home with a tax bill, deed, or the like. Home renters must provide a lease specifically stating that animals are allowed. If it does not say it, a notarized letter must be provided from the landlord. Any adopters who already have dogs must bring them in for a meet-and-greet with the dog looking to be adopted. To learn more, contact the shelter, located at 2960 Shafto Road. Many other dogs are up for adoption as well as cats, chickens, bunnies, pigs and roosters. “We can get anything on a given day,” said Papa. For more information about Associated Humane Societies, visit ahscares.org. According to Humane Societies representative Lindsay Papa, it’s a bit unusual for animals to stay at the Tinton Falls facility for verylong. The average large dog or pitbull is adopted within six monthsto a year, and the average smalldog, puppy or purebred is adoptedwithin two weeks to two months.Dogs have been held in the shelterfor at most two years before this.“It is hard to say. It really is caseby case,” said Papa. “But our smalldogs, puppies and pure breeds gomuch, much faster.” Shanice, now known as Jules and living the home-sweet-home life in Princeton, was originally a stray from Sayreville that came to the shelter Nov. 2, 2016. Multiple employees described her as a nice, easy and happy dog. She loves to play with toys and has a particular fondness for tennis balls, often jumping into toy boxes to find them for herself. Salazar said campaigns foradoption will be made for otheranimals going forward, but not forall. Special attention will be madeto animals that have been abused,have special needs or have been atthe shelter for a long time.last_img read more

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