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first_img Ramírez and Vásquez are both charged with of illegal trading, trafficking, and storage of drugs. If a judge finds them guilty, each suspect faces a sentence of between five years in prison and life in prison. The DAN is investigating to establish the drug trafficking groups the two suspects were working for. Training and international cooperation By Dialogo September 30, 2014 Building on the successes of the Ramírez and Vásquez arrests, Salvadoran police are continually training to learn the latest techniques in drug interdiction. For example, on July 21, the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in El Salvador taught a course on “Airport Interdiction” to teach the best ways to detect and intercept drugs and other illicit items at airport ramps, loading areas and terminals. The course covered how to analyze deceptive conduct and concealment techniques used by drug smugglers. Law enforcement officials from Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and El Salvador participated in the workshop. Dear author of this article, I write to inform you that there is no life sentence in El Salvador. I like it Dear author, I would like to inform you that there is no life sentence punishment in El Salvador for any crime at all. I wish it were so for everyone, even diplomats, military members, etc. etc. I liked it all a lot. *The images of Don Bosco”. What news, what an excellent seizure, who do that want to spoon feed. Question; how much coca has gone through Central America this week? How much does a country miss out on in terms of taxes? Who carried those drugs? What means of transportation are used now? Is the Central American corridor necessary? Who are helping them in the governments? That’s what we want, a NA law, that punishes use, that’s the beginning, but USE has a minimum sentence, imagine that. THOSE WHO BUY THE DRUGS, the sentence is so small that they don’t even go to jail. AND THE STATES SPEND MILLIONS of dollars on drug addicts, etc I like it excellent “Thanks to our investigators’ experience and data analysis at the border, we have been able to detect various forms of disguising drugs that can hardly be believed,” said DAN Chief Marco Tulio Lima. “Drug traffickers are using crab shells, clothes, dried fish, cans of Salvadoran products, and many other items to attempt to get drugs through.” To help disrupt drug trafficking routes, the DAN has created a database listing the tactics and characteristics of drug traffickers. By merging or cross-referencing this intelligence, DAN investigators can create profiles of drug smuggling suspects. One red flag for investigators comes when a traveler purchases a ticked by a credit card in someone else’s name. Last-minute cancellations and itinerary changes also trigger suspicion, and police are also on the alert for dubious explanations for trips. These sorts of indicators led police to arrest Mexican Alfredo Vásquez, 43, who was traveling with 10 oil paintings. He flew from Ecuador to Monseñor Oscar Arnulfo Romero international airport on August 19. “He repeatedly told the investigators with great precision that he was an art dealer and that he bought the paintings for (USD) $20 and resold them for a few dollars more,” said DAN Chief of Operations Jaime Perla. “But not even a set of oil brushes is worth that little, much less a painting.” Police put the paintings through an Ion Scan, a device which detects a wide array of drugs. Based in part on the results of the scan, police determined the paintings were soaked in heroin. Police arrested Vásquez and confiscated the paintings. Agents with the Antinarcotics Division (DAN) of the National Civil Police (PNC) are foiling a wide array of drug smuggling schemes – discovering illicit substances hidden in food, shipments of clothing, and even hollowed-out furniture. Despite their efforts to sneak contraband past authorities, drug traffickers are no match for the improved training, data collection and intelligence gathering of the Salvadoran police. For instance, on August 9, Mexican national Olzubek Ramírez, 21, found himself under arrest after he de-boarded a plane at Monseñor Oscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport. He entered the country on a commercial flight from Quito, Ecuador, with final destination in Guatemala. And he was transporting a small, rectangular-shaped wooden box adorned by a hand-carved depiction of Ecuador’s coat of arms. A drug-sniffing police dog honed in on the box, indicating the presence of drugs; and when police placed the box through a scanner, they discovered that it was hollowed-out and filled with packets of cocaine. Police arrested Ramírez and confiscated the cocaine, which was worth (USD) $223,000 on the local market. The seizure is just one of many the DAN has accomplished in 2014. Between January and June, the DAN seized more than 700 kilos of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and crack. They also confiscated $400,000 in cash, 53 vehicles, and 65 firearms, and arrested 1,983 suspects. Stopping land, sea, and air drug trafficking routeslast_img read more

first_imgLawyer Advertising I read in the October 1 News some rather disturbing comments made by Robert Rush, a member of the Bar Advertising Task Force, relating to a suggested amendment to Bar rules prohibiting direct mail to criminal defendants for a period of 30 days. I was deeply disturbed by his comment that “there isn’t anything bad that can happen to you in a criminal case that can’t be undone by a competent attorney.” That is akin to saying you don’t need to have an attorney review a contract or release before signing it. I am concerned that fellow members of the task force may not understand how very critical it is to have representation immediately after an arrest. The comments reflect a misconception of what really happens in the early days of a criminal case. Let me give you several specific examples of how a delay in hiring an attorney can adversely impact a criminal defendant. In a multi-defendant homicide case, or in a multi-defendant felony murder case, generally there are varying degrees of culpability. In the first 30 days before the filing of the formal charge, a competent attorney may convince the prosecutor to either drop or reduce the charge against his client in return for cooperation and testimony. If successful, this negotiation may result in a client’s status changing from that of a defendant to that of a cooperating witness. This negotiation may also result in the filing of a lesser charge, such as second degree murder or manslaughter. Literally, immediate efforts by competent defense counsel in some cases make the difference between life and death sentences. Similarly, in most multi-defendant drug conspiracies, and in drug trafficking cases, there are minimum mandatory jail sentences. Often, the only way for the client to avoid the imposition of a lengthy mandatory jail sentence is to provide “substantial assistance.” In multi-defendant drug conspiracies and drug trafficking cases, a competent attorney, in the first few days following the defendant’s arrest, may be successful in negotiating his client’s “substantial assistance” in return for a reduced charge or a reduced sentence. This window of opportunity closes quickly. The unrepresented defendant is at a tremendous disadvantage, in that other co-defendants who are represented by competent counsel may offer their client’s cooperation first. In these cases, the result is that there is often a race by the various defendants to obtain a “substantial assistance” agreement. A delay in hiring counsel can result in a defendant coming in last in this race and receiving a mandatory sentence where otherwise he may have received a substantially reduced sentence or no sentence at all. After a defendant’s arrest and before the filing of the formal charges (usually in the first 30 days), quite often the defendant is subjected to additional interrogation. In the real world, the un-counseled confession is difficult, if not impossible, to overcome. It cannot be “undone.” The right to counsel is not just a token right. It is an important constitutional right. A Bar rule that would delay and prohibit attorneys from advising defendants of their constitutional rights for a period of 30 days has serious constitutional implications. The Bar rules presently require direct mail advertisements to be submitted to the Bar for approval. If, in fact, it is an approved communication and contains no impermissible content, then why delay its transmission for 30 days? Hindering or delaying a defendant’s hiring of counsel serves no legitimate purpose and, in many instances, results in irreparable harm to the client. Direct mail advertising by criminal defense attorneys serves a valuable purpose. It encourages clients to compare qualifications and experience. Often, it advises them of rights that may be inadvertently waived. It provides to the client a broader selection of attorneys. Contrary to the conclusions reached by some members of this task force, it provides a valuable service. The passage of Amendment 3, in my opinion, reflects the negative opinion of the general public against what they now perceive to be the “greedy lawyers.” In my view, this is in part due to the saturation of television advertising of some personal injury firms. Direct mail to criminal defendants, on the other hand, is the least offensive and the most informative of all forms of advertising. It reaches only those people who have a genuine need at the time. Peter D. Aiken Ft. Myers December 1, 2004 Letters LettersGay Adoption Overturning the ban on gay adoptions is important for two reasons: 1) it is in the best interest of children awaiting adoption in Florida; and 2) it is in the best interest of the membership of The Florida Bar. Overturning the ban is important to children because there are currently thousands of children languishing in foster homes, awaiting adoption. Many of these children have special needs, and are overlooked by heterosexual couples who are looking to complete a “perfect” family. The Florida Department of Children and Families will tell you that gays and lesbians have already taken many of these children into their homes as foster parents. However, adoption would allow these families to receive governmental recognition in areas such as Social Security and inheritance, and complete these families as deserved. Overturning the ban is also important to members of The Florida Bar. Gay and lesbian members with biological children are unable to allow life partners to adopt their biological children, in the event of their death. Despite the fact that this life partner may be the only other parent the child has known, under the current law a heterosexual stranger is preferred to an existing gay or lesbian parent. In a similar situation, a gay sister or brother is prohibited from the adoption of a niece or nephew, despite the fact that this may be the only family member available for, or capable of, adoption. This law destroys families, including members’ families. Opponents of overturning the ban will not be able to articulate a scenario under which keeping the ban in place will protect a single member of The Florida Bar. Instead, quite the opposite is true. Please also keep in mind that overturning the ban on gay adoption does not mean that gay and lesbians are automatically able to adopt children. Instead, it would just make gays and lesbian eligible to adopt, after going through the same application process that everyone else is required to go through. Patrick C. Howell Maitand On graduating from law school in 1975, I was encouraged and enthusiastic to join the ABA, a voluntary organization with a long, distinguished history of assistance and advancement of lawyers and the profession. I served on committees and remained a member for 26 years. Over that time, the ABA developed into a body that adopts and advocates positions on a plethora of disputed, political, social, economic, military, international, and religious issues. This is done, all the while taking and using the assessments of professional dues from its members, and even though on particular issues, the stances advanced by the ABA are inconsistent with the views of the large numbers of its members. That the ABA appears to regard itself as possessing independent authority to formulate, enunciate, and advocate positions on such issues is an affront to its members who hold different views, and to those members who desire for the ABA to serve its members in their labors in the legal profession, not to champion partisan positions on disputed issues. With cowardly timidity, in silence, I hung on and hung in. Meanwhile, other lawyers, with far greater stature and courage than I, long ago acted on their discernment and principles, and resigned. With some sadness and chagrin at myself, eventually I shook myself from my coma-like slumber, and followed their lead. Now, The Florida Bar, a mandatory body for licensure to practice law in Florida, proposes to surpass the ABA, grinding salt into the wounds of members who neither agree with, nor wish for, The Florida Bar to take and advocate a position on such issues — most recently homosexual adoption. It is flatly unacceptable for a professional body, purportedly devoted to the goal of improving the legal profession and assisting it members, to interject itself — with the compulsory membership and financial resources of those members — in urging particular positions on contested issues about which those members themselves have clashing points-of-view. I never desired to join the camaraderie of licensed attorneys in Florida for the requisite, organized body to advocate, articulate, and urge positions and political action on such issues, as if it spoke with authority and approval of its membership. The astonishing fact is that, although there are ample organizations and bodies for each of us to join, contribute, participate, and advocate; that is neither enough, nor acceptable, for those who wish not only to capture The Florida Bar to their viewpoint, but also to push and coerce those who disagree into accepting the promulgation of that viewpoint from the mouth of The Florida Bar itself. The result is that the Bar organization becomes the vulnerable mouthpiece for whatever point-of-view can wrest control of the organization. As an individual attorney, I am a follower of the Son of God, committed to practicing law in a way that uses intellectual acumen and professional skill to pursue “justice, mercy,. . . faithfulness,. . . and the love of God,” as He instructed. Matt. 23.23 and Luke 11.42. I have strong, solid positions on many issues. Doubtless, there are others who take opposing positions. Nevertheless, I do not expect – or desire – The Florida Bar to be an advocate or spokesman for the truths of the Christian faith. Neither can I accept that The Florida Bar has any business being an advocate or spokesman for positions that are repugnant to those truths. Our cherished constitutional freedoms allow us, individually and collectively, to speak and write our viewpoints, to advocate and promote our positions, in the unrestrained competition of ideas and expression. We neither need, nor have any right, to seize independent, professional — and compulsory — organizations like The Florida Bar to do that, however. Let lawyers be lawyers; and if they also want to be a gay lawyer, a secularist lawyer, an atheist lawyer, or a Christian lawyer, they have the freedom to do that, without securing the imprimatur of the mandatory Bar. Russell W. LaPeer Ocala Post election media assessment is declaring that it wasn’t just about economics, and only to some extent, was it about the war against terrorism; but, rather, the outcome hinged upon family values. The moral conscience of America has opened its eyes. Gay adoption, abortion, victim rights, and the panoply of other moral issues are now substantially influencing the voting public. The pendulum has passed its liberal amplitude and is now on its return swing toward equilibrium. Political parties will adjust or face destruction. The Florida Bar, however, is not a political party. It must not lobby the cultural sentiments of its lawyers even if that persuasion would represent the majority of the membership; to do so would destroy the efforts of generations of lawyers. I agree with David Young’s letter of November 1. Those who would lobby the cultural issues “should not involve the rest of the lawyers who are constrained to be members of The Florida Bar in order to practice law.” When the morass of public opinion has nothing to do with fundamental, constitutional rights, The Florida Bar should hold its tongue and await the decision of the people. Even if the majority of the membership believes a constitutional right is at issue, The Florida Bar must take care to speak only to the Constitution and not seek to represent the moral opinion of its members. Craig S. Dyer Ft. Lauderdale Regarding recent letters in News, it appears that some members of the Bar advocate a policy that places political ideology, personal fulfillment of gays/lesbians, and administrative convenience ahead of the social welfare of Florida’s children. While the majority of those who write to oppose changing F.S. §63.042(3) bases its opposition upon the divisiveness of the issue rather than upon its merits, proponents of gay adoption implicitly associate those who advocate the status quo with unenlightened, knuckle-dragging Neanderthals. Yet contrary to what proponents of gay adoption would have us believe, the body of scientific literature that examines how children fare in gay/lesbian households reaches different conclusions regarding this issue. Could it be that the American Academy of Pediatrics and other publications have agendas of their own? Research indicates that a married man and woman raising children together best ensures the welfare of the children. The God-given mother/father relationship is the proven framework by which relationships among mothers, fathers, and children are established and maintained. Current law is consistent with the cumulative experiences of Western civilization and the beliefs of all major world religions. The fact that single parents may legally adopt is no reason to change the law and use Florida’s children in a grand social engineering experiment. Moreover, the fact that a child is “welcomed into a loving home” does nothing to ameliorate possible long-term effects of abuse, neglect, or abandonment — a fact to which DCF case workers would attest. Gay couples are inherently unstable because there is no marriage relationship. Since Florida does not recognize same-sex “marriages,” gay adoption cannot provide the stability and support that children need. However, altering §63.042(3) and implementing an “individualized assessment of all prospective adoptive parents” will surely result in increased instability and litigation — and who could possibly be in favor of that? Peter J. Sziklai Ocalacenter_img December 1, 2004 Letterslast_img read more

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: South Africa, who recently clinched the ODI series 2-1, continued to pile the misery on Australia as they secured a 21-run win in the one-off Twenty20 International played at the Carrara Oval in Queensland on Saturday in a match reduced to 10 overs per-side after rain delayed the start of the match. The new venue, situated on the Gold Coast of Australia, was hosting its first ever international game but there was a major threat as rain delayed the start by more than two hours. However, once the rain abated, the match started quickly and South Africa chose to bat.Read More | England beat Sri Lanka in Pallekele Test, win series after 17 yearsThe Proteas made a quick start, with Quinton de Kock launching Jason Behrendorff over deep square leg to get off the mark with a six. Reeza Hendricks smashed a four off the fifth ball past cover as Australia leaked 15 runs. De Kock launched Billy Stanlake over long off for his second six but the third over, the final one in the powerplay, proved extremely costly for Australia as Hendricks blasted a four and a six off Nathan Coulter-Nile. Although the bowler had his revenge, South Africa had smashed 42 runs in the powerplay.Read More | Mandhana 83 helps India thrash Australia in ICC Women’s World T20Skipper Faf du Plessis (27) and Heinrich Klassen (12) found the boundaries on a regular basis. However, Glenn Maxwell lit up the evening with a stunning catch to send back du Plessis. The Proteas skipper blasted a short ball from Stanlake flat to deep midwicket. Maxwell, positioned on the boundary, leapt up and caught the ball with both hands. Realising that he might go over the ropes, he threw the ball mid-air as he tumbled to the other side of the boundary. He recovered and took the catch on the second attempt. The effort even earned the appreciation of former AB de Villiers, who termed it the ‘best catch he had ever seen.’Despite losing quick wickets towards the end, South Africa ended on 108/6.In response, Australia also started off brilliantly with Chris Lynn hammering Kagiso Rabada for two boundaries. However, Lungi Ngidi got Aaron Finch (7) but the third over bowled by Chris Morris totally robbed Australia of momentum. Morris removed D’Arcy Short for a golden duck but the wicket of Lynn for 14 gave the Proteas the advantage.With Marcus Stoinis (5), Ben McDermott (4) and Alex Carey (8) departing cheaply, the onus was on Maxwell. The right-hander responded by smashing Andile Phehlukwayo over deep midwicket for a six and got two further boundaries off Rabada. However, with 31 needed off the last over, Maxwell hit a six off Ngidi but could not do much as Australia suffered a 21-run loss, their fourth consecutive loss in the format after being whitewashed 3-0 by Pakistan earlier in the UAE. last_img read more

first_imgPosition players: Will Smith, David Freese, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, A.J. Pollock, Russell Martin, Chris Taylor, Kiké Hernandez– Crazy as this sounds, I worry that Ryu is one bad start away from not being a “lock.” More than that, I worry the Ryu-Smith battery is questionable enough to make Martin his personal catcher in October. There’s too much in that sentence to unpack in this space, but I wouldn’t write it without cause. FanGraphs broke down his recent struggles.–  I don’t know where Urías, Stripling and Maeda fit best. They’ll get in because they are postseason veterans who are flexible enough to make the best of whatever role they’re handed. They’ll probably wind up in middle-relief, but I can see any of them starting or opening or even closing.– Quibble with my choices of position players if you must, but at least look at their second-half batting stats first.In if they’re healthy (3): Rich Hill, Max Muncy, Alex Verdugo Editor’s note: This is the Sept. 5 edition of the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.I’ve been holding off on writing this newsletter until Gavin Lux’s September fate was sealed. Now that he’s here, this is a good time to take a deep look at what a 25-man postseason roster might look like for the Dodgers. You figure they’ll take 12 pitchers and 13 position players. While the position-player jobs are more clearly delineated than they were this time last year, the pitching staff is a jumble of youth and experience and swingmen. Wish me luck.Locks (18)Pitchers: Walker Buehler, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Clayton Kershaw, Ross Stripling, Kenta Maeda, Julio Urías, Pedro Baez, Joe Kelly Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img – I’m not too worried about Hill. He’s probably the Game 4 starter if he is healthy, and maybe the Game 3 starter if Ryu doesn’t recover from his mini-slump. He can also relieve in a pinch.– I’m not too worried about Muncy either. A strong September finish once he returns from his wrist injury would help his cause to be in the everyday lineup. A fractured wrist can seriously hamper a man’s swing.– Verdugo is the one I’m worried about. Oblique injuries are always tricky. Even if Verdugo is healthy come Oct. 1, what happens to his roster spot if Gavin Lux and Matt Beaty continue to hit in September? Both are comparable hitters to Verdugo (they all bat left-handed, wielding picturesque line-drive strokes) and I’m not certain how all three fit on a 25-man roster.They can’t all make it (5): Kenley Jansen, Caleb Ferguson, Adam Kolarek, Dylan Floro, Casey Sadler– There’s an inflection point coming for Jansen at which he either 1, pitches like a reliable closer again; 2, doesn’t look like the team’s best ninth-inning option but is deemed trustworthy in a lesser role; 3, can’t regain his mechanics and doesn’t make the roster. This could go down to the wire.–  I’m tempted to think of Ferguson/Kolarek and Floro/Sadler as dyads. Pick one of the two. If versatility is the determining factor, Kolarek has enjoyed more success against righties than Ferguson. Floro’s pitched a tad better against lefties than Sadler, but it’s close.The kids (4): Gavin Lux, Matt Beaty, Tony Gonsolin, Dustin May– It’s too soon to pass judgment on Lux, beyond the fact that he hasn’t shrunk from any big moments yet. ESPN.com wrote about how Lux “knocked down the door” to earn his audition. Remember, he’s playing with house money now.– It seems risky to leave a guy slashing .288/.338/.491 in half a season’s worth of games off your October roster. Yet all of Beaty’s damage has come against righties, and unfortunately for him, I can’t think of a team that has as many left-handers (Bellinger, Seager, Pederson, maybe Verdugo and Lux) capable of doing what he does in a batter’s box. That makes him slightly less than a lock for me.– Between May’s four-seamer and Gonsolin’s two-seamer, I imagine the two right-handers would be devastating piggybacking off each other in the bullpen. You figure the Dodgers would commit to trying that in September to see if it would work in October. They haven’t done that, however, and I’m not sure how this experiment plays out.Thanks for playing (5): Yimi Garcia, Jedd Gyorko, Kristopher Negron, Josh Sborz, Austin Barnes– There’s a compelling case for up to 30 different players to make this team’s 25-man roster. These five guys aren’t among the 30. Barnes has the best chance to sneak in; an injury to Smith or Martin gets him a roster spot. Negron has been a pleasant surprise. His best contribution was pushing Hernandez and Taylor to perform to their potential at the plate in the second half. Garcia isn’t playoff material in a good year, but his career as a Dodger is probably longer and better than you realize. I hear Gyorko shoots a mean 3-pointer. And why is it that when I see the name “Josh Sborz” I think “Jacob Rhame”?-J.P.Editor’s note: Thanks for reading the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.More Dodgers readingJoc down this wall – The Dodgers broke the single-season National League record for home runs.Slow start – Four Dodgers minor league affiliates began playoff series Wednesday, and only one won.Down to the wire – Cody Bellinger enters the final weeks as the National League MVP frontrunner, writes MLB.com’s Richard Justice.Left with no choice – A.J. Pollock’s groin injury depressed his range in center field. Now he’s been moved to the corner.Russell Martin, ace reliever – Position players pitching has reached its peak.last_img read more

first_img Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img With the 2018 FIFA World Cup just a month away, players and fans are gearing up for four weeks of soccer, spirits, and sex robots?Russia’s first robot brothel recently opened in Moscow, just ahead of the 21st quadrennial sports tournament.Nestled among high-rise skyscrapers of the capital city’s business zone, The Dolls Hotel features modern rooms with flat-screen TVs and exposed-brick walls—available for $24 to $40 an hour.Customers can also request one of the “legal brothel”‘s automated call girls—Lolita, Sasha, Natasha, Alise, or Isilel—for an additional $80 per hour.The big-breasted, porcelain-skinned, manufactured women are available to help release some pre-game stress, or celebrate after a big win.“We really are waiting for a flow of visitors during the World Cup,” a hotel spokesman told The Sun. “And we look forward [to] many foreign clients, including from England.”Modern rooms and a polite receptionist aren’t all this hotel have going for it (via East2West News)Described by the UK newspaper as “warm [with] mechanical movements and an artificial brain,” the humanoids each have their own personality: independent, self-sufficient, and relaxed; business-minded; feminine and obedient (“with a nice smile”); experimental; “a harmless flower who will please the man’s eye.”A Russian client identified as Denis told The Sun that World Cup visitors will be impressed.“The dolls are very realistic,” he said. “The orgasm is brighter and longer than with a real woman. The only thing is to use enough lubricant.”Gross.According to hotel founder Dmitry Alexandrov, who cited no one in particular, 36 percent of Russians are unhappy with their sex lives.“Creating a full-scale leisure adult center in Russia is not only a legal and safe way to improve your sex life, it is also a step toward fighting one of the oldest problems in Russia—the violent exploitation of women,” he told The Sun.How robotic sex slaves fixes the situation, I don’t know. But customers seem to think fornicating with a lifesize piece of plastic is kosher.“It is great that now we have such a place where you can go, and get new impressions without being unfaithful or feeling guilty,” client Maxim said, describing the “polite receptionist, great modern rooms, and of course a wonderful doll.”The World Cup—from June 14 to July 15—is expected to bring in new, foreign clientele.“This is why we are now getting special permission to welcome foreign visitors,” the Moscow-based firm said. “As for the players—if they are allowed by their coaches and managers, we will only welcome them.”last_img read more