Financing network calls for clean energy project proposals

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ecosystem ServicesTourism  Biogas Energy Storage & Conservation  Bio-fuels Energy Efficiency and Demand Reduction Solar Waste to Energy  Biomass Distributed & Off-grid Generation Generation Urban & Peri-Urban DevelopmentWater & Sanitation AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector  Rural Electrification & Energy Access Productive use of Clean Energy TAGSclean energy projectsClimate changeclimate resilience technologiesinvestmentPFAN Previous articleAfDB key to Africa’s economic development, say Southern African GovernorsNext articleMore nuanced approach needed in pursuing renewables, say experts Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.center_img  Wind Emissions Reduction  Tidal / Ocean Climate Change Adaptation Finance and Policy  Energy Products from Forestry Agriculture and agribusinesses Featured image: Stock The Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) has launched a call for proposals for clean energy projects and businesses in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Selected projects will receive no-cost coaching by professional consultants and benefit from PFAN’s Investment Facilitation services.Entrepreneurs looking to initiate or scale-up clean energy or other climate change-related projects and seeking an investment of up to $50 million are invited to apply. Read more: Apple now globally powered by 100% renewable energyThe coaching support provided through the PFAN Project Development and Financing Initiative for Climate & Clean Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia will help entrepreneurs develop and refine a financially viable and socially and environmentally sustainable business plan, to be employed in subsequent investor outreach.After completing the coaching phase, the projects will receive assistance in terms of financial mobilisation, deal making facilitation and other follow-up support.The eligible countries for this request for proposals can be found in Annex 1 of the Prospectus for this Project Development and Financing Initiative.Please note that this is an open-ended call for proposals without a deadline.Clean energy projectsThe project/business must promote or use clean energy and/or climate resilience technologies, products or services, including, but not limited to the following technology areas: Hydropower Clean Transport Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA BRICS UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

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Grozny’s Restoration of Chechen Place Names a Serious Threat to the Kremlin

first_imgMany Russians celebrated the restoration of Russian place names and dropping their Soviet toponyms in the 1990s, seeing that process as opening the way forward from Communist rule; and more recently, they have supported further such changes in the names of streets, airports and other locations as an affirmation of the re-traditionalization of Russian society under Vladimir Putin. But in a complex, multi-national country like the Russian Federation, these types of changes inevitably open a Pandora’s box as non-Russians seek to go back to using names from their past rather than maintain the Moscow-approved Russian ones. Those name changes deepen divides between the nations of that country and the majority Russians, thus threatening Moscow’s control over some parts of the country.This process will not happen overnight, of course. Even when place names are officially changed, many people will long continue to refer to such locations by their former Soviet- or Russian-imposed names—just as many New Yorkers still call the avenue between 5th and 7th “Sixth Avenue” rather than the more recently declared Avenue of the Americas. But controversies about such changes in the former Soviet republics, with Moscow and many ethnic Russians viewing such shifts as attacks on Russia itself, underscore how politically sensitive this issue is. Lately, the Kremlin has begun to face mounting challenges of this type in a corner of the Russian Federation where its control depends on the problematic loyalty of a regional leader—that is, the Chechen Republic.At the end of last year, the city council of Grozny, the republican capital, completed a survey of approximately 130,000 residents (out of a total of 170,000 who have the right to vote) on their reactions to changing the names of city districts from their current Soviet toponyms to Chechen ones, either drawn from the past or selected by the current rulers of the republic. “More than 95 percent” of those queried said they favored such changes, Anvar Suleymanov of the Dosh news agency writes. Moreover, he suggests that the name replacement initiative is obviously being pushed by the head of the republic, Ramzan Kadyrov. Yet according to Suleymanov, many Chechens really do want to have Chechen and not Soviet-Russian names for the places where they live (Dosh, December 30, 2020).Following this poll, the Grozny deputies declared that the Staropromyshlovsky (“Old Industry”) district would henceforth be known as Visant; the Zavodsky (“Factory”) district would be rechristened Sheikh Mansur; the October district would be changed to Baysangur; and the Lenin district would become Akhmat. In addition, the city council voted on new Chechen names for settlements that had been absorbed within Grozny’s city limits as the capital expanded in recent decades. Naming one of Grozny’s municipal districts after Sheikh Mansur, who led the North Caucasus peoples’ resistance to the expansion of Russian power in the region 200 years ago, is perhaps the most notable: this historical figure remains a hero for all those who fought Moscow in both of the post-Soviet wars that the Kremlin launched against the Chechen republic. But the other substitutions are potentially equally significant. Moscow imposed such nomenclatures on almost all cities in the Soviet Union, so mass name changes inside Chechnya will almost certainly echo in other places. Non-Russians, in particular, may increasingly ask themselves and their local authorities why they have not taken this step given that the Chechens felt completely free to do so.One key factor here worth highlighting: While the number of place name changes in Russia has fallen in recent years, this is not because people do not want them but rather because those efforts frequently became tied up with powerful interest groups lining up on both sides of the debate. In Russian areas, the Moscow Patriarchate continues to press for the elimination of detested Soviet-era names, but the Communists oppose them. That means that for every case where a name changes, there are almost certainly numerous stalled fights that go unnoticed by the Moscow media (MBK, May 2, 2019). But as the country heads into yet another election cycle, such fights have the potential to energize both supporters and opponents of these shifts. In ethnic-Russian-majority areas, Putin probably does not see this as a problem for him. But when such battles over renaming occur in non-Russian areas, he cannot be as certain, because place name replacements there often lead to other socio-political shifts as well.Developments in other former Soviet republics highlight this phenomenon. In Ukraine, the elimination of 52,000 Soviet-Russian place names over the last ten years has sparked serious internal disputes, which Moscow has been exploiting against Kyiv. But the Kremlin will find it harder to defend such a stance if non-Russians within the Russian Federation ramp up their own calls for “nativizing” local street signs, placards and so on (Vzglyad, June 26, 2019; Radio Svoboda, June 27, 2019). In Tajikistan, meanwhile, following numerous place name changes, the government has taken the next step and banned the use of Russianized name endings and patronymics. Newborns, for example, will no longer be registered with family names ending in -ov, -ova, -ev or -eva, or with patronymics ending in -ovich, -ovna, -evich or -evna. Instead, ethnic Tajiks will be required to use traditional Tajik-language endings in both cases. Some other regional republics are considering a similar approach, further expanding the psychological distance between them and Russia (Sputnik News, May 15, 2020).And it is not only place names and family names that are being nationalized both across the former Soviet space and in Russia itself. One of the most interesting of the latter is in Khakassia, where, last year, officials changed the name of the republic’s leading newspaper, Khabar, back to Khakas Chiri (adopted in 1991), declaring it the voice of the land of that Turkic nationality in the Russian Federation (Nazaccent.ru, March 16, 2020). The changes in Chechnya will, thus, further deepen the divide between Chechens and Russians and serve as a model for other non-Russians. To the extent that happens, what many might dismiss as unimportant or marginal shows that Chechnya is becoming more separate from Russia than it ever was even under Dzokhar Dudaev. Other non-Russian nationalities in the country may seek similar changes, which will still further reduce the saliency of Putin’s “Russian World” (“Russkiy Mir”) and Moscow’s control of the non-Russians.last_img read more

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DANES IN BARCELONA: Who has learned the most?

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsHead coach of Bjerringbro-Silkeborg Peter Bredsdorff-Larsen evaluates the first half of the group phase in the VELUX EHF Champions League and looks forward to the second half that for the Danish Champions begins in Barcelona on Sunday.The VELUX EHF Champions League group phase has reached the half way mark. Seven matches are played and seven matches are coming up. In Bjerringbro-Silkeborg, they are happy about the first half of the group phase, where they have showed Europe their strength in the group of death. The best teams have been challenged by Bjerringbro-Silkeborg and the Danish Champions has grabbed two impressive wins against Wisla Plock and Kadetten Schaffhausen.– In all our games, we have delivered great performances. Against the odds, we have managed to set the top teams under pressure and especially our defense has caused troubles for all of the best players in the world.– At many occasion, we have done so well that we have been disappointed that we do not have more than our current four points. We peaked by winning in Schaffhausen and of cause with our nine-goal win against Wisla Plock at home, and the small margins have been between us and more point in the first half of the group phase, said Peter Bredsdorff-Larsen, head coach of Bjerringbro-Silkeborg.At the moment, Bjerringbro-Silkeborg is at four point in the seventh position in group A, while their polish opponent from Plock has five point at sixth. The best six qualifies for the Last 16.– From the beginning, I said it was a big compliment that people matched us with Wisla Plock, who said they want the finish fourth in the group before the start of the tournament. Unfortunately, Wisla Plock will most likely grab more point but we know that our away game in Plock will be very important. However, we chase great performances and upsetting wins already from now on, told the Bjerringbro-Silkeborg coach.Next opportunity for Bjerringbro-Silkeborg is on Sunday, when they start the second half of the group phase with an away game in Barcelona. In the second half, Bjerringbro-Silkeborg wants to show that they have benefitted the most from the first games.– Today, we have started our preparations for the Barcelona-game. We want to show them that we have learned the most after our first game. That is what we will do in every game. We hunt even better performances in the second half, said Peter Bredsdorff-Larsen.About the away game against FC Barcelona Lassa, he says.– We need to play on the same level and maybe even better in our defense. We did really great defensively but still, we think that we can improve. In attack, we did great for 50 minutes in the first game, but we need the last details. We want to execute better so that we can get more goals out of our efforts.The game between FC Barcelona Lassa and Bjerringbro-Silkeborg throws off at 17.30 on Sunday afternoon. GOG beat Bjerringbro Silkeborg in Danish derby Recommended for you Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Silkeborg win in Plock – Dinamo Bucharest with good result from Portugal ShareTweetShareShareEmail Related Items:bjerringbro-silkeborg, Peter Bredsdorff-Larsen MVP Mads Øris Nielsen takes another year in Bjerringbro-Silkeborglast_img read more

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iRacing: Alfalla snaps Luza’s win streak in wild finish at Richmond

first_imgRay Alfalla scored his first win of the 2018 PEAK Antifreeze NASCAR iRacing Series season, surviving a poor qualifying effort and the chaos on the track at Richmond Raceway. Alfalla started 25th and with 15 cautions slowing the field had plenty of wrecks to dodge on his way to the victory.Polesitter Ryan Luza fell one spot short of a third straight win after leading 76 of 200 laps. Keegan Leahy was third, Matt Bussa finished fourth, and Christian Challiner came home fifth.Luza led the first 20 circuits before losing the lead to Dylan Duval, who chose to stay out under caution. Duval could not keep the lead for long as Luza motored by Duval as he made contact with Bobby Zalenski on Lap 24.RELATED: Complete iRacing schedule/resultsLuza again went unchallenged up front until Lap 42, where a pit stop cost Luza the lead. This time, Leahy won the battle off pit road and managed to stay in front of Luza for a few laps before slipping back. Problems in the pits continued for Luza on Lap 85 as he lost three spots. Reclaiming the top spot would not be so easy this time.On the Lap 88 restart, Leahy led Alfalla with Michael Conti sliding into third after contact with Nick Ottinger. The trio’s battle culminated with Conti passing Alfalla for the lead on Lap 98 and setting sail, opening up a nearly two-second margin before his lead was erased on Lap 125 when Brian Schoenburg was spun around by Chris Overland.Conti would keep the lead on that round of pit stops but another caution led to a split strategy on Lap 137 with Conti choosing to pit but 17 other lead-lap cars opting to remain on track, including Luza who inherited the lead. Conti would never recover the track position and finished 10th.Meanwhile, Luza had his hands full with Matt Bussa at the front with Bussa muscling into the lead on the restart. After a few more cautions, Alfalla joined the fray as well, as it appeared the race would come down to a battle between the new front three.Alfalla made his move on the restart with 12 laps to go, taking just one lap to move past Luza and set his sights on Bussa for the race lead. Bussa made a valiant effort but Alfalla prevailed with seven laps to go. Luza had worked his way past Bussa as well but a caution with four laps to go ended the race under the yellow flag before Luza had a chance to mount one last charge.Alfalla’s victory slightly extended his NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series championship lead. He leads Luza by six points after five races. Leahy is third, 27 points back, followed by Zalenski, who is 35 points adrift. Conti is fifth, only two points behind Zalenski.With Richmond in the rear-view, three downforce-heavy race tracks are up next on the schedule, starting with Kansas Speedway, which will wrap up the first third of the 2018 season. With Alfalla and Luza threatening to make it a two-man battle for the championship, the question is, can anyone else keep pace? Perhaps it is Leahy, who already has a win this year, or could it be 2014 champion Conti who has looked stronger of late?Whoever hopes to rise to the challenge will have their work cut out — the top two look nearly unbeatable right now. However, with 13 races still to go, anything can happen.last_img read more

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LU SOCCER FALLS IN SEASON OPENER

first_img Gries held Texas State at bay until Clarissa Leon scored from close range with 20:39 remaining in regulation. Kassi Hormuth scored an insurance goal a little more than seven minutes later as the Bobcats improved to 7-0-1 all-time against the Cardinals.Texas State outshot LU 25-6 for the evening, and held a 15-2 advantage in shots on goal. LU returns home to host Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m. Sunday on Student Appreciation Night. The first 150 LU students will receive a free Lamar University soccer tank top.Tickets for Sunday’s game are available online a Angelica Hernandez had two of LU’s six shots. Cassie Marciante and Jennifer Yacuta each had a shot on goal for the Cardinals.center_img Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT — Lamar freshman goalkeeper Rachel Gries made 13 saves in her first-ever collegiate game, but it wasn’t enough for the Cardinals as Texas State spoiled Steve Holeman’s debut as coach with a 2-0 victory over the host Cardinals at the LU Soccer Complex on Friday night.last_img read more

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Co-author of NRRA affirms Dodd-Frank is not applicable to captive insurance

first_imgUS Congressman Scott Garrett (R-NJ), the co-author and one of the principal sponsors of the Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act (NRRA) of the Dodd-Frank Act addressed the Speaker of the US House of Representatives on February 6 to state unequivocally that the legislation was never intended to apply to captive insurance. Vermont is the largest domicile for captive insurance companies in the nation.If Dodd-Frank were applied to captives, it could have significant tax implications. Last July, in a REPORT called “The Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act on Captive Owners,” Marsh Inc wrote: “There may be significant impact on captive owners that have historically only remitted self-procurement tax based upon the allocated premium in its home state under the captive insurance policy.”The State of Vermont and the Vermont Captive Insurance Association have opposed applying Dodd-Frank to captives. Typically captive insurers were located off-shore in places like Bermuda because of US tax policy. Because of the way states, in particular Vermont, have written its captive laws over the last 30 years, most of the off-shore companies have come back to or originated in the United States.In addressing the Speaker, Congressman Garrett said, ‘ Unfortunately, several states have indicated that they plan to interpret the NRRA to also apply to the captive insurance industry. This was not the intent of Congress.  In drafting this legislation, it was never contemplated to have the captive industry fall under the NRRA.’   He went on to state, ‘ At no time was the legislation’ s application to the captive industry addressed or suggested. Furthermore, in the bill’ s summary, the intent of this legislation was clearly stated to impact only two specific industries ‘ surplus lines and reinsurance.’Congressman Garrett, a Republican representing New Jersey’ s 5th Congressional District has served on the House Financial Services Committee since his election in 2002.  He also currently serves as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises for the House Financial Services Committee.  NRRA, a sub-section of the Dodd-Frank legislation, has caused confusion over whether it is applicable to captive insurance, due to the misinterpretation of the current language.  A coalition comprised of the captive insurance industry, the Coalition for Captive Insurance Clarity (CCIC) has been formed under the leadership of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association (VCIA) to push for clarity that may include legislative language that would reaffirm that the intent of the new federal NRRA was never intended to apply to captive insurance.‘ This should send a clear message to any domicile that any information to the contrary can only be interpreted as a self-serving tactic that is neither accurate nor in the interest of clients and the industry,’ said Daniel Towle, Vermont’ s Director of Financial Services. ‘ Congressman Garrett’ s statement is further testimony that we have understood the purpose and intent of the passage of this law,’ added Towle.In his statement, New Jersey Representative Garrett stated, ‘ At no point during the bill’ s multi-year consideration was its application to the captive insurance industry ever discussed.’   He went on to add, ‘ Should regulators implement this faulty interpretation, captive insurance companies would be subject to additional taxation and regulation ‘ the exact opposite intent of the underlying legislation.’ Richard Smith, president of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association expressed his thanks for the clarification from Representative Garrett.  ‘ We are grateful for further clarification that captive insurance is not part of the NRRA.  It is our intent to work with Congress to craft a technical amendment to eliminate the inaccurate interpretation and the turmoil it is causing in the captive industry.  We urge continued support for the Coalition and our efforts to enact clarifying language that will solidify Congressional intent once and for all.’Congressman Garrett has pledged to work with his colleagues on the Financial Services Committee to ensure that the bill is implemented as the Congress intended.This statement of record from Congressman Garrett reaffirms a recent letter from former chair of the subcommittee on insurance of the Committee on Financial Services in the House of Representatives who stated that the Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act (NRRA) of the Dodd-Frank Act was never intended to apply to captive insurance.  In a letter to the new Chairman and Ranking Member, former Chair of the Insurance Subcommittee Representative Judy Biggert wrote, ‘ As a supporter of NRRA and an advocate for its inclusion and passage as part of Dodd-Frank, I can tell you unequivocally that the NRRA was never intended to include the captive insurance industry.’The full text of Congressman Garrett’ s statement can be found at www.VermontCaptive.com/DoddFrank(link is external).  Captive insurance is a regulated form of self-insurance that has existed since the 1960s, and has been a part of the Vermont insurance industry since 1981 when Vermont passed the Special Insurer Act. Captive insurance companies are formed by companies or groups of companies as a form of alternative insurance to better manage their own risk. Captives are typically used for corporate lines of insurance such as property, general liability, products liability, or professional liability. Growth sectors of the captive insurance industry include professional medical malpractice coverage for doctors and hospitals, and the continued trend of small and mid-sized companies forming captive insurance companies.  VCIA is the largest trade association in the world for captive insurance.  Established in 1985, the association has grown to provide programs that support the captive insurance industry on both the state and federal levels for its 450-plus member companies.Source: State of Vermont. February 7, 2013  www.Vermontcaptive.com(link is external)last_img read more

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Powered by wind, Seger Sense socks use around 90% less manufacturing…

first_imgSwedish apparel firm Seger is ‘aiming to take passionate athletes to a new level with the launch of new Seger Sense socks, made from waste from the textile industry, which would otherwise have just been thrown away.’Seger is a Swedish brand (part of New Wave Group AB) with a history and tradition that dates back all the way to 1947. Seger Sense socks are made from recycled polyamide. The company claims to reduce resource consumption in the socks’ manufacturing process by 85-96% in comparison with traditional yarn.“We’ve been at the forefront of knitting since 1947,” said Susanne Segerqvist who manages product design at Seger. “That’s more than 65 years of creative evolution and technical progress, which further develops opportunities for improving athletes’ results.“Seger Sense has been evolving for over 20 years and is our most technically accomplished collection of socks – so far. Thanks to innovative solutions and special knits (compression lab tested; sophisticated functional design; knitted in high-tech materials), all socks in the range have features that minimise chafing and maximise comfort, and which also help your muscles recover after a hard workout.”Per Segerqvist, Seger’s CEO, continued “Our socks have always been made in Sweden. Our factory in Röshult is powered entirely by certified clean wind power. That way, we save on transport and energy.“Committed to renewable energy, Seger is the green leader in Sweden. We have over 70 years’ experience and a history and expertise that make us humble about the future. Our goal has always been to create sustainable products that can withstand years of use. Now, we’ve managed to produce socks that use almost 90% less resources in manufacturing too.”He added, “Giving the body you inhabit what it deserves is your personal responsibility. Giving the planet we live on the same care is something we must all do together. As a team. It is all about leaving the smallest possible footprint behind us. For the next generation, and the generation after that.“At Seger we make active choices to identify climate- smart options. By producing top-quality socks that last for mile after mile, we can contribute to reduced consumption. Caring about our planet – about each other and about athlete’s feet.”www.seger.se Relatedlast_img read more

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Google Fiber contractors beginning utility pole work in Prairie Village

first_imgGood news for those of you who have been waiting with bated breath for news of Google Fiber’s entry into the Prairie Village market: residents in a handful of Prairie Village neighborhoods this week began receiving notice that PAR Electrical, a contractor working on Fiber installation in northeast Johnson County, is preparing to do “make-ready” work on utility poles in the city.The “make-ready” work, which prepares utility poles for the hanging of new utility cables, can be completed without the approval of the city. Before Google begins installing actual Fiber cables in the city, it will be required to inform the Prairie Village city council. PAR crews are conducting similar work in Mission.In Merriam, Roeland Park and Westwood, Google has sent letters to the city informing them it intends to provide service to the cities on or after Feb. 21.Prairie Village City Administrator Quinn Bennion said Tuesday that the city had not yet received work permits from PAR, but that they had been “getting hints” that installation might be getting closer. PAR filed work permits with the city Wednesday morning.AT&T announced the rollout of a competing high-speed Internet service in the Kansas City area it’s calling Gigapower this week, but aside from Leawood, no northeast Johnson County municipalities will be among the first wave of recipients.last_img read more

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Marcus & Millichap sells Phoenix multifamily complex

first_imgThe Phoenix office of commercial real estate investment services firm, Marcus & Millichap (NYSE: MMI), completed the sale of The Shorewood, a recently renovated mid-century art deco style apartment building in the Midtown Phoenix corridor.The apartments sold for $2,650,000 or $126,190 a unit, and are located at 3601 N. 5th Ave. in Phoenix.Brian Tranetzki and Rich Butler, multifamily investment specialists in Marcus & Millichap’s Phoenix office had the exclusive listing and negotiated the transaction.The apartments are located a half mile from Osborn Road and Central Avenue light rail station, and has easy access to major freeways in the area such as Interstate 10, State Route 52 and the Loop 202, Butler said.“Shorewood features well designed units, many including vaulted ceilings and in suite washer and dryers. Newly remodeled interiors include a new white appliance package, electric ovens, dishwashers, stainless steel sinks, new countertops with glass tile backsplash and wood-plank style floors. Also featured are private patios and balconies, oversized mid-century styled windows and open bar top kitchen spaces. Community amenities include a newly remodeled cabana style pool with sitting areas featuring modern style furniture, a barbeque area, urban style desert landscaping, and mature trees,” Tranetzki said.last_img read more

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BRAIN SCIENCE EXPLAINS THE MOST PRODUCTIVE WAYS TO PROCRASTINATE

first_imgFast Company:Sit down to work on a specific task and you may find your mind veering off on a different track, spiraling down into the black hole of procrastination.“We all experience motivational breakdowns, like eating ice cream in front of the television while exercise and writing were originally on the menu,” writes Piers Steel, psychologist and author of the book The Procrastination Equation in Psychology Today. “There are a couple of misfiring neural regions that are reliably responsible for your procrastination.”Read the whole story: Fast Company More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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