Photos! Jenny McCarthy & Donnie Wahlberg Have an Enchanted Evening at Cinderella

first_imgThe View alum Jenny McCarthy and her husband, New Kids on the Block favorite Donnie Wahlberg took a break from filming their new reality show Donnie Loves Jenny to visit an old friend—The View vet Sherri Shepherd! The duo brought McCarthy’s son, Evan Joseph Asher, to witness the magic of Cinderella on Broadway, then stopped backstage to greet Shepherd, who plays not-so-sweet stepmother Madame in the hit musical. Check out these snapshots of The View co-stars back together, then catch Shepherd in Cinderella at the Broadway Theatre through November 22! Cinderella View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015last_img read more

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The Georgia Special: Long Island Iced Tea’s Southern Cousin

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York It’s safe to say most Long Islanders are familiar with Long Island Iced Tea (LIIT), but they’re likely not as acquainted with its not-so-distant Southern cousin, The Georgia Special.Both cocktails are known for being extra strong, but only one has made it onto the cocktail list at Charlotte’s Speakeasy, which has been making a name for itself in the speakeasy community on LI and beyond. The Georgia Special pulls inspiration from LIIT’s best characteristics and strengthens its faults.“It’s on the sweeter side,” says Matthew Zeiss, bar manager at Charlotte’s Speakeasy, which can be found underneath Charlotte’s Frozen Yogurt on Main Street in Farmingdale and requires a password for patrons to gain entry. “It’s refreshing. It’s also very dangerous. It’s one of those drinks that you don’t realize how much liquor’s in there because it tastes very good; it tastes like juice.”The drink was inspired by Robert Butt, who invented the Island’s most famous beverage at the Oak Beach Inn in the early 1970s. But Zeiss, who doesn’t particularly like the taste of LITT, which has five types of liquors, began floating ideas around and mixing ingredients in the hope of concocting his own potent cocktail — one that according to him would “taste good right off the bat.”The essence of The Georgia Special, also known to many as Zeiss Tea (a nod to LIIT and Zeiss) is peach, a flavor that “goes with a lot of liquor,” he adds.“I first developed The Georgia Special about four years ago,” Zeiss says. “Originally it had a brand of peach whiskey in it, however, it occurred to me to make a recipe that uses more common speedrack ingredients like Robert Butt’s Long Island Iced Tea to allow it to be made just about anywhere. I then switched out the peach whiskey for Captain Morgan Spiced Rum.”After the bar manager found the right ingredient mix for the drink, he gave the cocktail its name, which he derived from the simple fact that Georgia’s known to many for its peaches. The Georgia Peach was already taken, so he improvised.“The only hiccup in the recipe was adjusting the color to be more peachy than the yellow and browns that make up the main ingredients,” Zeiss notes. “I added the splash of cranberry to not only offset the sweet with a little tart but to also turn the color into a more pink/peach hue.”Served over ice in a Collins glass, The Georgia Special is made up of Captain Morgan, Southern Comfort, Apricot Brandy, Peach Schnapps, pineapple juice, orange juice and a splash of cranberry juice. For the finale, it’s garnished with a peach when the fruit is in season. He uses oranges when peaches aren’t available.The Georgia Special will give imbibers looking to get the party started early on in the night an extra kick almost immediately.Guest feedback is often “‘This is dangerous,’ simply because it’s so disguised by its taste that you forget how potent it can be,” Zeiss says.Charlotte’s Speakeasy is located at 294 Main St. in Farmingdale. It can be reached at 516-586-8530 or charlottesspeakeasy.comlast_img read more

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Pence flight to Iowa delayed by about an hour

first_imgWASHINGTON — Vice President Pence’s departure for Iowa was delayed this morning and Bloomberg News reports it’s because a staffer tested positive for COVID-19. Pence’s flight took off about an hour later than planned.Pence’s schedule in the Des Moines area shows he’ll have a conversation with a group of faith leaders to discuss federal and state guidelines for safely re-opening houses of worship. The Vice President’s second stop is Hy-Vee headquarters in West Des Moines. He’ll participate in a round table discussion with ag and food industry representatives about the security of the U.S. food supply.Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst boarded Air Force 2 this morning to make the trip with Pence. The Vice President and his entourage will return to DC late this afternoon.last_img read more

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International duo chase more success Down Under

first_img2 Jan 2014 International duo chase more success Down Under Internationals Harry Casey (Enfield, Middlesex) and Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) will represent England Golf in a number of key, early-year championships during a five-week stay in Australia. They will be seeking to follow in the footsteps of a number of past internationals who have produced a string of successes Down Under in recent years. Casey, 20, (image copyright Leaderboard Photography) made his full England debut last Spring in the international with Spain at El Prat and was also a member of England’s victorious team in the Home Internationals at Ganton. Also in 2013, he won the Selborne Salver, was beaten in a playoff for the Poncat Dutch Junior Open, finished third in the Portuguese Amateur Championship and the Hampshire Salver and reached the last 16 of the Spanish Amateur. Evans, 23, who was capped for the first time in last year’s Home Internationals, enjoyed a successful 2013, finishing seventh on the Titleist/Footjoy England Golf Order of Merit. His successes included victory in the Berkshire Trophy and the Biarritz Cup in France, while he also won the Scrutton Jug for the best aggregate score from the Berkshire and Brabazon Trophies. On top of that, he finished joint runner-up in the St Andrews Links Trophy and joint third in the French Open Stroke Play. Their first action will be in the Masters of the Amateurs at Royal Melbourne on 7th – 10th January followed by the Australian Amateur Championship at The Grange, South Australia, on 14th – 19th January. Then it’s on to the Lake Macquarie International at Belmont on 23rd – 26th January, before the New South Wales Medal at Pennant Hills Golf Club and Castle Hill Country Club on 29th – 31st January. Should they qualify in the leading 32 players, they will contest the New South Wales Amateur Championship, a match play event, at Concord Golf Club on 2nd – 4th February and conclude their tour with the Avondale Medal on 6th – 8th February. The field in the New South Wales Medal will play one round each over each course after which there will be a cut with the leading 60 players plus ties playing the final 36 holes. The leading 32 players from that will enter the match play knockout competition for the NSW Amateur. Among the successes gained by English players in recent trips to Australia, Tommy Fleetwood had three top ten finishes in 2010 including runner-up in the New South Wales Amateur, while in 2011, Jack Senior won the New South Wales Amateur, beating Andy Sullivan in an all-English final and tied second behind Sullivan in the New South Wales Medal, a title won by Neil Raymond in 2012. Also in 2011, Sullivan also tied second in the Masters of the Amateurs while Laurie Canter finished joint fourth in the New South Wales Medal alongside Stiggy Hodgson. The long established 72-hole Lake Macquarie International at Belmont Golf Club has seen several English winners such as Roger Chapman, Russell Claydon, Ricky Willison, Nick Dougherty and Adam Gee.last_img read more

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Silver medal bittersweet for Kootenay Wildcats

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsFor the third consecutive year the Kootenay Wildcats watched as another team celebrated a provincial title.Thompson/Okanagan Rockets scored the only goal of the third period to squeak out a 3-2 victory in game three of the 2010-2011 Female Midget AAA Championship Sunday night in Rutland.The Rockets win the best-of-three series 2-1 and repeat at Female Midget AAA Champions.“Try as we might we (just) could not get a break,” said Kootenay coach Mario DiBella. The Wildcats lost in 2009 to the Vancouver Fusion and in 2010 to the Rockets.This season it appeared to be different story as Kootenay opened the series Friday with a 3-1 win. Goals by Shannon Hall of Rock Creek and Hailey McLean of Castlegar staked the Cats to a quick 2-0 lead.Thompson/Okanagan scored a power play goal to pull within a goal of Kootenay. But before the regular season champs could get any closer Hall scored her second of the game into an empty net.“(We) played tremendous defence over the last period,” DiBella said.Saturday, once gain the Cats scored first with Cranbrook’s Daley Oddy giving the visitors the early 1-0 lead.Thompson/Okanagan tied the game then scored twice on the power play to take a 3-1 lead.Oddy, a member of the 2011 Team B.C. squad that competed in the Canada Winter Games in Halifax, scored her second of the game to close the margin to 3-2 but Kootenay could not find the equalizer. DiBella was less than impressed with the officiating in game two.“(Those calls) unfortunately adversely influenced the outcome of the game for the Wildcats,” DiBella lamented.Sunday, for the third consecutive game Kootenay scored first as Team B.C. defenceman Aimee DiBella of Nelson gave the Cats a 1-0 lead with a power play marker.Thompson/Okanagan tied the game before the period ended. In the second the Rockets took the lead. This time Hall came to the rescue, evening the game after 40 minutes.The third period turned into a defensive battle as both teams looked for opportunities to score.The Rockets took advantage of their chance, getting the winner on the power play.Kootenay pressed for the tying goal, pulling the goalie in the final minute of the game despite playing a player short but could not tie the contest and for the third straight season win finish as silver [email protected]last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week – Kootenay Chill Club Basketball Team

first_imgThe squad, under the direction of L.V. Rogers Bombers coach and grad, Jeremy Phelan, consists from players in the Steve Nash and Trafalgar Thunder programs.The Chill have posted wins against opposition from, Penticton, Kamloops, Gibsons from the Sunshine Coast and Kelowna.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the players with Team of the Week honours.There are two teams in the program — U14 and U13.Some of the players posting a 3-0 record at the recent Pro Hops Tournament in Kamloops include, Callum McClure, Kelton Forte, Boris Oudeman, Mateo Kataoka, Van Kozak, Evan Lammle, Nathaniel Pan, Jaheem Berry and coaches Mike Nagle and Jeremy Phelan. The Kootenay Chill Club Basketball Team continues to gain experience on the spring minor basketball circuit, playing various tournaments in the Thompson and Okanagan region.Club basketball is played outside the high school season, allowing players and coaches to gain more experience in preparation for the next season beginning in the fall.last_img read more

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Costa sees red as Everton blank Chelsea

first_imgLONDON (AP):Diego Costa plunged Chelsea into fresh controversy in their nightmare season yesterday by seeing red as Everton ended the London team’s last hope of a title in the FA Cup.Chelsea had just been humiliated by former striker Romelu Lukaku, scoring twice in five minutes, including a breathtaking solo goal, when Costa was sent off in the 84th minute of Everton’s 2-0 win in the quarter-finals.The fiery striker thrust his head at Gareth Barry, then sunk his teeth towards the Everton midfielder’s neck in a biting motion, earning a second yellow card. There was no immediate reaction from Barry to suggest he had been bitten, but Costa was dismissed for the first time in two seasons at Chelsea.eliminatedEverton also ended with 10 men after Barry himself was shown a second yellow card three minutes later for catching Cesc Fabregas.The FA Cup exit followed Chelsea being eliminated from the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.Any hopes of defending the Premier League trophy were extinguished long ago, with Chelsea currently 10th and highly likely to miss out on European football next season.Manchester City doesn’t look like they will be succeeding Chelsea as Premier League champions after being held 0-0 at Norwich to stay fourth, nine points behind surprise leaders Leicester.The late dismissals at Goodison Park overshadowed Lukaku’s superb goals, which left Chelsea to rue, offloading the Belgium striker in 2014, having spent most of his career on loan away from Stamford Bridge.Lukaku’s first goal came in the 77th minute after Ross Barkley slipped the ball through to him on the leftwing. Lukaku slalomed past two players before cutting inside past defenders Cesar Azpilicueta and Branislav Ivanovic and striking low past compatriot Thibaut Courtois.The Belgium goalkeeper was beaten again in the 82nd, when Lukaku put the ball through his legs.So, unlike in 2009, Guus Hiddink will not be ending this interim spell as Chelsea manager by lifting the FA Cup.last_img read more

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Pulis believes Albion offer could be enough to land Austin – report

first_imgA round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving QPR and Chelsea…West Brom’s apparent interest in Charlie Austin has led to renewed speculation about his future.QPR want £15m for the striker and have had no approaches or offers despite a host of reports suggesting they have received both.Newcastle were tipped to sign Austin but with no move having materialised, there is speculation that he could end up elsewhere.The Daily Telegraph reports that West Brom boss Tony Pulis believes an offer of £10m plus add-ons could be enough to land the 25-year-old.The Daily Mail say Albion are discussing a £22m double deal involving Austin and Matty Phillips, while the Daily Star suggests Pulis is looking to spend a total of £25m on the QPR duo plus Liverpool’s Rickie Lambert.Striker Austin scored 18 Premier League goals for QPR last seasonMeanwhile, Chelsea are being being courted by the agent of Augsburg left-back Baba Rahman, reports in Germany suggest.Bild say the Ghanaian’s representative, Sascha Empacher, held meetings in England last week over Rahman’s future. The 19-year-old is said to be valued at a little over £14m.Chelsea have apparently been quoted £17.7m for another Ghana international, Kwadwo Asamoah. The Juventus midfielder has also been linked with Arsenal.The Daily Mirror suggests Asmir Begovic has no qualms about being second choice at Chelsea.The Stoke goalkeeper has been tipped to move to Stamford Bridge to replace Petr Cech, and the Blues have reportedly had a £6m bid for the Bosnian rejected.Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan will reportedly make a decision on his future by the end of the week, with the Daily Express claiming Chelsea and Manchester United are in the frame to sign him.However, reports in Spain suggest Barcelona are the favourites to land the Turkey international.The Express also say Barcelona will beat the Blues to the signing of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Precision of Cell Quality Control Described

first_imgTwo research papers in Molecular Cell give more glimpses into the precision of cellular controls to ensure mistakes are detected and weeded out before harm occurs.  Vogel, Bukau and Mayer1 found that the molecular “chaperone” Hsp70 has a “proline switch,” found in all living organisms.  This switch regulates when the polypeptide needing to be folded is attached for processing, then ejected:Crucial to the function of Hsp70 chaperones is the nucleotide-regulated transition between two conformational states, the ATP bound state with high association and dissociation rates for substrates and the ADP bound state with two and three orders of magnitude lower association and dissociation rates.  The spontaneous transition between the two states is extremely slow, indicating a high energy barrier for the switch that regulates the transition.  Here we provide evidence that a universally conserved proline in the ATPase domain constitutes the switch that assumes alternate conformations in response to ATP binding and hydrolysis.  The conformation of the proline, acting through an invariant arginine as relay, determines and stabilizes the opened and closed conformation of the substrate binding domain and thereby regulates the chaperone activity of Hsp70.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)What is Hsp70 used for?  “The 70 kDa heat shock proteins (Hsp70) are molecular chaperones that assist folding of newly synthesized polypeptides, refolding of misfolded proteins, and translocation of proteins through biological membranes, and in addition have regulatory functions in signal transduction, cell cycle [i.e., cell division], and apoptosis [i.e., programmed cell death].”    Another paper in the same issue by Gromadski, Daviter and Rodnina2 looked at a quality-control mechanism in the ribosome, where proteins are synthesized before going to the chaperone for folding.  They found a way that the machine recognizes typos in transfer-RNA (tRNA) molecules, by authenticating each molecule in a series of precision molecular contacts at the docking site.  Mismatches slow down the assembly line from 120-260 per second to 3-4 per second, and result in a thousandfold faster ejection of errors, regardless of their shape:Ribosomes take an active part in aminoacyl-tRNA selection by distinguishing correct and incorrect codon-anticodon pairs.  Correct codon-anticodon complexes are recognized by a network of ribosome contacts that are specific for each position of the codon-anticodon duplex and involve A-minor RNA interactions.  Here, we show by kinetic analysis that single mismatches at any position of the codon-anticodon complex result in slower forward reactions and a uniformly 1000-fold faster dissociation of the tRNA from the ribosome.  This suggests that high-fidelity tRNA selection is achieved by a conformational switch of the decoding site between accepting and rejecting modes, regardless of the thermodynamic stability of the respective codon-anticodon complexes or their docking partners at the decoding site.  The forward reactions on mismatched codons were particularly sensitive to the disruption of the A-minor interactions with 16S rRNA and determined the variations in the misreading efficiency of near-cognate codons.The scientists calculated that this one proofreading step reduces errors from somewhere between one in 1,000 to one in 100,000.3  There was no mention of evolution in either of these papers.1Vogel, Bukau and Mayer, “Allosteric Regulation of Hsp70 Chaperones by a Proline Switch,” Molecular Cell, Volume 21, Issue 3, 3 February 2006, Pages 359-367, doi:10.1016/j.molcel.2005.12.017.2Gromadski, Daviter and Rodnina, “A Uniform Response to Mismatches in Codon-Anticodon Complexes Ensures Ribosomal Fidelity,” Molecular Cell, Volume 21, Issue 3, 3 February 2006, Pages 369-377, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.molcel.2005.12.018.3There are many other proofreading steps in the process.  There are quality-control mechanisms when the DNA is decoded, when the messenger RNA is assembled, when it enters the ribosome, when the amino acids are attached to the proper transfer-RNA, when the tRNA enters the ribosome (as shown here), when the polypeptide exits the ribosome, when the polypeptide is folded in the chaperone, and even later, when post-translational modifications take place in the endoplasmic reticulum.In the film Unlocking the Mystery of Life, biochemist Dean Kenyon remarked that it is precisely at this molecular level that we find the most powerful evidence for intelligent design on the earth.  We couldn’t possibly report on all such stories flowing daily out of the scientific journals.  We just provide tidbits from time to time to show you what the Darwinists are up against these days.  Their answer is a mysterious silence.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Solar Contagion and Lessons for Other Energy Upgrades

first_img RELATED ARTICLES How solar contagion worksThe solar industry is making promising headway in “cracking the nut” of cultivating and meeting rapidly increasing demand for rooftop solar. This is fortunate, because rooftop solar plays a major role in the transition to a cleaner, more resilient, affordable, and equitable electricity system that our communities and our country need to make to mitigate the effects of climate change.Research suggests that “spatial neighbor effects” usefully predict new solar installations. What’s more, whether or not a homeowner’s neighbors have solar panels may be the most important factor influencing the decision to get solar, more important than income levels, political views, or proximity to major population centers.When solar contagion strikes, we see initial installations followed by additional installations in nearby homes.Marketers know that word-of-mouth referrals are generally the best advertising one can get, but it’s not always easy to drive it. Solar has some specific advantages when it comes to encouraging word-of-mouth referrals:High visibility. Perhaps the greatest asset of rooftop solar is that the product does its own advertising. The panels serve as a daily reminder of their use, like a permanent yard sign that declares the homeowner’s commitment and values, while also showcasing the specific product.The gleam of the “new.” Solar panels still have that compelling whiff of a technological breakthrough where human inventiveness has provided something cool and new: “free” energy.Appeal across the political divide. Unlike some other energy topics, solar has an appeal to conservative and liberal Americans alike, albeit often based on different priorities. Jacob Corvidae is a manager at the Rocky Mountain Institute. This post originally appeared at the RMI Outlet. Standing in contrast to the solar contagion taking hold nationwide, however, is the largely untapped $150 billion opportunity for valuable energy efficiency improvements in existing single-family homes. In fact, energy upgrades may be the single largest unmet demand in housing — more than affordability, safe streets, storage space, privacy, or other factors. Unlike solar, however, home energy upgrades have not (yet) caught fire. Nevertheless, there may be powerful lessons from the role of peer effects on the diffusion of rooftop solar that energy upgrade service providers can use to make energy upgrades contagious. Fort Collins leads the way for solar contagionTo better understand the solar contagion phenomenon and extract insights for the residential energy upgrades market, let’s take a look at the community that SolarCity ranked as the number one city in the country for solar contagion: Fort Collins, Colorado (a community that the Rocky Mountain Institute has worked closely with).Referrals drive 69% of SolarCity’s rooftop solar installations in Fort Collins, making it the top city in the country for solar referrals. The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) helped build support for an aggressive climate action plan that ultimately crystallized in a form that aims for carbon neutrality by 2050. The municipal Fort Collins Utility provides good support and rebates for residents wishing to install solar, including quality control for the solar contractors. In addition, pro-solar policies at the state level make Colorado ripe for solar growth.These supportive policies and utility programs in Fort Collins help create the needed infrastructure for the local solar market. Nevertheless, it appears that the motivation to invest in solar today is shaped by the presence of solar on the rooftops of neighboring homes.center_img Lessons from solar: How to spark contagion for home energy upgradesDespite energy efficiency being the top unmet demand in U.S. homes, investments in energy upgrades have yet to become contagious among homeowners. In order to help home energy upgrades spread like rooftop solar, entrepreneurs across the residential energy services industry should consider applying these lessons from solar:Make it simple and convenient. Simple and convenient solutions are needed that bundle various services and make it easier for residents to take action, as do the full suite of services offered by solar companies.Create interest. It helps to have wider efforts in the community that create a new normal around the expectation that homes should be comfortable, quiet, and energy efficient. Even better would be specific efforts to create bipartisan support for policy infrastructure enabling energy upgrade investments.Cultivate word of mouth and other forms of peer diffusion. Service providers can increase the social motivation for homeowners to invest in energy upgrades by using in-person and online platforms promoting interaction between family, friends, and neighbors before, during, and after projects.Make upgrades visible. Although solar is easily visible outdoors, energy upgrades can become visible indoors. Service providers can encourage homeowners to share and show off their energy upgrades with family, friends, and neighbors through various in-person and online means, in addition to the more standard approaches of distributing yard signs during and after upgrades or affixing window or fridge stickers and plaques declaring energy ratings or program participation. Energy upgrades can also be made “visible” to our skin and ears through increased thermal comfort and reduced external noise pollution, respectively.To make energy upgrades contagious like solar, we need innovative approaches to enhance the visibility and appeal of energy upgrades at a personal and social level. In essence, we need to make efficiency feel less like an old sweater vest and more like a Marc Jacobs coat. Less like an standard programmable thermostat and more like a Nest. Less like a typical sedan and more like a Tesla.No one has fully lit the efficiency fire so that it spreads like solar, but many small flames are being fanned. How can we make the invisible visible and drive broader contagion for home energy upgrades? How can we make energy efficiency beautiful, cool, visually compelling, and thus social so that people want to display it? I challenge you to show us how it’s done! Let’s make energy upgrades contagious. Residential Photovoltaic Installations on the RiseWhen Will Rooftop Solar Be Cheaper Than the Grid?Rooftop Solar Makes Houses Worth MoreResidential Solar in Nevada Benefits All, Study SaysAmericans Taking Half Measures on Energy UpgradesHard Truths of Home PerformanceThe High Cost of Deep-Energy RetrofitsIs Weatherization Cost-Effective? Solar is spreading like a reinvented fire. See the dropping prices, technology improvements, and rapid growth curve in residential photovoltaic (PV) installations over recent years. Witness the rapid expansion of our work with major companies across the world to purchase solar. Observe the growing and unwavering appeal of solar in, for example, the recent decision by MGM in Nevada to pay a fine rather than miss the opportunity to power up with solar. The fire spreads — and reaches a point where solar has become contagious.As this contagion takes hold across markets, homeowners and companies alike are feeling the solar itch. What is particularly interesting about the growing uptake of solar among homeowners is that homes with solar panels appear in clusters in small geographic areas or neighborhoods. This contagion, which takes the form of word-of-mouth referrals in places like Fort Collins, Colorado, is shaping the strategy of major providers like SolarCity. It appears that the notion of “keeping up with the Joneses” may now also mean getting rooftop solar.last_img read more

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