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Jorginho hopes for trophies for pal Koulibaly

Kalidou Koulibaly still lacks the silverware for his impressive career.

And Chelsea midfielder Jorginho believes the club’s new man is finally in the right place to add some glamor to the meager of trophy cabinets.

“Oh definitely, he deserves the best of everything because of himself,” revealed the Italy international.

“When I saw him winning trophies I was so, so happy for him. He’s such a nice guy and brings a lot to this club.

“He’s an experienced player, not just on the pitch. You’ll see he’s a brilliant defender, strong, fast, he plays with the ball.

“But as a guy, as a person in the dressing room, he’s just amazing.”

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“Tourist visas are not going to stop completely, but their number will decrease significantly,” Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said on August 16. Helsinki intends, from September 1, to limit the number of visas issued to Russian tourists to 10% of the current volume.

As AFP reports, the number of Russian tourists traveling to Finland has steadily increased after Russia lifted Covid-19 travel restrictions in mid-July. According to Pekka Haavisto, the Finnish authorities currently process nearly 1,000 visa applications per day from Russia.

Helsinki wants to end the European visa facilitation agreement with Russia

The head of Finnish diplomacy announced that the opening hours allocated to the application for tourist visas would, for example, be reduced, in order to cause a drop in the number of applications. He assured that priority would be “from now on given to other types of visas: visits to relatives, family contacts, work, studies”.

In addition, Helsinki pleads in favor of stopping the European visa facilitation agreement with Russia, which could increase the price of tourist visas from 35 to 80 euros. The country plans to raise the issue at the next meeting of EU foreign ministers scheduled in the Czech Republic on August 30.

Still according to AFP, Finland also intends to examine the establishment of a specific category of humanitarian visa, which does not currently exist in the country.

Europe divided over sanctioning Russian tourists

The idea of ​​sanctioning Russian tourists in reaction to the military conflict in Ukraine where Russia is one of the stakeholders is currently generating disagreements between European countries. At the beginning of the week in Oslo, the Nordic countries and Germany indeed showed divisions on this subject.

“Ordinary Russians did not start the war, but at the same time we have to understand that they support the war,” Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said after a meeting between leaders Nordic and German governments. “It is not fair that Russian citizens can enter Europe, the Schengen area, be tourists[…] while Russia is killing people in Ukraine,” she also said.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, for his part, has expressed reservations about such a measure. “It was an important decision on our part to impose sanctions against those who are responsible for the war, against many oligarchs and those who profit financially and economically from the Putin regime,” he argued, continuing “We will continue to do so, but I think it’s not the Russian people’s war, it’s Putin’s war.”

While Sweden has explained that it has no firm position on the issue for the time being, Denmark has warned against a shake-up of European unity on the Ukrainian file.

Since the start of hostilities in Ukraine, the EU has adopted six sets of sanctions against Moscow, including the gradual cessation of its purchases of coal and oil. It has also added more than a thousand Russians to its blacklist of people banned from entering, and restricted the issuance of short-stay visas for officials linked to the Russian government.

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Ravens Q&A: Rookie safety Kyle Hamilton on Drake’s latest album, his viral moment, handling NFL spotlight and more

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After the Ravens concluded practice Monday, a group of kids called for rookie safety Kyle Hamilton, asking him to sign their posters.

“I have to do some media stuff first,” Hamilton, a first-round draft pick in April, told them.

Wide receiver James Proche II, however, stepped in and said, “You have 30 seconds.” So, Hamilton walked over and made those kids’ days.

For the former Notre Dame standout, those are the moments he treasures. He knows somewhere in the bleachers at the team’s facility in Owings Mills could be the next Kyle Hamilton, and he would feel bad if he walked away.

Since Hamilton arrived in Baltimore, he has kept a level-headed, self-effacing mindset that has helped him deal with the pressure that comes with being one of the top players in his draft class while also facing criticism on social media.

Hamilton recently sat down with The Baltimore Sun to talk about handling the spotlight, adjusting to a new defense, having a viral moment during last month’s stadium practice, his favorite rapper and playing golf.

Editor’s note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

I know you are a big Drake fan, so what did you think of his last album, “Honestly, Nevermind?”

I thought it was good. I don’t think it was his best album, but it wasn’t a bad album. It was a vibe. It was an acquired taste, I would say. He kind of went outside the box, but I appreciated it.

Do you think the album received too much hate?

At that point, it’s like [NBA star] LeBron [James]. If you are successful so often, people [will] find a reason to hate you.

If you had to pick your favorite Drake song, what would it be?

I got like three. I’m going to go with “Tuscan Leather,” “Marvins Room” and “Pipe Down.”

I’ve heard the rookies have to sing in front of everybody. Have you sung already?

I have not, but I already know which song I’m going to sing.

Do you want to share it or keep it a secret?

Umm, I will keep it a secret.

Are you looking forward to that?

Yeah, because I think it’s something everybody has to go through, and I’m excited to be the next one.

You went viral on social media during open stadium practice after you got beat by receiver Bailey Gaither during one-on-ones. How did you react to that?

I mean, it’s funny. I woke up the next morning, and my family was like, “Yo, are you trash at football?” And I was like, “I don’t think so.” And they were like, “Check Twitter.” I checked Twitter, and it was blowing up. But it was kind of funny how you can become such a big deal for a rep at practice. At this point, people are yearning for moments to talk about. So it’s funny to be one of the things to be laughed at.

You mentioned how people are looking for something to talk about, whether good or bad. With that being the reality of Twitter and social media, how do you handle that?

I never try to get too high or get too low. Even the Ravens and the NFL [posted] stuff about me recovering a fumble. It was like “I just recovered a fumble.” It wasn’t that big a deal in my eyes. But that’s something they push. I understand at this level, you have to have your own humility. Everybody is going say you’re the best [or] the worst. So you [need] your own self-talk to keep you up. But then also keep you humble when you’re doing well.

We’ve seen players go back and forth with fans. Are you that type of person?

Nah, it’s just social media. I don’t respond to fans for real. I mean, if I was a fan, my main goal would be to get a response out of this person. So I’m not going to try to give them satisfaction unless it’s something genuine that they’re asking. But yeah, I just tried to keep to myself.

During rookie minicamp, you mentioned how you didn’t play a lot of Cover 3. How have you adjusted to the new things you have learned under defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald?

I’m getting more comfortable every day. I’m louder, more communicative, talking a lot more, understanding the defense [and] why we are doing it. I still mess up, obviously, but I try to make a good mistake every day. And when I do, I try to focus on what I’m doing wrong and fix it. We have a game in less than a month, so I’m ready for it.

How have veterans like Marcus Williams, Chuck Clark, Tony Jefferson and even Marlon Humphrey helped you adjust?

They helped me in the film [room] and all that stuff. But the most they’ve helped me is being a friend. It can be a very stressful time for every rookie. There’s a bunch of eyes on me, but I try not to feed into that. The guys are normal. And it almost feels like college when we are sitting down [and] eating. I need that on a day-to-day basis to keep [my] head on straight. So I appreciate them for that.

It was a life-changing moment going from a student-athlete at Notre Dame to the NFL. How have you handled that transition?

I don’t think it has set in yet. I feel like when we run out of that tunnel at [M&T Bank Stadium] for the first time, and even in New York, it’s going to hit me. But I mean, I’m just blessed to be here, honestly. Training camp may seem like a struggle on a day-to-day basis, but it’s a blessing to be here every day. People are really struggling with other things. We’re all blessed and fortunate to be in the position we’re in.

Throughout camp, you have matched up against rookie tight end Isaiah Likely in one-on-ones. What have those battles been like?

It’s been back and forth. We trade off pretty much, but it’s awesome. He’s a great tight end. He is different from Mark [Andrews]. But I can tell he’s picking up some of Mark’s tendencies. He’s athletic, has great hands and is deceptive in his route running. He’s a tough cover. I think I’m getting great reps against him. Even in my losses, I’m learning something. I’m sure he would say the same thing. It’s a good competition.

How would you describe yourself as a player to people who are not familiar with your game?

I would say I try to be like a security blanket. I try to be in the right place at the right time. I make plays when they are there [and] I try not to force a lot of things. But again, be aggressive, go make plays and let them develop, and try to be a smart player.

Offensive tackle Daniel Faalele mentioned how the Maryland heat was one of the things he didn’t expect heading into training camp. What are some things that have caught you by surprise?

I’m from Atlanta, so the heat is what it is. One thing that surprised me is how many fans are at each practice. It’s kind of weird. I’ve never had fans at practice in my life. I’ve had media at practice but never fans. It’s cool, though. It breaks down that celebrity-fan wall, and you get to talk to people and sign a bunch of stuff. I try to sign as many things as possible because I was that kid at some point. It would be kind of sad if Kyle Hamilton walked away from me. But it’s been fun.

Is there a particular quarterback or player, in general, you’re looking forward to playing against this year?

I would say not one in particular. I want to do well against every one of them. But I’m 21 years old, and I don’t turn 22 until next year. So I’ve grown up watching all these guys. I know there’s going to be a moment in a lot of games where I get the defensive call and look across the line of scrimmage, and there’s somebody I’ve been watching since I was 10 years old. Like they say, “Your idols become your rivals,” but I think it will be pretty cool.

How crazy is it that you are going to face Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, and he played his first game before you were born?

Is that true?

Yeah, his first game was in 2000.

Oh yeah, I was not born. That’s crazy. He’s been playing NFL football longer than I have been alive. It shows the amount of work I’ve put in to be on the same platform as Tom. To play against the GOAT is something that not a lot of people can say they’ve done, so I’m excited about that. But still, I think there’s a good amount of games to go before we get there.

Your brother and dad played basketball. What made you pursue a football career?

I’ve always been, and they’re not going to like that I said this, but more physically dominant than them. They are basketball players and finesse players, and I would foul out of games. But I’ve always flown around the football field since I was younger, and basketball became such a business for me so early that playing football was my release. I had the opportunity to play both in college, but I realized I love football more. And I kind of burned myself out with basketball and decided that football is what I wanted to do. Now, I’m here, so I think I made the right choice.

Do you still plan to continue your podcast?

Yes, that is the plan right now. We’re trying to figure out some business things currently.

I also saw that you are a golfer. Have you been able to hit any courses since you’ve been in Maryland?

I’ve not. I’ve had some off days where I thought about it, but then my body said no. [Cornerback] Kyle Fuller is a really good golfer as well. I need to get out there with him. But that’s my plan this season. Every off day, play 18 holes and reset because golf is something where if you are not focused on golf, you’re not going to [do well]. It forces you to get your mind off whatever stresses you and enjoy nature.

Have you paid for any dinners yet?

No, I have not had to pay for any dinners. I’ve had to pay for some things but not dinners. I think we do that midseason.

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Less than a month until the finance and fintech industry meets at iFX EXPO Asia

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Less Than A Month Until The Finance And Fintech Industry Meets At Ifx Expo Asia

Impeccably curated by Ultimate Fintech, iFX EXPO gathers more traction with each edition. Held annually since 2012 in financial centers across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, it is the largest B2B financial exhibition and a hot spot for thought-provoking debates. The next edition, iFX EXPO Asia, will take place September 13-15, 2022 at CentralWorld’s Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Center and is expected to be the largest yet.

Organizers are planning over 2 days of unprecedented networking with industry leaders and decision makers who come to Bangkok from all over the world. The event is not only the ultimate destination for financial industry leaders to network and showcase their products, services and brands, but it also exceeds expectations with its exclusive parties. They allow participants to meet existing and potential partners in an informal setting.

The agenda is filled with insightful topics and renowned experts. Keynotes include high-calibre speakers from leading forex and fintech companies such as Finnovation Labs, Equity Group, Finalto Asia, one-Zero, ATFX Southeast Asia, Brokeree Solutions, and others. To learn more about topics and keynotes, see the Agenda.

Zulu Trade tops the event’s impressive list of sponsors as an Official Global Partner, followed by many other forward-thinking brands, including ATFX, AximTrade, Finalto, TMGM, B2Broker, Equity Capital and B2BinPay, for n to name a few. An impressive list of proud sponsors and exhibitors of iFX EXPO Asia 2022 can be explored on the official website.

Who will participate?

iFX EXPO Asia is an ideal place for global fintech collaboration. The event brings together high-level executives from the largest international companies. Participants include:

Technology and service providers

Digital assets and blockchain

Retail and institutional brokers

Payments, banks and liquidity providers

Affiliates and IBs

· Regulation and compliance

Register now and enjoy the free pass

You can register now to get your Free Pass for iFX EXPO Asia 2022 by following the registration link.

The pass provides unlimited access to over 2 days of unlimited networking opportunities, including free entry to the Speakers’ Room and Ideas Center, sponsored food and beverage areas and exclusive welcome events and evening.

Take advantage of an exclusive accommodation offer

Centara Grand at CentralWorld has been selected as the official accommodation provider for iFX EXPO Asia 2022, offering exclusive rates for all event delegates between September 10-17. To benefit from the special offer, book your stay here in advance.

There is less than a month until the show, so don’t miss it and register NOW!

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Get Fit For Free: The Best Fitness App For Women And Men

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The best fitness app for women and best fitness app for men will help you get in shape easily and quickly, whether you want to lose weight, just want to tone up your arms, or just want to get fit. You don’t need to spend hours upon hours at the gym with punishing workouts. Instead, check out the best wearable technology for health or the best fitness app for women and fitness app for men, which will keep track of your exercise routine so you know what kind of exercises to do every day! Check out this list of the best fitness app free now!

Cure.Fit

Cure.fit is a fitness app for men and women that offers workout routines, tracking, and motivation all in one place. Plus, it’s totally free to download. No matter what your fitness goals are, Cure.fit can help you reach them.

Google Fit: Activity Tracking

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Google Fit is a great fitness app for both women and men. It tracks your activity levels and provides detailed insights into your progress. Plus, it’s free to use! Google Fit offers many of the same features as other popular apps like MyFitnessPal or MapMyRun, but there are some things that make it worth downloading. You can track your activities in detail with Google Fit’s step counter and distance tracker. You can also set personal goals for how many steps you want to take each day or how far you want to walk each day.

Home Workout – No Equipment

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There are a lot of great fitness apps out there, but this is the best one for women and men. It’s called Home Workout – No Equipment and it’s completely free. All you need to do is download the app and then follow the instructions. You can find your app by searching ‘Home Workout – No Equipment’ on Google Play.

Fasting – Intermittent Fasting

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Intermittent fasting is a powerful fitness app for women and a fitness app for men for weight loss and health. It can help you eat fewer calories, boost weight loss and help your body burn more fat. But it’s not always easy to stick to, especially if you’re new to it. That’s where the Fasting – Intermittent Fasting App comes in. This app will help you track your fasting progress, set goals, and stay motivated. Plus, it’s totally free! So there’s no excuse not to give it a try.

MyFitnessPal – Calorie Counter

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MyFitnessPal is a great fitness app for women and a fitness app for men. It has a wide range of features, including a calorie counter, which can help you track your progress and see results quickly. Plus, the app is free to download and use, so you can get started right away.

HealthifyMe

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Fitness isn’t one size fits all, which is why we love this fitness app free called HealthifyMe. This app takes into account your weight, height, and age to create a custom fitness plan for you. Plus, it has a database of over 500,000 foods so you can accurately track your calorie intake. And if that wasn’t enough, it also has a social component where you can join challenges and interact with other users.

Sworkit Fitness App

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Sworkit is a fitness app free that offers workout routines for both women and men. You can customize your routine based on the amount of time you have, the equipment you have available, and your fitness level. Plus, this fitness app for men and fitness app for women provides video demonstrations of each exercise to make sure you’re doing them correctly.

Seven- 7 Minute Workout

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This fitness app free is amazing because it has a 7-minute workout for both women and men. There are three different levels to choose from, so you can find the perfect workout for your fitness level. Plus, the app gives you a chance to win prizes every week just for working out!

Overall, the best fitness app for women and fitness app for men is the one that best meets your individual needs. Consider what you want to get out of a fitness app free, and choose accordingly. There are a ton of great options out there, so don’t be afraid to experiment until you find the perfect fit!

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Ask Ira: Did Heat Deserve More Than Coal In Stockings?

Q: The Heat had the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and were in the conference finals and yet the NBA snubs them for a Christmas Day game. What gives? Does Adam Silver believe that the loss of P.J. Tucker alone knocks them out of the NBA’s Top 10? – Carlton, Pompano Beach.

A: This Heat roster, for better or worse, has come to be viewed as one with limited sex appeal. It is not a team of high-flying dunkers or dynamic slashing scorers. Apparently, Jimmy Butler getting to the foul line and Bam Adebayo playing quality two-way basketball falls short of what Julius Randle and Jalen Brunson can provide the Knicks (shakes head . . . realizes none of that makes sense).

Q: I know many are upset that the Heat aren’t on the NBA Christmas Day television schedule. Maybe getting Bam Adebayo out on the fastbreak and in the open court on offense would make the Heat a more compelling team to watch. Maybe running the fast break more would also help. – Stuart.

A: If winning isn’t enough, then the entire system is flawed. So now the Heat have to alter their most-effective style in order to appease some sort of set of judges? Is this what it has come down to, appealing not to the basketball gods, but some sort of NBA-television panel of Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, and Sofía Vergara? Fine, we’ll get Jimmy Butler to catch bowls while riding a unicycle.

Q: Ira, hasn’t Kevin Durant made a mockery of the NBA league in your opinion? – Masoud, Tucson, Ariz.

A: No more than Kobe Bryant did when he tried to force his trade from the Lakers or Shaquille O’Neal when he forced his trades from the Lakers and Heat. In fact, Kevin Durant would have to go way beyond what currently is transpiring to get anywhere close to what James Harden did to force his past two trades. Durant has yet to play a single minute without attempting to give maximum effort.

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Jamil Jan Kochai was terrified of starting the second year. He practiced writing the English alphabet at his parents’ dining room table in West Sacramento, California, and was ashamed when only 10 letters came to mind.

“I associated language and learning with punishment, fear and disappointment,” said Kochai, now 30, adding that in kindergarten he didn’t know a single word. .

Kochai emigrated from Pakistan to the United States when he was very young. At home, his family spoke only Pashto and Farsi, and what little English he knew slipped from his mind after first grade when he and his family spent the summer in Afghanistan, the homeland of her parents, whom they fled during the Soviet invasion.

When the family returned to California for her sophomore year, Kochai mustered up all her courage to enter her class. That’s when a teacher named Ms. Lung came into his life – and, according to Kochai, single-handedly changed the course of it.

Lung, Kochai’s teacher at Alyce Norman Elementary School, reached out to help. She devoted herself to supporting him as he learned English – a stark contrast to his previous educators, he said.

“From the start, she had this warmth and an incredible sense of caring for her students,” Kochai recalls.

Almost every day after school, Lung would sit next to Kochai at a small desk, patiently teaching him to read and write in English.

“She showed me that I didn’t have to be afraid of it and that it might actually be something I could like,” he said.

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By the end of the second year, Kochai was fluent in English, and the following year he won a reading comprehension award.

“I went back and showed Ms. Lung my award,” recalls Kochai – who became a published author, writing two books, as well as several essays and short stories.

After third grade, Kochai and his family moved away and he lost contact with his favorite teacher. But he never forgot the impact Lung had on him.

“I would tell everyone about Ms. Lung,” Kochai said. “I owed him everything”

Throughout his life, he tried several times to find her by browsing the Internet.

When that didn’t work, he called his elementary school and he also went to the district office. He had no luck finding Lung, mainly, he said, because he didn’t know his first name.

As he grew older – and advanced in his writing career – he appreciated his influence even more.

In fact, to promote his first novel – “99 Nights in Logar” – Kochai wrote an article for a literary website in 2019. In it he mentioned Lung.

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“I have been helped throughout this year by a generous teacher. Ms. Lung (through months and months of after-school sessions) re-taught me everything I was supposed to know about English, and by the end of the year I had adopted the new language. ,” Kochai wrote.

Shortly after, Susannah Lung – now a retired teacher living in Elk Grove, Calif. – was having an appointment with her neurologist, when the doctor mentioned to her that she had come across an interesting article. She shocked Lung by asking, “Are you the Mrs. Lung who taught Jamil Jan Kochai?”

Lung could hardly believe it.

“I remembered the name and I remembered what it looked like,” she said of Kochai. “He had a cute little smile.”

She had no idea at the time, however, that her then struggling student was becoming a successful author. She also learned that Kochai was an educator, teaching creative writing classes at the University of California, Davis and the University of Iowa.

Reading about Kochai’s accomplishments, “proud is the right word,” said Lung, now 75. “He deserves it all.”

Her husband, Allen, decided to message Kochai on Facebook, hoping to connect him with his wife, who was eager to reunite with her former student.

“I haven’t seen this for months and months because it was stuck in my message requests,” said Kochai, who still lives in West Sacramento.

Even though Kochai didn’t respond, Lung was flooded with vivid memories of wonder at Kochai’s ability to grow as a child.

“It was very rewarding because I only had it for a year and it was fast,” Lung said. “He got it, and I need to see it.”

Her effort with him, she said, was not out of the ordinary.

“That’s exactly what teachers do,” Lung said, explaining that she’s offered extra help to many students during her 30-year teaching career. In Kochai’s case, however, “he tried very hard and he wanted to learn the language. It makes things easier.

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Moreover, “he showed interest in things and asked questions. It wasn’t like pulling teeth to teach him,” Lung continued. “The joy we feel as teachers to see these little children blossoming is incredible.”

Months after Lung’s husband posted the message on Facebook, Kochai finally saw it. As he scrolled through his inbox in the summer of 2020, he was stunned. He answered immediately and they arranged to have a call that evening.

“It was very, very emotional,” Kochai said. “My whole family was there. My parents were also looking for her and wanted to thank her for years. We all cried that night.

“She showed me the beauty of teaching and how a year and a course can change someone’s life,” he added.

The call was also deeply meaningful to Lung.

“Not just for him to phone and express what this whole time has been for him, but for his parents to thank me for doing my job,” she said.

They had hoped to reunite in person, but due to the pandemic and other life events — including the birth of Kochai’s first child — plans to meet have stalled.

Then, on August 13, Lung and her husband planned a surprise.

They saw on Facebook that Kochai had an upcoming event for his latest book, “The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories,” at UC-Davis. They decided to attend.

After reading the book, Lung’s husband approached Kochai, first introducing himself, then motioning towards his wife. Kochai did a double take when he saw his teacher from 23 years ago.

“When I saw Ms. Lung there, my heart sank,” he said. “It wasn’t like seeing someone from my past, it was like seeing someone I’ve known, loved and loved all my life.”

“I gave him a big hug; a hug I had been waiting 20 years to give her,” he said. “I felt like a 7-year-old again with his beloved teacher.”

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His parents were also reading.

“We were all very emotional and teary eyed,” Kochai said.

The warm feelings were mutual: “Teachers rarely follow their children into adulthood and find them doing good things,” Lung said. “He is something else.”

Seeing his student – ​​who hesitantly approached his class for the first time 23 years ago, knowing no English at all – being celebrated for his writing, felt like “a miracle”, Lung said.

She bought a copy of her new book and “I wrote a note about how this book belongs to her more than anyone else,” Kochai said.

He told the story in a Twitter feed, which quickly amassed tens of thousands of likes, shares and comments. people responded with similar stories about teachers who have made a resounding difference in their lives.

“My father always used to say in Pashto that every child is a rocket full of fuel and it only takes one spark to fly up to the sky,” kochai wrote. “Ms. Lung, he said, was my spark.

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