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- 09/30/14--01:09: _BREAKING: Body is f...
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- 09/30/14--04:43: _Chelmsford murder i...
- 09/30/14--07:57: _Sainsbury's sorry o...
- 09/30/14--09:57: _Chelmsford body dis...
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- 10/01/14--00:53: _First trailer for '...
- 10/01/14--01:16: _Nik Nak's Weekly Te...
- 09/29/14--23:55: Firefighters free child trapped in climbing frame
- 09/30/14--00:40: Police hunt for Witham burglary suspect with "distinctive hair"
- 09/30/14--01:04: GP surgeries to open seven days a week as part of £400m investment
- 09/30/14--01:09: BREAKING: Body is found in flat in Broomfield Road, Chelmsford
- 09/30/14--02:27: What channel is Sporting Lisbon vs Chelsea on tonight?
- 09/30/14--03:37: Chelmsford cruise to second consecutive win
- 09/30/14--03:42: Composed Chelmsford Ladies secure their first win of the season
- 09/30/14--04:24: CCTV pictures of attempted burglary suspect in Braintree
- 09/30/14--07:57: Sainsbury's sorry over 'spend more' poster store gaffe
- 09/30/14--09:57: Chelmsford body discovery probe ongoing as neighbours tell of shock
- 09/30/14--10:06: Ello: Could new social network be alternative to Facebook?
- 10/01/14--00:32: End of the car tax disc: DVLA website crashes due to online demand
- 10/01/14--00:53: First trailer for 'Taken 3' released
- 10/01/14--01:16: Nik Nak's Weekly Teaser — 1st October, 2014: The Chinese Way
Firefighters had to rescue a child after he became stuck in a climbing frame in Chelmsford.
The five-year-old got his knee trapped between the frame and a pole in Eastern Crescent on Saturday at around 1pm.
One fire crew from Chelmsford was rushed to the boy's aid and the youngster was freed by 1.16pm.
He was unharmed by his ordeal.
THE editor-in-chief of the Sunday Mirror has apologised to two women after their unauthorised pictures were used in a sting that lead to the resignation of Braintree MP Brooks Newmark.
Lloyd Embley said sorry for the use by a freelance reporter who snatched an old Facebook photo of Malin Sahlén, a Swedish model, for a fictional Twitter account and a "sunbathing selfie" belonging to Charlene Tyler, 26, from Boston, Lincolnshire.
But he said the newspaper stood by the story by a freelance reporter who used the images to lure Brooks Newmark into sending explicit images of himself to a fake Tory PR called "Sophie Wittams".
Embley said there was a clear public interest because of Brooks Newmark's roles as minister for civil society and co-founder of Women2Win – an organisation aimed at attracting more Conservative women to parliament – but added that the investigation had been carried out before the Sunday Mirror's involvement and originally believed the images were posed by models with their agreement.
After being contacted by the newspaper about the publication of the story Mr Newmark, who has been Braintree MP for nine years , stepped down as minister for civil society – a post he was only given in a recent cabinet reshuffle.
The freelance journalist has since been named on Newsnight as Alex Wickham, who writes for the Guido Fawkes blog and writes a column for The Sun.
Maldon MP John Wittingdale, who is also chairman of the Commons media select committee, said yesterday he thinks the new press standards body, Ipso should investigate whether the story was in the public interest.
Conservative MP Mark Pritchard said he will be contacting the police over the sting investigation and today the chairman of Ipso said a probe was of "urgent public concern".
Sir Alan Moses said subterfuge could only be used as a "last resort".
Detectives would like to speak to anyone who may recognise this burglary suspect with "distinctive hair".
It is believed he may have been involved in a burglary which took place at a house in Laburnum Way, Witham.
It is alleged two men tried to force their way into the property at about 11.30am on Wednesday, September 24.
Nothing was taken but a window was smashed.
Anyone who recognises him is asked to contact DC Shelley Tarling at Braintree CID on Essex Police 101 or they can leave information anonymously via independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
By 2020 everyone in England will get access to GP services seven days a week, Prime Minister David Cameron has promised as part of a £400m investment.
The scheme is part of a fund set up last year to improve flexibility and mean GPs will also take care of patients outside of hospital and via Skype calls.
Announcing the plan at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, Mr Cameron told the BBC: "People need to be able to see their GP at a time that suits them and their family.
"That's why we will ensure everyone can see a GP seven days a week by 2020.
"We will also support thousands more GP practices to stay open longer - giving millions of patients better access to their doctor."
The plans will also form part of a new GP contract to be announced later today.
The British Medical Association has questioned whether extending opening hours is the best use of stretched NHS resources.
The Government has said practices around the country will be invited to bid for 2015/16 money to pay for the extended services and that extending seven day opening to all areas by 2020 will cost £400m, spread over the next five years.
A BODY has been found in a first floor flat in Broomfield Road, Chelmsford.
Police have cordoned off the junction of Railway Street and Broomfield Road, while investigations continue.
They have also taped off part of the car park next door to the Ship pub. It is believed a man's body was found in a flat above Sanctus, a cafe for the homeless and vulnerable.
A spokesman for Essex Police said: "Police are at a property in Broomfield Road, Chelmsford, after a body of a man was found.
"Officers were called just after 8.30am this morning, police attended the house and discovered the body. Enquiries continue."
More to follow.
Diego Costa is expected to start for Chelsea in their Group G Champions League match at Sporting Lisbon tonight.
The 25-year-old former Atletico Madrid striker has been playing with a hamstring injury but Joe Mourinho is expected to risk him after the 1-1 draw against Schalke.
Didier Drogba is also out, leaving Loic Remy as the only fit out and out striker available to play.
The Blues are looking to chalk up their first win of the Champions League campaign. Opponents Sporting Lisbon also started with a 1-1 draw against Slovenian side Maribor.
On-loan Manchester United signing Nani is expected to start.
Sporting Lisbon vs Chelsea is live on Sky Sports 5HD from 7pm. Kick off is at 7.45pm
A MURDER investigation has been launched and a suspect arrested after the discovery of a body in Chelmsford this morning (September 30).
The dead man, thought to be local to the area and in his 40s, was found in a first floor flat in Broomfield Road, at around 8.30am with "multiple injuries".
A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is in custody at Chelmsford Police Station.
PC Yari Forster said at the scene: "There is a body and it has been contained so far.
"CID have turned up and they are taking over."
Police have taped off part of the Chelmsford City Council West End car park next door to The Ship pub. It is thought the man's body was found in a flat above Sanctus, a cafe for the homeless and vulnerable.
Richard Turner, a temps controller at Reliance Employment two doors away from Sanctus, said: "A blonde woman who lives in the flat just shouted 'Is he dead? I can't look.'
"Someone answered out to her and she said 'Oh my god, someone call the police'.
"I came back into work and came back out later and they were all milling about outside."
DCI Martin Pasmore, who is leading the investigation, appealed for anyone with information to come forward.
He said: "I'm keen to speak to anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area. The victim was found with stab injuries in a property on a busy road and I would urge anyone with information to contact me."
Anyone with information should contact Essex Police on 101.
Indecent images of children have been found on the computer of a Southend school deputy headteacher who was recently found dead.
Martin Goldberg's body was discovered in his home on September 10, one day after he was visited by police officers investigating allegations that he had bought material online, from abroad, which may have included images of naked teenage boys.
The death is being treated as non-suspicious and has been passed to the coroner
The 46-year-old had not been arrested as officers considered that there was insufficient evidence to do so at the time.
Since then, investigations have unearthed images that appear to have come from a camera that was hidden in a bag inside his property.
This has been used to film male children undressing in the school's male changing rooms, in the changing rooms at Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre swimming pool in Southend and two other unidentified locations.
Seventy five of the images came from in the school's male changing rooms, which would be classified as indecent, have been recovered.
There are an additional 465 such images from the swimming pool and 38 from the other two locations.
An Essex Police spokesman said: "These are criminal offences of voyeurism under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
"Specialist detectives have identified four of these children and we have spoken to their parents to inform them of Mr Goldberg's actions.
"In the rest of the pictures their faces are not visible or the quality of the image is so poor that the children cannot be identified.
"Officers believe these images cover a time period from 2000 onwards and would appear to be of boys aged from nine to twelve."
The spokesman said there was no evidence to suggest he made any inappropriate contact with any of the childen
"The school has co-operated with our investigation and we have also found no evidence to suggest that anyone else was involved in Mr Goldberg's criminal activity.
There is also no information that he shared any of these images or that anyone else was aware of his offending.
Essex Police understands that this news may be extremely distressing to both parents and children and has set up a special number for people to call if they have any concerns or believe they have information that would assist the investigation.
A special number - 0800 056 0944, has been set up by police for those inside the UK or +44 207 158 0010 if they are outside of the UK.
Those concerned are also advised to contact Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Children's Services on 01702 534506, Essex Social Services on 0845 603 7630 or 0845 603 7634, Childline on 0800 11 11 or the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000
Chelmsford 1st XI 5
Felixstowe 1st XI 1
East Premier Group A
Scorers: Harry Rayner (3), Adam Hunter, Tom Woollatt
CHELMSFORD kicked off their home fixtures for the season at home to newly promoted Felixstowe. Still on a high from last week's result the mood of the team was buoyant.
Chelmsford started the game with their usual enthusiasm and looked to take control from the off. After several forays into each half Felixstowe won a short corner which was deflected up out of Chelmsford keeper James Stock's reach and into the net.
Felixstowe's hold on the lead was short lived as just moments after the re-start the scores were levelled when Chelmsford won a short corner of their own. Whilst the initial flick came from Harry Rayner, Tom Woollatt was on hand to deflect it past the wrong-footed keeper. In spite of further pressure from the home side, half time arrived with the scores level at 1-1.
The second half started with Chelmsford showing the sort of dominance that would be expected from an established Prem A side against a newly promoted side. However they found the Felixstowe keeper in fine form, consistently keeping out the many and varied Chelmsford attacks. The deadlock was broken when another short corner broke down, but Chelmsford maintained possession. Adam Hunter was on hand at the back post squeezing a well-aimed push into the back of the net.
Almost immediately from pushback Chelmsford stole the ball and CJ Mayes beat the defence and took on their keeper only to be fouled. Chelmsford were subsequently awarded a penalty flick, which Rayner stepped up and converted well to take a more comfortable 3-1 lead. Chelmsford then took complete control of the game, with Rayner grabbing his second this time from a short corner. His hat-trick was completed along with Chelmsford's fifth with a simple back-post tap-in. The score remained 5-1 win at the final whistle to ensure Chelmsford maintained a 100 per cent win record at the start of the season.
Next week Chelmsford are away at Cambridge University.
Chelmsford Ladies 1st XI 2
Bedford 1st XI 0
Investec EHL Conference East
Scorers: Hayley Heggie, Rebecca Budd
CHELMSFORD delivered a controlled and confident performance in this high-paced home game to secure their first win of the season.
A lively start from Bedford forced Chelmsford to concentrate on defence in the opening stages, with Bedford winning two short corners in the first ten minutes. As the game settled, Chelmsford's structure and fluent hockey gave them the opportunity of setting up their own goal attempts.
Good forward pressure and some swift action from Tori Clark outside the D set up a chance for Kate Robinson. A short corner followed but without score and two minutes later another short corner came Chelmsford's way, albeit unsuccessfully converted.
With the game opening up, Bedford rallied and mounted some pressure on the Chelmsford defence. But another foray, led by a great 25 metre run by Collette Ager, saw Rebecca Budd fouled in the D. This time Hayley Heggie took the initiative and slotted the short corner home for Chelmsford's deserved lead.
With Jess Bryan, Sian Waite and Ellie Smith on excellent form and the back line of Elsa Genovese, Heggie and Sophie Stock proving impenetrable, the pressure was maintained by Chelmsford but the half time break arrived without further addition to the score line.
Chelmsford did not allow Bedford to settle into any creative play after the restart and the solid midfield of Emer Acton and Julia Butterworth built attacking moves through to the forwards. After eight minutes Budd picked up the ball in the D with only the Bedford goalkeeper to beat. A double take by Budd foxed the keeper and the ball was calmly knocked into the net for Chelmsford's second and a score line more reflective of Chelmsford's control of the match.
Good organisation by Chelmsford and some accurate ball work ensured Chelmsford remained resilient against Bedford's rally late in the game. As the match closed Chelmsford retained control to ensure the points came to Chelmer Park.
Chelmsford's next game is at Ipswich on Saturday October 4 with pushback at 6pm.
A MAN was seen climbing over a gate then trying to break into a house and a shed in Braintree.
The attempted burglary happened in Station Road at about 4pm on Tuesday, September 2.
A suspect described as white, tall, slim and aged between 40 and 50 was seen at the rear of the property where he tried unsuccessfully to break into an outbuilding and the ground floor window of the house.
He was said to have dark hair but 'bald on top' and was wearing a dark top, blue jeans and white trainers and was carrying a black record bag.
A man of a similar description was seen on CCTV a few streets away. He was heading towards Braintree town centre.
Investigating officer DC Michael Pannell said: "We would like to hear from the man or anyone who can identify him to establish whether he had been in Station Road."
Detectives have issued two CCTV images of a man they wish to talk to in connection with the incident.
Anyone who can help should contact DC Pannell or his colleagues at Braintree CID on 101.
Essex Police were passed information which suggested Martin Goldberg had bought videos of naked boys several months before they paid him a visit, it has emerged.
Nick Alston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said suspicions that he had bought the material online originally came from Canada. Police in Toronto then told Essex Police in late November last year.
Essex Police officers first visited him on September 9.
Mr Alston said his first impressions were that something "had gone badly wrong here".
He said: "It is important that we understand why it took nine months for the force to act on this information. There may be valid reasons but we deserve an explanation.
"I am greatly concerned to learn that evidence gathered by Essex Police strongly suggests that Martin Goldberg was covertly filming boys at various locations, including a public swimming bath.
"I am a parent and a grandparent, and I share the shock, concern and anger that people in our communities are feeling about Goldberg's behaviour.
"Essex Police is still investigating the extent of Goldberg's activity, and I understand there is currently no evidence of child abuse involving physical contact.
He added: "There is also currently no evidence that photographs that he took were shared with other people. I am thankful for both those reassurances but taking photographs or filming video of naked or partially naked young boys is a clear and absolute violation. This is abusive behaviour.
"Essex Police has referred aspects of this case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, and I expect the independent watchdog to investigate thoroughly and rigorously. It would be wrong of me to pre-empt the findings of that investigation, but my initial judgement is that it is likely that something has gone badly wrong here, including possibly in the original assessment and review by CEOP.
A POLICE helicopter above a Chelmsford park this afternoon (September 30) is related to an ongoing murder investigation in the city started this morning, Essex Police has confirmed.
A 29-year-old man has already been arrested on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a body in a flat on Broomfield Road, Chelmsford at 8.30am, above TJ's Sandwich Shop.
The victim, thought to be in his 40s, suffered what police have described as "multiple injuries".
Essex Police said the police helicopter, which has been spotted over Admirals Park this afternoon, was being used as part of the investigation.
They would not divulge who, or what, they were looking for at this stage.
Sainsbury's has apologised after a poster appeared in the window of one of its supermarkets appearing to encourage staff to get customers to spend more.
The sign set staff a target to encourage customers to shell out at least 50p on every shopping trip.
The notice, on the Stratford store, was posted on Twitter by passer-by Chris Dodd and has since gone viral on social media.
A spokesman for Sainsbury's said: "We often use posters to make store targets fun and achievable for our colleagues.
"They are intended for colleague areas in the store, but this one was mistakenly put on public display."
The poster has since been taken down.
A 29-year-old man is still being quizzed by police over the suspected murder of a Chelmsford man found dead in accommodation for the homeless.
The dead man was found at about 8.30am this morning (Tuesday, September 30) in his first floor flat above Sanctus café, a refuge for the homeless and vulnerable, in Broomfield Road.
The victim, who would have celebrated his 40th birthday this Saturday, was found with multiple stab wounds.
Neighbouring shopkeepers in Broomfield Road expressed their shock today as officers continued to man a cordoned off section of Railway Street and the city council West End car park.
"I was very surprised and very shocked when I found out what had happened," said Gulam Mustafa, who is opening up Sahara Grill restaurant with his father next door to Sanctus.
"Just really shocked and surprised. We haven't found any problems before at Santus before during the time we've been here, it's quite a nice place."
A worker at Broomfield Opticians, who asked to remain anonymous, said: "It's horrible that it has happened but I'm sure anyone would think the same.
"They're people in need in Sanctus and they don't need to have this sort of trouble."
Anyone with information should contact Essex Police on 101.
A new social media network - pitching itself as an anti-Facebook - is growing in popularity, according to technology experts.
Ello, currently in an invites-only beta stage, carries no advertising, and boasts a minimalist template style - in stark contrast to developments on the dominant social media platform.
It intends to make money by selling advanced features to current users rather than hosting adverts.
In a statement, the website says: Every post you share, every friend you make and every link you follow is tracked, recorded and converted into data. Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads.
"You are the product that's bought and sold.
"Collecting and selling your personal data, reading your posts to your friends, and mapping your social connections for profit is both creepy and unethical.
"Under the guise of offering a 'free' service, users pay a high price in intrusive advertising and lack of privacy.
"We also think ads are tacky, that they insult our intelligence and that we're better without them."
The site's minimalist style is also in direct contrast to Facebook, with large pictures complemented by small text and a black and white colour theme.
However, with a minimal style comes a lack of options. It appears all you can do is post pictures and make comments, with a long way to go until it matches the interactivity of Facebook and Twitter
WITHAM Town's winning run came to an end after Ryman Premier leaders Maidstone United beat them 3-1.
Frannie Collin had put the Stones into the lead before Lee Townrow equalised just before half-time.
But Collin's second-half penalty and a Jay May header sealed the three points to leave Witham 18th in the league.
Witham got the ball down well early and settled into the game much quicker than the Stones. The first opportunity fell to the home side in the 12th minute when James Stevens played a lovely sweeping ball out to Tom Wraight. He cut outside the right-back Jamie Coyle, but Stones' keeper Lee Worgan saved his shot low to his right.
Maidstone got themselves into the game and gradually saw more of the ball. Their first big chance came in the 31st minute when Matt Bodkin played it out to Frannie Collin on the right wing. The striker then whipped in a cross across the floor but Alex Flisher was only able to guide it wide.
But after not causing much threat, Maidstone grabbed the lead in the 41st minute through Collin. Jack Parkinson fed the striker on the edge of the box who turned and fired in a shot past Guest into the bottom corner.
But the lead would last just two minutes after Maidstone failed to deal with a ball into the box. Worgan came out to punch but only put it into the path of Ryan Blackman. He fired in a shot that Lee Townrow cheekily back-heeled to divert past Worgan and make it 1-1.
Maidstone came out in the second half strongly, with Guest being forced into a fantastic early save. Flisher picked up the ball in the six-yard box and poked the ball towards goal. The Witham keeper got down brilliantly to his right and held on to the ball with Stones players bearing down on him.
Guest then made another great save in the 59th minute, this time from Sonny Miles. A long throw from Flisher found the centre-back on the six-yard box, who guided it towards goal. But Guest did well again to get down to his left and hold on to the ball.
Witham then had a big penalty shout turned down when Lewis Godbold appeared to be brought down in the box. The whole team appealed, including the bench, but referee Nigel Phillips waved it away.
Flisher then missed a golden opportunity to put the Stones in the lead. Guest rushed out to clear a ball over the top, but he missed it and took out John Watson. Flisher sprinted towards goal with three Maidstone players in support, but he decided to shoot, which Conor Mead did brilliantly to deflect wide.
But from the subsequent corner the visitors were awarded a penalty. The ball came in to Flisher and seemed to be tripped in the box, with the referee pointing to the spot. Collin stepped up and calmly sent Guest the wrong way to regain the lead.
Maidstone then made it three and effectively put the game to bed. Collin spread the ball wide right to Bodkin, who then sent in a lovely ball into the middle. Substitute May was left unmarked and headed past a helpless Guest.
Witham Town: Guest, Mead, Watson, Stopher, King (Smith 49'), Blackman (Pedulu 82'), Emmanuel, Stevens, Townrow, Godbold (Robinson 72'), Wraight
Subs not used: Murfet, Clowsley
Bookings: King (45+2), Stopher (52'), Smith (64'), Blackman (75')
Goals: Townrow (43')
Maidstone United: Worgan, Coyle, Mills, Watt, Miles, Rogers, Bodkin (Brown 85'), Parkinson, Greenhalgh (May 66'), Collin (Jordan 82'), Flisher
Subs not used: Swift, Godmon
Goals: Collin (41', 70'), May (77')
Booking: Watt (90+5)
Referee: Nigel Phillips
Car tax discs have been consgned to history after 93 years following changes to the UK car tax system.
But those attempting to log on to renew their discs online have been experiencing delays, due to an "unprecedented level of demand" according to the DVLA.
An additional 30,000 people visited the site compared to the same day last year.
People who need to renew their tax urgently are advised to do so at a Post Office instead.
The paper discs will no longer have to be displayed although the remaining months on the disc will still count and the DVLA will send motorists reminders when their current tax is due to expire.
The change will now enable motorists to pay for their car tax through Direct Debit in the form of monthly, 6-monthly or annual payments.
For more information about the change visit www.gov.uk/government/news/vehicle-tax-changes
Liam Neeson will return to screens for the third instalment of the 'Taken' films early next year and fans have been given taster of the film after the first trailer was released.
The trailer for 'Taken 3' – or 'Tak3n' to give it its updated title, shows Neeson starring as ex-secret service killing machine Bryan Mills who is on the run after being framed for the murder of his wife (played by Famke Janssen).
Mills must evade the authorities including Forest Whitaker, who plays the cop assigned to track him down, for long enough to find his wife's real killers.
Olivier Magaton, who directed 'Taken 2', returns to helm the latest instalment and Maggie Grace reprises her role as Mills' daughter Kim.
The film is currently scheduled to be released on 8 January 2015.
Pinch and a punch: it's the National Day of China. And when I wrote that, it was vaguely funny: rather than topical…
Q1)1st October is the national day of China: what's the official name of mainland China?
Q2)The holiday is also celebrated in two Special Administrative Regions: former European colonies in China. One is Macau. What's the other?
Q3)The holiday marks the founding of modern China. In which year of the 1940s?
Q4)The day isn't observed in the Republic Of China. The Republic Of China is better known as what?
Q5)Mainland China's founding father was Chairman Mao: what's his full name?
Q6)What's China's capital city?
Q7)What's mainland China's biggest city: by population?
Q8)Standard Chinese is the official version of the language: it's based on which version of Chinese … ?
Q9)Oo-long, Pu-erh and Kuding are all types of Chinese what?
Q10)Finally … the last Imperial dynasty of China — the Qing Dynasy — ended in which year: 1910, 1911 or 1912?
Q1)Sunset of the 24th September, 2014, marks the start of the Jewish New Year. The traditional name for the festival is Rosh … what … ?
Q2)The phrase translates as the what of the Year: head, tail or stomach?
Q3)The festival is in which month of the Jewish calendar: Tishrei, Cheshvan or Kislev?
Q4)One traditional Hebrew equivalent to the phrase 'Happy New Year,' is 'Shana Tova'. 'Shana Tova' roughly translates as 'Have a' what: good year, bad year or long year?
Q5)'Shana Tova' is usually used by Ashkenazi Jews. The Ashkenazi lived where: the Roman Empire, the Holy Roman Empire or the Byzantine Empire?
Q6)By contrast, Sephardic Jews lived in two southern European countries. Name either.
Q7)Many Orthodox Jews have a 'Mikva' on the Jewish New Year. A Mikva is a ritual what: bath, meal or glass of wine?
Q8)Traditionally, the New Year sees the ritual blowing of the Shofar. The shofar is a wind instrument made from the horn of what: bull, ram or toad?
Q9)The rituals for the Jewish New Year are recorded in the Mishnah and in the Oral Torah. The Written Torah are the first books of the Jewish Bible. How many books: five, seven or nine?
Q10)Finally … Christianity has vicars and pastors, Islam has Imams. Who leads Jewish religious services … ?
A5)The Holy Roman Empire.
A6)Spain or Portugal.
A7)A ritual bath.
A9)Five. (Which is why it's called the Pentateuch in English)
A10)The Rabbi. (There's also a cantor: who's the singer who leads the hymns at a synagogue service.)
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