FRIDAY “D” DAY: Who will win the groups in Serbia?

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsFriday is the last day of WWCh 2013 Preliminary Round. All 24 teams will be on the courts in four cities from Nis to Zrenjanin:GROUP A (Belgrade)16:15 Congo – Dominican Republic18:30 France – South Korea20:45 Montenegro – NetherlandsGROUP B (Nis)15.45 Japan – Algeria18:00 Serbia – China20:15 Denmark – BrazilGROUP C (Zrenjanin)15:45 Argentina – Paraguay18:00 Angola – Spain20:15 Norway – PolandGROUP D (Novi Sad)14:45 Tunisia – Australia17:00 Hungary – Germany19:15 Romania – Czech Republic Related Items:serbia 2013, WWCH 2013 ShareTweetShareShareEmail GOLDEN DAY: Serbia or Brazil? Denmark and Brazil – In battle for the final! Click to comment Recommended for you CHAMPION GOES HOME: Serbian girls in the semi-finals! 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.last_img read more

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Secretary of State Condos releases official results of the historic 2018 General Election

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Today Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos announced the official results of the Vermont 2018 General Election held on Tuesday, November 6. The 2018 General Election set a record for most votes cast in a Vermont midterm election, with 278,230 voters casting ballots out of 490,074 registered voters. Vermont’s number of registered voters is also at an all-time high.Vote totals and winners for all federal and statewide offices were certified yesterday by Secretary Condos and a designee from each of Vermont’s three major parties (Democratic, Republican and Progressive). Vote totals and winners for County office, State Senate, and State Representative were canvassed at the town and county level.Official election results for the November 6th General Election can be viewed online at the Secretary of State’s website.(link is external)“Election Day here in Vermont was a shining example of what healthy democracy looks like,” said Secretary Condos. “The civil discourse among candidates, high voter turnout, and implementation of policies and practices preserving voter rights and access that we saw on Election Day are all reasons to be proud.”“Ensuring the integrity and accuracy of our Vermont elections is critical to our democratic process, and to voter confidence in that process,” said Secretary Condos. “That’s why we use paper ballots and conduct a post-election audit after every General Election. We want to ensure that there are no anomalies between official results and audited results, and want to give Vermonters peace of mind in the integrity of our elections.”The 2018 General Election Audit will take place at 10:00AM on Thursday, November 29th at the Pavilion Auditorium, located at 109 State Street(link is external) in Montpelier. Members of the public and the press are invited and encouraged to attend.Audit procedure includes a top to bottom audit of every race on each ballot cast in a randomly sampled 5% of voting precincts in Vermont, conducted by an independent third-party contractor. Vermont towns are required to seal and save ballots for 22 months following an election.The towns randomly selected for audit of 2018 General Election results are Westford (Chittenden 8-3), Mount Holly (Rutland-Windsor 2), Pittsford (Rutland 6), Hardwick (Caledonia 2), Cavendish (Windsor 2), Arlington (Bennington 4) and Glover (Orleans-Caledonia). These towns represent a geographically diverse sampling and include 6 towns which conduct vote counting by optical scan tabulator and 1 which conducts hand counts.Source: Secretary of State 11.14.2018last_img read more

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Vermont State Colleges System and VELCO team up to offer free Wi-Fi on campuses

first_imgVermont State Colleges,Vermont Electric Power Company (Velco),Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont State Colleges System (VSCS) announced that it has partnered with Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) to offer free Wi-Fi to the general public on the campuses of Northern Vermont University, Castleton University and Vermont Technical College. The move is designed to support Vermonters living in areas where connectivity is anything but universal and comes at a time when more Vermonters are working and learning remotely due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.Designated areas will be available for public use daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. All Wi-Fi hotspots will provide safe, socially distanced and tobacco-free spaces for 20 to 30 simultaneous users to access the internet.“Providing economic and educational opportunities for our neighbors in more rural and routinely underserved areas of our state is a foundational tenet of the VSCS,” said Sophie Zdatny, Interim Chancellor. “We also know that connectivity is essential for even basic functions, such as remote work, paying bills, reading the news and staying in touch with loved ones. We are pleased to be part of this program and hope this service makes a difference in our communities.”The Wi-Fi locations and information are posted on the Department of Public Service’s Public Hotspot Map(link is external), which serves as a central listing service for all free Wi-Fi locations throughout the state. VELCO provided and installed the equipment necessary to expand the number of users who could log on to the systems at the same time. According to Tom Dunn, VELCO President and CEO, the organization has strong ties to the Vermont State Colleges system, with some 30 employees having graduated from VSCS schools.“VELCO is grateful to the Vermont State Colleges for their work to help expand broadband service to more Vermonters. Our Company seeks out partners who share a common commitment to serve some of our most challenged communities better, especially during the current pandemic,” said Dunn. “Once they were alerted to the collaborative opportunity, the VSCS team delivered and helped make this exciting opportunity a reality. While I am impressed, I am certainly not surprised. No one knows better than the Vermont State Colleges how to meet rural community needs.” Source: MONTPELIER, VT – The Vermont State Colleges System 7.1.2020last_img read more

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News Scan for Jan 15, 2014

first_imgChicken-linked prison Salmonella cases grow to 9A Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak at a Tennessee prison has grown to nine cases, and investigators are probing 19 infections caused by the same strain in 12 other states to see if they are linked to the outbreak, which has been tied to chicken products from Tyson Foods.As of Jan 13, two of the nine cases have required hospitalization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in an update yesterday. The outbreak total is two more than reported by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Jan 10. At that time the agency announced that Tyson had voluntarily recalled almost 34,000 pounds of mechanically separated chicken linked to the outbreak.”Epidemiologic and traceback investigations conducted by Tennessee and federal officials indicate that consumption of Tyson brand mechanically separated chicken is the likely source of the outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg infections at the Tennessee correctional facility,” the CDC said in its update.The recalled products were sold to institutions but not to consumers, the CDC said. The affected Tennessee prisoners became ill either Nov 28 or 29, the agency added.The strain involved in the outbreak is commonly reported to PulseNet, the national molecular subtyping network for identifying foodborne bacteria. The CDC is investigating whether the 19 cases from other states match the outbreak strain.Jan 14 CDC update Jan 13 CIDRAP News scan on USDA notice Fungal eye infections in 2012 traced to compounded productsIn 2012, 47 people in nine states developed fungal eye infections from two contaminated ophthalmic products after invasive eye procedures, resulting in at least some vision loss in almost all patients, according to a report today in Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID).CDC, state, and local public health professionals identified 47 cases of endophthalmitis, a rare, serious eye infection, beginning in March 2012. Of them, 21 had been exposed to the intraocular dye Brilliant Blue G (BBG) during retinal surgery, and 26 had received an injection containing triamcinolone acetonide. Both products were produced by Franck’s Compounding Lab in Ocala, Fla.The team identified Fusarium incarnatum-equiseti mold in specimens from BBG-exposed patients and an unopened BBG vial. They confirmed Bipolaris hawaiiensis mold in specimens from triamcinolone-exposed patients.They said that exposure to either product was the only factor associated with the outbreak. Of 40 patients for whom data were available, 39 (98%) lost vision to at least some degree.Franck’s recalled its BBG on Mar 9, 2012, and triamcinolone on Mar 31, 2012. On May 25 of that year, the company suspended all compounding services and announced a recall of all sterile compounded products distributed from Nov 21, 2011, to May 21, 2012, in response to an investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that revealed fungal growth in Franck’s clean room.The EID authors noted that the FDA had investigated Franck’s twice before.Jan 15 EID report Novartis tests sublingual flu vaccine in miceNovartis researchers reported this week that a sublingual (under the tongue) influenza vaccine compared well with a conventional intramuscular flu vaccine in generating immune responses in mice.Writing in Vaccine, the researchers said they assessed the mucosal and systemic immune responses of mice to a sublingual flu vaccine formulated with or without a mucosal adjuvant called LTK63. They compared the sublingual vaccine with both intramuscular and intranasal vaccines.”Sublingual administration of adjuvanted influenza vaccine elicited comparable antibody titers to those elicited by intramuscular immunization with conventional influenza vaccine,” they wrote.In addition, the sublingual vaccine elicited antigen-specific immunoglobulin A with neutralizing activity, contributing to protection against flu, they said. Also, the adjuvanted form of the vaccine generated certain CD4+ T cells that may play a role in fighting influenza.”Sublingual delivery of an adjuvanted subunit influenza vaccine could be an effective alternative to conventional intramuscular vaccines,” the report says.Jan 13 Vaccine abstract  Novel paramyxovirus found in field biologist returning from AfricaA wildlife biologist who became severely sick after returning from a 6-week African field expedition that included handling rodents and bats and collecting their blood and tissues was found to have been infected with a novel paramyxovirus related to rubula-like viruses isolated from fruit bats, according to a separate EID report.The 25-year-old experienced a fever, malaise, headache, generalized myalgia and arthralgia, neck stiffness, and a sore throat 5 days after returning to the United States. She was hospitalized and during her stay developed a maculopapular rash on her back and arms.While on her trip to South Sudan and Uganda she had handled animals in traps and mist nets, performed dissections, collected blood and tissues, and visited caves with large populations of bats. She said she sometimes used respiratory protection when working with animals and specimens and wore a respirator while in caves.After health workers ruled out several suspect conditions such as hematophagocytic syndrome and viral hemorrhagic fever, deep sequencing and metagenomic analysis revealed a novel paramyxovirus related to rubula-like viruses that had been previously isolated from fruit bats. The genus Rubulavirus contains both mumps and parainfluenza viruses.The authors named the new virus Sosuga (a combination of South Sudan and Uganda) and said it most likely originated in bats; they said efforts to detect it in African bats are under way.Jan 15 EID case reportlast_img read more

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News Scan for Mar 20, 2017

first_imgSaudi MOH: 2 new MERS cases, 3 deathsThe Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health (MOH) reported two new cases of MERS and three deaths in previously reported patients in recent days. Both of the new cases were linked to camel contact.A 63-year-old Saudi man from Badr was diagnosed as having MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) infection on Mar 16. He is in stable condition, and had direct contact with camels. On the same day, the MOH said that a 67-year-old Riyadh man had passed away from the disease. He had preexisting disease.On Mar 17, the MOH said a 54-year-old Saudi man in Jeddah had died from MERS. Finally, on Mar 18 a 20-year-old expatriate man in Hafar Al Batin died from MERS after having direct contact with camels.So far Saudi Arabia has reported 1,580 MERS-CoV cases, 659 of them fatal, since the virus was first detected in humans in 2012. Ten people are still being treated for their infections, the MOH said.Mar 16 MOH report Mar 17 MOH report Mar 18 MOH report CDC reports 15 new drug-resistant Salmonella cases, ends investigationThe investigation into a multistate outbreak of multidrug-resistant (MDR) Salmonella Heidelberg infections tied to contact with dairy bull calves is now over after the pathogen sickened at least 36 people, hospitalizing 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.The update includes 15 new cases, including 5 hospitalizations, since the CDC first reported the outbreak on Nov 28, 2016. Illness-onset dates go back to Jan 27, 2015, with the latest being Jan 16 of this year. All but 8 of the patients, though, fell ill in June 2016 or later. Patients range in age from less than 1 year to 72 years, with a median of 18 years.Ten states reported cases, with Wisconsin (15), Missouri (6), Minnesota (4), and South Dakota (4) having the most. No deaths were reported.”This outbreak investigation is over,” the CDC said. “However, infections in calves continue to be reported and people can still get a Salmonella infection from contact with livestock.” The agency recommends washing hands thoroughly with soap and water immediately after contacting livestock or its surroundings, among other disease-prevention steps.Among all 36 outbreak patients, 25 (69%) reported contact with dairy bull calves or other cattle before becoming sick. Some of the patients said they fell ill after their dairy bull calves became sick or died. The outbreak strain was identified in one patient’s dairy calves.All isolates tested from patients proved to be MDR. All five isolates tested were resistant to amoxicillin-clavulanic acid, ampicillin, cefoxitin, ceftriaxone, streptomycin, sulfisoxazole, and tetracycline and showed reduced susceptibility to ciprofloxacin. All, however, were susceptible to azithromycin, gentamicin, and meropenem. Four of the five isolates were also resistant to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, and two of these were resistant to chloramphenicol and nalidixic acid.Mar 20 CDC final update Nov 28, 2016, CIDRAP News scan on original notice PAHO reports 7,000 new chikungunya cases, mostly in BrazilThree weeks’ worth of new data from Brazil helped boost the chikungunya total in the Americas this year by 7,091 cases, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) noted in an update late last week.The case count for 2017 has now reached 12,244, PAHO said in its Mar 17 update.Brazil, reporting new cases through late February, added 6,540 confirmed and suspected cases, raising its 2017 total to 10,294. Bolivia reported the next-highest increase as it noted its first 242 cases of the year. Nicaragua had 110 new cases and 317 total, while Paraguay reported 85 new infections, bringing its 2017 total to 508 cases.The outbreak began in late 2013 on the Caribbean island of St. Martin and has now sickened at least 2,399,237 people.Mar 17 PAHO update TB/HIV co-infections up 40% in Europe over past 5 yearsAccording to new data released today by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), co-infection of tuberculosis (TB) and HIV has risen 40% in Europe over the past 5 years, despite overall decreases of TB cases. The news comes ahead of World TB Day, on Mar 24.The ECDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) said that new TB cases and deaths in the 53 countries of the WHO European Region declined each year by 4.3% and 8.5%, respectively, from 2011 through 2015, but that trend was not reflected in at-risk populations. Among drug users, HIV-positive people, and the homeless, TB rates increased during the same period.”The flare-up of TB/HIV co-infections from 2011 to 2015, together with persistently high rates of drug-resistant tuberculosis, seriously threaten progress made towards ending TB, the goal that European and world leaders have committed to achieve by 2030,” says Zsuzsanna Jakab, MD, WHO regional director for Europe, in a press release.TB is a leading killer of those with HIV/AIDs. In 2015, there were 2 million cases of HIV in Europe. According to the WHO, people with HIV are seven times more likely to fail treatment for TB or perish from either disease. Mar 20 ECDC/WHO statement Mar 20 ECDC World TB Day release Study: Following up on negative urine cultures aids antibiotic stewardshipBetter follow-up of negative urine cultures substantially reduced the number of antibiotic days among pediatric urgent care patients, according to a new study in Pediatrics. The authors say the findings highlight empiric antibiotic treatment of urinary tract infection (UTI) in children as an important target for antibiotic stewardship.For the study, researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH)—an academic children’s hospital in Columbus, Ohio, with a network of urgent care centers—set out to develop and implement a protocol for follow-up management on negative urine culture results. The purpose was to reduce inappropriate antibiotic exposure in patients with acute UTI at their urgent care centers. UTI is a common infection in children, but because physicians have to wait up to 48 hours for urine culture results, they frequently prescribe empiric antibiotic therapy based on symptoms. Prior to the study, NCH had no consistent mechanism in place to follow up on negative culture results and discontinue unnecessary antibiotic therapy.The protocol standardized a process in which a nurse reviews the urine culture result and forwards a negative result to a physician, who then decides if antibiotic discontinuation is appropriate based on the results and clinical presentation. The nurse then notifies the patient or caregiver of the recommendation, and the physician documents the discontinuation of the antibiotics in the electronic medical record.During the study period (July 2013 through December 2015), 910 patients received empiric antibiotic therapy for UTIs but had negative urine culture results. Among these patients, the rate of documented antibiotic discontinuation following a negative urine culture rose from a baseline mean of 4% to a mean of 84%, avoiding 3,429 (40%) of 8,648 antibiotic days prescribed. In addition, of the 46 patients who returned to an NCH urgent care center after antibiotic discontinuation, none were subsequently diagnosed as having a UTI.”Our results highlight an essential opportunity in outpatient settings to introduce quality and stewardship measures for UTI management that will affect many patients and avoid a substantial number of antibiotic days,” the authors write. Mar 16 Pediatrics study New AMR diagnostic tool outperforms competitors in analysisA new diagnostic tool that identifies antimicrobial resistance (AMR) genes directly from paired sequencing reads outperformed other diagnostic tools in a new study in bioRxiv, a preprint server.The tool, called ARIBA (Antimicrobial Resistance Identification by Assembly), uses a combined mapping/alignment and targeted local assembly approach to identify AMR genes and their variants efficiently and accurately from paired sequencing reads. This approach is considered less limited than other widely used diagnostic tools that either align sequencing reads to a set of reference genes or search for reference gene matches in de novo assembled sequences.In head-to-head comparisons with the diagnostic tools SRST2 and KmerResistance, ARIBA was found to be just as accurate in identifying resistance genes in Enterococcus faecium and Shigella sonnei but was also able to identify and classify variants involved in AMR. In addition, it was able to report the presence of variants, and interpret their consequences, in Neisseria gonorrhea isolates. ARIBA was also faster and required fewer computational resources.ARIBA was developed by researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Mar 18 bioRxiv abstractlast_img read more

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Guy Edington Appointed Director of Technology at Standards Testing Labs

first_imgDeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  MASSILLON, OH — Standards Testing Laboratories, Inc. (STL), an independent testing facility for tires, wheels and related automotive components, has named Guy Edington as director of technology. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Edington will serve as STL’s technical representative to key industry organizations, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), ASTM International and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). His responsibilities also include developing technical training and implementing sales and marketing initiatives. Edington has more than 35 years of experience in the tire industry, having spent the last 14 years serving as the managing director for KUMHO America Technical Center where he headed KUMHO’s North American research and development efforts. Prior to his role at KUMHO, he spent 22 years at Continental General Tire in the product development department. “We couldn’t be happier to have Guy join our team and share his expertise after spending more than three decades in the industry,” said Cheryl Schnuth, vice president, marketing, Standards Testing Laboratories. “His range of experience — from product testing to budgeting projects — will help STL remain a leader in tire testing.” A graduate of The Ohio State University, Edington holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. He is currently a member of ASTM International and SAE. For more information about Standards Testing Laboratories, go to: http://www.stllabs.com.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

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RICS to BRICS: CEO Sean Tompkins journeys to Brazil

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Train to nowhere

first_imgAndrew Sutherland is quite correct – and accurately describes my route into the profession. What he does not say is that, certainly in my day, I believe there was no alternative to attending courses with the excellent College of Law either at Guildford or Lancaster Gate. One could say that the problems started when other providers were authorised to provide such training courses, and the numbers grew in excess of the availability of either the need for solicitors or training contracts. If, as Mr Sutherland says, the training contract (under whatever name you give it) had to be in place first, you would not have the common situation of law students taking on further debts attending courses which lead them nowhere. Simon Howell, Cumberland Ellis, London WC1last_img read more

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Martin takes on all comers to win

first_img(L to R) Robert Cross & Peter Grey.PSC Growling Swan Golf, played out of “Bogey’s Bar & Grill”Thursday, Jan 23 Emerald G.C. StablefordEleven golfers took up the challenge and travelled out to have a crack at Emerald Golf Course. Usually a good course but from time to time it can be a bit dry.The course as it played was in good nic, all in all it wasn’t too bad. Yet again there was nobody on the course, we virtually had it to ourselves. Weather was good to us yet again but as the day got longer it did heat up and became a little uncomfortable but at the end of the day it is Thailand and we know that it can get hot. We were playing one flight only and again with all novelties in play, would love to be in a position to play more than the one flight.Well to say the result was close would be an understatement and the scores were pretty good as well. Both Martin Kempton and Robert Cross returned with 41 points. To the countback to sort this out and as it turned out 1 point (on the back nine) was the difference between the two of them. Third spot again had to be referred to the countback. After both golfers returned with 39 points, it was Paul Sharples who got the nod from Dave Maw. Loading…Sponsored ContentA Little Cafe For Animal Lovers That You Will Never Want To LeaveBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Rechargingcenter_img Winners from Emerald GC1st Martin Kempton (12) 41pts.2nd Robert Cross (26) 41pts.3rd Paul Sharples & Dave Maw (18) 39 pts.Near pins: #5 JJ Harney, #7 Keith Buchanan, #13 Robert Cross, & #15 Paul Sharples.Long first putt: Both 9 & 18 to Martin Kempton.last_img read more

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Sign-up for 2017 Jackalope Open

first_imgThe 19th Annual Canadian Jackalope Open will be held on August 4 at Burapha Golf & Country Club.  The courses to be played are Augusta and Belfrywith the field limited to 128 players.  Format is stableford with a shotgun start at 12 noon.Entry fee of THB 3500 includes green fee, caddy fee, golf cart fee, 19th anniversary shirt, giveaways, and Canadian Caesars kick starters at sign up, on the course and the evening buffet.  A limited open bar is once again offered this year, but bring your own bottle is recommended, corkage and mixers are provided free of charge.For more information or to sign up, contact John Emmerson at [email protected], Rob Kennedy at rkennedy [email protected] or Mark Gorda [email protected]last_img read more

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