Lombardi Awards to honor the county’s best linemen

first_imgEATONTOWN — Football linemen will take their turn in the spotlight on March 3. That’s when the Rotary Clubs of Monmouth County present the 33rd annual Vince Lombardi Awards Dinner at the Sheraton Hotel, Eatontown. This is the one night that linemen, who usually perform in anonymity, get to shine. The Lombardi Award, named for the legendary Green Bay Packers coach, honors the outstanding scholastic linemen who best exemplify the traditions and ideals of Lombardi. In choosing the players who are selected for the Block of Granite trophy, coaches and their staff consider the following: discipline, courage, endurance, desire, ability and performance. Dave Jennings, former NFL punter for the New York Giants and Jets and current football analyst, will serve as the master of ceremonies. Lombardi, who led the Packers to five NFL championships including the first two Super Bowls in the 1960s, first gained fame as a member of the 1936 Fordham University offensive line that was nicknamed the Seven Blocks of Granite. The trophy that the county’s linemen receive is symbolic of that line on which Lombardi played right guard. The 2005 Vince Lombardi Outstanding Lineman Award winners are: Thomas Carpenter, Colts Neck; David Owens, Freehold Borough; Andrew Miller, Freehold Township; Kevin Waldron, Holmdel; Matthew Hehner, Howell; Nick Johnson, Keyport; Manny Navarro, Long Branch; Jordan Andrews, Manalapan; Jared Blumetti, Marlboro; Daniel Robinson, Matawan; Steven Sansone, Middletown North; Thomas Nicoles, Middletown South; Michael Dooney, Monmouth Regional; Joseph Siciliano, Ocean Township; Matthew Dempsey, Raritan; Mario Fragale, Red Bank Catholic; Gene Kaskiw, Red Bank Regional; Alex LaMagdelaine, Rumson-Fair Haven; Brian Wrubel. Shore Regional; and Glen Geraghty, St. John Vianney. Other awards to be presented include Coach of the Year, Team of the Year and the John Tuggle Award. Funds raised from the dinner will aid in the fight against cancer (Lombardi died of cancer in 1970), support the 64 health and human service agencies the United Way of Monmouth County assists and will also aid in supporting the Rotary’s Haiti Project. Cost for the evening, which includes reception, silent and live auctions, raffles, dinner and the awards program, is $50 per person. For reservations or additional information, call the United Way of Monmouth County at (732) 938-5988.last_img read more

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Three debutants for PNG league team

first_imgDeparting North Queensland Cowboys playmaker Kyle Laybutt, who made his NRL debut last year, is set to compete with Watson Boas for chance to partner Lachlan Lam in the halves.South Logan Magpies centre Daniel Russell gets his chance in the senior PNG squad, having previously turned out for a Queensland PNG representative side, while fullback Edene Gebbie is one of eight PNG Hunters players in the 18-man squad.PNG Hunters captain Ase Boas, who was a late call-up for the Pacific Test in June, has missed selection after an indifferent season with the Port Moresby club while Burleigh Bears prop Luke Page is another notable absentee.Hunters winger Junior Rau remains suspended after a dangerous throw in the team’s season-ending loss to the Central Queensland Capras.PNG squad:Daniel Russell – South Logan Magpies, David Mead – Catalans Dragons, Edene Gebbie – PNG Hunters, Enock Maki – PNG Hunters, James Segeyaro – Cronulla Sharks, Justin Olam – Melbourne Storm, Kyle Laybutt – North Queensland Cowboys, Lachlan Lam – Sydney Roosters, Moses Meninga – PNG Hunters,Nene McDonald – St. George Illawarra Dragons, Nixon Putt – PNG Hunters, Rhadley Brawa – PNG Hunters, Rhys Martin – Canterbury Bulldogs, Stanton Albert – PNG Hunters, Tom Butterfield – East Tigers, Watson Boas – PNG Hunters, Wellington Albert – Widnes Vikings, Willie Minoga – PNG Hunterslast_img read more

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Lady Chiefs take game 1, negate Lady Stags’ thrice-to-beat edge

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte San Sebastian also gave Arellano 30 free points due to errors.Regine Arrocha led the Lady Chiefs with 14 points while Mary Esguerra and Andrea Marzan had 10 points apiece.Soltones never did establish any offensive flow as she finished with 15 points on 45 attempts.ADVERTISEMENT Arellano Lady Chiefs. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano University stunned San Sebastian College, 25-18, 25-20, 25-16, to take the first game of the NCAA Season 92 women’s volleyball Finals Tuesday at San Juan Arena.The Lady Chiefs, though, still need to win two more games to clinch the title as the Lady Stags have a thrice-to-beat advantage courtesy of their 9-0 record in the eliminations.ADVERTISEMENT La Salle still figuring out roles at start of Season 79 Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member MOST READ 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown San Sebastian substitute Denice Lim, who only saw action in the third set, committed the error that gave the Lady Chiefs the win, making the championship round a best-of-three series.“I told my team to play each game as champions, I told them to give it everything they’ve got,” said coach Obet Javier, who steered the Lady Chiefs to the title in Season 90.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnJavier added the Lady Chiefs put an extra effort on their blocking so as to deter San Sebastian’s Grethcel Soltones from establishing a rhythm.Arellano scored on three of its blocks, which may seem a small number by itself but played a vital part in the Lady Chiefs’ victory as the Lady Stags failed to register a single point on their block attempts. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Prison reform

first_imgLast Sunday, we dealt with “The Prison Service and Camp St Prison” in the context of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the deaths of 17 prisoners at that location. We focused on the problems inherent in herding 1000 prisoners in buildings meant to house less that half of that. But as we cautioned, there has to be a root and branch approach to prison reform. It is quite unfortunate, as we pointed out, that the problems presently erupting are not new and have been addressed in several past inquiries.We referenced the report by the Disciplined Forces Commission (DFC) which took evidence in 2003, in the midst of widespread violence committed by five prisoners who had escaped from Camp Street Prison on Republic Day 2002. They submitted their report in 2004 to Parliament – which took six years to release it – but the recommendations have never been implemented, especially as it relates to the Prison Service. Even if the previous Government had shelved the report, as the present Government claimed when they were in Opposition, there is no excuse for it to continue gathering dust; especially when President David Granger was a member of the DFC, which sat for several months.In Guyana, we tend to focus almost solely on insisting that our prisons “lock up” those who break the law so that they are incapacitated. Incapacitation is premised on the removal of criminals from society to prevent them from harming innocent people. But actually, prisons have three other major purposes – retribution, deterrence and rehabilitation. Retribution refers to the “eye for an eye” rule of justice and insists there must be punishment for crimes against society. Depriving criminals of their freedom is one way of supposedly making them pay their debt to society for their crimes. This purpose is very popular with most Guyanese even though it may not be politically correct to express it too vigorously.“Deterrence” functions for prisons to play a role in the prevention of future crime by providing warnings to people thinking twice about committing crimes. The theory is that the possibility of going to prison will discourage people from breaking the law once they understand the privations that prison life entails. Most Guyanese are also in favour of this function especially since it is supposed to operate optimally when the functions of retribution and incapacitation are emphasised.Rehabilitation, on the other hand, refers to activities designed to change criminals into law abiding citizens, and seems to have fallen into disfavour as it tends to do in most societies with rising crime rates. However, in the US, with a prison population exceeding two million, even with all their resources, they have concluded that more emphasis must be placed on rehabilitation.We therefore return to the DFC Report and look at the recommendations made over a decade ago on the function of the Prison Service to “rehabilitate” prisoners. “The Prison Act and Rules made there under do not place emphasis on the training of inmates so that they can become responsible, industrious and useful citizens on their discharge. Instead they place greater focus on security and discipline. However, an idle prisoner is a potentially dangerous one and it is in the furtherance of security and discipline that there should be a constructive regime of activities geared to beneficially occupy prisoners’ time.“Prisoners should be encouraged to spend their prison time in learning useful skills such as masonry, carpentry, joinery, Agriculture, or in reading books eg, in electronics and mechanics…(Prison) should not be a place where prisoners can meet and learn from one another to become more proficient and versatile in crime. Otherwise judicial orders for compulsory imprisonment would not only fall to achieve their desired objective but would be counterproductive both to prisoners and society.”In addition to the points made on job training by the DFC, modern prisons also offer counselling with a psychologist or social worker.last_img read more

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Hamilton set for record Austria win

first_imgHamilton’s win for Mercedes at Montreal represented the 16th consecutive race that he has led, dating back to last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix.One more and he draws level with three-time champion Stewart who reeled off 17 in succession from 1968 to 1971.His Canadian success also enabled him to erase memories of the Mercedes’ team’s Monaco mistake and restore his lead in the championship this year to 17 points ahead of Mercedes team-mate German Nico Rosberg, the pair delivering a 20th one-two finish for the modern ‘Silver Arrows’ team.Rosberg won the Austrian contest last year, with Hamilton second ahead of the two Williams cars of Finn Valtteri Bottas and Brazilian Felipe Massa, who started from pole, and the British team hope that a heavily-updated car can carry them to a similar result this weekend.Hamilton, however, remains the man to beat as he drives and races with an incomparable elan and cool.Following Montreal, where he enlarged his career total of laps led in Formula One to 2,143, the 30-year-old Englishman has passed compatriot 1992 champion Nigel Mansell in the record books.Only four men have led more laps – seven-time champion German Michael Schumacher, Brazilian triple champion Ayrton Senna and two four-time champions in Alain Prost of France and German Sebastian Vettel.In such form, it is no wonder Hamilton relishes each race and admitted he is ‘much happier’ with his car this year. Four wins out of seven races reflect that feeling.“Generally, I think I’m much happier in this car this year than I was even in last year’s car,” he said. “I don’t know why. I just feel more comfortable in this one“It has taken some time to work with this new team and really mould this car, in terms of braking and everything, into what I need and it’s working well now. I think I’m faster this year, too, which is a good thing for me.”Hamilton may start as favourite for a fifth win this year, but Massa intends to show that Williams are set to challenge again.“I think we’re going in a good line,” he said.“It’s an important moment for us. We have a good track for us in Austria and with some upgrades. So, I think it’s an important moment to put some pressure on Ferrari.”Hamilton is set for record-making bid for victory in Austria.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lewis Hamilton sprays champagne after victory. He has been handed a new 3-year deal at Mercedes.SPIELBERG, June 18- Fresh from his ‘bounce-back’ win at the Canadian Grand Prix, defending champion and series leader Lewis Hamilton has a chance to continue his triumphant – and record-breaking – form at this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix.The two-time champion can, on Sunday, equal a 45-year-old record set by fellow-Briton Jackie Stewart if he leads the 71-laps race to be held at the Red Bull Ring amid the forests and valleys of the Styrian Alps.last_img read more

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Day takes third round lead at Australian Open

first_imgDay, chasing his first title in 18 months since winning the 2016 Players Championship in Florida, will head into Sunday’s final round with a one-stroke lead over his fellow Australian Lucas Herbert, who carded an even-par 71 to finish at nine-under after leading overnight.Sweden’s Jonas Blixt charged up the leaderboard into a share of third place at seven-under after a flawless 66, and was joined by the 2015 Australian Open champion Matt Jones, who signed for a 68.“Jason’s a world class player, a former number one in the world,” Jones said. “(So) he’d be the favourite to win but we’ve seen many upsets before and aslong as I manage my game and give myself birdie opportunities, anything can happen.”Australia’s Cameron Smith, who teamed up with Blixt to win this year’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans, was in fifth place at six-under after firing a third consecutive round of 69 while the defending champion Jordan Spieth shot a 70 to finish eight shots off the pace.“If there’s any place to come from way behind, it’s here,” Spieth said.“If I can sneak a few breaks in, you know, get a couple of long putts to go or chip in or something like that. I’m going to have to have some magic.”Day’s failure to pick up any early birdies saw him slip two shots behind Herbert but he drew level with his playing partner when Herbert took a double-bogey on the par-three 11th when he lost his ball in the bushes after an errant tee shot.Day made a tap-in birdie at the par-5 14th after almost chipping in for eagle then snatched the lead with a birdie at the 15th. He narrowly missed a long putt on the 17th to salvage par to rejoin Herbert at nine-under but immediately regained his slim advantage with a superb approach on the 18th to set up birdie.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jason Day of Australia hits to the green during the third round of the Australian Open in Sydney © AFP / WILLIAM WESTSYDNEY, Australia, Nov 25 – Jason Day ended a frustrating run of par golf by making three late birdies to snatch the outright lead after the third round of the 102nd Australian Open on Saturday.The former world number one’s patience finally paid off when he made back-to-back birdies at the 14th and 15th holes after parring his first 13 holes. He did drop a shot when he bogeyed his penultimate hole for the second day in a row but made amends with a birdie at the last for a two-under-par 69 and a three-round total of 10-under-203.last_img read more

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Monaco shock Spurs in front of record crowd

first_imgOff the pitch, the move was a resounding success as a record home attendance for an English club of 85,011 packed into Wembley, surpassing the previous high of 84,467 set by Manchester City for an FA Cup tie against Stoke at Maine Road in 1934.The iconic Wembley arch was lit up in Tottenham’s blue and white, but that was the extent of the home comforts for Mauricio Pochettino’s side as they paid the price for a sloppy first-half display.Goals from Bernardo Silva and Thomas Lemar put Monaco in command and although Toby Alderweireld got one back, Tottenham were unable to turn their second-half dominance into an equaliser.It is not the first time an English team has come unstuck after making Wembley their temporary home as rivals Arsenal also struggled there for two Champions League campaigns in 1998 and 1999.It might have been different if Tottenham had taken an early chance when Harry Kane whipped over a teasing cross that Monaco defender Andrea Raggi made a hash of clearing.Son Heung-Min pounced on the loose ball and drove his shot under goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, only for Raggi to scramble to his feet and redeem himself with a goal-line clearance.– Stunned silence –Spurs’ Toby Alderweireld scored the side’s only goal in teh match. PHOTO/DAILYMAILLigue 1 leaders Monaco have already beaten French champions Paris Saint Germain this season, as well as surviving two qualifying rounds to make the Champions League group stages.And amid a raucous atmosphere, Leonardo Jardim’s team stunned Wembley into silence in the 15th minute.Tottenham winger Erik Lamela was guilty of an errant pass that deflected towards Silva 30 yards from goal and, with Pochettino’s defence caught flat-footed, the Portugal midfielder was allowed to advance unchecked before lashing a fine finish past Hugo Lloris from the edge of the penalty area.Tottenham have won only once at the redeveloped Wembley since it opened in 2007 and Monaco’s goal must have brought back unpleasant memories for Pochettino’s team, who lost the League Cup final against Chelsea on their last visit.It certainly appeared they were rattled when Monaco punished more careless defending to double their lead in the 31st minute.Djibril Sidibe was granted time and space to hoist a cross into the six-yard box and Jan Vertonghen’s mistimed attempt to head clear deflected into the path of Monaco substitute Lemar, who crashed a powerful strike into the roof of the net from close range.Desperately in need of a response before half-time as their supporters began to vent their frustrations, Tottenham finally found some momentum and were rewarded in the 45th minute when Belgium defender Alderweireld powered his header past Subasic from Lamela’s corner.Pochettino sent on Mousa Dembele for Son at half-time and the Premier League side almost had an instant equaliser as Dele Alli’s dipping half-volley from 25 yards drew an agile tip-over from Subasic.Tottenham thought they had been given a penalty when Monaco midfielder Fabinho was booked for tangling with Alli before a corner, but the offence couldn’t be punished with a spot-kick because the ball wasn’t in play.Kane had been held in check for much of the evening and when the England star finally had a clear sight of goal from Vincent Janssen’s pass, he wasted Tottenham’s last chance with a hurried shot straight at Subasic.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Totenham Hotspurs striker Harry Kane reacts in their UEFA Champions League match against Monaco at Wembley on September 14, 2016. PHOTO/DAILYMAILLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 14- Monaco ruined Tottenham’s record-breaking night-out at Wembley as the French side earned a 2-1 win in their Champions League Group E opener on Wednesday.Tottenham are back in the Champions League for the first time in five years and, with the capacity at their White Hart Lane stadium reduced due to redevelopment, they opted to play their European matches at Wembley this season.last_img read more

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Musharraf talked out of state of emergency

first_imgISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistan’s president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, was on the brink of declaring a state of emergency in his increasingly volatile country but backed away after a gathering storm of media, political and diplomatic pressure, Pakistani officials acknowledged on Thursday. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice telephoned Musharraf about 2 a.m. Thursday in Pakistan, the State Department spokesman, Sean McCormack, said. Bush administration officials refused to discuss in public what was said, but one Pakistani official said Rice exhorted Musharraf not to declare emergency rule. The conversation lasted about 15 minutes. “She thought it was an opportune moment to talk about a couple of things,” McCormack said without elaborating. By the time of the conversation, Pakistan’s Minister of State for Information, Tariq Azim Khan, had said that Musharraf was not ruling out declaring an emergency, which would allow him sweeping powers to restrict freedom of movement and assembly, to suspend Parliament and to curtail the activities of the courts. Such a step, officials in Washington fear, would further inflame the region and open the Bush administration to additional criticism from democracy advocates who say it has already been too willing to turn a blind eye toward Musharraf’s failure to restore civilian rule. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In Pakistan, opponents of emergency rule, including some inside the government, warned that it would push the country into deeper crisis, as the opposition parties, the judiciary, lawyers and civil society would react strongly against it. In his remarks Wednesday, Azim cited both “external and internal threats” to the government, including the worsening security situation in the country’s tribal areas, where al-Qaida and many Taliban militants are based. Other Pakistani officials suggested privately, however, that it was less the security situation driving the plan for an emergency than Musharraf’s own political concerns as he tries to have himself re-elected to another term. Musharraf told political supporters in Karachi this week that he would stand for re-election by the national and provincial assemblies as early as Sept. 15. But the public mood has soured on the general since he tried to dismiss the chief justice five months ago. The move set off nationwide protests and was later overturned by the Supreme Court. Opposition parties now seem poised to use the court to bring constitutional challenges against Musharraf’s continued rule, particularly his holding dual positions as president and Army chief of staff.last_img read more

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Disney shares its Magic Kingdom secrets of service

first_imgLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Walt Disney World calls its workers, from actors in Goofy outfits to laundry workers, “cast members” to make them feel part of the show. There’s a garbage can every 25 steps so litter will be tossed, not dropped. There’s a polite way to answer one of the park’s most asked questions: “What time is the 3 o’clock parade?” These nuggets are part of corporate customer service training offered by Disney Institute, a Florida-based unit of The Walt Disney Co. that has coached thousands of executives and front-line workers from other companies and organizations since 1986. Customers have included Delta Air Lines, IBM Corp., General Motors Corp., Chrysler Corp. and even the Internal Revenue Service and cigarette maker Philip Morris Inc. Now, the Institute has taken another client: Miami International Airport, which many travelers will tell you needs customer-service training like an airplane needs wings. Surveys rank its service among the nation’s worst. The airport’s terminal-operations employees are taking classes taught by Institute instructors, learning leadership practices, team building, staff relations and communication skills – many formulated by Walt Disney himself. “Many organizations think they’re different from Disney, and therefore can’t learn from an entertainment or a parks and resorts business,” said Bruce Jones, programming director for Disney Institute. “But then when they get here and work with us a little bit, they find out … these principles and similarities are transferrable across industries, across cultures and across different sizes and shapes of organizations. “Just think of the airport business. The reality is both businesses have millions of people each year waiting in line for a ride.” Disney World and the airport have more in common, including dealing with ground transportation, parking and retail sales. So it made sense for the airport to seek out Disney Institute. “They understand how to minimize the inconvenience and maximize the entertainment value,” airline industry analyst Bob Mann said of Disney. “It’s a reasonably good move” for the airport to hire Disney. Miami International Airport is a gateway to and from the Caribbean and Latin America. About 32.5million passengers passed through the airport in 2006, including more than 14million international passengers. But among 18 U.S. airports with 30million or more passengers per year, only three airports performed worse in J.D. Power and Associates’ 2007 North America Airport Satisfaction Study. “The customer service needs to improve,” said Sarah Abate, who oversees commercial services at the airport and took a training class. “Passengers need to understand that Miami is a friendly airport, and we are passenger-friendly. Now, people don’t get that, or the perception from the passenger is not the same as what we are trying to convey.” Disney started the Institute after it realized it was getting questions from other companies about its customer service. After offering some behind-the-scenes educational tours, the Institute developed its first professional development program 21 years ago. Many principles the Disney Institute teaches are created and tested through research and data collection, including visitor surveys. Trainers average 10 years with Disney. Early in the training, a handful of Miami airport managers visited the Magic Kingdom, where they were shown examples of how paying attention to detail and removing barriers were integral in making guests happy and keeping them informed. For example, Disney houses its lockers and wheelchairs to the right of the park’s entrance because studies have shown more people go to the right than the left when they arrive. Cast members wear colorful Polo-type shirts to easily identify them – a strategy that will be employed by the airport. Store windows on Main Street U.S.A. have names of valuable employees, a reward for service and to inspire loyalty. A Disney study showed that people who were given hard candy with a wrapper at a theme park took an average of about 27 steps before tossing the wrapper on the ground. Hence the spacing of the garbage cans, which are strangely inconspicuous. These ideas seem simple but still caught the attention of most airport employees at the training sessions – although some were seen talking during the presentations. Dickie Davis, division director of terminal operations, said there are plans to, like Disney, clearly display the name of each employee on new name tags, rather than the current hard-to-read security badges. By the end of September, about 400 airport workers and vendors had attended classes, and leaders will train those who work under them. (The training does not currently include airline, TSA or customs workers.) Full-day classes are about $28,000 apiece, Davis said. Four have taken place, and more are scheduled. But how does one answer questions such as “What time is the 3 o’clock parade?” and their ilk? Trainer Joel Strack says answers can be sarcastic, angering the customer, or employees can search for the embedded question while also reaffirming the obvious: “The parade will start on time at 3p.m. in Frontierland, but it will be at Main Street U.S.A. at about 3:20. You can line up right here under the shade if you want to. Thanks.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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