Rachel Alexandra thrills Monmouth Park fans

first_img Rachel Alexandra and Monmouth Park go well together. The 2009 Horse of the Year was back in Oceanport on Saturday and did not disappoint the nearly 13,000 fans who came to see her race. Rachel Alexandra dominated her rivals in winning the $400,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes in 1:49 3/5 on a fast track. Rachel Alexandra with jockey Calvin Borel in the saddle ran away from the field in the homestretch to win the $400,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes at Monmouth Park on July 24. About 13,000 fans came to the Oceanport racetrack to watch the reigning Horse of the Year race. BILL DENVER Queen Martha set the early pace, 23 4/5 for the first quarter and the half-mile in 47 4/5, for the stakes race. While she was out front, jockey Calvin Borel was playing the waiting game with Rachel Alexandra. At the 6-furlong mark (passed in 1:12 1/5), Borel took Rachel to the front. She was in command entering the homestretch and drew out to a three-length lead at the wire. She stopped the timer in 1:49 3/5 for the mile and an eighth over the fast main track, much to the delight of the fans who had come to see her. “I’m very pleased with how she went today,” winning trainer Steve Asmussen said in a press release. “I was happy with how she looked. She was very relaxed. I love where her mind is at right now. She’s more mature and carrying a little more weight.” Rachel Alexandra was sent off as the 1-10 favorite and returned $2.20, $2.10 and $2.10 across the board and topped an $8.20 exacta. Queen Martha, who held the place, paid $2.80 and $2.40. It was another 7 3/4 lengths back to Ask The Moon, who paid $3.80 to show. The last time Rachel Alexandra ran at Monmouth Park, it was in last year’s Haskell Invitational. She beat the boys by sixth lengths, and that impressive win helped propel her to Horse of the Year honors. “She won very easily again today,” Borel said in the press release. “I let her run a little bit in the stretch to make sure she got something out of the race, but I think we saved a little bit in the tank for next time. “It was great to be back at Monmouth,” he added. “The fans really love Rachel here.” They do indeed. Wagering on the card totaled $11,421,794, a new record for Monmouth Park, outside of a Breeders’ Cup or Haskell Day. The previous mark of $9,787,620 was set on July 3 this year. This was the second win of the year for Rachel Alexandra, a 4-year-old filly by Medaglia d’Oro from the Roar mare Lotta Kim. She has won 13 of her 18 career starts and has been in the money 17 times. She has earned $3,446,730 for her connections. Izod Haskell Invitational Monmouth Park will be the focus of the thoroughbred racing world on Sunday, Aug. 1, when it holds the $1 million Izod Haskell Invitational, the track’s biggest race. Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and Preakness winner Lookin At Lucky are expected to head the field and renew their Triple Crown rivalry. The race will be televised live by WABC between 5 and 6 p.m. The Haskell will be over a mileand an-eighth distance. The Haskell will be the first race for both Super Saver and Lookin At Lucky since the Preakness in May, when Lookin At Lucky ended any Triple Crown aspirations by Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver. This will be the rubber match between the two champions. This is the 43rd running of the Haskell Invitational, which honors the memory of Amory L. Haskell, president and chairman of the Monmouth Park Jockey Club from 1945 until his death in 1966. He was instrumental in bringing legalized pari-mutuel wagering to New Jersey and the building of the Monmouth Park racetrack, which opened in 1946. The Haskell is the richest invitational event in North America. The very first Haskell was run in 1968 and was won by Balustrade. The stakes record is 1:47.0 by Majestic Light in 1976 and equaled in 1987 by Bet Twice. Wins stakes race; Izod Haskell Invitational is Sunday last_img read more

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Camera traps find rich community of carnivores on Apostle Islands

first_imgSome 160 camera traps deployed across the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior in Wisconsin, U.S., have revealed a diverse community of carnivores, including the American marten, black bear, bobcat, coyote, and gray wolf.The camera trap survey provided the first photographic evidence of the American marten in the islands in over 50 years. The marten is listed as endangered in Wisconsin.The study also found that islands that were larger or closer to the mainland, or both, held a greater number of carnivore species than islands that were small or more distant — patterns consistent with the concept of island biogeography.The movement of the carnivores, either through swimming or via ice bridges formed when parts of the lake freeze, could be under threat from climate change, the researchers warn. The Apostle Islands, dotting Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin, U.S., are home to at least 12 species of carnivores, a new study has found. These include the American marten (Martes americana), a species that was completely wiped out of Wisconsin in the 1920s due to widespread habitat loss and trapping of the animals.The carnivore community on the Apostle archipelago has not been studied before, the study’s lead author Maximilian L. Allen, a carnivore ecologist at the Illinois Natural History Survey, told Mongabay. This is because the islands are remote, and the surrounding waters can be rough during summers and partially frozen during winters, Allen said.So, between 2014 and 2017, Allen and his colleagues took on the first-ever study of carnivores on the Apostle Islands by deploying 160 camera traps across 19 Apostle islands. These islands are all part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, a protected area that includes 21 islands and a 19-kilometer (12-mile) stretch of Wisconsin mainland. “We were interested in trying to document if carnivores inhabited the islands, which had not been studied before, and we were interested in determining how the island environment affected the carnivore community,” Allen said.By the end of their survey, the researchers had collected more than 200,000 photographs revealing a diverse community of carnivores. The cameras detected 10 land carnivores, including the American marten, black bear (Ursus americanus), bobcat (Lynx rufus), coyote (Canis latrans), fisher (Pekania pennant), gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus), gray wolf (Canis lupus), raccoon (Procyon lotor), red fox (Vulpes vulpes), and long-tailed weasel (Mustela frenata). The photos also captured two semi-aquatic carnivores: mink (Neovison vison) and river otter (Lontra canadensis), the team reports in the study published in Community Ecology. Coyote. Camera trap images courtesy of Maximilian L Allen. Black bears. Camera trap images courtesy of Maximilian L Allen. Fisher. Camera trap images courtesy of Maximilian L Allen. Bobcat. Camera trap images courtesy of Maximilian L Allen. 1234567 read more

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Cricket: a unifying force across the region

first_imgThe Guyana leg of CPL 2019 begins in a matter of days at the Providence Stadium with the first of five home games. Fans, both here and from overseas, will once again savor the opportunities to experience and embrace all that has come to make up CPL.Dubbed the biggest party in sport as cricket is played louder, CPL epitomizes the positive evolution of world cricket and further emphasizes the vibrancy of the game which characterizes the West Indian brand.The natural enthusiasm through the vociferousness of fans in this part of the world evident over the decades, has in many ways influenced the atmosphere in other places notably England. The home of cricket has been known for its more subdued but overwhelming attendance punctuated with a routine courteous appreciation of the art and showmanship of the game.That has now changed as fans have fully gotten into the game bringing liveliness through infectious music and innovative celebrations. This change has been directly credited to T20 cricket which, again, the West Indians would have branded with their own flare of effervescence through a fusion of colour, music and rapturous involvement.As interest in cricket would have waned in the past due to various factors, T20, through the CPL, has not only catapulted that interest, but transgressed the traditional fan base to overwhelmingly capture women and children. Among the many successes of T20 cricket, the ability to continuously and increasingly bring out women and children to the games is one of the biggest achievements.This is what was needed for the sport, especially here in the Caribbean as CPL has now become a much anticipated family event. The names and prowess of the plethora of stars of the various teams easily roll off the tongues of women and children as interest and expectation grow rapidly. One of the many factors driving this within the CPL is the many fan-based promotions by the various sponsors.This has ensured that fans are not only directly involved in the process of creating the pulsating environment for which the tournament has become known for, but allows them opportunities to be the recipient of something tangible aside from the abundance of paraphernalia. This is where CPL has to be commended for making fans a priority in the process of building and sustaining interest.That interest cuts across societal divides as evident in the support for the Guyana Amazon Warriors. The Providence stadium, since the inception of the CPL, has become known as a place sanitised of partisanship as Guyanese rally around their stars. Of course naturally there would have been disappointment over the Warriors not yet claiming the title. However, that has never prevented the overwhelming support local fans have given the team with Guyana probably the highest fan turn out for the tournament!Fans rally when the team seems to be on the ropes and never hold back in their unbridled celebration of the joys of a Warriors’ victory. With a sea of colours from the waving flags of the Warriors and that of the country, accompanied by the blaring rhythmic music often drowned out by the collective deafening screams of fans, the positive influence of the of cricket through the CPL is pellucid. The power of the game to effect the bypassing of differences and for rallying in unison for a common cause is never in doubt.The Providence stadium, which has proven its worth over the years, will once again burst into life as cricket superstars from across the globe battle for supremacy. Guyana will once again be in the international spotlight as millions will join the global live broadcast from the East Bank corridor.The benefits of such international exposure are priceless as are those that redound to the local economy from the hosting of CPL games.With a growing fan base with every passing year, the Warriors are not just the players on the field, but every fan in the Providence stadium and those watching the live broadcast. That has been the impact of the CPL as it continues to break barriers, showcasing cricketing skills and discovering new talent.As Guyanese and tourist converge in large numbers at Providence, the stadium becomes a hub not just for the many analyses by fans of what should or should not be done or who should bat or bowl when, but for the making of yet another step in the process of forging togetherness.Cricket has always been seen as a unifying force across the region. Here at home, CPL and the exciting exploits of the Guyana Amazon Warriors have created a formidable platform for the furtherance of that process.last_img read more

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Amidst absence of support for development

first_imgLocal residents of Bentol, Careysburg District, have begun engaging in self-help initiatives in the absence of budgetary support from government to meet their development needs.Under the leadership of Bentol City Mayor Christine Tolbert Norman, the local residents are engaged in manpower development that seeks to empower youths and women to produce and provide goods and services.In addition, the youth who are between 25 and 35 are trained at the William R. Tolbert Empowerment and Enlightenment Center to develop self realization.According to City Mayor Norman, the young people are taught values, including integrity, honesty, and truth and other social norms that can transform them in society.The locals are also trained in food processing, computer literacy, agriculture, sewing, amongst others, which she said will enable the local people to have some gainful employment.Mayor Norman in an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday said that they are engaged in health and sanitation awareness, enlightening locals how to care for their environment by keeping it clean and spreading health messages in schools, churches and in communities.“When the youths are made to know and trust themselves, they will have that psychosocial enlightenment of what they subscribe to. We are therefore trying to work with them to know and trust themselves and develop some core values,” she said.According to Mayor Norman market women are also people on her agenda to build them a market structure so they can have a specific place to sell their goods, instead of going to the Red Light market where they sit in the sun all day long.“We are working to build their market and find customers who will go to Bentol to purchase processed food, including potato greens, grinded cassava leave and other food stuff,” the Bentol Mayor noted.Mayor Norman, who is a daughter of the late President William R. Tolbert, Jr., told this newspaper that the City has planned a festival on February 21 to celebrate partners who have immensely contributed to their self-help initiatives and to recognize efforts of the locals in cleaning up their communities.At the occasion, she said she would sign and subsequently launch a book titled, “It is Time for Change.” The book according to her highlights the legacy of the late President William R. Tolbert in nation and institution building.She said it contains speeches of the late President on principles and policies he pursued during his regime.She said they include the late president’s position on the establishments of the Mano River Union (MRU), West African Rice Development Association (WARDA), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and inspirational speeches made at the Baptist Alliance.Also, the late president’s domestic policy of ‘Total Involvement in Higher Heights’ and the educational policy that allowed many to acquire education are highlighted.She said proceeds from the sale of the book will be used to support the William R. Tolbert Education Foundation. According to her, the family is currently constructing the foundation and will contain a museum, library and training areas for young people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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BLUES FALL TO NO. 1 RAVENS

first_imgFor more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us  on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Matchup History The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s basketball team fell 116-61 to the No. 1 Carleton Ravens on Friday (Jan. 25) night on the road.TORONTO STATS: Second-year guard Evan Shadkami recorded a team-high 16 points and three rebounds, while fourth-year wing Nikola Paradina posted 16 points of his own.UP NEXT: The Blues will face off against the other team in the nation’s capital in the Ottawa Gee-Gees on Saturday (Jan. 26) night. Tip off is scheduled for 8 p.m. Preview Live Stats Next Game: at University of Ottawa 1/26/2019 | 8:00 p.m.last_img read more

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Mahony assaulted near L.A.’s cathedral

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“Somebody recognized him and attacked him,” Pilato said Mahony told the gathering. “It was shocking because it was an act of violence and it was someone we know and respect.” Mahony declined to comment on the reports. “Whatever conversation might have taken place between the priests and their bishop was a private conversation and not meant to be public,” said Carolina Guevara, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Mahony told the priests that after his attacker recognized him, the man began shouting expletives and knocked him to the ground, said another priest who asked not be identified. Leading up to the $660million settlement, Mahony came under fire from victims and attorneys who say he moved sexually abusive priests to different parishes and then blocked efforts in court to keep records of abuse and suspect priests secret. Coupled with an earlier settlement of $114million given to 86 claimants, the total represents the largest payout for sexual abuse by any archdiocese in the country. Church officials have said Mahony made a concerted effort to reach out to victims, meeting with many of them and their families in person and offering free counseling to those who need it. Barbara Blaine, national president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, a support group for victims, said attacks on church officials are rare. “I think that incidents like this alleged incident are pretty rare because most abuse victims turn their pain inward and engage in self-destructive behaviors,” Blaine said. “If this happened, we feel sorry for Mahony as we do anyone who’s been assaulted in any way.” It was not known whether Mahony’s attacker was a victim. Those at the October conference at Our Lady of the Angels said Mahony shared the story about the assault within the context of the sexual-abuse scandal. Priests described the confession as both deeply moving and, because of the violence, disturbing. Mahony was telling the priests they all had a price to pay for the sexual abuses perpetrated by their brethren when he relayed the story of the assault as an example of the personal toll he’s endured, several priests said. Bruised after the attack, he said it gave him a deeper understanding of the suffering the victims of the sex scandal have endured, the priests said. “The main message was that his wounds healed within a month, bruises and all, but the victims of child abuse are still suffering after many years, that their wounds are far deeper than what he experienced,” Pilato said. He apparently decided not to go public with the assault, and Los Angeles Police Department officials said they were unaware of any such incident. “Roger Mahony’s name hasn’t been mentioned around here,” LAPD Lt. Roger Mora said Monday. Mahony also revealed at the conference that he thought he might be attacked earlier when tensions over the allegations of sexual abuses by priests were at their peak, said the priest who did not want to be identified. The priest said he thinks Mahony and others mismanaged the scandal by not removing priests who were sexually abusing children sooner and failing to settle cases earlier. That lack of action has damaged the church’s reputation and cost it millions of dollars, he said. Still, the fact that Mahony was attacked over the scandal and chose not to make it public impressed the priest. It appeared to him that Mahony was telling those gathered that if he needed to endure the assault to help people get through this trying time, so be it, that he “should just take it because people were so mad, and rightly so,” the priest said. “I was moved. I really was,” he said. The Rev. Joseph Shea, pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in Glendale, sees Mahony’s reaction to the attack as Christ-like. “Like Jesus, we must offer our lives and even suffer for Christ, even for things we didn’t do,” said Shea, who was also at the convocation.Some of the priests in attendance said Mahony should have reported the assault to police, while others were shocked that something like that could happen to the leader of the more than 4million Catholics in the Los Angeles Archdiocese. “That’s the kind of world you live in,” Shea said. “People do some crazy things sometimes.” rick.coca@dailynews.com 818-713-3329 For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Cardinal Roger Mahony was physically assaulted by a man enraged by the Catholic Church’s sexual-abuse scandal within days of a record settlement with hundreds of victims, the Daily News has learned. Mahony, 71, revealed the attack during an annual conference in October before hundreds of stunned priests, saying a man assaulted him because of the scandal, according to four priests who attended the conference. News of the assault comes as the bulk of the church’s $660million settlement with victims began being paid out Monday, with more than $500million in checks going out in the mail. The settlement with 508 alleged victims was approved by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge July 16. The attack on Mahony occurred in July near Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles, and it took the cardinal about a month to heal, said the Rev. Sal Pilato, principal at Junipero Serra Catholic High School in Gardena. 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Top 10 most lethal Premier League goal scorers – and number five is returning!

first_img 10 10. Daniel Sturridge has averaged a goal every 143.1 minutes in the Premier League – click the arrow above, right, to find out which player has the best minutes per goal ratio, from 1992/93 to present – Sturridge has scored a combined total of 72 goals for Manchester City, Chelsea and current club Liverpool in the Premier League. 3. Thierry Henry averaged a goal every 121.8 minutes in the Premier League – Henry scored 175 goals for Arsenal between 1999 and 2007, and in 2012. 5. Javier Hernandez averaged a goal every 130.2 minutes in the Premier League – Hernandez scored 37 goals between 2010 and 2014. 10 9. Edin Dzeko averaged a goal every 141.6 minutes in the Premier League – Dzeko scored 50 goals for Manchester City between 2011 and 2015. One of the Premier League’s most prolific strikers is making a return.Javier Hernandez was a menace in front of goal for Manchester United between 2010 and 2015, before falling out of favour and leaving for Bayern Leverkusen after a loan spell at Real Madrid.But Chicharito is making a comeback to England’s top flight, with West Ham United announcing that terms have been agreed for his transfer to the London Stadium.Excited by his return, talkSPORT.com has provided a top 10 of the players with the best minutes per goal ratio, from 1992/93 to present, and Hernandez of course features.Scroll through the gallery above to check out the list.Only players to have scored a minimum of 20 goals in the Premier League era have been included. 2. Harry Kane has averaged a goal every 116.9 minutes in the Premier League – Kane has scored 78 goals, and counting, for Tottenham Hotspur. 10 10 7. Robin van Persie averaged a goal every 139.7 minutes in the Premier League – Van Persie scored a combined 144 goals for Arsenal and Manchester United. 10 10 10 8. Hernan Crespo averaged a goal every 140.7 minutes in the Premier League – Crespo scored 20 goals for Chelsea between 2003 and 2008 (he played two seasons at Chelsea, and was sent on loan for three campaigns). 10 6. Luis Suarez averaged a goal every 138.8 minutes in the Premier League – Suarez scored 69 goals for Liverpool between 2011 and 2014. 10 10 4. Ruud van Nistelrooy averaged a goal every 128.2 minutes in the Premier League – Van Nistelrooy scored 95 goals for Manchester United between 2001 and 2006. 1. Sergio Aguero has averaged a goal every 109.8 minutes in the Premier League – Aguero has scored 122 goals, and counting, for Manchester City.last_img read more

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David Moyes had no qualms about West Ham’s latest signing

first_imgDavid Moyes had no qualms about signing Patrice Evra and says he understands why the defender kicked a fan who abused him.In November Evra, 36, was banned by UEFA until the end of the season and had his contract terminated by Marseille after he lashed out at a supporter.But with West Ham in the midst of an injury crisis, Hammers boss Moyes this week snapped up the former Manchester United full-back on a free transfer.“Do I have any concerns? No, not from what he told me,” said Moyes.“He told me what happened, so none at all. It shows that he will stand up for himself and won’t take anything.“When he told me what the supporter said to him, I’d have had no complaints.“I wouldn’t be happy with him doing it on my watch. But I think when you heard what the supporter said, you can understand it more.”Despite him not having played for three months, Moyes is ready to pitch Evra – still eligible to play in the Premier League – straight into his squad to face Watford on Saturday.With Arthur Masuaku still suspended for the next four games for spitting, Evra is set to fill in at left wing-back despite his advancing years.“I’d considered signing him during January as, when Arthur got sent off, I knew we were short,” added Moyes, who managed Evra at Old Trafford.“I know him well, what he is capable of, what he will bring. His level of professionalism is as good as anybody’s and hopefully we can get him ready as quick as we possibly can.“We have got him here to play. He could play against Watford, he’s not far away in my eyes, as he has been training.“He played in November, so he’s no different from someone who has had a long injury and getting back playing quickly is the best thing you can do.”Moyes also reiterated his, and the club’s, stance that he will not discuss a new contract until the end of the season after a report this week claimed he could leave once his current short-term deal ends.“I’ve said from the start there is no point asking me about a contract or the club about a contract before the end of the season because we both won’t be discussing it,” he said.“From that point of view we will wait until the end of the season. I don’t know where the story came from.” 1 Evra lashed out at a fan who abused him just before Marseille’s Europa League encounter with Vitoria in November last_img read more

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Datebook

first_imgWEDNESDAY Police Chief William Bratton will speak on crime in Los Angeles, noon, Porter Valley Country Club, 19216 Singing Hills Drive, Northridge. $25. Call (818) 360-1071. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will speak on the Middle East, 2:45 p.m., Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance, 9786 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. Reservations: Call (310) 553-9036. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’last_img read more

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Breaking news: Doctor found not guilty of manslaughter of her daughter

first_imgA doctor and mother has been found not guilty of the manslaughter of her daughter with special needs.The case of Bernadette Scully, from Emvale, Bachelor’s Walk, Tullamore, Co Offaly, caught the attention of the Irish public.She denied the manslaughter of her daughter, Emily Barut (11), by an act of gross negligence on September 15, 2012, involving the administration of a toxic dosage of chloral hydrate, a sedative. Emily was born with severe disabilities, with microcephaly, severe epilepsy and she was unable to speak, sit or stand unaided.Experts told the trial that she had the mental capacity of a six-month-old.She had been in pain for the last eight days of her life, following a medical procedure to replace a feeding peg in her stomach.The trial heard that the level of chloral hydrate found in her system was 10 times the therapeutic amount. The jury returned their verdict shortly after 11am this morning.Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy completed his charge to them this week with an extensive summary of the evidence given by witnesses over the two-week trial.He told the jury they can “accept some parts of witnesses’ statements and not other parts”.Breaking news: Doctor found not guilty of manslaughter of her daughter was last modified: December 16th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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