South Africa rolls out continent’s first trials for COVID-19 vaccine

first_imgOxford University rolled out Africa’s first human trials for a potential vaccine against the new coronavirus in South Africa on Wednesday, as cases continue to rise and concerns grow over potential access to life-saving treatments.The trial, conducted with local partner University of the Witwatersrand, will consist of 2,000 volunteers from 18 to 65 years of age, including some HIV positive patients, who will be monitored for 12 months after vaccination to asses how well the vaccine guards against COVID-19.”Once 60% of the population, especially the adult population, becomes immune, we expect that effective reproductive rate to go under 1, which basically means the virus will still be around, it will still circulate, but its chain of transmission has been interrupted,” said Shabir Madhi, professor of vaccinology at Wits University and leader of the trial. Hopes are that South Africa’s involvement in vaccine trials will ensure the continent will have access to an affordable vaccine and not be left at the back of the queue.South Africa is the second country outside of the United Kingdom to take part in the Oxford trial after Brazil launched its study on Wednesday. The ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine, also known as AZD1222, was originally developed by Oxford University scientists, who are now working with AstraZeneca on development and production.There are over 4,000 participants enrolled in the UK, with enrollment of an additional 10,000 participants planned, the university said in a statement on Wednesday.A larger study of the same vaccine in up to 30,000 participants is planned in the United States. South Africa, which last month began a phased easing of its coronavirus lockdown, has the highest rate of infections on the continent, with confirmed cases at over 100,000 and deaths at more than 2,000.The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned Africa could be the next epicenter of the pandemic.Trying out a new medical intervention in Africa always rings alarm bells because of a history of big pharmaceutical companies using Africans as guinea pigs.”I feel a little bit scared, but I want to know what is going on with this vaccine so that I can tell my friends and others,” said Junior Mhlongo, a volunteer who received the vaccine at a hospital in Johannesburg.There are currently no approved vaccines or treatments for the illness caused by the new coronavirus, but more than a dozen vaccines from more than 100 candidates globally are being tested in humans.Topics :last_img read more

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Dashboard Data Shows Weekly COVID Case Increases Statewide, Multiple Counties with High Percent-Positives

first_img July 31, 2020 Dashboard Data Shows Weekly COVID Case Increases Statewide, Multiple Counties with High Percent-Positives Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today released a weekly status update detailing the state’s mitigation efforts based on the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard comparing the seven-day period of July 24 – July 30 to the previous seven days, July 17 – July 23.The dashboard is designed to provide early warning signs of factors that affect the state’s mitigation efforts. The data available on the dashboard includes week-over-week case differences, incidence rates, test percent-positivity, and rates of hospitalizations, ventilations and emergency room visits tied to COVID-19.“The mitigation efforts we took on July 15 were a proactive step to get in front of the rise of cases that we continue to see,” Gov. Wolf said. “Our percent positivity decreased this week, which is a positive sign, but in order to continue to see numbers decrease, we must continue to wear masks and practice social distancing.“Going out without a mask and congregating at a bar or in a crowded backyard party where social distancing isn’t being practiced continues to lead to spikes in cases. We need to recommit to these simple measures to stop the spread and go back to more freedoms.”As of Thursday, July 30, the state has seen a seven-day case increase of 6,228, the previous seven-day increase was 6,010, alerting that cases are continuing to rise throughout the state.The statewide percent-positivity went down to 4.6% from 4.7% last week. Counties with concerning percent-positivity include Lawrence (7.4%), Franklin (7.2%), Indiana (7.2%), Fayette (7.1%), Armstrong (7.0%), Beaver (6.5%), Delaware (6.5%), Allegheny (6.4%), Lancaster (5.8%), Berks (5.6%), Philadelphia (5.4%) and Chester (5.3%). Each of these counties bear watching as the state continues to monitor all available data.Today, the Department of Health updated its travel recommendations, originally announced on July 2, to remove Wyoming from the list of states recommended for domestic travelers returning from to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania.It is important that people understand that this recommendation is in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. A significant number of recent cases have been linked to travel, and if people are going to travel, we need them to take steps to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community, and that involves quarantining.Gov. Wolf continues to prioritize the health and safety of Pennsylvanians through the COVID-19 pandemic. Pennsylvanians should continue to take actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, regardless of the status of their county. This includes wearing a mask or face covering anytime they are in public. COVID-19 has been shown to spread easily in the air and contagious carriers can be asymptomatic.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Nani makes United exit

first_img Portugal international Nani leaves Old Trafford permanently after spending last season on loan with former club Sporting Lisbon. The 28-year-old underwent a medical in Istanbul at the weekend ahead of the move worth a reported £4.25million. Press Association Manchester United winger Nani has completed a move to Turkish side Fenerbahce, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.center_img Nani won four Premier League titles and the Champions League after joining United in 2007 and scored 41 goals in 230 appearances. He signed a five-year contract in 2013 but then began to fall out of favour and returned to Sporting as part of the deal that took Marcos Rojo in the opposite direction last summer. He could be back at Old Trafford as early as next month with Fenerbahce potential Champions League qualifying opponents for United. last_img read more

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The Latest: Cycling body struggling through pandemic

first_imgMore AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts says “the global cricket calendar is very busy but we will do everything we can to honor our commitment to Bangladesh and will continue to work with the BCB on an agreed date.”The Bangladesh-Australia series is the second in the world championship to be postponed. England returned home from Sri Lanka last month at the start of the outbreak.___Southampton has become the first Premier League club to announce its players will defer some of their salaries amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Premier League had wanted all squads to take a 30% pay cut but the move led to a standoff with the players’ union. The UCI has received more than 650 requests for postponements or cancellations from organizers because of the coronavirus pandemic. That represents 30% of its international calendar.The UCI says it is reimbursing all registration fees of canceled events to help organizers.The UCI will take a considerable financial hit from paying those fees and it also expects its Olympic revenue payment from the delayed Tokyo Games to be postponed and likely reduced.The UCI says its leadership has agreed to reduce salaries or allowances and furloughed all 130 employees of the UCI and the world cycling center.___ Associated Press Australia’s rugby league championship plans to restart on May 28.The NRL has been suspended since March 23.The governing ARL Commission also says it intends to play a full three-game State of Origin series.Commissioner Wayne Pearce says they wanted to set a date and then work on finalizing a competition. It will depend on border restrictions in New South Wales and Victoria states and New Zealand opening up.Pearce says “a date is to give certainty to players and their schedules, clubs and thousands of people who are out of work through clubs and millions of fans.” He says “the situation is changing dramatically and we need to get moving. It is in the best interests of our clubs, our players, our stakeholders and importantly our fans that the competition resumes as quickly and as safely as possible.”___Australia’s two-test cricket tour of Bangladesh in June has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The first test was to start on June 11 in Chattogram. The second from June 19 in Dhaka.Both were part of the world test championship. The final of that tournament is scheduled for next June. Trying to find a new slot for the tests will be a challenge.center_img The Latest: Cycling body struggling through pandemic Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The International Cycling Union says it can get through its greatest crisis since World War II with limited damage “as long as the situation does not last longer than current predictions.” April 9, 2020 The league has been indefinitely suspended.Southampton says players will defer part of their salaries in April, May and June “to help protect the future of the club, the staff that work within it and the community we serve.”Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, his coaching staff and directors will also defer some pay over three months.Southampton says it has “put measures in place to ensure that all staff not deferring part of their salaries will continue to receive 100% of their pay, paid in the normal way until 30th June.”___last_img read more

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The Latest: Nebraska head coaches giving back some salary

first_img Associated Press Norwich is in last place in the league and hosts Southampton on Friday in their first Premier League game back after the three-month suspension.One person has tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest round of checks. The Premier League announced that 1,541 tests had been conducted on players and club staff on June 15 and 16.___The Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Basel wants to cancel its 50th anniversary edition in October because of the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers say they told tour officials they would “prefer to cancel this year’s edition of the tournament in light of the current situation.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Nebraska football coach Scott Frost and men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg will donate a portion of their salaries to the athletic department’s general operating fund to help offset revenue shortfalls because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: Nebraska head coaches giving back some salary The NCAA on Wednesday approved plans for an extended preseason to give teams more time to hold walk-throughs. With the coronavirus pandemic wiping out spring practice for most teams, along with the usual required summer activities for players such as weight training and film study, schools want to make up for lost preparation time.___Club rugby in Europe is set to resume on Aug. 22 after a five-month suspension because of the coronavirus outbreak with matches in the PRO14 league that contains teams Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Italy and South Africa.A truncated regular season will be concluded by two rounds of matches where teams from the same nation play each other home and away to avoid cross-border travel.Semifinal matches will take place on Sept. 5 and the final on Sept. 12. Tournament head Roger Brennwald says playing the event with no fans or with social distancing “have to be ruled out for us in Basel on economic grounds.”The ATP is expected to decide on its end-of-season indoor schedule in mid-July.Brennwald says “it looks like coronavirus is on match point and is set for victory.”Hometown great Roger Federer was already set to miss the tournament where he worked as a ballboy and is the record 10-time champion. He ended his season this month to recover from knee surgery.___ “When I took this job, one of the things that stood out to me most about Nebraska was its complete commitment to the student-athlete, not just in football or men’s basketball, but in all sports,” Hoiberg said. “After a little more than a year here, I am even more impressed with the resources available to our young men and women. It is important to me to contribute to keeping Nebraska a leader in student-athlete support and services.”___The University of Texas announced that 13 football players tested positive for COVID-19 or are presumed positive, and contact tracing has 10 more in isolation.Texas started bringing football players back to campus for workouts on June 8. The school has also identified four other players who tested positive for the COVID-19 antibody.Kansas State officials reported Wednesday night that eight Wildcats athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 out of 130 tested. center_img The athletic department said in a statement Thursday the amount of the donations would be determined when the 2021 budget is closer to being finalized.Frost’s salary is $5 million this year. Hoiberg is set to earn $3 million.Frost is in his third year as head coach. He grew up in Wood River and was Cornhuskers quarterback in 1996-97. His father played football for the Huskers, his mother was a standout on the track team and is in the school’s athletic hall of fame.“These are difficult times across our country and in college athletics, and Nebraska athletics is not immune to the financial crunch,” Frost said. “This athletic department has been so important to my family for several decades. Before I ever played or coached here, I was a Nebraska Cornhusker fan first. I wanted to do my small part to help ensure our athletic department and all of our teams have the necessary resources to compete for championships moving forward.”Hoiberg is entering his second season at Nebraska. His parents are Nebraska graduates and his grandfather, Jerry Bush, was the Huskers’ men’s basketball coach from 1954-63. All 10 FBS conferences have now announced that their media days will be altered because of the pandemic, with most going virtual. The Big Ten has not made a final decision on its media days.___Norwich midfielder Marco Stiepermann has returned to training after self-isolating at home following a positive test for COVID-19.The English club was informed of the positive test on Friday. That was the same day Norwich played Tottenham in a friendly ahead of the resumption of the Premier League.Norwich says Stiepermann has remained asymptomatic and has since taken two further tests that returned negative results. June 18, 2020 PRO14 tournament director David Jordan says “we are very fortunate to be in a position where everyone involved is confident that we can conclude the season on the field of play.”The league has two conferences. Leinster and Ulster are the current top two in Conference A while Edinburgh and Munster are the top two in Conference B.___The Atlantic Coast Conference is moving its football media days online because of concerns about COVID-19.The ACC Football Kickoff was originally scheduled to be held at The Westin in Charlotte, North Carolina. It has been rescheduled for July 21-23 with coverage on the ACC Network. Commissioner John Swofford, each of the conference’s 14 head coaches and selected players will be featured. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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Singh half-century keeps Jaguars afloat after Cornwall snags 4-41 on rainy first day

first_imgLEEWARDS Hurricanes all-rounder Rakeem Cornwall bagged 4 important wickets, but a defiant 50 from Vishaul Singh kept the Guyana Jaguars in the hunt following the rainy first day at Providence. The defending champions were 115 for 4 from 54 overs with Singh unbeaten on 53 with 4 fours. He and all-rounder Raymon Reifer (4*), will resume on day two.Cornwall, West Indies off-spinning power-hitter snagged 4-41 as he continued to be a thorn in the Jaguars side.Rakeem CornwallBatting first after winning the toss under some overcast weather, opener Tevin Imlach, who replaced the injured Chandrapaul Hemraj, was bowled for a boundary-less 28-ball score of 2 by Cornwall.His partner at the top of the order, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, also failed to trouble the scorers as he too fell to the spin of the all-rounder and was pinned lbw not long after a painstaking 9 off 40 balls, as the off-spinner had Guyana reeling at 14-2 from in 13 overs.The new pair of veteran left-handers in Johnson and Singh, immediately applied themselves after Cornwall had his way with the openers.The pair of out-of-favour West Indies Test players chipped away at the Hurricanes bowlers and helped the champs reach their 50 without any trouble ahead of lunch. Johnson stroked 5 fours while his partner had three before rain put a pause on play for most of the afternoon session.Following an inspection at 16:20hrs, the covers were removed, and play restarted with the pair looking to carry their bats to the final ball of the day.Cornwall had other plans as he knocked over Jaguars captain with a beauty which flung Guyana into a spot of bother, as Singh was left unbeaten when the bails were lifted. Action continues at 10:00hrs today. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

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Football hits the road for critical rivalry game

first_imgThere is no doubting the historical appeal of the Notre Dame-USC rivalry, which dates back to 1926. But this weekend’s game carries a little extra juice than normal. No. 11 USC and No. 13 Notre Dame both enter highly ranked and with one loss, with Saturday’s game acting not only as a rivalry matchup but also as a College Football Playoff eliminator. “It’s really neat to have the two teams where we are right now,” head coach Clay Helton said. “Nationally ranked, a big game with a lot on the line. It reminds me a lot of how our game versus Penn State was in the Rose Bowl. It’s two teams when they’re playing well, it’s great for the game.” For USC, the question will be if it can turn in its first complete game against a ranked opponent since its Week 2 romping of Stanford. Against Utah last week, the Trojans fumbled three times in the first quarter and trailed by 14 at the half, while Utes running back Zach Moss gashed USC’s defense for 113 first half rushing yards. But in the second half, the team as a whole turned a switch. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold did not turn the ball over for the rest of the game, captaining three long scoring drives, while the defense gave up just one score. “I look forward to putting a full game together, like we did in that second half,” Helton said. “Showing that type of football, that clean, hard-nosed attitude that those kids had … It’s going to be needed in this game.” Perhaps the biggest challenge for the Trojans as they play on the road in South Bend, Ind., will be containing an elite Fighting Irish rushing attack with a depleted defensive line. While Helton expects junior defensive lineman Rasheem Green to play through an ankle injury suffered against Utah, it was a rough week for the nose tackle position. Having already lost highly touted freshman Marlon Tuipulotu to season ending back surgery, junior Josh Fatu suffered a concussion after being involved in a car accident and redshirt senior Kenny Bigelow officially transitioned to a non-football role after two previous knee surgeries. Now starting at nose tackle is Alaskan freshman Brandon Pili. In his first career start, Pili will be tasked with penetrating an experienced Irish offensive line and curtailing a ground attack led by junior running back Josh Adams and junior quarterback Brandon Wimbush. Adams has rushed for 776 yards on nine yards per carry, while Wimbush has run for 402 yards and eight touchdowns in a dual threat role. “[Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly] had DeShone Kizer the last couple of years and leaned on the passing game,” Helton said. “This year, you can tell he’s got two runners — one is the quarterback and one’s the big back. They’re spreading you out in three wide sets and running for 308 yards per game.” Compounding Notre Dame’s revamped ground and pound offense, is a stout run defense that has given up just one rushing touchdown all year. In their 20-19 loss to Georgia, the Irish held both Nick Chubb and Sony Michel to under 100 yards. Junior tackles Chuma Edoga and Toa Lobendahn are expected to play through various injuries, but freshman running back Stephen Carr remains out with a foot injury. With the Irish secondary ranking No. 78 in passing yards allowed per game, Saturday’s clash may come down to Darnold’s arm. In addition to the emergence of freshman wide receiver Tyler Vaughns as a threat over the past three games, USC’s deep tight end corps has done an excellent job of alleviating pressure on go-to slot man Deontay Burnett. Helton has confidence in four players, who will all play a significant number of snaps against Notre Dame. “[Sophomore tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe] helped us for about 12 plays last week,” Helton said. “We look forward to that number increasing as he gets healthy and more confident …That position right now is really stockpiled when you look at it with a lot of great talent. Not only do you have Daniel but you have Tyler [Petite], who’s having his best year by far, you’ve got the emergence of Josh Falo, who’s made two touchdown catches in the last two games and then you’ve got Erik Krommenhoek, who’s done the dirty work.” When USC heads to South Bend, Ind., for the 86th edition of a storied rivalry, more than the Jeweled Shillelagh hangs in the balance, as both schools fight to remain alive in the national title conversation. “It’s the best intersectional rivalry in all of college sports today,” Helton said. “Everybody wants to win this so they can leave their mark in history.”last_img read more

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West Indies Captain Carlos Brathwaite Expects Stern T20 Test from India

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – West Indies T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite is expecting a stern challenge from India when the two sides meet in the US for their upcoming Twenty20 series.The Windies will meet India in the first T20 in Lauderhill, Florida on Saturday and then again on Sunday. The third and final T20 will be played on August 6 in Jamaica.In recounting the last time the two teams met in the US, Brathwaite said the contests were fiercely contested, with 400 runs being scored in one game.“I’m expecting similar fight, similar grit, similar competition between the two teams. Obviously, West Indies and India have had good battles in the past and I expect nothing less in the two games in Florida,” the skipper said.West Indies’ T20 skipper Carlos Brathwaite is expecting some fiercely contested matches against IndiaBrathwaite said he was excited to have the services of Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard at his disposal and would be counting on their knowledge and experienceThe two Trinidadians were recalled to the 14-man squad after a hiatus from the regional outfit.“They are two leaders in the dressing room and it’s a joy to have them back with their vast experience and ability. They are winners – both have won the ICC T20 World Cup for West Indies and they have also won franchise tournaments around the world, including the Caribbean Premier League.“So, we are hoping to portray that positive flair and brand of cricket and for them to share their knowledge and ideas and also bring that energy to the team,” Brathwaite added.The skipper said he was also looking forward to the addition of newcomer Anthony Bramble.He said the exciting wicketkeeper/batsman was exactly what the West Indies were looking for.“We needed a second keeper … Shai Hope has been rested and Nicholas Pooran has been elevated to the lead keeper for this series … so, Bramble came into the reckoning and I’m happy to see him get an opportunity.“We wanted to find someone who is young and who can fit into the role. He led the West Indies B Team and he also plays all three formats. He had some performances in Canada and from all reports his performances were good. If he does get a chance to express himself and show the world why he was the man selected to do the job,” Brathwaite said.last_img read more

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Intralot posts ‘steady’ 2017 trading eyeing new contract growth

first_img Intralot strengthens U*BET offering with virtual sports addition August 6, 2020 Intralot accelerates Nederlandse Loterij retail transformation July 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Intralot enhances Malta games offering with E*SOCCER launch July 13, 2020 Submit Presenting its year-to-date trading statement (period ending 30 September), Athens-listed industry gaming and lottery systems supplier Intralot SA has reported a strong corporate momentum, as the company reports growth across its core metrics.For its YTD performance, Intralot reports a consolidated group revenue increase of 13% to €1,085 billion.The company reported a strong Q3 sales performance in the US, assisted by growth within its new markets of Jamaica, Poland Morocco and Azerbaijan.Intralot reports a 10% increase in its YTD EBITDA of €137 million, despite the company recording a 12% decrease of its earnings % margin impacted by ‘lottery contract’ changes.Closing its trading period, Intralot governance declares total consolidated YTD group profits of €190 million. The company updates that as of November 2017, its corporate debt stands at €497 millionLast May, Intralot governance detailed that its was reviewing its strategic options to accelerate its growth in the markets of the USA and TurkeyUpdating investors INTRALOT Group CEO Antonios Kerastaris stated “Financial Results for the 9M2017 demonstrate steady progress in all three strategic goals set by the company, namely gains in Operational Performance, the implementation of M&A strategies to improve the profitability of our offering mix while facilitating investments in new products and projects, and Financial Profile Restructuring to secure long-term visibility. INTRALOT’s market potential has been manifestly recognized by the success of a 3x-oversubscribed €500m bond offering with 7 year maturity period in September 2017. This issue allowed INTRALOT to fully repay its syndicated loans to the Greek banking sector while the diverse mix of investors includes the majority of the highest caliber international investment houses and generates additional confidence and credibility for INTRALOT’s prospects.” Share Related Articleslast_img read more

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Scientific Games agrees to supply VLTs through Norsk Tipping deal

first_img Share StumbleUpon Share Submit Perelman fund reviews majority shareholding in Scientific Games July 16, 2020 Scientific Games records $198m loss as COVID swamps casino and lottery performance July 24, 2020 Related Articles Via its Global Draw Ltd subsidiary, industry technology group Scientific Games Corporation (SGC) has secured a ‘landmark’ partnership with Norsk Tipping.The new agreement will see SGC supply 3,000-4,500 Video Lottery Terminals (VLT) across approximately 1,000 locations across Norway, which will include convenience stores, bingo venues and other arenas.Thorbjørn A Unneberg, EVP Market Operations Norsk Tipping, commented: “Having worked closely with Scientific Games over the years, we are delighted that they can extend their offering with us further.“Scientific Games was the best qualified vendor throughout the public procurement process and they have developed a unique hardware solution that meets our high expectations in terms of quality and design. We look forward to seeing the new terminals rolled out next year, and growing our successful partnership.”Under the partnership, Norsk Tipping has become the first European customer of Scientific Games to secure partnerships with the company for lottery, gaming and digital services, extending its current offering of iGaming, eInstant games, instant lottery games, lottery gaming systems and retail technology.Phil Horne, SG Gaming UK CEO, added: “Scientific Games has a wealth of gaming and lottery expertise across its business units. Using a collaborative approach and bringing in the best resources from across the Company was key to securing this deal, demonstrating that we will meet all customer needs and deliver a specific, tailored gaming solution. This has been an exciting project from the start – it has really allowed us to demonstrate our core strengths while delivering the right product for Norway.“The modular design combines sleek contemporary style with a host of advanced functions and features to provide an entertaining and engaging experience for the Norwegian player. The flexibility of the new product means that it will work in any retail environment.” Stats Perform becomes sole live streaming supplier for Norsk Tipping July 9, 2020last_img read more

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