Republican politician and lobbyist runs for election in EVE Online

first_imgRepublican politician and lobbyist runs for election in EVE Online”Maybe 20 years ago this would be weird, but given how mainstream gaming has become… how can anyone say ‘You’re throwing your life away playing these games?'”Haydn TaylorSenior Staff WriterMonday 14th May 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleCCP GamesRunning in this year’s EVE Online elections for a position on the Council of Stellar Management (CSM) is the uniquely-placed lawyer and Republican politician Brian Schoeneman. With a political and legal career stretching over 15 years, Schoeneman currently works as maritime law lobbyist in the state of Virginia. “I think the largest single thing I can bring to the CSM is that I have been doing what is effectively the CSM’s role for my entire political career,” Schoeneman told Kotaku in a recent interview. “I am constantly going out and lobbying the government and trying to educate them on what my members think is important, and how what the government does affects my industry, all while making sure what we do is good for the country.”Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “If you replace ‘government’ with CCP, ‘union members’ with the player base, and ‘country’ with the game world, I’m already basically a CSM. It’s literally my day job.”Created as an intermediary between the players and EVE Online developer CCP Games, the CSM is an officially recognised government which is elected every year to represent the interests of the community. “Maybe 20 years ago this would be weird, but given how mainstream gaming has become with Twitch streamers and YouTube stars making millions of dollars, how can anyone say ‘You’re throwing your life away playing these games?'” he said. “I’d rather be attacked for playing EVE than for being a liar, or for doing something truly bad.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEVE Online’s latest citizen science project to help COVID-19 researchCCP Games has announced the third phase of its Project Discovery initiativeBy Marie Dealessandri 10 months agoBanned Republican politician restored to EVE Online council following investigation“We made a mistake here and we offer our formal apologies,” says CCP GamesBy Haydn Taylor 2 years agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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Original founder re-acquires OpTic Gaming

first_imgOriginal founder re-acquires OpTic GamingHector Rodriguez takes esports organization back after Immortals Gaming Club acquisition last yearRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterWednesday 11th November 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareOriginal founder Hector Rodriguez has re-acquired OpTic Gaming from Immortals Gaming Club.In a statement today, Rodriguez announced he had been granted full ownership of the esports organization, and had unwound his prior standing interests with Immortals Gaming Club, including minority ownership of its League of Legends team.Rodriguez joined OpTic Gaming one year after its creation originally as a Call of Duty team, and was one of the founders of the group as an official organization.Related JobsSenior QA Engineer Gaming Studio Baltic Region UK & Europe Big PlanetLead Game Programmer – Quebec Province Quebec Big PlanetSenior Build Engineer – AAA Studio – Yorkshire UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games He sold his majority share in the company in 2017 to Neil Leibman and Chris Chanel, who created holding company Infinite Esports & Entertainment for OpTic Gaming as well as the Houston Outlaws and a number of other esports interests. Rodriguez remained OpTic CEO.However, the holding company underwent layoffs in 2018, with then-president Ryan Musselman attributing the company’s issues to it growing too rapidly.Infinite Esports was then acquired by Immortals Gaming Club in June of last year, and Rodriguez departed his role of CEO shortly after to join NRG, though he retained a minority interest.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesMTG loses money in Q1 despite greater revenuesESL Gaming parent company doesn’t expect a significant return to live esports events until 2022By Brendan Sinclair 12 days agoGrid secures $10m in Series A fundingGerman-based esports data company will use the “investment to take on the US”By Jeffrey Rousseau A month agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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Heart attacks in times of corona

first_imgThe emperor of maladies is here and the rest of the maladies rather wait or fall in line. Does it matter if your coronary artery is getting blocked or cancerous cells invade your brain when a new bug is running amock along with the human race? Most people in the world die of a heart attack, but this isn’t a good time to have one.That’s because most doctors are busy caring for people with the new bug. Some others are busy worrying about the new bug and trying not to get it. More so, while going about their usual work of dealing heart attacks, high blood sugars, brain tumours and all. Torrid times are these for those who may have the need to seek medical help for whatever it may be. Can the new germ, lurking around, be reason enough to pause all other life and death matters? Well, if you still need to go to a hospital, make sure that you do not pick up the new bug there or on the way there. Sure, you mustn’t hesitate to seek medical help if you need emergency care. But if your problem can be solved by phone or a tele-med consult, by all means, try to do it. If this is the new normal, we shall adapt and find a way around. We may overcome, we may survive the heart attacks. But still, this isn’t the best time to have one. However, if broken bones need mending, brain clots need to be dissolved, clogged arteries need to be opened up, gnawing cancers need to be exterminated, why should these make way for the new bug.last_img read more

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Entergy’s Arkansas Nuclear One Unit 2 reactor vessel head passes inspection

first_img By chloecox – Entergy’s Arkansas Nuclear One Unit 2 reactor vessel head passes inspection Each of the ANO units is refueled about every 18 months. The previous refueling outage duration record for ANO was 22 days 22 hours, set by Unit 1 last spring during its 16th refueling. That duration was also a record for a Babcock and Wilcox designed unit. Unit 2 was last refueled in fall 2000. That outage featured replacement of the unit’s two steam generators, prominent components for pressurized water reactor systems. Unit 2’s previous shortest refueling outage was 30 days for 2R12 in spring 1997. 5.6.2002 Entergy’s nuclear businesses comprise five reactors at four locations in Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana under regulatory jurisdictions and four reactors at three sites in Massachusetts and New York. Entergy Nuclear has also signed an agreement to purchase the Vermont Yankee plant at Vernon, Vt., and expects to close the transaction in the second quarter of 2002. Entergy Nuclear also furnishes license renewal and decommissioning services to the U.S. nuclear power industry. Linkedin Entergy Nuclear’s on-line address is http://www.entergy-nuclear.com RUSSELLVILLE, Ark., May 6, 2002 — Unit 2 at Entergy’s Arkansas Nuclear One is back on line, generating electricity after shutting down for refueling April 12. Unit 2’s 15th refueling outage ended Saturday after 21 days 18 hours, cutting four days off the world duration record for units designed by Combustion Engineering. Suitors for halted Bellefonte nuclear project ask TVA to consider climate in reviving sale In addition to replacing about a third of 177 fuel assemblies in the Unit 2 reactor, major outage work included inspections of the reactor vessel head and steam generators and extensive turbine maintenance. Facebook The nuclear businesses of Entergy Corporation are headquartered in Jackson, Miss. Entergy, a global energy company based in New Orleans, is the third largest power generator in the nation with more than 30,000 megawatts of generating capacity, about $10 billion in revenue and over 2.6 million customers. Twitter NuclearReactors Optimizing Plant Performance: The April POWERGEN+ series activates today The next refueling of Unit 1 is planned for this fall. Between the two ANO units, there have been a total of 31 refueling outages spanning the plant’s 27 years of commercial operation. The reactor vessel head was determined to be in good shape. All 90 nozzle penetrations were thoroughly inspected and found to be leak-free. Inspections of reactor vessel heads for pressurized water reactors have taken on a new significance since February when severe reactor vessel head corrosion was discovered at the Davis Besse nuclear plant in Ohio. The corrosion there resulted from leakage of reactor coolant containing boric acid, an additive that regulates reactor power by absorbing neutrons. This condition is unique to pressurized water reactors. Facebook No posts to display Linkedin TAGSEntergy Previous articleWilliams places Sundance Expansion Project into serviceNext articleCalpine’s 230-MW Island Cogeneration facility enters commercial operations chloecox RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Last year was ANO’s best year yet for production. The two units combined to generate 14.7 million megawatt-hours of electricity, the most ever for the site. This equates to about a third of the overall electricity consumption in Arkansas. Unit 2 also set a unit-best record generating 7.9 million megawatt hours of electricity. New Jersey utility regulators extend zero-carbon breaks for PSEG nuclear power plants Unit 2 comes out of this refueling outage capable of generating about 107 megawatts more electricity. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently approved a 7.5 percent increase in thermal power of the reactor. This increase, coupled with efficiency gains from secondary system modifications during this and past refueling outages, yields a total increased gross output of about 11 percent, or 107 megawatts. The added generation means ANO will be capable of supplying electricity for an additional 78,000 homes. Twitterlast_img read more

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Search for 2 missing men after helicopter crash in Maryland

first_imgiStock/imaginewithme(MIAMI) —  Emergency responders are searching for two missing men after a helicopter crashed Saturday in Maryland, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.Maryland Coast Guard watch standers received a report that a two-seat helicopter with two men aboard crashed about one mile south of Kent Island Saturday afternoon. We are assisting Queen Anne County authorities with this incident with several boats and a dive team. Media staging area being established at the United Communities VFD on Romancoke Road. https://t.co/S9dt0Lbxt6— Anne Arundel Fire (@AACoFD) May 4, 2019The Coast Guard and Federal Aviation Administration, along with state and local partners, are on the scene with a dive team and boats assisting on the search.The cause of the crash is unclear at this time.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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The Good News About Body Image

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA Mental Health Minute by Cristina FrickOne day I was in the library, working on my thesis and feeling tired. I made a stop in the bathroom, looked in the mirror, and remember thinking that I looked pretty weary. Then as I was getting ready to leave the bathroom, I noticed a small Post-It note on the mirror. It said simply, “You are beautiful just the way you are.” I remember thinking that it was so refreshing to see encouragment from other women in a place where so many women look in the mirror and think critical thoughts of themselves.Suddenly, everywhere I looked, I noticed campaigns for positive body image- in my Glamour Magazine, in commercials on TV, even on TV shows. It suddenly hit me that women have made a lot of progress in seeing their bodies in a positive light in the last several years. Listed below are a few great examples of forward movement in this area that will inspire you to see yourself as already naturally beautiful.1. Operation Beautiful: As it turns out, the Post-It note I saw on the bathroom mirror at school was part of a project called Operation Beautiful. This genius idea by Caitlin Boyle encourages women to write uplifting, anonymous messages like “You’re beautiful,” “You’re perfect just the way you are,” and “You are beautiful because you are God’s masterpiece” on Post-It notes and post them in public places. Some of the most creative ones I noticed on Caitlin’s website were a note on a scale that said, “This number does not change who you are” and a note on a box of Slim-Fast in the grocery store that said, “You’re beautiful just the way you are.” I was so inspired by this website that I’m going to do my own Post-It note. There’s this incorrect perception of women in our society that we are hard on each other and want to tear each other down, but Caitlin’s website proves that this is a complete myth. In reality, most women want to support each other and spread the love.2. The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty: If you are a role model in a young girl’s life, take note: Dove’s Campaign For Real Beauty hosts self-esteem workshops for girls ages 8-12 to help protect them from the pressures of idealized body image in the media. Girls attend with a mother, teacher, or other mentor in their life (fathers and male mentors can also attend) to explore self-esteem issues faced by young women. The workshops are interactive, and participants will discuss self-esteem, body image, and diversity of beauty. A portion of the proceeds from Dove products go toward these self-esteem workshops. The $10 donation required for workshop registration goes directly to the National Eating Disorder Information Centre. There is also a Dove self-esteem program available for both boys and girls called the Real Beauty School Program. 3. Glamour Magazine– In Glamour’s September 2009 issue, Akiba Solomon wrote an article entitled “What Everyone But You Sees About Your Body,” highlighting all the beautiful aspects of women’s bodies. Perhaps the most empowering thing about this article was the beautiful woman pictured on Page 194, model Lizzie Miller. This beautiful woman is a size 12-14, the size of an average American woman, and appears in the picture showing off what magazine editors called “a belly roll,” which is something I have never seen in a magazine before. It is so nice to see an average, *real* woman’s body in a magazine. This is such good news for women, especially me, because I have a little bit of a belly myself! And it’s not just me that was struck by the beauty and realness of this picture- people became so fascinated with Lizzie that she was featured on CNN, The Today Show, and Access Hollywood.  I always felt that Glamour was one of the classier women’s magazines, and now it is proven.Even “America’s Next Top Model” is making strides toward a more diverse definition of beauty. Whitney Thompson, a plus-sized model, won Cycle 10 of the show, and the current season features only models under 5’7″ (unusually short for “typical” models). Although I watch and love “America’s Next Top Model,” I would not recommend it for young women still developing their body image, but at least Tyra Banks and the show are making some strides toward a more diverse definition of beauty.I could not write a column about body image without mentioning anorexia and bulimia and where to find help if you feel that you or someone you care about is suffering from either of these disorders. According to the DSM-IV-TR (American Psychiatric Association, 2000), anorexia nervosa refers to a refusal to eat due to an intense fear of gaining weight. Purging, or throwing up/expelling what one has eaten, can also be a part of anorexia (the person may cycle back and forth between refusal to eat and binge-eating/purging). Bulimia nervosa refers to the tendency to binge, or eat much more food than most people would within a 2-hour period, and purge, or throw up or expel what has been eaten because of an intense fear of gaining weight. If you feel that you or someone you care about is suffering from anorexia or bulimia, the APA website offers a listing of therapists in every state.All in all, I think women have finally said “enough is enough” to the unrealistic images of beauty portrayed in the media. Women already have a lot to be proud of. Check out the above websites, magazines, etc. for inspiration, and remember: you are beautiful inside and out._____________________________Cristina Frick is a contributing writer and volunteer editor at the Good News Network since 2006. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Clinical and Community Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and plans to graduate in December.  “Thank you to my mom, dad, family, friends, and boyfriend for helping me develop a healthy body image!”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Muslim student group reorganizes

first_imgDespite being a small minority on a predominantly Catholic campus, Muslim students at Notre Dame maintain a strong faith community through the Muslim Students Association (MSA). The club now sponsors seminars, daily prayer, weekly Quran studies and trips to a local mosque, though it offered little only a year ago, according to president Aamir Ahmed Khan. “[The MSA] was in a dead zone … as good as inactive,” Khan said. Recognizing the MSA’s need for revitalization, Priscilla Wong, associate director for administration at Campus Ministry, reached out to Khan when he was a first-year graduate student, Khan said. Khan said he and a number of other students established a committee to reorganize the group. “Since we reorganized the committee, we’ve been getting a lot of positive responses from the students,” said S. Moudud Islam, the MSA treasurer. About 20 of the University’s estimated 90 Muslim students actively participate in the club. Kahn said the resource is especially helpful for international students. “We are far from our own country and we miss our family and religion and practices,” he said. “We’re trying to make an environment [that] lets students know that we can do the same thing here.” While Muslim students may feel isolated because of their separation from the familiarities of their home lives, Khan said he has not heard of negative experiences. “We have not faced any challenge[s] so far, only appreciation and encouragement,” he said. Khan said the group is an asset to the entire campus, not just its Muslim members. He said he has seen an increase in non-Muslim interests in the Muslim faith and culture, which has manifested itself at MSA events and through a student-made documentary on Muslims at Notre Dame titled “Scarves and Crosses,” which premiered at the Student Film Festival. “[Non-Muslim students] are asking questions positively,” Khan said. “And that is really an encouraging thing.”last_img read more

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Janie Dee & More Cast in Menier Chocolate Factory’s Revival of The Boy Friend

first_img View Comments London’s Menier Chocolate Factory has announced initial casting for its upcoming production of Sandy Wilson’s delightful 1953 tuner The Boy Friend. Matthew White will direct the previously announced production, set to begin previews on November 22 and open on December 3.The cast will feature Olivier winner Janie Dee (Follies) as Madame Dubonnet, Jack Butterworth (Billy Elliot) as Bobby van Husen, Amara Okereke (Oklahoma!) as Polly, Tiffany Graves (Sweet Charity) as Hortense, Olivier nominee Issy van Randwyck (Rough Crossing) as Lady Brockhurst, Adrian Edmondson (Twelfth Night) as Lord Brockhurst and Dylan Mason (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) as Tony.Wilson’s all-singing all-dancing love letter to 1920s musical comedies is set in Madame Dubonnet’s finishing school in the south of France, where perfect young ladies burst into song at the least provocation, and forbidden boyfriends are forever popping through the French windows to sing and dance with them.Joining White on the creative team are choreographer Bill Deamer, musical director Simon Beck, scenic designer Paul Farnsworth, lighting designer Paul Anderson, sound designer Gregory Clarke and orchestrator David Cullen.The Menier’s production is scheduled to play a limited engagement through March 7, 2020. Janie Dee(Photo: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)last_img read more

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Speaker Smith, Senator Campbell announce first ever ‘Legithon’ conference Nov 13

first_img10:00am – 12:00pm ​          Group break-out sessions with coaches  12:00pm – 1:00pm           Lunch (State House Cafeteria) 1:00pm – 6:00pm           Group break-out sessions with coaches 6:00pm – 12:00am           Voluntary work session time (at a Montpelier venue to be determined)​Sunday, NOVEMBER 15​, 20159:00am – 10:00am           Working breakfast (State House Cafeteria) 10:00am – 11:00am ​           Finalize proposals 11:00am – 12:00pm           Proposal presentations (House Chamber) 12:30pm – 1:30pm          Wrap-up and Awards Specific event details are available at vtlegithon.org(link is external). 7:00pm – 8:00pm           Welcome Remarks​ (House Chamber)                    Shap Smith, Speaker of the House(link is external)​                    John Campbell, President Pro Tempore(link is external) ​ 8:00pm – 10:00pm           Working Session (House Camber)                    Introduction to the Legislative Process                    Form Groups & Discuss Topics  ​Saturday, ​​​NOVEMBER 14, 20159:00am – 10:00am           Working breakfast (State House Cafeteria)center_img Vermont Business Magazine House Speaker Shap Smith and Senate President Pro Tempore John Campbell today announced the first ever “Legithon,” an intensive policy collaboration conference that will bring together Vermont students, academic leaders, business people, legal professionals and lawmakers to develop technology and economic development proposals. Drawing on models from events like Hackathons and the Start Up Weekend, the Legithon will bring together a diverse group to participate in an exciting weekend of work and learning. The goal is to educate the public on legislative processes by developing model proposals for economic development policy and legislative action.Shap Smith and John Campbell at a Vermont Chamber event in February 2014. VBM file photo.“Vermonters are smart, resourceful people who want to work together to shape the state’s future,” said House Speaker Shap Smith. “The Legithon is an exciting opportunity to unite Vermont’s brightest minds for a common purpose. I am excited to co-host these meetings, and to share ideas as we work to grow jobs and create a strong future for Vermont.”“The Legithon is a great, new way to bring creative minds together and collaborate under one roof. The business community continues to become more technology oriented and I believe this event is a wonderful opportunity to connect young Vermonters with some of our great technology companies here in Vermont,” said President Pro Tem John Campbell.The weekend long Legithon will be held at the Vermont State House starting Friday, November 13. Attendees will form workgroups to collaborate through the duration of the weekend, culminating with the creation and presentation of proposals on Sunday, November 15. The Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research and Vermont Law School will facilitate the Legithon in conjunction with legislators and stakeholders.“We are thrilled to take part in this first-of-its-kind event,” noted Representative Bill Botzow and Senator Kevin Mullin, the chairs of their respective chambers’ economic development committees. “The Legithon has the potential to significantly inform the committee process we undertake each year. We are excited for this opportunity to brainstorm new, innovative policies for Vermont.”Following the event, the organizers will publicize the participants’ proposals through the event’s web-presence and other channels. The sponsors plan to develop a “how to” manual that can act as a design tool for further iterations of Legithon events.SCHEDULE ​OF EVENTS​​Unless otherwise ​specified, all events will be at the Vermont State Capitol Building.​ ​SCHEDULEFriday, NOVEMBER 13, 2015​6:00pm – 7:00pm            Registration and Welcome Supper (State House Cafeteria)last_img read more

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Rock of Ages owner buys famous French limestone quarries

first_imgRock of Ages Corporation,Vermont Business Magazine The parent company of Barre’s Rock of Ages, Polycor Inc of Quebec, announced today the acquisition of four famous limestone quarries located in Burgundy, France, previously belonging to Rocamat. The French quarries have been used for centuries to build landmarks across Europe. Vermont-based Swenson Granite and Rock of Ages are part of the Polycor family of brands. As a result of this acquisition, local Rock of Ages customers will now have access to this heritage French limestone along with the American granites.France is currently sourcing stone from Vermont’s quarries for its restoration projects. Notably, La Grande Arche de la Défense (in Puteaux, west of Paris) designed by Johann Otto von Spreckelsen, has been restored with Vermont’s Bethel White Granite. The Bethel white is taking the place of Italian marble. Bethel white also was chosen for the 74-story home of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company in the United Arab Emirates.The Grand Arch was built to celebrate the bicentennial of the French Revolution (July 14, 1789, storming of the Bastille). The concrete, granite, marble and glass arch is also an office building with 35 floors of office space. The massive structure is large enough to fit the Notre-Dame Cathedral inside its 348-foot span and 361-foot high rooftop terrace. Courtesy Jennifer Smiga (Marketing).Polycor is known for its vast portfolio of stones, many of which are the building blocks of the US’ cherished heritage sites such as the Washington Monument benches, New York City’s Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and Union Station.The acquisition of these French limestone quarries allows Polycor to further diversify its offering, now including the well-known Massangis stone. For centuries, this limestone has been used to build some of the most important structures in France, including the Louvre Museum, the Louis Vuitton Foundation and the base of the Eiffel Tower.Here in the US, this iconic limestone clads the exterior of the modernist Katzen Arts Center at American University (link is external)in Washington, DC.This acquisition furthers Polycor’s global presence as the company aims to expand its scope of activities and line of products from one continent to another. Thanks to Polycor’s existing sales infrastructure, US and world clients alike will now be able to purchase this iconic French limestone in a variety of shapes and sizes for residential and commercial projects: slabs, tiles, blocks and custom made projects.Polycor plans to invest equipment and infrastructure updates, as well as return 18 employees back to their original activities at the French quarries, now under Polycor’s leadership. SEE RELATED STORY HERE(link is external)About Polycor Inc.Founded in 1987 in Quebec City, Canada, Polycor Inc. is a leader in the natural stone industry in North America. The company’s growth through acquisitions, including U.S. based Rock of Ages and Swenson Granite in September 2016, demonstrates its position as a leader. Polycor Inc. employs nearly 900 people and owns over 30 quarries and 15 manufacturing plants across Canada, the United States and now, France. For more information, please visit our website: polycor.com/incSource: Quebec, July 9, 2018 – Polycor Inclast_img read more

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