Thurston County Distributing More Than 128,000 Cloth Masks for Low-Income Individuals…

first_imgCommunity Action Council10,000 Thurston County Food Bank53,370 Rochester Organization of Families (ROOF) Community Services15,000 South Sound Senior Services6,000 Facebook932Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyThurston County Emergency Management (TCEM) will be distributing close to 128,500 cloth masks to local organizations to aid in the distribution to local families and individuals that fall below the 200% federal poverty level.The mask distribution, as directed by the Governor’s Office through the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC), is intended to help protect low income families and individuals and help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. It also provides access to masks for low income individuals as the public health guidelines encourage use.The first shipment of masks is expected to arrive either today, Friday, June 19, or early next week from the SEOC. TCEM will deliver the masks to each organization as they receive shipments.Organizations and Mask Distribution Numbers: Thurston County Public Health and Social Services (PHSS)5,000 Centro Integral Educativo Latino de Olympia (CIELO)5,000 South Sound YMCA20,000 Partners in Prevention Education (PiPE)4,000 Salvation Army5,000 County Reserve – Will Distribute as Needed5,000last_img read more

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Caio Henrique waits for Atlético to decide its future

first_imgCaio Henrique is one of the players that Atlético has on loan. The 22-year-old Brazilian, who has secured himself during his term on loan in Fluminense, waits for the rojiblanco club to decide where he will continue his career. His period of assignment in the Flu ended with the chimes last night and now we have to solve. Guild has addressed Atlético and they hope to tie the arrival of a player who has specialized during his stay in Brazil as a left back. Curiously, a position to reinforce in the Atlético squad. Gremio presented Atlético with conditions that the current Caio Henrique team seemed unable to reach. But Fluminense does not throw in the towel and has gone to Atlético to see if there is still the possibility of extending the transfer. Caio Henrique became in the orbit of Atlético’s first team. He was a regular player in the training of Simeone and came to debut at his command in the Copa del Rey. But in the quarry he did not finish curdling and first passed through Guarana, where he expressed more in what had been his usual position as an offensive midfielder. However, during his assignment in Fluminense he has maintained his performance and has established him as a left-back. With the Flu he has played 43 games, 3,870 minutes, with one goal and three assists. Guild considered his arrival behind the scenes, if nothing strange happened about the horn.last_img read more

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Thompson shrugs off fatigue, posts near triple-double in Kings win

first_imgLATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGinebra needed three overtimes to fend off Rain or Shine, 100-92, on Friday, and with the two teams going at it on Monday in Game 1 of their 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals, Scottie Thompson already knew what to expect.“We know Rain or Shine is a tough team. We know each other too well, especially our lapses, so we knew we had to grind this game out,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffercenter_img Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano But the former University of Perpetual Help star knows that even this effort won’t be enough for a desperate Rain or Shine side aching to equalize the series at Smart Araneta Coliseum, making him more giddy to double, or even triple his efforts in the next game.“We got Game 1 and that’s important for us. But it’s important that we learn from our mistakes and also adjust on our lapses. Hopefully, we get it again,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sans Slaughter, Devance steps up on defense in Game 1 win Fatigued from the last game, Thompson knew he had no other choice but to find a way to muster all of his energy in the series opener.Somehow, someway, he found the strength to double his effort on both ends of the floor as the sophomore guard almost nabbed a rare triple-double with 14 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists in the Gin Kings’ 88-80 victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We just did what coach told us. We worked hard and through that hard work, it paid off,” he said. “As coach Tim said, we knew their bench is deep and they will do everything to get the win, so we should also double our effort.”With Thompson keeping the ship afloat, the Gin Kings gained a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series and now has a chance to sweep the Elasto Painters on Wednesday in Game 2. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

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Modesty spawns new swimwear

first_imgAmana Siddiqi loved swimming as a child but gave it up as a teenager because her Muslim faith required she fully cover her body in public. “At age 15, I started to cover, so I stopped going to public pools,” said Siddiqi, now 27, whose parents come from India and Pakistan. “Most of my friends stopped, too. They felt self-conscious.” Then last summer Siddiqi bought a specially made swimsuit that covers her body while allowing full motion. While vacationing in Hawaii she was free to go snorkeling, jet skiing and on water slides. Muslim girls and women are increasingly participating in athletic activities, especially as second- and third-generation children of immigrants grow up surrounded by American influences. But doing so requires them to overcome a seemingly large obstacle: Islam’s traditional emphasis on modest dress. When it comes to water sports, the challenge can be even more difficult than in Muslim countries, where the sexes are often separated in pools and on beaches. America is predominantly coed, and increasingly the norm is skimpy swimsuits. Enter the new-and-improved all-body suit. While full-body swimwear has been around for decades, during the past couple of years it has undergone a renaissance as the niche market has grown. Today about a dozen stores, based in the United States and abroad, sell swimwear to Muslim-American women, mostly through online catalogs. A full suit can cost more than $100, with pants around $60, shirts at $25 and water scarves and hoods about $15. The material comes in synthetic combinations that include polyester, nylon and Lycra. It allows flexible movement in the water while not sticking to a woman’s body when she exits the pool – which could counter the desired result. The suits are also increasingly stylish, with aqua to purple to hot pink colors, intricate sequin designs and miniskirts that go over long pants. “We want to be modest, but we also want to be fashionable,” said Shereen Sabet, who last year founded Splashgear, a Huntington Beach-based online swimwear store for Muslim women. Sabet, 36, a microbiologist at California State University, Long Beach, said she decided to get into the business while trying to reconcile the conflict between her Muslim faith and a love of scuba diving. She realized that many female Muslim friends completely avoided the water because of modesty concerns. “Nothing in the Quran says women and men can’t swim or scuba dive together,” said Sabet, whose parents are from Egypt. “It’s just a question of finding a solution.” For Hayat Diab, 65, finding a solution has helped her deal with severe arthritis. Diab, originally from Syria, lives in an Irvine apartment complex that has several pools. She had never swum in her life until two years ago, when she bought a special suit that includes long pants, a long-sleeved top and a cap for her hair. “When I go to the Jacuzzi, I feel all my joints relax,” Diab said. Her husband, Ibrahim Al-Tawil, 75, is a longtime swimmer who is now teaching his wife. “We are happy to be together in the swimming pool,” he said. Finding ways to navigate American culture and Islamic norms is a constant theme in Muslim focus groups, said David Morse, president of New American Dimensions, a multicultural marketing research company. “There is a desire to assimilate and be seen as everyday Americans,” Morse said. “But because of Muslim customs like clothing, it can be hard to fit in.” “The suits basically protect women from the unwanted looks of men,” he said. For Sama Wareh, 23, a stylish suit helps her fit in while surfing. Before buying a Splashgear suit last year, she would go into the ocean wearing jogging pants, skirt and long-sleeved shirt. A lifeguard once asked her what others on the beach might have been wondering: ” `Dude, are you like a Muslim surfer girl or something?’ ” she recalled. Now people are asking her where to buy one of the suits. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Premier League trio set to miss out on Marseille star

first_img Mario Lemina Liverpool and West Ham target Mario Lemina is closing in on a move to Serie A outfit Napoli.The 21-year-old Marseille midfielder has been the subject of a bid from Juventus and interest from Inter Milan for his signature, but is in advanced talks to join Napoli.Liverpool and the Hammers, as well as Southampton, have been impressed with the France under-21 star’s performances in Ligue 1 so far this season and could yet come in with late offers for Lemina, who can also operate at right-back.However, the Premier League sides will have to move quickly as the Gabon-born star is in Naples for talks this week.“The negotiations to bring Lemina to Napoli are going pretty well,” club sources told Sky Sport Italia.“He’s a player of great quality who can give a huge hand to Napoli in central midfield.“Everyone involved wants to push this move through.” 1last_img read more

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WATCH: Roy Hodgson and Wayne Rooney make appeal to England fans over behaviour

first_img1 Wayne Rooney and Roy Hodgson England manager Roy Hodgson and captain Wayne Rooney have appealed directly to fans to “stay out of trouble” following UEFA’s threat to expel the team from Euro 2016.In an unprecedented move the pair recorded a video, shared by the Football Association on Twitter, in which Hodgson and Rooney urge supporters to do everything in their power to avoid repeats of the violent scenes which marred their time in Marseille.Hodgson pleaded with fans to ensure UEFA’s threats to dismiss England and Russia from the tournament should there be further disturbances “are never carried out” while Rooney asked those without tickets for games not to travel.Three days of clashes involving English, Russian and French fans provided a grim backdrop to their Group B opener at the Stade Velodrome.The Football Union of Russia was charged by UEFA for events inside the ground – alleged crowd disturbances, racist behaviour and the setting off of fireworks – but further statements made it clear that the Football Association was also under the microscope after violent scenes in the city’s Old Port area before and after the game.Hodgson said: “As England manager I am very concerned about the threat now hanging over us and the sanctions that could possibly be imposed on the England team.“We’ve worked very hard to get here and we really desperately want to stay in the competition. I’m appealing therefore to all of our fans, and we appreciate your support at the matches of course.“I’m appealing for you to stay out of trouble, to try and make certain these threats that are being issued are never carried out and we are able to attempt the best we can to stay in this competition by football means.”Rooney, representing the players, added: “I’d like to thank England fans for the support inside the stadium against Russia and now we have a big game coming up against Wales. I’d like to ask the fans, if you don’t have a ticket, please don’t travel.“And for fans with tickets, please be safe, be sensible and continue with your great support of the players. Thank you.”center_img 🎥 A message to #ThreeLions fans from #ENG manager Roy Hodgson and captain @WayneRooney #TogetherForEngland https://t.co/dXRSZdMUXk— England (@England) June 13, 2016last_img read more

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Every Prem club ranked by number of goals scored by English players – 20 to one

first_img 7. Everton had 17 goals scored by Englishmen 20 20 20 4= West Ham United had 19 goals scored by Englishmen 16= Stoke City had eight goals scored by Englishmen 6. Leicester City had 18 goals scored by Englishmen 20 20 20 4= Liverpool had 19 goals scored by Englishmen 20. West Bromwich Albion had four goals scored by Englishmen 11. Manchester United had 13 goals scored by Englishmen 15. Swansea City had nine goals scored by Englishmen 20 20 13. Hull City had 11 goals scored by Englishmen 12. Crystal Palace had 12 goals scored by Englishmen 20 20 20 1. Tottenham Hotspur had 52 goals scored by Englishmen 14. Watford had 10 goals scored by Englishmen 20 18. Chelsea had seven goals scored by Englishmen For the second Premier League campaign in a row, Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has won the Golden Boot.The Spurs star was the first Englishman since Kevin Phillips in 1999/2000 to score the most goals in the league last year.It mean now that ten seasons since 1992 have had a home-grown top scorer, but how many goals did Englishmen score for each top-flight team?Click the right arrow above to see which Premier League club had the most goals scored by English players… 2= Southampton had 24 goals scored by Englishmen 20 20 19. Middlesbrough had five goals scored by Englishmen 20 10. Burnley had 14 goals scored by Englishmen 20 8. Sunderland had 16 goals scored by Englishmen 16= Manchester City had eight goals scored by Englishmen 20 20 20 20 9. Arsenal had 15 goals scored by Englishmen 2= Bournemouth had 24 goals scored by Englishmen last_img read more

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Enzymes Chew Like Pac-Man

first_imgEvidence is growing that many enzymes have moving parts.  They act like scissors, clamps and little pac-mans.  When precisely-folded chains of amino acids emerge from the ribosome, they fold into unique shapes with the aid of chaperones.  But those shapes are not static globs.  They move, say Dmitry A. Kondrashov and George N. Phillips, Jr. (U. of Wisconsin).  Writing in Structure,1 they describe some of the “molecular mastication mechanics” of these amazing machines:Computational prediction of global protein motion… suggests that enzymatic active sites tend to be placed near the hinges of the “jaws” of enzyme structures.    Proteins self-organize into exquisitely precise structures, but the actual conformation of a protein fluctuates, and almost never coincides exactly with the average structure observed via X-ray crystallography or other methods.  Mounting evidence suggests that these induced motions play specific and essential roles in protein function….   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Proteins are so tiny, the motions are very hard to observe.  The authors describe the various techniques that try to shed light on “the central question: do these motions contribute to enzyme function?”  It appears they do:Stabilization of the transition state relative to the substrate is thought to be the key to enzymatic efficiency.  Static effects clearly play a major part via the electrostatic contribution of the positioning of polar residues.  The existence of a “dynamic effect,” however, is controversial, specifically the proposition that enzymes can channel thermal vibrational energy into modes co-directional with the reaction coordinate, thus making barrier crossing more likely.  Nevertheless, evidence is accreting to indicate a link between well-defined global motions and catalysis.After the technical jargon, they lighten up and explain this for the rest of us with some everyday comparisons: Computation of the normal modes of motion allowed the determination of the “hinges” or pivot points that separate regions of the protein moving in opposite directions, much like the end of a nutcracker.  In the vast majority of the enzymes studied, the catalytic residues were found to be located in a predicted hinge region…. This finding contributes a bioinformatic dimension to the field of functional protein dynamics and may allow improved functional annotation for the flood of newly solved protein structures.  The results also suggest an enhanced role for the global protein structure, which often has been viewed as a scaffold supporting the active site.  The study adds to the growing body of evidence that the fold determines global protein dynamics, suggesting a mechanism for allosteric signal transduction, functional impact of distant mutations, and other effects not explained by the chemistry of the active site.  In this view, enzymatic structures resemble a Pac-Man icon, with active sites located in the wedge-shaped opening, and the structure responsible for the “chewing” motion of the “mouth.”What this means is that the whole protein – all the amino acids, even those distant from the active site, are involved.  It is possible that they contribute to orienting the substrate into the active site and stabilizing it once it makes contact, like a vise grip.  Moving parts might also contribute to the release of the substrate after catalysis is complete.  The structure might strip off solvents before the substrate reaches the active site, resulting in more efficient catalysis.  Even short fragments distant from the hinge might contribute an essential part of the overall function.    Viewing enzymes as dynamic machines opens up new avenues for investigation, they envision.  The specific sequences in all the parts of the enzyme would require closer scrutiny; they might have moving parts as well.  At least, it is an idea to chew on, they conclude; “The relative importance of topology and sequence for protein dynamics and function needs to be investigated, in order to add more teeth to the masticating view of enzyme dynamics.”1Dmitry A. Kondrashov and George N. Phillips, Jr, “Molecular Mastication Mechanics,” Structure, Volume 13, Issue 6, June 2005, pages 836-837, doi:10.1016/j.str.2005.05.004.Wonderful thoughts, devoid of evolutionary speculation.  Enzymes can no longer be viewed as floating wads of amino acid gunk, and not even as rigid tools like screwdrivers and hammers.  Now, we see them as power tools: “exquisitely precise structures” with moving parts, each part contributing to the task at hand.  This means that enzymes cannot tolerate many mutations.  Previously, biochemists thought that the active site alone was the most intolerant of mutations, but if this emerging picture of dynamic action is correct, even short sequences of amino acids distant from the active site may play vital roles in the overall function.  The game is not getting any easier for the Darwinists as Pac-Man keeps chewing through their assumptions.(Visited 252 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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From Finland to SA’s Fifa Cup

first_imgMeeting Nelson Mandela on Robben Islandduring the 2003 Fifa inspection tour wasthe highlight of Pertti Alaja’s trip to SouthAfrica. “Playing in a Fifa World Cup is anunparalleled experience for a footballer,”says Pertti Alaja.When former Finland international goalkeeper Pertti Alaja received a call last year on his mobile phone from a number starting with +27, he had a flutter of excitement.Alaja knew it was the international dialling code for South Africa, and on the other side of the line a voice with an offer he knew instantly he couldn’t refuse.“When the proposal came for me to join South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee, it took me less than 10 seconds to say yes,” he says.As an 18-year-old, Alaja  made his debut for Finland’s biggest and most successful club, HJK Helsinski, going on to be a colossus in the Finnish national team for over a decade between 1973 and 1983.He is now tournament director for Fifa’s 2009 Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup, but even before his appointment he knew South Africa well.In 2003 Alaja was part of the five-person Fifa inspection group that assessed candidate countries bidding for the right to host the 2010 World Cup. He was immediately drawn to the country, and his was a ringing endorsement of South Africa’s credentials as a prospective host country.“I love this country. I know these people,” he says. “The decision of whether I would be interested in supporting South Africa in its efforts to host the Fifa World Cup was an easy one.”It is not just his love of football that made his decision easy, it was also his passion for a country he first visited in 1996. This made him determined to help make the first Fifa World Cup on African soil a success.“When I came in 2003 I was confident that the country would be able to host a very good Fifa Confederations Cup and Fifa World Cup,” Alaja says. “Now that I am here and actively working on the project, that belief hasn’t changed.”As tournament director, Alaja’s job is to take the planning of the Fifa World Cup from head office to venue operations, as it’s in the host cities and the country’s 10 stadiums where the tournament will actually take place.“It is about building a bridge between the two [head office and venue operations]” he says. “My job is to work with the venues to create an environment for Fifa to take over tournament operations. I have to make sure that the matches are played according to Fifa standards and will be safe, happy and joyful.”An experienced administrator, Alaja has been a Fifa general coordinator at a number Fifa tournaments and was general-secretary of Finland’s Football Association.He also managed the Nordic bid – by Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland – to  host Euro 2008, which was ultimately won by Switzerland and Austria. Before coming to South Africa, Alaja was national director of the SOS Children’s Villages Association of Finland.Alaja has been impressed with the Organising Committee’s venue managers and the committee members themselves. “Progress is being made and I am confident in their ability to deliver,” he says.A passionate man with football in his veins, Alaja played alongside legendary South African footballers like Vusi “Computer” Lamola in his day.“My dad was a priest and in Finland religion and sport go hand in hand. My father played football and it was natural that my siblings and I would be intimately involved in the sport too.“Playing for your country is the true fulfilment of your dreams,” says Alaja.Alaja was never able to represent Finland at a Fifa World Cup, but he sees his new vocation, as part of a committed South Africa working hard to successfully deliver the Fifa World Cup, as a calling.“Playing in a Fifa World Cup is an unparalleled experience for a footballer. It is a theatre of players and the whole world is watching – there is no better opportunity for your career.“But this is also a unique opportunity to tell the world what South Africa is really about. Some may know Cape Town, but South Africa is really a world in one country. All the nine host cities are completely different. From the relaxed beachside city of Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg, which few will know is one of the greenest cities in the world; this event has the potential to turn South Africa into a tourism mecca.“As a country progress has already been made. The nation is already more confidence in itself, in its abilities,” Alaja says. Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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Oosthuizen starts 2013 on a high

first_imgLEADERBOARD Darren Fichardt finished on two-over 290 and Jbe Kruger on five-over 293. Durban Country ClubInterestingly, every time the Durban Country Club has hosted a European Tour event, the tournament has been won by a South African: in 1996, Wayne Westner won the FNB Players Championship, Ernie Els won the South African Open in 1998 and 2011, and Tim Clark lifted the South African Open title in 2002 and 2005. While the South African star claimed victory, with a round to play it had appeared that Scott Jamieson would register his second European Tour win in Durban in the space of just over a month. He entered the final round with a sizeable lead of five shots over Oosthuizen, Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee and France’s Julien Quesne. ConsistentThe victory was Oosthuizen’s seventh top-10 finish in his last eight events, and his fifth top-six finish in his last six European Tour tournaments, which underlines his consistency and shows why his world ranking is at an all-time high. European Tour in SAThe Volvo Golf Champions was the third European Tour event of six to be hosted by South Africa on the 2012/13 European Tour. 14 January 2013 Oosthuizen responded with a final round of six-under-par 66, the equal lowest round of the day with Jamie Donaldson and Marcel Siem, while Jaidee posted a 68 and Quesne a 71. Jamieson, meanwhile, closed with a level-par 72. That left Oosthuizen the winner on 16-under-par 272, Jamieson second on 273 and Jaidee third on 274. “It’s a great start and I can only build from here,” he told the Sunshine Tour. “I love starting in South Africa and the last two years have been really good, and I’m just glad I could start in the same way again,” he added; in 2011 and 2012, Oosthuizen began his year with victories in the Africa Open in East London. Oosthuizen said starting so far off the lead going into the final 18 holes was, strangely, a good thing: “When you start five behind, you don’t have that much pressure. Once I got to the ninth and was one behind the crowd really got into it. By the time I got to the 12th, I was leading by one and it was great to see everyone get so pumped up,” he explained. Previously, Scott Jamieson of Scotland won the Nelson Mandela Championships at the Royal Durban Golf Club, while Charl Schwartzel captured the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek. 272 Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) (-16) 68, 64, 74, 66273 Scott Jamieson (Sco) (-15) 69, 64, 68, 72274 Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) (-14) 65, 68, 73, 68276 Padraig Harrington (Ire) (-12) 70, 71, 67, 68277 Danny Willett (Eng) (-11) 69, 70, 70, 68277 Julien Quesne (Fra) (-11) 72, 67, 67, 71278 Branden Grace (RSA) (-10) 75, 67, 69, 67278 Paul Lawrie (Sco) (-10) 69, 70, 70, 69 Defending champion Branden Grace finished 10th on 10-under-par 278. He was let down by an opening round of 75. After that, he showed fine form, carding 67, 69, and 67. The next South African event, the Africa Open, which is co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour, tees off on 7 February at the East London Golf Club. Ernie Els finished tied for 18th on seven-under 281, while Retief Goosen, in his return to action after undergoing back surgery, tied for 20th on six-under 282 after a consistent performance that produced rounds of 72, 70, 70, and 70. South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen began 2013 in style by capturing the Volvo Golf Champions at Durban Country Club on Sunday. With the win, he climbed to a career high ranking of fourth in the world. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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