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Fans pleased with Bowl win

first_imgStudents celebrated Notre Dame’s 33-17 victory over Miami in the Sun Bowl. “The game was awesome,” senior Fred Jung said. “I had a really great time both at the game and around the city of El Paso.” Most students agreed the best part of the trip was seeing the overflowing support for the football team. “Although my friends and I did not go to the planned Notre Dame festivities, it was incredible to see the amount of Notre Dame supporters just at the tailgating scene,” Jung said. For senior Silvana Martinez and sophomore Walter Myers, both of whom are El Paso residents, the Sun Bowl was a unique opportunity for them to experience a major Notre Dame event in their hometown. “The whole weekend was great,” Martinez said. “There was a huge turnout of not only Notre Dame students, but also locals who embraced our school and became supporters. “One of the best parts about the game was the fact that all of the cheers and traditions associated with the student section at Notre Dame Stadium were brought to Sun Bowl Stadium. It was awesome to see students doing push-ups after Notre Dame scores.” Myers agreed with his fellow El Pasoan. “I have never seen this much hype surrounding the Sun Bowl. It was amazing,” he said. As a member of the Notre Dame Club of El Paso, Myers helped in the preparation for the game itself and the activities surrounding it. “We organized a canned food drive for a local homeless shelter, and anyone who brought a can was given ‘The Shirt,’” he said. “We also organized the battle of the bands event inside the El Paso Convention Center and the pep rally, which was unfortunately cancelled due to inclement weather.” The irony of the title of “Sun Bowl” was evident, as the kickoff temperature was 34 degrees and snow was on the ground. For many students, the weather was the sole letdown of the weekend. “I was expecting warm weather, so the sweatshirt and jeans I wore on game day were definitely not enough,” Jung said. “It felt like South Bend,” Martinez said. “I do not think any of us were expecting as much snow as we got.” Despite the weather, the Irish victory and time spent with friends over the New Year’s weekend made the Sun Bowl experience one to remember. “I think the best part of my weekend was seeing all of my school friends and having them meet my home friends,” Martinez said. “When I found out Notre Dame would be playing in the Sun Bowl, I was ecstatic because I knew my last Notre Dame football game as a student would be in my hometown. It was a great last hurrah.” “El Paso did a great job of keeping the environment both hospitable and safe,” Myers said. “I’m really proud of both my city and school.”last_img read more

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Some student groups begin meeting in person

first_imgIverson Sun | The Observer The Notre Dame Cycling Club received an exemption from SAO to have in-person workouts.If the Cycling Club has more than 10 members, it cannot congregate at all once. SAO rules only permit a maximum of 10 people pods to train together at once while wearing masks.The Triathlon Club has also made adjustments to its in-person practices. First year, member Sam Vanstraten said the club has pods that rotate where they meet to train.“For practices, we have two pods that practice at different times for indoor practices,” Vanstraten said. “This has allowed us to space out when we practice on stationary bikes in the Smith Center or swimming at Rockne. When we practice outside, we are able to run in smaller groups that are spaced us as not to put ourselves at risk.”The smaller groups have allowed the team to build community, he said.“The pods have been really great for practice because it has created a smaller, more intimate community that meets often,” Vanstraten said. “I believe that the precautions that are being taken for COVID-19 have really increased the camaraderie within the club.”Many academic clubs are taking different approaches in light of the pandemic. Sophomore Hanjing Zhu, the project leader for the Microsoft Corporation at the Student Business International Council (SIBC) said her group is following a hybrid model.“While some project groups are meeting in person for their weekly meetings, I have conducted most of them on Zoom due to accessibility and safety,” Zhu said. “However, I intend to go in-person after travel-team selections conclude the following week.”While some clubs are aware of the option to meet in person, a few clubs like The Juggler, are either not sure or hesitant to continue with in-person events.“I’m actually not sure where SAO stands, which is why I’ve just been meeting on Zoom for the Juggler,” said senior William LaMarra, the head of the Juggler, the University’s literary magazine.While COVID-19 changes have made this year different, many like sophomore Jerome Gan, are cautiously optimistic.“We just had our first Asian American Association (AAA) meeting two weeks ago at Bond Quad. Everyone stayed socially distant, and these meetings seem to be working more effectively than Zoom,” Gan said. “I hope that we continue this and stay safe until the end of the semester.”Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article stated SAO recently changed its guidelines to allow some student groups to begin meeting in person. These guidelines were only different during the University’s two-week period of remote instruction; otherwise, the SAO guidelines have not changed. The Observer regrets this error.Tags: clubs, COVID-19, fall 2020, HERE guidelines, SAO Since the start of the fall semester, Notre Dame set many new health and safety guidelines, limiting the capacities and spaces for student meetings. Following these regulations, the Students Activities Office (SAO) reworked meeting guidelines and suspended most activities that would hold significant risk for transmission of COVID-19 during the two-week pause of in-person instructions and activities.However, in light of the decrease in positive cases of the coronavirus, SAO has permitted all clubs, as it has done ever since the first day of classes, to congregate in person, given that attendance is taken at all in-person meeting and events to allow for contact tracing if necessary. Campus groups are approaching these guidelines differently.Sophomore David Campos, a member of the Notre Dame Cycling Club, said allowing members to have organized practices that follow COVID guidelines uplifted the general attitude of the club.“By training in closer proximity, we have increased the training productivity and distance that each rider could go during training rides,” Campos said. “By allowing more experienced riders to pair up with newer members while staying socially distanced, we could hone technique and fitness early before tentative races in the spring.”last_img read more

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Don’t Let Rain Stop You, Get Your Outdoor Thrills Indoors

first_imgWe’ve all been guilty of planning to go out and hike, climb, run, or take part in some form of outdoor recreation and let dismal weather be the excuse to not go for it. It’s in times like those that it is good to know what options you have to still get your adventure on, but under a roof. Here are a few options for outdoor enthusiasts that don’t want the rainy days to hold them back.By no means do these options compare to the fresh air, beautiful scenery, and thrill that the outdoor experience provides, but they do give you a great way to keep your body in motion, practice some new skills, and build strength all while increasing the level of confidence in your skills.An inside look at Louisville’s Mega Cavern inside mountain biking course.Photo by Team Neon VeloIndoor mountain bike courses are an incredible find, but are not found as easily as indoor stationary bikes. With these courses, you get to have the full body experience and dirt-to-wheel connection that is so rare to find anywhere indoors. These courses are a favorite for bike junkies to have a place to pedal throughout the winter months as well. Indoor mountain bike courses to look for in the Blue Ridge include The Wheel Mill of Pennsylvania and Kentucky’s Mega Cavern.Rock climbing gyms are all over the Blue Ridge and are ideal for people of any skill set from first time climbers to those with extensive experience. Rock climbing can burn between 500 to 900 calories per hour making these gyms a great option for summer workouts. An added bonus is that you’re harnessed in with a staff supervised belaying system with mats underneath, providing a safe and forgiving environment in the event that you fall or make a mistake.Paddling pools are unique in that with limited space and the right equipment, they can simulate a real rowing experience you would find in open waters. From kayaking to rowing, paddle pools hold still water for you to paddle through and test maneuvers through classes and events such as roll clinics where you get to practice how to get right side up in the event that you flipped over in your kayak going down a river. More recently, some of these indoor paddling pools feature rowing tanks. With the intention to improve endurance and technique, the tanks mimic the conditions of open waters as rower sit in fixed positions and different aspects of the moving waters in the tank can be shifted to attempt to recreate specific water types and conditions. Depending on the paddle pool near you, there may even be options to paddle board as well.Check out what indoor recreation options you have in your area and before you know it, you’ll be hitting the water, climbing rock faces, and shredding the trails all while being inside.last_img read more

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When should you call 911 during coronavirus pandemic?

first_imgThrough this pandemic they will be here for the community. “If you feel like there are too many people, keep an eye out for a minute. See if they are actually hanging out for a while because a lot of time it is nothing,” she says. “During the past week people are getting a little cabin fever I guess and things like disputes are picking up a little bit,” said Peak. “Everybody in the community has the uncertainties of the pandemic, and they are interacting with the community all day long and then they have to go home and face those same uncertainties at home,” said Ponticiello. “It’s way you find yourself in an emergency situation that you are not able to solve with the resources that you have at hand and there is a life safety risk,” Ponticiello told 12 News Wednesday. He said this a good time to recognize the work of the 911 dispatch. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – April 12 to 18 is National Public Telecommunications Week. Jess Peak has been a 911 dispatcher in our area for the past year. “I think the most exciting is not knowing what your’e answering when you pick up a phone,” Jess Peak says. Peak said she has seen a decrease in overall calls since the coronavirus pandemic got in full swing but they have seen an increase in a certain area. Broome County Emergency Services Director, Mike Ponticiello, said the appropriate time to call 911 hasn’t changed even with the pandemic. “Like” Jacob Seus on Facebook and “Follow” him on Twitter. She said when it comes to calling about social distancing you should wait a minute and keep an eye out before making a call. last_img read more

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Govt to give social aid to preemployment card beneficiaries while training courses are evaluated

first_imgThe government will temporarily turn its preemployment card program, which included a mix of social assistance and up-skilling for laid off workers affected by the epidemic, into a full-fledged financial aid program following the suspension of course sales offered by partnered learning platforms.Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah said on Wednesday that of the 680,000 registered preemployment card program participants, only 140,000 had completed their digital training. The remaining 500,000, she said, would be enrolled in the social assistance program under the Social Affairs Ministry instead.”As the preemployment card program has been temporarily stopped and among the participants are those who had lost their income, we’ve submitted their data to the Social Affairs Ministry to so they can obtain social assistance while we evaluate the preemployment card program,” she said in a hearing with House of Representatives Commission IX overseeing labor affairs. Read also: ICW reports preemployment program to Indonesian Ombudsman for alleged maladministrationIda said that up to 1.7 million people had been laid off or furloughed due to the COVID-19 outbreak  and that the government had prioritized them as preemployment card beneficiaries.She said the government’s number was different from that of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), which recorded 6.4 million workers laid off or furloughed amid the epidemic.The preemployment card committee suspended the program after discovering that the bundles offered by the program’s partners, such as Skill Academy by Ruangguru, MauBelajarApa, Pintaria, Sekolahmu and Pijar Mahir had no mechanism to ensure that buyers actually completed the course package before they received cash incentives.The Corruption Eradication Commission recently found several irregularities in the program, including the potential for conflict of interest and the availability of some of the courses for free on other platforms.Experts criticized the program, say it needed to be converted to full-fledged cash aid that would be more useful for laid off and furloughed workers.Topics :last_img read more

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Shkodran Mustafi in disguise? Why David Luiz would be a major upgrade for Arsenal

first_imgShkodran Mustafi started 31 of Arsenal’s Premier League games last season (Picture: Getty)Arsenal, like Chelsea, employed a new manager with fresh ideas last summer as Emery sought to implement a style of play based around building moves from the back and initially Mustafi was a key part of that.A series of defensive blunders towards the end of the campaign resulted in Mustafi being shifted from the middle to right-back or even further onto the bench, but he still started 31 league games overall and like Luiz, was third in Arsenal’s minutes played chart.Team-based statsChelsea endured the odd humiliating result – those back-to-back 4-0 and 6-0 losses to Bournemouth and Manchester City were pretty spectacular – but overall, they were largely solid, conceding 39 league goals.That total was the joint-third best in the division, only behind the runaway leaders Manchester City and Liverpool and compares favourably to the 51 goals that Arsenal let in, which was higher than 13th-placed Newcastle United.It is difficult to judge an individual’s performance within the framework of a team-orientated statistic such as goals conceded, but clearly, Chelsea possessed a more cohesive, effective defensive unit than Arsenal, with Luiz playing his part in that.AdvertisementAdvertisementIndividual comparisonChelsea also enjoyed more possession on average than Arsenal did last season with 60% compared to 56% meaning Mustafi had slightly more defending to do than Luiz might have which skews certain individual statistics.For instance, playing in a team that defended more, Mustafi ranked ahead of Luiz for tackles won (62-41), interceptions made (58-35) and aerial duels won (123-82).In terms of tackles won both players succeeded with 0.87 of their attempts per game, while Mustafi made almost double the number of interceptions with 1.87 per game compared to Luiz’s 0.97.The contrast in their respective aerial duel totals is particularly interesting, though, with Luiz winning just 53% of his contested aerial duels – remarkably low for a defender – compared to Mustafi’s 66%. Shkodran Mustafi in disguise? Why David Luiz would be a major upgrade for Arsenal Advertisement Pictures: Getty/RexArsenal’s frantic search to sign a centre back during the dying embers of the transfer window has led them to an unlikely source: Chelsea’s David Luiz.With just over 24 hours remaining until the English transfer deadline passes, reports emanating from France have claimed that Luiz has refused to train at Chelsea in order to push through a move to Arsenal.The 32-year-old is reportedly concerned about the amount of regular football he will be given by Frank Lampard with Kurt Zouma set to feature prominently under the new Chelsea boss.Unai Emery, meanwhile, is desperate to reinforce his central defensive options following Laurent Koscielny’s move to Bordeaux and Luiz is a proven performer in the Premier League.ADVERTISEMENT David Luiz could form a balanced central defensive partnership with Sokratis Papastathopolous (Picture: Getty)Arsenal had been linked with the likes of Dayot Upamecano at RB Leipzig and Juventus’ Daniele Rugani, but with William Saliba arriving from Saint-Etienne next summer, securing the services of a wily old veteran in the short-term could be a savvy move.Luiz and Mustafi were both recruited by their respective clubs in 2016 and of the pair, the former has been far more consistent than the latter.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Commentcenter_img Oliver Young-MylesWednesday 7 Aug 2019 6:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares David Luiz trained separately from the rest of the Chelsea squad on Wednesday (Picture: Getty)Reaction to the news has understandably been mixed with some Arsenal fans suggesting that Luiz’s passing qualities would add a useful dimension to the team’s style of play.AdvertisementAdvertisementOthers, though, regard signing the bushy-haired Brazilian as an accident waiting to happen, particularly given the existing presence of error-prone Shkodran Mustafi in their backline.Luiz has certainly endured difficult defensive moments. Gary Neville once said he played as if controlled by a ten-year-old on a PlayStation, Luis Suarez nutmegged him twice to score in one game, and his performance in Brazil’s 7-1 shellacking to Germany will live long in the memory for all the wrong reasons.But despite all that, surely he’s a better option for Arsenal’s defence than the walking disaster that is Mustafi, right?David Luiz vs Shkodran MustafiLuiz has certainly had an eventful second spell back at Chelsea, performing brilliantly in their title success in 2016-17, losing his place under Antonio Conte the following season and then re-establishing himself under Maurizio Sarri.Following his travails under Conte, Luiz was unquestionably one of the main beneficiaries of so-called ‘Sarri-ball’, starting all but two of the club’s Premier League games and racking up the third-highest number of minutes last term. Advertisement David Luiz’s distribution was a key aspect of ‘Sarri-ball’ last season (Picture: Getty)If Emery is looking for a centre-half that can physically dominate opponents, Luiz doesn’t appear to fit the bill. Instead, his game has always been based around spraying passes across the pitch and progressing the ball out of defence.In that regard, Luiz would definitely offer an upgrade to Mustafi. He ranked top across any player in the division for through balls completed with 41, averaged 72 passes per game compared to 59 for Mustafi and enjoyed an 88% pass completion rate to 82%.ConclusionJudging by his form towards the end of last season and even into Arsenal’s warm-up matches for the upcoming campaign, there would be plenty of defenders who would offer an upgrade to Mustafi at this time.Luiz, despite his age and his propensity to commit the odd howler, would be a better option to the German in Arsenal’s defence, owing primarily to the quality of his distribution as well as his improved concentration levels since his return to English football in 2016.AdvertisementAlthough Arsenal would trade down in aerial terms by switching Luiz and Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopolous’ no-nonsense approach to the art of defending could dovetail quite nicely with the Brazilian’s more cultured style.last_img read more

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Dangerous prisoners on the run

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday June 13, 2011 – Authorities in Suriname have been put on alert following the escape of four “dangerous” men from a prison in Guyana, as police and army officials come up empty handed in their search at home.Two murder accused Rickford La Fleur alias Rickford Williams, 35, and Vinood ‘Mango’ Gopaul, 19; 32-year-old Kevin ‘Long Hair’ Narine aka Ram Sookdial, who was earlier this month sentenced to nine years in prison for armed robbery on the high seas; and Vijay Seenarine, 33, who was awaiting trial on a charge of carnal knowledge, escaped from the New Amsterdam Prison in Berbice around 2:30 am on Saturday, triggering a massive manhunt. The Ministry of Home Affairs said the four are “considered to be dangerous”.Police believe the men may be heading to Suriname because one of them, Narine, has strong links to that country. It’s for that reason that authorities there have been contacted and informed that all or some of the four could be coming their way.Law enforcement officials in Guyana spent the last two days searching several areas, questioning relatives of the inmates, and visiting other people and places they frequent.And while the search continues for them, the Ministry of Home Affairs says a Board of Inquiry has been set up to determine how they were able to get out of the jail.According to the ministry, “preliminary reports indicate that the men broke their way out of the prison by cutting the floor board and wending their way through the double floor and exited from the northern part of the prison”. “They subsequently scaled the prison fence and made good their escape,” it added.This was not the first escape for Gopaul. He was among 18 remanded prisoners who executed a jailbreak in August 2007 by sawing through iron bars in the recreational area of the prison and scaling a fence. He and the majority of the others were recaptured shortly after, while three were shot dead by law enforcement officials.The weekend breakout came a week after another one which was allegedly aided by a prison officer.Surinamese citizen Krishna Paul Doerga, 52, who’d been serving three years for fraud, was taken from the same prison by Orlando Jaundoo on June 4 but both were held in Suriname a few days later.Doerga is in jail in Suriname now, while Jaundoo is on remand back in Guyana awaiting trial for aiding and abetting the inmate in his escape.A Board of Inquiry has also been set up to probe that incident.Caribbean 360 News 55 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet NewsRegional Dangerous prisoners on the run by: – June 13, 2011center_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

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CBA boys lacrosse up to no. 3 in state rankings

first_imgOnly then did Westhill spring to life, but it never got closer than three goals the rest of the way as CBA was able to flick off the challenges. Defenders Tommie Caputo, Matt Buck and Greg Wells worked well all night, and Z.J. Shahin recorded seven saves.Taylor, with his four assists, anchored a well-balanced attack where Mackenzie and Sam Bonacci each had two goals and two assists, while Wyatt Auyer scored three times. Kelly and Joey Matheson each got two goals and one assist.So began another stretch for CBA that continued Thursday night with a trip to Cazenovia and another fine all-around effort as the Brothers smothered the Lakers 15-3.Building a 9-1 advantage by halftime, CBA had Shahin earn nine saves and the defense continually make stops as, on the other end, the attack remained well-balanced.Kelly had four goals, with Auyer getting three goals and one assist. Mackenzie scored twice and got three assists, Dan Anderson adding two goals as Taylor notched a goal and four assists. Wells had one goal and one assist, Matheson and Caputo also finding the net.The fun continued for CBA in Saturday’s 26-2 romp over South Jefferson. On Senior Day, the Brothers averaged more than a goal per minute building a 13-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.It was 19-0 by halftime, and everyone got to see some playing time as Taylor got five goals and three assists, with Kelly and Auyer each scoring four times, Auyer adding three assists.Bonacci notched three goals as McKenzie had five assists to go with his lone tally. Chris Adornato and Cole Mathews both got two goals, with Dan Anderson earning a goal and two assists. Matheson and Josh Hulslander both had one goal and one assist, with Henderson and Brockton Bowler also finding the net.East Syracuse Minoa played last Thursday and pounded Oswego 20-8, netting 10 goals in the first quarter alone as Tim Crouse finished with five goals and one assist, with Eric Callahan adding four goals and one assist.Luke Rosaschi and Lance Madonna both scored three times, Rosaschi adding five assists and Madonna two assists. Jackson Palumb had two goals and one assist with Mike Kavanagh, Nolan Palmer and Connor Garland getting single goals. Tags: boys lacrosseCBAESM Right from the outset, Westhill had no intention of playing at the Brothers’ accelerated tempo, possessing the ball for minutes at a time, and CBA found itself trailing 1-0 in the last minute of the first quarter.Then, in a span of seven seconds, Ryan Mackenzie tied it, Ian Henderson won the ensuing faceoff and passed it to Colin Kelly, who found Preston Taylor for another goal.Now the Brothers led for good, and it scored twice in 24 seconds early in the second period and then, for good measure, added two goals just 18 second apart early in the third quarter, establishing a 7-1 lead. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Even though most of its stars are underclassmen, the Christian Brothers Academy boys lacrosse team is not waiting to make its impact, and another championship might await them.With the Section III Class C playoffs looming, the Brothers have geared up, rising to no. 3 in last week’s state Class C rankings, two spots ahead of its neighbors from Jamesville-DeWitt.Having knocked off West Genesee 9-4 on May 4, CBA made another big statement on its home turf last Tuesday night, toppling state no. 6-ranked Westhill 12-7.last_img read more

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THE WAIT IS OVER …..ONLY 42KMS TO GO FOR THE MOTIV8LK TRI-ATHLETES!

first_imgAfter an intensive eight week training schedule, the Moti8LK contestants are primed and ready to do battle with the roads, tracks, lakes and mountains of Gaelforce North….On Saturday next, the group of nine (of which none has ever competed previously in a triathlon of any kind) will complete a grueling course of running, cycling, hiking (up Mount Errigal) & kayaking across Dunlewy lake. The total distance they will cover is 42 kilometres. To put this challenge into perspective, all of the nine only began training on May 1st and at this stage found it extremely difficult to complete a jog of more than 5 minutes. On Saturday they will be completing the triathlon which will take up to four hours of constant endurance.A final fundraising cyclothon will take place on Wednesday June 20th at Kelly’s Mountain Top Centra, involving the nine celebrities who will partake in a final open training session. Tickets for the Motiv8 raffle will be available for sale, with all profits raised going to Donegal Action for Cancer Care.Speaking in the build up to the final Gaelforce Challenge, Motiv8 Fitness Proprietor and Chief Group Trainer Nigel Drein stated ‘the work and dedication put in by all our of Motiv8 LK Contestants has been incredible. Not only have they trained hard, but they’ve also encouraged others and really bonded together, as well as helping to raise fund for our nominated charity Donegal Action for Cancer Care’.The well-known Motiv8 LK athletes include Apprentice Finalist and Media Box Owner Joanne Sweeney-Burke, Town Mayor Gerry McMonagle, RPM Presenter Toni Kelly, Donegal GAA Coaching Officer Mick Murphy.In addition, a number of local entrepreneurs John Watson of Watson Hire, Barry Mackey of Sign of The Times, Gavin McDaid, Greenlight Media, Cathal Sheridan, C&M Embroidery and Paul Rodgers of Letterkenny Glass. On Saturday June 23rd once the event has been completed, Motiv8 LK contestants will get together for a well-deserved after-party in Green Room live music venue, Letterkenny (upstairs from Voodoo Bar) where the Motiv8 LK raffle will also take place. All Welcome!Motiv8 LK would like to thank Letterkenny Shopping Centre, Kellys Mountain Top Centra, Club Voodoo and Donegal Daily who have also assisted greatly in helping to promote the Motiv8 LK Challenge.Additional information on Motiv8 LK can be seen on www.motiv8fitness.eu or www.facebook.com/motiv8lk.THE WAIT IS OVER …..ONLY 42KMS TO GO FOR THE MOTIV8LK TRI-ATHLETES! was last modified: June 21st, 2012 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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