Memo mania: what’s in all these declassified memos you’re hearing about

first_imgBetsy Foresmanhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/betsy-foresman/ TAGSRussia investigation Linkedin Russia re-elects Putin for fourth term in controversial election TCU scored a D in a 2007 evaluation of its sustainability practices – its ability to meet the needs of the present without impairing future generations.Sustainability in relation to endowment investment was the focus of the College Sustainability Report Card, which assigned letter grades to 100 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada possessing higher education’s largest endowments. Previous articleTCU offers spring break trips focused on cultural education, giving backNext articleNew organization on campus looks to bridge advising gap for Neeley students Betsy Foresman RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Betsy is a junior journalism and psychology double major from Orange County, California. She is pretty well-read, as untamed as a shrew, and her dependence on Redbull is something we won’t get into. + posts ReddIt What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit The same day Democrats released their rebuttal memo, HPSIC Republicans released a response to the countering claims. The rebuttal-rebuttal memo (hello, “Inception”) said, “the Democratic memo represents a lengthy but wholly unpersuasive attempt to distract from the Committee’s key findings on FISA abuse.” The Republican response says the Democrat memo does not contain a single reference to the Clinton campaign or the DNC’s funding of the Steele dossier. It also challenges the claim by Democrats that Steele was found to be a credible source. So far, Page has not been indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, nor do any of the charges brought against Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, and Michael Flynn appear to relate to Page or to information learned through the surveillance of Page. March for Our Lives calls for gun reform in America Facebook Breakdown: what the arsenals of the world are packing For a little backstory: FISA submissions and renewals before the FISC are classified due to the sensitive nature of the foreign intelligence activity. As such, the integrity of the FISA process rests on the court’s ability to hold the government to the highest standard. This aims to be accomplished through the government’s full disclosure of relevant materials and facts relating to the FISA application, including information potentially favorable to the target of the FISA application. In the case of the surveillance warrant on Page, Republicans say, the political motivations of Clinton and the DNC to upend the Trump presidential campaign, and the unverified nature of the Steele dossier were omitted from the initial application and following renewals. Many argue that this omission is what led to the renewals being approved instead of, as they would say, rightfully denied.  What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlinescenter_img Betsy Foresman Betsy Foresmanhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/betsy-foresman/ ReddIt Betsy Foresmanhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/betsy-foresman/ U.S. and European allies target Syrian chemical weapons production with airstrike Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature printMemos released by both Democratic and Republican members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) tell two versions of the same story. Both memos outline Department of Justice and FBI conduct of surveillance on Carter Page, a US citizen and volunteer adviser to the Trump presidential campaign, but have cherry-picked facts resulting in two partisan documents.The DOJ and FBI sought and received a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) probable cause order October 21, 2016, authorizing electronic surveillance on Page from the foreign intelligence surveillance court (FISC). Three FISA renewals were subsequently obtained from the FISC. Facebook Betsy Foresmanhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/betsy-foresman/ In response to the declassification of the GOP memo, HPSIC Democrats released their own memo, Feb. 24, 2018, challenging the Republican’s claims. The rebuttal memo calls the GOP memo a transparent effort to undermine the DOJ and FBI, and says officials from the agencies “did not abuse the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process, omit material information, or subvert this vital tool to spy on the Trump campaign.” The rebuttal memo states that the FBI initiated an investigation into Page after receiving intelligence in late July 2016 on George Papadopoulos, Trump campaign foreign policy advisor, and from preexisting FBI surveillance on Russian election interference. The FBI did not receive information from the Steele dossier until mid-September 2016, and, according to the memo, had no role in launching the investigation into Russian interference and its links to the Trump campaign. The memo also states that the Steele dossier did not play a major role as evidence in the FISA application. The rebuttal memo further states that the FBI’s FISA application disclosed Steele’s prior relationship with the FBI, the reason for his termination as a source, the assessed political motivation of those who hired him, and repeatedly informed the FISC about Steele’s background, credibility and potential bias. “[The] warrant request was based on compelling evidence and probable cause to believe Page was knowingly assisting clandestine Russian intelligence activities in the U.S.” Twitter Twitter Linkedin <br /><br /><br /> <a href=”https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4392803/Republican-Memo.pdf”>Republican Memo (PDF)</a><br /><br /><br /> <br /> <a href=”https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4392803/Republican-Memo.txt”>Republican Memo (Text)</a><br /><br /><br />  The GOP memo, declassified by President Trump Feb. 2 of this year raises concerns with the legitimacy and legality of the FISA surveillance warrant, accusing the FBI of improperly using information funded in part by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Convention. The Clinton campaign and the DNC paid more than $160,000 to Christopher Steele, a British intelligence officer, to obtain derogatory information on, then presidential candidate, Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. The GOP memo also says the FBI’s FISA application relied heavily on information from the Steele dossier but failed to disclose the unverified nature and credibility of that information.last_img read more

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Viterbi receives robot to conduct further research

first_imgThe Viterbi School of Engineering, a leading school in robotic research, received a Personal Robot 2 to further research and help create new ways in which robots can function in human society.Mr. Roboto · The Personal Robot 2 can grasp objects using its hands, a helpful tool for functioning in human society. It will be used as a research tool for students and professors. – Brandon Hui | Daily Trojan Willow Garage, a team of researchers that develops robotics hardware and software, gave the PR2 to USC and 11 other universities, including Georgia Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the University of Tokyo and the University of California, Berkeley.“By receiving the PR2 robot, it affirms that USC and Viterbi is one of the leading groups in robotics in the world,” said Gaurav Sukhatme, USC professor and director of research in the department of computer science.  “The robot gives us the ability to think of very new ideas and test them out in a state-of-the-art platform.  It is an excellent recognition.”The lead figures involved in research with the PR2 robot at USC are Sukhatme, Stefan Schaal, a professor in the department of computer science, and Maja Matari, senior associate dean for research computer science.“We are excited to be a part of the robotics development,” Schaal said.According to Willow Garage, the PR2 combines mobility to navigate in human environments and dexterity to grasp and handle different objects and tools.“We work on creating robots which will be part of a modern human society,” Schaal said.  “We decided to apply for the PR2 robot because we thought that it would be great to use the resources that it is able to provide.”Sukhatme said each professor will utilize the robot differently. Sukhatme is leading the Robotic Embedded Systems Lab, Schaal is leading the Computational Learning and Motor Control Lab, and Matarić is leading the Interaction Lab.“The three of us have separate research groups and our interests are slightly different, but related in certain areas,” Sukhatme said.  “Many different research projects will be conducted with this robot and tons of projects are being worked on all across the world.”The Interaction Lab focuses on socially assistive human-robot interaction.  Matarić said her research is aimed at giving robots the ability to help people, especially those with special needs.Students said they are also looking forward to the new discoveries that the robot will provide.“The fact that USC received the robot just proves how it is a leading institution and strong in robotics,” said Anna Lee, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering. “As a student in Viterbi, I hope to be involved with and see the development and growth in robotics.”last_img read more

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Badgers have familiar look

first_imgThe 2009-10 Wisconsin men\’s hockey team resembles the Badgers\’ 2006 championship squad, which also played an outdoor game at Lambeau Field.[/media-credit]In many ways, the 2009-10 Wisconsin men’s hockey squad is shaping up to look a lot like that of 2005-06, when the Badgers last won the national championship.Currently the Wisconsin Badgers have plenty of on-ice experience and excellent depth, something that was essential to the 2006 NCAA Tournament Championship victory.Just don’t expect head coach Mike Eaves to tell you that.When asked about whether or not it was fair to compare his current team to his national champion squad, Eaves focused more on what it takes to win a championship.“This team has depth as that team [did],” Eaves said in his Monday press conference. “I think anytime you win a championship, one of the main ingredients for those championship teams is depth. The ability to not just lean on one person but having some kind of ability all through your lineup and guys playing to their roles.”While he wouldn’t come right out and say it, Eaves’ position-by-position comparison of his current squad to the 2005-06 team demonstrates that the Badgers certainly have the potential to replicate that national title run.Eaves was happy to have two young goalies playing well as opposed to just one in 2005-06, and believed his current lineup actually had more offensive ability in its defensemen than the 2006 championship squad.Regarding the team’s forwards, he thought they were most like the 2006 champions.“Up front, I think this group is very similar,” Eaves said. “There are guys that have very high-end offensive ability, but we (also) have guys that are playing well without the puck and chipping in as that group of forwards did. In that aspect, our forwards may be more similar to that ’06 team.”Following the team’s most successful weekend of the season so far, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team had even more good news Monday.After beating then-No. 1 Denver in a 4-3 thriller Saturday to take three of four points in the series against the Pioneers, the Badgers earned a higher national ranking in both polls this week. With only top-ranked Miami ahead, Wisconsin now ranks No. 2 in the nation with six series and a single game against Michigan remaining in the regular season.As any good Wisconsin coach would, however, Eaves insisted his team’s focus is entirely on the next series, even with the expectations that come with a No. 2 national ranking and any comparisons to the Badgers’ 2005-06 squad.“Every week it seems to be a groundhog week in terms of the same type of mindset,” Eaves said. “Trying to put points on the board and ‘W’s’ and get ready for the next game. That’s our task again this week.”With only 12 days remaining until the Camp Randall Hockey Classic on Feb. 6, this weekend also marked the beginning of the construction of the ice rink at the stadium. Media were briefed on the progress of the construction for the first time Monday.The progress of the ice rink also can be viewed online via webcam installed to provide a live look to Wisconsin hockey fans.According to Eaves, he checked the webcam Monday before the press conference.“I went online this morning,” he said. “I heard the trucks were rolling in and we’ve got the time-lapse camera going on there so I can see the Styrofoam going down.”Over the weekend, as his team battled with the top-ranked Pioneers, Eaves was a bit concerned about the conditions outside the arena.“I was kind of worried this weekend (when) we were getting rain,” Eaves added. “I said, ‘that’s not going to be good weather to put the rink up,’ but this week it’s supposed to get pretty cold at the end of the week. So somebody said that will make them work faster and the ice will get built even quicker. So that’s a good thing.”Wisconsin last played an outdoor game on Feb. 11, 2006 — just 56 days before winning the national title at the Bradley Center.last_img read more

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Dallas 112, Warriors 109: Warriors fold in crunch time

first_imgDALLAS – This time, Kevin Durant would receive the ball on one of the last plays and there would be no arguing about it.Even if the Warriors drew up the play that Durant wanted, neither he nor his teammates could write the ending they wanted to help counteract a tumultuous week.The Warriors finished with a 112-109 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. Durant had a team-leading 32 points by going 11-of-24 shooting and 10-of-11 from the free-throw line, but he went only 1-of-7 from the …last_img read more

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Photos: Snoop Dogg, Tim Cook and Al Attles among diverse group of stars at NBA Finals Game 4

first_imgSnoop Dogg highlighted a diverse set of names at Game 4 of the NBA Finals that also included Apple CEO Tim Cook and Golden State Warriors legend Al Attles.Snoop, a Lakers fan, sat with fellow rapper E-40 courtside. Perhaps, he was doing some recruiting for Los Angeles. Meanwhile, singer-songerwriter Ne-Yo sang the national anthem while the band, Walk Off the Earth, performed “O Canada.” When it comes to sports stars, Attles and former Oakland A’s slugger Reggie Jackson were at the game.The …last_img read more

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AU prioritises peace, security in Africa

first_img1 February 2011The African Union emphasised the importance of peace and security on the continent as the pan-African bloc ended a summit that was dominated by discussions on Cote d’Ivoire, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia and Egypt.The 16th African Union (AU) summit concluded late on Monday in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa after adopting a series of decisions and declarations concerning Africa’s development, peace and security.Major issues of concern for African leaders included the situation in Cote d’Ivoire, Somalia and Tunisia, according to a document situation adopted by AU leaders during the summit.On the situation in Cote d’Ivoire, the African leaders expressed their deep concern for the crisis, while encouraging the AU Commission and the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) to continue with their efforts to find a solution to the impasse.During the summit, AU’s Peace and Security Council decided to set up a panel to tackle the crisis in Cote d’Ivoire. The team comprises the presidents of Mauritania, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Tanzania and Chad, as well as the heads of the AU Commission and of Ecowas.The panel will evaluate the situation in the West African country, and is mandated to come up with a solution within one month.On Somalia, which is going through a crucial transitional period, the African leaders urged the country’s stakeholders to broaden and consolidate the reconciliation process, ensure greater cohesion within the Transitional Federal Institutions, and complete the outstanding transitional tasks, including the constitutional process.The war-torn Horn of Africa country has not had a functional central government for two decades. It is currently run by the internationally recognised Transitional Federal Government (TFG), which is protected by AU peacekeepers while facing deadly attacks by Islamist insurgent group of Al-Shabaab.The country is expected to end its transitional period on 20 August this year.Meanwhile, the African leaders appealed to all parties in Tunisia to “work together, in unity, peace, consensus and respect of legality, towards a peaceful and democratic transition,” according to the document.Source: BuaNews-Xinhualast_img read more

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McGregor shows class in Dragon Run

first_img19 November 2013 Marathon world champion Hank McGregor showed why he is regarded by many as one of the greatest all-round paddlers of all time when he overcame a world-class field to claim victory in the 2013 Steelcase Dragon Run Surfski race in Hong Kong on the weekend. McGregor, the first of five South Africans to finish in the top eight, was both relieved and surprised as he crossed the finishing line in record time. He was particularly pleased with his victory given the depth and standard of this year’s field. After battling his way to a shock seventh position at the inaugural ICF Surf-ski World Championships in Portugal earlier this year, McGregor felt his victory on the weekend was a sweet comeback performance against an even stronger field than was present at the global showdown, given the likes of Australian Jeremy Cotter and fellow South African ace Dawid Mocke competing this time around.‘A fantastic race’ “It was a fantastic race to win because everyone was there, even the guys who boycotted the World Champs,” McGregor said afterwards. “Jeremy Cotter was there as defending champion and he was really gracious when he came up to congratulate me after the race. “The win also gets a bit of a monkey off my back, having got two thirds in the last two years,” he added. The triple world champion said an overhaul of his approach and a solid build-up campaign to the Asian clash played an important role in his success.‘Feeling really good’ “I’ve come off a really good base with wins at [the Marathon] Worlds in Copenhagen, the Hansa Fish and the Vaal, so I have been feeling really good about my form. “After last year, I took stock of where I was and made a number of changes. I changed boats, my training and my technique and I have been working hard at being more efficient and economical, and it seems to be working.” With the conditions not offering much assistance and facing a quality field, McGregor knew he was in for a tough battle if he was to claim the win, and despite eventually finishing only fourth, the dangerous Cotter was the man McGregor had to keep a close eye on for much of the tussle.‘A frantic pace’ “The race started off at a frantic pace, with testosterone flying everywhere! The front guys were in such a tight bunch at the turn around Nine Pin Island that you could have tossed a blanket over all of us,” McGregor reckoned. “Once we got into the open ocean, and with a tail wind over our shoulders, the field spread out a bit. “Jeremy [Cotter] was over my left shoulder after I got a lead at around the 12km mark, and I was continually checking to see where he was. “By the time we got to the last turn at Kissing Whales I had a lead of about 250m and that was when I knew that I had it in the bag, unless a typhoon got in the way. “The last five kilometres into the finish were basically flat. You can see the finish from some way out and if you are feeling tired there is absolutely nowhere to hide. Fortunately I was feeling pretty good and I was able to really enjoy the last kilometre and then it was a great feeling to finally cross the line,” he explained. McGregor’s record-setting feat was something even he was surprised by given the unhelpful conditions. However, he believes the strength of his opponents and the recent rise in talent in the sport around the globe played a role in his achievement.‘Surprised’ “I was pretty surprised to hear that I had broken the record [by two minutes] because conditions were not that favourable,” said McGregor. “Dawid Mocke told me that when he won here he had averaged around 13.5 kilometres per hour, and we were going at over 14 km/h. “I guess that’s a sign of the professionalism that has crept into surfski racing recently. The sport is evolving as more and more guys devote time to training specifically for major surfski events and everyone seems to be benefiting from this.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Made in Africa: eight African cars

first_imgAfrican motoring is stepping up its game in the competitive but profitable automotive industry, giving the Germans, Indians and Chinese leaders in vehicle design and manufacturing some competition in local markets. Laraki is a Moroccan based company established with the intention to develop and sell wholly African high-performance sports cars. The flagship Laraki Epitome model seen here has a V8 engine capable of producing over a thousand horsepower. (Image: Laraki Motors, Casablanca)CD AndersonMuch like South African-born Elon Musk is changing the game with Tesla Motors and its revolutionary electric motor innovation, South African motor manufacturing, be it luxury, commercial or concept and performance vehicles, is always a little different and ahead of its time. And African car companies are also creating wholly locally sourced vehicles that can compete on the international market.Here are eight of the best African car manufacturers:Birkin, South Africa(Image: Birkin Performance Cars)Founded in 1980 and based in Durban, Birkin Cars is best known for its quality reproductions of the Lotus 7 Series 3, called the Birkin S3. The company exports locally manufactured Lotus and other limited-edition performance car replicas around the world.Saroukh el-Jamahiriya, Libya(Image: Wikipedia)The legendary “Libyan rocket” was fast, luxurious and safe. Designed especially for former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 1999, the car, wholly built in Libya, was the country’s pride and joy, pitted against the German luxury car market leaders.Unfortunately, it never went into full-time production, yet it was a prime example of inventive North African design. Designers claimed it to be one of the safest cars ever made, comparable to Volvo and Saab. It had some innovative safety features, including the ability to drive for miles on flat tyres – making it perfect for desert conditions – and a full electronic safety system with airbags. In fact, it was one of the first cars to have airbags for all four seats.Laraki, Morocco(Image: Laraki Motors, Casablanca)Laraki, a car manufacturer based in Casablanca, is owned by Moroccan luxury yacht designer Abdeslam Laraki. The company designed and manufactured its own range of luxury performance cars and sport models, including the Borac; the V8, 1 750 horsepower Epitome, the only officially recognised African-made supercar; and the Fulgura, which embodies a Lamborghini in look and spirit.Larakis are strictly concept cars, custom-built for each customer, and were ranked among the most expensive cars in the world in 2015, priced at over $2- million (about R33-million) each.Advanced Automotive Design, South Africa(Image: Wikipedia)Pretoria’s Advanced Automotive Design makes racing-style sports cars and has been in business since 1995. The company is famous in motoring circles for its 2007 Shaka Nynya, named after the Zulu king. It has impressed drivers with its versatility and speed.Wallyscar, Tunisia(Image: Wikipedia)Competing in the lucrative off-road market, the small but powerful Wallyscar, manufactured in La Marsa, Tunisia, is a relatively new company, founded in 2006. The company is building a strong reputation for affordable, reliable and powerful 4X4s, despite the size of its vehicles, which are similar to Suzuki and Skoda.According to reports from 2014, the company sells over 600 units a year, predominately in Africa and the Middle East, but also as far as Panama and Europe. The company’s plans include making its sporty, colourful, off-road vehicles more environmentally friendly, as well as trying its luck in international off-road motorsport.Bailey Edwards, South Africa(Image: Bailey Edwards Cars)Started in 2003 by brothers Peter and Greg Bailey, Bailey Edwards is a top replica sports car manufacturer based in South Africa. The group builds and customises classic performance cars such as the Porsche 917 and the Ferrari P4 for clients around the world. It has a factory in New York to service the North American market.Its signature replica is the Ford GT40 that has raced in both national and international racing tournaments. The company has even restored an Aston Martin DB6, familiar as the classic James Bond car and much sought-after by collectors around the world.Kiira Motors, Uganda(Image: Kiira Motors Corporation)The Kiira EV is the first African-made hybrid electronic vehicle; it was launched in 2014. Still not available commercially, the car began as a group design project by engineering students at the University of Makerere. The Ugandan government has invested $40-million in the project, to create an affordable hybrid for the African market and turn Uganda into a hub of the automotive industry for East Africa.With a factory in Kampala slowly developing various sedan, off-road and urban variations, the company hopes to go into full production by 2018, employing 10 000 people and making 300 vehicles a year.Innoson, Nigeria(Image: Innoson Motors, Nigeria)Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing makes affordable, high quality and locally sourced passenger sedans in a factory in Nigeria’s Anambra state. The company’s newest Fox sedan, released in 2015, has been declared “a reference point in the success story of the Nigerian automotive industry” by Nigeria’s ministry of trade and industry.From humble beginnings as a bus manufacturer, the makers of the country’s ubiquitous Uzo minibus taxi, is now planning to go global with interest from potential Japanese and German partners.Source: AFKInsiderWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Coach clamps down on volleyball team’s celebrity status

first_imgSEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ “We are here as athletes, not as celebrities,” said Vicente of his wards, who are sought-after celebrities back home.For one, Vicente collects smartphones of the players to force them to focus on the tournament. He also prohibited players from giving ambush interviews.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We need the discipline and hard work,” said Vicente.The Nationals showed both and much more as they demolished host Malaysia, 25-18, 25-11, 25-16 Thursday. PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Skipper Mika Reyes warns volleyball team against complacency LATEST STORIEScenter_img LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Read Next National team head coach Francis Vicente. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR—The big-name stars of women’s volleyball are just part of the entire Team Philippines here in the Southeast Asian Games.Or at least that’s what coach Francis Vicente wants to make sure of his star-studded squad, which features the likes of team captain Mika Reyes, Alyssa Valdez, Aby Marano and Jaja Santiago.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “Right now our morale is high but we also need consistency and the heart to win no matter what,” said Vicente.A win by the Philippines over Vietnam would put it on top spot in the group and avoid Thailand in the crossover semifinals. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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