Orange County Lynx: New Year, Better Ride

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LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSLYNXOrange County Board of Commissioners Previous articleApopka CRA decisions prove that Florida CRA’s are irretrievably brokenNext article1,538 vote-by-mail ballots received for Apopka elections Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 From the Orange County Board of CommissionersAt the February 20th meeting of the Orange County Board of County Commissioners, the Board was presented with a presentation and update on Lynx’s goals and accomplishments for last year, as well as its proposed goals for this year by Lynx Chief Executive Officer Edward Johnson. Where the goals for 2018 build off the major emphases for 2017, Lynx was sure to highlight the following during the presentation: Enhance communications; improve service efficiency; establish more partnerships; improve customer confidence in the Lynx system; and increase brand recognition and community involvement.To achieve its goal for enhancing communications, Lynx did the following: Conducted semi-annual briefings for funding partners; provided updates to community stakeholders and local governments; proposed significant public engagement opportunities for Lynx Forward; instituted employee town hall meetings; and improved media engagement. As part of its initiative to improve media engagement, Lynx appeared on the Central Florida Spotlight with Greg Warmoth and participated in various radio and print interviews. In addition, Lynx also took part in panel discussions: The Orlando Business Journal (OBJ) Business of Transportation Panel; OBJ Business of Technology Panel; and the Orlando Economic Partnership Transportation Summit.To help make Lynx more efficient, it avoided $1.7 million of paratransit contractor costs through negotiations and implemented the Mobility Management Service Model. The Mobility Management Service Model is providing changes to the Lynx call center by combining fixed route and paratransit for cross-training opportunities. Additionally, the Model has added private providers to the paratransit system. Furthermore, the Model has offered potential savings of $2 million for Fiscal Year 2018.Another strategy Lynx had utilized to become more efficient was improve its administration by rebuilding its leadership team. In addition, on the administrative side, pharmacy rebates were increased for the future ($400,000), and by eliminating the broker fee, Lynx saved $160K in costs for healthcare. Lastly, Lynx maintained a 3.5% increase in funding partners without raising passenger fares.Lynx also improved its efficiencies through Lynx Forward, by establishing continuous route improvements and starting a Lynx Operations Center (LOC) expansion design to consolidate operations and save on expenses. To initiate the LOC expansion, Lynx purchased remaining NoPetro property with the purpose of eventually eliminating a $250K annual lease.Lynx further improved its efficiencies through cost methods by doing the following: Avoiding an $8 million expenditure for Intelligent Transportation System equipment; establishing a bus mirror rebuild station offering savings of $510 per mirror (new mirrors cost $660 each); saving $500K annually by changing contracts for tire leasing; and modifying its investment strategy to increase income by $200K for Fiscal Year 2017 (anticipating $400K in Fiscal Year 2018).Lynx has created partnerships with the following organizations: Valencia College; University of Central Florida (UCF); Seminole State College; Orlando City Soccer; CareerSource; the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness; City of Orlando; MetroPlan Orlando; Orlando Economic Partnership; Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC); Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA); and the Victim Service Center. By collaborating with Valencia College, Lynx had accumulated $70K in annual revenue. Through its partnership with UCF, Lynx had not only generated $220K in annual revenue but promoted UCF’s new downtown campus (opening Fall 2019) by putting wraps on its buses. Similarly, Orlando City Soccer utilized bus wraps to market transportation for the stadium’s grand opening, as did the Orlando Economic Partnership, whose wraps said “Orlando. You don’t know the half of it.” CareerSource offered a significant advantage to Lynx through its partnership by assisting with job placement for bus operators and technicians. In addition, the Victim Service Center participated in “Denim Day” and training for bus operators. At the local government level, Lynx established partnerships with the City of Orlando as well as MetroPlan Orlando to discuss the concept of the autonomous vehicle of operations with the City and MetroPlan. Additionally, in the preparation and aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Lynx’s partnerships with OUC and GOAA played crucial roles in helping Orange County residents. Lynx made 2,831 trips transporting lineman with OUC responding to incident reports caused by Irma. For the SunRail Train to Plane program, GOAA offered fuel to help residents evacuate during the hurricane. Furthermore, as part of its initiative to establish more partnerships, Lynx hosted OBJ CEO Roundtables as well as peer transit agencies with asset transfers.In improving customer confidence in the Lynx system for 2017, Lynx put Wi-Fi on fixed route buses and created the Lynx Bus Tracker, Paw Pass Mobile Fare Payment (including a revised procurement method saving $6 million), and the NeighborLink Reservation See and Say Security App mobile applications. Lynx was selected for the OBJ Innovations in Technology Award.To increase brand recognition and community involvement, Lynx encouraged participation from the Executive Team Community Board, preparation for emergency response (i.e. SunRail bus bridges), and offered special shuttles for transit to the Pulse Memorial.Additional areas for major emphasis for 2017 included the following: Institute a safety awards program for vehicle operators; negotiate the ATU 1596 and 1749 Union contracts; offer Safety and Courtesy training for all employees; offer de-escalation training for bus operators, and institute a Department of the Year Award.Lynx’s major areas of focus for 2018 include the following: Continue with the 2017 major emphasis areas; establish a CyberSecurity Program and oversight position; create an Innovation and Sustainability Program; develop an Autonomous Vehicle Program Strategic Plan; establish Central Florida transit vision (high level); seek funding for Vision 2030 Corridors; purchase off-board payment systems for key areas; and host a board retreat. Additional areas for concentration include facilities, establishing a research and analysis section, economic impact analysis, and vehicle procurements.For Fiscal Year 2018, Lynx’s operating budget has been set at $133,483,544 (an increase of $733,846 or .6% from the Fiscal Year 2017 Amended Operating Budget); 49% of this funding is provided by its 4 local funding partners: Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties; and the City of Orlando. In addition, according to the December 2017 Board Report, the total system-wide ridership through September 2017 was 1,943,393, representing a 14.27% decrease over the previous year up to September 2016. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment!last_img read more

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Black Women’s Lives Matter

first_imgThe following article, slightly edited, is reprinted here courtesy of Red Flag, the publication of the militant youth group FIST — Fight Imperialism, Stand Together.Danielle BoachieWW photo: Brenda RyanOn Feb. 26, 2012, unarmed Black teen Trayvon Martin was murdered by a neighborhood vigilante. On July 17, 2014, the murder of unarmed Eric Garner by the New York City Police Department was videotaped, with his last words being “I can’t breathe.” Yet on Dec. 2, the grand jury decided to only indict the man who filmed the murder. On Nov. 24, Officer Darren Wilson was not charged with the fatal shooting of the unarmed Black teen, Michael Brown, back in August. On Nov. 22, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was murdered by Cleveland police for playing with a toy gun. The officer has yet to be charged.It is no surprise that a country built on the genocide and enslavement of Black and Brown bodies does not indict white officers for the systematic lynching of Black men. Even though communities of color repeatedly experience violence from the white supremacist system, retaliation to state violence with violence is not accepted. To believe in the fallacy of nonviolence as an effective response is to make the horrifically incorrect assumption that the playing field is equal, and that we can simply negotiate our way through this injustice.No matter how many times I wish it were true, the fact exists: Black lives do not matter in this white supremacist, capitalist society. The social role of the police is to maintain the status quo; contemporary “law enforcement” evolved from the institution of the capture, containment and policing of chattel slaves. Through the decades of work done by the Abolitionist and Civil Rights movements, the Black community has gained access to certain rights and privileges not previously afforded it, but the recognition of our humanity has only rearranged the type of systematic, barbaric violence we receive from our oppressors, the capitalist system of the United States.Certain bodies are fundamentally ineligible for personhood, for personhood is not defined by our status as living beings but through our relationship to the racist West. The dominant narrative in our society perpetuates the anti-Black perception of young Black men as innately violent. The racist and inaccurate correlation between the color of his skin and the supposed threat perceived by white officers must be acknowledged if we want to begin to understand why our people are disproportionately murdered.The country’s increasingly militarized police force is conditioned to see Black men as criminals so as to justify the lynchings. Michael Brown was Black, therefore he was not white. Black bodies are sites of criminalization, for even unarmed, he was perceived as a threat. Even after his death, Brown was not given justice, for the system was never meant to include him.Stop ‘invisibilizing’ Black women!Amidst this sadness, it is crucial not to forget the violence experienced by Black women. As we have seen, dominant discourses often neglect the intersectionality of oppression, and both whites and men are guilty of reshaping the voice and presence of Black women, or ignoring our existence in its entirety. In this case, Black women do not fit the normative narrative of bodies impacted by police brutality, despite the many Black women who have died at the hands of the system.The burden of Black liberation does not rest solely on the experiences of Black men, and should include the experiences of Black women. Yet, discussions of power are constructed to embody cisgender masculinity, leaving the violence inflicted on Black female bodies a peripheral concern. The dismissal, erasure and anecdotal nature of discussions of Black women are a systematic problem.We witness the same brutal, perpetual, white supremacist violence and “invisibilizing” of our existence, yet lack of inclusion of Black women devalues our lives.Let us remember:Tarika Wilson, 26 (Ohio, 2008) — killed by police while holding her 1-year-old child.Aiyana Jones, 7 (Michigan, 2010) — murdered by police while asleep in her home.Miriam Carey, 34 (Washington, D.C., 2013) — unarmed and murdered by police.Shereese Francis, 30 (New York, 2012) — suffocated by police holding her face down on a mattress. She suffered from schizophrenia.Shantel Davis, 23 (New York, 2012) — unarmed yet shot in the chest by police. Her alleged last words were “I don’t want to be killed, don’t kill me!”Sharmel Edwards, 49 (Nevada, 2012) — unarmed with her hands up, five police officers shot her with at least15 bullets.Rekia Boyd, 22 (Illinois, 2012) — shot and killed instantly by off-duty officer Dante Servin while hanging out with friends in a park.Tyisha Miller, 22 (California, 1998) — hit with at least 12 bullets when officers opened fire 23 times.Yvette Smith, 47 (Texas, 2014) — single mother shot by police. Though they claimed she had a weapon, nothing was found at the scene, and the officers were punished for altering their story to reflect this fact.This list is by no means extensive, but it serves as a horrific reminder that we, Black women, are not immune to this violence.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Pasadena Water and Power Report Says the Utility Generated More than $261 Million Last Year

first_img More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Dos And Don’ts Of Tinder You Must KnowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Water and Power has released its Annual Report for 2015, indicating the utility generated more than $261 million in operating revenue and invested more than $86 million in system improvements.The report also showed PWP has contributed over $18 million to the City’s General Fund to support vital public services.PWP reported key accomplishments in the annual report including the continuous work on the Glenarm Repowering Project which will provide 71 megawatts of clean, natural gas-fueled power to the city. The project is expected to significantly improve the local power generation and provide clean, efficient and reliable power by 2016.PWP also completed and submitted the Environmental Impact Report for the city’s Non-Potable Water Project, achieved respective ratings of AA+ and AA affirmed by Fitch Ratings for water and electric revenue bonds, and is on target to achieve a Renewable Portfolio Standard of 40 percent which exceeds the state goal.The utility also replaced approximately 40 utility poles and 14.6 miles of underground cable and overhead lines, as well as 2.5 miles of aging water mains, and provided various school programs, online educational tools, publications, incentives and more than 60 workshops to encourage water and energy conservation.With the ongoing drought creating challenges for water agencies, PWP conducted over 60 public workshops, campaigns and incentive programs to educate and engage the public as the city strives to comply with a state-mandated water goal of 28 percent.PWP’s processes for water waste monitoring and reporting have also been bolstered with combined efforts estimated to save approximately 1,700 acre-feet of water per year.PWP introduced a variety of tools that enable customers to report and receive outage information by phone, mobile device, or online.The annual report also mentioned that investment in emerging technologies to improve communication and convenience, streamline data, and encourage water conservation and energy efficiency continues to be an ongoing priority for PWP. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy latest #1 Pasadena Water and Power Report Says the Utility Generated More than $261 Million Last Year Published on Monday, May 9, 2016 | 8:41 pm Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Police targeted in bomb attack in Derry

first_img Twitter Police targeted in bomb attack in Derry Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers WhatsApp Previous articleCalvin Harris: I’m not on Rihanna’s albumNext articleSecond shooting in 24 hours in Derry News Highland Facebook Twitter Police officers have been targeted in Derry which saw their vehicle damaged by an explosive device.According to the PSNI, it was “extremely fortunate” that no one was killed or badly injured in the incident in the Creggan Heights area of Derry at about 8.40pm last night.It is believed that a pipe-bomb type device may have been thrown at the police vehicle, hitting it and causing damage to a rear door.A hole was also blown in the hedge of a nearby garden.SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey said that local people had been left shaken.Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/pat1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – November 3, 2014 Pinterest Google+ Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more

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Update – Government officials to meet with Letterkenny MD

first_img Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp By News Highland – November 27, 2020 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsApp Pinterest Update – The mayor of the Letterkenny Municipal District has confirmed a meeting is likely to take place next week to discuss the signing of a contract to bring up to 350 asylum seekers to live at former student accomodation on the Port Road in the town. It’s expected the meeting will be attended by officials from the government.Council Chief Executive John McLaughlin confirmed this morning that officials from the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth have contacted him today seeking a meeting, and Cllr Coyle says he’s anxious to facilitate that as quickly as possible.Cllr Donal Coyle says people seeking refuge should be welcomed with open arms, but he’s concerned at the level of secrecy over the plan. After speculation was first raised at a meeting earlier this year, a request from Donegal County Council for clarification was acknowledged, but no information was given.Cllr Donal Coyle says a meeting is urgently needed to discuss services, and ensure that those moving in to the centre have adequate facilities and proper living conditions…………Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/dpdonalc.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Confirming the plans today, Minister Roderic O’Gorman says a Friends of the Centre group will be established, and government departments are working to ensure all necessary supports are provided.He says steps to replace direct provision are continuing, but while that process is ongoing, it’s important that asylum seekers are accomodated in proper settings.Donegal Deputy Thomas Pringle is welcoming the minister’s approach………….Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/tpfri1pm-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Google+ Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+ Previous articleLogan and Dooher understand the responsibility as Tyrone ManagementNext articleTyrone Chairman confident with new management team News Highland Department Statement in full -As a result of a nationwide tendering process for accommodation for international protection applicants, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth will open a new accommodation centre in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal in late January 2021. The Centre will be able to provide accommodation for up to 60 families who will arrive on a phased basis. The centre will be managed by Bridgestock Care, a service provider with many years’ experience providing services to asylum seekers in Ireland, including existing centres in Ballyhaunis, Ennis, Sligo and Tullamore.Direct Provision is a whole of government system of service provision and the Department is also working with other Departments including the Department of Health and HSE, the Department of Education and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to ensure that the necessary services are in place to support the residents.Minister Roderic O’Gorman TD said, “I am pleased to see the opening of the Port Road Accommodation Centre, which provides for independent living in own door apartment units. The accommodation is in line with the National Standards for Accommodation Centres adopted in 2019 and which will come into effect on the 1st of January 2021.” “The White Paper on ending Direct Provision is currently being drafted and my Department is currently engaging with departments and agencies on how to replace the current system of Direct Provision. In the meantime, we must ensure that people who arrive in Ireland seeking asylum have access to suitable accommodation. ”“I know that Letterkenny is a very welcoming town and I look forward to the establishment of a Friends of the Centre Group which will help to promote integration opportunities between residents and the local community.” Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Update – Government officials to meet with Letterkenny MD News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

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Major winter storm moves from Midwest to the East Coast to start the week

first_imgABC NewsBY: BRITTANY BORER, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — Over 100 million Americans are under winter weather alerts this morning from Minnesota to Maine as the storm continues to track eastward.Heavy snow is coming down this morning across the Great Lakes and Midwest and moderate to heavy rain is falling across the Ohio Valley into the Southeast.Overnight in Chicago, there were reports of 1 inch of snow per hour snowfall rates and quarter-mile visibility.By Sunday evening, snow will spread across the Midwest to the mid-Atlantic reaching Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.Snow spreads through New York City overnight and continues along the I-95 corridor throughout the day on Monday with the heaviest snow falling during the afternoon hours.By Monday evening we could see a period of mixing and even a transition to a cold rain for coastal areas. Any freezing rain or sleet will make travel hazardous as hard surfaces will become icy.The heaviest snowfall totals of a foot or more will remain west of the coast and into higher elevations and New York and Philadelphia have a good chance of seeing 6 to 12 inches of snow with Washington, D.C. and Boston looking at totals in the 3 to 6 inch range.Elsewhere, a series of systems will move across the Pacific Northwest and Northern California over the next few days bringing heavy rain.There is a risk for flash flooding across southwest Oregon and Northern California where they could see as much as 5 inches of rain.Additional snowfall of 1 to 2 feet is expected along the Cascade mountain range through Monday evening with an avalanche warning having been issued for the region from Lake Chelan southward to I-90 through 6 p.m. on Sunday.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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US Navy Makes Largest Purchase of Renewable Energy

first_img The US Department of the Navy (DON), Western Area Power Administration (Western), and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power hosted a ceremony Aug. 20 at Naval Air Station North Island, California, commemorating an agreement to construct a 210 megawatt (MW) direct current solar facility to benefit 14 DON installations.The agreement, signed last month, is the largest purchase of renewable energy ever made by a federal entity.Adding solar power to naval installations will help diversify the DON’s shore energy portfolio and provide long-term cost stability.At 210 MW, the solar facility will contribute 21 percent of the power needed to meet Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus’ goal of bringing one gigawatt of renewable energy into procurement by the end of 2015.[mappress mapid=”16725″]Image: US Navy Authorities View post tag: Navy August 21, 2015 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: americas View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Makes Largest Purchase of Renewable Energy Share this article View post tag: energy View post tag: purchase US Navy Makes Largest Purchase of Renewable Energy View post tag: renewable View post tag: US Navy View post tag: largestlast_img read more

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Sex Bad for Grades

first_imgA link between promiscuity and low academic achievement has been found following a survey of over 1000 undergraduates at Cambridge University.Students from colleges ranked at the bottom of the Tompkin Table came out top in the number of sexual partners.“It seems we have to choose between top grades and top totty” said Varsity editor, Tom Bird.The poll also indicated that the number of sexual partners is connected to the student’s subject. “It’s completely individual!”, responded Newnham’s JCR President.Read More in this week’s Cherwell…By Clare Barnardlast_img

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North End Neighborhood Drainage Project Update

first_imgSome road closings and detours are required during the construction work. Work to be completed in the week of Nov. 12-16:Feriozzi Concrete will finish work on Seventh Street between West Avenue and Bay Avenue, restoring curb, gutter and sidewalks. The contractor then will begin restoration work on Haven Avenue between Seventh Street and Eighth Street.Pipe crews will continue work between First Street and Second Street on West Avenue installing a main. At the same time, a second crew will install a main on Bay Avenue between Second Street and Third Street.Sodding will continue on Fourth and Fifth Street.Project design:See Design Presentation for Detaillast_img

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Dave Matthews, Santana & More To Perform At Inaugural ‘Many Rivers To Cross’ Festival

first_imgA brand new music festival is coming to the Atlanta area. Created by Harry Belafonte’s non-profit organization Sankofa.org, the new music and arts festival will adopt a theme of human rights to create a meaningful dialogue. Dubbed Many Rivers To Cross, a number of talented performers will join forces from October 1-2 in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia.The lineup announcement from Billboard showcases a number of top-tier artists for the two-day event, including Dave Matthews, Santana, Common, John Legend, Public Enemy and Estelle. There will also be sets from comedian Chris Rock, actor/activist Jesse Williams, actor Danny Glover, civil rights advocate/author Michelle Alexander and Dr. Cornel West. Between the great music and inspirational speakers, this festival is sure to be a great and thought-provoking experience.Tickets for the festival will go on sale on July 29th, and more information can be found here.last_img read more

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