Options for Future Considered at SH

first_imgBy John BurtonSANDY HOOK – People love and care for the Gateway National Recreation Area but feel that the federal government can do more to enhance visitors’ experiences.Unit Coordinator Peter McCarthy (standing in uniform) joins representatives from the National Park Service at an open house at Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook on Sept. 18 to discuss with the public proposed management plans for the next 20 years at the federal park.That was the message the National Park Service heard when it offered the public a chance on Tuesday, Sept. 18, to offer their opinions about the future of the park. The open house was held specifically to get public input on the four proposals on the table for the park’s general management plan. The plan, when finalized, will steer NPS’s resources for the next 20 years for not only Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook, but all of the Gateway areas located in the New York/New Jersey area.The small number of people who made the drive to the chapel at Fort Hancock on the blustery, rainy day, had the opportunity to hear from NPS representatives, question them and to offer their input.“I love coming here,” said Joe Forsthoffer of South Amboy, “and I’m concerned about what’s going to happen.”Forsthoffer said he regularly visits the park with his bicycle in tow for long rides in nice weather. He’ll get up sometimes as early as 5 a.m. to make the trip to cycle along the paved trail that runs the length of the park. “My kids think I’m crazy,” he said. “But it’s incredible here, the nature, the scenery.”Forsthoffer would like whatever is done at Sandy Hook to concentrate on maintaining the natural beauty of the site and preserving the aging buildings at Fort Hancock.Fort Hancock is a historic former military installation, located at the northern tip of the park jutting into Sandy Hook Bay.The long-term planning options under consideration for the park are:Alternative A would maintain the current management, retaining the status quo.Alternative B, labeled “Discovering Gateway,” would have park officials working to improve community connections to highlight the site’s historic, educational and natural attractions to make it a more popular destination.Alternative C, “Experienc­ing Preserved Places,” would stress the location’s historic significance. Preservation and restoration would receive added attention.Alternative D, “Connecting Coastlines,” would have the park service and any selected partners seeking to stress water-based recreation empha­size the site’s education potential focusing on marine habitats.The hearing and decision-making process “will help us make a decision about what’s best for all of Gateway,” said John Harlan Warren, a NPS spokesman.“It’s ambitious, I’ll tell you that,” said Dennis Mochtak of Clark.Mochtak dismissed the first alternative, noting, “I don’t think leaving the park alone is an option.” Bolstering its educational and recreational potential struck home for him. “I think it’s a great park and educational and fun,” and that should be emphasized, he said.Mochtak, however, was mixed about the preservation of Fort Hancock’s aging buildings. “Some of it should be preserved but some of it should be let go,” he said. “Sometimes we try to save too much.”Ingeborg Perndorfer of Rumson uses the park year-round to ride her bike, reveling in its “wide open spaces, the natural condition.“I’d like to see an increase in recreational opportunities,” she said. She favors having locations for visitors to rent kayaks, canoes and long boards on the bay side. NPS also should install a second paved path, so cyclists don’t have to compete with those walking and rollerblading along it, she said.Other suggestions Perndorfer put forth were a path along the actual beachfront – the existing path is set back and makes its way through a nature area – and shuttle buses to cut down on traffic and relieve parking.“I’d like to see as little commercialization as possible,” she stressed by limiting businesses to what would be used by park visitors.Bill Marraccini, executive director of the Monmouth Conservation Foundation, attended the open house to get a sense of what was being proposed. The foundation is a countywide not-for-profit organization working on preserving open space.“MCF has an interest in Sandy Hook and always has,” he said. He planned to report back to the organization’s board at its annual meeting. “As with any team, you can expect there can be a difference of opinion,” he predicted when the board convenes, “but there will be a consensus.”The public has until Oct. 5 to offer its views which may be submitted in writing through the NPS website or by mail, Warren said.In addition to the Sandy Hook open house, NPS representatives conducted similar events for the other Gateway National Recreation Area sites at Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, N.Y. and Great Kills Park, Staten Island, N.Y.last_img read more

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ICC to help deliver Athlete Career Education program

first_imgICC East Asia Pacific Development Manager Kieran McMillian is working with Richard Ora, HP Athlete Career Education Coordinator and HP Director Aaron Alsop to host an ACE Workshop with the athletes of PNG, including some ICC cricket specific content for PNG Cricket.ICC approached HP to partner with them to support and deliver the education programs as part of the requirements of their development programs.In addition it will present an opportunity to have the visiting guest speakers present a workshop which will theme topics such as Career Education, Personal Development and Life Skills.HP Director Alsop is also grateful for the guest speakers offering to conduct a range of capacity building and professional development with the staff to complement existing programs and education curriculum.McMillan said that the ICC sees great potential for PNG to have an impact on the world cricket stage.“As part of our efforts to support Cricket PNG’s continued growth, we are excited to be working with the High Performance Sport team of PNGSF and using the expertise within the Australian and NZ cricket industries to develop quality education and welfare programs for PNG’s elite cricketers and athletes from other sports.  These programs will provide players with the support they need to develop a broader range of skills and lead balanced lives – which can only enhance their on-field performance,” McMillan said.The open ACE workshop is for any provincial or national squad athlete from any sport and will be held at the Taurama Aquatic and Indoor Centre on Tuesday July 26 from 5-6.30pm.Entry is free for the first 100 athletes.One of the guest speakers, Sanj Silva is a former first-class cricketer in New Zealand and Sri Lanka. After his playing career ended in 2001 he moved into the banking industry, holding senior management positions with ANZ and Westpac. For the last four years he has worked as the National Personal Development Manager for the NZ Cricket Players Association (NZCPA), overseeing programs that support current and former professional cricketers find the appropriate life balance and develop a broader range of non-cricket skills.Silva’s presentation theme on “Better People Make Better Athletes” is about finding the right life balance to enhance performance during an athlete’s career and allowing the transition into a successful new career once they retire.Silva’s presentation will focus on three key areas;Personal Development – building your personal brand and ‘soft skills’,Risk Management – managing the personal stresses of elite sport; andCareer Transitioning – setting yourself up for a successful and satisfying career post-sport.last_img read more

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Djokovic beats Federer to win at ATP finals

first_imgLONDON (AP): As usual this season, Novak Djokovic was the best player on the court. The top-ranked Serb won his fourth straight title at the season-ending ATP finals yesterday by beating six-time champion Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4. Djokovic, who won three Grand Slam titles this year and reached the final in the other, capped the best season of his career with another superb display, including winning 16 of the 19 points on his second serve and saving both break points that he faced. “I couldn’t ask for a better finish of the season,” Djokovic said. “For some reason or another, I’ve been playing some of my best tennis after the US Open in Asia and also indoors, both Paris and London.” Federer beat Djokovic on Tuesday in the group stage, but the 17-time Grand Slam champion made too many mistakes in the final yesterday. Federer ended up with 31 unforced errors, including 15 from his usually reliable forehand. He even gave away the final point with his second double-fault of the match. “It would have been nice to serve a little bit better early on in the match, play better overall on his second serve, because he does allow you to play on his second serve,” said Federer, who lost to Djokovic in the 2012 final and pulled out of last year’s championship match against the Serb with a back injury. “Maybe at times I went for too much.” Federer finishes his season with a 6-5 record in finals, with all five losses to Djokovic. Two of those came at Wimbledon and the US Open, giving Djokovic his ninth and 10th major titles. For Djokovic, it was a season to remember. Besides becoming the first man to win four straight titles at the tournament for the top eight players in the world, Djokovic also will finish the season as the No. 1 player for the fourth time in five years. He won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, and reached the final at the French Open. The latest victory, his 82nd of the year, evens the head-to-head record against Federer as 22-22. On Saturday in the semi-finals, he evened his head-to-head record against Rafael Nadal at 23-23. “Those two rivalries made me a better player, the player I am today, no doubt,” Djokovic said. “Made me understand what I need to do both on and off the court to be able to be in this position now.” MANY MISTAKESlast_img read more

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“Guyana-Brazil relations have never been stronger” – Granger

first_img196th independence…Brazil pledges support to Guyana in Venezuela border controversyAs Brazil celebrates its 196th anniversary of independence and 50 years of bilateral ties with Guyana, President David Granger on Friday evening said the ties between the two counties have never been stronger.The Head of State was at the time speaking at a reception held at the Ambassador’s residence in honour of its 196th independence anniversary.President Granger noted that Brazil’s Independence celebration this year is auspicious as it coincides with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between our two states.He noted that Guyana-Brazil relations are founded, most importantly, on mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, the inviolability of borders and international law and the maintenance of international peace and security.“Guyana-Brazil relations were reinforced by bilateral talks with President DilmaPresident David Granger and Brazilian Ambassador to Guyana, Ambassador Lineu Pupo De Paula shares a toast at the reception on Friday eveningRousseff when I attended intensified over the past year.They have included: the Summit of the Common Market of the South in Brasilia in July 2015. High-level engagements have my meeting with President Temer on the margins of 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2017; my State visit to Brazil in December 2017 and the signing, during that visit of the two Complementary Agreements, of a high-level Brazilian delegation including then Minister of Defence, the Honourable Raul Jungman; and Minister of Justice, Honourable Torquato Jardim; my participation in the World Water Forum hosted in Brasilia in March 2018; and a visit to Guyana by Honourable Aloysio Nunes Filho, Brazil’s Minister of External Relations in July 2018,” President Granger said.He noted that Guyana and Brazil are cooperating within the Union of South American States (UNASUR), the Community of Latin American and the Caribbean States (CELAC), the Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR) and the Organisation of American States (OAS) to preserve Latin America and the Caribbean as zone of peace and the Guyana-Brazil relations have witnessed cooperation in agriculture, defence, education, energy, health, infrastructure security, sport, trade, transportation and water.Meanwhile, Brazilian Ambassador to Guyana, Ambassador Lineu Pupo De Paula in his remarks, echoed similar sentiments, as he noted that the cooperation between Guyana and Brazil has particularly intensified over the past three years, in a number of areas.Moreover, he stated that Guyana can continue to be assured of Brazil’s support on the Guyana-Venezuela Border controversy.“I think we have every reason to consider the last three years as one of the most important moments in our long relationship. We are countries that share common values and moreover, we have a large border between us. We are working hard. Brazil welcomes with satisfaction, the decision by the United Nations Secretary General to send the issue of the border controversy to the International Court of Justice.We affirm that the International Court represents the natural course for the settlement of disputes. Guyana can be assured that regional stability will not be shaken. One of the fundamentals of our foreign policy is the respect of international agreement and Brazil also defends the peaceful solution of controversies.Guyana knows that we are brothers, we are neighbours and we will follow the path of progress together,” he said.last_img read more

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Former SOCU Head being probed for missing confiscated gold, cash

first_img…following recommendations by DPPEmbattled Assistant Police Commissioner Sydney James, the former Head of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), is now under further Police investigation following instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Chambers.This was confirmed by acting Crime Chief Michael Kingston on Wednesday. Kingston explained that the file pertaining to James had been sent to DPP Senior Counsel Shalimar Ali-Hack by the Police some time ago.Former SOCU Head, Colonel Sydney JamesKingston noted that the Police have, as a consequence, been asked to do some more investigations. While Kingston was tight-lipped on the details of the investigation, reports indicate that it may pertain to money and gold that were previously confiscated and went missing while in SOCU’s possession.The unit has been in the hot seat for some time with allegations being made against it by persons it would have investigated or had business dealings. In the case of investigations, last year, the High Court had ordered the entity to return millions of dollars’ worth of cash and jewellery to a gold dealer plus costs after the unit seized the items and failed to charge the individual.Director of Public Prosecutions, Shalimar Ali-HackSOCU officials had also faced accusations regarding falsified invoices which had borne forged signatures. This was unearthed after a forensic audit was launched by the Guyana Police Force (GPF) into SOCU’s operations earlier this year.Other irregularities that were unearthed had included falsified records and missing documents. According to reports, there was even a case of an official who alleged his signature was forged. In addition, there are reports of listed expenditure being concocted and receipts being backdated.The probe into the operations of the white-collar crime-fighting Unit was triggered when the former British adviser to SOCU, Dr Sam Sittlington, made a number of startling allegations against the Unit.Following the allegations, James was subjected to questioning over allegations of improper spending, as part of the investigation and audit which stemmed after the termination of the British adviser.Sittlington, an Irish consultant and fraud expert who was contracted by the British High Commission to provide institutional support to SOCU, was fired in February after it was discovered that he had established a local security company.The move was considered a conflict of interest since the firm, dubbed the Fraud Company Limited, deals with much the same areas as SOCU. The fraud expert has long contended that he was wrongfully fired.The parliamentary, Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP), has meanwhile maintained that SOCU, which was set up to fight money-laundering and other white-collar crimes, had become a political Unit under the APNU/AFC regime.The PPP had said that Sittlington was going beyond his advisory role and was taking on executive functions. It was pointed out that Sittlington was going on operations such as raids and arrests.James was eventually sent on leave by the Government to facilitate investigations and an acting Head of SOCU, Althea Padmore, was appointed. Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has said publicly that with all that has happened, James will not be returning.The Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU)SOCU was established in 2014 on the recommendation of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) and was intended to be a Police unit operating under the authority of the Police Commissioner but with a close relationship to the FIU.However, besides the fraud allegations, SOCU has failed to secure convictions in the cases it brought to court. It was only in March of this year that contempt of court charges brought by SOCU against eight top executives of GBTI were thrown out by the Magistrates court. The charges brought by SOCU against Guyana Rice Development Board officials were also thrown out.That matter stemmed from October 2017, when SOCU charged the bank’s directors with contempt based on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). The contempt proceedings stemmed from the bank’s failure to comply with a production order made by acting Chief Justice Roxane George on August 29, 2017.last_img read more

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Conservatives pledge to expand tax credit for volunteer fire, search and rescue

first_imgUPPER KINGSCLEAR, N.B. — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is promising to expand a program giving volunteer search and rescue workers and firefighters tax credits for their supplies.He says if elected, he’d lower the number of service hours required to qualify for the program, introduced by a previous Conservative government.Right now, volunteers must work 200 hours a year to access the credit, and the Conservatives are pledging to lower that to 150.- Advertisement -Scheer notes that volunteers often pay out-of-pocket for equipment, uniforms, transportation, training, and insurance — costs that run into the thousands of dollars.The promise will leave the amount those volunteers can claim unchanged, and the credit is non-refundable, so those who qualify can use it to reduce their overall tax payments, but don’t get any of that money back.Scheer made the announcement in the town of Upper Kingsclear, N.B., where the entire fire department is run by volunteers.Advertisement The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Croatia fear England’s Sterling in World Cup semi

first_img0Shares0000Raheem Sterling’s pace caused problems to Sweden’s defence © AFP / Manan VATSYAYANAMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 8 – Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has identified Raheem Sterling as England’s danger man in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.Sterling was a key part of the Manchester City side that won the Premier League last season but he has been less effective in England’s charge to the last four for the first time since 1990. Despite some disappointing early performances, England coach Gareth Southgate has kept faith with the 23-year-old and his speed was a constant threat to Sweden’s defence in England’s 2-0 quarter-final win on Saturday.“I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is fast and dangerous alongside Harry Kane,” Dalic said in a press conference Sunday.“I wouldn’t say there are any glaring weaknesses (in England’s team) since they are in the semi-finals, that says it all.Zlatko Dalic says he expects an open, attacking game against England © AFP / Adrian DENNIS“They play very direct football, dangerous, fast, and they are really good at setpieces, and dangerous at corner kicks.”England survived a penalty shootout against Colombia in the last 16 whereas Croatia emerged through extra-time and spot-kicks against Denmark before going through the same ordeal again against Russia in Saturday’s quarter-final.After such tight matches, it is easy to forget that Croatia produced a feast of attacking play to destroy Lionel Messi’s Argentina 3-0 in the group phase.Dalic blamed Croatia’s opponents for smothering the creative talents of Luka Modric and said he expected a more open match in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.“Our last three games were different because we played teams with a defensive approach,” he said.“But we are looking forward to a different style of game against England because they like to play attacking football.”The semi-final also represents a financial mismatch between the riches of England’s Premier League and Croatian football.“If we had England’s money, who knows where we’d be in our country?” Dalic said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Salah stretches Liverpool lead to 10 as Leicester stumble

first_imgAt Anfield, Liverpool kept their first clean sheet at home this season but only thanks to Watford’s wastefulness in front of goal as the Hornets showed why they are the lowest scoring side in the league.Abdoulaye Doucoure and Ismaila Sarr both failed to make a proper connection with the goal gaping in the first half and the 40-point gap between the sides in the table was shown only in the difference of quality in the finishing.Salah struck twice as he rounded off a rapid Liverpool counter-attack from a Watford corner eight minutes before half-time.The Egyptian then settled the home crowd’s nerves a minute from time when he cheekily flicked home Divock Origi’s mishit shot.“In December and January especially, you need to show resilience – that’s the most important thing and we showed that,” said coach Jurgen Klopp, whose side are seven games into a 15-match stretch across five competitions in 50 days.“We had to fight, that’s what we did and that’s why we won.”– Leicester lose ground –Jamie Vardy’s eight-game scoring streak for Leicester came to an end against Norwich © AFP / Oli SCARFFLeicester will be Liverpool’s next opponents in the Premier League on Boxing Day after the European champions head to Qatar for the Club World Cup.The Foxes had the chance to cut the gap at the top to just five points ahead of that meeting had they beaten Norwich and Manchester City next weekend.However, a club record run of eight straight Premier League wins for Brendan Rodgers’s men came to an end against the Canaries.Teemu Pukki broke clear and finished calmly for his ninth goal of the season to put the visitors in front.Leicester levelled before the break when Jamie Vardy’s header from James Maddison’s corner was turned into his own net by Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul, but the hosts could not press home their dominance in the second half.“The players have been brilliant. When you are on that winning run you believe you are going to win every game but of course it does not work like that,” said Rodgers.“We were not 100 percent on it. We need to set the reset button.”– Reality check for Chelsea –Chelsea’s hold on the fourth Champions League place could be down to as little as two points should Manchester United beat Everton on Sunday as their poor run continued.Chelsea dagger: Dan Gosling (centre) loops home the winner over Kepa Arrizabalaga © AFP / OLLY GREENWOODFrank Lampard’s men have now lost four of their last five Premier League games and had only themselves to blame as they had 18 shots on goal without finding a way past Aaron Ramsdale.Bournemouth had lost five on the spin but got their reward for staying in the game when Dan Gosling skilfully flicked a loose ball over Kepa Arrizabalaga five minutes from time and VAR overturned a wrongly-raised offside flag against the midfielder.“Some responsibility is on the players to take the ball and have the balls to excite the fans,” said Lampard after a fifth home defeat of the season.“In front of our home fans it’s evident we aren’t playing well enough. We aren’t taking our chances and we have given away some silly goals.”Sheffield United for now are the Blues’ closest challengers as they moved ahead of United and Tottenham into fifth as John Fleck scored twice in the second half to inflict a 2-0 defeat on Aston Villa, while Jack Grealish missed a late penalty for the visitors.At the other end of the table, West Ham eased the pressure on Manuel Pellegrini with a 1-0 win at fellow strugglers Southampton.Sebastien Haller’s first goal in nine games was the difference between the sides as the Hammers moved four points clear of the bottom three in 15th, while Southampton remain in the relegation zone.Burnley were also 1-0 victors over Newcastle, thanks to Chris Wood’s close-range finish in a game of few chances at Turf Moor.0Shares0000(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mohamed Salah scored twice to give Liverpool a 2-0 win over Watford © AFP / Paul ELLISLondon, United Kingdom, Dec 14 – Liverpool tightened their grip on the Premier League title race thanks to two Mohamed Salah goals in a 2-0 win over Watford which extended their lead at the top to 10 points as second-placed Leicester were held 1-1 at home by Norwich.Chelsea were also shocked 1-0 at home by Bournemouth to see their lead over the chasing pack in fourth further cut, while Sheffield United moved into fifth with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa.last_img read more

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West Ham co-chairman tells talkSPORT: ‘We’d love to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic!’

first_imgWest Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has told talkSPORT he would love to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic as part of an overhaul of the Hammers’ strikeforce this summer.The east London club are enjoying a brilliant campaign, with Slaven Bilic’s men just one point off fourth place in the Premier League while they are still in the running to lift the FA Cup.And Hammers chiefs are ready to give Bilic a healthy summer transfer kitty as they aim to maintain their competitiveness next season.A move for out-of-favour Liverpool striker Christian Benteke has been rumoured and while Sullivan refused to confirm the reports, he did admit a number of ‘top Premier League goalscorers’ are on the club’s radar.But it seems West Ham are setting their sights a little higher…“We have a list of about ten strikers all over Europe, and most of our money will go into signing a striker,” Sullivan told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “That is the plan for next season.“I’d love Ibrahimovic from PSG, but whether he’d come to us I don’t know. I know he’s 34 but he’s a fantastic player.“There are a number of top Premier League players we may be bidding for, top goalscorers, but I can’t name them. I can’t comment on players from other teams.“The squad we have at West Ham now is the best we’ve had in six years, by a long, long way.“We will be adding to that squad in the summer and hopefully we’ll be a bit better next year.”last_img read more

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first_imgMOTORING: Divers Hyundai Garage are bringing back their HUGE scrap-page package for their loyal band of customers. Management at Divers said that with 152 July registrations approaching fast they’ve have decided to offer their customers the choice of TWO HUGE incentives.Any orders placed during the month of June for July 152 reg, potential Hyundai consumers will receive FIVE years FREE servicing package to compliment Ireland’s best warranty Who wouldn’t be interested in:5yrs unlimited mileage warranty (fully manufacturer backed)5yrs AA membership and roadside assist5yrs free vehicle health checks and 5yrs free servicingGavin Flanagan told Donegal Daily, “For those customers who have an older vehicle, they will have the option of availing of up to €4,000 in scrappage instead of the service package.“We have one of the most competitive PCP finance packages on the market at present with extremely competitive rates.“So there has never been a better time to enquire about your Hyundai of choice.“We really do have something for everyone. “Why not call in  TODAY and find out more about our open weekend which is taking place on Saturday and Sunday 6th-7th of June.You may also spot the Hyundai Hub parked in various towns around the county over the next week.The hub will be present at this weekends sheep shearing competition in Burt.Why not Pop in and check for yourself what your cost to change would be by simply entering your car registration and let our iPad tell you wat to expect for your car on a trade in and what your payments are likely to be..Staff will be at hand to answer any queries you may have and assist you through the process. DIVERS HYUNDAI GARAGE BRING BACK HUGE SCRAPPAGE PACKAGE FOR CUSTOMERS was last modified: May 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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)Tags:BusinessDivers Garage HyundaiFeaturesnewslast_img read more


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