EXTRA INNINGS Clemente softball team wins state championship

first_imgSTATE CHAMPS – The Roberto Clemente Little League All-Stars won the Senior Little League state championship last weekend in Manasquan, the first for the long-standing Jersey City organization. Roberto Clemente Little League has been a fixture in downtown Jersey City for more than 30 years.In 1988, the Clemente Little League baseball team did the unthinkable by capturing the New Jersey State Little League championship, defeating Morristown National, 7-5, in the championship game. ×STATE CHAMPS – The Roberto Clemente Little League All-Stars won the Senior Little League state championship last weekend in Manasquan, the first for the long-standing Jersey City organization.center_img The Clemente All-Stars then went on to the East Regional championships in Bristol, Conn. and were just two wins away from going to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.It had been almost 30 years since Roberto Clemente Little League won a state championship – until last week.Last week, the Clemente All-Star softball team won the Senior Little League state championship, having to battle back in the loser’s bracket to win the crown in the double-elimination tourney held in Manasquan.The Clemente All-Stars lost the opening game of the state tourney to Lincroft, 4-2, then came back to defeat Dover on Saturday, Monroe on Sunday, then had to defeat Lincroft twice to earn the title.The Clemente All-Stars won the opening game, 10-2, setting up the finals against Lincroft, winner take all. Clemente then won the final game by a final score of 5-2.“We came so close in the states before in the states,” said Clemente All-Stars manager Felix Montes. “We finally did it. I’m so happy, super happy for the girls. It was amazing to watch. The girls played hard and never quit. They also never let down. They kept bouncing back. It had been a long time for us, more than 20 years.”Nope, almost 30.“This is the first time for the girls,” Montes said. “They were fantastic. I’m so happy for them.”Once again, Jaylene Sierra was the standout. The Ferris pitcher was outstanding throughout the tournament, both on the mound and with the bat.“She’s a warrior,” Montes said. “She made the pitches, but she had good defense behind her. She was amazing, pitching all the games. She just kept coming back. Like I said, she’s a warrior.”Montes was also impressed with the overall team defense.“They really played great defense,” Montes said. “I think they were willing to put the offense on the back burner. I was happy things went in our favor down there.”Naya Olacio was also clutch at the plate with two hits in the title game. Sierra also drove in a run.The Clemente All-Stars are now headed to the East Regional championships in Boston beginning this weekend. They will face the state champion from New York in the first round of the tournament.EXTRA INNINGS focuses on the best stories that come from local baseball and softball leagues throughout the area, from Little League action through travel leagues.If you have any noteworthy information to contribute to the EXTRA INNINGS, feel free to contact Jim Hague by phone at (201) 303-5792 or via e-mail at [email protected] e-mail would be the best way of getting in touch.Please include a telephone contact name and number, in order to secure further information for a possible story. Also, if you have a picture to be used with the story, that would be a great help….–Jim HagueJim Hague can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more

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McGhee’s Bakery makes Glasgow awards shortlist

first_imgScottish business McGhee’s Bakery has been shortlisted in the Glasgow Business Awards, organised by the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Bank of Scotland.McGhee’s is a finalist in the Family Business of the Year category, which recognises the achievements of established, family-owned businesses across all industry sectors, which have successfully blended strong business acumen and family engagement. The award is judged on distinctive business practices, which have helped the business prosper and grow, alongside a family commitment to smooth succession planning.Company director Gordon McGhee said:  “We are delighted to have been recognised by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce in this sector. Being a third-generation business and celebrating 80 years’ trading this year, the term family business certainly fits McGhee’s profile.”The company produces 3 million rolls and 750,000 tattie scones every week for delivery across Scotland.The winners will be announced at an awards dinner on Thursday 6 October 2016 at the Hilton Glasgow hotel.In June last year McGhee’s announced plans for a £3m bakery extension.last_img read more

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A very merry Christmas to all British Baker readers!

first_imgThe British Baker team would like to wish its readers a happy and prosperous Christmas – and hopes the new year gets off to a great start for you all.We have had a fantastic 12 months bringing you news and insights from one of Britain’s most vibrant and fascinating industries, and will be back in the office from 2 January to start reporting on the world of bakery again.While we are away, the website is packed full of seasonal features to help keep you entertained when you’ve had your fill of turkey and treats. These include:A four-part round-up of the biggest stories of 2017Our top ten picks of retail bakery NPDPicture galleries of fabulous festive treatsFive trends set to shape foodservice in 2018A look at on-the-go Christmas NPDAnd, we would also love it if you could take a few minutes to complete our annual Bakery Industry Survey – and have the chance to win £75 of Amazon vouchers. Click here to take the survey.In the meantime, have a great festive period and we’ll be back in January!Vince Bamford, EditorAmy North, Multimedia Content EditorAshley Williams, Multimedia ReporterEllie Woollven, Chief Sub EditorNathalie Osborne, Senior DesignerElizabeth Ellis, Senior SecretaryMatthew Bingham, Sales ManagerSara Beswick, Senior Sales ExecutiveJo Brown, Senior Classified & Recruitment Sales ExecutiveSonia Young, Publisher & Events Director, Retail & Manufacturinglast_img read more

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Who’s in, who’s out in Democratic White House race

first_imgAnd then there were five.The Democratic Party set records last year for the size and diversity of its field of candidates seeking to challenge President Donald Trump.Fast-forward to Super Tuesday, when 14 states vote in what could be the most consequential day of the nomination race, and the party has just five hopefuls left in the fight. Three have called it quits since Saturday, while the top three remaining are all septuagenarian white men.So where do the five candidates stand as the party struggles to find a leader who can unite its competing factions and defeat Trump in November?Democratic White House hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders arrives to speak during a campaign rally at the Convention Center in Los Angeles, California on March 1, 2020. – Left-leaning California has thrust itself back into the heart of the fight for the presidency in 2020, casting a potentially decisive vote March 3 in the Democratic nominee to face Donald Trump. (AFP/Mark RALSTON )Bernie Sanders  Topics :center_img Sanders, 78, had been the clear winner of the nomination battle until recently, emerging as the frontrunner after early votes in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.But on Saturday he finished a distant second in South Carolina’s primary behind Joe Biden, raising the prospect of a comeback by the former vice president.The success of Sanders, a leftist senator from Vermont, has generated alarm among party moderates who fear his policies are too radical and make him an easy target for Trump.”They’re getting nervous,” Sanders told rally attendees Sunday in California.Sanders still has momentum heading into Super Tuesday, given his polling lead in California and the next largest state, Texas.Trump has signaled he would prefer to go head to head with Sanders — who he has dubbed a “communist” — and has repeatedly mocked Democrats for scrambling to coalesce around a moderate alternative.”It’s rigged against Bernie, there is no question about it,” Trump said Monday.Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to supporters at a campaign event on March 2, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Candidates are campaigning the day before Super Tuesday, when 1,357 Democratic delegates in 14 states across the country will be up for grabs. (AFP/Callaghan O’Hare/Getty Images)Joe Biden Barack Obama’s vice president is proud of the loyalty he has earned among many black voters, and they came through for him in a big way in South Carolina.Concern had grown that Biden’s performances in debates and poor results in early states put him at a major disadvantage to Sanders.By trouncing Sanders in the southern state, he revived his sagging campaign and knocked three rivals out of the race, including fellow moderates Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar.Biden, 77, now credibly claims he is the Democratic centrist who can do battle against Sanders and bring American voters from various socio-economic backgrounds and disparate political ideologies together.”The country is hungry, hungry to be united,” he said Monday in Houston.Democratic presidential candidate former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference, on March 2, 2020 in Washington, DC. AIPAC is the lobbying group that advocates pro-Israel policies in the U.S. (AFP/ Mark Wilson/Getty Images)Michael Bloomberg Bloomberg, a billionaire US media tycoon, sat out the first four early nomination contests and makes his Democratic ballot debut in the 14 states that head to the polls on Super Tuesday.The former New York mayor, age 78, is focusing on California, with the single biggest delegate haul, and other prize states like Virginia.But the late-starter is a major contender in the overall race, boosted by his vast, self-financed campaign budget — he has poured a staggering $500 million into advertising, a record.Bloomberg says he offers the best chance of defeating Trump.SELMA, ALABAMA – MARCH 01: (L-R) Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), participate in the Edmund Pettus Bridge crossing reenactment marking the 55th anniversary of Selma’s Bloody Sunday on March 1, 2020 in Selma, Alabama. Some of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates attended the Selma bridge crossing jubilee ahead of Super Tuesday. (AFP/Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Elizabeth Warren After disappointing results in the first three contests, the 70-year-old senator from Massachusetts tried to regain ground with effective attacks on Bloomberg in the past two debates.But she failed to move the needle in South Carolina, finishing back in fifth spot.As a progressive, Warren has suffered from Sanders’ rise, and her prospects look to be fading.But she has remained committed to the campaign, and is advertising or has booked air time in at least 11 states that vote after Super Tuesday, including Florida, Michigan and Ohio, according to tracker Advertising Analytics.Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) answers media questions following a campaign event on February 9, 2020 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The first in the nation primary is on Tuesday, February 11. (AFP/Scott Eisen)Tulsi Gabbard The congresswoman from Hawaii has never been a strong contender for the nomination, but she has outlasted several better funded rivals.Gabbard, 38, holds isolationist foreign policy views and is demanding US military withdrawal from Iraq as well as Syria.In January she filed a lawsuit against the 2016 Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, for calling her a “Russian asset.”last_img read more

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Napier Port to Make Room for Larger Ships

first_imgNew Zealand’s Napier Port has received clearance to build an additional wharf on its container terminal to accommodate larger ships and alleviate growing congestion from increasing cargo volumes.The proposed 350-metre wharf on the northern edge of the container terminal was approved by three independent commissioners, engaged by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council to review the applications.The approval follows a three-year long consultation process with the aim of minimizing the project’s environmental impact, especially the proposed dredging program of the project.Napier Port Chief Executive Todd Dawson said that some stakeholders will not be pleased with aspects of the decision – both those campaigning for dredge material to be deposited near Westshore and those who wanted it further than the proposed 5km offshore.“The port has engaged in one of the most rigorous consenting processes any New Zealand port has been through. We’ve committed to more than 100 conditions, including nine management plans, and these are now a formal part of the consent,” Dawson added.“As well as the extensive work done to design a project that is sensitive to the environment, we hope that the conditions to continually monitor the impacts of construction and dredging will reassure stakeholders that their interests will be protected.”last_img read more

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Brain find sheds light on autism

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share The researchers hope to gain insights into autismCells taken from people with a rare syndrome linked to autism could help explain the origins of the condition, scientists suggest.The Stanford University team turned skin cells from people with “Timothy syndrome” into fully-fledged brain cells.The abnormal activity found in these cells could be partially corrected using an experimental drug, Nature Medicine reports.UK researchers warned the findings might not apply to everyone with autism.Compared with the hundreds of thousands of people worldwide thought to show characteristics of autism, “Timothy syndrome” is vanishingly rare, affecting an estimated 20 people across the planet.People who have the syndrome frequently display autistic behaviour, such as problems with social development and communication.Because it is caused by a single gene defect rather than a combination of small genetic flaws, each making a tiny contribution, it presents a useful target for scientists looking to examine what goes wrong in the developing brain of a child with autism.Ready for workThe US researchers used a technique developed recently to generate brain cells called neurons from only a sample of the patient’s skin.This allowed them to examine their development in the laboratory, and even use them to test out possible treatments.They found obvious differences between neurons grown from Timothy syndrome patients, and those from healthy “control” subjects.The healthy neurons developed into different subtypes, ready for work in different regions of the brain.In contrast, the proportion of neurons developing into each subtype was different in the Timothy syndrome samples – more were equipped to work in the upper part of the cerebral cortex, and fewer in the lower part.This meant there were fewer neurons equipped to work in a part of the brain called the corpus callosum, which has the role of helping the left and right “hemispheres” of the brain communicate.These differences echoed those already observed in mice specially bred with the Timothy syndrome genetic fault.In addition, the neurons were making too much of a particular body chemical linked to the manufacture of dopamine and norepinephrine, which play a significant role in sensory processing and social behaviour.Dr Ricardo Dolmetsch, who led the study, said that the abnormalities found tallied with other evidence that autism was due in part to poor communication between different parts of the brain.The team managed to reduce significantly the number of these malfunctioning neurons by adding a drug as they developed.This, they said, meant it might be possible one day to treat this defect in a real patient, although the drug used was not currently suitable for children due to side-effects.The National Autistic Society gave a cautious welcome to findings, but warned that they did not necessarily offer insights into every form of autism.Researcher Georgina Gomez said: “Timothy syndrome is only one form of autism and so these findings only give a very limited picture of what might cause the condition.“More work would need to be done to substantiate this particular piece of research.”BBC News Tweetcenter_img 19 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle Brain find sheds light on autism by: – November 28, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

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Trooper aids mother and newborn following interstate crash

first_imgHarrison County, In. — An Indiana State Police trooper went above and beyond the call of duty to help a young mother and her newborn baby this week.Investigators say Kaitlyn Wood, 19, of Seymour, was westbound on I-64 when she hydroplaned and drove off the roadway. Wood and her newborn baby were transported to a local hospital as a precautionary measure.In order to save the young mother a tow bill that could have been $200, trooper George Wooten drove Wood’s car to the hospital.Wood and her baby were treated and released, then left in her car parked outside the hospital.last_img read more

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Mourinho fumes after Blues draw

“People, pundits, commentators, coaches from other teams – they react with Chelsea in a way they don’t react to other teams. “They put lots of pressure on the referee and the referee makes a mistake like this. We lose two points, Fabregas earns a yellow card.” Mourinho made those comments to the BBC and let loose again in the post-match press conference. The Portuguese said this has been an issue since the first day of the season, when Costa was wrongly booked for a dive against Burnley, and called for a change to the system. “The double punishment is something unbelievable,” Mourinho said. “Anthony [should go to a] screen, see that he has made a mistake – he is a good guy, an honest guy. “He writes ‘I made a mistake, let’s clean the yellow card for Cesc’. It should be a simple process.” Southampton manager Ronald Koeman understood the anger of his former Barcelona colleague, but philosophically concluded “it’s part of football”. “If the referee thinks it’s simulation then you have to give the player a yellow card, but you will have always the decision if it’s simulation or really a fault in the box,” he said. “I have to watch that moment in the game because maybe for Chelsea that was an important moment to win the game.” It was a moment which allowed Saints to show an impressive resilience, denying the Blues a winner which at times seemed imminent. “Of course, one point against Chelsea is maybe three points against another opponent,” Koeman said. “I am proud of the players, the organisation in the team, the spirit in the team. We knew it would be very difficult but the boys did it fantastic. “Of course we passed some difficult moments in the game. “I was a little bit disappointed at half-time because we conceded before half-time, but we stayed organised in the team. “We got a little bit of lucky but you need that against these good teams to get a result.” The west Londoners came under scrutiny again on Boxing Day when Branislav Ivanovic appeared to take a tumble against West Ham – the kind of incident Mourinho believes is being wrongly hammed-up and denied his side three points at St Mary’s. Fabregas looked to have won a penalty early in the second half after being caught by Saints teenager Matt Targett, yet referee Anthony Taylor instead deemed it a dive and booked the infuriated Spanish midfielder. “In other countries where I worked before, tomorrow in the sports papers it would be a front-page scandal because it is a scandal,” Mourinho said of the yellow card. “I think it is a scandal because it is not a small penalty – it is a penalty like Big Ben. “In this country – and I am happy with that, more than happy with that – we will just say that it was a big mistake with a big influence in the result. “I am happy that it is this way, with respect for the referee. He made a big mistake like I make, like the players make sometimes.” Asked if recent incidents involving Cahill and Ivanovic had been an influence, Mourinho retorted: “They are not incidents, they are not incidents. “Of course [it has influenced the referee]. That’s a campaign, that’s a clear campaign. Jose Mourinho claims there is a “clear campaign” against Chelsea and labelled the booking handed out to Cesc Fabregas for a supposed dive against Southampton a “scandal”. Press Association Sadio Mane and Eden Hazard scored in an entertaining, hard-fought 1-1 draw at St Mary’s on Sunday, but afterwards the Blues manager’s only focus was only on what he believes is a growing movement against his side. Chelsea have found themselves at the heart of the simulation debate in recent weeks, with Diego Costa and Willian booked for supposedly taking a tumble in the win against Hull – after which Steve Bruce compared a Gary Cahill dive as “like something out of Swan Lake”. read more

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Football News Lionel Messi hat-trick gets Barcelona closer to La Liga football title

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Barcelona: Even the Real Betis fans were applauding by the end as Lionel Messi scored another spectacular hat-trick to fire Barcelona to a 4-1 victory on Sunday and leave them with one hand on the La Liga trophy. Messi’s treble, his second in a month in Seville, fourth of the season and 51st of his career, moves Barca 10 points clear of Atletico Madrid with 10 games left to play, a gap surely too big to close. Luis Suarez, whose superb flick set up Messi’s second, scored his own brilliant goal after a scintillating solo run but it was ultimately reduced to a footnote, in what became another night all about his Argentinian partner. The only blot on the night was the sight of Suarez limping off late on, although he was able to walk after the final whistle. Messi now has 29 league goals this season, 39 in all competitions, and together with Suarez’s 18 their joint-total of 47 is more than all but two of the other teams in the division.     A simple finish from Suarez’s exquisite assist came between a free-kick perfectly planted into the top corner and a bending lob that grazed the crossbar and dropped in. The Betis fans left at the Benito Villamarin, and most of them were, felt compelled to stand and applaud. This was supposed to be one of the more awkward tests in Barcelona’s run-in, which includes Atletico Madrid at home and fifth-placed Alaves away. All the rest of their opponents currently sit 10th or lower. But regardless of the fixtures, Barca seem to be saving their best form for the home straight, with Manchester United to come in the Champions League quarter-finals next month.RELATED     Ernesto Valverde’s side have now lost only once in 16 games. In La Liga, they are unbeaten since November, winning 13 and drawing three since they were last beaten. Already in the final of the Copa del Rey, where Barca will return to this stadium to face Valencia in May, a treble is certainly not beyond the realms of possibility.No time to breathe     There was barely a moment to pause for breath in the first half, both teams throwing players forward without restraint or, seemingly, regard for the spaces they left at the back. Betis were happy to open up and almost took the lead when Joaquin volleyed first-time to the stretching Sergio Canales, but he was unable to connect.     Barca were perhaps fortunate to earn the free-kick for Messi’s opener as Canales obstructed Arthur Melo just outside the area, to the right of centre.     But there was no luck in Messi’s shot, which flew like dart over the ducking head of Gerard Pique, past the hand of Pau Lopez, and into the top left-hand corner.     Betis came again, Arthur twice scrambling the ball away from Canales in the box, before Suarez missed a sitter after being teed up by Messi.     He made amends just before half-time. Messi fired into the feet of the Uruguayan, who took the ball one way and flicked it the other, behind his leg and into the path of Messi, who did the rest. Betis could have been four down by the hour as Suarez missed two more, but the chances kept coming, and he finally hit the mark.     There were four defenders ahead when Suarez began his run from the halfway line but he sped past one and between two more, each of them colliding into the other before being left sprawled on the ground. Aissa Mandi made one final lunge but Suarez skipped through and finished. Loren Moron curled in a consolation for Betis but Messi had the final say. Ivan Rakitic rolled the ball back and he clipped a sumptuous chip over Lopez, off the crossbar and in. Suarez limped off injured in the final minutes and Messi could have added a fifth, only for the post to rescue Betis. Four was enough.center_img Lionel Messi scored his fourth hat-trick of La Liga season.Barcelona are 10 points ahead of Atletico Madrid.Lionel Messi now has 29 goals in this season of the La Liga.last_img read more

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Jason Collins discusses his experiences as a gay athlete

first_imgJason Collins has thrown the first pitch at Fenway. He’s introduced the first lady. And he’s talked on the phone with President Obama and Oprah — on the same day.Proud · Jason Collins is the first male athlete in the National Basketball Association to have publicly come out as gay. – Daniel Rothberg | Daily TrojanBut on Thursday, Collins, who came out as the first openly gay male athlete in a major professional sport, shared stories from the 33 years leading up to his announcement, and his life since, during a conversation at the Keck School of Medicine.The event, which was part of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer Series, focused on Collins’ experience coming out, the reaction that followed and his new place as a role model within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. For over an hour, Collins spoke in a conversation with Carmen A. Puliafito, dean of the Keck School.Until this year, Collins, an NBA player for 12 years, said he had never revealed his sexuality to another person.“For 33 years, I never told another soul,” Collins said. “I had a lot of great conversations with my German Shepherd, Shadow, sitting around watching TV.”During the conversation, Collins spoke about what it was like being gay in the culture of athletics.“People will just associate the worst stereotypes with being gay,” Collins said. “And, yeah, I heard a lot of conversations in the locker room.”Collins said he took that as reason to play more intensely.“It made me play that much harder, so if and when the day came that I did have the courage to speak up, it would challenge all of those teammates as far as what it means to be gay.”Collins was a fitting speaker, Puliafito said, because discrimination can be an obstacle in the workplace.“It’s great to have an opportunity to talk to someone like Jason Collins who’s really a role model for people dealing with who they are and being honest with who they are without fear of disrespect,” Puliafito said.Collins first came out in an email to a trainer who he saw in an “It Gets Better” video. He sent the email the Saturday after Thanksgiving, during the 2011 NBA lockout.“It was the first time where basketball really wasn’t part of my life,” Collins said. “I’m training, but I’m thinking, ‘Am I going to go through the rest of my life like this?’”About an hour after he clicked send on the email, Collins said he found out that the lockout had been lifted.“I was like ‘Oh, dear God, what have I done?’” he said as members of the audience laughed.Collins likened coming out to taking off a mask, a phrase he first heard Oprah use. Collins said he no longer had to lie about girlfriends or censor what he said for fear of it sounding stereotypically gay.“I don’t have to go through that any more and mentally, I think I will be even better as a player.”Collins said when he came out publically in Sports Illustrated last April he wasn’t sure, as a black player, what type of response to expect from the black community.“As far as support from the African American community, traditionally, it has been harder to accept being gay,” Collins said. “But I think slowly, as more of us step forward and take it from being some abstract thing … then people identify with, ‘We know them, we have some familiarity.’”Vincent Vigil, the director of USC’s LGBT Resource Center, said that Collins serves as an important role model, both as an athlete and as a minority. During the event’s question and answer portion, Vigil said that when he met with incoming athletes, he asked them if they knew who Collins was.“Every incoming athlete at USC raised their hand [to signify they know] who Jason Collins is,” Vigil told the audience. “You are truly making a difference and an impact in the lives of our youth but also changing the culture for the LGBT community.”In an interview with the Daily Trojan after the event, Collins emphasized the importance of coming out to a trusted person rather than hiding one’s sexuality as he did for 33 years.“I had the toughest time verbalizing it, just saying the words, ‘I’m gay,’” Collins said. “You have to tell someone so you have an ability to really be your true self with someone. And you’ll be shocked that your true self is actually pretty similar to [your] persona, [it’s] just that you don’t have to pretend to have a girlfriend or make up some story.”Follow Daniel on Twitter @danielrothberglast_img read more

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