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7 at-home fitness machines you should actually splurge on this year

When the first shut down happened earlier this year, I was really worried about losing my fitness progress. I was going to the gym anywhere from 5 to 7 times a week, doing a mix of personal training sessions and using the machines on my own. Even though gyms reopened, I haven’t felt comfortable going back and I know I am not alone.



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Due to the pandemic, it was nearly impossible to find appropriately-priced dumbbells anywhere online for months (At one point, I saw a single 10-pound dumbbell going for $65 on Amazon). I soon realized that the best quality investment was to buy an actual at-home fitness a machine – ahem, I mean studio.

All of the fancy fitness machines on this list are more than just a tool to use. Each brand offers its own take on advancing your fitness journey with cool classes, advanced exercise technology, or both. If you were previously paying top dollar for a gym membership or personal trainer (I was spending $200/month), most of these products are less than the annual cost of a freal gym. And they are right inside of your house, no driving required.

These at-home fitness products can work as a gift to a loved one, or just a gift to yourself for getting through this year.

Tempo

Tempo is the brand I’d recommend most to anyone who was working with a personal trainer in a gym. The home studio has a 42″ HD screen where you’ll follow an instructor for each class. Tempo offers classes between five to 60 minutes. Unlike doing a YouTube fitness video, Tempo monitors your movements t0 make adjustments and recommendations. If you’re bending too far over while doing squats, the machine will correct you. If you’re moving too fast during a workout, it’ll recommend adjusting your weights to a heavier setting for a future workout.

The Tempo Studio comes with:

  • 4 10-pound plates
  • 4 5-pound plates
  • 4 2.5-pound plates
  • 4 1.5-pound plates
  • 2 7.5 dumbbells
  • 1 25-pounds bar
  • 6 collars/clips
  • Workout mat
  • Foam roller
  • Heart rate monitor

You can either pay in full for the machine, or you can opt to pay $55/month with 0% APR for 36 months. A Tempo Studio membership is $39/month.

MYX

The MYX is a budget-friendly competitor of the Peloton. If you want to know more about the differences, you can read my review after ride a MYX bike for 3 weeks straight. This bike is great for people interested in getting a studio cycling bike, but also want classes. MYX Fitness drops new classes weekly, include bike classes, floor classes, a hybrid of the two, plus mindful classes for digestion and pain.

The MYX Plus bike includes:

  • A Stationary Star Trac bike
  • A Polar heart rate monitor
  • An XL exercise mat
  • A stabilizing mat
  • A kettlebell Three sets of hand weights (available in light, medium, and heavy) 
  • An SPRI stretch band 
  • A foam roller

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9 of the Best Fitness Tech Items That We Tried This Year, All In One Place

As far as I’m concerned, we’re all living in The Jetsons—except, rather than casually owning flying cars, we’re all flying on techy treads, strapping devices that measure our heart rates on our wrists, and taking yoga classes from a magic mirror on the wall. The future is now, folks. So if you have someone on your holiday list who lives the sweat life, we’ve rounded up the best fitness technology buys you can wrap in a bow and feel confident they’ll love.

From smartwatches to wireless earbuds to next-level recovery devices, we’ve rounded up the gifts that just keep on giving—many of which are on sale right now. You can’t go wrong no matter which one you choose, so let’s get shopping, shall we?



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1. Fitbit Versa 3, $230


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Photo: FitbitThe Fitbit Versa 3 arrives packed with cool features. Perhaps most notably, the device records your “active zone minutes” that buzz when you reach your desired heart rate during exercise. That means when the burpees hit just right, you’ll get a little buzz to say “good job.”

Shop now:  Fitbit Versa 3, $230





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There are few things I wouldn’t do to own this treadmill. After running on one years ago at the Peloton Tread+ studio in New York City, I instantly started a “Peloton” fund to save up for the day when I would purchase this baby and run it into the sunset. Alas, I’m still saving—but we’ll get there. One of the techy features that makes this treadmill all the rage is the fact that you can use easy-access knobs to adjust your speed and incline in seconds, but there’s so much more in store, fam.

Shop now: Peloton Tread, $2,495



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Ah, the Airpods Pro. I’ve written about them so many times because they are worth every word. With noise-cancellation that literally transplants you to a new world, nothing will disrupt your workouts ever again.

Shop now: Apple Airpods Pro, $250



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Who needs five different kettlebells when you could just buy one adjustable one? This device can adapt from weighing 12 pounds to 42 in less than three seconds and uses artificial intelligence reporting to record your reps, sets, and workout as a whole.

Shop now: JAXJOX Kettlebell Connect 2.0, $199



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When you gift someone a Powerdot, you’re gifting them a future of home massages. Just strap it onto any sore muscle group and you’ll feel its Smart Muscle Stimulator get to work on repairing those muscles so you can get out for your run, bike ride, or HIIT workout again soon.

Shop now:  Powerdot 2.0, $199





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Ask any expert—a trainer, a makeup artist, a sleep doctor—and they’ll tell you that eight hours of sleep is essential for doing all the things you love. The Oura Ring pays attention while you sleep and delivers a morning report that gives you

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Fitness queen Kayla Itsines, 29, reveals the typical daily diet that keeps her lean all year round

Fitness queen and CEO of the Sweat empire Kayla Itsines has offered a look at her typical daily diet, and revealed why she doesn’t believe you should deprive yourself of any specific food group if you want to get lean fast.

The 29-year-old from Adelaide said she is a huge subscriber to the motto ‘a little of everything in moderation’, and so while she seeks to remain slim, she also doesn’t deprive herself of the foods she loves.

Kayla said she mainly follows a Mediterranean-style diet that is packed full of Greek foods from her heritage.

‘This means a wide variety of vegetable and fruit as snacks, and a good mix of vegetables, protein and carbohydrates in my meals,’ she wrote on her website.

Kayla said she also eats more than you might expect, because she is eating to ‘fuel’ her body for a day of workouts and training clients. 

Fitness queen and CEO of the Sweat empire Kayla Itsines (pictured) has offered a look at her typical daily diet

Fitness queen and CEO of the Sweat empire Kayla Itsines (pictured) has offered a look at her typical daily diet

The 29-year-old (pictured) from Adelaide said she is a huge subscriber to the motto 'a little of everything in moderation' and she follows a Mediterranean diet with plenty of Greek foods

The 29-year-old (pictured) from Adelaide said she is a huge subscriber to the motto ‘a little of everything in moderation’ and she follows a Mediterranean diet with plenty of Greek foods

BREAKFAST 

For breakfast, Kayla said if she’s at home, she’ll often have ‘a lot of vegetables with two pieces of toast’.

This could be foods like tomatoes, capiscum, cucumber and avocado, which are all then drizzled with extra Virgin olive oil, fresh basil, dried oregano and salt and pepper.

‘I eat my toast with olive oil (yes, that’s even more olive oil – what can I say, I’m Greek!) as I prefer it to butter,’ the 29-year-old said. 

Kayla added that she is lactose intolerant and so tries to limit her intake of dairy where possible.

She’ll add a cup of Turkish coffee to her breakfast at home.

If she’s out, Kayla said she loves to order scrambled eggs with chilli with a side of chilli kale as she ‘loves’ spicy food.

She is also known to get sauteed mushrooms, tomatoes and avocado with toast and a piccolo latte with dairy-free milk.

Lunch for the busy 29-year-old is 'really simple', and her go-to dish is a tuna salad packed full of vegetables (pictured)

Lunch for the busy 29-year-old is ‘really simple’, and her go-to dish is a tuna salad packed full of vegetables (pictured)

'It's a healthy lunch you can make in under five minutes - just chop up the vegetables and basil and put them in your bowl, add tuna and dressing and you're good to go!' Kayla (pictured) said

‘It’s a healthy lunch you can make in under five minutes – just chop up the vegetables and basil and put them in your bowl, add tuna and dressing and you’re good to go!’ Kayla (pictured) said

LUNCH

Lunch for the busy 29-year-old is ‘really simple’, partly because she is often in the middle of working and needs to grab something healthy but delicious as quickly as possible.

‘If I’m at home, I’ll often make a quick tuna salad,’ Kayla said.

To replicate her go-to dish, all you need is some canned tuna, brown rice, fresh basil, cucumber, tomato, capsicum and red onion.

Kayla’s dressing is olive oil, dried oregano, balsamic vinegar, salt and cracked pepper.

‘It’s a healthy lunch you can make in under five

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St. Peter’s Church is hosting a Food Drive this Saturday, October 24th. Please help them help others!

It does not seem possible, but the Holiday Season and the winter months are quickly approaching. This is a time of year when food pantries struggle to provide for the needs of the community. This year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting increase in the number of our neighbors suffering from layoffs and job loss, our local food pantry is facing a crisis. With so much need, they are finding their resources severely depleted.

In response to this growing need, the Historic Downtown Frankfort businesses will be having a food drive “How We Can” October1 thru November 11. On Saturday, October 24, from 9:00am-12:00pm, in cooperation with our local businesses St. Peter’s United Church of Christ (12 West Sauk Trail, Frankfort, IL 60423, 815-469-2220) will be having a food drop off drive where people can drive thru to drop off their donations. All food and money collected will go directly to the Frankfort Township Food Pantry to help serve the needs of our neighbors.

Please place your donations in the trunk/hatchback of your vehicle. To provide safety for all, masked and gloved volunteers will take your donations so that you need not leave your vehicle. We will also have volunteers, masked and gloved, with buckets to collect your monetary contributions if you so choose.

Please tell your friends and neighbors and encourage them to be a part of this community-wide effort to serve those in our community that find themselves in need of our help.

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Inovalon Clients Outperform Market for CMS Star Ratings for the Seventh Year in a Row

The Inovalon ONE® Platform Supports Meaningful Quality Outcomes Improvements and Value Delivery

BOWIE, Md., Nov. 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Inovalon (Nasdaq: INOV), a leading provider of cloud-based platforms empowering data-driven healthcare, today announced that clients utilizing Inovalon’s quality improvement solution suite outperformed the entire Medicare Advantage market for the seventh year in a row, realizing a positive increase of nearly 4% on a year-over-year basis in their Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 2021 Star Ratings.

Inovalon’s clinical quality data aggregation, advanced analytics, integrated outreach, and data visualization toolsets provide health plans with targeted patient-level insights to improve quality of care and member health outcomes. Able to integrate, aggregate, and analyze the growing volume of healthcare datasets at high speed to support improvements in clinical quality outcomes measures, the Inovalon ONE® Platform delivers the nation’s most widely used healthcare quality data analysis and improvement platform, with more than 76% of U.S. reported lives running through the Inovalon Platform in 2020.

These results reflect data released by CMS on October 9, 2020, pertaining to all Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plans, which revealed that on a year-over-year basis, Star Rating scores decreased by 2.17% for the average Medicare Advantage health plan on an enrollment-weighted basis. These results also reflect adjustments CMS made to minimize the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, allowing plans to use the higher of their 2020 or 2021 CMS Star Ratings for approximately 50% of the measures. Despite the overall market decreasing by 2.17%, clients leveraging Inovalon’s quality improvement suite realized an average increase of 3.72% in their 2021 Star Ratings. The achievement of higher Star Ratings reflects the great work of Inovalon’s health plan clients and the ability of the Inovalon ONE® Platform to rapidly deliver actionable analytical insights, empowering superior care delivery by health plans to their millions of members, and create positive, measurable economic performance impact.

“Over the past year, the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic combined with the rapid changes to how and where care is delivered have accelerated the need to rely upon a technology platform capable of addressing patient-specific gaps in care within the Medicare Advantage population,” said Kris Volrath, Vice President at Inovalon. “We are pleased to support and empower the continued strong performance of our clients, reflecting their adoption of industry-leading technologies and data-driven insights to achieve meaningful impact during an unprecedented year.”

About the CMS Star Ratings Program

The national Star Ratings performance program, instituted by CMS, measures and reports on a wide range of clinical and quality outcomes pertaining to members and health plans across the United States. The quality measures addressed are utilized by federal and state programs to determine quality scoring and associated incentives and penalties for such programs as CMS’ Medicare Advantage Five-Star Quality Rating System, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Quality Ratings System (QRS) for Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans, and state-based Managed Medicaid measurement programs. Inovalon’s solutions support these programs, as

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ESSAY: Contemplating death in a year when it feels closer

MILWAUKEE — One day, on a walk in the middle of a workday, I came across a gorgeous red finch on a sunny sidewalk that didn’t fly off when I approached it. It barely put up a fight when I picked it up with a tissue.

I had hoped to take it to the nearby wildlife rehab people. Maybe they could save it. So I walked back to my house and put it in an open plastic tub on my shady porch with seed and water.

I called the rehab people. I knew from past injured wildlife encounters that I should call ahead. The line was busy. Every time I checked on him, I felt a greater urgency. His breathing had increased and he was shaking a little. Their line remained busy.

Less than two hours later, his breathing had stopped.

I cried. I just couldn’t hold back.

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I’m struggling. And I have been for awhile.

A lot of us are. There’s a pandemic going on, and we are all isolated from each other. There’s a recession looming, maybe even a depression. And a divisive election, no matter which side you support.

But it feels like so much more. None of my emotions seem to want to hide anymore.

There’s anger, irritation, sadness. Muting life with Netflix has an upside-down reaction for me: I’m crying at happy scenes and sobbing over suspenseful or stressful scenes. I wake at night with bouts of anxiety.

As a reporter, I’ve told the stories of countless tragedies over the last 20 years: mass murders, murder trials, tornadoes where people lost everything, any number of horrific crimes and dramatic hardships. Why does this feel so different?

It finally dawned on me: Death seems so close to everyone, more than I can ever remember. In the United States, for many, it hasn’t been quite this way for a really long time.

So far, more than 225,000 people have died in the United States from the coronavirus or complications, according to Johns Hopkins University. On the entire planet, more than 45 million have been infected and more than 1.1 million are dead.

All that pain and suffering. All those individual stories. And right now, with the numbers of infected soaring in Wisconsin, where I live, my anxiety skyrockets.

Even physicians are dealing with anxiety, some for the first time, says Joan Anzia, psychiatrist and professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She often counsels those in the health care field and says this sense of mortality is even hitting them.

“It’s been decades since physicians have had to endanger their own lives and put their own life at risk just by going to work,” she tells me when I call her.

The last time a life-threatening health crisis of this scale engulfed American society was early in the last century: the 1918 flu pandemic. Less widespread was polio, before a vaccine emerged in the 1950s.

Medical advancements though, have pushed death away, made it feel

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Trick-or-treaters get masks, sanitizer with candy this year at Halloween block party in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, MI — Trick-or-Treaters decked-out in costumes and face paint trudged down Krom Avenue in Kalamazoo on Saturday, where they were greeted by volunteers offering masks and hand sanitizer before passing out the treats.

While this year’s events looked a little different, the pandemic didn’t stop Charlie’s P.L.A.C.E. from hosting its annual Halloween block party in Kalamazoo’s Northside neighborhood Saturday, Oct. 31.

Hundreds of kids and their parents walked through an aisle of volunteers who passed out handfuls of candy, before leaving the block party stationed at Krom Avenue and Herbert Street, to continue their night knocking on the doors of houses on North Burdick Street.

With many homeowners deciding not to give out candy over concerns it could result in the spread of the coronavirus, Charlie’s P.L.A.C.E. said it wanted to offer kids a fun and safe Halloween. The organization is a nonprofit that provides education and entertainment programs and events for youths and their families. The organizations founder, Charles Parker, has been a longtime advocate for kids in Kalamazoo.

Charlie’s P.L.A.C.E. board member and Parker’s niece, TaKarra Dunning, wore colorful face paint while handing out candy to dozens of kids Saturday evening.

“We do this every year for the kids on Halloween, no matter what day of the week it’s on, it’s a tradition that my uncle Charles Parker wants to keep alive,” Dunning said. “We just had to make the adjustment for COVID — we haven’t been able to do much programming that we would usually do, so it’s just nice to be able to get out here on a nice Halloween Day.”

Dunning and others passed out masks and offered squirts of hand sanitizer to parents and their children before they were given candy and treats, while DJ Conscious provided music throughout the two-hour event.

Kalamazoo resident Samantha Drew came to the event on Saturday with her two children who have been attending school virtually this year at Kalamazoo Public Schools. Drew said that finding a few hours of fun for her two children to unwind and release some energy has been a challenge.

“Just yesterday I was like, ‘What are we going to do with these kids?’ I’m just thankful that these guys stepped up and did this thing,” Drew said. “They’ve been cooped up in the house doing online school and it really is hard on the kids.”

Drew wasn’t worried about the spread of the virus at Saturday’s outdoor block party, saying events that take the health and safety of everyone into account are important for her kids. She said safety mitigations should be taken seriously as she wants her kids to be able to safely get back to the district for in-person instruction.

“Safety I believe should be our number one — since we have to wear a mask to keep the disease from spreading, I believe we should all wear it, we all just want to be safe,” Drew said.

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‘2020 Has Been A Terrible Year’ : Goats and Soda : NPR

The multibillion-dollar global effort to eradicate polio hasn’t just stalled. It’s moving backward.

When the Global Polio Eradication Initiative began in 1988, roughly 350,000 kids a year were paralyzed by the virus. By 2016 that number had been driven down to 42 cases of any type of polio anywhere in the world.

But now cases are on the rise and expected to climb even further in the coming months. So far this year officials have tallied more than 200 cases of wild polio and nearly 600 cases of the vaccine-derived form of the disease. Most of the vaccine-derived strains of polio are in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but now these rogue strains of polio are also turning up across much of sub-Saharan Africa, Yemen, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Vaccine-derived polio is caused by remnants of earlier versions of the live virus used in the oral polio vaccine. The vaccine can be shed through feces. In places with poor sanitation, the vaccine can be spread through wastewater. Over time, the virus from the oral vaccine can replicate, regain strength and become just as virulent as the original virus against which it’s supposed to protect.

And worst of all most kids born after 2016 have no immunity to the most prominent vaccine-derived polio strain because that strain was thought to be on the verge of elimination and is no longer included in the primary oral vaccine they would have received.

What’s more, millions of children have not received vaccines because of conflict and lack of access in Taliban-controlled areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan plus pandemic lockdowns.

“2020 has been a terrible year and will continue to be a terrible year,” says Michel Zaffran, head of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative at the World Health Organization in Geneva.

The pandemic is part of the problem. In March, WHO ordered a pause to all polio eradication campaigns to make sure vaccinators going door to door weren’t unwittingly contributing to the spread of COVID-19. That order was lifted over the summer, but “as a result, 30 to 40 countries have not conducted mass immunization campaigns,” Zaffran says. “During that period, up to 80 million children have been left unprotected against polio.”

The fear is that with so many children now susceptible to polio, outbreaks could erupt, particularly in areas with poor sanitation where the virus can thrive.

And then there’s the role the Taliban have played in stymieing vaccination efforts. “For the last 28 months, there was a ban on polio activity in the southern provinces controlled by Taliban,” says Mohammedi Mohammed, head of immunization for UNICEF in Afghanistan.

“Twenty-eight months! It’s enormous,” he says of the amount of time that vaccinators have been barred by the Taliban from doing door-to-door polio vaccination drives. “If we continue like this, soon we will have three years of children that were born but not vaccinated. So we are building up the susceptibles for a mega-outbreak.” And there’s no sign that the Taliban are going to lift the ban.

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Here’s the No. 1 Gift to Get Your Fitness-Obsessed Friends This Year

  • Value: 16/20
  • Functionality: 19/20
  • Quality/Ease of Use: 20/20
  • Aesthetics: 20/20
  • Comfort: 18/20
  • TOTAL: 93/100

Ever since Bala Bangles debuted on Shark Tank back in February, they’ve been flying off the shelves. Nope, I’m not exaggerating; the chic wrist and ankle weights were initially backordered for months, and retailers are still having trouble keeping them in stock now, almost 10 months later.

What makes the workout accessory so popular, you ask? Well for starters, they’re way more stylish than your standard wrist and ankle weights. So stylish, in fact, that the first thing I did when I got mine was admire how cool they looked wrapped around my ankles.

Speaking of which, Bala Bangles don’t have annoying ties or hook-and-loop closures, making them super easy to put on and take off. I can secure the velcro closure in about two seconds (even one-handed), which makes me more likely to actually use them during a workout. And when they’re on, my Bala Bangles feel like a comfortable chunky bracelet or anklet. They never get loose or slide up and down mid-workout like my old wrist weights did.

If you couldn’t tell, I’m a total Bala Bangles convert. Which is why I’m naming them the gift to get all of your fitness-obsessed besties this year. They enhance the toning benefits of literally any workout, so you really can’t go wrong. Your best friend who won’t stop talking about how Pilates “changed her life”? Yup, she’ll totally freak out when she unwraps them. Your roommate who runs 30 miles a week? She’ll appreciate the added resistance during her morning jogs. Honestly, even your mom might like a pair to wear around the house while she vacuums.

Word to the wise though? These are definitely going to sell out by December, so I recommend stocking up on a few pairs ASAP. Right now, you still have options. The two-pound variety is currently 25 percent off at Olivela. Looking for the one-pound version? Check out Revolve, where you’ll get free shipping, or Verishop, which has an impressive color selection in stock. Whatever you decide, just don’t wait too long, or you’ll likely have to wait until January or February to get your hands on a pair.

Oh and while you’re at it, you might as well treat yourself to some too. It’s incentive to continue your at-home workout routine, right? That’s how I justified it.

Buy It ($65; $49)

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HEXO Corp to Release Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Results and Host Investor Webcast

OTTAWA, Oct. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — HEXO Corp (“HEXO” or the “Company”) (TSX: HEXO; NYSE: HEXO) plans to release its complete financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended July 31, 2020, after market hours on Thursday, October 29, 2020, as well as host a webcast for investors and analysts beginning at 8:30 a.m. EDT on Friday October 30, 2020.

Webcast Details
Date: October 30, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. EDT
Webcast:  https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/2771524/47E7001045651D265D3F12D203F6F5A4

For previous quarterly results and recent press releases, see hexocorp.com.

About HEXO

HEXO Corp is an award-winning consumer packaged goods cannabis company that creates and distributes innovative products to serve the global cannabis market. The Company serves the Canadian adult-use markets under its HEXO Cannabis, Up Cannabis and Original Stash brands, and the medical market under HEXO medical cannabis. For more information please visit hexocorp.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking information and forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws (“forward-looking statements”). Forward-looking statements are based on certain expectations and assumptions and are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events, results, performance and achievements to differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation, except to the extent required by law, to update or revise any forward-looking statements as a result of new information or future events, or for any other reason.

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