When choosing a watch, most guys just focus on the face – does the casing look expensive, and is the branding visible?
A lot of guys don’t know how much a difference the watch strap can make on the overall look and formality of a timepiece. Wear the wrong style to an event, and you could look out of place and inappropriately dressed.
No stylish man wants that. So, with that in mind, I’ve listed the best watch straps you should look out for when investing in your next timepiece and how they rank on the formality scale.
Today, we’ll be covering:
- Leather Watch Straps
- Metal Watch Straps
- Fabrics Watch Straps
- Does A Strap Change A Watch’s Appearance?
#1 Leather Watch Straps
Many guys consider a leather-strapped timepiece to be the most classic style of watch.
It all comes down to simplicity – a monochromatic leather band attached to a single-metal watch casing. Historically, this watch style came into existence pretty much straight after the decline in pocket watches.
The minimal design isn’t over or under-stated. You can wear one with a shirt and tie, a tux or just jeans and a henley. My point is, because of its timelessly minimal aesthetic, this watch strap style can satisfy almost any man.
So let’s talk about leather for a second. As with any material, not all leather is created equal.
A good rule is to aim for the highest grade leather that you can afford. The higher the grade, the pricier the strap – however, genuine leather should be considered a minimum.
For those unsure of what I mean by Leather Grades, here’s a quick breakdown of the different levels of quality leather:
- Full-grain – thick and rugged leather that hasn’t been sanded down or buffed
- Top-grain – leather with a split layer with imperfections buffed away
- Genuine – leather that has had an artificial grain (or texture) applied to its surface
- Bonded – a mixture of leather scraps bonded together with synthetic materials
Unless you really have to, I’d advise you never to opt for synthetic leather. Real leather is tougher and will last longer if properly cared for.
Pro Tip: When wearing a leather wrist strap, ALWAYS make sure that the color of that leather matches both your shoes and your belt.
#2 Metal Watch Straps
A metal watchband, even one the same size as a leather band, will always
appear larger & heavier because of the nature of metal.
This is an important consideration if you have smaller wrists. Metal bands will emphasize the appearance of a larger watch, making it a primary choice for men with larger wrists.
Metal is lower on the formality scale than leather. It goes well with sports
coats and a pair of odd trousers or denim. On occasion, it’s okay to wear metal
bands with suits if it’s not a formal suit.
Common types of metals used in watches have a wide range.
- Stainless Steel
Each one can come in a polished or natural state.
If you want a watch as an heirloom, the best options are something with longevity. Titanium and stainless steel in their natural state are great options for that.
Solid gold and platinum will also stand the test of time, although they are more expensive options.
Unlike leather and fabric straps, metal watch straps can come in a wide variety of constructions. Depending on your style, the size of your casing, and the clasp you prefer, you can choose from any of the following:
- Jubilee Bracelet – Five-piece links, used in dress and sports watches.
- Oyster Bracelet – Larger three-piece links for a sportier look.
- President Bracelet – Less common, uses elegantly rounded three-piece links.
- Pearlmaster Bracelet – Arguably the most elegant strap design, with five-piece links.
#3 Fabric Watch Straps
Fabric is usually found in functional and casual watches.
Materials like Nylon are an excellent choice for an informal watch.
A great place to wear these is anywhere that involves water – for example, to the lake or the beach. The fabric won’t get easily ruined if water splashes on it, which makes it a great summer accessory!
Common types of fabric watches include:
When looking at quality, it’s best to stay away from plastics. They’re pretty cheap, will quickly break over time, and don’t look that great.
Rubber is an excellent alternative to plastic for wearers who need to clean their straps quickly. It has the same sporty feel and appearance while being far more professional-looking and durable. You can actually buy Rolex watches with a rubber strap, which speaks for itself.
Those involved in watersports benefit greatly from rubber watch straps. They’re easily cleanable, work well in a gym environment, and don’t look too ‘flashy.’ What’s more, guys who love watersports won’t need to worry about the water, grime, or chlorine damage.
However, not all watch straps are made equal. Stick to solid color straps without any bold patterns – zig-zag straps might be great for your kids, but you’re a grown man.
Plain, black rubber is a little dressier and can be matched with business casual outfits.
Commonly, you’ll find most NATO straps use Nylon in their construction.
Many guys hear ‘Nylon’ and automatically assume cheap and poor quality.
Cheap? Yes – but that’s not always a bad thing! The great thing about Nylon NATO straps is their value for money. For little more than five bucks, you can buy a watch strap that’s robust, comfortable, and versatile in pretty much any color you can think of.
A Nylong NATO strap can be attached to a dress watch, chronograph, dive watch, and even a smartwatch. It’s quite literally the most versatile watch strap available.
Is it going to replace your high-quality leather strap or intricate metal strap? Probably not. However, will it provide a cost-effective and classy option when you don’t want to risk your more pricey pieces? Absolutely!
Tweed is timeless – fact.
When I think tweed, I think of a classicly British tailored suit from Saville Row.
When it comes to watch straps, tweed is a great way to stand out from the crowd. They’re not that common, and people don’t often associate this fabric with men’s watches.
However, you need to be careful; they don’t suit every situation and can stand out in the wrong way when worn with a business suit.
The brushed, thick nature of tweed heavily contrasts with the sleeker appearance of cotton and light wool suits. Wearing a tweed watch strap with a business suit is not advised – in this instance, opt for leather or metal as your strap material of choice.
However, a matching tweed watch strap can look fantastic when it comes to wearing a tweed suit! You can also dress it down with a blazer and slacks or even jeans and a t-shirt.
In fact, many guys wear tweed straps on their field watches – the most informal style of watch on the market.
#4 Does A Strap Changes A Watch’s Appearance?
You wouldn’t believe the difference a watch strap can make on the overall look of a timepiece.
A simple change of material can have huge implications on the formality of a watch, taking it from a strictly weekend accessory to office-appropriate in minutes.
Let’s take one of my favorite watches – the Rolex Submariner – as an example:
Metal Strap Submariner
Let’s be honest – it’s a timeless classic. The metal strap Rolex Submariner is a staple piece in watch-making history. Pictured here with an Oyster style bracelet, it suits most occasions, from casual weekend trips to weddings and beyond.
In my opinion, as long as you aren’t wearing a tux, you can pull this watch off with any outfit. Black-tie events require a dress watch with a leather strap and minimal design – however, outside of that, you’re good to go!
Leather Strap Rolex Submariner
The leather strap on this submariner elevates its formality ever so slightly.
Would I advise wearing this with your casual clothing? Probably not. It’s just a little too formal to wear while at home with the kids.
However, on the flip side of this, it does make it more suitable for wearing to a black-tie event. Is it ideally suited to this level of formality? No. However, at a push, you could wear it to a black-tie event where the traditions of formalwear aren’t taken too seriously.
This would also be a great watch to wear to an interview. It shows a level of sophistication that recruiters will appreciate without going overboard with a classic dress watch.
Fabric Strap Rolex Submariner
A fabric strap on a Rolex Submariner isn’t something you see every day. However, I think it has a certain charm for more informal occasions.
A chunky metal strap can look a bit out of place on the wrist when wearing your casual clothes. Equally, a leather strap can look too informal, so a fabric strap can be a great way of balancing your watch with the rest of your casual outfit.
In many ways, a fabric strap makes a dive watch more accessible to men who don’t wear a suit every day. A Rolex is a high-status watch, so we tend to associate it with power suits and million-dollar deals.
But even CEOs take a break at the weekend! Switching your usual strap for a fabric one is the perfect way to detach yourself from work and enjoy a more laid-back weekend with the kids.
Rubber Strap Rolex Submariner
Just because you’re going to the gym doesn’t mean you should have to swap out your favorite watch for a cheaper, plastic alternative.
A rubber strap enables you to take your luxury watch to the gym and not worry about sweat clogging up the metal or ruining the leather.
As I mentioned before, rubber is wipeable, which means a submariner with a rubber strap is perfect for occasions when you’re likely to sweat. That could even be on hot summer days or a holiday to the Caribbean – the rubber strap reduces the formality of the watch to make it easier to wear with shorts and a linen shirt.
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4 Steps To PURGE Your Wardrobe – How To Get Rid Of Clothing Clutter In Your Closet
It’s Purge Night in your closet.
All bets are off.
All laws are suspended.
For twelve hours, only powerful clothes are safe.
Which outfits will you spare?
Which deserve to die?
A quick look at Rotten Tomatoes will tell you that the jury’s out on whether the premise of the movie The Purge – a society kept under control by a yearly 12-hour period with no laws or emergency services – holds up to scrutiny.
But when it comes to your wardrobe, maintaining order via an annual period of merciless settling up actually makes a lot of sense.
Today, I’m going to show you how to lay your internalized “laws” and emotional hang-ups aside and embrace the purge.
Rule 1: The Purge Lasts a Scheduled, Set Length of Time
Know when you need to purge. Sometimes it’s because a lot of your wardrobe has become worn out and you’ve been making do with it for too long. For many men, a transition to a new phase of life prompts the need for a clean-out.
If your clothes don’t reflect your age or where you are in your career, or you have a lot of things you never wear, it’s probably time.
Once you know it’s needed, mark it on your calendar. Block off a Saturday afternoon and resolve to only do that.
Set a strict time limit. That way, you’ll be less tempted to procrastinate AND less likely to dither unnecessarily about your decisions. The more time you allow yourself, the more you’ll overthink things.
Like the film’s, your purge should be annual. Marking aside time to check out your wardrobe in a deliberate way will save you time in the future – time shopping, time getting dressed, time panicking because you forgot that the shirt still hanging in your closet has a hole in it.
Subsequent purges won’t be as drastic as your first one. That’s okay. The point is, you’re keeping your wardrobe up to date, in good shape, and pared down to the essentials.
Rule 2: Authorized Weapons Only
For your closet purge, your “weapons” are the questions and concepts you use to aid your decision-making. And heads up: the methods you might be thinking of – making three piles, looking only for what you literally never wear – are weak.
You want to separate the best of your wardrobe from what just doesn’t make the cut. You want a highly selective process. In your new, stylish wardrobe, every single piece should be a winner.
In his book Essentialism, Greg Mckeown presents a series of questions you might ask while cleaning out a closet, and better questions you could ask instead. He uses the analogy of de-cluttering our closet in the same way we de-clutter our lives.
But let’s focus on his closet strategy.
Don’t ask, “do I like this?” More than likely you do at least a little bit, or you wouldn’t have bought it in the first place.
Instead, ask: do I wear this often? Do I look GREAT in it? If I saw this on a store shelf today, would I buy it again at full price?
These are much more powerful questions. They’re derived from one of my men’s style equations: the style equation of value.
If it’s not a ‘hell yeah,’ then it’s a ‘no.’
Rule 3: All (Mental) Emergency Services Are Suspended
That anxiety you feel when you think about getting rid of stuff is a mostly sunk-cost fallacy – the irrational belief that something you’re not using is worth holding onto because you’ve already spent money on it.
It may pay off elsewhere, but thrifty self-control won’t serve you here. Turn the “but I spent money on this!” sirens OFF for the duration of the purge.
Move fast and be brutal. Don’t let “someday” or “maybe” stop you from paring down your wardrobe. Maybe someday you’ll get back in shape, but in the meantime, it’s just taking up space (or worse, getting worn and making you look like a walking midlife crisis).
Besides, would you really want to celebrated a body transformation by wearing out-f-date clothes?
Clothes that are even slightly dated make you look cheap, and not in a cool thrift-shop hipster kind of way. Chances are, you can get along without them.
The last major category of items you’re going to get rid of are clothes fit only for the trash. Stained, worn out, and torn clothes, no matter how nice they used to be, aren’t fit to sell or donate. Toss them. They should not stay in your closet.
For more on this, check out my handy guide on when to throw away clothes.
Rule 4: No Killing of Outfits Level 10 Or Higher
In The Purge, you’re not allowed to kill a high-ranking government official. In the Closet Purge, you’re not allowed to kill an outfit you could wear in public if you were one.
When your whole wardrobe’s potentially on the chopping block, what you really need to save are the high-quality, timeless pieces that you’ve invested in because they will never go out of style. If they fit really well (or could with a trip to the tailor) and they’re in great shape, e.g. no holes or stains, these pieces are keepers.
Also in your ‘keep’ pile should be clothes that are highly versatile and could become a component of several go-to looks. You know what you wear often and what goes with what, so if, for example, you need to turn twenty shirts into ten shirts, build your all-star team from the most frequent picks.
If you need some guidelines, check out my posts on creating an interchangeable wardrobe. The mindset of incorporating maximum versatility will help you build a minimalist wardrobe that works.
After Closet Clean Out
Once you’ve completed your purge and you’re looking at what remains – vast, empty spaces between each item; gaping holes where the clothes that didn’t make the cut once hung – you’re going to want to buy tons of new clothes right away.
Unless you literally just trashed all your pants, don’t do that.
Instead, live with the clothes you have for a little while and work out what you still need to complete your wardrobe. Make a list of what you need or want so you can shop strategically. Don’t waste time and money just because the hoarding impulse kicks in.
Create a system for getting rid of unwanted clothes in the future. Keep a bag or laundry basket for unwanted clothes near your closet or chest of drawers.
When you buy a new item to replace something, discard the old one.
When something wears out, make sure you toss it out of sight so you’re not tempted to venture out in it.
You can donate or toss your no-longer-needed basket at your next annual purge.
If your closet hasn’t been cleaned out in ages, this probably sounds daunting, but it will be well worth it for the way it streamlines your mornings – and your laundry days.
Take it one step at a time, and you’ll be left with a wardrobe that contains only great options. Why settle for less?
Click below to watch the video – 4 Steps To PURGE Your Wardrobe
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Published Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2024 17:47:42 +0000
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Professional TV Dancer Neil Jones announced as the face of Shakeup Cosmetics
TV star Neil Jones has joined male beauty brand Shakeup as their first ambassador and launches new Age Def-Eye Instant Lifting Eye Cream.
Shakeup co-founder Jake Xu says “We are delighted to welcome Neil as our very first face of the brand. He aligns perfectly with our style, vision, and brand values and of course our fans and we are thrilled to announce this new partnership”.
In his role as ambassador, Neil will be motivating men to look and feel their best as well as working closely with Shakeup on new product development and upcoming campaigns.
Neil adds “I’m really excited to be teaming up with Shakeup. Daily demands and hectic schedules can take its toll on my skin but looking after it properly is crucial, especially in my line of work. I love the Shakeup products – they give great results with minimal effort and they’re great value. A winning combination!”
Neil’s favourite product is the NEW Age Def-Eye Instant Lifting Eye Cream, £28. Combining caffeine, squalane, shea butter, and two revolutionary trademarked ingredients – Inst’Tight and Ipeptide, it instantly tightens, refreshes, and revives tired looking eyes and minimises puffy eye bags and dark circles, fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet.
Neil says, “With a new baby and busy rehearsals, it’s brilliant for helping me look like I’ve had a great night’s sleep!”
Products are made in Britain, cruelty free, vegan friendly and PETA approved and available from shakeupcosmetics.com and Amazon.
Shakeup was founded in 2020 by twin brothers Jake Xu and Jake Carnell-Xu. As Chinese British (born in Beijing and grew up in Bath, UK) they have been inspired by the massive rise in men’s beauty in Asia and the K-pop market. With more men than ever branching out with their beauty routines, they created Shakeup to provide affordable, innovative, and solution-driven, skin care and cosmetic products and are
on a mission to normalise men wearing make-up.
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13 Public Speaking Mistakes To Avoid In Your Presentation
The sea of faces.
The expectant hush.
Butterflies in your stomach.
This is the presentation of your life.
It’s going to make or break your career.
Your heart pounds as you listen to yourself drone on… watch their eyes glaze over…
And feel your career going down the drain.
Death by PowerPoint.
Today, we are going to throw you a lifeline. I have 13 public speaking mistakes for you to avoid to make sure you never fail another presentation in your life!
#1 Public Speaking Mistake: Not Knowing Your Audience
You need to know who you’re speaking to–in general and as individuals–to avoid losing them to confusion or giving them irrelevant information.
Ask yourself two questions: why are they here, and what do they already know?
By understanding how much your audience knows about the topic, you can avoid filler words in presentations or examples they don’t understand, but also avoid talking down to them.
Knowing what they want to find out helps you stay relevant and hold their interest.
Stand on their side of the podium for a moment. What motivates them to be there? What could you tell them that would make them glad they came?
Research who you’ll be speaking to. Knowing the age group, professions, and other demographics of your audience will help you decide what points are most likely to click.
If your audience is from a different generation, company, or background, try to get a feel for their culture so you don’t say anything that will come off as rude.
You can also use this to tailor references and humor to their taste, but understand that that’s not a substitute for genuine respect. Trendy internet slang isn’t the key to reaching an audience of high school students–showing you respect their intelligence even as you speak from an older perspective is.
#2 Not Emotionally Connecting
There’s a reason your audience didn’t just google the info you’re telling them: they want to hear it from a person. They came to hear your human perspective and to experience the connection you can offer them
The best presentations are ones that create a deep personal connection, and one thing we all share as human beings are feelings of fear or vulnerability. If you’re willing to open up about yours, it can help people feel a stronger connection with you.
My personal example: I will, in the course of talks, sometimes talk about suicide, which is an issue that’s touched me closely in my family and in my military service. Getting people the help they need to try and prevent suicide is something I’m involved with and something that means a lot to me.
I don’t bring it up to impress people or to try and make them feel like they need to get involved, but I will mention it to show people that hey — I am a guy who does care and think about serious stuff, beyond whatever the topic of the moment is.
“The best presentations are ones that create a deep personal connection, and one thing we all share as human beings are feelings of fear or vulnerability.”
And most people are like that! They have some things they care very deeply about, or have strong feelings about, or are committed to or involved with in a serious way. Hearing about mine reminds them of theirs, and then we have a connection as real human beings.
Let them know how you feel about what you’re telling them – they’ll internalize it. Feel free to mention relevant things that you care about as examples. It helps your audience feel like they know you.
#3 Winging It
Under-preparing is a common mistake that can ruin a presentation with tons of potential. If you’re not prepared, you can’t relax. And if you don’t relax, you’re unlikely to engage at the level that the best public speakers do.
Have a plan B in case of technical difficulties, come up with alternate examples in case your original ones don’t seem to be landing and arrive early.
Check your equipment and everything you’ll need well before it’s time to start the speech. If you can, do a run-through on-venue–a full dress rehearsal, if you will.
If you’re prepared well in advance, you can use any extra time at the beginning to talk with individuals. It’ll help your audience feel more comfortable with you.
#4 Death By Powerpoint
Visual aids can make your speech clearer and easier to follow, but not if they’re text-heavy, hard to read, or distracting.
Most people know you shouldn’t read text straight from your PowerPoint slides, but you should be keeping text basic overall. You want it to be easy for your audience to note down or remember. Set a target of no more than 10-15 words per slide.
To use PowerPoint effectively, make sure it looks polished and be careful of busy themes and long transitions. You want to keep people’s interest on what you’re saying, not distract from it.
#5 Not Practicing Enough
The keys to a good presentation are confidence, flexibility, engaging your audience, and knowing your stuff.
How do you get there? Practice.
The better you know your material, the more relaxed you’ll be and the more confident you’ll come across.
Start practicing at least several days in advance.
You want everything committed to long-term memory. Until you can give your speech while driving, doing the dishes, or walking through an unfamiliar conference center, you shouldn’t tell yourself you’ve “practiced enough.”
On your later run-throughs, hone the details. Test out how you want the presentation to feel–what the arc of it will be, where it’s most high-energy.
Don’t just memorize the bullet points. Match them to your tone and gestures.
#6 Not Knowing What You’re Talking About
Obviously, you want to give your audience accurate information. They’re there to learn. But doing your homework before a presentation is important for another reason: credibility.
The audience doesn’t have to know everything about the topic to catch an outdated fact or a statistical mix-up. And if they do, they’ll wonder about the accuracy of every single thing you’re saying.
Building credibility keeps people paying attention because they know what you’re saying is useful. They feel like they can trust you to answer their questions and give them the straight talk about the topic. It goes without saying, but you want to avoid being embarrassed during the Q & A too.
If you’re tripped up by a question or need to double check a fact, it’s worse to say something wrong than it is to excuse yourself and quickly check your notes. At the end of the day, honesty is more valuable than smoothly rattling off incorrect info.
#7 No Excitement
Especially if you’re at a conference or in an office setting where people are going to meetings regularly, they’ve probably already seen a lot of people just standing there talking.
If you can give them a fresh experience, they’ll listen more closely to your points and you’ll make an impression.
When you practice, get comfortable moving around. Don’t hide behind the podium.
Choose your anecdotes carefully, and tell them like you’d tell a story to your friends. If they’re interesting in their own right, they’ll do a way better job of illustrating your points because your audience will remember them.
Make sure the relevancy is spot-on though, or they’ll remember the story and not the point.
#8 Going On Too Long
People naturally pay attention in bursts of 15-20 minutes. Ask yourself if you really need to talk for longer. If you do, try to divide your speech into segments with a brief pause between each one.
Almost all presentations go on for longer in front of an audience. Practice until you can do it comfortably in less than the allotted time.
If you can save someone time then you instantly become a high value man in their eyes. Worst case scenario, you keep it brief and have more time for questions afterward.
Timing your statements keeps your message interesting longer. This is as true for public speaking as it is for stand-up comedy. Figure out how to make basic points as briefly as possible, then fill in the details where you have time.
#9 Not Engaging Your Audience
Talk about things you know your audience is going to be interested in. If you can, talk about your topic in terms of their lives specifically.
As you speak, try to stick with mostly “you” statements. You should be constantly feeding the audience’s perception that this is directly relevant to them. A close second option is using “we” statements, creating the feeling that you and the audience are a team.
If you’re presenting to a small group, like a gathering around a conference table, you can alternate meeting each person’s eyes directly. For larger groups, move your gaze around the room.
Interact with your audience as much as you can. Ask them questions. Open the floor up to brainstorming. If they’re participating, they’ll be paying attention.
#10 Not Observing Other Speakers
Never miss an opportunity to watch other public speakers in action.
Go to talks when you’re at conferences. Watch videos like mine online. Check the bulletin boards at your local college or library for public lectures (you can learn some really weird and cool stuff from those, too).
Exposing yourself to a wide range of speakers shows you both the good and the bad of public speaking.
I got to watch Ian Cleary of Razor Social speak recently, who’s an absolute master of the craft, and I was thinking to myself “man, I’ll never be as good as this guy.”
But at the same conference I saw enough presentations that made me think “okay, I’m at least this good” that I could feel positive about my skills, and aspire to get them closer to Ian’s level by learning from him!
#11 Not Moving Around
Whatever room you’re in, own it!
Don’t hide behind the podium.
Move around and gesture when you talk. It’s much better to look too energetic than not energetic enough.
In a lot of public speaking settings (like business meetings and conferences), people have been doing the same sit-and-listen routine for a long time. You want to offer them something that looks and feels different to get them out of their mental rut.
In one presentation that I did with John Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire, we only had 20 people or so and a fairly small space. When we got there, we moved the chairs into a big circle and had one “hot-seat” at the center that different people took at different points in the presentation.
The change in structure really helped break up the feeling of sitting and staring at screens while someone talks from up on stage. It gave people a sense that they were there getting one-on-one advice from some guys with big successes under their belt, which made the whole experience feel very valuable to them. We got great feedback on that one.
#12 Not Utilizing the Correct Body Language
Your body language adds credibility to your speech. Avoid crossing your arms (this is a defensive gesture which puts up a barrier between you and the audience) and try to avoid fiddling with your cuffs, wallet or buttons because this makes you look nervous.
Take time to watch how the professionals do it and remember to work the room.
That means not standing in one place like a statue – you should be animated to keep your audience’s attention.
Want to learn more about body language moves that can help you gain trust? Click here to check out the 3 Secret Body Language Moves That Help You Gain Instant Trust.
#13 Not Realizing Unconscious Bad Habits
You’ll spot some bad habits as you work on your body language – things like putting your hands in your pockets or touching your face while speaking.
But I’m willing to bet you also have some bad verbal habits. Watch out for ‘filler words’. Words like:
- You know
- I mean
- As I was saying
These weaken the impact of what you’re saying and make you come off as unsure, unprepared, and nervous.
How to break yourself of the habit? Try making a game of it. Create a ‘filler word jar’ and drop a quarter in there every time you use a filler word. Speaking without filler words will feel odd, but you can go a long way towards breaking this habit in just one day.
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By: Antonio Centeno
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Published Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2024 17:58:33 +0000
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