63,000 Liberians to Gain Access to Safe and Regular Water Supply

first_imgThe World Bank Board of Executive Directors have approved a new financing of US$10 million International Development Association (IDA) credit to increase access to piped water supply services in Monrovia and surrounding areas, and improve the operational efficiency of Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC). The Liberia Urban Water Supply Project (LUWSP), which targets 63,000 direct beneficiaries, 44 percent of which are females, will facilitate critical repairs, rehabilitation of the existing distribution network and the extension to new areas with additional customers. The project will facilitate new connections, more hours of water supply, fewer interruptions in water service and closer proximity to safe water supply sources. “This project constitutes an important step towards implementing the government’s Agenda for Transformation and post-Ebola Economic Stabilization and Recovery Plan, which emphasize the urgent need to improve water and sanitation service delivery in Liberia,” said Inguna Dobraja, World Bank Country Manager for Liberia. Said Dobraja, “a reliable and affordable source of clean water is an essential precondition for a healthy population and robust economic activity.”Project beneficiaries of the LUWSP comprise residents of Central Monrovia, Somalia Drive, Duport Road and Roberts International Airport Highway. The construction work will create job opportunities for Liberians and improve access to services and living conditions. Communities with large percentages of poor households that are unable to afford private household connections will benefit from the construction of standpipes or kiosks. The LWSC will also develop a rate-payment scheme to allow these poorer households to finance connection fees over a longer period. “The World Bank’s intervention will fund critical rehabilitation of the existing network, as well as invest in the extension of LWSC’s distribution capacity in order to supply more Liberians with safe water,” said Deo-Marcel Niyungeko, Task Team Leader. “This new project will also boost revenue generation for the LWSC.”The LUWSP will reduce water losses and improve water flows to Central Monrovia, as well as address urgent rehabilitation needs along Somalia Drive and in Central Monrovia to restore water supply in the city center. Key transmission lines along Duport Road, Somalia Drive and Roberts International Airport highway will be rehabilitated or extended to reduce bottlenecks and create backup capacity in these areas. Furthermore, the installation of bulk meters across the network will allow the LWSC to set up district metered areas to track and address non-revenue water more effectively. The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), established in 1960, helps the world’s poorest countries by providing grants and low to zero-interest loans for projects and programs that boost economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve poor people’s lives. IDA is one of the largest sources of assistance for the world’s 77 poorest countries, 39 of which are in Africa. Resources from IDA bring positive change to the 1.3 billion people who live in IDA countries. Since 1960, IDA has supported development work in 112 countries. Annual commitments have averaged about $19 billion over the last three years, with about 50 percent going to Africa. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Public Consultation on Cell Phone Ban

first_imgToll-free, outside Victoria:* In Vancouver: call Enquiry BC at 604 660-2421, ask to be transferredto 250 952-6948* Rest of B.C.: call Enquiry BC at 1 800 663-7867, ask to be transferredto 250 952-6948The deadline for submitting a response is Aug 7, 2009. The provincial government is seeking British Columbians’ input on the use of cell phones and other electronic devices while driving.The Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles (OSMV) recently conducted an extensive review of distracted driving research. Part of that review looked at how other jurisdictions have responded to thisissue.The OSMV discussion paper “Addressing the Problem of Distracted Driving and its Impacts to Road Safety” and a short list of questions that interested individuals may respond to are posted at:www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/legislation/current.htm- Advertisement -Individuals may also contact the Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles in writing or by phone for a copy of the discussion paper and questions.Policy & Research BranchOffice of the Superintendent of Motor VehiclesMinistry of Public Safety & Solicitor GeneralPO Box 9254 Stn Prov GovtVictoria BC V8W 9J2In Victoria, phone OSMV at: 250 952-6948Advertisementlast_img read more

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Close call for young Grande Prairie cyclist

first_imgDF-Cyclist Collision – June 08/11There was a close call reported yesterday afternoon on the streets of Grande Prairie for an eight year old boy.RCMP investigation revealed he was riding his bicycle on a roadway, and swerved into the side of a passing vehicle.- Advertisement -The incident occurred about 4.30, and police say the child was taken to hospital, but did not suffer life-theatening injuries.They also say no charges have been laid, and the investigation is closed.last_img

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Were, Akumu send South B to Koth Biro final

first_imgWere who plies his trade in Greece with Kalamata FC, inspired South B come two goals down after Beirut went ahead in the seventh minute through Oscar Mono who was set-up by  Gor Mahia forward John Ndirangu.Beirut were the better side as they continually pilled pressure on South B especially from the right flank that was manned by Ushuru full-back Fan Ngaira.However, Akumu neutralized Beirut’s threatening pace in midfield and his measured pass to Were in the 24th minute should have resulted in an equalizer after the winger was hacked down but unfortunately the resultant free-kick went wide on the far left side of the post.Beirut doubled the scores from the spot that was well converted by Dennis Gicheru in the 35th minute after South B defenders brought down Edwin Otieno.Were showed his experience to lift South B after picking the ball from the midfield to make his way through the defence but he was fouled in the box to result to a penalty that was successfully converted to see his side trail 2-1 at the break.South B returned stronger in the second half with Abraham Dawo landing Akumu’s precise pass in the box to slice the ball past Beirut keeper Peter Mageto.Beirut fell behind once again when Were again made another good run to set-up Kevin Kwasila for South B to seal the win and storm to the finals that will be played January 7.South B burried the match from there. The rest was left for Patrick Oboya and Were to show the fans what they have been missing since they went out of public limelight.South B will now face either GAA from Huruma or FIFA Best who clash tomorrow in the second semi final at the same venue. The finals will be held early next year on January 7.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000South B Combined winger Paul Were (left) dribbles past Beirut defender Fan Ngaira during their Kothbiro tournament semi-final match at Umeme Stadium in Ziwani Estate, Nairobi on December 29, 2017. Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 29 – High flying South B All Stars stormed to the final of the 2017 Koth Biro tournament after rallying from behind to edge out Beirut 3-2 in the semifinals played at the Umeme Ground in Nairobi’s Ziwani estate on Saturday.Star Studded South B that was steered by Zesco United and Harambee Stars midfielder Anthony Teddy Akumu as well as speedy winger Paul Were, will now meet the winner between Kawangware based side FIFA Best and GAA from Huruma who square it out in the second semi-final tomorrow.last_img read more

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I don’t care about 2014, roars Gor boss Kerr

first_imgAnd now, Kerr has urged his side to replicate that same performance in the return leg in 10 days time, saying he does not care about the side’s performance last time they played there in 2014, a match that ended 5-0 in favour of the North Africans.“I don’t care about 2014. I am not bothered at all about that because that’s history. What I care about is do we have the belief that we can be better than a lot of people actually give us credit for?” the tactician posed, even as he lavished his side with praise over their performance.Esperance keeper Noel Ben Sherifia was undoubtedly Esperance’s best player on the pitch, making two crucial saves in the first half and one in the second half as the North Africans took with them a 0-0 draw from Machakos.Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge keeping under-pressure Esperance keeper Noel Ben Sherifa on toes during their CAF Champions League clash on March 7, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“I have just said to the players don’t go to Tunisia scared. Go out there and give me that performance. We could have scored six goals; we had chances, it wasn’t our day in front of goal. But you’ve got to praise my boys,” he said.“They went out there dominated the game and showed how good we are and we now need to go to Tunisia in a hostile environment and show that as well,” Kerr added.Kerr also lamented that the team didn’t have the best of pre-match days as they were forced to spend seven hours in traffic from Nairobi, arriving in Machakos at 1am Wednesday morning.“For them to recover as well as they did is incredible. I say thanks to my players for the energy and enthusiasm displayed. We ran throughout the 90 minutes and Esperance perhaps wasted 30 of those minutes lying down and especially their goalkeeper,” stated the tactician.Kerr also bemoaned that the financial situation of the club is not helping much especially after the exit of sponsors, but says the club from the management to players are fighting to ensure they ink their names in history books.Esperance players slowing down the pressure as center referee Gehad Zaghloul gives directions. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“Kenyan football should embrace this because we have taken this to another level. I told the players to enjoy this and make the most of it and I hope they realize how good they are after this performance against a strong Tunisia side. We should go there surprise people then maybe we can get the respect of African football,” Kerr further noted.The tactician is also hoping that the Kenyan premier league management can lessen their burden ahead of the return leg, lamenting that while Esperance had a more spaced out calendar in the local league, they have been forced to play five matches in 15 days.Gor will once again swing their attention back to the local league action on Sunday where they are scheduled to play against Nzoia Sugar at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.The tactician says he will have no other choice but to rotate his squad again as he looks to ensure everyone is fit and fresh.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr in deep thought during his side’s CAF Champions League tie against Esperance on March 7, 2018 in Machakos. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 8- An upbeat Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr is defiant that their CAF Champions League first round tie against Esperance du Tunis is not over despite a barren stalemate in the first leg on Wednesday.Gor produced one of the finest performances ever by a Kenyan team in continental football since Sofapaka’s win over Ismailia in 2011, but failed when it mattered most, banging in the goals that would have seen them carry a huge advantage to Tunis.last_img read more

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Supreme Court dismisses appeal by Donegal developer over €9.2 judgement

first_imgThe Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by a Co Donegal property developer over a €9.2 million judgment granted against him arising from guarantees over unpaid loans to his building company.The judgments addressed what a bank must do to prove debt and Mr Justice William McKechnie strongly disagreed with the majority view that the courts may, in certain circumstances, draw inferences from a customer’s silence in response to a bank’s claim. In the context of banker and customer, it is “notorious” that, for the vast majority of people, the relationship “is not based on an equal footing” and the “recent public scandal about tracker mortgages verifies this point”, he said.Bank of Scotland plc sought judgment against Charles Fergus, Ceol na Mara, Tullan Strand, Bundoran, over alleged guarantees provided from 2004 to 2006 over loans to his building company, Fergus Haynes (Developments) Ltd.After a demand for repayment in September 2008 was not met by the company, it appointed a receiver over its assets and took proceedings against Mr Fergus arising from the guarantees.In 2012, the High Court’s Ms Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan was critical of the bank’s conduct of the case, saying it was “extraordinary” for a bank to commence proceedings seeking judgment on 17 guarantees, contending he was liable on each guarantee for the full amount of the judgment when many of the guarantees were patently unenforceable.As Mr Fergus had not himself given any evidence and had not denied a signature appearing to be his was in fact his, the judge accepted he had signed four original documents sought to be relied on by the bank.For full story see https://www.irishtimes.com/business/construction/supreme-court-rejects-man-s-appeal-over-9-2m-judgment-1.4120319Supreme Court dismisses appeal by Donegal developer over €9.2 judgement was last modified: December 19th, 2019 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

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Plants Fight Darwin

first_imgAnother article proves the DAM Law, as evolutionists try to make the best of a bad situation.The DAM Law states, “any article or paper on the evolution of flowering plants will be accompanied by the phrase, ‘Darwin’s Abominable Mystery’ (DAM).” Science Daily once again proves this law, not only in the body of an article, but in the headline, “Where do flowers come from? Shedding light on Darwin’s ‘abominable mystery’.”The mystery that is the origin of flowering plants has been partially solved thanks to a team of scientists. Their discovery sheds light on a question that much intrigued Darwin: the appearance of a structure as complex as the flower over the course of evolution. Darwin long pondered the origin and rapid diversification of flowering plants, describing them as an “abominable mystery.” In comparison with gymnosperms, which possess rather rudimentary male and female cones (like the pine cone), flowering plants present several innovations: the flower contains the male organs (stamens) and the female organs (pistil), surrounded by petals and sepals, while the ovules, instead of being naked, are protected within the pistil.How was nature able to invent the flower, a structure so different from that of cones?A French team “has just provided part of the answer,” we are told. Which part of the answer—and how big a part—are key issues. These evolutionists feel bold enough to use an exclamation point.To do so, the researchers studied a rather original gymnosperm called Welwitschia mirabilis. This plant, which can live for more than a millennium, grows in the extreme conditions of the deserts of Namibia and Angola, and, like other gymnosperms, possesses separate male and female cones. What is exceptional is that the male cones possess a few sterile ovules and nectar, which indicates a failed attempt to invent the bisexual flower. Yet, in this plant (as well as in certain conifers), the researchers found genes similar to those responsible for the formation of flowers, and which are organized according to the same hierarchy (with the activation of one gene activating the next gene, and so on)!The fact that a similar gene cascade has been found in flowering plants and their gymnosperm cousins indicates that this is inherited from their common ancestor. This mechanism did not have to be invented at the time of the origins of the flower: it was simply inherited and reused by the plant, a process that is often at work in evolution.We have been told that this desert plant (1) has male cones with sterile ovules and nectar, (2) has genes “similar to those” for the formation of flowers, and (3) the genes are organized according to a cascading hierarchy. Impressive as this sounds, the explanation raises a dozen questions:What is the relationship of Welwitschia to other gymnosperms? Answer: it is a sole member of its own genus and family.Is Welsitschia a true gymnosperm? It is so unique, its classification as a gymnosperm [“naked seed”] seems somewhat arbitrary. Wikipedia says, “Most recent systems place Welwitschia mirabilis in its own family Welwitschiaceae in the gymnosperm order Gnetales.” The word ‘most’ suggests that some botanists or taxonomists disagree, opening the possibility that the plant is, instead, a specialized angiosperm.Why is Welwitschia still the same today if it evolved from a common ancestor? Some call it a “living fossil,” unchanged since its supposed evolution from the mythical ancestor.Was the common ancestor identified? None mentioned.Is there any evidence that the first flowering plants borrowed Welwitschia’s traits? None mentioned.Why would a plant retain “a failed attempt to invent the bisexual flower” but succeed at living with that failure for 1,000 years or more at a time, much longer than true flowering plants?Can a plant “invent” anything?If the angiosperms “inherited and reused” a “mechanism” from Welwitschia, why did Welwitschia not improve on the mechanism itself over supposed millions of years of evolution?Why did all the angiosperms (true flowering plants) leapfrog past Welwitschia and leave it growing in a couple of arid parts of Africa?Some angiosperms are dioecious, too (possessing separate male and female flowers), so why is that diagnostic of evolution?Does the French team explain the origin of flowering plants, or have they just told another Darwinian just-so story?Have the French scientists solved Darwin’s Abominable Mystery? or have they instead illustrated the commutative property of the DAM Law, i.e., the Mystery’s Abominable Darwin?For relief from evolutionary confabulation, let’s look at some real living angiosperms.Buttercups focus light to heat their flowers and attract insects (New Scientist). Those lovely yellow petals on buttercups may serve two unique functions, this article says. As miniature parabolic reflectors, they provide heat for the plants and also create light beams for pollinators to follow. Insects apparently like the warmth of the flowers.Buttercups get their bright colour from yellow pigments in the petals’ surface layer. But the petals’ shiny gloss is due to the double layer of air just beneath the surface. This reflectivity is what turns people’s chins yellow when they hold a flower underneath.New research on why plant tissues have a sense of direction (Phys.org). ‘Morphogenesis’ is one of those vacuous scientific jargon words that means nothing without a theory to explain ‘the origin of form.’ How do the complex shapes of leaves and flowers arise from a ball of cells? Botanists at the John Innes Centre of Norwich investigated how plants arrive at a preferred direction of growth.One of the prevailing theories of how complex plant shapes develop, upon which this new research builds, is the theory of ’tissue conflict resolution’. At the heart of shape development are internal differences in how tissue regions grow, and it is the resolution of these conflicts that produces shapes. These tissue conflicts are not contentious, but precisely coordinated, with their resolution leading to a particular flower or leaf shape.Such a theory describes but does not explain. Why would a conflict arise? How is it coordinated? Where is the plan that leads to the result? The reader looks in vain for answers to those points, yet is told that “The precise shape of these organs has been modified over millions of years of evolution in relation to specific functions such as attracting pollinators or catching sunlight.” Evolution, though is blind. It’s not trying to attract pollinators. It’s not trying to catch sunlight. It cannot invent genes to do these things. Anything that works must occur by accident (the Stuff Happens Law). At best, the researchers have taken baby steps. “This research moves us one step closer to understanding how genes can influence the remarkably intricate and beautiful plant shapes we see all around us.”Ocean meadows scrub seawater of harmful bacteria (Nature). “Seagrasses keep waterborne pathogens in check, potentially benefiting people and coral reefs,” Jason Bittel tells us. That’s nice to know, but leaves us wondering how coral reefs survived pathogens for hundreds of millions of Darwin Years before seagrasses evolved. The paper in Science is silent about that. But from a design perspective, the role of these aquatic angiosperms as cleaners makes sense:Seagrass meadows are the most widespread coastal ocean ecosystems in the world. Research now finds that these plants can reduce the load of disease-causing bacteria such as Enterococcus in the surrounding seawater by up to 50%. What’s more, coral reefs also show a 50% reduction in disease when seagrasses live nearby.The meadows act as nurseries that shelter young animals, and provide permanent homes for creatures including fish, crabs and shrimp. The plants are also superstars when it comes to carbon sequestration. Now findings published 16 February in Science add a health-care component to the long list of ecosystem services that seagrasses provide. A world without flowering plants would be far different from what we know. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine how the biosphere could survive without them. Evolutionists imagine, though, that flowering plants were missing for most of earth history, only beginning their dominance within the last 150 million years (about 3% of earth’s assumed age).Genesis relates that plants were created on the third day, right after the dry land appeared. Most likely this included gymnosperms, angiosperms, algae and fungi. Knowing the critical roles of plants in the biosphere for food, oxygen and recycling, doesn’t that make sense? God knew what he was doing as he constructed the earth to be inhabited. Remember that man’s first job was gardening. Get into the yard and exercise that role once again: it will help you appreciate design and beauty our heavenly father built into this habitat for humanity. (Visited 70 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Forget The iPad Mini – Is There Room For An iPad Maxi?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… cormac foster 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Is Bigger Better?Sure, movies would look awesome on such a big screen, but what’s the real value of giant tablets? After all, they’d be almost impossible to lug around without a dorky GoPad), and they’d likely cost more than smaller devices.To find out, I asked a professional interaction designer at a San Francisco interactive agency. The designer, who asked not be named because his opinions were not necessarily those of his employer, was initially positive: “As long as you can still hold it with one hand and poke at it with the other, it should work.”As he thought through the reality of working on a giant touch screen, however, he started seeing problems.“You can accelerate a mouse pointer to cover more ground with a smaller motion, but the main interface for a tablet is your hand, which is moving through physical space. Increased size would start to make navigating more tiresome. On an iPhone you can drag something across the screen by just moving your thumb. On an iPad, it’s a wrist motion. On a bigger screen, you’d have to move your entire arm. Without doing any studies, I think 13 inches isn’t too big of a deal, but if screens keep getting bigger, it may start to become less efficient to use your hands.”And then there are issues with gestures. “Increasing the size of screen objects and the distance between them could render some gestures – like pinching – impossible,” he said, “”or at least make them awkward, which defeats the purpose of an intuitive touchscreen interface.”The UI designer was quick to add that “these problems aren’t insurmountable,” and “designers are getting used to building for different form factors,” but he feels that at a certain point – and that might be 13 inches – “you’re looking at a different class of device requiring a different set of controls.”Already Thinking BigThis isn’t virgin territory. There are already plenty of giant touchscreens already in use. The 17-inch dashboard touchscreen on the new Tesla electric sedan is gorgeous, but designed for intermittent use – anything more might cause a crash. Larger touchscreens have been successful in ATMs, Point-of-Sale terminals, information kiosks, and other purpose-built devices where visibility and simplicity trump control and interactivity.There’s no doubt a market larger tablets, but we don’t yet know how large will be comfortable to use or carry around. And it’s likely that really large at-least-semi-portable touchscreens will find homes in different kinds of devices – like the Lenovo Yoga – not just what we now think of as tablets. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#Apple#iPad#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting With the impending announcement of the iPad Mini, all eyes seem to be focused on making tablets smaller. But the truly unexplored territory lies in the other direction – in tablets that go big. Really, really big.While Samsung, Amazon and others have proven that smaller tablets do have value, and the impending release of the iPad Mini seems to indicate that Apple now agrees – there’s only so small a tablet can go until it turns into a smartphone.The Limits Of Small The area between a 7-inch tablet and the 5.5-inch screen Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – and other “phablets” is a no-mans-land for tablet makers. We’re literally running out of room to make tablets smaller.Ironically, the field is wide open in the other direction. The full-size iPad’s 9.7-inch display is hardly the upper limit for tablets, it’s just the jumping off point. Several Android tablets sport 10.1-inch screens, and the upcoming Microsoft Surface tablets will have 10.6-inch screens.But the search for more screen real-estate hardly stops there. Toshiba is about to test the waters with the Excite 13, which breaks the 10.6-inch screen barrier without breaking a sweat. Its 13-inch screen is frankly ginormous, easily bypassing the screen size of ultrabook laptops and landing squarely in the realm of portable business computers – though still without a real keyboard and other laptop niceties. Lead image courtesy of Natursports / Shutterstock.com.last_img read more

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Stan Wawrinka Overcomes Feliciano Lopez to Reach European Open Quarter-finals

first_imgAntwerp: Stan Wawrinka was made to work hard at the European Open on Wednesday as the Swiss veteran outlasted Feliciano Lopez 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(4) to reach the quarter-finals in Antwerp.The 34-year-old Wawrinka, seeking his first ATP trophy since he lifted the title in Geneva two years ago, served 17 aces – one less than Lopez – and converted one out of four break-point opportunities to edge the tight match. Up next for the world number 18 is unseeded Gilles Simon, who powered past his French compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 7-5.Wawrinka has beaten Simon four times in seven meetings but the Frenchman prevailed in straight sets the last time they played each other on the hardcourts of Shanghai in 2016.Argentina’s Guido Pella joined the duo in the last eight after beating South Korea’s Kwon Soon-woo 7-5, 7-5 to set up a clash with Ugo Humbert or second seed David Goffin.In first-round action, Pablo Cuevas beat Hugo Dellien 6-4 6-3 and will take on Briton Andy Murray next. American Frances Tiafoe overcame Germany’s Yannick Maden 7-6(7), 6-3. ATP Toureuropean openfeliciano lopezstan wawrinka First Published: October 17, 2019, 4:01 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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