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NZ Football to mount Olympic appeal

first_imgNew Zealand were kicked out of the under-23 tournament this month, after their beaten semi-final opponents Vanuatu successfully protested that South African-born defender Deklan Wynne was ineligible for the Oly-Whites.The Oceania Football Confederation disciplinary committee last week provided a written explanation for the disqualification.The reasons will be disputed by NZF following scrutiny from its lawyers.”Having had the opportunity to review all of the information now available, we remain disappointed at the sequence of events that led to the harsh decision to disqualify our team,” Martin said in a statement.”The executive committee has therefore unanimously agreed that there are sufficient grounds to appeal, both in terms of the process undertaken, and the rules applied. We will be filing our appeal later this week.”Auckland-based Wynne, 20, holds a New Zealand passport and has played three senior internationals for the All Whites.The OFC cited football governing body FIFA statutes which say a player must have resided in a country for five years after the age of 18 if he doesn’t have parental or grandparental bloodlines.Martin confirmed an internal review was under way at NZF to ensure the issue of player eligibility doesn’t arise again at an international tournament.last_img read more

MOE Inducts New National Education Advisory Board

first_imgThe Ministry of Education has inducted into office members of newly formed National Education Advisory Board to stir and carryout major responsibilities of educational matters in the country.Speaking at the induction ceremony of the officers on Friday, April 4, at the Ministry of Education, Education Minister Etmonia D. Tarpeh explained that the members of the board were drawn from several institutions, including County School Board, Monrovia Consolidated School System, National Principal Association, National Teachers Association and Parent Teacher Association.Other institutions include: Association of Liberian Universities, Prominent Liberian Educators, Federation of Labor Union, Civil Service Agency, Chamber of Commerce, Private Schools and West African Examination Council amongst others.She further explained that members of the board were appointed by her, the Minister of Education, with approval of the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, adding that the board members will serve for three years with eligibility of one reappointment.The newly inducted officers of the Advisory Board include: Mr. Charles E. Collins, Chairman, Mrs. Helen Roberts-Evans, vice chairman and Mr. Mohammed A. Nasser, secretary.Minister Tarpeh, however, stated that the objectives of the board must be seen as a way of upholding quality education to its standard with a new face to the rebuilding of the country as well as students across Liberia.As it relates to the objectives, they will: promote national participation in the design, development and support of national education policies and programs; they will assemble public, private and faith-based concerns, interest and aspirations regarding policies, plans and regulations.They will also: ensure that the education policies designed for the country incorporate local and regional inputs for the people of Liberia; they will undertake debates and facilitate dialogues to create consensus on vital issues regarding the direction and dimension of education with emphasis on access, quality, relevance standard at all levels as well as coats and financing.They will: enhance transparency, accountability and democratic tenets in the education sector such as would be transferable to other areas of nation building.According to her, the National Education Advisory Board will act in the manner that focuses on improving students’ achievements and organization effectiveness in all sector of the education of Liberia.The Education Minister also used the occasion to express thanks and gratitude to the board members for their acceptance to serve the Liberian people and promised to coordinate activities of the Ministry with that of the board in order to have a “transformed the education sector.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyanese businesses must help themselves – Jordan

first_imgLocal content…tells private sector to seek partners, stop waiting on GovtGovernment is urging local businesses to help themselves by building capacity and actively seeking partnerships with international businesses on their own.This is according to Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who, in his closing address on the budget 2018 debates on Friday, said firms want something out of partnerships, and as such, would not simply partner with local businesses.“We don’t have the technology, finances, capacity. So how are we going to compete with these (international companies)?” a vehement Finance Minister asked. “All this talk about legislation, legislation, legislation…We have to creep before we walk!”Finance Minister Winston Jordan“If Chinese firms are coming and winning bids, what can we do? These firms are bringing a level of technology that we don’t have. A typical example is the Marriott. At what stage would the Marriott have been if it was built by a local company?” he asked.The minister lambasted critics of the draft Local Content Legislation, saying that people are “suddenly waking up”. Jordan also said that the early setting up of the Sovereign Wealth Fund did not mean anything to the Government, as oil production wasn’t expected until 2020.Joint ventureAt a press conference last month, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) President, Deodat Indar, had expressed concern over the failure to meaningfully incorporate local content. He had noted that foreign firms are registering as businesses in Guyana.Indar had pointed out that foreign businesses do not even seek joint ventures with the companies they meet here. According to the GCCI head, these businesses instead go out and bid for contracts on their own.“There are businesses that were registered here, and I will tell you this from fact: the law firms in this country, most of them saw an influx of new registration of businesses from foreign companies,” he posited.The GCCI President observed that the ‘buddying system’ he was advocating was either a JV (joint venture) or an associate arrangement. But he noted that, at the end of the day, the partnership must include skills’ transfer. He gave a few examples, including providing training or even building education facilities.At the time of the press conference, the GCCI head had recently returned from a fact-finding mission to Canada. He related that, while in Canada, he was able to observe the oil industry in action from a legislative and operational perspective.Local contentGovernment had formulated a Draft Local Content Policy which sets out its plan for ensuring that Guyanese develop socio and economic capacity from oil, a finite resource. In the plan, which was seen by this publication, Government has promised to work with stakeholders, including investors and skills development agencies, to design and deliver training programmes.The document says this training will be for individuals and firms appropriate to the sector’s needs. Among other things, the document promised employment and business opportunities, as well as to implement appropriate legislation.GCCI, after a review of the document, was not impressed. It has been reported in the media that the GCCI is dissatisfied with the document’s lack of specificity and the policy plaintively stating that few direct and indirect jobs can be derived from the sector.The GCCI has observed that jobs such as maintenance crewmen, pump men, cooks and riggers are not being done by Guyanese, but rather by foreigners. The GCCI also noted that the University of Guyana should have been cited in the policy as the body to run courses and certifications for workers in the industry.The Local Content Plan and what it will do for Guyana has been a burning question since it was announced that oil was found in the Stabroek Block. Expectations were initially tempered by statements to the effect that few job opportunities would be created by commercial exploitation of this oil find, but the company has since said it would help with Local Content delivery.last_img read more

Dead person, previously registered persons on list

first_imgH2H ‘new’ 20,000 registrantsAs the People’s Progressive Party continues to scrutinise the list of “new” registrants in the scrapped House-to-House Registration, names of persons who were previously registered and others who are dead are on that list. In two instances of previously registered persons, former Chancellor of the Judiciary, Retired Justice Cecil Kennard is listed as a ‘new’ registrant with his occupation being Chancellor. However, Justice Kennard retired many years ago and a search of the 2015 Official List of Electors and the Preliminary List of Electors (PLE) showed that he was on that list. In another instance, former Member of Parliament and Attorney-at-Law Jai Lall Kissoon is listed as a ‘new’ registrant. A perusal of the 2015 OLE and the PLE also shows that he is already registered. Additionally, the brother of a former Guyana Revenue Authority official, who died in 2007 is listed as a ‘new’ registrant.Addressing the issue at a luncheon in New York on Saturday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said that the party has found that thousands of persons who are listed as “new” registrants are already on the PLE.“Just to show how things evolve, I left Guyana Friday morning under the impression that we will have 20556 persons, who they claimed are new registrants that GECOM will [carry out the]verification of those persons before they’re added to the voters’ list or the NRR from which they will extract the OLE…By the time I’m driving to the airport, it changed. So Lowenfield [Keith] called Zulfikar [Mustapha] that the PPP will have to do the verification, not GECOM. And so that can result now in 20000 names being added to the voters’ list who are unverified…To get it down to 20,000 was another fight…We managed to get the numbers down from 37000 to 20000 after they did the fingerprint cross-matching…We found 50 per cent of the new people already in [the] list… they just found former Chancellor of the Judiciary, Cecil Kennard is now on the list of new registrants. He’s already on the PLE but part of the 20,000 new registrants,” the Opposition Leader said.On Friday, despite discovering significant inaccuracies in the House-to-House (H2H) data that was cross-matched overseas, GECOM made a decision to move ahead with including some 20,000 names onto the voters’ list without verifying them. However, the Commission has now placed the onus on the Opposition – People’s Progressive Party – to verify the new registrants.Some 370,000 registrations obtained during the scrapped H2H exercise were sent overseas to be cross-matched with the National Register of Registrants Database (NRRD) in order to filter out the duplicates.However, it was recently reported that international digital security company, Gemalto, indicated that some 37,300 were new registrants who are eligible for voting, that is, they are above the age of 18.But an internal check conducted by GECOM showed that approximately 17,000 of those “new registrants” were already on the voters’ list and some even voted in the past.The remaining 20,000 “new names” were up for further verification. Earlier this week, it was reported that the Government-nominated Commissioners were pushing to have a sample survey done from a sample size of 10 per cent from the 20,000 to verify these new names before they go on the voters’ list – a process which the PPP Opposition had objected to.In a statement on Friday, PPP Executive and former Attorney General Anil Nandlall indicated that the Elections Commission will not be verifying the names.“Today [Friday], GECOM has decided that it will do no verification; that the PPP scrutineers alone will have to do the field verification checks in respect of these new intended registrants and that GECOM officials will only work in the offices. This is totally unacceptable,” Nandlall contended.He noted that this decision by the Commission can only be viewed as retrograde and has the potential of impugning the integrity of the Official List of Electors (OLE) and by extension, the entire General and Regional Elections set for March 2, 2020.“I can understand why the Government Commissioners may not want a 100 per cent verification exercise, because if this data is padded and fraudulent then the verification exercise will unmask it. However, the law mandates that not a single name must eventuate unto the OLE without verification. GECOM has an unconditional duty to ensure compliance with this legal requirement. Nothing short will suffice,” the former Attorney General asserted.On August 27, GECOM announced that the controversial House-to-House Registration process would be halted on August 31.last_img read more

Thousands protest Bush’s demand for re-entry, huge fine

first_imgSuch focused criticism of Bush was a departure from many immigrant rallies over the past year. While illegal immigrants and their advocates have long focused their ire at conservative Republicans and Congress in general, many had seen Bush as an advocate of immigration reform. The White House’s draft plan, leaked last week, calls for a new “Z” visa that would allow illegal immigrant workers to apply for three-year work permits. They would be renewable indefinitely, but would cost $3,500 each time. Then to become legal permanent residents, illegal immigrants would have to return to their home country, apply at a U.S. Embassy or consulate to re-enter legally and pay a $10,000 fine. The proposal has been sharply criticized by Hispanic advocacy groups, many Democrats, the Roman Catholic Church and unions that have many immigrants in their ranks. They argue that the cost of work permits and the green card application are prohibitive for low-wage earners. “For my wife and I, it would cost about $30,000,” said Francisco Gomez, 41, who along with his wife is in the country illegally. “Multiply that by all the illegal immigrants here … It’s obvious Bush just wants to fund his Iraq war with our money.” Thousands of people marched through downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, demanding a way for the country’s estimated 12 million illegal immigrants to become American citizens and condemning President George W. Bush’s latest proposal. Carrying signs saying “Amnesty Now!” and “Love Thy Neighbor, Don’t Deport Him,” about 15,000 people danced to Mexican ranchera music, chanted “S , se puede!” or “It can be done!” and passed large American flags over the crowd. Many were angry about a White House plan that would grant illegal immigrants work visas but require them to return home to apply for U.S. residency and pay a $10,000 fine. “Charging that much, Bush is going to be even more expensive than the coyotes,” said Armando Garcia, 50, referring to smugglers who transport people across the Mexican border. “He will become the No. 1 coyote.” Maria Lopez, 50, an illegal immigrant who works as a seamstress and sends $200 a month home to family members in Mexico, said she could never apply for residency under Bush’s plan. “We have no way to come up with that much money, and Bush knows that,” she said. “He is doing this on purpose so we don’t ever become legal residents.” The march passed through one of the most heavily Hispanic districts in downtown, collecting people who had come to do their weekend shopping. Stopping at City Hall, protesters danced to beating drums and listened to immigrant-rights speakers. Alfredo Gonzalez, 33, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, marched with his wife and daughters, ages 6 and 8. He said he fears the stepped-up immigration raids happening across the country. “If they kick me out, who is going to take care of my daughters? The government? I don’t think so,” said Gonzalez, who works in construction. “We need full legalization, and we need it now.” The White House plan is far more conservative than the one passed by the Senate last year with bipartisan backing and support from Bush. That plan would have allowed many of the country’s illegal immigrants to stay in the United States, work and apply to become legal residents after learning English, paying small fines and back taxes, and clearing a background check. Many Senate conservatives opposed that plan. It failed to gain traction in the then-Republican-controlled House, which at the end of 2005 passed a punitive immigration reform bill that angered immigrant communities and led to massive protests. Many protesters said they were frustrated that immigration reform hadn’t been passed, despite all the protests and activism in immigrant communities over the past year. Rocio Estrada, a 24-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico, said she wanted to attend nursing school but couldn’t afford it because she couldn’t get financial aid without legal residency. “We just came here for a dream,” she said, holding her 4-year-old son. “The more they deport people, the more we are going to come back.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Extension available to community groups, school and organizations for new IMAGINE: Legacy grants

first_img• Broadly impact the community in a positive way• Help those who are disadvantaged or marginalized improve their access to better health• Help people connect to each other and their community• Encourage different groups to work together toward a common goalAdvertisement The winning submission will be awarded with an IMAGINE: Legacy Grant, which will focus on key modifiable risk factors to support grassroots to government solutions by improving heath and wellness and supporting both action and partnership at the community level.In the spirit of the 2015 Winter Games, health promotion projects can also be disease or injury prevention themed, focusing on physical activity and at least one other key health promotion goal, including tobacco-free communities, healthy eating, active living, harm reduction and chronic disease prevention.“We know that health happens in the community so to combine the excitement of the games with our IMAGINE grants is a really great opportunity for us,” Regional Manager of Population Health, Kelsey Yarmish said. “We want groups in northern communities to think about how they can leverage the games, and all that they bring, to create sustainable projects around physical activity that will help make their community healthier.”- Advertisement -The project should incorporate the following elements:• Focus on physical activity, considering the upcoming 2015 Winter Games and how the games can be leveraged to inspire community health• A chance of living on after the funding endsAdvertisement • Reduce the risk and impact of chronic illnesses and injuries through education, awareness and action. Information and application forms for IMAGINE Grants can be found at Feel free to also obtain information by calling 250 645 6407 or 1 855 645 6555.You can also email read more

Van Gaal admits ‘Man United were lucky’ to beat Southampton

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal admitted his team were “lucky” to come away from Southampton with three points, after Robin van Persie’s smash-and-grab brace sealed a 2-1 win at St Mary’s.The Red Devils were far from their best on the south coast, but managed to take the lead when Van Persie took advantage of a mistake from defender Jose Fonte to score.Saints’ key man Graziano Pelle levelled on the half-hour mark after a blunder from calamitous midfielder Marouane Fellaini, but another error from the hosts saw Van Persie strike again in the second half to seal an unlikely victory.After the game Van Gaal conceded Southampton were the better team, and, while praising the influence of Van Persie, explained he has to find a way to get his players producing the quality they offer in training on matchdays.“In the second half, okay, we have not given a lot away but not so much in spite of that Southampton were the better team,” said the Dutch boss.“Robin Van Persie was one of only three players on the pitch of Manchester United who were good, or maybe very good.“He had a great influence on the result, until now that is his best performance, but too many players were not good.“There was a range of course between good and bad, but they were not good.“Normally you have six, seven, eight who are good and three in that other range, but today there were too many players in that range who were not good, I believe.”Before the game Van Gaal had said if they won this match they would have momentum ahead of a frantic festive period, but he admitted that the manner of their win meant that wasn’t so.He added: “No, the performance was not good enough so I cannot say it.“I’m sorry, because we were the lucky team this evening but maybe because we are in the moment you can say that also.”last_img read more

Tottenham see off Cardiff to close on top two

first_imgToby Alderweireld cleared off the line from Josh Murphy and Hugo Lloris was forced into a fine save from Sean Morrison as Spurs failed to add to their advantage despite Joe Ralls’s red card half an hour from time.Mauricio Pochettino will no doubt now welcome a two-week break to get a number of injured stars back fit as the hosts were again missing Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele.All four were involved deep into the World Cup and despite a hangover from the exertions of many of Pochettino’s squad in Russia and the uncertainty over when the club’s new stadium will be completed, a return of six wins from their opening eight Premier League games matches Spurs’ best ever start to a campaign under the Argentine.By contrast to their domestic form, Dier was one of three changes from a second straight Champions League defeat that leaves Pochettino’s men staring down the barrel of an early European exit.And he made an almost instant impact with his first goal since April 2017, slamming home an easy finish from close range on eight minutes after Davinson Sanchez’s blocked header fell kindly into his path.Spurs, though, failed to build on that positive start and gave a Cardiff side still looking for their first win back in the top flight plenty of encouragement.Lloris was badly at fault for Barca’s opening goal on Wednesday as he rushed from his line and was caught in no man’s land as Philippe Coutinho stroked home.And that seemed to be playing on the France captain’s mind as he didn’t come to collect a through ball and had to be bailed out by Alderweireld’s brave clearance after Murphy flicked the ball goalwards.Spurs should still have put the game to bed before half-time as Lucas Moura turned Son Heung-min’s low cross wide from point-blank range before the South Korean blazed over when clean through on goal.Harry Kane had bounced back to form with four goals in his last three games, but the England captain was kept largely quiet.Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge produced a good save to parry Kane’s header early in the second half before Lucas’s follow-up effort was brilliantly cleared off the line by Morrison.The visitors’ task was made even harder just before the hour mark when Ralls was shown a straight red card for a cynical lunge on Lucas.Yet, Cardiff could still have levelled when Morrison’s header was turned onto the post by Lloris and Alderweireld was again on hand to hack clear the danger.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham’s Eric Dier smashed home the opening goal at Wembley© AFP Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 6 – Tottenham Hotspur bounced back from a bruising Champions League defeat to Barcelona by beating Cardiff 1-0 at Wembley on Saturday to close to within a point of Premier League leaders Manchester City and Liverpool.Outclassed by the brilliance of Lionel Messi in midweek, Spurs were grateful for Cardiff’s lack of firepower to ensure a lacklustre performance after Eric Dier’s early opener went unpunished.last_img read more


first_imgDunfanaghy Golf Club Notes:It was another weekend of reasonably good weather at Dunfanaghy this weekend and there was plenty of golf throughout.  Colin Higgs was narrowly beaten on BOT by Michael Kelly in the Monthly Medal Competition on Sunday the 17th of January. Well done for Michael for picking up another Monthly Medal Competition.In another closely fought competition John Chambers and Paul Smyth won the Saturday Open Four Ball Competition on the 16th of January narrowly beating Shane Scanlon and J.P Clarke on BOT.John and Paul, two of the Club’s biggest supporters birdied the last three holes to come out on top.  Well done also to the other prize winners during the week.Completion Results: Wednesday Open – 13th January 2016:John McGinley – 41Charles Roarty Jnr – 40Saturday Open Four Ball Competition – 16th January 2016:John Chambers/Paul Smyth – 43 BOTShane Scanlan/J P Clarke – 43 BOT Roger Green/Kevin Ward – 41 BOTMonthy Medal January – 17th January 2016:1st                      Michael Kelly             63 BOT2nd                    Colin Higgs                 63 BOT Gross               Daniel McColgan        73 Gross3rd                    Eamon Hunter             66Category         Fergus Mullen             701st 9                 Paul Smyth                  302nd 9                 Thomas Reaney           32.5Seniors Competition – 18th January 2016:Mens:1st                    Jimmy Keenan 39pts2nd                    Garvin Toye                38ptsLadies:1st                    Kit Boyce                    36pts2nd                    Marion O’Sullivan      33pts BOT3rd                    Vera Kearney              33ptsThe Committee would appeal to all members to pay their membership as soon as possible.  That will enable our Honorary Treasury to plan the finances of the Club for the year ahead.  Mary is in the Clubhouse Monday to Friday 9am to 12 midday.Good luck to the Gaeltacht League Team who are at home to Portnoo this Saturday.Competitions this week:Wednesday Gents Open Single StablefordSaturday Gents Open Single StablefordSunday Gents Club CompetitionFunction Room for Private Parties:We have hosted a number of private functions in the clubhouse recently and these have proved to be a great success. If you, or someone you know, is organising a private function please be aware that the clubhouse is available free of charge, with exclusive use for the occasion. So far, the feedback that we have been getting is that the golf club is the ideal venue for parties of up to one hundred people. Please make contact with Sarah if you are interested in holding a function at the clubhouse (074 91 36335).GOLF NEWS: MICHAEL KELLY WINS THE MONTHLY MEDAL COMPETITION AT DUNFANAGHY was last modified: January 19th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DunfanaghygolfSportlast_img read more


first_imgPresident of Oireachtas na Gaeilge 2012 Mícheál Mac Giolla Easbuic from Kilcar, Donegal pictured handing over the Presidency to Bláthnaid Ó Brádaigh at the inauguration ceremony in the Comhaltas headquarters in Dublin.Mícheál had a successful year in charge – overseeing the highlight of the year when the Oireachtas came to Letterkenny.Bláthnaid Ó Brádaigh was inaugurated as President of Oireachtas na Gaeilge 2013 in the Comhaltas headquarters in Monkstown in Dublin. Bláthnaid who is originally from Glasnevin, now living in Glenageary, will represent Oireachtas na Gaeilge for the coming year. This inaugural ceremony kicks off the Oireachtas calendar of events for 2013, the highlight of the year being the Oireachtas na Samhna festival which will be held in Killarney this October.Bláthnaid, who spent most of her working life as Secretary and Deputy Director of Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge, developed her passion for Irish when she attended an all-Irish primary school on Marlborough St. in Dublin and later St. Louis’ all-Irish secondary school in Monaghan. She has been a very active member of the Oireachtas na Gaeilge committee since 1970 and acted as Chairperson of the National Committee from 2002-2004. She also acted as Chairperson of the Literary Committee for several years.“I’m delighted and honored to assume the Presidency of this great national institution” said Bláthnaid as she accepted her chain of office. “Having been a long-term member of Oireachtas na Gaeilge, I’m very proud to be representing such a wonderful organization which is pivotal in promoting and preserving our native language and culture” she said.The Oireachtas will host a very busy Calendar of Events again this year – amongst the events are the Gradaim Chumarsáide, which are the Irish language media awards that will take place in Galway in May and the Oireachtas Literary Awards which will take place in September. “We’re delighted to have Bláthnaid on board as President for 2013” said Liam Ó Maolaodha, Director of Oireachtas na Gaeilge. “She’s been an integral member of Oireachtas na Gaeilge for years and has already made a major contribution to the Irish language sector and she is committed to being an ambassador for the Oireachtas in the coming year. We’re also delighted to be returning to Galway for the annual Oireachtas Irish-language media awards in May after the huge success there the past two years” he said. DONEGAL MAN HANDS OVER OIREACHTAS NA GAEILGE CHAIN OF OFFICE AFTER SUCCESSFUL YEAR was last modified: February 6th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL MAN HANDS OVER OIREACHTAS NA GAEILGE CHAIN OF OFFICE AFTER SUCCESSFUL YEARlast_img read more

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