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#KicksStalker: LeBron wears ‘equality’ shoes – 1 black, 1 white; speaks about Trump

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The four-time NBA MVP was asked about his choice of footwear for the first half of his Cleveland Cavaliers’ 106-99 victory over the Washington Wizards on Sunday night at an arena about a mile from the White House.“Obviously, we know where we are right now,” James began. “And we know who’s at the helm here.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHe continued, speaking about the importance of “having equal rights and being able to stand for something and speak for something and keeping the conversation going.”James then referred to his past discussions of Trump, saying: “Obviously, I’ve been … very outspoken and well-spoken about the situation that’s going on at the helm here. … Equality is all about understanding our rights, understanding what we stand for and how powerful we are as men and as women, black or white or Hispanic. It doesn’t matter your race.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James’ shoes are emblazoned with “EQUALITY” on both heels during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards on Sunday, December 17, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — LeBron James made a statement during an NBA game with his shoes — one black, one white, with the word “equality” in capital gold letters on the back of each.Then, after the game, James made a statement about President Donald Trump, saying: “This is a beautiful country and we’re never going to let one person dictate how beautiful and how powerful we are.”ADVERTISEMENT Messi misses penalty, Barca wins big to increase lead LATEST STORIES MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Earlier this year, James called Trump “a bum” on Twitter and also said at Cleveland’s pre-season media day: “He doesn’t understand how many kids, no matter the race, look up to the president of the United State for guidance, for leadership, for words of encouragement. He doesn’t understand that, and that’s what makes me more sick than anything.”Then, for Cleveland’s first regular-season game, James donned a pair of black sneakers with the “equality” message. But this was the first time James chose to wear one white and one black shoe.At halftime Sunday, he changed into other sneakers. James finished the game with 20 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds.“I didn’t play well in the first half, and I’m very superstitious, so I took ’em off,” James explained, before joking: “I didn’t play well in the second half, either, so if there was a third half, I would have took those off.”                 /kgaADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Terrorism May Be Too Lucrative to End

first_imgThe recent spree of terrorist attacks around the world has indicated an upsurge in terrorist activity and a renewed boldness on the part of Islamic Jihadists since 9/11/2001—Nigeria, Kenya, Paris, twice Brussels and the Ivory Coast. Not to speak of North and East Africa, and the Middle East, the hot bed and training ground of ongoing jihadist activity. A nation does not need to offend these Jihadists in any way in order to be attacked. Originally, it was believed that the oil-thirsty wars the West had waged in the Middle East were the hatchery for the chicks that are now coming home to roost. In Paris, a newspaper published a cartoon of the prophetMohammed, which was considered derogatory. Not necessarily. For if that were the case, then why Nigeria? Why Kenya? Why the Ivory Coast? Why the Middle East itself? Northern Nigeria, where the attacks in that country began, is predominantly Muslim. So is the Middle East. And so from all indications, this is no longer just about retribution. It is about Islamizing the entire world. The group terrorizing Nigeria has renamed itself The Islamic State in the West African Peninsula. This indicates not just random attacks but a program; an agenda. The execution of a plan. But whose plan? Who is behind this? Surely the one known leading figure behind Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, is dead. So who is behind Al Qaeda and the group that calls itself the Islamic State?Let’s draw a profile. First, it has to be someone (or some entity) with a lot of money. Second, let us not forget that war is perhaps the most lucrative business in the world. There’s a whole value chain, if you will, and everyone benefits — from weaponry and ammunition manufacturers to arms dealers (wholesale and retail); diamond dealers; NGOs collecting money in the name of peace building; peacekeepers and those who pay them; and lest we forget, international aid organizations lining up to loan money (at a very handsome fee) to incoming regimes needing to clean up the mess. Everyone benefits, that is, except for the people on the ground in the thick of the conflict.But let’s stay on course, shall we? Who is fueling terrorist activity? There’s a saying: “Follow the money.” It’s very simple. Harry Greaves (peace be to his ashes) said it best in his column, Let’s Lecture, published weekly in the Daily Observer until his untimely demise. In the October 14, 2015 edition entitled “PEPs Beware!”, he wrote:“Many officials in government are of the mistaken notion that if they steal public money and salt it away in a bank outside of the country, they are home free. Not quite. The only fool proof way to steal public funds without detection is to dig a large hole in the ground and bury it. But if you transfer money through the international financial system, you create a paper trail.“Every US dollar transaction, no matter where it originates or terminates, passes through New York and the Federal Reserve system. And don’t think you can conceal your deception by putting the money in an account of a relative or close friend… There is a legal principle called tracing. If ill-gotten gains can be traced to you, they can be confiscated…“…The US government keeps tabs on the financial dealings of people known as Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs)… It can be a lawmaker, a cabinet minister, the son, brother or sister of a president, or the president…“…The point is that after you leave office, you can be brought to book. And Uncle Sam is a bitch,” Greaves wrote. “The US government will tolerate your peccadilloes while you are useful in promoting their national security interests. Then when you are no longer useful, they can turn on you on a dime. Go ask the Shah of Iran, Ferdinand Marcos or Mobutu Sese Seko!”So if it is indeed this easy to follow the financial paper trail, it should be that easy to end not only terrorism but every other ghastly war in the world!But alas! Too many people would have too much to lose. As a result, the political will suddenly goes missing in action.The strange part about all this, of course, is that yes, a few Western countries have been targeted; but by far the people most affected by terrorism around the world are Muslim nations themselves! Yet we hardly see or hear Muslims speaking out against terrorism in terms of emphatically and categorically stating that it is not part of Islam. It is said that the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to sit by and do nothing. Perhaps it is fear. But what is there to fear when you are dying anyway? If you die, let it mean something.And so we find that the political will is missing both on the part of the victims as well as those who have the power not just to stop it but to uproot it altogether.Of course, the powers that be will have us believe that the only way to end it is to produce more guns and go after them in the middle east. That only perpetuates the problem, adds fuel to the fire and of course, enriches the value chain.This is not a war game. This is a brain game. If we can trace the funding, we can dry it up. And if we can dry it up, we can uproot it. Tell that to the United Nations Security Council.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GTA needs rebranding, reorganisation to maximise tourism potential

first_img– new GTA Director says For the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) to break barriers and promote Guyana as a tourist destination, there is a severe requirement that the organisation be aligned, in order for it to correspond to the areas that will be endorsed in the future.This was revealed by the newly appointed Director of the GTA, Brian Mullis during his formal introduction ceremony to the public at Cara Lodge on Thursday.Speaking at the event, Mullis noted that Guyana should be propped as a tourist destination on a worldwide scope, which is considered as the most important characteristic of tourism development.“I want to elevate destination Guyana in the global marketplace in order to maximise the positive social economic and important conservational outcomes of tourism. We’re seeing this happen all across the world. It is the most progressive recipe sustainable tourism development,” he stated.As such, Mullis stated that this vision can only be achieved be tackling the situation from the foundation, which is the GTA.“In order to achieve that agenda, I have to focus on taking action and generating outcomes and maintain open lines of communication. It is probably no surprise that one of the primary things that I have to do is maximise alignment. It starts with the Guyana Tourism Authority. We need more alignment within our own organisation. That will be no small feed and will take some time to get it right but it will be a model that will enable the organisation to grow,” Mullis indicated.From that point onwards, there are plans to further implement this alignment to both Public and Private Sector entities that are associated with the promotion of Guyana’s tourism sector.“It is also alignment with supporting organisations that we’re working on within the Government starting with the Department of Tourism but also other governmental organisations that are important to our work like the Protected Areas Commission [and] also aligning with the tourism private sector,” he stated.While addressing the gathering on his priorities and responsibilities as the new Director, Mullis asserted that his main focus is to implement licensing for the tourism institutions in Guyana. For the sector to develop, changes must be made to facilitate the demands of the industry.He said, “A top priority for us is licensing and I know there’s doubt and skepticism but we’re trying to fix what is not a functional system right now for a while. Because of that (licensing), it can only get better.”“We have to focus on a more progressive and holistic approach to destination development. We cannot continue to engage in ad hoc tourism development. A lot of destinations go that way but then when there is that alignment and coordination, they’re able to take things to the next level,” he added.Additionally, the aspects of the country’s widespread offerings as a tourist destination will be marketed on a global standpoint. It was indicated that there has been a lack of marketing in the past, which testifies to the sector being stagnant.“My priorities are, in addition to fostering this alignment, is very substantive in achieving the overall aim and agenda of elevating destination Guyana [with] marketing. We all know, we need more marketing. We’re working to secure market representation in our private markets,” the new Director stated.While highlighting the urgency of these implementations, it was revealed that a committee has been appointed from the Board of Directors to assist with the Terms and References that will address these modifications.last_img read more

“Soldier Man” acquitted for “Bread Man” murder

first_img…verdict still looms for other accusedSubmissions made by defence counsel Nigel Hughes regarding the unreliability and inconsistency of evidence produced against his client, Shaquille Grant, during the trial of the murder of Andre “Bread Man” Alexander proved successful as Grant on Monday exited the courtroom of Justice Navindra Singh a free man.Acquitted of murder charge: Shaquille Grant, aka “Soldier Man”Deceased: Andre Alexander, called “Bread Man”Justice Singh had heard the submissions made last Friday, and as such, ruled on the voir dire (an investigation into the truth or admissibility of evidence held during a trial) by directing the 12-member jury to return a formal not-guilty verdict in favour of Grant, , called “Soldier Man”, automatically setting him free of the capital offence.As Grant made his way out of the courtroom, overjoyed family members rushed to embrace him after days of anxiously waiting for a verdict to be delivered. Meanwhile, the number two accused, Neville Ford is expected to have his fate determined today as his attorney, Adrian Thompson and State Prosecutors made their respective addresses to the 12-member jury during Monday’s court hearing.Ford, in an unsworn statement to the court, maintained his innocence of the crime, stating “I am innocent of this charge; I was not at the scene … I don’t know anything about “Bread Man”’s murder.”Both Grant and Ford pleaded not guilty to the capital offence of murder at their first court appearance, as the indictment read that on May 5, 2017 in the county of Demerara, they murdered Alexander in the course of or furtherance of a robbery.The State’s case is being led by Prosecutor Teriq Mohammed, in association with Sarah Martin and Tuanna Hardy.Guyana Times had previously reported that on the day in question, Alexander, of Lot 394 C Field, Sophia, Greater Georgetown and his wife were at their bread stand when two men on a CG motorcycle rode up and ordered three loaves of bread, paying with a $5000 note.The now dead man was reportedly in the process of making change when the pillion rider whipped out a gun and demanded that the father of two hand over his cash.Alexander reportedly put up a fight and in retaliation, the suspect discharged two rounds, one of which struck the vendor to the chest.The bandits then relieved the injured man of an undisclosed sum of cash and bread before making good their escape.Residents rushed to the scene and found the man lying in a pool of blood. He was picked up and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he succumbed while receiving medical attention.last_img read more

USPS offers customers advice on online services

first_imgOfficials at the Bailey Station Post Office demonstrated the site and its services for customers Tuesday. “Almost anything you can do at a post office you can do on line at,” Anita Bizzotto, USPS executive vice president said in a statement. “While we welcome customers and business to the post office, we also understand that our customers are busy.” The Web site,, offers about three dozen services and products online. Among the most popular online services are Click-N-Ship and package pickup, both free. Click-N-Ship allows customers to print shipping labels from their computer and pay for postage with a credit card. With Carrier Pickup, online customers can arrange to have their packages picked up at their homes or small businesses. “Southern California is our busiest area, and we need to provide customers with alternate access channels,” said Sandy Frankel, small business specialist for U.S. Postal Service. “Anybody who doesn’t want to make the trip to the post office could certainly use their computer as their post office.” Online customers can also buy stamps and request free shipping supplies via the Web site. Alberto Herrera, 45, of Whittier said he likes the idea of doing business from home, but he still enjoys trekking to the Bailey Station Post Office. “I like taking the trip into Uptown,” he said. “I can get lunch and come in to drop off my mail.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Tyla Markel would love get rid of one more errand on her weekly to-do list. An avid eBay retailer, Markel of Whittier ships merchandise to her customers twice a week – a task that would be so much more convenient if she could do it from home, she said. “It would probably be a good thing to not have to go to the post office. It takes a lot of time,” said Markel, 31. For Week, U.S. Postal Service officials this week are encouraging frequent Internet users like Markel to “skip the trip” to the post office and do their postal business from their homes or small businesses. last_img read more

Mayans have right to beef with Mel

first_imgRonald Nibbe is an adjunct instructor in the CSUN Central American Studies Program.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Spanish conquistadors justified their massacres and the wholesale destruction of Mayan writing and cultural production by saying that the Mayans were savages who committed human sacrifice. Therefore, said the European invaders, they had a “duty” to “civilize” the “barbarians.” The same justification has been continuously used for more than 500 years to justify repeated acts of “ethnic cleansing” against the Mayan peoples. Mel Gibson’s movie is one more link in this chain of justification, a further perpetuation of deadly stereotypes. This fact must be recognized and reckoned with, regardless of what anyone thinks the filmmaker’s conscious motives may be. This is the back story that needs to be brought forward in order to evaluate not only Mel Gibson’s film, but also other forms of literature, art and historiography dealing with the Mayan people. The challenging and the questioning of “Apocalypto” that occurred at CSUN on March 22 are signs of this university’s emergence as a leader in Central American study and scholarship, as reflected in the recent decision to offer a major in Central American Studies. Mayan activist Perez and CSUN professor Estrada deserve special thanks and appreciation for their contributions to intellectual debate and ferment at CSUN. It is profoundly to be hoped that in fact many movies, books and other cultural and historical projects will arise in the coming years, to tell the truth about the Mayan people today, and to chronicle the dramatic emergence of the new Mayan Movement. MEL Gibson should not be surprised that Mayan activists and supporters spoke up to challenge his movie “Apocalypto” during his recent appearance at California State University, Northridge. The Mayan people have every right to speak. There are close to 1 million Mayan immigrants in the United States today, many of them economic and political refugees of the 20-year “dirty war” in Guatemala that ended just 10 years ago. From the early 1980s to the mid-1990s, tens of thousands of Mayan men, women and children were brutally massacred, their communities burned down, babies thrown up in the air to be chopped in half by soldiers’ machetes. (See “Guatemala, Never Again! – The Official Report of the Human Rights Office,” Archdiocese of Guatemala, 1999.) Why would Mayans be mad at Mel Gibson? After all, he did not pull the trigger or wield the machetes. The reason, as explained during his CSUN presentation two weeks ago, is very clear. A statement read in Spanish by Mayan activist and KPFK radio host Felipe Perez (translated into English by CSUN professor Alicia Estrada) explains: “We believe that examining us using the lens of Western culture, you are describing us as savages and barbarians, which is the exact description of our cultures made by those who used rape, torture, murders and massacres to subjugate us.” last_img read more

Newcastle saviour Cisse defied medics to play, admits Pardew

first_imgAlan Pardew admitted Papiss Cisse should not have been playing after he grabbed a late brace to earn Newcastle a 2-2 draw against Hull and potentially save his manager’s job.Cisse had been out injured since March, but with the Toon Army trailing the Tigers 2-0 in a hostile atmosphere at St James’ Park, Pardew threw on the 29-year-old and watched as the striker scored twice.And the Magpies boss said following the game: “He really shouldn’t be on the pitch, which is a real tribute to my staff to get him in condition because he’s only trained for four days.“At this level that’s remarkable. We’re really pleased to have him back. My medical staff didn’t agree that he should be included today.“But when you are experienced – myself and [assistant manager] John [Carver] looked at each other on Thursday, I think it was, and your eye tells you sometimes that the player is fresh, he’s bright.“Of course he’s not ready for 90 minutes, but he knows how to carry the jersey.”Coming into the game there were fierce protests against Pardew and owner Mike Ashley expected, though for the majority of the match the Newcastle fans did their best to get behind the team.And the Toon Army boss was grateful there was not as much of a poisonous atmosphere as had been predicted by many.“I want to say thank you to all the fans today who sat neutral because there was meant to be a huge protest,” Pardew added.“I know there was a lot of negativity but most of our fans respected the performance and I thank them for that. I thought they were magnificent. In today’s society with Facebook and Twitter you get some real radical people and it makes it very difficult for people like us trying to create an atmosphere in the stadium.“It’s difficult for my media staff and it’s difficult for me. We don’t quite know what to say and there’s been some reporting which, quite frankly, has been outrageous. But we accepted all of that and after the performance at Southampton you have to.“I said to the players, ‘there’s no point whingeing about it because we didn’t deliver’. For this football club that performance wasn’t right and I was never going to walk out on this football club on the back of that performance.“I’m very proud to be the manager here. I don’t have an arrogance and ego about me that I think I can just sit out and I’m waiting for whatever. I love managing the football team, I respect it and I try to do a respectful job.“I’m very pleased for the players today because they were the stars, they were brilliant. What a performance.“When you really analyse that performance it was two wonder goals from Hull and we still wouldn’t lay down.”last_img read more

Man United and Tottenham target ‘can be as good as Robben’ – Video

first_imgManchester United and Tottenham target Memphis Depay has the ability to be as good as Arjen Robben, believes Dutch hero Phillip Cocu.The impish flyer is making a name for himself with PSV Eindhoven having hit 15 goals in the Eredivisie this season, claiming three assists.And as the Premier League duo keep tabs on the Netherlands international, who impressed with his World Cup cameos, PSV coach Cocu admitted he could become as good as Bayern Munich star Robben, who spent two years with the Dutch club.“Whether he can be as good as Arjen Robben? I think so,” he told Russia’s Sport Express.“They are different players, but they are both fast and have a good shot. And both always have the urge to learn.”And to give Man United and Spurs a boost, Cocu has admitted it’s likely Depay will leave at the end of the current campaign.He added: “At some point, it becomes clear that he is ready for the next step. And yes, I think he’s going to leave PSV after this season.”Is Depay on the way to being as good as Robben? Check out the video above to compare their careers at PSV Eindhoven…last_img read more

Former DOT chief to fight termination

first_imgJust a week after being fired by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, former Department of Transportation General Manager Gloria Jeff has hired a high-profile attorney to fight for her job. Recruited by the mayor 18 months ago, Jeff was fired last Friday after refusing to resign amid mounting complaints from employees and city leaders about her management style. Villaraigosa has said only that he wanted the department to move faster and in a new direction. But attorney Gloria Allred said Jeff was callously fired with no review and no documented performance issues. “It does not speak well for our city that she was fired with less than one day notice, without provisions for adequate severance and in a manner which was designed to inflict maximum career damage on this hardworking, skilled and dedicated city employee,” Allred said in a statement. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityJeff has appealed her termination to City Council President Eric Garcetti. Under the City Charter, the mayor has broad authority to hire and fire department heads, who do not have civil-service protections. However, the City Council can overrule the firing with 10 votes from the 15-member panel. Villaraigosa hired Jeff for the $200,000-a-year-job in March 2006 after a nationwide search for the “brightest and most innovative transportation leader”, his office said at the time. She replaced Wayne Tanda, who had clashed with then-Councilman Villaraigosa and resigned when the latter was elected mayor. But Jeff’s blunt, gruff manner bothered some council members and her own staff. Less than a year after she was hired, the Mayor’s Office recommended that she seek professional etiquette counseling. Jeff ultimately agreed to hire Drew Kugler, a consultant who helps executives improve their communication and leadership, according to a source inside the Mayor’s Office. Still her tenure was marked by tension. Recently the DOT traffic officers signed a vote of no confidence in Jeff for her support of staffing cutbacks and limiting overtime. “Gloria Jeff received numerous indications from the Mayor’s Office that her management of the Department of Transportation was deficient,” said Matt Szabo, spokesman for the mayor. However, Jeff’s legal counsel argued that she made the difficult decisions needed to streamline services and cut costs. And her attorneys took issue with how the Mayor’s Office handled the termination – namely giving Jeff an immediate ultimatum to resign with a one-month severance package or be fired, with no explanation. “After several long, honorable and successful stints in high-profile jobs, her short stint in Los Angeles, which ended on a note which strongly suggests to the world that she was incompetent or dishonest, has been devastating to Ms. Jeff,” the appeal letter states. Supporters of Jeff said she is being scapegoated for the city’s transportation problems. And some African-American leaders are concerned with the firing of a prominent black manager and whether Villaraigosa is living up to his promise to have an diverse management staff. “Gloria Jeff, she came with solid credentials,” said Earl Ofari Hutchinson with the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable. “It just seems almost contradiction to bring a high-profile African-American woman in, not giving her any guidance, and when things go wrong, dumping the blame on her.” Hutchinson said a number of black community leaders are preparing a report looking at the mayor’s track record of hiring African-Americans for high-powered positions. But a letter signed by 11 African-American middle- and senior-level DOT employees praised the mayor’s courage in ousting Jeff and replacing her with Rita Robinson, a longtime city manager who is also African-American. (213) 978-0390160Want 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

Foreclosure forgeries land San Fernando man in jail

first_imgSAN FERNANDO – James Anthony Rojas’ attempts to cash in on the foreclosure market ran him afoul of the law, police said Wednesday. The 50-year-old investor will appear in court Monday on charges stemming from his Sept. 28 arrest by the San Fernando Police Deparment on suspicion of forgery. Investigators suspect Rojas, using the business name Victoria Holdings, finds people facing foreclosure on their homes, uses bogus documents to get them to sign their deeds over to him and then uses their homes to secure loans. Detectives believe the scheme dates back at least four years, affecting more than 15 people in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Rojas, who’s accused of using the alias Jose Hernandez and the business name Tri-Star Investment Co., received probation four years ago in a grand theft case. “People pour their lives’ work into a home,” Lt. Tony Ruelas said. “For one reason or another, they’re getting foreclosed on, and he just preys on them. That’s the lowest form of crime you can do.” KTTV (Channel 11) profiled Rojas in a recent investigative piece in which he blamed a former employee for the discrepancies and denied any wrongdoing. Anyone with information about the case can call the San Fernando Police Department at (818) 898-1267.last_img read more

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