Iran says 15 new coronavirus deaths raise toll to 107

first_imgAll provinces infectedThe southern province of Bushehr reported its first three confirmed cases on Thursday, with COVID-19 now officially infecting all of Iran’s 31 provinces.Namaki asked people not to travel as it is “very dangerous” and said reports show “many cars on the roads are taking the virus with them” to uninfected areas.”If you do not treat the situation with special care we will be struggling with this disease for a long time,” he said.The minister called on Iranians to stay home and said even the special coronavirus committee he chairs will hold its meetings remotely online.Limitations on domestic movements will intensify with more checkpoints across the country.”If we identify anyone at city entrances suspected of infection or infected with the virus we will certainly quarantine them for 14 days,” Namaki added.Photos published by state news IRNA showed checkpoints at Tehran-Qom highway where drivers and passengers were checked for fever.According to the minister, the government is considering incentives for nurses and paramedics who voluntarily transfer to centers and hospitals fighting the virus, and is also considering alternatives to cash in daily transactions. “This virus is highly contagious. It is a serious matter, do not joke about it.”The Islamic republic also reported 591 additional confirmed cases of the COVID-19 illness, bringing the total to 3,513 infected.”Until today, samples have been taken of 23,327 suspected cases, only 3,513 of which have been confirmed,” said ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour.According to Jahanpour, Tehran province is the worst-hit with 1,352 confirmed cases, followed by Qom with 386, Gilan with 333 and Esfahan with 238.The Shiite holy city of Qom, south of Tehran, is the epicenter of Iran’s coronavirus outbreak and where its first deaths were reported on February 19.Authorities have since scrambled to halt its rapid spread.”But there is some good news, of the increasing rate of recovery,” Jahanpour said, noting that 739 of the confirmed cases had made recoveries. Topics : Iran on Thursday reported 15 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, raising the national toll to 107, and said it would keep schools and universities closed until early April.But the number of the dead could be higher, according to a tally reported by state news agency IRNA.Data gathered by the agency from medical universities across Iran as of Wednesday night show at least 126 have died, as it lists the toll in Tehran and Gilan — two of the worst-hit provinces — as “unknown”. Iran has already suspended major cultural and sporting events and reduced working hours across the country, which is one of the worst hit after China.”Schools and universities will be closed until the end” of the current Iranian year, health minister Saeed Namaki said in a televised press conference.The Iranian year ends on March 19 and national holidays then last until early April.”People should not consider this as an opportunity to go travelling,” the minister said. “They should stay home and take our warnings seriously.last_img read more

Inside the Gold Coast’s most exclusive entertaining hot spots

first_img22 River Crescent, Broadbeach Waters is on the market for $2.69 million.FROM Caribbean-style pool settings to private rooftops and Monte Carlo-inspired cinema rooms, we’ve picked five Gold Coast homes on the market that will entertain you beyond the Christmas and New Year holiday season.According to Eddie Wardale from Kollosche Prestige Agents, a property should have three key elements to be classed as an “entertainer”. The heated pool and tiled spa is on a private beach.Million dollar views come with matching price tags, and 1/7 Boodera Rd in Palm Beach is no exception. The new home was custom built with the latest technology but it’s all about the “360 degree views, sea breezes, screened roof structure, glass balustrade, engineered long life timber decking, light and power for the night time use,” – a perfect spot to celebrate New Year’s Eve. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago22-24 Admiralty Drive, Paradise Waters is ideal for private soirees or kids’ parties.At almost $10 million, 22-24 Admiralty Drive, Paradise Waters has a unique point of difference. Sound-proofed, 7-seat home cinema? Check. Indoor pool? Check. State-of-the-art entertainer’s kitchen? Check. Various living wings? Check. But this grand residential property also features a Poinciana tree shielded by a high wall takes pride of place in the middle of manicured lawn, and is “ideal for large-scale entertaining or a safe children’s play area”.The home was designed for Mr Matsushita — the family behind the Panasonic Electronics empire. The residence features a booth-style dining room. 85 Gibraltar Drive, Isle of Capri has carpet sourced from Monte Carlo in the cinema room.Are you not entertained? You will be if you dim the lights and put on a classic favourite in the supersized cinema room with plush carpet sourced from a Monte Carlo casino at 85 Gibraltar Drive, Isle of Capri.Downstairs, a booth-style dining room complements a customised kitchen, complete with a servery window, built-in coffee machine and butler’s pantry.“You’ll adore the flow from the vast lounge room out to the alfresco terrace, where an undercover area awaits,” the listing reads.The heated pool and tiled spa are set against a private sandy beach and there’s a built-in outdoor kitchen. 1/7 Boodera Rd, Palm Beach is on the market for $1.29 million. TOP HOMES 85 Gibraltar Drive, Isle of Capri — price not available35 Southern Cross Drive Surfers Paradise — $3.9 — $4.2 million22-24 Admiralty Drive Paradise Waters — $9.95 million1/7 Boodera Road, Palm Beach — $1.29 million22 River Crescent Broadbeach Waters — $2.69 million The kitchen is central and overlooks the river and pool setting.“Obviously people want the unique rooms like the media rooms, but the big ones are generous decking and the size of the pool,” Mr Wardale said.Mr Wardale said a good vantage point is also a plus.“When Mum or Dad can be in the kitchen and be able to watch over the pool, that is ideal.”A five-bedroom, three-bathroom family home at Broadbeach Waters meets the brief — 22 River Crescent, on the market for $2.69 million, features a dedicated media room, and the sleek kitchen overlooks the outdoor entertaining area. “You’ve got a spa right next to the pool, an expansive deck, and it all looks over the best part of 180 degree water views which makes it very special,” Mr Wardale said. “It’s definitely up there with the top entertainers on the market on the Gold Coast.” 35 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise also makes the list. It’s on the market for $3.9 — $4.2 million. It has a “supersized” media room.last_img read more

Expertise Hub VIDEO: From 2002 Strategic Move to 30% of Turnover from Offshore Wind (Semco Maritime)

first_imgSemco Maritime has been working in offshore wind since 2002, so this was a strategic move made by the company a long time ago, according to Carsten Nielsen, Vice President Wind, Oil & Gas at Semco Maritime. Since it made the move, the company has been expanding its range of services and is now also eyeing non-European markets, same as a number of other European offshore wind players.The company has been cooperating with Bladt Industries on the delivery of offshore substations, and has further expanded its services to substation maintenance, as well as offshore communication systems.Together with Bladt, Semco Maritime has built one fourth of the offshore substations on the wind market and it came natural to offer service and maintenance work as well, the company stated last year after it was awarded a 5-year contract for full service and maintenance of the Nordsee One offshore wind farm’s substation.Furthermore, at the beginning of this year, Semco Maritime and Systematic have entered into a framework agreement with Vattenfall for the delivery of a fully-integrated resource tracking and communication system for Vattenfall’s onshore and offshore wind operations.Outside Europe, Semco Maritime has entered the Asia Pacific offshore wind market with the first contract to deliver the equipment for an offshore substation, and the company hopes the U.S. will be the next, according to Nielsen.Find out more by watching the Offshore WIND Expertise Hub interview.For more Expertise Hub interviews, visit Navingo’s Offshore WIND channel on Vimeo.last_img read more

Willy Caballero: Manchester City learned from Liverpool defeat

first_imgGoalkeeper Willy Caballero believes Manchester City’s thrashing by Liverpool last weekend has acted as a wake-up call. Press Association Caballero, who took over in goal from injured England number one Joe Hart, said: “It was like a call with big attention – Liverpool played really well. They are a big team and we must be ready for every game and every team. “I think we learned after this defeat and we started again. From the first minute, we were hungry to win. “We needed to take the top of the table again as soon as possible. We needed to win. We can’t concede another result at home again because we lost two games this season. I hope we stay in the first place of the table.” City started with a determination to put an end to their recent poor sequence, scoring twice in the opening 20 minutes through Kevin De Bruyne and, on his full debut, Fabian Delph. Southampton rallied and replied early in the second half with a Shane Long header but the visitors were unable to capitalise further on a spell of dominance and were killed off by Aleksandar Kolarov in the 69th minute. The downside for City was the loss of Sergio Aguero in the second half through injury but manager Manuel Pellegrini later played down the issue, describing it as a mere “kick in the heel” that he did not think was serious. Caballero performed strongly, with good saves from Dusan Tadic and Long as Saints pressed in the second period. There were some nervier moments earlier on but it was generally a good response by the Argentinian to his critics after a poor display in September’s 4-1 loss at Tottenham. The 34-year-old said: “I think this was my best performance with this shirt but I will try to make a new ‘best performance’ in the next game. But I think we played really well and this is the most important (thing).” Southampton’s defeat was their first away from home in the Premier League this season but, aside from the difficult opening, their display was a positive one. Long told the club’s website: “After 20 minutes they were 2-0 up and it would have been very easy to roll over and let them get three or four. “But we were confident in ourselves to get the ball and pass it around. I thought we did that and when we came out in the second half and got the goal, I thought we were right back in the game. “We had one or two chances to make it 2-2 and that would have been it, but they are a hell of a side. “Kolarov’s goal to make it 3-1 killed us off but we can take a lot of positives. It’s not nice to lose a game but when you lose it playing well it is a little bit easier to take.” City got back to winning ways after three games without a victory – the nadir being a 4-1 mauling at the hands of the Merseysiders – as they saw off Southampton 3-1 on Saturday. The result took City back to the top of the Barclays Premier League and the title favourites now want to make sure they stay there. last_img read more

‘Usain Bolt Won’t Make it as a Footballer’

first_imgThe Australian FA has said it is working with the Mariners to help fund a deal for the 32-year-old Jamaican.But Keogh, the former Wolves star now playing for Perth Glory in the A-League, is unconvinced by Bolt’s ability and says giving him a contract would be ‘facial’ and would make a mockery of the game.“It’s nice to have the attention on the A-League but him playing in the A-League, that’s not for me,” Keogh told Off the Ball.“For me, he’s not going to be able to make it (as a footballer).“He’s shown a bit (of potential) but it’s a little bit of a kick in the teeth to the professionals that are in the league.”Asked about the Jamaican’s first touch, he added: “From what I’ve seen, it’s like a trampoline, so I’m not too sure.“If there’s someone who genuinely thinks he’d be a good football addition, I don’t think they should be in a position to make those calls.“It’s fine from a marketing point of view but from a football perspective, it’s a little bit farcical.“He says he’s chasing a dream of becoming a professional footballer yet he’s come out with quotes about he wants X amount (of money) when, if you’re chasing the dream, it’s not about the money and he’s obviously contradicted himself massively there.”Bolt, who holds the 100m and 200m world records, retired from athletics last year.The Mariners have said that “without the contribution of an external third party” it was unlikely that Bolt and the club would agree terms.Bolt turned down a two-year deal with Maltese champions Valletta FC earlier this month.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ex-Republic of Ireland international Andy Keogh says Usain Bolt turning pro would be a huge kick in the teeth for footballers in AustraliaBolt will never make it as a footballer, according to former Premier League and current A-League striker Andy Keogh, who says the Olympic legend’s first touch is ‘like a trampoline’.The greatest sprinter of all-time has been offered a contract by Australian side Central Coast Mariners following a trial period with the club.last_img read more

Football: Four takeaways from Badgers’ close bout with Wildcats

first_imgThe No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers (4-0, 2-0 Big Ten) continued their impressive start to 2019 with a 24–15 victory at home against the Northwestern Wildcats (1-3, 0-2).For the first time this season Head Coach Paul Chryst’s team found themselves in a contentious battle, but thanks to two defensive scores, three total turnovers and five sacks, Chryst’s team found a way to stay undefeated and remain in the Associated Press Top Ten heading into week six.Here are four notable takeaways from Saturday’s narrow victory.First, Chryst’s offensive line finally met a strong match in Northwestern’s defensive front.Jonathan Taylor still came away with 119 yards on the ground when it was all said and done, but how badly did Chryst’s offensive line and running backs actually struggle against the Wildcats?Saturday’s rushing total of 133 yards marked the team’s lowest output since Dec. 2, 2017 against The Ohio State University in the Big Ten Championship game — 667 days ago. Even during the 2018 campaign, when the Badgers went 8-5 and struggled to beat inferior opponents, they bested Saturday’s rushing mark in every contest including blowout losses to Michigan and Minnesota.This inefficiency on the ground put Jack Coan and the Badgers’ offense behind the sticks early and often, something which leads into the second takeaway from Saturday’s contest — Coan, for the first time this season, wasn’t sharp in passing situations.The phrase “Jacky Heisman” was often heard around Madison after Coan led the Badgers to a blowout win against Michigan.Football: The meteoric rise of Badgers quarterback Jack CoanThe rise of quarterback Jack Coan was a fast one and has Wisconsin Badger fans expecting big things from their Read…After Saturday, that phrase is gasping for air, as Coan struggled to push the offense down the field all day.Coan ended the day completing 15 of his 24 passes for 113 yards, 4.7 yards-per-attempt, zero touchdowns and one interception.The third takeaway from Saturday, turning to the bright side of the Badgers’ performance, is the continued dominance of Defensive Coordinator Jim Leonhard’s unit.Saturday’s game felt like many of last year’s losses — Chryst’s offense struggling to hold the ball and the opposing team besting the Badgers in first downs, passing yards, total offense and total plays.The first notable turning point came with 2:43 remaining in the third quarter after a long punt return for Northwestern was called back to their 16 yard-line due to a penalty.Leonhard, needing a spark for his unit, dialed up a corner blitz with Eric Burrell coming off the edge. Northwestern QB Hunter Johnson didn’t see the blitz coming and Burrell knocked the ball loose, allowing the Badgers to recover the fumble for a touchdown.Football: Five takeaways from Wisconsin’s pummeling of MichiganThe University of Wisconsin football team welcomed Head Coach Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines to Madison on Saturday and Read…The next turning point, the play that sealed the game for the Badgers, came five minutes into the fourth quarter when Aidan Smith, Northwestern’s backup QB, got pressured off the edge by Zack Baun and threw an interception to Noah Burks. Burks then proceeded to return the interception for a touchdown to make the score 24–3.These two defensive touchdowns were what the Badgers lacked a season ago, and were what ultimately made the difference in this game.The fourth takeaway from Saturday, much in line with the overall dominance on the defensive side of the football, is the continued dominance of linebacker Chris Orr.Orr finished the contest with nine tackles, two tackles-for-loss, two sacks, a forced fumble and three QB hits.Football: Wisconsin scuffles against Northwestern, able to escape with victory at homeWhat a difference one week can make. Just a week after the University of Wisconsin football team (4-0, 2-0 Big Read…This performance earned him Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, the first time a Badger has received the award since November of 2017.Orr and the linebackers have taken a back seat statistically to Baun and the rest of the defensive front thus far, but Saturday Orr and Jack Sanborn combined had 22 total tackles. This is a great sign for Leonhard’s unit as his team nears tough tests against nationally-ranked offenses in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Arsenal now target Chelsea ace Juan Mata

first_imgAccording to Daily Mail, Gunners are being kept updated with regards to the former Valencia man’s future with a view to launching an audacious swoop should Chelsea decide to sell.Manager Arsene Wenger came close to landing Mata in 2011, but Chelsea pipped the Gunners to the 25-year-old.Mata has become one of the Premier League’s best ever imports, winning the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup since his arrival.Chelsea insist the player is not for sale this summer, but Arsenal will continue to watch the situation carefully should their stance change.Reports emerged earlier this week that either Mata or David Luiz could be used as makeweights in Chelsea’s move for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.But Mourinho rubbished the prospect, saying there was ‘no chance’ either player would be sold this summer. “I spoke with them during the summer but when they finished the Confederations Cup I wished them luck and told them I will see them on July 28,” said the Chelsea boss.‘I have told them they are very important for me. How can I change that two days later? So, no contact with them.’Mata scored 11 Premier League goals last season and notched up 13 assists, earning him the club’s player of the year award for the second successive season.Arsenal are also chasing a number of other targets, with the north-London club hoping to bring any one of Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney or Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain to the club as a marquee summer signing.last_img read more

Agyapong wins 60m race in 2015 world leading time

first_imgAfrican 4x100m bronze medalist Flings Owusu-Agyapong ran the fastest 60m time in the world at the Gotham Cup in New York last Friday, 16th January. Her performance also equaled Vida Anim’s national record for the distance.Flings, 26, opened her season in grand style crossing the finish line in a sizzling personal best of 7.18 ahead of Ashley Kelly 7.55(SB) and Karene King 7.59 (SB). Despite the heavy activity of the weekend, Flings’ mark remains the second fastest time in the world in 2015.Her time is only bettered by American sprinter Jasmine Todd who clocked 7.15 secs, a day after Flings’ performance.Flings said it is a dream come true to have equaled the national record.“It feels great to have equaled that record,” she said adding that, “I’ve been eyeing that for a long time so to be able to do that is an amazing thing for me. Vida is an amazing sprinter and really fast so it makes me feel like I’m on the right track to running what I feel I’m capable of.”Flings’ performance follows a very impressive season in 2014 where Team Ghana equaled its highest medal haul of six medals at the African Athletics Championships in Marrakech, Morocco.As well as an African Championship 4x100m relay silver and bronze medals in 2012 and 2010 respectively, the New York-based athlete competed at the 2014 World Indoor Championship and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.She credited her coaches and the Ghana Athletics Association for her impressive performance.“Last season didn’t go the way I wanted it to, so after the last meet I spoke with Prof Dodoo. As a former world class athlete, I knew there was a lot of valuable information I could gain from him. Some of the areas we touched on included areas of my race that needed improvement, injury reduction and we also spoke about my training and things they felt I could be doing more of, and doing better. This included running longer distances in practice to improve my speed endurance for the end of the race.” “When I got home, I sat down with my coach Dave Hegland and his assistant coach Frank Rizzo and we talked about the season, specific races and overall how the summer went for me. We then spoke about the different things I had learned this summer, both from myself and the leaders I worked with this summer. “There are a lot of little things that people don’t realize can affect the way I train and compete, but I have an amazing team of coaches as well as a very supportive National Association (GAA) to lean on. I’m looking forward to a great season!She will be looking forward to meeting the Ghana Athletics Association’s selection criteria for the 2015 All Africa Games and the World Championships in Beijing when the outdoor season begins.Meanwhile, her compatriot Janet Amponsah is also ranked 3rd in the world, this time in the 55m after running a personal best 6.95s. The Texas based scholar is ranked behind Cierra White of the USA who has run 6.85 and 6.91 this season.last_img read more

Dodgers nursing A.J. Pollock along as he plays through groin injury

first_imgSUNDAY PLANRoberts is still not ready to name a starting pitcher for Sunday’s series finale in Atlanta. He acknowledged Tony Gonsolin is an option (he pitched Monday for Triple-A Oklahoma City) or “a bullpen game.”Dustin May would be part of that bullpen. The Dodgers are trying to slow May’s innings workload while also evaluating him for a potential relief role in the postseason by moving him to the bullpen now.“That’s the plan. The game situation could change things,” Roberts said of using May out of the bullpen Sunday. “But our goal right now is to have him come out of the ‘pen for an inning or two on Sunday.”Roberts said the Dodgers’ decision-makers have talked to May and asked for “open-mindedness” from the rookie right-hander while his role is “not clear.”“We’ve expressed that to Dustin,” Roberts said. “Right now we’re just trying to keep our options open as long as we can.”REHAB UPDATESChris Taylor (forearm) began his rehab assignment with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday night by going 2 for 3 with a three-run home run.Kike’ Hernandez (hand) was scheduled to start his rehab assignment by playing for the Dodgers’ Arizona Summer League team Friday.Because he hasn’t been out as long as Taylor, Hernandez is expected to stay with the AZL team through the weekend and not move on to another affiliate in a higher classification.“If he’s confident where he’s at there, we’re not really worried about the level of competition,” Roberts said.Related Articles ATLANTA — A.J. Pollock isn’t injured seriously enough not to play. And he’s not healthy enough to be turned loose to play.Considering the 19 1/2-game lead in the National League West the Dodgers took into the weekend, they can live with that.“Obviously, I wish it was completely past us,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Friday. “But we just have that luxury to kind of manage him and that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re going to do whatever it takes to get him out of it so that mentally, physically he’s not worried about it. And hopefully we don’t compromise him in the batter’s box where he’s getting the repetitions.”Pollock has been limited by a slight groin muscle injury since the start of August. He has played on consecutive days just once this month. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img Despite the cautious playing time, Pollock has gone 10 for 23 (.435) with four doubles and a home run in his past seven games. Roberts acknowledged the Dodgers don’t want Pollock to lose that feel in the batter’s box by shutting him down for 10 days (or more) on the Injured List.“We don’t. If we can kind play both sides … that’s a good thing not only for AJ but the Dodgers,” Roberts said. “We’ve done that with JT (Justin Turner). We’ve done that with Corey (Seager). And we got both of those guys out of harm’s way and kept them going. That’s our plan with AJ as well.”Pollock said the groin injury is “more frustrating” than painful and acknowledged that it is more of an issue in the field, when he tries to break on balls, than it is in the batter’s box.“It’s like in spring training when you’re trying to get used to a certain work load,” he said. “You’re good for a week or two and then all of a sudden something creeps up on you. That’s kind of what this is for me. You build up a tolerance for things and get past it. That’s what it’s been for me in the past. This time, it was a little more frustrating because it stuck around a lot longer than I wanted it to.“If I had a crystal ball and knew exactly what the timeline would have been and I’d be over it, that’d be great. But you show up feeling like you can help the team out every single day. … It’s just something I’m trying to work through and navigate.” Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Taylor and Hernandez are expected to come off the Injured List during the Dodgers’ homestand next week. Jedd Gyorko has gone 8 for 23 in eight rehab games and could also be activated next week.Meanwhile, left-hander Rich Hill (flexor tendon) has increased his throwing program to long tossing from 120 feet. He could start throwing off a mound during the next homestand.FRESH ARMReliever J.T. Chargois pitched in three of the Dodgers’ four games before Friday and was sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City Friday. Right-hander Josh Sborz was promoted to replace him in the bullpen.Chargois had a 13.50 ERA and a .391 average against him over his past eight appearances.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu 12-2, 1.45 ERA) at Braves (RHP Mike Foltynewicz 4-5, 6.24 ERA), 4:20 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), AM 570 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Harassment charges against DeMarcus Cousins dropped, but Lakers center could still face NBA punishment

first_imgThird-degree harassment charges against Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins have been dropped. Cousins’ lawyer, Moshae Donald, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski the misdemeanor case filed in Mobile, Ala., has been dismissed.An arrest warrant was issued in August after Cousins allegedly threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend, Christy West, who claimed Cousins said he was going to shoot her during an argument about their son. TMZ shared a recording of a phone conversation from West in which a man at one point says, “I’m gonna make sure I put a bullet in your f—ing head.” West said it was Cousins’ voice in that recording. Although the legal case against the four-time All-Star has been dismissed, Cousins could face a fine or suspension under the NBA’s domestic violence policy. As ESPN’s Bobby Marks notes, the league is allowed to move forward with its own investigation despite the fact that Cousins faces no criminal charges.After the recording became public, the NBA issued a brief statement: “We are aware of the report regarding DeMarcus Cousins and are investigating the allegations.” The Lakers shared a similar statement, saying the team was “aware of the allegation” and taking the claim “seriously.”Cousins signed a one-year, $3.5 million with the Lakers this past offseason but has not played for Los Angeles after tearing his ACL during a summer workout in Las Vegas.last_img read more

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