Ramjattan admits constitutional crisis looms

first_imgNo-confidence resolution…as Ram calls on President to immediately honour ConstitutionChartered accountant and Attorney Christopher Ram, on Saturday called on President David Granger to immediately honour his words and start acting on the December 21, 2018, no-confidence resolution asking, “which la la land is Granger living in?”Ram made the statement when he appeared on a panel discussion on Globespan 24×7 live show in New York. The discussion, titled ‘Is there a constitutional crisis looming’ in Guyana, was streamed live on social media site Facebook with Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan being part of the panel. The programme was moderated by Financial Analysis Sase Singh.The passage of the December 21, 2018, No-confidence Motion, saw the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government being toppled. The motion was moved by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and carried in a 33-32 vote, with AFC MP Charrandas Persaud defecting in support of a vote of conscience in favour of the motion.The passage of the motion activated Article 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution which states, respectively: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.” And “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”However, the Government is challenging the validity of the resolution owing to the fact that Persaud holds dual citizenship and a total of 34 votes were needed to have it validly passed. Acting Chief Justice Roxane George has since ruled that while Persaud is a dual citizen his vote remains valid as a result of the doctrine of necessity as well as the resolution was validly carried having garnered the majority of the votes of the elected Members of the House.It has been 64 days since the resolution was carried and no move has been made by the Government to have elections held within the constitutionally mandated 90 days.Additionally, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has since indicated that it will require at least five months to prepare. This move has been condemned by many with observes accusing GECOM of ignoring its constitutional mandate to buy time for the Government.Constitutional crisisDuring the discussion on Saturday, the question of whether members of the National Assembly can return to the House to have the extension of the 90 days to which he responded that the 11th Parliament has not yet been dissolved, which means that they can.“What is important is for Mr Granger as President to start acting on the No-confidence Motion which he promised to do. Mr Jagdeo called on Mr (Joseph) Harmon on the very night and said we need to get together and decide on the way forward. It took Mr Granger 18 days and he wanted to know what Mr Jagdeo wants to talk about,” he noted.“Which la la land is Granger living in? Doesn’t he know there is a constitutional crisis…doesn’t the President of the country know that and since Mr Ramjattan he is a Vice President shouldn’t he tell Mr Granger that look you are brewing here one of the worst constitutional crises to confront Guyana in its post-independence history,” Ram added.Meanwhile, Minister Ramjattan said while prorogation of Parliament is an option for President Granger, he is “certain that the President will not prorogue Parliament and seek the support of the Leader of the Opposition” as well as consult with GECOM in regard to their readiness then he can dissolve the Parliament and set a date for elections.Staying true to the discussion, both panelists – Ramjattan and Ram – admitted that Guyana will enter into a constitutional crisis come March 19 and the constitutionally mandated Regional and General Elections are not held.“Well then you will certainly have what is internationally regarded as a constitutional crisis and I must admit that for the purposes of this dialogue that we are going to presume that the 90 days has passed and we still do not have the two-third majority in Parliament, we are going to enter some uncharted waters,” Ramjattan admitted.He explained that it is important to understand, notwithstanding the looming constitutional crisis, the Government as well as political parties are within their rights to utilise the courts for better explanation. The Vice President went on to state that GECOM is a constitutional body just as a High Court Judge and if they indicate that they are not ready for then, the crisis could only be solved by dialogue with the Government and Opposition.However, Ram said GECOM is the creature of the Constitution of Guyana and that they can tap into the Contingency Fund for the hosting of elections.“We already have a crisis because the Government is saying that we are not going to play by the democratic rules of this Constitution and we will decide how to interpret it as and when we want and if it doesn’t please us then we will break it and who does what we want and that is the attitude we are having. It does not auger well,” Ram indicated.last_img read more

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UCLA football: Connelly hired as offensive line coach

first_img– Brian Dohn Connelly, 36, also coached the offensive line for two seasons at Washington State, and spent a season at San Jose State and also with the now-defunct Cal State Northridge program. “Bob is an outstanding communicator and teacher,” Dorrell said. “He produced all-league performers at both Washington State and Alabama. I think he will bring a level of energy and expertise that will be a great fit for the young men in our program.” UCLA coach Karl Dorrell completed the latest renovation to his staff by hiring Bob Connelly to be the offensive line coach, the same position he held at Alabama the past four seasons. The Crimson Tide were 77th in the nation in rushing last season at 123 yards per game. Connelly was a member of Mike Shula’s staff, which was fired after the season. center_img 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

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SA to host MTB Masters World Champs

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Cycling South Africa has pulled off another coup by winning the rights to stage the 2013 Mountain Bike (MTB) Masters World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, a week before the 2013 MTB World Championships at the same venue. SAinfo reporter The awarding of the Masters Worlds to South Africa is significant on a number of levels. The Masters Worlds has for the last five years been held in Brazil, and in 2013 it will for the first time be a precursor to the Elite World Championships. Being the season-opener in an Olympic year adds extra significance to this year’s event. Many of the world’s leading MTB riders will also use the World Cup to scout the Cascades MTB Park set-up ahead of next year’s UCI MTB World Championships. “Pietermaritzburg’s vision is to become a globally recognised centre of excellence for cycling, and a hospitable and top class host of world class events,” said Lenferna, the man behind the city’s successful hosting of previous UCI-endorsed events. The announcement, which was made at an International Cycling Federation (UCI) management committee meeting on Friday afternoon, confirmed that the Masters’ event will be bolted onto the World Championships at the Cascades MTB Park next year. Pietermaritzburg has previously successfully hosted the BMX World Championships and Supercross, the MTB World Cup, and the Msunduzi Road Challenge leg of the UCI World Cycling Tour. This year it will host the MTB World Cup and the final of the UCI World Cycling Tour.center_img ‘A fantastic opportunity’“It will be a fantastic opportunity for local MTB riders over 30 years of age to ride in the Masters World Champs,” said event director Alec Lenferna. The biggest and most prestigiousThe MTB World Championships, to be hosted in the city in 2013, is the biggest and most prestigious event in the sport. 30 January 2012 The RockyRoads UCI MTB World Cup Pietermaritzburg takes place at the Cascades MTB Park from 16 to 18 March. “More than that,” he added, “it is a major vote of confidence in Cycling SA and Pietermaritzburg as a premier cycling destination. “Hosting events like the BMX Worlds, the MTB World Cup and the UCI World Cycling Tour finals really puts Cycling SA on the global map.”last_img read more

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Yelp Would Like to Have Its Cake & Eat it, Too (Plus the Cake Tastes Terrible!)

first_imgThis reminds me of newspaper sites complaining about the millions of readers aggregators like the Huffington Post send them, based on short excerpts of their articles. Except Yelp isn’t hurting like newspapers are. Yelp is doing really well, in large part because of Google’s free search traffic.Yelp may have reason to be concerned about Google Places (with Hotpot!) – especially given the advertising blitz Google has behind it. But it’s legitimate competition Yelp has to fear, not a little light aggregation. That’s my take on it. Maybe there are fine-grained details I’m not taking into account. Maybe this is about cross-industry monopolistic practices, I don’t know. Google’s take it or leave it perspective doesn’t seem unreasonable to me in this case, though.Google Places is a good, fast way to start looking for reviews of nearby restaurants but it doesn’t offer the depth of the sites it aggregates. In the end, millions of us will keep going to Yelp for the in-depth reviews of restaurants written from the perspective of the unique Yelp culture: typically young, urban socialites who feel entitled to pass judgement on small businesses. Maybe the corporate attitude just comes along with that culture. Poor, poor Yelp. What other website would you more expect to want to have its cake and eat it to? Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman was the subject of a big write-up in the UK’s Telegraph today where he complained that Google had given his restaurant review site an ultimatum: either allow Google to continue including excerpted reviews from Yelp on the new Google Places pages, or remove Yelp all together from the Google index.“But that is not an option for us…we get a large volume of our traffic via Google search,” said Stoppelman, apparently ungrateful for what he must consider a Natural Right, to have his information organized ala Google at no cost. “We just don’t get any value out of our reviews appearing on Google Places and haven’t been given an option other than to remove ourselves from search…” I’m not buying it and here’s why.Stoppelman went on to explain to the Telegraph that his company is doing just fine, of course. “We are getting to the size where very few companies can afford to buy us,” he said. “Our annual revenues are getting to the point where can be a public company….from our perspective that would be a hell of a lot more fun than selling Yelp.”Well boo-hoo for you then, over this whole Google Places thing. Just how bad is it? Google Places is hardly a Google map covered in Yelp reviews – in fact, the site only excerpts the first 3 lines of two Yelp reviews! Along with 4 other sources of reviews (CitySearch, etc.) and Google’s own user reviews. Yelp is on the top of the list, too. Google Places could probably do just fine without it. marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Location#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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Learning Curve: How to Use a Geared Tripod Head

first_imgIn this video tutorial, we’ll explore the origins of the geared head, when and how it was used, and why filmmakers still use it to this day.When cameras moved to color process in the ’40s, they suddenly became too heavy for conventional friction tripods. So, engineers developed a device called a “geared head” that moved the tripod head on its vertical and horizontal axes via two wheels attached to gears. One wheel controlled the camera’s tilt — the other its pan.Geared Head vs. Fluid HeadSkill with these new geared heads became a requirement for camera operation in Hollywood. Cam ops were eager to show off their skills by such tricks as attaching a piece of chalk to the tripod head and writing their names in cursive.The geared head offered controlled, smooth camera movements at a time when cameras were increasing in size.When smaller cameras came along in the ’60s and ’70s, the fluid head took over from the geared head because it was cheaper to produce and took less specialized skill to operate. However, the geared head continued to be in use because of the smooth, controlled movements it offered.Operation and CostI set out to learn how to use the geared head, never having operated one before. It was initially frustrating, like controlling a camera with an etch-a-sketch, but I was able to gain dexterity after a couple hours.The main limitation to learning the geared head is the availability of a unit to practice with. The industry standard — ARRIHEAD — costs over $20,000 to buy and rents out for around $200 a day. I was able to borrow a cheaper, off-brand unit that I used to familiarize myself with the controls, without spending a ton of money.By attaching a laser pointer to the geared head, you can practice tracking using the wheels.I started by attaching a laser pointer to the unit and tracing a simple square on the wall. Once I could do that successfully, I moved on to the infinity symbol, which took around an hour to trace consistently.Once I had some success, I rented a pro-level geared head for a weekend and tried various shots. After some adjusting to the better, smoother controls, I was able to shoot with the camera and nail shots after one or two takes.It took close to five hours of total practice time to get an acceptable shot on the third take, but this was spread over a couple of weeks. I have no doubt that if someone was serious about operating a geared head, they could develop a professional level of skill pretty quickly.Cover image via ARRI.Interested in the tracks we used to make this video?“Saint Tropez” by Biba Dupont“Baton Rouge” by Biba Dupont“Lo Fi Highway Night” by Trending Music“Desire” by Trending Music“Retro Dreams” by Jericho Studio“Calling Your Name” by Magnetize MusicLooking for more film and video production tutorials? Check these out.Stylistic Goodies and Grit: A Film Grain Footage TutorialBuilding Your Own Car Rig — Commercial Insider Edition3 Practical Gore Effects for Your Next Horror ShortWhat to Put in Your Short Film’s Mood Board6 Lifesaving Hacks for Cropping Your Footage to a Wider Aspect Ratiolast_img read more

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a month agoDONE DEAL? Cowley making Simpson his first signing as Huddersfield manager

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL? Cowley making Simpson his first signing as Huddersfield managerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDan Cowley has made Danny Simpson his first signing as Huddersfield Town manager.The Sun says the former Leicester City fullback has agreed a deal with Huddersfield until the end of the season.Cowley wanted experience in his squad to get the Terriers out of trouble and turned to 32-year-old to provide competition at right-back.Huddersfield currently sit bottom of the Championship with just one point from eight games and are six points adrift of safety already.Jan Siewert was axed in August after a run of one win in 19 matches – which included relegation from the Premier League – before Cowley and brother Nicky joined from Lincoln earlier this month. last_img read more

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3 hours agoGenk striker Samatta: Facing Liverpool a dream come true

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Genk striker Samatta: Facing Liverpool a dream come trueby Paul Vegas3 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveRacingGenk striker Mbwana Ally Samatta admits facing Liverpool was a “dream come true”.Liverpool were comfortable 4-1 winners for Wednesday night’s Champions League encounter.And Tanzania international Samatta said: “As a child I was not a fan of Liverpool, but of the arch rival: Manchester United. “I’m not going to say that I get goose bumps, but it’s so special. “A game like this and to be allowed to play is like a dream, the dream of every boy watching football on television.” last_img read more

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People on the Move

first_img Chad Millman becomes vice president, editorial director, domestic digital content, after serving as editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine. The Economist Group has named Jennifer Hicks North America associate publisher of 1843, its bi-monthly culture and lifestyle magazine formerly called Intelligent Life. Hicks has 30 years’ experience in magazine publishing and advertising, including most recently as associate publisher at Condé Nast Traveler. Patrick Stiegman takes on the new role of vice president, global digital content, a newly created position overseeing the development of ESPN’s editorial content around the world.  “These changes enable our Digital & Print Media leaders to accelerate our work to make ESPN the worldwide leader in sports news and information,” said John Kosner, EVP, ESPN Digital & Print Media. Frontline Medical Communications announced that Bryan T. Hanypsiak, MD, a fellow of AAOS, has been named editor-in-chief of the new AJO, The American Journal of Orthopedics. Dr. Hanypsiak currently holds an appointment at Peconic Bay Medical Center/Northwell Health in Riverhead, NY. Trusted Media Brands, Inc. announced that Dean Durbin has been appointed CFO. Durbin comes to TMBI with decades of experience, most recently as CFO at Cengage Learning. ESPN Digital & Print Media has announced several organizational changes that will shift and increase responsibilities for key leaders in charge of ESPN’s digital and print content: Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move:  Ryan Spoon, SVP, digital product management, will lead ESPN’s new Audience Development unit, charged with creating new and enhanced ways to curate and present content across ESPN.com, the ESPN App, and third-party platforms. Alison Overholt adds to her responsibilities, becoming editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine in addition to espnW, which has set audience records in addition to producing award-winning long-form journalism, film series and a national radio special.  Kalmbach Publishing Co. has promoted Sarah Horner to human resources director where she will lead the company’s human resource function. Horner has been with Kalmbach for 19 years, most recently serving as human resources manager.   Marcela Martin has been named CFO, National Geographic Partners, overseeing Finance, Accounting and Budget Planning. Prior to joining National Geographic Partners, Martin had served as executive VP & CFO of Fox International Channels since 2007. CQ Roll Call, an Economist Group business, announced that Alex Roarty will join the Roll Call newspaper as senior political writer. Roarty worked for five years at National Journal, where he last served as the chief political correspondent for The Hotline.last_img read more

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Can those athome laser skin devices really fix wrinkles and acne What

first_img 0 Procter & Gamble’s freckle-erasing makeup wand is pure… Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Tags Share your voicecenter_img Neutrogena’s light therapy acne mask uses a combination of blue and infrared light to reduce redness and inflammation. Neutrogena Over-the-counter cosmetic laser and light devices have become as readily available as OTC pain relievers. A quick Google search for “at-home laser therapy for skin” returns devices that promise to zap zits, eliminate unwanted body hair, reduce wrinkles and fix discoloration.Dr. Tyler Hollmig, director of Laser and Aesthetic Dermatology at Stanford Health Care, told CNET it’s obvious why the market for at-home laser treatments has grown so much: “Going to an actual clinic can be less than convenient as well as expensive,” he said. “At-home devices are relatively inexpensive and promise similar results as those used by dermatologists.”While it’s tempting to place an order for one of these skin-smoothing lightsabers, dermatologists warn that you might not get the results you want. Before you spend the money, learn about the safety of these devices, how they work and what kinds of changes to your skin you can expect. How does laser therapy for skin work? To clear up any confusion, it’s important to mention that most devices marketed or referred to as “at-home lasers” don’t actually use laser technology like the kind you’d get at a clinic or medispa. “True laser technology is not available for home use,” Dr. Kathleen Cook Suozzi, a dermatological surgeon and the aesthetic director of Yale Medicine Dermatology, told CNET. “The at-home ‘lasers’ on the market are typically light-based devices that do not have the power of laser devices available for in-office procedures.” Home use devices do use some of the technology you’d find in a dermatologist’s office, such as intense pulsed light (IPL) and light-emitting diodes (LED), but not with the same pinpointed accuracy. Many home “laser” hair removal devices also use light therapy, but there are some devices that actually use a laser to remove hair. 1:14 What kind of conditions can at-home skin devices treat? You can find at-home light and laser devices for treatment of acne, scars, hair removal and wrinkles using various methods, including IPL, LED, heat, infrared and more. For example, the Skin Clinical Reverse Anti-Aging handheld uses LED to reduce fine lines and smooth your complexion; Neutrogena’s full-face light mask uses blue and red light to treat acne; and Nuface devices use microcurrents to stimulate skin and remove wrinkles.Most at-home treatments fall into one of four main categories:Anti-aging to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and tighten and rejuvenate the skinDiscoloration or pigmentation to get rid of sun spots, age spots or other pigmentation issuesHair removal or hair growth to, well, grow or remove hairAcne treatment to reduce redness, inflammation and scarring Are these devices safe? Consumers should be cautious before purchasing and using at-home devices, Dr. Hollmig said, and should first be informed about potential issues surrounding safety and efficacy. “Unlike drugs, devices are less strictly regulated,” Dr. Hollmig told CNET. “Many laser devices are dangerous to the eyes [and] can even cause blindness, as well as the skin, potentially causing burns and scars.” Dr. David Lortscher, a dermatologist and CEO of skincare startup Curology, explained that unlike some clinical devices, many home-use devices are designed not to fire unless there is direct contact with the skin. If the user attempts to disable safety features, however, or ignores instructions for use and safety warnings, skin or eye damage can occur.Some side effects of at-home light and laser skin devices include:Redness SwellingIrritation or discomfortItchingUnwanted pigment changesSide effects are rare, Dr. Lortscher told CNET, because the devices use such low-level energy. But because most devices target the pigment in your skin, Dr. Lortscher urges people with darker skin to be cautious, as they are at a higher risk for adverse effects.skin-clinical-reverseThe Reverse Anti-Aging Light Therapy device from Skin Clinical uses LED to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Skin Clinical Do at-home laser treatments work? Typically, at-home devices have significantly lower power than those used in a medical setting in order to reduce risks, Dr. Hollmig explained, but there may be a tradeoff between safety and device effectiveness. That is, at-home devices with lower levels of light may be safer, but may not give you the results you want, and vice versa.”Low energy means safe but extremely subtle results, even after numerous treatments,” said Dr. Daniel Friedmann, a dermatologist at Westlake Dermatology in Austin, Texas, and he cautions against excessive use of at-home lasers when you don’t see the results you want.Even with professional-grade lasers, patients typically need several treatments to achieve the final results they want. And even after that, professionals usually recommend maintenance treatments. That said, you should keep your expectations realistic for at-home treatments.womens-face-with-nuface-device-rubbing-on-skinNuFace devices use microcurrents to stimulate the skin, increase blood flow and reduce wrinkles. NuFace Should you use an at-home skin treatment? You should ask yourself a few questions when pondering at-home laser treatments of any sort:Is the device safe?Is the device effective?Do I have a sensitive skin condition (such as melasma, which may worsen with certain laser therapies)Are the results worth the money?Look for whether the device has been FDA-approved or FDA-cleared (there’s a difference) and check out sites such as the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, which all post helpful information on such devices and their uses.You can also check RealSelf, which diligently monitors and researches all sorts of cosmetic procedures, lasers included. The site also includes reviews and photos from real people who have undertaken cosmetic procedures.Regardless of a product’s FDA classification and the research behind it, you should always exercise caution when using therapeutic devices. While low-level laser, light and heat therapies may be safe and effective for many people, those who have sensitive skin or a preexisting skin condition — especially inflammatory conditions like psoriasis and eczema — should be wary of at-home skin devices. Personal carelast_img read more

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Abbott Appears Undecided On Signing TextingWhileDriving Ban

first_img Share Paul Ladd/AP Images for ReliantTexas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at the valve turning ceremony for the Petra Nova carbon capture and enhanced oil recovery system on Thursday, April 13, 2017, in Fort Bend County, southwest of Houston.Gov. Greg Abbott appears to be undecided on whether he will sign a proposed statewide ban on texting while driving that is now on his desk. Abbott’s predecessor, Rick Perry, vetoed such a proposal in 2011, calling it a “government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults.” It looks like Abbott’s hangup on the latest effort, House Bill 62, is whether it does enough to pre-empt local ordinances regarding the practice. “The Governor believes texting while driving has become deadly dangerous and that something must be done about it,” Abbott spokesman John Wittman said Thursday in a statement. “One thing Governor Abbott wanted in a texting while driving ban was a pre-emption of the patchwork quilt of local regulations across the state, and he’s looking forward to digging into the details of HB 62.” House Bill 62 includes a provision to pre-empt “all local ordinances, rules or other regulations adopted by a political subdivision relating to the use of a portable wireless communication device by the operator of a motor vehicle to read, write, or send an electronic message.” It is unclear whether that will satisfy Abbott, who has taken an aggressive stance against local ordinances that he says are contrary to his vision for Texas.The proposal’s longtime supporters, state Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, and state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, have expressed confidence the governor will sign it after a decade-long effort to get it on the books. State leaders have warmed up to the idea over the years, with Abbott opposing it in his 2014 gubernatorial campaign but saying last session he would consider it.Asked for comment, Craddick’s office pointed to the pre-emption section of the bill but declined to comment further.Since the House and Senate passed HB 62, the bill’s supporters have implored Abbott to let it become law. In a letter Thursday, he heard from the family of Joshua and Robin Berry, a Houston couple killed in 2011 after a distracted driver swerved into their lane.“Please allow this important public safety measure to pass,” the family wrote. “You alone have the power to save lives with the enactment of House Bill 62.”This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/05/25/abbott-appears-undecided-signing-texting-while-driving-ban/.Texas Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.last_img read more

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