Carver explains Cisse’s poor form

first_imgNewcastle’s assistant manager John Carver admitted Papiss Cisse was suffering a dip in confidence following the Magpies’ 1-0 defeat at Fulham.The Senegal striker has not scored a league goal since December and has just three goals to his name in all competitions this season.Cisse missed a glorious chance to beat Fulham keeper David Stockdale in the first half at Craven Cottage.And Carver said: “At the moment Papiss’ confidence is down because he hasn’t scored goals.“The pleasing thing is that he keeps getting in the positions to score. If he’s not doing that then we’ve got an issue.“It would have been dead easy for him to sulk and be unhappy because he hasn’t been in the team, but he has worked extremely hard on the training ground, doing extra work at the end.“If you think back to two seasons ago he could have had his own programme on Goal of the Season. Maybe he has to do a little bit more.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Boeing delivers first B737 MAX

first_imgPhoto: Boeing US planemaker Boeing has overcome the engine problems which threatened to derail its 737 MAX delivery schedule to hand over the first plane to launch customer Malindo Air.The B737 MAX 8 was handed over to the Malaysian full-service carrier at the manufacturer’s delivery centre in Seattle On Tuesday.Boeing issued a brief statement on the landmark event which failed to mention engine manufacturing problems that led to the entire Boeing 737 MAX fleet being grounded briefly last week.Malindo is a joint venture involving Indonesia’s Lion Air Group and Malaysia’s National Aerospace and Defence Industries.It began flying in 2013 and has expanded to operate a network of scheduled passenger services throughout Malaysia as well as to regional destinations in Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Singapore, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Australia and Pakistan.The leased plane is in Batik Air Malaysia livery ahead of the airline’s rebranding in the second half of this year. The plan is for Batik Air Malaysia to focus on international routes and provide Indonesian sibling Batik Airways with regional feeder trafficMalindo Air chief executive Chandran Rama Muthy said the airline’s fleet of Boeing 737NGs had served the carrier well and he believed the MAX would become the centrepiece of its fleet.“These new aircraft will allow us to go to further destinations and will play a key role in providing lower air fares to our customers,’’ he said.The engine manufacturing problem at a CFM contractor is seen as a minor glitch in a program that has run remarkably smoothly for the fastest selling passenger jet in Boeing’s history.US Media reports say about 30 LEAP 1B engines have been sent back to manufacturer CFM International for inspections because of concerns a manufacturing defect in a low-pressure turbine disc could lead to cracks.The US Federal Aviation Administration last week cleared aircraft fitted with the unaffected engines and Boeing has since confirmed that the 737 MAX  has resumed all flying activities.“Regulatory authorities have granted CFM and Boeing approval to begin the full range of business, test and certification-related flight activities,’’ the manufacturer told AirlineRatings. Boeing has received almost 3700 orders for the latest iterations of its single-aisle workhorse from 87 customers around the world.The debut of the MAX comes after its competitor, The Airbus A320neo, has been in service since early 2016.The 320neo has also had problems with one of its engine options, the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan,  although its CFM LEAP-1A engines were unaffected by the problem seen with Boeing’s LEAP-1Bs.last_img read more

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The Harsh Reality For Mobile Developers Trying To Hit The Top Of App Store Charts

first_imgdan rowinski Getting app downloads and increasing user retention is a problem for every app publisher, from the indie developer to big, established brands to the current flavor of the month (think Angry Birds, Candy Crush, Temple Run). Even though the incumbents in the App Store and Google Play have the same type of problems that many other app publishers face, they also have mastered the art of acquiring and retaining users. Hence, they hold the keys to the house that are the top rankings in the app stores. According to analytics company Trademob, only 2% of the top 250 app publishers in the Apple App Store are newcomers while only 3% are new to Android’s Google Play store.  The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What is your apps problem? Foremost, it may be low on signal and high on noise (it is not original and just not good enough). Really, there a lot of apps and many, many of them are just not that good. A generic game or brand app can get lost in the nearly two million entrants between the two stores. Second, the environment for mid-market apps is really, really thin. Only one in every 10,000 apps generated more than $1 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to Trademob. Third, you probably do not have the money to compete with the top of the heap of the app stores where all the money is made. Top app publishers have large marketing budgets and teams dedicated to nothing but getting their app seen (through public relations campaigns, advertising or cross promotion to social networks, television and other apps).  Related Posts Even if your app is not generating hundreds of thousands to millions of downloads, there are things you can do to hold to the users you do have. Localytics offers three tips for retaining and engaging app users after they have downloaded your app.Optimize customer acquisition: Tie customer acquisition sources (e.g., Facebook ads, cross promotion) to the long-term retention, conversion rates and most importantly lifetime value of app users. This focus shifts acquisition resources to those providing the highest quality customers.Engage / nurture customers:  Use tools such as in-app messaging to communicate with customers within the app. You can provide special offers, nudge customers through conversion points (e.g., registrations) and request customer feedback as input to app development.Continuous improvement: Use app analytics to discover opportunities to continuously improve the app experience, remove bottlenecks, smooth app user flow and move popular content and features forward.Check out the infographic below from Trademob on app downloads and the difficulty in breaking into the top ranks in the app stores. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#analytics#app development#App Store#Google Play You just spent months building an app with the hopes that it would be a boon for your business or usher your way into the lucrative world of top end app publishers. You have Candy Crush dreams and Evernote aspirations. After you publish your app, nobody downloads it. Those that do download it aren’t coming back into it more than once or twice. “This sucks,” you tell yourself over your morning (and afternoon) Ramen noodles. See also Making Android Pay: 5 Tips To Topping The Charts On Google PlayMaking noise in the App Store and Google Play is harder than ever. At last count, Apple has more than 900,000 apps in the App Store while Google boasts more than one million in its Android market. Even if you have the chops to develop an app and push it out, the competition is fierce for mobile users’ time, attention… and dollars.Nearly two-thirds of developers do not break even with their app investments. Most apps average much less than 50,000 downloads (which may seem like a lot, but it is not the peak of app store performance). Gross downloads are not always a sign of success. If one million people download your app but only use it once, that is also a failure of execution and retention. According to data from mobile analytics and marketing firm Localytics, 66% of app users open apps between one and 10 times. Only about 34% of users open an app 11 or more times, as of the third quarter of 2012 (and that number is up from 26% for the same time in 2011).  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

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BJP forms committees for Gujarat polls

first_imgAhmedabad: The Gujarat BJP on Wednesday constituted three committees, including the State Parliamentary Board, election campaign committee, and manifesto committee, ahead of the Assembly polls scheduled later this year. The 14-member Board, which will screen candidates for the Assembly seats, consists of senior leaders like Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, State party chief Jitu Vaghani, former CM Anandiben Patel, deputy CM Nitin Patel, and Union Minister Purushottam Rupala. Former minister Kaushik Patel is in-charge of the campaign committee. Another committee, consisting 14 members, has been constituted to prepare the party’s manifesto. The party also constituted a three-member disciplinary committee.last_img

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Moreno, PH Archers hope to put gold-less past behind them

first_imgPH Archery team. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—For Youth Olympic Games champion archer Luis Gabriel Moreno, studies will take the back seat for the time being.The 2014 YOG champ—in tandem with Chinese Li JiaMan—said he took a sabbatical from his marketing course at La Salle to prepare for the Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Also comprising the team are four-time champion Amaya Paz-Cojuangco, who delivered the lone silver two years ago, and two-time Olympian Mark Javier.Completing the lineup are Rogelio Miguel Tremedal, Joseph Benjamin Vicencio, Niron Brylle dela Cruz, Florante Matan and Earl Benjamin Yap in the men’s team.The women’s squad is also composed of Pia Elizabeth Angela Bidaure, Nicole Marie Tagle, Jennifer Chan, Kim Concepcion, Kareel Meer Hongitan, Mbigail Tindugan and Mary Queen Ybanez.Two gold medals will be at stake in compound events Wednesday at Synthetic Turf Field, KL Sports City. ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago “It will be just for one term,” said Moreno, who, along with 15 other members of the Philippine archery team, sees action starting Wednesday.He admitted feeling the pressure to perform after the country went home without a gold in Singapore two years ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“For me personally I will just try to remember what I practice and hope for the best,” he said.The team had five international trips, including a week-long training camp in San Diego before competing in the World Cup in Salt Lake City in the United States. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES Sepak takraw targeting 2 golds UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more

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Silence echoes across Pyeongchang Olympic venues

first_imgWhen South Korea won last year’s Games, Mount Gariwang in Jeongseon was one of the few summits big enough to provide the 800-meter (2,600-foot) vertical drop required for a downhill skiing venue under International Ski Federation rules.There was one problem: it is in a forest conservation area.Organizers secured a temporary opt-out from the forestry ministry — enraging green campaigners — with a promise to restore the site to woodland after the event.But its future is in dispute as residents of Jeongseon, a former coal town whose last mine closed in 2004, demand that authorities go back on their word and keep the $170-million facilities as a tourist attraction.This picture taken on January 25, 2019 shows protest banners demanding the site’s development at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre, where downhill skiing events were held during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. – Just one year after the world’s best skiers and skaters gathered in South Korea to compete for Olympic gold, many of the venues stand empty, with arguments mounting over their future and upkeep costs. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)According to Choi Moon-soon, governor of eastern Gangwon province, reforestation would cost as much as building the slopes in the first place.“I had expected the Olympic legacy would attract many visitors here and stimulate our local economy, which is stagnant,” said local businessman Kim Chang-young, 52, who regularly joins the protests.He feels “betrayed” since the Games, he told AFP, with “hardly any visitors” coming to Jeongseon.A hotel that opened there last year was offering rooms in January at an 83 percent discount.And the area’s biggest resort Yongpyong, where slalom events were held, has seen fewer visitors this December and January than two years ago.Frozen in time View comments The construction bonanza was supposed to boost one of the poorest and least populated regions of Asia’s fourth-largest economy.But hopes of a tourism boom have gone unfulfilled in a nation where bobsleigh and luge were largely unheard-of before the Olympics and participation in winter sports remains limited.The risk of white elephants is a perennial issue for the Winter Games and the International Olympic Committee has struggled to find contenders willing to take on the burden.There were only two candidates in the final round for the 2022 Games that ultimately went to Beijing, and after a series of withdrawals only two are bidding for 2026, Milan and Stockholm.Forest slump ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town But today only the occasional elderly stroller passes through the Olympic park in Gangneung, where the cavernous speed-skating arena stands dark and ice-less.The sliding center in Pyeongchang, where South Korea’s Yun Sung-bin won Asia’s first Olympic skeleton gold, is locked with barriers blocking road access.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAnd protesters are demanding that a downhill ski slope site be developed into a resort and not, as promised, returned to nature.South Korea also spent more than $10 billion on infrastructure before the Games, including a high-speed railway from Seoul to Gangneung, 200 kilometers (120 miles) east of the capital. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantscenter_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations “After they invested a large amount of money, abandoning these facilities because it costs too much to maintain is beyond understanding as a South Korean.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel PLAY LIST 01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss This picture taken on January 25, 2019 shows a dummy South Korean bobsleigh team at a photo zone at the Olympic Plaza in Pyeongchang. – Just one year after the world’s best skiers and skaters gathered in South Korea to compete for Olympic gold, many of the venues stand empty, with arguments mounting over their future and upkeep costs. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)Just one year after the world’s best skiers and skaters gathered in South Korea to compete for Olympic gold, many of the venues stand empty, with arguments mounting over their future and upkeep costs.The country built six sports centers and a ceremonial stadium from scratch for the 2018 Winter Olympics and renovated six existing facilities at a total cost of $800 million.ADVERTISEMENT Visitors have been banned from the $100-million Pyeongchang Olympic Sliding Centre since March after Gangwon authorities mothballed it to avoid estimated maintenance costs of 1.25 billion won ($1.1 million) a year.It is the only facility of its kind in the country, forcing South Korea’s bobsleigh and skeleton national teams to train in Canada instead.The Gangneung Oval, where the speed skating was held, is also unattended with no scheme identified for its future.As planned, the pentagonal arena that hosted the opening and closing ceremonies have been dismantled, with an Olympic museum due to open in the main stand.Some venues are in occasional use: the Gangneung Hockey Centre hosted a three-day national ice hockey tournament in December after lying idle for eight months, and it is holding two international competitions this week.This picture taken on January 24, 2019 shows a general view of the Gangneung Oval, where the speed skating was held during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. – Just one year after the world’s best skiers and skaters gathered in South Korea to compete for Olympic gold, many of the venues stand empty, with arguments mounting over their future and upkeep costs. (Photo by Yelim LEE / AFP)But with no professional ice hockey league in South Korea, it is unclear how often the $95-million center will welcome spectators.Meanwhile, the Gangneung Ice Arena, which hosted the figure skating and short-track speed skating, has been used for concerts — but only twice.A study by the government’s Korea Development Institute on the sliding center, the Oval and the hockey center is due to report in June, a sports ministry official told AFP, including on upkeep costs and who should pay them.Ordinary South Koreans have been left bewildered by the lack of progress.“The government should have had a long-term plan to use the Olympic venues,” said Han Hyung-seob, 37, a startup founder who took his family on a visit to Pyeongchang. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Russell Westbrook’s 7th straight triple-double leads OKC past Magiclast_img read more

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TRAFFIC SAFETY PROJECT IN RIVERSIDE AND WEST SIDE

first_imgSIOUX CITY POLICE AND IOWA STATE TROOPERS CONDUCTED A TRAFFIC SAFETY PROJECT WEDNESDAY NIGHT IN RIVERSIDE AND ON THE WEST SIDE OF SIOUX CITY.THE LAW OFFICERS STOPPED 58 VEHICLES AND ISSUED 72 CITATIONS.THEY ARRESTED THREE PEOPLE ON OUTSTANDING FELONY WARRANTS.OVER 60-GRAMS OF MARIJUANA WAS SEIZED AND SIX INDIVIDUALS WERE CITED FOR HAVING DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.THREE CITATIONS FOR HAVING AN OPEN CONTAINER OF ALCOHOL WERE ISSUED AND ONE DRIVER WAS CITED FOR OWI-DRUGS AND ANOTHER FOR OWI-ALCOHOL.EIGHT CARS WERE CHECKED FOR CONTRABAND BY POLICE K-9 OFFICERS.last_img

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Navy commodore plays down Canadas encounter with Russian warships

first_imgOTTAWA – A senior naval commander is playing down an account from one of his sailors of a seemingly tense standoff between a Canadian warship and Russian vessels during a recent deployment.The encounter in question occurred while HMCS Charlottetown was deployed on a six-month operation between August and January that included monitoring Russian military activity in the Baltic and Mediterranean seas.Canada has provided a steady stream of warships to participate in NATO patrols in the Baltic and Mediterranean seas since Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.While those patrols are designed to reassure NATO’s easternmost members and act as a check on any Russian aggression in the region, there have been reports of uncomfortably close encounters between the two sides.But the Canadian military has largely avoided any reports of such run-ins with the Russians — at least until Leading Seaman Cory Johnson provided an account of one such encounter in a recent interview.Johnson was a fire control technician on board the Charlottetown, and in an interview with an online publication from his hometown of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., he described the scene as “extremely stressful.”“The first time, we had to get everything electrically safe and unlock missiles so they could be fired if needed,” Johnson told SooToday.com from Halifax, where the Charlottetown recently ended its deployment.“We had several Russian ships and submarines around us. It’s no secret we were tracking and monitoring where they were going.”The Canadian and Russian vessels were not in communication at the time, and that Russian fighter aircraft also flew over the NATO force to which the Charlottetown was attached, he added.“They were very close to us and we didn’t have any communication as to what they were doing in the area, and why they were getting closer,” Johnson said.“It’s very stressful. Even when you’re not on watch, you think of your family.”Attempts to reach Johnson on Thursday were unsuccessful.But Commodore Craig Skjerpen, commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic, painted a very different picture, saying that the Charlottetown’s captain and other senior officers felt the situation was under control.“It was all professional, and at no time was it at all unsafe,” Skjerpen told The Canadian Press.“Depending on how experienced you are and what level of training you got, it can be perceived different ways. But from all the senior people on board, those that receive all the specific training, it was not an overly tense situation.”Skjerpen did acknowledge that the Russians came within a few thousand yards of the Charlottetown and that there was no communication between the two sides, but he maintained that the captain was not overly concerned.“There always is the ability to communicate in the event that either side felt uncomfortable with the actions of the other vessel,” said Skjerpen, who is responsible for all naval forces on Canada’s eastern coast.“He was comfortable with what was going on.”As for the decision to unlock the Charlottetown’s missiles, Skjerpen said there were still other safeguards in place and that such actions are frequently taken when Canadian vessels are deployed abroad.“Was there a sense of an imminent threat that we needed to do that?” he said. “No.”While Johnson’s comments caused a bit of a stir Thursday at the Department of National Defence, Skjerpen said the sailor would not be disciplined but rather reminded about what he can and cannot talk about publicly.“So the most that’s going to happen to him is we’ll continue to talk to him about the areas that he’d like to talk about with people, and his job and how great it is to be in the navy,” Skjerpen said.“And if he needs more information on the role and what we’re doing on Op Reassurance and operating close to Russia … I want to make sure that he’s very comfortable with what we’re doing and why we’re doing it.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitterlast_img read more

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Fundraiser for Fort St John Firefighters Charitable Society

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – JD Knives and Custom Works and Northern Hydrographics FSJ have come together to raise funds to support the Fort St. John Charitable Society(FSJFFCS).Through the collection of donations, each $20.00 gives you an opportunity to choose one of two custom gifts while raising money to help support families throughout the Peace Region needing assistance covering medical costs and travel expenses.JD Knives and Custom Works are offering a Custom San Mai JD Bird & Trout 6” knife with the retail value of $700 and an (FSJFFCS) challenge coin. Each suggested entry of $20.00 will enter your name in the draw.The draw date will be Tuesday, May 21, 2019To view JD Knives and Custom Works; CLICK HERETo view Northern Hydrographics FSJ; CLICK HERE Northern Hydrographics FSJ is offering a customized firefighters helmet valued at over $500.Donations can be made in person to the following locations;JD Knives & Custom WorksUnit 8 10404 101 ave.Fort St. John, BCNorthern HydrographicsUnit 9 10404 101 ave.Fort St. John, BCFort St. John Fire Department9312 93 Ave, Fort St John, BCOr by E-transfers which can be sent to jdknives.donations@gmail.com with the password: “knife”last_img read more

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In last 2 months 27 robberies reported in unregistered cabs

first_imgGurugram: Commuters beware if the lack of effective public transportation has caused to you take the cab when you are at risk. The official data by Gurugram police reveals that in the last two months only there have been 27 robberies that have taken place. In the latest case, a man from Delhi who had taken a lift was threatened by the drivers that his kidney will be taken out if he does not take out money from the ATM. Eventually, the robbers were able to steal Rs 50,000 from the debit cards of the ATM. Worryingly, not even women travellers are spared. A woman traveller on the pretext of being physically harmed was a robber of her earrings and other valuables in one of the crimes. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsEven as there is a strict law against the movement of the illegal vehicle in the city lack of effective public transportation system has resulted in most of the commuters being dependent on these modes of transportation. Further many of these modes of public transportation provide a much reasonable rate to commute as compared to other means of transportation. A large number of these vehicles can be seen moving in areas along National Highway-8, Manesar, Gurugram- Faridabad road, Golf course road and MG road and Sohna road. While the autos are still the most popular form of public transport for movement of commuters within the city, the cabs are preferred for commuting to Faridabad, Noida and Delhi. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderLast year more than twenty thousand autos went- off the city roads after a massive crackdown on the Gurugram Police on the autos operating without legal permits. Later after negotiations, the services resumed. The Gurugram Police also claims that strict action is also being taken on the illegal cabs. If caught these vehicles need to pay a fine Rs 2,000 as per law, however, there are reports of most of the drivers also getting away by paying a bribe of Rs 100-300 to the Police official. Most of the cabs provide transportation services in city MNC’s, BPO’s and even individual owners. The need to earn a quick buck from the commuters has resulted in most of the drivers allowing the vehicles to also provide cab services to commuters. On their part, most of the drivers claim that they are being harassed by the Police and public officials. Lack of providing correct information, usage of black tinted glasses and usage of wrong number plates are some of the major complaints that mainly registered against these vehicles.last_img read more

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