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Still some fine-tuning to do as new faces, system welcomes Smith in TNT

first_imgDave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “We’re running new plays that we didn’t run last year, and this is a new system so I’m just trying to get used to it,” said Smith Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. “I’m playing with some new guys, playing with some guys I played with last year, but all that matters is we won.”READ: TNT thrashes Columbian for share of lead in PBA Commissioner’s CupFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We’ll go to practice tomorrow, fix up some stuff, and go about what we got to work on.”Smith shared the frontcourt with Moala Taututaa in his first foray in the PBA, but the bearded big man is now at Globalport in exchange for guard Terrence Romeo. TNT also added another backcourt player in Jericho Cruz since during Smith’s time away with the team.Smith, who put up 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting, said he welcomes the opportunity to work with Romeo and Cruz who can easily put up points on the box score.Romeo had 19 points, seven rebounds, and five assists while Cruz had a similar line of 17 points, six rebounds, and seven assists.“Terrence is a hell of a player, him and Jericho,” said Smith. “To add two guys like that to the guys we have right now, man, we’re deep.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Brownlee on Ginebra slump: ‘We have to play with sense of urgency’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Joshua Smith. PBA IMAGESJoshua Smith is no stranger to the PBA, but in his return to TNT after a one-year absence, the jovial big man admits he still needs a little more time to adjust.Despite his team’s almost seamless 123-95 victory over Columbian Dyip in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Smith said he still has to work on how to play better with his teammates, especially the new faces.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape triallast_img read more

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‘Work for Single Liberian Currency Regime Begins 2019’

first_imgNathaniel Patray, Executive Governor, Central Bank of Liberia-CBL Gov. PatrayCentral Bank of Liberia (CBL) Executive Governor, Nathaniel Patray, said that the Bank under his leadership, together with the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), will in 2019 commence work with the Legislature and other stakeholders on a revised framework for de-dollarization to revert to a single Liberian currency regime.Patray told the Senators during his recent confirmation hearing that several policy measures would be carried out in 2019, under the Bank’s medium-to-long term policy measures.Under those policy measures, Mr. Patray said the CBL will work with the Legislature on Export Proceeds Repatriation Law to ensure regular and constant flow of foreign exchange in the economy, and by extension increase the supply of foreign exchange in the economy.The CBL and MFDP, Governor Patray promised, will work with the Legislature to introduce new banknotes to replace the existing one with a uniform family of banknotes; that the Government of Liberia (GoL) will be encouraged to invest in critical infrastructures such as roads, electricity, rule of law, and enforcement of property rights that promotes diversification.He said the GoL through the ministries of Finance and Development Planning, Agriculture, Commerce and Industry, and the CBL should develop a value chain around agricultural output to stimulate domestic production, income generation, and employment.Speaking further to members of the Senate Committee on Banking and Finance, Governor Patray underscored the need for GoL through MFDP, CBL, the National Investment Commission and the Ministry of Commerce to initiate a strategy to invest in the actualization of the Special Economic Zones to encourage domestic manufacturing in the economy.As for price and broad exchange rate stability, Governor Patray said this “will remain the CBL’s major goal, and apart from the goal mentioned, the CBL will work with other GoL’s stakeholders to recognize a number of other economic goals, including economic efficiency to achieve the maximum fulfillment of wants using the available productive resources; economic freedom to guarantee that businesses, workers and consumers have a high degree of freedom in their economic activities.”Other economic goals the CBL intends to take, according to Governor Patray, includes bringing about equitable distribution of income to ensure that no group of Liberians faces stark poverty, while others enjoy extreme luxury.He named some of the goals as providing economic security for those who are ill, disabled, handicapped, laid off, aged, or unable to earn minimal level of income; and to carry on a balance of trade to seek a reasonable overall balance with the rest of the world in international trade and financial transactions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Blame game order of day

first_imgDallas, a trim 51-year-old who has been in the mortgage business for more than 25 years, said he disagreed, but complied. “If I can sell it at a profit,” he said, “why would I not do it?” A spokesman for Merrill Lynch denied Dallas’ assertions, but declined to elaborate. Mortgage companies like Ownit grew quickly last year by making it easier for homebuyers to take out loans without proving their incomes or making down payments. In retrospect, it was exactly the wrong time to ease credit: interest rates were rising and home prices were cresting after a sharp four-year rally. Many in the industry also suspected that speculation and fraud were rampant in many hot real estate markets on the coasts and in the Southwest. There is no doubt that the standards in the subprime market deteriorated sharply last year. More than 44 percent of all subprime loans in 2006 were based on limited documents or none at all, up from 38 percent in 2004, according to Lehman Brothers. More than 26 percent of borrowers took out a second mortgage, indicating that they did not have enough savings for a full down payment, up from 14 percent. But Tom Marano, who heads the mortgage business at Bear Stearns, disputed the contention that Wall Street pressure led to the loosening of credit standards. Investment banks, he said, do not directly make many loans. “If enough independent companies set standards, that becomes the market,” he said. “Wall Street’s role is largely one where we assess risk, we purchase loans.” Wall Street, however, is now wading more directly and deeply into the business. Big banks and hedge funds are buying up bankrupt or ailing mortgage companies that did not have enough capital to weather the downturn. These bigger financial players and more diversified lenders like Countrywide Financial may well inherit the subprime business. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AGOURA HILLS – Visitors to Ownit Mortgage Solutions’ offices here are met by an unmanned reception desk and three dying potted plants that appear to have gone months without water. How appropriate. Ownit filed for bankruptcy protection late last year; since then, several companies that specialized in loans to people with weak, or subprime, credit have followed it into bankruptcy as the once-thriving business has withered on the vine. Gone are the lavish parties and the extravagant trips and the executive salaries and sales commissions that routinely topped a million dollars. Lenders like New Century Financial and Ownit, many of them based in Southern California, have cut an estimated 12,000 mortgage jobs in the state since the start of 2006, according to MortgageDaily.com, a trade publication. Nationally, 16,000 jobs have been lost. What used to be a profitable partnership between subprime lenders and Wall Street banks has now degenerated into a cross-country blame game. Lenders in California say big investment banks encouraged and pushed them to make risky loans. On Wall Street, bank executives say mortgage lenders became sloppy and did not pay enough attention to fraud. Whatever the cause, Ownit provides a vivid example of what went wrong. William D. Dallas, the founder and chief executive of Ownit, acknowledges loosening lending standards but says he did so reluctantly and under pressure from his investors, particularly Merrill Lynch, which wanted more loans to package into lucrative securities. He recalls being asked to make more “stated income” loans, in which lenders do not verify the information provided by borrowers and brokers with tax returns, pay stubs or other documentation. The message, he said, was simple: You are leaving money on the table – do more of them. last_img read more

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SADNESS AS EDUCATION INNOVATOR TO BE BURIED TOMORROW

first_imgThe funeral takes place tomorrow of Donegal education chief Mary Ann Kane.Ms Kane, the acting Chief Executive Officer of Donegal VEC, died at her home yesterday following along-term illness.She will be buried following 11am funeral mass at the Sacred Heart Church in Mountcharles. Ms Kane took over from former Donegal VEC CEO Sean O’Longain who retired in 2009.Before that she was Education Officer and also principal at the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town.Flags above all VEC schools, colleges, youthreach centres and Gartan are all flying flags at half-mast today.SADNESS AS EDUCATION INNOVATOR TO BE BURIED TOMORROW was last modified: August 3rd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal VECMARY ANN KANElast_img read more

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Green Giant voice ‘Len’ Dresslar Jr., 80

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALM SPRINGS – Elmer “Len” Dresslar Jr., who extolled vegetables to generations of TV watchers as the booming voice of the Jolly Green Giant, has died. He was 80. Dresslar died Oct. 16 of cancer, according to daughter Teri Bennett. Dresslar was an entertainer and singer for nearly six decades. But his voice rang through millions of households when he sang the simple refrain, “Ho, Ho, Ho,” in an ad jingle for Green Giant foods. “His was the most consistent and most frequent voice of the Jolly Green Giant over the years, the one consumers are going to recognize,” said Tara Johnson, a spokeswoman for General Mills, which owns Green Giant Co. Dresslar, a Kansas native, moved to Chicago with his wife in the early 1950s to study voice after touring with a production of “South Pacific.” By the 1960s, the Navy veteran had carved out a career singing in clubs, on television and in advertising jingles. He recorded 15 albums with The Singers Unlimited jazz group and appeared on the CBS television show “In Town Tonight” from 1955 to 1960. He and his wife, Dorothy, retired to Palm Springs in 1991. Ad jingles were the most consistent part of his career, and he landed roles for Rice Krispies cereal, Marlboro cigarettes, Amoco oil and Dinty Moore canned beef stew. He periodically re-recorded the “Ho, Ho, Ho” for Jolly Green Giant commercials, most recently about 10 years ago. Bennett said her father auditioned for the Green Giant job without any idea his baritone would become so recognizable. “He never got tired of it,” she said. “If nothing else, it put my sister and I through college.”last_img read more

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Hospital selling blue bracelets

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! To raise funds for Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department expansion project, the hospital will offer Giving Saves Lives blue jelly bands at retail outlets throughout the Santa Clarita Valley and on the hospital campus. Proceeds from the bands – selling for $1 or greater donation – will bring the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Health Foundation closer to its $12 million goal for The Next Generation of Care Campaign. The campaign will fund a new Emergency Department and the construction of a Cardiac Catheterization Lab. To date, the hospital has raised more than $10 million toward the campaign. “We want to make it possible for every person in the Santa Clarita Valley be a part of the campaign for the Next Generation of Care and invest in their community hospital,” said Diana Vose, health foundation president. “By providing the bands in local retail outlets, we’re certain that our community will support the best in health care at Henry Mayo, and wear the bands to encourage others to give.” The health foundation has 5,000 Giving Saves Lives bands for the fundraising initiative and is ready to make additional bands available as needed. The hospital foundation hopes that community members will wear the bands with pride while investing in the hospital, which is committed to improving the health of the community through compassion and excellence in healthcare services. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week On the Henry Mayo campus, the bands are available at the gift shop and foundation and volunteer offices. Retail outlets participating in the sale of the bands include: Tranquility Salon & Spa; Maggie Moos; Flair Cleaners; Bank of Santa Clarita; Salt Creek Grill; Paseo Club; Ice Station Valencia; and Party America, all located in Valencia. To support the The Next Generation of Care, contact the Health Foundation at (661) 253-8082. last_img read more

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INISHOWEN GETTING READY FOR A HUGE SPRING CLEAN-UP

first_imgThe Inishowen Spring Clean Challenge is taking place on Saturday 12th April 2014. This is a particular focus across the Inishowen Peninsula and is part of the National Spring Clean month.During the National Spring Clean month of April 2014 hundreds of thousands of volunteers across Ireland will take part in cleaning their community. The communities in the Inishowen Electoral Area will play their part in the National clean up month throughout April, with some groups carrying out weekly cleanups in their communities throughout the whole year. An exceptional effort which deserves great credit.It has now become an annual event over the past few years where the numerous groups and communities in the Inishowen Electoral Area have worked together on a nominated Saturday during the Spring Clean Month to carry out a Peninsula wide clean up. In particular this mass clean up has focused on by-roads and side streets between towns and villages as well as the main thoroughfares.Through the National Spring Clean campaign and Donegal County Council’s Spring Summer Clean up campaign support is given to groups intending to carry out a clean up in the form of the provision of Bags, Gloves and Litter Pickers.Any group that registers with An Tasice will receive a clean up kit but you may require additional materials, if so please contact the Water and Environment Section in the Donegal County Council Public Service Centre at Carndonagh on 074 91 53900. For further information on the Clean Up event in your area contact your local Tidy Towns or Community organisation for particular local arrangements and to find out about the local assembly points.Be Safe Be Seen – Please bring reflective coats to maximise visibility and safetyTo register for National Spring Clean call the National Spring Clean Hotline on (01) 4002219 or register online by logging onto to the website at www.nationalspringclean.orgIf you are unable to carry out a clean up in April you can still receive support from Donegal County Council’s Spring Summer clean up campaign which will provide resources throughout the summer time. For more information contact Donegal County Council on 074 9153900 or visit www.donegalcoco.ie .Share your Spring Clean By posting details, pictures and videos of your events on the National Spring Clean’s Facebook page you can show the world all the great work you’ve done. It’s also the quickest way to find out whats going on and where in Spring Clean 2013.INISHOWEN GETTING READY FOR A HUGE SPRING CLEAN-UP was last modified: March 28th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:clean-updonegalInishowenlast_img read more

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DONEGAL FARM INCOMES SET TO CRASH IN 2015

first_imgAs Donegal’s farming community comes to terms with a 5% fall in income in 2014, a Teagasc report has warned that incomes could drop by as much as 25% next year.Farm incomes could drop by as much as 25% in Donegal in 2015.Dr Thia Hennessy of Teagasc says farm incomes could be down by up to 25% across the entire farming sector in 2015, but says this will be heavily influenced by the forecast drop in dairy prices.At the same time beef farmers are getting higher prices towards the end of the year with some factories hitting a base payment close to €4 per kilo. This increase is due to market demand and it is not clear how long these increases will last. A gap of €170 per head exists between equivalent cattle prices in Northern Ireland and the Republic, according to latest figures from the Livestock and Meat Commission in Northern Ireland (LMC).The LMC figures also suggest the gap has closed a significantly in recent weeks with prices in the South showing a marked increase towards the end of 2014.The Tirconail Tribune reports today that this year has proven to be one of the most challenging periods for Donegal farmers in recent memory with many facing difficult financial realities in the New Year as credit tightens around their enterprises.Beef prices of €4/kg are seen the target price need for a break-even situation. And the price is likely to increase marginally in the New Year as demand begins to exceed supply as the national herd numbers fall substantially. Eddie Downey, the IFA leader has highlighted the fact that farm incomes are down 5% in 2014 completely hides the real income crisis in the livestock sector and conceals the fact that the latest income fall comes on top of cuts in the order of 13% to 22% in 2013, when livestock incomes ranged from €9,469 to €15,595.Eddie Downey said the stark reality of the situation is that most livestock farmers suffered a price cut ranging from €150 to €200 per head on finished cattle all year and lost money.Farming remains Donegal’s singular most important industry with an agricultural output valued in the region of €210 million across the county’s 9,240 farm holdings.IFA sources also point to the additional output created from farming at €151million with a further output of €48 million in fish farming. At the same time the value of agricultural exports arising from the farming output in county is put at €294 million.Eddie Downey said the Christmas market demand for beef, especially in our main market in the UK, was particularly strong, where prices have reached the equivalent of €4.75/kg for R3 grade steers. He said with all of the grass cattle gone at this stage, farmers selling cattle out of sheds need to see prices kick in order to make a margin. A lot of different deals on prices are being done to get cattle, ranging from a base price of €4.00/kg for heifers to an all-in price of €4.10/kg for R grade steers in some outlets. At a meeting with the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney in Dublin this week, Eddie Downey said it is vitally important that all of the agreed outcomes from the Minister’s Beef Forum are fully implemented by the factories. Eddie Downey said he raised a number of issues with the Minister where some meat plants have imposed dual base prices around non Quality Assured stock and weight penalties contrary to what was agreed at the Beef Forum. Eddie Downey told the Minister that this is a very serious issue that he must take up with directly with MII and the factories.Eddie Downey said the Beef Forum outcome is very clear and states “processors agree there will be no dual base pricing for steers or heifers in individual processing plants, by breed, age or weight or Quality Assurance status.” The Beef Forum outcome also states, “Processors will agree not to impose any price penalties on any animals based on weight up to 31st December 2015.”He said, “Irish farm families, like those all over the world, do a vital job and play a pivotal role in the economic wellbeing of rural communities where agriculture represents the backbone of their economies.Every family in Ireland and across the globe depends on the output of family farms for their very being and today is an opportunity for everyone to recognise this and to draw attention to the fact that food security can no longer be taken for granted”. He said a combination of extreme price volatility, escalating input costs that bear no relationship to farm market returns, reduced EU support in real terms for productive farming, inequity in a food supply chain and a never-ending assortment of costly political and societal bureaucratic interference is sapping income and profitability out of family farming.The IFA President said that farming is a labour-intensive business and the EU farm family model must be protected as it is the most effective way of delivering food security for Europe’s 500m citizens and the rapidly growing populations across the globe. “The simple fact is that many hard- working Irish and EU farm families are no longer getting a fair reward for the vital job they do for all of society.”DONEGAL FARM INCOMES SET TO CRASH IN 2015 was last modified: December 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegaldropfarmsincomelast_img read more

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IRELAND’S MOST SCENIC RACE IN BALLYLIFFIN THIS EASTER SATURDAY

first_imgIRELAND’S most scenic race takes place in Ballyliffin this Saturday.It’s all systems go and the event has a 1pm start on this occasion.Added is a 7 mile option with the same start point in the village and finish point on the Beach as normal but the 7 mile option walk /jog /run simply requires a diversion along the route in the Isle Of Doagh. “Occassions and events such as this are a very positive addition to the opportunities available to tourists and locals alike and highlight the beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way and more particularly the beauty of this immediate area,” said Patsy McGonagle, the Irish Athletics Olympic Team Leader.The children’s races on the Beach which proved such good fun previously will be repeated and entry is free.It’s a family day out in every respect.Challenge Entry fee again 20 euros and pre entry encouraged per www.visitballyliffin.com  IRELAND’S MOST SCENIC RACE IN BALLYLIFFIN THIS EASTER SATURDAY was last modified: April 1st, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ballyliffin coastal challengedonegalInishowenlast_img read more

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Why Exercise Builds Muscle

first_imgYou have stem cells alongside your muscles that provide a ready pool of new muscle cells.In special “niches” alongside muscle cells, muscle progenitor stem cells are at the ready.  When called upon, they can differentiate into new muscle cells.  This is the finding of a German team announcing it in a press release from the Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine.A signaling pathway called Notch ensures that the progenitor cells occupy their niche.  How, though, do they stay stem cells?  Notch has a second function: suppressing their differentiation until the called upon.  Consequently, as the headline implies, Notch ensures these stem cells are “at the right place at the right time.”Update  9/27/2012:  Accompanied by a photo of a strong bicep, Science Daily reported that there may be a way to make old muscles feel young again – by replenishing the pool of muscle precursor stem cells to their original state.In other stem cell news:Medical researchers are finding ways to use carbon nanotubes to coax adult stem cells into repairing damaged hearts. (PhysOrg)Scientists at UC San Francisco are figuring out how chromatin modifications during development transform an embryo’s stem cells into heart tissue (Science Daily).Programming of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) is becoming more efficient. (PhysOrg)Scientists are probing the epigenetic signatures of iPSCs to see if they retain signatures of their progenitors (PNAS).  This will undoubtedly become an active area of research in light of the ENCODE project findings.“Stop worrying about human embryonic stem cells – they may not be needed any more,” an article on Gizmag shouted.  Adult stem cells are making them obsolete.Speaking of human cells, the BBC News happily announced improvement to hearing in gerbils with use of human embryonic stem cells.  The rest of the article, though, indicated that the improvement was incomplete (45%), and then stressed that treatment on humans is unlikely.  “While there is excitement at the prospect of using stem cells to restore nerves in the ear this exact technique will not help the vast, vast majority of people with hearing loss,” the article said, adding, “There are also questions around the safety and ethics of stem cell treatments which would need to be addressed.”If there is no need to use human embryonic stem cells, then stop.  Adult stem cells do not have any ethical problems.  Why use ESCs?  A human being is a continuum from zygote to adult.  If it is unthinkable to dissect unborn babies for medical research, then where is the dividing line between growing blastula and newborn?  The last remaining hangouts for ESC research need to cease and desist.  All they need to do can be done with adult stem cells and iPSCs. (Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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