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The Latest Dissenters preferred lawsuit over Facebook fine

By on October 7, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Latest on U.S. fine against Facebook over privacy (all times local):9:15 a.m.The two Democratic commissioners who dissented in the Federal Trade Commission’s decision to fine Facebook $5 billion over privacy violations say litigation would have been a better way to punish the company and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.Federal regulators announced the fine Wednesday and are implementing new oversight and restrictions on its business.Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter says initiating litigation would have been more likely to effectively change Facebook. She says litigation would have provided public transparency and accountability for the company and its leaders and send a message that the commission is tough on ensuring compliance with its orders.Commissioner Rohit Chopra says commissioners cut off the inquiry too early in favour of the settlement.The Federal Trade Commission voted 3-2 along party lines in favour of the settlement.___8:30 a.m.Federal regulators are fining Facebook $5 billion for privacy violations and instituting new oversight and restrictions on its business. But they are only holding CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally responsible in a limited fashion.The fine is the largest the Federal Trade Commission has levied on a tech company, although it won’t much dent a company that had nearly $56 billion in revenue last year.Zuckerberg must personally certify Facebook’s compliance with its privacy programs. The FTC says false certifications could expose him to civil or criminal penalties.Some experts thought the FTC might fine Zuckerberg directly or limit his authority over the company.The commission opened their investigation after revelations that data mining firm Cambridge Analytica had gathered details on as many as 87 million Facebook users without their permission.The Associated Press read more

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87yearold woman loses to Donald Trump at trial alleging bait and switch

By on October 4, 2019

by Michael Tarm, The Associated Press Posted May 23, 2013 3:49 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email 87-year-old woman loses to Donald Trump at trial alleging bait and switch by ‘Apprentice’ star CHICAGO – An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday, she lost.Jurors sided with the real estate mogul-turned-TV showman in a weeklong civil trial focused on Jacqueline Goldberg’s claim that Trump cheated her in a bait-and-switch scheme connected to condos in a Chicago skyscraper he built.The federal jury in Chicago returned with a finding in Trump’s favour after deliberating for more than five hours over two days. Goldberg, of Evanston, had sought damages totalling around $6 million.As the judge read the decision in court, Goldberg showed little emotion herself — though her attorney, Shelly Kulwin, slumped over and buried his head on a courtroom table.Outside court, Goldberg, clutching an Agatha Christie detective novel in one hand, told reporters she has no regrets about suing Trump.“I think I have exposed him for what he is. I had to try,” she said, adding that she hoped the litigation would dissuade others from doing business with Trump.Several hours later in a phone interview with The Associated Press, Trump heralded the verdict as “a complete and total victory.”Asked about Goldberg’s comments, he bristled.“She’s not glad she took me on — because she lost,” the famous executive said. And he called her comment about hoping to drive business away from him “disgraceful.”The case pitted the suburban Chicago woman against a New Yorker who revels in his image as a big talker with big ideas. Many know him best for his catchphrase “You’re fired!” from his “Apprentice” TV show.In a sarcasm-filled closing, Kulwin described Trump as villainous and greedy.“The thought of my grandma being in the same room with that guy. Yuck!” he boomed.The dispute centred on the glitzy Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, one of several showcase towers Trump has named after himself in such cities as New York, Las Vegas and Hawaii.Goldberg accused Trump of wooing her into buying two condos at $1 million apiece in the mid-2000s by dangling a promise to share in building profits — then reneging after she committed to buying.At trial, Kulwin portrayed Goldberg as a former waitress who learned her values living through the Depression.Trump lashed out at that portrayal Thursday. He said Goldberg was a successful, sophisticated investor who signed a contract stipulating he could do what he did: cancel the profit-sharing plan anytime he saw fit.“I don’t have any admiration for her,” the mogul told the AP. “She knew exactly what she was doing. She should be ashamed of herself.”A court clerk said jurors had chosen not to speak to reporters afterward. But the fact Goldberg signed a contract with the stipulation Trump could change the terms may have been the deciding factor.An often-scowling Trump spent two days testifying himself, bragging about the quality of his developments and verbally sparring with Kulwin.On the stand, Trump denied he ever cheated anyone. Off it, he blasted the woman who brought him there, telling reporters he was the victim, not Goldberg. He declared, “She’s trying to rip me off.”Goldberg isn’t the first to complain about a Trump development.Dozens of investors in Las Vegas’ five-year-old Trump International Hotel & Tower sued Trump, alleging he manufactured “a purchasing frenzy” to get them to buy in before the property market collapsed.An arbiter, though, sided with Trump in 2011, and U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro in Las Vegas later refused the disgruntled investors’ request to nullify the arbitration finding.Trump’s testimony in Chicago offered a rare inside look at the business style of the 66-year-old. He said he couldn’t remember when key business decisions were made because he and his top executives aren’t in the habit of taking notes.At times, the trial was an odd, off-beat spectacle.During his testimony, Trump kept talking over Kulwin while Kulwin kept rolling his eyes at Trump’s answers, prompting Judge Amy St. Eve to order both men to behave.City pride also intervened at one point in closings when Kulwin made an unfavourable reference to executives in New York.“Judge, he’s mocking New York,” Trump attorney Stephen Novack said, standing to object.“I can’t mock New York?” Kulwin shot back. “I thought it was every Chicagoan’s right to do that.”After Thursday’s verdict, Novack said the jurors in Chicago didn’t buy into the appeal to city pride and, instead, based their decision on the evidence.“None of them,” he said, “bought into the, ‘Let’s hate New York.’”___Follow Michael Tarm at http://www.twitter.com/mtarm . read more

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GM begins autonomous car tests in Scottsdale Arizona

By on October 3, 2019

GM begins autonomous car tests in Scottsdale, Arizona by The Associated Press Posted Aug 9, 2016 9:23 am MDT Last Updated Aug 9, 2016 at 10:46 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – General Motors and its autonomous technology company Cruise Automation are testing self-driving cars on the streets of Scottsdale, Arizona.Testing of self-driving electric Chevrolet Bolts began in Arizona about two weeks ago. It’s the second city for GM’s real-world tests. Autonomous Bolts with Cruise Automation software have been driving around San Francisco since May 20.GM spokesman Kevin Kelly says the company is considering other cities for tests but wasn’t ready to announce locations.He would not say how many Bolts are being tested. Although the cars drive autonomously, Kelly says they all have human backup drivers.GM acquired San Francisco-based Cruise Automation in March for $581 million in cash and GM stock. Kelly says the company has opened an office in Scottsdale. read more

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Plastic waste causes 13 billion in annual damage to marine ecosystems says

By on October 2, 2019

“Plastic contamination threatens marine life, tourism, fisheries and businesses,” underscores the eleventh edition of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Year Book, which updates 10 issues previously highlighted over the past decade and provides mitigation steps for each. “Plastics undoubtedly play a crucial role in modern life, but the environmental impacts of the way we use them cannot be ignored,” added Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director. Valuing Plastic, a UNEP-supported report produced by the Plastic Disclosure Project (PDP) and Trucost, makes the business case for managing and disclosing plastic use in the consumer goods industry. “Over 30 per cent of the natural capital costs are due to greenhouse gas emissions from raw material extraction and processing,” says the report, adding “marine pollution is the largest downstream cost, with the $13 billion figure most likely a significant underestimate.”Calculating the negative financial impact of issues, such as marine environment or air pollution caused by incinerating plastic, the report reveals that the overall natural capital cost in the consumer goods sector each year is $75 billion.A large and unquantifiable amount of plastic waste enters the ocean from littering, poorly managed landfills, tourist activities and fisheries. Some of this material sinks to the ocean floor, while some floats and can travel over great distances on ocean currents – polluting shorelines and accumulating in massive mid-ocean gyres.“These reports show that reducing, recycling and redesigning products that use plastics can bring multiple green economy benefits: from reducing economic damage to marine ecosystems and the tourism and fisheries industries – vital for many developing countries – to bringing savings and opportunities for innovation to companies while reducing reputational risks,” advocated Mr. Steiner.There have been many reliable reports of environmental damage due to plastic waste that include mortality or illness when ingested by sea creatures such as turtles; entanglement of animals, such as dolphins and whales; and damage to critical habitats, such as coral reefs.There are also concerns about chemical contamination, invasive species spread by plastic fragments and economic damage to the fishing and tourism industries in many countries by, for example, fouling fishing equipment and polluting beaches.Since the 2011 UNEP Year Book last reviewed plastic waste in the ocean, concern has grown over microplastics (particles up to 5 mm in diameter, either manufactured or created when plastic fragments), which have been ingested by marine organisms – including seabirds, fish, mussels, worms and zooplankton. “One emerging issue is the increasing use of microplastics directly in consumer products, such as ‘microbeads’ in toothpaste, gels and facial cleansers,” explains the UNEP Year Book. “These microplastics tend not to be filtered out during sewage treatment, but are released directly into rivers, lakes and the ocean.” Communities of microbes have been discovered thriving on microplastics at multiple locations in the North Atlantic – where the “plastisphere” can facilitate the transport of harmful microbes, pathogens and algal species.The Yearbook affirms that “microplastics have also been identified as a threat to larger organisms, such as the endangered northern right whale, which is potentially exposed to ingestion through filter-feeding.” Production trends, use patterns and changing demographics are expected to cause increasing plastic use, and both reports call for companies, institutions and consumers to reduce their waste.Valuing Plastic finds that while consumer goods companies currently save $4 billion each year through good plastic management, such as recycling, plastic use disclosure is poor. Less than half of the 100 companies assessed reported any data relevant to plastic.“The research unveils the need for companies to consider their plastic footprint, just as they do for carbon, water and forestry,” said Andrew Russell, Director of the PDP. “By measuring, managing and reporting plastic use and disposal through the PDP, companies can mitigate the risks, maximize the opportunities, and become more successful and sustainable.”Initiatives such as the PDP and UNEP-led Global Partnership on Marine Litter have helped raise awareness of, and begun to address, the issue. However, much more needs to be done.Recommendations of the reports include that companies monitor their plastic use and publish the results in annual reports; and commit to reducing the environmental impact of plastic through clear targets, deadlines and efficiency and recycling innovations. Since plastic particles can be ingested by marine organisms and potentially accumulate and deliver toxins through the food web, efforts should be stepped up to fill the knowledge gaps and better understand the capacity of various plastics to absorb and transfer persistent, toxic and bioaccumulating chemicals. “By putting a financial value on impacts – such as plastic waste – companies can further integrate effective environmental management into mainstream businesses,” asserted Trucost Chief Executive Richard Mattison. “By highlighting the savings from reuse and recycling, it builds a business case for proactive sustainability improvements.” read more

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Newmont picks Cirrus Systems for truck haul management

By on September 24, 2019

first_imgCirrus Systems will deploy its Haul Truck Priority Service™ (HTPS™) system at a Newmont mine in Northern Nevada.  The HTPS system is the initial mining development of Cirrus’ real-time control and management capabilities built around its successful Cirrus Systems platform, enabling users to monitor and control traffic systems concurrently. Real-time operational control, analysis and adjustments can provide users with significant gains in operational efficiency, cost controls, productivity maximisation, and enhanced safety. Additional applications beyond haul-truck priority are planned for the near future.Reporting one case study, Cirrus Systems notes that “with stripping ratios usually at the edge of profitability, extreme efficiency is required for open-pit mining to be economically rewarding. To reach necessary operating efficiencies, mine operators make massive investments in capital equipment and manage that equipment with the goal of maximising Total Equipment Effectiveness Performance (TEEP).“At the same time, severe hazards are part of every mine operating environment and require an uncompromising focus on safety. Haul truck efficiency is a critical operational component and the traffic they create plays a crucial role in mine safety. The hauling process is one of the key components of mining operations and represents a significant cost associated with fuels, tires, lubricants, oils, and the general maintenance of the haul truck fleet.”In this example, Cirrus Systems was introduced to this accepted business cost and evaluated the ability to provide quantifiable haulage improvements attributable to the HTPS implementation, demonstrate added safety for the cross traffic at the instrumented intersection and identify additional problems and opportunities associated with the system.A total of 18 vehicles from the mine’s haul truck fleet were instrumented with the necessary hardware to allow the Cirrus HTPS to collect the position and other relevant data from the haul trucks as part of a single-intersection program. The generated datasets were used to measure haul truck performance during regular haulage operation within the HTPS environment. The system is designed to work in medium to high-traffic intersections, replacing passive traffic signs with Cirrus’ proprietary automated system that allow haul trucks (and/or any other selected mobile equipment) to be continuously tracked in real-time, giving priority to the haul trucks at the intersection. Quantitative data included time and speed through the intersection, and a fuel consumption data logger was installed to estimate average fuel savings. Qualitative data consisted of an assessment performed to evaluate the operator’s work environment, potential human factor challenges, and safety issues while negotiating the intersection.The overall results revealed significant decreases in time and increases in speed for all haul trucks going through the intersection in five of the six possible directions. The HTPS saved an average of 12.21 seconds and 0.1760 gallons of fuel per occurrence. In 546 passes through the intersection during the evaluation, for haul trucks traveling in the direction from ‘Open Pit’ to a ‘Main Street,’ the savings were the equivalent of 1.85 truck hours and 96.10 gallons of fuel. With a haul truck cost per hour at $300 and the fuel cost per gallon at $3.50, it is an equivalent of $555.56 saved in time and $336.34 saved in fuel. Using the mine plan for this intersection, these savings equate to estimates of more than $30,000 per year. When projecting these savings into a second intersection, with higher haul-traffic volume (~50 Mt/y), the total annual savings for that new intersection is estimated to be over $700,000, in addition to the non-quantifiable safety component.Cirrus Systems, a private company headquartered in Northern Nevada, helps customers achieve productivity and performance goals by connecting devices, data, and people. Building on a proven platform that employs standards-based protocols, Cirrus Systems designs, builds and scales an array of systems providing businesses with vital information facilitating real-time management scrutiny and adjustments.last_img read more

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Rio launches new Brisbane pioneer lab concept to encourage 21st Century thinking

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first_imgRio Tinto has launched a new pioneer lab concept in Brisbane, Australia, as it encourages pilot projects to help move the company “into the 21st Century”, CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques told an audience at the IMARC event in Melbourne, Australia, today.The head of Rio told delegates that the company sent an open invitation to “the best and the brightest in Rio to nominate a colleague (or themselves) to join the lab for 12 months”. During this time, they would be emboldened to work through these pilots.“We will also look even more to external sparring partners as well, in the very near future,” he said.The news from the home of Rio’s growth and innovation hub came within a wide-ranging speech where Jacques reference Lord of the Rings, Avatar, Apple’s recycling goals and automotive companies Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi.On the digital evolution in mining, Jacques said: “I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that digital and data will be the fundamental game changer in our industry. New digital technologies from AI to the Internet of Things, and new biotech, will force us to be more imaginative.”This ranged from drones that perform in-situ scanning, to deep-sea robots that mine underwater, to water-neutral processing that removes the need for slurry ponds, he said.“In our view, digital and data will touch every part of the industry’s value chain. From exploration to marketing – and re-shape the way we work.“Look at exploration: in the future, exploration innovation won’t only be about engineers and geologists but be about computer scientists and bioengineers. Even now, the huge amounts of data being collected means we can create ‘digital twins’.“Look at mining and processing: we already have remote operations and haul trucks with connectivity so we can use predictive maintenance. And will 3D or 4D printing mean we no longer need to procure spare parts from miles and miles away. Will they be made on-site?”On the supply chain and logistics, Jacques said the industry already had autonomous trains – its own AutoHaul system – but, maybe not far off, could be autonomous ships. “This will change the ball game on supply chain optimisation and customer intimacy.“And lastly let’s look at marketing and trading: digital and big data will play a very big role here. And blockchain will help our customers from governments to consumers check the ethics and value of all our products. As well as their environmental credentials.“Of course, the challenge for us all is how to apply AI and IoT in an industry where the introduction of new tech has often meant big capital outlays.“And, clearly, we are not going to get out of bed tomorrow and become Microsoft, or another software company, that isn’t the point. The point is how do we move into the digital age in a way that means we retain a competitive advantage?”He concluded: “The key to this is to start small, with technology and digital pilots and scale up, and also more fundamentally, adopt a brand new spirit of partnership.”last_img read more

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Mine development ahead of schedule at Lundin Golds Fruta del Norte project

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first_imgLundin Gold has reached the orebody at its Fruta del Norte project in Ecuador, with mine development tracking ahead of schedule.The Toronto and Stockholm-listed company said it has completed 4.5 km of underground mine development so far, with level development having now commenced.In the construction update on the 3,500 t/d underground project, the company said overall engineering was 85% complete, with project construction at 45% completion.Ron Hochstein, Lundin Gold’s President and CEO, said: “Our team has reached and, in some cases, exceeded the project’s targets, all while maintaining excellent safety standards. With 70% of our capital expenditure committed and detailed engineering nearly done, Fruta del Norte is on schedule to meet its target of producing first gold in the fourth (December) quarter of this year.”Lundin Gold said the majority of large process plant mechanical equipment was now on site, while 22% of powerline infrastructure was finished. The company noted it had clocked up more than 3 million manhours without a lost time incident.DevelopmentLundin Gold reported that the K’isa decline was completed on December 9, 2018, after 2.1 km of total development, and transitioned to production level 1170. Production level 1195 began on December 7, 2018 and a total of 330 m of level development on two levels has been completed. December average advance rates in K’isa were 9 m/d, versus a target of 7.1 m/d.“The Kuri decline is at 2.07 km of total development and is progressing towards lower production levels in the mine. This decline was completed this month. December average advance rates in Kuri were 5 m/d, versus a target of 4.2 m/d,” Lundin said.“Overall, advance rates in both declines exceeded the plan by 11% due to better than expected ground conditions and lower than anticipated water inflows.”Lundin Gold said it is preparing the first stages of transition to owner operations and its mining fleet, which includes Epiroc drills and bolters and Cat scooptrams and trucks, has started to arrive at Fruta del Norte.Process plantProcess plant concrete foundations (pictured) are 62% complete and structural steel erection is progressing as planned, the company said. The remaining mechanical equipment is expected to be on site this quarter and installation of the carbon-in-leach (CIL) circuit and grinding mills has started. Commissioning of the process plant is still on track to begin in September quarter of this year.In October 2017, Lundin Gold awarded the long-lead time grinding equipment packages, including the SAG and ball mills (complete with motors) and the flotation and filtration packages to Outotec Chile SA. The gravity mill, CIL and detox tanks, and ADR plant and gold room packages were awarded to FLSmidth USA Inc. TelSmith will provide the crushing packages for both the process plant and aggregate quarry crushers, while ABB has been awarded switchgear and substation equipment and transformers packages.With process plant engineering substantially complete, engineering efforts are now focused on the paste plant – where concrete works have begun – and water treatment plant facilities, Lundin Gold said.TailingsThe company successfully negotiated the Mountain Pass Quarry Exploitation Agreement with the local government in the December quarter of 2018, and extraction of aggregate materials began shortly after. Material from the quarry was necessary to move forward with the construction of the tailings storage facility (TSF).Access roads and the polishing pond were completed in the December quarter, while construction advanced on the surface water perimeter diversion ditches around the TSF.When fully ramped up, Fruta del Norte is expected to produce 325,000 oz/y of gold at an all-in sustaining cost of $583/oz over a 15-year period.last_img read more

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Elder Scrolls Online MMO gets official in May

By on September 21, 2019

first_imgWhen The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim saw a release late last year, it rocketed up the charts and remained there. Bethesda’s latest entry into the Elder Scrolls series pretty much ensured another game in the series is going to get made, but it also looks as though a different title carrying the seriess name is also in the works.Tom’s Guide has been told that come May Bethesda is going to officially announce the existence of Elder Scrolls Online. As you’ve probably guessed, the title points to a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game set in the Elder Scrolls world.Such a game requires a serious amount of development time, and runs the risk of taking players away from the single-player experience of the core games that have served Bethesda so well. However, it looks as though that has been thought about, and Elder Scrolls Online will be set at a very different time period to the other games.Loading up Elder Scrolls Online will see you enter the “Second Era,” which is hundreds of years before any of the released games takes place. So rather than replacing those games, it offers up a whole new experience from a different time in history. The only other detail we know at this time is the fact there will be 3 factions represented by a bird, dragon, and lion.With an announcement planned for May, and development already underway on the MMO, we can expect to see more of the game at E3 in June and Quakecon in August. However, I’m sure the question all gamers want answering is when can we expect Elder Scrolls Online to get a release?via Tom’s Guidelast_img read more

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Final Deployment 4 is Too Many Cooks For Video Games

By on September 20, 2019

first_img You Can Now Pre-Order ‘Dungeons & Dragons Vs. Rick and Morty’ Set‘Rick and Morty’ Season 4 Returns This November Forget Robot Chicken, Venture Bros., and, yes, even Rick & Morty. In our opinion the secret best ongoing Adult Swim series is Infomercials, comedy horror short films that air without context at 4 AM. It’s like the Twilight Zone for stoners. Previous Adult Swim Infomercials have skewered everything from misleading antidepressant ads to shady for-profit colleges. And who can forget Too Many Cooks, the 2014 Infomercial that filled our hearts with love and every cheesy sitcom intro cliche.Casper Kelly, the creator of Too Many Cooks, and Nick Gibbons just premiered a new Infomercial on Adult Swim last night: Final Deployment 4: Queen Battle Walkthrough. It’s basically Too Many Cooks but for video games, so it hits disturbingly close to home. Check it out, and keep those likes coming!Previous Adult Swim Infomercials were only about ten minutes in length. So imagine our surprise when that was only the halfway mark for this surreal takedown of Twitch/YouTuber livestreaming gaming culture. The gag was funny enough when it was just a dude perfectly named Blair Trigger glitching his way through a Gears of War-esque boss fight that slowly transitions into Gone Home walking simulator meets Spec Ops: The Line military criticism.But then things go full on Inception, nested gaming worlds within gaming worlds all eager to livestream themselves playing video games for those sweet subscribers and validation. Why else would anyone film themselves playing video games if not to fill that, uh, huge emptiness. And a wide variety of games get parodied too, from Minecraft to the Batman: Arkham series to ad-filled free-to-play mobile games.You should really watch this walkthrough all the way to the end though and experience its transcendent finale for yourself. It’ll make you think twice the next time you decide to fire up Fortnite and say “Hey guys” into a webcam while using a streaming device like the AverMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus. Keep those likes coming!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Rob Edwards rejoins Wolverhampton Wanderers as head coach

By on September 18, 2019

first_imgRetired Welsh international footballer Rob Edwards has returned to Wolverhampton Wanderers as the coach of the U23 squad.Edwards was also an interim manager of the first team in 2016, where he made 111 appearances as a player between 2004 and 2008. The 35-year-old left AFC Telford United in May after just one season, leading them to a 14th-place finish in National League North.“Rob Edwards has come through a recruitment process and we are delighted to welcome him back to the club, as our Under-23 lead coach,” Wolves academy boss Gareth Prosser told reporters via Sportsmole.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“He will be assisted by Sean Parrish and the rest of the performance team and will be tasked with leading the Under-23s on a daily basis. Rob has the development of players at the heart of everything he does.“I am sure he will fit back into the club very quickly to continue the development of our young players. There is no doubt the standard of football at this club has risen in the last 12 months and we all have the responsibility to ensure our players hit these new standards.”Edwards had five Wolves players on loan at Telford last campaign, including Aaron Hayden and Aaron Simpson.last_img read more

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AK Lt Gov Mallott remembers John Actives contributions to language revitalization

By on September 9, 2019

first_imgLt. Gov. Byron Mallott went to Bethel last week to talk about what the Alaska Native Linguistic Emergency Administrative Order can do. He also took a moment to recognize public broadcasting’s John Active, who made major contributions to keeping language alive in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. August 18, 2017. (Photo courtesy of KYUK – Bethel)As the ink dried on Gov. Walker’s signature finalizing the Alaska Native Linguistic Emergency Administrative Order, Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott went to Bethel to speak about what the order can do. He also took a moment to recognize public broadcasting’s John Active, who made major contributions to keeping language alive in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.Listen nowLt. Gov. Mallott says it all started back in 2014, when Alaska officially recognized it’s 21 Indigenous languages, including Yup’ik. That paved the way for the legislative resolution passed in April urging the governor to declare a linguistic emergency for Alaska’s Native languages.“The governor received it. Agrees fully with the reasoning behind and signed in Juneau an administrative order, which itself has the force of law,” Mallott said.That instruction stands until another governor overturns it, added Mallott. The order says that the state must do all that it can to preserve and support language revitalization efforts.“All state agencies, all departments of the state of Alaska should work with tribes on a government to government basis, recognizing the sovereignty of those tribes,” Mallott said.The Department of Education and Early Development is the lead agency in responding to the emergency, says Mallott, and each officer of the governor’s cabinet will need to designate a point person. State signs will also change.“For the names of public places,” Mallott said, “major streets and freeways, and marine signage and aviation signage should recognize and reflect Alaska Native languages.”The Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council will continue to play a role in making specific recommendations to the governor. Mallot says that the administration will continue to work to find additional resources to protect and revitalize Alaska’s Indigenous languages.“The state is prepared to work with the legislature to do whatever is fiscally responsible to meet this emergency,” Mallott said.Unlike other Native languages in Alaska, the Yup’ik language is spoken on a regular basis. One of the advocates for the language worked at KYUK for decades.Before he died this summer, John Active did everything from reporting and reading the news in Yup’ik, to telling stories, conducting call-in programs, and talking with Elders in Yup’ik. He helped shape a radio station where local programming was translated and conducted in Yup’ik because he was passionate about keeping the language vital and saw radio as a tool. Locally, Active made sure listeners heard different dialects of Yup’ik, representing Upper and Lower Kuskokwim River communities as well as coastal communities.“You should be proud, proud to hear a little Cup’ik, a little Mekoryuk, a little upriver,” Active said, speaking to class of students from Bethel Regional High School back in 2007.When outsiders came to report or shoot a documentary, Active pushed them to use people from the community as guides to better understand the region and improve the stories and films.“Unfortunately, a lot of times outsiders come to our area and make films and they miss the whole point about our lives sometimes: the way we live and stuff,” Active said. “They don’t understand our culture; they don’t know what’s appropriate to film sometimes.”The lieutenant governor took time to recognize Active’s legacy, pointing also to the Yup’ik people who worked to get the linguistic emergency officially recognized.“There are many from the Yup’ik regions who are very active, and leaders in the overall development of this administrative order and the recognition that we do have a linguistic emergency,” Mallott said. “So it is both timely and reminiscent to mention people like John Active.”Long before John Active became an Elder, he recognized the importance of getting Elder interviews on the air and archived. Before he died, he talked about why it was important to record and keep this oral tradition so cultural wisdom and history would not be lost.“The Elders don’t have anything written down. Their brains are computers; their knowledge is in their head from remembering back when they were growing up how they were taught by their parents and Elders,” Active said. “So when Elders die, all that information that they have in their heads will be lost.”Thinking back on his memories of Active, the lieutenant governor reflected that it was his first time being back at KYUK since Active died.“He was such an incredible personality, such an incredible teacher of language, and I miss him very much and I know we all do,” Mallott said.John Active will be inducted into the Alaska Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame soon.Chris Ho and KYUK Reporter Krysti Shallenburger contributed to the reporting of this story.last_img read more

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Mob Attacks by Extremist Hindu Groups Against Minorities

By on September 6, 2019

first_imgWashington: Mob attacks by violent extremist Hindu groups against the minority communities, particularly Muslims, continued in India in 2018, amid rumours that victims had traded or killed cows for beef, an official US report said on Friday. The State Department in its annual 2018 International Religious Freedom Report alleged that some senior officials in the ruling BJP made inflammatory speeches against the minority communities. “Mob attacks by violent extremist Hindu groups against minority communities, especially Muslims, continued throughout the year amid rumours that victims had traded or killed cows for beef,” it said. Also Read – Custody of Ratul Puri extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us According to some NGOs, the authorities often protected perpetrators from prosecution, it said. The report said that as of November, there were 18 such attacks, and eight people killed during the year. On June 22, two Uttar Pradesh police officers were charged with culpable homicide after a Muslim cattle trader died of injuries sustained while being questioned in police custody, the report said. Also Read – Who is your CM candidate, AAP asks BJP Advertise With Us Mandated by the Congress, the State Department in its voluminous report gives its assessment of the status of religious freedom in almost all the countries and territories of the world. Releasing the report at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the report was like a report card which tracks countries to see how well they have respected this fundamental human right. Advertise With Us In the India section, the State Department said that there were reports by nongovernmental organizations that the government “sometimes failed to act on mob attacks on religious minorities, marginalised communities and critics of the government.” The State Department said that the central and state governments and members of political parties took steps that affected Muslim practices and institutions. The government continued its challenge in the Supreme Court to the minority status of educational institutions, which affords these them independence in hiring and curriculum decisions, it said. “Proposals to rename Indian cities with Muslim provenance continued, most notably the renaming of Allahabad to Prayagraj. Activists said these proposals were designed to erase Muslim contributions to Indian history and had led to increased communal tensions,” the State Department said. There were reports of religiously motivated killings, assaults, riots, discrimination, vandalism and actions restricting the right of individuals to practice their religious beliefs and proselytize, the annual report said. Senior US government officials underscored the importance of respecting religious freedom and promoting tolerance throughout the year with the ruling and opposition parties, civil society and religious freedom activists, and religious leaders belonging to various faith communities, the report said. India has 1.3 billion population as per July 2018 estimate. According to the 2011 national census, the most recent year for which disaggregated figures are available, Hindus constitute 79.8 percent of the population, Muslims 14.2 percent, Christians 2.3 percent and Sikhs 1.7 percent. Groups that together constitute less than one percent of the population include Buddhists, Jains, Zoroastrians (Parsis), Jews, and Baha’is.last_img read more

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2nd Aadhaar centre opens at BSNL office in Karimnagar

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first_imgKarimnagar: A new Aadhaar centre was opened in the district BSNL office in the district on Tuesday. BSNL general manager Subhash Babu inaugurated the second Aadhaar Seva centre at his office. He advised the district people who seek Aadhaar card to use the new Aadhar centre at his office which is free of cost. He also said that more seva centers are going to be established in the united karimnagar district in the coming days.last_img

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Cannes 2019 Aishwarya Rai Deepika Padukone Sonam Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut on

By on September 5, 2019

first_imgSonam Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut, Deepika Padukone and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to make an appearance at Cannes 2019.InstagramIt’s that time of the year again when cinema and cinestars are celebrated on the banks of the French Riviera, at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Some of our best Bollywood beauties have either been on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival or represented their films and the brands they endorse, making an appearance on the red carpet. Here are the Bollywood divas who will be spotted at Cannes this year.The 72nd Cannes Film Festival begins May 14 and will go on till May 25. Former Miss World and actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who has been a regular at Cannes for more than a decade and has been on the jury, will represent L’Oreal Paris at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival as well.Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been critiqued for her looks at Cannes over the years, both loved and loathed. Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor has been praised for her Cannes fashion sense and fashion critics will be waiting to see what she wears as much as they wait for Ms Rai.Actress Deepika Padukone, who recently made a Barbie Doll appearance at the MET Gala 2019, will also be seen at Cannes 2019. She has also made a splash on the Cannes red carpet earlier and we are looking forward to her look.Bollywood’s fiery beauty Kangana Ranaut made quite a fiery red carpet debut at Cannes 2018 with her various looks at the festival. At the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Kangana Ranaut will be representing Grey Goose from May 16-18.Kangana said in a statement, “Following an exhilarating debut last year at the Cannes Film Festival, I am looking forward to representing Indian cinema at such a prestigious platform with the global icon of luxury yet again. I made many lifelong memories, inclusive of both big and small moments. It was all about having fun, living life to the fullest and celebrating Indian cinema while living the Grey Goose lifestyle. I believe in treating oneself as you are worthy of only the best and this association is in perfect sync to my ideologies.”Television actress Hina Khan, who was also a contestant on the reality show Bigg Boss 11, will be seen at Cannes 2019 to represent the team of her short film Lines, based on the Kargil War. Lines will be shown at Cannes 2019 on May 17. Actress Taranjit Kaur, seen in the Oscar-nominated short film Raju, is set to attend Cannes 2019 for her short film on women and sexuality.Watch this space for more on Cannes 2019.last_img read more

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Iraq forces announces liberation of ISheld east Mosul

By on September 3, 2019
first_imgMembers of the Iraqi special forces Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) hold a position in Mosul`s al-Jazair neighbourhood on January 17, 2017. AFPIraqi forces have fully retaken east Mosul from the Islamic State group, a top commander said on Wednesday, three months after a huge offensive against the jihadist bastion was launched.Elite forces have in recent days entered the last neighbourhoods on the eastern side of Mosul, on the left bank of the Tigris River that runs through the city.Speaking at a press conference in Bartalla, a town east of Mosul, Staff General Talib al-Sheghati, who heads the Counter-Terrorism Service, announced “the liberation… of the left bank”.Sheghati added however that while the east of the city could be considered under government control, some work remained to be done to flush out the last holdout jihadists.The “important lines and important areas are finished,” he said, adding that “there is only a bit of the northern (front) remaining.”Wednesday’s announcement marks the end of a phase in the operation launched on October 17 to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second city and the last major urban stronghold IS has in the country.The offensive, Iraq’s largest military operation in years with tens of thousands of fighters involved, began with a focus on sparsely populated areas around Mosul.CTS entered the city proper in November and encountered tougher than expected resistance from IS, whose fighters launched a huge number of suicide car bombs against advancing Iraqi forces.The going was tough for weeks but a fresh push coordinated with other federal forces and backed by the US-led coalition was launched in December and yielded quick and decisive gains.- Narrow streets -The west bank of Mosul is a bit smaller but is home to the narrow streets of the Old City — impassable to most military vehicles — and to some of the city’s traditionally most dyed-in-the-wool jihadist neighbourhoods.Brigadier General Yahya Rasool also stressed that despite Sheghati’s announcement, there would be more fighting in east Mosul in the coming days.”Sheghati is the head of CTS and he was talking about areas under CTS control. There are some neighbourhoods that are still being liberated and that could take a few days,” he told AFP.All the bridges across the Tigris in Mosul have been either blown up by IS or destroyed by coalition air strikes, which has made it very difficult for IS to resupply its fighters in the city’s east.It will also make it difficult for elite Iraqi forces to attack the west bank without redeploying to other fronts west of the river that have been largely static for weeks.Interior ministry and federal police forces have held positions just south of Mosul airport, which lies on the southern edge of the city and west of the Tigris, since November.Punching into densely populated areas however and confronting intense resistance from IS in urban environments is a type of operation which is left largely to CTS.- Blow to IS -The fighting inside Mosul has been complicated by the continued presence of much of its population, which did not or could not flee when Iraqi forces started advancing.According to the United Nations, around 150,000 people are currently displaced as a result of the three-month-old offensive.Mosul lies around 350 kilometres (220 miles) northwest of Baghdad in the country’s north and had an estimated population of close to two million when IS overran it in early June 2014.Jihadist supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a “caliphate” straddling parts of Iraq and Syria from a mosque on the west bank of Mosul days later.The full recapture of Mosul by government forces would effectively end IS’s days as a land-holding force in Iraq and deal a death blow to its claim of running a state.Observers have said they expect a short lull in operations after east Mosul is brought fully under control.”Mosul is already effectively surrounded, and IS has no choice but to fight on or surrender in the city and its surroundings,” Omar Lamrani, Middle East analyst with the Stratfor think tank, said.”Nevertheless, that does not mean that a deadly insurgency will not continue after Mosul is retaken, as IS will be able to operate as an insurgent force in Iraq at some level for a long time to come even as its conventional fighting ability is heavily degraded.”last_img

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Thai cave rescue site to become museum

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first_imgRescue personnel work at the Tham Luang cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand July, 2018 in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. Photo: ReutersRescuers who pulled a young Thai football team from deep inside a flooded cave were dismantling their worksite Thursday, as plans emerged to turn the spot into a museum in tribute to the daring operation.At least one film production house was already working on a scheme to make a Hollywood treatment out of the heroics of divers, cavers and medics who risked their lives to free the “Wild Boars”.Stunning footage of that rescue was released Wednesday showing the youngsters — aged 11 to 16 — being stretchered to safety.They were also seen sitting cheerfully in their hospital beds, where they are being kept in isolation until doctors are sure they did not pick up any nasty diseases during more than two weeks in the dark.Workers were Thursday packing up the industrial water pumps, heavy-grade machinery and construction equipment at the mouth of the Tham Luang cave, which had been a high-tech command centre during the 18-day ordeal.Rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters the site would ultimately be converted into a museum showcasing the clothes and equipment used during the dramatic rescue.”I believe it will become another highlight in Thailand,” he said. “Tourists will come visit.”About 50 people were working at the site, National Park ranger Pinitpong Wongma told AFP, adding that he expected work would continue until at least Sunday.”Nobody is allowed to go inside the cave at all even though there is still a lot of equipment there because water levels have been rising since the rescue mission,” he said.- Inspiring story -The rescue of the “Wild Boars” team was still being celebrated in Thailand as the 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach recovered in a local hospital.The Nation newspaper called the operation a “Triumph of global cooperation” on its front page Thursday while the Bangkok Post published a collage of images of those involved under the heading “You Are Heroes.”The saga started on June 23 when the players walked into the Tham Luang cave complex after football practice and were trapped when monsoon flooding blocked their exit.Nine days later British divers found the dishevelled and hungry group perched on a ledge four kilometres (2.5 miles) inside the cave.Over the following week, experts from around the world descended on northern Thailand and rescuers pumped out more than 50 Olympic-sized swimming pools-worth of water.A huge media pack of more than 1,000 journalists gathered at the mouth of the cave feeding audiences all over the globe with every twist and turn of the dramatic rescue until its joyful conclusion on Tuesday.The huge international interest in the story sparked immediate talk of books and films.Michael Scott, the managing partner of faith-based production house Pure Flix, said the company intends to pursue a film about the against-the-odds mission.Scott, who lives in Thailand and went to the site in Chiang Rai as the boys were being pulled to safety, made the announcement late Tuesday on Twitter in a video.”We’re here really looking at this as a movie that could inspire millions of people across the globe,” Scott said.last_img read more

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Capturing moments and moods

By on August 31, 2019

first_imgIndia International Centre hosts an exhibition of black and white pictures titled Hola Mohalla by Jagdev Singh. It celebrates the unconditional love and faith of people in their guru. The show will be inaugurated by Sundeep Misra, author, sports writer and filmmaker. For Singh, photography is a medium of creative expression. He loves to capture the moments and moods from people’s daily life and especially concentrates on street and travel photography. His work untangles the complex appearance of life, revealing a fine sense for a moment to pause. His photos carry a refined essence of people and life at large.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Hola Mohalla is a three-day event, celebrated at the shrine of Keshgarh Sahib in the Sikh holy town of Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, every year in the month of March. Hola is the masculine form of the feminine sounding Holi. The word Mohalla implies an organised procession in the form of an army column. It was here in 1699 that the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, baptised five men and founded the Khalsa Panth, which is the modern day Sikh faith. Hola Mohalla originated in the time of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib Ji, who held the first such event and celebrations at Anandpur Sahib in February 1701. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThereafter, people come in millions from all over the world to participate in the celebrations. The main attraction of the celebrations is the procession by Nihangs, tent pegging and bareback horse-riding and performance of ‘Gatka’ (Sikh martial art). One gets to see several Nihangs sporting massive turbans with Sikh symbols. Hola Mohalla rejuvenates the centuries old tradition and zeal of sheer faith and belief that the tenth Guru play amongst all the people present, much to the joy of millions. When: May 22 – 28 Timing: 11 am to 7 pm Where: Art Gallery, IIClast_img read more

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Istanbuls new airport is the largest project in Turkeys history

By on August 19, 2019

first_img Travelweek Group Istanbul’s new airport is the “largest project in Turkey’s history” TORONTO — In a bid to get airlines to resume flights to Turkey, the Turkish government has announced a brand new airport in Istanbul, set for completion in October 2018.Upon opening, all scheduled flights flying into and out of Istanbul Atatürk Airport will be diverted to the yet-to-be-named airport, at which point Atatürk will then be used primarily for charters and private jets.Located north of Istanbul Atatürk Airport on Turkey’s European side, the new facility will be more than twice the size of London Heathrow, spanning a total of 7,594 hectares and accommodating 150 million passengers per year. Abdullah Nergiz, Airline and Cargo Marketing Director of Istanbul New Airport, who briefed media and industry partners yesterday at Turkish Airlines’ Toronto office, described the airport as the “largest project in Turkey’s history.”After winning an open auction for the new facility, a consortium comprised of five different companies will head up operations for the next 25 years. Construction phases will be “triggered by passenger numbers,” said Nergiz, with phase one to include four runways. A 400-room airport hotel (still unbranded), a 30,000 square-metre food and beverage area, a separate harbour and a dedicated subway line are also planned. Further down the road, beyond the year 2025, Nergiz also hinted at a possible high-speed railway directly connected to the airport.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWT“There are currently 56 airlines that fly into Atatürk Airport. With this new airport, we want to see other carriers flying to Istanbul,” said Nergiz. “In the past two years, many airlines have cancelled flights to Turkey, including Air Canada. Hopefully, the new airport will get them to come back.” << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bycenter_img Friday, May 26, 2017 Share Tags: Turkeylast_img read more

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Thousands evacuated in Guatemala as volcano erupts then stops

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first_imgRelated posts:Following Trump, Guatemala begins process to move embassy to Jerusalem Meet the Costa Rican woman who saved 300 lives in Guatemala Guatemala continues search for volcano victims as more eruptions occur Guatemala Fuego eruption is over: officials Guatemalan authorities declared a red alert and evacuated around 4,000 people Monday after the Fuego volcano erupted for the fifth time this year, sending bursts of ash and lava down the mountain before its activity decreased and then stopped.Memories are still painfully fresh of the volcano’s eruption in June, which swept away villages and left nearly 200 people dead and 235 missing.The Institute of Volcanology’s director Pablo Oliva said the volcano’s activity level had dropped significantly by late Monday.A spokesman for Guatemala’s disaster management agency CONRED had earlier said it decided to evacuate the municipality of Escuintla and two other districts. Some 4,000 people were taken to temporary shelters as a precaution.The spokesman, David de Leon, said the eruption became increasingly violent after it began Sunday morning, leading to fears for the safety of the thousands of people who live on the slopes of the 3,763 meter-high (12,246 feet) mountain.A column of ash rose about 1,000 meters above the crater and areas west of the volcano —35 kilometers (22 miles) from Guatemala City — were under a barrage of gas ash and fiery rocks, CONRED said.As the volcano’s activity fell back to normal parameters, evacuees were asked for the sake of cautiousness to return home on Tuesday by bus.A previous eruption on October 12-13 was characterized by increasingly loud booms and lava flow. On that occasion, 62 people were evacuated from their homes as a precaution and a highway around the mountain was closed.Many of those evacuated on Monday said they had feared a repeat of the deadly June eruption.“We were scared and that’s why we evacuated,” said Miriam Garcia, from the village of El Rodeo which was largely spared the deadly eruption.Oscar Juarez from El Rodeo said: “You have to get out as soon as possible because when that (volcanic material) comes close, you no longer have time to leave, even if you run, because it comes very fast.”Activity inside Guatemala’s two other volcanoes, Pacaya and Santiaguito, has increased in recent months but they have not entered the eruptive phase. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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A look at recent US drone strikes in Pakistan

By on August 18, 2019

first_imgMAY 23Four suspected militants killed in strike on a compound in Datta Khel Kalai village in North Waziristan.MAY 24Strike on militant hideout kills 10 suspected militants near Mir Ali in North Waziristan.MAY 26Four suspected militants killed in hit on bakery in Miran Shah in North Waziristan.MAY 28Five suspected militants die in strike on a vehicle and house close to Datta Khel in North Waziristan.JUNE 2Strike on a motorbike near Wana in South Waziristan kills two suspected militants.JUNE 3Ten suspected militants killed in strike in Mana Raghzai village in South Waziristan.JUNE 4Strike on a house near Mir Ali in North Waziristan kills eight suspected militants.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements (AP) – The U.S has carried out a flurry of drone strikes recently after a lull, and officials are trying to determine whether the latest hit killed al-Qaida’s second-in-command. Here is a look at drone strikes over the past month and the tolls from them, according to Pakistani intelligence officials.MAY 4Eight suspected militants killed in a strike that hit a house in the Dra Nishtar area of North Waziristan Comments   Share   Parents, stop beating yourself up New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familycenter_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Top Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

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