Brilliant Bale! – Real Madrid capture third straight CL title

first_img SLOPPY ROLLOUT KIEV, Ukraine (AP): Gareth Bale’s eye-catching scissor-kick helped Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League (CL) title yesterday with a 3-1 victory over a Liverpool side thwarted by a pair of goalkeeping blunders and Mohamed Salah being forced off injured. Making an explosive impact as a second-half substitute, Bale showcased athleticism and technique of the highest quality by sending Madrid in front with only his fourth touch of the game in the 64th minute. “I need to be playing,” Bale said, “and I need to be starting.” Confounding his doubters, including coach Zinedine Zidane, Bale sealed Madrid’s record-extending 13th European title with his second goal – a long-range strike that owed much to Loris Karius’ second calamity of the game in Kiev’s Olympic Stadium. The Liverpool goalkeeper allowed Bale’s shot to squirm through his hands into the net in the 83rd. Six minutes into the second half, Karius’ sloppy rollout had been seized on by Karim Benzema to put the Spanish side in front. Liverpool struck back through Sadio Mane, but the five-time European champions were only fleetingly back in the game. Having lost Salah – scorer of 44 goals this season – to a suspected dislocated shoulder in the first half, Liverpool lacked the firepower to find a way past the aristocrats of European football. After leaving the pitch in tears, the Egypt forward will be fearing the worst for his hopes of going to a first World Cup next month. For Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, this was a sixth successive loss in a final, including a 2013 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich while Borussia Dortmund coach. For Zidane, victory in Ukraine puts the former France great in an elite field alongside Carlo Ancelotti and Bob Paisley as a three-time European Cup winner. But no one has achieved the feat faster – with each of his three seasons in charge ending by winning the game’s biggest club prize.last_img read more

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How low will this unconstitutional Govt go with

first_imgDear Editor,I was astonished by a report on an online news agency under the headline; “US$2.2M contract signed for Kato Hydropower project”.The news article stated that the Ministry of Public Infrastructure announced the signing of a contract for the design, supply and installation of 150kw Hydropower plant on the Cheung River at Kato Village in Region 8 valued at US $2,251,880.This information was also published on the Ministry of Public infrastructure’s Facebook page.It would appear that this illegal government is engaging in another act of shameless act.Editor, I wish to remind that the Kato Secondary School Project with accompanying electrification, was part of the PPP/C’s formidable drive to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of Universal Access to Secondary Education and to enhance hinterland electrification.While the PPP/C remains supportive of this and any other initiatives that will advance the lives of our people, there must be transparency and accountability.However, this announcement is a cause for worry and demands closer scrutiny.The media reported that the contract, which was awarded to B&J Civil Works, was signed on Thursday September 26, 2019, eight (8) days after the David Granger government slipped from its caretaker status to unconstitutional rule, totally ignoring the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice and its Consequential Orders.The Agency funding this project is the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) under the Sustainable Energy Program for Guyana.Therefore, the local office of the IDB needs to explain to the Guyanese people, why funds are being released to an unconstitutional regime.Is the local IDB office complicit in this illegality?Editor, I would also like the Ministry of Public Infrastructure to inform this nation of the relevant experience of the contractor who was awarded this highly-technical project.Based on the news report, the contracted signed on Monday is way over the estimated cost of the project when it was conceptualized under the PPP/C administration.Based on my information, this project is reeked of corruption and is another one being used for campaign financing of the PNC-led APNU/AFC.Further, it begs to question if our international development partner is participating in this corruption scheme knowingly or unknowingly.Already other international donors have been taking action to correct propaganda coming out from the APNU/AFC illegal government.One such example is the recent correction by the United Kingdom’s Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund (UK CIF) regarding propaganda on the Linden to Lethem Road, the Kingston-Ogle Seawall Project and the Kurupukari Bridge.Editor, it leaves me to wonder how low will this unconstitutional government go with its trickery.Yours faithfully,Bishop Juan A. Edghilllast_img read more

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Driving distractions

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2A breezy comment by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last week supporting the latest legislation has changed all that. Now the bill, by state Sen. Joe Smiting, has a real shot at approval.There’s sure to be an outcry over this attack on the quintessential L.A. car culture, probably not dissimilar from the opposition to stabled law. And there are sure to be good arguments on both sides. Maybe a ban on hand-held cell phones is not a cure-all for distractions behind the wheel. But sometimes legal nudging does result in public benefit. All you need to do is watch the original “Red Asphalt” driver’s education movie to understand that. FROM the way some politicians are talking about it, cell phones are the most dangerous thing to happen to driving since black top was invented. No doubt the ubiquitous phones are often a hazardous distraction — just as text messaging, playing the radio, fighting with the spouse and watching TV behind the wheel are. But worse than drunk driving, as one suspect study suggested? Unlikely.What does set hand-held cell phones apart are their visibility. Who doesn’t have a story about some driver, hand to hear, absorbed in conversation, oblivious to signs, lanes and other cars?Not surprisingly, hand-held cell phones have become a target for legislators looking to limit their use in the car. While several bills have been proposed in recent years, so far the reality of enforcing such a sweeping ban has tanked every attempt. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte hits back at ‘little man’ Jose Mourinho

first_img1 Antonio Conte’s feud with Jose Mourinho intensified further on Saturday as the Chelsea head coach called the Manchester United boss a “little man” and “fake” before issuing an apparent challenge.Simmering tensions between Conte and his predecessor as Chelsea boss ignited on Friday, when Mourinho made reference to match-fixing allegations.And, following Chelsea’s goalless draw in the FA Cup third round at Norwich, Conte took the opportunity to respond in measured fashion – appearing to relish the forthcoming Premier League clash scheduled for February 25.Conte said: “The situation is very clear. I don’t have anything to clarify.“It will be the opportunity in the game against United when we go to Old Trafford.“Me and him face to face. I’m ready. I don’t know if he’s ready.”Conte had been accused of failing to report his knowledge of an incident of attempted match-fixing during his time as Siena boss in 2011 and he duly served a four-month touchline ban in 2012.He was acquitted of any wrongdoing over the matter in 2016, shortly before taking over at Chelsea and Mourinho’s revisiting of the matter irked the Blues boss.“I consider him a little man, I consider him a man with a very low profile,” Conte added.“When there are these types of comments, before (making them) you have to know very well the truth.“Before you make this type of comment, before to hurt another person, you must pay great attention. You show you are a little man.“I know him very well in the past. In the past he was a little man in many circumstances, is a little man in the present and for sure he will be a little man in the future.”Mourinho, who has had two spells as Chelsea boss, appeared to take a swipe at the Italian – and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp – for their antics in the technical area at his United press conference on Thursday when he said he did not feel the need to behave like “a clown” on the touchline.Mourinho insisted the comments were self-deprecating, after Conte had suggested the Portuguese had senile dementia.On Saturday back-tracked somewhat, saying the Portuguese had “amnesia”, but he was still scathing of Mourinho’s behaviour.The Blues boss provided an example, pointing to the occasion when the United boss attended a media conference wearing a training top with the initials ‘CR’ following Claudio Ranieri’s sacking by Leicester in February 2017.Conte added: “He offended Ranieri for his English. Then when Ranieri was sacked he put on a shirt (with initials on) for Ranieri. You are a fake.“If you want to fight a person, you try to kill this person. And then after two years you try to help this person, because maybe it’s good for you, for your profile.” The Blues manager responded to his rival’s latest personal insult last_img read more

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Teen makes, stuffs stockings with care

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’But she made her deadline and her quota, and today, she will dress up in an elf costume and hand out 135 handmade stockings, all individually decorated and stuffed, to the children at Women’s Care Cottage, a North Hollywood center that provides shelter to homeless women and their families. She chose the organization because her grandmother, Betty Bieler, was one of the first to serve on the board of directors. “I’m hoping it will be a great surprise,” Alison said. “We put a lot of thought into each age group.” For the past five months, Alison turned her family’s Woodland Hills home into a factory of sorts. The Mathises have always been an arts and crafts kind of family. Holiday stockings were made and hung each year. But Alison’s idea caught her mom, Lynette, off guard. “It didn’t surprise me that she wanted to make stockings, but a large project of this scale was quite surprising,” Lynette Mathis said. “You just don’t always hear about teenagers doing this.” WOODLAND HILLS – The project didn’t sound so big in August. It was summer. There was time. But summer melted away and fall came quickly, and Alison Mathis, a 16-year-old junior from Cleveland High School who plays soccer after school, thought, “Uh oh.” There were donations to collect, then sheets of pink and green and yellow felt fabric to be cut into various shapes, rhinestones and buttons to be hot-glued and, more importantly, toys and gift certificates and other goodies to be bought. “There was a time when I spent three weeks not going out and sitting at home cutting out shapes for mouse eyes,” the modest teen said, brushing her straight brown hair away from her eyes. “I didn’t have a life.” Using her own allowance money and leftover fabric from past family projects, Alison set out to make 60 stockings – some decorated with cartoon characters such as mice, others with princess crowns – until the Women’s Care Cottage asked her to double the amount. Mom stepped in to help. Then Alison wrote a letter to family members, neighbors and friends, asking for donations to buy toys and gift certificates. By November, it all came together. There were Transformers action figures donated for the boys, Gigapets for the girls, and gift certificates to Jamba Juice and the movies for the teens. By Thursday night, the stockings, all stuffed and categorized in a dozen boxes and crates by age group, were ready to go. Alison said her motivation was simply to give to those who don’t have. “I know I’ve been lucky and probably spoiled as are all my friends,” she said. “I know there are those who don’t get a lot, so I just wanted to share.” And if all goes well, she may even make stockings for next year. She’s learned a thing or two that should make it all a little easier. “I’ll start in January.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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‘Petr Cech was the best in the world during Chelsea heyday’ – talkSPORT host

first_imgArsenal goalkeeper Cech says he will happily retire after ‘achieving everything’ during a 20-year career between the sticks.The Czech Republic international won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, and Champions League and Europa League crowns in 11 years at Stamford Bridge.He left Chelsea to join London rivals Arsenal in 2015, adding another FA Cup to his personal haul, and he also holds the all-time record of Premier League clean sheets – 202.Cech has seen his gametime severely reduced at Arsenal, though, following the arrival of Bernd Leno, and he has now decided to call time on his iconic career.“It’s the end of the era,” said former Premier League defender Micky Gray on talkSPORT.“You talk about when Peter Schmeichel was around and what he won at Manchester United – Petr Cech has to be in the same mould.“He was absolutely phenomenal. 2 “It’s strange saying ‘Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech’ – we will always remember him as the Chelsea goalkeeper who was the best.“He was the No.1 goalkeeper in the world at Chelsea, there’s no doubt about it.” Petr Cech will be remembered as a Chelsea legend and one of the greatest goalkeepers in Premier League history, according to talkSPORT host Micky Gray.The 36-year-old announced on Tuesday that he will hang up his gloves at the end of the season. Petr Cech has won every major European club honour center_img “He was just a colossal.”“He’s a very polite and dignified individual. We’re going to miss him.”@JimWhite and @MickyGray33 react to news of Petr Cech’s retirement 👊 pic.twitter.com/b4MlBlX9Ji— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 15, 2019 Petr Cech has won the FA Cup five times 2last_img read more

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Camp Nou insider: Messi will stop at nothing to get his ‘beautiful cup’ back

first_img Lionel Messi led Barcelona to victory over Liverpool REPLY FC Barcelona took a giant step towards their first Champions League final in four years thanks to a 3-0 win over a valiant Liverpool side that saw Lionel Messi stun yet again.Here are three things we learned from the exhilarating clash on Wednesday night… gameday cracker Marc-Andre ter Stegen produced a faultless display for Barcelona against Liverpool 5 5 Virgil van Dijk had a tough night up against Lionel Messi You just knew that Lionel Messi had something special up his sleeves for goal No. 600 🐐A magnificent free-kick should be enjoyed from every angle 🙌 pic.twitter.com/IGyAOzZ7BB— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 1, 20193. Marc-André ter Stegen serves up a reminder he’s among world’s bestTo give only Barcelona credit would be a disservice to Liverpool, and for the first quarter of the second half in particular, the Reds dominated like few teams have at Camp Nou. Being comfortable with playing on the counter-attack is one thing, but being forced out of possession is another, and Klopp’s side did admirably well to stamp their own mark on the game following the break.The really proof of Liverpool’s effectiveness was in creating chances, and Barcelona have one man to thank for not allowing the away team to change the match when it was most finely poised. Marc-André ter Stegen may get much deserved praise for the work he does with his feet, but with his hands the German is also among the very best, and his ice-cold demeanour and wrists of steel kept Barça alive in spells. Dominant when coming off his line to either punch or, more often than not, collect, Ter Stegen exuded a reliable cool that is invaluable in games of such high emotional stakes. latest MOST READ IN FOOTBALL whoops Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Lionel Messi was at his magnificent best for Barcelona against Liverpool Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 5 revealed 5 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Messi’s first strike, scored by being mentally sharper and quicker off the mark than everyone else, was one physical manifestation of that desire. The second, placed with pinpoint accuracy and unstoppable power as well as plenty of invention, was another. With Messi in this mood, there was little Liverpool could do. Can anyone? At present all indications suggest the number 10 will lift the European Cup as Barça captain for the first time come June. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Barcelona played Liverpool at their own game at Camp Nou center_img 2. Lionel Messi will stop at nothing to get his “beautiful trophy” backIf Messi’s efforts off the ball were an indicator that he meant business in this game, so too were his runs with it. Picking up possession in midfield and opting to drive forward, dribble and feint his way to his target rather than adopt the more pass-heavy approach of recent years, the Argentinian looked rejuvenated against Liverpool.Valverde convincing the playmaker to rest on several occasions in the last month has no doubt played its part in keeping him fresh, but there was more than just a reserve of physical energy behind these assaults. Just as he told us all at the start of the competitive year in his pre-season speech, Messi’s focus is on bringing the “beautiful trophy” back to the Camp Nou, and the rabid way he celebrated both of his goals only hammered that home. TROPHY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ JIBE GETTY 1. Valverde plays Liverpool at their own gameAware of how high Liverpool would press, the traditionally “Barça-like” approach for Ernesto Valverde would have been to try and leave the visitors chasing shadows by controlling possession. There was a clear precedent too: such an approach worked like a charm for the Blaugrana against Tottenham in October, when Brazilian pass-master Arthur came of age and proved invaluable with his ability to receive the ball under pressure, turn, then move the ball on effectively.On Wednesday Valverde left Arthur out of the starting line-up however, and the choice of Arturo Vidal as his replacement gave us a hint of the Barça manager’s strategy before a ball was kicked. Instead of out-passing Liverpool, the home coach took the risky approach of trying to out-do the English side at their own game. He opted for running, pressure, and quick counter-attacks in an effort to catch the Reds, who would have been expected a more steady, patient build-up, flat-footed. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 5 Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions GETTY GETTY SORRY GETTY IN DEMAND The tactical gamble largely worked, and the success was thanks in no small part to the efforts of Philippe Coutinho (withdrawn, exhausted in the second half), Jordi Alba, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, who all chased like starving animals. Disciplined, synchronised and relentless in their approach, they asked big questions of Liverpool’s first outfield line, placing a huge amount of pressure on Virgil van Dijk in particular, the man tasked with the main responsibility of trying to break the waves. It’s not often that the Dutchman fumbles, but Suarez and Messi gave the normally so reliable centre-back difficulties.We often praise Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool for their pressing, but it’s worth remembering that it was Barcelona who made defending from the front popular back in 2008. On Wednesday that was their most notable attribute. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Whether pushing a sharp James Milner shot wide, or getting down low and fast to deny Mo Salah, the full range of the German’s qualities were on display. Even in the dying minutes, when Liverpool made a valiant push and sought to claim an away goal from a corner to salvage pride, the Barça number one was unshakable. Out to collect as if taking part in a training exercise, before the visitors had time to react he had already thrown the ball out to release his teammates in a counter-attack that ended with a corner at the other end.It is incredible to think that the 27-year-old is still not Germany’s number one – the people who watch him at the Camp Nou throughout the year certainly have no doubt. More will surely be convinced after Wednesday. In his present form, Ter Stegen deserves to be in the debate about the world’s best between the sticks.last_img read more

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Rodgers: Valencia made Celtic pay for basic mistakes

first_imgCeltic boss Brendan Rodgers said Valencia made his side pay for ‘basic’ mistakes in the Hoops’ 2-0 Europa League loss.The Scottish champions have a mountain to climb in Spain to keep their Europa League dream alive after being outclassed by the La Liga big-hitters at Celtic Park.Denis Cherysev tapped in the opener for the visitors, before Rodrigo Sobrino volleyed home the second to hand Valencia control of the last 32 tie.Rodgers rued his team’s failure to do the basics right as the Hoops’ unbeaten start to 2019 came to an end. “It’s something we’ll have to go away, look at and certainly learn from.”With key players such as Kieran Tierney set to return, Rodgers reckons Celtic still have a chance of reaching the last 16 of the competition.The Northern Irishman insisted his team still harbour hope of progress and will spring the tie back into life by grabbing the first goal.“You have to have belief at this level,” he added.“We have good players and might have one or two back next week “We need to defend and concentrate well, especially in key moments of the game.“If we get the first goal then it could set us up for a really good second-leg.” He said: “At this level you really have to concentrate, you can get away with it domestically sometimes but at this level, against good players, if you don’t concentrate you bring pressure on yourself.“It ended up being a disappointing night for us.“It’s a concern, at this level it is a concern. It’s basic mistakes really and that is concentration.“Against really good sides you have to take care and do the basics well, Valencia did that very well and took their chances.last_img read more

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Researchers to Debut “Veiled,” the Darknet Powered by a Web Browser

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… At next month’s Black Hat USA conference in Las Vegas, two HP researchers are going to demonstrate “Veiled,” a new type of darknet created within a web browser and built exclusively for the purpose of secure, anonymous web surfing and online communication. The darknet, created using just PHP and JavaScript, works with any HTML-5 browser allowing its users to avoid web monitoring and online censorship. “Darknets” are nothing new. The term refers to any sort of closed and private communications network. The most commonly used darknets in existence today include the file-sharing networks like Gnutella and Freenet as well as the network created by using Tor, software that implements “onion routing,” a type of routing which bounces your communications through a distributed network of relays so web sites can’t determine your physical location. Tor is well-known for allowing citizens of oppressive regimes to navigate around their country’s internet filtering software and firewalls. It’s likely that it’s in use right now in Iran, as the protests over the presidential election results continue, having led the government to heavily censor the country’s internet access.  However, the problem with Tor and other types of internet anonymizers is that they require a bit of technical know-how in order to implement it…that is, if you even know they exist. That’s why what Veiled will offer is so…well…revolutionary. Even the least savvy internet users can use a web browser and that’s the only “technical” savvy needed. There is no extra software required. According to security site Dark Reading, Veiled will connect the user’s HTML-5-based web browser to a single PHP file which downloads some JavaScript code into the browser. Pieces of the files are spread among the members of the Veiled darknet, but not through traditional peer-to-peer technology. Instead, Veiled uses a series of repeaters. Senior Security Researcher, Matt Web, in HP’s Web Security Research Group says, “it’s a file on a web server, but I can also host one on my web site, for example, and we can join those two files together.” He goes on to say, “It’s very distributed.” He and his fellow researcher, Billy Hoffman, Manager for HP Security Labs at HP Software, have also confirmed that encryption will also be built into the network to allow for secure and anonymous communications.Although darknets are often used by online criminals to cover their tracks, the researchers would rather focus on the positive aspects of their software, noting that it could be used for secure whistle-blowing and other forms of free speech. Image credit: flickr user Xeni Tags:#Browsers#news#NYT#Product Reviews#web sarah perez Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

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Can Augmented Reality Help Save the Print Publishing Industry?

first_imgThere’s a memorable scene in the movie Minority Report where a man reads a futuristic newspaper with rich embedded multimedia updating live with breaking news. While we are a long way seeing anything like this in the hands of the general public, a German newspaper has taken a small step in that direction with the release of a special augmented reality (AR) edition of its Friday magazine.Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), Germany’s largest national newswspaper, has partnered with Munich-based AR vendor metaio to provide subscribers with an immersive reading experience that hints at the future of publishing. The experience is similar to Esquire’s augmented reality edition from November of 2009, but with advancements that have been made to smartphone AR technology, a desktop webcam is not needed to view the content.The magazine, hitting newsstands this Friday, features several AR experiences littered throughout its pages that can be activated using metaio’s junaio iPhone and Android apps. The cover of the magazine features a popular German TV personality who comes to life in an interactive video unlocked by holding a smartphone up to the magazine. Other augmented features in the magazine include an illustration that becomes 3D, an interview with additional exclusive quotes and a crossword puzzle whose answers appear when viewed through the smartphone. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App The example I find the most compelling, however, is a photo essay about German farmers that are worried their country’s bid to host the Olympics could spell trouble for their coveted farmland. In one photo, a farmer is shown standing before a large empty field. When a smartphone is held to this picture, a new image featuring a large parking lot superimposed onto the man’s land is swapped into its place. Augmented reality can not only add fun and interactivity to a print publication, but, as shown here, it can also vastly improve a journalist’s ability to tell a story in a compelling way. This falls directly in line with metaio co-founder and CTO Peter Meier’s vision for the future of AR, where kids will view interactive content on the side of their cereal boxes each morning.The crux of this vision is that smartphones now allow publishers to build this type of interactive experience right into their existing print content. No special markers, no desktop computer, no webcams: All a user needs to interact with augmented magazines, newspapers or cereal boxes is a smartphone.Holding a smartphone up to a magazine is a far cry from the flashy interactive newspaper seen in Minority Report, but it is perhaps a hint at how augmented reality can help the dwindling print publishing industry. Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… chris cameron Tags:#Augmented Reality#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutlast_img read more

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