Four policemen killed, seven injured in encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarh

first_imgFour policemen, including two sub-inspectors, were killed and seven others injured in an encounter with Maoists in Narayanpur district of south Chhattisgarh on Wednesday.“An encounter took place between the police and Maoists near Irapanar village in Abujhmad area of Narayanpur today. Two police sub-inspectors and two constables lost their lives [in the encounter]. Seven jawans were injured and are being brought to Raipur [for treatment],” Devnath, Additional Inspector General of the Anti-Naxal Operation (ANO) unit of Chhattisgarh police said.According to D. M. Awasthi, special Director General of Police in charge of the ANO, the encounter took place when the police team was venturing into the core Maoist area of Abujmad.Exchange of fire for over an hour“The operation was planned by Narayanpur SP [Superintendent of Police]. The police party left the base camp on Tuesday evening. The exchange of fire between the Maoists and the police team went on for over an hour,” he said.In another incident, two policemen suffered injuries in an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) explosion in Bijapur district of south Chhattisgarh.The IED, planted by Maoists, exploded when a police team was carrying out a search operation in Basaguda area of Bijapur. The injured policemen were evacuated to Raipur by a chopper.last_img read more

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Hizb ‘start-up’ foiled in Assam

first_imgThe police in Assam have arrested more alleged members of the extremist group Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), believed to have been planning to launch a disruptive “start-up” in the State.On Monday, the police in central Assam’s Nagaon and adjoining Hojai districts, arrested three men — Riyazuddin Bhuyan, Joynal Ahmed and Baharul Islam. Sleuths, police said, had been keeping a watch on the trio after inputs that they had assisted HM operative Qamar-uz-Zaman during his visit to the State in August.Qamar, hailing from Jamunamukh in the Hojai district, was arrested last week from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh. Four of his associates, including one from Meghalaya, had been arrested till Sunday.Cashing inThe police said the HM had sent Qamar to Assam to radicalise Muslim youth, possibly to cash in on a feeling of victimisation because of the exclusion of many from the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC). “They had plans to launch a start-up in Hojai district. We had kept tabs on the suspects but did not have concrete evidence on their connection with the HM. The arrests were made after collecting technical evidence,” Ankur Jain, Hojai district Superintendent of Police, said.He did not specify the nature of the start-up the HM or Qamar’s associates had been planning to set up.Tracing contactsAssam’s Director General of Police (DGP) Kuladhar Saikia, who is monitoring the investigation, said police traced the people Qamar had contacted or moved around with during his “recruitment trip” in August.Qamar had avoided his home in Jamunamukh but stayed in the house of one Shahnawaz Alam arrested last week. Police said Qamar had also used Riyazuddin’s motorcycle to move around during his stay.Qamar is believed to have been radicalised in Kashmir, where he had gone on some business a few years ago. Police came to know about his joining HM from his photo, in fatigues and holding an AK-47 rifle, uploaded on social media.Assam had a few short-lived Islamist groups that allegedly worked for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Bangladesh’s Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) to help militant outfits such as the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) in the 1990s.last_img read more

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‘Ujala Clinics’ set for revamp

first_imgAs part of an ambitious plan to revamp “Ujala Clinics” for adolescents, the Rajasthan government will appoint peer educators and “shadow educators” for counselling of youngsters and ensure better coordination with other medical and health schemes. Ujala Clinics are functioning at the government health facilities in 10 districts of the State.A workshop of adolescent health counsellors was organised here earlier this week under the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram. The role of Ujala Clinics and the scope for connecting them with the initiatives for promoting mental health, reproductive health and de-addiction was discussed on the occasion.National Health Mission’s State Director Samit Sharma said the “shadow educators”, to be appointed in Rajasthan on the lines of Madhya Pradesh, would provide supplementary support to the ongoing counselling services. The new batch of educators will deal with behavioural aspects of adolescents and help them cope with physical and hormonal changes.Ujala Clinics have been established at district hospitals, community health centres and selected primary health centres in Udaipur, Rajsamand, Banswara, Dungarpur, Jaisalmer, Barmer, Jalore, Bundi, Karauli and Dholpur districts.United Nations Population Fund’s State Programme Coordinator Sunil Thomas Jacob said a new software was being prepared for reporting, monitoring and evaluation of the clinics’ functioning. Anaemia preventionRKSK State Nodal Officer Rajendra Gaura said the adolescent health strategy was aimed at reducing the prevalence of malnutrition and anaemia and improve adolescents’ knowledge and behaviour in relation to sexual and reproductive health.last_img read more

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The Timberwolves Might Be For Real

Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Jan. 11, 2018), LaVar Ball has been making headlines for calling out Lakers head coach Luke Walton, saying the players “don’t want to play for him.” Neil, Chris and Kyle break down the stats to see if these claims hold any merit. Next, the Minnesota Timberwolves are having an impressive season, perhaps even impressive enough to contend for the Western Conference championship. Who’s responsible for their season’s turnaround? We investigate. Plus, a small-sample-size segment on Steph Curry’s incredible numbers of late.Here are links to what was discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Lonzo Ball and Luke Walton responded to LaVar’s comments.The Ringer took a look at the Timberwolves and Jimmy Butler’s rise.Wednesday night, Steph Curry was out again with an ankle injury. Embed Code By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed read more

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Beach Enclave Announces Expansion with debut of Beach Enclave Long Bay in

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks & Caicos – Beach Enclave, a new concept combining luxury home ownership and private villa rentals with the experience of a resort, announces its expansion with the official debut of Beach Enclave Long Bay, a collection of five private villas along one of the most exclusive beaches in Turks & Caicos. The debut of Beach Enclave Long Bay comes on the heels of the successful launch of Beach Enclave North Shore, where all nine beachfront and ocean front villas sold just over a year from launch. .An unprecedented concept in the industry, Beach Enclave’s homes offer the remarkable amenities and flawless services of a luxury resort, with an optional villa rental program for homeowners. With sales having recently launched, homeowners and guests will have the opportunity to enjoy one of the most coveted destinations in the Caribbean beginning in late 2017.“Beach Enclave has set a new benchmark for home ownership in which design and hospitality converge,” said Vasco Borges, Co-Founder and CEO of Beach Enclave. “We are thrilled to offer homeowners a remarkable travel experience while also offering a seamless experience for home rentals in one of the most spectacular settings in the world. We selected Long Bay as home to our second enclave on the island, boasting a secluded beach like no other,stunning sunrises and sunsets over the Caribbean ocean, and incredible wind sport opportunities nearby.”Beach Enclave Long Bay offers two custom contemporary home designs, representing the ultimate in barefoot beach leaving, boasting over 7,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space with the four- to seven -bedroom homes. Beach Enclave Long Bay’s villas adhere to the brand’s signature design philosophy of seamless indoor and outdoor living, featuring generous concealable glass sliding doors which open to expansive covered terraces, sun decks and infinity pools. Uniquely situated on a secluded, three mile white sand beach crowned with a gentle sand dune, Beach Enclave Long Bay is positioned to enjoy both sunrise and sunset over the Caribbean Sea. Long Bay also enjoys warm, calm turquoise waters soothed by the trade winds, ideal for families and watersport lovers alike.The organic yet refined design by SWA Architects and Domino Creative Interior Designers presents an effortless, elegant and calm setting to take in the magnificent views and surroundings, which are truly the star of each private home. Each Beach Enclave Long Bay villa features an open floor-plan, providing stunning views of the entire north shore of the island. The contemporary and modern design is equally warm, featuring exposed wood ceilings, sliding glass doors to maximize views, and generous outdoor living areas for gatherings and entertaining. The grounds are equally beautiful, with landscaping that enhances the native flora with trees, palms and flowers. In keeping with the philosophy and celebration of the beautiful landscape of their locale, Beach Enclave Long Bay villas employ environmentally friendly practices and feature high efficiency appliances, water collection and recycling, and optional solar technologies. The villas have been designed with sustainability in mind taking into consideration sun, wind and topography while minimizing the construction footprint and preserving the surrounding landscape.Beach Enclave’s brand offering is unlike any other in the Caribbean as it affords residents the opportunity to enjoy the convenience and comfort of the services and amenities of a resort, along with the luxury of a private home. Beach Enclave Long Bay amenities and services include 24/7 on-site management and security, dedicated butler/maid; private chef services; regular kite surf lessons off the beach and paddle board and kayak tours; among others. Beach Enclave residents and guests also benefit from a concierge, who can manage requests such as arranging spa treatments, grocery stocking, airport transportation, dining reservations and more as well as access to an oceanfront, fully equipped fitness room and yoga terraces looking out to the ocean and the distant reef barrier. Beach amenities are also available to guests and include the set-up of loungers and umbrellas, delivery of towels and water and the use of kayaks and snorkel equipment to explore the nearby coral reef. Residents can also arrange for activities such as private boating excursions, one of the best ways to discover Turks & Caicos.The second of three developments on the coveted Providenciales island, Beach Enclave Long Bay will redefine home ownership, featuring refined service and specialized amenities in the most spectacular beachfront setting. Construction of Beach Enclave Long Bay’s luxury villas will begin in November 2016, with occupancy beginning Christmas 2017. Beach Enclave’s third development, Beach Enclave Grace Bay, will be launching sales this winter, following a Friends and Family release earlier in the year. With just a few villas left for sale – construction is scheduled to start mid 2017.Beach Enclave Long Bay beachfront villas start at $3,950,000. Beach Enclave Grace Bay beachfront villas start at $8,750,000, with ocean view villas starting at $5,950,000.For press inquiries about Beach Enclave or North Shore villas, please reach out to beachenclave@mcc-pr.com. For rental inquiries please reach out to reservations at: 1 649 941 7577 or 1 866 580 1675 or email: experiences@beachenclave.com. For an opportunity to own a villa please reach out to Nina Siegenthaler at (+1) 649 231 0707 – nina@tcsothebysrealty.com or Joe Zahm at (+1) 649 231 6188 (TCI) or (+1) 610 715 0506 (US). For more information, please visit www.beachenclave.com or follow Beach Enclave on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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People Looks to Capitalize on Newman Death

first_imgBut to publish a special book about an actor who devoted most of his own second act to the community, to sick kids, to others, and not make it even partially charitable smacks of desperation—a money grab at best, and a manipulative tabloid move at worst (People confirmed that the book had been in the works before Newman passed on).Note to People: maybe pay a little less for those Clay Aiken pictures next time and you won’t have to do stuff like this. Perhaps it’s because his death hit closer to home than other celebrities (I live in Westport, Connecticut, just a few short apple tosses from his farmhouse, and worked at the local playhouse the summer he starred in “Our Town”). Perhaps it’s because his philanthropic food company has raised more than $250 million for charities. Perhaps it’s because he was simply a good guy.But People’s announcement that they are putting together a 96-page book about Paul Newman, slapping it with a $12 cover price and rushing 450,000 copies to newsstands leaves a sour taste in my mouth (not unlike, you might say, Newman’s Own Virgin Lemonade, which is lip-puckeringly sweet—just how Newman liked it).A spokesperson for People confirmed that the book is for-profit and pointed out that the magazine has a long history of publishing tribute books—Johnny Carson and Princess Diana, to name two.I realize that publishing is a business, and deaths—however tragic—represent an opportunity for magazine publishers to capitalize on newsstand sales (see: Heath Ledger, and People’s related cover coup). Both People and Entertainment Weekly are devoting their covers to Newman (EW, in a relatively classy move, going with no cover lines), hoping to equal the success they had with Ledger. (People sold 1,816,546 single copies, 20 percent more than its 1.51 million average, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations; EW sold 54,641, 36 percent more than its average.) And I’m sure, in terms of tributes, this one will be top-shelf. last_img read more

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Giant prehistoric lion fossil discovered hiding in museum drawer

first_img Sci-Tech Share your voice 59 Photos An artist’s rendering of Simbakubwa kutoaafrika, which lived 22 million years ago and had a huge skull, as large as a rhinoceros. Mauricio Anton Matthew Borths discovered a giant prehistoric lion on his lunch break.While examining drawers at the Nairobi National Museum in Kenya, Borths, a carnivore paleontologist, opened a drawer of Ice Age specimens and noticed a row of huge teeth staring back at him. He immediately realized the gigantic jaw was not an Ice Age specimen at all. A few years earlier, Nancy Stevens, a paleontologist at Ohio University, had opened the same drawer and noticed the same set of teeth.The fossils, which date back 22 million years, were originally unearthed when Kenyan researchers were scouring the African plains looking for ancient ape bones decades ago. They’d been hidden away in the wrong museum drawer for years. When Borth and Stevens came along, the duo quickly realized they had found a new species of prehistoric lion. The team were able to examine portions of the creature’s skull, its jaw and parts of its skeleton and discovered it is the oldest specimen of a group of mammals known as hyaenodonts.The new carnivore has been dubbed Simbakubwa kutoaafrika, which is Swahili for “big lion from Africa”. It is described in a study published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology on April 18, which suggests the beast was bigger than a polar bear and had canine teeth as big as an adult foot.borths-vs-simbakubwaDr. Matthew Borths shows off the giant jaw of Simbakubwa kutoaafrika. Matthew Borths The researchers believe that Simbakubwa was one of the apex predators of its era and although it is part of the hyaenodont group, it is unrelated to modern-day hyenas. “From its teeth, we can tell Simbakubwa was a hypercarnivore, which means its diet was over 70% meat,” says Borths. “Simbakubwa barely has any grinding surfaces on its teeth, so it wouldn’t have processed food that wasn’t meat very efficiently.”Their analysis suggests that these giant carnivores originated in Africa around 30 million years ago, moving further north over time, as the continents of Africa and Eurasia collided. At the same time, the ancient relatives of modern day cats, hyenas and dogs began to filter south.”It’s a fascinating time in biological history,” Borths says. “Lineages that had never encountered each other begin to appear together in the fossil record.”But Simbakubwa ultimately went extinct around 10 million years ago as global ecosystems shifted thanks to tectonic movement and changing climates. Borths and Stevens have been investigating why that might be, hoping to better inform present-day studies of how ecosystems respond to these sweeping changes.”Understanding large-scale patterns of how organisms respond to environmental change through time can offer insights into ecosystem fragility and resilience in the modern world,” explains Stevens.And to think, it would have remained off the fossil record entirely, if not for a Kenyan museum storing away the sample and some inquisitive paleontologists checking a few extra drawers.”Discoveries like this one underscore the importance of museums as troves of information about our planet’s past,” says Stevens. Tagscenter_img Take a bite out of ‘Jurassic World’ Lego (pictures) 1 Commentlast_img read more

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Arun Jaitleys personal wealth declined by Rs 6 crore in FY16

first_imgUnion Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s personal wealth declined by Rs. 6 crore to Rs. 60.99 crore in the financial year 2016, said data released by the government. It was Rs. 67.01 crore in FY2015. The other ministers are yet to file their financial assets for the year.Jaitley’s financial details included both his movable and immovable assets. The decline in wealth was mainly on account of reduction in his bank balance and number of vehicles owned.Movable AssetsThe minister’s liquidity, under three savings accounts at HDFC Bank and another at SBI, were reduced collectively by Rs. 2.52 crore to Rs.1 crore in 2016. Jaitley’s cash in hand too fell by Rs. 30 lakh to Rs. 65.29 lakh in the same fiscal. The total value of his four cars – two Mercedes, a Toyota Fortuner and a Honda Accord – in FY2016 was Rs. 1.93 crore; lesser by Rs. 86 lakh worth BMW he owned in 2015.His movable assets such as loans and advances stood Rs. 20 lakh more at Rs. 9.34 crore in FY2016. He had also given out more advances for properties worth Rs. 75.6 lakh this year (2016).Jaitley owned gold (5.6 kg), silver (15 kg) and diamonds, which were worth Rs. 1.35 crore, Rs. 5.54 lakh and Rs. 45 lakh, respectively. The quantity and their values have more or less remained the same since 2015.The minister held Rs. 9 crore and Rs. 8 crore as company deposits in Empro Oils and DCM Shriram, respectively, same as that declared in 2015. His public provident fund amount was Rs. 3 lakh more at Rs. 25.69 lakh in 2016. Immovable AssetsJaitley’s immovable assets, like his residential and commercial properties, had the same market valuation in both assessment years. He owned six residential properties (jointly with his wife) in Delhi, Gurgaon, Amritsar and Gandhinagar, apart from land in Haryana, and commercial properties across cities.last_img read more

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Quota protests across country Sunday

first_imgProthom Alo File PhotoQuota protesters demanding gazette notification in line with the prime minister’s pledge, will hold demonstration on Dhaka University campus on Sunday.They said there will be no classes and examinations at all universities across the country till 1:00pm on Sunday as part of their demonstration.Leaders of Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Songrokkhon Parishad (General Students Rights Protection Council), the platform that initiated the demonstration for quota reforms in public services, announced the programme at a press conference in front of the central library of Dhaka University on Saturday.”The demonstrators are being harrassed. The police personnel are trying to arrest them in Cumilla and Rangpur. The students will not sit idle if such attempts continue,” the council’s convenor Hasan Al Mamun said.He demanded release of the demonstrators who were arrested and condemned terrorist attacks on protesters.The terrorists allegedly attacked the home of the council’s joint convenor Jasim Uddin and roughed up his family members.”We will not leave the streets until the gazette notification (abolising quota system) is issued,” said the council’s joint convenor Faruk Hassan.At the height of quota protests, prime minister Sheikh Hasina announced in parliament on 11 April that there would be no quota from now on.The public administration ministry has recently sent a proposal to the prime minister, to constitute a committee for recommending measures on whether quota system would be abolished or amended.last_img read more

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Mays Brexit talks with Labour stall

first_imgTheresa May`s premiership and Brexit, since 2016. Photo: AFPBritain’s opposition Labour Party said on Friday that talks with the government on a last-ditch Brexit deal had made no progress, as EU leaders said prime minister Theresa May had not convinced them that they should let Britain delay its departure next week.May wrote to Brussels asking European Union leaders to postpone Britain’s exit from next Friday until 30 June. But they have insisted that she must first show a viable plan to secure agreement on her divorce deal in the deadlocked parliament.Labour, which she turned to reluctantly after failing three times to get her deal passed, said the government “has not offered real change or compromise” in three days of talks.”We urge the prime minister to come forward with genuine changes to her deal,” a statement said.Labour Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said his party wanted the talks to go on, and a spokesman for May’s office said the government had “made serious proposals” in the talks and wanted them to continue over the weekend “in order to deliver a deal that is acceptable to both sides”.May badly needs evidence of a viable divorce strategy to persuade the other 27 EU leaders at a summit next Wednesday to grant a delay, preferably on her preferred departure date.Any extension would require unanimous approval from the other EU countries, all weary of Britain’s Brexit indecision, and could come with conditions.”If we are not able to understand the reason why the UK is asking for an extension, we cannot give a positive answer,” said French finance minister Bruno Le Maire. German justice minister Katarina Barley tweeted: “This playing for time must end.”Deep divisions in May’s Conservative Party and government, and in Labour, have led to a marathon of votes in parliament, in which scenarios ranging from abandoning the EU with no transition period to cancelling Brexit have all been defeated.Last Friday, May did the unthinkable by asking Labour to negotiate with her on a deal that might work for both – although some in Labour said she was luring the party into sharing responsibility for her failure.Letter To BrusselsHoping this would satisfy EU leaders, May wrote to EU summit chair Donald Tusk proposing a delay until June 30 at the latest, accepting that Britain might have to hold European Parliament elections on 23 May, which she had hoped to avoid.”The government will want to agree a timetable for ratification that allows the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union before 23 May, 2019, and therefore cancel the European Parliament elections, but will continue to make responsible preparations to hold the elections should this not prove possible,” the letter said.So far, there has been little appetite in Brussels for an extension that could create another cliff edge in three months. May asked two weeks ago for a delay until June 30, only to be turned down.Tusk is planning to propose an extension of a year, which could also be shortened if Britain ratifies the withdrawal agreement, senior EU officials said.”The only reasonable way out would be a long but flexible extension. I would call it a ‘flextension’,” one official said.”It seems to be a good scenario for both sides, as it gives the UK all the necessary flexibility, while avoiding the need to meet every few weeks to further discuss Brexit extensions.”But Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said May’s letter raised questions, adding: “We hope for more clarity from London before next Wednesday.”And France, which wants the EU to move on to other business including reforms proposed by President Emmanuel Macron, indicated it was not ready to accept any delay without a clear plan.”If we are not able to understand the reason why the UK is asking for an extension, we cannot give a positive answer,” finance minister Bruno Le Maire told reporters in Bucharest.Second referendum?Sterling fell against the US dollar immediately after Labour’s comments and stood 0.5 per cent down on the day.With time running out, it was not clear how Britain would avoid the abrupt “no-deal” departure that business leaders in Britain and also neighbouring Ireland say would cause huge disruption.Germany, as one of those with most to lose from a sudden dislocation of trade, has been one of those most tolerant of Britain’s turmoil.Justice Minister Barley tweeted that “there can only be an extension with a clear direction”, but also proposed a potential way out by adding: “This includes the question of a second referendum.”The idea of asking Britons – who voted by 52 per cent to 48 to leave the EU three years ago – to confirm or reject any divorce deal has been gaining ground in Britain.Yet May herself and many lawmakers in both main parties are strongly opposed, saying it would betray voters and undermine democracy, especially if it offered an option to stay in the EU.Both main parties made commitments after the referendum to deliver Brexit, but they never settled on a plan for how to leave or what future relationship to seek.May long insisted that her plan – quitting all EU institutions, with a 21-month standstill period to negotiate a bespoke free trade deal – was the only viable one. But it still split her cabinet and infuriated the most eurosceptic of her Conservatives.Labour wants closer ties than May has sought, including a customs union, which she has so far ruled out. Many Labour members of parliament insist that any agreement must be put to a second public vote.last_img
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The ITU has released a new recommendation that it

first_imgThe ITU has released a new recommendation that it says will serve as the basis for a standard for ultra high-definition television (UHDTV).The draft standard, developed by the ITU Radiocommunications Sector’s Study Group 6, has been submitted to ITU administrations for approval. The recommendation lays out a two-step process for the development of UHDTV. The first level of UHDTV picture levels has the equivalent of about 8 megapixels (3 840 x 2 160 image system), more commonly known as 4K, and the next level comes with the equivalent of about 32 megapixels (7 680 x 4 320 image system), more commonly known as 8K.ITU secretary-general Hamadoun Touré said: “UHDTV is an earth-shaking development in the world of television,” Dr Touré said. “Watching UHDTV in the near future will be a breath taking experience, and I look forward to it.”David Wood, chairman of ITU-R Working Party 6C (WP 6C), which developed the draft new recommendation, said: “This is the dawn of a new age for television that will bring unprecedented levels of realism and viewer enjoyment. It’s a historic moment.  Some years will pass before we see these systems in our homes, but come they will.  The die is now cast, thanks to the untiring efforts of the international experts participating in WP6C.”last_img read more

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