DWP rate hikes called confusing

first_img“You be the judge,” he said. The rate increase hits Angelenos on top of an automatic bump in rates approved last year to pay for energy-efficiency programs. Humphreville said DWP customers should not be surprised if their bills were 25 percent higher in the next two years. Jeffery Peltola, director of budget, rates and efficiency for the DWP, said the rate increases were desperately needed to maintain quality service. “If we don’t fix things now, make no mistake, we will be in crisis mode, and it will be more expensive,” Peltola said. Several neighborhood representatives suggested appointing a DWP customer advocate to avoid future communication problems. They also demanded better accountability from the giant city utility. “There are so many areas that we weren’t told about, so many things we don’t understand,” said Dan Wiseman of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council. “We need one person that can advocate for the average person.” San Fernando Valley neighborhood councils did celebrate one victory: A Valley rate zone that will allow Valley DWP customers to use more power without paying more for it. The Valley zone will allow customers to remain in lower-cost rate tiers for longer periods of energy use. For example, a Valley homeowner will pay 13 cents an hour to use up to 1,500 kilowatts during the summer, versus 15 cents an hour for a West L.A. homeowner who uses a third less power. “In the Valley, the climate is different,” said Leonard Shaffer, a Tarzana neighborhood council member. “Air-conditioning is not luxury for most – it’s a necessity.” connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The increase came during revelations the average DWP worker makes nearly $77,000 a year – nearly 20 percent more than the average civilian city worker. Most neighborhood council representatives said their communities were against the rate hike, mainly because of a lack of clear rate information from the DWP. “DWP is a public company, and as its owner we have a right to know what’s going on,” said Jack Humphreville, chairman of the DWP Oversight Committee. “The way the rate was spun conflicted with the what’s really going on.” Humphreville said hidden fees – such as energy cost increases that are automatically passed on to customers – could leave many people paying a lot more than the $1.75 a month more that DWP officials touted. HOLLYWOOD – Neighborhood council members Saturday questioned a controversial Department of Water and Power rate increase that many said was confusing – and misleading. “Our council voted down this increase because there was just too much we didn’t understand,” Woodland Hills representative August Steurer said at a monthly neighborhood council congress in Hollywood. “The average person doesn’t understand the DWP; (it has its) own language.” This week, the DWP board approved its first rate increase in 15 years. The plan would increase electric rates by 9 percent over the next three years, and water rates would increase 6 percent over two years. last_img read more

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The artist at work: Mbongeni Buthelezi makes beauty out of waste

first_imgSouth African artist Mbongeni Buthelezi recycles plastic litter, adds some heat and melts it all on to his canvas to create some of the most audacious pieces of art. A regular exhibitor on the local and international art scenes for almost 20 years, he has been hailed as one of the country’s most innovative artists.‘Self Portrait’ by South African artist Mbongeni Buthelezi, who creates Pollockesque canvases using recycled plastic. (Image: Mbongeni Buthelezi)• South African art: a history • African art scene blooms in South Africa• Artists give their impression of Madiba• Using the arts to build an inclusive South Africa• South African artists draw international interest “I use rubbish to create something beautiful from it. I collect something that has no value and give it new life. That’s what we can do with ourselves and our lives,” is how artist Mbongeni Buthelezi introduces himself on his website portfolio, and for 16 years he’s made a name for himself as one of South Africa’s boldest and most original artists.He chose to work with plastic during his art school days as a way to draw attention to the medium and as a way to stand out in the often crowded local art scene. The combination of the tangible method of sculpting plastic on to canvas was also a way for him to work through his creative process. He told Euronews recently: “With watercolour and other mediums… that I have experimented with in the past, there was a time where I felt that I’m hitting the ceiling, I’m not growing anymore. I wanted to be noticed and I wanted to catch attention, because I knew also that I’m moving into a career where you have to be really special to be able to even make a living out of it.”‘Winter in Kliptown’ by Mbongeni Buthelezi, exhibited at the Seippel Gallery in Koln, Germany. (Image: Mbongeni Buthelezi)Buthelezi has been a regular and popular exhibitor on the South African art circuit for years, and has garnered positive attention from international galleries and art schools. Art lovers are intrigued by his use of discarded consumer plastic in crafting vibrant and engrossing African story-portraits. In these works, he makes bold statements about the world as he sees it, addressing social and environmental issues.In 2010, the Live Out Loud website said Buthelezi’s work “reflects humanity’s often detrimental impact on the environment, but his original use of discarded objects to depict an often forgotten group of people truly sets him apart”.His artistic process involves melting down strips of coloured plastic on to the canvas surface, itself often also made from plastic. He understates the creation process as simple and haphazard, but the final Pollockesque pieces speak for themselves, enjoyable and provocative on all levels, from all distances. “I’m interested in finding the details in the painting, but also, as you step away from the piece it really comes together,” Buthelezi told BBC News at his latest exhibition in Johannesburg this week.‘Hula Hoop III’ by Mbongeni Buthelezi is an example of the artist’s attention to detail. He uses melted recycled plastic to tell engrossing African story-portraits. (Image: Mbongeni Buthelezi)Buthelezi may be the only artist – that he knows of – who works in this medium, but he appreciates this singularity as it doesn’t give him an outside point of reference that may hinder his originality. Yet he still believes the melted plastic method is a way to make art creation easily available to anyone who wants to experiment, but who may not be able to access or afford traditional art materials. “(Anyone) can gather waste plastic and start painting,” he says, “and construct something out of nothing.”When it comes to appreciating the role art has played in his life, Buthelezi is philosophical, telling the BBC he sees himself as “a mirror for the society I live in, and I want to make a meaningful impact on that society”.‘Church’ by Mbongeni Buthelezi. Of his art he says he is interested in “(finding) the details close up, but also see the whole story as you view it from afar”. (Image: Mbongeni Buthelezi)In addition to being recognised with a number of local art awards during his career, including semi-finalist in the 2007 Sasol Wax Art Awards, Buthelezi has also won a Visi Design award and a Mail & Guardian Green Trust award for “commitment and contributions to the environment (with) social conscience and creativity”.He is artist-in-residence at the Omni International Arts Centre in New York City and for the South African National Arts Festival. He has exhibited in Germany, the US and Holland, and has been commissioned to make exclusive works by companies such as Mercedes Benz South Africa and the Daimler art collection in Stuttgart, Germany.last_img read more

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Blogger Gets an Android App

first_imgTags:#Blogging#Google#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… “We are excited to announce our first version of the Blogger Android App,” writes Vinay Sekhri, technical lead at Google. “Using the app you can easily compose a post, attach a photo that you just took with your phone, and either save it as a local draft for later or immediately publish it to your blog.”The app can handle multiple accounts, if you’re one of those with multiple online identities, gives you the ability to preview your posts while on the go. Everything beyond that looks pretty standard – quickly post text and pictures to your Blogger blog using your phone, view your content, share your stored photos and even share you location. The best part, however, might be the platform integration. By installing the Blogger app on your Android device, it becomes one of the default sharing options, alongside Picasa, Gmail, and others. Whenever you come across a photo in your gallery or on a website, you can share directly to blogger from the sharing menu.The Blogger app is available in the Android Market. On another note, isn’t it nice that we can just give you a link to that Android app and not make you scan a QR code and check out the details on your phone? And, if you click on that link in your Android phone, it will take you to the Android Market app, not the website. (To read more about Google’s updated Web-based Android Market, check out yesterday’s live blog of it’s unveiling.) mike melanson Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Blogger, the Google-owned blogging platform, announced today that it finally has an Android app. The funny part, of course, is that Android is Google’s smartphone platform and Blogger has had an iPhone app since September 2009. That said, Google loyalists rejoice! You can now update your Google-powered blog on your Google-powered Android phone! Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_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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Draymond Green’s intensity, leadership pushes Durant, others

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa KD and Dray have formed quite a bond since way back, when Green was part of the strategic recruiting process to bring Durant to the Bay Area from Oklahoma City before last season.They’ve had a few heated moments, too, and both say they are better for it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd there’s no official count — that has been shared, anyway — on who owes who what for losing those friendly wagers.“Yeah, I’m not in those bets,” teammate Shaun Livingston said. “It could be a shot to start the practice, in the corner, anything. It doesn’t matter. Wherever. They just walk up to each other all the time, ‘Bet, bet it, bet it.’” Green, part of the Warriors contingent in the Hamptons to meet with Durant before the big July 4 decision announcement last year, lit into Durant during a loss to Memphis back in January. Then they got into it again in a three-point defeat at Sacramento on Feb. 4.“Hollered at me? Ha! We’re grown men, ain’t nobody hollering at me,” Durant said good-naturedly after a recent practice when asked about the animated back-and-forth, as surrounding media members erupted into laughter at his response.He then chose far more colorful language — and expletives — to describe their heated exchange during a timeout.Green acknowledges being mad that night. He and Durant are thriving now.“It just shows the trust that we have in each other, the relationship we have that we can go at each other,” Green said. “No one takes it personal. You say what you got to say, I say what I got to say. We figure it out and then we move on. That’s kind of what that was. You want to grow from moments like that if you’re a strong team, if your chemistry’s strong, you grow from moments like that. Chemistry’s not so strong, you’re not much of a together team, you can crumble from situations like that. But our chemistry is one of the things that makes us special.”ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Green raised his right arm in the air on back-to-back possessions in the fourth quarter of a Nov. 13 win against the Magic, knocking down a 3-pointer from the top of the arc before a layup moments later.“He’s unique from the standpoint of Steph, Klay and KD are guys that can go for 60. But Draymond just impacts the game in so many ways that you’ve just got to compete against him. You’ve got to understand that he can do it all,” Orlando coach Frank Vogel said.Green and Durant spent time together as 2016 Olympians in Rio. KD couldn’t wait to play with Green regularly — even if they went at it back on Feb. 4 in Sacramento.“It’s just two teammates in the heat of the moment, both needed, at that point, that game, we were all bad,” Durant said. “We needed energy somehow. We kind of both sensed that. We came back to the huddle and got after it.”Still, that fire is what Durant loves about his intense teammate. Not to mention the work he puts in shooting from every spot on the floor.“It means a lot,” Green said. “You have to have those guys’ trust. If somebody sees you working, they have more trust in that. Obviously as one of the leaders of this team, you should be one of the hardest workers.”In the past three seasons, Green has notched five games with at least five points, five rebounds, five assists and five blocks.“You understand how impactful he can be without really scoring a lot of points or having any ooh or aah moments on the offensive end,” Stephen Curry said. “He has a lot of ooh and aah moments with the hustle plays and defensively. It seems like he’s always kind of in the play somehow. We appreciate every little bit of that effort and the results he prides himself in every single time he’s out there on the floor. His stat lines sometimes look like this where he’s so well-rounded across the board — points, rebounds, assists, blocked shots and whatnot — and he’ll bang down three, four 3s every once in a while. You appreciate what he brings to the squad every single night and his energy and his passion.” Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ LATEST STORIES Golden State seemed to build from those moments, and the defending NBA champs withstood Durant’s absence for 19 games shortly thereafter because of a knee injury.Livingston is the guy who stood between them that night in the Golden 1 Center, and notes, “They’re cut from the same cloth in a sense.”“It’s good to have that type of relationship, honestly, because when adversity strikes and things hit, they’re not afraid to say anything to each other,” Livingston said, “and you need that.”The Warriors’ emotional leader has been doing a bit of everything.After a recent outing, Green stole a look at his stat line and grinned.He certainly appreciated that performance: 10 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, a season-best five blocked shots, two steals and just one turnover in 31 impressive minutes.“I like a line like that,” he said. “It kind of shows that you did everything on the floor and not just one thing. I definitely enjoy having a stat line like that if it means anything.”It means plenty to the Warriors, who are still working to find a consistent flow this season. They have struggled at times to take care of the ball and handle the basic fundamentals.That’s also typical Green, who lately is also having games in which he catches defenses off guard by knocking down 3-pointers. His teammates love it all.“I knew he would make my job way easier and I knew I could help him,” Durant said. “I knew that his intensity was going to up the level of everybody on the floor, the way he approaches the game, his passion and love for the game. That stuff stood out more than anything. Obviously he’s quick for his position, he’s got long arms, he can shoot the 3, he can pass, he can rebound, but just his passion and love for the game that kind of shines bright, and it’s contagious.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Messi receives 4th Golden Shoe as Europe’s top scorer MOST READcenter_img Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Draymond Green. AFP FILE PHOTOOAKLAND, California — Draymond Green and Kevin Durant bet on just about anything.“Life,” Green explained, “who drives home faster from the practice facility, who gets to the game earlier. You want us to tell you our whole life?”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer: Angel Gomes deserved chance

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer: Angel Gomes deserved chanceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Angel Gomes deserved his chance last week.Gomes featured in victory over Huddersfield.Solskjaer said, “It sends a signal to the boys that ‘you are close’, because they are. “They’ve done really well in training. When you get the chance to put a player out there for 15 minutes at Old Trafford to give him that experience, Angel was, of course, the one I wanted to put on. And we probably would have still done it if we’d needed a goal, as well, because he’s that sharp.” last_img

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18 days agoKeown: Daniel James will be regretting Man Utd move

first_imgKeown: Daniel James will be regretting Man Utd moveby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal title winner Martin Keown says Daniel James will be regretting his move to Manchester United.Keown reckons the Wales international is United’s youngest but best player. Heaping praise on James, Keown said on Match of the Day: “Daniel James must be thinking ‘who have I signed for here?’ “He’s their youngest player, but he’s their best player.”Manchester United were beaten 1-0 by Newcastle on Sunday. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Photo: Nebraska Students Will Wear #AveryStrong T-Shirts During Saturday’s Game vs. Michigan State

first_imgNebraska's #AveryStrong shirts.Saturday is #AveryStrong day for the Nebraska men’s basketball program. Avery Harriman, the 7-year-old son of Huskers’ assistant coach Chris Harriman, has battled leukemia since he was 2. He’s been an inspiration to Tim Miles’ team this season and the Huskers’ players are constantly interacting with their No. 1 fan. Saturday’s event will be part of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Suits and Sneakers Awareness Week. Chris Harriman says #Huskers players are constantly asking about Avery. “Its fun to see them be happy when hes doing well” #AveryStrong— Jake Bockoven (@jakebockoven) January 23, 2015Nebraska (11-7, 3-3 Big Ten) is set to host Michigan State (13-6, 4-2 Big Ten) in Lincoln Saturday. During the game, the Huskers’ students will be wearing #AveryStrong T-shirts. First 1,500 students. #GBR “@HuskerSports: Getting the shirts in place for #AveryStrong tomorrow. #Huskers” pic.twitter.com/SpUsRoHGml— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) January 23, 2015Nebraska and Michigan State are set to tip off at 4 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on ESPN.last_img read more

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Education Minister Says More Persons Should Become Multilingual

first_img Additionally, he said the new National Standards Curriculum highlights the importance of teacher competence in delivering student-centred education as among the new trends in foreign-language teaching. Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says Jamaica can benefit from enormous economic possibilities for increased trade with non-English-speaking countries, if more persons become multilingual. “As a Caribbean region, if we can effectively integrate and relate to our non-English-speaking neighbours (through) foreign-language skills, that certainly would be a great asset,” he added. Story Highlights Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says Jamaica can benefit from enormous economic possibilities for increased trade with non-English-speaking countries, if more persons become multilingual.Citing the apprehension by some individuals about Jamaica engaging in trade with non-English-speaking countries, Senator Reid said significant expansion in the global space within which nations now operate has resulted in more persons broadening their skills to include the ability to communicate in different languages.He was speaking at the Ministry’s ninth Foreign Languages Annual General Meeting, which was held at Shortwood Teachers’ College on October 27 under the theme ‘Unearthing the Kit for the 21st Century Foreign Language Learner’.The Minister argued that based on the increased number of languages at which persons across the world are becoming adept, “the more we can empower Jamaicans… to be able to speak other languages (is the more) I think trade will become easier for Jamaica”.Senator Reid said the Government, in recognition of the importance of foreign-language skills in the global economy and their relevance to virtually all career fields, has been taking steps to ensure that youngsters are so exposed at an early age.The Minister noted that student competence in a foreign language is part of the goals of the Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan.Additionally, he said the new National Standards Curriculum highlights the importance of teacher competence in delivering student-centred education as among the new trends in foreign-language teaching.“We are driving that from very early… trying to make it mandatory that students are exposed to foreign languages, with particular emphasis on training of teachers to deliver Spanish at the primary level as well as professional development of all foreign-language teachers,” the Minister said.“As a Caribbean region, if we can effectively integrate and relate to our non-English-speaking neighbours (through) foreign-language skills, that certainly would be a great asset,” he added.last_img read more

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JAMPRO Collating Recommendations on Draft National Investment Policy

first_imgStory Highlights Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is seeking to finalise the collation of stakeholder recommendations from consultations now under way with key government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), on the draft National Investment Policy (NIP) Green Paper by the end of the week. Mrs. Cox was speaking at a National Investment Policy Forum, jointly hosted by JAMPRO and the Management Institute for National Development (MIND), at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Tuesday (October 9). Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is seeking to finalise the collation of stakeholder recommendations from consultations now under way with key government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), on the draft National Investment Policy (NIP) Green Paper by the end of the week.Vice President of JAMPRO, Shullette Cox, said this is aimed at updating the document for presentation to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, which has portfolio responsibility for JAMPRO.Mrs. Cox was speaking at a National Investment Policy Forum, jointly hosted by JAMPRO and the Management Institute for National Development (MIND), at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Tuesday (October 9).JAMPRO, the Government’s investment promotion agency, serves as the NIP Technical Secretariat.Mrs. Cox noted that the Ministry is expected to conduct a review of the policy, for which it has overarching responsibility, as well as other supporting engagements to finalise the Green Paper for submission to Cabinet for deliberation, approval, and subsequent tabling in Parliament.In this regard, she is encouraging public-sector stakeholders yet to finalise their comments and recommendations to endeavour do so and submit them by Friday (October 12).“We are working on very tight timelines, because we do want to update the document and submit it to the Ministry as soon as possible,” the Vice President said, while pointing out that the agency will consider extending the timeline where requested.Mrs. Cox said barring no delays, it is anticipated that the Policy could be implemented by the end of the 2019/20 fiscal year.The forum was held under the theme ‘Enhancing Jamaica’s Competitiveness among Global Investors’.Mrs. Cox, who heads JAMPRO’s Research Advocacy and Project Implementation Division, said the current round of consultations commenced in September following the Green Paper’s drafting and submission by a special consultant in June, and subsequent approval by a 15-member Policy Steering Committee (PSC), chaired by Government Senator, Don Wehby, in July.She said the document was disseminated to all stakeholders who were initially identified in the draft among those who the NIP will impact, for the feedback.Among the responders, to date, are the Office of the Cabinet; Ministries of National Security, and Justice; National Environment and Planning Agency; and Jamaica International Financial Services Authority.Mrs. Cox indicated that a short-term consultant has been recruited to assist in incorporating all of the comments and recommendations.She pointed out that JAMPRO has earmarked fiscal year 2019/20 for wider national consultations, the outcomes of which will serve to further refine the Policy, “before again tabling it in Parliament, hopefully as a White Paper, by the end of fiscal year 2019/20”.Noting that public education and sensitisation “is going to be critical”. Mrs. Cox said once the Green Paper is tabled in Parliament, “then we will go big on communication… both in the private and public sectors”.The National Investment Policy aims to establish a comprehensive policy framework that will guide the development, administration and monitoring of the investment community, to ensure cohesion among all related initiatives, programmes, incentives regime and stakeholder contributions. Vice President of JAMPRO, Shullette Cox, said this is aimed at updating the document for presentation to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, which has portfolio responsibility for JAMPRO.last_img read more

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