Wasted chances proves Real are vulnerable, says Heynckes

first_imgBayern Munich spurned a hatful of chances in their 2-1 home loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday but coach Jupp Heynckes said the fact they created so many opportunities proves the Spaniards are vulnerable.Bayern should have been several goals to the good in the first half with Thomas Mueller, Robert Lewandowski, Mats Hummels and Franck Ribery all coming close.But the Germans were let down by some unusually sloppy finishing that allowed defending champions Real to escape with a win and left Bayern in danger of being eliminated from the competition by a Spanish club for a fifth straight season.“We are not giving up,” said Heynckes, who led Bayern to a treble of titles in 2013. “When you create so many chances against a team like Real then this is also an indication that the opponent is vulnerable.“We have nothing to lose and we will play freely. Maybe more so than in the first leg because our game was not as fluid as we would have liked.”Bayern suffered early setbacks with injuries to Arjen Robben and Jerome Boateng but kept penetrating the Real defence seemingly at will in the opening 45 minutes, with the Spanish fullbacks struggling with the speed of Ribery and Lewandowski.But instead of adding to Joshua Kimmich’s 28th minute opener, they conceded an equaliser a minute from halftime through Marcelo’s well-taken volley.A defensive blunder by Rafinha then allowed Real to complete the comeback and leaves Bayern needing a win in Madrid next week to advance to the final.“I am not blaming anyone but our defensive operation in both their goals was very bad,” Heynckes said. “Our finishing was also not good. We were not as efficient as usual.”Bayern had been near flawless in 2018, having scored 69 goals in their 20 matches in all competitions until Wednesday.Heynckes had won his previous 12 consecutive Champions League matches while Bayern had lost just once in their last 22 home games in the competition going into Wednesday’s encounter.That one defeat, however, was to Real in least year’s quarter-finals.“At the end of the day it is 2-1 for Real and we did not do ourselves any favours,” said Bayern captain Mueller. “How they (Real) did it is their thing but it shows that there is still a lot possible in the return leg.”last_img read more

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Paediatrics: Take 2

first_img“There are only two things a child will share willingly; communicable diseases and its mother’s age.”-Benjamin SpockNow that I’m in Year 5, I’m having my second go at Paediatrics. One would think that, this time around, we’d be more prepared and comfortable in the rotation. Well, the senior doctors certainly assume we are; they keep saying things like, “Well, you should’ve read that book from cover to cover back in Year 4.” To that I usually shift guiltily in my shoes and try to avoid making eye contact, because I never did get around to finishing that textbook!Another new development, since we’re now in our final year, is that we keep getting the same speech from everyone: “When are you graduating? In a few months, right? This time next year, you will be the new interns.”But apart from having my heart stop beating every time someone mentions “exams” and “graduation”, things actually are a bit better this time around. Slowly but surely, it’s dawning we might be becoming real doctors. The other day my friends and I saw a patient in the Paediatric Emergency Department, and we did the whole 9 yards: took the patient’s history, did a full exam, reviewed the case with a senior doctor, and sent the patient off with a stamped prescription. Sure, it was a simple case that didn’t require the patient to be hospitalized; and yeah, the 5 of us collectively made up 1 doctor, but we still did feel quite pleased with ourselves.And it really does feel like the things we’re learning now we’re learning for life. I’ve been grilled so many times about the management of an “acute exacerbation of asthma” that I’m having dreams about being chased by oxygen masks and nebulizer equipment. But, on a serious note, asthma is one of those things you’re guaranteed to see at least a couple of kids come in with every day, so it makes sense that we should really know about the management of asthma.And before patients are discharged from the hospital, they usually have to be counselled about how they’re going to manage their asthma when they’re home. They’re advised about avoiding triggers, to prevent setting off another asthma attack — things like cigarette smoke, pets, dust, and mould. The parents are advised to avoid having carpets and heavy drapes around the home, because those might trap dust. When taking a paediatric patient’s history, we usually ask if anyone smokes around the child. And fairly frequently, I get the response, “Well their _____ smokes, but he/she doesn’t smoke inside the house or around the child.” But that still counts as exposing the child to cigarette smoke. Because cigarette smoke clings to smokers: it clings to their hair, to their clothes, to their breath, to their skin. So there’s a chance your cigarette smoking could still act as a trigger for an asthmatic child.For a lot of kids, their first symptom of asthma is a cough that just won’t go away. Many parents go to their local pharmacist and they’re recommended an expectorant for the cough. Some doctors may also prescribe an expectorant for the cough. But if the child actually does have asthma, an expectorant won’t be a good long-term solution. Expectorants are “mucolytics”– they ‘break up’ mucus that builds up in the airways. They don’t treat the underlying problems of asthma that cause that mucus build-up in the first place. For the long-term management of asthma, drugs like inhaled corticosteroids and bronchodilators have been shown to be very effective. For each child with asthma, an asthma action plan should be agreed upon, with options that work best for that child. And I don’t think paediatrics is as bad as George Clooney says it is: “After doing “One Fine Day” and playing a paediatrician on ER, I’ll never have kids. I’m going to have a vasectomy.”He was just acting…the real thing is more satisfying!last_img read more

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Guyana losing millions of US dollars due to incompetence, no clear vision

first_imgDear Editor,The APNU/AFC regime has been conspicuously silent on the progress, or lack thereof, on issues of the Guyana/Norway Agreement. Although this Government has become notorious for its lack of openness and transparency, reticence on this subject is especially surprising, because this partnership is one of the most significant bilateral relationships in Guyana’s history, and one in which the Guyanese people have always been keenly interested.Specifically, there are two main issues for which answers are needed; namely, the status of payments earned under the partnership, and the decision on the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project (AFHP).In May 2015, just days before the elections, I announced that Guyana had earned a fifth payment of US million, which will be transferred to the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF). As a result, when the PPP/C left office in May 2015, Guyana had earned five payments that totalled US0 million.Of this, it will be recalled that US million were deposited in the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as Government’s equity in the AFHP. The remaining funds were to be held in the GRIF. The funds held in the GRIF were used to develop hinterland communities, promote micro and small business ownership, and enhance drainage on the coast, among other projects.Under my administration, the sixth and final performance assessment was scheduled to be conducted in September 2015. The successful completion of this process would have led to a payment valued up to US million. Further, upon expiry of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Governments, I am confident that the PPP/C Government could have secured a second phase of our partnership with Norway.From various press reports, I have become aware that there has been a ‘no-cost extension’ to the MoU. This means that although the lifetime of the MoU has been extended beyond its expiry date of July 2015, there are no new opportunities for financing.Worse yet, the actions of the APNU/AFC regime resulted in the fifth payment of US million never being transferred to the GRIF, and the US million for the AFHP remain locked away in the IDB. Moreover, the assessment for the sixth and final payment of up to US million has not taken place.Cumulatively, this amounts to US5 million which this Government has failed to access for Guyana’s development.Unfortunately, the APNU/AFC coalition has allowed propaganda and vitriol from the campaign trail to dictate its statements and positions as the Government. Arguably, in no instance is this truer than that of the AFHP. When in opposition, the APNU and the AFC did their utmost to sabotage this important project. They shamelessly voted against it in Parliament, and evidently this practice has continued now that they are in Government.At present, almost nine months have passed since the Norconsult report, which presented an independent evaluation of the AFHP, was released. It must be recalled that the preparation of the report was a joint decision between the Governments of Guyana and Norway, as Ministers Trotman and Jordan represented Guyana in these talks. The Norconsult report definitively stated, “The only realistic path for Guyana towards an emission free electricity sector is by developing its hydropower potential. The fastest way forward is to maintain the AFHP as the first major step for substituting its current oil-fired generation.”Despite the report’s conclusions, the APNU-AFC Government continues to sidestep the issue, and still has not made a decision on whether the AFHP will move forward. In December 2015, the APNU/AFC Government indicated to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that, conditional upon the availability of resources, Guyana will transition to 100% of its power supply coming from renewable energy generation by 2025.This is an impossibility without the AFHP. Moreover, if this goal is not reached, this regime cannot justifiably argue that financial resources were not available, when US million are sitting in the IDB!This flip-flopping has had dire consequences not only for the country’s development, but also to the Guyana/Norway partnership. In an opinion piece published in March 2017 in the Guyana Chronicle, Per Pharo stated that Norway will be in a position to transfer the US million to the GRIF and to put the US million towards achieving Guyana’s energy transition goal only when the Government announces “a plan for a concrete, realistic and cost effective transition to clean and renewable energy.”The actions of the Government to develop this plan are unknown. However, troubling signals are ever present, as a recent announcement from Robert Badal, in his capacity as Chairman of the Board of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL), indicated that the Government is investigating a transition of Guyana power supply to natural gas. This is completely at odds with the commitments Guyana has made to the international community.The Guyanese people deserve answers. At the moment, all that is clear is the incompetence of the regime. Their small-mindedness and vindictiveness are costing the Guyanese people some US5 million. This sum could go a far way in securing our clean energy supply, and to further develop small and medium size enterprises in our interior and on the coast.The regime must provide that information now. President Granger should go to a press conference and address these issues.Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

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Pros to battle Kenya Open slots at Windsor

first_img0Shares0000Greg Snow leading Safari Tour log.NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 7 – The top eight qualifiers to the Kenya Open Golf Championship will be decided at the final Safari Tour event to be held at the Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club from February 16 -20.According the Patrick Obath, the Kenya Open Tournament Director, the Safari Tour was the principal ranking route for qualification into the Kenya Open. “Since August 2018, we have staged five Safari Tour events and at each of these legs the golf professionals have been awarded points based on their performance; the better the performance the more points gained,” Obath said.“The top eight participants from the Safari Tour will be announced at the end of the sixth leg at Windsor and these eight Pros will be awarded a slot into the Kenya Open Golf Championship 2019,” Obath added.Muthaiga’s Greg Snow currently leads the Safari Tour ranking with 95.5 points following his fourth-place finish at Nyali, victory at Vet Lab Sports Club, first place finish at Limuru Country Club and victory at Thika Greens and Muthaiga Golf Club. Snow was on top form at Muthaiga, winning that leg of the Tour with a 15-stroke lead.Dismas IndizaMumias resident Professional Dismas Indiza is second with 92 points having been consistent throughout the Tour.He finished second in Nyali, lost to Snow in a playoff at Vet Lab, he was T3 in Limuru, second at Thika Greens and T2 at Muthaiga.Golf Park’s David Wakhu is third with 61.5 points; he was victorious at the first Safari Tour event at Nyali but has been inconsistent since then, failing to score a single point in Thika Greens for example.Kenya’s most decorated golf professional at the Kenya Open, Jacob Okello is currently lying joint ninth with 42.5 points, only five points shy of eighth placed Madoya.Kenya Proffesional golfers Charan Thethy and Jacob Okello watch Yusuf Omari-Najib Balala-Peter Kanyago and Kirimi Kaberia putt at Karen Country Club. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAOkello, Nyali’s Ngugi Njuguna and Uganda’s Philip Kasozi have a mathematical chance of qualifying after the Windsor leg.Only Snow and Indiza are safe, Wakhu requires 1.5 points at Windsor to finish among the top eighth and qualify for the Kenya Open whilst Charania, who will be playing on his home course, will need at least 3.5 points to qualify.Indiza will go to Windsor looking for his maiden victory at the Safari Tour whilst Snow will be looking to prove that his resounding victory at Muthaiga was not a fluke. Wakhu, Charania, Ngige and Wangai will be fighting for a place in the top eight and an automatic place in the Kenya Open.Only 17 professional golfers have a chance to make it into the top eight of the Safari Tour.In addition to the Kenya Open qualification slots, the Professionals will be playing for a total prize kitty of KShs 3million courtesy of Magical Kenya, Barclays Bank of Kenya and Johnnie Walker. The winner of the Windsor leg will take home Sh450,000.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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LeBron leads Cavs to divisional title

first_imgThey also secured the second seed behind Atlanta in the Eastern Conference playoffs.James finished with 21 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, while Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 27 points.Kevin Love added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavs, who earned their first Central Division title since 2009-2010 — before James departed his home state team for four seasons in Miami.“It means a lot,” said James, who returned to Cleveland this season as a free agent.“Just from the simple fact that I understand how hard it is to win in professional sports and to be able to clinch a division and put a banner in our building it means something to me and it should mean something to all of us.“We understand we have bigger goals than this, but along with bigger goals you have accomplishments you can’t take for granted.”Although the Hawks are already assured of the top seed in the East, they’re making a strong run into the playoffs.Al Horford scored 24 points, including a dunk with 19 seconds left that lifted Atlanta to a 114-111 victory at the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.The defeat saw the Nets fall into a tie with Boston for seventh place in the Eastern Conference, with the Celtics owning the tiebreaker.If the Nets can hang on for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East they would face the Hawks in the first round.The Celtics inched closer to a playoff berth with a 113-103 victory over Detroit, but Miami and Indiana are just one game back in the race for the final post-season spot.In the Western Conference, reigning NBA champions San Antonio continued their bid to grab the Southwest Division with a 110-98 victory over division leaders Houston.Tony Parker led the Spurs with 27 points. Kawhi Leonard chipped in 20 points and Boris Diaw added 15 points and nine rebounds off the bench for San Antonio, who have won nine straight and pulled within one half-game of the Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies for the division lead.Memphis parlayed an impressive shooting performance into a 110-74 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.The Grizzlies shot 51.1 percent from the floor overall. Six Memphis players scored in double figures, with Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol and Jeff Green scoring 15 apiece.The Pelicans lost for the second time in three games and dropped into a tie for eighth in the Western Conference with idle Oklahoma City.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MILWAUKEE, April 9- Cleveland superstar LeBron James drained a three-pointer with 14.9 seconds left to help the Cavaliers beat Milwaukee 104-99 on Wednesday and clinch the NBA Central Division title.Even before completing their fourth straight victory, the Cavaliers were assured of the division title thanks to Chicago’s loss to Orlando.last_img read more

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Building numbers down in first quarter compared to last year

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – In the first three months of 2017, the City of Fort St. John has received half of the revenue for building permits and fees than it did over the same time period last year.Looking at the building numbers for March of this year, the value of building starts in the city was only $80,000, for two properties. In January, February, and March, the construction value is only $3,489,000, down from $5.73 million in the first quarter of 2016. In total, two single family detached homes, six commercial, and three industrial properties were started.City revenues from construction are also down compared to last year. Last month, the city only raked in 2,047.95 from fees and permits, and since January only $25,055.33. In the same time frame a year ago, that same number stood at $50,434.64.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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China rejects U.S. warning about toothpaste possibly containing poisonous chemical

first_imgChina rejected a warning issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration urging consumers to avoid using Chinese toothpaste because it may contain a poisonous chemical used in antifreeze. Calling the FDA warning “unscientific, irresponsible and contradictory,” China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said in a statement posted on its Web site late Saturday that low levels of the chemical have been deemed safe for consumption. The FDA increased its scrutiny of toothpaste made in China because of reports that the products may contain diethylene glycol, a thickening agent used as a low-cost — but frequently deadly — substitute for glycerin, a sweetener commonly used in drugs. The agency was not aware of any poisoning but found toothpaste with the chemical in a shipment at the U.S. border and at two bargain retail stores, a Dollar Plus in Miami and a Todo A Peso in Puerto Rico. China’s main food safety regulator said in its statement that the ingredients of toothpaste exported to the U.S. is offered to the FDA, showing the amount of diethylene glycol. Also, the toothpaste’s labeling has already been registered with the FDA, allowing it to be sold in the U.S, the statement said. The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said experts from the Health Ministry had deemed diethylene glycol a “low-level” poison that does not accumulate in the body and found no evidence the substance caused cancer or deformities. It also said European Union standards allow for a certain amount of the chemical and cited a 2000 Chinese study that found toothpaste containing less than 15.6 percent diethylene glycol was not harmful. The Chinese toothpaste the FDA is concerned about contains between 3 percent to 4 percent of the drug, according to the FDA. “Therefore the warning issued by the FDA … is unscientific, irresponsible and contradictory,” the agency said. The agency “requests the U.S. clarify the facts in a scientific manner as soon as possible and properly handle the issue.” The FDA alert Friday said the agency found diethylene glycol, or DEG, in three products manufactured by Goldcredit International Trading in China: Cooldent Fluoride, Cooldent Spearmint and Cooldent ICE. The agency also found the chemical in one product manufactured by Suzhou City Jinmao Daily Chemical Co. Analysis of that product, Shir Fresh Mint Fluoride Paste, found it contained about 1 percent DEG. Phones at both companies rang unanswered Sunday. Companies that make brands previously found with DEG will have to prove the toothpaste is free of the chemical before it’s allowed into the U.S., the FDA said. Meanwhile, all other brands of Chinese-made toothpaste will be stopped for testing, something the FDA has been doing since May 23. A slew of Chinese exports have recently been banned or turned away by U.S. inspectors including, wheat gluten tainted with the chemical melamine that has been blamed for dog and cat deaths in North America, monkfish that turned out to be toxic pufferfish, drug-laced frozen eel, and juice made with unsafe color additives. DEG was blamed for the deaths of 51 people in Panama after they took tainted cold medicine. China has admitted it was the source of the deadly chemical but insists it was originally labeled as for industrial use only. Officials in Panama and several other Latin American countries have removed tens of thousands of tubes of Chinese-made toothpaste from stores amid concerns that they contain DEG.last_img read more

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Harry Kane on his sporting heroes, ‘struggling’ Liverpool, Pochettino and more

first_imgHarry Kane joined talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams for an exclusive interview.Speaking at an event for Lucozade Sport’s Made To Move campaign, the Tottenham star discussed his passion for American football and revealed which two sports stars he would most like to meet.He also looked ahead to this weekend’s Premier League clash with Liverpool, discussed his side’s title chances, and explained why he will never be interested in a move to China.Listen to the interview with Harry Kane in full above.RELATED: ‘Chelsea ARE catchable’ – Harry Kane tells talkSPORT Tottenham confident they can still win Premier League titleRELATED: ‘Some people are motivated by money, but I’m not one of them’ – Harry Kane says he has no desire to leave Tottenhamlast_img

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McKeon’s forest bill meets with opposition

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesAngry lawmakers lambasted environmentalists at the hearing over their opposition to the new bill. “If we have a forest fire, it’s your fault, and I hope your group will take the responsibility when we’re not thinning out the forests properly,” Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, scolded Craig Thomas, director of the Sierra Nevada Forest Protection Campaign. Rep. George Radanovich, R-Mariposa, interrupted Thomas to accuse him of trying to destroy the last saw mill in the area. “If you stop these sales, sir, with your lawsuits, this logging company is going to go out of business,” Radanovich said. Thomas said he hoped the company, Sierra Forest Products, could stay in business. But he added that Nunes’ bill, which would boost two logging projects, would result in extreme tree-cutting without adequate environmental reviews. WASHINGTON – Two forest bills – one introduced by U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon – met controversy this week in a congressional hearings. The Eastern Sierra Rural Heritage and Economic Enhancement Act by McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, would protect 40,000 acres of wilderness area in Mono County and designate 26 miles of the Amargosa River in Inyo County as wild and scenic river. It also would create an 11,000-acre snowmobile recreation area near the Sonora Pass. The bill has won support from supervisors in Mono and Inyo counties, and U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer have introduced companion legislation in the Senate. But the bill – a rare compromise for wilderness legislation – drew opposition at Thursday’s hearing of the House Resources Committee’s forests subcommittee from an official with the Off-Road Business Association who said it doesn’t safeguard enough recreation opportunities. McKeon’s bill has widespread support compared with another piece of legislation to speed logging in the Sierra Nevada. The projects also could deal a fatal blow to the Pacific fisher, a small carnivore whose habitat has been reduced by logging and other activities and is a candidate for government protections, Thomas said. “The fisher will not withstand that project. As it is currently designed, it is flawed,” Thomas testified at a hearing. The bill would “aggravate the disputes and undo the opportunities for improving scientific understanding of how to manage important resources,” he said. Nunes’ bill, the Giant Sequoia National Monument Transition Act of 2006, has two components: It would allow completion of logging projects on 2,413 acres in the 327,769-acre Giant Sequoia National Monument. These projects were under contract with Sierra Forest Products when the monument was designated in 2000, but the company set them aside for several years. When it returned to them last year, environmental groups sued, arguing that federal law required reassessment of environmental reviews because so much time had passed and conditions had changed. It also would speed a forest-thinning and restoration project called the Kings River Research Project covering more than 130,000 acres in the southern Sierra Nevada. Environmentalists say tree-cutting in the project as it is now written is extreme. They complain the bill doesn’t give enough protection because it says actions on the project shall be “deemed to be in compliance” with federal law.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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Rangers lose ground on Celtic after draw at ten-man Dundee

first_img Latest Football News Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Halliday’s free-kick had seemingly put Rangers on course for victory 2 Rangers missed a golden opportunity to keep the pressure on Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic after only managing a 1-1 draw at ten-man Dundee.A win would have put Steven Gerrard’s men level on points with the Hoops, however, the result did see them go above Kilmarnock and into second place. But this will not make them feel any better about the fact they failed to beat Dundee, who started the game bottom of the league and also played over 70 minutes of the match a man down.The home side took a shock lead when former Rangers favourite Kenny Miller clipped the ball beyond Allan McGregor on nine minutes.Miller did not celebrate out of respect for his former club.However, the game turned in Gers’ favour ten minutes later when Nathan Ralph was dismissed by referee Alan Muir for a crunching tackle on Daniel Candeias on the edge of the box. RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? huge blow center_img no dice BEST OF Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions MONEY Andy Halliday equalised from the resulting free-kick to bring the scores level.Kyle Lafferty thought he put Rangers 2-1 up later in the first-half but his goal from Ryan Kent’s cutback was controversially ruled out for offside by the referee’s assistant.The game was there for the Glasgow-based side but Dundee defended resolutely and Rangers were unable to break them down and find a winner. REVEALED 2 It’s not ideal preparation for their Europa League match at Rapid Vienna on Thursday last_img read more

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