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Sherwood: Agbonlahor key for Villa

first_imgTim Sherwood has called on Gabriel Agbonlahor to repeat his derby heroics and insisted he is crucial to Aston Villa’s survival bid. The forward scored just his fourth goal of the season in Villa’s 2-1 win over West Brom on Tuesday, which lifted them out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. They face the Baggies at Villa Park again on Saturday in the FA Cup quarter-final following Christian Benteke’s last-minute penalty winner. Press Association “He’s had a lot of games now, a lot of experience, and I’m saying: ‘Just go out there and play where you think you can hurt them, you take up positions’. “I brought Sandro back into the team (last season) to sit in that pivot, everyone else went forward. We had three defenders to look after the counter-threat of Agbonlahor.” Sherwood is without the suspended Alan Hutton but could welcome back Ron Vlaar after a calf problem, with the skipper being assessed. Aly Cissokho, Kieran Richardson and Nathan Baker are out but Sherwood will take a repeat of Tuesday’s drama against the Baggies. He added: “If I knew the outcome of the script, I would have taken that, win 2-1, local derby, 94th minute, two strikers scoring, blooding a young kid (Jack Grealish) for 35 minutes – the longest he’s played on the pitch – I don’t think I could have dreamt it up.” Agbonlahor has been criticised for inconsistent performances in recent years but Sherwood believes he can now be Villa’s trump card. He said: “It’s about this time when Gabby normally comes out and starts keeping this team in the league. “I had a lot of chats with him, a lot of chats with Christian and every player. The strike partnership outside the top six, they’ve got to be the best two. “But on paper doesn’t make any difference, you have to go and prove it and go and do it. “It shouldn’t be ignored and I think it was appreciated by the fans the other night, they were singing his name, you can’t imagine how much players grow from that. I’ve managed one of the hottest strikers in English football at the moment, Harry Kane, he had to win over those Tottenham fans.” Sherwood wants to tap into Agbonlahor, Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer with 70, and admitted he made special plans to combat the 28-year-old while Tottenham boss last season. “Absolutely,” he said, when asked whether he identified Agbonlahor as key to Villa. “Every game I’ve told him to play on the shoulder and look to get in behind, because once he gets in behind you he’s very quick and hard to stop. last_img read more

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Playtech BGT Sports strengthens Jenningsbet partnership

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share BGC members to donate virtual grand national profits to NHS charity April 1, 2020 BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Russell Colvin joins FSB as retail lead June 9, 2020 Share Omni-channel sports betting solutions provider Playtech BGT Sports (PBS) has strengthened its long-term partnership with Jenningsbet by agreeing to continue supplying its self-service betting terminals (SSBTs).The multi-year extension will see PBS roll out its SSBTs across the operator’s retail estate throughout the United Kingdom. Lee Drabwell, Senior Commercial Director at Playtech BGT Sports, commented: “We’re delighted to have extended our deal with Jennings and look forward to providing its customers with the best products and features available.“Our SSBTs are now an integral part of the modern betting shop experience, particularly when it comes to in-play betting options. With the industry’s leading operators such as Jennings lining up to extend their agreements, we see this deal as the perfect endorsement for how good our product is.”The partnership is hoped to reflect a shift towards a ‘digitised in-shop user experience’ whereby punters can access sporting events and information directly via the terminals. It comes as PBS continues to roll out its SSBTs across UK retail betting shops, having already produced double digit growth year-on-year.Julian Knight, Managing Director at Jenningsbet, added: “When it comes to driving incremental revenue and delivering the digitised retail experience that customers increasingly desire, extending our contract with PBS was a no-brainer.“Self-service is integral to retail betting’s future and we’re seeing continued adoption across all our shops as more and more customers take to using them.“Enhancing the customer experience through market leading technology is key to our strategy and we see PBS as the perfect partner to deliver that.”last_img read more

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The 6th Annual Pittsburgh City League High School All Sports HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS

first_img JOHN BYRD accepts the Carl Kohlman Memorial Community Sports Service Award. The award was presented by former Pitt basketball star and City League Hall of Fame member Darrelle Porter. BOB ALLEN OF KDKA-TV accepts the Eddie Jefferies City League Media Award. The award was presented by Kevin McDaniels. NARRON JACKSON, one of the City League’s all-time great basketball stars, is inducted into the Hall of Fame. His close friend, Courtney Wallace, was unable to attend, but was also inducted. Wallace was also a City League basketball legend. MARY SKINNER accepts the Dr. Helen Faison Memorial Community Service Award. The award was presented by committee member oand City League Hall of Fame member Henri Chatman. ONE OF THE CITY LEAGUE’S ALL-TIME GREAT STUDENT ATHLETES, SARA WEINERT, is inducted into The Great Hall. She accepts the award from committee member Kevin McDaniels. by Courier Newsroom (ABOUT THE TOP PHOTO: THE 2019 CITY LEAGUE STUDENT ATHLETES OF THE YEAR are inducted into the Future Stars Division. The award was presented by Leslie K. Toombs, center. The ceremony took place, Nov. 2, at the 20th Century Club. 2)last_img read more

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Mud Snails, Seahorses and Lady Crabs

first_img‘Seine the Bay Day’ Reveals What Lies BeneathStory and photos by Joe ReynoldsWhat’s swimming in Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook Bay? It turns out quite a bit.Members of the all-volunteer Bayshore Regional Watershed Council conducted the sixth annual late spring “Seine the Bay Day” on June 4. The goal was to discover what fish, crabs and other aquatic creatures live along the edge of Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook Bay, the southern shore of New York Harbor.Surveys were conducted at four locations: Cliffwood Beach in Aberdeen Township, Conaskonck Point in Union Beach, near the mouth of Pews Creek in Port Monmouth, and near the mouth of Many Mind Creek in Atlantic Highlands.As in years past, a 50-foot-long seine net, a horizontal nylon net with buoys on top and weights on the bottom, was dragged through shallow waters and pulled towards the shore. All aquatic creatures were identified, cataloged, and returned to the estuary.The volunteers counted well over 600 crabs in total at all sites surveyed.By seining the shore, watershed members were able to show how local waters are an important nursery. Many of the critters found included young-of-year (YOY) fish – juvenile fish that have hatched out of eggs this past spring. Schools of young herring were found in abundance at Cliffwood Beach, Port Monmouth, and Atlantic Highlands. The herring hatched out of eggs in freshwater portions of the estuary several weeks ago, and are now swimming towards saltier waters with the start of warm weather.Over 20 juvenile winter flounder, a flatfish, were also found at Atlantic Highlands. They averaged in size between two to three inches long. Their high density near the mouth of Many Mind Creek suggests the sandy shoreline is a nursery. As populations of winter flounder continue to decline in the Northeast, it’s important to detect these areas.Other signs of new life included pregnant silversides or spearing, and clusters of snail eggs at all four sites. Exposed Horseshoe crabs were also found in wet sand at Cliffwood Beach.Seahorses were among the diverse marine life discovered by volunteers dragging a net through local waters on Seine the Bay Day.The most unique discovery of the day, however, was hauling in an adult seahorse at Port Monmouth. Yes, they really do exist in Sandy Hook Bay. The Northern lined seahorse is our native species. They often can be found clinging to sea grasses, pilings, or other floating objects in shallow waters foraging for tiny shellfish. Sadly, due to the loss of many sea grass beds, seahorse populations are lower around Sandy Hook Bay than in decades past.In addition to seining, volunteers surveyed the water for salinity, turbidity, and water temperature. Salinity readings were about 23 parts per thousand and water temperature averaged in the low to mid 70s F. Turbidity tests showed the water to be quite murky, especially at Atlantic Highlands, where volunteers could not even see their toes in less than one foot of water.No doubt, seining is a great way to gain an insight into the health of the near-shore environment where many people swim and enjoy the water. It provides a snap shot at what dwells along the edge of Sandy Hook Bay and Raritan Bay.Joe Reynolds is co-chair of the Bayshore Regional Watershed Council (www.restoreraritanbay.org) and a local naturalist. See the website for a full list of fish found at each site.last_img read more

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Birds Sing Duets

first_imgThe little wrens in your backyard are not only soloists; they sing duets.  A number of birds have been found to sing together in unison, or in antiphonal pairs.  Some alternate melodic lines in rapid-fire succession and some sing in choirs.  This was described by Susan Milius in Science News.1  One ornithologist was stunned in the mists of Ecuador when he heard a group of wrens singing together, in “one of the most complex singing performances yet described in a nonhuman animal.”  Duetting is known in at least 222 species of birds.    One researcher found a four-part, synchronized chorus with alternating parts of males and females who shifted parts at least twice a second.And when one considers the split-second alternation, the birds’ singing surpasses human vocal virtuosity.    That’s the latest, most extreme example of duetting birds, a phenomenon that has fascinated birders for decades and inspired its own chorus of theorizing about what might drive such displays.  Warning off rivals?  Foiling flirtations?  Checking musical passwords?  In the past few years, field biologists have applied modern ideas about evolution to begin new tests of why duetters do it….Over several decades, scientists have offered at least a dozen explanations for the purpose of avian duets.  The theories have focused on the forest, the pair, or conflicts of interest between individual birds.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Milius listed a number of proposals, but each seems to have exceptions, and none rises to the top.  “All the ideas about the function of duets need more testing,” is the conclusion.  “As bird duets start to make sense, maybe they’ll shed light on other duetting species.  Birds duet.  Bugs duet.  Even some primates do it.” (That’s us.)    The online article has links to websites where you can listen to sound files of the birds singing.  Here’s one by Mennill and Rogers and another from Daniel Mennill in Costa Rica.1Susan Milius, “Just Duet: Biologists puzzle over bird’s ensemble vocalizations,” Science News, Week of Jan. 28, 2006; Vol. 169, No. 4 , p. 58.It seems overkill for evolution to produce the complex brains and sensory capabilities required for high-speed coordinated singing of melodic lines just to protect territory or attract mates.  There are things in nature too wonderful for mere survival.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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New anti-trafficking law for South Africa

first_imgTraffickers will have to deal with the lawonce South Africa’s new legislation comes into force.In Cape Town in 2011, the Body Shop South Africa and Child Welfare presented over 43 000 signatures to Parliament’sPortfolio Committee for Justice and Constitutional Development. (Images: The Body Shop) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lynn Giles  Eclipse Public Relations  +27 21 555 4282 RELATED ARTICLES • Pupils benefit from couple’s calling • Liliesleaf: keeping the memory alive • ConCourt art tells SA’s story • Cash boost for Baartman memorial • Human rights revisitedWilma den HartighIn a significant move to protect the rights of South Africa’s women and children, Parliament’s justice portfolio committee chairperson Luwellyn Landers announced that the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill will be passed in April.South Africa is one of the few countries in the world that has achieved the human rights milestone of enacting legislation to fight trafficking.Once the Bill becomes an Act in parliament and is fully operational, it will be one of the most comprehensive laws against human trafficking in the country.All countries – including South Africa – that are signatories to the UN protocol to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children, are encouraged to pass domestic legislation to fulfil their international obligations.The South African Bill, which has been under discussion in Parliament for the past five years, was drafted in response to the UN’s global call for action against trafficking.There are a number of reforms that the Bill will bring into place. It provides for prosecution of people involved in trafficking and also for harsh sentences to be imposed.The intention of the legislation is to prevent and stop trafficking in people, and provide protection and assistance to victims of trafficking.Campaigning to stop traffickingSouth Africa’s decisive action against trafficking is sending out a clear message that the country’s women and children are not for sale.The decision has been welcomed by ECPAT, an international global network of organisations working together to eliminate child prostitution, child pornography and the trafficking of children for sexual purposes; Child Welfare South Africa (CWSA), as well as The Body Shop, a global natural and ethical cosmetics retailer.Together these organisations have been actively involved in an on-going global campaign, spearheaded by The Body Shop, to urge governments to do more to protect the 1.2-million children and young people being trafficked every year for sexual exploitation.Trix Marais, acting national executive director of CWSA, said that the Bill is an important step forward to protect the victims of trafficking. “Trafficking is nothing less than contemporary slavery,” Marais said.She said it is important that the Bill doesn’t only look good on paper. Training is needed to ensure that the legislation is implemented effectively.“We need to know how to the use the Bill so we can enforce it,” she said.The Body Shop group is famous for its campaigns that raise awareness about important social and environmental issues such as violence in the home, HIV and Aids, and renewable energy.Its campaigns have been successful in reaching key decision makers who can bring about change. Now, its drive against trafficking is another success story.The Body Shop South Africa’s campaign manager, Lana-Anne Scheepers, says that the passing of the Bill is a step in the right direction to protect children from trafficking, a crime that has been largely unaddressed.With the legislation in place, trafficking criminals will no longer be able to operate without fear of repercussion.The response to the campaign – both at home and globally – has been unprecedented.In South Africa, the campaign put pressure on the justice portfolio committee to pass the legislation. Last year, CWSA and The Body Shop South Africa led a march to Parliament where they handed over a petition containing 43 000 signatures to lobby the government to approve the Bill.In October last year, the campaign resulted in one of the largest petitions ever to be presented to the UN. All over the world, 7.2-million signatures were collected, calling on governments to take urgent action to stop sex trafficking.The campaign has been so successful that 14 countries across the world have committed to adopt new legislation against trafficking.A lucrative industryHuman trafficking is one of the biggest money-spinners in the organised crime world.According to Corinne Sandenbergh, director of Stop Trafficking of Persons, an organisation that creates awareness and educates the public about the realities of human trafficking, this industry is the third largest international crime, following illegal drugs and arms trafficking.The industry is believed to be worth billions of dollars each year. Driving the trade is the demand for commercial sexual exploitation. According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, 79% of all global trafficking is for sexual exploitation.Although the extent of trafficking operations in South Africa is not known, large numbers of people are believed to be trafficked each year, within South Africa and across its borders.Taking action in South AfricaIn a parliamentary monitoring briefing about the Bill, minister of justice and constitutional development Jeff Radebe said the Bill was drafted based on a South African Law Reform Commission investigation, which started in 2003, probing into the causes of trafficking in people.The investigation identified factors such as poverty, war and political instability as some of the main causes of trafficking.In South Africa, children are particularly vulnerable to trafficking and remain relatively unprotected from exploitation for sexual and labour purposes.The high prevalence of HIV and Aids in South Africa is also contributing to the problem as many children live in poverty as a result of being orphaned – only increasing their vulnerability to exploitation. Internal trafficking occurs because of high unemployment and poverty.The new Act will address the shortcomings of existing fragmented legislation, but this does not mean that South Africa has not been able to do anything about trafficking crimes.Until now, South Africa’s judiciary system has relied on other laws such as the Sexual Offences Act, 1957; the Riotous Assemblies Act, 1956; the Immigration Act, 2002; the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997; the Intimidation Act, 1982; the Domestic Violence Act, 1998; the Films and Publications Act, 1996 and the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, 1998. Under the common law, depending on the circumstances of each case, anyone suspected of trafficking can be charged with kidnapping, common assault, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, extortion, attempted murder and murder.last_img read more

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Will tell Supreme Court about people’s plight in Jammu and Kashmir: Ghulam Nabi Azad

first_imgLeader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is back from a recent visit to Jammu and Kashmir, on Monday said he would submit a report to the Supreme Court to highlight the plight of the common citizens caused by the “government-made disaster”. He claimed that “thousands of daily wage earners don’t have enough to eat”.Mr. Azad, who had gone on a six-day tour of J&K after being permitted by the top court, said an “environment of fear” prevailed there and alleged the “local administration was being used to repress people”.He said officers of the J&K administration intimated all those people who wanted to meet him and videographed all those who visited him at government guesthouses.“The government tried to make sure that people are not able to meet me. People were made to believe that they will be picked up and and locked in prison. And all those who came to meet me in government guest houses were videographed,” Mr. Azad claimed.Mr. Azad said nearly 50% of the population was engaged in handicraft, tourism-related occupations like operating houseboats and taxis and growing and transporting fruits; but since August 5, when the Centre diluted Article 370, business has come down to “zero”.“Only the very courageous came and met me. They were anyway starving, so they decided that it is better to speak up. I am not sharing here what they told me as they be picked up but I will tell the Supreme Court in my report,” he told reporters.He demanded that daily wage earners and workers be given free food by the government until they can earn their livelihood.“They don’t have anything to eat now. Initially, they were given food by their neighbours but it is difficult to do so for weeks together,” he said.Rejecting that the Centre’s claims that most of the restrictions have been removed, the former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister said normal life is still crippled with students not attending schools and educational institutions and majority of the markets remaining shut.last_img read more

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Who should Manchester United sign if Paul Pogba leaves?

first_imgManchester United need to start planning for life without Paul Pogba. When asked about his future this week, Pogba said it could be “a good time for a new challenge somewhere else”.When it comes to transfers, Ole Gunnar Solskjær has made it clear he wants the club to move away from the model that has failed in recent years. The manager wants to bring in young, hungry players whose wage demands will not break the bank. So, who could fill the void if Pogba leaves?We have taken Pogba’s statistics from last season and compared them against six players who could fit into the United midfield. The players were all compared against Pogba’s numbers per 90 minutes for non-penalty goals (0.18), assists (0.27), passes into and inside the final third (27.19), key passes from open play (1.62), dribbles (1.79), dribble success (65.2%) and tackles (1.41).Pogba is a unique and mercurial talent whose style of play makes him a magnet for the spotlight, but Manchester United should not be too panicked about replacing the numbers he posts. If the club want a player who produces similar statistics to Pogba, Maddison would be a good option; if they want a more creative, team-orientated player, Ruiz may be their man; and, if they want a goalscoring midfielder, Van de Beek is one of the finest in Europe. Like Tielemans, Van de Beek has been linked with a move to United but he isn’t particularly similar to Pogba either. The Dutch international may be good signing but he wouldn’t really fill Pogba’s boots.The 22-year old enjoyed a fantastic season in front of goal, helping to fire Ajax to the Eredivisie title. He is a midfielder who likes to arrive late in the box and take up goalscoring positions. A Lampard-like player in that sense, Van de Beek comes out on top in terms of goals (0.33 per 90 minutes) and assists (0.37 per 90 minutes). Although he isn’t really the sort of player who will link play in advanced positions (he made just 13.61 final third passes per 90 minutes) or break the lines with his dribbling (0.77 per 90).In summary, there are players out there with bags of potential who could take Pogba’s place in the team. Getting value for money may prove tougher than replacing a player who has blown boiling hot and freezing cold during his second spell in Manchester.• Visit WhoScored for more statistics and ratings• Follow WhoScored and Martin Laurence on Twitter features Paul Pogba Manchester United Reuse this content Infographic: WhoScored Share via Email Pinterest Share on Messenger Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIncenter_img Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Facebook Transfer window James Maddison, Leicester CityOf the six players selected here, James Maddison is the closest match to Pogba based on his statistics from last season. It was the 22-year-old’s first campaign in top-flight football, but he stepped up with ease.Maddison’s figures for assists (0.22), dribbles (1.58) and passes in the final third (23.2) fell short of Pogba’s. However, the two players created a near identical number of chances from open player (1.61 per 90 minutes) and Maddison was on top when it came to goals (0.19), successful tackles (1.52) and dribble success rate (68.5%).Fabián Ruiz, NapoliHaving been forced to bide his time for a starting role at Napoli, Fabián Ruiz became increasingly influential for Carlo Ancelotti’s side as the season wore on. His form towards the end of the campaign has reportedly aroused the interest of Real Madrid, with Napoli apparently demanding at least double the €30m they paid to sign the Spaniard from Real Betis last summer.Given the transfer fees United are thought to be weighing up, that wouldn’t necessarily be a stumbling block for a player who outperformed Pogba last season by a significant margin in many areas. While Fabián registered notably fewer assists, his overall creativity was sensational, averaging a remarkable 2.8 key passes from open play, 31.93 passes in the final third and an impressive 2.44 tackles per 90 minutes.Giovani Lo Celso, Real BetisGiovani Lo Celso was effectively Fabian’s replacement at Real Betis last season and he was an extremely shrewd signing for the club, who are now in line to make a huge profit on the Argentinian. The 23-year-old’s versatility would make him an asset to any side; he previously operated as a deep-lying playmaker at PSG before adopting a far more advanced role in Spain.Lo Celso, who is currently representing his country at the Copa América, is coming off a prolific season. He averaged 0.26 goals per 90, but he isn’t as creative as Pogba, or indeed much of the competition here. He makes up for that with his dribbling (2.35 successful dribbles per 90 minutes) and tackling (1.98 per 90 minutes).Houssem Aouar, LyonIf a move for Maddison proves too costly for United, Houssem Aouar offers a startlingly similar skillset. The Frenchman usually operates from a deeper position than Maddison, but he matched his tallies for both goals and assists last season (seven each). And, at just 20 years old, he is the youngest player analysed here. Aouar beat Pogba in term of goals and tackles per 90 minutes, but he fell short of his countryman in the other five metrics.Youri Tielemans, Monaco (on loan at Leicester)Another player reportedly on United’s radar this summer, Tielemans impressed during his loan spell at Leicester City and looks set for a permanent move away from Monaco this summer. The Belgium international, like Pogba, isn’t shy to shoot from distance but, aside from his goalscoring (0.23 goals per 90 minutes) and tackling (2.01 per 90 minutes), his figures don’t quite stack up to the competition.The 22-year-old has an eye for a pass, but he isn’t overly creative, averaging modest returns for assists (0.16), passes in the final third (19.95) and key passes from open play (1.04) per 90 minutes. Nor does he really drive his team on in possession when it comes to dribbling. If United want a like-for-like replacement for Pogba, Tielemans isn’t the right man.Donny van de Beek, Ajax Guardian Sport Network Share on Facebook Read more Share on Twitter The top transfer targets in action at the Copa América Topics Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

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Paul Finebaum Tabs Jim Harbaugh As His Choice For National Coach Of The Year

first_imgPaul Finebaum on FSU on ESPN.Paul Finebaum FSUThere are a number of very worthy candidate for national coach of the year in college football. Once-embattled Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz engineered an impressive turnaround from 7-5 to 12-0, and has his Hawkeyes on the verge of a College Football Playoff berth. Bob Stoops and Mike Gundy each have their teams battling for a conference championship in Bedlam today. Who does ESPN/SEC Network analyst Paul Finebaum have as his coach of the year? Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh.Paul Finebaum just said on CGD that Harbaugh is getting his vote for coach of the year, and is the favorite to win at this point.— Ben Fidelman (@bfidelman) November 28, 2015Harbaugh is definitely a worthy candidate, though fans of the Hawkeyes don’t seem to agree.Finebaum cant even say Kirks name!! ” A coach at Iowa” my butt!! Wow— Leo Doyle (@ledoylinator) November 28, [email protected] harbaugh for coach of the year??? #kirkferentz turned a 7-5 team into a #12-0 team. Harbaugh took over a team with a lot of talent— Clint Birkenholtz (@hawkeyegold03) November 28, [email protected] that coach from Iowa is Kirk Ferentz. Can’t believe you don’t even know his name. Wow.— Kevin Isaacson (@isaacsonbooks) November 28, 2015We expect that Harbaugh and Ferentz will each get plenty of love.last_img read more

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