Thompson, McPherson impress indoors

first_imgWorld Championships 200-metre silver medallist Elaine Thompson looked at home on her indoor debut, twice clocking 7.14 on a day that saw her finishing second to her Dutch rival Dafne Schippers in the 60m at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix at the Emirates Arena yesterday.Just like she did in the 200m final at the World Championships in Beijing last August, Schippers led Thompson to the line with a time of 7.10, with third place going to Ewa Swoboda (Poland), who clocked 7.15 seconds.Thompson’s run makes her the joint fastest Jamaican in the event so far this year along with Simone Facey, who also ran 7.14 earlier this month.Competing in her first individual indoor 400m race, Stephenie-Ann McPherson became the fastest Jamaican this year after posting 52.05 to win ahead of Seren Bundy-Davies (Great Britain), 52.10 and Lisanne De Witte of The Netherlands, 52.49.In the men’s 60m, Julian Forte ran 6.64 for fourth place in the heats before improving in the final to a personal best 6.63 and a sixth-place finish behind winner Sean Safo-Antwi (Great Britain), 6.56. Another Briton, Richard Kilty, the defending World Indoor champion, finished second in 6.57 with third place going to American Mike Rodgers, 6.60.Rusheen McDonald was sixth in the men’s 400m in 49.38 seconds. The win went to Pavel Maslak, 46.02, of the Czech Republic, who finished ahead of USA’s Calvin Smith, 46.45 and Great Britain’s Jarryd Dunn, 46.67.With the IAAF World Indoor Championships fast approaching and the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association set to name their team this week, it’s left to be seen who will be available for the March 17-19 championships which takes place in Portland, USA.last_img read more

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Early Platypus Stuns Evolutionists

first_imgWith the possible exception of a monotreme tooth assumed to be 62 million years old, the oldest known platypus fossil was dated 15 million years old.  Now, a fossil from Australia reported in Science sets a new record: 112 million years old.1    “It’s really, really old for a monotreme,” Timothy Rowe of the University of Texas (UT), Austin, told the audience at a meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology last month in Austin, Texas.  How to fit this with the evolution of monotremes?That would push back the fossil record of the platypus quite a bit; the next youngest fossil is Obdurodon dicksoni from 15-million-year-old rocks in Australia.  It is also much older than current estimates from DNA of when platypuses and echidnas diverged from their most recent common ancestor.  Molecular clocks put that date somewhere between 17 million and 80 million years ago.  Rowe speculated that one reason for the underestimate may be that monotremes evolve at slower rates than other mammals do, an idea that fits with their lower diversity.1.  Erik Stokstad, “Jaw Shows Platypus Goes Way Back,” Science, 23 November 2007: Vol. 318. no. 5854, p. 1237, DOI: 10.1126/science.318.5854.1237a.Was this platypus a transitional form?  No.  Was it evolving from a simpler animal into a complex creature with a duck bill, poison spur, electrical sensing organ, webbed feet, fur and ability to lay eggs?  No – it was Darwin’s nightmare popping up way, way back in the record, over 100 million years earlier (in their own dating scheme) than the next clear platypus fossil.  Why not consider the obvious, that there was never any 113 million years between the two fossils?    According to evolutionary theory, most of the other mammals diversified into elephants, giraffes, lions and whales in far less time, but these Darwin-defying furry-duckmammals just lived on and on in their niche as if nothing else was going on in the world.  Rowe’s reply that they just evolved slower (and that lower diversity demonstrates this), should be seen not only as a gratuitous speculation, but as an escape from reality.    That’s it: Darwin was the prophet of Second Life, a virtual world where any fantasy you want to dream up can come true and be called science.  Whenever their virtual fantasyland has an internal conflict, they can always dream up virtual ways to resolve it.  Science needs to kick the habit and get back to the real world – literally, not virtually.(Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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A industria quimica na África do Sul

first_imgA industria quimica da África do Sul, incluindo combustivel, plasticos e produtos farmaceuticos, e a maior do seu genero em toda a África e foi classificada pelo governo como motor principal do crescimento economico.Domina o processo de fabrico na África do Sul, juntando mais valor acrescentado a economia do que qualquer outro sector e sendo responsavel por mais de metade dos empregos criados na teia de fabrico no seu conjunto.Por um lado, esta industria continua dominada pelas empresas nacionais, mas algumas multinacionais tem aqui os seus pontos de distribuiçao e varias delas envolveram-se com a manufactura local.SubsectoresA industria e dominada pelo sector quimico, cujos combustiveis liquidos, olefinas, diluentes organicos e derivados minerais industriais representam 31% da produçao de quimicos no pais.Os restantes 10 subsectores sao plasticos (cerca de 20%), produtos farmaceuticos (8%), quimicos inorganicos (8%), polimeros e borrachas (7%), quimicos organicos (6%), derivados de borracha (5%), formulados a granel (5%) e quimicos formulados de consumidor (5%) e quimicos puros funcionais e de especialidade (5%).Enquanto que estes tres sectores – combustiveis, quimicos formulados a granel e produtos farmaceuticos – tem maior saida do que se poderia esperar, atendendo ao volume geral da economia, a industria de quimicos da África do Sul e relativamente pequena em temos globais.Dos cerca de 80.000 tipos dos produtos basicos ou quimicos puros actualmente fabricados comecialmente no mundo, a África do Sul fabrica cerca de 300, a maioria dos quais sao valores cotados em bolsa (commodity), de baixo valor e de elevado volume.Estrategia do governoAs exportaçoes de quimicos da África do Sul tem vindo a aumentar, a uma taxa anual de 19% desde 1999, suportadas por novos acordos comerciais e mais competitividade, como resultado de baixos custos de fabrico e muitos minerios e produtos organicos para o fabrico. Os custos da energia sao relativamente baixos neste pais e o sector beneficia do acesso eficaz e o baixo preço da agua e da corrente electrica.Mas apesar disso, importa-se muito mais do que se exporta. O governo pretende colmatar este desequilibrio com a sua recente politica industrial, com a intençao de lançar as exportaçoes de valor acrescentado.A industria local esta direccionada para um sector internacional que e competitivo e tem negligenciado outro que tem grande potencial para se desenvolver.Inverter esta tendencia ajudaria a industria a aumentar o valor acrescentado, as exportaçoes e o emprego. A produçao a jusante tem um maior indice de mao-de-obra e abrange um maior numero de pequenas empresas.A beneficiaçao e a chave para esta estrategia. A África do Sul tem a vantagem natural das materias primas minerais, mas a maior parte delas sao exportadas em bruto. Ha no entanto bastantes oportunidades para transformar estes materais, recorrendo ao uso de mao-de-obra e de capital, em quimicos inorganicos de valor acrescentado para exportaçao.O governo e a industria estao tambem a colaborar no sentido de serem encontradas vias de exploraçao de recursos nao absorvidos, como as grandes reservas de fluorina.PlasticosA industria dos plasticos da África do Sul esta em boa forma, de acordo com uma recente entrevista na Engineering News, com muitos fabricantes a montante a produzirem produtos “que podem competir globalmente do ponto de vista de qualidade e desempenho.’As embalagens dominam, com mais de 50% do mercado nacional. A industria dos plasticos foi severamente atingida ha alguns anos atras com a introduçao do imposto sobre o saco de plastico, para limitar a poluiçao ambiental.Mas as perspectivas sao positivas e o governo identificou os plasticos como sendo um dos principais sectores que criam emprego.A produçao de polimeros e uma area em franca expansao. A África do Sul exporta “quantidades significativas de polimeros’, segundo a Federaçao dos Plasticos Sul Africana, mas importa ainda enormes quantidades de intermediarios de polimeros, como o polistireno, que nao sao fabricados aqui.A maioria das empresas dos plasticos na África do Sul sao pequenas, com mais de 800 empresas envolvidas no sector. Algumas tem tecnologia de ponta, como a Timber Plastics, que recicla residuos plasticos, garrafas de refrigerantes, por exemplo, moldando-as em formas estruturais, como colunas, tabuas e vigas.Tecnologias gas-para-liquidosA África do Sul e um dos lideres mundiais nas tecnologias do carvao e gas-para-liquido. Esta entre os produtos de menor custo do mundo para o etileno e o propileno, graças ao acesso abundante de carvao de baixor teor e tecnologia de ponta.Produtos farmaceuticosExistem boas oportunidades para os fabricantes de produtos farmaceuticos da África do Sul, com o governo a planear desenvolver a industria nacional e animar a produçao local de produtos farmaceuticos de maior procura, como os remedios antiretroviricos usados para tratar o HIV/SIDA.O governo tentara, por outro lado, apoiar o desenvolvimento de competencias cientificas e tecnologicas necessarias para apoiar o crescimento do sector.Preocupaçoes com o meio ambienteO sector quimico tem como um dos pontos fundamentais a protecçao do meio ambiente. A África do Sul foi o primeiro no mundo a adoptar normas para a sua politica de protecçao do meio ambiente, introduzindo regulamentos que promovessem a gestao emrpesarial ambiental e desse orientaçoes para a destruiçao de residuos perigosos.Este artigo foi actualizado em: Julho de 2008Reporter infoSA. Fontes (websites em lingua inglesa):Department of Trade and IndustryStatistics South AfricaChemical and Allied Industries’ AssociationSouth African Chemical InstituteCHEMISSAPlastics Federation of South AfricaEngineering NewsBusiness Daylast_img read more

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A barn full of Internationals and not a tractor in sight

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I often find myself driving through rural Ohio and wondering what is hiding, purposefully or not, behind the rotted walls of centuries old barns in the countryside. There are surely stories those structures could tell and who knows what treasures that might lie within — most with more value of sentiment than monetary.But never judge a barn by its cover. That is a lesson that I recently learned in northwest Ohio as I made my way to a crop insurance meeting in early February.That is where a found an incredible collection of vintage International cars and trucks in a newer 100 by 160 barn, owned by Rich Kleinoeder.“I became friends with an International dealer and we started with one truck that we paid $1,000 for,” Kleinoeder said. “We have a hard time selling anything because we become attached to what we have bought over the years. They’re like our kids now.”The 60-car collection spans from the first International cars made in 1908 to the manufacturer’s last efforts with trucks in 1980. Now, they are all tucked away in a barn made just for them, with heated floors included for preservation.Among the relics is Kleinoeder’s pride and joy — an International Brass car.“This is one of only six left in the United States,” Kleinoeder said. “It was International’s last attempt to take the car market away from Henry Ford in the early 1900s. It was a little too fancy and a little too pricey, so they didn’t sell very well and International pointed their efforts to trucks after that.”There are even some movie stars in the group.“We have an International Metro truck that we took down to the Mansfield state prison and it was used in the movie ‘The Shawshank Redemption,’” Kleinoeder said. “Every once in a while the movie studios will call looking to use something we have here and we try to fit their bill.”The barn is almost to capacity, but that isn’t stopping Kleinoeder from adding to his rare assortment, although he is getting to be a little more picky.“We try to steer clear of pickups from the 50s and 60s because they have hydraulic brakes and they are not the easiest to work on,” Kleinoeder said. “Back in the teens the brakes were mechanical the trucks ran on a basic two-cylinder motor, so those are the ones we are looking for these days.”It truly was like stepping back in time and wondering, like I do with old barns, what great stories these machines had to tell. Thanks to this carefully maintained assortment of International vehicles in a 16,000 square foot time capsule, their stories continue. Rich Kleinoeder stands by his International Brass Car, a favorite at his museum.last_img read more

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Evalauting fixed costs on the farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The current farm economy landscape is affecting how farmers should look at fixed costs. As profit margins shrink and commodity prices go down, operations with high fixed costs could see prolonged periods of loss. Eventually, this can stress working capital and negatively impact operations if not adjusted quickly enough.Evan Hahn, Vice President Credit-Agribusiness with Farm Credit Mid-America says farmers should begin assessing their fixed costs situation.“Get the records straight. Having detailed, accurate farm records will help you make objective decisions,” Hahn said. “At Farm Credit, we encourage growers to keep an eye not only on their input costs but also on their fixed costs. This provides a fuller picture of operating costs and can help farmers determine if a fixed cost is positively or negatively affecting the bottom line.”What are two fixed costs farmers can look at right away?“This is an ideal time for farmers to analyze equipment utilization. Ask yourself: What equipment do I need to have? What is nice to have? And what am I not utilizing fully?,” Hahn said. “Land is another fixed cost that needs attention. When looking at land costs, begin with an honest assessment of the profitability of each acre. Land that doesn’t generate positive margins can stress an operation.”Armed with acre-by-acre numbers, Hahn says farmers will be better prepared to negotiate rental rates with landlords to ensure their operation remains profitable as commodity prices lower.AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Farm Credit Mid-America’s Evan Hahn about evaluating fixed costs on the farm.FCMA Financially Speaking Evan Hahn 4.10.17For more financial tips, insights and perspectives from Farm Credit Mid-America visit e-farmcredit.com/insightslast_img read more

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Austin Cook wins at Sea Island, earns trip to Masters

first_imgHowever, Spaun bogeyed No. 17 when he failed to get up-and-down from a greenside bunker, and Cook birdied No. 15 with a 4-footer and No. 17 with a 15-footer to seal the victory.Spaun’s birdie at No. 16 could have put him into a tie for the lead but he missed a 4-foot birdie attempt on the previous hole.“That (Spaun’s miss at No. 15) was big,” said Cook, who said he’s an obsessive leaderboard-watcher and knew exactly when Spaun had come within a shot.Cook, who has Gay’s former caddie, Kip Henley, carrying his bag, never slipped after a bogey at the second hole, just his second of the week. He missed only two fairways in the final round and made par after four of his five missed greens. He led the field in scrambling, converting 11 of 12 pars after missing greens, and tied for fourth by hitting 48 of 56 fairways.“With Kip on the bag, he was able to keep me in the moment and keep me pressing instead of playing conservative,” Cook said. “There was a lot of stuff going on, mostly up here (tapping his head). My ball-striking was great and for the most part, my putting was great. Holding the nerves down, playing a good round in these conditions. … I’m so happy.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The PGA Tour rookie held off veterans Brian Gay, Chris Kirk, Kevin Kisner and Brian Harman on Sunday at the chilly, windy Sea Island Club’s Seaside Course.Cook closed with a 3-under 67 for a four-stroke victory over J.J. Spaun. The victory in the final PGA Tour event of the calendar year gave Cook a spot in the Masters next year.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 shutout“It was definitely exciting … real brutal with the wind,” Cook said. “I got off to a slow start but I was able to keep my head level and know there was a lot of golf to be played. With the wind and those conditions, a lot could happen.”Cook birdied three of his last four holes after the three-shot lead he began the day with slipped to one over Spaun. Cook made a 14-foot birdie putt at No. 18 to finish at 21-under 261. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Curry scores 39, Warriors hold off Nets Spaun shot a 66.Gay, the oldest contender of the week at 45, eagled the par-4 18th hole from 161 yards with a 9-iron to break out of a five-way tie for third and finish at 16 under. He shot 68.Kirk (71) and Kisner (68), past winners of the tournament, St. Simons Island resident Brian Harman (65) and Andrew Landry (67) tied for fourth at 14 under.Cook, the 26-year-old from Little Rock, earned $1,116,000 and improved to third on the FedEx Cup points list.It’s the second year in a row that a rookie won the RSM Classic. Mac Hughes survived a five-way playoff to capture the title last year in a Monday finish.Spaun, a stocky former University of San Diego player, made the biggest move of the day and twice cut Cook’s lead to one shot — the last time on an 8-foot birdie putt at the par-4 16th.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Austin Cook celebrates his winning putt on the 18th green during the final round of the RSM Classic golf tournament on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in St. Simons Island, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Austin Cook was chased by proven PGA Tour winners all day at the RSM Classic.Now the Arkansas player is one of them.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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TFA Supports ‘It Stops With Me’ Campaign

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to be joining the campaign to fight racism through the ‘It Stops With Me’ National Anti-Racism Strategy launched by the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2012. TFA joins many sporting organisations supporting the campaign, committing to play a visible role by taking a public stance against racism in the community.The purpose of the campaign is to ensure more Australian’s recognise that racism is unacceptable in our community; give more Australians, at an individual and organisation level, the tools and resources to take practical action against racism; and empower individuals and organisations to prevent and respond effectively to racism where it may happen. Over the next three years, the National Anti-Racism Strategy will focus on five key priority areas: schools and higher education, the media, government service provision, workplaces and the internet.This Strategy calls on all members of the Australian community to work towards eradicating the barriers to equality that result from racism. Ultimately, racism stops because of the actions we take individually and collectively. We all have a role to play in taking action against racism wherever we see it and supporting initiatives to stop it from happening.For more information about the ‘Racism – It Stops With Me’ campaign or to sign up as supporter, please visit the following website – http://itstopswithme.humanrights.gov.auRelated Links‘It Stops With Me’ Campaignlast_img read more

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4-Star WR Equanimeous St. Brown Spoke 3 Languages During His Announcement To Notre Dame

first_imgA general view of Notre Dame's football field.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 25: A general view of the opening kick-off between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Stanford Cardinal at Notre Dame Stadium on September 25, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Stanford defeated Notre Dame 37-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Anaheim (Calif.) Servite four-star wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown committed to Notre Dame this afternoon, and he showed off being trilingual in the process of doing it. St. Brown’s mother is from Germany, and he spent time attending school in France. He began his announcement and made his commitment in English, but dropped some German and French in between.Here’s St. Brown thanking his mother in German: So St. Brown speaks three languages, his father is a former Mr. World and Mr. Universe bodybuilder and his name is derived from the word equanimity, meaning “mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation.” Oh, and he has younger brothers named Osiris and Amon-Ra. He just may be the Most Interesting Recruit In The World.last_img read more

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Naomie Harris Named As Save The Children Ambassador

first_imgHollywood actress Naomie Harris has become an ambassador for women and children’s rights following a recent trip to South Africa as Save the Children claims increasing violence against women and children has been “normalised” in many societies.The actress, who plays Winnie Mandela in the new film of Nelson Mandela’s life, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom visited several Save the Children projects including a crèche and a scheme that empowers children against violence and exploitation in rural Free State.Speaking during her visit to the country, Harris said, “Nowhere has affected me quite like South Africa. I love the spirit of this country. But there are also major problems. South Africa has one of the strongest economies in Africa yet many still live in poverty – and one in five children don’t go to school. Those that do face a daily threat of violence and sexual assault – and that shocks me deeply.“Save the Children offered me the opportunity to see some of their work and that offer galvanised my wish to try and do something to help this country’s young people fulfil their potential. I look forward to raising awareness of these issues not only in South Africa, but in other countries where Save the Children fights for girls and women’s rights.”During her visit, Naomie visited the Hlayisanani Day Care Centre situated in Setswetla, in the heart of the sprawling township of Alexandra Alina where poverty and unemployment rates are rife. The crèche here provides much needed stimulation for children as well as hot meals which, for many, are the only meals they get.Here she also met three girls; 14 year old Busisiwe and Tlaleng and Kgathatso, both 15, who are all benefitting from Save the Children’s Safer South Africa for Women and Children programme. Save the Children run Children’s Committees designed to empower children, giving them the skills, knowledge and confidence to speak out against violence directed at both themselves and within the wider community.During a time when there is increasing recognition internationally that there hasn’t been enough focus on stopping the root causes of violence against women and children, the Children’s Committees are empowered to raise peer awareness, provide peer support and improve referrals made within the schools.As part of her new role for Save the Children, Harris hopes to visit more of Save the Children’s programmes which are making a real difference to the lives of the most vulnerable women and young girls.Source:Save the Children UKlast_img read more

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TRS banks on good show by regional parties in LS polls

first_imgHyderabad: The Telangana Rashtra Samithi on Monday said most of the regional parties are confident of turning in a good performance in the Lok Sabha elections, giving a boost to its chief K Chandrasekhar Rao’s idea of forging a non-Congress, non-BJP federal front post-poll.TRS spokesperson Abid Rasool Khan said most of the regional parties were confident of getting lot of seats, and claimed they were open to the idea of such a front proposed by the Telangana Chief Minister. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”As soon as the (Lok Sabha election) results are out, there would be parleys and formation of a (federal) front. If it has the majority, it will form the government,” Khan told PTI. If this proposed front falls short of numbers, it will decide what role it should play and “how it will have control over the government so that the states don’t suffer and policies of the states are not affected,” he said. TRS is counting on parties such as the SP, BSP, BJD and YSRCP to be on board the proposed federal front, party leaders have said earlier. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedKhan said his party was ready to support the YSRCP in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, where Assembly and Lok Sabha elections would be held simultaneously on April 11, so long as it has no truck with the BJP or Congress. In what way the TRS, the ruling party in Telangana, would back YSRCP in Andhra Pradesh is a matter of “political strategisation” between the leadership of the two outfits, he added. Khan said the AIMIM President and Hyderabad MP, Asaduddin Owaisi would campaign for TRS candidates in “all the districts, wherever we require his support, wherever there is sizeable population of minorities and Dalits, and we will extend our support to him in Hyderabad.” TRS deputy floor leader in the Lok Sabha and Karimnagar MP, B Vinod Kumar, claimed Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who is also the TDP chief, was facing “lot of anti-incumbency” and it might help the YSRCP. Kumar said Chandrasekhar Rao would kick off the party’s campaign in Telangana with a public meeting in Karimnagar in March third week. The TRS, which won 11 of the total 17 seats in the previous Lok Sabha elections in 2014, was already in campaign mode with the party last week initiating Parliamentary constituency-wise meetings chaired by its working president K T Rama Rao. The TRS has said it aims to win 16 seats in the April 11 Lok Sabha polls in Telangana, leaving the Hyderabad segment to Owaisi who would be backed by the party.last_img read more

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