UK staff feel stuck in rut – and blame employers

first_img Previous Article Next Article UK staff feel stuck in rut – and blame employersOn 5 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Nearly one-third of UK employees feel they are going nowhere in their jobs –costing their employers up to £200bn in wasted potential. The finding, by Foundation Degrees, finds almost half of the 571 employeessurveyed think they are undervalued, and four in 10 believe they are wastingvaluable skills and experience. Nearly 40 per cent of staff are frustrated at the lack of opportunity to trynew things and half want their jobs to be more challenging. Margaret Hodge, minister for lifelong learning and higher education, saidthe research shows the importance of continuing education and development.”Too much talent and ability is going to waste because employers arefailing to develop the potential of the people they have and appreciate thereal value of on-the-job learning and experience,” she said. “Foundation degrees can help people move out of career ruts and intobetter and more interesting jobs by equipping them with the technical know-how,academic knowledge and transferable skills that employers demand.” The research shows most employees believe employers are to blame for failingto fill skills gaps. Nine in 10 respondents believe employers are responsible for ensuring thereare enough skilled employees in the workplace. A similar proportion feel employers should give existing staff theopportunity to take on different skills and more responsibility beforerecruiting new people. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Africa Day: Get your funk on with five great musical tributes to the continent

first_imgFrom Sly to Fela, reggae to hip-hop, the world is indebted to the rich musical and cultural history of Africa. Here are five examples of that influence.Nigerian Afro-funk superstar Fela Kuti was a pioneer in bringing African music to global audiences in the 1970s. Fusing political consciousness with catchy funk rhythms, Kuti and his evolving musical collective, Africa 70, influenced a host of modern hip-hop, electronica and jazz artists. (Image: Wikipedia)CD AndersonThe world of music owes its origins and a monumental debt of gratitude to the rhythms and melodies of Africa. From the continent’s rich oral storytelling traditions that evolved into spoken word poetry and hip-hop, to the mournful makeshift simplicity of acoustic music that became blues and jazz, and powerful natural percussions that would ultimately get the rest of the world dancing to rock, reggae and funk, Africa is truly the ground zero of the global heartbeat.To celebrate Africa Day, here are just five examples of that overwhelming musical influence, five deep cuts from legendary African and global artists that not only pay tribute to Africa, but also celebrate its people and the undeniable pulse that those of us who live here feel every day.Fela Kuti — LadyNigerian Afro-funk superstar Fela Kuti was more than just another musician; he was a cultural movement, a religion and a seismic introduction to African music for the rest of the world.With pulsating, addictive hit singles and electric live performances, Kuti and his ever-growing music and dance entourage, Africa 70, travelled the world delivering uncompromising, unashamed African pride.Kuti’s Afro-funk sounds influenced some of the world’s biggest hip-hop, electronic and jazz artists seeking to push the envelope of music.The Meters — AfricaThe premier New Orleans soul funk family was the bridge between the motherland and the Caribbean, the old and the new worlds. On this tribute to the continent, The Meters tinge their swampy soul music with just enough voodoo rhythm and lyrical legend-building to get people thinking while dancing.Sly and the Family Stone — Thank you for talking to me AfricaSly Stone’s multicultural musical collective ruled both white and black airwaves in the 1960s and 1970s with charged political statements wrapped up in catchy musical hooks. And while much of their music owed more to the trailblazing funk soul of James Brown and rock sensibilities of Jimi Hendrix, the Family Stone’s tight rhythm section – led by bass guitar innovator Larry Graham – had their feet firmly planted in Kuti’s Africa.BCUC — YindeSouth Africa’s best kept musical secret, more appreciated around the rest of the world and on the continent than at home, Soweto’s Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (BCUC) offer genre-bending musical theatre and triumphant black consciousness, telling African stories using African methods of dance, words and art.Lee Scratch Perry — African FreedomThe musical connections between Jamaica and Africa are steeped in their shared political and cultural history, and that marriage of sound and fury are best embodied by the father of dub reggae, Lee Scratch Perry.From Haile Selassie to Nelson Mandela, the celebration of Africa’s heroes is vital to reggae’s undying spirit and its continued popularity around the world.Source: Wikipedia, YouTubeWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Rockets rally to spoil defending champion Warriors return

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Basketball accomplishments to me now are just what they are,” Durant said after morning shootaround. “I can kind of separate the two now. I feel like it’s more so just cool as hell more than anything. It’s like getting a prize possession that you’re just really excited about versus getting something that’s going to change your life. … I’ll be more so just really giddy and happy more so than emotional. I won’t be a mess.”Pachulia had a new one to share his title with — 5-week-old daughter, Nutsa joined her mom and three older siblings, two brothers and a sister.“I’ve heard some actors, actresses, when they get some kind of award, say without the family. I always think, ‘What exactly my family is doing?’ I feel it now, all the support and help.”Kerr took part in the 2015 ring ceremony, but didn’t coach as he was sidelined the initial 43 games following complications from back surgery.BEAT-UP DUBSKey backup and 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala missed the game with a back strain, while Omri Casspi — who had been questionable with a mild right ankle sprain — appeared in his 500th career game making his debut with the Warriors. He then tweaked the ankle again.Draymond Green exited in the second half with a strained left knee.Iguodala is expected to return for the upcoming road trip.INJURED OFFICIALOfficial Tre Maddox, accompanied by medical personnel, left midway through the fourth quarter after a collision with David West and hard hit to the chest area. That left two officials the rest of the way.UP NEXT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Cavaliers hold off Celtics in NBA opener LATEST STORIES Still, this opener was a far cry for the forgettable 129-100 defeat at home to San Antonio in Durant’s Warriors debut a year ago when Golden State came off a record 73-win season and runner-up finish to Cleveland in the 2016 Finals.“I just remember the last game of the season we played,” Durant said of the Game 5 Finals clincher in June.Young found his stroke right away, hitting his first four 3s and five shots overall. It’s exactly what the Warriors want him to do: shoot every time he has a good look. His six 3-pointers set a franchise record for anyone in their Warriors debut and also in a season opener.Durant had one spectacular sequence in the third when he blocked Anderson’s shot on one end then converted a three-point play moments later on the other, slapping hands with a lucky boy fan on the baseline.Houston acquired Paul from the Clippers to give them a 1-2 backcourt punch to try to gain ground on GoldenState in the Western Conference.RING CEREMONYCoach Steve Kerr planned to pay extra attention as veterans Durant, Zaza Pachulia and David West each received a championship ring for the first time in their careers.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 champ01:37Protesters 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 Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trevor Ariza’s 3-pointer with 2:09 remaining pulled Houston within 119-118 then Patrick McCaw hit a baseline jumper immediately after Golden State’s timeout. James Harden made a layup and PJ Tucker hit two free throws with 44.1 to make it 122-121.Nick Young came off the bench to hit six 3-pointers and score 23 points in a brilliant Warriors debut, Curry scored 22 points and Durant had 20 after a slow start. Klay Thompson added 16 points.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 shutoutChris Paul had four points on 2-for-9 shooting in his Rockets debut, while Harden scored 27 points and Eric Gordon 24 for the Rockets. Houston opened the fourth with a 9-0 run to get back in it.The Warriors found their rhythm early but couldn’t close it out after an abbreviated preseason in terms of practice time given their recent trip to China for a pair of games against Minnesota. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Rockets: At Kings on Wednesday night in Sacramento’s season opener.Warriors: At New Orleans on Friday to start a three-game road trip.___More AP NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball MOST READ Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Houston Rockets’ James Harden, right, drives the ball against Golden State Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California — Kevin Durant’s baseline jumper swished through the net just barely too late, and the Houston Rockets rallied in the fourth to beat Golden State 122-121 Tuesday on the night the Warriors received their championship rings.The Warriors had one last chance with 10.6 seconds left and Durant came up with the ball after Stephen Curry had missed. Durant and the Warriors thought they’d won and confetti began to fall when the two remaining officials — the third got hurt in the fourth quarter — reviewed the play and said Durant’s shot was after the buzzer.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND TOUCH LEAGUE ROUND NINE WRAP

first_imgRound Nine of the PowerAde Isotonic South East Queensland Touch League (SEQTL) was played at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s Whites Hill complex on Friday 10 August 2007.The second last round of games produced some great contests as teams across all grades stepped up performance and intensity levels with the 2007 Finals program just around the corner. In the early game of the PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Men’s Open competition on Friday night, Country Club United (CCU) reaffirmed themselves as end of season specialists with a decisive 6-3 victory over a Colts combination that was lacking the cohesion and flow of recent weeks.Brent Madders was outstanding for CCU, whilst Brett Hughes continued his good form this season with another stand out performance for Colts.Dodgers took a share of the competition lead with CCU after completing a comprehensive 11-4 drubbing of Tigers at 8.10pm.Australian Men’s Open guns Peter Stoddart and Nathan Jones led Dodgers brilliantly and the defending premiers are timing their title defence well coming into the business end of the season.Southern Storm, with Australian Mixed Open star Ben “Boozer” Mc Cullen, and 2007 Australian Men’s Open World Cup aces Drummayne Dayberg Muir and Jason Stanton calling the shots completed a comfortable 10-6 victory over University Rebels.Ryan Pollock was also at his industrious best for Storm, whilst Damian Moar continues to shine in a Uni-Rebels side that crossed for six touchdowns of their own in a highly entertaining contest that was played in good spirits by both teams.In PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Women’s Open action, 2006 Grand Finalists Southern Storm showed their enormous depth when, despite missing six regular Division One players, they prevailed with a comfortable 5-1 victory over Colts. Storm dug deep in a contest that had plenty of feeling in it, with Emily and Sam Hopkin, who have been in commanding form in recent weeks, leading the way for the Southside club in a battle that was extremely physical.Master of the mind games, Australian Women’s Open Captain Sharyn Williams stepped up and inspired her young Storm team to meet the challenge issued by the bustling Colts outfit.Missy Tyack and rookie Mtia Tass also played strongly for Storm who called up former Australian Women’s Open legend Catherine Bell to her first Division One game in five years. Bell answered the call from Coach Wayne Grant admirably to chip in and help her club out when it was most needed. Colts were best served by Meg Ballon and Lauren Potter who never stopped trying to lift their team.Colts were without their marquee player Australian Women’s Open star Peta Rogerson, but it was still a below par performance that Colts, a quality combination, will be keen to atone for this week.Both these sides meet again this Tuesday night in a catch-up game that will, along with the last round of fixtures have a big bearing on the finishing positions of the top four.Crushers and Country Club United played out a highly competitive 2-2 draw in the 8.10 pm game on Field 2.CCU got off to a good start to go 2-0 up at the break with Australian Mixed Open star Rebecca Tavo, Kate Adams, and National 18 Years Youth player Kelly Jones leading the way.Crushers, boosted by a half-time address from Australian Men’s Open star Jason Stanton, came out a focused outfit in the second half with relentless defence being rewarded with a glut of possession that allowed them to claw their way back into the contest and claim an honourable 2-2 draw.National Youth squad member Kathrine “Dooie” Moore, Margo Mackintosh, and  Melissa Cragg led the inexperienced Crushers team well, with 13 year-old Michaela Jacks again proving her mettle at this level with an impressive display.In the late game at 9.00pm on Field 7, Dodgers defeated defending premiers University – Rebels 4-3.Dodgers looked to have the contest well in hand for the duration with good drive and intelligent ball movement a feature of their performance.Kiwi International Anita Kerrigan, Australian Mixed Open playmaker Amy Fong, and 2006 Queensland Mixed Open representative Nicola Slade were key contributors for Dodgers, whilst Australian Women’s Open 2007 World Cup stars Teena Mc Ilveen and Roxy Winder, and Barbarians Women’s Open player Tamara Appo tried valiantly to inspire a late comeback from the premiers.The final round of the 2007 PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL will be played this Friday 17 August 2007 with some key match-ups to decide the finishing order of the top four in the Elite Men’s and Women’s Open divisions.The Men’s Open top four are all capable of winning the premiership and Friday’s tenth and final round will set the scene for an engrossing finals series in coming weeks.Colts will be looking to keep their Major semi-final berth hopes alive by securing the three points against Tigers in the 7.20pm timeslot.Colts will need to win, and then rely on either CCU or Dodgers to lose to get “two bites of the cherry” for the semi-final series.CCU will be looking for the win against Uni-Rebels at 8.10pm to wrap up a spot in the top two.Dodgers and Storm will meet in a pivotal contest at 9.00pm with Dodgers desperate for the points to secure a major semi-final berth as well. Storm, arguably the most dangerous attacking unit in the competition, will suit up for the minor semi-final regardless of the outcome Friday night, and will be looking to set up their finals campaign with a good performance Friday night.In the PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Women’s Open competition the top four is clear, however the make-up of major and minor combatants is still to be resolved.The catch-up game between Colts and Storm this Tuesday and the final regular season round games will have an impact on the finals games.CCU will meet Colts at 7.20pm, Dodgers will take on Southern Storm, and Crushers will battle with Uni-Rebels at 9.00pm.PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL action continues Friday night in the Division Two and Three A/B divisions with key contests having a bearing on semi-final composition.For further information, draws, ladders, and results please visit the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association web site: www.bmta.com.aulast_img read more

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10 months agoRangers boss Gerrard coy on Liverpool striker Solanke

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Rangers boss Gerrard coy on Liverpool striker Solankeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSteven Gerrard has played down talk Rangers could sign Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke in January. The tall forward has struggled for game time this season and has also been linked with Crystal Palace.But Gerrard remained coy on any move when asked on Wednesday.”I haven’t heard Dominic say he wants to leave Liverpool,” Gerrard told the Daily Mail. “I haven’t heard Liverpool say they want him to leave, so there’s nothing really to say about it.” last_img read more

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5 Bold Predictions For The South Region Of The NCAA Tournament

first_imgFive bold predictions for the South Region. Miami Plug DanceTwitter/@MiamiHurricanesThe 2016 NCAA Tournament gets underway tonight with the first pair of play-in games. Play in the South Region begins at 9:10 p.m. ET on tru TV, with two 11-seeds, Wichita State and Vanderbilt, facing off for the right to play Vanderbilt. The South Region is very intriguing. It contains the No. 1 overall seed in the field, along with a number of teams capable of busting the bracket. We’ll find out which team emerges on March 26 at the KFC YUM! Center in Louisville.We’re here to help you make your picks in the South, but we’re not going with just chalk. Without further ado, let’s look at our five bold predictions for the South Region. Get Started: Wichita State “Shocks” The Competition >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6last_img read more

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FBI rejects young mans claim to be longmissing boy

first_imgAt Greenman Elementary after the boy’s disappearance, Timmothy’s schoolmates, teachers and parents tied hundreds of yellow ribbons around trees and signs. A garden was planted in his memory.The brief but tantalizing possibility that the case had been solved generated excitement in Timmothy’s former neighborhood.Pedro Melendez, who lives in Timmothy’s former home, didn’t know the boy but saved the concrete slab with his name, handprint and footprint etched in it when he redid the back patio. It is dated ’09.Linda Ramirez, who lives nearby and knew the family, said she was “pretty excited” but didn’t “want to have false hopes.”Rowley expressed hope that the flurry of activity and attention had renewed interest in the case.“Perhaps, it has people looking at the case with new eyes,” the police sergeant said.___Babwin reported from Chicago. Associated Press reporters Carrie Antlfinger in Aurora, Caryn Rousseau in Chicago and Corey Williams in Detroit contributed. CINCINNATI (AP) — A young man’s claim to be an Illinois boy who disappeared under tragic circumstances eight years ago was disproved by DNA tests and pronounced a hoax Thursday, dashing hopes that the baffling case had finally been solved.For a day and a half, a breakthrough seemed to be at hand when a young man found wandering the streets of Newport, Kentucky, on Wednesday identified himself as 14-year-old Timmothy Pitzen and told police he had just escaped from two men who had held him captive for seven years.RELATED: 14-year-old says he is Illinois boy who went missing in 2011Timmothy disappeared in 2011 at age 6, apparently sent into hiding by his mother just before she took her own life. Timmothy’s family was cautiously hopeful over Wednesday’s news, as were neighbors and others who have long wondered whether he is dead or alive.But the FBI said Thursday afternoon that DNA tests determined the young man was not Timmothy.Newport Police Chief Tom Collins identified him to ABC as Brian Rini of Medina, Ohio, a 23-year-old ex-convict. He was released from an Ohio prison less than a month ago after serving more than a year for burglary and vandalism.Authorities did not say whether Rini would face charges over the alleged hoax or what his motive was.“Law enforcement has not and will not forget Timmothy, and we hope to one day reunite him with his family. Unfortunately, that day will not be today,” FBI spokesman Timothy Beam said in a statement.In Timmothy’s hometown of Aurora, Illinois, police Sgt. Bill Rowley said that over the years his department has received thousands of tips about Timmothy, including false sightings.“We’re always worried about copycats, especially something that has a big national attention like this,” he said.Timmothy’s family members said they were heartbroken at the latest twist.“It’s devastating. It’s like reliving that day all over again, and Timmothy’s father is devastated once again,” said his aunt Kara Jacobs.The boy’s grandmother Alana Anderson said: “It’s been awful. We’ve been on tenterhooks, hopeful and frightened. It’s just been exhausting.” She added, “I feel so sorry for the young man who’s obviously had a horrible time and felt the need to say he was somebody else.”Timmothy vanished after his mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen, pulled him out of kindergarten early one day, took him on a two-day road trip to the zoo and a water park, and then killed herself at a hotel. She left a note saying that her son was safe with people who would love and care for him, and added: “You will never find him.”Police have said she might have dropped the boy off with a friend, noting that his car seat and Spider-Man backpack were gone.RELATED: Police, FBI trying to verify teen is boy missing since 2011Timmothy’s grandmother said her daughter had fought depression for years and was having problems in her marriage to Timmothy’s father. News reports suggested she was afraid she would lose custody of the boy in a divorce because of her mental instability.last_img read more

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Software technology that simulates LED devices for rapid development of light sources

This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A Purdue-affiliated company is developing a new time and cost effective software technology that could offer a more efficient and realistic way to model and simulate light emitting diodes (LEDs) in order to achieve more powerful and more efficient LED light sources often used in general lighting, automobile lighting and consumer electronics. Startup commercializes MRI device that could enhance medical diagnostics Explore further Provided by Purdue University It is very difficult for designers in academia and industry to gain a deeper understanding of LED processes to guide design improvements, Kubis added.”LED devices are small and expensive to make. It’s not feasible to make a hundreds of these devices without checking for improvements, because the physics involved is very non-linear and very complicated,” he said. “If a change in the device’s structure allows it to perform better, you can’t just keep implementing that change and expect it to keep advancing the device. This insight into the physics component can really help guide and advise design improvements.”Technology used by LEDcentral is licensed through the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization. The company is a member of the Purdue Startup Class of 2017. LEDcentral’s software is being used in existing code.”Our technology has been implemented into an existing software and is currently being utilized. Our method is really efficient and our results have shown that we are very close to the experimental data, closer than any other method developed so far,” Kubis said. “We’ve received very positive feedback so far and found that after receiving real device data that our modelling data was in almost perfect agreement.”Overall, the software could greatly influence the environmental impact LED lights have, Kubis added.”If we can, with little effort, replace all these inefficient light bulbs, the energy waste could be cut tremendously,” he said. “There’s a huge environmental aspect to what our technology could do.”LEDcentral plans to release its product in the near future.”Right now our technology is only available to those using a specific platform which has been commercialized by another company. For public release we’ve been using nanoHUB quite extensively as it offers online training, seminars, papers, textbooks, presentations and online tools,” Kubis said. “Our technology will be part of a tool in a simplified version. This would support our business but also allow students and classes to benefit from it. Within the year it should be available.” Citation: Software technology that simulates LED devices for rapid development of light sources (2018, March 29) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-software-technology-simulates-devices-rapid.html Tillmann Kubis, a research assistant professor, and Gerhard Klimeck, a professor, both in Purdue’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in Purdue’s Network for Computational Nanotechnology and Purdue’s Center for Predictive Materials and Devices, along with Junzhe Geng, a graduate student in Klimeck’s nanoelectronic modeling group, co-founded the company LEDcentral LLC to commercialize the technology.LEDcentral’s goal is to improve the design of LEDs efficiency and output power.”The most efficient LED light bulb on the market right now has a rather dim output, so what we are trying to do is develop a way to have high output power and still achieve high efficiency. Right now that is not possible because of what is called the efficiency droop. It’s not fully understood where the droop comes from or how to solve it, so that’s where our software model comes into play,” Kubis said. “Currently, we’re specifically interested in blue LED lights, which are the basis for white light bulbs. We aim for our models to help industry develop more powerful and more efficient LED technology.”LEDcentral’s modeling software could save both time and money in the development process.”Instead of fabricating hundreds of devices, you can simulate thousands of them, and then pick the best 10 you actually care about,” Kubis said. “Additionally, if you have experimental data that you don’t fully understand, we can explain why the behavior is observed. We are able to explain experiments that have happened and predict experiments that have not. Users can run our technology on a local computer and we also have user interfaces so that it’s easy to use for a person who isn’t trained in the software.”Kubis said conventional models may be insufficient and expensive.”The models existing in industry and academia are based on classical approaches where electrons are considered particles; however, their behavior should be studied on a multiscale paradigm, i.e. atomistic resolution on a micrometer length scale,” he said. “Models on the nanometer scale do a fairly good job, but important LED properties are missing. Additionally, the attempts to model the physics on a quantum level are usually very expensive. The quantum mechanics are captured and the small scale is fully covered, but these attempts are not very efficient.” read more

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