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A-Rod Sued Over Unpaid Fees

first_imgNEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez faces a new challenge: He’s being sued by his own lawyer.Attorney David Cornwell’s law firm filed papers July 14th in Manhattan federal court saying the baseball star owes more than $380,000 related to their work against his steroid suspension.As first reported by The Daily News, the firm also is seeking pre-judgment interest and attorney fees that could increase the amount to half a million dollars.Rodriguez was suspended for the 2014 season as a result of a drug investigation by Major League Baseball. He has said he plans to rejoin the Yankees in 2015.Rodriguez admitted in 2009 that he used banned substances from 2001-03 while with the Texas Rangers, before baseball had penalties in place for performance-enhancing drugs. But he has denied using them since.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Team news: Rudiger starts for Chelsea

first_imgChelsea Chelsea team news: Rudiger in ahead of Christensen as Morata, Pedro & Hazard start Goal Last updated 2 years ago 18:35 10/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antonio Rudiger Getty Images Chelsea Watford Chelsea v Watford Premier League The Blues have put out an experienced line up to face Watford as they try to put themselves back above the Hornets in the league table Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has opted to start with Antonio Rudiger at centre-back, with Andreas Christensen dropping to the bench, against Watford.Rudiger makes his first start since he played in the 1-0 defeat against Manchester City in September. Cesar Azpilicueta moved to right wing back that day and he will play in that position again on Saturday. David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko passed late fitness tests to make the game despite picking up knocks against Watford. Chelsea will continue to line up in a 3-4-3 formation despite Conte admitting that the team has struggled for balance since N’Golo Kante sustained a hamstring injury.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Thibaut Courtois makes his 100th appearance in the Premier League, while Pedro makes his first start for Chelsea since his side ran out 4-0 winners over Stoke City. In fact it is the first time Eden Hazard, Alvaro Morata and Pedro have started together for Chelsea. Ethan Ampadu will become Chelsea’s youngest player to play in the Premier League if he comes off the bench. Chelsea line up to face WatfordChelsea starting XI: Courtois; Rudiger, David Luiz, Cahill; Azpilicueta, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Morata, Hazard.Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Ampadu, Zappacosta, Musonda, Willian, Batshuayi.last_img read more

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Everything will change after this incident: Bangladesh cricket boss on Christchurch attacks

first_img Associated Press ChristchurchMarch 16, 2019UPDATED: March 16, 2019 12:30 IST President of Bangladesh Cricket Board Nazmul Hassan held a press conference in Dhaka on Friday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBangladesh cricket team left Christchurch after narrowly escaping the mosque shootingsA lone gunman opened fire inside 2 mosques on Friday killing 49 peopleNew Zealand and Bangladesh cricket boards had to cancel the 3rd Test as a result of the attacksOn a regular Test match morning Hagley Oval in Christchurch would be a hive of activity.Mowers would be sweeping the broad, green outfield, ground staff making the last, finicky touches to the Test match pitch, cricket players going through warmups, pundits huddling and discussing prospects for the day.But Saturday morning, the tree-lined oval near the center of Christchurch was a desolate reminder of the tragic events of the previous day. The stadium and the usual bustling boulevards that surround it were deserted as police urged people to stay indoors. The cricket Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh was cancelled.On Friday afternoon, a gunman dressed in black, military style clothing opened fire on worshippers gathered for afternoon prayers at the Al Noor Mosque, only a 10-minute walk from the stadium.A bus carrying members of the Bangladesh cricket team had just driven into a street near the mosque when the shooting started. Players and team support staff had planned to pray at the mosque before continuing to the ground to join teammates and coaching staff.Players sheltered aboard the bus as shots rang out. The shootings, at two mosques, killed 49 people.Bangladesh Team Manager Khaled Mashud Pilot speaks to the media following the incident of shooting in Christchurch. Blackcaps (NZC) and the Bangladesh Cricket Bord : Tigers (BCB) has been made to cancel the Hagley Oval Test pic.twitter.com/CH80ohDFMOBangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) March 15, 2019After a terrifying wait, described in vivid Twitter posts, players were able to leave the bus and walk through Hagley Park to Hagley Oval where, deeply shaken, they waited in their locker room until police allowed them to return to their hotel.advertisementThe team’s performance analyst, Shrinivas Chandrasekeran, posted on Twitter “Just escaped active shooters. Heartbeats pumping badly and panic everywhere.”Mohammad Isam, a journalist from ESPNCricinfo, filmed the players as they made their way from the bus to the ground. They were told not to run but walk briskly and they did so, tension and distress evident in haunted looks.Alhamdulillah finally going back home… pic.twitter.com/Iexh42kZbMMushfiqur Rahim (@mushfiqur15) March 15, 2019Three hours after the shooting, New Zealand Cricket, in consultation with the Bangladesh Cricket Board and International Cricket Council, announced the five-day match had been canceled.In cricket, the cancellation of a Test match for reasons other than the weather is a rare event. In 2002 a scheduled Test between Pakistan and New Zealand in Karachi was canceled after a terrorist bombing close to the visitors’ team hotel.Violent crime is extremely rare in New Zealand and the Bangladesh Cricket Board said the attacks had now changed their perception about team security on tours.”We’ll demand proper security wherever our team goes in future,” BCB President Nazmul Hassan told reporters in Dhaka on Friday. “If a country provides proper security as per our demand, then we will go otherwise not.”I can say that everything will change after this incident.”Bangladesh team have reached at the Christchurch Airport on their way back to Dhaka. The Team is scheduled to arrive home today (Saturday) at BST 22h40. pic.twitter.com/6HiYAB07rDBangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) March 15, 2019In announcing the cancellation, New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White made clear that the events of Friday had forever changed the way in which the country approaches the security of sporting teams. Small and isolated, New Zealand has often considered itself immune from wider world events such as terrorist violence.”This is shocking. This will change the entire fabric of international sports hosting,” White said. “I think everything changes now. We’ll certainly be having to look at our security in depth. I think the idea of New Zealand being a safe haven is gone now.”Bangladesh Team players were snapped at Christchurch Airport before heading back to Dhaka today (Saturday). pic.twitter.com/KvpsimqHCBBangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) March 16, 2019New Zealand cricketer Jimmy Neesham expressed a similar sense of shock and loss.”For so long I’ve watched world events from afar and naively thought we were somehow different in our little corner of the world, somehow safe,” Neesham said in a social media post. “Today is a terrible day. Disgusted and saddened doesn’t begin to describe it.”The Bangladesh cricket team left New Zealand at noon Saturday.Also Read | Bangladesh cricket team leaves New Zealand after narrow escape in Christchurch shootingsAlso Read | Please save us: Tamim Iqbal in phone call to journalist as Christchurch horror unfoldedAlso Read | A bloody carnage: Bangladesh team’s Indian support staff recalls Christchurch horrorAlso Read | New Zealand vs Bangladesh Test called off: Major cricket tours affected by terror attacksadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow christchurch shootingsFollow New Zealand vs BangladeshFollow christchurch mosque shootingsFollow New Zealand shootings Everything will change after this incident: Bangladesh cricket boss on Christchurch attacksBangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan said the Christchurch mosque attacks had now changed their perception about team security on tours.advertisementlast_img read more

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Stronger Guidelines for Conducted Energy Weapons

first_img “These guidelines will assist police in responding effectively to situations requiring the use of force, giving consideration to both the person involved and the responding officer,” said Deputy Chief John Collyer of the Bridgewater Police Service. The stronger guidelines, which come into effect today, June 9, build on changes made in 2008 in response to the death of Howard Hyde and the subsequent recommendations of the Report of the Advisory Panel on the Use of the Conducted Energy Device by Law Enforcement Agencies in Nova Scotia. Last month, government released Building Bridges: Improving Care in Custody for People Living with Mental Illness. The plan outlines about 90 actions to address recommendations from Judge Anne Derrick, who presided over an inquiry into the death of Mr. Hyde. “Peace officers want to respond appropriately to incidents involving people living with a mental illness,” Mr. Landry said. “In the guidelines, we emphasize the importance of de-escalation and other crisis-intervention techniques, and that emphasis is now part of all conducted energy weapons training in the province. “We also emphasize that many of the incidents should be considered medical emergencies to ensure the health and safety of all those involved.” The conducted energy weapon guidelines and a fact sheet can be found online at www.gov.ns.ca/just . when and how the devices are to be used procedures to be used when dealing with people living with a mental illness or a suspected mental illness high-risk situations where the use of the weapons should be avoided policy and documentation requirements compulsory reporting to the province of any use of the devices mandatory training and certification of users regular testing of the weapons Justice Minister Ross Landry has strengthened provincial guidelines on the use of conducted energy weapons, commonly known as Tasers, to help ensure the health and safety of people involved in Nova Scotia’s justice system. “The revised guidelines recognize that conducted energy weapons are a useful tool for peace officers, but also acknowledge that their use must follow clear and prudent procedures,” Mr. Landry said. “The revised guidelines are some of the strongest in Canada and meet or exceed the federal ones.” The revised guidelines outline:last_img read more

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Water found for the first time on superEarth exoplanet

first_imgLondon: In an “incredibly exciting” finding, astronomers have for the first time discovered water in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting a distant star outside our solar system with Earth-like temperatures that could support life. K2-18b, which is eight times the mass of Earth, is now the only exoplanet known to have both water and temperatures that could be potentially habitable, according to the study published in the journal Nature Astronomy. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe planet orbits the cool dwarf star K2-18, which is about 110 light years from the Earth in the Leo constellation, noted the researchers who used data from ESA/NASA Hubble Space Telescope. The discovery is the first successful atmospheric detection for an exoplanet orbiting in its star’s ‘habitable zone’, at a distance where water can exist in liquid form, they said. “Finding water in a potentially habitable world other than Earth is incredibly exciting,” said first author Angelos Tsiaras from the University College London (UCL) in the UK. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”K2-18b is not ‘Earth 2.0’ as it is significantly heavier and has a different atmospheric composition. However, it brings us closer to answering the fundamental question: Is the Earth unique?” said Tsiaras. The team used archive data from 2016 and 2017 captured by the Hubble Space Telescope and developed open-source algorithms to analyse the starlight filtered through K2-18b’s atmosphere. The results revealed the molecular signature of water vapour, also indicating the presence of hydrogen and helium in the planet’s atmosphere, researchers said. They believe that other molecules including nitrogen and methane may be present but, with current observations, they remain undetectable. “This is the coolest exoplanet that we’ve detected water in. While not a true Earth-analogue due to its size, this bodes well for our exploration of small planets,” Josh Lothringer, who studies exoplanet atmospheres at Johns Hopkins University in the US, said on Twitter. “K2-18b receives only 5 per cent more radiation than the Earth, leaving it with an equilibrium temperature of 265 K (minus 8 degrees Celsius),” Lothringer wrote in the tweet. Further studies are required to estimate cloud coverage and the percentage of atmospheric water present, the researchers said. The researchers noted that given the high level of activity of its red dwarf star, K2-18b may be more hostile than Earth and is likely to be exposed to more radiation. K2-18b was discovered in 2015 and is one of hundreds of super-Earths — planets with a mass between Earth and Neptune — found by NASA’s Kepler spacecraft. “With so many new super-Earths expected to be found over the next couple of decades, it is likely that this is the first discovery of many potentially habitable planets,” said co-author Ingo Waldmann from UCL. “This is not only because super-Earths like K2-18b are the most common planets in our galaxy, but also because red dwarfs — stars smaller than our Sun — are the most common stars,” said Waldmann. However, some scientists who were not a part of the research, said the planet should not be described as “habitable.” “This is a Mini-Neptune and not habitable. The pressure at any surface of this planet is likely 10 times higher than the deepest point of the ocean in Earth,” Erin M May, who studies exoplanet atmospheres at the University of Michigan, in the US, wrote on Twitter. “This planet is about the same temperature as Earth, but 2.7 times larger. While the planet is not habitable due to copious hydrogen/helium, the measurement is a huge leap,” tweeted Andrew Howard, Professor of Astronomy at Caltech in the US.last_img read more

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Monique Coleman To Mark 20th Anniversary Of World Conference On Women

first_imgMonique Coleman will serve as moderator for the launch event of UN Women’s global campaign Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It! to mark the 20th anniversary of the World Conference on Women in Beijing.2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, a significant turning point on the global agenda for gender equality. The Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action, adopted unanimously by 189 countries in 1995, is a visionary blueprint for gender equality and the empowerment of women.UN Women’s campaign is geared to galvanize public debate, particularly engaging younger generations, and to renew political will and commitment to accelerate implementation of the Platform. It also aims to strengthen evidence-base to increase knowledge of structural issues that are barriers to gender equality and enhance investment for women’s rights.A celebratory evening at the Apollo Theatre in New York on Thursday, June 26, featuring words, action and music will include renowned speakers and performers, including:
• Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
• Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director
• Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
• Women of the World, international world music ensemble
• Girl Be Heard, musical group
• Jimmie Briggs, Founder of Man Up
• Carlos Andrés Gómez, award-winning poet, actor, writer and author of Man Up
• Gloria Steinem, writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist
• Maya Wiley, General Counsel to the Mayor of New York City
• Charlotte Bunch, Founding Director and Senior Scholar, at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University
• Soon-Young Yoon, United Nations representative for the International Alliance of Women
• Joya Dass, NY1 AnchorPrior to the event, UN Under Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will be the guest at the Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson of the UN Secretary-General to speak about the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing and the launch of UN Women’s Beijing+20 campaign: “Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!”.The Noon Briefing will take place in Room S-0237, UN Secretariat, New York at 12 p.m. It will also be webcast LIVE here.last_img read more

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UN agency publishes new guidelines for using ICT to advance learning

The new guidelines – ICT Competency Standards for Teachers – was developed by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in cooperation with technology giants Cisco, Intel and Microsoft, as well as the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said the guidelines – which will be presented to education ministers from more than 100 countries at the Moving Young Minds Conference in London next week – provide a tool that will help policymakers and teacher-training developers plan their use of ICT. “These standards consist of modules that will help trainers prioritize their needs and design training curricula adapted to specific requirements and resources, reflecting UNESCO’s conviction that countries must occupy the driver’s seat of educational planning,” he stated. The agency noted that the standards go beyond just addressing ICT skills, and takes into account the specific needs of teachers, curriculum and school organization. They should “contribute to the education of a better-informed citizenry able to advance economic and social development.” 4 January 2008Realizing that it takes more than just having a computer in the classroom to enable teachers to pass on the skills students need to do well in today’s world, the United Nations has developed new guidelines to help instructors better use information and communication technology (ICT) in education. read more

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UN voices strong concern for Myanmar boat people held in Thailand

20 January 2009Fearing for the well-being of some 126 boat people in Thai custody, the United Nations refugee agency today requested access to the group of stateless Muslims who fled Myanmar to determine their need for international protection. Last week the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) voiced strong concern over allegations that the Government had intercepted a large number of incoming Rohingya boat people in Thai waters, towed them back out to sea, and left them to die.The agency has information that 80 of the Rohingya refugees are held on Koh Sai Daeng, an island off the coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea, but the whereabouts of the other 46 who the Thai military reportedly set adrift at sea last Friday are unknown.UNHCR noted the new Government’s commitment to human rights and said that it was eager to quickly find a resolution to the crisis with Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya.The agency also stressed that the Thai Government should take all measures to make sure the lives of the Rohingya boat people are not put at risk, adding that it welcomed local media reports announcing Government investigations into accusations of maltreatment. There are 28,000 Rohingya refugees in two UNHCR camps in Bangladesh, which shares its south-east border with Myanmar, and some 200,000 living outside the camps there.For several years at this time of year, many of these Rohingya refugees have been desperate enough to risk their lives at sea in small boats sailing from Bangladesh or Myanmar, often turning up in Thailand, Malaysia or as far away as Indonesia. read more

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Womens World Cup Preview The US Has Company In The Lead

Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.On Saturday, two dozen women’s national soccer teams — the most ever to be featured in the same tournament — will begin play at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Previous women’s tournaments featured 12 or 16 teams, and back then, simply rooting for the good ol’ U.S. of A. would typically have earned you a championship run — if not the full victory tour.But if you’re an American hoping for an easy bet, this isn’t the tournament for you. There is no favorite.That doesn’t mean there aren’t front-runners. The United States and Germany, the only countries with two World Cup championships, enter the tournament with almost equal chances of winning a third title: 28 percent and 27 percent, respectively, according to our forecasting model, which uses game-based offensive and defensive ratings to estimate a team’s overall skill level. The U.S.’s slight advantage over Germany — despite Germany’s stronger power rating in our model — is because Germany is more likely to face a very strong French side in the quarterfinals.The U.S. and Germany are no strangers; one has eliminated the other in three out of the six World Cups. At the first Women’s World Cup, in 1991, the U.S. defeated Germany 5-2 in the semifinals in what has been the U.S.’s most-lopsided victory over Germany in a competitive match. Eight years later (at the infamous 1999 World Cup), the Americans beat the Germans again, this time 3-2 in the quarterfinals.By 2003, the Germans were fed up. They routed the U.S. 3-0 in the semifinals — on American soil, no less — and went on to win the tournament.It’s been 12 years since the two have crossed paths at a World Cup. This year, each has about a 40 percent chance of making it to the final. That the U.S. and Germany are ahead of the pack is clear, but if you’re hoping for a U.S.-Germany final, don’t hold your breath1According to the model, there’s a 27 percent chance that they will meet in the semifinals and a 7 percent chance that they will meet in the final. — the road to Vancouver will be riddled with former champions and dark horses making their World Cup debut.Japan, the 2011 champion, is the next-most-likely team to win, with a 10 percent chance.2If it wins, Japan will be just the second country (after Germany) to win back-to-back World Cups. France isn’t far behind, with an 8 percent chance of winning the tournament. And if its recent performances in friendlies against the U.S., Germany and Brazil are any indication, France may do even better than expected.With home-field advantage working in its favor, host-nation Canada has a 7 percent chance of winning. The Brazilians, once World Cup bridesmaids, have a 6 percent chance, and the Swedes have a 5 percent chance of winning. After that, the field drops off considerably — only England, Norway and Australia have more than a 1 percent chance of winning — and the 24-team tournament begins to look more like a 10-team tournament. TEAMGROUPWSPI Bonus Hot Takedown Podcast: Allison McCann talks with ESPN’s Julie Foudy and USWNT players Kelley O’Hara and Christen Press. Subscribe on iTunes.Audio Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/hottakedown_150504_wwcspecial.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 17New ZealandA82.5 22Costa RicaE72.8 2USAD95.4 To our knowledge, this is the first-ever forecast of a Women’s World Cup (if you’ve seen one done before, please tell us in the comments!). Our projections are based on what we’re calling the Women’s Soccer Power Index (WSPI), a simplified version of the Soccer Power Index (SPI) ratings that FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver developed for men’s soccer a few years back.Unlike SPI, WSPI doesn’t use player data from club games — that data either doesn’t exist (many women’s leagues have folded and started up again) or doesn’t have enough historical context to be meaningful. Instead, our Women’s World Cup model takes into account 8,000 competitive and friendly international matches that have been played since 1971. Below, we take a closer look at each group, breaking down the chances of each team advancing from the group stage to the knockout rounds and where each team’s WSPI ranks. 6SwedenD91.6 24EcuadorC63.3 9NorwayB88.7 18MexicoF81.1 10AustraliaD88.7 16SwitzerlandC83.7 12NigeriaD85.7 4FranceF92.4 14SpainE84.7 20ColombiaF78.0 8EnglandF89.6 23ThailandB68.0 15South KoreaE84.3 19CameroonC79.3 1GermanyB95.6 13ChinaA85.2 21Ivory CoastB75.6 3JapanC92.7 5BrazilE92.2 Group A: Canada, Netherlands, China, New ZealandGroup A has the second-highest average WSPI (86.0) but the smallest standard deviation of WSPI within any of the groups (3.1 points), meaning that the teams are evenly matched. Canada is the most likely team to win Group A (59 percent) — and is even more likely to advance to the knockout rounds (93 percent). The team is led by star striker Christine Sinclair, who you might recall as the player who absolutely thrashed the U.S. backline at the 2012 Olympic semifinal, scoring three goals (two with her head):The Dutch, appearing in their first World Cup, have a 69 percent chance of advancing beyond the group stage, and a young, technical Chinese team isn’t far behind, with a 64 percent chance. The weakest team in Group A, New Zealand, is quick and scrappy and could advance with a wild-card third-place spot — but it will more likely than not be eliminated (a 53 percent chance).Game to watch: Canada (58 percent chance of winning) vs. the Netherlands (20 percent), June 15Players to watch: Christine Sinclair (Canada), Manon Melis (Netherlands)Group B: Germany, Norway, Ivory Coast, ThailandGroup B is one of the most-lopsided groups: Germany and Norway are almost guaranteed to advance (with chances of more than 99 percent and 95 percent, respectively), while the Ivory Coast and Thailand will need a minor miracle to survive (their chances of being eliminated are 59 percent and 86 percent, respectively). Germany has the highest WSPI of any team in the tournament, 95.6, although it’s without the 2015 World Player of the Year, Nadine Kessler.3WSPI doesn’t take injuries into account. Thailand, meanwhile, has the second-lowest WSPI of any team in the tournament, 68.0, so Group B is likely to feature some blowout games (Germany’s chances of beating Thailand are 95 percent).Norway looked strong against the U.S. at the Algarve Cup in March, losing 2-1, but is likely to earn the second-place spot in Group B (69 percent). That would lead to a match against the second-place team from Group F (most likely England). The Ivory Coast is most likely to place third in this group (57 percent), with an almost equal chance of advancing or being eliminated from that spot. Thailand will likely take quite a beating in Group B — the highest chance it has of winning a game in the group stage is 23 percent, against the Ivory Coast.Game to watch: Germany (70 percent) vs. Norway (12 percent), June 11Players to watch: Ada Hegerberg (Norway), Nadine Angerer (Germany)Group C: Japan, Switzerland, Cameroon, EcuadorThis is the weakest group in the tournament, with an average WSPI rating of 79.8; three of the four teams in Group C are appearing in their first World Cup. The 2011 champions, Japan, should breeze through (they have more than a 99 percent chance of advancing). The team plays a highly technical style of soccer that focuses on quick, short passing and lots of midfield movement, thanks to Aya Miyama’s ability to move the ball seamlessly between the back and front lines.Switzerland is one of the most exciting additions to this year’s World Cup, and the newcomers have an 87 percent chance of making it to the knockout round — in part because of the fast, strong and skillful striker Ramona Bachmann. Cameroon looked promising at the African Women’s Championship, conceding just one goal in the group stage and finishing in second place behind Nigeria. Cameroon has a pretty good chance of advancing (72 percent). Ecuador, however, is the weakest team in the tournament. It has a WSPI rating of 63.3, having barely qualified by beating Trinidad and Tobago for the last spot.Game to watch: Japan (69 percent) vs. Switzerland (13 percent), June 8Players to watch: Ramona Bachmann (Switzerland), Aya Miyama (Japan)Group D: U.S., Sweden, Australia, NigeriaWe labeled this the Group of Death after the draw in December, and Group D’s average WSPI rating (90.4) backs that up: There are no bad teams here. The U.S. is the most likely team to win the group (a 65 percent chance), but it will have to get past a very strong Swedish team — helmed by former U.S. coach Pia Sundhage. Although the Swedes have only a 20 percent chance of beating the U.S. in the group stage, they’re very likely to advance from Group D: a 79 percent chance.The bottom two teams here, Australia and Nigeria, are still very solid, with WSPI ratings of 88.7 and 85.7, both above the median tournament rating. The Aussies are strong and athletic, and who knows — maybe striker Lisa De Vanna has another bicycle kick goal or two she’ll unleash to increase the chances that her team makes it out of this group (it has a 58 percent chance now). Nigeria won the African Women’s Championship and has a standout in youngster Asisat Oshoala, who recently won the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year Award. But the Nigerians’ chances, even with Oshoala, look grim: They have a 62 percent chance of being eliminated.Game to watch: U.S. (58 percent) vs. Sweden (20 percent), June 12Players to watch: Lotta Schelin (Sweden), Christen Press (U.S.), Lisa De Vanna (Australia)Group E: Brazil, Spain, South Korea, Costa RicaBrazil came close to World Cup glory in 2007 but made a disappointing return in 2011, losing in the quarterfinals. The Brazilians remain almost a surefire bet to advance from Group E (98 percent), but their chances of making it to the championship match are another story (only 15 percent). Let’s wait and see what five-time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta has in store.Spain and Costa Rica are two more new additions to the tournament, but Spain’s prospects are a lot better than Costa Rica’s. Spain has a 77 percent chance of advancing, compared with Costa Rica’s 20 percent. Spanish forward Vero Boquete will be riding high into the World Cup, having recently clinched a UEFA Women’s Champions League title with her club 1. FFC Frankfurt. Shirley Cruz Traña, who plays for the French club Paris Saint-Germain, will be Costa Rica’s best shot at making it out of Group E.Last but certainly not least in Group E are the South Koreans, who held the U.S. to a scoreless draw last weekend. They are about as likely to advance as Spain, with a 75 percent chance of doing so.Game to watch: Brazil (64 percent) vs. Spain (16 percent), June 13Players to watch: Marta (Brazil), Vero Boquete (Spain)Group F: France, England, Mexico, ColombiaThe final group is another solid mix of teams with an average WSPI rating of 85.3, the third highest in the tournament. The top two teams — France and England — will face off again at a World Cup: France knocked out England in the 2011 tournament quarterfinals. These are the two teams most likely to advance: 97 percent chance for France and 90 percent for England. France has been my not-so-dark horse for 2015; the team is technical, physical and fast, and Louisa Nécib and Eugénie Le Sommer are fantastic together.Mexico came out strong in a recent friendly against the U.S., holding on in the first half before flaming out 5-1 in the end. The team has less than a 50 percent chance of advancing from Group F, but that’s still better than Colombia’s 32 percent chance. A breakout performance by Colombia’s Yoreli Rincón could help Las Chicas Superpoderosas’ chances, but it’s more likely that they’ll be eliminated: a 68 percent chance.Game to watch: France (50 percent) vs. England (27 percent), June 9Players to watch: Eugénie Le Sommer (France), Yoreli Rincón (Colombia) 7CanadaA90.1 11NetherlandsA86.2 read more

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Watpac mulls sales of Civil Mining business

first_imgWatpac says it is in discussions with another party in regards to the sale of its Civil & Mining business.The ASX-listed company said due diligence was being undertaken by the potential acquirer on an exclusive basis, as the two looked to tie up a deal.It added: “The proposed transaction has an assessed potential value broadly in line with the current written down value of the company’s assets.”In October, Belgium’s BESIX Group made a cash bid to acquire all of Watpac in an attempt to expand its contracting business. The bid was due to expire today; the same day the bid for the civil and mining business emerged.In the year to June 30, 2018, Watpac recorded a consolidated statutory loss after tax of A$56.9 million ($42 million). While its construction business generated an underlying profit of A$20.6 million, it was weighed down by “impairment and restructuring provisions resulting from the board’s strategic review of the Civil & Mining business”, the company said.The Civil & Mining business employs approximately 400 people nationally – about 40% of Watpac’s total national workforce – with active projects in Western Australia.last_img read more

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New Hillsborough inquests will get under way in early 2014

first_imgINQUESTS INTO THE deaths of 96 Liverpool fans at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield 24 years ago will get under way in early 2014, a coroner has confirmed today.Lord Justice Goldring told families at the High Court in London that they would not have to wait until the completion of an ongoing criminal investigation into the disaster which could take as long as two years to complete.The location of the inquests will be confirmed next week amid an apparent dispute between families of the victims, some of whom would prefer the inquests be held in London, others who would prefer they are held in the North West where most of them are based.New inquests were ordered last December after the quashing of the original verdict of ‘accidental death’ in the crushing to death of 96 football supporters at the FA Cup semi-final in April 1989.The verdict was discredited by evidence which emerged in an independent panel report published last September.The report found that dozens of those who died had the potential to survive had they received proper medical treatment and exposed a police attempt to cover-up their culpability for the disaster and smear Liverpool fans, portraying them as having been at fault.At the family division of the High Court in London, the coroner told families today that the recent death of Anne Williams, whose son Kevin died at Hillsborough, was a “powerful reminder” of the urgency of getting the inquests under way.Earlier, the Independent Police Complaints Commission released an update on its investigation into the disaster which it described as “the biggest criminal and misconduct investigation ever conducted into the police in England and Wales”.The IPCC said that it had obtained in excess of 20,000 documents including some from the archive of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher but confirmed that some unnamed organisations have been resisting document disclosure.Five retired officers from West Midlands Police, which carried out a now discredited investigation into the actions of South Yorkshire Police, have been interviewed by the IPCC as part of nearly 2,000 serving and former officers who are linked to the disaster and its aftermath.Read: Hillsborough justice campaigner Anne Williams diesThe Hillsborough documents: What we’ve learned so farColumn: The full story of the Hillsborough disaster is still to comelast_img read more

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Greek community the key to mental health

first_imgFor Evan Bichara’s family, the onset of mental illness was a complete surprise.The Greek-Egyptian told Neos Kosmos that at the age of 19, he used to laugh and cry inappropriately, avoid socialising, and develop paranoid thoughts. “My family were confused at the onset of my illness,” he said.“They took me to a priest to be prayed on.” Mr Bichara is now working as a mental health advocate with the Victorian Transcultural Psychiatry Unit, and he said his involvement with the Greek community was crucial to his recovery. “We come from a culture where we believe in collectivism,” he said. “So when I got ill, it wasn’t just me getting ill, it was all my family working together in my recovery, it wasn’t just me.”Mr Bichara has a leadership role in the Orthodox church, and has been involved in community soccer, from coaching junior clubs to becoming a referee. The Mental Health Council of Australia says one in five people will experience mental health issues in their life, and a spokesperson told Neos Kosmos that a person’s community was “possibly the most crucial factor” in combating mental illness.“Services must be what the community needs, that’s crucial,” he said.But Kaliope Paxinos, whose 49 year-old son has been living with schizophrenia for the past 25 years, said there was a general lack of understanding about mental illness in the Greek community.“The other thing I find really worrying in the Greek community was the very high rate of stigma, and I feel angry still about that,” she said. Mrs Paxinos, 83, works part-time as a carer advocate and consultant, and she said she has seen a lot of shame.She said that when working with one Greek family that was referred to her recently, she was “really saddened” by the family’s reluctance to talk about their daughter’s mental health issues. “The mother just couldn’t cope with the emotion of telling me the issues on the phone,” she said. “And the father just wouldn’t tell any of his family or friends that their daughter had some issues. “They felt that they wouldn’t understand; they felt that people would be critical of them, and for me, that’s really very, very, very, sad, very sad,” she said.To join the Victorian Transcultural Psychiatry Unit’s Spectrum of Cultures group by contacting Evan Bicharas on 0411 054 882. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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First InterTerritorial ConferenceBritish Overseas Territories Cooperation in Child Safeguarding

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 31, 2017 – Providenciales – A team of four persons from the TCI, including Deputy Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs – Mrs. Bridgette Newman, Deputy Director of Social Development – Ms. Ashley Adams, Child Safeguard Lead for the Police, Assistant Superintendent – Ms. Irene Butterfield and Child Safeguarding Adviser – Ms. Samantha Dunn recently returned from the First Inter-Territorial Conference for British Overseas Territories on Co-Operation in Child Safeguarding.The Conference was held at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office during the period October 16-17, 2017 and saw participation from key stakeholders across a number of Territories.In November 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Governments of the British Overseas Territories and the Government of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to facilitate the joint sharing of information for the purpose of more effective Safeguarding of Children.   A vision that was birthed by the Government of the Falkland Islands.A Steering Committee was subsequently formed and the MoU was put into practice through four projects that were each led by a territory.The Conference facilitated the presentation and focused discussion of the projects, discussion of detailed measures to change the way the OTs work together in sharing information when children in need and risky adults cross each other’s borders; when persons are recruited to roles working with children and when courts need to address the differences between legislative provisions for children when alternative care is provided for those in need and at risk.Additionally, the conference sought to:Forge and further consolidate links with UK safeguarding agenciesTake advantage of London’s location to hear speakers in relevant disciplinesAfford the opportunity for discussion and shared problem-solving in a highly complex and sensitive area of policy in challenging OT contexts andConsider presentation of progress to Joint Ministerial Council/set future priorities under the MoU and Roadmap into 2018The Conference began with an opening address by Mr. Peter Judge, former Attorney General for the Falkland Islands and the lead drafter of the MoU and Roadmap.  Delegates then engaged in an intense two days of presentations and discussion of the tabled projects, all of which gave participants an opportunity to share the progress of individual territories and learn from each other.Information Sharing – Led by Cayman IslandsSafe Working Practice (Setting up a process of safer recruitment across British Overseas Territories) – Led by MontserratMutual Recognition of Orders – Led by GibraltarRecruitment and Support of Foster Careers (What do we need from them?)–Led by GibraltarParticipants from the TCI were particularly pleased to hear of the progress being made in the area of Child Safeguarding as they are currently in the process of developing their National Action Plan and Working Together in Turks and Caicos Protocol, which is due to signed by the end of the month.The report of progress made by territories thus far will form a part of the Agenda for the next Joint Ministerial Council meeting to be held in the United Kingdom in November of this year, which should be attended by the Minister of Home Affairs, Transportation and Communication, Hon. Vaden Delroy Williams.While in the United Kingdom, the team visited a Secure Care Centre in Manchester where young males between the ages of 10 and 17 are placed by the courts for rehabilitation.  They also visited a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) which aims to improve the quality of safeguarding decisions by improving access to information about children, young people and their families.Press Release: TCIGlast_img read more

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Comments against SC categorisation slammed

first_imgBaghlingampally: President of Telangana SC Beda, Budaga, Jangalu Hakkula Dandu Thoorpati Hanmanthu criticised Mala Mahanadu leaders who have passed comments against SC categorisation.He was speaking at a meeting of the association here at Sundaraiah Vignana Kendram on Thursday. Hanumanthu said most of the SC castes and sub-castes such as Beda and Budaga have remained underdeveloped even after 70 years of independence. He said that the development of these castes could be done only by giving reservations to them on the basis of their population, he said. Also Read – International Persian Summer School concludes at MANUU Advertise With Us About 57 sub-castes in Madiga community and intellectuals from Mala community have been fighting for SC categorisation but a few selfish leaders of Mala Mahanadu are opposing categorisation, he said. Only categorisation could do justice to 57 sub-castes, he said. Hanumanthu denounced the Mala Mahanadu leaders who criticised union minister Kishan Reddy for his support to the cause.The founder of the association, Chintala Rajalingam, Greater Hyderabad president Thoorpati Krishna, general secretary Ippa Janardhan, state publicity secretary Ippa Sathyanarayna, state vice president N Dasharath, Thoorpati Sitaramulu and others attended the meeting.last_img read more

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IDay celebrations organised at KGKT

first_imgTirupati: MLC Y Srinivasulu Reddy, YSRCP Youth Wing leader Bhumana Abhinay Reddy, son of Tirupati MLA B Karunakar Reddy and committee members of the Gandhi Bhavan Trust have participated in the 73rd Independence Day celebrations organised at Kasturba Gandhi Kendra Trust (KGKT) here on Thursday. On the occasion, Abhinay Reddy donated Rs 1 lakh to the Trust Secretary Venkatarami Reddy for construction of a Gandhi Bhavan Trust building. KGKT Chairman Dr PC Rayulu said that his trust is providing free food to the poor people.last_img read more

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7th Pay Commission Government may offer salary hikes beyond recommendations

first_img7th Pay Commission: Government may offer salary hikes beyond recommendationsCreative CommonsThe Narendra Modi led government is planning to increase the minimum pay for central government employees from Rs 18,000 to Rs 21,000 from April 2018. The center is also reportedly considering salary hikes beyond the 7th Pay Commission recommendation for the Central government staffs.The pay hike plan is expected to be approved in April this year, Financial Express reports quoting Finance Ministry officials.Here are some points you should know about salary hike under 7th Pay Commission recommendations:• Central government staff under the pay matrix level 1 to 5 will be included in the expected pay hike of Rs 18,000- Rs 21,000.• The fitment factor is expected to be hiked to 3.00 from the current 2.57 beyond the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.• Reports have indicated that the hike is expected to come into force from April and would be rolled out without arrears.• Union Cabinet on March 8 increased DA (Dearness Allowance) and DR (Dearness Relief) by two percent accordance with the accepted formula, based on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.• The salary revision policy in the country will change and the government is planning not to have any more Central Pay Commissions in future. It is expected that in the new alternative system the salaries and allowances of central government employees will increase every year.In the wake of the increased cost of living and inflation, central government employees union leaders had earlier asked to raise minimum basic pay to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times. In June 2017, the Union Cabinet had approved the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission with 34 modifications based on the recommendations of the Committee on Allowances (CoA). Implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations will have a huge impact in the coming elections also. The issue matters to both pensioners and central government employees, constituting a large portion of the vote bank for the 2019 elections.However, the government is still to confirm anything officially regarding the implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations, leaving the government employees anxious.last_img read more

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One mistake can alter polls result warns CEC

first_imgChief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda speaks at a training session of election officials at Nirbachan Bhaban in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: PIDChief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Wednesday asked the officials to be involved in the announcement of election results to remain cautious in performing their duties as one mistake can create a big disorder, reports UNB.”Be careful so that not a single mistake can occur — neither in vote counting nor announcement of results,” the CEC told the election officials.Nurul Huda came up with the directive while speaking at a training session on Election Management System (EMS), Candidate Information Management System (CIMS) and Result Management System (RMS) at Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital in the morning.”You’ve to receive the training properly and prove it in the field through performing your duties flawlessly as just one mistake can create a big disorder,” Nurul Huda warned.The CEC went on to say, “Don’t allow one mistake to thwart the election process. Technical persons are very important in the election process as results from all the polling centres in the country will come through the software. If there’s any fault, the election results might be altered,” he added.”You’ve to apply your full capacity and merit and work hard to ensure a fair election,” he urged the officials.The CEC said the commission is amazed to see the public interest cantering the election and the festive mood that is prevailing across the country.”We’ve to remain alert so that the interest and confidence of people are not affected by our mistakes.”last_img read more

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Texas Town Reflects on Black Dragging Death Ahead of Execution

first_imgBy Juan A. Lozano, The Associated PressA technology company was almost ready to bring up to 300 new jobs to Jasper, Texas, but in the final stages of recent negotiations, a potential deal-breaker emerged: the community’s history as the place where three White men dragged a Black man behind a pickup, killing him.The 1998 death of James Byrd Jr. was one of the most gruesome hate crimes in U.S. history, and it gave the company president pause in the discussions about where to locate his firm’s newest facility. Local clergy and community leaders made their case that the town of 7,600 people is not defined by a murder that happened almost 21 years ago.In this Wednesday, April 10, 2019, photo Mylinda Byrd Washington, 66, right, and Louvon Byrd Harris, 61, hold up photographs of their brother James Byrd Jr. in Houston. James Byrd Jr. was the victim of what is considered to be one of the most gruesome hate crime murders in recent Texas history. (AP Photo/Juan Lozano)They were able to convince the executive “that we are a lot different than what the world sees us as,” said Eddie Hopkins, head of the Jasper Economic Development Corporation.The town’s past will be revisited this coming week, when the convicted ringleader in Byrd’s slaying is scheduled to be executed. Local leaders insist Jasper is a welcoming place that punished Byrd’s killers and will never forget what happened to him. But other townspeople, as well as members of Byrd’s family, believe Jasper has never fully accepted the crime’s place in its history. They say some tensions between the white and black communities remain unresolved.“I think, quite frankly, people in Jasper are tired of talking about it. They want to forget it,” said Mylinda Washington, 66, one of Byrd’s sisters. “It happened here, and we need to always have that in front of us.”In the early morning hours of June 7, 1998, three White men beat Byrd after offering him a ride. They then chained the 49-year-old to the back of a truck and dragged his body for nearly 3 miles along a secluded road in the piney woods outside Jasper. Byrd was alive for at least two miles before his body was ripped to pieces. Prosecutors said he was targeted because he was Black.John William King, 44, an avowed racist who orchestrated the attack, is slated to be put to death Wednesday. He will be the second man executed in the case. Lawrence Russell Brewer was executed in 2011. The third participant, Shawn Allen Berry, was sentenced to life in prison.Before Byrd’s death, the community about 140 miles northeast of Houston, near the Texas-Louisiana border, was known more for the timber industry and for tourism at nearby Sam Rayburn Lake.Back in 1998, the city was “incredibly progressive” as it was led by an African- American mayor and had other African Americans in local leadership positions, said Cassy Burleson, a researcher at Baylor University who has been studying Jasper since the dragging.The current interim mayor, Gary Gatlin, recalled how community leaders of all races came together and helped the town heal. “It certainly doesn’t go away, and we certainly remember what happened,” Gatlin said.But racial tension resurfaced after Jasper’s first black police chief was fired in 2012, and two of the three Black city council members who hired the chief were ousted in a recall election. The recall effort was marred by racial slurs.City council member Rashad Lewis, who is Black, was 12 when Byrd was killed. He said the dragging death unearthed racial hostility in his hometown. He remembers classmates wearing Confederate belt buckles and shirts right after Byrd was killed.When he moved back to Jasper several years ago, Lewis said he ran for office because of a lack of minority representation. He is the only African American on the five-member council, which runs a community that is more than half African American. About 34 percent of the African-American population lives below the poverty line.Lewis, 33, is now running against Gatlin, hoping to become the second African-American mayor in Jasper history. The election is May 4.“As long as we keep a blindfold to the incident, we will never be able to move forward,” he said.During his mayoral campaign, Lewis said, he’s had at least one online racial slur directed at him.One of Jasper’s religious leaders, the Rev. Ronald Foshage, acknowledges that there is some prejudice in the town. But he said “you are going to find that anywhere.”“It’s not the majority of our people, and it’s not who we are,” Foshage said.Lewis said he proposed an annual day to come together in honor of Byrd, but his idea was rejected. While a park was named for Byrd and a bench in his honor was placed outside the courthouse where two of his killers were tried, nothing in Jasper memorializes the dragging death itself.Gatlin said Jasper has not minimized Byrd’s death but “we’ve just tried to move on.”In the years since the dragging, Byrd’s relatives created the Byrd Foundation for Racial Healing . Louvon Byrd Harris, 61, another of Byrd’s sisters, said her family still hopes to build a multicultural center and museum in Jasper to promote diversity and education.Both sisters, who live in Houston, said they hope their brother’s death continues to spur people to combat hate, wherever it may occur.“Hate has not gone away,” Washington said. “Every week in the news, we’re reminded of that.”last_img read more

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eLynx Announces New National Platform From ADS

first_imgeLynx Announces New National Platform From ADS Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-02-29 Abby Gregory “”Accurate Document Service, Inc. (ADS)””:http://www.accuratedocument.com/, has launched a new national platform. A long time corporate partner of ADS, “”eLynx””:http://www.elynx.com/ announced that the document prep company will begin creation and delivery of closing documentation on a nationwide basis.[IMAGE]ADS’ new services will encompass initiatives targeting truth-in-lending compliance, as well as government and conventional closing documents. Through its national presence and its existing document provision services, ADS’ electronic[COLUMN_BREAK] automation and adoption options for closing mortgage loans gives lenders bottom line benefits.The relationship between eLynx and ADS has lasted for more than a decade, and ADS became one of eLynx’s first clients in 1999. Sharon Matthews, president and CEO of eLynx, said of the long-standing partnership with ADS, “”This adoption of our compliant closing services is a testament to our ability to work with our partners, even in difficult regulatory environments, to continue to bring innovations to market that benefit lenders, borrowers and investors.””Matthews went on to add, “”We are extremely proud of our 13-year relationship with Accurate Document.””Via its partnership with eLynx, ADS can provide fully compliant document closing packages to its customers electronically. ADS’ president, Millie White, said of the successful business relationship, “”eLynx has always been able to adapt to the evolving market along with us. More of our customers are taking advantage of electronic documents and the secure document delivery that we provide through our partnership with eLynx.”” February 29, 2012 393 Views center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Sharelast_img read more

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