April 15, 2021

The voice of reform

first_imgLiberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Harvard Kennedy School alumna who at great personal risk played a key role in stabilizing and reviving a troubled nation that until recently was categorized as a “failed state,” will be the principal speaker at Afternoon Exercises of Harvard University’s 360th Commencement on May 26.“Over the course of her nearly 40 years in public service, President Sirleaf has endured death threats, incarceration, and exile, all the while challenging the inequality, corruption, and violence that defined life in Liberia for so long,” Harvard President Drew Faust said. “We are proud to welcome such a respected African leader and active proponent of democracy to speak on Commencement Day.”The first woman elected head of an African state, Sirleaf became her nation’s 24th president in the wake of the Second Liberian Civil War. She faced the daunting tasks of reconciling the country after two decades of strife, revitalizing its collapsed economy, reducing its national debt, and reforming its international reputation. Her work both nationally and internationally has earned her a reputation as a strong leader, an advocate for economic prudence, and an enemy of corruption. As a result, bilateral relations with several countries have been re-established, United Nations sanctions on Liberia’s diamond and forestry sectors have been lifted, substantial foreign direct investment has been attracted, and international support for the poverty-plagued nation has blossomed.“As Africa’s first female elected head of state, she stands as an example for a generation of girls in Africa and beyond of the ways in which education opens new frontiers,” Faust said.Raised in Monrovia and married at 17, Sirleaf came to the United States in 1961, studying at Madison Business College in Madison, Wis., and the Economics Institute in Boulder, Colo., before earning her M.P.A. degree as an Edward S. Mason Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 1971.Sirleaf returned to Liberia in 1972 and served as assistant minister of finance, but resigned a year later in protest of government spending. In 1979 she was appointed minister of finance, but she was forced to flee the country after surviving a military coup in which President William Tolbert and all but four members of his cabinet were executed. Sirleaf returned to Liberia in 1985 to run for vice president. Her stances against dictatorial repression earned her prison sentences, and in 1986 she fled to the United States. She returned to Liberia to run in the 1997 general elections, placing second, but returning to exile soon after. In 2003, Sirleaf was selected to chair a governance reform commission, a position she left to run successfully in the 2005 presidential elections.“President Sirleaf is a prime example of an alumna who has embraced the ethic of public service and improved life for millions through her commitment to serving the public good,” said Robert R. Bowie Jr., president of the Harvard Alumni Association. “Her career is a reminder of the global reach of the graduates of Harvard and the importance of the University’s international engagement.”Sirleaf will speak during Commencement’s Afternoon Exercises, which serve as the annual meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association. The exercises will take place in the Tercentenary Theatre of Harvard Yard.last_img read more

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Tips on guiding parents through media maze

first_imgStopping time, or at least slowing it down, may be the key to staying abreast of research on the ever-changing world of technology and the impact it has on children.“For the last 50 years or so a new force we have to deal with — media and technology — reaches right into the home, right into the family, right into the community, and that affects how kids think about their place in the world and how they’re going to develop,” Joe Blatt, a senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, told an audience of nearly 50 parents, teachers, and area residents at the Harvard Ed Portal in Allston.“That’s the subject I’m going to try to share with you: What children and young people do with media; what impact that media interaction has on their thinking and on their behavior; and what as both parents and citizens we might want to do about that interaction.”Harvard in Allston: Ed Portal Faculty Speaker SeriesIn this episode, we talk to Rob Lue, the faculty director of the Harvard Ed Portal, about the Faculty Speaker Series. Later in the podcast, we are joined by Joe Blatt, a lecturer at the Graduate School of Education, who talks about his recent Ed Portal lecture about the effects of media and technology on children. The faculty director of GSE’s Technology, Innovation, and Education program, Blatt has spent more than two decades researching the effects of media content and technology on child development, learning, and civic behavior. His talk, “Growing up in a Media World,” addressed the challenges and benefits of digital media.Blatt divided the discussion into four categories — television, video games, movies, and social networking as they affect children from birth through the teenage years. Using a movie trailer, commercials, TV clips, and even statistics, he emphasized the importance of thoughtful interaction by making media a learning opportunity for children, and encouraging them to divide their time between devices, active play, and peers.He said parents should not assume that a children tune out the real world when they turn on technology, and instead could use screen time an opportunity to talk to their children about what they see.Ed Portal Faculty Director Robert Lue told the audience that Blatt has worked with major media production companies including PBS, Sesame Workshop, and Walden Media, and produced programs such as the NOVA science series and Scientific American Frontiers. He said Blatt’s studies are “highly relevant for families and are also highly relevant about how we think about what happens in the classroom.”An open discussion at the end of the presentation gave audience members the chance to share their own experiences and concerns.Jordan Nelsen of Allston said that she “grew up in a time when everything was still fairly analog, technology was transitioning slowly. I find it fascinating what’s available to children these days and the dangers of that as well, children basically have a lot of access to a lot of things.”In contrast, having technology at her fingertips has been the only world 9-year-old Sarah Kohl of Brighton has known. “I actually really love technology and it’s fun to do stuff with computer programming,” she said.“There isn’t a one-size-fits-all, especially with technology. You sometimes just don’t know what to do for your kids, and it’s OK to question and try not to feel bad if you don’t have all the answers,” said Kal Gieber, a senior interactive media developer at WGBH who watched the program with a researcher’s eye. He said that the data gathered yesterday about the media’s impact on children is nearly obsolete today.“Children are the digital natives, there are so many different types of media, it’s in their hands, they are in their rooms, they are by themselves, it’s a scary world, there’s no doubt about it,” said Jillian Orr ’09, executive producer in children’s media at WGBH and a former student of Blatt. Orr said she took several of Blatt’s courses at Harvard, and continually draws on the lessons she learned there to guide her production work at WGBH.So, what is the final word about kids engaging with and being affected by media?“There is no final word on this, that’s why I like the subject so much,” said Blatt. “It just keeps changing and evolving.”The Faculty Speaker Series at the Harvard Ed Portal brings to the public current issues and priorities that are being taught in the University’s classrooms. Next up is David Cox, assistant professor of molecular and cellular biology and computer science, who will explore “Toward an Artificial Brain” on March 14 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.last_img read more

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Gifford holds 103rd Annual Meeting, announces Markle Foundation

first_imgGifford Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Woodin speaks at the Randolph hospital s 103rd Annual Meeting of its corporators Friday at Chandler. Gifford Healthcare,Gifford Medical Center celebrated a ninth consecutive year of financial success and announced the winners of health grants and scholarships at the 103rd Annual Meeting of the Randolph hospital s corporators Friday evening at Chandler.Gifford, with health centers throughout central Vermont, met its state-set operating margin of 2.2 percent in fiscal year 2008 and saw its revenues continue to climb as the medical center grew to include about a dozen new health care providers as well as expanded clinic space, hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Woodin said.Among those joining the hospital in 2008 were pain management specialist Dr. Lan Nguyen-Knoff, sports medicine provider Dr. Peter Loescher, family nurse practitioner Sheri Mayo, family physician Dr. Brian Sargent, pediatrician Dr. Lisa Jewett, pulmonologist Marda Donner and a host of providers working at Gifford through their private practices or by contract. Oncologist Dr. John Valentine, plastic surgeon Dr. Guy Rochman, pediatric cardiologist Dr.Niels Giddins, radiologist Dr. Erin Tsai and allergist Dr. Randy Stoloff are all providing specialty services at the hospital by contract or private practice.The hospital has already added a handful of new providers in 2009, including pediatrician Dr. William Gaidys, who started at the Gifford Health Center at Berlin this week, Woodin said.Expanded in 2008 was also the Sharon Health Center, which nearly doubled in size, to accommodate in a significant growth in patients. When the Sharon Health Center first opened in October 2005 it had just 162 patients that first month. In January of 2009, the number of patients for the month topped 1,000 in great part due to the popularity of the sports medicine practice there. We have quite a following out of New Hampshire who come there, Woodin noted.The Kingwood Health Center on Route 66 in Randolph was also renovated in 2008 to update the aging building and make space for the medical center s outpatient physical therapy department.In 2009, the Chelsea Health Center is slated to be rebuilt, Woodin announced. Hopefully by the end of this summer, we ll have a new facility in Chelsea, he said. The new building, to be constructed behind the existing building, will look much like the Sharon Health Center. Source: Gifford Medical Centercenter_img The hospital also added several new pieces of technology in 2008, including a digital mammography system, medication verification system and new cataract surgery equipment. Through private practice ophthalmologists Dr. Jack Singer and Dr. Chris Soares, the hospital does a large number of cataract surgeries.The new medication verification system for inpatients involves scanning patients wristband and their medications at the bedside to ensure the patient is getting the right medication at the right time. We bar code you, perhaps like a piece of fruit in the grocery store, Woodin said, rousing a laugh for the record audience of 150.Other achievements in 2008 included the Gifford Medical Center Auxiliary Thrift Shop s annual sales, which topped $200,000 for the first time in 2008, and the Last Mile Ride, which raised $23,000 for end-of-life care services at the hospital.Despite all of the success, Woodin was cautious, however, in his predictions for 2009.Audience and hospital Board of Trustees member David Ainsworth asked Woodin how the hospital would handle decreased reimbursements in 2009.Woodin said he honestly didn t fully know how bad the economic picture would get. Certainly, the hospital is facing state cuts and, like so many, has lost money in investments. We assume we re going to be in good company with all the other hospitals, Woodin said.But in many ways, Gifford, with its record of stability, is uniquely positioned to handle an economic downturn. The hospital staff, he said, has already been working together to reduce expenses by keeping a tight rein on staffing and overtime. I think we re actually somewhat prepared for that. It s going to be tough, though, he said.Woodin concluded his talk to an audience member s request for a big round of applause for Joe Woodin for his dedication and leadership to our hospital.Also thanked was the hospital s Board of Trustees for its time and dedication. Re-elected to second terms on the board were Barb Harvey, Gus Meyer and Bob Wright. Re-elected to third terms were Randy Garner and Dick Mallary.Gifford s many volunteers and health care providers who volunteer in the community, which was the night s theme, were also recognized.The hospital gave back to the community through the announcement of several awards.Pediatric nurse Sadie Lyford was awarded the $1,000 Dr. Richard J. Barrett Health Professions Scholarship. Lyford has worked at Gifford for 10 years and is pursuing a pediatric nurse practitioner degree.The $1,000 Philip D. Levesque Community Award, created 15 years ago in memory of the hospital s late president, went to the Food Shelf serving Granville, Hancock and Rochester. This came at a very wonderful time, and we re honored to have been picked, said Emma Patterson in accepting the award on the Food Shelf s behalf.William and Mary Markle Community FoundationA final round of grants went to a list of organizations and was awarded under a new name. The hospital s community health grant program has been renamed for the late Bill Markle and his wife Mary, announced Woodin and Ashley Lincoln, Gifford director of development, marketing and public relations.Bill Markle was a former board member and long-time supporter of the hospital as well as other community organizations. He passed away in Gifford s Garden Room in December. Bill was such a great and devoted individual, Woodin said. He was just a very special person.Markle was chairman of the board when donors generously created the community health grant program, which each year gives out about $25,000 to community organizations. The hospital renamed the program the William and Mary Markle Community Foundation in recognition of the Markle s and their commitment to not just Gifford but the whole community. Bill means the world to me, and I feel really happy that we have this to carry his legacy, Lincoln said, fighting tears.Receiving the William and Mary Markle Community Foundation grants in 2009 were the Chelsea Public School s elementary basketball program, Gifford s new CenteringPregnancy program to benefit expecting mothers, Randolph Rotary Lifeline, Girls on the Run scholarships for area participating girls, The Newton School s sustainability project, the Rochester area Food Shelf, Safeline, Gifford s Eating Healthy Cooking Classes for the community, the Stockbridge After School Program for nutritional snacks, the West Hartford Library Teen Center for health-related books and materials, Gifford s Robin s Nest childcare center for equipment and the Woodstock Union High School track and field team.Acute and advanced illness careThe evening concluded with a presentation by Gifford hospitalist Dr. Martin Johns and family and palliative care provider Dr. Jonna Goulding on the hospital s acute and advanced illness care programs.Johns described the growth in the hospitalist program that allows sicker patients to stay at Gifford, thus receiving care close to home rather than being transferred to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center or Fletcher Allen Health Care. Gifford is also increasingly establishing relationships with these tertiary care centers as well as with District 8 Emergency Medical Services. The hospital has also instituted rounds, which involve daily multidisciplinary discussions of hospitalized patients, and have put processes in place to ensure a smoother transition from the Emergency Department to the inpatient unit, Howell Pavilion, Johns said.In an emotional showing of pictures of end-of-life care patients and their loved ones in Gifford s Garden Room, Goulding defined palliative care as meaning symptom control, but said it has really come to mean hospice care an old concept that at Gifford at least has made huge comeback. We ve gotten really good a curing things, Goulding said.What is sacrificed, however, is comfort, said Goulding. More people are dying in ICUs. We have fallen in love with technology.At Gifford, however, there is a culture of palliative care.Some doctors and nurses are specially certified in palliative care, the hospital has instituted a consult service for end-of-life and advanced illness patients, the Last Mile Ride raises money for extra services for these patients, a new grief program is being instituted for people to drop-in twice a month for counseling following a loss and, said Goulding, The work is good, because we truly make a difference.She encouraged others to make a difference too. Fill out an Advance Directive so your loved ones know your health care wishes, she suggested, and volunteer at the hospital or at the Last Mile Ride.last_img read more

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How a loan officer can increase engagement with empathy

first_img 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Alison Barksdale Alison Barksdale is the Assistant Vice-President of Marketing for CU Members Mortgage and has worked in the field of marketing since 2000. Her various positions within the field of marketing … Web: www.cumembers.com Details Imagine you are driving down the highway and see a major accident.  Sirens are going off as the police, ambulance, and firefighters arrive to assist in the catastrophe.  The horrific incident takes up several lanes across the highway and your car inches by the scene down the one open lane. You slow even more as you see the crunched vehicles that look like they are made of paper.  You keep watching as you want to see if everyone is okay, but are frustrated as your view is blocked by a fire truck.  You can’t see anyone.  You keep looking.  You keep driving. Suddenly you are too far to see the accident.  A few car links past the scene and you’ve cranked up the radio and continue on your commute.  That’s it.  Never a second thought. This isn’t to start a debate about if you should stop and help or not.  It is however a call to ask yourself, how much empathy you apply to your everyday member and your everyday loan file.  When a member tells you they’ve had a rough experience with their previous lender, how do you respond? When a member explains they are scared or nervous, do you listen? Do you empathize with their situation?When a member buys a home, they are providing all of their financial information. Every last detail of their financial failures and successes.  Every deep dark financial secret in the closet.  As a loan officer, you see it all.  And, you have the opportunity to drive right pass their fears and concerns or you can comfort them and show them you understand and care about their well-being.  A recent Gallup poll states that only 22% of mortgage buyers are fully engaged with their lender.  That leaves a lot of consumers out there very uncommitted to their lender.  An engaged member during the home loan process, is emotionally and psychologically attached to the lender they do business with and become loyal, vocal brand ambassadors and give the lender more of their time and business according to Gallup.If loan officers can find ways to empathize with their members, they will build trust and grow engagement.  Growing engagement is good for the loan officer and for the credit union’s long term business growth.  How do loan officers empathize with members?Empathy is simply put as understanding the feelings of another individual.  It may not be stopping the car for every stalled car, but it does mean stopping the conversation and expressing how you understand what the member is sharing with you.  Here are some tips to help you as a loan officer engage with empathy.Validate the member’s experience or feelings.If your member is sharing with you a personal experience or detail of their lives, ask questions and listen.  The member needs to believe they are the only person that matters at that very moment.  Ask them how it made them feel.  Ask them about the details.  Give them the validation they need to feel you care about them.  Educate them Financial matters are a very personal action for most people.  Buying a home heightens the emotion because every decision made either gets them one step closer to their dream in the home or farther from it.  However, an educated member can apply logic to the scenario and suddenly a hyper emotional situation can become a logical transaction with a schedule of steps. For example, explaining to them that taking out new credit causes adjustment to their credit score and could possibly cause them to delay or even cancel the loan it gives the member the opportunity to control that end result.  Education helps the member control the situation and make decisions that will get them closer to their dream.  Teach them and they will appreciate you and your brand.Communicate Finding the best communication with each member shows you care about meeting their needs.  Find out how they want to be communicated with and when, and follow through. It shows you care about what their preferences are and are listening to even the littlest of details. It also increases their satisfaction on the entire process by making it easy to talk with you.Empathy is key to encouraging a positive loan experience for your members and ensuring a high level of satisfaction.  It shows members they are more than a file to you and that you are looking out for their best interest.  last_img read more

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Dissidents urged to drop demand for vote

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Governor Wolf Announces Membership of the Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation

first_img October 20, 2016 Governor Wolf Announces Membership of the Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that he had chosen twenty individuals to serve on his Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation.  The Governor appointed Dan Surra to serve as council chair.First formed in 1985, the council provides a forum through which a distinguished group of outdoor recreation and conservation-minded citizens can provide recommendations about Pennsylvania’s wildlife and natural resources, and on ways to protect, promote and enhance our outdoor heritage.  Among the council’s specific duties will be to recruit, screen and recommend nominees for the boards of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.The following individuals have been appointed to volunteer in this capacity:William Andahazy – Luzerne CountyDoug Austen – Cumberland CountyJohn Bane – Dauphin CountyCharles Burchfield – Clearfield CountyJolene Connelly – Snyder CountyElizabeth Daugherty – Clarion CountyJay Delaney – Luzerne CountyMike Dillon – Mifflin CountyJim Foster – Cumberland CountyMichele Kittell – Union CountySkip Klinger – Lebanon CountyLeo Lutz – Lancaster CountyCarolyn Mahan – Blair CountyBen Moyer – Fayette CountyPaula Piatt – Bradford CountySpencer Simon – Allegheny CountyMichael Steele – Luzerne CountyDan Surra, Elk CountyJose’ Taracido – Washington CountyDon Williams – Erie CountyRobb Miller, of Perry County, serves as the Governor’s Advisor for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation, and will oversee administration of council activities.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

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The Gold Coast suburbs where property prices have surged

first_imgMermaid Beach is just one of the Gold Coast suburbs where property prices have surged in the past five years.HOMEOWNERS who bought property in Mermaid Beach, Helensvale, Currumbin Waters, Palm Beach or Burleigh Heads five years ago are sitting on a gold mine.Property prices in the five suburbs have skyrocketed over the period, with many more than doubling in value.Aaron Wilson, the co-owner of popular burger bar empire Ze Pickle, is one resident who has taken advantage of the exponential growth.He paid $515,000 for a Palm Beach house on Boodera Rd a decade ago as an investment with a grand plan to knock it down and build modern duplexes. Mr Wilson designed and built the duplexes with the help of Architect Shane Denman, of Shane Denman Architects, and builder Shane McLennan, of SDM Builder. What a pool!“We rented it out for a few years, moved in then did a renovation on it,” Mr Wilson said. “It was an original 1970s house.”It wasn’t until about a year ago that the home was knocked down and duplexes started going up.“I ended up selling one side of it to someone who had watched the build from the start.”Mr Wilson got $1.5 million for it — and is now living in the other with his family.Latest CoreLogic data shows the median price for a house has jumped 65 per cent over five years to $820,000.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoInside Mr Wilson’s home. Property prices at Palm Beach have jumped 65 per cent over the past five years.First National Real Estate agent Rhys Wildermoth said the market was reliant on interest rates so believed it would only slow if the Reserve Bank lifted them.“I don’t think it’s going to decline in the next 12 months,” he said.REIQ Gold Coast Zone chairman Andrew Henderson encouraged people to buy in suburbs surrounding those that had experienced massive growth as they were likely to be the next big performers — often because their prices appeared more affordable.“That’s where most of them get the benefits from, off the back of their neighbours doing well price wise,” Mr Henderson said.Top 5 growth suburbs over five years:* Mermaid Beach: Houses up 80.4 per cent $1,562,500.* Helensvale: Units up 72.3 per cent to $570,000.* Currumbin Waters: Units up 65.7 per cent to $464,000.* Palm Beach: Houses up 64.8 per cent to $820,000.* Burleigh Heads: Houses up 63.2 per cent to $832,500.center_img It has an industrial style.Apartment prices have soared 38 per cent in the same period from $320,500 to $442,750.Ray White Mermaid Beach agent Troy Dowker said Palm Beach wasn’t always a popular suburb — its reputation only started to improve when developers saw its potential and the cafe and restaurant scene exploded.“Then the demand for properties in that area with the perception changing … really created that momentum,” Mr Dowker said.He said it was impossible to predict whether the market would continue to grow but confidence was “at an all-time high”. Property prices at Mermaid Beach, Helensvale, Currumbin Waters, Palm Beach and Burleigh Heads have increased the most over the past five years.last_img read more

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Renovator at 5 Crowley Cl, Whitfield full of 1960s charm

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Bacolod task force to enforce ‘trike’ ban

first_imgBTAO chief, Lieutenant Colonel LuisitoAcebuche, said a total of 121 motor tricycles and electric tricycles have beenapprehended by traffic enforcers since Monday. BACOLOD City – The city government here has formed a task force toplan the implementation of a nationwide directive banning tricycles fromnational roads.  This move came after Mayor EvelioLeonardia issued Executive Order 10 that mandates the creation of a task force,separate and distinct from the tricycle board or unit of the city, if alreadyorganized. At present, three areas in Bacolod areactually covered by an ordinance allowing tricycles plying their routes totraverse national highways. The body will conduct meetings, publicconsultations and hearings with stakeholders, and surveys/ocular inspectionsthat will focus on rationalizing the authorized routes, identification ofnational roads, and determination of the portions of the national highwaypresently used or proposed to be traversed by tricycles, if alternative routesare not available. “Our ordinances should jibe with theDILG Memorandum Circular 2020-036,” he said. The TRP will be the basis of asubsequent ordinance or its amendment in case one has already beenpassed. (With a report from PNA/PN) The Bacolod City Tricycle Task Force ischaired by Leonardia himself with Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran asco-chairperson and Colonel Henry Biñas, city police director, asvice-chairperson.center_img “We are conducting intensive operations.It is better now with the DILG order, the local government can work togetherwith other agencies such as the Philippine National Police Highway PatrolGroup,” he added. Secretary to the Mayor Edward JosephCuansing said the body will come up with a tricycle route plan to determine ifthere is a need to amend related ordinances. “Tricycles with valid franchise orpermit cannot be apprehended until such time the ordinances are amended.However, units that have no franchise will be seized by police officers orpersonnel of the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO),” Cuansing said. Under the DILG directive, localgovernment units are ordered to strictly implement the ban on tricycles,pedicabs and motorized pedicabs on national highways and to create a tricycletask force that will draw up a tricycle route plan in their respective areas. As directed by the DILG, it will draftor update the tricycle route plan (TRP) within 30 days after issuance of theorder, which is Feb. 24, 2020. Most tricycles usually traverse thecity’s two major national highways – Lacson and Araneta streets.last_img read more

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