Serena Williams fined $17K for rules violations at US Open

first_imgSerena Williams, right, talks with referee Brian Earley during the women’s final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)NEW YORK — Serena Williams was fined a total of $17,000 for three code violations during her loss to Naomi Osaka in the U.S. Open final.On Sunday, a day after the match, the tournament referee’s office docked Williams $10,000 for “verbal abuse” of chair umpire Carlos Ramos, $4,000 for being warned for coaching, and $3,000 for breaking her racket.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIEScenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The money comes out of her prize money of $1.85 million as the runner-up to Osaka, whose 6-2, 6-4 victory on Saturday made her the first tennis player from Japan to win a Grand Slam singles titleIn the second set’s second game, Ramos warned Williams for getting coaching, which is against the rules in Grand Slam matches. She briefly disputed that ruling, saying cheating “is the one thing I’ve never done, ever” — although afterward, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, acknowledged he was trying to send Williams a signal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissA few games later, Williams received another warning, this time for smashing her racket, and that second violation automatically cost her a point, leading to more arguing. Eventually, Williams called Ramos “a thief,” drawing the third violation for “verbal abuse” — and costing her a game, putting Osaka ahead 5-3.“I have never cheated in my life!” Williams told Ramos. “You owe me an apology.” Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Under Article III, Section P of the Grand Slam Rule Book, “verbal abuse” is defined as “a statement about an official, opponent, sponsor, spectator or other person that implies dishonesty or is derogatory, insulting or otherwise abusive.” The section says a player is subject to a fine up to $20,000 for each violation.There are separate categories for coaching (“Communications of any kind, audible or visible, between a player and a coach may be construed as coaching”) and for abuse of rackets or equipment.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jackpot! Golden Knights get star Pacioretty from Canadienslast_img read more

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In Order to Stabilize Rubber Production

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is urging the Rubber Planters Association (RPA) to create a Rubber Development Fund (RDF) that would help keep the sector from unforeseen situations such as the sharp fall in production being experienced in recent years.RPA is experiencing a drastic reduction in the production of rubber, which is adversely affecting its membership as well as other local planters in the country.Speaking with the RPA leadership in Monrovia during a meeting recently at the Foreign Ministry, President Sirleaf reiterated the need for a development fund to be established by the association, as it would serve meaningful purposes.She told RPA members that while government is working to address the situation, rubber companies should save some of their financial assets in the economy to serve as an intervention during such situations, which would also buttress the local economy.The Liberian leader also expressed the belief that the fund, if created as was proposed long ago, would serve as a fallback for addressing situations arising such as the current price drop. She challenged the sector’s actors and relevant government agencies to collaborate in creating such a fund.The Liberian President noted that unless all sides make concerted efforts, the commodity would continue to experience further decrease in production.She indicated that the rubber sector is a major economic activity that should not be left alone without government’s intervention in its difficult period of the rubber industry.President Sirleaf, however, pledged government’s support to the revitalization of the rubber industry following the sharp fall in its production in recent years. The Liberian leader further proposed to the farmers to consider intercropping the rubber sector with other agricultural products including rice, sugar cane and/or oil palm which she said would fill in the financial gap created by the drop in rubber production.She thanked the farmers for working together in maintaining the rubber industry as Liberia’s traditional cash crop commodity. She believes that government should stand by the farmers in stabilizing the situationThe head of the interim management team of the COCOPA Rubber Company in Nimba County, Mr. Harrison S. Karnwea, said the current situation facing rubber farmers has led to his inability to service his payroll that costs him at least US$150,000 monthly.Mr. Karnwea suggested that there is a need for government’s quick intervention proposing a loan of US$10 million stimulus package for struggling farmers for the resuscitation of their production.He said rubber farmers like other sectors are finding it difficult to acquire loans, which have even made the situation complex.For his part, Mr. Daniel Chea, a private rubber farmer, said illicit tapping is a major factor contributing to the decrease in production.Mr. Chea suggested that exporting companies such as Firestone-Liberia and the Liberia Agricultural Company (LAC) involve surrounding communities with the aim of curbing rubber theft.According to him, he was successful in reducing rubber theft while serving as security consultant at LAC using the same method that he said paid off very well for the benefit of both the company and the community.As regards Firestone-Liberia, the drop in production in 2013 has reportedly cost the company US$122 million. If measures are not put into place, company representatives said, they are expected to record more loses. They expressed willingness to work with other competitors and government in whatever way in solving the problems identified.During the meeting, Firestone-Liberia, LAC, Salala Rubber Corporation, Lee Group, Morris-America Rubber Company (MARCO), and individual farmers agreed to collectively fight rubber theft through collaboration and information sharing on establishing the origin of rubber latex or lumps and where it is destined for sale.Individual farmers at the meeting included Margibi County District #2 Representative, Ballah Zayzay; Grand Bassa County Senator, Gbehzongar Findley; and former defense minister, Daniel Chea.Government’s representatives at the meeting included Central Bank of Liberia Deputy Governor, Boima Kamara; National Investment Commission Chairman, Michael Wortoson; Agriculture Minister, Dr. Florence Chenoweth; Commerce and Industry Minister, Axel Addy; and Legal Advisor to the President, Cllr. Seward Cooper.The meeting by the rubber farmers with President Sirleaf came shortly after she issued Executive Order No. 60 extending a moratorium on the exportation of unprocessed natural rubber.Executive Order No. 60, signed by the Liberian leader on April 28, is intended to curb the decline in the Liberian rubber sector until policies and frameworks appropriate to the situation are instituted, and to ensure redevelopment, new development, increased production, increased job opportunities and increased revenue to Government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Boyce and Jefford Relay Festival a success

first_imgThe inaugural Boyce and Jefford Relay Festival and fun day, held at the Police Ground, saw Guyana’s top athletes compete for cash prizes. The event sought to give the sports fans a taste of what is to come – that is, the grand Boyce and Jefford athletics meet slated for Linden later this year.During the athletics portion of the day, the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Sports Club dominated their fellow national club opponents,Part of the action during the day’s proceedingsmainly Police and Super Upcoming Runners (SUR) which seemed competitive, but most times were relegated to either second or third place. The mighty GDF came in first in the distance medley race (males), 4x200m (males) and the 4x100m. Coming in a close second was the Police Sports Club, which also won the sprint medley (males) which comprised the 400, 200 and 100 meters. Coming in third were Super Upcoming Runners, a team fans called the underdogs, but their name will be remembered, as on that day they marked their spot in the top three numerous times.Apart from the main attraction – athletics, sport fans, along with their families, were treated to sports clubs battling on the football and cricket field.On the cricket side of things, which saw Boyce/Jefford XI vs Trophy Stall, with Boyce/Jefford setting a meagre target of 60 from their 10 overs for their opponents to chase. During the Boyce/Jefford’s innings, wickets tumbled with Christopher Barnwell, a national and former West Indies player, falling for a duck as he tried to send the ball over the boundary and exposed his stumps. However, the 26 runs posted by Lennox Cush, a former national player, gave the side some hope of reaching a fightable total. But, in the end, Trophy Stall had the best of them. Chasing 61 from 10 overs was a ‘walk in the park’, as Trophy Stall quickly made it with 3.3 overs to spare and eight wickets in hand. S Budoo topscored with 35*.last_img read more

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Gortahork and Falcarragh gets €3.8M water treatment plant

first_imgIrish Water has announced details of the upgrade to the Gortahork/Falcarragh water supply scheme in North Donegal which will see the delivery of a new water treatment plant benefitting 5,000 consumers.EPS have been awarded the contract which represents a €3.8 million investment in this area. This investment forms part of the overall €73 million committed by Irish Water to water supply projects in Co Donegal.The Gortahork/Falcarragh scheme is supplied from Lough Lagha, an upland lake. However, the existing water treatment plant is not adequate to address the risks to water quality and the scheme is subsequently on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Remedial Action List (RAL). This contract involves the construction of a new water treatment plant immediately adjacent to the current site. The new treatment plant will comprise a robust flocculation, coagulation and filtration process followed by disinfection. The new treatment plant has a design output of 1,800m3/day. The contract also includes a treated water storage reservoir at the treatment plant site, which will provide a much improved security of supply for the local residents. Works are due to commence at the end of 2016 and have an expected completion date in late 2017.The project is being delivered in partnership with Donegal County Council.When completed and tested this water supply will have the necessary treatment facilities in place to enable the scheme to be removed from the EPA’s RAL and will ensure that the 5,000 consumers in the Gortahork/Falcarragh areas receive a reliable supply of high quality drinking water.This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan where over €530 million will be invested in upgrading water services in 2016 to improve the country’s water and wastewater infrastructure. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s recently published Business Plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5bn investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021.Gortahork and Falcarragh gets €3.8M water treatment plant was last modified: November 19th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FalcarraghgortahorkIrish Waterlast_img read more

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Australian Open: Before it heats up, Serena goes cold

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Williams has made a habit of flirting with elimination en route to capturing her two Australian titles, fending off two match points against Kim Clijsters in a 2003 semifinal and three against Maria Sharapova last year. The seven-time Grand Slam singles winner saved three more serving at 5-6 in the second set against Hantuchova, coming back from 0-40 to force a tiebreaker. “I think we all know how well she can really play,” Hantuchova said. “But to her credit, I thought she kept fighting until the end.” Williams trailed 3-0 and rallied again to lead 4-3 before Hantuchova won three straight to set up another two match points. Williams saved one of those, but missed on a service return on the next. MELBOURNE, Australia – Serena Williams fended off four match points, making it seem as if another Australian Open comeback was in store. Daniela Hantuchova had other plans. It was the earliest that Williams and sister Venus – a first-round loser – have exited a Grand Slam that both contested. It was Serena’s earliest departure here since the third round in 1999. Their worst previous joint performance came at the 1999 French Open, when Serena lost in the third round and Venus in the fourth. Hantuchova next plays fourth-seeded Sharapova, who routed Jelena Kostanic 6-0, 6-1. In typically fickle style, the weather was hot enough in the afternoon to force organizers into enforcing the extreme policy – meaning suspensions on outside courts – and wet enough in the evening to postpone five matches. Matches on outside courts were suspended when the temperature hit 95 degrees just before 1 p.m. local time. Top-seeded Lindsay Davenport and French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne advanced, as did No. 2 Andy Roddick and No. 4 David Nalbandian on the men’s side. Martina Hingis took another step in her Grand Slam comeback with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Iveta Benesova before stifling heat forced play indoors. Third-seeded Amelie Mauresmo was leading Michaella Krajicek 6-2 in the following match when the 17-year-old Dutch player withdrew because of heat stress. Krajicek, with icebags around her neck, had her temperature and pulse taken by trainers before telling the umpire: “I can’t play.” That was too late for the third-round matches already underway, which had to continue. Two Frenchmen advanced from those: No. 25 Sebastien Grosjean took almost three hours to upset No. 6 Guillermo Coria 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 and Paul-Henri Mathieu beat Peru’s Luis Horna 7-6 (3), 7-6 (7), 6-1. No. 12 Dominik Hrbaty beat Igor Andreev 1-6, 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in 3 hours, 31 minutes. Organizers will be pressed to quickly make up time, with temperatures that could exceed 106 degrees on Sunday. Virtually every square inch of shade was occupied around Melbourne Park, and people created their own with hundreds of umbrellas. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The 17th-seeded Hantuchova, from Slovakia, clinched the upset Friday on her fifth match point when Williams hit a return wide. It was the earliest exit for Williams at the season’s first major since 1999 and it snapped her 16-match winning streak in Melbourne. “I was just thinking about going to the tiebreak and just trying to hold on,” Williams said after losing 6-1, 7-6 (7-5). “I wasn’t thinking about the past or anything like that. I think I was really calm.” last_img read more

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OLYMPIAN BRENDAN TO RETURN TO HUGE WELCOME TONIGHT

first_imgHomecoming may be a controversial word for some Irish athletes but there promises to be a great one for Donegal walker Brendan Boyce tonight.The Milford man returns to Ireland tonight where the 50kwalker will be met at the Tesco Car Park in Letterkenny at 7.20pm.From there he will travel to Rathmullan, Kerrykeel and on to Milford. There will be a reception for Brendan in the Parochial Hall in Milford from around 9pm. All are welcome.Well doe Brendan on smashing your personal best time by more than 2 minutes.Brazil is just around the corner!  OLYMPIAN BRENDAN TO RETURN TO HUGE WELCOME TONIGHT was last modified: August 13th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brendan BoyceHOMECOMINGMilfordlast_img read more

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FANS GIVEN ADVICE AHEAD OF DONEGAL’S CRUNCH GAME WITH MONAGHAN

first_imgC.L.G. Dun na nGall wish to advise patrons of the following information for the Donegal V Monaghan Division 2 Allianz League Game this Sunday.O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny.A large crowd is expected for the game at Letterkenny’s O’Donnell Park and spectators are advised to make plenty of time to get to the ground.1. Tickets will be sold at a Ticket Booth at the entrance to ground. Patrons cannot pay at the turnstiles. 2. All patrons entering the ground must have a ticket (This includes u16’s. u16’s will not be charged but will be issued with a ticket at the ticket booth )All patrons should allow ample time to walk from designated Car Parks which will be sign posted, parking is not permitted on the roundabout we would ask all those attending the game to follow Garda and Stewards instructions at all time.Tickets can be purchased in advance on Tickets.ie, Supervalu / Centra or through your County Board.Tickets purchased in advance cost €10 tickets purchased on the day are €15. FANS GIVEN ADVICE AHEAD OF DONEGAL’S CRUNCH GAME WITH MONAGHAN was last modified: February 25th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalLeagueletterkennyMonaghanO’Donnell Parklast_img read more

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HAIR AND BEAUTY: YOU CAN STILL HAVE BEAUTIFUL HAIR AT 50, SAYS PATRICK GILDEA

first_imgThe inside of Patrick Gildea’s new salon.Last week the team from patrick Gildea brought you our favourite sexy 40 year olds and this week we just couldn’t ignore our fit 50 year olds. These looks happen to be cuts you’d want at any age (with a few tweaks). We promise, there’s not a single matronly style in sight.Who said getting older meant having to give up your style? These gorgeous hairstyles for women over 50 are vibrant and fresh and will leave you radiant like these stunning celebs.Jodie FosterJodie FosterJodie Foster’s simple bob cuts just around her jaw line, framing her small, delicate features perfectly. This haircut is truly simplicity at its finest and we love the gorgeous colour with hints of red and blonde throughout. Sharon StoneSharon StoneOne thing is for sure Sharon Stone looks amazing at every age, but we love her wild look with this tussled pixie. Pulling the hair up into a spiked position makes her face appear longer and more elegant. This haircut has a winning combination of sophistication with a slightly relaxed look.Kim CattrallKim CattralAs Kim Cattrall gets older, she still continues to be a sex symbol; she looks absolutely stunning with this cute yet romantic hair style. Her hair is cut right above her shoulders, giving her a bit of femininity and cuteness while the addition of subtle waves and golden blonde locks add a fresh and youthful attitude.Michelle PfeirrerMichelle PfeifferRinglets give the hair plenty of youthful energy that is bouncy and flirtatious and beautiful actress Michelle Pfeiffer shows us that there’s no age limit when it comes to ringlets. Finally, your sixties doesn’t have to mean it’s time to settle for “grandmother” hair. (Unless of course your grandmother happens to be Isabella Rossellini). Don’t forget you can have a free in-depth consultation by appointment with one of our talented team.See www.patrickgildea.ie for a full list of services.HAIR AND BEAUTY: YOU CAN STILL HAVE BEAUTIFUL HAIR AT 50, SAYS PATRICK GILDEA was last modified: October 10th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalPatrick Gildea Hairdressinglast_img read more

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Rowing has Successful Day at North Star Regatta in Minneapolis

first_imgLineupsVarsity 4+ A – Rambhia (cox), McNeely, Peterson, Konopacki, Rundquist (4th, 0:20:34)B – Kilian (cox), Thacker, Smith, R., Janes, Dahlstrom (6th, 0:21:37)D – Packer (cox), Coffman, Simons, Gowin, Baumeister (9th, 0:24:06) “We are very happy with today and how things went out on the water today,” said Drake head coach Charlie DiSilvestro. “We didn’t have high expectations of beating Minnesota but we wanted to be competitive and have good rows. We felt good coming off the water and we are so proud of how are novice did so well in just their fourth hour on the water. All and all very happy with how today went. Now fingers crossed mother nature cooperates and we will be able to get out on the water for practice this week.” Photo Gallery Novice 8+A – Lamprou, Bigus, Smith, M., Froeschner, Johnson, LaJoie, Roehrs, Faria, Cook-Burton (2nd, 0:19:38)B – Vroman, Hunt, Cogdill, White, Hovland, Dolan, Piotraschke, O’Donnell, Graham (5th, 0:23:52) Print Friendly Version Varsity 8+ A – Rambhia (cox), Bigus, Packer, Thacker, Peterson, McNeely, Rundquist, Smith, M., Froschner (3rd, 0:18:16)B – Killian (cox), Konopacki, Smith, R., Janes, Dahlstrom, Coffman, Johnson, Faria, Cook-Burton (4th, 0:19:29)C – Lamprou (cox), Gowin, Baumeister, Kaetterhenry, Simons, Lajoie, Roehrs, Kom, Hunt (5th, 0:22:01)D – Vroman (cox), White, Cogdill, Hargreaves, Hovland, Beatty, McCollum, O’Donnell, Graham (7th, 0:23:44) Drake competed in the three different events at the regatta, the collegiate 4+ and 8+ races and the novice 8+ race, with multiple boats in each event that competed on a 5,000-meter course. The Bulldogs’ varsity 8+ A boat claimed a third-place finish with a time of 0:18:16 while the varsity 8+ B boat was next with a time of 0:19:29 and the varsity 8+ C boat was behind the C boat at 0:22:01. The novice 8+ A boat took second in their race behind Minnesota’s A boat while the novice 8+ B boat placed fifth. Final Results Story Links MINNEAPOLIS – The Drake University rowing team continued its fall campaign Saturday at the North Star Regatta hosted by the University of Minnesota’s men’s crew team on the Mississippi River.last_img read more

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A big-hitting boost for SA, African cricket

first_img24 April 2014In a move that is set to boost cricket on the African continent and kick-start the South African domestic season in style, six teams from Africa and six South African franchises will contest the Global Softech Sixes at SuperSport Park in Centurion in September.South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Kenya will feature in a six-a- side-format with the African Cup Challenge title up for grabs from 4 to 7 September.The Unlimited Titans, the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras, the Sunfoil Dolphins, the Chevrolet Knights, the bizhub Highveld Lions and the Chevrolet Warriors will also go toe to toe in a Franchise Challenge at SuperSport Park, also from 4 to 7 September. Both challenges will form part of the Global Softech Sixes.‘A fun element’The concept of the tournament was initiated and conceptualised by The Unlimited Titans. “This tournament is set to add a fun element that might appeal to a broader audience, which, in turn, might lure more fans and future players to the royal game,” Jacques Faul, the CEO of franchise, said in a statement.“The Global Softech Sixes also offers a unique marketing opportunity for the game of cricket to sport communities in the rest of Africa, while also strengthening relationships with our cricketing partners on the continent,” said Faul.Broadcast throughout AfricaCricket fans throughout Africa will be able to watch a live television broadcast of the event on SuperSport.The format will see batting teams limited to five overs each, with five of the fielding teams six players allowed to bowl one over each – a concept that will ensure frenetic action.‘A fun element’Although six-a-side cricket is not a new idea, the Global Softech Sixes event, with a distinct African and South African flavour, makes it both a local and international competition, which should get the South African domestic season off to an explosive start.Leela Ramesh Yemineni, the Chief Executive Officer of Global Softech Solutions, said the competition was an ideal opportunity for the company to become involved in cricket, especially because it reached into Africa, where the company is expanding its business.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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