Boakai Urges Patience over ‘Oil Discovery’

first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakai wants Liberians to be patient concerning the benefits that would eventually flow when the discovery of oil in commercial quantities becomes a reality.Speaking at the close of a roundtable discussion on the Draft Petroleum Law over the weekend, Vice President Boakai encouraged Liberians to manage their expectations about the oil and gas sector, regardless of expert opinions that after the exploration process, “It would take about five to seven years before commercial oil drilling begins.”“Sometimes you hear people say that after all these exercises we will not get a drop of oil until after five to seven years. That shouldn’t raise any concern since many people, who lived long before us are not going to benefit from the oil. They have been there all of this time, but did not get a chance. Now we have to wait for seven years before benefiting; so why should it matter? We will still wait,” he said.“What is important here is that we are all getting to do it for the first time; and these dialogues and discussions are helpful to the process,” Vice President Boakai said.He praised the presence of foreign experts, who have come to assist Liberia in drafting a better law to govern the sector.In remarks, House Speaker J. Alex Tyler showed excitement over developments related to the sector.He noted that the second of the three phases of events surrounding draft laws had been successful; a national conference to include as many people as possible will shortly get underway way; then the draft legislation in the chambers of the House will follow, for discussion.“We have to understand that this country belongs to all Liberians; whether it is the Legislature, the Executive or the Judiciary involved in a process, we have to give it the support it deserves. The product of that will be to the benefit of the whole country. It is about time that we became focused as Liberians, in order to set the pace for our forward march.”He encouraged the setting up of a legal framework for the oil sector. “It is not a choice—it is a must that the Legislature moves in such a direction.The closing brings to an end, a week-long discussion that paved the way for a planned mass gathering in Monrovia. That gathering will entertain the views of student groups, the business community, religious and political leaders, among others.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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Tougher penalties against electoral fraud needed – Jagdeo

first_img…says fraud detected in over half of Local Authority AreasPeople’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo is arguing for tougher penalties for political parties found to be engaging in electoral fraud, even as discrepancies with candidate lists have already started appearing.PPP General Secretary Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo made this statement at his press conference on Monday. At the time, he revealed that there were already several instances of electoral fraud for the 2018 Local Government Elections (LGE). According to Jagdeo, as many as 42 out of 80 Local Authority Areas have cases of forged signatures or persons being tricked into signing backers’ lists.“They were told that they were signing for something else, that this is for GECOM. They were told they’re signing for trenches or better roads or to get a Justice of Peace application approved.“But remember the number – 42 of 80 areas, we have seen this kind of illegality. And this is why we will be pressing ahead to urge GECOM [Guyana Elections Commission] now for the national elections to look at areas where we will strengthen penalties for transgressions of the law. Not just for ROs (Returning Officers) and election officials, but also for parties contesting elections when they act fraudulently.”According to Jagdeo, his party’s advocacy will include greater definition of what the offences are and stiffer penalties. He noted that a number of PPP supporters have been going into the RO office in order to complain about their inclusion on candidate lists.“This is a large scale, it’s a massive set of fraudulent action… 42 of 80 Local Authority Areas they have submitted fraudulent information. And we’re getting the people now, large numbers of them.”FraudThis comes in the wake of reports from Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) of signatures representing a dead person, overseas-based Guyanese and even the illiterate appearing on an Alliance For Change (AFC) list.AFC General Secretary Marlon WilliamsThere have also been reports that there was electoral fraud on a PPP list from Wakenaam. However, Jagdeo has since promised that his party would withdraw from contention in that constituency if it is proven that his party candidates engaged in fraud.The General Secretary pointed out, however, that this was only one area, whereas claims of electoral fraud by other parties occurred in several areas.Meanwhile, AFC General Secretary Marlon Williams was contacted on Tuesday and claimed not to have any evidence of electoral fraud involving AFC lists. According to Williams, however, he would be “eager” for such cases to be brought to his attention.Signatures representing one dead person, six who live overseas, and 18 who claim they did not sign the forms, including a man who cannot read or write, have all appeared on forms submitted to the RO when the AFC list was presented to GECOM on Friday.Relatives of Radha Jugroo said she died in the USA on June 26, 2018, but her name and a signature purporting to be hers have appeared on the AFC list. The daughter of Dhanraj Deonat — Babita Davie — has also told this publication it was impossible for her father to have signed the AFC list, because he can neither read nor write.She explained that Deonat uses his thumbprint whenever he is required to sign something. The woman also presented her father’s National Identification Card to show that the number corresponds with the number affixed next to Deonat’s name on the AFC list submitted to GECOM. On the identification card there is a thumb print in place of a signature.last_img read more

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Former GPF rank jailed 26 years for raping 7-year-old

first_imgA former rank of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) was on Friday sentenced to 26 years in prison by High Court Judge Jo-Ann Barlow for raping a seven-year-old girl on March 27, 2014, in Essequibo.A 12-member jury, on March 13, 2019, found 37-year-old Clinton Doris guilty of the act before Justice Barlow in the Sexual Offences Court.The accused was sentenced on Friday after the court heard the probation report, which was requested to be done by Doris’s attorney, Ravindra Mohabir.In court on Friday, Justice Barlow, before sentencing, noted that at the time when the act was committed, the victim was only seven years old and the accused is also the father of two children.The court heard that the victim was on her way home from school when the accused was able to persuade the child to enter his home by offering her candy. When the child went into the house, he used the opportunity to commit the act. The child related what took place to her parents and the matter was reported to the police.Justice Barlow ordered that the accused be given counselling for sex offenders during his time in prison.The State’s case was presented by Prosecutors Lisa Cave, Sarah Martin, and Seeta Bishundial.last_img read more

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Boy injured after he’s struck by van

first_imgWHITTIER – A 6-year-old boy was taken to the hospital by helicopter Monday after he was struck by a minivan in an unincorporated county area near Whittier, officials said. The collision occurred just after 6 p.m. in the 14200 block of Lanning Drive, said Norwalk sheriff’s Sgt. Craig Harman. The boy’s mother had just pulled the car over to the side of the road in the residential neighborhood when the boy jumped out and ran into the street and into the path of an oncoming Plymouth Voyager, Harman said. The child apparently suffered minor injuries, but was taken to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles by helicopter as a precaution due to his age, said Harman. “We believe he’ll be OK,” he said. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the collision, said Harman. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Phony reforms

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Complete honesty is probably not ever achievable when it comes to political campaigns, but relevant and timely information available to anyone who’s interested might be the next-best thing. City ethics officials are lamenting the results of their own study that shows Los Angeles politicians have figured out how to thwart new campaign-spending reforms. And while they are appropriately dismayed, they ought not to be surprised. Indeed, despite the city ethics reforms in 1990, savvy political operatives have illustrated time and again that they can and will figure out how to get around any spending rules. For example, when reporting rules constricted donors and politicians, they figured out a way around the system through independent expenditures, which the report shows accounts for most of the spending in city races. Only complete, detailed and immediate transparency will keep a lid on the worst behavior. What that means specifically is real-time reporting of campaign spending, not the period reports that often come in long after an election has been influenced by the money spent. Voters ought to have immediate access to information on who is supporting candidates and in what way. Similarly, the daily online posting of politicians’ daily calendars would make the public aware of who has access to whom. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Religious Events Calendar

first_img“Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code” seminar, led by church historian Rick Talbott, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sundays, First Church of Christ, 606 Chatsworth Drive, San Fernando. Call (818) 361-7321. Burbank Temple Emanu El will hold a designer-clothes sale fundraiser 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, 1302 N. Glenoaks Blvd. Call (818) 845-1734. Conejo Jewish Academy events: “The Book of Esther,” a two-part discussion for women at 8 p.m. Tuesday and March 7 at a private residence in Agoura Hills. Free but reservations are required. “The Rebbe’s Army: A Journalist’s Look Inside the World of Chabad,” a lecture by Sue Fishkoff, 8 p.m. March 6, 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. Tickets $10 in advance or $13 at the door. For information on both events, call (818) 991-0991. Catholic Community luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Beverly Garland’s Holiday Inn, 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood. “Is Our Faith Stronger Than Our Fascination?” will be the topic of guest speaker Moira Noonan. Buffet lunch reservations, $15, are required. Call (818) 846-3271. Contemporary Challenges Speakers Program, presented by the Sisterhood of Adat Ari El, with a lecture on “Our Ugandan Mission” by Howard Somberg , 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. Admission $3. Call (818) 766-9426. Ash Wednesday service, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Central Lutheran Church, 6425 Tyrone Ave., Van Nuys. Call (818) 785-5414. The University: A Multi-Parish Adult Education Program, with more than 70 classes and events during Lent, begins Thursday and runs through April 5. Most classes are 7:30-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. Catalog of classes available at participating Roman Catholic parishes in Ventura County. Admission $7, includes one guest. The program starts with “Bringing a Sacramental Spirituality to Life,” led by the Rev. Jim Clarke, Thursday, St. Jude the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, 32032 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. Also, “Plan A: Abstinence,” a lecture for teens and parents led by the Rev. Rob McCoy, Thursday, St. Paschal Baylon Roman Catholic Church, 155 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. On March 4, “River of Mercy,” a Michael John Poirier concert, will be held 7-8 p.m., St. Paschal Baylon Roman Catholic Church. Free. On March 6, “What’s Expected of a Good Catholic?” led by the Rev. Msgr. Michael Bunny, 7:30 p.m., St. Julie Billiart Roman Catholic Church, 2475 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. Call (805) 496-0222. “Maimonides: A guide for the Perplexed” will be the basis for a Torah study with Rabbi David Rousso from Young Israel of Woodland Hills, 12:30 p.m. Thursdays, Unique Cafe, 18381 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call (310) 729-0644 or see www.youngisraelwoodlandhills.org. World Day of Prayer service, 10 a.m. Friday, Westlake Lutheran Church, 2630 Townsgate Road, Westlake Village. Presented by the Conejo Unit of Church Women United. Call (805) 494-7368. Prayer vigil, 2-9 p.m. Friday, Our Savior’s First Lutheran Church, 16603 San Fernando Mission Blvd., Granada Hills. Call (818) 368-0250. Christian comedian and impressionist Bill Farmer, the voice of Disney characters Goofy and Pluto, will be the guest performer, along with his wife, filmmaker Jennifer Farmer, in a documentary on Habitat for Humanity at a new contemporary worship service, 7:30 p.m. Friday, West Hills Church, 7475 Fallbrook Ave. Call (818) 887-0280. Parenting conference, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 4, Heart of the Valley Community Church, 18644 Sherman Way, Reseda. Child care available. Call (818) 881-3651. Tridentine Mass, the Latin Rite service, led by the Rev. Msgr. Francis Weber, noon March 5, San Fernando Rey de Espana Mission, 15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd., Mission Hills. Call (818) 361-0186. “I Accept the Healing of Spirit” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Bonnie Rowsell, 10 a.m. Sunday, Glendale Church of Religious Science, 2146 E. Chevy Chase Drive. Call (818) 244-8171. “The Perfect Bond of Unity” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Dave Wilkinson, 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Moorpark Presbyterian Church, 13950 Peace Hill Road. Call (805) 529-8422. “Final World Dictator” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Dale Johnsen, 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Heart of the Valley Community Church, 18644 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 881-3651. “Faith” will be the message of the Rev. Carrie Lauer, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Center of Spiritual Awakening, meeting at the Radisson Hotel, 9777 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth. Call (818) 709-1451. “On Getting the Faith We Want” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Joey K. McDonald, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, First United Methodist Church, 4832 Tujunga Ave., North Hollywood. Call (818) 763-8231. “Looking Beyond Love” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Nancy Woods, 10 a.m. Sunday, Granada Hills Church of Religious Science, 17622 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills. Call (818) 363-8136. “Seeing Christ in Worship” will be the message of the Rev. Ken Hahn, 10 a.m. Sunday, Trinity Lutheran Church, 18425 Kittridge St., Reseda. Call (818) 342-1633. “To Be Transformed Dazzling White” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Scott Maxwell-Doherty, 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 9 W. Bonita Drive, Simi Valley. Call (805) 583-0556. “The Doctor Within” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Thomas E. Witherspoon, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Unity Church of the Valley, 2817 Montrose Ave., La Crescenta. Call (818) 249-4396. “A Bad Hair Day” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Bob McDill, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Call (818) 894-9251 or see www.webcom.com/onion. “Korea, Korean Christians and Me” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Kim Sang, 6 p.m. Sunday, First Church of Christ, 606 Chatsworth Drive, San Fernando. Call (818) 361-7321. “The Three T’s” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Evelyn Hammond, 10 a.m. Sunday, Center for Highly Effective Living, Church of Religious Science, meeting at Pacific Lodge Youth Services, 4900 Serrania Ave., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 883-1300. Religion events are compiled by Staff Writer Holly Andres. Notices appearing in the events column must reach the Daily News two weeks before the Saturday on which they are to run. Items must be typewritten. Phone numbers must be included for contact purposes. Mail to Religion Calendar, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA. 91365-4200. Fax (818) 713-0058 or e-mail without attachments to Holly.Andres@dailynews.com. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Suspended sentence for man who aided and abetted Carrigans grow house

first_imgA 59-year-old Derryman has been given a one-year suspended sentence for aiding and abetting the cultivation of cannabis at a grow house in east Donegal.Over 100 marijuana plants were found when Gardaí raided a property at The Haw, Carrigans on October 23, 2015. Officers found two grow tents, each containing ten mature plants, while numerous other plants or cuttings were found along with incubators under fluorescent lighting. Detective Sergeant Joseph Kealy told Letterkenny Circuit Court that Gardaí had the property under observation.Detective Sergeant Kealy and colleagues went to the premises on October 23, 2015 and found a male inside. The male was subsequently arrested and charged with possession of a controlled drug and cultivation of cannabis without a licence.Other detectives remained at the house to preserve the scene when they heard a key turn and a male entered the property, where he shouted to ask who had turned off the radio. Officers altered the man to their presence and he dropped the key on the floor.Edward McDermott (59) of 11 Abbotswalk, Bogside, Derry was arrested and charged with aiding and abetting the cultivation McDermott told Gardaí that the owner of the property was living in Dubai and he had been asked to check on the house.Barrister for McDermott, Mr Moriarty, said his client, who has no previous convictions, had suffered ‘a veritable constellation of medical difficulties’.“A black dog has had a firm hold for the majority of his life,” Mr Moriarty said.“He showed signs of mental fragility from an early age and he has been in poor health for a long time.“This was not an operation for profit and not one described as being on an industrial scale.”McDermott’s co-accused, Christopher McDaid, received a one-year suspended sentence at Letterkenny Circuit Court in February 2017, having said that he was growing the plants to treat his then ten-year-old son who suffered from ataxia-telangiectasia, a rare genetic disorder which has no cure. Judge John Aylmer said he couldn’t countenance making findings different and inconsistent to Judge Nolan. “I have to deal with it as being one where it has already been established that this was a not-for-profit operation,” Judge Aylmer said. “His co-accused was doing this for a particular medicinal purpose. Mr McDermott is before me having pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the operation He is a person who is obviously vulnerable and prone to being in an operation such as this and being taken advantage of to some extent.”Judge Aylmer said the offence could merit a sentence of 18 months for McDermott. However, Judge Aylmer reduced that to one year and suspended the sentence. He directed that McDermott enter into a bond of €100 to keep the peace and be of good behaviour. Suspended sentence for man who aided and abetted Carrigans grow house was last modified: November 10th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:cannabisCarrigansDetective Sergeant Joseph KealyEdward McDermottJudge John AylmerletterkennyLetterkenny Circuit Courtlast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: MALIN WISH SPEEDY RECOVERY TO CLUB PRESIDENT PATRICK MCLAUGHLIN FOLLOWING ACCIDENT

first_imgMalin GAA News:RADIO NA GAELTACHTA SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP Malin were well beaten in the quarter final of the Senior Championship last Sunday against St. Michael’s on a scoreline of St Michael’s 3-15 Malin 1-05. The team and scorers on the day was Darragh McLaughlin, Michael McLaughlin, Damien Harkin, Gary Farren, Stephen McLaughlin, Declan Walsh, Charles Byrne, Seamus Houghton,  Dan McDaid, Christopher McLaughlin (0-01), Seamus Doherty (0-01), Darren McLarkey, Brendan McLaughlin (0-01), Matthew Byrne (0-01) and Paul McLaughlin (1-00). Subs used: John Gerard McLaughlin for Michael McLaughlin, Anthony Kelly (0-01) for Darren McLarkey and Terence Doherty for Matthew Byrne. The team now have five league matches to try and stay in division one with home matches against Glenswilly, Kilcar and St. Michael’s and away matches to Kilcar and Gaoth Dobhair.OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE NEW GYMJoe McHugh, Minister of State, department of Arts Heritage and Gaeltacht, officially opened the club’s new gym last Saturday. The Junior Minister was helpful to the club in awarding €60,000 for gym equipment. UNDERAGEMalin under 13’s lost against Naomh Padraig last Friday.LOTTOThe jackpot of €2250 was won this week by Colm Curley, Magherard, Malin. The numbers drawn were 3-5-7-4-1-2-6. The €20 sellers prize went to Christopher McLaughlin, Auchayclay. Next weeks jackpot is €500.SHOPThe club shop is open every Saturday from 12.00 – 2.00 and Sunday from 11.20 – 2.00 or alternatively contact Susan Byrne on 9370638 or 0867832242 . The shop also has a great range of stock in all sizes including coats, jackets, hoodies, tracksuits, socks, shorts, hats and much more club merchandice.Get Fit With Charlie Fitness classes with Charles Byrne are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at 6.30pm for women and 8.00pm for men in the Malin Gaa centre. There is still time to sign up for the six week programme for €60 per person or pay as you go €5 per class. This fitness class caters for beginners and people of every fitness level.CONGRATULATIONSThe club would like to congratulate Brendan and Nuala McGonagle on the recent birth of their son.GET WELL SOON The club would like to wish long serving club stalwart and current club president Patrick McLaughlin (r) a speedy recovery from his recent accident.GAA NEWS: MALIN WISH SPEEDY RECOVERY TO CLUB PRESIDENT PATRICK MCLAUGHLIN FOLLOWING ACCIDENT was last modified: September 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAASportlast_img read more

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“Once I locked it in I knew there was nothing he could do:” Bell drops Rocha in under 90 seconds, remains undefeated

first_imgIt took less than 90 seconds from the time Cass Bell tapped gloves with Isaiah Rocha to when Bell had Rocha’s neck securely under his forearm.Bell stayed undefeated as a professional Saturday night at Bellator 226 in San Jose at the SAP Center, finishing Rocha 1:21 into the fight via a guillotine choke.Bell (4-0-0) spent the first minute or so of the fight feeling out Rocha (1-1-0) before landing a stiff left on Rocha’s chin for a quick knock down.Bell wasted little time after seeing Rocha …last_img

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Children Act Like Scientists

first_img(Visited 65 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Toddlers express the basic aspects of scientific thinking: finding cause and effect by the experimental method.Put a 2- to 4-year old in a sandbox with a shovel and a pail, and left to experiment, the child will figure out what works to get sand in the pail or move it to a bigger pail.  Give the child a music machine that turns on or off with two independent switches, and the child will find how to turn it on and off at will.  These are the findings of Alison Gopnick, who performed experiments with children at play and became convinced that, contrary to beliefs that children act irrationally and chaotically, the basics of scientific reasoning are present in the brains of young children.  She wrote in Science,New theoretical ideas and empirical research show that very young children’s learning and thinking are strikingly similar to much learning and thinking in science. Preschoolers test hypotheses against data and make causal inferences; they learn from statistics and informal experimentation, and from watching and listening to others. The mathematical framework of probabilistic models and Bayesian inference can describe this learning in precise ways.Source: Alison Gopnick, “Scientific Thinking in Young Children: Theoretical Advances, Empirical Research, and Policy Implications,” Science, 28 September 2012: Vol. 337 no. 6102 pp. 1623-1627, DOI: 10.1126/science.1223416.The paper was summarized on Medical Xpress, “What looks like play may really be a science experiment,” and on Live Science, “The Preschool Laboratory: Young Children Think Like Scientists.”Live Science posted another article, “Why politicians need to think like scientists.”  Various inferences can be drawn by comparing the two articles.It’s not surprising that children have the basic instincts to reason about the world in a rational manner and “think like scientists,” because they are created in the image of a rational God.  What’s surprising is that some scientists act like children.  Take away their Darwin dollie and they throw a tantrum.last_img read more

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