Prince George’s Co. will offer rebates for surveillance cameras

Prince George’s Co. will offer rebates for surveillance cameras

A bill that would offer rebates to Prince George’s County residents who buy surveillance cameras has passed unanimously, after the council heard from the parents of a teen shot last year whose killer is still on the loose.

A bill that would offer rebates to Prince George’s County, Maryland, residents who buy surveillance cameras has passed unanimously, after the council heard from the parents of a teen shot last year whose killer is still on the loose.

The bill was named after 13-year-old Jayz Agnew, who was shot while raking leaves in front of his Temple Hills home last November. His friends and family were the only ones to testify about the measure.

“We would have been able to, by now, have some leads,” said Agnew’s mother, Juanita. “At this time, four months later, there’s no arrests or no leads in the case. And it’s difficult to think that would have been the same” if someone on her block had cameras, she told the council.

“I was the last person to see Jayz alive,” his father Antoine Agnew said. “I wish I had some kind of cameras.”

He said he felt “so, so safe” when he moved to the neighborhood seven years ago.

“Think about your own children,” he went on. “Just as my son was just raking leaves in the yard and got killed, just think about your child possibly in the same situation — that you can turn your back and a life can be taken from you within the blink of an eye.”

The legislation provides rebates up to $200 for camera purchases, and $100 for subscription costs to store the footage.

District 2 Council member Wanika Fisher said the cameras at her home helped police arrest someone earlier this month.

“I recently had an armed robbery happen right in front of my door,” she told her colleagues, saying she was able to send footage right from her phone.

“It’s absolutely constant,” she added. “It’s very constant and present in District 2 and the officers used all the camera footage that I had around my property.”

But while the law was enacted by the council, providing the funding for it is a different matter. The council is currently in the budget process and still has to determine how much money to ultimately allocate for the program.

Last week, when County Executive Angela Alsobrooks unveiled her budget for the upcoming year, she warned money was tight and that there wasn’t a lot of room for new spending, since over 80% of the budget was already accounted for with education and public safety spending.

At a council committee hearing about the bill earlier last month, the bill’s main sponsor, Krystal Oriadha, said she hoped to keep it within about $100,000 to $250,000 in the first year of the program, something council chair Tom Dernoga called “eminently doable.”

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Exclusive: Ishwak Singh on Rocket Boys Season 2: âœHaving a great co-actor is half the battle wonâ

Exclusive: Ishwak Singh on Rocket Boys Season 2: âœHaving a great co-actor is half the battle wonâ

Having Jim Sarbh and Ishwak Singh play celebrated physicists Homi Bhabha and Vikram Sarabhai in Rocket Boys was a masterstroke in casting. The show won hearts (and Filmfare OTT Awards) with its first season and has returned with a second instalment. It follows the characters as they navigate science, politics and their tumultuous personal lives.

For Ishwak Singh, going into season 2 was at once a natural progression and a dream he hasn’t woken up from. As the show hits streaming, we caught up with the actor for an exclusive chat about the hit series, working with Jim Sarbh and nailing science talk. 

How are you feeling about all the appreciation for Rocket Boys? 

It’s kind of surreal. It’s strange, almost like it’s a dream and I haven’t really woken up. So I only see it like that because I haven’t had the chance to sit back and let it sink in. When I think about how much things have changed and how my work is being received, more importantly, the shows I’ve been a part of have garnered so much love. It’s a great feeling.

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When you choose to do a biopic and stay with that character for so long, how do you go about forging a connection with them? 

You have to deconstruct and lay it out, I’m still the voice through which you’re passing this character. So, if I have to be the voice, the only way to make it authentic is that you structure it in a certain way when it’s a living person. There’s a lot of learning involved. It has to be made your own which I think is not a mystical thing, it’s pretty basic. I say that because we’re all a part of this society and we have relatable emotions, and we have similar experiences. The magnitude might be different because it’s Sarabhai. He achieved so much but at a very micro-level, I’ve had a similar graph. It’s relatable. My experiences of studying architecture or working on stage and the changes I wanted to bring about or the relationships I’ve had with my mentors. I drew parallels from there. At the same time, it has to be rooted in the story. These things come with practice and submitting yourself to the part. 

The show features a fair share of scientific jargon. How much research went into it? 

It’s not just about science. It’s about personal life and the community. For me, it was important to know what the air was like in those days and if he’s a scientist then what kind of science was it – thermodynamics or particle physics, cosmic rays or astrophysics? So I did geek out on it during the lockdown. We had the time and the luxury to do that. My director Abhay Pannu really spoiled me and let me go down the rabbit hole. I would come back with specimens and go back to him. And he was aware of it all. So it shows how much research he did while making this show. He also kept pushing me to keep digging. It was a very harmonic set and part of the reason I was able to prep the way I did was because I was given that leeway. Jim would make time for me, we’d all get together and read scenes. It’s that honesty that reflects in the scene. When I see some of the scenes now I think, “damn, that was good!”

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Having a good actor to collaborate with always helps so how much did sharing screen space with Jim Sarbh or even Jaideep Ahlawat help? 

It’s everything I think. Having a great co-actor is half the battle won. You could create various scenarios in your head about how a scene plays out but when you go out there and jam with the other person, and that person is equally immersed and gets his magic to the playground, something extraordinary happens. Maybe it’s your personal rapport or something in the story but it all takes over and something extraordinary comes out. And you never thought of it during rehearsals on your own. That’s one thing that I’ve experienced. 

What’s one that you learnt from them? 

Of course, I go out there with an awareness of who I am but every time when I get on a set, and recently I’ve had great co-stars Jaideep Ahlawat and Jim Sarbh, it’s not a particular thing but you magically get their qualities. What’s great about a good actor is that they’ll go out there and bare it all and at that point, it’s almost like you have the opportunity to pretty much take on and possess their craft. It’s almost like a window. It makes you stronger and a better actor. Jim was out there giving it all to the scene. It’s up to you if you can take it up. These guys have given me their whole craft and now it’s there with me. 

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What was the one thing you wanted to explore going into Rocket Boys Season 2? 

It’s a very natural progression from Season 1. What I really liked is that Sarabhai remains rooted in his initial ethos and his core. It builds and expands and the show is only bigger and brighter. It’s a worthy successor. The character remains true to who he is. It’s very inspiring. I mostly find it inspiring because the show speaks of a time when men of honour existed. It’s the good old days just the way they spoke and debated, there was a lot of mutual respect. There was importance given to academics and collective growth. Those things are so important. 

How much of the expectations weigh on you? 

I never see it as better or worse than the first instalment. When you read a story and have a plan it’s all about that day on set or that line. So you distil it to that level and take one step at a time. Things just work out that’s what I’ve always done. Of course, the reception is a part of it. The process of filmmaking is only complete when the show is out there and the audience sees it. So there’s anxiety and excitement. When I watched it for the first time the questions did play out in my head but not so much. For some reason, I have that sense that it will find its place. 

What has changed in terms of the kind of scripts coming your way? 

If you see starting with Paatal Lok and Rocket Boys, everything has been very inspiring and motivating. It’s made me get out of my comfort zone and want to give the shows and films I’m doing my everything. I’ve been busy shooting back-to-back in the last two years. I’ve just been wanting to give it my all and the success says that whatever I’ve done is up my alley. Across the board, in terms of genre, I’m doing very different work which means that there’s someone out there who thinks I’m versatile enough to take up these different genres and take up these different characters which means that makers have faith in me. It’s all about getting work that comes with a good script. And when I say a good piece of literature, it’s something that resonates with you and is rooted in good storytelling.

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Youngkin appoints new superintendent of public instruction

Youngkin appoints new superintendent of public instruction

(The Center Square) – Tennessee’s Chief Academic Officer Lisa Coons has been appointed to serve as Virginia’s new superintendent of public instruction, Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced Wednesday. 

Coons, who led Tennessee’s revision of its English Language Arts instruction in her most recent role, is expected to assume her new position as the commonwealth’s chief school officer April 17. She has served in her current position since 2019 and previously worked as an executive officer of division priority schools for Metro Nashville Public Schools. 

Last week, Coons was named as a finalist in Nebraska’s search for its next Commissioner of Education. 

“Dr. Coons’ proven leadership will serve Virginia’s students, families and teachers well and help make Virginia’s education system best-in-class,” Secretary of Education Aimee Guidera said in a statement Wednesday. “She has demonstrated success in addressing learning loss, creating and implementing evidence-based literacy policy and practices, and building strong partnerships with teachers, communities, school and division leaders, and parents.”

Coons’ appointment comes three weeks after Jillian Balow, the previous superintendent of public instruction, resigned from her post. Balow did not provide a reason for her departure in a letter to Youngkin earlier this month. 

Coons will join the Virginia Department of Education as it continues to navigate several issues that have provoked criticism in recent months. The department is still reviewing public comments that came in response to the Youngkin administration’s “model policies” for students, which would require students to use bathrooms and participate on sports teams that align with their biological sex instead of their gender identity, among other policies. The standards have been subject to criticism and labeled anti-trans by opponents. 

Additionally, the Board of Education continues to weigh revisions to the state’s history and social studies standards, which have been criticized by education groups for leaving out important historical information and context. The board, which just completed a series of public hearings across the commonwealth, is expected to vote on the third version of the standards next month. 

The department also faced blowback earlier this year after a calculation error overstated the amount of state aid schools could expect to receive by roughly $201 million. Lawmakers have since passed a budget amendment to ensure schools will not experience a shortfall. 

In a statement on Wednesday, Coons said Youngkin “has set a bold academic agenda that puts students first and empowers families to help set priorities for their children.”

“We have an opportunity in Virginia to be the country’s best state for education, and we’ll achieve that vision through partnerships with families, educators and school division leaders,” Coons said. 

On Wednesday, Youngkin also announced the appointment of Jeremy Raley, Goochland County superintendent, to serve as the new chief of state at the Department of Education. Raley has been in public education for 26 years and served as superintendent since 2016, according to a news release. 

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EPA Set To Grant California Authority Over Heavy-Duty Truck Emissions And Phase Out Diesels

EPA Set To Grant California Authority Over Heavy-Duty Truck Emissions And Phase Out Diesels

The Biden administration is set to approve waivers to California that will allow it to enforce tougher environmental rules than pre-existing federal requirements for heavy-duty trucks.

Sources speaking with The Washington Post state the Biden administration’s decision will allow California to cut tailpipe pollution and eventually phase out the sales of diesel trucks. As it stands, heavy-duty trucks account for almost a third of the state’s nitrogen oxide and more than a quarter of its fine particle pollution generated by diesel fuel.

New policies in California starting with the 2024 model year will require heavy-duty vehicles to cut emissions of nitrogen oxide and particulate matter. The Biden administration’s latest regulations would not be implemented until the 2027 model year. In addition, truck manufacturers will need to sell increasing percentages of zero-emission trucks, buses and vans, with an ultimate target of only selling all-electric of hydrogen fuel-cell trucks by 2045.

 EPA Set To Grant California Authority Over Heavy-Duty Truck Emissions And Phase Out Diesels

Officials within the state claim these changes could reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 307 million metric tons by 2050.

However, even if the Biden administration does issue California with the waivers that it needs, that won’t be the end of the story. The Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association which represents the country’s largest truck makers is expected to sue to stop the policies from taking effect, stating that the rules will increase the costs of trucks, forcing buyers to opt for older and dirtier vehicles.

Read: Big Rigs And Buses With Pre-2010 Diesel Engines Are Now Banned From Californian Roads

The Washington Post reports that 40 members of the Moving Forward Network met with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Michael Regan last week to demand tougher pollution limits on heavy trucks, in addition to those that load and unload goods at ports throughout the United States.

“We communicated to the EPA that we need significant rule changes and stronger enforcement of the existing policies. Their current rules are falling short,” Moving Forward Network board member Bruce Strouble said.

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France looks to ban influencers from promoting crypto products, projects

France looks to ban influencers from promoting crypto products, projects


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The French National Assembly’s Economic Affairs Committee agreed to ban influencers from advertising and promoting unlicensed crypto products and projects on social media.

The ban is part of Bill no. 790, which is the French government’s solution to combatting scams and “excess” perpetrated via influencers on platforms like Instagram and YouTube. It was submitted to the National Assembly by rapporteur Arthur Delaporte and Stéphane Vojetta.

Bill 790 was adopted with a majority vote on March 22 and has passed the first reading stage and will now go to the Assembly and Senate for review and voting.

De facto ban on all crypto promotion

As of March 22, not a single cryptocurrency company is licensed by the French financial regulator under the required article.

This essentially means the bill places a de facto ban on French influencers from talking about any cryptocurrency-related project or company. The move places digital assets under the same regulatory umbrella as gambling, pharmaceuticals and aesthetic surgery.

According to the bill, breaches of the new law will result in jail time of up to two years and €30,000 in fines. Additionally, influencers that are found guilty will not be allowed to use social media or continue their careers.

French influencers involved in scams

Multiple French social media personalities have come under fire recently for a number of things from promoting dodgy crypto projects to allegedly more criminal things like masterminding crypto rug pulls and benefitting from scams.

In January, more than 100 people filed a class action lawsuit against a French influencer couple living in Dubai for promoting crypto investments and trading platforms that were scams.

The lawsuit further alleges that there are additional influencers who were part of the “ring” of scammers. The couple primarily operated on Instagram and their accounts have been suspended by Meta since the lawsuit was filed, according to a Euronews report at the time.

Meanwhile, in 2022, blockchain sleuth ZachXBT revealed on-chain data that linked funds scammed in a rug pull to a famous French influencer Laurent Correia.

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MLB Insider Gives Update On New Rules

MLB Insider Gives Update On New Rules

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred answers questions during an MLB owner's meeting at the Waldorf Astoria on February 10, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. Manfred addressed the ongoing lockout of players, which owners put in place after the league's collective bargaining agreement ended on December 1, 2021.
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The 2023 MLB season might be a little bit different than recent seasons in that there will be some new rules in place.

These rules have been put in place as a means to try and speed up the game and improve pace of play.

A pitch timer has been added, and bigger bases will be used to prevent injuries.

In addition, limits on the defensive shift have been imposed, meaning that there must be two infielders on either side of second base at all times.

However, some players have openly discussed their distaste for the new rules and are hoping for a better solution.

MLB has been willing to make some minor tweaks, but nothing major.

On Twitter, Bob Nightengale of USA Today provided an update on where things stand.

According to Nightengale, MLB has sent a memo to all 30 clubs to clarify what the rules are and what the game will look like as a result.

It appears that MLB has done everything in their power to ensure that teams do not circumvent the rules.

There are some penalties involved for pitch clock violations.

A pitcher has 15 seconds to deliver a pitch with nobody on base and 20 with runners on.

If they do not deliver their next pitch in the allotted time, a ball will be called against them.

The same holds true for hitters who are not ready after a certain amount of time.

If hitters violate the rule, then an automatic strike will be called against them.

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Fox News has 'not had one client cancel' over Dominion lawsuit, top ad exec says 

Fox News has 'not had one client cancel' over Dominion lawsuit, top ad exec says 

Fox News has not taken any hits in the advertising department despite a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit facing the company, according to its top sales executive.

“If you take a look at our overall audience across all of Fox News Media, 40 percent comes from lifestyle — sports, weather, entertainment offerings,” Jeff Collins, executive vice president of advertising sales for Fox News Media, told Variety. “We just want to reiterate to our clients the depth and breadth of this type of content that we have outside of just hard news.”

Fox’s top executives are making pitches this week to potential advertisers as part of the annual UpFront sessions in New York.

Collins told the outlet that the company has “not had one client cancel, pause or even reduce spending” because of the lawsuit.

Recent Nielsen Media Research figures show the network’s ratings have also held steady through a string of recent negative headlines the lawsuit has garnered.

Fox is being sued by Dominion Voting Systems for what the voting tech company says was the network’s airing of claims about its software being made by former President Trump and his allies that the channel’s leaders knew were false.

The network has defended itself on First Amendment grounds, arguing the claims coming from the president and others were newsworthy and accused Dominion of cherry picking quotes from its top talent and executives in court filings to build a stronger case.

A judge in Delaware is hearing arguments from both sides this week, and a ruling on summary judgement is expected ahead of a jury trial next month.

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Protect Your Pets During National Animal Poison Prevention Week

Protect Your Pets During National Animal Poison Prevention Week

cat near lily. Lilies are toxic to cats and other pets.

You may not realize it, but some of the things around your home could be toxic to your pets.

During this National Animal Poison Prevention Week, animal organizations want to make you aware of those dangers.

The Pet Poison Helpline lists the following things as toxic:

  • Xylitol – The sweetener in sugarless gums, candies, and multivitamins causes a life-threatening drop in blood sugar for dogs, and liver failure, if they eat a lot of it.
  • Medications – Pets can have serious stomach and intestinal ulcers and kidney failure if they eat acetaminophen, other pain relievers, or antidepressants. For cats, acetaminophen damages red blood cells. For dogs, they can have liver failure.
  • Chocolate – Baker’s chocolate and dark chocolate are the most dangerous, especially for dogs. The methylxanthines in the chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, and seizures. It can be fatal for dogs.
  • Flowers – Don’t bring lilies into your home if you have cats. A few eaten petals can cause kidney failure. Daffodils, tulips, chrysanthemums, and hyacinths should also be avoided. They can change heart and breathing rates.
  • Fertilizers – Dogs that eat it could have problems that include watery eyes, pooping, and seizures. It can be fatal.
  • Pest control products – Rodent bait can cause brain swelling, kidney failure, and blood-clotting problems. They can kill a pet. Snail and slug baits can cause tremors and seizures.

Should your pet ingest something poisonous, call your veterinarian, a pet emergency care facility, or the Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680.

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Evaluating defensive positioning in the Premier League using PFF grades

Evaluating defensive positioning in the Premier League using PFF grades

Accurately evaluating defensive performance has always been one of the biggest challenges in football analytics. Not only is it hard to isolate the contribution of individual defenders, there is also a lack of objective defensive measures.

While tackles, interceptions, and clearances are commonly used, adjusted for possession or not, they do not necessarily capture the full extent of a defender’s contribution to the team’s overall defensive performance.

That is why PFF introduced its renowned player grades to the beautiful game, evaluating every player for every event during a game, including for defensive positioning. Positioning grades are given for players that are out of position allowing the opponents to advance the ball or who lose their man while marking.

The grades escalate based on how dangerous the opportunity the positioning allows. Positive grades are rare and are reserved for “active positioning” such as stepping up to catch an opponent offside.

Obviously, playing time has a big impact on the sum of positional grades: you cannot be out of position if you are not on the pitch. It turns out certain positions on the field are more prone to being out of position than others. Full backs have a tendency to be out of position more often than other positions, with center backs, central midfielders, goalkeepers, wingers & attacking midfielders, and center forwards following in that order.

The relationship between positions, minutes played and the total sum of defensive positioning grades also allows us to easily identify the three players at the top and bottom in performance per position.

Goalkeepers (GK)

Top 3: Vicente Guaita (Crystal Palace), Ederson (Manchester City), Robert Sánchez (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Bottom 3: Illan Meslier (Leeds United), José Sá (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Bernd Leno (Fulham)

Full backs (FB)

Top 3: Rico Henry (Brentford), Solly March (Brighton & Hove Albion), Joël Veltman (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Bottom 3: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Serge Aurier (Nottingham Forest), Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton)

Centre backs (CB)

Top 3: Ruben Dias (Manchester City), Sven Botman (Newcastle United), Ben Davies (Tottenham)

Bottom 3: Tim Ream (Fulham), Steve Cook (Nottingham Forest), Thilo Kehrer (West Ham)

Central Midfielders (CM)

Top 3: Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Declan Rice (West Ham), Joelinton (Newcastle United)

Bottom 3: Romeo Lavia (Southampton), Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Cheikhou Kouyaté (Nottingham Forest)

Wingers & Attacking Midfielders (WAM)

Top 3: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jack Grealish (Manchester City)

Bottom 3: Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Mohamed Elyounoussi (Southampton), Michael Olise (Crystal Palace)

Centre Forwards (CF)

Top 3: Erling Haaland (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Danny Welbeck (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Bottom 3: Bryan Mbuemo  (Brentford), Che Adams (Southampton), Kieffer Moore (Bournemouth)

It is important to note that for attacking players, having less defensive positional downgrades might signal less defensive activity instead of better defensive performance.


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Tucker Carlson begs Biden to stop Trump indictment

Tucker Carlson begs Biden to stop Trump indictment

Fox NewsTucker Carlson has called on the Biden administration to stop the potential indictment of Donald Trump, warning that “America will never be the same” if it does not.

Last week, Mr Trump led much of the country to believe the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office would indict him within the week. He initially predicted the arrest would occur on Tuesday, though the day came and went without any such outcome. The grand jury’s meeting on Wednesday was called off, likely delaying any indictment.

Both Carlson and Mr Trump have framed the case against the former president — which alleges he paid hush-money to adult film star Stormy Daniels — as a political witch hunt, and stoke conspiracy theories by referring to prosecutor Alvin Bragg as “[George] Soros-funded.”

It’s unclear what, if anything, Mr Biden could do to halt a state-level prosecution. Mr Biden’s pardon powers only apply to crimes at the federal level.

Carlson’s call for Biden to step in was tinged with warning about the potential state of the country if Mr Trump is arrested.

“So in Manhattan tomorrow, what will certainly be an overwhelmingly liberal grand jury will meet,” Carlson said. “And unless something unexpected happens, Democrats will have taken the unprecedented step of using a corrupt justice system to take out the front runner in the Republican presidential field in a presidential race.”

He continued, saying if Mr Trump is arrested, “America will never be the same.”

Carlson continued to insist that Mr Trump’s arrest was politically motivated.

“You’ve got to hope that for the sake of the country, the Biden White House, which will be running against Trump, will put the country above partisanship and stop this,” he said. “And that Merrick Garland at the DOJ will issue a very public statement saying that this is wrong—which it is—and therefore preserve for our grandchildren our justice system.”

Police in Manhattan and Washington DC began setting up barricades in anticipation of possible unrest, though it is unclear if they did so with the knowledge the indictments were coming or simply as a precaution after Mr Trump called on his followers to protest his arrest.

In the meantime, Fox News personalities and other notable conservatives have been bouncing back and forth between downplaying the possible indictment and issuing apoplectic calls to rally around Mr Trump in his time of need.

Hosts on Fox News tried to convince their viewers that Mr Trump’s infamous “lock her up” chants — which called for Hillary Clinton’s imprisonment — were just “jokes,” while failed gubernatorial candidate in Arizona Kari Lake called on supporters to pray for Mr Trump.

Senator Lindsey Graham told Fox & Friends that an indictment would “blow up our country.”

While there has been a spike in online threats since the announcement of the possible indictment, reporters have found few of these translate into real-world action, and that pro-Trump protesters were few and far between on Tuesday.

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