South Bend’s Love Your Block program adjusts for pandemic needs

first_img Google+ Google+ WhatsApp (“South Bend Remedy Company” by Teemu008, CC BY-SA 2.0) South Bend is making changes to the 2020 Love Your Block program, as a reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic.The mini-grant program combats blight in low-income neighborhoods, and will make new Acts of Kindness grants available.These grants, worth between $250-$350, will go toward residents and organizations that are nominated to develop new programs such as community garden spaces.Love Your Block will also make funds available for neighborhoods who seek to improve their digital engagement with residents.Apply for an Acts of Kindness grant by clicking here. Twitter IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Twitter Pinterest Facebook Pinterest By Tommie Lee – May 8, 2020 0 571 Previous articleDemocrat for Indiana Governor names choice for running mateNext articleMichigan government working to make sure everyone behind on bills has water service Tommie Lee Facebook WhatsApp South Bend’s Love Your Block program adjusts for pandemic needslast_img read more

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Middlebury wants public input on plan for 2030

first_img Previous articleFree Fishing this weekend in IndianaNext articleWorkOne centers to being reopening June 8 Carl Stutsman Pinterest By Carl Stutsman – June 4, 2020 0 327 Pinterest Middlebury wants public input on plan for 2030 Facebook Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Google+ Twitter WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Credit: Town of Middlebury FB Page Middlebury is looking for more community engagement as they look to update a plan for the town’s future in 2030. The idea behind the “Middlebury 2030 Comprehensive Plan” is to lay out, in one document, a vision for what Middlebury wants to look like in ten years and the best strategies to get there.What they want is public input and ideas as the make potential revisions. The plans steering committee said in a release “This Plan will continue to encourage and support the ‘Makers’ spirit and the passing on the traditional values” of Middlebury.READ MORE HERE WITH THE ELKHART TRUTHThey are holding a virtual public open house June 23rd to talk about the 2030 plan and its implementation.last_img read more

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Food Bank of Northern Indiana releases mobile food distribution schedule, July 27-30

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Facebook By Brooklyne Beatty – July 24, 2020 0 495 WhatsApp Google+ Thursday, July 30, 2020 – Marshall County10 a.m. – Noon EDTWHERE: Centennial Park 1600 N. Michigan Street (C League Parking Lot), Plymouth, IN 46563 Wednesday, July 29, 2020 – LaPorte County10 a.m. – Noon CDTWHERE: Marquette Mall, 201 W. US 20 (outside of J.C. Penny), Michigan City, IN 46360 TAGSdistributionElkhart Countyfoodfood bankfreeIndianajulyKosciusko CountyLaPorte Countymarshall countymobilenorthern indianascheduleSt. Joseph County (Photo supplied/Food Bank of Northern Indiana) The Food Bank of Northern Indiana has released its mobile food distribution schedule for next week.Fresh, perishable items and dry goods are offered free of charge on a first come, first served basis for up to 400 households in need of food assistance.Food is distributed drive-thru style; just pop open your trunk and pull up to receive your items. For those with trunks that don’t open, there will be an area available to load items.The schedule is as follows:Monday, July 27, 2020 – Elkhart County10 a.m. – Noon EDTWHERE:  Kroger, 130 W. Hively Avenue, Elkhart, IN 46517 Google+ Pinterestcenter_img Twitter Twitter Previous articleMan paralyzed after crash in Elkhart FridayNext articleEarly morning stabbing in South Bend Friday, one arrested Brooklyne Beatty Thursday, July 30, 2020 – St. Joseph County3 p.m. – 5 p.m. EDTWHERE: Food Bank of Northern Indiana, 702 Chapin Street, South Bend, IN 46601 Food Bank of Northern Indiana releases mobile food distribution schedule, July 27-30 Facebook WhatsApp Wednesday, July 29, 2020 – Kosciusko County10 a.m. – Noon EDTWHERE: Kosciusko County Fairgrounds, 1400 E. Smith Street (front parking lot), Warsaw, IN 46580 Pinterestlast_img read more

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News story: Esmya: no new treatment courses prescribed until further notice

first_imgIn December 2017, the European Medicines Agency started a review of Esmya (Ulipristal acetate) for uterine fibroids after it was reported that four cases of serious liver injury had occurred after its use. In three of the cases a liver transplant was needed.As of February 2018, temporary safety measures have been introduced whilst the review is ongoing following a further case of serious liver injury requiring liver transplant.The advice is that no new treatment courses should be prescribed until further notice. Those who are already taking Esmya or have recently stopped, it is advisable that they have blood tests to monitor their liver function at least once a month whilst taking the medicine. Treatment with Esmya will be stopped if these blood tests show signs of a possible problem.If women experience symptoms associated with liver problems (nausea, vomiting, feeling ill, lack of appetite, weakness, upper abdominal pain, yellowing of the skin/eyes) then they must stop treatment and seek medical attention immediately.Esmya is used to treat moderate to severe uterine fibroids in adult women who have not yet reached the menopause. It is normally taken for up to three months but the course can be repeated.It’s important to note that there are no concerns for individuals who have taken the emergency contraception ellaOne which also contains Ulipristal acetate. EllaOne is a single use medicine and as no cases of serious liver injury have been reported with its use to date there are currently no similar concerns with this medicine.Further information about the EMA Review.last_img read more

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Press release: Grading under review for Greenfields Community Housing Association

first_img The regulation of social housing is the responsibility of the Regulation Committee, a statutory committee of the Homes and Communities Agency. The organisation refers to itself as the Regulator of Social Housing in undertaking the functions of the Regulation Committee. Homes England is the trading name of the HCA’s non-regulation functions. For more information visit the RSH website.Our media enquiries page has contact details for journalists.For general queries to RSH, please email [email protected] or call 0300 124 5225. The Regulator of Social Housing reports that Greenfields Community Housing Association’s grading is currently under review.The regulator notifies that a provider’s grading is under review when its compliant grade (G1 and G2 for governance, V1 or V2 for viability) is being investigated in relation to an issue which may result in a downgrade to a non-compliant grade (G3 or G4 for governance, V3 or V4 for viability). The outcome of the investigation will be confirmed in an updated regulatory judgement once completed.Greenfields Community Housing Association’s current grade is G1/V1 and the regulator is currently investigating a matter which may impact on Greenfield’s compliance with the governance element of the Governance and Viability Standard.The GUR list is available on the website.Further information The regulatory framework can also be found on the website. The regulator’s purpose is to promote a viable, efficient and well-governed social housing sector able to deliver homes that meet a range of needs. It does this by undertaking robust economic regulation focusing on governance, financial viability and value for money that maintains lender confidence and protects the taxpayer. It also sets consumer standards and may take action if these standards are breached and there is a significant risk of serious detriment to tenants or potential tenants.last_img read more

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News story: Smart tracking of waste across the UK: apply for funding

first_imgFind out more about SBRI and how it works. Solutions should track movements of wasteProjects should develop ideas for tracking individual movements of waste through the economy including: The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is to invest up to £400,000 in projects that use digital technology to record and track the movement of waste through the economy.The investment is part of the government’s GovTech Catalyst, which aims to encourage businesses to come up with smart solutions to public sector challenges.Better management of data and processesIn the last report on total waste generation, the UK was estimated to have generated more than 200 million tonnes in a year.Processes for disposing of this waste are sometimes fragmented and often duplicated. Defra wants to know more about the waste being generated, how it is handled and disposed. This will maximise value from resources, improve UK productivity and minimise damage to the environment.Funding for the competition is under SBRI (the Small Business Research Initiative), which aims to bring together government and businesses to find innovative solutions to public sector challenges. the point of generation or collection who is handling the waste how and where it is treated the outputs from these processes and where these end up the competition opens on 11 June 2018, and the deadline for registration is at midday on 18 July 2018 it is open to any organisation that can demonstrate a route to market for its idea we expect phase 1 contracts to be worth up to £80,000 and to last up to 3 months successful projects will attract 100% funded development contracts a briefing event will be held on 29 June 2018 Applications should be able to deal with the challenge of an estimated 23 million waste transactions across more than 100,000 regulated sites and 100,000 waste carriers.This competition is in 2 phases. Phase 1 is for contracts of up to £80,000 to examine the feasibility of ideas. The best ideas could win a share of up to £1 million to develop and field test a prototype in a second phase.Competition information Find out more about this competition and apply.last_img read more

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Press release: UK to lead international hunt for life-changing innovations

first_img Here in the UK, as we prepare for leaving the European Union, we face an important question: how will we as a country make our way in the world? What sort of country do we choose to be? My answer to this is clear: we will only thrive if we embrace ideas and openness, and double down on an innovative economy. Our Industrial Strategy will be key to this. And we are backing this engagement with investment. Already, we have announced the biggest increase in public R&D investment for over 40 years, including the establishment of a £4.7 billion Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to back business-focused research. And we are going further. As part of our industrial strategy, we have set out our ambition to increase the UK’s R&D spend to 2.4% of GDP by 2027. EUREKA is a platform to support those partnerships in research and innovation, enabling businesses to collaborate across borders, accessing new knowledge, capabilities and markets. Today, I am delighted to announce that the UK will inject an additional £10 million for UK companies to collaborate with global businesses on innovation projects through the EUREKA platform, helping to create new products and services and drive business growth. It is with great pride that I launch the UK’s EUREKA chairmanship, beginning on 1 July, here among so many partners from around the world. I look forward to seeing all you achieve in the coming year. Science Minister Sam Gyimah last night launched the UK chairmanship of the international innovation network EUREKA, addressing the global challenge to hunt for world-changing products and services needing support to reach the market.He attended the event celebrating the UK taking on the chairmanship of EUREKA – a global network which has invested nearly £35 billion in projects in 40 countries worldwide- for the third time. EUREKA, brings together more than 40 nations to collaborate on research and development and supports the ambitions of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy.During the one-year chairmanship, the UK aims to expand the global reach of EUREKA and will invest an extra £10 million to support UK businesses and innovators bring new products to market.Speaking at the launch Science Minister Sam Gyimah said: EUREKA is a unique network which brings together the largest grouping of national ministries and innovation agencies, including UKRI, to support global business-focussed research and development. It aims to help businesses grow and encourages greater collaboration across borders.Since EUREKA was founded in 1985, businesses involved have shown an additional annual turnover growth of 15% better than non-participants one year after the project finishing and companies in EUREKA showed an additional annual employment growth of 7% compared to non-participating firms.Notes to editors: Since its creation in 1985, EUREKA has supported a range of companies and organisations.Developing a simple, effective and highly accurate blood test to detect transplant diseases has been led through a UK and Belgium EUREKA project. Its impact has reduced transplant costs by better targeting resources and is helping to improve patient’s recovery from transplants.Cambridge based Intelligent Fingerprinting received a boost through a EUREKA project, led by the UK, Norway and France, that focused on speeding up police investigations by using new computing techniques to help scan seized storage devices. The programme has been used by major law enforcement agencies around the world.During the event, it was also confirmed that an additional £10 million of funding is being provided to UK EUREKA participants that will open up global R&D and innovation collaboration opportunities for UK companies to help drive growth. This will help to create new products and services by providing access to specialist knowledge, people and capability supporting UK companies to take advantage of global market opportunities.Key facts: EUREKA has been in existence for over thirty years involves 45 countries supports nearly 7,000 projects has worked with over 17,000 companies nearly £35 billion already invested British businesses and innovators to get £10 million boost to bring their ideas to global market calls for Britain to ‘double down’ on innovation to make our way in the world after leaving the European Union EUREKA is supported by a Secretariat based in Brussels, who are a non-profit organisation the current UK budget for EUREKA programmes is €4.5 million annually further information availablelast_img read more

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Speech: Nick Gibb: Teachers are taking control of their profession

first_imgAll of these decisions – and innumerably more – are critical to teaching expertise. Yet, these decisions remain invisible to lay-observers. And perhaps because this expertise is invisible, it is too often taken for granted.But this list of decisions doesn’t touch on questions of curriculum planning and other important roles that teachers take on around school.Furthermore, it doesn’t even touch on how expert teachers use their understanding of evidence from education, cognitive science and other relevant domains to inform their decisions in class.All of this lies beneath the surface of decisions made by expert teachers, and yet it remains invisible to the lay-observer, and – critically – to new teachers.And – as research has shown – even experienced head teachers struggle to identify expert teaching over a short period of time. As Becky Allen and Sam Sims highlight in their new book ‘The Teacher Gap’, head teachers are able to identify their strongest teachers on their staff – with whom they are familiar – with good reliability, but they are much less reliably able to discern good and bad teaching during interview lessons.Expertise in teaching is difficult to discern except over an extended period of time. That is why it is pleasing to see the practice of grading individual lessons slowly being driven out of the system. And it is also why the government has urged Initial Teacher Training providers to ensure they are making offers to applicants who are ready to train to teach.It is my view that in previous years too many universities rejected candidates who were ready to be trained to become highly effective and inspirational teachers. The government has worked with universities and Ofsted to ensure that they are incentivised to take on applicants who are ready to train to teach.Whilst many people grow up aspiring to be a teacher, teaching expertise still needs to be taught. As with all walks of life, some natural dispositions give a head start to some prospective teachers, but the craft of expert teaching like all expertise needs to be taught. And teaching expertise – as with the expertise required of other top professions – cannot be mastered in just one year.That is why the government has been working closely with the profession, with experts and teacher representative groups to develop proposals to strengthen career progression for teachers. This spring, the government – after extensive consultation – announced the development of an Early Career Framework.In the future, newly qualified teachers will have two years of structured training to support them through an extended induction period. These two years of training will help ensure that all newly qualified teachers can share in the professional knowledge that defines what it is to be a teacher.The Early Career Framework will seek to codify the core knowledge and skills required to develop into an expert teacher, so that all teachers – wherever they train – are taught this shared body of knowledge.Already, many new teachers are fortunate enough to have mentors who help them to develop expertise in the classroom, but we want this to be the norm for all new teachers. So we are strengthening the mentoring provision for early career teachers to ensure that all schools have excellent mentors with access to high-quality training. We know that good mentoring is not generic, but is highly specific. It should on draw high-quality evidence and the mentor’s own expertise, providing relevant feedback to new teachers and opportunity to practise and hone new skills.But the government wants to ensure that support exists throughout a teacher’s career, as it does for other top professionals.Following 5 years of training, medical students progress to full employment, completing two years as foundation stage doctors. These two years of full-time, post-qualification employment support doctors – with structured mentoring from senior colleagues – to implement and build upon what they have learnt in their training.But a doctor’s development doesn’t stop there. Whichever of the many areas a doctor wishes to specialise in, there are recognised training routes with defined bodies of specialist knowledge that doctors must acquire in order to be considered expert.The government intends to consider how the Early Career Framework can be built upon, so that teacher acquire particular expertise – and recognised qualifications – in an area of teaching, such as curriculum development or teacher development.Because teachers deserve a framework of qualifications and support that recognises the core body of professional knowledge and skill that defines what it is to be a teacher.Importantly, this must not be – and will not be – a decision taken and implemented by government. These reforms cannot be ‘done to’ teachers.Leading academy chains, such as Outwood Grange and Ark, have developed distinct career paths for teachers to choose from, including curriculum experts working across trusts, teacher-development mentors and traditional leadership routes.We want these opportunities to be open to all teachers, regardless of where they work. And we want teachers to be at the heart of designing these proposals because it is for teachers to define the common body of professional knowledge and skills that defines their profession.Because it is important that teachers continue to take control of their profession. The last 8 years has seen a necessary, but radical series of reforms.Teachers have responded well to the government’s promotion of evidence-based approaches to teaching reading, and the government’s drive to ensure that pupils have access to core academic subjects at GCSE.In the face of opposition from some unions and academics, the teaching profession has embraced systematic synthetic phonics. In 2012, just 58% of 6-year-olds passed the phonics screening check. Thanks to the commitment of teachers to pursuing the evidence, 81% of 6-year-olds passed the phonics screening check last year, rising to 92% by the end of year 2.And this commitment to evidence-based approaches has translated into a rise in the international league tables. In the latest PIRLS results, England saw a statistically significant improvement in the reading ability of 9-year-olds. This cohort of pupils were the first to sit the phonics screening check, so I hope that improvements in phonics screening check results will translate into further rises in our international league table position in years to come.Teachers are pursuing the evidence and taking control of their profession. Teachers and head teachers are making use of the Education Endowment Foundation’s RCT findings to help guide what they do.And teachers are ensuring that more pupils than ever before have the best opportunities at GCSE. Since 2010, the proportion of pupils taking at least two science GCSEs has risen from 63% to 91%, as teachers encouraged much greater numbers of pupils to take science GCSEs over equivalents, spreading opportunity more widely.These opportunities exist across the curriculum. I have been delighted with the progress made by teachers working on the Mandarin Excellence programme, which aims to have 5000 fluent Mandarin speakers by 2020. I recall China’s Education Secretary remarking at the proficiency of pupils after just one year of the programme.And teachers continue to promote the importance of a high-quality arts education, inspiring generations of pupils. Between 2016 and 2020, the government will spend almost £500 millon on music and cultural education programmes, enabling more disadvantaged pupils to reach their potential and giving the most talented pupils the opportunity to attend prestigious music, dance and drama schools.Throughout the system, teachers are at the forefront of raising standards for pupils and taking a lead on defining and furthering what it means to be an expert teacher.Teaching is – and will continue to be – a career that attracts the very best applicants. It is, therefore, essential that government continues to raise the status of the profession by spreading the best opportunities right across the system – for both pupils and teachers.It is fitting – on a day for reflecting and celebrating on what we all share in common – to also consider how we can support teachers who do so much to form who we are, and to bring us together.Thank you. Where to stand, so as to see all the pupils; How to use and vary tone of voice throughout the lesson; Who to question, what to ask, and how to ask it; How to sequence examples and explanations; How to use humour; Where to sit particular pupils; How to build on prior knowledge; and How to build a class culture over the course of an academic year. Thank you.It is a pleasure to be attending the Festival of Education again, particularly given the opportunity to celebrate the life of Jo Cox and reflect on what unites us on her principle that “we have more in common than that which divides us.”Something we all have in common is a memory of a teacher who inspired us and changed the course of our life. But it is defining what teachers share in common that is a question being considered by the Department for Education – working closely with the profession.Professions are defined by their shared bodies of knowledge and expert practice. The formative years of careers in accountancy and actuarial practice are punctuated for example by exams, ensuring all prospective members of those esteemed professions share in the accumulated knowledge of the profession.Similarly, whatever their eventual specialisation, all prospective solicitors must demonstrate proficiency in a range of legal areas and undertake the professional skills course.As with these other top professions, teaching has a shared body of knowledge and professional skills that define what it is to be a teacher.In recent years, teachers have taken much greater control of their profession and have begun to define what it is to be an expert teacher.Teachers have allowed themselves into what has been called the secret garden of pedagogy and curriculum. Some free schools and leading multi-academy trusts have radically raised expectations.For example, Dixons Trinity Academy – a free school based in Bradford – achieved extraordinary results in 2017 with its first set of GCSEs, placing it amongst the top schools in England for the progress achieved by its pupils. Strikingly, the progress score for disadvantaged pupils was higher than for that of their more affluent peers. This school – and many others – shows that socio-economic background need not be a barrier to academic excellence.And leading multi-academy trusts – often led by inspirational head teachers – demonstrate that excellence need not be restricted to isolated schools. Thanks to a forensic approach to curriculum design and the implementation of evidence-based approaches to managing behaviour, the Inspiration Trust and the Harris Federation – two of the best performing multi-academy trusts – have conclusively demonstrated that all pupils can achieve – whether they live in coastal Norfolk or inner-city London.In doing so, these teachers – and countless others around the country – are taking back control of their profession. They are helping to define excellence and raise standards. But, unlike other professions, this shared body of knowledge remains largely uncodified.Perhaps because each and every one of us is familiar with teaching – unlike law or accountancy – what it takes to become an expert teacher is too often taken for granted. As with so many complex skills when performed by a true expert, teaching appears effortless.Close to a decade and a half of benefitting as pupils from expert teaching can desensitise us to fully appreciating the knowledge and expertise on show, as well as the range of techniques and behaviours being employed; a phenomenon well known to trainee teachers observing their experienced colleagues dealing expertly with a tricky group of year 8s.When observing an expert teacher, it is easy to take for granted the innumerable decisions that have contributed to the sense of purposeful calm in their classroom:last_img read more

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Press release: UK pays respect to former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

first_imgThe Minister of State for the United Nations (UN) and Commonwealth has led UK tributes at the funeral of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon joined His Excellency President Akufo-Addo of Ghana and world leaders at the funeral, held in Accra, where he conveyed condolences on behalf of the UK Government.Lord Ahmad said: For journalists Media enquiries The whole world has come together to mourn the loss of Kofi Annan. I am honoured to have represented the UK Government and the British people to pay our deep respects. He has left behind an incredible legacy, particularly his work on human rights and justice at the UN. Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebookcenter_img Whilst in Ghana, Lord Ahmad met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Shirley Botchway. They discussed a number of issues in UK-Ghana relations, including our countries’ visions for the Commonwealth and priority issues for this month’s UN General Assembly. Lord Ahmad also met with Minister of Defence Dominic Nitiwul on regional security and met with Ghana’s new Electoral Commissioner Jean Mensa to hear about Ghana’s preparations for future elections.Lord Ahmad visited a UK-supported workshop with Ghanaian law enforcement agencies involved in tackling Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, seeing the practical cooperation between the UK and Ghana, that is helping to bring perpetrators to justice and protect vulnerable people. He also paid a visit to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission in Ghana, reflecting on Ghana’s reputation for religious coexistence and his priorities as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief.Further information Follow Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on Twitter @tariqahmadbt Email [email protected]last_img read more

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News story: Government promises more funding to fight superbugs

first_img £5 million to fund the development of new ways to diagnose and tackle drug-resistant ‘super gonorrhoea’ £3 million from the Department for International Development to fund an accelerator which will find new ways to diagnose AMR and ensure antibiotics are being used appropriately £1 million to evaluate technologies to detect poor quality and fake medicines that pose a risk to public health AMR is a global issue due to the ease and speed with which drug-resistant infections can spread across countries.The government is also developing a new longer-term vision where AMR will be contained and controlled by 2040. This will be published in the new year and supported by a new 5-year national action plan across human and animal health, the food chain, agriculture and the environment.Professor Dame Sally Davies said: Antimicrobial resistance threatens the future of modern medicine and global food security, placing millions of lives across the world in danger. The UK is committed to tackling AMR, both at home and internationally, through a variety of concrete actions. There is no single solution, it will take time and commitment from all sectors but working together as a global community we will mitigate this threat. £9 million to the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) £1.5 million funding for a fellowship programme in developing countries to build capacity for calculating and mitigating the economic cost of AMR £1 million to an International Reference Centre providing practical support to developing countries to improve their ability to collect data on AMR to better tackle it across human health, animal health, agriculture and the environmentcenter_img The announcement was made at the Call to Action on AMR summit in Ghana.The UK government is co-hosting the Call to Action on AMR event with the governments of Ghana and Thailand, Wellcome Trust, World Bank and the UN Foundation.The 2-day event celebrates innovative AMR initiatives from around the world and urges the international community to work together to slow the spread of AMR.The UK is being represented at the summit by the Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Dame Sally Davies. It will announce a number of commitments at the summit, including: The £9 million funding for FIND will be made up of:last_img read more

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