Sutton to get NRL swan song in 2019

John Sutton will get a chance to further etch his name in South Sydney folklore after signing a one-year NRL contract extension.
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The 34-year-old will be given a fitting swan song after finally putting pen to paper on a new deal, which will see him extend his career into a 16th season.

He became the first player in the history of the foundation club to break through the 300-game mark earlier this year.

Sutton, who captained the club to their 2014 premiership breakthrough, goes into 2019 with 309 games to his credit – almost 100 games more than Souths’ second-most capped player Nathan Merritt (218).

“I couldn’t be happier about having the opportunity to play another season with Souths,” Sutton said.

“It’s my dream job and I feel privileged to have the chance to play rugby league for a living with a club like this.

“I love the Rabbitohs, I love playing for the members and the fans, and I can’t wait to get back to training and ripping in to get ready for the season ahead.”

The veteran back-rower found a new lease on life in 2018 to play some of the best football of his career.

Despite the willingness of both parties to sign a new deal, contract negotiations dragged on for months, fuelling questions about whether he would be forced into retirement.

A Kensington United and La Perouse junior, Sutton is one of the club’s favourite sons and in July was honoured with a mural at Kensington Park to celebrate his 300-game milestone.

“John Sutton is our longest-serving player, our most capped player with over 300 NRL games, and was the captain of our 2014 Premiership-winning team,” Souths general manager of football Shane Richardson said.

“To put it simply, he has earned legend status at South Sydney.

“I’ve known John and his family for nearly 15 years now and he has grown as a leader and player on the field and as a man, husband and father off the field in that time.

“He played some of the best football of his career in 2018 and he has earned another season at the Rabbitohs.”

The Rabbitohs on Thursday released prop Zane Musgrove to take up a three-year deal with the Wests Tigers.

The Rabbitohs were believed to be under salary cap pressure with Musgrove’s exit opening up the door for the club to re-sign Sutton.

Winger Robert Jennings remains the only member of this year’s Souths side still not contracted for next year.

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D&G’s China show off over racist posts

Fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana has had to cancel a show in Shanghai after a row over racists posts.Italian luxury fashion house Dolce & Gabbana has called off a show after a backlash over racially insulting posts on its social media.
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The company on Wednesday apologised for insulting remarks about China it allegedly made in exchanges on Instagram but claimed its accounts had been hacked.

Chinese celebrities reacted angrily after screenshots of the conversations were posted on social media and several said they would boycott a D&G show scheduled for Wednesday night.

The company later said the show, an extravaganza meant as a tribute to China with Asian stars invited to take front-row seats, had been called off.

The screenshots appear to show co-founder Stefano Gabbana referring to China with crude terms and emoji as he defends promotional videos that had sparked controversy earlier.

Separately, the D&G Instagram account used offensive language in another exchange.

Dolce & Gabbana apologised on Instagram and said the accounts had been hacked. “We are very sorry for any distress caused by these unauthorised posts,” it said. “We have nothing but respect for China and the people of China.”

Zhang Ziyi, who starred in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, said on one of her social media accounts that the Italian brand had “disgraced itself”.

The studio for pop idol Karry Wang, an Asia-Pacific brand ambassador for D&G, said late on Wednesday that it had informed the fashion house that it would terminate all co-operation with the brand. Both Wang and Zhang had been invited to attend the event.

Stefano Gabbana also wrote on his Instagram that his account had been hacked, adding “I love China and Chinese culture. I’m sorry for what happened.”

The three promotional videos, which have been deleted from the company’s Weibo account, feature a Chinese woman using chopsticks to eat pizza and other Italian food. Many Chinese social media users called the videos racist and full of outdated stereotypes.

In a statement from Milan headquarters, designers Gabbana and Domenico Dolce said, “What happened today was very unfortunate not only for us, but also for all the people who worked day and night to bring this event to life.”

The Shanghai extravaganza was to include 300 models previewing a new collection on a rotating stage, including super model Eva Herzigova and Isabella Fontana during a brand DNA section, and a line-up of millennial stars and influencers for a second section dedicated to the future.

The final part of the show was to be dedicated to Asia, with Asian models and a front row of Asian stars among the 1000 invited guests, including actor Darren Wang, actor Jing Kang Liang, singer Stan Young and actress Bing Bing Lee, along with Wang and Zhang.

Asia, and China in particular, is key to European luxury brands’ success. A recent study by Bain consultancy said one-third of all high-end purchases are made by Chinese consumers, shopping both at home and abroad. That is expected to rise to 46 per cent by 2025, fuelled especially by millennials and generation Z teens.

D&G has 44 boutiques in China, including four in Shanghai, having entered the Chinese market in Hangzhou in 2005.

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LFO singer Devin Lima dies of cancer at 41

Devin Lima, who was a singer with ’90s boy band LFO, has died after a 13-month battle with cancer.LFO singer Devin Lima has died after a year-long battle with stage 4 cancer, Variety has confirmed. He was 41.
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“My son has passed away,” his mother, Filomena Lima, told Us Weekly on Wednesday.

“His fiancee was living with him and let us know that he passed at 2:45 in the morning. He was struggling for 13 months since his cancer diagnosis. The family is not good.”

TMZ first reported the news.

The boy band, which gained popularity in the 1990s, consisted of Lima and Brad Fischetti. The pop group was initially a trio, with lead singer Rich Cronin, but disbanded in 2010 after his death to leukaemia at the age of 35.

Lima (born Harold Lima) and Fischetti reunited and resumed touring in 2017. They recently released their first new song in 15 years, Perfect 10.

The duo was set to commence touring earlier this year, but put their plans on hold when Lima was hospitalised in late 2017 after doctors discovered a tumour “the size of a football” on his adrenal gland. The cancer spread to Lima’s kidney, which had to be removed.

“I wish we had better news to share,” Fischetti said in October 2017, upon delivering the diagnosis to fans via a YouTube video.

“It’s devastating news, but at the same time, there’s nobody I know stronger than Devin Lima. No one has a stronger body, mind, or soul, and if anybody can defeat this, it’s Devin.”

Lima joined the band in 1999, replacing band member Brian Gillis (aka Brizz), who was with the group since its start in 1995.

LFO, which sold more than 4 million records worldwide, is best known for their hit songs Summer Girls, Girl on TV (the music video featured actress Jennifer Love Hewitt), and Every Other Time.

Their debut album, LFO, sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide, and scored two Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, with Summer Girls and Girl on TV. Their sophomore and final album, Life Is Good, debuted in 2001.

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Andrews defends Vic police interactions

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has defended his decision to attend Tuesday’s police press conference on counter-terrorism arrests in the last week of the state election campaign.
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Opposition Leader Matthew Guy accused the premier of breaching caretaker conventions by standing beside Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton as he addressed media, but the criticism was dismissed.

“You thought the best thing to do during a terrorist incident is to make official complaints … I don’t go missing in action. I do my job,” Mr Andrews said during a leaders’ debate on Thursday.

“The caretaker conventions have been strictly adhered to and it’s wrong to suggest otherwise.”

The arrests – which were not related to Melbourne’s deadly November 9 knife attack – were announced on the the same day the victim of the Bourke Street tragedy Sisto Malaspina was farewelled at a state funeral.

Mr Andrews was also questioned on the ongoing police investigation into Labor for using taxpayer money in the form of parliamentary allowances to partially pay party campaign staff, known as red shirts, ahead of the 2014 election.

“You make claims knowing full well that I’m not in a position to be going through chapter and verse,” he said, citing the investigation.

An outcome had been expected before Saturday’s election.

The Age on Thursday ran a report citing a source familiar with the investigation saying it had been systematically undermined from “within”.

Chief Commissioner Ashton said he was unaware of any claims of interference.

“From my side of things there’s been no political push,” Mr Ashton told 3AW radio on Thursday.

“There’s been no pressure certainly from me to do anything differently.

“If any complaints are received or anything of that light comes to note, I’ll certainly look at it.”

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Bennett set for crunch Broncos exit talks

Broncos coach Wayne Bennett could leaving the club this weekend, according to reports.Wayne Bennett will be summoned for crunch talks with Brisbane Broncos chiefs this weekend as the NRL giants seek to force through the veteran mentor’s exit to trigger Anthony Seibold’s immediate arrival from South Sydney.
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The two coaches signed up for a blockbuster swap deal last month, with Bennett agreeing to join the Rabbitohs for 2020 on a two-year deal.

But the unusual situation, which has sparked fears over a conflict of interest, has led to speculation an exchange could be struck as early as this week, enabling both men to take over at their new clubs 12 months ahead of schedule.

However Bennett, who has been in England in recent weeks in his role as their national team coach and only returned home on Wednesday, has repeatedly stated he intends to see out his Broncos contract until his move.

Seibold has also stated he plans to remain at the Rabbitohs until the end of next season, but reports suggest Broncos chairman Karl Morris is ready to call in Bennett and thrash out terms of his early departure from Red Hill.

Bennett, though, has refused to say whether he’s set for an imminent axing and says he intends to carry on in his Broncos post until told otherwise.

“I’ll be honouring my contract by going to training,” the 68-year-old, who has won six titles at Brisbane, told the Courier Mail.

“I’m not commenting any further other than to say I’ll be at training.”

Skipper Darius Boyd insisted Brisbane’s players will cope whatever transpires at the club in the next few days.

“I would like to see Wayne finish next year on good terms, but sometimes decisions are made and life goes on,” Boyd said.

“What happens now is way above my head.:

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Letters to the editor November 23 2018

ROLLING ALONG: Reader Adam Walton, of Toronto, is urging those critical of the light rail project to hold their opinions until it is up and running. WITH the fast-approaching opening of the light rail through the city, I fear there is a cohort of naysayers just champing at the bit to express their opinion(s) on any teething issue that may arise in the first few weeks ormonths of its operation.
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I can already see it:a tram represented as a cartoon of a white elephant in press media when the patronage is notwhat was forecast. This, of course will not be the case, and the transport option will succeed.

I read with interest howcyclists are getting caught in the tramlines (‘Off the rails’, Newcastle Herald16/11)and run off the roadway, and how vehicles are getting stuck on raised dividers (‘Car stuck on the light rail tracks’,Herald19/11). This is even before the line opens.

History has shown in this great city there are plenty of knockers to progress. To those naysayers, please hold your public opinions, and give not only the light rail, but also the greatest rejuvenation of our city, a fair go.

The light rail project has been one of the largest rejuvenationof this city we have seen for decades.

Yes, with such significant changeswe need to expect that there will be teething issues and slight inconvenience. I’m sure the authorities will learn from them. On a final note, cast your minds back a couple of years, and see what a decaying dump Newcastle’s CBD had become.

Adam Walton,TorontoTOO MUCH TRAIN TRAININGTHISwhole light rail joke is getting worse.The vehicles are going up and down Hunter Street at night followed by traffic control vehicles, with traffic controllers on each intersection. It must be costing a fortune.

Training the drivers? Well there isn’t much traffic at night, and you won’t have traffic controllers when you go out on your own. Why does it take four or five months to train the drivers?Not money well spent, NSW government.

I can think of better things to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on.Acruise terminal would havebeen nice (‘Port urged to get started’, Herald 21/11).The poor tourists get off to be greeted bya marquee and two portable toilets in the second biggest city in NSW. It’s abit of a joke.

Maybe the money could instead provide a few more nurses orpolice officers. Either would be nice. NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance should spend a night or twoin the John Hunter to see how hard those poor nurses work. We’ll be famous for the shortest light rail track in the world in the end.Not so well done, NSW government.

Wayne Ridley,GatesheadPAST GAVE US THIS PRESENTAUSTRALIA’S latest Liberal Prime Minister says he has just discovered that the roads are clogged, the trains are full, and schools are taking no more enrolments –in Sydney and Melbourne, anyway.

He blames this situation on the migrants, and says we have to slow down our intake (‘Permanent migration numbers to be slashed’, Herald 21/11).

Scott Morrison might like to shoot the blame home to where it belongs. When Peter Costello was treasurer, he smugly told the world he had a budget surplus so big that he didn’t know what to do with it.Back thennot one road, train system or school could attract his attention.

MrCostello did know about the numbers of migrants coming into the country at that time, and how many more were expected in the years leading up to now. He simply never thought that something should be done to get ready for them, so he just gave all the money away.

And lest we forget thatLiberal prime minister John Howard did nothing to stop Mr Costello’s nonsense. In fact, he encouraged it. MrMorrison would do wellto admit that a lack of planning by Liberals in the past is what has produced the problems of today. Such a change from the usual Liberal smoke-screen would be so refreshing that a huge number of people could be surprised into voting Liberal next year.

Grant Agnew,Coopers PlainsSENATE MUST EXAMINE STINKHAVING for many years been involved with the Rutherford anti-stink campaign, it has always been clear to me that the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) does not have enough power to intervene in the way itshould when it is required.

I believe the way they have handled the Rutherford industrial area’s sickening smell ever since Truegain started operation in the area, demonstrates it.

From what has so far being reported by the Newcastle Herald(‘Done dirt cheap’, Herald 14/11), the few times that the EPA has tried to bring Truegain to account it has been over-ruled by the Land andEnvironment Court or higher authority.

This raises the question of having an agency that costs NSW $196 million a year just so it appears the environment is being taken care of. I believe itis a waste of money.

What has so far been printed by the Newcastle Herald is nothing short of scandalous.

The stories that have been told by former Truegain employees (‘Dirty deeds’, Herald 10/11) are almost unbelievable for this day and age. People keeping quiet for fear of losing their jobsresembles stand-over tactics.It’s truly sad, because I’m surethose employees were aware how much damage those illegal practices they were performing on a daily basis would do to others, including their own families, in the long run.

It has come to the point that, in order to find the truth of any illegal practices that may have taken place, and in the process affected people’s welfare, I believe the only way to bring everyone to accountis a Senate inquiry.

We cannot afford, and the environment cannot afford, to ignore such irresponsible practices any longer.

Salvatore Cocco, RutherfordLAY DOWN NEW TERROR LAWANOTHER news item this week regarding arrests carried out on alleged plans for acts of terrorism (‘Three men charged as terror plot foiled’, Herald 21/11). I call upon all ns to now start applying pressure on politicians to bring in new laws.

These laws should apply mandatory life sentences, without parole, on those convicted of planning and or carrying out acts of terror against the n community.

Whether it needs amendments to existing laws, or new ones, it must now be looked at. It’s bad enough whenpaedophiles and rapists can end up being given an early release from jail and some re-offending, but I believe those with mass murder intentions should not be able to see the light of day ever again.

Our families have a right to be assured those convictedare locked up for the rest of their natural lives.

Am I wrong?

Garry Scow,Warners BaySHARE YOUR OPINIONEmail [email protected]苏州夜总会招聘.au or send a text message to 0427 154 176 (include name and suburb). Letters should be fewer than 200 words. Short Takes should be fewer than 50 words. Correspondence may be edited and reproduced in any form.

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Mundine confirms tilt at federal politics

Former Labor National President Warren Mundine has confirmed he will run for federal parliament at the next election.
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Mr Mundine, a leading indigenous advocate and businessman, has not ruled out joining the Liberals or David Leyonhjelm’s minor party the Liberal Democrats.

“I will make that announcement very soon,” he told Sky News on Thursday.

Mr Mundine is reportedly considering a tilt at the marginal NSW seat of Gilmore, which will not be recontested by Liberal Ann Sudmalis at the federal election.

Labor Leader Bill Shorten took a shot at Mr Mundine for throwing his hat in the ring for another party.

“When he couldn’t get a seat in the Labor Party, he’s looking elsewhere. I guess that’s his democratic right,” Mr Shorten told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday.

Mr Mundine was Labor’s national president between 2006 and 2007 but has been a strident critic of the party in recent years.

Pressed on why he turned his back on Labor, he said “loyalty cuts both ways”.

“I gave my life to the Labor Party, I worked very hard for the Labor Party, and I’ve stood up for the Labor Party for many years,” Mr Mundine said.

“The issue here is if you want to contribute to society and want to contribute to the political space and a political party says ‘no’ to you on several occasions, then loyalty goes both ways.”

Mr Shorten said Labor’s candidate for Gilmore Fiona Phillips would fight on local issues, rather than personalities.

“She doesn’t want a seat in parliament because she thinks that’s her right, that she’s owed a seat,” the opposition leader said.

Ms Sudmalis announced her decision to quit in September, launching an extraordinary spray at NSW state MP Gareth Ward for running a campaign against her, an accusation he denied.

She was first elected in 2013 and holds the southern NSW seat with a margin of just 0.7 per cent.

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All-rounder Stoinis adds string to T20 bow

Marcus Stoinis (left) is hailed by Aaron Finch after dismissing India’s Rohit Sharma.Marcus Stoinis can add death bowler to his resume’s list of skills after the all-rounder restored order for in their series-opening Twenty20 win over India.
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The visitors had looked set to chase down the 174 for victory at the Gabba on Wednesday night before faltering, then kick-starting again in a see-sawing run chase.

Needing 13 off the last, after Andrew Tye had just been hit for 47 from his three overs, captain Aaron Finch threw Stoinis the ball.

And the 29-year-old delivered, mixing up his pace and bowling to his field to pick up two wickets and concede just four runs from the first five balls to secure victory.

“Finchy spoke to me earlier in the day and he said it (him bowling in the final overs) could be an option if (leg-spinner Adam Zampa) plays,” Stoinis said.

“It was a pretty simple plan – take the pace off the ball, make them hit to the long side and just commit to that one hundred per cent. So it was a clear plan.”

Finch said it was a task that may come Stoinis’s way more often after he had shown an interest in taking it on.

“Very confident,” Finch said when asked how he felt throwing Stoinis the ball.

“He’s been practising it a lot; it’s one string he wants to add to his bow.

“His plans were nice and clear and simple and he executed well under pressure.”

Stoinis said slippery conditions and the ground’s dimensions meant yorkers weren’t the best idea in Brisbane, but that they remained part of their arsenal in the remaining games in Melbourne and Sydney this Friday and Sunday.

If persist with the short stuff it won’t bother form Indian bat Shikhar Dhawan (76 off 42), who will return to his adopted city full of confidence despite the loss.

The left-hander was quick to pounce on anything short, superbly pulling one Billy Stanlake bouncer over square leg for six before being caught trying to upper-cut another short ball over the fence at third man.

“I feel that that thing (about not playing the short ball well) has less impact on us, especially with our batsmen now,” Dhawan, who lives in Melbourne, said.

“We haven’t any (negative) thoughts about playing the short ball; we’re prepared to go and face it.”

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Media under fire for “hounding” Lawrence

Bali Nine drug smuggler Renae Lawrence has been confronted by a huge press pack on her arrival home.Freed Bali Nine drug smuggler Renae Lawrence has garnered sympathy from some ns after being hounded by the media as she touched down on home soil for the first time in more than 13 years.
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Dozens of reporters, photographers and camera crews were waiting as the 41-year-old flew in to Brisbane airport early on Thursday morning after being released from a Bali prison overnight.

TV morning shows crossed live to the airport as an anxious looking Lawrence, her mother and step-brother, dodged the media pack as they made their way from the international arrivals hall to the domestic terminal so they could board a flight to Newcastle.

The media coverage left many viewers less than impressed and sparked calls for Lawrence to be left alone as she had already served more than 13 years in jail for her role in a 2005 plot to import more than 8kg of heroin to from Indonesia.

Many took to social media to accuse the media of harassing Lawrence and question whether there was actually any public interest in the return of a convicted drug smuggler.

“Given Renae has completed her sentence of 13 years which is substantially more than she would receive in and has made it clear she does not want to speak to the media, at what point does that behaviour from the media become bullying and abuse,” Peter Bax tweeted.

Former broadcaster Mike Carlton blasted the media scrum.

“Hey gang ! Let’s all pile on to Renae Lawrence. Stick microphones and cameras in her face, chase her down the street, camp outside her house. Not because there’s any news in it … but just because WE CAN !” Carlton tweeted.

Former Greens leader Christine Milne called on the media to leave Lawrence alone and cover other more worthy stories.

“Leave Renae Lawrence alone #auspol. Decent people don’t want her subjected to media scrums and stake outs. Earth is burning, that is news.”

Another woman, @Kylie80933023 tweeted: “It really is vile watching the media molest Renae Lawrence. They’re like mozzies at a bbq.”

While Nine’s Today Show and Seven’s Sunrise programs attracted plenty of outrage on Twitter for their coverage of Lawrence, several viewers of the ABC’s News Breakfast program attacked the public broadcaster for “hounding” Lawrence.

“@abcnews @BreakfastNews Instead of insisting Renae Lawrence have some ‘dignity’ why don’t your reporters display it and stop hounding her like the commercial networks?” Diana Gaye tweeted.

Linda Betts added: “Shame on the ABC for harassing Renae Lawrence and her family at the airport. As Bad as Current Affair style journalism Not up to your standards surely.”

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Flanagan and Gallen ‘filthy’ with Holmes

Sharks coach Shane Flanagan agrees with Paul Gallen’s comments over Valentine Holmes’ exit.Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan is backing Paul Gallen to the hilt, agreeing with the Sharks’ seething skipper that Valentine Holmes has left the club high and dry.
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Gallen polarised fans with his call for the NRL to consider life bans for players like Holmes who walk away from contracts to pursue a career in other sports after the Sharks’ attacking trump successfully sought a release from the club to chase his NFL dream.

Sharks great Mat Rogers said Gallen should pull his head in, given the veteran “cops money for fighting (boxing) while he’s contracted”.

But Flanagan is very much in Gallen’s corner.

“I support Gal. It just shows how passionate he is and how much the team and this club means to him,” Flanagan told AAP.

“He’s filthy that it’s happened now and that Val’s walked away from a contract and I support him on that.

“While I understand Val’s got a dream, I would prefer him to have that dream at the end of next year, not this year.”

After being blindsided by Holmes’ request for a release, Flanagan finally met with the want-out star on Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s something we’ve got no control of,” the coach said.

“I understand his passion for it and why he’s doing it, but it’s just disappointing.

“We knew we had his contract here so we had him not pencilled him – but penned in – to play next year and now he’s not here.

“So it will take me a bit of a while to get over it, but we’ll get over it.”

The Sharks have also lost winger Edrick Lee and exciting young centre Jesse Ramien to Newcastle and 2016 grand final-winning centre Ricky Leutele to the Toronto Wolfpack.

Flanagan said the Sharks wouldn’t have had to offload the whole backline trio had the club not stored away a million dollars a season to try to keep Holmes.

“If we knew Val wasn’t here, one or two of those players might have still been here,” he said.

“So it has a ripple effect both ways in hindsight and moving forward.

“When you’re No.1 player ups and leaves at this stage of the year, you look back and say ‘geez, we could have signed him or could have kept him’.

“So, yeah, it definitely has a massive ripple effect in all directions.”

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