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Jonathan Smith | Thursday, 3rd June, 2021 | More on: IAG Cheap UK stocks: should I be buying airline shares ahead of the summer? Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. jonathansmith1 has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Airline shares have been the topic of much conversation since the pandemic began. During the stock market crash last year, airline shares were some of the hardest hit. For example, the International Consolidated Airlines Group (LSE: IAG) share price fell around 70% during the depths of the crash from 435p to around 130p, before recovering to levels around 200p at the moment. So when looking for cheap UK stocks to buy, should airline shares be high up on my list?The case for buying airline sharesIf I want to look at UK stocks that are cheap based on their past share price levels, some airlines do tick the box. IAG (mentioned above), had a share price double current levels as we came into 2020. Based on current levels, I could make a strong case that the shares should move higher.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…For example, in the March-December period of 2020, passenger kilometers flown were down 87% versus 2019. This was an average of the airlines within the IAG group. These include the likes of British Airways and Aer Lingus. Now I don’t think this will fully bounce back over this summer, or even by the end of the year. But I don’t see how it will fall further.The UK has a traffic light system on countries available to travel to, and in my opinion the green list will grow over the summer. This is because Europe is picking up the pace of vaccines being rolled out. Further afield, long-haul business travel could start to see an increase in demand later this year. If we see people continue to return to offices, the next step for corporates is to resume business travel.I think this makes IAG a cheap UK stock, to buy for the pick-up in momentum over the course of this year and beyond.Are all airlines cheap UK stocks?Of course, a cheap UK stock may be cheap for a reason, because no one wants to buy it! This could be the case with airline shares. There’s concern that continued high operating costs and the size of debt taken on will make it hard to generate profitability for 2021.For example, easyJet released its fiscal half-year results a few weeks ago. My colleague Royston Roche covered it in detail here. As he noted, easyJet shares fell after the results came out. I could say that a cheap UK stock got even cheaper. ut there were good reasons for the fall. The business had a cash burn rate of £38m a week in Q2, despite revenue falling by 90% year-on-year. This tells me that even without much flying, costs are still high.My concern across the industry is that even if we see flying miles increase, the amount of cash burnt so far this year (not to mention 2020) is huge. It’ll likely take years to adjust debt back to sustainable levels. If the Bank of England increases rates to counter inflation later this year, it could make it even more expensive to restructure this debt.Overall, it’s impossible to say all airlines are cheap UK stocks to buy now. I do think there’s value in individual companies. In this case, although I wouldn’t buy easyJet shares, I’d consider buying IAG. 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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 14 February 2001 | News 16 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement The Guardian reports that mental health charities Sane and Mind are burying their differences as they join in a campaign for a Mental Health Act. The charities have disagreed on how people with mental illnesses should be treated. Read Sane and Mind – a relationship on the mend by Anna Fazackerley and Simon Parker at SocietyGuardian. Mental health charities bury differences About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
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News September 6, 2018 – Updated on July 3, 2019 Spate of trials in Turkey on “terrorist propaganda” charges Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit April 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldCondemning abuses Council of EuropeImprisonedWomenInternetFreedom of expressionExiled mediaJudicial harassment April 2, 2021 Find out more News Credit: Artı TV News to go further Organisation Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law RSF_en RSF_EECA April 2, 2021 Find out more In a country where the authorities tolerate no deviation from the official line, the “terrorist propaganda” accusations are often very absurd. The trial of the three people who ran Hayatın Sesi TV, a left-wing channel that was summarily closed in October 2016, is a good example.The channel’s editor in chief, Gökhan Çetin, and its two owners, Mustafa Kara and İsmail Gökhan Bayram, are accused of “constant propaganda on behalf of three terrorist organizations” although the three organizations named in the indictment – the PKK, the small, radical Kurdish group TAK and Islamic State – have conflicting aims and ideologies.The terrorism law, a favourite tool of repressionTurkey’s terrorism law, the TMK, was adopted in April 1991, at a time of frequent armed clashes with the PKK and when Turkey was partly under a state of emergency. Article 7.2 of the law, establishing the crime of “terrorist propaganda,” has been a favourite tool of repression for all governments ever since, helping to restrict debate about the Kurdish issue. Despite some amendments, including the insertion of a reference to violence in 2013, “terrorist propaganda” has continued to be a catch-all charge that allows the politicized justice system to prosecute journalists for the opinions they express.After a let-up, the number of trials soared again when peace talks between the government and PKK ended in 2015 and criminalization of the Kurdish political class resumed. RSF’s Turkey representative, Önderoğlu, has himself been charged with “terrorist propaganda” along with 40 other people who took part in a campaign of solidarity with the newspaper Özgür Gündem.The already worrying state of Turkey’s media has become critical since an abortive coup in July 2016. Around 150 media outlets have been closed, mass trials are being held and the country now holds the world record for the number of professional journalists detained. Turkey is ranked 157th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. The end of the summer break in Turkey means the resumption of trials of journalists. More than 50 are being prosecuted for “terrorist propaganda,” a catch-all charge that the Turkish justice system has been using for more than 25 years to silence criticism and curb debate, especially about Turkey’s Kurdish minority.Use of this poorly-defined charge has grown again in recent years with President Erdoğan’s increasingly autocratic tendencies and ever-tougher line on the Kurdish issue. As of 1 July, a total of 57 journalists and media workers were charged with “propaganda for a terrorist organization” or with “publishing terrorist organization’s statements.”“Media freedom is part of the solution to the Kurdish issue” (2015)Read the reportThey include Sibel Hürtaş, the correspondent of the exile TV channel Artı TV, and Hayri Demir, a reporter for the pro-Kurdish news agency Mezopotamya, whose trial resumes today. The representative of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in Turkey will attend as an observer.Hürtaş and Demir are facing up to 18 years in prison on charges of “inciting hatred” and “propaganda” on behalf of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been locked in an armed conflict with the Turkish state for decades. The charges are based on their coverage of the Turkish military’s operations in northern Syria’s Afrin region and their social network posts on this subject. The prosecution is using extracts from Hürtaş’s interviews with politicians as part of its case against her.Criticizing Turkey’s intervention in Afrin Hürtaş and Demir, who are being tried along with ten other people, spent three days in police custody in January, shortly after Turkey’s intervention in Afrin began. The military operations triggered hundreds of arrest warrants against Internet users suspected of “terrorist propaganda.” Nurcan Baysal, a columnist with the T24 news website, spent two days in police custody because of tweets critical of the intervention.İshak Karakaş, the editor of the newspaper Halkın Nabzı and a columnist for the exile news website Artı Gerçek, was arrested in late January and was not released until the start of May, when his trial on a charge of “PKK propaganda” got under way. RSF attended the initial hearing, at which he pleaded innocent and insisted that he served the cause of peace.“The content that I shared online consisted of articles and comments that do not represent any political party and do not consist of terrorist propaganda,” Karakaş testified. His trial will resume on 18 September and he continues to face a possible prison sentence if found guilty.“The persecution of journalism is diverting the justice system from the legitimate task of combatting terrorism,” RSF Turkey representative Erol Önderoğlu said. “A complete overhaul of the terrorism law and a return to the rule of law would be of much greater help in combatting the real threats that Turkey faces. We call for the withdrawal of all charges against journalists and bloggers who are being prosecuted just for doing their job.”TV channel accused of defending both PKK and IS TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldCondemning abuses Council of EuropeImprisonedWomenInternetFreedom of expressionExiled mediaJudicial harassment Follow the news on Turkey Help by sharing this information Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor News
News Follow the news on Iran News IranMiddle East – North Africa March 18, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts June 9, 2021 Find out more Organisation Around 30 members and supporters of Reporters Without Borders and Iranian activists demonstrated outside the Iran Air office on the Champs Elysées in Paris this afternoon in protest against the arbitrary arrest and torture of journalists and netizens in Iran, some of whom have already died in detention and others are in danger of dying.Five of the demonstrators played the part of journalists who have been targeted. They were made up to look as though they had been beaten or tortured, with whip marks, bruises, split eyebrows, broken noses and so on. The demonstrators brandished placards saying “Iran: solitary confinement, torture, murders” and “Free journalists in Iran” and distributed flyers. Today is the ninth of anniversary of Iranian-Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi’s death in detention as a result of mistreatment by judicial officials in Tehran’s Evin prison. Deaths such as Kazemi’s go completely unpunished in the Islamic Republic. Reporters Without Borders calls for more vigilance as other journalists could die at the hands of its prison torturers.“We fear for the lives of several imprisoned journalists who are ill, whose physical and psychological health has been undermined, and who are being held in the same jail or in the same conditions as Kazemi when she received the blow that killed her,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We draw the international community’s particular attention to the cases of Narges Mohammadi, Mohammad Sadegh Kabodvand, Bahman Ahamadi Amoee, Arash Honarvar Shojai and Mohammad Solimaninya, and we call for the immediate and unconditional release of all those who have been arrested for reporting news and information, a legitimate activity, or for exercising their right to free expression.” RSF_en Kazemi’s death in detention still unpunishedThe degree of impunity enjoyed by Iranian government officials is exceptional. Zahra Kazemi, a 54-year-old photographer of Iranian origin who lived in Canada, was arrested during a visit to Iran on 23 June 2003, as she was photographing families of detainees waiting outside Evin prison. She was badly beaten during detention and died on 10 July 2003 from the injuries she had received. The authorities issued a report 10 days later that failed to specify the cause of death.Under duress, Kazemi’s mother, an Iranian resident, agreed to a hasty burial on 22 July 2003. Ever since then, Kazemi’s son, Stephan Hashemi, who lives in Canada, has been asking for the body to be exhumed and repatriated to Canada so that an independent autopsy can be carried out.The Kazemi family’s lawyers have repeatedly condemned all the judicial proceedings in Iran as a sham. Their requests for senior judicial officials to appear in court have never been satisfied, depriving them of key witnesses. In particular, Saeed Mortazavi, the prosecutor who ordered Kazemi’s arrest and was present when she was interrogated in Evin prison, has never been questioned in court. Protected by Iran’s two Predators of Freedom of Information, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, he enjoys complete impunity and continues to extend his influence under the theocratic regime.Reporters Without Borders supported the civil lawsuit that Hashemi brought against the Iranian government before the Quebec high court, claiming damages for his mother’s arrest, detention, torture and death. We urge Canada and the European Union to support this legal action, in order to end the impunity in this case. July 10, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Lives of several imprisoned journalists and netizens in danger Five detained journalists and netizens whose lives are in particular dangerFormer newspaper editor Mohammad Sadegh Kabodvand has been on hunger strike for more than 40 days in protest against the continuing inhumane refusal by the judicial authorities to allow him to visit his son, who is very ill and who is hospitalized in Tehran. The onetime editor of Payam-e Mardom-e Kurdestan(a newspaper closed by the authorities in 2004), Kabodvand has been held since July 2007 in Evin prison, where he is serving an 11-year sentence for creating a human rights organization in Iran’s Kurdish northwest. The prison authorities have also repeatedly refused his requests for medical parole for a heart ailment.Bahman Ahamadi Amoee, a journalist held in Evin prison since June 2009, was transferred to Rajaishahr prison in the northern city of Karaj on 12 June after participating in a ceremony by inmates in Section 350 in honour of Hoda Saber, a journalist who died on 12 June 2011 as a result of going on hunger strike. Rajaishahr is one of Iran’s worst prisons, one where many cases of torture, rape and murder have been reported. Amoee has been constantly harassed by the judicial authorities ever since his arrest. On his return from appearing before a Tehran revolutionary court on 25 June 2011, he was placed in isolation and denied visits. His family has not heard from him since then.Arash Honarvar Shojai, a 30-year-old theologian and blogger (http://honarvarnetessays.persianblog.ir), was arrested on 28 October 2010 in Tehran and was sentenced to four years in prison, a fine of 800,000 tomans (53 euros) and 50 lashes on a charge of keeping a blasphemous blog anonymously, a charge he denies. He has been on hunger strike since the start of July to protest against prison conditions. His family is very worried as he has had several nervous breakdowns and the prison authorities refuse to give him the medicine he needs. Reporters Without Borders learned on 30 June that Mohammad Solimaninya, the head of the social networking site u24, was arrested again after being was summoned to Evin prison. He was previously arrested on 10 January and was then released on bail of 40 million tomans (4,500 euros) on 22 May. His family has not heard of him since his second arrest and the authorities refuse to tell them where he is being held.A journalist and spokesperson for the Centre for Human Rights Defenders, Narges Mohammadi was arrested in the northern city of Zanjan on 21 April and was taken to Tehran’s Evin prison to begin serving a six-year jail sentence on charges of anti-government propaganda, collaborating with the centre and “meeting and conspiring against the Islamic Republic.”She was originally arrested at her home in June 2010 but had a nervous breakdown as a result of the pressure put on her during interrogation. After being granted a provisional release in July 2010, she was hospitalized with muscle paralysis. Although still seriously ill and despite having recurring heart problems, she was transferred on 16 May from Tehran back to the main prison in Zanjan, where the director, acting on the intelligence ministry’s orders, refused to let her be hospitalized. He eventually authorized her transfer to Vali Asar hospital in Zanjan, on 9 July. Narges Mohammadi, whose health is rapidely deteriorating, must not be sent back to jail. She has to be released as soon as possible. to go further After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa Tribute to other victims of the regimeFormer Iran-e-Farda editor Hoda Saber, a 52-year-old journalist who had been detained since August 2010, died of a heart attack on 12 June 2011. The next day, 64 political prisoners held in the same section of Evin prison as Saber, Section 350, issued a joint statement that was smuggled out of the prison. It said: “The prison authorities did not do what was necessary to transfer him to hospital in time, and he was mistreated by the staff of the Evin prison infirmary.” Ten days before Saber died, he had begun a hunger strike in protest against the tragic death of Haleh Sahabi, a fellow journalist and women’s rights activist. Sahabi died a few hours after being physically attacked on 1 June 2011, at the funeral of her father, Ezatollah Sahabi, a leading opposition politician who had died of natural causes two days before. Eye witnesses are convinced that her death was a direct result of this attack. As a result of pressure from security agents, she was hastily buried at night without the traditional rites that normally accompany a Muslim woman’s funeral.Alireza Eftekhari, a 29-year-old former journalist died on 15 June 2009 from a cerebral attack after being beaten. His family was not given his body until a month later and the exact circumstances of his death are still unknown. His name joins the long list of journalists who have been murdered in Iran. An investigation is needed to establish exactly how he came to die.Those responsible for the deaths of four journalists in 1998 – Majid Charif, Mohamad Mokhtari, Mohamad Jafar Pouyandeh and Pirouz Davani– must also be brought to account. At the same time, the authorities never explained how Ayfer Serçe, a Turkish woman journalist of Kurdish origin working for the Firat news agency, came to be killed by Iranian soldiers sometime between 20 and 23 July 2006 in Keleres, in Iran’s northwestern region of Azerbaijan. And finally, an investigation is needed into the young blogger Omidreza Mirsayafi’s death in detention in 2009.The Islamic Republic of Iran is the world’s second biggest prison for news providers, with a total of 33 journalists and 19 bloggers currently detained. News Help by sharing this information News February 25, 2021 Find out more
Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday A 3-D–printed logic gate with bistable elements linked together by springs to transmit signals. Credit: Dennis Kochmann/CaltechA team of researchers from Caltech and Harvard has designed and created mechanical chains made of soft matter that can transmit signals across long distances. Because they are flexible, the circuits could be used in machines such as soft robots or lightweight aircraft constructed from pliable, nonmetallic materials.Unlike hard materials, which transit signals readily, soft materials tend to absorb energy as it passes through them. An analogy is hitting a firm punching bag versus a soft one: with the firm bag, the energy of your punch moves through the bag and sends it swinging, but the soft bag deforms your fist like a lump of dough and therefore will swing less.To overcome that response, Caltech’s Dennis Kochmann, Chiara Daraio, and their colleagues created an unstable, “nonlinear” system. Their findings have appeared in three papers published over the past few months.“Engineers tend to shy away from instability. Instead, we take advantage of it,” says Kochmann, assistant professor of aerospace in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and one of the lead researchers on the project.Stable, or “linear,” systems are attractive to engineers because they are easy to model and predict. Take, for example, a spring: If you push on a spring, it will respond by pushing back with a force that is linearly proportional to how much force you apply. The response of a nonlinear system to that same push, by comparison, is not proportional, and can include sudden changes in the direction or amplitude of the responsive force.The nonlinear systems that Kochmann and his colleagues designed rely on bistable elements, or elements that can be stable in two distinct states. The bistable elements that the team developed consist of arches of an elastic material, each a few millimeters in size. The elements can be in either a convex or a concave position—and are stable in either configuration. However, if you push on the element in its convex position, it responds by pushing back against the direction of force until it snaps into a concave position, accompanied by a sudden release of energy in the opposite direction.“It’s an elastic response, and then a snap-through,” explains Daraio, professor of aeronautics and applied physics.Collaborating with Katia Bertoldi, Jennifer Lewis, and Jordan Raney of Harvard University, Kochmann, Daraio, and Caltech graduate student Neel Nadkarni designed chains of the bistable elements, connected to one another by springs. When one link “pops” from the concave to the convex state, its spring tugs at the link that is next downstream in the chain, popping it to a convex position as well. The signal travels unidirectionally down the chain. The energy released by the popping balances out any energy absorbed by the soft material, allowing the process to continue down the chain across long distances and at constant speed.A proof-of-concept version of the design constructed from 3-D printed elements is described in a paper published August 8, 2016 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This paper was the third in the series of publications outlining the new concept for transmitting signals. It outlined how the design can be used to build mechanical AND and OR logic gates such as those used in computer processors. Logic gates are the building blocks of circuits, allowing signals to be processed.“These systems could be used as actuators to control robotic limbs, while passively performing simple logic decisions,” Daraio says. Actuators use the transfer of energy to perform mechanical work, and in this case, the transfer of energy would occur via a mechanical rather than an electrical system.The first paper in the series was published in March in the journal Physical Review B, and it described Kochmann’s theoretical, mathematical framework for the system. The second paper was published in Physical Review Letters in June, and it describes Daraio’s first experimental model for the system.While springs can be employed between the bistable elements, the team also demonstrated in the Physical Review Letters paper how magnets could be used to connect the elements—potentially allowing the chain to be reset to its original position with a reversal of polarity.“Though there are many applications, the fundamental principles that we explore are most exciting to me,” Kochmann says. “These nonlinear systems show very similar behavior to materials at the atomic scale but these are difficult to access experimentally or computationally. Now we have built a simple macroscale analogue that mimics how they behave.”The PNAS paper is titled “Stable propogation of mechanical signals in soft media using stored elastic energy.” The authors are Nadkarni, Daraio, and Kochmann of Caltech and Jordan Raney, Jennifer Lewis, and Katia Bertoldi of Harvard University. 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Home / Daily Dose / Job Growth Surges in March; Unemployment Stays Put Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Payrolls continued to expand steadily in March, though a close look at the numbers suggests a slightly cooler picture than the headline statistics depict.The Department of Labor reported 192,000 new jobs in March, down slightly from February’s revised job growth of 197,000 (from 175,000 originally reported). January’s employment growth was also revised, receiving a bump up to 144,000 from 129,000 reported last month.Despite last month’s apparent strength, the overall unemployment rate stubbornly stayed at 6.7 percent, unchanged from February (which was a slight step up from January’s 6.6 percent).What’s more, the seasonally adjusted U-6 stat, which includes all unemployed people as well as everyone “marginally attached” to the labor force and those employed part-time for economic reasons, notched up slightly to 12.7 percent from 12.6 percent previously.Perhaps more encouragingly, the number of long-term unemployed (people jobless for 27 weeks or longer) inched down slightly to 3.7 million—though, at 35.8 percent, the share of long-term unemployed remained high.Among other major indicators, news was mixed: The average workweek increased slightly to 34.5 hours, offsetting a net decline over the prior months and giving weight to arguments that recent declines were a temporary effect of the weather. In an interview before the government’s numbers were released, Moody’s Analytics director Ryan Sweet said the spring thaw should help boost hours.“We should get a bounce-back in March and also possibly into April,” Sweet said, adding: “A longer workweek bodes well for future hiring.”Meanwhile, average hourly earnings—another stat Sweet said he’s keeping an eye on—edged down a cent to $24.30.“During this recovery, the relationship between wage growth and consumer spending has been very, very tight,” he said. “In other words, consumers are spending only what they have in their pockets.”With income still struggling compared to other economic figures, Sweet says consumers have been reluctant to lean on credit for purchases, hampering spending. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Job Growth Surges in March; Unemployment Stays Put Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago April 4, 2014 706 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Bureau of Labor Statistics Jobs Moody’s Ratings Unemployment 2014-04-04 Tory Barringer Tagged with: Bureau of Labor Statistics Jobs Moody’s Ratings Unemployment Previous: DS News Webcast: Friday 4/4/2014 Next: North Carolina’s Economy Back on the Move as Unemployment Falls The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe
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