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Sharpe flags wharf west of Bay bridge

A Eurobodalla Shire Council director has flagged a new wharf west of the troubled Batemans Bay bridge on the Clyde River by the end of next year.
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The council’s director of infrastructure services, Warren Sharpe, referred to the plansduring the Eurobodalla council meeting on yesterday.

“There is the potential to build a wharfing structure on the western side of the bridge to service tourism operators,” Mr Sharpe said.

“We would have to go through a process of design and approvals (but we) should be able to get something constructed by Christmas 2017.”

The bridge failed on Saturday, October 8, delaying holiday traffic for three hours. Mr Sharpe acknowledged the ongoing issues the opening of the existing bridge to accommodate marine traffic caused.

The current wharf, located on the eastern side of the bridge, services vessels including the Merinda ferry. The bridge is opened twice daily to allow passage of that vessel upriver.Yachts and catamarans also require the bridge to be lifted.

Mr Sharpe hoped Bega MP and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance would negotiate with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).

Councillor Phil Constable raised the issue at yesterday’s meeting and said negotiations with the RMS were a matter of urgency.

“When a failure in the bridge’s operating system occurs, the disruption is more than significant,” Cr Constable said.

The announcement comes more than one week after Mr Constance and Roads Minister Duncan Gay inspected the bridge on October 31.

Mr Gay said funds for the construction of a new Batemans Bay bridge were “locked in” as a result of the sale of the state’s electricity assets, but could not confirm exact figures.

Mr Constance announced a four-lane bridge would be in place within three to five years, with community consultation commencing towards the end of 2017.

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A taste of elite sport

LATROBE Valley residents will beat witness to one of the best female basketball leagues in the world this weekend when the Women’s National Basketball League comes to town.
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The Dandenong Rangers will play host to the Canberra Capitals on Saturday night in Traralgon, allowing the community to see some of Australia’s best basketballers in action.

Rangers’ local girl Rachel Antoniadou said she was excited to combine her home with her elite basketball.

“I think it will be pretty exciting, especially because I’ve always had my Dandenong (basketball) separate from country basketball,” Antoniadou said.

“It’s kind of cool to bring both of them together.”

Originally from Warragul, Antoniadou said it was great for the area to have elite sport visit the community.

“I think it’s a great way for us to maybe have the community more involved in women’s sport,” Antoniadou said.

“It’s a great chance for the family to get down with the kids and see how good we can be and how hard we work and train.”

The Rangers and Capitals have played twice this season, with Dandenong narrowly winning the opening round clash by two-points, but Canberra claimed bragging rights during last weekend’s rematch, 83-70.

Antoniadou said the team had learnt a lot since the last game, and would bounce back after the loss.

“It’s definitely going to be a good match-up. We’ve had some things to work on this week at training and will come out with a different mindset and grind,” she said.

While visiting Traralgon the team will also be holding school clinics, visiting Stockdale Road, South Street Moe and Churchill North primary schools.

“The girls are pretty excited. We are going to treat it like it’s our home court,” Antoniadou said.

“We want people to come and have a good time and enjoy the game.”

The game starts at 7pm on Saturday at the Latrobe Leisure Traralgon Sports Stadium.

Tickets are $5 for concession and children under 16, $10 for adults or $25 for family entry (two adults and two children).

For more information phone the box office on 5176 3333 or visit梧桐夜网latrobe.vic.gov419论坛/lpawhatson

*Aimee Dawson is a journalism student from La Trobe University.

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Fantastic five for TDCA

Alistair Jenkins and Glengarry managed a meagre total but will be out to defend it against Rovers this weekend. photograph hayley millsALL five matches could go either way in a compelling weekend of Traralgon and District Cricket Association action.
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Toongabbie posted 202 at home to set up the first real test for Ex Students’ batsmen this season.

The Rams bowlers are dangerous on home soil and always make batsman play on a deck that traditionally has some life in it early.

If the Sharks are to win its opening bats need to get through the first 20 overs so the likes of Victoria Country triallists Lee Stockdale and Jordan Gilmour can make good use of the pitch when it flattens out.

The Sharks remain favourites to win but if the ball starts to wobble the likes of Aaron Lynch and Tom Shippen will give the Rams a good shot.

Glengarry v RoversGlengarry will be disappointed after posting 139 against Rovers in a game delayed due to wet weather.

With 80 overs left to play this week Glengarry’s bowlers will still be confident they can knock Rovers over, given batting hasn’t been the latter’s strength so far this year.

New Rovers skipper Kev Stoddart will be keen to guide his team to a win and if Simon Duff and the Williams brothers – Ewan and Dougal – are on song Rovers are a chance to cause the upset.

This game is still in the balance and is sure to provide a thrilling finish.

Imperials v CATSImperials have the task of batting on a good Catterick Reserve wicket to chase down CATS’ total of 148.

It’s a tricky target and Imperials must adopt a positive mindset otherwise the experienced and in-form CATS bowling attack will take full advantage.

Imperials batsmen Joshua Rurawhe and Daniel Hamilton need to activate their seasons here and post the big scores they are capable of or the home side might fall just short.

MTY Raiders v CentralsRaiders at home to Centrals is now a one day match due to rain last week.

The host hasn’t played any cricket for three weeks due to the bye and weather and may be a little underdone as a result.

Centrals marquee player Mark Rawson will be confident after a five wicket haul in GCL and will need to be at his best for his Lions to take the win.

Centrals can win in an upset but only if young quick Corey Petersen can ruffle a few feathers among Raiders’ top order and push them onto the back foot.

Gormandale v Traralgon WestBoth clubs should be confident of notching up their first victory when Gormandale and Traralgon West collide.

The teams are pretty even on paper with only Gormandale’s experience the difference.

This is the game for the big South African flyer Matthew Kirkham to make an impact.

He burst onto the scene in round one but has been quiet since and the West needs its only representative cricketer to dominate this game with both bat and ball.

If Kirkham can be aggressive in both facets of the game his team has a chance.

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Safety first at community club

The Boolarra Football Netball Club was awarded for improving safety at its club. Pictured are club secretary John Cargill, committee member Jackie McGlade and treasurer Paul Dodds. photograph hayley millsThe Boolarra Football Netball Club has been recognised for improving the safety of its netball courts.
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The club was honoured with the WorkSafe Safety Initiative Award last weekend at the Netball Victoria Community Awards.

Boolarra was the joint winner with the Mallee Eagles Football Netball Club.

Boolarra FNC treasurer Paul Dodds said the club had identified safety safety concerns with the court layout.

“The netball courts were extended about three or four years ago for the run-off for the players,” Dodds said.

“There was a strip of the court that wasn’t covered so we put in a grant application to WorkSafe to get some money for that.

“The strip was about a metre long and the council didn’t seal it, so it had large stones and things that were coming onto the court.”

The club was successful in its WorkSafe application, securing $1500 to seal the patch of court.

It was then encouraged to apply for the award, which it won, resulting in another $2000 for the club.

Dodds said the club already had an idea of what it would like to spend the prize money on.

“We had a committee meeting last night and were talking about a new chip fryer for the canteen,” he said.

“That’s probably worth around $6000 but that hasn’t been finalised yet.” Dodds said it was important the club facilities were maintained for the community.

“We’re the hub of the town, many other groups other than the football club and the netball club use this, the cricket club uses it, the walkers use it,” Dodds said. “We try to maintain it not just for us, but for the whole community.”

Boolarra FNC secretary John Cargill said the club played an important part in the community relationship.

“We always try to emphasise the community nature of the club and its place in the community,” Cargill said.

*Aimee Dawson is a journalism student from La Trobe University.

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Sharks prepare for wounded Tigers

Anthony Bloomfield and his Latrobe teammates face Morwell this week in a game likely to test both teams’ batsmen. photograph hayley millsTHE teams of Central Gippsland Cricket Association’s first grade competition have one last one-dayer to shore up their ladder positions before the competition makes the switch to two-day matches.
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Mirboo North is more than 16 points clear at the top of the table, but with 10 points separating second-placed Latrobe from sixth-placed Jeeralang Boolarra, this week’s round presents an opportunity to improve or solidify ladder position ahead of the format change.

CGCA first grade teams receive six points for a one day win and three points for a draw, with bonus points awarded for every run scored and wicket taken.

Latrobe returns to action this week after last round’s bye and will take on cross-town rival Morwell, who will be looking to bounce back after upset losses to Trafalgar and Moe.

Tigers captain Rory Hare’s attempt to force a result in Saturday’s game against the Lions by declaring during a rain delay at 4/114 in the 23rd over backfired when Moe was able to chase down the score.

But on Saturday Morwell batsman Brendan Brincat (43 not out) and Mark Cukier (30 not out) demonstrated the firepower at Hare’s disposal.

With a top order that includes Robert Webber and import Jordan Campbell, Morwell will look to use the game to secure its spot in the four before taking on Mirboo North in the first two-day match.

They will find stiff opposition in the Sharks’ bowlers who blew Jeeralang Boolarra off the park in their last clash, dismissing the Panthers for 75.

Tyron Gamage was the star in that game, returning figures of 4/15 off 8.5 overs to place himself second on the league leading wicket takers list with eight at the spectacular average of 6.38.

Both teams boast plenty of bowling talent to call on and this game is likely to be won by the team which puts in the most disciplined display with the bat.

A win for Latrobe would cement its grip on second place while victory for the Tigers would allow it to put the shocks of the previous two weeks behind them most likely lift the club from fourth spot.

Yallourn North v MoeMOE will hope to capitalise on the momentum generated from its first win of the season when it takes on Yallourn North on Saturday.

The Lions upset Morwell on Saturday when they were able to chase down the Tigers’ 4/114 following a rain-induced declaration.

Moe’s victory was set up by openers Kane O’Connell (54) and Lucas Fry (32).

The Lions will be buoyed by additional batting firepower offered by the return of skipper Andrew Philip, who was unavailable last round.

Although primarily a batsman, Philip has become a key figure in the team’s bowling attack following the retirement of top players from the Lion’s all-conquering teams of the previous decade.

The Bombers on the other hand suffered a heavy defeat against league powerhouse Mirboo North.

The Tigers bowled Yallourn North out for 73, with Daniel Martini (18) the only batsman to get a start.

But the Bombers will welcome the chance to go up against less-fancied opposition.

Yallourn North is yet to win a game this season after losing the core of its first grade team in the off-season, but has shown fight in previous games.

The Bombers demonstrated their ability to restrict opposition batsmen in round one when they kept Jeeralang Boolarra to 129, while the batsmen stood up in round two when they posted 153 against Morwell.

Moe sits outside the five by less than a point and a win at Yallourn North Recreation Reserve on Saturday would all but guarantee a spot in the four before it takes on the Panthers in the first two-day match.

A victory by Yallourn North could lift it from the bottom of the table and would prove it is capable of winning, despite being in a serious rebuilding phase.

Trafalgar v Mirboo NorthCGCA surprise package Trafalgar faces its sternest test this week when it hosts the unbeaten Mirboo North.

Like Yallourn North, the Ships are rebuilding after an exodus of players in the off-season but have got their season off to a solid start with victories against Moe and Morwell.

Trafalgar missed out on playing last week when its game against Jeeralang Boolarra was rained off.

On Saturday it will face a team which has four of the league’s top 10 run scorers for the season in Rob Phoenix (245 runs at an average of 122.5), Jesse Giardina (140 runs at 35), captain Shane Peters (130 runs at 65) and Brett Pedlow (92 runs at 30.67).

Peters can also call on the talents of four of the association’s top 10 wicket takers in Dale Banks (11 wickets at an average of 6.91), Jarrod Speed (seven at 10.29), William Cheatley (six at 9.83) and Phoenix (five at 5.4).

Mirboo North’s stranglehold on the top spot is strong enough a loss would not be enough to dislodge it.

The Ships are in third spot after last round’s wash out and could finish anywhere between second and fifth depending on what happens this week.

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Faltum climbing the ranks

Nicole Faltum, pictured in 2014 representing Sale-Maffra Central in the Girls Cricket Carnival, has made an impact in the cricketing world. file photoNICOLE Faltum is not your average 16 year-old – she’s an elite athlete in the making.
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The Moe resident has been making a name for herself in the cricket scene, having shown promise from a young age.

Last weekend Faltum was called up for her debut Central Gippsland Cricket Association A grade match for Trafalgar men’s team against Jeeralang-Boolarra, which was washed out.

“Even though we didn’t get to play it was still a great opportunity that I was given,” Faltum said.

Playing for the Dandenong women’s firsts team in the Victorian Premier League, Faltum sits sixth in the team for batting, making 26 runs from four games.

Dandenong played on Sunday, which meant she was available for selection with Trafalgar on the Saturday.

“I was playing women’s cricket on the Sunday and I still train with Traf so I told them I was available for Saturday if I was given the opportunity to play,” Faltum said.

Most people would love to excel at just one sport. Faltum has excelled at three.

She has represented Victoria in cricket, captained the state under 13s soccer team and was also a former national champion in taekwondo.

Faltum now focuses on cricket as her sport of choice, but plays soccer and netball in the winter.

“I sort of had to choose (between soccer and cricket) now it’s getting quite serious, so I chose cricket,” she said.

For inspiration Faltum looks to fellow Gippsland cricketer from Bairnsdale, Sophie Molineux, who plays in the Women’s Big Bash League with the Melbourne Renegades.

“She’s a little bit older than I am, but I played with her last year and she plays in the women’s big bash league,” Faltum said.

“She is someone I really look up to.”

Faltum acknowledged the mental and physical challenge of competing at the elite level.

Her only setback so far has been a torn meniscus in her knee, but she simply labelled that as “just a little hiccup”.

“But I think that (the injury) just drove me to get over that and just keep going,” Faltum said.

To pursue a sport at the state level requires a lot of travel, with Faltum training at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

“It’s pretty full on. I travel to Melbourne probably three times a week,” she said.

“My parents are amazing with the commitment they make just to take me to training and things like that.”

As well as these sporting commitments Faltum balances casual work with her year 10 studies at Trafalgar High School.

“(After school) I’ll hopefully go into the sporting field of some sort, like a sport psychologist or nutritionist or something like that, but I’m not so sure just yet.”

All the hard work, dedication and travel has paid off for Faltum, who has represented the state on multiple occasions.

She travelled to Sydney last year with the Victorian under 15s team and played with the national championship-winning Victorian under 18s earlier this year.

Later this month she is venturing south to Hobart to play more cricket for Victoria.

“I love the game, I love the competition, I just really enjoy it,” she said.

*Aimee Dawson is a journalism student from La Trobe University.

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OPINION: Hazelwood closure ripples across Victoria

Hazelwood Power Station. Picture: EDDIE JIMOPINION
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FRENCH company Engie’s decision to close Hazelwood Power Station will have consequences far wider than the hundreds who will be out of a job in March.

Power customers in the Wimmera, like those across Victoria, will face power price increases of between four and eight per cent.

The brown coalstation was one of Australia’s dirtiest but it did supply 25 per cent of Victoria’s base load power.

This will beyet another spike in the cost of living that will, for many people, be unavoidable.

A pensioner who saved up to buy an air-conditioner would not be as well placed as othersto invest in a rooftop solar system.

Energyusage by older people falls inthe peak times for charges.

Energy-intensive businesses also have few choices over when to use power and have to compete while protecting their margins.

Businesses that run into the red are more likely to let employees go.

Member for Lowan Emma Kealy has said the power price rises will have an enormous impact.

“It’s going to have an impact on local manufacturing and businesses that are already struggling after years of drought,” she said.

There are, of course, people who have said they are happy to pay extra for electricity if it’s not made from burning brown coal.

It’s a free market and people should be able to chose to pay more for cleaner power, but choice is not what is being offered.

As policies stand, it’s going to be much the same increase for everybody:rich or poor, highly profitable businessor struggling business, employed or unemployed.

Power prices have already soared over the past 10 years, and partof the increase has been fromrenewable energy, but the biggest share by far has been from power companies requesting customers pay for infrastructure.

Power prices keep climbing asboth Labor and Coalition governments approve proposals to charge customers more to fund re-investments in a for-profit enterprise.

Renewable energy has become a political battleground for all sides with bickering taking priority over policy.

But all this doesn’t matter when residents and businesses alike will likely be staring atbills that some will not be able to pay.

Forgettingabout the little guy mightbe the biggest failure of our political system.

Rex Martinich is senior journalist at the Mail-Times.

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Rain to tighten fine supplies

This year’s high rainfall totals make an increase in the average eastern Australian average Merino fibre diameter more likely.
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This is according to Ag Concepts Advisory’s managing director Robert Herrmann.

Mr Herrmann explained to woolgrowers at The Mountain Dam Merino stud’s ram sale last Friday at Telangatuk East, that past correlation between a change in rainfall and a similar change in the fibre diameter pointed to the average micron starting to increase from early 2017.

“This increase in micron along with an assumed increase in volume of five per cent, projects significant falls in fine wool and rises in broad Merino wool volumes, in time for the new season of 2017-18,” hesaid.

Ag Concepts Advisory’s managing director Robert Herrmann.

Ag Concepts team found – using data from Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX), the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) and Independent Commodity Services (ICS) – that in the past decade, the year-on-year change in the average fibre diameter of the east coast Merino clip had a strong positive correlation with the rolling 12-month rainfall rank for the region (lagged by six months).

“The rainfall series is not perfect in describing the change in fibre diameter, but it is dominant, explaining some 60pc of the year-on-year change,” he said.

He said using 2010-2011 as a guide, we could expect the average Merino fibre diameter to start increasing by January, and to increase by about 0.4 micron by mid-2017. Mr Herrmann said given an expected increase in volumes as well, by June 2017 compared to June 2016, there aresignificant reductions in 17-micron and finer wool expected.

He predicted a significant increase in 21-micron and broader wool, with little increase in 19-micron volume.

More specifically, 17-micron wool is predicted to decrease by 22 per cent in June 2017 compared to June 2016.

He said as this process played out during the second half of the season, the micron premiums for finer wool are expected to increase.

Rainfall and eastern Australia’s Merino clip’s average micron, using data from AWEX, BoM and ICS.

Wool receivals constricted last month. TheAustralian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA) reportedthe number of bales tested during the month compared to October 2015 was down by 13 per cent.The fall was most pronounced in south-eastern Australian states. According to Mecardo, 17-18 micron volumes were well down, broad Merino volumes stable to higher, and crossbred volumes were well down.

But AWTA’ssampling operations managereastern Australia Tim Steere saidSeptember and October’s wet weather prohibited delivery of bales.

“We have been extremely busy for the past couple of weeks and will most likely regain the difference in November, unless we have more rain,” Mr Steere said.

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Police allegedly assaulted during drink driving blitz

Hunter highway patrol cluster supervisor Senior Sergeant Tony Grace.Three police officers were allegedly assaulted with a concrete roof tilewhile trying to conduct a random breath test at Buchanan.
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The officers, who were connected to Hunter Highway Patrol and taking part in a drink driving blitz, were given first aid at the scene after the attack but required no further treatment.

A 46-year-old man was charged over the incident.

Police will allege the man was signalled to pull over for the breath test on Buchanan Road at about 4.40pm on Thursday, November 3 but failed to stop.

The driverpulled over further down the road wherepolice questioned the man.

Hunter highway patrol cluster supervisorSenior Sergeant Tony Grace said the man allegedly became aggravated.

The man was arrested and charged with assault and intimidate police and was taken to Maitland Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing. He was released on bail and is due to appear in Maitland Local Court on November 28.

Later that same evening, the man was apprehended for allegedly kicking a glass door at Muswellbrook Police Station.

He was arrested and charged with malicious damage.

The man was refused bail and was scheduled to appear in Tamworth Local Court on Tuesdaybut the matter was adjourned until Wednesday.

The incident occurred during a three-day road blitz that targeted drink driving across NSW.Policearound the state coordinated the operation from Thursday to Sunday.

In the Central Hunter local area command, which covers Maitland, Kurri Kurri and Cessnock, police conducted more than 2000 breath tests across the three days.

Eight people were arrested for drink driving during the operation, a ratio of one in 250.Senior Sergeant Grace said thiswas quite an “average” result.

“We’d obviously prefer that no one drank and drove, but it’s quite an average response,” he said.

With the Bitter and Twisted festival on at Maitland Gaol on Saturday, Senior Sergeant Grace said police were present in the East Maitland area.

He said they also targetedpopulated areas in Cessnock and Kurri Kurri.

As well as the drink driving incidents, police also picked up motorists for several other offences.

Thirteen traffic and criminal charges were laid, 25 speeding infringements were issued and 72 infringement notices were presented.

All up though, Senior Sergeant Grace said it was a successful operation as no fatal or severe collisions had occurred.

That trend was extended across the state, with no lives lost on NSW roads across the three days.

Senior sergeant Grace said with the Christmas period approachingpeople shouldexpect an increased police presence on the roads.

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Journeyman joins Wanderers

Former Mount Druitt Town Ranger Abraham Majok has signed for the Western Sydney Wanderers. Picture: Geoff JonesAbraham Majok represents the changing face of Australia.
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Born in a refugee camp in Kenya to South Sudanese parents, Majokhassigned for the Western Sydney Wanderers’ National Youth League sideafter a break-out2016.

The 18-year-old, who came to the country as a refugee in 2005 along with his mother, grandmother and nine siblings, said his new homeland had given him opportunities he could only dream of as a child.

“Here in Australia we are given so many opportunities, but it’s up to you to make the most of them,” he told the Star. “It depends on what you do at a personal level.”

Having been asked to train with the teammid-way through the year, his place on the roster was confirmed by the Wanderers last week.

Now settled in Blacktown, Majok said heconsideredwestern Sydney to be his home.

“I do follow the Wanderers, they are my hometown club,” he said.

“That’s the best part about it. It’s something I’ve dreamed of and I can’t believe that it’s happening.”

The striker said the chance to play for his boyhood club is a dream come true. Picture: Geoff Jones

Theskillful striker was a standout in a Mount Druitt Town Rangers side which enjoyed an unprecedented run to the finals in the second tier of theNSW National Premier Leagues this year.

His eight goals, including a bracein a famous 4-3 win over his new teammates at Blacktown Football Park in June, were instrumental asthe Town Rangers came within one game of the grand final.

The former Hills Sports High studentcredited his old coach Aiden Desmond for helping him to develop his football over the last year.

“[Mount Druitt] gave me the opportunity to get game time. The coach believed in me and let me go to train with the Wanderers.

“I’ve still got a lot to learn and I will work my butt off to make the most of this chance at the Wanderers. We have a young, competitive squad, and I think we will do well.”

Majok said his love for the game blossomed once he came to Australia, and he wants to one day pull on a Socceroos jersey.

“My dad was a coach but he never let me play. When I got here my mother started pushing me towards football. It became my passion.

“It would be a dream for me to play for the green and gold. It’s still a dream, but it’s good to dream.”

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