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Taggart, Belasco draw fines for scuffle

first_imgRain or Shine import Shawn Taggart and Phoenix Petroleum assistant coach Nic Belasco have been fined by the Office of the PBA Commissioner for the scuffle they were involved in before the Holy Week break in a game won in come-from-behind style by the Elasto Painters.The exact amount of fines will be revealed on Tuesday morning, when the Commissioner’s Office makes its decision public, though, according to a source, it would not be that staggering.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jeff Chan was the hero of that game, where the Painters clawed back from deficits of as large as 17 points to snap a two-game losing streak. The southpaw gunner was named as the Player of the Week by the Press Corps.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manio rules Diesel race; Ararao tops Quick 8 Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoscenter_img Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Both personalities will also escape suspensions, even if Taggart swung at Belasco and tagged the Phoenix deputy coach in the head after their game last Wednesday.Rain or Shine pounded out a 96-94 decision of the Fuel Masters in an ending so tense that Belasco and Taggart got into a trash-talking match and later on decided to settle the issue right at midcourt after the final buzzer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnCommissioner Chito Narvasa did not divulge the amount of the fines with the source saying that: “There will definitely be no suspensions.”Belasco, a former hard-nosed defender with several teams, had apologized to Narvasa immediately after the game after the commissioner had called him for a meeting at the league’s Smart Araneta Coliseum office. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Laurie Foster | Carter, Bolt and Tokyo Olympics

first_img Having said all that, Foster’s Fairplay is brave enough to undertake the impossible. This is to offer a prediction as to what the big man is expected to do. The view here is that he will prolong this football escapade and having come to a conclusion that it is too much for him to handle, will revert to that which he knows best. He has to decide some time in 2019 as he will need to refocus to take on the Tokyo Olympics which is in the following year. All this might seem like wishful thinking, but it would have needed a brave individual to predict the stellar performances that came after 2002 when he first tickled the world with his class. What must be realised in all this is that Usain Bolt is a special athlete, the likes of whom the world might never see again. This has to be respected as his future in the sport he has supposedly exited is contemplated. The loss of a single gold medal is not going to change this as he is a true legend, and that, too, will not change. – For feedback: email – laurieFoster2012@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/lauriefoster Bolt’s Requirements All this is coming two months after the club’s boss, Peter Stoger, after seeing Bolt in training, outlined what he needed to do to earn a professional deal. He commented to the Sunday Express, “I think he is talented but when he wants to play at a higher level, he clearly has a lot of work to do.” He ended by saying, “The physique he needs for his other sport is clearly different from what he needs for football but it was really fun for us.” For this columnist, this suggests that there is little hope for Bolt in his new role. Knowing Bolt from his antics over time, however, it is not surprising that he would wish to continue to pursue his football dream. He has often shown a liking for Manchester United but if that, too, seems elusive, one cannot see him walking away from the glare of cameras only because the words from Dortmund are not encouraging. However, Foster’s Fairplay believes that he will weigh his options, and this is not to be taken to rule out a return to sprinting. This is what legends do, and the access to a world where he has been crowned on so many occasions might just be too tempting. At 32 years old and a possible three years in his favour, a lot depends on how he is received if and when he enters competitive football. That will be a lot more than just a training session, and the demands could prove more onerous than even he anticipated. Prediction The final chord in the Nesta Carter retroactive drug test saga was struck last week. It all started when it was decided that substances which were undetectable under a former testing regime could be up for analysis up to 10 years after, as a result of the introduction of updated technology. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that there could be no return of the male sprint relay gold medal won by Jamaica when the team was disqualified several years after the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The entire team, including a reserve, Dwight Thomas, who ran in the preliminaries, was sanctioned. They were Michael Frater, Asafa Powell, Carter and the legend himself, Usain Bolt. Carter, who led off in the final, has expressed his disappointment with the outcome and Bolt has preferred to continue to savour the actual win experience. Meanwhile, news out of the Borussia Dortmund football camp is that the triple treble minus one legend has impressed in a workout encounter, scoring a header as well as a penalty kick in a shoot-out. The report ended with,” Now it remains to be seen how his football career progresses.”last_img read more

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Kanio Helps Storm Affected Schools

first_imgThe project director of TrustAfrica-Liberia, a pan African foundation with headquarters in Dakar, Senegal, has extended assistance to the Revival Temple Assembly of God Mission High School in Wood Camp and the Royal Christian Foundation Institute (RCFI) in the 72nd Neezoe community.Attorney-at-Law Kanio Bai Gbala presented five bundles of zinc to both schools that were recently affected by torrential rains and heavy windstorms which damaged three schools in Electoral District#3 in Montserrado County.The donation was in response to an appeal for help from the principal of RCFI, Siaka Wilson, after a storm had damaged the right wing of the school near his office. Wilson said an earlier appeal to some of the stakeholders and other prominent residents did not materialize. He further explained how the damaged section had delayed their instructional period by two weeks, but expressed gratitude to Atty. Gbala for his timely intervention, through which the damaged portion of the school has been repaired. “The project director for TrustAfrica-Liberia, one Kanio Gbala, came to our rescue. He gave us two bundles of zinc. The national principals association came with some funding,” Wilson told reporters over the weekend. He called on other well-meaning Liberians to emulate the good example of Atty. Gbala by at least visiting the campus to identify with the administration of the school during its predicament. While RCFI has repaired the damage and strengthened the roof against a recurrence, Revival Temple AGM is appealing for more assistance to complete the renovation works. Six classrooms were affected. Vice president for instruction Edwin Kalama said the incident has led to the merger of two classes in one room.Kalama said the situation is hampering the delivery of sound academic instruction to the students and noted the contribution of Kanio.“We have been communicating with other philanthropic institutions. We wrote them for assistance, but only Atty. Kanio Gbala came to our rescue. We were really surprised by his donation on the morning of the incident because we didn’t write or call him,” Kalama told reporters recently.For Atty. Gbala, the gesture is his “little way” of contributing to the country’s education sector. He then urged the authorities of the Ministry of Education to raise some support for schools that are still struggling in the aftermath of the storm in District #3. Atty. Gbala, a resident of District #3 is the founder and chief executive officer of the Friends of District #3, a philanthropic, educational and developmental group working to build unity in the district.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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EnCana donates towards new indoor playground in Dawson Creek

first_imgThe company’s $5,000 donation will be used to purchase benches for parents, shelving units for boots and coats, baby change tables for the bathrooms and infant/toddler slides and toys, said Heidy Kux-Kardos, coordinator for Success By 6 and Children First in the South Peace. She added they will also hire a local artist to paint a mural with an outdoors theme on the walls surrounding the playground.The Kiwanis Early Learning Hub officially opened last Thursday, and is a centre for programs and services for preschool children and their families. With the addition of the new playground inside, Dawson Creek now has two public, indoor playgrounds for 0-6 year olds to burn off energy during the long winter months, with the other constructed in the lobby of the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre earlier this year. Both of those playgrounds were funded through the efforts of the South Peace Success By 6 and Children First Table, which is funded through the Ministry of Children and Family Development, in partnership with the United Way and the Credit Unions of BC.”A year ago we didn’t have one indoor playground, and now we have two!” said Kux-Kardos, adding that it took four years to fundraise the nearly $60,000 needed for the two playgrounds and to find appropriate venues for both.- Advertisement -She added her organization will be looking to add more elements to the playground inside the aquatic centre in the next few months.last_img read more

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Ouch! Brazil star Neymar receives stamp from Gary Medel!

first_imgBrazil and Barcelona star Neymar was left in agony after receiving a stamp from Gary Medel during a friendly match against Chile at the Emirates on Sunday.The former Cardiff midfielder trod on the 23-year-old’s leg as the pair tussled for possession, with Neymar requiring treatment as he lay stricken on the Arsenal turf.However, as the incident was not seen by referee Martin Atkinson, Medel avoided punishment.Brazil named a star-studded line-up with a host of Premier League regulars in their ranks, including Gunners favourite Alexis Sanchez, Manchester City’s Fernandinho, Liverpool playmaker Coutinho and Diego Costa of Chelsea.last_img read more

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What the Man United and Chelsea XIs could look like in their opening match

first_img New job Buildlineup The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Reece James enjoyed a hugely successful loan spell at Wigan last season Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:37Loaded: 10.18%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:37 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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JIBE Jesse Lingard, who is reportedly set to be offered a new contract by Solskjaer, could operate on the right with new signing Daniel James on the opposite wing and Marcus Rashford through the middle.With Romelu Lukaku heavily linked with a move to Inter Milan, if he departs, it will be a big season for Rashford. Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions 7 Glen Johnson gives his review on the new Premier League fixturesManchester UnitedDavid De Gea’s future remains up in the air, but reports claim United chiefs are set to make a last-ditch contract offer to him.The Spaniard, whose deal runs out next summer, is believed to want the same £500,000-a-week wages as Alexis Sanchez.United appear desperate to keep their No.1 and could give in to his demands to ensure he commits his long-term future to the club.De Gea could have two new defenders in front of him. Crystal Palace starlet Aaron Wan-Bissaka has completed a big-money move to United. 7 boost N’Golo Kante could return to his previous role for Chelsa LATEST ChelseaWith Chelsea’s transfer ban, their defence could look very similar to last season. Kepa is certain to keep his place in goal after an encouraging debut season in England.Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Marcos Alonso could make up the back four. Right-back Reece James, who is set to get a run in the first-team next season, is sidelined with ligament damage in his ankle. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:15Loaded: 13.23%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:15 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa TROPHY center_img Further reports have claimed United will have to break their transfer record to land England star Harry Maguire.The Leicester centre-back was close to moving to Old Trafford last summer, and he is back on the club’s radar.A defensive partnership with Victor Lindelof would significantly strengthen United’s backline, which would have Luke Shaw at left-back.Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay could be the workhorses in midfield to give Bruno Fernandes, Sporting Lisbon’s attacking midfielder, who could replace Real Madrid target Paul Pogba, a free role. punished Getty targets Fikayo Tomori, who played almost every minute of Derby’s Championship campaign last term, could rival Luiz and Rudiger for a regular starting spot.Rudiger missed the last month of the 2018/19 season with a knee injury, but is expected to be fit for the United clash.With Mateo Kovacic’s loan deal from Real Madrid becoming permanent, it’s likely they will line-up with a similar midfield, with N’Golo Kante and the Croatian flanking Jorginho. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update It is Solskjaer’s first full season as United manager, while Lampard has replaced Maurizio Sarri, who joined Juventus this summer.The two both have differing transfer market circumstances too with the Norwegian able to splash the cash at Old Trafford, while at Stamford Bridge their legendary midfield must rely on youth as the club’s two-window transfer ban is currently ongoing.Here, talkSPORT.com look at how both clubs could line up at Old Trafford on August 11 as they begin their campaigns. 7 Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Darren Gough discusses if it matters in what order you play your fixtures LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 7 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:03Loaded: 0.00%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:03 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen We could, though, potenitally see Blues academy graduate Mason Mount and Ross Barkley play slightly further ahead if Lampard decides to move Kante back to his former position.New boy Christian Pulisic will have to fill the void left by Eden Hazard, who joined Real Madrid in an initial £88million deal, which could rise to £150million.England youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi is still nursing a ruptured achilles, which could see Willian start on the left wing to accommodate Pulisic.Tammy Abraham could finally get a chance to lead the line for Chelsea after loan spells with Bristol City, Swansea and Aston Villa. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 7 getty Getty Getty Is this the Manchester United team that will take on Chelsea? Lampard has been hired as Chelsea manager Getty 7 Bruno Fernandes helped Portugal win the Nations League last weekend deals Here’s how the opening weekend of the Premier League will get under way for the 2019/20 seasonlast_img read more

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Rodgers: Celtic are getting back to their stylish best

first_img“We won the game and we entertained the people today. There probably has not been enough times when we have done that.“In the first couple of years we were winning well and winning with real style and I think we did that today.”Brown had just returned from a hamstring injury but limped off in the 21st minute to be replaced by Scott Sinclair.Rodgers said: “We won’t know for the next couple of days. He wanted to play on but he wasn’t going to do the team or himself any favours, he was struggling to get about the pitch.“He thought it was maybe his calf but it is maybe his knee. He is a warrior and he will do everything he can to be there but we will have to wait and seeGriffiths missed the match with illness and the Northern Irishman said: “He got injured (at training) and then got ill. I’m hoping the combination of both could be cleared up for some time next week. We just need to wait and see.”Ex-Celtic boss Neil Lennon refused to discuss what appeared to be some rancour between both benches but hit out at referee Don Robertson.He said: “I was pleased with what I saw in the second half but over a 38-game season it is very difficult to maintain that consistency especially against the quality that we faced today.“And when you are playing against 12 men as well it very difficult.“I thought the referee was abysmal.“How (Filip) Benkovic doesn’t get a yellow card and (Darren) McGregor does is beyond me.“He has taken (Emerson) Hyndman completely out of the game, we get a free-kick at the edge of the box, no yellow card. The Benkovic is borderline red for me, never mind a yellow and he gets nothing.“He just took Hyndman completely out, he knew what he was doing, there was no intent to get the ball.“It baffles me why that is not a yellow card. I am not here to get players sent off. I am just looking for the referee to do his job properly.” “I thought we were outstanding today. We have seen the development of the team.“I think in the summer, as I mentioned before, we stood still as a club when we should have gone into another gear.“We didn’t do that and obviously now we are starting to move again and starting to play with that quality and at that level I know we can play at.“We scored four goals, hit the woodwork four times and had other opportunities. Brendan Rodgers claimed Celtic are getting back to their best after they moved into second place in the Ladbrokes Premiership with a frenetic 4-2 win over Hibs at Parkhead.First-half goals from midfielders Tom Rogic and Olivier Ntcham gave the Hoops the interval lead, and Hibs striker Florian Kamberi reduced the deficit in the 63rd minute only for French striker Odsonne Edouard to restore the two-goal advantage six minutes later.Speedy wide-man Martin Boyle then made it 3-2 in the 73rd minute but Edouard’s second goal in the 87th minute kept Celtic three points behind leaders Hearts, who beat Aberdeen 2-1 at Tynecastle.Rodgers, who admitted there is a question mark over injured skipper Scott Brown for the Europa League clash with RB Leipzig in Germany on Thursday – Leigh Griffiths is also a doubt – said: “It was a fantastic game, two teams who wanted to win the game.last_img read more

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Lennon: My Celtic future doesn’t depend on beating Rangers

first_imgHe said: “Kieran has had a bit of a reaction today and may be a doubt. We will have to assess him tomorrow.“It is the same issue and we will leave it maybe as late as possible to see how it is.“He looked uncomfortable so we will give it 24 hours to see how it goes.” Lennon said: “As far as I’m aware, my remit here doesn’t revolve around one game or two games. Kieran Tierney could miss the Old Firm meeting. SNS“It revolves around what I do between coming in the door and the end of the season.”Meanwhile, Lennon said Kieran Tierney was a doubt for the fixture after injuring his calf on Scotland duty.A final decision will be made after the left-back is assessed on Saturday. Celtic manager Neil Lennon doesn’t believe his future at the club depends on this weekend’s meeting with Rangers.Lennon replaced Brendan Rodgers on a deal until the end of the season after his fellow Northern Irishman left for Leicester City last month.But he doesn’t believe the outcome of Sunday’s clash will determine whether he’s asked to remain beyond the summer.Celtic can move 13 points clear at the top of the Premiership by beating their city rivals.last_img read more

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Lawrence County Jail Roster – 9-16-16

first_imgLeonard Taylor, 47, MitchellCharges: Public Intoxication, Possession of ParaphernaliaMitchell Police Department The following individuals were booked in to the Lawrence County Security Center over the previous 24 hours:Shawn A. Christianson, 44, AndersonCharges: Wanted on Warrant (Petition to Revoke)Lawrence County Police DepartmentTeresa A. McCanless, 52, BedfordCharges: Wanted on Warrant (Petition to Modify)Bedford Police Departmentlast_img

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IPL 8: Dhoni wants to give a makeover to his willow

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni leads the pack of players who have sent their favourite blades to Bhandari to make them ‘perfect’ and ‘balanced’.The Indian Premier League (IPL) is slam-bang cricket, and to hit boundaries and sixes batsmen usually make adjustments to their bats, reducing their weight. It means more work for bat makers as players send their willows to them for reducing weights.Ram Bhandari, a seasoned ‘bat doctor’ based in Bangalore, too has got busier after the IPL started on April 8. Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni leads the pack of players who have sent their favourite blades to Bhandari to make them “perfect” and “balanced” – the favourite words of the carpenter. Bhandari, 54, disclosed that Dhoni has asked him to give a makeover to his willow and reduce its weight by up to 60 grams, possibly with an aim to swing it more freely during the IPL.Bhandari said he doesn’t ask reasons for the alterations players want in their bats. “Dhoni sent the bat through Varun Aaron about a week ago. The bat that he has been using lately, is manufactured by Sanspareils Greenlands of Meerut. It weighs 1,250gm and he has asked me to bring its weight down to between 1,190gm and 1,200gm,” Bhandari told MAIL TODAY.”In a T20 tournament like IPL, a lighter and thicker bat helps batsmen play shots effortlessly. After making it perfect and balanced, I will either courier the bat to Dhoni, or he will collect it from me in Bangalore when he comes here on April 22 to play against the Royal Challengers Bangalore,” said the man who has been making bats for 15 years.advertisementCiting the example of Sachin Tendulkar on how players are particular about their willow, Bhandari said: “Whenever the factory sends Dhoni’s [raw] bats to me, they write his name on the toe of the willow so that they don’t get mixed with other bats.”Bhandari ‘made’ bats for K.L. Rahul before he left for Australia where he made his Test debut in January. And on return from Australia, at the conclusion of the World Cup, Suresh Raina despatched his match bat for getting it “balanced” and “comfortable”.”Raina sent his bat through K.L. Rahul. He plays with a bat weighing around 1,170gm-1,180gm. The bat he sent was slightly bottom-heavy and I have fine-tuned it to his liking,” said Bhandari.Among other players whose bats are currently with Bhandari for makeover are K.L. Rahul, Stuart Binny, Varun Aaron and R. Vinay Kumar, besides many local players who feature in various leagues in Bangalore.”I make Stuart Binny’s master bat. I turn the willow that comes from the factory into his ‘master bat’. Players call them ‘match bats’ but I call them ‘master bats’,” Bhandari said.”Binny’s new bat that has just arrived from the factory is slightly heavy, weighing about 1,250 gm. I’m now making it light. He plays with a bat that weighs between 1,150 gm and 1,160 gm.” Earlier, Bhandari regularly used to make bats for Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, and he fondly remembers his association with them.”Both Sehwag and Gambhir play with 1,150 gm bats. I used to make them from raw willow that I received from companies. They use slightly heavier bats for practice, and at times, they may weigh even 1,250 gm,” he said.”When they, and also Sachin, would visit Bangalore, they would call me to their hotel rooms to give instructions.”last_img read more

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