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October 12, 2019

Fire ravages part of UN refugee camp in eastern Chad leaving 3000

Ten people were slightly injured in the midday blaze at Goz Amer camp, believed to have been caused by an untended cooking fire that then spread rapidly because of the high winds.Many refugees lost all their food rations and meagre belongings, and numerous stick and mud shelters that had been constructed in 2004 when the Darfurians first arrived in Goz Amer also ignited easily.The newly displaced are being housed at three camp schools, while tomorrow more tents and aid supplies – including sleeping mats, blankets and kitchen sets – will be distributed. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is also handing out additional monthly food rations.High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said from Geneva that he was relieved there had been no loss of life from the fire.“The refugees have already suffered so much tragedy and now face yet another trauma… We will do everything we can to help and to get shelter and food supplies to them as quickly as possible,” he said.UNHCR staff have started opening up stockpiles in the area and delivering blankets and aid supplies, an effort they plan to continue throughout the weekend by drawing supplies from around eastern Chad.Emmanuel Uwurukundo, the agency’s acting head of office in nearby Koukou-Angarana, said “everyone around, refugees and all our partners alike, rushed to the spot and tried to extinguish the fire with whatever they had – clothes, extinguishers and water.”He said bricks should be used in the future instead of stick and mud shelters to avoid such incidents.Goz Amer, which lies about 70 kilometres from the border with Darfur, is host to about 20,500 people and it is the southernmost of 12 UNHCR-run camps in the region that are home to more than 240,000 Darfurians in total, all fleeing conflict that has raged in their homeland since 2003.The remoteness of the region, which is also home to about 180,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), already makes it an extremely difficult environment in which UNHCR has to operate. 11 April 2008Some 3,000 people from Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region are again homeless after fire swept through part of a refugee camp in eastern Chad today, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported. read more

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October 7, 2019

MacNab goes twoway in June

A downtown Hamilton street will open to two-way traffic as of June 18th.The stretch of MacNab street, between Cannon and Burlington Streets is one-way right now.

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October 6, 2019

UN body to review States efforts to protect economic social cultural rights

The countries are among the 145 States parties to the 1976 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which recognizes the right to work, to form and join trade unions, to social security, to protection and assistance for the family, to an adequate standard of living, to health and to an education. In acceding to the treaty, States agree to submit periodic reports on how they give effect to the Covenant’s provisions. When Senegal presented its initial report to the Committee in December 1993, the experts expressed concern that the Government had not provided satisfactory information concerning measures to improve the enjoyment of the rights covered under the Covenant, particularly with respect to the situation of women, youth and other vulnerable groups. In September 1991, the Committee said that Syria’s report did not reflect the actual situation in the country regarding the Covenant’s implementation. The structure of the Baath party, agrarian reform, housebuilding policy, trade unions, the right to strike, and legislation on marriage and divorce were also discussed. On the housing situation in Panama, the experts received additional information from the Government in May 1994, and visited the country in April 1995. They expressed concern about the magnitude of the housing problem, and recommended that the Government accelerate studies being to establish a national social housing plan that took into account the needs of all communities. After the presentation of the third periodic report of Ukraine in November 1995, the Committee said it was concerned about the sharp decline of purchasing power of the great majority of the population. It also recommended that the human rights instruments to which the country belonged be made fully applicable by its courts. In November 1998, the Committee expressed concern about the status of the Covenant within the domestic legal system of Germany and at the lack of court decisions on the application of the Covenant. The Committee recommended that Germany provide more precise statistics and data regarding unemployment, the number and situation of poverty-stricken people, and social security recipients. The initial report of Japan was considered by the Committee in 1984. The experts did not issue any conclusions or recommendations. read more

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September 21, 2019

Sony SGPT1211 Tablet S successor stops by the FCC

first_imgSony’s wedge-shaped Tablet S is getting a little long in the tooth. It didn’t really arrive in prime shape, either,  launching with a dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 chip just two months before Asus began shipping the 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3-powered Transformer Prime. Back in May, however, it looked like Sony was preparing to follow up the Tablet S with something a little more current — and it looks like just such a tablet has popped up on the FCC’s website.It’s sporting the model number SGPT1211, and the details are scant at this point. Apart from the fact that it features 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a lithium ion battery, not much is spilled by the test reports. One thing that did get detailed is the rear shell. Unlike the Tablet S, which featured a plastic casing, the SGPT1211 will don one made of an aluminum-magnesium alloy. It’ll be anodized and sandblasted to add a dash of style while making the tablet a bit more abuse-tolerant.Is this the same V150 tablet that surfaced back in May? It could well be, and that would mean that Sony is preparing to join Google and Asus in offering a quad-core Tegra 3 Android tablet. The V150 was running ICS when it was originally spotted, but with Jelly Bean out now — and significant performance improvements in tow — you’d hope that Sony would try to ship with the latest version of Android pre-installed to make the SGPT1211 as attractive as possible to consumers.What else can you expect from the SGPT1211? It’ll be PlayStation certified, of course, and it’s probably not going to launch with a $499 price tag for the base model. That didn’t work out so well for the 16GB Tablet S.More at the Xperia Bloglast_img read more

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September 20, 2019

At GDC Everyone Wants to Be on Nintendo Switch

first_img ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on target If I’ve seen one narrative emerge over during my first time at the Game Developers Conference it’s this: the Nintendo Switch is a big success and everyone wants their games to be on it.It’s not just Nintendo fans like me who want the company to put a bullet in the 3DS and shift all projects to the console/handheld hybrid. It’s not just thirsty gamers begging for big potential third party ports like Monster Hunter World or Dragon Ball FighterZ. It’s not just folks stoked for Travis Strikes Again and the hand-picked indies Nintendo itself chose to show-off and its GDC event. It’s the developers on the other side, too. In its first year the Switch proved itself as a fertile home for games of all kinds, and now everyone wants a piece.The very first panel I attended was about porting your indie game to consoles and sure enough the talk featured lots of discussion about bringing your game to Switch. Host Thomas O’Connor of PlayEverWare has helped bring several games from TinyBuild (a publisher that does its own Nintendo Direct-style videos to announce Switch ports) to the platform like Mr. Shifty and Phantom Trigger.O’Connor shared lots of knowledge of what Nintendo is looking for in enthusiastic potential new Nindies. Pro tip, use Switch-specific features like HD Rumble. Also be willing to wait like six months for everything to go through. Like many GDC panels this one was full of technical talk intended for developers and not journalists or consumers. But the message was clear enough that indie developers are racing to get on Switch.Also driving the message home clear was the number of Switch games just out and about on the show floor and at various offsite events. Some I was familiar with like upcoming rhythm action game and member of the beloved Bit.Trip series Runner 3. But others I had no clue what they were. Even games showcased on other platforms like the Xbox One I had first heard of because of their association with Switch. This includes games like Flipping Death and Wargroove and Super Meat Boy Forever. And off the record some folks at Microsoft’s event were still openly more excited to play the Switch versions.I took a meeting with Headup Games, fresh off of Bridge Constructor Portal, positively overflowing with promising indie Switch ports. That team is handling the Switch version of miraculous Wii U indie darling Runbow but that’s just the start. There’s Limbo-esque Toby: The Secret Mine, illustrated adventure games The Inner World 1 and 2, Smash Bros. meets Bomberman in Super Treasure Arena, stylized Skyrim for casual players Windscape, another visually striking claymation game Truberbrook or “German Twin Peaks,” and my personal favorite Super Blackjack Battle 2 Turbo Edition which, yes, is a blackjack game presented exactly like Street Fighter 2 on SNES. Headup Games is even helping release physical versions of indie Switch hits like Brawlout and the European version of The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+.Another surprise game I got to play on Switch was the upcoming Switch version of Atari’s Roller Coaster Tycoon. It was fascinating for a few reasons. The game is raising money through investor-style crowdfunding, although it plans on releasing this fall no matter what. It’s an original game but built off of ideas from Roller Coaster Tycoon and mobile. And Roller Coaster Tycoon is such a PC-centric series that being on any console is kind of wild. But it’s coming to Switch. You can still turn theme parks endless death traps for hapless customers but now on the go. And the creation tools seem at least as intuitive as fellow beloved Switch management sim Stardew Valley.But the biggest good news for the hopes of more indie darlings on Switch came when YoYo Games announced that it was bringing GameMaker Studio 2 to the system. While not on the level of Unity or Unreal, GameMaker is still a very popular and accessible cross-platform creation engine that gamers and developers both have been clamoring for since before the Switch’s release. I got the chance to talk with YoYo Games General Manager James Cox to learn more about the initiative.GameMaker on Switch is currently in a closed alpha. That’s why only a handful of games have been revealed for the platform including Undertale, Nidhogg 2, Hyper Light Drifter, and Crashlands. Three more unannounced titles are also in development but that’s all I learned (Hotline Miami???) Nintendo worked out those deals directly with those respective developers, while considering recommendations from YoYo Games.However, in the coming months GameMaker on Switch will move from beta to a full release. Then hundreds of registered developers will potentially be able to easily bring their games to Switch and make more port dreams come true for more players. And while in an ideal world GameMaker would’ve been on Switch on day one, it is great to see this complete support from Nintendo and YoYo Games. It’s proof of how beneficial Nintendo’s friendlier approach to third-parties and indies has been for everyone involved.So the Nintendo Switch isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Nintendo itself even said developer interest has quadrupled since last GDC, albeit that was before the system had even released. Frankly, I was surprised when playing any cool GDC indie game not confirmed for Switch. If anything,we’re afraid that if Nintendo doesn’t improve the eShop as promised the library will balloon to Steam-levels of unnavigable bloat. But more good games on a good system is a great thing. And GDC is the latest proof you need that games want to be on this system.Buy it now!Buy Nintendo Labo Variety Kit.Buy Nintendo Labo Robot Kit.Nintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Cloak and Dagger Takes the Heroes to Their Lowest Point

first_imgIt never ends. #CloakAndDagger __________@olivia_holt pic.twitter.com/aS7xsOoMLz— Cloak & Dagger (@CloakAndDagger) July 27, 2018This was the hardest episode of Cloak and Dagger to watch, but in a good way. Like Delgado says, we don’t like seeing our heroes go through this. We want to see them succeed and triumph. But in all the best hero stories we see them at their lowest point. That’s what this episode was. Sure, Tandy’s sudden hope-stealing ability should have been set up better. But ultimately, that’s a small problem in an overall well-put-together episode. I wish we didn’t have to spend so much time with Tandy and Tyrone apart, as the show is best when they’re bouncing off each other. But they had to be. With what they’re going through, of course they’re going to seclude themselves, cut themselves off from everyone who makes them better people. Cloak and Dagger has been making us tear up all season long. I almost wish it wasn’t so good at it. Cloak and Dagger’s First Season Sails AwayCloak and Dagger Triumph Over Evil, or So They Think Deadpool isn’t the only Marvel character that can engage in a little metafiction. Last night’s Cloak and Dagger had the interesting framing device of Father Delgado teaching a class on the Hero’s Journey. Well, a modified version of it. Couldn’t get that hot Joseph Conrad license, huh? He’s going way in-depth on the ordeal part of the myth. Whenever the episode comes back from a commercial break, it opens on this class where he describes in-detail the part of the story we’re at. Watching a show deconstruct itself like this could have been annoying and pretentious, but in the end, it was reassuring. This was a real heavy episode. Neither Tandy nor Tyrone were their best selves. The classroom narration ended up being a necessary reminder that this is all part of their journey.After learning what kind of person her father was, Tandy has gone all the way back to her old ways. She’s sleeping in the church, picking up rich guys, drugging them and taking their money. Actually, she’s even worse now. She’s figured out how to manipulate people’s hopes. We never saw this happen, so it kind of comes out of nowhere for this episode. Yeah, it’s a little weak, but it leads to a good enough story that I can forgive it. She can steal the feeling for her own, or modify them and inject her own pain. When she tries it out on on her mark in the first scene, you don’t feel sorry for him. He probably deserves to get robbed, and all she really does is steal his fantasy threesome-induced orgasm for herself. It’s worse the next day, when she goes to Mina Hess’ house for brunch. “Now you know how it feels.”Damn, Tandy. #CloakAndDagger__________@olivia_holt & @allymaki pic.twitter.com/gz0cksjDVd— Cloak & Dagger (@CloakAndDagger) July 27, 2018Seeing that Mina has her father back after Tandy lost even the idea of who hers was sends Tandy spiraling. She tunes out every conversation, and leaves the table once Ivan starts talking about what a good man her father was. She knows that’s not the case anymore. It’s even worse once Mina offers her a job at Roxxon. Nothing like being offered the chance to follow in your abusive dad’s footsteps at the evil corporation threatening to destroy the city. Not that Mina knows any of that, which is why it’s real  messed up what Tandy does next. She dives into Mina’s hopes of maintaining a beautiful garden, only to take them from her. I don’t think the show is going to turn Tandy into a villain (though it may do for another character later), but this is the closest it gets.What’s really interesting is how Tandy seems to have stopped snorting pills since she started taking people’s hopes. In the orgasm scene, we saw her getting high from what she’d just done. Like her mom, Tandy has an addictive personality and she seemingly can’t stop doing this to people. Which probably explains what happens next. We briefly catch back up with Tandy’s boyfriend from the first episode. Remember, the one she left in jail? She claims that she just needed to get the money together to bail him out, which she does before taking him to the church she’s living in. What she does here could even be worse than what she did to Mina. She gives him hope. She starts talking about wanting to get married in a church like that. She once again looks into his greatest hopes, at the image of them getting married to each other. And she takes it away. She hurts him, just as Tyrone bursts his way into her head. He’s been dealing with his own issues, you see.Carl Lundstedt, Olivia Holt (Photo via Freeform)Though Connors has been caught, and is under investigation, Tyrone’s parents aren’t celebrating. They’re barely even speaking to him. Tyrone spends most of the episode almost as angry as Tandy. He got his justice, or so he thinks. But nothing’s changed. The world is moving on like nothing even happened. The anger causes him to lash out at both a kid who bumps into him at school and Father Delgado. He even takes a swing at Delgado, before the ensuing struggle forces him to dive into his fears. It turns out he isn’t the happy-go-lucky priest who uses religion as a shield from the world. He’s already experienced way more pain than he ever lets on. Tyrone sees a crashed car, and it looks very much like a drunk driving accident. This is Delgado’s greatest fear, and I’m thinking it already happened. Especially with how Delgado reacts once Tyrone finally gets out of his head.At this point the episode, through Delgado’s lecture, asks what the point of all this is. Why do we have to see our heroes go through all this trouble? Honestly, it’s the hardest part of any story to watch. Especially here, where Tyrone and Tandy have already gone through so much pain. And when we finally started seeing them act like heroes in the past two episodes, this one takes all of that away. It brings them back to square one, only now much more dangerous that they have powers. It’s because, Delgado says, hero stories are about all of us. These stories let us see an idealized version of ourselves and ask ourselves if we, when faced with hardship, will rise to the occasion and emerge better people. It’s so rare that a superhero show would just lay it all out there for us, but that’s what happened. As hard as it is to watch Tandy and Tyrone regress so much in this episode, can we really say we wouldn’t do the same thing? And that’s the point of stories like this. To let us interpret how we see ourselves. We just have to hope that, as we all would like to think we would, Tandy and Tyrone rise to their challenges and emerge better heroes.Miles Mussenden, Gloria Reuben, Aubrey Joseph (Photo via Freeform)They’ll have to. The episode ends with things going even worse for both of them. Connors is quickly released from custody because, as Tyrone’s mother points out, a white cop who was able to disappear after shooting a black kid had a support system. It wasn’t one bad cop, it’s a whole department full of them. And they’ve all got Tyrone’s number. A call goes out over the radio accusing Tyrone of the murder of officer Fuchs. Now, he’s on the run. As Tyrone himself points out, he did everything perfectly and they still came after him.Meanwhile, Tandy returns to the church to find that her boyfriend has torn the place apart, and stolen all her Roxxon money. That finally puts things in perspective for her, but just a moment too late. She returns home to talk about everything with her mother, including what she now knows about her dad. Instead, she finds the same Roxxon assassin trying to kill her, and threatening her mom. The episode ends just as Tandy, her hands glowing, steps into the open. Well, that’s a hell of a cliffhanger. Stay on target RUN. #CloakAndDagger__________@aubreyomari & @Glo_Reuben pic.twitter.com/yexqYlwccy— Cloak & Dagger (@CloakAndDagger) July 27, 2018Next week is the season finale with both Tandy and Tyrone on the run from somebody. For Tandy, it’s Roxxon, and for Tyrone, it’s the NOPD. It’s been a while since I’ve been this excited for a show’s finale. I’m even more interested to see what becomes of O’Reilly though. One of the most intriguing moments from the episode, the one that stuck with me the most was when Delgado talked about what happens if the hero doesn’t pull themselves out of the spiral. Either the hero dies, or they become the villain. And it ends with a shot of O’Reilly. Now, it could have just been setting up the next scene where she tries to fight Connors and he beats her up in front of the entire cop bar. Looks like the entire department was behind him. But after that, when she stumbles out of the bar, she hears the call to go after Tyrone on the radio. And she speeds off. Is she running to help him? Or have we really watched her become the villain? Does she blame Tyrone for Fuchs’ death, or worse, is she falling in line with Connors and the rest of the dirty cops? The show left us desperately needing next week’s finale to come. Even if I will be sad to see it go. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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September 19, 2019

New Trailer Pokemon Sword and Shield Reveals Team Yell Punks

first_img Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KBattle Team Rocket in New ‘Pokemon Go’ Update I said this back when Team Rocket finally appeared in Pokemon Go, but villainous teams are some of my favorite parts of Pokemon lore. It’s just so great that in this world these kids uses superpowered monsters to fight the mob. However, as the series has continued, these evil organizations have slowly but surely become more buffoonish than actually threatening. It’s not good or bad, just a trend.And that trend continues with Team Yell, the new group in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Check them out, along with other new details, in this new trailer.As you journey to become the Galar region champion, you’ll encounter rival trainers like Hop and Bede. One of those rivals is this riot girl Marnie who is apparently so popular she has a whole squad of punk hooligan fans. These fans, Team Yell, harass other trainers in the region in an effort to make sure Marnie comes out on top. But it seems as if Marnie doesn’t condone their behavior. Toxic fandom is such a 2019 mood. I bet Team Yell also has some strong opinions about the National Pokedex.It’s not a new Pokemon trailer without some new Pokemon to look at though. This trailer revealed Morpeko, a little hamster looking boy who can shift between two different modes if it’s “hangry” or has a “full belly.” The Galar region also has its own variants on older Pokemon, like in Pokemon Sun and Moon. Linoone can now evolve into Gene Simmons-esque Obstagoon while Weezing gets a deliciously fancy steampunk stovepipe top hat and smog beard.All of these details also line up with leaks we first saw months ago. The Japanese trailer even hints at some kind of Pokemon job system. So if you want to spoil more of Pokemon Sword and Shield for yourself, including rumors about an evil third legendary, just go look on the dark corners of the internet. Or wait for the official release on November 2019. Have your giant cake and eat it, too. Here are some other cool Nintendo Switch games to play before then. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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September 18, 2019

Ryan Fraser wants to be a game changer in the EPL

first_imgThe Bournemouth winger believes he can do great things in the English Premier League; he thanks his manager Eddie Howe for the pushFor Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser, the opportunity to become one of the best footballers in the English Premier League is very much alive.And after he played in Scotland’s match against Belgium, he believes he can do so much more.“This season I have tried to be the main man,” Fraser said to The Sunday Post.“When I say that, I mean make more of an impact than I have done in previous seasons.”“I want to be the one to change games, which is a massive thing at Premier League level,” he added.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I am 24 now, and it is my sixth season in England. I started out in League One and then the Championship and now we are in the top flight.”“So I know if my career is to get to where I want it to go, then I need to step things up again,” he explained.“I think I have always grown as a player as we have come up the divisions. But the manager spoke to me and said he believes that I can do even more.”“He said my mindset had to change because if I didn’t, he would pick someone else over me,” he continued.“I took it all on board, and it couldn’t have gone much better, personally and for the team.”last_img read more

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September 17, 2019

Status cards free first time says Cabinet

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:2016 general elections, status cards Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 Jan 2016 – Cabinet during its meeting last week agreed to abolish the cost for obtaining a National Status Card or TCI Status Card for first time applicants. Now, payment will only be expected when there are replacements for stolen or lost status cards. The status Cards became the main identifier of indigenous people in the territory just before the 2012 General Elections. First time fee for Status Cards, abolished by Cabinet Former Premier says 2016 too important to miss; joined call for last minute registrants Unqualified Applicants, 75% cannot vote in TCI Use file photo of the lines at registration Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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September 16, 2019

Seeking Applicants for the 201819 Young Leader Program

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont are seeking applicants for the 2018-19 Young Leader Program.The Young Leader Program, sponsored by Corteva Agriscience™ and ASA, is a two-phase educational program for actively farming individuals and couples who are passionate about the future possibilities of agriculture. The women and men who participate in this program will be the leaders that shape the future of agriculture.”My experience in the ASA DuPont Young Leader program was pleasantly unexpected. From the various socialtraining methods utilized and education on soybean policy, the time spent with my classmates far exceeded all expectations. Based on the common bond of soybeans, my colleagues discussed local issues affecting our regions and the current state of global trade. With the second phase of training held in conjunction with the Commodity Classic, seedling acquaintances germinated into lifelong friendships and the importance of U.S. soybean advocacy was reinforced. I am grateful for the cornerstone to build a role in soy involvement,” said Charlie Roberts (TN), Class of ‘18.Phase I of the 2018-19 Young Leader program will take place in Johnston, Iowa, Nov. 27 – 30, 2018. The program continues Feb. 26 – Mar. 2, 2019 in Orlando, Florida, in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show.“The Young Leader Program is among the most impactful training programs in agriculture, recognizing the value of engaging and encouraging a diverse agricultural leadership. The training allows participants to realize their leadership potential and create meaningful relationships with other growers from the U.S. and Canada, improving collaboration throughout the industry,” said ASA President John Heisdorffer, a farmer from Keota, Iowa. “We can’t thank Corteva Agriscience™ enough for their longstanding support and commitment to building strong, passionate agricultural leaders.”Soybean grower couples and individuals are encouraged to apply for the program, which focuses on leadership and communication, the latest agricultural information and the development of a strong peer network. Spouses, even those not employed full-time on farm, are encouraged to attend and will be active participants in all elements of the program.ASA, its 26 state affiliates, including the Grain Farmers of Ontario and Corteva Agriscience, will work together to identify the top producers to represent their state as part of this program.“America’s farmers provide the strongest voice for, not only agriculture, but also for rural America. We are proud to support the young leader program, which is developing the next generation of grower leaders and advocates for U.S. agriculture,” said Matt Rekeweg, U.S. Industry Affairs Leader, Corteva Agriscience™.Applications are being accepted online now. Interested applicants should click here for additional program information and to apply.last_img read more

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September 14, 2019

Troopers Wrap Up Annual Click It Or Ticket Campaign

first_imgAST, via a press release, is asking citizens to please keep the roadways safe by not driving impaired. Additionally, don’t hesitate to make a Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately report any time of the year by calling 911. Troopers also made 54 arrests for drunk driving, and 13 drivers were charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers say they issued over 1,600 tickets during a recent “Click it or Ticket” campaign, which ran from May 14 to June 3. According to Troopers, 148 of those citations to drivers not wearing seatbelts or not using a proper  restraint. Seventy-eight damage only crashes, 10 injury crashes and zero fatal collision were investigated by troopers during that two-week period. The annual Memorial Day Weekend Click It or Ticket High Visibility Enforcement Effort  is conducted by the Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers. The main focus of the National Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign is to save lives. AST hopes motorists drive safely throughout the High Visibility Enforcement campaign and the rest of the summer.last_img read more

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Kuukpik Drilling Employee Killed At Milne Point

first_imgThe name of the individual has not been released while next of kin is being notified. This is a developing story. Milne Point is located on the North Slope. Drilling operations have been suspended at the incident location. Nelson says the company is cooperating with the appropriate regulatory agencies to determine the cause of the accident. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on December 8th, 2018 at 10:59 amHilcorp, Alaska has confirmed that an employee with Kuukpik Drilling was fatally injured at Milne Point early Friday morning. Lori Nelson with Hilcorp: “With deep regret, Hilcorp Alaska confirms that an employee of Kuukpik Corporation was fatally injured at Milne Point overnight. We are deeply saddened by this news and our thoughts and prayers are with their family and loved ones. The cause of the incident is not known at this time but Hilcorp, together with Kuukpik and the appropriate regulatory agencies, will be conducting a full investigation.  The safety and protection of our personnel and communities where we operate is our top priority.” Kenny Overvold General Manager Kuukpik Drilling: “With great sadness, Kuukpik Drilling confirms the report of a fatal employee injury last night at the Milne Point field. Our deepest regrets and condolences go to the employee’s family, as well as the tight-knit group of co-workers on the North Slope. Kuukpik Drilling is cooperating fully with the investigating agencies, and is committed to determining the cause of the accident. The health and safety of our employee remains our first and highest priority. We respectfully ask for privacy for the employee’s family during this exceedingly difficult time.”last_img read more

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September 5, 2019

Elon Musk steps down as Tesla chairman will remain CEO

first_imgTesla Inc and Elon Musk have agreed to pay $20 million each to financial regulators and the billionaire will step down as the company’s chairman but remain as chief executive, under a settlement that caps a tumultuous two months for the carmaker.The securities fraud agreement, disclosed by the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Saturday, will come as a relief to investors, who had worried that a lengthy legal fight would only further hurt the loss-making electric car company. Elon MuskScott Olson/Getty ImagesThe SEC on Thursday had charged Musk, 47, with misleading investors with tweets on August 7 that said he was considering taking Tesla private at $420 a share and had secured funding. The tweets had no basis in fact, and the ensuring market chaos hurt investors, it claimed.Investors and corporate governance experts said the agreement could strengthen Tesla, which has been bruised by Musk’s recent behaviour, which included smoking marijuana and wielding a sword on a webcast, and attacking a British rescue diver via Twitter.The settlement should place more oversight on Musk while not taking the “devastating” measure of forcing him out, said Steven Heim, a director at Boston Common Asset Management, which owns shares in Tesla battery maker Panasonic Corp.Tesla must appoint an independent chairman, two independent directors, and a board committee to set controls over Musk’s communications under the proposed agreement.”The prompt resolution of this matter on the agreed terms is in the best interests of our markets and our investors, including the shareholders of Tesla,” SEC Chairman Jay Clayton said in a statement.Thursday’s charges shaved about $7 billion off high-flying Tesla, knocking its market value to $45.2 billion on Friday, below General Motors Co’s $47.5 billion. Tesla RoadsterTesla MotorsIn the settlement, the agency pulled back from its demand that Musk, who is synonymous with the Tesla brand, be barred from running Tesla, a sanction that many investors said would be disastrous.”I think this is the best possible outcome for everyone involved,” said Ivan Feinseth of Tigress Financial Partners, who rates Tesla “neutral” and who called the SEC’s penalty “a slap on the wrist” for Musk.”The fact that he can remain CEO is very important for the company.”Neither Musk nor Tesla admitted or denied the SEC’s findings as part of the settlement, which still must be approved by a court. Tesla and Musk did not immediately respond to requests for comment.HUNT FOR A STRONG CHAIR?Musk had been directly involved in almost every detail of Tesla’s product design and technology strategy and drove the company’s employees to extraordinary achievements – much as another Silicon Valley chief executive, Steve Jobs, did at Apple Inc.The entrepreneur is now required to step down as chairman of Tesla within 45 days, and he is not permitted to be re-elected to the post for three years.The SEC charged Tesla with failing to have required disclosure controls and procedures for Musk’s tweets. The SEC said the company had no way to determine if his tweets contained information that must be disclosed in corporate filings, or if they contained complete and accurate information.Musk walked away at the last minute from an earlier settlement with the SEC that would have required him to give up key leadership roles at the company for two years and pay a nominal fine, according to media reports on Friday. Reuters on Friday reported that Musk could settle with the SEC but was ready for a court fight.Investors said on Friday that it has been a mistake for Musk to turn down that settlement, especially at a time when the company has been pushing hard to meet aggressive production targets for its Model 3 sedan. YouTube: Joe Rogan ExperienceThe settlement tasks the Tesla board, which critics have accused of failing to rein in Musk, with the tricky challenge of finding an independent chairman able to work closely with the sometimes unpredictable chief executive.It was not immediately clear who would be appointed to the role. Antonio Gracias, the current lead independent director and CEO of Valor Equity Partners, has been criticized as being too close to Musk and his companies.”The question is whether Musk’s buddies on the board decide to bring in a really strong chair who will stand up to Musk,” said Erik Gordon, a University of Michigan business professor who follows corporate governance.Musk has driven the company to the verge of profitability with a costly ramp-up of production of its Model 3 over the past year. Electric vehicle news site Electrek reported that Tesla had produced 51,000 Model 3s with a couple of days left in the quarter, hitting its goal of 50,000 to 55,000.The CEO, who has often turned to Twitter to promote Tesla and confront critics, said on Thursday that the SEC’s actions were unjustified. Tesla shares jumped after his Aug. 7 tweets, a blow to short-sellers betting on the stock’s decline.As the public face of Tesla, Musk had gained legions of fans for his bold approach to business and technology. He used his Twitter account to promote the achievements of Tesla, his rocket launch company SpaceX, and other projects such as his tunnel venture, the Boring Co, to his nearly 23 million followers. 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September 3, 2019

30 bodies identifiable rest need DNA test

first_imgA charred motor bike is seen in the rubble of Chawkbazar fire. Photo: Prothom AloOne-third of the bodies burnt in Chawkbazar fire would require DNA test for identification as they have been charred beyond recognition, Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s forensic department said.“The corpses have turned into skeletons. Some are burnt beyond recognition. DNA test is needed to identify those bodies,” DMCH’s National Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit chief coordinator Samanta Lal Sen told Prothom Alo.Thirty of the bodies could be identified, said DMCH’s forensic department chief Sohel Mahmud.The hospital authorities will now do autopsies following police permission, he added.DMCH sources said they have received 67 bodies as of Thursday noon along with parts of three other bodies. There are 70 bodies kept in the hospital.The relatives of the victims were seen frantically searching for bodies of their dear ones in DMCH morgue area.last_img read more

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September 1, 2019

Resident Evil VII feels like the Condemned sequel we never got

first_imgOne of the biggest announcements at Sony’s press conference at E3 2016 was the reveal of Capcom’s Resident Evil VII (Evil? EVII? If you squint it totally makes the name-number transition work), and with that game out of the bag, Capcom had it in the spotlight on the show floor the day after. Capcom’s booth (with the exception of a mini-courtroom for Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice and an airship for Monster Hunter Generations) was a huge, dilapidated house built for showing off the new game.Capcom took me on a tour through its spooky booth to let me try Resident Evil VII in PlayStation VR. REVII will be entirely in first-person, and you’ll be able to play the whole game using PSVR. It takes place in the Resident Evil universe after Resident Evil 6. I have no idea who the main character is — you don’t play as Chris or Leon — or what the story is. With that out of the way, let’s jump into the VR experience.My silent character woke in a run-down room in an abandoned house. I had a flashlight affixed to my view, to point directly in front of me; I’d later conclude that this was the light of a video camera I was constantly holding. No one was around, and a single objective popped up in the center of my view: Leave the house.Besides a few traces of light coming from a fusebox and switch, and through boarded-up windows, the house was completely dark. I only had my front-facing flashlight, which not only was very effective in illuminating what was in front of me, but thoroughly vignetted my peripheral view, making me vulnerable to jump scares that were thankfully quite few. I wandered around the first floor of the house and found a dummy’s finger, a chained cabinet, and a set of bolt cutters. I also found the back door to the house, but it was closed, the entry room was filled with cow carcasses, and a spooky baby doll dropped out of the ceiling. So, I tried to open the cabinet, instead.Since this is a Resident Evil game, I assumed that the dummy’s finger would have opened the lock on the chains. The bolt cutters instead worked with remarkably un-Resident Evil directness. A video tape was inside the cabinet.I also crept upstairs to an apparent dead end, where three mannequins stared at the wall. I knew exactly where this was going because I’ve played horror games before. I looked at something else in the room, turned around, and the mannequins turned to face me, with a fourth mannequin at the top of the stairs. They didn’t seem to be enemies — only tools for a jump scare — so I went back downstairs. I returned to the room where I woke up. A television was there and turned on, and a VCR was on top of it. I put the tape in the VCR and my view shifted to the test pattern of the tape, which transitioned into what was on the game, which became a flashback I also played.I was a cameraman for a ghost-hunting reality show. The star and producer were arguing about how there was nothing in the house and how the star was jaded. I followed them in through the kitchen door. The producer disappeared moments later, and the star and I looked through the first floor for him.We ended up in the room I originally woke up in that had the television and the VCR. The star found a switch in the fireplace that opened a small door in the wall, which we crawled through. There was a hole in the floor with a long ladder going down into the darkness, which I climbed. The producer was standing, silently staring at the wall, and just like the mannequins, I knew where this was going. I nudged the producer, who ended up having a hook through his mouth and being incredibly dead. I then fell over and came out of the video flashback.Now that I knew about the secret door, I pulled the switch myself and went into the room with the hole in the floor. The ladder was gone, but the key to the back door was on the floor near the hole. I found the back door to the house, opened the door a crack, and was attacked by a Hills Have Eyes-style redneck not-zombie. The demo ended. If you didn’t tell me this was Resident Evil, I would have completely assumed it was a new Condemned game. First-person horror with emphasis on flashlights in total darkness, no zombies in sight, a crazed hobo killing coworkers, and mannequin jump scares? It screamed Condemned.Resident Evil VII looks to be as big a departure from the series as Resident Evil 4 was before it, which shifted the genre from survival horror to horror action. This looks like a return to survival horror, but with a first-person view to make the scares even scarier. And to be fair, the mannequin thing would have freaked me out if I hadn’t already seen it in three games before that.Mechanically, Resident Evil VII looks really interesting, and I’m curious how it will turn out. The Resident Evil world is completely stupid, and the idea of a reality show where some people explore spooky houses in a world where weaponized zombies have already killed tens of thousands of people is ridiculous. We have no idea where the story will actually go, or who you’ll play as in the full game, though, and the formula is there for a compelling return to actual horror.last_img read more

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August 29, 2019

Maya Kaan to become next tourist destination for state

first_imgFlota Ocampo says that their goal as promoter will be to give the area it’s own identity, to generate traffic and promote the region’s Mayan culture. Before, the collaboration was done through the Consejo de Promoción de la Riviera Maya, but now that everything is integrated into one council, there became an opportunity to do it formally,” he explained. Gonzalo Merediz Alonso, director of Amigos de Sian Ka’an, spoke about what the agreement means for this project. The collaboration comes after Amigos de Sian Ka´an began promoting the area as a destination in 2014. The goal is that the new agreement will help boost the brand and attract sustainable tourism. “It is not a new project. It is something that we have been working on with the Consejo de Promoción Turística de Quintana Roo for a long time and now we have come to formalize this working relationship around Maya Ka’an so that the destination is driven by them,” he said. Photo: Consejo de Promoción Turística de Quintana Roo Maya Ka’an, Q.R. — The region of Maya Ka’an in the south of the state is set to become the next tourist destination now that a collaboration with Amigos de Sian Ka´an and Consejo de Promoción Turística de Quintana Roo has been formalized. center_img “What sets it apart from the rest of the Caribbean is the legacy of the Mayan culture, which is also a living culture that can be experienced,” he said. “Our job will be to make it appear on tourist maps with its own identity, its own accounts in social networks and we will generate the traffic,” he added. The idea is to have a work plan with very specific goals such as creating the managing body of the destination. It also guarantees that the brand will be used by the state government. Darío Flota Ocampo, director of the Consejo de Promoción Turística de Quintana Roo said “We are looking how to link the attractions in the area around the biosphere and turn them into tourist products and find marketing networks and channels to make it happen to help members of the community that will benefit them,” adding that they are looking to promote “the flow around tourist attractions so as not to affect the beauty of the place.” He added that in regard to Maya Ka’an, they do not want mass tourism, but one that is profitable and that generates economic benefits.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Merediz Alonso said that as for the destination, “Many visitors arrive. There are locals trained in bird watching. We work with hoteliers of (Felipe) Carrillo Puerto and José María Morelos. There has been a lot of activity for several years,” noting that between 100,000 and 120,000 visitors arrive each year with the majority arriving at Sian Ka’an.last_img read more

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August 27, 2019

Dictum Health Launches Advanced Telestroke Module for Virtual Exam Room Platform

first_img Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 19, 2019 Third FDA Clearance Announced for Zebra-Med’s AI Solution for Brain Bleed Alerts Zebra Medical Vision announced it has received its third U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for… read more June 28, 2018 — Dictum Health Inc., creators of the Virtual Exam Room (VER) telehealth technology, announced the release of their Care Central advanced telestroke module. The module provides neurological images viewing capability for use with the VER to reduce door-to-needle time, improve patient outcomes and lower costs.Underserved rural and remote hospitals are generally not staffed with an on-site neurologist, the only specialist that can assess whether to prescribe the vital lifesaving drug tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), to be administered during the critical stroke treatment window. Dictum Health’s telestroke solution reduces the time from emergency room arrival to evaluation and treatment by connecting a remote “on-call” neurologist to the local care team through a virtual exam for immediate clinical intervention.The platform consists of Care Central’s telestroke module, picture archiving and communication system (PACS) connectivity, Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) viewer, and the VER-CLINIC Telehealth Cart. The cart is equipped with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Class II 510(k)-cleared IDM100 medical tablet. During a Virtual Exam, the remote neurologist engages with the patient and uses the remote PTZ camera controls of the VER-CLINIC cart to complete the National Institute of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS). By remotely viewing the patient’s neurological images, clinical presentation and intake information from the IDM100 — including complete vital signs, electronic stethoscope and 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) — the neurologist can provide an immediate recommendation for treatment to the on-site care team.Dictum Health’s VER-CLINIC Telehealth Cart with Care Central cloud services, advanced stroke module and PACS/DICOM viewer provide remote neurologists with complete stroke assessment capability that meet level three stroke center requirements including pediatric populations. Care Central cloud services and electronic medical record (EMR) gateways seamlessly transfer stroke assessment information to the patient EMR/EHR as a part of patient medical history.For more information: www.dictumhealth.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more Technology | Computer-Aided Detection Software | May 21, 2019 MaxQ AI Launches Accipio Ax Slice-Level Intracranial Hemorrhage Detection Medical diagnostic artificial intelligence (AI) company MaxQ AI announced that Accipio Ax will begin shipping in August… read more Technology | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 14, 2019 SyMRI Software Receives FDA Clearance for Use With Siemens MRI Systems SyntheticMR announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for clinical use of its SyMRI Image and SyMRI… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. 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August 19, 2019

Foreign firms announce more than 2000 new job openings in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Canadian tech firm hiring for new Costa Rica operation Companies announce job openings in business, engineering and interpretation services Recruiters: Preparation is key to success at upcoming CINDE Job Fair  Microsoft to hire 280 new employees for its Costa Rican operation Five foreign-owned companies have recently announced the expansion of their operations in Costa Rica and are currently offering 2,200 new jobs at professional and technical levels.Bakery giant Bimbo opened its new global services center last week in Tres Ríos, Cartago, and announced plans to hire 200 people. The new center will provide administrative services in finance and accounting to Bimbo’s operations worldwide and also customer service for the company’s English-speaking markets.Those interested in applying should send their résumés in English to: workwithus@grupobimbo.com.Business outsourcing services company Sykes is currently seeking to hire 900 new workers for its customer service and sales departments. New employees will manage the company’s operations with customers across the Americas.The company is looking for bilingual applicants fluent in English or Portuguese. Applications can be submitted online at the company’s website.E-commerce giant Amazon is also hiring staff to fill 700 new positions for its local operation. Interested candidates can find the full list of available posts at Amazon’s jobs website.U.S. pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer is looking for 200 bilingual (Spanish-English) professionals in business administration, finance and accounting for its financial shared services center in Costa Rica. Applications should be submitted online.Finally, the local office of U.S. human resources consulting firm Manpower reported that it is seeking 200 people for manufacturing, accounting and finance positions. The company is also offering 50 internships in computer engineering and business administration.Candidates should send their résumés in English to: reclutadorcr3@manpower.com.mx, or bring print versions to Manpower’s offices in Pavas, west of San José.In 2015, Costa Rica attracted a total of 39 foreign investment projects, mainly in service industries and manufacturing technology, according to the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE). Nearly 12,000 new jobs came with these investments, according to the Social Security System.There are currently 139 companies running shared services centers in Costa Rica. These operations offer 75 types of services in 10 languages, according to CINDE. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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August 18, 2019

French Muslim group denounces mosque vandalism

first_imgIn a statement Thursday, the CFCM expressed concern about what it called the “multiplication of these cowardly and hateful acts” and warned against complacency. Muslim and Jewish graveyards and religious buildings around France have long suffered sporadic vandalism.The group urged authorities to track down and punish those responsible “with all the necessary severity.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Top Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Sponsored Stories center_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   PARIS (AP) – A leading French Muslim group says three mosques have been vandalized over the past week and is urging authorities to punish the perpetrators.The French Council of the Muslim Faith, or CFCM, said racist insults and Nazi slogans were scrawled on a mosque in the southeastern town of Tarascon and another in the eastern city of Strasbourg on Tuesday and Wednesday. It said the mosque in the southern town of Draguignan was vandalized May 17.last_img read more

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August 17, 2019

Cardrona Alpine Resort prepares for changing international market

first_imgCardrona Alpine Resort General Manager Bridget LegnavskyCardrona Alpine Resort has been focusing on understanding a changing international market as it gears up for the 2016 winter season.Recent trips to China and North America have enabled Cardrona management to prepare for an expected rise in Chinese skiers and snowboarders, plus learning about the needs of the Millennial generation.Resort general manager Bridget Legnavsky has just returned to Wanaka after attending the 2016 Mountain Travel Symposium (MTS) in Keystone, Colorado, earlier this month.Bridget Legnavsky on the Great Wall of China in January this yearMTS is the largest annual ski and snowboard industry networking and trade exchange event in the world and Cardrona was the only ski area from New Zealand to attend.At the symposium, mountain travel thought leaders spoke about the importance of adapting to the expectations of Millennials (people aged 18-35) across the globe – particularly around their desire for the ‘experience’.“The Millennial market is our biggest market, and we understand that traditional advertising is not as effective in reaching them anymore,” Legnavsky says.“They’re curious, they crave what’s next, they defy tradition and adapt fast. We’re already very focused on offering a world-class experience at Cardrona but it’s really important for us to understand how essential the ‘experience’ is for this age group.”Also discussed was the fact that North America’s biggest international market is Australia. Australia is also Cardrona’s biggest international market. “We need to be aware of that because we still want Australians to be taking their Southern Hemisphere ski holiday in New Zealand,” Legnavsky adds.Cardrona is anticipating a surge in numbers from China thanks to a relationship-building trip in January this year.“We’re expecting a significant increase each year from Chinese skiers and snowboarders, which is great for the industry,” Legnavsky says.“We were amazed to find out how quickly the country is developing world-class ski resorts. There are already 12.5 million skier days per season in China and 35% of these are planning overseas skiing holidays in the next two-to-three years.“China is predicting 60 million skier days by 2022. They are focused on how to transform beginners into committed skiers. Ski and snowboard instructors have become key for this to happen. Plus there is huge emphasis on the guest experience there too.”Cardrona has recruited a number of Mandarin-speaking ski and snowboard instructors, hosts and other department staff for this winter.“Last winter, we noticed an increase in Chinese visitors and found the best way to ensure they had a great experience was to have Mandarin speakers on the mountain. This year we have been getting China-ready,” Legnavsky says. Cardrona Alpine ResortSource = Cardrona Alpine Resortlast_img read more

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