Suarez eyes return to form

first_img “We are not expecting a red carpet,” he said. “They have fast and competent players. … But like everyone here, they have their strengths and weaknesses.” At his fourth World Cup with Uruguay, the 71-year-old Tabarez is the oldest coach in the tournament, and he reflected on the impact of the game in his home country, a two-time champion with just 3.5 million people. “There are not many countries that can say football is part of their identity, but we are one of them. Back home, even the monuments have been painted light blue. The pedestrian crossings have been repainted in blue and white,” he said. “As with 2014, I expect more letters for old ladies who will confide in me that they have always hated football. But when they see us win they run out of the house and hug the first person they find. In Uruguay, football is a religion.” No red carpet ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP): Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez paid tribute to Luis Suarez as the team prepared for today’s World Cup match against Saudi Arabia – the 100th international appearance for the Barcelona striker. “It is a big number, but not just a number. It means so much more to a player,” Tabarez said yesterday. “Since he came up from the youth squad, Suarez has always had a pivotal role.” The 31-year-old failed to shine in the opening match against Egypt, where the South Americans struggled before a late goal from defender Jose Gimenez gave them a 1-0 victory. “I think there is agreement that (Suarez) did not have his best game against Egypt, but players are not programmable robots. They need support,” Tabarez said. “His potential remains intact.” Suarez has scored 51 goals for Uruguay and is playing in his third World Cup. His participation in 2014 was cut short after he infamously bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini. In 2010, he was again at the centre of controversy when he was sent off for using his hand to stop a goal from Ghana in the quarterfinals before Uruguay advanced in a penalty shoot-out. Uruguay were the only South American team to win their opening match in a tournament where upsets have been commonplace. Tabarez’s squad is hoping to secure qualification Wednesday, but he said the Saudis would be keen to restore pride after their 5-0 thrashing by Russia.last_img read more

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Belgium edge France to top FIFA rankings

first_imgZURICH (AP): Belgium will end 2018 atop FIFA’s rankings with World Cup winners France at No. 2. FIFA says Belgium are a single ranking point – 1,727 to 1,726 – ahead of a French team which won their World Cup semi-final in Russia. Brazil are No. 3 and World Cup runners-up Croatia are No. 4 in a mostly unchanged monthly ranking. England and Portugal, which both qualified last month for the UEFA Nations League Final Four tournament, are Nos. 5 and 6. Uruguay, Switzerland, Spain, and Denmark complete the top 10. Iran at No. 29 will be the highest-ranked Asian team at the Asian Cup, starting on January 5. Qatar, the 2022 World Cup hosts, are No. 93. Senegal are Africa’s best team at No. 23. Mexico lead the Concacaf region teams at No. 17 and the United States are No. 25.last_img read more

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Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Reds stars rated and slated

first_img Substitute: Nathaniel Clyne – 6 – Brought his usual attacking gusto to the game, looking a different class when taking to the field. One of the best attacking right-backs in world football Simon Mignolet – 6 – Was rarely tested, and could do nothing about Tottenham’s penalty. Was given few chances to show Klopp he deserves the starting role. 14 14 Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6 – Looked solid in the right-back position, although was taken off with 23 minutes remaining as he appeared to be close to picking up a second yellow card. Looks a good understudy for Clyne, sharing many of the same traits 14 Lucas Leiva – 6 – An experienced showing from the veteran in the heart of defence. Was unfortunate to be penalised for a foul which led to a penalty. 14 Substitute: Danny Ings – 6 – Given time to impress by Klopp, Ings was unlucky to come on at a time when Tottenham were pressing. Had a clear one-on-one chance which he wasted with a shot straight at Vorm. Substitute: Emre Can – N/A – Too little time on the pitch to impact the game 14 Alberto Moreno – 7 – Attacked the left flank well, and appears to be losing the almost constant defensive lapses which have defined his career at Anfield. Marko Grujic – 7 – An impressive showing from the young Serb. Composed with the ball and strong in the tackle, Grujic looks a star in the making. 14 Liverpool secured their place in the EFL Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield.Daniel Sturridge scored both goals for the Reds, who dominated the game, with Vincent Janssen’s late penalty never causing any real fear Jurgen Klopp’s men would actually lose the game.Both teams named changed line-ups for the match, with Klopp including the likes of Ovie Ejaria, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Marko Grujic in the starting XI.But how did this youthful team fare against Spurs?talkSPORT have compiled player ratings for the Reds, which you can see by clicking the right arrow, above… 14 Ovie Ejaria – 6 – One of Liverpool’s most highly rated prospects, Ejaria looked impressive, if lacking any real cutting edge. Can be forgiven given his youth Divock Origi – 7 – An energetic runner who provides a real threat for Liverpool. Combined with the technical brilliance of Sturridge, Origi is sure to be making more first-team appearances in the coming weeks 14 14 14 14 Kevin Stewart – 8 – Played the role of destroyed wonderfully in the middle of the park. Showed his former employers what a talent he is. 14 14 Daniel Sturridge – 9 – Scored both goals in the game with a two top class finishes. Was a livewire in the final third, putting in the kind of performance Klopp wants from his attacking players. 14 Ragnar Klavan – 7 – Big and strong in the heart of defence, Klavan fulfilled the role expected of him. Did well to marshal Janssen, who is known for his physical threat. Georginio Wijnaldum – 7 – A quiet showing from the Dutchman, but played a key role in the win with a perfectly timed through ball from which Sturridge scored the second – and winning – goal. last_img read more

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Former Man United captain claims Anfield win will END Liverpool’s title hopes

first_imgRay Wilkins says Manchester United would effectively put an end to Liverpool’s title ambitions by winning at Anfield on Saturday.Jurgen Klopp’s side currently sit seventh in the Premier League after a tricky start to the season, winning only three of their opening seven games.Defeat to United would see them drop ten points behind their bitter rivals and Wilkins has warned: “If they were to lose tomorrow, then it’s curtains for them.”Liverpool have conceded 12 goals already this season, which has led to heavy criticism of their defence.And Wilkins believes they will have to improve at the back if they are going to get a result against Jose Mourinho’s prolific side.He added: “What you often hear Jurgen say is that if they do what they’re good at, score more goals than the opposition, then they will win. But there comes a time in the Premier League whereby you can’t outscore teams.“I’d like to see Liverpool get a clean sheet. A clean sheet would be the equivalent of scoring four goals.”last_img read more

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Kent: Rangers is ‘perfect opportunity’ to enjoy game again

first_imgHe added “I got the chance to train with him when I was a youngster at Melwood and I learned an awful lot from him just from training.“So when the opportunity came to come to Rangers and I had chance to learn from him even more I had to grab it with both hands.Kent played the full 90 minutes as he made his first start for Rangers in their 1-0 win over Osijek in Croatia.He was thrilled to get started and said bedding in at his new club hasn’t been an issue as he’s been greeted by a few familiar faces from his time at Anfield.He added: “It was a fantastic experience to make my debut for Rangers and also in the Europa League.“I thought it was a tough physically demanding game but the boys dug in and we got result we wanted.“They’re a great set of lads so it’s been quite easy to fit in and associate with the team.“I know some of the players and staff so it’s been quite easy.” “It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed my football and I think this is the perfect opportunity to do that at such a massive club.“I enjoy getting the ball and dribbling at players so hopefully I can show the fans what I’m capable of this season.The youngster, who has also had loan spells with Coventry and Barsnley, will spend the coming season working under the guidance of Liverpool legend Gerrard as he looks to help the Gers to success this term.He said the chance to work with Gerrard was one he couldn’t turn down. Ryan Kent said his move to Rangers is the “perfect opportunity” to enjoy his football again.The 21-year-old endured a frustrating spell last season as he made only a combined 17 top team appearances on loan at Freiburg and Bristol City.The winger, who has penned a season-long loan deal at Rangers, is hoping to bounce back from the disappointment of the last campaign by establishing himself at Ibrox and showing fans what he can do.He said: “I think after a disappointing year last year I’m hoping to get as many minutes as I can and add numbers to my game with goals and assists.last_img read more

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Columbus soccer falls short of state berth

first_imgBy Hub City TimesMARSHFIELD – Columbus Catholic narrowly missed a WIAA state tournament berth, after a shootout win against Arcadia in Division 4 sectional semifinals on Oct. 31 got them to sectional finals on Nov. 2.Columbus first won a shootout victory 3-3 (5-4) against Arcadia, in Arcadia.Columbus’ Tyler Linzmeier scored at 7:36, assisted by Kellen Delaney, before Arcadia went on a run, securing three goals in a 31-minute time period.Columbus came back to tie it up, with Delaney grabbing another goal, assisted by Tom Nystrom, and Zach Olson adding another two minutes later, to end game scoring.In the following shootout, Columbus matched Arcadia one-for-one with Olson, Delaney, Grant Olson, and Dylan Porter keeping up 4-4 with Arcadia. After the Raiders missed the fifth shot, Nystrom made his, winning the game for Columbus.Wyatt Drexler had 11 saves for Columbus versus Arcadia.The Dons next headed to sectional finals in Wisconsin Rapids, hosted by Nekoosa, where they faced Northland Pines.In finals competition, Columbus fell to the Eagles 8-2.The Dons grabbed one goal in each half, with Delaney, assisted by Porter, scoring in the first half, and Nystrom scoring off a penalty kick in the second half.Drexler had 10 saves against Northland Pines.Tom Nystrom scores off a penalty kick against Northland Pines. Derek Dieringer photo.last_img read more

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Golf in 2010: SA’s sixth major winner

first_imgBy winning The Open, he joined Bobby Locke, Gary Player, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, and Trevor Immelman as South Africans who have had their names engraved on major trophies. Two-time winnerCharl Schwartzel, too, was a two-time winner. His victories were scored early in the year in South African-based European Tour events. She won an astonishing five times, in the Deutsche Bank Ladies Swiss Open, the S4C Wales Ladies Championship of Europe, the Finnair Masters, the Sanya Ladies Open, and the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open. Lee-Ann PaceOn the Ladies European Tour, Lee-Anne Pace enjoyed a wonderful year and became the first South African to capture the Order of Merit. She also won the Players’ Player of the Year Award after receiving the most votes from her peers. It was his fifth European Tour win and the third of those that had been achieved in South Africa. For many years Clark had been a consistent performer on the US PGA Tour, but inexplicably had never broken through to win. It took him 206 tournaments to do so, but it was a thrilling and deserved victory went it finally arrived. Just two weeks later, he was back in the winner’s circle after a two-shot victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. 22 December 2010 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “To win an Open Championship is special, but to win it here at Saint Andrews is something you dream about,” he said afterwards. In early January he claimed the African Open at the East London Golf Club with a 20-under-par total of 272. A week later he captured the Joburg Open by a sensational six shots after shooting a seven-under-par 64 in the third round and a five-under 66 over the last 18 holes. South African golfers provided many highlights in 2010, but none more than Louis Oosthuizen, who scored an extraordinary seven-shot victory in the British Open at Saint Andrews in July. Ernie Els’ return to formMeanwhile, while Louis Oosthuizen enjoyed a career-best year, his mentor Ernie Els returned to the form that made him a long time world top-five-ranked golfer, and with that form came victories. In mid-March, he celebrated his first victory in two years when he conquered the Blue Monster and Doral to win the World Golf Championships-CA Championship by four shots from fellow South African Charl Schwartzel. At the end of March, Oosthuizen had secured his first European Tour victory in the Open de Andalucia de Golf in Malaga. It came only a week after he narrowly missed out on the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco. He had led heading into the final round, but ended up settling for second. Sapa quoted the legendary Gary Player as saying: “I wish she was my daughter.” The Big Easy wasn’t done winning yet and later in the year added the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Royal Port in Bermuda to his long list of career titles. He had previously won it in 1997. Oosthuizen’s achievements were recognised by the Laureus World Sports Awards in December when he was named as a finalist for the World Breakthrough of the Year. He was the only South African to earn a nomination in any category. Addressing the media afterwards, Clark said: “Behind the majors this is the biggest tournament and the best field out there, and you’re always going to look at the history of the majors, but this is certainly … if there’s a number five this is it, but this is just a huge honour and everything that comes with it. Yeah, it’s a very proud day.” Very quickly, the golfing world learnt about the South African who goes by the nickname of “Shrek”, and he certainly won many fans with his smiling, humble demeanour. Major winners In 2011, Schwartzel and Oosthuizen will contest the US PGA Tour. By topping the Order of Merit, Pace earned herself a valuable 10-year Tour exemption. Asked how it felt to win two tournaments in a row, Els said: “It’s an amazing feeling, really. It can be one of the toughest games, cruellest games in the world, and then you sit here, it’s one of the nicest games. Tim Clark’s breakthroughFor many South African golf fans, one of the moments they most savoured in 2010 was the victory of Tim Clark in The Players Championship.last_img read more

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SA gives aid to storm-hit Madagascar

first_img14 March 2012 South Africa handed over humanitarian aid to Madagascar on Tuesday to help the island nation recover from the devastation caused by the recent cyclone Giovanna and tropical storm Irina. Led by Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Marius Fransman, the South African mission saw several aid organisations contributing and pledging aid and assistance to Madagascar. These include the Al-Imdaad Foundation, which contributed aid worth US$100 000 in the form of blankets, water-purification tablets, tents and food hampers, as well as Netcare, which assisted with logistical arrangements. The Norwegian Government contributed to the humanitarian project by making the transportation of the aid to Madagascar possible. The two tropical disturbances which hit Madagascar last week killed at least 111 people and left 332 204 people homeless, according to the National Office of Risks and Disasters Management. The highest number of deaths recorded after the passage of Irina was in Ifanadiana district in the southeast of the island country, with 48 reported dead; while Vangaindrano and Farafangana districts, also in the southeast, recorded the most homeless people, with 3 909 and 25 086 respectively. Nearly 7 056 housing spaces were flooded, 147 were damaged and 1 372 were completely destroyed by Irina, while 3 713 hectares of rice fields and 12 600 crop fields were affected. The data was collected from 103 of the 829 municipalities in the trajectory of Irina. Cyclone Geralda, which swept through the island country in February 1994, was the last cyclone category 4 before Giovanna. Geralda killed 231 people. Last year, Cyclone Bingiza killed at least 34 people and left 216 000 homeless. In 2010, tropical storm Hubert killed at least 83 people and left nearly 187 000 homeless. Madagascar enters in the cyclone season from 15 November to 30 April of each year. Whilst in Madagascar, Fransman – who is also chair of the SADC Organ Troika and serves as President Jacob Zuma’s special envoy on Madagascar – was expected to meet with the Malagasy stakeholders to address certain outstanding aspects pertaining to the full implementation of the SADC roadmap aimed at restoring political stability to the island nation. Source: BuaNews-Xinhualast_img read more

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You make a difference by inspiring others to make a difference

first_imgHere’s how: 1. Stop fixing. If your passion for excellence and success drives you to constantly fix people, stop it. Problem centered fixers invite self-protective restraint in others. 2. Compassion wins. The pursuit of personal gain and glory doesn’t inspire; it threatens. Inspiration occurs when others believe you genuinely put them before yourself. 3. Share frailties. The frailties you’re working through inspire others to work through theirs. Avoid whining. Focus on hope, progress, and benefit. 4. Leverage weaknesses. Your weaknesses are inspirational opportunities, especially if you’re loved. For example, acknowledging your inability to create systems gives place for system builders to step up. 5. Be great. A life dominated by weakness and frailty never inspires. Bring positive value. Value is determined not by what you tear down but what you build up. 6. Believe in others. “The people who influence you are the people who believe in you.” – Henry Drummond. Rise above the failures of others by believing in their future. Those who believe in others inspire others. “Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain. 7. See potential. Potential motivates. See what could be not what is. People who believe in their potential dare to act. For example, a friend of mine is trying to earn a place in the Navy Seals. You don’t try that without believing in your potential. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” How can you inspire others today?last_img read more

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Breaking News in the Industry: July 25, 2018

first_imgFamily-run store sold items shoplifted from big retailersA brother and sister who own a Somerset County, New Jersey, store and four employees were charged with running a retail theft ring in which they sold items shoplifted from major retailers like Target, Home Depot and Bed Bath & Beyond. David Rubin, 59, and Sheryllee Rubin, 58, both of the Somerset section of Franklin, own Everything Wireless in Franklin, authorities said. They were charged with being the leaders of an organized retail theft enterprise and being the leaders of organized crime racketeering, the county prosecutor’s said in a statement.Four employees of Everything Wireless were charged with receiving stolen property and dealing in stolen property. Lisa Rubin, 54, of Franklin; Batsheva Rubin-Rivera, 23; of New Brunswick; Andre Watts, 29, of North Brunswick, and Dunia Patricia Hernandez, 31, of Franklin. Lisa Rubin is David Rubin’s wife. Batsheva Rubin-Rivera is David’s daughter, according to prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Jeanne Trillhaase.Everything Wireless knowingly bought items from shoplifters that were stolen from stores such as Target, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes and Bed Bath & Beyond before re-selling them either in their store or over the internet, authorities said. In all, the store took in about $14,000 in stolen goods. The six were arrested June 4 following a seven-month investigation. Anyone with more information is asked to call  the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Burglary Task Force Unit at 908.231.7100 or Franklin police at 732.873.5533.   [Source: NJ.com]- Sponsor – Drugstore employee faces larceny chargeA drugstore employee has been arrested in Connecticut for alleged theft of prescription medications. Police say 39-year-old Samantha Jordan, of Norwalk, turned herself in Sunday in at police headquarters for an active arrest warrant in connection to prescription medications stolen at a Westport CVS pharmacy where she worked.Officers responded to a report of employee theft of the drugs on June 25, and say Jordan stole four prescriptions from the pharmacy over the course of a month. She is charged with larceny and has been released after posting a $5,000 bond. Jordan is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Court in August. An attorney for Jordan could not be immediately identified, and a working number for her home could not be found.   [Source: WTNH News8]Uber drivers accused of ‘Vomit Fraud’ by overcharged passengersSeveral Uber customers are warning their fellow passengers to check their bill after their next ride. Customers of the ride hailing service in Florida told the Miami Herald they had been falsely charged for cleaning fees of messes they never made. Drivers are being accused of “vomit fraud,” as many of the Uber drivers allegedly claim their passengers threw up in the car after being picked up from a night of partying. “It was a total fraud by two different drivers. They have everything planned for the fraud,” Miami resident William Kennedy told the Herald.Kennedy told reporters he was overcharged twice in the same night, after both drivers added $150 charges to his bill. Both Uber drivers, who each took Kennedy on a $20 ride, claimed he vomited in the two vehicles. The Miami man says it took “numerous emails” to Uber to get them to refund the $300. “I immediately contacted Uber through the app. I told them that I was alone, sober, that I was not carrying any drinks and that it was impossible for me to have caused that damage,” Andrea Pérez also said to the Herald’s Spanish language reporters. “But every new email from Uber came from a different representative and always favored the driver.”Uber had emailed Pérez a bill with a $98 cleanup charge and a photo of vomit on the seat of the SUV she had used. However, Uber reportedly never refunded the Miami woman’s money and instead her credit card company intervened to return her $98. “They’ve been doing it for a long time,” an anonymous Uber driver admitted to reporters. “Many people don’t review their emails or credit card statements, so the drivers wind up pocketing the $80 or $150.”“My advice for other people would be to take a video when you get out of your Uber,” passenger Crystal Drake told CBS Miami in 2017 after being charged $150 for another fictitious mess. “With 15 million trips a day, Uber is unfortunately not immune to these types of incidents,” Uber officials said while claiming that the “vast majority” of cleaning charges were legitimate.    [Source: CBS New York]Good Samaritan struck by vehicle during C-store theftA man was knocked to the ground by a vehicle Monday as he attempted to intervene in a theft at a Topeka, Kansas, convenience store. About 4 p.m., the Topeka Police Department responded to a theft and aggravated battery call at Murphy’s Express, 1531 S.W. Wanamaker, Lt. Aaron Jones said in a news release.Officers learned that a 58-year-old man attempted to intervene in the suspected theft. He was knocked to the ground by the suspect’s vehicle in the parking lot, causing minor injuries, Jones said. Authorities are looking for a person of interest who was captured in surveillance video. The vehicle involved is described as a late 90s dark blue Chevy Cavalier. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 785.234.0007.   [Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal] Store manager stole thousands in cash and clothingA 26-year-old man is accused of stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise and cash while employed as a manager at a clothing store in Southlake Mall in Illinois. Thomas S. Poston, of Olympia Fields, was charged Friday in Lake Criminal Court with seven counts of felony theft and three counts of misdemeanor theft.Hobart police were contacted in May to investigate theft allegations at the DTLR clothing store in Southlake Mall, court records state. A loss prevention associates told authorities she learned May 16 the store was short $800 on its deposit. She reviewed surveillance footage, which showed Poston, a store manager, allegedly placing money from the store’s safe into his backpack during a May 13 shift.The loss prevention associate said she also learned Poston rang himself up for thousands of dollars in merchandise and then manually changed the price of the items so they cost almost nothing. He also substantially reduced the price of merchandise for three other employees, records state. One employee, who purchased $694 worth of store merchandise on May 18, told police he paid Poston $300 in cash for the merchandise. He said he believed Poston was using his management discount and customer coupons to reduce the items’ prices.Altogether, the store lost $11,788 in merchandise and cash through Poston’s alleged thefts, records state. Hobart Police Lt. James Gonzales said Monday his department did not pursue charges against the three employees who allegedly benefited from Poston’s thefts. “The employees thought they were just getting the manager’s discount, which is against store policy,” Gonzales said. “No state laws were violated that we could prove against them.” A warrant for Poston remained active Monday, records state. His surety bond is $50,000. A manager for the clothing store said Monday Poston and the three employees were all terminated.   [Source: NWI Times]Jersey Shore town implementing ‘zero-tolerance’ shoplifting policyOne Jersey Shore town is trying to crack down on shoplifting after a “season uptick” of local businesses getting hit. Sea Isle City Police Chief Tom McQuillen, who was sworn in earlier this year and has already tried to tighten enforcement of drinking on the beach, said in a Facebook message Friday that the department has decided to alter its policy on how it responds to shoplifting calls.“Our goal is very clear and straightforward: To reduce the incidents of shoplifting thru [sic] an educational program, followed by a zero-tolerance policy on offenders and working with the court system to hold offenders responsible to the fullest extent of the law,” McQuillen wrote. He also added that officers will be checking in with local merchants and giving them tips on how to prevent shoplifting in the first place.He also encouraged parents to talk to their kids about the consequences of stealing. The crime, McQuillen explained, can take a huge toll on businesses. “These thefts, which can be for something as simple as a stolen item of clothing, can really hurt a small business owner’s ability to stay in business,” McQuillen wrote. As previously noted, McQuillen had started his tenure as police chief by preaching a tough, no-nonsense approach. Before Memorial Day weekend, the department warned that they’d be strictly enforcing quality of life issues like open containers of alcohol and noise violations.   [Source: Philly Voice] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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