The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Journal is a regional newspaper from Newcastle, England. The Journal publishes the latest business, sports, and politics news.

Articles from December 6, 2012

145 Jobs Set to Be Salvaged at Crisis-Hit Site; Twin Deals to See Power Station Sold to Major Operator and Smelter Space Taken
Byline: Dave Black ? 07884 117069 ? dave.black@ncjmedia.co.uk TWO deals are expected to be concluded soon which will create or safeguard up to 145 jobs at the Rio Tinto Alcan smelting and power complex in Northumberland, it was revealed yesterday....
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Ameobi Is Having to Grow Up So Fast; THE MATCH: Bordeaux V Newcastle United at Some Point Potential Has to Be Turned into Consistency, and the End of Newcastle's Europa League Group Campaign Brings That Fact into Sharp Focus for One of the Club's Brightest Young Stars. Mark Douglas Talks to Sammy Ameobi
SAMMY Ameobi is a towering talent - on that there is a broad consensus. What is not clear just yet is how far his ability is going to take him in a Newcastle United shirt. Of all the players to emerge from the talent factory in Little Benton of...
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Anderson in Swing of Things; Seamer Puts England in Control
Byline: David Clough JAMES Anderson was rewarded for his highly-skilled swing bowling with three wickets yesterday, including the prize scalp of Sachin Tendulkar for the eighth time. Anderson was the lynchpin of a disciplined and resourceful...
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Appointment to Inspire Future Entrepreneurs
GATESHEAD College has become the first entrepreneurial college in the North East and in keeping with its pioneering nature has recruited the region's first dedicated activity manager. Vicki Hodgson is helping inspire the region's next generation of...
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A Tall Tale That Will Entertain Little Ones; the Value of One Cultural Organisation Is Exemplified This Week by Its First In-House Christmas Show. DAVID WHETSTONE Sat in on Dance City's Jack and the Beanstalk
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE IT'S not all doom and gloom. One North East arts venue has taken the festive wraps off its very first Christmas show and yesterday the premiere was enjoyed by an audience consisting of lots of children and some adults. ...
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A Tree Called Dave; Honour for Forester Who Helped Find It
Byline: Paul Tully ? 07554 437755 ? paul.tully@ncjmedia.co.uk N ORTHUMBRIAN forester Dave Allen's name is up in lights at one of London's most popular visitor attractions. The Christmas tree that Dave helped find in Kielder Forest for the capital's...
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Austerity Will Go on for Six More Years, Says Osborne
THE Chancellor has said austerity will have to extend into 2018 as Britain's economy faces up to further decline. In a bleak Autumn Statement to the House of Commons George Osborne announced a PS3.7bn squeeze on welfare and a PS1bn raid on the pensions...
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Bosses in Trouble on Stocks of Coal
Byline: SERVICES Karen Dent ? 0191 201 6243 ? karen.dent@ncjmedia.co.uk MINING and industrial services group Hargreaves Services has suspended two managers at its Belgian subsidiary after it uncovered problems with stock levels and records. They...
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Boy Fights for Life after Train Hits Car; 11-Year-Old Injured on Railway Line
Byline: Paul Tully ? 07554 437755 ? paul.tully@ncjmedia.co.uk AN 11-year-old boy was fighting for his life last night after the car he was in crashed on to a railway line in Northumberland. The child suffered life-threatening in-juries when the...
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Chambers Are Stormed by Cuts Protesters; Meeting Disrupted So Fury Could Be Vented
Byline: Theo Merz and Kate Proctor ? 0191 201 6262 ? jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk PROTESTERS burst into a meeting at Newcastle Civic Centre last night to speak out against planned library cuts. The full city council meeting, where new Police and...
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Chancellor Drops 'Postcode Pay' Plan; Unions Laud Chancellor's Climbdown
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent GEORGE Osborne has abandoned plans to subject more than 200,000 North East public sector workers to regional pay awards. The Chancellor climbed down in the face of determined opposition, including...
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Chaos for Commuters as Traffic Is Reduced to a Crawl
Byline: Coreena Ford WINTRY weather brought North East roads to a standstill yesterday, as forecasters predicted more snow storms. Hours of intermittent snow created havoc on the region's roads. People were warned to take extra care on the roads,...
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Chase Should Not Be a Tax-Ing Affair
Byline: Saraband BRASS Tax can bring home a significant Market Rasen double by winning the Worthington's Novices' Handicap Chase. The Ben Case-trained course winner mixed it at a decent level over hurdles without disgracing himself. While...
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Chatton Event Is One for the Ladies
ON SUNDAY, Ladies Fishing are holding their final event of 2012 at Chatton Trout Fishery with the Chatton Ladies. The event will be a mixture of festive fun and fishing with expert tuition and advice. There will be safety talks, a fun competition,...
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Chris Weighs Up the Odds; Home Cooking on Menu for Tour Debutant Paisley
CHRIS Paisley, having picked up the baton from Kenneth Ferrie as the only Newcastle area golfer on the European Tour, has had good reason to enjoy home cooking at his American fiancee's house in the build-up to his first event as a tour player. ...
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Councils Urged to Work with Farmers on Plans for Land
Byline: ENERGY Karen Dent ? 0191 201 6243 ? karen.dent@ncjmedia.co.uk THE Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) is urging local councils to work with farmers over the development of alternative power schemes. It says that a number of cases have recently...
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Creative Arts of Great Benefit to Our Students; Opinion
Byline: Hilary French IHAVE recently returned from the Girls' School Association annual conference in Liverpool. More than 150 heads and headmistresses of leading UK independent girls' schools were gathered for briefings and discussion on key education...
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Deaths
COLES (Alnmouth). Peacefully in hospital on Friday, 30th November, aged 75 years, Rosemary, beloved wife of George, devoted mother of Graham and Jan, loving grandmother and great grandmother. Please meet for service at St. Mary's Church, Lesbury on...
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Dettori Given a Six-Month Ban
FRANKIE Dettori will not return to action on the racecourse until a fortnight before next year's Derby after the former champion jockey accepted a six-month ban handed to him by the French authorities. One of the biggest names in world racing has...
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Driving Forward despite Sluggish Fourth Quarter; ELECTRIC VEHICLES
Byline: Ruth Lognonne ? 0191 201 6139 ? ruth.lognonne@ncjmedia.co.uk ELECTRIC vehicle component maker Sevcon has grown sales for a third successive year as it continues to make inroads in the on-road electric and hybrid vehicle market. The Gateshead-based...
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Enchanting Warmth amid Mumford's Melancholy Folk
Mumford & Sons, Metro Radio Arena MARCUS Mumford is a man who simply oozes woe, pain and good old-fashioned heartache. So venturing out into a dismal December night to wallow in his angry sweat, blood and tears seemed a decidedly unfestive prospect....
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Ending on a High Note; Schoolgirl's Talent Takes Her to Sage
Byline: Nicola Weatherall ? 0191 204 3308 ? nicola.weatherall@ncjmedia.co.uk ATALENTED schoolgirl from Newcastle will round off an incredible year by performing with her classmates at a prestigious festive concert this weekend. Westfield School...
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England Rose to Occasion Superbly
WHEN you go to Twickenham you are never quite sure what you are going to get, but last Saturday was better than anyone could have dared to imagine with England beating New Zealand so convincingly. I was down there for the game and it was a strange...
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Enrique Wants Glory Days Back
DEFENDER Jose Enrique remains hopeful Liverpool can re-establish the fearsome reputation they once had which he believes made them the Barcelona of their day. The days of competing in the Champions League, never mind adding to their tally of five European...
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Festive Presents Were Long Overdue
Byline: ROSS SMITH TIS the season to be jolly, the time of year for preparing lists to Santa and dusting off a copy of A Christmas Carol. While I'm going to stop well short of describing George Osborne as Father Christmas, it would be quite the...
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Fighting the Food Culture; New Research Shows That Modern Living Is Making Us Fat and Newcastle Has Been Named the Ninth Most Toxic City for Dieters. Are Our Efforts to Lose Weight Doomed or Can We Resist Over-Eating despite Our Surroundings Being Loaded against Us? KAREN WILSON Finds Out
Byline: KAREN WILSON GROWING up in Ashington, Karina Forrest used to cycle everywhere and enjoyed her mum's healthy home cooked meals without having to worry about putting on weight. However it was a change of environment - - becoming a student...
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Forget Royal Babies, Elephants and Joey - It's the Silly Season! Columnist
Byline: Bernard Trafford FORGET the Leveson Inquiry: put to one side economic meltdown; overlook civil war and murder in Syria; ignore the apparent assassination of Russian whistle-blowers; and side-line the ex-HBOS boss who admitted selling off...
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FTSE Reacts to Osborne's Outlook
Byline: FTSE 100 Lucinda Beaumont Brewin Dolphin A STRONG Asian session overnight helped the FTSE 100 rise above the 5900 level in early trading on Wednesday morning, although it fell back again ahead of George Osborne's downbeat Autumn Statement...
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Gillot Wary of Backlash after Blizzard Delays United; Bordeaux Fear a Grounded Newcastle Will Come out Fighting Tonight. Chief Sports Writer Mark Douglas Reports from France
Byline: Mark Douglas WE'VE had injuries, suspension and bad fortune - now even the elements seem to be conspiring against Newcastle United. Away-day disappointment has been a feature of the Magpies' campaign but it took on a fresh twist yesterday...
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Goal Glut Arrives Too Late for Blues; Chelsea Win but Are Eliminated
Chelsea 6 FC Nordsjaelland 1 IT was too little, too late for Rafael Benitez as he finally notched a win at Chelsea but was powerless to stop them becoming the first Champions League holders to crash out of the competition before Christmas. The fact...
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Hammers Favourites to Move into Stadium
WEST Ham have been named as the number one choice to move into the PS429million Olympic Stadium. The Premier League side are in pole position to move into the showpiece venue but will not be able to take up residency until 2016-17 at the earliest....
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Here's to an MP Standing Up for Sanity; Views of the North
I REFER to your articles and editorial of December 3, which refer to MP Guy Opperman's support for his constituents' opposition to proposed developments in green belt land around Ponteland. Some of his comments may appear "intemperate", but his...
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Hodgson Sees Room for Improvement
Byline: Mark Smith ? (0191) 201-6432 ? mark.smith@ncjmedia.co.uk JOEL Hodgson believes Newcastle Falcons have only scratched the surface of their capabilities despite reaching the midway stage of the season unbeaten in all competitions. Twelve...
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It REALLY Could Be You! Tucked in a Corner of Newcastle's City Centre, Staff at the Big Lottery Fund's North East Office Administer Thousands of Pounds of Funding to Needy Groups across the Region. SARAH SCOTT Takes a Look at Their Work
Byline: SARAH SCOTT MILLIONS of people across the country clutch their tickets every Saturday night with hopes of becoming the next jackpot winners of the National Lottery. Since the lottery began in 1994, 28p from every PS1 spent by the public...
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James Can Handle Heat in the Kitchen; Chef Cooks His Way to Final of Prestigious Show
Byline: Katharine Capocci ? 0191-201 6169 ? katharine.capocci@ncjmedia.co.uk APRIVATE chef from Northumberland is through to the finals of prestigious BBC2 cooking show MasterChef: The Professionals. Millions tuned in last night to see forager...
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KP Snacks Owner Agrees PS500m Deal for Sale
Byline: MANUFACTURING Ruth Lognonne ? 0191 201 6139 ? ruth.lognonne@ncjmedia.co.uk ANORTH East snack-maker which produces Hula Hoops, KP Nuts and Skips has been sold to a German firm in a deal thought to be worth more than PS500m. KP Snacks,...
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Mancini Reflects on Euro Debacle
MANCHESTER City boss Roberto Mancini cannot disguise the fact his players have hugely underachieved in the Champions League but has vowed to bounce back. City's dismal campaign in Europe's elite competition came to an underwhelming conclusion with...
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Market Update
Tourist rates Australia .............1.457 ...........dollars Canada .............1.5203 ...........dollars Egypt ..................8.724 .......... pounds Euro ....................1.172 .............. euro Hong Kong ..........11.84 ...........dollars...
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Mark Hirst
EVERYONE knows that exercise is a good thing, but what are the real health benefits? Regular exercise/activity is recommended for people of all ages as it boosts the immune system and helps protect against conditions such as heart disease, strokes,...
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Not Chicken to Have a Go; Teachers Get to Grips with Festive Food
Byline: Nicola Weatherall ? 0191 204 3308 ? nicola.weatherall@ncjmedia.co.uk COOKING the perfect Christmas dinner can be a challenge, but these teachers were given a head start when a top chef delivered a masterclass in festive favourites at their...
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NOW Christmas Is Here; Park Attraction Is Enchanting for Everyone
APICTURESQUE park was transformed into a fairytale scene of colour and lights as part of a winter festival. For the sixth year running, Saltwell Park in Gateshead will play host to Enchanted Parks, a spellbinding display of art installations and...
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Obituary
Byline: Dita Bowman DITA Bowman was active in a number of associations on Tyneside after coming to this country at the outbreak of World War Two fleeing persecution. She was born in what is now the Czech Republic and which she referred to as...
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Our Delay Wasn't So Bad, Says Pardew
Byline: Mark Douglas ? (0191) 201-6281 ? mark.douglas@ncjmedia.co.uk ALAN Pardew played down the inconvenience caused to his Newcastle United squad by the wintry blast that hit the North East yesterday. United sat on the tarmac for several hours...
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Ranger Comes in from the Cold to Lead Attack; Ranger Comes in from the Cold to Lead United Attack
Byline: Mark Douglas Chief sports writer ? (0191) 201-6281 ? mark.douglas@ncjmedia.co.uk NILE Ranger will complete a remarkable turnaround in his Newcastle United career by making his first start for the club since April 2010 tonight. The striker...
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Reds Caught Cold by Cluj; No Way Back This Time as Fergie's Men Lose at Home
Manchester United 0 CFRCluj 1 M ANCHESTER United warmed up for Sunday's crucial derby clash with City by going behind for an incredible 15th time this season. Last night there was no comeback either as Romanian champions CFR Cluj held on to condemn...
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Rodgers Is Happy to Keep Faith in Reina
LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers has flatly rejected suggestions he is looking to sell goalkeeper Jose Reina and placed his faith in the Spain international to regain his best form under him. Reports claimed the Reds boss was planning a January...
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Sage Aims to Maintain Welcome Growth Rate
Byline: TECHNOLOGY Karen Dent ? 0191 201 6243 ? karen.dent@ncjmedia.co.uk SOFTWARE giant Sage admitted it has concerns about parts of its European market but says it is aiming to grow the business by 3% in its next financial year. The Newcastle...
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Slump Stalls Growth in the Services Sector
A TWO-year run of growth in the powerhouse services sector nearly came to a halt last month after levels of new business fell for the first time since December 2010, a closely watched survey said yesterday. The Markit/CIPS purchasing managers' index...
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Smiles and a Great Team Keep Mark Motivated
MARK ROBERTSON, 65, is managing director of Northumberland Cheese Company on the Blagdon Estate. He set up the company in 1984, which makes and sells 16 award-winning artisan cheeses. Mark, who grew up in Scotland, lives in Jesmond, Newcastle, and...
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Stars to Shine at Cathedral Concert
DURHAM-BORN opera star Ian Storey and Britain's Got Talent winner Jai McDowell will have plenty to sing about at a special concert in Newcastle tonight. The pair are joining a line-up of local talents, including actor Tim Healy and Lindisfarne's...
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Stuart Hall Charged in Sex Assault Probe; Allegations Said to Be 'Historic'
Byline: Pat Hurst ? 0191 201 6262 ? jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk VETERAN BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall was last night charged with three offences of indecent assault against young girls. The 82-year-old is accused of alleged offences committed between...
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Successful Year for Investment Group
INVESTMENT manager Brewin Dolphin has boosted its profits on the back of "resilient" equity markets. The group, which has a major presence in Newcastle among its 40 offices nationwide, reported a 2.1% increase in its total income for the year to September...
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The Mentors
GEOFF HODGSON GEOFF Hodgson's career in sales and marketing encompasses big companies including Procter & Gamble, Diageo, Coca-Cola and Scottish and Newcastle. Between 1999 and 2004, he was chief executive of the Federation Brewery and after...
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Tottenham Boss AVB Is Ready to Party
MANAGER Andre Villas-Boas has reversed predecessor Harry Redknapp's ban on Christmas parties at Tottenham, insisting he is happy for the squad to have "two or three" this winter, writes PAUL HIRST. Redknapp prevented his players from having a party...
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Tournament Is One to Savour
THE 2015 Rugby World Cup draw was made this week, and there was even some early talk of the England-Wales game being played in Cardiff. That seems to be dying down a bit in the days since, and regardless of your feelings on the rights or wrongs...
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Turbines Thrown out by Council
Byline: Brian Daniel ? 07733 002 822 ? brian.daniel@ncjmedia.co.uk PROPOSED wind developments close to Northumberland's National Park have been thrown out by councillors, amid concern over their visual impact. Northumberland County Council has rejected...
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TV Choice
GREAT CONTINENTAL RAILWAY JOURNEYS BBC2, 9pm Think what you like about Michael Portillo, you have to admire him for this latest jaunt of his. Put on rails, and with a copy of George Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide from 1913 clutched under his...
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Twin Boost for the A1 - but It's Still Slow Going Northbound; PS64m to Ease Congestion on Vital Bypass
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent ? 0191 201 6286 ? adrian.pearson@ncjmedia.co.uk NEW roads will be built on Tyneside after the Chancellor announced PS64m to ease congestion on the A1 Western Bypass - but there was no new money...
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Tycoon Did Not Bribe Official for Contracts
Byline: Rob Phillips ? 0191 201 6262 ? jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk ATYCOON has been cleared of bribing a Vietnamese bank governor by paying for a university place for his son in exchange for PS90m of printing contracts. Bill Lowther, 73, was...
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Wickham Backed to Get the Goals; Gardner: Wickham Can Fill Fletcher's Shoes
Byline: Stuart Rayner ? (0191) 201-6283 ? stuart.rayner@ncjmedia.co.uk CONNOR Wickham has been backed to fill the hole left by Steven Fletcher's ankle injury after leaping to the front of the queue to replace the Sunderland striker. Wickham (pictured...
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WIN a New Bed for Christmas
The Journal is delighted to offer readers the chance to snuggle into a new luxury bed from 1907. One lucky reader will experience their most comfortable night's sleep this Christmas with a new handcrafted bed from luxury mattress manufactures 1907....
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Year Has Gone with a Real Swing for Boldon's Triumphant Golfers
Byline: Tim Taylor GAVIN Nesbit captured Boldon's first county title for more than half a century in a centenary season brimming with achievers, but he's not sure if he's going to be even the club No 1 for much longer. Boldon's men's, ladies...
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