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Saint Lucia football kicks off D’ License Coaching Course

(SNO) – CONCACAF and the Saint Lucia Football Association Inc. will tomorrow host a four day D’ License Coaching Course (24- 27 August 2018) at the Saint Lucia Football Association Inc. headquarters from 9:00 am. This course will be different as it will be delivered and managed by three Saint Lucians. This new development is a result of CONCACAF recognising ...

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PM outlines ambitious timeframe for health care plans

(SNO) – As the main Opposition St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) and its allies apply pressure on the government to complete St. Jude Hospital and open the Owen King European Union (OKEU) Hospital, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet announced an ambitious timeframe in which he expects major projects earmarked for the healthcare system to materialize. The prime minister said that government ...

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Post mortem results for recent homicides

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – A post mortem examination was conducted on the body of Stephen Francis, a 47 year old resident of Wilton’s Yard, Castries who on Sunday August 19, 2018 succumbed to his injuries as a result of a shooting in Wilton’s Yard. The cause of death was revealed as hemoperitoneum secondary to gunshot wound to right pelvis ...

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Laborie minibus drivers to sue NCOPT

(SNO) – The National Council on Public Transportation (NCOPT) will be hauled before the courts by the Laborie Minibus Drivers Association (Route 4A) for what a well-placed source described as matters relating to “transparency and accountability”. According to the source, the association has already secured the services of a lawyer to fight their case. “Our lawyer told us we have ...

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Saint Lucia wins ECVA Women, again

(SNO) – Saint Lucia came out on top once again in Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA) senior women’s competition over the weekend in Antigua and Barbuda. In the final game they had a comfortable 3-1 victory over St. Martin with scores of 25 -19, 25-18, 23 -25, and 25-14. Coming in unbeaten, the defending champs looked in control of the ...

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Seismologist warns region of another possible earthquake, more aftershocks

(CMC) — Seismologist at the University of the West Indies’ Seismic Research Centre (SRC) Dr Joan Latchman has cautioned residents of the region that aftershocks from Tuesday evening’s strong earthquake in eastern Venezuela can be expected for days to come. Another earthquake is also possible, she said late Tuesday. There have been early reports of structural damage to buildings, as ...

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St. Lucia government express concern about fake Prime Minister social media accounts

(CMC) – Several fake social media accounts have been set up in the name of Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, prompting a warning from the authorities for members of the public to be on guard. “We remain increasingly concerned about several reports we have been receiving about fake accounts on Instagram and on Facebook in the Prime Minister’s name,” Senior Communications ...

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St Lucia wins Caribbean Junior Duelling Challenge

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Two young St. Lucians have won the 2018 Caribbean Junior Duelling Challenge, one of the Caribbean’s biggest and most prestigious culinary competitions. Karina Abraham and Cheyenne Hippolyte, students of the Soufriere Comprehensive Secondary School represented St. Lucia in the competition and delivered a spectacular performance that ultimately won the hearts of the judges and earned ...

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Customs officers to keep their jobs: Chastanet

(SNO) – Angry or bewildered Customs and Excise officers who believe they may lose their jobs as a result of the coming into existence of a Border Control Agency, as mentioned by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet on several occasions, need not worry any more as their jobs are safe. The reassurance came from the prime minister himself at yesterday’s pre-Cabinet ...

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UPDATED: Strong quake rocks Venezuela, Caribbean islands (see ‘earthquake tips’)

(AP) — A powerful earthquake shook Venezuela’s northeastern coast on Tuesday, spooking residents in the capital who evacuated buildings and briefly interrupting a pro-government rally in favor of a series of controversial economic reforms. The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude of the quake at 7.3 and said it had a depth of 76 miles (123 kilometers). Its epicenter was ...

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Belrose dismisses claims of dispute with Mayor Peterson Francis

(SNO) – Local Government Minister Senator Fortuna Belrose has dismissed claims that her ministry and the Castries Constituencies Council (CCC) are at odds over an ongoing review of the operations of the council. She also scoffed at claims that she and Castries City Mayor Peterson Francis are sparring over the appointment of a chief executive officer (CEO) for the CCC. ...

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Dillon John tops pace like fire

(SNO) – Dillon John is the fastest man in the Helen of the West – at least in the north. The 23-year-old right arm medium pace bowler took seven wickets in nine matched for Avatar City Blasters in the 2018 edition of the Flow Saint Lucia Premier League T20 Tournament, at an average of 22.57 and with a run rate ...

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Saint Lucia nominated for AFAR Travelers’ Choice Destination Award

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – There are only 2 days left to vote for Saint Lucia as your Best Caribbean Destination in the AFAR Travelers’ Choice Destination Awards. Saint Lucia has been nominated for the prestigious and popular award, which reflects the tastes of the AFAR audience — the most affluent, influential, and well-traveled across all travel media. The AFAR ...

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Choiseul youth club undertakes tree planting exercise along riverbed

(SNO) – An environmentally conscious youth club of Choiseul has demonstrated its appreciation for the environment when it undertook a tree planting project in Choiseul on Sunday, August 19, 2018. Members of the club, Atlas, planted trees of various types along the riverbed in the community. “As time progresses, due to the action of mankind, such as the cutting of ...

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Search underway for missing elderly man from Bois Den/Jacmel

(SNO) – A search is underway for 72-year-old Lawrence Felix who has been missing since Friday, August 17, according to relatives. The man’s granddaughter, Vernessa Cherry, told St. Lucia News Online that this is first time that Felix has gone missing. Cherry said he was last seen wearing a green t-shirt and grey pants. “The relatives have been doing their own ...

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PWA and Minister Francis to go head to head

(SNO) – The Police Welfare Association ((PWA) has come out strongly in support of a woman police constable (WPC) at the centre of a row between herself and Home Affairs and National Security Minister Hermangild Francis. Not only is the PWA prepared to provide whatever support the WPC needs to fight a charge of insubordination brought against her by the ...

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Police release: Shooting at Wilton’s Yard, Castries

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a shooting incident at Wilton’s Yard, Castries. On Sunday August 19, 2018 about 7:29pm, officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department responded to a report of a shooting incident at Wilton’s Yard, Castries. Upon arrival, officers were informed that the victim Stephen Francis, a 47 year old resident of ...

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Consultations on Vendor’s Registration Programme a success

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Castries Constituency Council last week enjoyed affable and positive consultative meetings with Vendors plying their trade within the city of Castries. The consultations, which were attended by merchants from the Vendors arcade, provisions and craft Markets and roadside traders, focused on the significant components and benefits from the soon to be launched Vendors’ Registration ...

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Police release: Shooting at Agard Lands, Castries

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a shooting incident at Agard Lands in Morne Du Don, Castries which resulted in the death of two males. On Monday August 20, 2018 about 4:00pm, officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department responded to a report of a shooting incident. As a consequence of the shooting; Miguel Charlery, ...

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UPDATED: Two dead in Agard shooting

(SNO) – Police have identified the deceased persons in Monday afternoon’s shooting in Agard as Miguel Charlery and Barry Leonce. One of the individuals died on the scene while the other died at hospital. At least two other people were injured in the shooting and have been hospitalised. Emergency services responded to the incident at 4:30 p.m. The circumstance surrounding ...

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Melius, Eugene lead Windwards to victory

(SNO) – Saint Lucia and WINDIES Under-19 batsman Kimani Melius propelled hosts Windward Islands to their second straight victory in the WINDIES Under-19 One-day Championship on Saturday. Melius hit a boundary-studded 65 from 53 balls to top an even 50 from Uri Smith to carry the Windwards to a six-wicket victory over Leeward Islands at Cumberland. Leeward Islands amassed 155/9 ...

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Department of Tourism concludes workshop for second cohort of vendors of the Castries market

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Department of Tourism, Information & Broadcasting, through the OECS Regional Tourism Competitiveness Project (ORTCP), concluded another five (5) day workshop for approximately fifty (50) vendors of the Castries market, on Wednesday August 15th, 2018. This second group of vendors who received the training comprised mainly women. This brings the total number of vendors trained ...

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Saint Lucia and Venezuela both victims of the drug trade says official

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – A high-level Venezuelan delegation visited the island on Thursday, August 16, 2018 for National Security talks with the Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet and National Security Minister Senator the Honourable Hermangild Francis. The meetings were deemed to be very fruitful and have paved the way for further collaboration between Saint Lucia and Venezuela as both ...

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Kluivert Mitchel ready to rep Saint Lucia at World Juniors

(SNO) – The Junior Track World Championships are getting underway this weekend, and among the scores of young riders at the Aigle World Cycling Center will be a pair of Saint Lucians, Jessie Mentor and Kluivert Mitchell. The latter, who just turned 18, was recently featured in Le Temps magazine. The World Cycling Center is home to 40 to 50 ...

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Saint Lucian hotel tops at Virtuoso Travel Week

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Saint Lucia has proved, yet again, why it is one of the premier destinations in the world with one of its top luxury properties copping another major award. The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) participated in the Virtuoso Travel Week program in Las Vegas, Nevada from August 11-17, 2018 for the first time since the destination ...

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Windwards whip Jamaica in CWI U19

(SNO) – The Windward Islands Under 19 Cricket Team registered a comfortable 6 wicket victory over Jamaica in their opening round match in the CWI Regional Under 19, 50 over Cricket Tournament taking place in St Vincent and the Grenadines. On Thursday August 16 at the Cumberland Playing Field, Jamaica batting first was dismissed for 159 in 48.5 overs with ...

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Nine inmates return home

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The total number of inmates housed at the Bordelais Correctional Facility will decrease by the conclusion of this week. Arrangements are advanced to facilitate the transfer of nine prisoners who were part of the total twenty-one inmates who were conveyed from Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut, Tortola in September 2017 after the passage of ...

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Dominican family of nine faces expulsion from Martinique

(SNO) – A Dominican family, comprising seven children and their parents, are under threat of eviction from Martinique, according to Martinique 1ere. The family took refuge one year ago at a relative’s house in Prêcheur following the passage of Hurricane Maria that destroyed their island. Now, the authorities have asked the family to leave the French island this Thursday (August ...

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NFL player Mike Adams wed in Saint Lucia

(SNO) – Saint Lucia was the destination for a group of players from the National Football League (NFL) recently, as Carolina Panthers veteran safety Mike Adams was married here at the Royalton with friends, current and former teammates, and members of his personal management team. Adams, who turned 37 this year, was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an ...

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Video: 4 sent to hospital after two-vehicle smash-up in Castries

(SNO) – Four escaped serious injuries, and even death, during a two-vehicle motor collision at the intersection of Brazil Street and Bridge Street, Castries on Sunday, August 12, according to officials. Reports are that a car caught on fire after colliding with a sports utility vehicle (SUV) at about 5:46 a.m. Firemen were summoned to the scene and they were ...

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Fire destroys house in La Feuille (photo update)

(SNO) – A family of seven has been displaced as a result of a house fire in La Feuille, Monchy, according to officials. The incident occurred around 4 p.m. on Monday, August 13. Fire teams from Gros Islet and Castries responded but the house was completely destroyed. The cause of the fire is under investigation. There were no reports of injuries. ...

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Saint Lucian speedster off to school in the USA

(SNO) – One of Saint Lucia’s most exciting track and field talents is ready to embark on the next stage of her journey, as she is off to school this month on an athletics scholarship. Mechaela Hyacinth, one of the fastest teenagers ever from Saint Lucia, and one of the most successful of local spirinters on the international stage, is ...

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Video: Mercury Fest was a “tremendous success”: Fedee

(SNO) – Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee has said the two-day Mercury Fest Saint Lucia held over the weekend attracted over 4,000 French nationals, according to preliminary estimates, and was a “tremendous success”. Fedee made the disclosure during a press conference on Monday (August 12), as well as via Facebook. The event, held on Friday and Saturday, featured Kalash and Popcaan, ...

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Saint Lucia’s Dalton hits 100 on Dutch adventure

(SNO) – One of Saint Lucia’s outstanding cricketers has taken his talents to the Netherlands, and he has been a roaring success thus far. Dalton Polius, a 27-year-old left-handed batsman from Gros Islet, has taken up duties with Salland Cricket Club in Hoofdklasse, where he is coaching and playing. The Netherlands are an associate member of the International Cricket Council, ...

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26 for Saint Lucia’s Auguste in Windies win

(SNO) – So far the young West Indies have been enjoying their tour of England. But unfortunately, for the most part, that has not translated itself on the pitch to date, with two out of their three matches rained out. On Sunday, however, the youngsters were able to get a full game in (and a win by two wickets, at ...

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President Clinton visits OJO Labs in Vieux Fort

(SNO) – Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has disclosed that former United States President Bill Clinton visited OJO Labs, the artificial intelligence (AI)-driven company headquartered in Austin, Texas with a branch in Vieux Fort. President Clinton arrived in Saint Lucia on August 9 to participate in the official opening ceremony for the solar farm of the St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) in ...

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Cuba grants scholarships to Saint Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – According to the Scholarship Plan of Cuba approved for 2018, the Embassy of Cuba in Saint Lucia concluded the process of granting a total of thirteen (13) Scholarships to Saint Lucia in the specialties of Medicine, Dentistry and Post-Graduate Medical Scholarships. The selected Saint Lucian students signed the commitment to the Code of Ethics to ...

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CXC: 11,000 pupils got zero passes

(TRINIDAD NEWSDAY) – SOME 11,000 pupils across the region who wrote the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Exam (formerly O’levels) last May/June got no passes. So said Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) Registrar Glenroy Cumberbatch at a function for the official release of results in Grenada on Saturday. The shocking figures came on the weekend when otherwise pupils in TT yesterday ...

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Canada institutes new measures in processing permanent resident applications for C’bean nationals

(CMC) — The Canadian immigration agency – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), has instituted new measures in processing permanent resident applications for Caribbean and other immigrants. “We know that applying to immigrate to Canada is a life changing event, and we understand how frustrating it can be when applications take longer than expected. That’s why we have made changes ...

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#HerStory: What ‘Sheroism’ looks like

Did you ever have your own concept of a ‘superwoman’? For some it may be a high-powered lawyer, for others it may be that ‘tough as nails’ teacher, but for us she’s dressed in paisley leggings and green water boots. Yes, we know it’s off from what you’d normally expect but when we met Ms. Wilbertha Wilson, it was the ...

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Young Saint Lucian goes pro in Trinidad

(SNO) – Despite having just four senior international caps to his name, and regardless of his tender age (he turned 20 in January of 2018) Melvin Doxilly has managed to catch the eye of a professional football team in Trinidad and Tobago, where he will be plying his trade for the time being. A central defender, who hails from Monchy, ...

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Saint Lucia win CFU Boys U14 Group C!

(SNO) – On Sunday (Aug. 12) Team Saint Lucia overcame a stern test against the home team, coming away with a 3-0 win to top Group B of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) 2018 Boys’ Under-14 Challenge Series in the Dominican Republic. Saint Lucia, who were unbeaten coming into this closing fixture, had only conceded one goal from three matches ...

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Post-mortem results reveal Janique’s cause of death

(SNO) – When the lifeless body of Janique Stanislaus was discovered at her residence in Hospital Road, Castries on Monday, July 30, 2018, many people wondered what caused her death, more so when it was confirmed that she was killed. Well, the post-mortem results have been disclosed. Stanislaus died from blunt force trauma to the body, a lacerated liver and ...

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Gros Islet youth caught with firearm and ammunition

(SNO) – Another gun is off the streets of Saint Lucia. Police have arrested a young male resident of Gros Islet town for the illegal possession of firearm and several rounds of ammunition, according to sources. The arrest was carried this afternoon, Sunday, August 12. According to sources, the person was nabbed while police were on patrol in the town ...

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UPDATED: Two injured after motorcycles collide in Marisule

(SNO) – Two men sustained injuries when their motorcycles collided in Marisule, Gros Islet on Sunday, August 12, 2018, according to law enforcement sources. Emergency services responded to the accident, which occurred while the Pinehill walk was underway, at 8:12 a.m. The injured have been identified as Miguel Eugene, 31, of Monchy, Gros Islet, and Benakim Mathurin, 22, of Dennery. According to ...

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Arsene James was like a second father, says Chastanet

(SNO) – Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said the late Arsene James, former education minister and opposition leader, was more than just his mentor and advisor. In a Facebook post on Friday, August 10, the day of the official funeral, Chastanet wrote that James as in many ways a “second father”. “He became my rock in so many ways and taught ...

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Mon Repos man dies while playing cricket: report

The article below, written by John L. Aaron, appears on the website usacricketers.com, under the heading ‘Mathew Wilson: A Fallen Weekend Warrior’. Details to a Go Fund Me account to assist his family and with funeral arrangements is in the article. The passion for a cause, ideology, religious belief, principle, or simply a sport, often transcends cultures, ethnicities, and age ...

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Saint Lucian student awarded ‘best master thesis’ in Taiwan

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – St. Lucian student, Magdalene Neptune, from the community of Delcer, Choiseul, was awarded the Best Master Thesis in a research paper competition organized by the TSC in Taiwan. The awards ceremony was held on August 4th, 2018. From a pool of 506 competitors, comprising of 8 foreigners, Ms Neptune was awarded The Best Master Thesis. ...

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BVI prisoners to stay a little longer in St. Lucia: report

(BVI PLATINUM) – The prisoners that were transferred from Her Majesty’s Prison to a St. Lucian correctional facility will be staying a little longer, as work to repair the hurricane damaged Balsam’s Ghut prison drags on. The disclosure was made by His Excellency, Governor Augustus Jaspert at a press briefing last Thursday. The Governor, who shares responsibility for Her Majesty’ ...

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Solar farm to reduce volume of fuel purchased by LUCELEC: official

(SNO) – Saint Lucia’s first solar farm was officially opened yesterday, Thursday, August 9, 2018, at La Tourney, Vieux-Fort, with the various speakers at the ceremony, including former US President William Jefferson Clinton, lauding the Saint Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) and the current and former administration for making the project a reality. The project, which costs about EC$20 million, ...

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Visa restrictions on Venezuelans not politically motivated, says PM Chastanet

(SNO) – Government’s decision to impose visa restriction on Venezuelans is not politically motivated. So said Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to reporters on Wednesday, insisting that the visa impositions were “strictly on a security basis” and something the Venezuelan government understands. The prime minister said that he has met with Venezuelan authorities in Venezuela and the consensus was that both ...

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Ubaldus “sick and tired” of ‘Pip’

(SNO) – Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre on Wednesday came under fire from Finance Minister Ubaldus Raymond over government’s decision to borrow $100 million from the National Insurance Corporation (NIC) to settle two bonds that matured last week. This decision by government has fuelled a raging public debate about its merits and demerits, one that is still ongoing, led by ...

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