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Tropical Storm Kirk is reborn east of the Lesser Antilles; Tropical Storm watches, warnings issued for Windward Islands

(WEATHER) – Tropical Storm Kirk has redeveloped east of the Lesser Antilles and will bring a threat of flooding rain, mudslides, and some tropical storm-force winds to parts of the Windward Islands beginning Thursday. The National Hurricane Center said convection had beome better organized, prompting them to begin reissuing advisories on Tropical Storm Kirk. The U.S. Air Force Reserve Hurricane ...

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St Lucia under Tropical Storm warning

(NEMO) – Saint Lucia has placed under a Tropical Storm warning as of 5:00 a.m. today. Tropical Storm Kirk is located near latitude 11.8 North, longitude 52.7 West of Saint Lucia. Maximum sustained winds are at 40 miles per hour. A westward to west-northwestward motion is expected through Friday night. Tropical Storm Kirk is located at about 470 MI…755 KM ...

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Saint Lucia welcomes Taiwanese medical volunteers

(PRESS RELEASE) – St. Jude Hospital hosted a reception on 25 September 2018 to welcome the Changhua Christian Hospital Medical Volunteer Team from Taiwan. Ambassador Douglas C.T. Shen, Mr. Wayne Harrow, Chairman of Board, and Ms. Verna Charles, Chief Executive Officer of St. Jude Hospital, attended the welcome reception. Ambassador Shen expressed his appreciation to the volunteers for travelling all ...

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6:00 a.m. Saint Lucia weather report

6:00 AM WEATHER REPORT DATE: 26TH SEPTEMBER, 2018 FORECASTER: MACLEAN JN BAPTISTE PRESENT WEATHER AT HEWANORRA AIRPORT IS PARTLY CLOUDY AND HAZY. PRESENT WEATHER AT GFL CHARLES AIRPORT IS FAIR AND HAZY. PRESENT TEMPERATURE AT HEWANORRA AIRPORT IS 28 C OR 82 F. LAST NIGHT’S MINIMUM TEMPERATURE AT HEWANORRA AIRPORT WAS 28 C OR 82 F. WIND AT HEWANORRA AIRPORT ...

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Manasseh Stanislaus wins inaugural #ArthurAllainChallenge

(PRESS RELEASE) – The #ArthurAllainChallenge, an online singing competition initiated by 5 time groovy monarch of St. Lucia Arthur Allain, culminated on Saturday, September 22nd with 99 amazing video entries. The initiative sought to provide a platform to expose young talented singers across St. Lucia, who were invited to send in a one minute video to Arthur, who further uploaded ...

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Be informed on St. Lucia’s debt situation

(PRESS RELEASE) – The effective management of National Debt has been a priority advocacy issue for the members of the Chamber of Commerce for a number of years. It is in this context the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture has continued to monitor the National Debt situation closely. Thus for the second year running the Permanent Secretary ...

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Fired Dallas cop’s lawyer: Termination was unfair, too soon

(CBS NEWS) – The firing of a white Dallas police officer who fatally shot her black neighbor inside his own apartment was premature and unfair, an attorney for the officer says. Robert Rogers, who represents the fired officer, Amber Guyger, said Monday night that Police Chief U. Renee Hall “bowed to pressure from anti-police groups and took action before all ...

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Dallas police officer Amber Guyger fired after fatally shooting neighbor Botham Jean

(DALLAS NEWS) – Dallas Officer Amber Guyger, who is facing a manslaughter charge after fatally shooting 26-year-old Botham Jean in his Cedars apartment Sept. 6, was fired Monday. Police said in a news release that she was fired after an internal investigation found she had engaged in “adverse conduct” when she was charged with manslaughter. The firing came after widespread ...

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Latest updates on Sub-Tropical Storm Leslie, Kirk

(EPOCH TIMES) – The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) is still issuing advisories for Tropical Depression Kirk, which weakened from a tropical storm, and sub-Tropical Storm Leslie. Kirk Kirk is moving “quickly westward” at 24 mph, according to the NHC at 5 a.m. on Sept 24, and it has 35 mph winds. “There are no coastal watches or warnings in ...

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Saint Lucia women 4th at RAN 7’s Rugby

(SNO) – Saint Lucia’s women were outstanding in the 2018 RTEK RAN Women’s Sevens tournament hosted over the weekend (September 22-23) at the Barbados Polo Club in Saint James, Barbados, and organised under the auspices of Rugby Americas North. Team Saint Lucia made the semifinals and finished fourth out of 10 teams. In preliminary Pool A, Saint Lucia thrashed Guyana ...

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Dennery Segment continues to register success on tour of the USA

(PRESS RELEASE) – Saint Lucia’s organic music genre – Dennery Segment – which has taken the globe by storm has featured, prominently, at this year’s Labor Day parade in New York City. The parade was held on September 3 (Labor Day) on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) supported the 16-member group (13 Artistes and 3 ...

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Saint Lucia’s police commission in Taiwan

(PRESS RELEASE) – Mr. Severin Monchery, the Commissioner of the Royal St Lucia Police Force has been in Taiwan attending a conference to promote International Police Cooperation. The focus was on combatting transnational telecommunications fraud, but also mutual legal assistance; effective strategies for combating cross-border fraud and other crime; seizing criminal assets and anti-money laundering among other subjects. Mrs. Souraya ...

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“Rarely succeeds” — PM Chastanet scoffs at opposition’s plan to file no confidence motion

(CMC) — Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has brushed aside plans by the main opposition St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) to file a motion of no confidence in his ruling United Workers Party (UWP) administration. “Very rarely do you see it succeed. I am confident that this one will have no success other than (the opposition) calling attention to themselves,” Chastanet ...

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Tropical Storm Kirk speeds up, Leslie forms and forecasters keep eye on system between Bermuda and Bahamas

(ORLANDO SENTINEL) — Tropical Storm Kirk was packing maximum sustained winds of 40 mph on Sunday and moving at a rapid pace, and Subtropical Storm Leslie became our 12th named storm, way out in the Atlantic. But forecasters are also keeping an eye on an area of disturbed weather between the Bahamas and Bermuda that could move toward the U.S. ...

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Dallas church desires justice in Botham Jean’s death

(BAPTIST STANDARD/RNS) —The preacher stood wearily on stage, wiping tears from his eyes. The mayor, working to bring healing to a city of 1.3 million, sought solace on a front pew. Allison Jean, mourning the fatal shooting of her son Botham Shem Jean by a police officer, wailed as the 250-member, predominantly black congregation sang hymns such as “Trouble in ...

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Here’s where Tropical Storm Kirk is Sunday and where it’s going (see SLU weather report)

(MIAMI HERALD) — Tropical Storm Kirk picked up speed in the Atlantic Ocean in Sunday’s first hours, but only maintained its winds just at tropical storm force level. As of the 5 a.m. National Weather Service advisory, Kirk’s sustained winds measured 40 mph and extended 70 miles north of the storm’s center. The westward movement speed had increased to 18 ...

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Is the construction of a Hall of Justice still possible?

(SNO) — It seems that the grand idea of establishing a Hall of Justice, a building that would hold the various departments of the justice system, has been shelved for smaller individual court buildings. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet told reporters on Thursday (Sept. 20) that improving the justice system was one part of a holistic plan for tackling crime hence ...

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2 police officers shot after breaking into wrong apartment in the U.S.

(CBS) — Two Maryland police officers were shot while serving a drug-related search warrant at the wrong apartment late Wednesday, according to law enforcement officials. The resident shot the officers as soon as they opened the door, thinking they were home invaders, authorities said. No criminal charges will be filed against the man, Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski ...

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Tropical Storm Kirk forms, shoots for the eastern Caribbean

(AL.COM) — There’s a new tropical storm in the Atlantic: Kirk. The National Hurricane Center on Saturday morning upgraded a disturbance off Africa’s west coast to Tropical Storm Kirk. There’s another storm in the Atlantic as well: Tropical Depression 11, which formed late Friday and was less than 500 miles east of the Windward Islands on Saturday morning. The hurricane ...

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Who will challenge Allen Chastanet’s UWP leadership?

(SNO) — The United Workers Party (UWP) is expected to hold its second Zonal Conference this weekend at Beanefield in Vieux Fort on a high note following its public show of support for its own governing administration. The party this week held its first press conference, since it won the June 2016 general elections, to show support for the Allen ...

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‘We want to get it right’: Dallas County DA asks for patience in Botham Jean case

(WBUR) — Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson is weighing in on the Botham Jean case. Jean, a black man, was shot and killed in his Dallas apartment by Amber Guyger, a white off-duty police officer. Officers like Guyger, who is facing manslaughter charges, are seldom charged in shooting cases. When they are charged, they’re rarely convicted. But Johnson has ...

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Botham Jean’s case takes centre stage in U.S. senatorial debate

(STAR-TELEGRAM) — Garrett Hull, Botham Jean and Amber Guyger — and the tragic circumstances that surround them all — suddenly became part of a senatorial debate Friday night. The topic of police shootings and fallen officers — such as Fort Worth’s Garrett Hull, who was laid to rest Friday — came up during the hour-long debate between Republican U.S. Sen. ...

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VIDEO: Botham Jean family homecoming underway

(SNO) — Saint Lucians from all walks of society came out today, Friday, Sept. 21 to welcome home the relatives of Botham Jean, the budding St. Lucian accountant, who was shot to death by a female police officer in Dallas, Texas on September 6, 2018. The officer claimed she went to the wrong apartment and thought Jean was a burglar, ...

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New search warrants served in Botham Jean investigation

(NBC) — Newly released court records show three additional search warrants have been served in the investigation into the death of Botham Jean, the Dallas man shot and killed in his own apartment by Dallas police officer Amber Guyger. Guyger has told investigators she mistakenly believed the apartment was her own and that Jean was a burglar. The new warrants ...

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SLP says UWP in “desperate state”

(PRESS RELEASE) – The United Workers Party is in a desperate state. In their latest release the Party has again tried to mislead the public for their failure to obey the law in that case the Finance Act Section 39. 41. The issue is not the Finance Build Contract, it’s the refusal of the government to bring the matter to ...

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CSA accuses LUCELEC of fighting “lower level employees” and “adequately” rewarding management

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) has taken note of the recent press statements made by LUCELEC relating to the ongoing dispute with the company. In the interest of ensuring that the public and other interested parties are not misled, the CSA would like to present its view so that everyone concerned can judge for themselves. ...

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UWP concerned about SLP sabotage

(PRESS RELEASE) – The United Workers Party continues to be extremely concerned by the continued attempts of the St. Lucia Labour Party to undermine confidence in this administration with constant press statements which are baseless and unfounded. In the latest attack on the government, Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre makes reference to $15M for Micoud Roads, and a further $13M ...

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FIRST ST. LUCIAN TO WIN PRAYZE FACTOR AWARDS (SEE VIDEO)

(PRESS RELEASE) — Shem Meluce was named the best Country/Bluegrass Solo artist for the 2018 Prayze Factor People’s Choice Awards in Atlanta over the past weekend. The Prayze Factor awards is a prestigious one, purposed to create a platform for and bring optimal exposure to Gospel artistes all over the world. [Prayze Factor Awards Official Website: http://www.prayzefactorawards.com/ The St. Lucian ...

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Chief says firing officer in Botham Jean shooting could ‘compromise’ probe; is that true?

(WFAA) — As questions continue as to why Officer Amber Guyger hasn’t been terminated two weeks after she shot and killed Botham Jean in his apartment, Dallas police Chief Renee Hall once again addressed the subject. However, there many questions linger behind her reasoning. “When I read Chief Hall’s statement today, it just doesn’t make much sense to me,” Dallas ...

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Two Castries Council security guards murdered a month apart

(SNO) — Investigators are probing a theory that the latest shooting death of Hardy John in Marchand, Castries Thursday morning (Sept. 20) may be linked to the death of Stephen “Face” Francis who was gunned down in Wilton’s Yard, Castries,  just over a month ago, according to law enforcement sources. Francis, a 47-year-old father of two, succumbed at Victoria Hospital ...

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Slain Marchand security guard may have been a victim of his living environment

(SNO) — Hardy John, the Castries Constituency Council (CCC) security guard who was fatally shot while on the job in Marchand, Castries on Thursday (Sept. 20), was never a member of any gang, and he had a good relationship with everyone, including gangsters opposed to elements from his community. That’s according to his longtime friend Godwin Richardson. “That man was ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Consensual sex in adult same-sex unions now legal in Trinidad and Tobago

(NEWSDAY T&T) — This country’s sodomy laws have not been struck down entirely, but have been amended to make consensual sex in same-sex unions legal. Justice Devindra Rampersad today gave his final ruling in the landmark ruling of Jason Jones who successfully challenged certain sections of the Sexual Offences Act. In April, Rampersad ruled that sections 13 and 16 of ...

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Illegal immigrant from St. Lucia said he came to St. Vincent to farm “everything”

(THE VINCENTIAN) — An illegal immigrant, recently held at Owia, told the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on Monday that he was here to farm “everything”. Appearing before Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett, Nigel Joseph, 32, of Castries, St Lucia pleaded guilty to being a prohibited immigrant, entered the state without a passport. He also admitted entering into the state by boat other ...

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Dr. Kenny Anthony responds to Sandals’ “false and highly defamatory” statements

(PRESS RELEASE) – The following statement is issued by Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, former Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and currently Parliamentary Representative for Vieux Fort South in response to the Press Release issued by Sandals Resort International on September 17, 2018. “On September 17, 2018, Sandals Resort International issued a Press statement on the decision of the Allen ...

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UPDATED: Man killed in Marchand is CCC security worker Hardy John

SNO — Police are investigating a homicide in Marchand, Castries this morning, September 20, 2018. Reports are that the body of a man was discovered in the Marchand market, which is located at the back entrance to the Marchand field. Police were reportedly summoned to the scene after 6 a.m. The victim appears to have been shot in the head, ...

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St Lucia press conference ‘descends to the level of a street-side quarrel’

(CARIBBEAN NEWS NOW) — A press conference held by the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) in Saint Lucia on Monday, quickly deteriorated into what one media worker present described as a “street-side quarrel”. The press briefing was chaired by Oswald Augustin, UWP general secretary, along with newly appointed prime minister’s political attaché Norbert Williams, and was attended by specially invited ...

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Pierre: SLP had three management options for OKEU Hospital

(SNO) — As the debate rages over whether the Owen King European Union (OKEU) Hospital should or should not be privatised, Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre said that at the time his party lost the general elections in June 2016, it was contemplating three options for managing the hospital with privatisation not one of them. “There is a document that ...

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Why apartment managers really visited Botham Jean’s home

(DALLAS NEWS) — After Botham Jean was shot and killed in his Dallas home by an off-duty police officer, attorneys and law enforcement officials said there was a noise complaint targeting his apartment earlier that day. But it turns out it wasn’t loud music that brought leasing office employees to Jean’s apartment hours before he was shot at the South ...

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Cruise port for Vieux Fort still on stream; gov’t advances plans with Carnival Corporation

(SNO) — Government is moving ahead with plans to establish a major cruise port in the south of the island in line with the multi-million-dollar ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ project after two government officials met Carnival Corporation & plc, the British-American cruise operator that is currently the world’s largest travel leisure company, with a combined fleet of over 100 vessels across ...

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Visit of EU Court of Auditors to the OKEU Hospital

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Office of the National Authorising Officer (NAO), would like to clarify to the General Public that the presence of Representatives of the European Union (EU) Court of Auditors, is an integral part of the Process of Monitoring, Evaluation, Management and Accounting of programmes funded under the European Union/African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP/EU) Development Co-operation. It is ...

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Operations resume at BOSL Vieux Fort branch following electrical system fault

(PRESS RELEASE) – On Monday September 17th 2018, service at the BOSL Vieux Fort Branch was interrupted following an electrical system fluctuation and reports of smoke emanating from the air conditioning vents in the building. Out of an abundance of caution, customers and staff were evacuated, and the relevant authorities were swiftly notified. Saint Lucia Fire Service appliances and personnel ...

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Saint Lucians encouraged to come out Friday in their thousands for Botham’s family homecoming

(SNO) — Saint Lucians are being encouraged to come out this Friday, September and show support to the family of Botham Shem Jean, the budding St. Lucian accountant, who was shot to death by a female police officer in Dallas, Texas on September 6, 2018. A local group called ‘Justice for Botham’ is spearheading the organisation of a “massive homecoming” celebration ...

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Pierre writes Chastanet and threatens court action

(SNO) — The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) is calling on Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to seek parliamentary approval for a loan it has given to the construction company called Fresh Start or else it would go to court over the matter. “I had hoped that you would have honoured the law and obtain parliamentary approval of this transaction. If ...

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Moses ‘Musa’ Jn Baptiste intensifies mystery of Voice newspaper article’s author

(SNO) — The Saint Labour Party’s Chairman Moses Jn. Baptiste, and author of a letter to Police Commissioner Severin Moncherry questioning why information gleaned by police is in the hands of the United Workers Party’s general secretary, has intensified the mystery surrounding the author of an article that has now become a talking point in the country. Nine days after ...

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It’s now 76 days since PM said work would restart at St. Jude, and “evidently” it has not, says Jn Baptiste

STATEMENT BY HON MOSES JN BAPTISTE ON THE HEALTH CRISIS IN SAINT LUCIA AT THE SAINT LUCIA LABOUR PARTY PRESS CONFERENCE, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2018 Ladies and gentlemen of the press, today September 18th, 2018 marks 76 days since the Prime Minister announced that work would recommence at the St. Jude Hospital site at Augier Vieux Fort, to date, the government ...

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Saint Lucia assures visitors of a holiday guarantee

(PRESS RELEASE) – Saint Lucia continues to prove why she is a destination that inspires travelers to visit and explore her beauty and splendor. Visitors can now enjoy a stress-free vacation while they play and stay at 22 properties on the island that are offering guests a holiday guarantee if their vacation were to be interrupted by adverse weather. Though ...

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ST. LUCIA NEWS ONLINE IS NOW ON INSTAGRAM

Better late than never. St. Lucia News Online (SNO) has joined the Instagram community for the first time. If you’re a part of Instagram please follow us for the major local stories throughout the day, every day. Thanks for the continued support. (6)(0)

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Public Assistance Program review has begun

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Youth Development, Sports, Culture and Local Government will be conducting the Annual Review of ALL Public Assistance clients and Disability Grant clients island wide. The Review will be held during the period September 17, to September 27th, 2018 at the respective welfare offices. Reviews for Castries, Souci-Millet, Babonneau, and Gros-Islet ...

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VIDEO: White pastor says ‘white churches’ not speaking up enough against injustices against blacks

(Wilshire Baptist Church/Youtube) — George Mason, senior pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, addresses the killing of Botham Jean and the problem of white churches not speaking up alongside black churches for justice. “What is God calling you to risk — of your own life, of your own relationships — for the gospel of Jesus Christ?” “If we want ...

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‘Short-tempered’ Amber Guyger shared posts likening Colin Kaepernick to cancer and memes saying people were ‘ungrateful she didn’t kill them’

(DAILY MAIL UK) — The lawyer for the family of the black man shot dead by his white cop neighbor says he believes she is a racist – and said he understands Amber Guyger was sober when she killed Botham Jean. Speaking in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, S. Lee Merritt said he is no closer to figuring out a ...

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