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Cesar Millan Awarded Honorary Diploma In Thailand

first_imgOn June 2, 2015, Cesar Millan became the third American to receive an honorary diploma from Chulalongkorn University, in Bangkok, Thailand.CESAR MILLAN IS AWARDED HONORARY DEGREE FROM CHULALONGKORN UNIVERSITYMillan was honored for his humanitarian services to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home abandoned and abused dogs around the world. In receiving the prestigious award, Millan was also recognized for his contribution to veterinarian and behavioral sciences. Millan received the award from the university’s faculty on the 80th Anniversary of the founding of their Veterinary department.“Responsibility for lives is our theme for the 80 year anniversary of Chulalongkorn University-Faculty of Veterinary Science,” said Roongroje Thanawongnuwech, Dean of Chulalongkorn University. “The University wishes to recognize the contribution Cesar Millan has made to improving the conditions and care for dogs all over the world, as well as, for his tireless work to advance instinctual learning of canine behavior.”“I am honored and humbled to have received this award from Chulalongkorn University,” said Millan. “It has been a privilege to be able share my instinctual approach to dog rehabilitation over the years and in so many Asian countries. I am pleased that the international community is embracing instinctual learning.”Millan has championed countless projects worldwide for animal advocacy. In 2007, he launched the Cesar Millan Foundation (CMF), a national non-profit organization, with the mission of promoting animal welfare by supporting the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of abused and abandoned dogs; establishing and fortifying community humane education programs and curricula; and building a balance between dogs and people through the animal behaviourist teachings and philosophies he had honed throughout his career. The foundation has donated over 1 million dollars to develop and support Humane Education, supported the efforts of 3,000+ no-kill shelter affiliates, and has been instrumental in many other animal advocacy initiatives.Millan received this award while on tour in Thailand for his live show, Love Your Dogs. The show is an educational and entertaining live show, in which Millan demonstrates his instinctual techniques on how to establish a balanced and happy relationship with dogs. The goal of the tour is to educate the international community of dog owners on how to create better relationships with their canine companions.Chulalongkorn University is more than a century old, making it the oldest university under the modern Thai educational system. The institution is highly regarded in the nation and bears the Royal family’s crest. Previous Chulalongkorn University honorary degree recipients include former United States Presidents Bill Clinton and Lyndon B. Johnson.last_img read more

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James Cromwell To Be Honored At Private AwardsSeason Bash At Sublime

first_imgIt’s the height of the awards season, and film and television icon James Cromwell is to receive PETA’s annual Hero to Animals Award at a special dinner honoring him on Thursday at South Florida’s Sublime Restaurant & Bar.When: Thursday, January 11, 5:30 p.m.Where: Sublime Restaurant & Bar, 1431 N. Federal Hwy., Fort LauderdaleThe outspoken Babe and American Horror Story star teamed up with PETA to take over SeaWorld’s “Orca Encounter” show, narrated gripping exposés of cruelty in the horse-racing and pig factory farming industries, and marched against experiments on cats at the University of Wisconsin and monkey shipments by Air France. A vegan since getting to know the pig who played Babe, Cromwell says that he can’t wait to try Sublime’s vegan key lime cheesecake.“We’re honoring James Cromwell for his unerring social activism for animals,” says PETA Honorary Director Nanci Alexander. “He offers a strong and clear voice of freedom for captive marine mammals, cats and primates held in laboratory cages, and pigs who are abused and slaughtered for food. His kindness to all beings, great and small, makes the world a better place.”For more information, please visit PETA.org or SublimeRestaurant.com.last_img read more

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Families of Sisters in Spirit raising hope

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe families of missing or murdered Aboriginal women are taking action to support each other, to end violence and raise awareness.They held their first “Families of Sisters in Spirit” fundraiser in Ottawa.The event began with a vigil on Victoria Island to mark the eight anniversary of the unsolved murder of Terrie Ann Dauphinais.Dauphinais was a young Aboriginal mother who was murdered in her home outside Calgary.It was a small gathering to honour and remember other victims of violence across Canada.last_img

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Climate talks pause as battle over key science report looms

first_imgKATOWICE, Poland — Negotiators at the U.N. climate summit are resting after the first week of talks ended on a sour note Saturday when the U.S. sided with Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in blocking endorsement of a key scientific report on global warming.Scientists and campaigners expressed frustration Sunday at diplomats’ inability to welcome the recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change laying out the consequences of a 1.5 Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) rise in average global temperatures.A leading author of the study, Valerie Masson-Delmotte, asked in a tweet Sunday: “What is so disturbing in our (report) that four governments cannot even ‘welcome’ its findings?”Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists said high-level talks next week will likely see “more contentious discussions like we saw last night.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Bengal to get new factory for production of ebicycles with an investment

first_imgKolkata: United Group, an export house operating from Falta Special Economic Zone in Bengal, is setting up a new factory for the production of electric bicycles with an investment of Rs 25 crore. The company plans to roll out e-bicycles in the next three to four months from this new unit. The catalogue for the entire range of the e cycles was inaugurated by Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh on Tuesday.”Environment friendly bikes and cycles are the need of the hour with vehicular pollution posing a serious health hazard in a city like Kolkata. The e-bicycles are being produced using advanced technology to ensure that they have good longevity,” Ghosh said. The e-bicycles which will be powered by advanced lithium ion battery and high-tech motors will be greatly beneficial for those interested in adventure sports with cycles. “Adventure sports with bicycles are very popular in Europe and is evoking great interest among the young generations in the country and Bengal too,” said MD of United Group Subir Ghosh. People from the urban areas are the prime target for these e-bicycles whose price will be in the range of Rs 10,000 to Rs 3,000. The company has set a target of producing such e-cycles worth Rs 50 crore in the first year since its inception. United Group that already has its manufacturing unit at Falta exports bicycles mainly to Europeon countries such as Poland, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Spain , Holland, Slovenia to name a few and also in Indian markets. The company has recently completed the tender of Delhi Police for MTB bicycles custom built to their colour choice, specification and logo. The first lot of 700 will be used as a green pollution free endeavour of Delhi Police.last_img read more

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Ban condemns bomb blasts at Nigerias independence celebrations

1 October 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the car bomb attacks near the venue in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, of celebrations to mark the country’s 50th independence anniversary, and expressed his condolences to the Government and the families of those who lost their lives. Media reports said at least eight people died in the explosions, which occurred near the National Day parade, and quoted the police as saying that the two blasts outside the justice ministry were caused by car bombs.“The attack was particularly sad coming on the day on which Nigerians were celebrating the 50th anniversary of their nation’s independence,” a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesman said.“The Secretary-General wishes to assure the people and Government of Nigeria of the unflinching support and solidarity of the United Nations as they seek to address the challenges confronting the country, and in particular to consolidate the significant gains made in promoting democratic governance and improving the welfare of all Nigerians,” the statement added. read more

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Business Highlights

___Weak jobs report could shape Fed decision on bondsWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers have yet to start hiring aggressively — a concern the Federal Reserve will weigh in deciding this month whether to slow its bond buying and, if so, by how much.Employers added 169,000 jobs in August but many fewer in June and July than previously thought, the Labor Department said Friday. Combined, June, July and August amounted to the weakest three-month stretch of job growth in a year.The unemployment rate dropped to 7.3 per cent, the lowest in nearly five years. But it fell because more Americans stopped looking for work and were no longer counted as unemployed. The proportion of Americans working or looking for work reached its lowest point in 35 years.___Car prices hit record as buyers load up on optionsDETROIT (AP) — Americans are paying record prices for new cars and trucks, and they have only themselves to blame.The average sale price of a vehicle in the U.S. hit $31,252 last month, up almost $1,000 over the same time last year. The sharp increase has been driven by consumers loading cars up with high-end stereos, navigation systems, leather seats and safety gadgets.It’s a buying pattern that began around two years ago with low interest rates that let buyers choose pricier cars while keeping monthly payments in check. And automakers have also offered cheap lease deals that include fancy options.___China’s yuan joins world’s most traded currenciesHONG KONG (AP) — China’s yuan has joined the ranks of the most traded currencies for the first time, underlining the growing might of the country’s economy, the world’s second-largest.The yuan became one of the top 10 traded currencies in 2013, rising to No. 9 on the list due to a “significant expansion” in offshore trading, the Bank for International Settlements said in a report Thursday. It’s a sharp jump from the bank’s last survey in 2010, when the yuan, also known as the renminbi, was No. 17 on the list.Turnover in trades involving yuan surged to $120 billion a day on average in April 2013, three and half times more than the $34 billion in 2010. Still, that figure is dwarfed by the dollar, which accounted for about $4.7 trillion daily.___Mulally says no plans to leave Ford earlyBERLIN (AP) — The chief executive of Ford Motor Co. says he has no plans to leave the company early after reports that he might be tipped to take a leading role at software maker Microsoft Corp.Ford said last year that Alan Mulally would stay with the company through at least 2014.The 68-year-old on Friday batted aside talk of an early exit, telling reporters in Berlin that “I absolutely personally love serving Ford and we have no changes planned going forward.”___US study says amount of arsenic in rice is lowWASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says consumers shouldn’t worry too much about levels of arsenic in rice — but should vary their diets just in case.The agency, which monitors drugs and products for safety, released a study Friday of arsenic in 1,300 samples of rice and rice products, the largest study to date looking at the carcinogen’s presence in that grain. Consumer groups have pressured the FDA to set a standard for the amount of arsenic that can be present in rice products.The study shows varying levels, with the most arsenic in brown rice and the least in instant rice. Infant cereal and infant rice formulas are also at the low end of the spectrum.___J&J recalls Infant Motrin due to plastic specksWASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson is recalling 200,000 bottles of Motrin Infants formula due to the risk that they contain tiny plastic particles.J&J’s McNeil unit said Friday that the recall affects three lots of its popular Motrin Drops Original Berry Flavor, which is used to lower fever and treat aches and pains in children 2 years old and younger. The company warned that the medicine may be contaminated with specs of PTFE, a plastic also used in Teflon coatings.McNeil says it’s unclear if the recalled bottles actually contain the particles, which were found in a different product during the manufacturing process. The company decided to issue the recall because both products contain the same shipment of ibuprofen from a third-party supplier. Ibuprofen is a common pain reliever and fever reducer, also used in Advil.___Energy Department loses $42 million on loan to van makerWASHINGTON (AP) — The Energy Department said Friday it will lose about $42 million on a loan to a now-shuttered Michigan company that made vans for the disabled.Vehicle Production Group, or VPG, suspended operations in February and laid off 100 workers. The company had paid back $5 million of a $50 million federal loan this spring, and the remainder of its debt was sold at auction this week to Humvee manufacturer AM General, which paid $3 million to buy the Energy Department loan.VPG, of Allen Park, Mich., received a federal loan in 2011 under the same clean-energy program that provided a $529 million loan to electric car maker Fisker Automotive Inc. Fisker had received $192 million before a series of problems led U.S. officials to freeze the loan in 2011. The Obama administration has seized about $28 million from California-based Fisker, which has laid off three-fourths of its workers.An Energy Department spokesman said sale of the VPG loan was a last resort.___Ticketmaster puts resale, unsold tickets in 1 spotLOS ANGELES (AP) — Fans of popular artists or sports teams are painfully aware how difficult it is to find good seats to live events at affordable prices. With a new ticket resale system, Ticketmaster is trying to show you what seats are available in one place — both unsold ones and those up for resale — so you can price-shop more easily.The nation’s largest ticket-seller quietly began rolling out its system, called TM+, for certain shows including a Black Sabbath concert in Massachusetts in August. More than two dozen professional sports teams have signed up, including many in the NFL. With the pro football season beginning in earnest Sunday, millions of football fans could start using the system soon. So far, about 300 events have used TM+, which the company says is still in test mode.Using a computer, ticket buyers can see where each available seat is in a stadium, how much it’s selling for and whether it’s a marked-up resale seat or one that hasn’t been sold yet.___The Simpsons area complete at Universal OrlandoORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Walking into Universal Orlando’s new themed area is a bit surreal. First, you hear familiar music. Then you spot the sign: “Greetings from SPRINGFIELD U.S.A.”And then you get a faint whiff of doughnuts.The hometown from the animated TV series “The Simpsons” has been brought to life in a theme park.The full Springfield experience opened to the public in the park in August. Universal has slowly been adding to the area for years, building it around “The Simpsons” ride that opened in 2008. With a new ride — the Kang and Kodos Twirl ‘n’ Hurl — and a food court that includes Moe’s Tavern, the show’s beloved watering hole, the area is now complete. Other attractions found in both the show and the park include the Krustyland carnival area and the Kwik-E-Mart, a convenience store on TV and a gift shop at Universal.___Samsung’s new Galaxy Notes to go on sale in OctoberNEW YORK (AP) — Samsung said Friday that its new versions of its Galaxy Note smartphone and tablet, along with its new smartwatch, will go on sale in the U.S. next month.AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular all will carry the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. Some of the cellular carriers will also sell the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.Major retailers including Best Buy, Amazon.com, RadioShack and Wal-Mart also will carry the smartphone and smartwatch.___By The Associated Press=The Dow Jones industrial average ended down 14.98 points, or 0.1 per cent, at 14,922.50. The Nasdaq composite rose 1.23 points, or 0.03 per cent, to 3,660.01. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose less than a point, or 0.01 per cent, to close at 1,655.17.Benchmark oil for October delivery rose $2.16, or 2 per cent, to close at $110.53 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent, the benchmark for international crudes, gained 86 cents to $116.12 per barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.Wholesale gasoline rose 2 cents to $2.85 per gallon. Natural gas fell 5 cents to $3.53 per 1,000 cubic feet. Heating oil added 2 cents to $3.16 per gallon. by The Associated Press Posted Sep 6, 2013 6:18 pm MDT Business Highlights AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Water restrictions will be in place until at least Thursday

first_imgDUBLIN CITY COUNCIL has announced that the ongoing problems that have disrupted the water supply to nearly 1.5 million people will continue until “at least Thursday”.The council, on behalf of all four Dublin local authorities, said that the problem that has affected the colour of water at the Ballymore Eustace water treatment plant have abated, but that there was not sufficient water in reserve to meet demand.The council says that the problem had stabilised, but that production at the plant was “well below” what was required, as were storage levels.To combat this, water restrictions will remain in place from 8pm each evening until 7am the following morning.The council says that here is no problem with the quality of treated drinking water or with storage levels of untreated or raw water.They say that tests are being carried out at the plant and that engineers are working around the clock to solve the problem. However, they say that this “may take some time”.A statement issued by the council apologised for the disruption, which will see lower pressures and a loss of supply across Dublin, as well as parts of Kildare and Wicklow.“The four Dublin Local Authorities apologise for any inconvenience caused by these restrictions and will do everything possible to minimise their scale and duration. We are asking consumers bear with us while we work to restore the water supply to normal.”Read: Hogan: Communication of water restrictions could have been handled betterRead: Council: water will take time to come back – and may look cloudylast_img read more

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Government to redefine role of PR bodies KCR

first_imgHyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Saturday said the powers, duties and responsibilities of the officials and public representatives of the Panchayat Raj Institutions would be defined soon. He said the PR institutions would not be left as namesake bodies but would be strengthened with clear duties, responsibilities, funds and devolution of powers. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us The Chief Minister said the task of redefining the PR bodies would be accomplished in the 60 days action plan to be implemented by the government. He announced appointment of district level green committee under the chairmanship of District Collector, to monitor the growth of greenery in villages and towns. He held a review meeting on strengthening of the Panchayat Raj bodies and actions to be taken thereof at Pragathi Bhavan. Ministers Errabelli Dayakar Rao, Jagadish Reddy and officials participated in the meeting. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us “The government’s aim is to develop the villages. I have faith and confidence that if one works with dedication and commitment, there will be a qualitative change in the villages. The government has brought in a new Panchayat Raj Act to change the face of the villages. We clearly stipulated the duties and responsibilities of elected representatives and officials. Now it has been decided to transfer powers to the local bodies. Advertise With Us If the chairpersons of Zilla Parishad and Ministers are not provided with enough powers and responsibilities, there would be no meaning to their offices. Same would be the case with the MPPs, ZPTCs. We will decide the extent of responsibilities in the field of health, education, and greenery to be fixed. We will give clarity on what Gram Panchayats, Mandal Parishad and Zilla Parishad should be. Soon, the Finance Commission would provide the funds to PR bodies. Funds would be provided after the role of the PR bodies are defined,” the Chief Minister said. He has instructed Minister Dayakar Rao to discuss and to hold a deep study on the duties and responsibilities of the PR bodies. He wanted in-depth discussions with persons who have experience on the subject, leaders, officials and subject specialists. A draft should be prepared, and it should be discussed with the MPs, MLAs, MLCs, and in the State cabinet and later it should be put before the Legislative Assembly. Based on the suggestions, advices, inputs, clear-cut instructions will be given on the duties and responsibilities and funds. The 60 days action plan would commence soon after the completion of municipal polls. The Chief Minister has instructed the officials of PR department to fill up all the vacancies from Panchayat Secretary to the chief executive officer of ZP. He said, henceforth Mandal Development Officer post would be treated Mandal Panchayat Officer. The Chief Minister also instructed that promotions should be given to the categories like Village Secretaries, Mandal Panchayat Officers, Mandal Parishad Development Officers, Divisional Panchayat Officers, deputy CEOs, DPOs, CEOs etc., and fill up the vacancies arising out of this. He said the panchayat secretary posts should be filled up directly.last_img read more

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KKR Thoma Bravo Vista Equity in race for 4 billion worth of

first_imgBuyout firms KKR & Co LP (KKR.N), Thoma Bravo LLC and Vista Equity Partners Management LLC are competing for $4 billion worth of Dell Inc’s assets, people familiar with the matter said, as the computer maker steps up asset sales.Divesting these assets would help Dell bolster its balance sheet after it agreed in October to buy data storage company EMC Corp (EMC.N) for $67 billion. That deal is expected to close by October 2016, subject to approval by EMC shareholders.The three private equity firms are vying for Dell’s Quest Software, which helps with information technology management, as well as SonicWall, an e-mail encryption and data security provider, the people said this week.Quest Software and SonicWall are each worth around $2 billion, the people said. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) is advising Dell on their potential sale, the people added.Dell is also working with Citigroup Inc (C.N) on the sale of IT services company Perot Systems, which could be valued at between $5 billion and $6 billion, the people said. Dell is marketing Perot Systems to large companies in the business services industry in the United States and abroad, the people added.The sources asked not to be identified because the deliberations are confidential. Representatives from Vista Equity, Thoma Bravo and Goldman Sachs did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Dell, Citi and KKR declined to comment.The asset sales would help reduce the $49.5 billion of debt Dell will assume once the merger with EMC is completed. It has said it will focus on reducing its debt during the first 18 to 24 months after the merger with EMC to achieve an investment-grade credit rating.Thoma Bravo took SonicWall private in a roughly $717 million deal in 2010 and sold it to Dell two years later.Reuters reported last week that EMC, in a bid to boost shareholder support for its sale to Dell, will retain a majority stake in cloud services provider Virtustream and abandon a plan to place the money-losing company in a joint venture with VMware Inc (VMW.N).The change is aimed at lifting VMware’s shares, whose decline in value puts the acquisition at risk because Dell was set to pay EMC shareholders $24.05 per share in cash and a special stock that tracks the common shares of VMware. VMware is a virtualization software maker majority-owned by EMC, and is seen as one of the company’s most important assets.last_img read more

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RBI monetary policy Repo rate cut to 625 expected to push further

first_imgThe Reserve Bank of India’s 25-basis-point cut of repo rates for the first time in 17 months marking a major policy change is expected to add further momentum to economic growth.The central bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) that met for the first time after Shaktikanta Das took over as governor belied expectations in some quarters that it might not further ease the rates on the heels of the interim budget that saw measures to ease liquidity and stimulate growth.Thursday’s meeting lowered the repo rate to 6.25 per cent by a 4-2 vote, whereas the general feeling among financial experts was an unchanged rate. The last rate cut was in August 2017. Importantly, the committee also changed the policy stance to “neutral” from “calibrated tightening” on expected lines, handing the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi a made-to-order policy framework ahead of the general election 2019.The central bank pegs consumer price inflation at 2.4 per cent for the January-March period and 3.2-3.4 per cent from April to September. The bank’s estimate of the gross domestic product (GDP) growth for April-September quarters is 7.2-7.4 per cent.RBI reckons the headline inflation to remain soft in the near term echoing the current low level of inflation and the benign food inflation outlook.The policy statement, however, cautions that beyond the near term, some uncertainties warrant careful monitoring. The GDP growth for 2019-20 is pegged at 7.4 per cent in the range of 7.2-7.4 per cent in H1, and 7.5 per cent in Q3 with evenly balanced risks, the statement says.While economists had expected the RBI to change the policy stance first and go for a rate cut only in April the announcement of the policy change and rate cut together is expected to have some impact on the market.Estimates show the country’s consumer inflation has averaged three per cent in the last five months against RBI’s target of four per cent. The economy is expected to grow at 6.8 per cent during the second half of FY19. Some economists expected the upside risks to inflation would increase over the recent interim budget announcements of Piyush Goyal, who presented the budget in the absence of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. A rate cut is expected to support the rupee as foreign portfolio investors (FPI) have invested seven times more than the market debt. A dovish Fed has also ruled out further global rate pressure Global rate pressure. The market expected the RBI to adopt a wait-and-watch policy as it had said in its last monetary policy statement that both inflation and growth were developing “soft spots” requiring a better assessment of the situation for framing an appropriate risk management policy.last_img read more

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Despite Industry Downturn OTC Showcases New Technology

first_img 00:00 /01:16 Ed MayberryAttendees inspect new oil and gas technology at the Offshore Technology ConferenceThe Offshore Technology Conference is underway this week at NRG Center. OTC continues to showcase new technology, despite deep job cuts in the oil and gas industry.Even if final attendance figures turn out to be lower than in 2014 when oil was $100 a barrel, companies still take part, showing that they’re still in business.Joe Fowler has been through four downturns.“Our exhibits are as large as last year’s, so we have almost 700,000 square feet of exhibits,” said Fowler, chairman of the OTC board of directors. “We have 2,500 exhibitors, including over 300 new exhibitors. So we have, those 300 companies, new companies that are coming to exhibit here are positive about the industry.”It’s when prices are low that the industry needs innovation and expertise more than ever, according OTC’s executive director Stephen Graham.He says down years can be a time for continuing education.“Absolutely. Our technical programs haven’t changed from year to year,” Graham said. “We still produce about 350 technical papers each year during OTC and the time period to understand that and to gain new knowledge is really now.”Graham says in a down cycle, it’s an opportunity for new companies to enter the market.“It was in this down cycle three cycles ago, back in the mid 80’s, when many of the companies that are on the show floor today got their start.”The Offshore Technology Conference continues through Thursday. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Sharelast_img read more

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Physicists use magnetism simulation software to model US presidential elections

first_imgConnected by commuters. This map shows connections between home and work counties for the most common connections (top 10%), according to census data. Researchers used these data as part of a simulation of voting behavior in US presidential elections. Credit: J. Fernández-Gracia et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. (2014) PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen (Phys.org) —A team of physicists working at IFISC in Palma de Mallorca, Spain has used a computer simulation originally designed to model the transition of iron between magnetized states to create a model to do something similar for voting patterns in the United States. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, the team describes how they used factors of influence by interactions between voters to create a model that accurately predicted how influenced voters would vote. Creating a computer model that can accurately predict the outcome (the winner and loser) of an election is still just a pipe dream, of course. What is possible though is modeling human behavior as it relates to voter patterns. One such behavior is the tendency of voters to be impacted by the opinions of others, whether those of people that live near them, or those that commute to places where they work. It’s this tendency that the team in Spain has tried to model.To model voter tendencies on a computer the researchers narrowed down the factors of influence that lead to voting tendencies to just two: the proportion of Republicans versus Democrats in a given voter’s home county and the proportion of Republicans versus Democrats where they work. This (and probability and statistics) allowed for modeling the impact of influence in a variety of situations. One example would be where a voter is Democrat but lives or works among Republicans, a situation that can in many cases cause them to vote Republican. The model allowed for increasing or decreasing the distance between such voters to allow for an increase or dissipation of influence impacting possible voting trends. Play 36 years of simulated US presidential election maps have some statistical properties that remain constant in time and are similar to the real election results. (Counties that voted for the Democrat are blue; those for the Republican are red. The intensity of the color indicates the margin of victory.) Credit: J. Fernández-Gracia/IFISC/ Physics Focus Instead of trying to predict who would win a given election, the model alternatively shows trends by focusing on margin of victory—by noting voter trends across varying regions—with visual representations of changes in voting behavior as distance between impact factors change. To find out if their model was accurate, the team input census data from the nine presidential elections covering the years 1980 to 2012. Doing so revealed previously unknown correlations between regions that actually existed in the real world of vote casting and graphically illustrated the influence that voters have on one another. One striking example was the county to county variability displayed, indicating the percentage of votes going to either party—showing that the national mean changes from election to election, but not the degree of fluctuation between counties. Explore further Swing voters hold more sway over candidates on economic issuescenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Physicists use magnetism simulation software to model US presidential elections (2014, April 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-04-physicists-magnetism-simulation-software-presidential.html © 2014 Phys.org Journal information: Physical Review Letters More information: Is the Voter Model a Model for Voters? Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 158701 – Published 18 April 2014. journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/ … ysRevLett.112.158701ABSTRACTThe voter model has been studied extensively as a paradigmatic opinion dynamics model. However, its ability to model real opinion dynamics has not been addressed. We introduce a noisy voter model (accounting for social influence) with recurrent mobility of agents (as a proxy for social context), where the spatial and population diversity are taken as inputs to the model. We show that the dynamics can be described as a noisy diffusive process that contains the proper anisotropic coupling topology given by population and mobility heterogeneity. The model captures statistical features of U.S. presidential elections as the stationary vote-share fluctuations across counties and the long-range spatial correlations that decay logarithmically with the distance. Furthermore, it recovers the behavior of these properties when the geographical space is coarse grained at different scales—from the county level through congressional districts, and up to states. Finally, we analyze the role of the mobility range and the randomness in decision making, which are consistent with the empirical observations.last_img read more

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Women Olympics Began with Female Athletes Organizing it Themselves

first_imgThe female olympics was part of a long line of Olympic history. The Olympic Movement of the late-19th century, which led to the revival the ancient Greek tradition of the Olympic Games, was successful thanks to the efforts of two distinguished gentlemen ― Pierre de Coubertin and Demetrius Vikelas. The first modern Summer Olympics was held in Athens in 1896, starting what is today known as arguably the most important sports event in the world.The Olympic Commission made it their mission to revive the traditional games and therefore celebrate the spirit of ancient Greece in every way possible. Among other things, this meant strongly discouraging women from taking part in the competition, as in ancient times women weren’t even allowed to be in the audience, let alone participate.Panathenaic stadium in Athens, Greece, also known as Kalimarmaro which means good marble stoneTheir arguments reflected generally the accepted opinion of the era ― that in order for women to preserve their feminine charms, they must be excluded from such manly activities.They also relied on the conviction that women were just incapable of performing well and that all of their attempts to do sports were too amateurish.However, the century that followed brought great changes in terms of women’s rights, and the status of women in society in general.Charlotte Cooper Sterry (1870-1966), English tennis player, Wimbledon champion 1895, 1896, 1898, 1901, 1908; Olympic champion in singles and mixed doubles 1900.In the wake of the Suffrage movement in Europe and the United States, as well as the Russian Revolution of 1917, women were quickly becoming political subjects who demanded their voice to be heard.In such a political climate, female athletes felt encouraged to act — to fight the prejudice that sports were an activity reserved for men only.Halina Konopacka in 1928 Summer Olympics in AmsterdamIt took 16 years from the time the first modern Olympics were held in Athens for women to gain very limited access to the competition.In Stockholm, in 1912, women were permitted to compete in swimming and diving, with 22 female athletes taking part. However, this giant first step was not welcomed by all.Erika Mahringer, first woman using the Cellulix ski base, Ski World Championships St. Moritz 1948 Photo by Kunstpiste CC BY 3.0Pierre de Coubertin famously commented that:…“an Olympiad with females would be impractical, uninteresting, unaesthetic and improper.”Seeing that they were not taken seriously by their male counterparts, a group of women, led by Alice Milliat ― a pioneer of woman’s sports in Europe ― organized the first ever international women’s sporting event, which took place in Monte Carlo in 1921.The start of the women’s 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay swimming at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, SwedenThis was done partly as a reaction to the stubbornness of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ― at the time still headed by its founder, Pierre de Coubertin ― to make the games more available to women. The 1921 Women’s Olympiad served as a forerunner of the Women’s World Games, held for the first time during the following year.Related Video:Milliat and her companions from the International Women’s Sports Federation were confronted by the IOC, whose members demanded of them to leave out any reference to the Olympics in naming their event, so the word “Olympiad” had to be dropped.Alice Milliat in 1913. Photo by inconnu CC BY-SA 3.0Nevertheless, they continued with their plans of holding a quadrennial sporting event, organized by and for women, despite the strong wave of male-led criticism.The first such event, which took place in Paris, drew an audience of between 15,000 and 20,000 people, providing women athletes with 11 different events.The Women’s World Games was held every four years — in Gothenburg (1926), Prague (1930), and London (1934). Most of the participants were from North America, Western and Central Europe, and Japan.Japanese Team at the 4th Women’s World Games held August 1934 in the White City Stadium, LondonIn the meantime, Pierre de Coubertin lost his chair in the International Olympics Committee. In 1928, the Summer Olympics in Amsterdam hosted 300 female athletes in multiple categories previously reserved only for men. This constituted around 10 percent of the total number of athletes.During the 1928 Olympics women were allowed to hold their own 800-meter run, but soon after the IOC deemed this discipline as “too dangerous” for female participants, ruling it out from further events.Women’s World Games, London, August 1934It wasn’t until 1960, during the Summer Olympics in Rome, that women were once again given the opportunity to participate in this race.As for the events organized by Alice Milliat and the International Women’s Sports Federation, they bore fruit and introduced a world of opportunities. The number of participants grew steadily, with entrants from 19 countries by the time the Games were held in London in 1934.The U.S. women’s Olympic swim team in 1928The women activists struggling to prove to the world that they were capable of competing in various categories, including the ones deemed too masculine for them, still had to face institutions like the International Olympic Committee that actively sabotaged their attempts.Read another story from us: Unsung Female Heroes whose Influence is Still FeltOn the other hand, they gathered great public support and found allies who proved more open-minded. They also inspired others to take part, creating a generation of female athletes who would go on to set the standards in professional sports.Step by step, and with the help of the women who organized their own female olympics, women achieved the respect they deserve in international sporting events, by challenging an outdated tradition.last_img read more

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first_img News | Computed Tomography (CT) | March 04, 2019 Aidoc Announces CE Mark for AI-based Pulmonary Embolism Workflow Tool Artificial intelligence (AI) radiology solution provider Aidoc announced the commercial release of its CE-marked… read more February 6, 2014 — Ziehm Imaging received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance to market its new generation Ziehm Vision RFD C-arm for pediatric and other interventional operating room procedures. For more information: www.ziehm.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 360 Photos | Angiography | May 17, 2019 360 View Inside a Cath/EP Lab at Baylor Heart Hospital This is a view inside one of the 11 cath labs at … read more Feature | Mobile C-Arms | July 01, 2019 | By Paramjit “Romi” Chopra, M.D. Mobile C-arm Technology Helps Build Efficiency A mobile C-arm is a medical imaging read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more Technology | February 06, 2014 FDA Clears Ziehm Vision RFD for Pediatric Imaging Ziehm Imaging supplyies 65 percent of the C-arm market in Europe.  Technology | Angiography | March 01, 2019 iSchemaView Launches RAPID Angio iSchemaView announced the release of RAPID Angio, a complete neuroimaging solution for the angiography suite that… read more The Ziehm Vision RFD C-arm offers fully motorized movement on four axes to maximize image quality while minimizing procedural dose. It was cleared for a range of image procedures including specific intended uses in pediatric imaging.center_img Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace ControlRad Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more News | Advanced Visualization | February 25, 2019 Philips and Microsoft Showcase Augmented Reality for Image-Guided Minimally Invasive Therapies Philips will unveil a new mixed reality concept developed together with Microsoft that the company says is designed for… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | April 04, 2019 Omega Medical Imaging Launches AI-enabled FluoroShield for Radiation Reduction The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Omega Medical Imaging 510(k) clearance to offer their artificial… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more Related Content Philips and Microsoft have partnered to develop an augmented reality system to help imporve workflow and procedural navigation in the cath lab. Physicians wearing visors can view and interact with true 3-D holograms above the patient on the table and manipulate the image with voice and hand motion commands to avoid breaking the sterile field.  Image courtesy of GE Healthcarelast_img read more

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Haiku beta released with package management a new preflet webkit and more

first_imgOn Tuesday, the team at Haiku released Haiku beta, an open-source operating system that specifically targets personal computing. It is inspired by the BeOS and is fast, simple to use and easy to learn. What’s new in  Haiku? Package management This release comes with a complete package management system. Haiku’s packages are a special type of compressed filesystem image, that are mounted upon installation (and thereafter on each boot) by the packagefs, a kernel component. The /system/ hierarchy in Haiku beta is now read-only, since it is merely a combination of the presently installed packages at the system level and it ensures that the system files themselves are incorruptible. With this release, it is possible to boot into a previous package state or even blacklist individual files. Since the disk transactions for managing the packages are limited, the installations and uninstallations are instant. It is possible to manage the installed package set on a non-running Haiku system by mounting its boot disk and further manipulating the /system/packages directory and associated configuration files. It is now possible to switch your system repositories from master to r1beta1. WebPositive upgrades The system web browser is more stable than before with the YouTube now functioning properly and other under-the-hood changes . With WebKit it is possible to fix a large number of bugs in Haiku such as broken stack alignment, various kernel panics in the network stack, bad edge-case handling in app_server’s rendering core, missing support for extended transforms and gradients, broken picture-clipping support, missing POSIX functionality, etc. Haiku WebKit now also uses Haiku’s network protocol layer and supports Gopher. Completely rewritten network preflet The old network preflet has now been replaced with a completely new preflet, designed from the ground-up for ease of use and longevity. The preflet now can manage the network services on the machine, such as OpenSSH and ftpd. The preflet also uses a plugin-based API, so third-party network services (VPNs, web servers, etc) can integrate with it. User interface cleanup & live color updates A lot of miscellaneous cleanups to various parts of the user interface has been made since the last release. Mail and Tracker both have received a significant internal cleanup of their UI code. This release features Haiku-style toolbars and font-size awareness. Major improvements in Haiku Media subsystem improvements The media subsystem now features a large number of cleanups to the Media Kit to improve fault tolerance, latency correction, and performance issues. The HTTP and RTSP streaming support are now integrated into the I/O layer of the Media Kit. With this release, live streams can now be played in WebPositive via HTML5 audio/video support, or in the native MediaPlayer. FFmpeg decoder plugin improvements FFmpeg 4.0 is now used even on GCC2 builds. This release comes with added support for audio and video formats, as well as significant performance improvements. HDA driver improvements The driver for HDA (High-Definition Audio) chipsets now comes with audio chipsets in modern x86-based hardware. RemoteDesktop Haiku’s native RemoteDesktop application has been improved and added to the builds. This RemoteDesktop forwards drawing commands from the host system to the client system. RemoteDesktop doesn’t require any special server. It can easily connect and run applications on any Haiku system. SerialConnect This release comes with SerialConnect, which is a simple and straightforward graphical interface to serial ports. It supports arbitrary baud rates and certain extended features such as XMODEM file transfers. Built-in Debugger is now the default Haiku’s built-in Debugger has replaced GDB as the default debugger. It also features a command-line interface for those who prefer it. The debugger services the system-wide crash dialogs. launch_daemon The launch_daemon now includes support for service dependency tracking, lazy daemon startup, and automatic restart of daemons upon crashes. Updated filesystem drivers Haiku comes with NFSv4 client, a GSoC project, which is now included by default. Haiku’s userlandfs supports running filesystem drivers in userland, which is now shipped along with Haiku itself. It now supports running BeOS filesystem drivers which are not supported in kernel mode. To know more about this release, check out  Haiku’s release notes. Read Next The Haiku operating system has released R1/beta1 Haiku, the open source BeOS clone, to release in beta after 17 years of development KDevelop 5.3 released with new analyzer plugin and improved language supportlast_img read more

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Solís welcomes senior US Foreign Service officer on brief 3country tour

first_imgCosta Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís met with U.S. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere AffairsJohn Feeley Monday morning as part of a three-nation trip by the State Department official. Feeley said his visit was to touch base with the Costa Rican president and shore up relations between the allies.Solís and Feeley spoke about Costa Rica’s shared interests with the United States along with Costa Rica’s relationship with Nicaragua, the unaccompanied child migrant crisis and regional security during their brief meeting at Casa Presidencial.“Costa Rica, thanks to its history, thanks to the effort of the Costa Rican people, does not suffer from some of the problems like its friends in Central America, in the Northern Triangle. We see Costa Rica as an excellent partner not only in anti-organized crime efforts but in economic, environmental, and, most importantly, in the international arena,” especially in its support for human rights, Feeley said during a joint press conference.Feeley said that his visit was to shore up partnerships between the two nations and not ideology. The diplomat admitted that while the U.S. in years past was more concerned with Latin American leaders’ adherence to capitalism, his visit Monday was more about working with countries like Costa Rica to develop an agenda for the region based on greater security, prosperity and democracy.“It used to be like that in the past but we’ve evolved,” Feeley said.Solís said that during a recent trip to New York, he spoke with other Central American leaders who had expressed their concern about the drop-off in media coverage for a humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied migrants. According to Solís, Feeley said the U.S. was working on improving conditions at immigration processing areas.Since September, U.S. border officials have seen a flood of child migrants begin to slow. In May, officials apprehended more than 10,500 unaccompanied minors arriving at the southern U.S. border, and about the same number in June. That figure fell by about half in July, and was down to about 3,100 in August. Most of the children were fleeing poverty and violence in the Central American countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.Feeley also congratulated Costa Rican Justice Minister Cristina Ramírez on the government’s efforts to reform its overcrowded prison system. The diplomat said that Costa Rica’s “progressive” efforts to reform and reinsert its prisoners into society should be the basis of any correctional system. Feeley said the U.S. Embassy in San José has been working for two years with the Justice Ministry on prison reform.“This is an example of how a small country like Costa Rica can help us,” Feeley said.Solís said he has no current plans to make a formal state visit to the United States. The president already has made two trips to the U.S. since taking office on May 8. He mentioned that future trips to encourage foreign investment may look beyond New York and Silicon Valley to Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston.Solís said he would welcome a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama during his term. President Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014) hosted Obama’s most recent visit to Costa Rica in 2012.After meeting with Solís on Monday, Feeley traveled to Panama before moving on to Belize to close his trip.AFP contributed to this report. Facebook Comments Related posts:Nicaraguan migrants don’t follow other Central Americans to US, choosing Costa Rica instead Costa Rica to ‘take a hard look’ at its diplomatic missions, foreign minister says after meeting with US Secretary of State Kerry White House seeks emergency funds to handle rush of young immigrants Costa Rica serves as a corridor for Asians, Africans migrating to the USlast_img read more

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2 pig heads hung outside mosque in France

first_img Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Check your body, save your life More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   center_img Brigitte Bareges condemned “this odious and blasphemous act toward the Muslim community.”Police have opened an investigation. Muslim leaders said the vandalism was especially shocking because it happened during the holy month of Ramadan.“This was meant to dirty this place of prayer,” said Abdallah Zekri, a regional Muslim leader based in Nimes. He said by telephone that he has a “sense of disgust.”It was the first such incident in Montauban, near the city of Toulouse. In 2009, pig feet were hung on a mosque in Castres, also in southern France, and a Nazi swastika was painted on its walls along with racist and nationalist slogans.The discovery of the pig heads came a day after officials in the northern Paris suburb of Gennevilliers reinstated four summer camp counselors who had been suspended for Ramadan fasting. After an outcry, the town decided that during the month of August it would not apply a clause in the labor contract requiring summer camp counselors to be fully fed and hydrated, a statement said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) PARIS (AP) – Two pig heads were found hanging at the entrance of a mosque in southern France on Wednesday, in the latest incident of what Muslim leaders say is rising Islamophobia in the country.The mayor of Montauban denounced what she described as intimidation of Muslims after the heads were discovered in the early morning attached to two pillars at the entrance of the Salam Mosque, a huge pool of blood on the ground. Pigs are considered unclean by Muslims, who are forbidden from eating pork. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Quick workouts for men 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

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US Turkey seek to establish Islamic Statefree zone

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The United States and Turkey are finalizing plans for a military campaign to push the Islamic State out of a strip of land along the Syrian border, deepening efforts to halt the extremists’ advances.A U.S. official said the creation of an “Islamic State-free zone” would ensure greater security and stability in the Turkish-Syrian border region. However, the official said any joint military efforts with Turkey would not include the imposition of a no-fly zone, a step Washington has long resisted despite Turkish requests. The discussions come amid a major tactical shift in Turkey’s approach to the Islamic State. After months of reluctance, Turkish warplanes started striking militant targets in Syria last week, following a long-awaited agreement allowing the U.S. to launch its own strikes from the strategically located Incirlik Air Base.The official insisted on anonymity because this person was not authorized to publicly discuss the talks with Turkey.Despite the U.S. and Turkey’s shared interests in fighting the Islamic State, the Turks have also prioritized defeating Syrian President Bashar Assad. While the U.S. says Assad has lost legitimacy, it has not taken direct military action to try to remove him from office.Turkey’s new airstrike campaign also includes a second front targeting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. The U.S. has relied on Syrian Kurdish fighters affiliated with the PKK to help make gains against the Islamic State.Turkey accuses the PKK of not keeping pledges to withdraw armed fighters from its territory and disarm. The Turks are also concerned that gains made by Kurds in Iraq and in Syria could encourage its own minority to seek independence.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Four benefits of having a wireless security system Comments   Share   center_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Men’s health affects baby’s health too How do cataracts affect your vision? Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

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Late Night Funnyman Lists Historic Los Angeles Home

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2012-06-15 Abby Gregory Late Night Funnyman Lists Historic Los Angeles Homecenter_img June 15, 2012 425 Views Another comedian is set to sell his California estate. Funnyman and host of “”The Late, Late Show””:www.cbs.com/shows/late_late_show/ on CBS, Craig Ferguson, has put his Los Angeles home “”on the market””:http://luxe.truliablog.com/2012/06/craig-ferguson-selling-home/ for $1.995 million. The property, which is located in the city’s Beachwood Canyon area, was built in the 1930s, and the Spanish-style villa is said to reflect a classic, Old Hollywood aesthetic. The 2,385-square-foot house is well preserved, and the home still features its original stained glass windows, tile, and hardwoods. According to “”Trulia Luxe””:http://luxe.truliablog.com/2012/06/craig-ferguson-selling-home/, Ferguson is already on the move, having purchased a $4.1 million Craftsmen home on nearby Canyon Drive in April.[COLUMN_BREAK][IMAGE]last_img read more

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