25/10/2016 Reporting Scotland


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Gay men who were convicted of homosexuality before Scots Law

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was changed in 1980 are to be given a full pardon.

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The Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said it was vital

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It covers all convictions for same-sex activity,

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There are also plans to remove these convictions from police records.

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Gay activist Derek Hogg says it is a wonderful

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act of reconciliation but he remembers

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a very different time in

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Working-class gay men in Scotland where they to come out, they

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faced physical brutality and shaming and ostracism from their community.

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Middle-class professional people lost their professional status.

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It was a catastrophe in the lives of people

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and of course just the

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silence of living with that sense of guilt year after year after year

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drove many people to suicide, to self harm and

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At Holyrood, the Justice Secretary put it simply.

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We want to produce an automatic pardoned for

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people convicted so they know they are absolved fully of that

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We want to address the injustice that people experienced

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There will also be moves to disregard such conviction

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In England, different reform is under

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way following the posthumous pardon granted to Alan Turing, the wartime

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There is a long history here, while sexual acts

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between women were not specifically outlawed, it was 1980,

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13 years after England, before gay sex was

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legalised in Scotland with men aged over 21.

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In 1994, the age of consent was registered to 18, then 16 in

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The first same-sex marriage in Scotland was at

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Today's announcement won cross-party support.

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That is a hugely welcome announcement, in fact nothing short

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of an historic moment for Scotland to be a more equal and respectful

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Both Kezia Dougdale and Patrick Harvie raised the issue of a

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While many welcome a pardon, others take

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from it they are being forgiven for having done something wrong.

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The Cabinet Secretary promised to look

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seriously at that issue when the pardon law is introduced.

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Plans for the expansion of Heathrow's third runway have been

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welcomed by the Scottish government, Scottish airports and businesses

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who want to see improved options for air connections.

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But environmentalists are warning it's a backward step

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This has been maturing for as long as it has taken to decide on a new

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runway in London. This patch will be ready

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about the time the next This distillery near Inverness has

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trouble requirements. Frustrated by London's

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airport bottleneck. It is not that important

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for us to get out because we know how to get out,

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but for distributors and their customers coming in,

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they need a smooth transition, and Heathrow usually

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is the airport of choice. London has lots of airport capacity

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but not enough where it's needed,

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at Heathrow and Gatwick. That is where feeder flights can

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link to the world, but what about the noise, say

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Heathrow's neighbours, and aircraft The concerns are that we receive

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a significant increase, 70% It will increase pollution,

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make the demands that the planet is facing, carbon emissions,

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even more stark. Three Scottish airports link

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with Heathrow but the British Not the setting has come

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at an economic cost, while other global hubs have been

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grabbing market share. We need to have this

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as soon as possible. Because of the delays we have had

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over many years, what you are seeing is further

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development in western Europe, and in Dubai and Istanbul,

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and that isn't the cost of the UK. After consultation and potential

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legal challenges, a hard-fought Commons

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vote, we are still a long way from Some Gatwick supporters

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think Heathrow's I am frustrated as a taxpayer and

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a businessman and an airport guy who But in the end we just

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have to get on with what There is a catch, the aviation

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market is changing. people in and out of London,

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they are looking for direct routes, indeed they are already flying them

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to European cities, North America and the Middle East

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and eventually they hope to Asia. With that kind of growth,

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Edinburgh might need another Police have been using a helicopter

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in the search for a young French national who's gone

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missing in Edinburgh. Antoine Maury, who's 21,

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was last seen late last night after leaving his friends

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in the city's Milton Road area. Officers say they're growing

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increasingly concerned Scotland's prisons watchdog wants

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more help for offenders who are released into the community

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at the end of their sentence. The Chief Inspector of Prisons says

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too often people leave jail without knowing where they'll sleep

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or whether their healthcare needs will be met and it makes reoffending

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more likely. Scotland's prison

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population is the lowest annual inspection

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report is positive. Praise for staff who work

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with prisoners about to be released. This report pleased

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to be publishing today. David Strand says there should be

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better integration of their work with services

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provided in the community by local authorities,

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the NHS and charities. I see too many people

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leaving prison, not knowing where they are going to

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sleep that night, people with health care problems, not

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sure whether addiction support will come,

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and people leaving with insufficient

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money to support them until their This lack of support,

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he says, is one of the many reasons why many offenders

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return quickly to prison. This challenge for society

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is being tackled by Mentors, many of themselves

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with prison records, help those about to leave

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jail and for the year They offer practical

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support and advice It has been six months,

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and there is a real empathy, because

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we do understand. A lot of the guys I have worked

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with, from the team, there is a real deep understanding

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in the whole team, But the charities concerned that

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funding could come to an end. It will have to find other ways to

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prevent offenders returning to prison.

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Football and there was one game in the Scottish Premiership tonight.

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The international rugby head coach Vern Cotter says no team should

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try to stop a player representing his nation.

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The top English sides have voted not to release Scotland players

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for the Autumn tests unless the SRU settles what's claimed to be

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The next generation honed their skills on a tour of the

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national rugby stadium, the man in charge of Scotland's

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first 15 fields questions about a row with top

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English teams who say their players might represent Scotland unless

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allegedly outstanding medical bills are settled.

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You can't deny people the opportunity to play.

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Even though it may be frustrating at times when

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you have players leaving or injured or coming back injured,

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International rugby is important fixtures

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try and deprive a player of that possibility to play for his country.

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To kick off the autumn Test series, the World Cup

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runners-up Australia are

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here at Murrayfield a fortnight on Saturday.

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Head coach Vern Cotter will need his strongest available

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But because of the club versus country row, he's not sure

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whether his English-based players will be available to him.

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The five in question are the Saracens duo of

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Fellow back Tim Visser of Harlequins.

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Forward Moray Low of the Exeter Chiefs.

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And most crucially of all, Gloucester's Greg Laidlaw, the

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You cannot have a Scotland test periods without the

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Greg Laidlaw is in there as the Scottish captain for

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And he should not be used as a political pawn between a

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It's a distraction Vern Cotter could do without as he prepares for

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He will be replaced next summer by the Glasgow Warriors head coach

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If you're doing something and you want to go

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somewhere and you've got objectives in mind,

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Moving on this autumn will be less of an ordeal if

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key players like the captain can join the party.

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Experts who repaired the Forth Road Bridge have won

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the coveted Saltire Society award for civil engineering.

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Scotland's longest bridge was closed to all traffic in December last year

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after fractures were found in the steelwork.

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Judges have said the team deserved the Greatest Contribution to

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Scotland award for their 'remarkable engineering achievement carried out

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in adverse weather whilst ensuring public safety.

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The weather is next. Lovely smells of sunshine earlier

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today but in the cloud had built, a sign of things to come. We will see

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some cloud and rain and some strengthening winds. The clouds did

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build through the afternoon and are still with us as we head through the

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ceiling and overnight. Quite breezy in the north-west with patchy

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outbreaks of rain. To the south of the UK, some are fairly dense fog

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patches to if you are catching a plane to airports in the London

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area, perhaps Bristol, may be some disruption tomorrow morning. This to

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home, for us tomorrow morning, is a fairly start -- cloudy start.

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Nothing like the low temperatures this morning. Ten or 11 or 12

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Celsius. A bit murky at times, though. Some early brightness

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perhaps in the north-east and into the north-west, cloudy with

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outbreaks of rain but improving for the Western Isles with some sunshine

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coming through here because this weather front is slowly edging way

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through the course of the day. It will tend to fizzle away as it does

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so. Tightening up behind it and a breezy day for all with moderate to

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fresh south-west race. Most of England and Wales, closet about

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high-pressure that we saw earlier, it will be largely dry and bright.

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Some Dems patches but once the sun comes out, temperatures responding,

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into the mid-teens. Despite the sunshine in the north-west, a few

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into the mid-teens. Despite the blustery showers in the afternoon.

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Thursday, there's the high pressure in the Indus Channel. We are to the

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north of it so more in the way of winds. Another breezy day on

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Thursday. Outbreaks of rain in the north-west edging south and east

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words but the further south and east you are, generally drier and

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brighter. Come Friday, the winds are lighter, generally drier and the

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rest of the sunshine is in the North.

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Our next update is during Breakfast at 6:25 tomorrow morning.

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Until then, from everyone on the late team here

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