17/02/2017 Channel Islands News


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Hello and welcome to BBC Channel Islands,

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Three Guernsey midwives facing charges of misconduct

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will have to wait five months to hear their fate.

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With the economy and tourism is in decline will Alderney's island

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plan have the answers to reverse the trend?

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This is the first time a comprehensive plan has been

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produced, covering all areas, the economic activity, the need for

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housing, the heritage and its infrastructure.

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New technologies could improve Jersey's drinking water.

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And we have had problems with mist and fog over the last couple of days

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thanks to high pressure. Find out the details later in the programme.

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Find out the details later in the programme.

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Three Guernsey midwives charged with misconduct by the Nursing

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and Widwifery Council will have to wait until the autumn

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Concerns were raised over the working practices

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of these midwives at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital

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A little earlier I asked our reporter Mike Wilkins

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when the next meeting is likely to take place.

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We were led to believe that we would have a result

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by the end of February, but following four weeks

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of evidence, the cases of Lisa Granville, Tuija Roussel

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and Antonia Manousaki have been adjourned for five months.

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And the hearing's due to resume on 17th July when the defence

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will have two weeks to put forward its case.

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And remind us of some of the key revelations

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Well, the nursing watchdog, the NMC, claims that the death of the baby

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on Loveridge Ward in 2014 could have been prevented if another fatality

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two years earlier had been investigated properly.

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The panel have heard that the midwives would administer

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drugs without speaking to a consultant and make

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decisions they wouldn't take anywhere else in Britain.

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And I'm hearing some of the midwives are trying

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That's right, Lisa Granville and Tuija Roussel have applied

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Though the panel has made its decision, it's

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delayed announcing it in case it's misinterpreted.

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Until the hearing resumes in July the two midwives and a third,

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Antonia Manousaki, can continue to work without restriction.

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They admit some charges and deny others.

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A further two weeks has also been set aside in September.

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So for all involved, particularly the bereaved parents,

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the wait to find out the truth goes on.

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High end office developments, improvements to retail space,

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more support to the tourism industry and even world heritage recognition.

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They are just some of the recommendations being put

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forward in three major strategies published today that

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will form the basis of the Alderney Land Use Plan.

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More support is needed for small retailers,

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or new uses need to be found for empty retail spaces.

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These are just two of the recommendations

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It has also advised new, high-end office accommodation

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to boost the island's economy and more support to the dwindling

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tourism industry which has seen bed spaces drop by a third over

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In total there are over 200 recommendations made in the three

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strategies published today to shape the final part of the

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It is the first time a comprehensive plan has been produced,

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covering all areas, exconomic needs for housing, its heritage

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It documents all the work needed and it has taken some time to do,

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and the report bears witness to that and local people have

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The authors of the Land Use Plan, Arup, have also suggested that

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Alderney has the necessary credentials to apply for UNESCO

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World Heritage status, which has been welcomed

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It's a very good idea but I'm not sure it would succeed.

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A few years ago we discussed it becoming a UNESCO site.

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After a lot of work the conclusion was the only thing considered

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by most external people was what could make

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But will the economic, environment and heritage

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It's open for public feedback for the next month before the states

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Jersey Farmers are trialling new fertilising methods

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It's after high levels of nitrates, which exceeded the legal limit,

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were found in the island's water supply.

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Now it's hoped the new machinery will reduce nitrates by 20%.

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They're the traditional countryside custodians but now they are taking

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on new technologies to reduce the amount of fertiliser they use.

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Rather than spraying the whole field with chemicals,

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measured fertiliser pellets are planted with the crops.

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It's hoped this will reduce the amount of nitrates that leak

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into the island's water supply, which has been higher

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The corners of the field and the internal headlands make up

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about 10% of the field so that's an automatic 10% reduction straight

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away where the crops aren't taking it up,

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so that should help in the leaching of the nitrates into water.

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But also in rows because we're putting it very near to the potato,

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we're reducing by about 8% in the rows as well.

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So we're looking at between a 15-20% reduction.

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This reduction could help the island's sea lettuce blooming

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on our shoreline as it's caused by the high concentration

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What we see here in this field today is physical evidence

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This is machinery allowing us to put less nitrates

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Although it's a move forward, improvements won't happen overnight.

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Nitrates in drinking water has been an issue on the island for over 20

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years and that's all been related to the volume of nitrates which have

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been going on the land and this is a significant,

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tangible step in the right direction.

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Not all farmers will follow this direction, but they will have

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to adopt modern farming methods to look after the island's land

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Local football now and there's renewed hope that the women's

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Guernsey originally pulled out of the game against rivals Jersey

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because they couldn't convince enough players to register

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directly with the island's Football Association.

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Now the Guernsey FA will re-visit that decision to cancel the fixture,

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saying they've found a possible solution.

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Our sports editor Tim Pryor joined me earlier and I asked him

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It is more likely than it was 24 hours ago. But we should point out

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as things stand at the moment the game is still off, the Muratti for

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women will not be happening. It comes down to this dispute over

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player eligibility. Remind us of the background of Guernsey football.

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Guernsey FA have gone to the players and said we want you to register

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directly with us to play in the Muratti. A lot of the top Guernsey

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players were already registered with a side that played in Hampshire and

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are affiliated to the hatchet FA. They've tried to force the issue and

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tried to sign up with clubs in Guernsey. They thought they had, but

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that will not be happening. The association has said they will

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revisit this decision to cancel the Muratti in the first place, to have

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a look again, and they need the players to get on board with this

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idea they have come up with for that to happen. Earlier we heard from the

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Jersey manager who said he really wanted this Muratti to go ahead. He

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may get his way, but there are talks to be had behind the scenes in

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to be had behind the scenes in Guernsey.

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Guernsey's Government House has been bathed in purple light in support

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of international efforts to eradicate polio.

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The Rotary Club of Guernsey is at the forefront of the global

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campaign, which has designated today as Purple Pinkie Day, a chance

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to raise awareness and vital funds for the fight against polio.

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The island's Lieutenant Governor says it was only after moving

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to Guernsey that he discovered the extent of the work going on.

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It has been a focus for Rotary Guernsey to really support this and

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this idea of pushing the purple pinkie day has been very strong and

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Guernsey is almost at the front of one of these initiatives. It has

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been great fun turning the house slightly different shade.

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It's been the talk of the day especially with many heading

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Holly, I'm frightened to use the word beginning with F,

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Good question. We stay in a similar weather pattern as we have seen this

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past week. There is a little more breeze around, so hopefully that

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will clear it a bit more. There is a risk you could see some spots

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getting further mist and fog, especially overnight and into the

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morning. For many of us today seems like this were very familiar. This

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weekend that is the potential for further mist and fog patches,

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hopefully not as extensive as it has been, hopefully a bit more keen to

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clear with a bit more breeze around and that should lead to brighter

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spells. All the while it is mild. In addition we have got this high

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pressure in charge which is keeping things quite stagnant. We have got

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some week whether France trying to push in, but in general it is mainly

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dry. Overnight tonight we have got a risk of mist and fog forming over

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France and drifting its way across us. It could get quite chilly and we

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could see a touch of ground frost. Then there is a potential for mist

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and fog patches into tomorrow morning. With a bit more breeze

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around hopefully that will clear a bit more. If we do see some

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brightness, because the area is mild and moist it will feel quite nice.

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Temperatures get into double figures. These are the times of high

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water. These are the waves for the surfers. Generally choppy

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conditions. This is the picture out at sea, so there are potential

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problems with the mist and fog. It is a fairly settled look as we move

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through the next few days. Yes, mist and fog problems, but hopefully

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sunny spells will come through and it will be mild in the sunshine as

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well. I think you used the word quite

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considerably throughout that I'm afraid.

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That is it this Friday evening. If you missed anything, you can catch

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up on the iPlayer. I am back at 10:25 p.m..

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His reponse was expected by 6.00pm this evening.

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The hearing should be taking place right now.

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Back on the field, the Pilgrims will be keen to return

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to winning ways when they make the near 800-mile round

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Exeter City host Stevenage, while Yeovil travel to Cheltenham.

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In the National League, Torquay face Barrow.

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If you can't make the games you can tune into your local BBC radio

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There are no Six Nations games this weekend which is a bit of a bonus

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for the Exeter Chiefs with a couple of returning internationals,

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as they travel to Worcester, having not lost in the Premiership since

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When the teams met earlier in the season the Chiefs put more

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than 50 points past the Warriors, scoring nine tries in the process.

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But Worcester stunned champions Saracens last weekend and should

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provide a much tougher challenge at the Sixways tomorrow.

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We are both really fighting for something. Worcester

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