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Good evening and welcome to the start of the weekend at Midlands

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Today. Come to that -- consultants say they are appalled by proposed

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cuts they say threaten patient care at the Birmingham hospital.

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can't make cuts like that and still have effective, intact services.

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Partially paralysed - the motor cyclist injured by a hit and run

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driver bags for an apology. All I want is somebody to turn around and

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say I'm sorry, it didn't see you, or I am sorry, I wasn't paying

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attention. The education secretary different

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plans to turn dozens more schools into academies. It is rescuing

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those children from years of underperformance.

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And farewell to a legend as the cricketing world says goodbye to

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Basil don of error of Good evening. Our top story - big

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cuts at three hospitals as consultants warn patient care will

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be affected. The cuts being proposed by the trust which runs

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Birmingham City Hospital, Sandwell General Hospital and Rowley Regis

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Hospital are among the largest in the region. �125 million has to be

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saved spread over five years. That's an average of 6.5 per cent a

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year. The health union Unison claims cuts on this scale will put

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patients' lives at risk. But hospital managers said tonight

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they're dealing with the challenge. Here's our health correspondent

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Michele Paduano. There have been fears about the

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trust's future for some time. Last night senior doctors held an

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extraordinary meeting to find out. Dr Ken Taylor, a retired doctor,

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was at that meeting. Doctors were told about �125 million in cuts

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over five years. And no one was safe. They heard all the fact last

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night, and I think it was probably shock last night at the enormity of

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the situation but they face. You can't make cuts like that and still

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have effective, intact services. the next financial year, over 9

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million must be saved from the This site in Smethwick is earmarked

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for a new "single" hospital. It is only a small part of the cards.

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Having won hospital here would greatly improve efficiency. But the

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hospital was supposed to have been built by 2010. The latest delay is

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caused by the government deciding whether the private financing of

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hospitals that are still affordable. There are some doctors who don't

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believe it will get built. The chief executive says there is no

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Plan B and is confident he will get the new hospital. He wants to

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reassure staff that all hospitals have a similar uphill struggle.

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think it would be stupid and naive to suggest this is not a tough

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agenda. The situation we are facing is the same across the whole of the

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hospital sector in the NHS. It is all part of the 20 billion in

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savings which everybody is familiar with the that the NHS is required

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to make. Patient were worried it today. I'm lucky I am not ill, but

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I do worry about people in hospital, it is a worry. At the end of the

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day, they have to offer a service, and have the finances are minimised,

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how are they going to be able to offer the same service? We are

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going to suffer, nobody else. Bebo are losing jobs already.

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there's only one certainty. The NHS can't be the same. Is it going to

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be the same throughout the region? It is the first time I have heard

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of is happening, but we're talking about 4.5% cuts for all hospitals,

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that will be taking place, but there is a feeling that district

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general hospitals will be hit harder, and politically, people

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think there is a desire to squeeze them out of existence in favour of

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bigger hospitals. If that is the case, but politicians do have to

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come forward with those proposals, because if you're cutting and

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captain, they risk a danger to patients save D. What is the impact

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likely to be of cutting back budgets on this scale? It is

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difficult to say, but 7% of hospitals budget is staff. One

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doctor talked about -- 70%. It could be up to a third of staff,

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thousands and thousands of people. We are talking serious numbers, and

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people do not know how they're going to make these cuts over five

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years. Thanks for joining us this evening.

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Later in the programme, a big change on the way for the weather

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this weekend. Yes, it's certainly looking cold, and you may well have

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heard a rumour about some snow! Well, there's a chance, later on

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Sunday - but it's a very uncertain forecast. The details, from me,

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A motorcyclist left partially paralysed after a hit and run

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accident today begged the driver to apologise. John Parsons was left

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for dead on a road in Stoke-on- Trent.

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His spine was fractured in three places and he now faces months in a

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specialist hospital in Shropshire. He's been talking exclusively to

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our reporter Joanne Writtle. John Parsons' family have become

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his rock since this happened. remember being thrown in the air, I

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remember skidding along the ground, banging my lead, -- leg, and it was

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torn up for it. The 24-year-old motorcyclist was hit by a car on

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the A500 in Stoke-on-Trent. Two weeks on, police are still

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appealing for help to trace the driver who left him in the road.

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John, from Stafford, has been left partially paralysed, and faces

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months in the renowned spinal injuries centre in Oswestry. All I

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want is somebody to turn around and say, I am sorry, I didn't see you,

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all I'm sorry, I just wasn't paying attention. I am sorry, that is all

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I want, somebody to say that. More than anything else. Apart from that,

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I don't really care. Department of Transport figures reveal that

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travelling over the same distance, motorcyclists are 63 times more

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likely to be killed or seriously injured than car drivers. And

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although it's not known whether the driver was insured in John's case,

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it's estimated that there are over 1.5 million uninsured motorists on

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our roads. We understand that in a number of these accidents, it is

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the car drivers's fault, and probably it is when the motor

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cyclist is going through a blind spot on the mirror of the car

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driver, that is when things happen. John's stepfather had this message

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for the driver. It might be that the person has done it panicked,

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drove off, we were initially very angry that had happened, but if

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they actually come forward and speak to the police, we can get

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John's case covered. X-rays show John's spine fractured in three

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places. But he has recently regained some movement in one leg,

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and doctors are optimistic. And before we left, there was another

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small breakthrough. Just having the neck brace off and be able to

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actually move your neck free is absolutely amazing, to be honest.

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We wish him a speedy recovery. The Education secretary Michael

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Gove was met by protests today as he visited the first school in

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Birmingham to convert to Academy status.

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He wants more schools to go the same way, insisting standards will

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be raised. But opponents say it's playing politics with children's

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education. Here's our political reporter Susana Mendonca.

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An English class with a difference. The man up front clearly isn't

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there teacher. Did you like the TV show or find it too confusing?

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education secretary is discussion and a book called Animal Farm. This

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was a foundation school, but converted to become an academy.

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great thing about them is that head teachers have more power to raise

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standards, so they can vary the school's Bay, the curriculum could

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bring in new qualifications, they can pay good teachers more.

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there is a positive reaction in this classroom. It does make a

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difference to schools, so far it has made the score better.

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started GCSEs a year earlier, so you get more of a chance.

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government has invited all schools to convert, and so far, 17 have

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done exactly that. But not everyone is convinced that academies are a

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good idea. Teachers at his primary went on strike this week at the

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plans to turn their school into an academy, and many parents there

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have been protesting as well. force a school, giving it no-choice,

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to say either you become an Academy or we will come inside, remove your

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governors, and make it... It is not democratic. But Michael Gove makes

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no apology. It is not a state -- is threat to the children, it is

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rescuing them from years of underperformance. Whenever you

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change things, the people who are associated with failure say they

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are criticising us. Yes I am, because they have allowed children

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to leave drama school after seven years of state education, incapable

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of reading, writing or adding up properly. He had already left by

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the time they turned up. Clearly, this is a fight that is not over.

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And Susana's outside Ninestiles School in Acocks Green now. We've

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heard Michael Gove's case for academies, why are people against

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them, Susana? Many other teachers and teaching unions are worried

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about a potential impact upon their pay and conditions. They had those

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of local authorities, but academies would be outside of local authority

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control, so would have to start from scratch. Some of the parents I

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had been speaking to think there will be a lack of accountability,

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they will not be on parent-governor boards, but had teacher he says

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there are the ways parents can get involved. A third area is whether

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or not there would be a two-tier system, where the Academy's get

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more funding, and the local authority schools do not. Michael

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Gove was keen to say today that is not the case. Assuming they are

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going to improve standards, how will we know? It is a difficult

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question to answer, the critics say there is no evidence that they will

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improve standards, the government says there is. But you only know

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when you see the results that students get at the end of their

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academic career, and at schools, a child start at a young age, bins at

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beer GCSEs, so you could be looking at more than a decade of -- ends at

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did GCSEs. Thank you. This region, which of course has

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always been known as the heart of British manufacturing, has suffered

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a bigger industrial slump than anywhere else in the UK. That's

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according to latest figures spanning more than a decade.

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Now one senior Labour MP has admitted that his government didn't

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do enough to help prevent the decline. Our Business Correspondent

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Peter Plisner has been to Coventry, a city that was once the centre of

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the UK's automotive industry. dawn has broken.

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A new dawn for the UK as the 1997 general election sweeps Labour into

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power, but it wasn't a new dawn for Things didn't get better for many

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of the region's small manufacturing businesses. At this Coventry firm,

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the last decade has been a struggle. A real roller-coaster ride, we have

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seen good years at the outset, around 2000, 2001, we have seen a

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gradual decline, and some of the major companies we used to supply,

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household names, have gone. Coventry has had its fair share of

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big factory closures. This is the site of the old Peugeot factory on

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the outskirts of the city. It's part of the reason that the West

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Midlands has seen a 23% decline in manufacturing output over the last

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13 years - the biggest decline anywhere in the country. But it

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used to be so different - this newsreel footage shows a royal

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visit to the Jaguar car plant Brown's lane. But this is what it

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looks like today. At Coventry's Transport Museum, there's an

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exhibit charting the rise and fall of the city's automotive industry.

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It's a good place to find out from experts why the decline in

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manufacturing here been so bad here. What he saw sterling may be 20%

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overvalued, that affected our export base. Customers really

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struggled for much of the period because of that. In and we saw a

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run-down and closure of energy Rover. It all begs the question,

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did the Labour government do enough to protect manufacturing jobs?

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didn't. We have got to be more, we have got to have a different

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approach for the future. This is a key point, manufacturing companies

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need access to finance and we have got to persuade young people that

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it has a bright future. Despite deep recession, employment levels

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are rising again. It is good news for a government keen to rebalance

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The let's talk to Steve from the chambers of commerce. What is the

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problem, what needs to be done to turn things around, some

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manufacturers are doing well. think if you go back to the late

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1990s and look at my factory which is becoming unfashionable, there

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was an obsession with the financial sector and going forward.

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Furthermore, the skills were a big issue. What we saw was a further

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obsession with wanting to upscale everybody in terms of sending them

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to university. Would you make of Labour admitting they did not do

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enough to prevent a decline? -- what do you make? Apologies, we

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have lost him. We will go back later if we can. Basil D'Oliveira

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did not seek... Still ahead for you this evening - tributes to a

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sporting great Basil D'Oliviera, who was so much more than just a

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fine cricketer. And how one Premier League club's helping disabled

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footballers get to the top in their chosen sport.

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Details were revealed today of plans to build a home in the

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grounds of a Birmingham hospital for families of injured soldiers

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and airmen. The 18 bed property at the Queen Elizabeth will cost four

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million pounds, to be paid for partly by charities including Help

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for Heroes. The idea's to give military personnel injured in

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Afghanistan a place where they can spend time with their nearest and

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dearest while they recover. Giles Latcham reports.

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In the Houses of Parliament a special occasion to herald a

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special project - the building of Fisher House - an idea imported

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from an American charity who are helping to meet the �4.2 million

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cost. Are my trees have stood shoulder to shoulder and our people

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have a special relationship. We disagree from time to time but at

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the end of the day if there is trouble the other one is always

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there. As I said, I do not view it from the American point of view, a

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foreign soil, I view this as an extension of family. This car park

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at Birmingham's QE Hospital is where Fisher House will be built.

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It will be designed like you are in my home, living room, kitchen, a

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big family room for people to spend time together but 18 large family

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bedrooms. There's already something like it on a smaller scale. This

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home three miles away near the old Selly Oak hospital accommodates the

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families of soldiers or airmen injured abroad and flown back to

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Birmingham's military hospital. When Paul's son Craig lost both his

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legs in Helmand just before Christmas, he moved in to be close

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to him, along with Craig's girlfriend. From a family 0.22, it

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is a good accommodation. It allows us to be here. Close to him and not

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travelling a long way to be here. - family point of view. With the

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Royal Centre for Defence Medicine's now based at the new Queen

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Elizabeth hospital site, there's an opportunity to build a bigger and

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better home. And those who care for the injured say bringing family

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closer can only aid recovery. Help for Heroes is another charity

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contributing to the cost of the building, but more funds are needed

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to run it. Work on the QE's home away from home is due to begin in

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April. The cricketing world said goodbye

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today to Basil D'Olivera - a player who influenced so much more than

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the game he graced with bat and ball. More than a thousand people

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gathered at Worcester cathedral today for a memorial service to a

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cricketer who also played a significant part in the fall of

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apartheid in his native South Africa. Ian Winter was there.

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It was a few degrees colder than Cape Town but not a sunny as South

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Africa. Under blue skies in Worcester it felt like the

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cricketing gods were smiling with fond memories of Basil D'Oliveira.

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Famous faces mingled with less familiar cricket lovers each with

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their own favourite story about a friend they called Basil. We have

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been amazed at the response and the cards and everything. You do not

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realise, it has been such a long time and so many people remember

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him so well. A wonderful gentleman at the time when he had the

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political problem of not being selected but a real gentleman as

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far as I was concerned in cricket. Basil D'Oliveira learnt cricket in

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Cape Town, everyone noticed his remarkable talent except the South

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African government he only saw the colour of his skin. You are born in

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a certain area and told to live there, you are told where to go to

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school and walk buses to use. It becomes part of you. You live in

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the system. You cannot measure it against anything. In 1964 at a 32,

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he arrived at New Road, fell in love with Worcestershire and stayed

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for the rest of his life. I was forced to smile when I read the

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Daily Telegraph which said, Basil D'Oliveira, the cricketer who died

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n least 80. -- at least 80. Every seat was taken, similarly heartfelt

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tributes, so much genuine affection. Some recall the prolific all

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rounder with 44 Test caps, others his outstanding success with

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Worcestershire. Everyone a knowledge to his unique role in

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helping to end apartheid. I wonder how good he would have been if he

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came here when he was 20. I think he would have been possibly up with

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the greats rather than just a legend. For almost 30 years as a

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player and coach, Basil D'Oliveira was synonymous with Worcestershire

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county cricket clubs. Today, they gave thanks for the life of a

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legend. Ian's still in Worcester tonight. A poignant occasion, Ian,

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but one for celebration too? Yes, very celebratory as well. I

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was here for a another memorial service and this was different in

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style, context and tone. Basil D'Oliveira was 80 after a long

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battle with Parkinson's disease. This was a celebration of his life.

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And a magnificent turn out at the cathedral. An indication of what a

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significant figure he was. I have never seen Worcester

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Cathedral so full. There must have been at least to 1000, close to

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1,500 people here. Lenny BG's and tributes. Sir Michael Parkinson

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said he was an outstanding talent, hard work and will power to succeed.

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He was a hero in the battle against apartheid. His former captain said

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he was a true legend of Worcestershire cricket and the

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former secretary at new road said in many ways Basil D'Oliveira had

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reached all lives on his remarkable journey. Full coverage of the

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service on BBC Hereford and Worcester tomorrow morning and a

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gallery of pictures to look at by looking on to the website. Lovely

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to see this archive pictures. In football, West Bromwich Albion are

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aiming for revenge when they host Norwich City in the FA Cup tomorrow

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after losing to them just two weeks ago in the Premier League. But away

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from the cup and Premier League the club does much good work. This week

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it was announced The Hawthorns will be the home to a new academy which

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aims to produce football stars for the Paralympics. It's already home

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to some of the best blind footballers in the land. Now future

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internationals will be groomed at West Bromwich Albion to follow in

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the footsteps of Paralympics hopeful Darren Harris from

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Wolverhampton. There has always been a lot of talent in this area.

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I think we have brought some schoolkids along today, 15, 16 and

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had split with this investment we will produce some good players for

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the future. The club's disability section, Sporting Club Albion, will

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become a centre of excellence thanks to a grant of 8 thousand

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pounds a year from the football association. And to celebrate first

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team players Ben Foster and Nicky Shorey joined in with a session

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this week. Blind football is about the sounds, hitting the ball and

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every noise of the walls. And with guidance of where the posts are -

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Shorey was able to beat Foster with a spot kick. The players are quite

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good. I am quite shocked. It is nice to see, you realise how good

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they are. The Midlands already boasts excellent facilities for

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blind football in Hereford. It's hosted the world cup in 2010 and is

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the base for England. Now young players from across the region can

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aspire to play for England and dream of Paralympics gold.

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That is astonishing. How do they do it? And to keep up with all the

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action involving your club this weekend in the cup or the league,

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there'll be full coverage on your BBC local radio station. I reckon

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you might have to wrap up warm. Yes, temperatures are taking a

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tumble as we head into the weekend. A forecasting headache for the end,

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snow ought not to snow? For the time being, ice is concerning us. A

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yellow warning tonight and tomorrow. Showers are falling, some contain

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some wintry stuff, on high ground. They were cleared away, the skies

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will clear. Temperatures will plummet. No wonder there is the

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risk of slippery surfaces. There might be cloud around tomorrow, in

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the south-east with mist and fog. That will clear away and tomorrow

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will be a cracking day, fine and dry with blue skies. You need to

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wrap up well, highs of five or six. Through tomorrow night,

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temperatures plunging again. A haze of blue. A widespread frost and

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freezing fog patches. Sunday, quite a quiet day. Cloud, cold with

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temperatures at two or three. Sunday evening, things will get

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interesting. A battleground in the weather, cold air from the east and

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mild air rushing in from the West. This band of rain, did finding --

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defining line and where it meets the cold air a spell of sleet or

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snow. Some big uncertainty about where it will come. The worst of

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the snow will be in the west across Wales but it could first western

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parts of our region. On Monday morning, my advice is to stay in

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tune with the forecast. Sorry if you heard me coughing is

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your report! -- over your report. A look at tonight's main headlines:

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The backlash over bonuses - politicians line up to criticise

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the Royal Bank of Scotland payout. And as hospital bosses in

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Birmingham insist they can safely manage millions in cutbacks,

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consultants say standards of care will be affected. And more about

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but reduction in manufacturer on the Sunday politics show. You can

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read all about it on his blog. It is of course the start of the

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weekend. I don't know what you're up to but do you fancy spending it

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in Birmingham? That's what the readers of the New York Times'

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travel section are being advised to do. Not Birmingham Alabama but

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Birmingham, West Midlands. The paper calls city, big-shouldered,

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friendly and fun. Among its suggestions are a trip to the

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