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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight: 22 years

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after she went missing in Coventry, three people are arrested over the

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disappearance of Nicola Payne. We'll be hearing what the family

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have to say about this latest development after more than two

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decades of torment. Also tonight: Plans for a second

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runway at Birmingham Airport are put on hold for nearly 40 years as

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expansion's recommended at Heathrow or Gatwick.

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We would like Birmingham to grow but we don't think it is likely to be

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the solution to the problem of command in London and the

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south`east. As the construction industry gets

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moving again, bosses warn of a "skills time bomb" ` not enough

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young people are being trained. Celebrating with concerts just a few

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hundred yards apart, the bands that brought us two of our best loved

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Christmas songs exactly 40 years ago. It has become and injuring

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thing for the public. We are part of people's Christmas. `` in during the

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thing. And a photograph today of calm and

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serenity at Millennium Park in King's Norton. But there's a storm

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brewing and it's heading our way soon.

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Good evening. Police investigating the disappearance of a young mother

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22 years ago have arrested two men on suspicion of her abduction and

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murder. Nicola Payne was 18 when she went missing after she set off to

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walk to her parents' home in Coventry in December, 1991. Joan

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Cummins is in Coventry now, close to where Nicola was last seen alive.

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What more do you know about the arrests? What we know is that these

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two men are both 49, were arrested early this morning at addresses in

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the city. We understand that detectives are also questioning at

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51`year`old woman on of perverting the course of justice. Nicola

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disappeared in the area behind me 22 years ago this weekend.

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Nicola Payne was a young mother with a baby and her whole life ahead of

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her when to disappeared in December, 1991. Despite a massive

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search, police reconstructions and numerous searches around the city

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over the last 22 years, Nicola's whereabouts have remained a

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mystery. Speaking just days after she first went missing, her mother

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said she feared the worst. I feel she is lying dead somewhere, I

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really do. Everybody says it's wrong, but I believe it. Nicola

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disappeared on this path on a foggy day in 1991. Today, her father spoke

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to the BBC and he said they're not their hopes up. They've been here

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before. But they still remain optimistic that finally they will

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find out the truth about their daughter. Today's arrests at a

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number of addresses in the city has been keenly followed by people in

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the community who now Nicola's family and once the mystery is

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solved forever. At Christmas it is different because it is a part of

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the year that everybody is getting ready and they think, how does my

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mum feel? We are a community and we feel for our own. Most people are

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shocked by her disappearance. People in the area she lived were shocked

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to say the least. We are trying to build up the confidence of people in

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that area. The police reveal that a number of items are being analysed

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using cutting edge technology. We can't begin to imagine how difficult

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this continues to be fun Nicola's parents. Have they said anything

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about today's development? Today the family have said they don't want to

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do any television interviews. Speaking to the BBC on the phone,

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her father said this was obviously a difficult time for the entire

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family. He said the police had been keeping them informed of every

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development. But there was a word of caution. He said there have been

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arrests before and nothing happened. Now they simply want to know what

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happened to Nicola Payne. Coming up later in the programme:

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The Premier League footballers delivering Christmas cheer on a

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hospital ward as their club continues the search for a new head

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coach. Plans for a second runway at

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Birmingham to expand UK airport capacity are tonight on hold. New

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runways at Heathrow and Gatwick are among the options that have been

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short listed instead by the Airports Commission. In a moment we'll be

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talking to Birmingham Airport's chief executive and a West Midlands

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business leader. But first here's Ben Godfrey.

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Passengers arriving at Birmingham Airport today caught a glimpse of

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its runway extension, close to completion. But you won't see them

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turning the soil for a second runway until at least 2050, if at all. The

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Government`appointed Davies Commission wants to restrict further

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growth here for now in favour of expansion at Heathrow and Gatwick

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airports. We would like Birmingham to grow but we don't think it is

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likely to be the solution to the problem of demand in London and the

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South East. If there's any bitterness,

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Birmingham Airport isn't showing it. Today they described their role as

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an integral piece of the long`term aviation puzzle. What's puzzling to

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some is that a second runway's needed at all. The need for a second

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runway is only so it is a kind of like a motorway where you can use

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the hard shoulder in a rush hour. It is there to help the airport to get

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traffic for these mythical business flights. It is not going to happen.

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Each year, nine million passengers pass through Birmingham Airport.

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When the new runway extension's completed in April, it will create

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capacity for 36 million passengers a year. The airport says a second

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runway would bring 70 million passengers and support 250,000 jobs.

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Last year the airport was given special permission to display the

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Olympic rings on its new control tower. It symbolised a desire to

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switch from regional hub to international gateway. This is a

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city in growth mode. We are seeing record numbers of visitors. The key

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is that had we been high up the priorities it might have accelerated

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the process. Local businesses are also

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frustrated. This automotive parts supplier says

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further airport expansion would boost their business in long

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distance destinations like Malaysia. You always feel that Birmingham is

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left behind. We are the second city, and you would think there would be

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more support for us in the UK economy.

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In the Commons this afternoon, local MPs queued up to question the

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Transport Secretary. People in the West Midlands will be staggered they

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have got to wait until 2050 before any consideration will be given to

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its expansion. There is more availability at Birmingham airport.

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I want to see the airport able to prosper along the lines of other

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airports. Last month, a new aircraft hangar

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opened here, creating 150 new jobs. And tonight the leader of Birmingham

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City Council is claiming the commission has failed to acknowledge

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this region's potential for aviation growth.

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Joining us from our studio in London this evening is Paul Kehoe, chief

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executive of Birmingham Airport. Good evening. Can you put time into

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lobbying for expansion and not be disappointed? I welcome the report

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because many of the things in it, we suggested. This was a 100 year

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option. He certainly put us in the middle of that at 2050. We

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originally said that 2037 was the earliest we wanted to consider

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building another runway. So we are not far within the time frame is

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micro`timeframe. `` within the time frame. Businesses and MPs are

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disappointed. I just putting a brave face on it? Now, because we know

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that Birmingham has got the right ingredients. I have never worked at

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an airport where we have got such support. I'm convinced we have got

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all the ingredients to make this work. The new hangar, the new

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control tower, and from next year the new extension. Halfway down the

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years, we are going to get HS2 as well. We are already the best

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connected airport in the country. I am still hopeful, and why? It is a

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big world. It does all seem to be about London and the south`east

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again. A lot of people in London can't see beyond the M25. But it is

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a two horse race now. There are eggs in a couple of baskets, he threw all

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Gatwick. The problems at Heathrow are so great that it is likely to be

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Gatwick. That supports an opportunity in Birmingham. But 2050

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is so far off. In 2003, we were talking of 2035. These are long`term

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investments. We are talking of infrastructure for over 150 years.

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I'm not surprised they are looking so far ahead. You don't consider

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cracking on yourself with an extra runway? Now, we wanted to preserve

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that option for the future. We have got four times the availability. We

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can create thousands of jobs in the next few years from our own growth.

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What we were hoping for was a bit of acceleration, perhaps bringing the

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future forward. We haven't got that. It is business as usual at

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Birmingham airport. We have got some great assets to deploy.

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Well, what about the impact on the West Midlands economy? I'm joined in

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the studio by Jerry Blackett, chief executive of the Greater Birmingham

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Chamber of Commerce. What do you think of this report? I would echo

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what Paul has said. It is a 230 page report. Read the detail, the fact

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they are not committed to a single hub, these are things we have been

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lobbying for. But it is very south`east and London centric. It is

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muddled thinking. On the one hand, government is talking ambitiously

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about rebalancing. It is putting down high`speed rail plans. It has a

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30 year view of what kind of country this could be, what kind of economy

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we could have. On the other hand, the airport vision is lacking. It

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doesn't tie into a clear view of what the cities outside of London

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could be going. We know we have got great economies, great cities.

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Aviation is key to it. We do have some more work today. But this is

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only an interim report. We have still got more time to convince the

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elite in London that indeed investing outside of London is

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critical if we are serious about rebalancing the UK away from this

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huge dependency on London and the south`east. We want London and the

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south`east to prosper. But we're not making the most of our great cities.

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Coming back to HS2, if it were to happen, the distance between London

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and Birmingham airport would be about 38 minutes. That is less than

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two Gatwick. Indeed. We're winning the rational argument, I think. It

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just seems again that Birmingham and the Midlands is being overlooked.

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Not for the first time. It is a long game. Are very long game! Let's

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remember that we have won some things that we have won something

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silly and sounds of the government's determination to move

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away from a single hub error `` we have won something today in terms of

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the government's determination to move away from a single hub airport.

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We will convince London and the south`east to follow our story.

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Thank you. The Heart of England NHS Trust has

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breached its licence by forcing patients to wait too long in

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accident and emergency. The trust is now legally obliged to find ways of

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improving its performance by bringing in expert help from

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elsewhere. The region's construction industry

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is warning of a skills time bomb, with two thirds of contractors in

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Birmingham struggling to recruit young workers. The construction

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industry training board says a new generation need to be made more

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aware of the opportunities in building. Sarah Falkland reports.

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Parkgate, the latest addition to Shirley High Street. Shops,

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restaurants and homes. It's all cost ?85 million. The construction

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industry is on the up again. Thereon more jobs to be had. Nearly 20% of

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the British workforce is set to retire in the next decade. 68% of

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contractors here in Birmingham say they are struggling to recruit.

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Which is why Vasile, who's from Romania, is among the 300 strong

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workforce here. He has his own ideas as to why young British people might

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not want to work in construction. They don't like it because it is

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outside. Most of the time may you outside. Maybe it is difficult for

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them. So JCB has joined forces with the

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construction training board and embarked on a skills drive. This

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industry expert says there's a lot up for grabs. Birmingham, as a

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centre itself, has plans of ?17 billion of construction projects for

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the next 5`10 years. The library is just the tip of the iceberg. Within

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those, we can create up to 1000 apprenticeships over the next few

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years. 12`year`old Tiger`Leigh's convinced.

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He's on a pilot project at Greenwood Academy in Castle Vale, which offers

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construction classes to pupils who've had difficulties at school.

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Back at Parkgate, the project manager's confident that the 'skills

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time bomb' feared by some won't go off. The workforce is out there. It

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is about getting out onto the site and learning the trade. It is not in

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a textbook. No staff shortages here ` the

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project's on schedule for its spring opening.

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Our top story tonight: 22 years after she went missing in Coventry,

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three people are arrested over the disappearance of Nicola Payne.

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Shefali will be along shortly with the detailed weather forecast for

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the Midlands. Also ahead: The only British boxer

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to have landed an amateur world title ` can he land the pro title

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too? West Bromwich Albion's hunt for a

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new head coach after the departure of Steve Clarke continues this

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evening, with Gianfranco Zola, who resigned as manager as Watford

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yesterday, the new bookies' favourite. But life goes on at the

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Hawthorns, and today the club delivered some festive cheer to

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hospital patients in the Black Country. Here's Dan Pallett.

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What a moment for six`year`old Subhan Ali. He'd left the ward for

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an X`ray and returned to find four of his Albion heroes waiting for

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him. He has now got a better reason to skip his daily wash. Yes, the

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patients on the children's ward at Dudley's Russells Hall Hospital were

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full of Christmas cheer today. People like Sam Taylor and his Dad

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Andrew were thrilled. Amazing! It has made your day, your year. Yeah.

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It is going to be the best Christmas.

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But there was one thing missing. The club photo still shows Steve Clarke

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at the helm, but he was sacked on Saturday and that's affected the

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squad. It has been a massive influence to me. Coming to the later

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stage of my career, I am looking to doing my coaching badges. I am

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looking to go forward. The last 18 months, he has been a massive

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influence. Gianfranco Zola has emerged as a bookies' favourite to

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replace Clarke. But whoever takes over now has a battle on just to

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keep the Baggies in the top flight. At the moment we have got to get out

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of the position we are in. It is all well and good talking about top half

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finishes, but at this moment we are in a fight with half the Premier

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League to get into that top half. We need to get out of the position we

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are in. I don't think we can look ahead any further.

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It's going to be in interesting festive period at the Hawthorns. But

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today they showed they haven't forgotten what Christmas is really

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about. So what's the mood of West Brom fans

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tonight? Dan is downstairs here at the Mailbox in the BBC WM radio

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studio for the football phone`in with Paul Franks and Hawthorns

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favourite Richard Sneekes. What are they saying? The debate is raging.

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West Bromwich Albion and the sacking of Steve Clarke is dominating. Port

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is on air. Let's have a quick talk with Paul. What the fans been

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saying? It is very mixed. Some are saying it was wrong to get rid of

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Clark. Others are saying it is fine, the calendar results have not

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been good. But now, with four key games coming up, they are saying,

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well, who are we going to get? Whoever comes in as head coach has

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got to work with the same group of players. Quite a few fans are saying

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there is an imbalance within the squad. So, no managers spend on who

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is going to come to the hawthorns, Richard? Gem Franco Zola, to be

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frank. `` GN Franco. They would like to see somebody like that. They will

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need somebody experienced as an assistant, somebody who has been at

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the mission manager. `` a premiership manager. And he is the

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favourite, and the head coach. He is. He has just resigned at

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Watford. The football he would like to play is the kind of football West

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Brom fans would like to say. They want to act fast because there is a

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lot of games coming up. And the football phone`in continues

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on BBC WM until seven o'clock. Birmingham's Frankie Gavin has a

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unique place among British boxers. He's the only Briton ever to win an

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amateur world title, but in 2014 Frankie plans to become a

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professional world champion as well. And the next step on that path comes

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in Leeds this weekend, when he defends his Commonwealth title. Just

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a warning, Nick Clitheroe's report contains flashing images.

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It's only when you get this close to a boxer that you see just how hard

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they hit. I wouldn't want to get in the ring with Frankie Gavin. Plenty

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of his potential opponents might not fancy it, either. So that's why he's

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having to be patient as he waits for the world title shot he craves. I'm

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not in boxing for the fame. I am in it to be the best in the world. The

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more you know and the more money you earn, which is good because I have a

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family, but rather I would win war titles.

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As an amateur, Frankie was world and Commonwealth champion. But there

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were disappointments, too. He missed out on the Beijing Olympics because

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of problems making the weight. But since turning pro there have been 17

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straight wins, 12 of them knockouts. If we are standing here in 12

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months, we will be talking about him as world champion? Definitely.

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Within 18 months. But it is also about money, politics and the right

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man in the right place at the right time.

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Former world champion Amir Khan is a potential target, but whoever steps

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into the ring with Gavin faces a man with utter determination. I hate

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losing. Even if I am playing with my five`year`old stun on the computer,

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if he is winning, I will turn his pad off!

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Future opponents have been warned. In 1973, Wizzard and Slade were two

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of the biggest bands in the country, one from Birmingham, the other from

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up the road in Wolverhampton, and both battling it out in December for

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the highly prized Christmas number one. 40 years on, and with both

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songs now Christmas classics, the battle resumed as both acts last

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night played live at different venues in Birmingham, a couple of

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hundred yards apart. Ben Sidwell had tickets for both. There is some

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flash photography in this report. It was the night that Christmas 1973

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returned to Birmingham. It is bringing the knee back to my youth.

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`` bringing me. Almagro I had posters on my wall. I can't believe

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40 years has gone. It is shocking. 40 years ago Slade and Wizzard, led

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by singer Roy Wood, dominated the UK singles chart. Between them in 1973

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they had five number ones and released two of the biggest

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Christmas hits of all time. When I wrote it, I didn't even think

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it might still be around. People say, do you get fed up of it? I say,

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no way, it is wonderful. 40 years on and they are still packing them in.

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Down the road, the man responsible for that other song is playing here

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at the Symphony Hall. I can still remember the day we

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recorded. It was the summer of 1973 in the `` New York. It was 100

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degrees outside. They thought we were crazy English men. Neither of

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us knew the other one was doing a Christmas song. Strange. Any other

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year, it would have been great. In the end Slade won the chart

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battle and got the Christmas number one. From humble beginnings in

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Walsall, 'Merry Xmas Everybody' is now thought to have been heard by

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42% of the world's population. I keep thinking, everybody must have

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this record by now! How does it keep on selling? Well, more people keep

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getting born. I am 26 and I the song. It has got us in the mood to

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party. Our kids are six and seven and they love it. So it's bands the

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generations. If I knew the secret, I would be a very rich man. This time

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of year, it is for a time. `` it is time.

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That choir playing their they were the sons and daughters the original

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choir from Erdington and Birmingham on the original recording. Amazing.

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No complaints about the weather today, albeit a bit chilly, but it

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is December after all. Here's Shefali to take us through the

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forecast. is December after

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It is December and it is about to turn to winter. That is why we are

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beginning to feel then it in the air. Today was basically the calm

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before the storm. The stormy conditions will be arriving tomorrow

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in the shape of heavy rain and wind from the West. We have basically got

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back to back systems. The second will be more potent, only because of

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the steep area of low pressure pushing it along. Right now out

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there it is fairly calm. We have got some showers in the far south`east

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of the region but they will clear later on. After that it is going to

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be relatively dry and clear. Again, this area will attract some itch ``

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patchy mist and fog. The wind later in the night will pick up and

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probably clear that. The wind is picking up ahead of the system for

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morning. Temperatures remain above freezing for most places around. It

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is going to be a wet and windy start to tomorrow. The rain is pushing

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eastwards through the morning. It is not going to be persistent but it

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will be heavy in places. By the afternoon kitchen start to show

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signs of easing a bit. Temperatures will be on the slow side. We have

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temperatures of 9`11d. It is not going to feel that mild with a

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winds picking up two `` with wins picking up to 40 mph. Tomorrow

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evening we have strong winds and potentially two inches of rain

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falling in a short space of time. This will all be clearing eastwards

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tomorrow night. In contrast, the end of the night will be much drier.

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Again, temperatures remain above freezing. On Thursday we have got

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the slackening isobars can indicate in calm conditions. You can see

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those speckles of white which represents now on the highest

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ground. `` which represent snow. Tonight's headlines from the BBC: At

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least one new runway is essential at an airport in south`east England,

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according to a Government commissioned review, with any

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expansion plans for Birmingham to be put on hold until 2050.

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And police investigating the disappearance 22 years ago of Nicola

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Payne in Coventry have arrested three people.

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That was the Midlands Today. I'll be back

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