Parupalli Kashyap seeks Sushma Swaraj’s help after losing passport in Amsterdam

first_imgParupalli Kashyap on Saturday tweeted asking for help from External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, after he lost his passport in Amsterdam while travelling to Odense for the Denmark Open.The 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games gold medallist lost his passport in Amsterdam on Friday night and is stranded there. Kashyap is supposed to leave for Odense for the Denmark Open on Sunday.He sought Swaraj’s intervention and also tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.”Good Morning Ma’am, I’ve lost my passport at Amsterdam last night. I have to travel to Denmark Open, French Open and Saarloux Open, Germany. My ticket for Denmark is on Sunday, 14th October. I request help in this matter. @SushmaSwaraj @Ra_THORe @himantabiswa @narendramodi,” tweeted Kashyap.Kashyap has been helping his girlfriend Saina Nehwal with her training, according to a recent interview.Good Morning Ma’am, I’ve lost my passport at Amsterdam last night . I have to travel to Denmark Open, French Open and Saarloux Open,Germany . My ticket for Denmark is on Sunday, 14th October .I request help in this matter . @SushmaSwaraj @Ra_THORe @himantabiswa @narendramodiParupalli Kashyap (@parupallik) October 13, 2018Saina, in that interview also confirmed that she and Kashyap would be tying the knot on December 16.READ – Wedding on December 16: Saina Nehwal confirms marriage to Parupalli Kashyap”We started travelling for bigger tours from 2007-08 onwards. We played tournaments together, trained together and slowly, started paying more attention to each other’s matches. In the competitive world that we live in, it is difficult to get close to someone. But somehow we both found it very easy to talk to each other, talk about our matches. The feeling gradually grew,” Nehwal said.advertisementDenmark open 2018 … #odense #denmarkopensuper750 pic.twitter.com/860x7QeOUISaina Nehwal (@NSaina) October 12, 2018Saina on the other hand posted a photo of her travelling to the Denmark Open She has been drawn to face Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong in the first round.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

OSU Falls to No. 1 Florida 5-0

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. After a holding the No. 1 Florida Gators scoreless earlier on Sunday, the Cowgirls ran out of steam to the tune of a 5-0 loss. Florida wins the Gainesville Regional and will host a Super Regional against the winner of the Tuscaloosa Regional.After being held scoreless in the first game of the day, Florida’s Nicole Dewitt opened the game with a two-run homer in the 1st. After runs in the 2nd and the 3rd innings, the Gators built a 4-0 lead through four innings and the Cowgirls were never able to get their bats going — thanks in part to Florida’s ace Delanie Gourney.On the other side, Florida’s early hitting necessitated two pitching changes by the 2nd inning. Shea Coats and Logan Simunek each had their shot before Kenny Gajewski went back to Brandi Needham who pitched seven innings earlier in the day.Oklahoma State ends their season 38-25 and makes postseason play in both of Gajewski’s first two season as head coach.“Going to the postseason consecutive years just means we have a lot of kids bought in,” head coach Kenny Gajewski said. ” That’s the bottom line. They have trust in us. When you have that kind of trust you can do anything. This program is back on track. We’ve still got a long way to go but we’re excited about the future.”last_img read more

OSU Football: Where Vegas Projects the Cowboys Win Total in 2017

first_imgKansas State7.5Over -130, Under +110 Texas Tech4.5Over -130, Under +110 Oklahoma10Over +105, Under -125 Oklahoma State9Over +105, Under -125 If you’re the betting type, you may want to put a wager down on the good guys. According to South Point, a Vegas bookmaker, the Cowboys’ win total has been set at nine wins.There’s plenty to like about the 2017 Cowboys. They’ve got an offense that we are all giddy about and a defense that leaves us somewhere between cautiously optimistic and downright nervous.In true Gundy fashion, let’s just say that they need to stay healthy at some key positions and they need some young guys to improve. (We’ll know a lot more about this team in November.)The Cowboys are also a good value if you’re looking to bet on the Big 12 title. And maybe even more so after last week.The nine-win total is consistent with the numbers released earlier by CG Technology. This list, however, gives the totals for all 128 FBS teams.Here’s a look at the rest of the Big 12. Texas7.5Over -110, Under -110 Baylor8Over EVEN, Under -120 TCU8Over -120, Under EVEN West Virginia6Over -130, Under +110 Iowa State5.5Over +110, Under -130 Kansas2.5Over +110, Under -130 TeamWin ProjectionOdds While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Neymar Sr. believes PSG star should undergo surgery

first_imgPSG ‘We cannot wait’ – Neymar Sr. believes PSG star should undergo surgery Goal Last updated 1 year ago 17:14 27/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar PSG Olympique Marseille Aurelien Meunier PSG Ligue 1 PSG v Olympique Marseille Olympique Marseille The star’s father urged PSG to act quickly in sending Neymar under the knife, as Brazil sweat on his fitness just months before the World Cup The father of Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar claims that his son should undergo surgery on a foot injury, and implored the club to allow him to go under the knife as soon as possible. Neymar went down towards the end of PSG’s 3-0 Ligue 1 win over Marseille on Sunday, with what was initially suspected to be a twisted ankle. Subsequent medical tests, however, showed that the Brazilian had additionally cracked a metatarsal bone , effectively ruling him out of PSG’s Champions League tie with Real Madrid.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp And while there has been some confusion over whether he would need surgical intervention on the problem , Neymar Sr. insisted that the forward must be allowed to go under the knife. “PSG already know they will not have Neymar for the next six to eight weeks,” he said in an interview with  ESPN . “The decision [to undergo surgery] lies with PSG and will be made as a team after the arrival of the Brazil national team doctor. “It is vital to make it quickly because we cannot wait. Surgery is the quickest way to accelerate the player’s recovery.” The news that Neymar will miss up to two months was greeted with consternation not just in Paris, but also in Neymar’s native Brazil. Selecao coach Tite delayed the announcement of his squad for friendly matches in March after learning of the injury, and if Neymar Sr.’s prognosis is accurate the forward will return to action as late as the beginning of May, just one month before the World Cup begins in Russia.Neymar has already suffered World Cup heartbreak in his career, having missed out on the semifinal of the 2014 edition in his homeland following an injury sustained in the quarterfinal against Colombia. He now faces a race against time to be at his best for next summer’s edition. Three-time world champions Pele had previously hailed the 26-year-old as a “superstar” and the best player in the world technically, while Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was eager for the forward to be able to prove his fitness for the forthcoming last-16 meeting between the sides. News of Neymar’s plight, though, has not been greeted with universal sympathy. Marseille defender Jordan Amavi claimed that the forward was “looking for things” during last Sunday’s match.last_img read more

Could Madrid spend €400m on Neymar?

first_imgTransfers Zidane wouldn’t be surprised to see Madrid-linked Neymar leave for €400m Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 22:35 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar PSG Paris Saint-Germain Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid PSG Ligue 1 Zinédine Zidane Neymar Primera División The Liga side have been strongly linked with the Brazilian star and their manager has suggested he could well move again for another world-record fee Zinedine Zidane has suggested Neymar could fetch €400 million if he leaves PSG, and believes he is good enough to play for any club in world football.Brazil international Neymar left Barcelona for the Ligue 1 side in a world-record €222 million deal last August.The 26-year-old has since been linked with a return to Spain, with speculation the Ligue 1 leaders could allow him to leave for almost double the amount they paid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp And Zidane, who was the most expensive player in the world when he joined Madrid from Juventus in 2001, suggests he wouldn’t be surprised if Neymar left for as much as €400m.He told reporters: “Well, I’m not going to talk about a player who is not mine. They paid €222m for Neymar, right? It’s what it is.”When Real bought me it was €72m or something like that… I thought then it was insane, and 10 years after that, there’s amounts much, much bigger.”Probably, in some years, football will reach the €400m amount. Or maybe sooner.”Asked if Neymar would fit in at Real Madrid, Zidane added: “Yes. He would fit in every club [in the world]. Because he is very good. As with many other players.”Madrid beat a PSG side missing an injured Neymar in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Tuesday to confirm their place in the quarter-finals.The comprehensive 5-2 aggregate victory keeps them on course to win the competition for a third successive season, but Zidane insists he is not thinking of a hat-trick in Europe’s elite club competition.11 – Under Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid have won 11 of their 15 #UCL knockout games (D2 L2), lifting the trophy twice in as many seasons (2016 and 2017). King. pic.twitter.com/43euuSCFae — OptaJose (@OptaJose) March 6, 2018 “I am only focussing on the game on Saturday [against Eibar],” he said”In April we will have time to look ahead and focus on the Champions League.”We enjoy the Champions League, we are focused and we are going to give 100 per cent throughout the tournament.”last_img read more

Videos: Gundy, Players Meet with Media Two Weeks Out from First Game

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. STILLWATER — Football season is almost here, I promise.Mike Gundy and some players met with the media Tuesday after practice to discuss the squad’s advancements. Somebody somewhere in Boone Pickens Stadium was doing some power washing, so I apologize in advance if there are some spots that are tough to hear.last_img read more

Mike Gundy Has a Plan in Place for OSU’s QBs, but He’s Not Sharing It

first_imgOklahoma State’s football season starts in less than a week and we still don’t know who will take the first snap, but Mike Gundy does.For months we’ve tried to grasp at and glean anything we could from what coaches and players had to say about the two quarterbacks in question, but the answers we’ve gotten have mostly been filtered coach speak. We’ve heard stuff like “both guys are really getting after it” or “I’d be fine catching passes from either one.”Even the quarterbacks themselves — that one time they were allowed to speak with the media — toed the company line. Sanders said, “Whether I’m out there or Dru (Brown) is out there, I just want to see this team be great.”Gundy runs a tight ship.But all will soon be revealed, even if it’s not set in stone.“We’ve got a good plan in place,” Gundy said on Friday. “I’m not trying to hide anything, but I’m not gonna talk about it now. I’m just gonna be up front.“We have a plan in place now that I think that Sean [Gleeson] and I are really comfortable with, but that’s not something I want to talk about now.”The ink may be dry on Chapter 1, but it sounds like Gundy is going to let this story write itself. He recently said that once either Sanders or Brown had won the job, he would publicly name the starter. So that “plan” appears to be to let the two decide things on the field.The situation conjures up memories of the tight race between Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh who each took turns with Wes Lunt in 2012 and then entered fall camp in 2013 neck-and-neck.“The last time that we were in this situation was with Chelf and J-Dub, that we were in this situation,” said Gundy. “I think both of these guys are further ahead than where those guys were at that time. Now they ended up playing really well but both these guys are pretty comfortable with where they’re at.”That’s pretty high praise Sanders and Brown considering the former hasn’t actually seen the field in college.Chelf came into his senior season with 18 games under his belt and having thrown for over 2,000 yards in three season, and Walsh played in 10 games, threw for over 1,500 yards and scored 20 total TDs as a freshman the year before. The two co-captained OSU to a 10 win season in 2013, so they also leave a couple pairs of pretty big shoes to fill.Any QB battle that goes this far into camp puts you in the unenviable situation of having to split up repetitions instead of giving the lion’s share to your settled starter.“You’ll never get enough reps for the starter when two guys are sharing time,” said Gundy. “That’s the issue you have. There’s no secret there. You can’t just put more plays in because the five offense linemen only have so many reps in their bodies.“So what we do is we just run the same plays with the 1s and the 2s, and then if they run this list of plays and the next guy runs this list of plays and so it becomes the same. It’s just not with the first offensive line and the group of receivers.”More than anything, Gundy appears pleased with the way the two have handled what could otherwise be a contentious battle.“There’s no question both of them want to be the starter, and I’m guessing that they would both like to be the full-time starter,” Gundy said. “So, there’s always going to be some edge in the competition there, but it hasn’t become a distraction. And I actually think it has become positive in their learning experience.“Other than that, I haven’t been around them enough to know. So that’s the part that I appreciate with them is that they can compete and also work together to improve.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

PFB Predictions: Who Will Shine Against K-State and O/U on Chuba’s Carries

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Cowboys look to get right at home against the unbeaten, No. 24 Kansas State Wildcats. This is the first time a ranked K-State squad has shown up in Stillwater since 2011 and that rendition of the series was an all-timer (okay, they’re pretty much all thrillers).So before things get going on Saturday night, the PFB staff got together to lay out our predictions.Final ScoreAdChoices广告Kyle Porter: Oklahoma State 34 | Kansas State 24 — This qualifies as an absolute blowout in a series which has seen eight of its last 12 games end with spreads of seven or fewer points.Kyle Boone: Oklahoma State 39 | Kansas State 33 — Par for the course for what this matchup against K-State usually brings.Kyle Cox: Oklahoma State 45 | Kansas State 38 — Without checking, I’d say 90 percent of all OSU-Kansas State games have ended in this exact same score, give or take a couple points. (Don’t fact-check me, please.)Marshall Scott: Oklahoma State 38 | Kansas Sate 35 — I’ve gone back in forth with this a few times. But in conclusion, OSU is better than Mississippi State, and K-State had some struggles against the Bulldogs.Player of the GamePorter: Tylan. He’s had 464 in his last three games at Boone Pickens Stadium (that’s 155 a game), and OSU will try and air it out more after running Chuba into the red dirt of Texas last weekend.Boone: Chuba. We saw last week that OSU is willing to ride him as a true No. 1 workhorse, so he’ll have plenty of shots to be the star here.Cox: I’m going Spencer Sanders. I think he comes out and has a huge game. Like 300 and three scores in the air and 50-plus on the ground. This will be a big test for the young QB and I think he passes with flying colors.Scott: Chuba Hubbard — He’ll probably get the ball a lot, and though I think K-State is a strong challenge, I don’t think the Wildcats’ D-line will be as disruptive as Texas’.Who has more rushing TDs?Porter: Oklahoma State. They’ll Sean Gleeson will figure out their red-zone woes this weekend, and Sanders will have a pair of rushing TDs by himself.Boone: Kansas State. It won’t matter though when Sanders is dropping 80-yard nukes to Tylan and Braydon Johnson.Cox: K-State. While I think I think Chuba and Co. (who am I kidding, Chuba) has a bounceback game, the Wildcats lead the league averaging four rushing scores per game.Scott: K-State — I say K-State scores all five on the ground; OSU scores three.Over/Under of 27.5 on Chuba carriesPorter: Under 🙏Boone: Chuba leads the nation in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, and if that continues, he’s just about a lock to be in the Heisman race in November. But … 27.5 is a lot for a player who has toted it 69 times in the last two games. I’d take the under.Cox: Under, but not because some other running back suddenly decides to become relevant. I just think the Cowboys go all in on the playback and get things going through the air.Scott: Over — Against Power Five opponents this season, Hubbard has ran the ball 26 and 37 times. I think K-State will force at least two more rushes than Oregon State did.last_img read more

My life as a failure

first_imgI was so inspired by Mark Rovner‘s encouraging response to my last post that I thought I’d admit more failure. I hate to fail, but through the cozy, comfortable viewpoint of hindsight, I can say that my failures are among the great moments in my life because they make me stretch. My first public speaking experience was horrific — a stammering recitation of written notes. And I was supposed to be a moderator on a panel! Now I think I’m a good speaker, but only because I was driven to improve by a serious fear of repeating that humiliation. When I wrote my book, I had to admit failure halfway through. I realized on page 140 that the book was only starting to work and threw out everything I’d written up to then. I finished the book, then went back and rewrote the first half. Though I nearly went mad over the process, the book and I were better for it.My favorite jobs are those when I feel scared at the sheer immensity of the tasks before me about 49% of the time. I hate that discomfort, but it makes me creative, productive and excited by my work.On NPR’s This I Believe, columnist Jon Carroll recently said:Failure is how we learn. I have been told of an African phrase describing a good cook as “she who has broken many pots.” If you’ve spent enough time in the kitchen to have broken a lot of pots, probably you know a fair amount about cooking. I once had a late dinner with a group of chefs, and they spent time comparing knife wounds and burn scars. They knew how much credibility their failures gave them.I have more scars than I can count.Failure is a big part of marketing. Most campaigns fail. Most messages start a bit off target. Most appeals for dollars don’t rake in cash. That’s okay, as long as we look at them as broken pots and tweak our recipes. Admit the dish tasted bad and go find your missing ingredients. I’m certainly still on a quest for them myself.last_img read more

Forget Messi, Argentina are a complete mess

first_imgWorld Cup Forget Messi, Argentina are a complete mess going into World Cup 2018 Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent 06:00 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Lionel Messi Argentina 2018 Getty World Cup Argentina v Iceland Iceland Argentina Lionel Messi Opinion Lionel Messi leads the cast again as Argentina attempt to go one further than their runners-up slot four years ago but they are beset by problems The controversy caused by the Argentine Football Association’s decision to cancel a pre-World Cup friendly against Israel in Jerusalem overshadowed the national team’s preparations for Russia 2018.The political fallout was huge with the row carrying over to the very top levels of government.But the nixing of the game also meant that Argentina’s only meaningful warm-up game for the tournament would be a ridiculously straightforward hammering of Haiti in Buenos Aires. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Jorge Sampaoli is only 11 games into his tenure as national team manager and badly needed another 90 minutes for his players and systems to be tested.His football is complex and demands total adherence. It brings results as evidenced by his 2015 Copa America triumph for Chile. But Argentina simply haven’t had the time to get things together properly under Sampaoli.The former Sevilla boss jumped in during the qualification phase to replace Edgardo Bauza in order to realign their World Cup ambitions. He got them to Russia – just – but it hasn’t been a serene start.Argentina needed a hat-trick from Lionel Messi against Ecuador in the final round of CONMEBOL qualification, which said less about coherence and strategy in the Argentina ranks than it did about their near total reliance on the Barcelona man.That game represents the only competitive win Sampaoli has on his Argentina record, with three straight draws preceding that result threatening to rule the two-time winners out of the final tournament altogether.How tragic things might have been had Messi not gone back on his decision to quit the national team following a Copa America final defeat to Chile two years ago. Since November 2016, Messi is the only Argentine player with a competitive goal to his name. Jorge SampaoliWith Messi, Argentina occasionally appear a team capable of punching their weight on the world stage. Without him they would sink.”We always say how Argentina is wonder team, but as I look at them you have Messi up front, but what about midfield and defense?” asked Robert Prosinecki, the former Croatia international now coaching Bosnia – Herzegovina on Vecernji last week. “There are worn out players! Croatia has big chance to win the group and avoid France in round of 16, because France is one of favourites to win the title.”There is a massive gap in quality between Messi and his team-mates, even if Sampaoli has some good forwards at his disposal this time around.The problem is getting them all fit and functioning in the same team. Any manager in the world might appreciate the conundrum of fitting Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala in the same XI but stylistic differences mean Sampaoli is yet to hit the winning formula. Injuries to Aguero and Dybala haven’t helped and the young Juventus forward is also hamstrung by the fact that he and Messi seem incompatible.Injuries have also cost Sampaoli the services of his first-choice goalkeeper – Sergio Romero of Manchester United – and West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini. Enzo Perez – now of River Plate replaced Lanzini in the squad and there are still question marks over who will get the gloves. Franco Armani is a fan favourite while Willy Cabellero of Chelsea is also in contention.He will have to do better than he did in the Messi-less March friendly against Spain if he is to get the nod however. He conceded five goals on a night which left exposed all the frailties, weaknesses and problems apparent in the Argentine ranks just weeks out from the World Cup proper.The enduring memory of that night is Messi taking leave of his seat in the stadium by the time Spain had scored their sixth.ArgentinaMeanwhile, casual fans will recognise Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Rojo, Javier Mascherano and Angel Di Maria but wonder who on earth some of the other faces in the squad are.Names like Maximiliano Meza and Nicolas Tagliafico will be unfamiliar to observers who have watched Argentina go deep in tournaments like the Copa America as well as the World Cup in 2014.Argentina this time simply cannot count on the same kind of player that has gone before however and Sampaoli will have to learn a lot from his team when they take to the field at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on Saturday against Iceland.On name alone, Argentina should have been overwhelming favourites to top the group and go deep into the tournament. But Iceland and Croatia should be underestimated at Argentina’s peril. There are no guarantees against Nigeria either, against whom Argentina lost 4-2 in a pre-tournament friendly a few months ago.It all means that Argentina arrive in Russia with big problems. They faced accusations of being a one-man team four years ago in Brazil but it’s nothing compared to the plight of the team currently. Messi is going to have to drag his side along if they have any chance of decent progress.last_img read more

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