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Bell will take next best step to IMCA Northern SportMod

first_img“I’d grown up in the pits crewing for a 1965 Chevelle super sportsman team and run number 79 as a tribute to my former stepfather Gary Branch,” he said. “I love to weld and fabricate. I was a mechanic in the Navy and when I got out I started going to the races again as a spectator.”  MARCOLA, Ore. – Roger Bell will put another checkmark on his bucket list when the green flag flies for his Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod rookie campaign.  Bell ran a street stock at Willamette Speedway last year, earning top rookie honors and finishing sixth in points in his first-ever season on the track.  From last November to this February, Bell pored over the IMCA rules before building his own “old school” chassis in a 30×30 shop that’s understandably race-themed and the talk of the town among race fans in his hometown of Marcola.  He sold his street stock and bought an old Modified chassis, found under a tree covered with leaves and originally built in the early 2000s by friend Dick Wright and Larry Follett, both long-time Modified drivers in the Pacific Northwest.  “I just decided life was too short, I wanted to do this. It’s a bucket list thing,” said Bell, 56 and who now works for the Forest Service after serving 13 years in the Navy. “I pretty much live in the Speed­way Motors catalog. It’s like Christmas when the parts get delivered.” Bitten by the racing bug, Bell finally got behind the wheel for 16 starts last season. Facilities manager for Willamette National Forest, Bell put his shop skills to the test and con­verted a golf cart chassis into a pit vehicle that matches his Northern SportMod and says his wife (and Forest Service co-worker) Kathryn is his biggest fan.  Rookie Roger Bell built the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod he’ll pilot this season at Oregon’s Cottage Grove Speedway. (Photo by Kathryn Bell) “Northern SportMods seemed like the next best step up for me. They are really a growing division on the West Coast,” he explained. “A lot of drivers are going to Northern SportMods because they like the cost and because they’re competitive.” “Like all the drivers, she’s excited to get going,” said Bell, who will be a regular at Cottage Grove Speedway. “My car is ready. I can’t wait to start racing.”last_img read more

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Kenneth G. Montville Jr.

first_imgKenneth George Montville Jr., age 62 of Metamora, Indiana passed away on Thursday, November 21, 2019. He was born to Kenneth Sr. and Mary Montville on December 29, 1956 in Massachusetts.Kenneth worked for himself as a carpenter and specialized in making cabinets.  He loved to work on houses and fix things up, others would agree he was a good cabinet maker. He enjoyed spending time in the outdoors and out in the woods. Kenneth had a special love for music.  He was quite the musician and played in a band in his younger years.  Blue Grass music was definitely a favorite of his.  He will be dearly missed.He is survived by his wife, Laurel Montville (nee: Schweiger), brother Tim Montville, sister Shirley Carpenter along with his nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Billy Montville.Cremation was chosen and private services will be held. Meyers Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.last_img read more

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DeSantis: Bahamians Should Get Hurricane Relief in Their Own Country, Not in FL

first_imgHe was at the Bass Pro Shops store in Dania Beach, where he joined the chain’s founder, Johnny Morris, to announce a recovery effort called, “Anglers for the Bahamas.”Partners from the fishing industry are donating a total of $2 million in cash and goods that will be transported by the international relief organization, Convoy of Hope.The donations range from $500,000 cash and $500,000 of goods from Bass Pro Shops, including items such as family-sized tents and outdoor cooking kits, to 125,000 servings of canned chicken from Tyson Foods and 5,000 bags of protein-enriched Jack Link’s beef jerky.DeSantis says that famous golfer and Jupiter Island resident Tiger Woods has promised to match up to $6 million, and Michael Jordan has pledged $1 million. Governor Ron DeSantis said Thursday during a news conference that the state, as well as its businesses and citizens, are prepared to help Bahamians affected by Hurricane Dorian get the relief they need in their country, and not by opening up Florida to people hoping to relocate.“If you just need the relief, that’s not what Florida’s set up for. Florida is helping to send resources to the Bahamas so the relief can be administered there,” DeSantis said after an event at which he joined business and charity leaders to announce the sport fishing community’s support for the Bahamas.He says he does not an issue with the Trump administration’s decision denying Temporary Protected Status to Bahamians, which would have allowed them to live and work legally in the U.S. while their country recovers from Dorian.According to the Governor, “TPS is only for people who are already here, so I think when people are saying, ‘Oh, let the people who came get it.’ That’s not what it’s for. TPS is if you’re in the United States, something happens in your home country, then you can apply for it. So, I don’t even think it’s applicable, and I think the Bahamian government has not asked for it. And so I just don’t think it would even apply.”Also on Thursday, 17 Democratic U.S. senators — including five of that party’s presidential candidates — introduced legislation granting TPS to “eligible Bahamian citizens” for a period of 18 months.Last Friday, a bipartisan group comprised of 15 Florida members of Congress asked President Trump to support TPS for the Bahamas “should its government request it.”The letter, which originated from U.S. Democratic Representative Frederica Wilson of Miami, was also signed by South Florida representatives Ted Deutch, Mario Diaz-Balart, Lois Frankel, Alcee Hastings, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Donna Shalala, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz.They explain that Haitians were granted TPS after their country was devastated by an earthquake in 2010. In addition, about 315,000 people from 10 countries currently have TPS.DeSantis’ message to Bahamians already in our state is: “Follow whatever the law is in terms of the federal government.”He explained that he had a briefing from the Border Patrol earlier this week, and was informed that about 3,000 people have come from the Bahamas to the U.S. due to the storm. Half of them are U.S. citizens and 99 percent of the other half have passports or visas as well as arrangements to stay with family or friends in the U.S.DeSantis adds, “The name of the game is relief and stabilization. We have done a lot of stuff. We’ll be able to send some stuff from Florida.”last_img read more

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Suriname dismiss Guyana again in FUTSAL .…Dutch Coach offers advice

first_imgBy Ras WadadaSURINAME’s national U-19 FUTSAL team once again made light work of their Guyanese counterparts when the two sides met yesterday morning at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH), the final day of competition for the two nations in the annual Inter Guianas Games.The 12-2 demolition of the home side improved the tally of both teams by a goal following Saturday’s 11-1 hammering by the young Dutch. The victory also ensured the visitors the series after the organisers called off the 3rd game which should have been played after lunch yesterday. The decision not to play the final as was scheduled certainly saved the young Guyanese from further humiliation.Stefano McDonald opened the scoring in the 6th minute and added two more in the second period to lead all scorers of the contest with a treble, while Terence Aroeman and Elyah Pengel netted a double a piece. There was one each for: Nazario Doesburg, Gerten Alphens, Gillaume Strooker, Ronaldo Iolud and Denilson Joekoe.Guyana’s goals came in the first half through Captain, Kendolyn Lewis and in the final period it was Collyer Daniels who found the back of the net. At the interval Suriname led 4-1.The IGG which was founded on football in 1967 saw for the first time the introduction of FUTSAL, replacing the ‘Beautiful Game’ and according to Suriname’s Coach, Prishad Parmessar it was a proposal made by Guyana, ”This as I understand is totally an idea of the Guyana Sports Commission to introduce FUTSAL in the Inter Guianas games”.Coach Parmessar also told Chronicle Sport that he expected more from Guyana, “The games were easier than we expected because of the development Guyana has shown in recent years in field soccer we were expecting much stronger opposition. From what I see, the Guyanese players are Technically good but they are lacking Tactically”.Parmessar stated that the infrastructure for FUTSAL was introduced in Suriname around 2000 or 2002 and since then it has grown to about 80 teams in both the schools and club systems, “Our FUTSAL season runs from January to April-May in the schools and from May to October for the clubs and what you find is the school players also play with clubs so they play a lot. We have various categories and age groups for both male and female and about 80 teams within the schools and the same amount of clubs as well”.Parmessar also explained the difference between FUTSAL and field football, “In FUTSAL the space is smaller so within a minute you get more touches than the outdoor football. You have to think and act faster and the Physical aspect becomes of lesser importance. It is smartness and shorter sprints in FUTSAL”, the Surinamese described.The Dutchman suggested that ‘what needs to be done is to put a proper infrastructure in place. Get FIFA assistance to build proper facilities and courses for Coaches. Without infrastructure you are wasting time”, Parmessar advised.last_img read more

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BREAKING: Report: Obama coming to USC

first_imgUniversity officials have confirmed that President Barack Obama will visit USC on Oct. 22.Obama will make public remarks at McCarthy Quad at 1:30 p.m. that Friday in an event hosted by the USC Political Student Assembly, according to university spokesman James Grant.Whispers of the visit originated earlier this week, but today they were verified.Though there has not been word from the White House, the Los Angeles Times cited an unnamed source within the Democratic National Committee confirming that the president will “headline a rally” on campus that afternoon.The Times reported that the president is expected to appear with U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, the California incumbent who is locked in a tight race with former Hewlett-Packard chief Carly Fiorina. The Times has also reported that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown is expected to attend the USC rally but not campaign individually with the president.Grant confirmed the Democratic National Campaign has rented space on campus for a fundraiser for Boxer, but specified that it was a separate event from the McCarthy Quad rally and the the university was not providing any money for the fundraiser.last_img read more

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National : Pac-12 divisions see imbalance in quality of teams

first_imgA year ago, last Saturday’s game between No. 4 Oregon and No. 8 Stanford would have decided the Pac-12 conference champion. Both teams entered the game with unblemished conference records and national title aspirations.But when the conference expanded to 12 teams for this season, the league was divided into two separate divisions, and a championship game was created.The new setup changes the mentality coaches and teams have taken after losses this season.‘I think it’s something that we all need to get used to,’ Stanford head coach David Shaw said during the Pac-12 coaches’ teleconference Tuesday. ‘It’s a different feeling losing that game because a year ago, without a conference championship game, you lose that game and you know you’re not conference champions. Now, you lose that game and you say, ‘We’re not in the championship game.”After Utah and Colorado joined the Pac-12 this season, the conference constructed the North and South divisions based on geography. The six teams from the North encompass northern California, Oregon and Washington, while the six in the South cover southern California, Arizona, Utah and Colorado. The winners of each division will square off in the Pac-12 championship game Dec. 2.  AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut in the first season with the new setup, the two best teams in the conference will not face off in that game. Even though the Cardinal and Ducks have emerged as the class of the conference through 11 weeks, only one will have a shot to take home the title, as both are in the North Division.After beating Stanford 53-30 last weekend, Oregon is in the driver’s seat. The Ducks simply need to avoid losing one of their next two games against Southern California and Oregon State to clinch a spot in the title game.Some fear the configuration of the league does not strike a competitive balance. Still, many coaches in the conference stand behind the setup, saying there’s no reason for concern because the success within the conference will spread out over time.‘I think you’ve got to let it play out,’ Colorado head coach Jon Embree said during the teleconference. ‘And I’m sure the teams in the South will improve with what they’re doing, and shoot, anything can happen in a one-game deal.’Though anything could happen in the championship game, the gap between the North and South has been huge.The North Division has reigned supreme over its counterpart this season. Arizona State, UCLA or Utah will serve as the South Division’s representative in the championship game by virtue of the two-year postseason ban against USC. Arizona State and UCLA have far-from-perfect 4-3 records in conference.Washington has an identical 4-3 record, but it was eliminated from the title race a few weeks ago because powerhouses Stanford and Oregon are in the same division.Oregon State head coach Mike Riley said the dominance of one division over the other in a major conference is nothing new. Louisiana State and Alabama are both in the Southeastern Conference’s West Division. And both have been the class of the SEC and the nation this season.The situation with Oregon and Stanford is no different.‘I think sometimes it’s going to happen from year to year, maybe the two perceived best teams are in the same division,’ Riley said. ‘I think it’s happening right now in the Southeastern Conference probably.’Riley said it is hard for anyone to raise an issue with the way the divisions were organized. He said the power balance of the divisions will rotate.Embree has experienced similar trends throughout his coaching career.He served as an assistant coach at Colorado when the Big 12 conference was formed in 1994. He said that early on the conference title would often come down to the matchup between North Division members Colorado and Nebraska even though there was still a championship game to be played.But since then, the face of the conference has continued to change. And the same will likely be true with the Pac-12 conference down the road.After one season it’s impossible to gauge the success of teams within the Pac-12, but Embree knows that in college football nothing is certain.‘College football is cyclical, and I don’t think it’s a case of rushing to judgment whether this is the best scenario or not,’ Embree said.adtredin@syr.edu Published on November 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Sarkisian’s 2015 recruiting class poised to be among the top in the nation

first_imgAfter an up-and-down first season with a new coach, the Trojans head into their offseason with optimism. With starting quarterback Cody Kessler returning for his senior season and a litany of young, talented skill players, the Trojans are headed in the right direction. That momentum has translated to the high school recruiting scene.One year ago, head coach Steve Sarkisian was able to land a consensus top-15 recruiting class. The 19-man 2014 class ultimately produced impact players such as Adoree’ Jackson, Juju Smith, Toa Lobendahn, Damien Mama, Viane Talamaivao, Bryce Dixon and John Plattenburg, all of whom saw significant playing time this past season. Not only did the current coaching staff close strongly last National Signing Day, they did it in a couple of months under scholarship limitations.This time around, Steve Sarkisian and staff are aiming higher than a top-15 class. For the first time since 2010, USC will be able to assemble a full recruiting class of 25 players. The 2015 crop of players out of California is said by recruiting experts to be one of the strongest in recent years. Furthermore, the relative lack of depth across the board has made USC an even more attractive option for blue-chip high school football prospects.Every football team starts with the quarterback position. The 2015 recruiting class includes two quarterbacks, each with contrasting styles. Ricky Town, a former Alabama commit, was converted  by Steve Sarkisian and his staff. Town, a pro-style quarterback, has been one of the leaders of the 2015 class and an active presence for USC at the national recruiting camps. Sam Darnold, another quarterback commit, breaks the mold of the traditional USC pocket quarterback. Darnold is more of a dual-threat quarterback who often likes to make plays outside of the pocket with both his arm and his feet.Last year’s recruiting class consisted of very talented offensive linemen. This year’s class will likely do more of the same and add depth to the offensive line as the Trojans look to utilize a hurry-up, no-huddle offense. The 2015 offensive line class is headlined by Chuma Edoga, from Powder Springs, Georgia. In addition to Edoga, the class looks to include offensive linemen Clayton Johnston, Roy Hemsley and Cole Smith.With redshirt junior tailback Javorius “Buck” Allen leaving for the NFL draft, the running back depth chart dwindles to two scholarship running backs, Tre Madden and Justin Davis. As a result, the USC coaching staff looks to sign three very different running backs. Aca’Cedric Ware, is a physical, between-the-tackles runner who averaged above 8 yards per carry in high school. Dominic Davis, a smaller player, is the speedster of the running back class. Davis’ catching ability allows the offensive staff the flexibility to use him as a slot receiver in certain formations. The third running back of the USC 2015 recruiting class is Ronald Jones II. Jones, a hybrid of Davis and Ware, has the durability to run between the tackles as well as the speed and vision to make big plays in the running game.Even with the loss of Nelson Agholor and George Farmer to the NFL, it appears the USC coaches look to only add two wide receiver recruits. Both De’Quan Hampton and Isaac Whitney are junior college recruits with two and three years of eligibility respectively. Both receivers are similar in that each is more than 6 feet tall, which is a necessity for an offense that throws many bubble screens.Rounding out the offensive recruits is Tyler Petite, a tight end from California. Originally committed to Duke, Petite switched his commitment to USC. For an offense with only two scholarship tight ends, Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick and Bryce Dixon, the commitment of Petite was crucial from a depth standpoint.In the current college football landscape, which includes hurry-up offenses and zone read running attacks, it is imperative to have a strong defensive line. The 2015 defensive line class includes the current commitments of Noah Jefferson, Christian Rector and Jacob Daniel. Daniel has the size to occupy multiple blockers and clog running lanes, Rector is seen as a rush defensive end with a high motor, and Jefferson is an athletic 280-pounder who can get to the quarterback and stop the run. Furthermore, USC appears to be the heavy favorite to land Rasheem Green, a five-star defensive tackle from the Los Angeles area. With the loss of Leonard Williams, USC will need the 2015 recruits to make an impact on the defensive line within the next two years.In defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox’s 3-4 defensive scheme, the linebackers play the most important role: they are called upon to make tackles in the run game and also cover tight ends and receivers out of the back field. As a result, linebackers must be big enough to tackle and shed blockers while still being agile enough to drop into coverage. The 2015 linebacker class looks to do just that. Currently, USC has commitments from Cameron Smith and Osa Masina. Smith is more of a punisher and built in the mold of Hayes Pullard, the Trojans’ leading tackler. Masina, at 6 feet 4 inches and weighing around 230 pounds, is an incredibly fluid athlete for his size. The Trojans are also in the driver’s seat for two other highly regarded linebacking recruits, Porter Gustin and John Houston. Gustin, also at 6 feet 5 inches, is a very physical player with great pass rushing ability. Houston is an incredibly athletic linebacker with great coverage and pass rushing ability. Should USC close both Gustin and Houston, it would allow Justin Wilcox greater flexibility to disguise coverages and blitzes.This past season, the USC secondary started cornerback Jackson and safety Plattenburg as true freshmen. The 2014 secondary class made an instant impact, and this year’s class looks poised to do the same. As of now, USC has commitments from cornerback Isaiah Langley and safety prospects Marvell Tell and Ykili Ross, all three athletic. Tell and Ross, in particular, have great size at safety. Both players are more than 6 feet tall; their length, speed and ball skills would make it difficult for opposing teams to throw the ball over the top of the defense. Additionally, the Trojans remain in contention to land Iman Marshall, a five-star cornerback widely regarded as the top defensive back in the country. Marshall, a Long Beach native and former teammate of Juju Smith, would solidify a secondary many analysts consider amongst the best in college football.USC’s first full recruiting class in years looks poised to be amongst the very best. The 2015 recruiting class is projected to be in the top three, and will be a cornerstone in USC’s quest for a 12th national championship.last_img read more

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West Senior football semi final this evening

first_imgThe second of the West Senior Football Semi Finals takes place in Cappawhite this evening.It pits Eire Og Annacarty against Arravale Rovers.Throw in is at 8 o’clock. The winner goes on to meet Galtee Rovers who overcame Aherlow Gaels last weekend to secure their spot in the divisional final.====last_img

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Betgenius launches ‘next level’ sportsbook streaming service

first_img Jack Davison – BetgeniusBetgenius continues to enhance its sports betting engagement provisions, after launching its first ever streaming service designed to help sportsbooks plug crucial gaps in their in-play betting schedules with sports content from around the world.Seeking to become the industry’s optimal streaming service, Betgenius has developed its product from partnerships with official rights holders across multiple sports, maintained through Genius Sports Group.Leveraging Genius Sports group capacity, Betgenius details that it has delivered betting incumbents a content service featuring thousands of low latency streams including content which has never before been available to sportsbooks.Jack Davison, Chief Commercial Officer at Genius Sports Group, said: “Our close relationships with sports rights holders across the world have given us access to new, high-quality streaming content which will significantly enhance our sportsbook partners’ in-play products.”In its product notes, Betgenius details that it has focused its new vertical on boosting bookmaker engagement during off-peak times, allowing customers to offer optimal streaming content ‘around the clock’, enhancing bet placements and customer retention during quiet scheduling periodsBetgenius’ streaming service sees all video content captured direct from pitch/courtside, and is further paired-up with official data and live betting services, and features easy-access API integration.“Combined with fast, accurate data on thousands of fixtures, this is a new and cost-effective way to attract more customers with a complete and immersive live betting experience,” Davison added.Betgenius has disclosed that bet365 is among the first tier1 sportsbooks to go live with its streaming vertical, with more partnership set to be announced in the coming weeks. 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 Share Betgenius: Spare change… how will the increase to five subs affect football trading? June 4, 2020 StumbleUpon Betgenius expands virtual sports range with Kiron August 20, 2020 Submit Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

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English and Payton earn Clippers workouts

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PLAYA VISTA >> They have famous names, but the Roman numerals behind them should make something clear.A.J. English III is not the man who played for the Washington Bullets in the early 1990s and Gary Payton II isn’t the man who defended and yapped his way to the NBA’s Hall of Fame.They’re both close to their own dreams — to play in the NBA — and their last names don’t guarantee anything.But, their proximity to great players? Well, that doesn’t hurt. “My brothers our a tremendous resource,” Plumlee said. “I’m able to hit them up for advice all the time. They’re very available. We’re so proud of each other and want each other to do well, so they don’t give me meaningless feedback.”Payton’s father is always willing to talk, and up unto last year, he was willing to step out onto the court with his son, who like him, played point guard at Oregon State.After a lifetime of getting backed down and bullied, the II got a win.“He tried me last season at school and I got him,” Payton II said. “I don’t think he’s gonna try any more. He can let that rest.”At this stage in the process, it’s not about their fathers or their brothers. It’s about themselves and what they can do; something that English is just fine with.“As soon as I picked up the ball, I tried to make my own name,” he said. “I’ve got a ‘III’ behind my name. Whenever I write it on a piece of paper … I want people when they say my name to say I’m the ‘third.’ I don’t look at it like I’m competing with my dad or anyone else. I just want people to know I’m A.J. English III.”Brogdon impressesOf all the players working out for the Clippers Wednesday, Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon might check the most boxes for coach Doc Rivers.He’s long, mature, smart and accomplished. He’s the ACC Player of the Year, the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-American. Brogdon spoke with the Clippers at the NBA Draft Combine before seeing the team again for Wednesday’s workout.And he’s got a signature skill.“My defense,” he said. “I don’t let people score on me. I think that’s my biggest asset.”The Clippers own picks No. 25 and No. 33 and Brogdon is projected to be on the board.Paul, Jordan honoredChris Paul and DeAndre Jordan, two of the biggest factors in the Clippers’ successful regular season, earned postseason hardware Wednesday.Both players were named to the NBA’s All-Defensive first team, joining unanimous choice Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio, Draymond Green of Golden State and Avery Bradley of Boston.It’s the eighth time Paul has earned All-Defensive honors and his fifth consecutive year on the first team. It’s Jordan’s consecutive first team appearance.Jordan beat out Miami center Hassan Whiteside. Paul finished with more votes than Memphis’ Tony Allen. Atlanta’s Paul Millsap, Indiana’s Paul George and Chicago’s Jimmy Butler, who were selected to the second team.Paul averaged 2.1 steals per game and Jordan averaged 2.3 blocks, helping the Clippers finish with the fifth-most efficient defense in the NBA. No other team had multiple players earn All-Defensive honors.Luc Mbah a Moute received one second-team vote, from Clippers broadcaster Michael Smith.center_img The odds to make the NBA are steep. English and Payton know it. But, by seeing their fathers make it, the dreams feel more attainable.There’s always a call that can be made; advice that can be given.“It’s a great tool to have,” Payton said. “He’s one of the best, a Hall of Famer. You can’t tell him he’s wrong because he’s a Hall of Famer. He’s been through it all.”Pedigree was a theme Wednesday at the Clippers’ pre-draft workout.In addition to Payton and English, the Clippers also worked out Duke center Marshall Plumlee, the younger brother of NBAers Miles and Mason Plumlee.last_img read more

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