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Cashing in on the campus

first_imgStudent life is all about long sessions in cafés and bars, a frantic social life and minimal studying, right? A captive audience, and a gift to caterers and food-on-the-go brands.If that is where your image of university living is stuck, then you are probably showing your age. As Sodexo’s latest student survey indicates (see panel), today’s students increasingly see their debt-ridden time in higher education as an investment, involving hard academic application, a part-time job (for a third of them) and less time on-campus.The positive side to all of this is that university authorities are keener than ever to use innovative catering to reinforce that flagging sense of community.Richard McGloin is head of trading services at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), and also chair of The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO), the body representing higher education establishments that run their own catering. In his experience, even where universities are managing the catering themselves, they are increasingly eager to bring brands, from Starbucks to Subway, on to campus.McGloin emphasises the role of catering in supporting the student. He adds: “Most of it is now run on a commercial basis, or at least has to cover costs. So the quality of what we provide is important.”There are practical limitations, too. SHU’s sit-down catering can feed 16% of the 30,000 student population, he estimates. But grab-and-go outlets play a major role in supplementing this capacity.SHU currently uses Café Direct products and branding. Until 18 months ago, it had a similar arrangement with Whitbread’s Costa Coffee for outlets around the campus. “If you wanted to use their logo and cups, you had to sign up to their service standards, with the possibility of spot audits, and you couldn’t sell coffees for less than 10p under the high-street price,” McGloin recalls.But the real sticking point was the fact that Costa will only allow its brand to be used where service is from a trained barista. “They didn’t offer services for bean-to-cup or push-button self-service,” says McGloin. “Their feeling was that this would be dumbing down the brand.”Café Direct, on the other hand, offers 14 outlets around the campus, only two of which are barista-run. “If you have a 300-seater restaurant, you cannot manage that with a barista,” he says. Café Direct quotes a recommended retail price, but there is more flexibility on pricing.== Wholesale deals ==Costa has wholesale agreements with some 30 universities, says corporate sales director Rob Gower, involving use of its equipment and coffee. But despite its strong position in other markets, from airports to the corporate sector, it has no full-franchise operations in any UK university. Gower explains: “A full outlet has to look and feel like one of our high-street shops, which means that a level of investment is required by either the university itself or the contract caterer.” So while Compass Group has opened Costa shops in a number of NHS hospitals, for instance, it has not done so in those universities where it manages catering.Compass says it uses a combination of its own and others’ licensed brands (within agreed guidelines) inside universities. It applies these brands flexibly across the various sectors where it operates, in a ’best fit’ approach.Sector brand manager Kevin Hall says: “We find that high street-style ’grab and go’ brands, such as Upper Crust, are particularly popular. It suits the student lifestyle and income, which is often time- and cash-poor.” He adds: “Outlets, products and brands that offer variety and international flavours are also very attractive to this market.”Sodexo runs its range of student-orientated, branded outlets called ’theunity’ in 18 UK higher education establishments. These include shops selling deli-type products, wraps, pasta and Greek-style salads. There is also a premium option, offering remote online pre-ordering for products such as sandwiches, says head of universities Peter Taylor. But are brands as important to students as operators like to make out? In fact, Sodexo’s research says that just 6% claim to seek out particular food brands, while 25% say they are influenced by coffee brands. And here, a clear ethical message is de rigueur.Taylor says that Sodexo can supply coffee which is not only organic and Fairtrade, but also Rainforest Alliance-certified. Costa says it can offer the same but, like Starbucks, adds its own initiatives – in this case the Costa Foundation, which provides direct investment in the country of origin. Costa’s Gower explains: “Fairtrade is a very successful brand, but few people know where the money goes.”Nonetheless, more campuses are aiming for Fairtrade status. SHU achieved this last year, meaning the university needs to stock a Fairtrade version of a given product, if one is available (whether alongside standard products or not). This is less of a problem with food and drink products than with, for instance, clothing, says SHU’s McGloin.== Shaping the offer ==Branding and ethics aside, universities are looking creatively at how they can shape their café and snack areas to better reflect student needs, while still maintaining commercial viability. SHU is running trials on two sites, using its own Chef Hallam brand. “We’re looking at catering outlets more as social spaces, with bigger meeting tables and places where academics can interact with students,” says McGloin. “It has also helped sales.”Here, branded suppliers such as Café Direct support the Chef Hallam identity. And, as he says: “There are rules we have to adhere to, even within a brand that we’ve created.” Consistency is still key, but here, at least, the model is based on student and staff needs, rather than being imported from a less relevant high-street environment.Sodexo’s Taylor says: “We will help universities plan how to make the most of the social space. A restaurant is likely to be packed just for a couple of hours a day, so we aim to make the space more interesting and relevant to work, rest and play.”Gower at Costa predicts that it is “only a matter of time” before UK universities take up the option of a “full Costa shop”. Maybe so, but how widespread is any such move likely to be? Institutions will be looking not only at fit-out costs and pricing, but also at the relevance of relatively rigid layouts to student and staff needs.For anyone busy revising the university market, there seem to be at least two lessons here. One is that brands are increasingly being encouraged by those managing university catering operations. This favours high street businesses with a strong identity, especially if that includes an ethical message. As Sodexo’s research shows, a ’local sourcing’ slant could be just as influential as a Fairtrade or rainforest protection angle, for instance.But secondly, it is clear that the practicalities and products of university catering have to be tuned into the realities of campus life. Students may aspire to brands and what they represent, but they live with tighter budgets, heavier workloads – and, increasingly, mum and dad.—-=== Student snapshot ===Sodexo’s 2008 University Lifestyle Survey paints a less-than-encouraging picture when it comes to on-campus catering.Most strikingly, 67% of students questioned said they did all or most of their socialising at non-university venues (up from 44% in 2006). And 56% said they spent two hours or less per day socialising. Almost two-thirds estimated they spent £20 or under per week on their social life, with £3.25 as the average lunchtime spend.Almost the same proportion of students attached importance to Fairtrade products (52%) as to UK/local sourcing (51%). But then only 37% said they would pay more for a Fairtrade product.[http://www.uk.sodexo.com]last_img read more

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Get your World Scotch Pie entries in

first_imgEntries are now open for this year’s World Scotch Pie Championships, which sees bakers and butchers vying against each other for the top spot.The championships, now in their 13th year, will be held at Carnegie College, Dunfermline. Judging will take place on Tuesday 15 November, and the prizes will be awarded at a celebration lunch on Thursday 5 January 2012.Fourth-generation baker Maurice Irvine, of Irvine’s of Beith in Ayrshire, took the title of World Scotch Pie Champion at the last championships.Buckhaven-based baker and butcher, and organiser of the event, Alan Stuart said he hoped the decision to announce the winner in January, would enable all winners to better capitalise on their awards, “instead of trying to fit things around the Christmas and New Year rush”.“In these difficult times, we believe that success in competitions like ours can help tremendously to bring your business to local and national prominence,” he added.Entry forms are available from Anna Drogon at Scottish Bakers by calling 0131 229 2401, or visit www.scotchpieclub.co.uk for more information.last_img read more

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first_imgAfter spending two glorious nights in Asheville, The String Cheese Incident brought their summer tour to the Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA for an all out party last night. The first of the two night Atlanta run was on point, as the band opened up with a “Close Your Eyes” that jammed its way into Flatts & Scruggs’ “Doin’ My Time” to get the show rolling.The jams continued throughout the night, including lengthy versions of “Betray The Dark,” “Xai Xai,” “Rhythm of the Road,” and the set closer “Stop, Drop, Roll.” It was only more of the same heat in the second frame, with a great “Bumpin’ Reel” to kick things off. Almost every song in the second set clocked in past 10 minutes, including “Dirk,” “Windy Mountain” > “Freedom Jazz Dance,” a great jammed out “Shine” that went into Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy For The Devil,” and a set-closing “Rosie.”For their encore, the band welcomed out banjoist Tony Furtado to join them on a great “Restless Wind” to close the night! Listen to full audio from the show, courtesy of taper Dillon Fries.Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA – 7/3/16Set 1: Close Your Eyes > Doin’ My Time, Betray The Dark, Xai Xai, Rhythm of the Road > Stop, Drop, RollSet 2: Bumpin’ Reel, Dirk, Windy Mountain > Freedom Jazz Dance, Shine > Sympathy For The Devil > RosieEncore: Restless Wind1Notes:1 with Tony Furtado[Setlist via FriendsOfCheese.com/Photo via SCI Instagram]last_img read more

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The Disco Biscuits To Set Red Rocks Ablaze With Newly Reformed PNUMA LIVE

first_imgThe Disco Biscuits have started off their 2019 touring year with a bang, as the band delivered standout multi-night runs in Washington, D.C. and Port Chester, NY in January. The D.C. run featured shows at the Lincoln Theatre and The Anthem, highlighted by rarities and cohesive setlists and song selection, through-and-through. The Disco Biscuits recently capped off a three-night run at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, chock-full of bust-outs (“Little Lai”; “Oname Wa”; “Shadow”), as well as a monstrous show-opening cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Help On The Way” > “Slipknot” > “Franklin’s Tower”, paying homage to the band’s longstanding history at the iconic rock palace.Following the band’s debut at the brand new The Fillmore in New Orleans during Jazz Fest, The Disco Biscuits’ next big gig is their annual Bisco Inferno, a beloved holiday weekend for all Biscuits fans to flock to Colorado and enjoy the pristine mountains and nature, as well as boogie down to six sets of their favorite band. The 2019 edition of Bisco Inferno will feature two nights at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO on May 23rd and 24th, ahead of a night at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Saturday, May 25th for a massive Memorial Day Weekend. As support for the Red Rocks show, the jamtronica pioneers will bring PNUMA LIVE along for what is sure to be a wild ride.PNUMA LIVE is the Southeast-born, fan-favorite livetronica project that extensively toured the U.S. from 2005 to 2010 as Pnuma Trio and featured Alex Botwin, Ben Hazlegrove, and Lane Shaw. The Memphis, TN-bred, Denver, CO-based group achieved popularity in the early 2000s by touring extensively and releasing live music, recordings of their live shows, and one studio album. Combining electronic elements with hip hop, jazz, bass music, and dance music, countless fans would travel to see them play all over the country and world.Sometime around 2008, the band quietly withdrew from the music scene and became silent for many years to come. During that time, they did not grant any interviews or appear anywhere on the internet. At the end of 2018, however, the world received the first communication from the band in a decade in the form of a live show announcement.On December 28th, 2018, PNUMA took the stage for the first time in close to ten years, opening for STS9 at The Fillmore in Denver, CO during their New Year’s run. With considerable demand from the PNUMA fanbase, the band opted to release the soundboard recording of this first live show in years. You can listen to full audio of PNUMA’s return to the stage below.PNUMA Live – 12/28/18 – The Fillmore DenverWhile 2 of the 3 original members of the band—Alex Botwin (aka Paper Diamond) and Lane Shaw—will continue performing with the group, the third original member, Ben Hazelgrove, will not be part of the comeback. You can read Hazelgrove’s comments about his absence from this new iteration of PNUMA in his letter to fans here.The Disco Biscuits have shown no struggle bringing their “A” game night-in and night-out, and their 2019 edition of Bisco Inferno is guaranteed to be a three-night exploratory journey through time and space. With continuous growth and evolution as an unstoppable four-piece unit, the Biscuits’ approach to jamming continues to soar into a more patient and mature style–an idealistic cross between improvisational rock n’ roll and untzy-livetronica. Do not miss out on the band’s upcoming Colorado shows, as they are assured to be three nights of unforgettable firey-hot Biscuits. With the return of PNUMA LIVE thrown into the mix, the Red Rocks show is sure to be especially outstanding.Tickets for the Ogden Theatre shows are only available with the three-day bundle package, as well as a single-day Red Rocks ticket option. Tickets for all three shows are on sale now and available here.last_img read more

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first_imgLast week, experimental electronic producer Flying Lotus announced the upcoming release of his latest album, Flamagra, his first LP since 2014’s Grammy-nominated You’re Dead! The new album is set to arrive on May 24th via Warp.Flamagra features an all-star cast of guest contributors including George Clinton, Anderson .Paak, Solange, Tierra Whack, Thundercat, Little Dragon, Toro Y Moi, Shabazz Places, Denzel Curry, and more.Following the release of Flamagra‘s first single, “Fire Is Coming”, Flying Lotus (a.k.a. Steven Ellison) has released “Spontaneous” and “Takashi”, a pair of new singles ahead of the LP’s late-May release. “Spontaneous” features Little Dragon vocalist Yukimi Nagano singing over a mystical, synth-heavy loop before smoothly flowing into “Takashi”, a bubbly number slathered with elements of hip-hop, pop, R&B, house, and more. Listen to Flying Lotus’ latest single releases, “Spontaneous” and “Takashi”, below:Flying Lotus – “Spontaneous” / “Takashi”The new album will also feature two songs, “Thank U Malcolm” and “Find Your Own Way Home”, that pay tribute to the late Mac Miller. As Flying Lotus notes in a statement,This album has been a refuge for pain and trying to make the most out of that pain. Music can heal and in the wake of that tragedy it reminded me what I’m here to do. As we get older, we start to figure out what our purpose is and embrace it and I want to do good things with my work. I want it to be able to help people through tough times and inspire them to be creative. Head to Flying Lotus’ website for more information.Flying Lotus – Flamagra – Tracklisting01 Heroes02 Post Requisite03 Heroes in a Half Shell04 More [ft. Anderson .Paak]05 Capillaries06 Burning Down the House [ft. George Clinton]07 Spontaneous [ft. Little Dragon]08 Takashi09 Pilgrim Side Eye10 All Spies11 Yellow Belly [ft. Tierra Whack]12 Black Balloons Reprise [ft. Denzel Curry]13 Fire Is Coming [ft. David Lynch]14 Inside Your Home15 Actually Virtual [ft. Shabazz Palaces]16 Andromeda17 Remind U18 Say Something19 Debbie Is Depressed20 Find Your Own Way Home21 The Climb [ft. Thundercat]22 Pygmy23 9 Carrots [ft. Toro Y Moi]24 FF425 Land Of Honey [ft. Solange]26 Thank U Malcolm27 Hot Oct.View Tour Dateslast_img read more

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APA recognizes professor for contributions, research

first_imgThe American Psychological Association (APA) recently selected psychology professor Kristin Valentino to receive the 2014 early career award for outstanding contributions to research in child maltreatment.“When I was an undergraduate, I knew I wanted to pursue clinical psychology,” Valentino said. “But it wasn’t until I took a course in developmental psychopathology, where I had the opportunity to work one-on-one with a child in a psychiatric residential facility who had a severe history of child abuse, that I became really interested in the topic.”Valentino said the class inspired her to develop a similar course on campus, Practicum in Child Maltreatment, which involves pairing local children in foster care with undergraduates to serve as their mentors.“After developing a relationship with a child who had been the victim of severe child maltreatment, I started learning more about the prevalence of child maltreatment in our country, and was shocked to realize how many children are affected by child abuse and neglect, and how little attention this issue generally received,” she said.Compared to other challenges to child development such as autism and ADHD, Valentino said far less attention and resources are devoted to addressing child abuse and neglect, despite the staggering rates at which they affect children.“I feel passionate about bringing greater awareness to this issue, and beyond that, to using psychological research to inform policy and treatment efforts geared towards improving outcomes among children who have been affected by or are at risk for child maltreatment,” she said.Valentino is currently working on a randomized clinical trial (RCT) called “Fostering healthy development among maltreated preschool-aged children” through funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).“We are one and a half years into a five year project and ultimately will be enrolling 240 families into the project overall,” she said. “Each family participates in the study for one year.”Valentino said the project involves an intervention aimed at teaching maltreating mothers the necessary skills to enhance emotionally supportive communication with their children.“I’m mainly interested in understanding if this brief intervention can improve maltreated children’s functioning in cognitive, emotional and physiological domains, if we can improve parenting and if we may identify the mechanisms that support positive intervention outcomes,” she said.Valentino said she will continue to conduct the longitudinal RCT design in order to fully evaluate whether her intervention — aimed at improving certain processes deficient among maltreating families — is effective and able to expand nationally.“We think that teaching mothers to sensitively discuss children’s feelings and to talk more frequently with their children will enhance the mother-child relationship,” she said.Tags: American Psychological Association, child maltreatment, Early Career Award, Kristen Valentino, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, psychologylast_img read more

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Pecan Field Day

first_imgGeorgia is closing in on the last few weeks of the 2017 pecan growing season, a make-or-break time for the crop and its associated profits.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts will be on hand at this year’s Georgia Pecan Growers Association Field Day to equip farmers with the information they need for a successful harvest. Insect research, disease management strategies and irrigation will be covered at the field day, set for Thursday, Sept. 7 at the UGA Ponder Farm in Tifton, Georgia.UGA scientists, including pecan breeder Patrick Conner, plant pathologist Tim Brenneman, UGA Extension entomologist Will Hudson and UGA Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells, will deliver the latest Georgia pecan agricultural research. The field day will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at noon. A lunch will be served at the Tifton Campus Conference Center following the field day.“This field day is a great way for the University of Georgia to talk about its research regarding pecans,” Wells said. “The producers and industry consultants who attend this event every year generally have questions about timely topics, like insects and pecan scab disease. I hope the information and research presented at this event will answer any questions they might have.”Wells will speak about cultural management practices, such as irrigation and fertilization needs.The Ponder Farm, located at 28 Ty Ty Whiddon Mill Road in Tifton, Georgia, is home to UGA’s pecan research. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The workshop is free for association members and $20 for nonmembers.According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, pecans generated $355 million in farm gate value in 2016.“Pecans have always been a staple of Georgia’s agricultural economy, especially here in southwest Georgia,” Wells said. “It continues to be a profitable crop for growers.”Georgia’s pecan growers are currently preparing for harvest season, which usually starts in late September. While they are in the home stretch, growers must stay vigilant during the last few weeks of the growing season, Wells said.Producers should be finishing their fungicide sprays for pecan scab, a fungal disease that thrives in moisture. Susceptible pecan varieties, like ‘Desirable,’ require additional sprays. Wells expects these to conclude over the next couple of weeks.“We’ve had a lot of disease pressure from all the rain we had this summer,” Wells said. “From what I’ve seen, most growers have done a really good job of staying on top of it and managing the disease well. You’ll see a little bit of scab in places on susceptible varieties, like ‘Desirable’ and ‘Pawnee.’ But considering the pressure that has been out there, the growers have done a really good job at keeping that to a minimum.”Wells also warned pecan growers to be mindful of insect management during August and September when there is insect pressure from both foliage-feeding insects, like aphids and mites, and nut-feeding insects, like weevils and shuckworms.“There’s a lot of stress on those trees at this time, not to mention the fact that we’re at peak water demand for pecans,” Wells said. “Growers need to make sure they water their trees well to fill the nuts out and (ensure) good quality.”last_img read more

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Mega-Coal Plants in South Africa: ‘Big Projects That Do Not Fit Their Time’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Keith Schneider for Circle of Blue:For over a century South Africa’s economy fueled itself with the nation’s ample coal reserves, which today generate 90 percent of the nation’s electricity and 35 percent of its liquid fuel, employ tens of thousands of workers, and consume two percent of the water. Kusile and Medupi, two of the largest coal plants in the world, were promoted by South Africa’s elected leaders as signature statements of the new era of liberty, the freedom to think big, and the determination to power a modern economy of opportunity that would serve all of the people. That sense of optimism and zeal was reflected in Kusile’s Zulu name, which means “new dawn.”Over the last several years, dawn has evolved into a gathering storm. Long construction delays and escalating costs, engineering challenges, and the intensifying risk of scarce water have pushed Kusile and its sister plant into the eye of a typhoon of economic, ecological, and social disturbances engulfing South Africa. In so many ways, the troubled development of Kusile and Medupi, and the tumult enveloping South Africa’s deteriorating financial and social condition, are not just mirror images of each other. The two plants, projected to be almost a decade late in completion and $US 20 billion or more over budget, are among the principal causes.The trouble is not simply a matter of managerial missteps. The vortex of disruption that envelops Medupi and Kusile reflects the clash between the economic and ecological operating systems of two centuries. Kusile and Medupi arguably represent the most prominent global examples of big projects that do not fit their time.Full article: South Africa Coal Projects Collide With Water Scarcity, Financial Turmoil Mega-Coal Plants in South Africa: ‘Big Projects That Do Not Fit Their Time’last_img read more

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PR Insight: Community engagement is just the beginning

first_imgMany credit unions focus a significant part of their business model on community engagement. Being involved in local and community events gives credit unions the opportunity to further their brand recognition while actively engaging with existing and potential members—this can help establish, deepen and retain current member relationships while building new ones. However, as you continue to engage your community, it’s important to tackle each such engagement with a clear, integrated public relations and marketing strategy.Your members are an integral part of your brand. Since they are already interacting with your CU to some degree, it’s important to develop a strategy focused on making the most of your investment before, during and after the event.Humanize your brandShaping your brand can start with the photos you post on your website and share on social media, whether it’s through the credit union’s Facebook page, Instagram or Twitter. Community events offer opportunities to take real photos of your members and your staff’s interactions with them, humanizing your brand in a way stock photos cannot. People love photos, especially ones in which they are included. In fact, according to invesp, tweets with images receive 150% more retweets than those without, and 87% of a Facebook page’s engagement happens on a photo post. Capturing genuine pictures while engaging with the community is a sure way to increase engagement and make members aware of your efforts. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Ministry allocates $8.2b to purchase rubber, resin from farmers

first_imgThe Public Works and Housing Ministry (PUPR) has allocated Rp 125 billion (US$8.2 million) to purchase 10,000 tons of rubber and 800 tons of resin directly from farmers’ plantations as the COVID-19 pandemic drives down demand for the commodities and prices fall.The ministry has set aside Rp 100 billion to purchase the rubber, which will be used for asphalt mix for national road construction projects, PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said on Monday.“Each regional division of the ministry’s National Road Agency will purchase the rubber directly from farmers who are associated with the Rubber Products Processing and Marketing Unit [UPPB],” he said as quoted in a press statement. Prices for various commodities, including natural rubber, have plunged over the last several months as a result of weak global demand as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on.The Indonesian Rubber Producers Association (Gapkindo) rubber price fell by 26.7 percent annually in April to an average of $1.11 per kilogram, according to ASEAN Rubber Business Council (ARBC) data.In addition to rubber, the ministry has also allocated Rp 25 billion to purchase 800 tons of natural resin from state-owned forestry company PT Perhutani, the resin will be used in road-marking paint mixtures.The direct purchases are also a part of the ministry’s effort to boost its cash labor intensive program (PKT) to help strengthen people’s purchasing power in rural areas.The ministry has reallocated Rp 36.19 trillion of its Rp 120 trillion budget this year to help cushion the impact of the pandemic on the country. The largest portion of the reallocated budget, Rp 24.53 trillion, will go toward direct aid or activities directly linked with COVID-19 mitigation efforts.Meanwhile, a total of Rp 11.21 trillion of the reallocated funds will be allocated to the PKT program, which aims to employ 17,157 workers in rural areas.Topics :last_img read more

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