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南京夜网 21/09/2019

Saviour steps in at last minute to rescue local sports club

A LOCAL “white knight” has rescued the Hanwood Sports Club from the brink of collapse just days after one of the city’s oldest clubs fell into voluntary administration.
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Pittari Transport owner Louis Pittari has purchased the Yarran Street building for an undisclosed sum and will lease it back to the club in a deal finalised on Friday.

The move follows last week’s shock announcement the Catholic Club Yoogali (CCY), one of the city’s most popular wedding venues, had entered into voluntary administration and would close on Monday.

The Hanwood Sports Club has had a high-profile battle with the banks and the tax office, carrying debts of almost $800,000 this time last year.

But the sale of the building to the Pittari family has all but wiped those debts and given the club a fresh chance at survival.

“It would have been a grim situation if Louis hadn’t come in; the bank would have closed us down in the next few months,” Hanwood Sports Club treasurer Chint Quarisa said.

“We are just so grateful to Louis. This means we can turn the corner and enter a new chapter in our history.”

Mr Pittari said the opportunity to support the Hanwood community and ensure the survival of the Hanwood Football Club was “worth the money”.

“The community of Hanwood has been good to me and this is a way we can repay them,” Mr Pittari said.

The club, which had a receiver appointed in November 2011 before an 11th hour rescue by members, has abandoned plans to subdivide a parcel of adjoining land to raise capital.

It has been given a five-year lease by the Pittaris with a further five-year option.

A new board and a series of successful recent events, including a bumper Australia Day crowd, has reignited hopes the club will return to its glory days.

“It’s difficult; the big clubs are getting bigger and the small clubs are struggling,” Mr Quarisa said.

“Not only is patronage dropping off but our fixed costs like electricity, rates, insurance, maintenance and workers compensation are going up.

“The club just needs patronage but we’re confident we have the right board and right energy to get them here now.”

Meanwhile, Yenda Diggers Club appears to be trading its way out of the financial quicksand.

The small club’s $96,000 debt to the Australian Taxation Office has been cut to $36,000 in the past 12 months and president Dave Black was confident things were looking up.

“We’re rolling again to the point we’re making a little bit each week but you can’t take it for granted,” Mr Black said.

“We really need the community to continue to support the club.”

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南京夜网 21/09/2019

New adventure for ‘miracle Mila’ 

WHEN Mila Giannini was born five years ago no one could tell her mum Chontell for certain if she would even survive the night.
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Born at 30 weeks, the little fighter spent her first week on life support in a Canberra hospital and almost three months there before coming home.

Tomorrow will mark an amazing milestone for “miracle Mila”, who starts kindergarten at St Mary’s School.

Mrs Giannini said it is a day she and her husband Mark never thought they’d see.

“I never thought she’d get to mainstream school. It is amazing. I’m just so happy she made it,” she said.

“There won’t be any tears from me. I’m cheering. She is so excited to be going to school and I’m celebrating with her.”

Mrs Giannini wants to share her daughter’s success story in the hope of inspiring other parents.

“It can be hard when you have a preemie baby but I just want other people to know that even though it is tough, things do get better and there is hope,” she said.

“When I went into labour I hadn’t felt her move all day so I went up to the hospital and they found I was 5cm dilated. Thank God they flew me to Canberra,” she said.

“I didn’t see her when she was born. All I remember is the room was full of people and I could hear them counting one, two, three as they were resuscitating her.

“She had a blood transfusion the first night and numerous brain bleeds.

“It was a scary time. The first eight months were a ride-just horrible, she never slept and she never ate.”

For Mrs Giannini, who also suffered from post natal depression, to see her happy, healthy daughter now, is incredible.

“Apart form her size she is normal,” Mrs Giannini said.

“She can write her own name and loves to read. She is our very own wildlife warrior.

“She loves animals and adores watching David Attenborough. Her favourite animal is a possum and she can’t get enough of dinosaurs.”

LOOK AT HER NOW: Chontell Giannini with her daughter Mila, 5, will mark an incredible milestone tomorrow when her little girl starts kindy at St Mary’s School. Picture: Anthony Stipo. (Inset) Little Mila’s life hung in the balance five years ago.

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南京夜网 21/09/2019

Oakeshott hits out at Coalition over T-shirt pledge

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell, NSW Energy Minister Chris Hartcher and other Liberal-National Party MPs fronting the cameras wearing ‘Water before Coal’ T-shirts.INDEPENDENT Lyne MP Rob Oakeshott wants to know what happened to the NSW Liberal-Nationals’ T-shirt promise to put water before coal.
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Attending the Manning Alliance’s annual conference in Wingham on the weekend, Mr Oakeshott said he was just one of many people present who wanted to know why the promise was broken.

“Just weeks before the state election, NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell, NSW Energy Minister

Chris Hartcher and other Liberal-National Party MPs happily stood in front of the cameras wearing ‘Water before Coal’ T-shirts,” Mr Oakeshott said.

“The reality since then has been very different, with the interests of landholders and farmers once again being dumped in the pursuit of mining royalties.

“The photo says it all. The message was clear on the T-shirt, and the political intent in a Premier and Energy Minister agreeing to put on these T-shirts could not be clearer.

“So what has happened?

“The Gloucester Valley is about to become a CSG factory courtesy of 110 coal-seam gas

wells – stage one of a 330-gas well project. That’s about one gas well for every seven

people.

“This is a community that also faces NSW Government approval of an open cut coal mine one kilometre from the Gloucester CBD, on a site that has local scenic protection status from Gloucester Shire Council.

“This is a town of about 2000 people who live at the foot of the world-heritage listed Barrington Tops National Park, at a site on the headwaters for the Manning and Upper Hunter and, until now, was a relatively quiet, united, agricultural community.

“Post T-shirt promise, this is a community which now feels threatened by what is being proposed, and let down by NSW planning laws which seem to ‘green light’ anything to do with mining,” Mr Oakeshott said.

“I have attended enough meetings where the overwhelming community sentiment is opposition to what is happening. Even the councillors are unanimously opposed to these mining projects.

“Yet these local voices are being lost in a planning drive for a massive expansion of coalseam gas and coal mining operations throughout NSW.

“As someone who believes strongly in place-based policy, I am deeply concerned about the disempowerment of local communities. Many are feeling that their land is under threat from inadequate laws on private title, and that their sense of community and sense of place just doesn’t matter.

“This same, angry disempowerment of community is happening in many other north coast towns such as Grafton, Lismore, Ballina and Byron Bay, and there are broader concerns for food bowls such as the Liverpool Plains where locals have been fighting the good fight with NSW Planning for many years.

“This issue will come to a head in 2013, and I will do what I can to make sure the community voice is heard. At the moment, both sides of politics are failing badly,” Mr Oakeshott said.

“Our state planning laws fail to engage communities, or empower them.

“Political leaders are happy to wear the T-shirt pre-election but fail to deliver on the mantra

when it matters most, which is causing a groundswell of dissent.”

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南京夜网 21/09/2019

Local airfield a valuable asset

I AM concerned at the rift developing in the community over the Jaspers Brush airfield.
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The South Coast Recreational Flying Club at Jaspers Brush airfield is under attack from a few people in the Berry area calling themselves the Berry Airport Action Group (BAAG). This is a subgroup of the Berry Alliance. The Berry Alliance describes itself as a “community consultative body”. BAAG was formed to oppose the airfield and has been actively seeking community support to this end.

Flying is a very large part of our community. We have the navy air wing at Albatross and the Jaspers Brush airfield, which has been in existence for 45 years. We recently celebrated the 80th anniversary of Smithy’s flight from Gerroa beach across the Tasman.

Most people, including the members of BAAG, would now fly in a commercial airliner more than ever before. The pilots of these commercial airliners, almost without exception, started their flying career in small aircraft like the ones at Jaspers Brush and progressed through to a commercial pilot and a career in the airlines. Next time you fly, just look at the pilots up front, and think of how they got there, the training they went through learning to fly, and are now flying you safely wherever you wish to go. The BAAG seems to have overlooked their use of aviation and now want to take that privilege away from the next generation. Dreams of learning to fly can become a reality at Jaspers Brush.

I urge those people who have been contacted by BAAG and Berry Alliance to oppose Jaspers Brush airfield to think carefully about what you are doing. Do not let a small number of people convince you that destroying what has been here for over 45 years is the right thing to do. Support the South Coast Recreational Flying Club and help retain the small Jaspers Brush airfield and its flying activities.

Stop this nonsense and let a valuable asset of the South Coast remain.

M. Cochrane,

Bolong.

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南京夜网 21/09/2019

Wartime riddle of Foxground bomber crash

AN email from a historian in Canberra has rekindled a mystery surrounding a World War II bomber that crashed in Foxground 69 years ago.
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The twin-engine Beaufort crashed into rainforest on the escarpment on November 18, 1943.

All five crew members were killed in the crash on the south side of Hoddles Track, which runs from Saddleback Mountain up to Barren Grounds.

Flight Sergeant Ronald Christie piloted the plane, with Sergeant Douglas James and Flight Sergeant HTS Terrill navigators and Sergeant Francis Fanning and Sergeant Reginald Sharples wireless operators, all from Victoria, onboard.

Julian Ginnane, who works for the federal Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, has been researching the crash and has raised some interesting questions.

“I first heard about the crash after a colleague I was working with at the then Jervis Bay National Park [now Booderee National Park] spoke about seeing an article on the rediscovery of the crash site in 1999,” he said.

“Over the years I have undertaken some private investigation and have spoken to numerous people about it but don’t seem to be able to get any definitive answers to a number of questions.”

One is why the crash was still officially classified.

“This crash turns out to be the only World War II aircraft crash that remains classified to this date,” he said.

“A section of the file is marked not to be opened until 2015.

“Why is there an additional 50 years of official secrecy?”

There are a number of mysteries surrounding the crash.

“An A9 Beaufort bomber only has a crew of four, so why were there five crew members onboard?” he said. Why were there two radio operators?

“The crashed aircraft was witnessed at the time as being “perforated with many bullet holes”. How or where did it get those?

“Does this mean the aircraft was returning from a mission, not taking-off, as reported in the press.

“Apparently they took off in bad weather, why would they do that? And in a shot up plane?

“There is no official RAAF document [allowed to be viewed] that lists the scheduled flight of this particular A9 Beaufort bomber.

“The only official listing of a plane crash in November 1943 of a Beaufort bomber was Serial A9-142 that crashed near Moruya.”

Mr Ginnane said he would love to get to the bottom of the mystery.

“I have heard so many rumours about it; that it was just a training flight, that it may have been giving a mate a lift to another airfield. If that were the case why did they need a full crew and also why would they be flying in a shot up plane?

“And it’s not only me. I know family members of the crew are also still unable to get answers to some of their questions.

“There have still been no proper reports on the crash for loved ones.”

Mr Ginnane said he has been researching the Pacific theatre to try to ascertain what the bomber might have been doing.

The crew members were buried in Camden and Mr Ginnane hopes to visit their graves and the actual crash site to try to glean some more information.

While researching the Beaufort he has also come across around 30 aircraft that have crashed either on land or into the sea around the Shoalhaven.

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南京夜网 21/08/2019

Over a century, Stella has seen it all

IMAGINE living through some the greatest changes our world has seen.
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Moving from horse and cart to the automobile, living through two world wars and the Great Depression, unbelievable medical advancements, space travel and sending a man to the moon, the huge growth in population and the internet, just to name a few.

The area’s oldest Aboriginal elder Stella Wright has seen it all.

Mrs Wright turned 100 on Monday (February 4).

Born Stella Lonesborough on February 4, 1913 at the Roseby Park Aboriginal Mission, she has links that go right back to the early days of Shoalhaven settlement.

Her great-grandfather was Patrick Caffery, an Irish convict who came to the area in 1832 to work on the Berry Estate in Coolangatta.

He married Anne Gibney and their daughter Margaret Caffery married John Lonesborough.

Their children were John jnr (Stella’s father), Robert (Uncle Bob, who lived to the ripe old age of 99, just one month short of his 100th birthday), Annie, Edward (known as Ned), Margaret, Catherine and Mary.

Margaret, known as Maggie, married Frederick Smith, who was the father of one the area’s great sporting administrators Artie Smith.

Mary married Herbert Cotteral De Mestre, the son of Andre De Mestre.

A daughter of Ned’s (also Margaret and known as Maggie) married Harry Regan, producing another man well known for the promotion of Shoalhaven sport, Bernie Regan, as well as his talented siblings Ted, Jack, Dennis, Kathlene, Margaret, Helen and Joan.

John Lonesborough jnr married Mary Jane Carpenter and had five children: Linda, Stella, Myra, Margaret (known as Maggie) and John (known as Jack).

They moved to the Crookhaven River about five kilometres up a branch of the Shoalhaven River, to where her father was working on the oyster leases, which are still in the family today.

Stella married John Wright, known as Johnnie, and they had four sons: Terry, Barry, Henry (known as Joe) and Trevor.

She was two years older than her husband.

“I didn’t know it at the time,” she joked.

And she admitted that he didn’t make much of an impression when she first met him.

“He was fishing with his father and was trying to get to Goodnight Island and a howling nor easterly was blowing,” she said.

“We were out with Dad in the launch and towed him down to the island.

“To tell the truth, I didn’t think much of him.

“I didn’t see him for a few weeks and then he kept coming around.

“But he was a big man and a good looking fellow.”

They married in 1934 in the Presbyterian Church in Nowra.

They also lived on the southern side of Crookhaven River on the Shoalhaven River.

Stella comes from a family of long livers – her uncle Bob died at 99, one of her own sisters reached 92, another 86, and another 77.

She has lost count of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but does have four great-great-grandchildren.

What’s her secret to longevity?

“No secret, just live a good life and work hard,” she said.

“We were always doing something, and with four sons I always had something to do.”

To this day she still enjoys a feast of oysters at least once a week.

After living at Crookhaven for a few years they moved into town, taking up residence at The Grotto at North Nowra in the 1940s.

They lived there for several years – Johnnie continued to work as a fisherman – and the foundations of the family’s home remain there today.

“Johnnie would fish on the river and the kids would often go out as well,” Stella said.

They then moved to a house in North Nowra, where Sharman Park is located.

“It was all bush back then,” she said.

“There weren’t many people living up there.”

That bushland setting would prove disastrous when the home was destroyed in a bushfire.

Today, two sons – Terry and Trevor – live within minutes of the site of the family home.

There were moves to Culburra Beach and Bomaderry before Johnnie passed away aged 79 in 1995 after more than 60 years of marriage.

Stella then became a resident of the Rose Mumbler Village at North Nowra and, after a bout of severe illness, moved into Clelland Lodge three and a half years ago.

A family celebration was held on Saturday at North Nowra, where the guest of honour took great pride in opening letters of congratulations from the Queen, Governor General, Prime Minister and Opposition Leader, the NSW Premier and the local MPs.

About 60 family members dropped in across the day to help mark the occasion, while she celebrated with a quiet family dinner at Clelland Lodge on Monday.

More photos appear on page 87.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Stella Wright (centre) celebrates her 100th birthday on Saturday surrounded by family.

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南京夜网 21/08/2019

Parking committee eyes reserve funds

COUNCIL will be asked tonight to use its more than $6 million held in cash reserves to help fund a multi-storey car park.
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Parking campaigner and founder of the Independent Nowra CBD Parking Development Committee Lance Sewell announced that the committee would put a motion to tonight’s CBD Action Committee regarding the funds.

Mr Sewell said the money the group was targeting was from council’s Work Cover security deposits.

He said rather than being kept in reserve, the money should be spent on improving the CBD, specifically through parking.

The call comes on the back of a recent coupon the parking committee ran in the South Coast Register and Shoalhaven and Nowra News.

Mr Sewell said about 300 people filled out the coupons expressing frustration at limited parking in the Nowra CBD.

“There were three main patterns of discontent with the coupons that were returned,” he said.

“The first and most concerning was the number of people who said they had been traumatised by parking problems in Nowra and for that reason had decided to do their shopping at Shellharbour.

“Escape spending seems to be

an even bigger problem than anyone envisaged.

“When I say escape spending I am not talking about people who go to Shellharbour, Wollongong or Sydney to buy things they can’t buy here. That is not escape spending.

“I am talking about roughly one fifth of the people who filled out

the coupons, who specifically said they shopped elsewhere due to the lack of parking locally, not because the shopping was better elsewhere,” he said.

Mr Sewell said repetitive complaints also came from doctors, dentists, lawyers, hairdressers and people wanting to visit the cinema.

“These people and their clients find it difficult to find a space to park for the length of time they need to be there.

“They are often being fined for the privilege of coming to Nowra.

“The third gripe people had, and this was the biggest response, came from people who work in Nowra and had no hope of legally parking if they arrived in town after 8.15am on any week day.

“Most started work at 9am.

“Our committee thanks the hundreds of people who responded to the coupons.

“It gives us the opportunity to consider and offer a constructive process to support these criticisms about the lack of parking in Nowra.

“We will continue to approach council, knowing that we have tremendous public support.

“Council cannot afford to

continue to ignore this chaotic parking issue.”

MOMENTUM: Multi-storey car park campaigners Lance Sewell and Paul Dean sort through the 300 coupons they received from people concerned about parking in the CBD.

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南京夜网 21/08/2019

Houses spring up on troubled Worrigee site

WORK is progressing well on the controversial 26 community housing units at Golden Grove at Worrigee and is on track to be completed by September.
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New BlueChp CEO Charles Northcote said work on the first six homes was well under way.

“Everything is moving in a positive manner,” he said.

“We are on track with the building, the slabs are down for the first six, while a number of the homes already have frames and roof trusses up and will hopefully be ready for occupation by the end of April, if not before.”

GJ Gardner Homes is undertaking the local project.

Mr Northcote said work was also ready to start on the remaining 20 homes.

“We have done the costings and are nearly ready to start on the next lot of houses,” he said.

“We are just awaiting feedback from the federal government to the state government on the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) funding and once that is complete we will be moving ahead.

“If everything goes to plan, our estimation, barring the weather, is to have all 26 homes completed

by September.”

Mr Northcote has taken over the CEO role from Brian Murnane recently but has already been

down to meet with residents of Golden Grove.

“I’ve been down and spoken to the residents and I think they are just happy to see action happening on the site,” he said.

Golden Grove resident Dr Katy Daniel said it was great to finally have the work under way on the site.

It had been a long wait. Despite

the site being cleared, it had virtually gone untouched for close to 12 months.

“There seems to be a constant level of work from the builders,” Dr Daniel said.

“They have been sticking to all the requirements as far as I can see.

“They are using the entrance road off Worrigee Road and we have had no problems in our street with trucks etcetera.

“The guys from GJ Gardner Homes have been fantastic.”

PROGRESS: Work is under way on the community housing units at Golden Grove at Worrigee with six slabs laid and a number of building frames now in place.

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南京夜网 21/08/2019

Sporting groups and clubs benefit from grants

A NUMBER of not-for-profit sports clubs, sporting groups, community organisations and Shoalhaven City Council have gained funding as part of the NSW government’s Participation and Facility Grant Program.
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The Participation and Facility Grant Program provides funding for local initiatives that encourage people to be more active on a regular basis.

South Coast MP Shelley Hancock said by assisting to fund the development of local sport facilities, the NSW government was investing in the health and wellbeing of local communities.

Shoalhaven City Council received $25,000 to undertake the installation of an outdoor fitness station at Paradise Beach Reserve at Sanctuary Point and $25,000 to resurface and upgrade six netball courts at Ulladulla district netball courts.

“The upgrade of netball courts at Ulladulla has been much anticipated by local residents, with the courts in a dire state of disrepair,” Mrs Hancock said.

The Nowra Bowling and Recreation Club was granted $25,000 to upgrade its main roof and airconditioning in order to be able to install solar power.

Funding has also been provided for programs to assist residents participating in local sporting activities and build on current participants’ skills.

The Shoalhaven District Football Association received $1750 to provide training to volunteer coaches and the Bay and Basin Community Resources has been given $9640 to motivate and develop fitness within the Bay and Basin community.

“Participation in sport and recreation together with good facilities brings people closer together, as well as offering many health benefits,” Mrs Hancock said.

Local not-for-profit sports clubs, sporting groups and community organisations are being encouraged to apply for the next round of Participation and Facilities Program grants, with applications closing on February 26.

For more information, visit www.dsr.nsw.gov.au/grants.

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南京夜网 21/08/2019

HMAS Creswell’s old bell returns home

A SIGNIFICANT piece of Shoalhaven naval history has been returned to the region.
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The original bell that hung in the clock tower at HMAS Creswell, which disappeared when the college was decommissioned between 1930 and 1958, has been returned to HMAS Albatross.

For almost 50 years it has been a feature in the Hoskins family’s homes in Sydney.

Fleet Air Arm Museum manager Terry Hetherington said it was wonderful to have such a significant piece of local history returned.

“During the construction of Creswell in 1913-14 a feature was the administration building and the clock tower,” he said.

“In the tower, the bell chimed in nautical chimes every half hour.

“The naval college was decommissioned between 1930 and 1958 and it was used as a commercial hotel site, before returning to its current use in 1958.

“Somewhere along the line the old bell was removed and replaced with another when the college reopened.”

In the mid 1960s a truck turned up at the engineering works of a chap named Hoskins in Chatswood. On the back was the large bronze bell.

“Luckily, rather than selling it off to scrap merchants he kept it,” Mr Hetherington said.

“He took it home and had it mounted on a stand and used to have in the foyer of his home.

“Upon his death it was passed to his son David who continued the tradition of having it in the foyer of his home.”

Mr Hoskins contacted the then historical officer at HMAS Creswell Lieutenant Commander David Jones, wondering if the navy would like the bell back.

The bell carries graffiti from the college’s second intake back in 1914.

“It became a tradition for the cadets at Creswell to try to get into the clock tower,” Mr Hetherington said.

“But back in 1914 four managed it and even got to the bell and put their initials on it and they are still on the bell today.

“LJT, PFD, OF McM and AHS left their initials while a further name Read was left in Morse code (possibly from 1917 but there is also another theory). There was also an inscription underneath the four names: “And the rest of us, Royal Australian Naval College Jervis Bay 1914 entry.”

“We don’t know what they used but it’s not a paint, perhaps a wax crayon that has etched itself into the bronze.

“We are going to try to get the forensic police to maybe examine it and let us know what they think it may be.”

Although not yet weighed, Mr Hetherington estimated the bell would be between 200-300kg and it’s not known if it is complete with a clapper.

“We aren’t sure yet, we haven’t been able to get in underneath it to see,” he said.

The plan is for the bell to be returned to HMAS Creswell and displayed in the foyer of the base’s historical collection.

“We won’t be restoring it, we will leave it as it is there is too much history involved,” Mr Hetherington said.

HISTORY MYSTERY: Fleet Air Arm Museum manager Terry Hetherington with the historic HMAS Creswell bell.

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