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NBA: Ever improving DeRozan looks to further develop ‘much better’

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first_imgView comments Read Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Ched looking to improve teaching of ethics course in univs, colleges PLAY LIST 01:43Ched looking to improve teaching of ethics course in univs, colleges03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief With the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics expected to rule the East once more this coming season, DeRozan understands that his improvement will be vital if the Raptors will be contenders once more.“It’s great to have this opportunity to carry a franchise, and just show them that I come back every year much better,” he shared.  Khristian Ibarrola /ra Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses This year, the 6’7″ athletic specimen aims to become a better playmaker and a more accurate three-point threat.He recently posted an Instagram story of his midnight shooting session, which was posted on Twitter by Raptors beat reporter Josh Lewnberg.DeMar DeRozan hit 64% of his 700 3pt attempts during a late-night workout, according to his IG story pic.twitter.com/why2crAqoQ— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) July 25, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Mayweather-McGregor is a pay-per-view smash WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan, right, shoots past Denver Nuggets’ Wilson Chandler during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Toronto.  APToronto Raptors superstar DeMar DeRozan has made significant strides in his game since entering the NBA in 2009.The 28-year-old shooting guard has blossomed into a three-time NBA All Star, displaying incredible foot work and a mid-range arsenal seldom used in today’s game.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES After averaging a career-best 27 points per game last season, the former USC Trojan expressed his desire to keep improving on other aspects of his craft.“Continue to get better, continue to win,” DeRozan told ESPN’ Carl Champion when asked of his goals for the upcoming season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Continue to grow as a player, as a leader, and keep pushing the envelope. Understand my flaws from the year previously and come back better this year.”Entering the league primarily a slasher and a dunker, DeRozan worked hard on his ball-handling skills, which eventually translated into a formidable mid-range game.last_img read more

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India, Portugal agree on 4 million euro fund to boost research

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first_img(EDS: Updates with fresh inputs and quotes)Lisbon, Jun 24 (PTI) India and Portugal today announced a four million euros joint fund to bolster research in science and technology as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held in-depth talks with his Portuguese counterpart on cooperation in areas like counter-terrorism, space, climate studies and start-ups.In a joint address to the media after signing 11 bilateral agreements, Modi and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, who traces his origin to Goa, said the two countries have made substantial progress since Costa visited India in January.The agreements signed today included cooperation in outer space, double taxation avoidance, nano technology, improving cultural ties, youth and sports, higher education, scientific research, and setting up of a Portugal-India Business Hub and an Indian Chamber of Commerce here.”The Portuguese economic rebound and strong Indian growth offer excellent opportunities for us to grow together,” Modi, the first Indian prime minister in Portugal on a bilateral visit, said.”We are also determined to deepen our cooperation against terrorism and violent extremism,” he said and thanked Lisbon for its “consistent support” for Indias bid for permanent membership of the UN Security Council and multilateral export control regimes.Speaking on collaboration in cutting-edge technology, Modi announced the setting up of a joint science and technology fund of four million euros.”Our economic ties continue to follow an upward trajectory, and we can do more for the flow of goods, services, capital and human resources,” he said, adding that bilateral trade has grown 17 per cent in the past one year.advertisement”We look forward to engaging with Portugal in the Atlantic International Research Centre, both in the Space and Ocean Science fields,” Modi said.These pacts are expected to promote Indias ties with Portugal towards the establishment of a unique centre on the Azores Archipelago – the Atlantic International Research Centre, which will act as an innovation hub for trans-atlantic and north-south cooperation. The goal of the Centre is to provide a shared environment to foster new climate, earth, space and marine research.With respect to space, cooperation is expected to include development and cooperation of next generation nano and micro satellites. On marine sciences, the project would enable India to study the atmospheric and ocean behaviour of the Atlantic and its linkages with weather patterns including the monsoon.Modi also announced that India will set up of a Chair for Indian Studies at the University of Lisbon and developing a Hindi-Portuguese dictionary.”I thank Portugal for sharing a digital version of 12,000 documents comprising exchange of letters between Goa and Portugal in the 17th Century.”Portugal has emerged as one of the most vibrant ecosystems for entrepreneurship… Start-up sphere here is an interesting space for cooperation. It is a great means to generate value and wealth for society,” he said.Modi said Portuguese Prime Minister Costa represents the best of the Indian diaspora across the world. Portugal has a large Indian-origin diaspora with the Indian community in Portugal estimated at 65,000.He also praised Indian films having a presence in the country. “Indian films are being subtitled in Portuguese and a Hindi-Portuguese dictionary is being developed for our mutual benefit,” Modi said.Costa said India and Portugal “will make a great deal of progress in digital partnerships.””A lot of work has been done in six months since I visited India. Great strides have been made in partnerships in economy, science and technology,” he said.Relations between India and Portugal began amicably in 1947 after Indias independence and diplomatic relations were established in 1949. Bilateral ties however went into decline after 1950 over Portugals refusal to surrender its enclaves of Goa, Daman Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli on Indias west coast.But with the signing of a treaty in New Delhi in December 1974, bilateral relations were restored. PTI ABH AKJ ABHlast_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd defender Lindelof: We’re having fun

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd defender Lindelof: We’re having funby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Victor Lindelof admits the players are having “fun” after victory over Bournemouth.The Swede was again impressive for yesterday’s win.He said, “We scored four more goals, conceded one but I think we played well today and showed the crowd what we can do on the pitch. It was a fun day for us.”On two-goal Paul Pogba, Lindelof said he has really started to show his qualities in the last few fixtures.”I said it many times he’s an amazing footballer and in the last few games he’s really showed his qualities,” Lindelof said.”He’s been scoring goals and making assists so I’m really happy for him.”He has a bit of a free position on the left to find the good spaces so I think he’s enjoying that position and as you can see he’s doing great.” last_img read more

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UK regulator seeks to force Ryanair on strike compensation

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first_imgLONDON — Britain’s airline regulator is seeking to force Ryanair to pay compensation for flights that were cancelled or delayed by a series of worker strikes after Europe’s biggest discount carrier said it wasn’t required to pay thousands of claims under European Union rules.The Civil Aviation Authority says it has begun enforcement action against Ryanair after the airline ignored the regulator’s ruling that the strikes were not “extraordinary circumstances” as defined by EU rules. Airlines aren’t obliged to pay compensation for delays caused by extraordinary events such as bad weather.The regulator also says Wednesday that Ryanair has terminated its agreement with an arbitration service hired to settle disputes over compensation. As a result, anyone who has filed a claim will have to wait until the enforcement action is completed.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Charge-sheet in Narada case likely in a month: HC told

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first_imgKolkata: The CBI told the Calcutta HC on Friday that the charge-sheet in the Narada sting tapes case will be submitted in a month if necessary procedures are completed. Additional Solicitor General Kaushik Chanda told the court of Justice Joymalyo Bagchi that the agency was close to “stitching up” the case and will submit chargesheet in about a month if sanctions from authorities are received since the matter involves MPs and MLAs. Chanda said this during the hearing of a petition by TMC MP Aparupa Poddar.last_img

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UK nerve agent victim meets Russia’s envoy in London

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first_imgLondon: A British man poisoned along with his partner with a nerve agent, amid an assassination attempt on a Russian ex-spy in England blamed on Moscow, met its top UK envoy on Saturday, according to reports. Charlie Rowley, 45, whose partner Dawn Sturgess died after exposure to the toxin, held a 90-minute meeting with Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko at Russia’s embassy in London, Britain’s Sunday Mirror said. “I went along to ask them ‘why did your country kill my girlfriend?'” he told the tabloid newspaper. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”But I didn’t really get any answers. I just got Russian propaganda,” Rowley added, saying Yakovenko’s explanations of Russian innocence in the plot were “ridiculous”. Rowley and Sturgess, a 44-year-old mother of three children, who lived near the southwestern English city of Salisbury, fell ill on June 30 last year. Authorities determined they had been exposed to Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the latter days of the Cold War. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe poison was contained in a perfume bottle that Rowley had found in Salisbury and given to Sturgess. She died eight days later but after two weeks in an induced coma, he was discharged from hospital. It followed former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia being left in critical condition after they were targeted with Novichok in Salisbury three months earlier. The pair survived and have made full recoveries, according to British authorities. Western allies accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of being ultimately responsible for the poisoning, which sparked dozens of diplomatic expulsions by both sides. British prosecutors in September issued arrest warrants for two alleged officers of Russia’s military intelligence service, known as the GRU. But the Kremlin has repeatedly denounced the accusations as “unacceptable.” “The ambassador kept saying the substance definitely wasn’t the novichok they had made because if it was it would have killed everyone,” Rowley told the Mirror. “He (Yakovenko) kept on saying the British won’t talk to him so he can’t tell us anything that he hasn’t read in the media, so he can only give his view.” A Russian TV station also reported Saturday’s meeting, saying Rowley was eager for answers that Britain had failed to provide. Yakovenko gave him a book on the “unanswered questions” concerning the events in Salisbury and a tour of Russia’s grand west London embassy on one of its most exclusive streets, it added.last_img read more

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Tata Sponge Iron gets board approval for name change, to shift registered office to Bengal

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first_imgKolkata: Tata Sponge Iron, a 54.5 per cent subsidiary company of Tata Steel, said on Thursday that its board has approved shifting of the company’s registered office from Odisha to West Bengal and changing its name to “Tata Steel Long Products Limited”. Incidentally, the company has made this move of shifting its registered office along with changing its name after it had completed acquisition of the steel business of Kolkata-based Usha Martin Ltd (UML) earlier this month with pending transfer some of the assets including mines and certain land parcels. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn a regulatory filing, Tata Sponge Iron said its board on Thursday “approved the shifting of the registered office of the company to West Bengal, subject to the approval of the members of the company and other regulatory authorities, as may be applicable and consequent amendment in the Registered Office clause of the Memorandum of Association”. The company’s 36th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of its members is scheduled to take place on July 15 at Joda in Odisha’s Keonjhar district. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway The company, in the filing, also said its board approved the change in its name to “Tata Steel Long Products Limited” or such other name, as may be approved by the Registrar of Companies, subject to the approval of the members of the company and other regulatory authorities, as may be applicable and consequent amendment in name clause of Memorandum of Association. Notably, Tata Sponge Iron completed the acquisition of the steel business of UML on April 9 with payment of cash consideration of Rs 3468.63 crore (after adjustments for negative working capital and hold backs, pending transfer of some assets including mines and certain land parcels). UML’s steel business includes one-million-tonne steel alloy manufacturing plant near Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, an operative iron ore mine, a coal mine under development and captive power plants. Shifting of Tata Sponge Iron’s registered office from Odisha to West Bengal would be a significant development for the Trinamool Congress-ruled state. After Tata Global Beverages, Tata Metaliks and Tinplate Company of India (TCIL), it would be a new entrant of the list of Tata companies whose registered office would be in Bengal. Tata Steel, in September last year, had executed definitive agreements with the Kolkata-based UML for the acquisition of the latter’s steel business.Tata Sponge Iron’s net profit for the fourth quarter ended March 31 stood at Rs 24.39 crore, down 47.76 per cent year-on-year and its revenue from operations, during the March quarter this fiscal grew 4.34 per cent year-on-year at Rs 254.07 crore.last_img read more

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Jairam Ramesh skips court in Doval defamation case

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first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday asked Congress leader Jairam Ramesh to appear before it on May 9 after he skipped the hearing on Thursday in connection with a defamation case filed by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s son Vivek Doval. Jairam’s counsel moved an application seeking exemption from personal appearance on Thursday before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, who allowed his plea. Jairam’s counsel told the court that he had to attend some rituals at his residence after his wife passed away some months ago. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The court directed him to appear on May 9. Meanwhile, the court granted bail to The Caravan magazine Editor-in-Chief Paresh Nath and reporter Kaushal Shroff after they appeared before it in pursuance of summons issued against them. In March, the court has summoned Ramesh and others in a defamation case, filed by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s son Vivek Doval. Observing that allegations made against Vivek Doval were “prima facie defamatory”, the court said there exists sufficient grounds to proceed against all the accused. The court was hearing a defamation case filed against Ramesh and others by Vivek in connection with an article titled “The D-Companies”, published on January 16.last_img read more

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SC allows Karti Chidambaram to travel abroad in May

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday allowed Karti Chidambaram, who is facing criminal cases being probed by the ED and CBI, to travel to the US, Germany and Spain this month. A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said this nod to travel abroad was subject to compliance of conditions imposed earlier. The apex court had in January granted Karti, son of Congress leader P Chidambaram, permission to travel abroad after depositing Rs 10 crore with the secretary general of the Supreme Court. The top court had also asked him to file an undertaking that he would return and cooperate with the investigation. Karti is facing criminal cases which are being probed by the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI. One of the cases relates to the Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance to INX Media for receiving foreign funds of Rs 305 crore when his father was the finance minister.last_img read more

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‘Glad to be back’: Federer wins on long-awaited clay return

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first_imgMadrid: Roger Federer shook off a brief bout of pre-match jitters as he returned to clay after a three-year absence, posting a 6-2, 6-3 win over Richard Gasquet on Tuesday at the Madrid Open. The 20-time Grand Slam champion needed just 52 minutes to brush Gasquet aside in the second round, but confessed he had to control his emotions during afternoon match strategy sessions with his team. “I was very calm all day, but two hours before, I was feeling it a bit. But that was the only time,” Federer said. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”The nerves went away quickly, I’m just happy I started well. “I’m glad to be back,” said the three-time Madrid champion who last played on clay almost three years ago, losing to Dominic Thiem in the Rome third round on May 12, 2016. Federer skipped the dirt for two full seasons to concentrate on his grass court form, winning Wimbledon in 2017. He claimed the Madrid title in 2006, 2009, and 2012. “I’ve been missing the clay, this is a great return, it’s a special night for me,” he said. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersFederer swept up the opening set in 23 minutes and broke Frenchman Gasquet — who had defeated him twice on clay — for 5-3 in the second before serving it out a game later. Federer has won 18 of 21 meetings with Gasquet, just back from six months out with injury. “I’ve trained well, but that’s not like a match. The points here are quicker and first matches anywhere can be tricky,” said Federer. “But I felt really natural on the clay tonight.” Novak Djokovic needed just 65 minutes to make a winning start, while Naomi Osaka channelled her inner “zombie mode” to earn a place in the third round. Top seed and world number one Djokovic hammered American Taylor Fritz 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the last 16 following a premature exit here a year ago. “I thought my serve was very efficient today, that’s a big advantage,” Djokovic said.last_img read more

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Woman, her lover held for murdering husband in Noida

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first_imgNoida: A 26-year-old woman and her lover were arrested by police in connection with the murder case of woman’s husband on the intervening night of May 4 and 5 at Sadarpur village in sector 39 area of Noida.Cops said that the woman had illicit relationship with with her husband’s cousin brother and she involved him to murder her husband. According to police, those arrested were identified as Anjali and her lover Ankit (24), both natives of Farrukhabad district. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesPolice officials said that the accused chopped off the husband’s head and stabbed him multiple times while he was sleeping. Sudha Singh, Superintendent of Police (city), Gautam Buddh Nagar said that the two were in an affair and wanted to live separately. “Anjali was married to Shyam Sunder around seven years ago and the couple started living in Sadarpur village in sector 45 of Noida. Around two years before, Anjali and Ankit, Shyam’s cousin brother, developed feeling for each other and both wanted to live separately. However, Shyam came to know about their relationship and he objected. She later told her husband that she has ended her relationship but still kept on talking,” said Singh. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe officer further said that Shyam didn’t believe on Anjali and continued keeping an eye on her. “The woman plotted conspiracy to murder her husband and involved her brother-in-law Ankit into the crime. Both of them first slit Shyam’s throat while he was sleeping and later stabbed him several times to ensure he is dead,” added Singh. Police said that both the accused have been produced before the court and sent to the jail.last_img read more

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From Peyton Manning to CocaCola ads Ohio State students excited about the

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning scans the field during the AFC championship game against the New England Patriots Jan. 19 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Denver won, 26-16.Courtesy of MCTEvery year, there is plenty of buzz surrounding the Super Bowl, the biggest game of the season for the most popular sport in the country.Super Bowl XLVIII is no exception, and Ohio State students are preparing to take in all that comes with the big game this year.The Denver Broncos and their No. 1-ranked offense are set to take on the battle-tested Seattle Seahawks Sunday, who boast the league’s best defense. The strengths of both teams are sure to test the will of all players and coaches involved as they look to capture the sport’s ultimate crown, The Vince Lombardi Trophy.According to Wallethub.com, about 169 million people are expected to watch the Super Bowl, spanning 180 countries and more than 30 languages. But, along with the game itself, there are plenty of other reasons for people across the world to tune in.Erin Ponting, a second-year in chemistry, said she has a rooting interest in the game but is looking forward to another part of the broadcast.“I am really excited to see if (Broncos quarterback) Peyton Manning can win another ring, but am thrilled to watch the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform with Bruno Mars,” Ponting said, referring to the halftime show. “I am a fan of both artists and think they will put on a good halftime show.”Coupled with the halftime show, the commercials have become a spectacle in their own right. One 30-second ad this year is expected to cost advertisers more than $4 million, a rate only justified by the amount of viewers who watch the game. Each year, advertisers compete to see who can have the best commercial and vie to outspend one another for airtime.Charlie Cataline, a fourth-year in art, said he does not have a favorite team in either the Broncos or Seahawks, but thinks the commercials will be a fun break from the football action.“The commercials are usually pretty good and entertaining,” Cataline said. “People expect to see great commercials and I look to Budweiser, Coke and new movie trailers to entertain me between plays.”In the end, between the halftime entertainment and the commercials, there is still a game being played. This Super Bowl, as with any other game, is likely to create or define legacies for all the players and coaches involved.Callie Roney, a second-year in exploration, said she is cheering for a Broncos win because of her admiration for Manning.“I will be pulling for the Broncos to win because I love Peyton Manning,” Roney said. “I have always been a big fan of his and this victory will help him catch up with his brother in the number of Super Bowl titles won.”Kickoff between the Seahawks and Broncos is set for 6:30 p.m. from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. read more

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Bahamas Public Forecast for today and tonight Wednesday March 1st 2017

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first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 1, 2017 – Nassau – GENERAL SITUATION: A HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM CONTINUES TO CREATE FRESH BREEZES OVER THE BAHAMAS AS A TROF LIES ACROSS THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS.SPECIAL WARNINGS: BEACHGOERS AND MARINERS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR ROUGH SURF CONDITIONS AND DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS ALONG  NORTH AND EAST COAST BEACHES.FOR NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMASWEATHER: MOSTLY SUNNY WITH THE CHANCE OF A SHOWER; FAIR AND MILD TONIGHT.ADVISORY: A SMALL CRAFT CAUTION IS IN EFFECT.WINDS: EAST-NORTHEAST TO EAST-SOUTHEAST AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS.SEAS: 4 TO 6 FEET.FOR SOUTHEAST BAHAMASWEATHER: MOSTLY SUNNY AND BREEZY; FAIR TONIGHT.ADVISORY: A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT.WINDS: EAST-NORTHEAST TO EAST-SOUTHEAST AT 15 TO 25 KNOTS.SEAS: 5 TO 8 FEET.DAYTIME HIGH TEMP.:     85°F   29°C       OVERNIGHT LOW TEMP.: 74°F   24°CSUNRISE: 06:32AM WED.           SUNSET: 06:12PM WED.MOONRISE: 08:42AM WED.      MOONSET: 9:27PM WED. ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo FORECAST FOR THURSDAYWEATHER: PARTLY SUNNY AND BREEZY WITH FEW SHOWERS.WINDS: EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 15 KNOTS.SEAS: 3 TO 5 FEET. Recommended for you HIGH TIDE: 09:35AM WED.       LOW TIDE: 3:53PM WED.EXTENDED FORECAST: A COLD FRONT WILL PUSH INTO THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS ON FRIDAY BRINGING MORE UNSETTLED WEATHER. FORECAST FOR FRIDAYWEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.WINDS: EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 15 KNOTS.SEAS: 3 TO 5 FEET.   ARMSTRONG/tc/sslast_img read more

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2 cops held over extortion 4 rescued

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first_imgPolice arrested two members of Industrial Police of Gazipur, including an assistant sub-inspector (ASI), from Bypile area of Ashulia in Savar on Wednesday morning on charge of demanding toll from four people after making them hostage, reports news agency UNB.Of the arrestees, one was identified as Makbul Hossian, ASI of Industrial Police and kingpin of the gang.Police, however, rescued four people, including a woman, and seized a microbus.Sources said a gang led by ASI Makbul used to hostage people on a microbus and demanded a handsome amount of money as ransom from the family members of the hostages through bKash.Police arrested them red handed from Bypile area today while they were conducting such crime.Ashulia Police Station officer-in-charge Abdul Awal said the detainees are being interrogated.last_img read more

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Toshiba Introduces New 10 YearQuick Charge Industrial Battery

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first_img Citation: Toshiba Introduces New 10 Year–Quick Charge Industrial Battery (2007, December 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-12-toshiba-year-quick-industrial-battery.html Toshiba has developed a battery that can be recharged in five minutes with a lifespan of 10 years. Toshiba has trademarked the new accumulator, the SCiB. The new quick charge-Super Charge ion Battery will go to market in March, 2008. Initially, the SCiB distribution will focus on the industrial equipment sector. In practical use of the new SCiB its unique composition allows for 4.2 Ah, (ampere hours) on 10 cells for recharging by standard or alternative energy sources. The monitoring system within the battery controls voltage temperature, and cell balance adjustments. This safety precaution minimizes or eliminates the possibility of short circuits or explosions by ignition within the battery. In an industrial setting, the safety precautions features alone sell the product. The SCiB may be recharged in as little as five minutes time. The unique feature of the new product is that after 3,000 recharges the battery only lost less than 10 percent efficiency. In further company tests after 5,000 recharges the SCiB was still viable. This amounts to 10 years of continuous use for the SCiB. This feature reduces the need for battery waste management, by extending the use of the battery. The battery´s longevity and versatility in utilizing energy sources qualify it as a Green Technology. The standard or SCiB mode features extensive safety precaution for high power charges. The battery may be charged to 90 percent or more in five minutes. Other batteries do not have the same level of safety built-in that will allow heavy current charges, (50A). This feature suits the industrial setting in providing quick charges without the obvious hazards of fire and explosions. An additional feature of the SCiB is its ability to run at extremely cold temperatures. Toshiba warrants that the SCiB can work efficiently in minus 30 C which is minus 22 F. This is a welcomed attraction for many areas of the world where frigid temperatures are a factor. Toshiba has not released details on when it will be released to a broader sector of the market. In addition, the company has not indicated the various modifications they may be considering for future development. Super Charge ion Battery. Credit: Toshiba Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Toshiba will begin selling the SCiB quick charge-10 year battery in March, 2008. This industrial battery increases safety, versatility in power source and qualifies as environmentally sensitive. Toshiba’s SCiB rechargeable battery selected for new electric vehicleslast_img read more

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Is mathematics an effective way to describe the world

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first_imgMath has the illusion of being effective when we focus on the successful examples, Abbott argues. But there are many more cases where math is ineffective than where it is effective. Credit: Derek Abbott. ©2013 IEEE Explore further © 2013 Phys.org Citation: Is mathematics an effective way to describe the world? (2013, September 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-09-mathematics-effective-world.html Mathematics has been called the language of the universe. Scientists and engineers often speak of the elegance of mathematics when describing physical reality, citing examples such as π, E=mc2, and even something as simple as using abstract integers to count real-world objects. Yet while these examples demonstrate how useful math can be for us, does it mean that the physical world naturally follows the rules of mathematics as its “mother tongue,” and that this mathematics has its own existence that is out there waiting to be discovered? This point of view on the nature of the relationship between mathematics and the physical world is called Platonism, but not everyone agrees with it. Derek Abbott, Professor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at The University of Adelaide in Australia, has written a perspective piece to be published in the Proceedings of the IEEE in which he argues that mathematical Platonism is an inaccurate view of reality. Instead, he argues for the opposing viewpoint, the non-Platonist notion that mathematics is a product of the human imagination that we tailor to describe reality. This argument is not new. In fact, Abbott estimates (through his own experiences, in an admittedly non-scientific survey) that while 80% of mathematicians lean toward a Platonist view, engineers by and large are non-Platonist. Physicists tend to be “closeted non-Platonists,” he says, meaning they often appear Platonist in public. But when pressed in private, he says he can “often extract a non-Platonist confession.”So if mathematicians, engineers, and physicists can all manage to perform their work despite differences in opinion on this philosophical subject, why does the true nature of mathematics in its relation to the physical world really matter? The reason, Abbott says, is that because when you recognize that math is just a mental construct—just an approximation of reality that has its frailties and limitations and that will break down at some point because perfect mathematical forms do not exist in the physical universe—then you can see how ineffective math is. And that is Abbott’s main point (and most controversial one): that mathematics is not exceptionally good at describing reality, and definitely not the “miracle” that some scientists have marveled at. Einstein, a mathematical non-Platonist, was one scientist who marveled at the power of mathematics. He asked, “How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought which is independent of experience, is so admirably appropriate to the objects of reality?” In 1959, the physicist and mathematician Eugene Wigner described this problem as “the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics.” In response, Abbott’s paper is called “The Reasonable Ineffectiveness of Mathematics.” Both viewpoints are based on the non-Platonist idea that math is a human invention. But whereas Wigner and Einstein might be considered mathematical optimists who noticed all the ways that mathematics closely describes reality, Abbott pessimistically points out that these mathematical models almost always fall short. What exactly does “effective mathematics” look like? Abbott explains that effective mathematics provides compact, idealized representations of the inherently noisy physical world.”Analytical mathematical expressions are a way making compact descriptions of our observations,” he told Phys.org. “As humans, we search for this ‘compression’ that math gives us because we have limited brain power. Maths is effective when it delivers simple, compact expressions that we can apply with regularity to many situations. It is ineffective when it fails to deliver that elegant compactness. It is that compactness that makes it useful/practical … if we can get that compression without sacrificing too much precision.”I argue that there are many more cases where math is ineffective (non-compact) than when it is effective (compact). Math only has the illusion of being effective when we focus on the successful examples. But our successful examples perhaps only apply to a tiny portion of all the possible questions we could ask about the universe.”Some of the arguments in Abbott’s paper are based on the ideas of the mathematician Richard W. Hamming, who in 1980 identified four reasons why mathematics should not be as effective as it seems. Although Hamming resigned himself to the idea that mathematics is unreasonably effective, Abbott shows that Hamming’s reasons actually support non-Platonism given a reduced level of mathematical effectiveness.Here are a few of Abbott’s reasons for why mathematics is reasonably ineffective, which are largely based on the non-Platonist viewpoint that math is a human invention:• Mathematics appears to be successful because we cherry-pick the problems for which we have found a way to apply mathematics. There have likely been millions of failed mathematical models, but nobody pays attention to them. (“A genius,” Abbott writes, “is merely one who has a great idea, but has the common sense to keep quiet about his other thousand insane thoughts.”)• Our application of mathematics changes at different scales. For example, in the 1970s when transistor lengths were on the order of micrometers, engineers could describe transistor behavior using elegant equations. Today’s submicrometer transistors involve complicated effects that the earlier models neglected, so engineers have turned to computer simulation software to model smaller transistors. A more effective formula would describe transistors at all scales, but such a compact formula does not exist.• Although our models appear to apply to all timescales, we perhaps create descriptions biased by the length of our human lifespans. For example, we see the Sun as an energy source for our planet, but if the human lifespan were as long as the universe, perhaps the Sun would appear to be a short-lived fluctuation that rapidly brings our planet into thermal equilibrium with itself as it “blasts” into a red giant. From this perspective, the Earth is not extracting useful net energy from the Sun.• Even counting has its limits. When counting bananas, for example, at some point the number of bananas will be so large that the gravitational pull of all the bananas draws them into a black hole. At some point, we can no longer rely on numbers to count.• And what about the concept of integers in the first place? That is, where does one banana end and the next begin? While we think we know visually, we do not have a formal mathematical definition. To take this to its logical extreme, if humans were not solid but gaseous and lived in the clouds, counting discrete objects would not be so obvious. Thus axioms based on the notion of simple counting are not innate to our universe, but are a human construct. There is then no guarantee that the mathematical descriptions we create will be universally applicable.For Abbott, these points and many others that he makes in his paper show that mathematics is not a miraculous discovery that fits reality with incomprehensible regularity. In the end, mathematics is a human invention that is useful, limited, and works about as well as expected.For those who seek something more practical out of such a discussion, Abbott explains that this understanding can allow for greater freedom of thought. One example is an improvement of vector operations. The current method involves dot and cross products, “a rather clunky” tool that does not generalize to higher dimensions. Lately there has been a renewed interest in an alternative approach called geometric algebra, which overcomes many of the limitations of dot and cross products and can be extended to higher dimensions. Abbott is currently working on a tutorial paper on geometric algebra for electrical engineers to be published in the near future. Journal information: Proceedings of the IEEE Belgian wins Norway’s $1 million Abel math prize More information: More information: Derek Abbott. “The Reasonable Ineffectiveness of Mathematics.” Proceedings of the IEEE. To be published. DOI: 10.1109/JPROC.2013.2274907 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Nanocontainers for nanocargo Delivering genes and proteins for cellular imaging genetic medicine

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first_imgIn their paper, the authors report that the T4 capsid NP gene expression and protein delivery system may be complementary to or used in conjunction with gene therapy based on RNA Cas and taran nuclease. (Cas genes code for proteins related to DNA loci containing short repetitions of base sequences known as Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, or CRISPRs.) “The T4 nanoparticle expression system can easily complement Cas9 and taran nuclease-based recombination by packaging the linear cas9, target-sgRNA plasmid DNA, and Cre recombinase – or even ligase, an enzyme that facilitates the joining of DNA strands – and deliver the resulting T4 nanoparticles into the recipient eukaryotic cells with high specificity employing SOC and HOC,” Liu tells Phys.org. (SOC and HOC are dispensable T4 capsid proteins.) “By displaying the targeting ligands (binding molecules) onto the surface, the T4 capsid gene expression and protein system will be able to efficiently deliver the Cas9 and sgRNA plasmids together into the desired recipient cells. Relevant enzymatically-active proteins Cas9, lambda exonuclease, lambda beta protein and others can be delivered directly at the same time from the T4 nanoparticle.” Seamless gene correction of beta-thalassemia mutations in patient-specific cells Dr. Jinny L. Liu discussed the paper that she, Prof. Lindsay W. Black and their co-authors published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. “Icosahedral viral nanoparticles are essentially 100 nm by 80 nm nanocontainers that allow exogenous genetic material to be packaged in vitro through nucleic acid machinery that generally only allows linear DNA/RNA to be packaged through a portal channel,” Liu tells Phys.org. “However, in vitro protein packaging is generally impossible, because for most viral nanoparticles there is no protein packaging machinery comparable to nucleic acid packaging machinery.” While protein may be chemically cross-linked to the capsid inner surface, this is expected to lead to protein denaturation and loss of enzymatic activity.That being said, nature has evolved solutions to this protein packaging conundrum. During in vivo viral capsid assembly, Liu explains, some bacterial viruses, or bacteriophages, target proteins within the procapsids before the nucleic acid is packaged so as to eject the proteins with the nucleic acid, thereby facilitating infection in conjunction with the nucleic acid. (A procapsid, or prohead, is an immature viral capsid structure formed in the early stages of self-assembly of some bacteriophages. Production and assembly of stable proheads is an essential precursor to bacteriophage genome packaging.) Only a few phages have well-characterized in vivo protein packaging systems, and phage T4 is the best characterized. “Prof. Black’s lab at UMB and my lab at NRL have demonstrated that not only can a specific foreign enzyme – cyclic recombination (Cre) recombinase – be packaged into the capsid in vivo, but also that it is active within the capsid.” This activity was demonstrated by showing the religation (the rejoining of two DNA strands or other molecules by a phosphate ester linkage) of packaged linear DNA flanked with two Cre recombination sites.The paper shows that the substantial space within a T4 nanocontainer accommodates the active Cre enzyme along with exogenous DNA. “For potential applications, T4 can package up to 50 kb exogenous linear DNA containing full-length desired genes along with recombinases, either Cre or λ-red proteins, for specific homologous recombination within the chromosome,” Liu notes. (Homologous recombination is a type of genetic recombination in which nucleotide sequences are exchanged between two similar or identical molecules of DNA.) “We expect that the cas9 enzyme could be encapsidated in a comparable way – and in fact, at least eight different proteins have been encapsidated in this manner. Through homologous recombination, our system can allow the corrected gene to replace the mutated gene in its original location within the chromosome or by precisely knocking out the overactive genes in stem cells.” Liu points out that the T4 delivery vector is safer and better controlled than other viral delivery gene therapy, such as those delivering genes using infectious animal viral vectors to randomly insert the gene within the chromosome. Liu adds that her lab has also been studying cell imaging and drug/gene delivery to eukaryotic cells using T4 tailless nanoparticles, which the researchers demonstrated can enter the eukaryotic cells without causing cell death.A specific example of potential downstream drug and gene therapeutic applications resulting from the new approach is delivery of the toxic protein and linear plasmid that produces neutralizing peptides or antibodies into targeted cancer cells displaying specific cancer markers using high affinity SOC + HOC marker binding proteins on the surface of the capsids, while another example is to use the system for HIV gene therapy. Liu adds that there are several pathways to use this system for gene therapy:Delivering T4 nanoparticles packaged with the recombinase (or ligase) and linear plasmid DNA to produce gp120 or interferon to generate or boost the immune response in patientsDelivering T4 nanoparticles packaged with recombinase (ligase) and the linear soluble CD40 expression plasmid DNA into T lymphocytes or hematopoietic cells to block the infection of HIV-1Inhibiting RNA by delivering the engineered plasmid DNA that can produce decoy RNA for binding the viral sense DNAInhibiting protein by delivering packaged anti-viral antibodies and anti-HIV antibody plasmid DNA In addition to diagnostic and cellular imaging, the T4 nanoparticle gene-protein system can deliver repaired genes to correct human genetic diseases – for example, reversing adenosine deaminase (ADA) deficiency by introducing the protein-DNA complex to express ADA in stem cells. Other broad areas of research impacted by gene therapy technologies, such as genetic defects, cancer, neurological diseases in adults, and aging itself, may also benefit from this study.Moving forward, the scientists want to develop more T4 procapsids packaging exonuclease and other recombinases along with engineered target DNA to demonstrate that the resulting T4 capsids can insert the gene into a stem cell line with a genetic deficiency. “In addition,” Liu concludes, “we’re working on adapting our system to deliver therapeutic peptides or antibodies to cells exposed to or infected by biothreat agents, such as protein toxins or viruses, efficient neutralization of toxin effects. The treatment and cure of cells and tissues exposed to such agents are of a great interest to our biodefense research community.” Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further The T4 capsid-derived specific exogenous DNA plus protein packaging and eukaryotic cell delivery scheme. (A) DNA encoding a 10-amino acid N-terminal CTS peptide fused to the phage P1 Cre allows synthesis of CTS-Cre and targeting of the enzyme into the early core-scaffold of the T4 procapsid in vivo. Procapsid assembly and maturation-specific viral protease stabilize the procapsid, remove most of the scaffolding core as peptides, and remove the CTS peptide from Cre. Mutations in the viral terminase block DNA packaging and allow a mature but DNA-empty large Cre-containing procapsid to be highly purified from viral-infected bacteria. (B) In vitro packaging into the mature capsid of plasmid DNA containing mCherry driven by a CMV promoter and two loxP sites flanking an SfiI restriction enzyme site that allow the linearization required for packaging. The DNA is packaged into the procapsid by the ATP-driven terminase motor protein (gp17) with high efficiency. (C) The packaged Cre enzyme recircularizes the packaged linear plasmid DNA between the two loxP sites. The DNA-containing capsid is taken up by eukaryotic cells, here without displaying a specific peptide target, or into eukaryotic cells specifically using Soc and Hoc displayed peptides that have high affinity for the RP1 and RP2 receptors, respectively. Credit: Liu JL, et al. (Published online before print August 26, 2014) Viral nanoparticle-encapsidated enzyme and restructured DNA for cell delivery and gene expression. Credit: Liu JL, et al. (2014) Viral nanoparticle-encapsidated enzyme and restructured DNA for cell delivery and gene expression. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA Published online before print August 26, 2014. doi:10.1073/pnas.1321940111 More information: Viral nanoparticle-encapsidated enzyme and restructured DNA for cell delivery and gene expression, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, Published online before print August 26, 2014, doi:10.1073/pnas.1321940111 Measurement of the inhibition by endocytosis inhibitors and colocalization with lysosomes in A546-T4–treated A549 cells. (A) Pretreatment with amantadine, specifically stabilizing the clathrin-coated pits, reduced the uptake of A546-T4 NPs by A549 cells in a concentration-dependent manner. (B) Pretreatment with the PI3 kinase inhibitor, wortmannin, also reduced the uptake of A546-T4 in a concentration-dependent manner. (C) An overlapping confocal cell image obtained with a 60× objective with the internalized A546-T4 procapsids (yellow), lysosomes stained with LysoTracker Blue (blue), and the overlapping spots (white). (Scale bar, 10 μm.) (D) A confocal image shows the broad view of treated cells containing overlapping portions (white spots) of lysosomes (blue) with A546-T4 procapsids (yellow). The image was obtained using a 20× objective. (Scale bar, 50 μm.) Credit: Liu JL, et al. (Published online before print August 26, 2014) Viral nanoparticle-encapsidated enzyme and restructured DNA for cell delivery and gene expression. Credit: Liu JL, et al. (2014) Viral nanoparticle-encapsidated enzyme and restructured DNA for cell delivery and gene expression. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA Published online before print August 26, 2014. doi:10.1073/pnas.1321940111 (Phys.org) —By loading any specific protein and nucleic acid into an icosahedral phage T4 capsid-based nanoparticle, the resulting cell delivery vehicle’s ligands can bind to the surface of specific target tissues to deliver the protein/DNA cargo. (Icosahedral viral nanoparticles are evolutionary protein shells assembled in a hierarchical order that results in a stable protein layer and an inner space for accommodating nucleic acids and proteins; a capsid is the protein shell of a virus.) The technique has drug- and gene-delivery applications in human diseases, diagnostic and cellular imaging, and other medical areas. Recently, scientists at US Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC and University of Maryland at Baltimore packaged T4 nanoparticles in vivo with active cyclic recombination, or Cre, recombinase (a genetic recombination enzyme used to manipulate genome structure and control gene expression) and in vitro with fluorescent mCherry (a fluorescent protein used as a marker when tagged to molecules and cell components) expression plasmid DNA, and delivered these nanoparticles into cancer cells: When released into cells in the presence of both DNA and protein, the recombinase enhances mCherry expression by circularization (that is, changing the packaged linear DNA into a circular loop). The researchers state that this efficient and specific packaging into capsids and the unpackaging of both DNA and protein with release of the enzymatically altered protein/DNA complexes from the nanoparticles into cells have potential in numerous downstream applications such as genetic and cancer therapeutics. © 2014 Phys.org Citation: Nanocontainers for nanocargo: Delivering genes and proteins for cellular imaging, genetic medicine and cancer therapy (2014, September 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-09-nanocontainers-nanocargo-genes-proteins-cellular.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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The Irish subsidiaries of Sony Music Warner Music

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first_imgThe Irish subsidiaries of Sony Music, Warner Music and Unviersal Music have called for legal action to force Liberty Global-owned UPC Ireland to combat illegal downloading on lines that have already been agreed with the country’s largest telco Eircom.The music groups are taking legal action after UPC declined to adopt a so-called ‘three strikes’ policy where copyright infringers are given two warnings to desist before their internet service is terminated. UPC has said that any such policy should be the result of legislation.The case, expected to last eight days, has already heard evidence of alleged copyright infringement by UPC subscribers.last_img

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AE Networks UK has signed a new carriage deal wit

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first_imgA+E Networks UK has signed a new carriage deal with BT TV, in a move that will see new HD channels for Lifetime and H2 launch later this year.Under the new partnership, Lifetime will move to BT’s basic pay package, ‘Entertainment Starter’.The deal also secures the long-term availability on BT of A+E’s channel portfolio – History, H2, Lifetime and Crime + Investigation.“A+E Networks UK has a long-standing and close partnership with BT so I am delighted that we have not only agreed a new long-term carriage deal, but that we have also expanded our offering on this fast-growing UK platform,” said A+E Networks UK’s senior vice-president of distribution and strategy, Adrian Pilkington.Tony Singh, Business Affairs Director for BT TV and BT Sport, added:  “We’ve got a great and growing line up of channels on BT TV and we’re thrilled to extend our partnership with A+E. “BT’s customers love great factual programming and we’re delighted that they’ll now be able to enjoy all their favourite HISTORY, H2, C+I and Lifetime shows in HD.”last_img read more

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