Badgers struggle with errors, conference play in 2012

first_imgIn a season that showed flashes of greatness and moments that would rather be forgotten, the Wisconsin women’s tennis team continues to look toward young talent for future success.The team’s season came to an end at the hands of No. 53 Indiana in the first round of the Big Ten tournament last month, as the Badgers finished their season with an overall record of 12-12, with a 3-8 mark in Big Ten play.Wisconsin was given the difficult task from the get-go, finding itself paired up with 11 ranked teams this season. Adding to the challenge was facing a Big Ten conference that was significantly stronger and deeper than in years past, as evidenced by the team managing just three of its 12 total wins in conference play.Over the course of the season, UW sported consistent doubles play, winning the doubles point in more than half of its matches. However, the Badgers were plagued by inconsistency in singles play throughout most of the year.Head coach Brian Fleishman attributed his team’s struggles this season to the amount of errors committed.“It comes down to error management,” Fleishman said. “So we are going to have to figure out ways to not give away free points because those free points eventually add up to games; those games add up to sets, and then the match is over.“The girls realize it. They think that they have to do too much against a good team. Sometimes it’s just putting the ball back in play. We need to make more balls in the court and control our errors.”While the Badgers failed to achieve a winning record in conference games this year and will have to replace the four graduating seniors on this year’s team, there is reason for optimism next year. Junior Hannah Berner, who will be the lone senior on the squad and a team captain next season, finished her season on a three-match winning streak at the No. 2 singles position.Along with the steady play of Berner, the Badgers got production from their young players, with two freshmen, Sarah Loebel and Nova Patel, finishing with winning records in singles play this year.Despite a bright future for the team next season, Berner said she is still sad to see the team’s seniors leaving.“It’s been a long three years for me, and I am really excited for next year to be the lone senior,” Berner said. “It’s also mixed emotions because I am really sad seeing the four girls I’ve been with for three years go. So there are ups and downs, but I’m glad I got to spend Alaina’s (Trgovich) last home match playing doubles with her. I’m happy and I’m sad.”After the season, the coaches handed out their end of the year awards, celebrating outstanding individuals on the team. Fifth-year senior Trgovich was voted the team MVP, adding the honor to her recent accomplishment of being named a second team all-Big Ten honoree. Trgovich finished the season 12-11 in singles play, defeating three ranked players along the way. Trgovich also went 14-10 in doubles play, competing in a majority of her games with Berner. The pair enjoyed a five-match winning streak during the season and unseated three ranked opponents.Senior Lauren Gruber received the team’s “Grinder” award for her hard work throughout the season, and sophomore Caroline Bauer won the “Lifter of the Year” award for her determination and dedication in the weight room.Fleishman knows that playing Division I tennis is a great opportunity few athletes get a chance to experience. The head coach said he believes his seniors made the most of their opportunity during their career at Wisconsin and hopes that the young players on the roster learn from that.“We always talk about opportunities,” Fleishman said. “I think [the seniors] had a great opportunity while they were here, and they took advantage of it athletically and academically.“The underclassmen need to realize that opportunities come around only so often, so they have to take advantage of them when they come.”last_img read more

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Martin Lycka: The Gambling Prince of Sweden

first_img GVC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka offers a dramatic twist on the Swedish licensing process, in which operators may not get the curtain call they’ve been looking for.Act I – A Truly Glorious DayJanuary 1, 2019. A momentous day in Swedish gambling history. The online gambling market opens. A fanfare sounds. The curtain goes up. Licensed operators enter; a whole throng of them.What’s the market like? It’s been good all the while. The Swedes love poker; the Swedes love sport. And how about the regulation? It’s like Denmark with a lower tax rate, the positivists proclaim. Beware of the extra restrictions, the naysayers retort.And what about guidance? What can we offer? How can we bonus? No, there ain’t much, not much at all. Yet, let’s give it a go. Though this be madness, there may still be method in’t.Act II – They Are MinorsSpring/summer 2019. Repent for your sins. More than half of them were under 18 in that game. Hefty fines on their way. Walk the line or risk losing your licences. Thou shalt not expose minors to the risk of manipulation.Where’s the line? What’s the rule? 50 per cent plus one? What if there’s a late substitution? How can we know? To offer, or not to offer, that is the question. Under-19 games go; under-21 games go. What’s next?Coco takes them out one after another. She’s only 15. If up against another minor, the rule is clear. How about a more senior player? How does that work? And what if she makes it to the final? Do we ditch it? If we ditch it, who will take over? It’s Wimbledon, for Christ’s sake … okay, she’s out. Back to normal.Act III – The Third Division and BelowSpring 2020. These pesky lower football leagues. They’re a risk, aren’t they? You can watch, you can play but you mustn’t bet. They are out of bounds. Take the markets down; forget about them.Seriously? There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your integrity philosophy. What will happen if we let them go? Who will keep an eye on the proceedings in our stead? The black market operators? Not in a million years.That’s what they’ve been waiting for. Why give them a chance? Let us help you. Let us convince you that our tech can stop this.Act IV – What 90 Per Cent?Later the same spring. Is there something rotten in the state of this market? 90 per cent was the goal. Yet, the number is more like 81, perhaps 85. Some even say 72 when it comes to casino. What’s caused the undershooting?Lack of guidance. Fines, fines, fines. Shall we stay or shall we go? Is there a point in negotiating? Or does that one smile and smile, but is still a villain? And, if we can’t talk, do we go to court?Then comes the announcement: no ban, no suspension, no restrictions right now but, mind you, they are coming. Oh yeah, they are coming and will be here to stay.Act V – COVID CallingCOVID times. 5000 SEK limits on all deposits. Loss limit for slots. 100 SEK bonuses. From June onwards, get ready. Until the end of 2020. Get cracking, dearest licensees.“Though we are native here and to the manner born, comprehend this we can’t,” rally CEOs in their cry. What’s the rationale behind this? What will be the impact? Are you selling us down the river to the unlicensed ones? This needs changing; or the percentages will plummet further. Is this COVID necessitated? Or is it something else?Correction: not June, but July. Casino deposits and bonuses only. What do you reckon? Any better? You’ve still got your sports betting, eh? Let me know in writing and we shall take it from there. No, the end date hasn’t changed. End of the year it is. Beyond that? No clue yet. (For now) the rest is silence. StumbleUpon Share Submit Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 Related Articles GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Share Sweden: Soft2Bet CEO Chaikin on prospering in igaming’s brave new world August 18, 2020last_img read more

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Black Stars confident but still cautious

first_imgThe president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi has offered a confidence booster with words of assurance from the Black Stars camp.In his usual calm and relaxed manner, the FA chief conceded that the going has been tough but this was to be expected since Ghana is always a big prize for teams to claim in any competition.“When teams face Ghana, they know they are up against the best so they always raise their game and come out fighting.”A tough opening group 2-2 draw, followed by a hard fought 1-0 win over Mali has set up a potentially tricky encounter against fast improving Niger in the final Group B engagement on Monday. A win for Niger could see them through in the event of a draw or a DR Congo win over Mali in the other encounter.In an exclusive interview with Oxigen Fans Diaries, the GFA president assured Ghanaians that the Stars camp was brimming with confidence but at the same time, there is an acute sense of responsibility not to underestimate fellow West African opponents Niger.“Before our game against DR Congo and similarly against Mali, we were 100% confident of victory, so that is the same mentally we will take into the game against Niger on Monday”. Although the injury situation in the Ghana camp could be better, it is by no means a disaster.The good news is that captain Asamoah Gyan, Anthony Annan, Isaac Vorsah, Boakye Yiadom and Johnathan Mensah are all available for selection on Monday.Who will start and who will be on the bench depends on the level of risk coach Kwasi Appiah is willing to take. With two yellow cards already, injured Mubarak Wakaso would have been suspended anyway.The player is also keen to return to action but is clearly the biggest long term injury concern for Ghana.Nyantakyi however is focused on playing his part of the deal to ensure his boys deliver; ‘’The players have been provided with all the motivational packages they need to make the dream of a fifth continental title a reality so there’s no doubt in my mind about what is left for them to do’’. The Black Stars must pick up all three points against Niger to maintain top spot and stay in Port Elizabeth where they will play the quarter finals.last_img read more

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Harrison leads Pirates over Cubs 7-3

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates’ Josh Harrison (5) drives in two runs with a double off Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Jacob Turner during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) – A triple play helped the Pittsburgh Pirates maintain their 1 1/2-game lead for the NL’s second wild card.Josh Harrison started Pittsburgh’s first triple play at home in 21 years and hit a tying two-run double in a six-run fifth inning Sunday as the Pirates rallied past the Chicago Cubs 7-3.“It was fun,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “You’ve got to pour some fun on everything you do, and we had more fun after the triple play.”Edinson Volquez (12-7) improved to 4-0 in his last 10 starts for the Pirates, who have won eight of their last 10 games. Milwaukee kept pace with a 9-2 victory over Cincinnati.“You could feel the tide turn when we had the triple play,” Harrison said. “You don’t want to take the approach of trying to get them all back at once, but you definitely want to take advantage of the momentum.”Pittsburgh improved to 14-5 against Chicago this year, winning all six series, and eliminated the Cubs from playoff contention. Chicago has not won the World Series since 1908 and hasn’t even reached the postseason since 2008.Chicago led 3-0 and put runners on first and second in the fourth when Matt Szczur grounded to third. Harrison started an around-the-horn 5-4-3 triple play, throwing to second baseman Neil Walker, who relayed to first baseman Andrew Lambo.“You don’t see it very often,” Chicago manager Rick Renteria said. “He hit it right on the nose, and Harrison made a really nice play because he ended up catching it going away from him, stayed with it and it took him right to the bag.”Pittsburgh had not turned a triple play since April 12, 2009, against Cincinnati’s Edwin Encarnacion by left fielder Jack Wilson, second baseman Freddy Sanchez and first baseman Adam LaRoche. The Pirates had not accomplished the feat at home since Aug. 10, 1993, at Three Rivers Stadium against St. Louis by shortstop Jay Bell, second baseman Carlos Garcia and first baseman Kevin Young, who doubled up future Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith.Volquez allowed three runs – one earned – four hits and five walks in seven innings. He has his most victories in a year since winning 17 for Cincinnati in 2008.“I battled the whole way until we got the triple play,” Volquez said. “It was a little tough to get loose the first two or three innings, but then I was able to shut it down after the triple play.”Jacob Turner (5-10) gave up seven runs, seven hits and three walks in 4 1-3 innings.Chicago went ahead in the second on a run-scoring throwing error by Volquez and John Baker’s sacrifice fly, then made it 3-0 in the third on Chris Coghlan’s sacrifice fly after catcher Russell Martin’s throwing error on Javier Baez’s steal of second.Walker hit his 20th homer in the fourth. After Harrison’s double, Travis Snider and Walker hit RBI doubles, and Gaby Sanchez and Gregory Polanco added run-scoring singles.TRAINER’S ROOMPittsburgh OF Starling Marte played for the first time since he was removed Thursday with left elbow discomfort. He entered as a defensive replacement in the eighth. … Chicago 1B Anthony Rizzo (lower back strain) and SS Starlin Castro (left ankle sprain) didn’t play. Rizzo is expected to return Monday while Castro hasn’t played since Sept. 2.UP NEXTCubs: Chicago hosts Cincinnati in a three-game series, with LHP Travis Wood (8-12) opposing Reds RHP Alfredo Simon (14-10).Pirates: Pittsburgh continues its final homestand of the regular season with three game games Boston.RHP Charlie Morton is set to start for the Pirates on Tuesday. Morton was placed on the 15-day DL on Aug. 17 with right hip inflammation, two days after he lasted three innings against Washington. RHP Anthony Ranaudo is slated for Boston (3-2).PRIDE OF PITTSBURGHWalker, a native of nearby Gibsonia, set a Pirates record for home runs by a second baseman with one more than Bill Mazeroski hit in 1958.last_img read more

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Gladbach-Cologne, suspended by Sabine, will be played on 11-M

first_imgThe Bundesliga match between Gladbach and Cologne, suspended this past Sunday due to the Sabine storm, already has a new date. As announced by the German league federation (DFL), the twenty-first day of the maximum German competition will be played on March 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Gladbach’s Borussia Park, coinciding in this way with the round of 16 of the Champions League. Borussia Dortmund will visit PSG that same day, but since neither Gladbach nor Cologne are playing European competition there were no problems when it came to setting the match in the middle of a Champions League day. The entries remain valid.last_img

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Wenger gets better of Mourinho

first_img A disappointing game burst into life in the 54th when Xhaka, afforded plenty of space in central midfield following a throw-in, advanced and sent in a 30-metre (yard) shot that struck the turned back of Ander Herrera and looped over goalkeeper David de Gea. Welbeck, who was sold to Arsenal in 2014 to end a 13-year association with United, has now scored in each of his last three appearances against his old club after powering a header in off the bar in the 57th from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross. Mourinho made eight changes to his starting team from the 1-0 win over Celta Vigo in the first leg of the Europa League semi- finals on Thursday. The second leg is at Old Trafford on Thursday and Mourinho has suggested the European competition, which offers a place in the Champions League for the winner, is his priority for the remainder of the season. “Of course, we knew we were not coming in our maximum power,” Mourinho said. “Thursday is the match of the season.” It meant the 19-year-old Axel Tuanzebe was handed his Premier League debut, at right back up against Alexis Sanchez, and he performed excellently. Scott McTominay, a 20-year-old midfielder, came on as a second-half substitute for his first-team debut, while Paul Pogba – the world’s most expensive player – did not even come off the bench. United has not scored away to a top-six rival all season. Arsenal will climb above United with a win at Southampton on Wednesday. LONDON, England (AP): Arsene Wenger got the better of managerial rival Jose Mourinho for the first time in a league game as Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-0 in the English Premier League yesterday to keep alive its Champions League qualification hopes. Granit Xhaka, with a deflected shot, and former United player Danny Welbeck, with a bullet header, scored goals in a four-minute span early in the second half to end United’s 25-match unbeaten in the league dating to October. This was the 16th competitive head to head between Wenger and Mourinho – and the 13th in league play – since 2004. It has been a one-sided rivalry but, Wenger finally got a victory over the man who once dubbed him a “specialist in failure,” for a result that might end United’s chances of a top-four finish and leaves Arsenal with some hope. “Finally, I leave this (Emirates) stadium with Arsenal fans happy,” Mourinho said. “It’s the first time I see them smile, enjoy.” Arsenal moved two points behind fifth-place United with a game in hand, and is seven points behind third-placed Liverpool having played two games fewer, and six behind fourth-placed Manchester City, having played one game fewer. Wenger’s team has four matches remaining to earn a 20th straight season in the Champions League. “We still have a mathematical chance, but we need some help,” Wenger said. “But the best help we can get is by winning our own games.” DISAPPOINTING GAMElast_img read more

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LIVARTS: Nurturing Creativity

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The Liberia Visual Arts Academy (LIVARTS) since its establishment in 2010 has remained committed to nurturing the creative ideas of Liberian children through Arts.On June 27, 2014, LIVARTS celebrated its second closing and certification program for students who have shown some level of commitment to arts as was prescribed by the Institution.The Certification ceremony, held on the institution’s campus within the compound of Alliance Francaise in Sinkor brought together parents, students, representatives from the French Embassy as well as the  Ministry of Education.According to the Executive Director of LIVARTS, Mr. A. Leslie Lumeh, the institution remains committed to actively nurturing the creative ability of every child to become visual artists.“We want all children regardless of race, creed or circumstances to achieve their full potential as creative people.“Our task is to make it possible, and provide practical step by step approach to fundamental art”. Mr. Lumeh said.LIVARTS Administrator, Mr. Leon Z. Wilson, reminded parents and students about the United Nations position on the Rights of the Child stated in the 1948 agreement declared in Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights “education should be compulsory and free for children”. That acknowledge goal is as pertinent today as it was then. “It’s a goal I know we all share-the full development of every child.“As a body, LIVARTs recognizes good arts skills established in childhood as the foundation to fulfilling and ongoing education,” he explained.The Executive Director said it is the dream of LIVARTS to move from an Art Academy to a full Art Institute to be headquartered in Montserrado County. He was quick to mention that LIVARTS Academy will continue to exist but only in some of the major cities in the country.He said the dream Art institute will cover a wide range of disciplines to include Literature, Film Making, Music, Dancing (or the Performing Arts), Drawing among others.Speaking on behalf of the parents present, Mrs. Watta Y. Fumba thank the Academy for giving their children the opportunity to “explore their talents”.For her part, Orianne Berraud, Project Manager at the France Embassy in Liberia, said arts is important for everyone and must be giving priority in every part of the country.She said in achieving that, the Embassy remains committed to giving the necessary help needed by the LIVARTS institution.Ms. Berraud revealed that the Embassy has a Social Development Fund for education, “to help support the programs and activities of other organizations,” she said.Gabi Fernandez, another parent present at the occasion, told the students that arts helps provide discipline to young people. He said it also helps its practitioner see the good works of God and make it appear differently.He admonished the students that with the practice of arts, they stand a chance of being great people in society.The students thank all partners and sponsors for helping the schools administration, financially and morally for taking them thus far.They reassured their parents that they will all make a difference because arts is very important to them.The school which is made of a single classroom has a population of 31 students aging between 10 to 25.For his part, Mr. Henry Appleton, Director, for Vocational  Education at the Ministry of Education, in presenting the certificates to the students, admonished them to remain focused in their studies at LIVARTS. “The Ministry [of Education] places high priority on vocational education in the country,” he said. “Because it is through vocational education that any nation can alleviate unemployment”.He thank the donors and partners of the academy for their support to this initiative. He also commended the  administration of LIVARTS for working so hard to keep the school running.LIVARTS is a community-based specialized training program for disadvantaged children with support from the U. S. And French Embassies in Monrovia in partnership with Daily Observer Newspaper.last_img read more

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It’s On!

first_imgCPL Playoff fever hits GuyanaHistory will be made this evening as Guyana prepares to welcome their first playoff at home. As such, anticipation for the matches is rising, and patrons are not wasting any time in getting their tickets.CPL fans endure the blistering sun as they wait to secure their tickets for the playoff matches today and tomorrowChief Executive Officer (CEO) of CPL, Damien O’ Donohoe, on Monday revealed that there has been a 20% rise in attendance at matches around the Caribbean for the 2018 year. In addition, the CEO is elated at the sold out crowds that flocked Providence for a whopping 5 home matches.“I think all around the CPL fever is just hitting new heights, so we couldn’t be more pleased,” O’ Donohoe stated.The CPL office has made a grand announcement that will allow patrons to attend both games at a discounted price.According to a statement made by CPL’s Chief Operating Officer Pete Russell, patrons who purchase tickets for tomorrow’s playoff will be eligible to purchase tickets for Wednesday’s playoff at a 25% discount.We want to show Guyana off to the world in all its glory. You’ve done a brilliant job so far”, Russell said.Patrons can pick up their tickets at 238 Camp and Quamina Streets, Georgetown; Imam Bacchus & Sons General Store at Affiance, Essequibo Coast; 19 Princess Elizabeth Road, Queenstown, New Amsterdam; Cellular Planet location in the Giftland Mall, Sherriff Street, and Rosignol; Cell Smart locations in Rose Hall, Parika and Avenue of the Republic; and Speed Talk at Anna Regina.last_img read more

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CONFIRMED! Liverpool’s official 25-man Premier League squad and U21 list

first_img1 Liverpool squad list Liverpool – Under 21 players (Contract and Scholars)1 Brannagan, Cameron2 Brewitt, Tom3 Can, Emre4 Canos Tenes, Sergi5 Chirivella Burgos, Pedro6 Cleary, Daniel7 Dobie, Joshua8 Dunn, Jack9 Ejaria, Oviemuno10 Fernandez Saenz de Le Torre, Jesus Joaquin11 Firth, Andrew12 Flanagan, John13 Fulton, Ryan14 Gomes Aju, Madger Antonio15 Griffin, Liam16 Hart, Samuel James17 Ibe, Jordon Femi Ashley18 Ilori, Tiago19 Jackson, Benjamin Edward Alan20 Jones, Lloyd Richard21 Kent, Ryan22 Lewis, Kane23 Lussey, Jordan24 Maguire, Joseph25 Manquillo Gaitan, Javier26 Markovic, Lazar27 Marsh, William George28 Maxwell, Wade29 McLaughlin, Ryan30 Nicholas, Callum31 O’Hanlon, Alex Joseph32 Ojo, Oluwaseyi33 Origi, Divock Okoth34 Paez, Rafael35 Pelosi, Marc36 Phillips, Adam Lee37 Polgar, Kristof38 Randall, Connor Steven39 Roberts, David40 Rossiter, Jordan41 Sheron, Nathan42 Sinclair, Jerome Terence43 Smith, Bradley Shaun44 Sterling, Raheem Shaquille45 Stewart, Kevin Linford46 Teixeira, Joao Carlos47 Travis, Lewis48 Trickett-Smith, Daniel Thomas49 Vigouroux, Lawrence50 Virtue Thick, Matthew Joseph51 Waldron, Dahrius Nathaniel52 Ward, Daniel53 Watts, Jack Thomas54 Wheeler, Owen55 Whelan, Corey56 Williams, Michael Jordan57 Wilson, Harry58 Wisdom, Andre59 Yesil, Samedcenter_img Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has named his 25-man Premier League squad for the 2014/15 season.Premier League clubs had a deadline of 5pm on 3 September to submit a squad list containing no more than 17 players who do not fulfil “Home Grown Player” status. The remainder of the squad, up to a total of 25 players, must be home grown.According to the Premier League, a Home Grown Player means a player who, irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21).Changes to the squad list may be made during the next transfer window. Under-21 players are eligible over and above the limit of 25 players per squad.Liverpool – Premier League 25-man squad listPlayer (‘Home Grown’ status in brackets)1 Joseph Michael Allen (Yes)2 Mario Barwuah Balotelli (No)3 Fabio Borini (Yes)4 Philippe Coutinho Correia (No)5 Steven George Gerrard MBE (Yes)6 Jordan Brian Henderson (Yes)7 Glen McLeod Cooper Johnson (Yes)8 Bradley Jones (Yes)9 Adam David Lallana (Yes)10 Rickie Lee Lambert (Yes)11 Dejan Lovren (No)12 Simon Mignolet (No)13 Alberto Moreno Perez (No)14 Lucas Pezzini Leiva (No)15 Mamadou Sakho (No)16 Jose Enrique Sanchez Diaz (No)17 Martin Skrtel (No)18 Daniel Sturridge (Yes)19 Kolo Abib Toure (No)last_img read more

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Video: Ganso’s got talent! Former Tottenham target shows off silky skills

first_imgTottenham were heavily linked with a move for Paulo Henrique Ganso a few years ago but a deal failed to materialise and since then the Brazilian has been showing just what Spurs are missing. After netting a stunning screamer for Sao Paulo earlier this year, the midfield ace showed off some silky skills in a Copa Sudamericana clash this week. Why didn’t you sign him, Mr Levy?!last_img

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