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Good morning:

This morning when I was getting ready for work, I heard some strange banging outside my house. I soon realized it was the wind outside, quickly picking up strength.

Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for many areas of the province, including the St. John's and Avalon region. Winds are from the west, 50 km/h but gusts are expected to reach 80 km/h and even 100 km/h along the parts of the coast.

Here's a map below from Environment Canada, showing areas of the province, outlined in red, affected by the wind warning.
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It's currently about 9 degrees Celsius in the St. John's-metro region and the high today is expected to be only around 11 Celsius, so it will be a cool, windy day.

There's some periods of rain the forecast as well today and tonight.

Here's a look at the Environment Canada weather graphic and more detailed text version of the forecast for St. John's and vicinity.
Friday October 4, 2013 7:02 
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Today, 4 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Becoming cloudy this afternoon then periods of rain. Wind west 50 km/h gusting to 80 except gusting to 100 along parts of the coast this afternoon. Temperature steady near 11. UV index 3 or moderate.

Tonight, 4 October
Periods of rain. Amount 2 to 4 mm. Wind west 50 km/h gusting to 80 becoming northwest 40 gusting to 70 near midnight. Low 9.

Saturday, 5 October
Periods of drizzle or showers. Wind northwest 40 km/h gusting to 60 diminishing to 20 gusting to 40 in the afternoon. High 11.

Sunday, 6 October
A mix of sun and cloud with 40 percent chance of showers. Low 7. High 9.

Monday, 7 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Low 6. High 11.

Tuesday, 8 October
Showers. Windy. Low 6. High 17.

Wednesday, 9 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Windy. Low 7. High 14.

Thursday, 10 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Windy. Low 6. High 11.

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Wind warning for St. John's and vicinity continued

Persons in or near this area should be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take necessary safety precautions. Watch for updated statements.

Please refer to the latest public forecasts for further details and continue to monitor the situation through your local radio and television stations or Weatheradio.
Friday October 4, 2013 7:03 
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Friday October 4, 2013 7:07 Marine Atlantic
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Due to high winds today, Marine Atlantic has cancelled its ferry service from Newfoundland to Nova Scotia.

Here's the advisory:

Travel Advisory
October 4 Sailings Cancelled!

Due to forecasted high wind and sea conditions, all scheduled sailings for October 4th from both North Sydney and Port Aux Basques have been cancelled.

Customers currently booked on these sailings will be rescheduled and contacted with an updated departure date and time. Please keep in contact for further updates.
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Friday October 4, 2013 7:08 
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While still on the topic of weather, that low pressure system I mentioned that was being tracked by the National Hurricane Center in the United States is now a tropical storm and has been named Karen.

I found a note on the NCC site interesting today. At the top of the map above, it says most U.S. government websites are not available due to the federal government shutdown this week.

"However, because the information this site provides is necessary to protect life and property, it will be updated and maintained during the federal government shutdown."

I would think advising people about a pending hurricane would be necessary. If a devastating storm hits the U.S., the politicians might want to rethink the shutdown.

The NCC says tropical storm Karen has weakened a little but is expected to intensify Saturday. In addition to wind, it's expected to cause heavy rainfall and storm surges.

Here's more from the NCC:

A HURRICANE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* GRAND ISLE LOUISIANA TO WEST OF DESTIN FLORIDA

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* GRAND ISLE LOUISIANA TO THE MOUTH OF THE PEARL RIVER

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* WEST OF GRAND ISLE TO EAST OF MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA
* METROPOLITAN NEW ORLEANS
* LAKE MAUREPAS
* LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN
* DESTIN TO INDIAN PASS FLORIDA
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The live webcam view at St. John's International Airport this morning.
Friday October 4, 2013 7:21 
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All flights are on time this morning at St. John's International Airport.
Friday October 4, 2013 7:22 
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On the Bell Island-Portugal Cove ferry service this morning, the MV Beaumont Hamel is operating on a one boat schedule and the MV Sound of Islay is tied up due to high winds.
Friday October 4, 2013 7:24 
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Schools in the NL English School District are open this morning.
Friday October 4, 2013 7:33 
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There are reports on Twitter this morning of a moose on the Outer Ring Road, east of the Team Gushue Highway.
Friday October 4, 2013 7:35 
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Left turn from Park Street onto Central closed due to accident! #nltraffic #cornerbrook instagram.com/p/fCnmPjwRy1/
Friday October 4, 2013 7:36 Chris Noseworthy
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This photo was posted on Instagram by Chris Noseworthy of the street in Corner Brook that's closed due to an accident this morning.
Friday October 4, 2013 7:37 
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Firetrucks heading west TCH at CBS overpass , havn't had 2 cars go off same morning in weeks #nltraffic
Friday October 4, 2013 7:38 Wade Reid
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The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary stopped 300 vehicles in the Northeast Avalon in the last 24 hours in it's continued crackdown on impaired drivers.

Two people were given seven-day suspensions, two were charged with driving with their licences suspended and there were various other charges laid under the Highway Traffic Act.

The RNC is asking the public to be cognizant of the seriousness of drinking and driving and its adverse impact on our communities.
Friday October 4, 2013 7:48 
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The front page of today's Telegram.
Friday October 4, 2013 7:50 
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Kevin Higgins of the Gander Beacon has a story on the front page of today's Telegram about Gander International Airport being the site of a photo shoot for a fashion magazine.

His story can be read online at the link below.
Friday October 4, 2013 7:54 
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In style at Gander International Airport. Fashion photo shoot featured in magazine. Kevin Higgins' story is at ow.ly/pukKl
Friday October 4, 2013 7:54 The Telegram
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Friday October 4, 2013 7:54 
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Ashley Fitzpatrick has a story in today's Telegram about the hiring of an RCMP officer as a safety officer at Muskrat Falls and reaction from the NunatuKavut Community Council.

A link to her story is below.
Friday October 4, 2013 7:58 
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Hiring of RCMP officer at Muskrat Falls causes upset. Ashley Fitzpatrick's story can be read at ow.ly/puktl
Friday October 4, 2013 7:58 The Telegram
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Friday October 4, 2013 7:58 
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Torngat Mountains MHA Randy Edmunds is calling on the provincial government to take immediate action to help troubled youth in Natuashish who have been sniffing gas.

Derek Montague's story on that can be read at the link below.
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‘Immediate intervention’ needed for gas-sniffing problem: MHA. tinyurl.com/muvp8em
Friday October 4, 2013 8:00 The Telegram
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NL Hydro says Holyrood repairs in under budget. Ashley Fitzpatrick's story can be read at ow.ly/pulbk
Friday October 4, 2013 8:01 The Telegram
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Friday October 4, 2013 8:01 
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Eastern Health has saved more than $22 million in the first quarter of the 2013-14 fiscal year (to June 30, 2013), says Vickie Kaminski, president and CEO of the organization.

In a news release Thursday, she said Eastern Health has also reduced 230 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions without any downsizing of programs and services or layoffs for permanent, full-time employees.

The health authority, however, says this cost savings isn't hurting delivery of services.

The full story can be read at the link below.

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Eastern Health saving money without hurting delivery: CEO. tinyurl.com/lbzmgww
Friday October 4, 2013 8:07 The Telegram
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Friday October 4, 2013 8:07 
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Robin Short has a story in today's Telegram about the IceCaps hopeful a combination of familiar and fresh faces will improve the team's fortunes.

His story can be read at http://bit.ly/1a5FK3g
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Kevin Tobin's editorial cartoon in today's Telegram. pic.twitter.com/8jVWtzvwWZ
Friday October 4, 2013 8:16 Deana StokesSullivan
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#nltraffic @590VOCM lots of grind and patch work between Long Harbour and Doe Hills, lots of cuts in roads and slow downs
Friday October 4, 2013 8:18 Joanne Moore
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A story out of the United States late Thursday was both sad and frightening.

I saw video on TV newscasts last night of the police chase after a car tried to breach a barrier at the White House. The driver, a 34-year-old woman was shot by police. A one-year-old girl in the vehicle wasn't injured.

I really feel for that poor child. It must have been terrifying for her.

Here's the Associated Press story.

Mother of Conn. woman killed after Capitol car chase says daughter had post-partum depression

The Associated Press — New York
The mother of a Connecticut woman who was shot to death by police after trying to breach a barrier at the White House said her daughter was suffering from post-partum depression.

Authorities said the woman set off a high-speed car chase that put the Capitol on lockdown Thursday and caused a fresh panic in a city where a gunman killed 12 people two weeks ago.
Two law enforcement officials identified the driver as 34-year-old Miriam Carey, of Stamford, Conn. She was travelling with a 1-year-old girl who avoided serious injury and was taken into protective custody. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation.

Carey’s mother, Idella Carey, told ABC News Thursday night that her daughter began suffering from post-partum depression after giving birth to her daughter, Erica, last August.
“A few months later, she got sick,” she said. “She was depressed. ... She was hospitalized.”

Idella Carey said her daughter had “no history of violence” and she didn’t know why she was in Washington on Thursday. She said she thought Carey was taking Erica to a doctor’s appointment in Connecticut.

ABC News reported that Miriam Carey was a dental hygienist. Her boss, Dr. Steven Oken, described Carey as a person who was “always happy.”
“I would never in a million years believe that she would do something like this,” he said. “It’s the furthest thing from anything I would think she would do, especially with her child in the car. I am floored that it would be her.”
Friday October 4, 2013 8:22 
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A damaged Capitol Hill police car is surrounded by crime scene tape on Constitution Avenue near the U.S. Capitol after a car chase and shooting Thursday in Washington. A woman with a young child inside tried to ram through a White House barricade,
Friday October 4, 2013 8:25 
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Light traffic on Topsail Road on this windy morning. Good driving around the city. #telynl pic.twitter.com/bR11B4gt4X
Friday October 4, 2013 8:29 Gary Grant
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Good morning! #sunrise #nl #stjohns #sun #nlwx @ St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador instagram.com/p/fCpp0ApgY2/
Friday October 4, 2013 8:32 Leslie Connors
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@rcbstormpost @ryansnoddon Wind gusts above 60 km/h already this morning at #bayroberts. #nlwx bit.ly/XLquCP
Friday October 4, 2013 8:32 Mike Hewson
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Wind Warnings Con'd for NE & Southern Nfld and The Avalon incl. St. John's. Gusts to 100 km/h expected today. weather.gc.ca/warnings/index… #nlwx
Friday October 4, 2013 8:32 Kelly Butt
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Is it my imagination or has 2013 been extremely windy #nlwx
Friday October 4, 2013 8:33 Jennifer Waye
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Dan MacEachern has a story in today's Telegram about a Coleman's employee who has earned the title of Canada's best grocery bagger.

His story can be read at http://bit.ly/17AoDYy and we'll have a video by Keith Gosse on our website later today.
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Colleen Esteves, an ex-Service Canada employee has been given 18 months of house arrest and is ordered to pay back $75,526 for defrauding the Employment Insurance program.

Andrew Robinson's story can be read at the link below.
Friday October 4, 2013 8:42 
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Ex-Service Canada employee sentenced for defrauding EI program. tinyurl.com/mtvt6bo
Friday October 4, 2013 8:42 The Telegram
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Friday October 4, 2013 8:42 
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13mins this morning, east bound on topsail rd. From Trails End to the ORR eastbound onramp. #nltraffic
Friday October 4, 2013 8:42 StJohnsWorstDrivers
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I posted 13 photos on Facebook in the album "Newfoundland & Maritimes Fall Tour 13" fb.me/2INMPIsax
Friday October 4, 2013 8:45 The Irish Rovers
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Sunrise in St. John's Newfoundland. My meetings end today, looking forward to getting back to my family. pic.twitter.com/6n2hw6StiQ
Friday October 4, 2013 8:46 Ross Galbraith
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Thanksgiving recipes for two from Canadian Living are online at bit.ly/GCv5Us pic.twitter.com/rq6bVQdicg
Friday October 4, 2013 8:50 Deana StokesSullivan
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Jen HardyJen Hardy : 
#newfoundland #atlantic #history #canon #themount #renews #pirates #ocean #cliffs #rocks #site #travel
Friday October 4, 2013 8:50 
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Shannon ReardonShannon Reardon : 
Masonic Temple, Cathedral St. #stjohns #newfoundland #nofilter
Friday October 4, 2013 8:51 
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Shannon ReardonShannon Reardon : 
Cochrane St. this early October morn. #stjohns #newfoundland #nofilter
Friday October 4, 2013 8:51 
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Christine McKenzieChristine McKenzie : 
The East Coast is so beautiful. #stjohns #newfoundland #east #coast #eastcoast #vacation #ocean #beautiful #tourists #ymm #fortmac #yeg #scenic
Friday October 4, 2013 8:51 
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littleandpudlittleandpud : 
Going there next Aug #excited #stjohns #newfoundland #wedding
Friday October 4, 2013 8:52 
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Jover DollimontJover Dollimont : 
Behold a #castle #newfoundland #NFLD @richkidsofinstagram <- #lol #sun #sunset
Friday October 4, 2013 8:52 
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Vanessa HusseyVanessa Hussey : 
#hoodoos #portauxport #newfoundland #nature #beauty
Friday October 4, 2013 8:53 
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warrenjuliamariewarrenjuliamarie : 
Ocean+Sky #Newfoundland
Friday October 4, 2013 8:53 
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Some Newfoundland photos posted this morning on Instagram.
Friday October 4, 2013 8:53 
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The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) in Corner Brook Region has charged a 24-year-old male resident of Thornhill, Ont. with offences related to impaired driving.

This morning around 1:30 a.m. RNC officers and members of the Corner Brook Fire Department responded to a single-vehicle collision at the intersection of West Valley Road and Central Street. The driver failed to negotiate the turn and collided with a tree causing extensive damage to the vehicle.

Police say he was taken to Western Memorial Regional Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released.

As a result of the investigation, the driver was arrested and charged with impaired driving and operation of a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit. He was released to appear in provincial court on Nov. 26.

The RNC is continuing its investigation into this incident and are asking anyone who has any information to contact the RNC at 637-4100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can also provide information anonymously on the N.L. Crime Stoppers website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.
Friday October 4, 2013 8:58 
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Wow. Nice full-page AHL preview from @telybrendan Easy reference for all the fans out there. #telynl #AHL pic.twitter.com/uVzsu7IRQk
Friday October 4, 2013 9:05 Ashley Fitzpatrick
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There's a story on the Canadian news wire today that mentions the $130 million Ottawa agreed to pay AbitibiBowater to settle its claim again Newfoundland after it seized some of its assets.

The story is about the problems that can arise with free trade deals and a $250-million damage suit being pursued as a result of Quebec's moratorium on fracking.

Here's the Canadian Press story:

Suit against Quebec fracking ban show perils of free trade deals, say critics

By Julian Beltrame
The Canadian Press — Ottawa

Free trade critics say a $250-million damage suit being pursued as a result of Quebec’s moratorium on fracking is proof Canada needs to be careful in negotiating trade pacts around the world.
The Council of Canadians, the Sierra Club and Quebec-based Eau secours say the suit by Lone Pine Resources Inc. shows that trade deals that include investor protection clauses are a bad idea because they can prevent governments from passing laws to protect the environment.

The groups are asking Lone Pine to drop the suit before a NAFTA panel, but company president Tim Granger says he is going ahead unless Quebec lifts its moratorium on fracking for natural gas under the St. Lawrence River.
“As an organization we, in good faith, purchased leases, we paid rentals and then to just have been stymied, that’s not acceptable,” he said in an interview.

“What we are asking for is some level of restitution for losses we have incurred and what we could have potentially received if we were allowed to develop those leases.”
The statement of claim filed Sept. 6 says the company “expended millions of dollars and considerable time and resources” on the project and that the Quebec government was “arbitrary” and “capricious” in revoking the rights even before an environment study on the fracking process was completed.

The company estimates there are between 1.9 trillion and 3.3 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered natural gas trapped in the shale in the area covered by the suit, the equivalent of about half of Canada’s total annual production.
But the groups say the suit has become symbolic for everything that is wrong with investor protection clauses in major trade agreements.

The Canadian case has attracted even greater scrutiny because Quebec has yet to decide whether fracking — a process to inject fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside — can be conducted safely under the St. Lawrence.
“If a government is not even allowed to take a time out to study the impact without having to compensate a corporation, it puts a tremendous chill on a governments’ ability to regulate in the public interest,” said Ilana Solomon, director of the Sierra Club’s trade program in Washington, D.C.

Stuart Trew, a trade campaigner with the Council of Canadians in Ottawa, which has generally been critical of trade deals, says the suit has attracted attention in Europe, Australia and other countries contemplating major trade deals.
Canadians should expect more lawsuits if it completes trade deals with the European Union and in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, he said, since both are likely to include investor protection provisions similar to the one found in NAFTA.
“These investment protections are going to be built into these mega-trade deals and this Lone Pine case has become kind of the poster child for what’s wrong with giving corporations the right to sue governments when they don’t like certain policies,” he said.
“We have no confidence the government is going to be able to limit cases brought by European countries, In fact, (the Canada-EU trade deal) could lead to more cases than have happened under NAFTA.”

Even if the lawsuits fail, Trew said such cases serve as a chill to governments that want to regulate in areas of the environment and public safety and that is “entirely intentional.”
Another unusual aspect of the case is that Lone Pine is a Calgary-based firm and would not have standing as a foreign entity to sue Canada under NAFTA, but Granger said it can do so because it is registered in Delaware.

Although the suit complains against a Quebec government action, the federal government would be liable to pay any damages if it succeeds since it alleges that obligations under the North American Free Trade Agreement were violated.
In 2010, Ottawa agreed to pay AbitibiBowater $130 million to settle the company’s claim that Newfoundland illegally seized some of its assets, a suit that was also filed under NAFTA.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said at the time he would in the future seek to “reclaim” money from the provinces if their actions cause Ottawa to lose cases before international trade process.



Friday October 4, 2013 9:06 
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Well, that's it for the live blog this morning.

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable weekend.

I'll be back with more live news Monday morning, 7-9 a.m.

Until then, take care,

Deana SS

email dss@thetelegram.com
On Twitter @TelegramDeana
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