Health Insurance Costs A Headache For Two Rivers

first_imgAS LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES introduce their budgets for 2012, they all seem to be facing the same headache: the ever-increasing cost of health insurance premiums for government employees.LIke individuals and businesses, local towns must find a way of meeting those obligations, and that ultimately becomes the responsibility of property taxpayers.When the Red Bank Borough Council introduced its budget (a work still in progress, officials stressed) last month, it contained a whopping 21 percent increase for insurance premiums.Borough Councilman and Finance Committee Chairman Michael DuPont explained that the borough obtains its coverage from the Municipal Reinsurance Health Insurance Fund, referred to as HIF. The HIF is a coalition of municipalities that have banded together to jointly purchase insurance coverage as a means of saving money.Why have premiums increased so dramatically?“They gave me no explanation,” Dupont said. “They gave me nothing.”“They’re saying it’s due to an increase in claims,” said Colleen Lapp, Red Bank’s chief financial officer. “We’re asking for the actual hard data to back that up,” she added. But so far, “They don’t have all of it yet.”As he talks to colleagues serving in other municipalities, DuPont found, “They’re all juggling this.”“Yes, everybody is facing an increase,” Lapp observed.“We’re all in the same boat,” said Eatontown Mayor Gerald Tarantolo. Along with his responsibilities in Eatontown, Tarantolo is the chairman of the Two River Council of Mayors, a group of about 13 communities in the Two River area. From his conversations with the council’s mayors, Tarantolo said, the increases appear to be happening across the board.Eatontown’s insurance premiums are rising about eight percent, “It’s a significant jump,” Tarantolo said.That amounts to roughly a $243,000 increase in medical insurance premiums. And that equals an increase of 1.5 cents on the municipal tax rate.“It’s a serious problem,” which has Eatontown officials, “looking, shopping, trying to reduce those costs.”Lou Neely is East Brunswick’s CFO and chairman of the NJ League of Municipalities’ pensions and health benefit committees.  He said that, yes, costs are rising throughout the state. “Of course, it’s seen across the board,” Neely said. “Not only here but across the United States.”Towns, in general, have four ways to purchase their coverage: through the HIF, via participation in the state plan, through the purchase of a private sector policy, or by self-insuring.The state plan, Neely said, is seeing about a 20 percent rise in premiums.“We’re going out and giving all our information to the private sector to determine if the HIF is giving us the best service possible,” DuPont said of Red Bank.“All I can say is this is a reccurring theme that we’ve had over the last couple of years,” observed William Dressel Jr. executive director of the League of Municipalities, an advocacy, education and lobbying organization for towns. “It’s definitely a major cost driver.”The state Legislature, supported by Gov. Chris Christie, had placed caps on municipal and public school budget increases, capping the increases at either two or 2.5 percent, depending on the type of spending. The intent of the law was to rein in escalating property taxes. However, health insurance premiums, as well as pension costs, are excluded from the cap. And of course, it is the taxpayers who foot the bill.“Those reforms,” endorsed by Trenton, “really did not address these costs,” Dressel charged.“And it’s not the folks under the gold dome on State Street taking political heat,” he said. “It’s the folks on Main Street, the mayors and governing bodies, who are taking the political heat.”“It’s a very hard sell,” to explain this to the public, Dressel said.Dressel also criticized the Christie Administration for pushing the reforms before getting the so called “toolkit” (a series of bills that would give towns the tools to cut costs), creating additional mandates, and burdens for towns.“If they made that an exception to the cap,” Neely added, “wouldn’t you think they knew this thing was increasing dramatically?”Neely also pointed to the health care costs for younger government retirees, who remain covered by work plans and are too young for federal Medicare—what Neely called “legacy costs.”The number of early retirees has risen, with employees trying to stay ahead of legislation that might curtail their ability to get pensions. Those people “are the most expensive people,” to insure as some of them have children young enough to continue on the plans, he said.Neely blamed the rising costs squarely on the federal Affordable Health Care Act, or what is often called “Obamacare.” “It’s anything but affordable,” which he alleges forced plans to increase premiums four to eight percent, “As a result of federal action.”“It’s driven the rate up,” he charged.DuPont disagrees.“I’m not buying that. I don’t see it,” being the causation of cost increases, DuPont countered. The reasons, he’s hearing, is increased claims, “your plans are too generous. You have to increase your deductible, that type of stuff,” he said.Whatever the reasons, “It’s not going to be resolved locally. It’s not going to be resolved on the state level,” Tarantolo said. “It has to be resolved on the national level.”The Affordable Healthcare Act may not be the fix-all, Tarantolo said, “But let’s get something in place and fix the things that are broken,” he suggested.Legislation passed in the last couple of years will require government employees to make a larger contribution to their healthcare plans to offset costs.Red Bank has gone even further, asking for concessions from local unions to pay for increases, DuPont said. And unions might have to realize that more may be required from their membership in the future .last_img read more

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Softball Sweeps Nebraska Tuesday Night

first_imgDrake had another great pitching performance in the second game. Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) allowed just two hits with zero walks and seven strikeouts. Game 1 PDF Box Score In the first game, Drake loaded the bases in the first inning and Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.) hit a leadoff double in the second, but was unable to push a run across the plate. Indiana State 3/30/2019 – 2 p.m. ESPN3 In the two games, Drake drew 17 walks while Newman and Timmons didn’t walk a single batter combined. The Bulldogs tacked on eight more runs in the fifth inning to end the game early. Four of those runs came from Maddox’s second career grand slam. Game 2 PDF Box Score Live Stats Drake added four more runs in the fourth inning, all with two outs. Roemmich drove in two with a bouncing single through the right side and Johnson then crushed a ball deep into right field for a bases clearing triple. Roemmich had four hits, including three doubles, with three runs and three RBI. Johnson hit a double and a triple with four RBI. Maddox added three runs to go with four RBI. Story Links Watch Live Preview In the opening game, Johnson collected three hits while Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.) had two hits. Pena finished with one home run, two runs scored and three runs batted in. LINCOLN, Neb. – The Drake University softball team swept a doubleheader at Nebraska Tuesday night at Bowlin Stadium. Drake (18-13) defeated Nebraska (10-18) by scores of 7-1 and 14-0 in five innings.   Full Schedule Roster Next Game: In the circle, Newman dominated with 14 strikeouts and allowed just one run on two hits. She improved to 10-6 with her 28th career 10+ strikeout game. Nebraska’s only run came from a solo home run in the fourth inning, prior to that home run Newman hadn’t allowed a baserunner. The Bulldogs’ offense busted out for four more runs in the sixth inning. Johnson dropped a bunt down and Ryan came all the way around to score after the throw went past the first baseman. Frank then ripped a single to right field that scored Johnson and Pena followed with a two-run home run, her fourth this season, that cleared the center field wall. However, in the third inning, the Bulldogs broke through as Taryn Pena’s (Columbia, Ill.) fielder’s choice to the shortstop scored Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa), who led off with a single, for the game’s first run. Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) followed with an RBI single as Frank scored to give Drake a 2-0 lead. Three batters later, Libby Ryan (Mount Vernon, Iowa) ripped a single to right field that scored Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.), but Newman was thrown out at the plate to end the inning with leading Drake leading 3-0. In the second game, Johnson’s bat started the scoring in the third inning. Ryan led off with a perfect bunt for a single and Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) followed with a double over the left fielder’s head and off the wall. Johnson then hit a rocket into right center for a double that plated Roemmich and Ryan. Drake opens its home schedule Saturday against Indiana State with a scheduled doubleheader at Buel Field. First pitch of the first game is set for 12 p.m. All three home games will be broadcast on ESPN3. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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10 months agoTottenham attacker Son: Only bad luck stopping trophy push

first_imgTottenham attacker Son: Only bad luck stopping trophy pushby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham attacker Heung-Min Son says they deserve to win a trophy this season.The South Korean – who has now scored 10 goals in his last 10 games – believes all Tottenham need is a change in fortune to land their first silverware under Mauricio Pochettino.”We are just a bit unlucky for me, to be honest,” he said. “We are close all the time.”People are thinking ‘ahhh it’s Spurs’, but we believe, always this team believe in the title, but sometimes you just have to have luck, with a long season.”We can win, we deserve to win. The players deserve to win something.”Of course the pressure is going to be big [to win the title] but we have to just enjoy and bring positive energy, this is the most important.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Photo/Videos: Struggling Oklahoma State Blows Out No. 3 Kansas, Fans Rush Court

first_imgOklahoma State fans rush the court after win.Twitter/@ESPNCBBAt this point, it feels like we have a huge upset and a court rush every night in college basketball. No. 3 Kansas was the victim tonight, falling to an Oklahoma State team that was just 9-8, and 1-4 in the Big 12 in Stillwater, 86-67. After the game, fans of the Pokes rushed the court in a big way.Down goes Kansas! What a week. pic.twitter.com/46vr4hqHo0— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) January 20, 2016They stormed the court anyway. Regardless, great win for the Pokes. They came to play. 86-67 victory. #OkState pic.twitter.com/KIyNCQsuK8— Sam Gannon (@SamGannon87) January 20, 2016Storm that court, Pokes! #okstate pic.twitter.com/hFFVoutUEc— Jessica Morrey (@JessicaMorrey) January 20, 2016Last night, Iowa State fans stormed the floor. Tonight, it was Oklahoma State. On the road in the Big 12, nobody’s safe.last_img read more

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SDC Calls for Local Economic Initiatives to Access its Services

first_img “We help with network building and creating partnerships with key stakeholders. We also aid in grant applications for the LEIs to source other funds outside of the SDC to provide capital and acquire the needed resources,” he said.  The Social Development Commission (SDC) is encouraging small entrepreneurs within communities to access its services through the Local Economic Development Support Programme (LEDSP).Speaking with JIS News, Acting Public Relations Manager at the SDC, Mandel McKulsky said Local Economic Initiatives (LEIs) can benefit from capacity building to develop business plans and models.“We help with network building and creating partnerships with key stakeholders. We also aid in grant applications for the LEIs to source other funds outside of the SDC to provide capital and acquire the needed resources,” he said.The Acting Public Relations Manager added that through support and guidance, local economic initiatives were contributing to the national economy.Acting Public Relations Manager at the Social Development Commission (SDC), Mandel McKulsky. Speaking with JIS News, Acting Public Relations Manager at the SDC, Mandel McKulsky said Local Economic Initiatives (LEIs) can benefit from capacity building to develop business plans and models. Story Highlightscenter_img The Social Development Commission (SDC) is encouraging small entrepreneurs within communities to access its services through the Local Economic Development Support Programme (LEDSP). The LEDSP is one of seven programmes of the SDC through which different partners in a local area are brought together to work and harness local resources for sustainable economic growth.Presently, the SDC is inviting proposals for the following grants – the Local Economic Development (LED) Grant totalling $2.7 million, with a maximum allocation of $100,000 per LEI; the Community Priority Project Grant, with a maximum allocation of $150,000 per group; and the Governance Capacity Grant, with a maximum allocation of $80,000 per group.Application forms can be accessed through the SDC’s website https://sdc.gov.jm/social-development-commission-grant-call-for-proposals/ and submitted with accompanying documents to the respective SDC Parish Office no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, March 8.Meanwhile, SDC Local Economic Development Coordinator for Manchester and St. Elizabeth, Damian Lowe, underscored the importance of developing local economic initiatives.“We want to go further with the LEDSP because there are many persons who don’t know how to take their ideas or businesses to the level where it is sustainable with clients and earnings that can contribute directly to employing persons,” Mr. Lowe said.“More importantly, persons with disabilities are not left out of this programme, so we are making that sort of connection with those who want to delve into business but do not have the resources, time or persons to hold their hands and walk with them through that journey till they can run,” he added.Mr. Lowe is also encouraging microbusiness owners and persons with business ideas to seek the assistance they need.“We (the SDC) are in every parish. There are community development committees that meet every month that you can engage. Just make the call, make the journey to our parish offices, stop our officers when you see us in our branded shirts and talk to us; we will steer you in the right direction. That is what we are here for,” he urged.A list of all SDC Parish Offices can be found on their website at https://sdc.gov.jm/contact-us/.last_img read more

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Teekay Tankers in Share Buyback Move

first_imgzoom Bermuda-based shipping company Teekay Tankers has announced a share repurchase program for the buyback of up to USD 45 million of the company’s shares. “During this period of weaker tanker rates, one of our key priorities remains strengthening our balance sheet by further reducing financial leverage and increasing liquidity,” Kevin Mackay, Teekay Tankers’ President and CEO, explained.“This program is being put in place as another lever to create shareholder value, allowing us to opportunistically take advantage of dislocations in the capital markets when we have excess capital,” Mackay added.As explained, shares may be repurchased in the open market at times and prices considered appropriate by the company. The timing of any purchases and the exact number of shares to be purchased under the program will be dependent on market conditions and other factors.What is more, Teekay Tankers has entered into a voting and support agreement with the company’s second largest shareholder after Teekay Corporation, Huber Capital Management. Under the deal, Huber Capital will vote its shares in favor of increasing the authorized number of Teekay Tankers’ Class A common shares at an upcoming special meeting of shareholders. This will permit the issuance of Class A common shares as consideration to complete the company’s proposed merger with Tanker Investments Ltd.Teekay Tankers currently owns a fleet of 39 double-hull tankers, including 20 Suezmax tankers, 12 Aframax tankers, and seven Long Range 2 (LR2) product tankers, and has three contracted time charter-in vessels. The company also owns a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) through a 50 percent-owned joint venture.In addition, Teekay Tankers owns a ship-to-ship transfer business and a minority interest of over 11 percent in Tanker Investments, which currently owns a fleet of 18 modern tankers and in which Teekay Tankers has agreed to acquire the remaining ownership interest.last_img read more

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City of Dawson Creek making emergency repairs to raw water line

first_imgUpdates will be provided on the City of Dawson Creek website and Facebook when conditions have changed.For more information on the emergency repair, you can visit the City of Dawson Creek’s website. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The City of Dawson Creek is advising residents that an emergency repair is being made to the raw water line.According to the City, starting on August 28, customers along the water line are expected to be out of water for the next few days.The City says City crews are working to repair the line prior to the weekend.last_img read more

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CSK aim to break losing streak against Sunrisers

first_imgChennai: Having lost two matches in a row, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) would be under a bit of pressure when they take on in-form Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here on Tuesday. On Sunday, CSK faced a heart-wrenching one-run defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Chasing a “below par total” of 162, CSK lost their top four batsman inside the first four overs. It was only MS Dhoni, who single-handedly brought them into the match and kept their hopes alive till the last ball of the inning. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhDespite two consecutive losses, CSK still sit pretty at the top of the points table with 14 points from 10 games. However, they will like their top order to perform and secure a playoffs berth. But it will be a tough ask for them against SRH, who would be riding high on confidence after their comprehensive victory against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Hyderabad. SRH, however, will be wary of the fact that Tuesday’s game would be the last match for their in-form opener Johnny Bairstow, who will be leaving to attend England’s training camp for the upcoming World Cup. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterBoth David Warner and Bairstow have scored the bulk of the runs for the SRH and their middle-order has not performed — a fact well known to them and their opponents. With five wins from nine games, the Kane Williamson-led side would want to continue with the winning momentum and move upwards in the points table. The last time these two teams met in the ongoing IPL, SRH had secured a convincing six-wicket win at their home ground.last_img read more

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Andrew Wiggins And The Problem With Scorers

Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Andrew Wiggins was named the NBA’s 2014-15 Rookie of the Year on Thursday. The announcement came as no surprise: It’s an award he’s essentially been a lock to win since at least February.But there’s a big disconnect between what the eye test (plus basic statistics such as points per game) and the analytics say about Wiggins, both in terms of his current production and his future potential. And because of that discrepancy, Wiggins is emblematic of what’s long been one of the most difficult problems to solve in basketball analysis.According to conventional analysis, Wiggins had a standout rookie campaign. Despite being a callow 19-year-old, he averaged nearly 17 points per game for the season, including 19.1 PPG from New Year’s Day onward, and provided some of the most sharable Vines of any player in the league. On top of his scoring output, he’s also regarded by scouts as a player with elite defensive potential because of his length and athleticism. Viewed in those terms, Wiggins’s Rookie of the Year nod could be seen as a launchpad for a Hall of Fame career.The advanced statistics are far less impressive. As others have noted, according to Value Over Replacement Player (VORP) Wiggins had one of the worst seasons by a Rookie of the Year winner since 1973-74, which is as far back as the statistic can be calculated. Also judging by VORP, 60 other rookies provided more value to their teams this season. And even after a high-scoring spike in performance at midseason, Wiggins’s final 2014-15 Statistical Plus-Minus (SPM) of -2.4 was barely better than the -2.9 mark that could have been expected by simply regressing his stats to the mean back in December.ESPN’s single-season Real Plus-Minus (RPM) for Wiggins’s offense was higher than his SPM, suggesting he makes an impact at that end that can’t be fully detected by the box score. But in his supposed strong suit — defense — RPM ranked Wiggins in the 14th percentile of all NBA players in terms of per-possession performance, even after adjusting for the quality of his teammates (or lack thereof) and the opponents he faced. And Synergy Sports judged his capabilities as an individual defender only marginally better, ranking him in the 32nd percentile of defenders according to its video-scouting metrics.So what gives? Why are the eyes so high on Wiggins, but the numbers so down?Part of it is age. If we give a bonus to Wiggins’s SPM according to an aging curve, setting every Rookie of the Year winner on equal footing at age 22,1The average age of all NBA rookies since the 1976-77 season. Wiggins shoots up the list of winners, from No. 40 (out of 41) in rookie wins above replacement (WAR) to No. 27. Kyrie Irving201219-9.64.68.3+3.8 Chuck Person198722-2.75.05.00.0 Chris Paul200620-8.513.216.4+3.2 There was also the matter of Wiggins’s awful teammates. According to SPM,2Specifically, a calculation estimating how poor the team’s efficiency differential would be if we removed the player from the roster and gave his minutes to a replacement-level player. Wiggins was saddled with the ninth-worst teammates of any Rookie of the Year winner since the ABA-NBA merger. Teammate Zach LaVine posted the worst WAR of any player in the league, Anthony Bennett ranked 17th-worst, and Adreian Payne was sixth-worst in the league based on his time in Minnesota alone, despite not joining the team until February. Simply put, Wiggins had to carry more of the Timberwolves’ load because he played with a truly terrible supporting cast.But that doesn’t explain all of the disparity between Wiggins’s conventional accolades and his feeble advanced metrics. After all, the quality of a player’s teammates is barely correlated3Since the merger, there’s only a correlation of 0.098 between a player’s “teammate rating” and his own SPM; there’s also a correlation of 0.117 between the year-to-year change in a player’s teammate quality and the change in his (age-adjusted) SPM. with his own performance. A bigger reason might relate to a question APBRmetricians have grappled with for years: How exactly should we deal with high-volume scorers?Former ESPN Director of Production Analytics (and current Sacramento Kings Director of Analytics and Player Personnel) Dean Oliver devoted an entire chapter (titled The Problem With Scorers) in his seminal book “Basketball on Paper” to the issues involved in statistically evaluating players who perform what seems the most essential of on-court acts: putting the ball in the basket. Although he determined that per-possession efficiency was the best measure of a team’s offensive prowess and developed equivalent efficiency metrics for individual players, Oliver also posited that a player’s offensive efficiency was prone to changes based on how much of a scoring workload he took on.That theory, which has largely been borne out by subsequent studies, implies that a player’s efficiency numbers aren’t even close to being all his own — and that, crucially, high scorers such as Wiggins represent the group most centrally affected by such interplay between teammates. Furthermore, raw scoring ability may suggest heightened potential even after controlling for a player’s actual rookie production. If you run a regression attempting to predict a rookie’s remaining career WAR from his first-year statistics, the second-most important predictor (though dwarfed by the effect of his age-adjusted rookie WAR itself) is usage rate, a measure of how frequently a player was called on for scoring attempts within his team’s offense, regardless of their success.The idea that Wiggins’s scoring and athleticism speak volumes about his potential in a way that can’t be captured by his rookie-season value metrics goes a long way toward explaining the gulf between his subjective reputation and the numbers. Only time will tell which is right, but that differential could position Wiggins as his generation’s Allen Iverson or Antoine Walker — players who served as early battlegrounds in the war between analytics and conventional wisdom. Tim Duncan199821-0.412.213.8+1.6 Larry Bird198023+2.612.211.1-1.1 PLAYERYEARAGETEAMMATE QUALITYRAW WARAGE-22 EQUIV. 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Ohio State mens ice hockey upsets No 14 Northern Michigan

The Ohio State men’s hockey team just keeps on rolling. OSU came into a Friday afternoon contest against No. 14-ranked Northern Michigan unbeaten in its last five games, but fell behind Wildcats, 1-0, in the first period. The Buckeyes responded with four unanswered goals over the final two periods, however, and upset Northern Michigan, 4-1. OSU Sophomore forward Alex Szczechura tied the game in the second period and a third-period tally by sophomore forward Chris Crane put OSU in front for good. Senior captain Cory Schneider scored two goals late in regulation to clinch the upset. “I thought we got better as the game went on,” OSU coach Mark Osiecki said after the game. “We’re all about competing and work and goals by committee… It’s fun to coach these kids.”  The Wildcats struck first, scoring on a shot from sophomore center Stephan Vigier shot at 16:07 in the first period to take a 1-0 lead. Junior left winger Kory Kaunisto assisted on the tally, the only for either team in the first period. The Buckeyes came out firing in the second period. OSU took 12 second-period shots, and one found the back of the net early. Szczechura out-muscled a defender behind Northern Michigan senior goalie Reid Ellingson’s net. Szczechura then wrapped around the goal before firing a shot home from close range to tie the score at 1-1. “(We were) working hard down low and I just kind of got (the puck) and took it to the net,” Szczechura said of his goal. “Luckily for me, it just went in. Nothing special about it.”  Two Wildcats penalties gave OSU a 5-on-3 advantage just minutes later, but Ellingson denied four Buckeyes’ shots and Northern Michigan held OSU off. OSU outshot Northern Michigan, 17-8, through two periods, but the 1-1 score held as the third period began. At 10:38 of the final period, Northern Michigan freshman defenseman Jake Baker received a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for an open-ice hit on OSU senior Danny Dries. After having his head illegally contacted by Baker, Dries eventually returned to his feet. Moments later, the Buckeyes made the Wildcats pay on the resulting power play when Crane poked a goal passed Ellingson to put OSU up. “They took a five-minute major and we capitalized,” Crane said. “Going hard to the net — that’s our mentality as Ohio State and it worked out for us.”  With just more than two minutes to play Schneider, a forward, jammed a goal passed Ellingson to clinch the upset. Schneider also added an empty-net goal in the final minute of play. Senior goalie Cal Heeter stopped 13-of-14 shots in the game to preserve the win, which improved OSU’s record to 7-3-1 overall and 4-2-1-1 in the CCHA. The Wildcats fall to 4-3-3 overall and 1-2-3-2 in the CCHA. The two teams will meet again at the Schottenstein Center Saturday with the opening face-off set for 7:05 p.m. read more

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