• https://news.mongabay.com/2022/01/pesticides-released-into-brazils-amazon-to-degrade-rainforest-and-facilitate-deforestation/
  • This message has been sent to everyone who signed the petition “Ban the use of peat in horticulture and all growing media by 2023.”: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/562054 The Government is asking for people's views on proposed measures to end the retail sale of peat in England and Wales. It wants to hear your views on measures it is proposing to end the use of peat and peat containing products in retail horticulture, and the impact these measures could have on professional horticulture and wider sectors. Read a summary of the proposals, and share your views: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/soils-and-peatlands/endingtheretailsaleofpeatinhorticulture/ The survey closes on Friday 18 March. Who is running the consultation? The consultation is being run by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), which is responsible for improving and protecting the environment. The Department also supports the food, farming and fishing industries. Find out more about DEFRA: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-environment-food-rural-affairs Get involved in the work of the UK Parliament You can sign up to the UK Parliament newsletter for the latest information on how to get involved and make a difference: https://learning.parliament.uk/en/your-uk-parliament-newsletter-sign-up-form/ Thanks, The Petitions team UK Government and Parliament
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  • https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jan/20/environment-agency-cuts-staff-blow-whistle?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other
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  • https://www.business-standard.com/article/international/one-of-the-world-s-wealthiest-oil-exporting-nations-is-becoming-unliveable-122011601067_1.html
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  • https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jan/19/dumped-fishing-gear-killing-marine-life-governments-care-scottish-trawlerman-nets?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other
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  • https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/news/government-puts-bees-risk
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  • Something else we already knew. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jan/18/chemical-pollution-has-passed-safe-limit-for-humanity-say-scientists?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other
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  • Something we already knew. Now its official. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-60026378
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  • Something a bit more positive. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jan/11/meet-mr-trash-wheel-and-the-other-ingenious-tools-that-eat-river-plastic?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other
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  • https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jan/17/cutting-red-tape-rivers-polluted-england-water-regulators?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other
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  • Scroll down for: * Brands encouraging the destruction of rainforest by using deforestation palm oil in their products (and indirectly supporting illegal indigenous landgrabbing, human rights abuses, slavery and violence on palm oil plantations). * List of palm oil free alternatives. * Parliament petition to "Prohibit the sale and use in the UK of palm oil and its derivatives in foods." The petition claims a link to cancer supported by an article. https://palmoildetectives.com/2021/07/10/these-are-the-forgotten-animals-of-the-secretly-destroyed-forests/
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  • https://www.euronews.com/green/2022/01/06/almost-2-years-into-the-pandemic-empty-flights-are-still-frying-the-planet
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  • I'm used to seeing green beans grown in Kenya and asparagus from Peru. Other items I didn't buy during a recent visit to Asda included: * Organic garlic from China * A bag of watercress grown in the USA A bonus last time was apples from Kent.
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  • https://news.mongabay.com/2022/01/indonesian-proposal-could-redefine-palm-oil-driven-deforestation-as-reforestation/
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  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/07/heat-records-broken-all-around-the-world-in-2021-says-climatologist?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other
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  • I don't know if this one has been posted before. It is perpetrated by an incompetent bunch of scammers. Why would a refund be required if the transaction was stopped? Some years ago I had a problem with my computer and asked for assistance - I can't remember who from. I was asked if I would allow the Helpdesk Administrator to access my computer remotely. I said no and he talked me through what I needed to do. Most things can be done without allowing remote access, it just saves time. Posted on Nextdoor: another amazon scam. Hi , Please be aware of a new, very high-level scam. I had a phone call from someone who introduced themselves as a member of Amazon. She briefly said that my Amazon account had been hacked and someone attempted to make a purchase of a mobile phone for around £700. She said they managed to stop the transaction as it seemed very suspicious but I need to confirm if I want the refunded money paid on my bank account. As I couldn't understand was she was talking about, she said she would transfer me to her manager. After that, she hung up. Seconds later, I had another call from a similar number and this time it was a man. He introduced himself and explained to me step by step that someone hacked my amazon account and confirmed everything the woman had said before. He said that to receive the refund Id have to fill the refund form but to do that I would have to go to Play Store and install the app called Amazon remote desk. I did and then he put his email to get access to my mobile. He said that the form is there and I have to fill that in to get a refund. The app looked very legitimate, there was a logo and website layout exactly like amazon's. I didn't fill in the form as I was concerned about why they need CCV no for a refund. I asked him to explain that but he said that was the procedure. I kept asking why he needed that and all my bank details if amazon already has all the information. Then he hung up. I have removed the app from my mobile. Their number were +35347712847 and +35399425334. It all looked very legitimate till the very end and I am very aware of frauds and scams. So stay vigilant. I have reported this information to the police.
  • https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/jan/05/fossil-fuel-firms-among-biggest-spenders-on-google-ads-that-look-like-search-results
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  • https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jan/03/great-green-reset-10-things-britain-save-planet-cop26?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other
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  • https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/17/pet-flea-treatments-poisoning-rivers-across-england-scientists-find
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  • https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/dec/29/climate-scientist-dont-look-up-madness
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  • https://www.euronews.com/2021/12/27/climate-change-cost-of-extreme-weather-events-increased-in-2021-says-ngo
  • https://www.euronews.com/2021/12/27/climate-change-cost-of-extreme-weather-events-increased-in-2021-says-ngo
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  • https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/dec/29/climate-scientist-dont-look-up-madness
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  • https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jan/03/law-change-allows-wild-birds-killed-protect-game-birds-england?fbclid=IwAR2kgIyD66CS-05QACMdM3ZPZEA0naNUEiTNAk-61hceQ19ksM-FQzrVevI
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  • https://www.inverse.com/innovation/future-energy-solution
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  • https://foe.org/blog/cruise-ship-effects-marine-life/
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  • https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/costa-rica-shark-island-now-massive-marine-reserve
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  • https://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/problem-solving/should-you-feed-wild-garden-birds-uk-autumn-winter-2021/
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  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/magazine/2021/12/27/greta-thunberg-state-climate-movement-roots-her-power-an-activist/?utm_source=pocket-newtab-global-en-GB Some of the comments are worth reading (some aren't) as well as the article.
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  • https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/dec/31/new-species-to-look-out-for-in-the-uk-in-2022-aoe
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  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/31/thats-a-wrap-french-plastic-packaging-ban-for-fruit-and-veg-begins
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  • "A cyclist is a disaster for the country's economy: he does not buy cars and does not borrow money to buy. He does not buy fuel... He does not cause serious accidents. He does not require multi-lane highways. He does not get fat." This is an American article, but much of it applies here. https://www.treehugger.com/2021-review-ebike-revolution-revs-up-5213611
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  • https://twitter.com/RewildingB/status/1463960727044116483
  • https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/dec/27/how-new-normal-of-wild-weather-put-strain-on-uk-nature-in-2021?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other
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  • https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/12/26/thames-boxing-day-swim-called-heavy-rain-causes-sewage-dump/
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  • An American article from a year ago, but still relevant. https://www.ecowatch.com/plastic-pollution-producer-responsibility-2649792843.html
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  • https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/dec/27/plans-in-england-for-car-chargers-in-all-commercial-car-parks-quietly-rolled-back?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other
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  • https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/dec/26/bogs-banks-and-bubble-barriers-five-great-projects-to-protect-nature-aoe?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other
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  • https://www.space.com/james-webb-space-telescope-launch-nasa-reaction
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  • https://www.field-studies-council.org/2021/12/17/join-the-new-year-plant-hunt/
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  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/05/cargo-bikes-deliver-faster-and-cleaner-than-vans-study-finds
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  • Posted on Nextdoor today. COVID Vaccinations. Thank you all for your messages of support as the Vaccination Clinics get busier and busier and more and more pressure is piled on us to vaccinate as many people as possible. Yesterday, however, we were at the Clinic at 7.15 am to open up for an 8.00 am start to find all the padlocks had been glued with superglue. The anti-vacc campaigners had also climbed over the fence and superglued the locks on all the access doors. After calling out a locksmith, who was wonderful, and seeing queues build up for the next 1.5 hours, we worked out socks off to get the queue reduced and people back on track with their appointment times. People on the whole were very understanding and that makes a huge difference. However, what these anti-vacc campaigners don't understand is that by denying people their freedom of choice to be vaccinated they are putting undue pressure on an already overworked NHS who then have to divert care from those who need major operations or ongoing treatment for a life threatening condition. The only way to get back to as near a normal life as possible is to allow people their own freedom of choice. To deliberately vandalise property to make a point is unacceptable. Needless to say we are all now concerned about our personal safety as we wonder what the anti-vacc campaigners will try next. Clearly a copy cat action. See example. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-59493747
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  • https://www.westsussextoday.co.uk/news/opinion/west-sussex-wildlife-project-will-create-new-wildlife-corridors-across-county-3499429
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  • https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/dec/18/peat-sales-to-gardeners-in-england-and-wales-to-be-banned-by-2024
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  • Officers investigating robbery series in Waterlooville make third arrest We just wanted to update you that officers investigating a series of robberies in Waterlooville have made a third arrest. The arrest comes after three incidents were reported to us on Tuesday 7 December: • It was reported to us at 6.45pm that a robbery had taken place on Stakes Hill Road. A 16-year-old boy was walking home when three males approached him and assaulted him before stealing his backpack, which contained a number of items including keys, a wallet and a mobile phone. His bank card was later used. The boy suffered minor injuries to his neck and face. • It was reported to us later on the same night that a 43-year-old man had been threatened with a knife by three males shortly after 8pm on Athena Avenue. Nothing was taken and the man was not injured. • At around 8.15pm on the same evening, we received a report that three males had approached a 21-year-old man on Crookhorn Lane and assaulted him in an attempt to steal his phone. He attended Queen Alexandra Hospital with injuries to his ribs and head. He has since been discharged. We have now arrested an 18-year-old man from Waterlooville on suspicion of three counts of robbery. He remains in police custody at this time. A 20-year-old man of no fixed abode and a 15-year-old boy from Waterlooville were previously arrested on suspicion of three counts of robbery. The 15-year-old has been released from police custody on conditional bail while our enquiries continue and the 20-year-old man has been released under investigation. We would like to take this opportunity to remind you of some crime prevention advice to help keep yourself and your property safe when you’re out and about: • Be aware of your surroundings and if you feel at risk call 101. If you feel in danger or if a crime is in progress always call 999. • If possible, try and spread your valuables around your body. For example, keep your phone in your bag, your house keys in your pocket and your money in your jacket, which makes it less likely that all your belongings will be stolen if you do become a victim of crime. • Register your property for free at https://orlo.uk/yvMsp – it will help us reunite you with your property if it is recovered. • Avoid carrying large amounts of money and valuable items where possible. We would like to reassure local communities that we believe this series to be an isolated series and that there is no wider risk to the public at this time. Our neighbourhood officers remain in the area and we would ask you to approach them if you have any questions or concerns. Message Sent By Danielle Butler (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Portsmouth, Havant)
  • Luxury Watch Distraction Thefts We are appealing for information and offering crime prevention advice following a spate of luxury watch distraction thefts and robberies across the county in the past year. During each incident, the suspect – typically a woman – has targeted elderly victims in public places by pretending to ask them about a survey or a petition. They often use a clipboard as a prop to make themselves appear genuine. Once the survey has been completed, the suspects often compliment the victim and try to embrace them, with reports suggesting they may try to hug or kiss them. It is during this time that the item, usually a watch, is removed using sleight of hand techniques. The suspects are then spotted leaving the area in a vehicle. The desired target locations seem to be near golf courses and supermarket car parks. However, some offences have also taken place outside residential properties. During the last 12 months, more than 30 incidents have been reported to us. Victims are predominantly targeted because they are wearing high value Rolex watches. Some of the incidents are as follows: 21/01/21 - Waitrose, Locks Heath (44210024288) An elderly man was approached by a female and asked to sign a petition for a deaf charity. She grabbed his left hand and the man later noticed that his Rolex watch was missing. 18/02/21 - Waitrose, Yateley (44210061865) An elderly couple had completed their shopping and were putting it in the car when a female approached them with a clipboard and asked them to give her some information. The suspect tried to kiss the man and grabbed his arm, before removing his watch. 8/04/21 - Weston Road, Upton Grey, nr Basingstoke (44210132217) A man was working in his front garden when he was approached by a female. She grabbed his wrist and 15 minutes later he realised his Rolex watch was missing. 18/05/21 - Waitrose, Chandler’s Ford (44210191837) An elderly man was approached by two women who asked him to sign a petition relating to children. The victim obliged and was hugged by one of the women. He later discovered that his Rolex watch was missing. 25/05/21 - Wellow Golf Club, East Wellow (44210202702) A man was parking his car in the golf club car park when an unknown woman approached him and asked him to sign a piece of paper and engaged in discussion. He later realised that his Rolex watch was missing. 05/06/21 - The Square, Petersfield (44210219105) A man was walking along Petersfield High Street when two unknown women approached him. They had a clipboard and were asking for signatures for a petition. One of the females grabbed the man around the wrist and he later realised his watch had been stolen. 19/07/21 - Blackmoor Golf Club, Bordon (44210286098) An elderly man was unloading his golf equipment when he was approached by two women. One had alleged hearing difficulties and they wanted him to sign a petition regarding the building of a facility for disabled people in Farnham. They hugged him and stole his Rolex watch. 20/09/21 - Orange Row/South Street, Emsworth (44210378258) A man was approached by two women dressed in a nurse’s type of uniform. They claimed to be collecting signatures for a deaf centre. While signing the document, one gave the man a hug while the other grabbed his left hand. One tried to kiss the man but he broke away, and they walked off quickly. A very short while later he went to check the time, to find his watch was missing. Detectives are investigating the incidents and we would like to remind people to be on their guard following the reports over recent months. We are urging the public to report any offences immediately to help apprehend the offenders. We would also like to take this opportunity to remind people of what they can do to help protect themselves: When you meet a fundraiser in person, check their credentials – street collectors should wear an ID badge that is clearly visible Most fundraising materials should feature a charity’s name, registration number and a landline phone number If in doubt, ask for more information – a genuine fundraiser should be happy to answer your questions Register your property for free at immobilise.com Photograph each piece of valuable gold or jewellery against a plain background with a ruler next to it Keep a written description for each item Jewellery can be forensically marked with a suitable security product. Always take specialist advice before marking expensive or irreplaceable items. You can find out more about traceable liquids at securedbydesign.com Keep purses and bags closed and secure at all times Be aware of your surroundings and what is happening around you when you are out shopping Carry bags in front of you or diagonally across your chest Return cards to your purse or wallet quickly and zip it up or button it Use a purse that’s difficult for others to open – one that zips or snaps shut is best Conceal your wallet in a buttoned or zipped pocket where it doesn’t bulge Don’t hang bags on the back of your chair or a pushchair Report suspicious activity in your area to police by calling 101 or online at hampshire.police.uk but in an emergency, always call 999. Anyone with information relating to any of the incidents above, please call 101 quoting the reference number. Message Sent By Abe Hawken (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire and Isle of Wight)
  • We are appealing for information and offering crime prevention advice following a spate of luxury watch distraction thefts and robberies across the county in the past year. During each incident, the suspect – typically a woman – has targeted elderly victims in public places by pretending to ask them about a survey or a petition. They often use a clipboard as a prop to make themselves appear genuine. Once the survey has been completed, the suspects often compliment the victim and try to embrace them, with reports suggesting they may try to hug or kiss them. It is during this time that the item, usually a watch, is removed using sleight of hand techniques. The suspects are then spotted leaving the area in a vehicle. The desired target locations seem to be near golf courses and supermarket car parks. However, some offences have also taken place outside residential properties. During the last 12 months, more than 30 incidents have been reported to us. Victims are predominantly targeted because they are wearing high value Rolex watches. Some of the incidents are as follows: 21/01/21 - Waitrose, Locks Heath (44210024288) An elderly man was approached by a female and asked to sign a petition for a deaf charity. She grabbed his left hand and the man later noticed that his Rolex watch was missing. 18/02/21 - Waitrose, Yateley (44210061865) An elderly couple had completed their shopping and were putting it in the car when a female approached them with a clipboard and asked them to give her some information. The suspect tried to kiss the man and grabbed his arm, before removing his watch. 8/04/21 - Weston Road, Upton Grey, nr Basingstoke (44210132217) A man was working in his front garden when he was approached by a female. She grabbed his wrist and 15 minutes later he realised his Rolex watch was missing. 18/05/21 - Waitrose, Chandler’s Ford (44210191837) An elderly man was approached by two women who asked him to sign a petition relating to children. The victim obliged and was hugged by one of the women. He later discovered that his Rolex watch was missing. 25/05/21 - Wellow Golf Club, East Wellow (44210202702) A man was parking his car in the golf club car park when an unknown woman approached him and asked him to sign a piece of paper and engaged in discussion. He later realised that his Rolex watch was missing. 05/06/21 - The Square, Petersfield (44210219105) A man was walking along Petersfield High Street when two unknown women approached him. They had a clipboard and were asking for signatures for a petition. One of the females grabbed the man around the wrist and he later realised his watch had been stolen. 19/07/21 - Blackmoor Golf Club, Bordon (44210286098) An elderly man was unloading his golf equipment when he was approached by two women. One had alleged hearing difficulties and they wanted him to sign a petition regarding the building of a facility for disabled people in Farnham. They hugged him and stole his Rolex watch. 20/09/21 - Orange Row/South Street, Emsworth (44210378258) A man was approached by two women dressed in a nurse’s type of uniform. They claimed to be collecting signatures for a deaf centre. While signing the document, one gave the man a hug while the other grabbed his left hand. One tried to kiss the man but he broke away, and they walked off quickly. A very short while later he went to check the time, to find his watch was missing. Detectives are investigating the incidents and we would like to remind people to be on their guard following the reports over recent months. We are urging the public to report any offences immediately to help apprehend the offenders. We would also like to take this opportunity to remind people of what they can do to help protect themselves: When you meet a fundraiser in person, check their credentials – street collectors should wear an ID badge that is clearly visible Most fundraising materials should feature a charity’s name, registration number and a landline phone number If in doubt, ask for more information – a genuine fundraiser should be happy to answer your questions Register your property for free at immobilise.com Photograph each piece of valuable gold or jewellery against a plain background with a ruler next to it Keep a written description for each item Jewellery can be forensically marked with a suitable security product. Always take specialist advice before marking expensive or irreplaceable items. You can find out more about traceable liquids at securedbydesign.com Keep purses and bags closed and secure at all times Be aware of your surroundings and what is happening around you when you are out shopping Carry bags in front of you or diagonally across your chest Return cards to your purse or wallet quickly and zip it up or button it Use a purse that’s difficult for others to open – one that zips or snaps shut is best Conceal your wallet in a buttoned or zipped pocket where it doesn’t bulge Don’t hang bags on the back of your chair or a pushchair Report suspicious activity in your area to police by calling 101 or online at hampshire.police.uk but in an emergency, always call 999. Anyone with information relating to any of the incidents above, please call 101 quoting the reference number. Message Sent By Abe Hawken (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire and Isle of Wight)
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  • This article is long, but very informative. If anyone thinks migrants are badly treated in this country, this EU funded arrangement helps to put things in perspective. The article can be read without taking out a subscription - just scroll down. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/12/06/the-secretive-libyan-prisons-that-keep-migrants-out-of-europe?utm_source=pocket-newtab-global-en-GB
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