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tonight at six — a record number of people are pinged by the nhs covid app in england and wales. businesses complain of staff shortages. more than 600,000 alerts were sent out in the week to ilithjuly, causing frustration for individuals and companies. it's a very concerning situation. the government needs to move fast here, otherwise it will run out of consent from industry for the system it has got now. the government has defended the policy, but says it will publish a list of workers who will be exempt from isolating if fullyjabbed. the 2017 winners of the rugby league world cup, australia, along with new zealand, pull out of this year's tournament in england, citing covid safety concerns. nurses are to be consulted about industrial action by their union over the offer
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of a 3% nhs pay rise in england. a tram crash in croydon in 2016 which killed seven people was an accident, an inquestjury has found. and with one day to go before the olympics opening ceremony, another controversy hits the struggling games. coming up on the bbc news channel — what a new study analysing the brains of top rugby players has found, and what it could mean in terms of understanding the long—term implications of head trauma. good evening. the number of people being pinged and told to self—isolate by the nhs covid app has reached record levels in england and wales. in the week to 14th
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july, more than 600,000 people received alerts, that's up 17% from the previous week. the vaccines minister nadhim zahawi said that self—isolation was the second most important tool after vaccines for fighting covid. but as growing numbers are pinged, supermarkets, hospitality and the transport sector have all reported staff shortages and some shops have said keeping the shelves stocked is proving a challenge. the government is due to release a list of workers who will be exempt from self—isolation if they are fully vaccinated. here's our economics editor, faisal islam. it was meant to be a week of freedom from restrictions, but last week, a record number of pings, over 600,000, from the nhs covid—19 app. instructions to isolate, that industries from our supermarkets to our railways say are causing havoc. the boss of supermarket iceland says shortages of workers are now causing store closures, something avoided
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in the pandemic until now. there's certainly no reason for customers to panic, and i'm not panicking. i think the government should be panicking, quite frankly, and i think they need to sort this immediately. we don't have time to waste. we are here to help feed the nation through a pandemic, and actually we've now taken matters into our own hands. we're hiring an extra 2000 people temporarily just to create a deeper pool of labour for which we can pull from as our workforce continues to get pinged and have to isolate. the government acknowledged its concern about some localised images of empty shop shelves. we review the situation and we're very concerned about some developments. this is notjust about the impact of the nhs covid—i9 app reflecting high levels of cases
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and telling workers to stay at home. those sectors most affected are those where there were already existing labour shortages. for example, drivers of lorries, where there are tens of thousands of vacancies as a result of the combination of the impact of the covid—i9 pandemic and post—brexit employment issues. one of the biggest suppliers of meals to hospitals, schools and prisons is keeping pinged workers who test negative at work. it's understandable - that employers under a lot of pressure to i continue to produce will try and find ways to make the system work and work - legally, and under the current law, the app allows you... _ the app is advisory. it allows you to make . those kind of decisions. but is that sustainable long—term? no, we need a consistent picture across the - country and we need the government to recognise the reality of the - chaos that is beginning to mount. further disruption has been acknowledged in some petrol stations, and collection of bins and social care. childcare is another area
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already suffering worker shortages. what we are calling on the government to do is to make fully vaccinated nursery workers, people who have had two vaccines, exempt from the test and trace app so that we can keep the nurseries open. because while the health of our workforce and the children is always going to be our number one, parents cannot go to work if they can't have care for their children. but with case rates rising, there are no easy solutions. the government needs one quickly. faisal islam, bbc news. 0ur political correspondent ben wright is at westminster. so, pressure is building on the government to do something about the rising number of people being pinged? yes, at the pressure is certainly building and we are still waiting for the updated guidance on which critical workers will be exempt from self—isolation if they are double jumps. m0 self-isolation if they are double 'ums, ., ' ii self-isolation if they are double “ums. ., ' :: , ., self-isolation if they are double “ums. .,':: ., , ., self-isolation if they are double “ums. .,':: ., jumps. no 10 says that should come to da but jumps. no 10 says that should come to day but there _ jumps. no 10 says that should come to day but there has _ jumps. no 10 says that should come to day but there has been _ jumps. no 10 says that should come to day but there has been a - jumps. no 10 says that should come to day but there has been a week. jumps. no 10 says that should come to day but there has been a week of| to day but there has been a week of confusion about this, not least on
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the question about whether or not people will have to apply for their exemptions. what i think is really surprising is that the government has been really caught on the hop with this, when it was quite inevitable that millions of people potentially were going to be pinged over the summer, because infection rates were already rising, restrictions in england have been lifted and that was always going to mean that this was a possibility, which is why labour has said that the government is in a tailspin, and the government is in a tailspin, and the government is in a tailspin, and the government is under a lot of pressure from businesses, but also there is a broad front of conservative mps who say the policy has to change now. former health secretaryjeremy hunt said today that immediately people should be allowed to avoid self—isolation if they have been double jabbed and have a negative pcr test. he said he thinks public consent in a test and trace app could be crumbling very quickly. the government response is that the app is doing itsjob, they are not going to budge, and they say that the policy to introduce it on 16th august stance, and until then they are just encouraging more people to get vaccinated. maw;
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people to get vaccinated. many thanks, people to get vaccinated. many thanks. ben — people to get vaccinated. many thanks, ben wright. _ the latest government figures show 39,906 new infections in the latest 24—hour period, which means an average of 116,460 new cases per day in the last week. there are 11,861 people in hospital with coronavirus and 84 deaths were recorded in the last 2a hours. nearly 46.5 million pople have now had theirfirstjab, that's 87.8% of the adult population. and more than 36.5 million people are now fully vaccinated, 69.2% of all uk adults. australia and new zealand have withdrawn from the rugby league world cup which is being held in england this autumn because of the pandemic. the teams' governing bodies said there were too many safety issues relating to coronavirus and that they wanted the tournament postponed. the chairman of the rugby football league called it a "selfish, parochial and cowardly decision"
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and said the organisers had bent over backwards to provide reassurance to the teams. 0ur sports correspondent laura scott reports. they are the global powerhouses of rugby league and so is a world cup without australia and new zealand a world cup at all? australia, world—class! that's the dilemma facing the organisers of this autumn�*s event in england after the two nations pulled out with just three months to go. we have bent over backwards for many months to accommodate all of the concerns raised by the australians and the kiwis, and i'm sorry to say that i have no choice but to call this a selfish, parochial and cowardly decision. it's supposed to be a seminal moment in rugby league. england 2021. this world cup, the first time the men's, women's and wheelchair events will be played simultaneously. five years in the planning, but organisers were given just four minutes' notice of australia and new zealand's withdrawal. in a joint statement, both countries called
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for the tournament to be postponed until next year. australian rugby league commission chairman peter v'landys said... while new zealand rugby league ceo greg peters said... players in australia and new zealand claim not to have been consulted, while players here want to compete against the best teams in the world. we want to be beating the best. we want to be in the semifinals or finals, and we don't want people to turn around and say, you know, "they've had an easy route, they only won because the kiwis didn't come, or the aussies didn't come." we want them to come, and we want to show them how much we're developing on this side of the world. 21 venues in england are set to host, with the men's and women's final being held in a double—header here at old trafford in november. but fans are now in limbo,
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with some considering asking for refunds if australia and new zealand aren't taking part. to not be able to see that talent that's there, that is massively disappointing. i've got tickets to well over 20 games across the men's, - women's and wheelchair competitions. i will be happy and i will be excited to see whatever- nations turn up and play. at a time when athletes from australia and new zealand are competing in other major sporting events, many feel rugby league is being treated differently and the implications for the sport could be far—reaching. laura scott, bbc news, manchester. plans to reopen theatres and concert halls in northern ireland have been delayed by the stormont executive while ministers receive further information. venues were expected to reopen next week, but minsters want more time to consider the health implications. however, they have agreed to relax a number of restrictions
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on household mixing outdoors. health unions say they intend to consult members about industrial action following the government's 3% pay offer for most nhs staff in england. nursing leaders said staff were angry and deserved a bigger rise. the government said it recognised the extraordinary effort of nhs workers, and insisted the 3% rise was fair. here's our health editor, hugh pym. 0ff shift today, michelle, an a&e nurse in greater manchester, had more time to think about the 3% pay deal. she says it doesn't reflect all the effort and experience of her profession. itjust feels like an insult, and then when you compound that with the fact that we've just been through a pandemic on top of everything that we were already doing, it feels hurtful. some staff do get annual increments as well as pay rises, and ministers argue the wage award in england is reasonable. we're in a difficult position as far as public finances are concerned. the 3% figure that was agreed to by the independent panel is something we think is fair.
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one key question is, who's going to pay for it? downing street said funding would come from within the nhs budget, but that budget still hasn't been finalised for this year. and employers want to know how they'll fund the latest deal. it's a massive improvement on where the government positioned itself- at the turn of the year. there is a degree of uncertaintyj now, though, because nhs only has a financial settlement for i the first six months of this year. uncertainty is there already. pay awardsjust add to that uncertainty. | that's totally not _ a satisfactory state of affairs. then there's the issue of who loses out. junior doctors are covered by a different pay deal, giving them 2% rather than the 3% award to many other nhs staff. we don't know what the outcome of these patients will be... we spoke to katie and many other junior doctors during the first covid wave last year. today she said there
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was anger that their deal had not been increased. it feels like a lot of the promises that were made and things that were said and the rhetoric is just complete hot air. it reallyjust come to nothing, and i think that's very dispiriting and very demoralising for a group of people who are burnt out and tired and dispirited and demoralised already. so, how does the award compare with those to other employees? most teachers in england and police officers in england and wales have been told there will be a pay freeze this year. those earning under 211,000 a year will get an increase. while the pay award for most nhs staff will be 3%, average earnings across the wider economy are going up between 3.2% and 4.4% a year. health unions are consulting members. police officers say they have no confidence in the pay review system. a row over public sector wages is brewing. hugh pym, bbc news. seven people who died in the croydon tram crash in 2016 were killed as the result of an accident,
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an inquest has concluded. the jury at croydon town hall ruled out a verdict of unlawful killing. the tram was travelling more than three times faster than a speed restriction and families intend to pursue legal options to demand a new inquest. 0ur transport correspondent caroline davies reports. it's been a [ls—year wait, but today's inquest does not provide the answers those who lost loved ones here have hoped for. it's a shambles. absolute shambles right from the beginning. before it even started, it was a shambles. it is a disgusting... the way the whole thing is been run. i'm absolutely - disgusted, absolutely. seven people died on 9th november 2016 when the rush—hour service took a sharp corner, came off the tracks and tipped over. this reconstruction was shown at the inquest. investigators found there were no speed limit signs in the tunnel. the train was going at 45mph. the limit was 12mph. the inquest reported that the driver
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had become disorientated probably due to a lack of sleep. he did not brake in time. the jury found that the crash was an accident. transport for london and the tram operator were not called to give evidence, nor was the driver as he was too sick. 0utside court, there was anger. i don't believe that the jury could have ever come - back with a different decision. bearing in mind the evidence that they've heard. _ the evidence that hasi not been heard is, you know, it's crucial. drivers, other people that are part of these organisations, you know, without that evidence, i we never was goingl to get a good ruling. but it's not the end. this is only the beginning. transport for london said that the coroner had decided that it would not give evidence. since the crash, tfl say they have made changes to ensure nothing like this can happen again. the families plan to call for the high court to grant them a new
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inquest, saying theirfight forjustice continues. there are still flowers at the tram station just metres away from where those people lost their lives. many feel this tragedy was overlooked, forgotten, it happened on the same day that donald trump was elected to be president. some of the families still feel that they are being overlooked, that the evidence that they wanted to hear in the inquest was not included. they have made it clear that they are continuing to pursue this case to find the answers they still feel they need to hear. caroline davies, thank you. tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from the flood—hit region of henan in china as officials confirmed that at least 33 people have died, including a dozen commuters in zhengzhou caught in underground train carriages that filled with muddy water. the city experienced a year's worth of rain in just three days, and people are bracing themselves for more downpours. 0ur china correspondent robin brant spent the day travelling around zhengzhou. the rain has stopped for now,
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but some of the roads are still like rivers — evidence of how overwhelming the incessant rainfall was. above ground, they are starting to clear up though. but the true horror of this intersection is what happened underground at this metro station. as the rain came down at its heaviest, passengers stood in train carriages, trapped for hours as the tunnels flooded. at least 12 people died down there. the company in charge has blamed the unprecedented downpour. the government in beijing has ordered a national review of preparedness. the ill—fated metro system is shut down. police stood guard over one entrance when we were there. they didn't like us filming. after my id was checked, i asked one officer if this was a crime scene. elsewhere, others lost their livelihoods.
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this woman told us how her baking business was wiped out in minutes. translation: everything was washed away. - nothing was left. ijust dug my clothes out. the water was up to my chest. we ran for our lives without taking anything. her bed tonight is the floor. one of the 1.2 million people the government here said was affected by these floods. out of the city, north, the rain was still coming down and the rescuers were still rescuing. we've just come from a place where they are tidying up and trying to get back to normal but 30 kilometres north, here, it's still a recovery operation. rescue workers there in fluorescent life jackets. and if ijust swivel you around to the right, well, this is a road that's turned into a river, a lake, call it what you like. 100 metres down there, the water is at knee level. even further it's at chest level. so the rain has stopped for now but this is still a crisis. from above, the huge
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scale of what happened here becomes clearer. the electricity supply and mobile phone coverage is not fully restored, but the worst of the rain seems to have passed for now — which leaves time for other things. fishing. . . in an underpass? robin brant, bbc news, zhengzhou in eastern china. the time is 90 minutes past six. —— 19. our top story this evening... a record number of people have been pinged by the nhs covid app in england and wales. businesses are warning of staff shortages. coming up... compensation from the government for the postmasters wrongly convicted over a flawed computer system. coming a flawed computer system. up on sportsday, engla georgia coming up on sportsday, england's georgia hall is among the players trying to stay in touch with the leaders on the opening day of the evian championship. now, living by the seaside ought be idyllic for children,
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but for some kids in scarborough, regular beach trips are out of reach. despite the seafront being just a mile away, high prices for attractions and hidden costs mean some families on low incomes visit the beach less often than tourists. as part of a series of special reports about life in coastal britain, bek homer now reports from scarborough. where are we going? the beach! let's go! a trip organised by the community centre for those living on the barrowcliffe estate in scarborough. it's just a mile from the sea, but it's a side of town where the tourists don't go. levels of poverty here are high. it's among the 1% of most deprived areas in england. there's kids on here that i've talked to, and they've said that they'd never been to the beach before and they're, like, 14—year—olds or whatever and they've lived here all their lives. to see their faces light up, to see them running around on the beach, just having fun and not a care in the world, when some of these
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families, some of these children may have issues at home. so it's getting them out of that sort of rut and giving them something else to focus on. veronica is a single working mum. despite it being on her doorstep, bringing her six children to the beach can get expensive. we're trying to stay away from the things that... obviously, the children want ice creams, they want this, that and the other, and it's not a case of being tight — it's a case of it costs a lot. it's aimed at tourists. it's like the first—ever time we've... it's like the first—ever time we've found animals in rock pools. he found a crab, jellyfish, and i found this tiny fish. it's been a couple years - since we've been back here. and it's been fun and i've enjoyed myself. i for the children living in barrowcliffe, most of their time is spent on the estate. it's quite rough and there's a lot of drugs and alcohol. and stuff like that is not very good for a kid, so that's hard to grow up with.
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i worry about if i'm going to get hurt one day around here and if something's going to happen to one of my animals. two, three, go! the gallows close centre provide lots of activities forfree or minimal cost, to keep young people engaged and off the streets. we offer a safe place for these children to come. without it, we could see a rise in anti—social behaviour. the centre provides role models for these young people that they may not get elsewhere, so it's about making sure that they have plenty to do on their doorstep. there ain't great influences around on the street, but that doesn't go for everyone. and there's great things like gallows and things like that. i found a jellyfish! i've done a lot of trips, and it has massively helped me. it's just been a really big help in boosting my confidence. and for those who run the community centre, that's what it's all about — allowing the young people the chance to grow, have fun and be free from the stresses of life on the estate. bek homer, bbc news, scarborough. let's take a look at some
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of today's other news. an inquiry has found that the financier lex greensill enjoyed an "extraordinarily privileged" relationship with the government, and that david cameron could have been clearer about his connections with greensill capital. the review was commissioned after criticism of mr cameron's lobbying activities on behalf of mr greensill�*s now collapsed financial company. the report concluded that mr cameron did not breach current lobbying rules and his actions were not unlawful. the founder of the far—right english defence league, stephen yaxley—lennon, also known as tommy robinson, has been found guilty of libel and ordered to pay £100,000 in damages to a syrian schoolboy. in 2018, pictures of jamal hijazi being assaulted at his school were shared on social media. in his own videos, yaxley—lennon circulated unfounded claims that the schoolboy had provoked the attacks by threatening and beating other pupils. exeter university is offering prospective medical students £10,000 in cash and a year's free
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accommodation if they agree to defer their studies for a year. the university says it's been surprised by the number of students choosing exeter this year, and that a government cap on places means it can not take on more medical students. subpostmasters and postmistresses who were wrongly convicted of offences because of it failures at the post office are to receive interim compensation of up to £100,000, the government has said. so far, 57 have had their convictions quashed. more cases are due to be heard over the coming months. colletta smith is in salford now. colletta. evening. for muhammad resiling and in fact so many other branch managers like him, who was a former branch manager here in salford, the first battle for them was the legal victory and 59 people have now had
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their cases overturned to date. their criminal records wiped clean about the next step is working out a figure for compensation, for what they have suffered through the years. that is a much more difficult process, finding out exactly what they have lost. for most of them it's their business, their homes, their future it's their business, their homes, theirfuturejob it's their business, their homes, their future job prospects and it's their business, their homes, theirfuturejob prospects and even theirfuturejob prospects and even their freedom for theirfuturejob prospects and even theirfreedom for some of theirfuturejob prospects and even their freedom for some of the individuals who were put in prison as a result of what happened through those computer failings at the post office. forsome those computer failings at the post office. for some the claim will reach into the millions. negotiations will take time and the government said today as a result they are putting £100,000 on the table for each individual which will be taken off their final agreed settlement. it is the government footing the bill for this one because ultimately they are responsible for what happened at the post office because they are the sole shareholder within the post office. . ~ sole shareholder within the post
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office. ., ~' , ., sole shareholder within the post office. ., ~ ., ., more trouble for the tokyo 0lympics, which has its opening ceremony tomorrow. the director has been sacked over comments about the holocaust made over 20 years ago. it's another blow for the games, which have been dogged by controversy as well as delay. recent surveys suggest that most people injapan don't want them to go ahead, with tokyo recording its highest number of new covid infections for six months. 0ur sports editor dan roan has been gauging the national mood. tokyo's chance to shine is approaching, a final dress rehearsal for an opening ceremony that was meant to be a celebration. instead, with the audience restricted atjust 1,000 vips, tomorrow's curtain—raiser will marked the start will mark the start of arguably the most controversial 0lympics ever. with the city in a fourth state of emergency and covid cases at their highest for six months, a largely unvaccinated public worry these postponed games will be a super spreader. but those in charge insist the show must go on. these games, they will have the special meaning of a really strong message of hope.
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to the host, to japan, but to the entire world. but the opening ceremony will take place without its director, kentaro kobayashi, sacked today for making anti—semiticjokes, the latest in a series of scandals. here outside the ioc�*s luxury hotel, anger has been mounting, protesters saying organisers have put money before the public�*s health. translation: there has been this contract between the 10c— and the japanese government which is so unfair. it means even through this pandemic and the disaster, the government has prioritised protecting the ioc, it has lost control of its autonomy and has been manipulated. in a sign of how divisive these games have become, a host of topjapanese sponsors have shunned the opening ceremony. and with tens of thousands of foreigners converging on tokyo,
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these are among a growing number of athletes who have tested positive since arriving, ending a dream they have spent years training for. i don't think it is putting it too mildly to say this is the biggest test that the summer 0lympics has ever had. if it does go wrong in a really significant way, i think the image of the games will be altered. if that is changed after tokyo, then it won't have been worth doing it. so let us now go to tokyo... the first to be broadcast in colour and by satellite, tokyo's revolutionary hosting of the games in 1964 marks japan's recovery after world war ii. the hope was that the city's second 0lympics would also be a source of national pride, but instead the pandemic now hangs over what has become essentially a made for tv event. the hosts have spent billions of pounds on these games, but covid has forced them to take place without fans. the stands will remain empty and the competitors also have to deal with some of the hottest temperatures on record at any games. gold medallist and olympic
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champion, andy murray! having won gold at the last two games, sir andy murray loves being part of team gb, but even he says tokyo will be testing. how tough will this be? how bigger factor do you think these conditions will be? yeah, i think it will be a factor, and also i've always felt like having a crowd there as well when you are struggling or... it can help, it can give you a lift and stuff so, you know, it's going to be hard for all the athletes if you play in the middle of the day, you know, 12, 1pm, two o'clock, it's really difficult. these will be the first summer games since the retirement of legendary usain bolt. but from us gymnastic great simone biles to home favourite naomi 0saka, there is no shortage of stars to light up these 0lympics. never have a games needed magical moments more. dan roan, bbc news, tokyo. time for a look at the weather here's ben rich.
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good evening. up until last saturday, northern ireland hadn't recorded a temperature above 31 degrees. now it has happened three times in less than a week. 31.4 degrees this afternoon, yet another provisional new temperature record for northern ireland. and northern ireland one of the slowest places to call down as well. this warning expires at midnight but this one covering northern ireland continues throughout tomorrow. with the heat today we have seen showers and storms popping up across south—west scotland, parts of the midlands and wales as well. where we have the showers and storms, they will rumble around for a time this evening. a lot of cloud rolling in once again, and those are the very lowest temperatures you can expect by the end of the night, it's another one night for most of us. tomorrow a lot of cloud for not only scotland down the eastern side of england, retreating towards the north—east coast through the day. other areas
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