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Boy, 8, got deadly bug from ‘eating eggs’ at five-star resort

Natalie Parr says her son Jaxon Bently is ‘a shell of what he used to be’ (Picture: SWNS) The mum of an eight-year-old boy says he almost died after getting food poisoning after eating at a hotel in Turkey. School dinner lady Natalie Parr, 36, of Manchester, said her son Jaxon Bentley has been left ‘a shell of what he used to be’ and suffering kidney failure after contracting salmonella from a portion of eggs during a stay at the Eftalia Ocean Hotel in Antalya. Just three days into a one-week holiday, Jaxon was rushed to hospital with severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and a high temperature. Natalie says he was eventually able to fly back to Britain, where an ambulance was waiting to take him to a UK clinic. His symptoms were later diagnosed as being the result of two forms of salmonella, one of which can cause death and neurological damage. For several weeks, Jaxon was taken in and out of hospital, an experience his mum says has left him traumatised and unable to make a full recovery even six months later. Natalia said: ‘Jaxon is back at home and while we’ve tried to go back to a normal life, we’re not there yet. He still cannot eat properly without pain. Jaxon was diagnosed with kidney failure and two forms of salmonella, one of which can cause brain damage or even prove fatal (Picture: SWNS) ‘A once lively, outgoing boy went on holiday to Turkey came back a shell of what he used to be and the change is simply heart-breaking. ‘My son has been replaced by a quiet, subdued boy, still traumatised by the experience, with night terrors meaning he’s afraid to sleep as well as afraid to eat. ‘The thought of any other family going through this is too much to think about, so we knew we had to speak out on this.’ She added: ‘If we can help prevent others going through the hell we are going through, that will be some comfort. ‘For us, all we really want is the boy who went away on holiday to come back to us.’ The boy and his mum were among six, including three other children, who went on holiday to the Turkish resort in June of last year. When Jaxon was first discharged from the UK clinic, he had lost more than a stone and was so weak he was reliant on a wheelchair. A course of antibiotics failed to improve his condition and he was rushed back to hospital a week later. Several procedures were conducted, including a lumbar puncture and two brain scans under general anaesthetic, and he was subsequently discharged again. Since then he’s been unable to put on weight, and has remained in a wheelchair, too weak to do more than half days at school and having to do regular blood tests to monitor his health. More TrendingShirtless Brit punched air stewardess after ‘smashing up’ toilets during flight’Sugar daddy’ teacher raped schoolgirl, 12, in hotel then took her to toy shop’No way back’ for Harry as rumoured royal return swiftly ‘ruled out’Chilling photos show a ‘ghost’ roaming the hallways of a WWII-era MP’s old homeRead More Stories Natalie said: ‘We’d all been looking forward so much to this holiday but due to Jaxon’s illness, it’s now one we’ll remember forever for all the wrong reasons. ‘He became so very ill, so quickly, that we knew it was more than just a typical upset stomach. ‘It was frightening to have to see him in hospital and it was horrible to see what he was going through and see him becoming visibly weaker before our eyes. ‘We knew we had to try to get him to a hospital at home if we possibly could and the flight home was the stuff of nightmares. ‘He was so visibly ill and in pain that passengers on the plane cried seeing him in that condition. ‘No one would believe someone could be so ill from a gastric illness or that the effects could be so serious. ‘You feel so helpless when you can’t do anything for your own child and I wish it could have been me instead of him.’ Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at webnews@metro.co.uk. For more stories like this, check our news page.

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Israel’s Netanyahu dismisses calls for early election as thousands protest

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected calls for an early election as thousands of protesters take to the streets in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, demanding he step down. Netanyahu has seen his popularity plummet in opinion polls since the October 7 attack that sparked the devastating war on Gaza. Calls for an early vote have been mounting since October when the Palestinian group Hamas launched a rare attack inside Israeli territory, killing some 1,100 people and taking more than 200 others captive, nearly half of whom were released during a brief truce in November. In response, the Israeli military launched unprecedented air and ground strikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, killing nearly 29,000 Palestinians so far and displacing more than 1.4 million people in a campaign many governments have termed a genocide. Antigovernment protests that shook Israel for much of 2023 had largely subsided during the war. Still, demonstrators again took to the streets on Saturday night, calling for new polls, which are not scheduled until 2026. Thousands defied a police ban on large rallies in Tel Aviv as they hit the streets, according to local media, though the crowd was much smaller than last year’s mass protests. “I’d like to say to the government that you’ve had your time, you ruined everything that you can ruin. Now is the time for the people to correct all the things, all the bad things that you’ve done,” said one protester, his head wrapped in an Israeli flag. A similar protest was held in Jerusalem outside Netanyahu’s official residence, reports said, as anger over the fate of more than 100 captives held by Hamas rises. The protesters said they were furious over Netanyahu declining to send a representative to Egypt’s capital Cairo for talks over ending the Gaza conflict. The United States, Qatar and Egypt have spent weeks trying to broker a ceasefire and captive release, but the talks have been hit by a wide gap between Israel’s and Hamas’s demands. Qatar on Saturday said the talks “have not been progressing as expected”. Hamas has said it would not release all of the remaining captives without Israel ending the war and “lifting the unjust siege” on Gaza. It is also demanding the release of hundreds of Palestinians imprisoned by Israel. Netanyahu has publicly rejected the demands, calling Hamas’s ceasefire call “delusional” and rejecting US and international calls for a pathway to Palestinian statehood. He said he sent a delegation to the talks in Cairo last week at US President Joe Biden’s request but did not see the point in sending them again. “Don’t abandon them to die!” screamed people into giant loudspeakers in Tel Aviv’s so-called Hostage Square. “Look us in the eyes, send Israeli representatives to the Cairo conference and bring the hostages home now,” read a statement from the families of the captives. Netanyahu was asked at a press briefing about calls within his own ruling Likud party to hold an early election after the Gaza war ends. “The last thing we need right now are elections and dealing with elections, since it will immediately divide us,” he said. “We need unity right now.” However, according to a poll by the Israel Democracy Institute, more than two-thirds of Israelis believe the elections, which are not scheduled before 2026, should be held as soon as the war is over.

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4th gen farmer blasts Biden admin for sending billions to Ukraine as US farmers suffer: ‘Facing extinction’

John Boyd, Jr., president of the National Black Farmers Association, told Fox News Digital that farmers are being crushed under the policies of President Biden and criticized the administration for sending millions to foreign governments while farms are being foreclosed. “Quite frankly, we’re facing extinction today,” Boyd Jr., a fourth-generation farmer from Mecklenburg County, Virginia, told Fox News Digital about the state of the farming industry four years into Biden’s presidency. “Every time I look at the news, there’s another commitment to help foreign countries. We probably helped Ukraine, probably $100 billion or so, and we can’t get debt relief for American citizens in this country,” Boyd said. Boyd told Fox News Digital President Biden promised him a meeting at the White House to talk about issues affecting farmers and that meeting has yet to take place. Additionally, Boyd said Biden told him he supported debt relief for Black farmers but “they wound up repealing it.” US FOOD SECURITY, PRICES ARE ‘UNDER ATTACK’ WHILE FARMERS AND LAWMAKERS FIGHT FOR FARM BILL “We’re providing Israel and other parts of the world billions of dollars in relief and, in one instance, we even provided Ukraine farmers with financial relief,” Boyd said. “But everyone frowns when I say that they should live up to their commitment for debt relief for America’s farmers and to stop farm foreclosures.“ Boyd spoke to Fox News Digital as President Biden pushes for the House to vote on a $95 billion national security supplemental package to assist Ukraine, Israel and the Indo-Pacific that recently passed in the Senate by a vote of 70-29. The United States has sent hundreds of millions in aid to farmers in Ukraine in recent years, and U.S. aid chief Samantha Power said last year the United States has a “collective interest in ensuring that Ukrainian farmers stay in business.” FARMERS, RANCHERS, LANDOWNERS TAKE AIM AT BIDEN ADMIN FOR LATEST CRACKDOWN The price of farmland rose nearly 8% in 2023, pricing many young farmers out of the market. In recent years, Boyd has been an advocate for farmers facing foreclosures, specifically Black farmers who have been fighting with the USDA in recent years over allegations of racial discrimination, Boyd went on to explain that small farmers are not getting enough help in recent years because the “country has made it so difficult.” “For instance, we have beef cattle prices in this country where we’re producing the lowest amount of beef for most countries, 82 million cows and calves,” Boyd said. “We’re down close to 3%, and we’re producing 1 billion pounds less of America’s beef than we did last year this time. And it’s because we’re not investing in America’s farmers and, in this case, beef cattle farmers. “And I know what I’m talking about. I’ve been producing beef for 41 years, and I just came from the livestock market and there are empty stalls. And this is the time that America’s farmers sell beef to pay off all debts. You know, insurance and all of these things that we use that secondary income to pay our bills to survive until we start planting season. And when I went to the market, I noticed a lot of empty stalls when, historically, those stalls had been filled up with beef cattle and farmers selling their livestock. GOP SENATOR DEMANDS ANSWERS FROM BIDEN ADMIN ON ‘CONFUSING’ REGULATION THAT COULD CRUSH FARMING FAMILIES “And it’s because we’re not investing in America’s farmers, and they can’t hold on so they’re depleting their herds. And that means they’re not having more cows to go into next year. “These are real issues. And if we don’t face them, we are going to be begging other countries to send us food instead of supporting America’s farmers. And all this is happening under this administration, and nobody’s saying a word about it.” If things don’t change in the next five to 10 years, Boyd said the farming industry won’t be able to meet the country’s needs. “We’re going to be — and I’m speaking as the head of the National Black Farmers Association — there are not going to be any farmers left if we don’t hurry up and take action in this country to protect farmers in this country,” Boyd said. “I mean, put some real laws in place to protect America’s farmers. “These are the people that produce food and feed every household in this country, and we should have them at the top of the tier rather than down at the bottom, frowning on the acts to provide relief to farmers.” What the government “doesn’t frown on,” Boyd explained, is providing “billions of dollars to foreign countries that aren’t going to support us when they get back on their feet. “If you don’t believe me, look at Iraq and Afghanistan. We invested billions of dollars in those regions, and they still don’t want us in those countries today,” Boyd said. “So, why do we keep making the same mistakes? Investing all of our money into foreign countries that really aren’t going to support us anywhere. Invest those dollars into our own country, in our own infrastructure and, in this case, America’s farmers. And watch it multiply where we can leave our farming operations to the next generation of farmers.“ CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Boyd told Fox News Digital helping farmers is not a partisan issue and hopes the Biden administration will fulfill its promise to meet with him. “You have an enormous amount of resources to help farmers in Ukraine, which aren’t U.S. citizens. I don’t care how you look at that — Republican, Democrat, independent. Man, that’s bad politics.” In a statement to Fox News Digital, a White House spokesperson said they “appreciate the work John Boyd, Jr. does on behalf of Black farmers nationwide as the National Black Farmers Association president, as well as the insights he provides on the struggles Black farmers are facing.” “This is why we recently invited him to an event with senior White House officials, including Office of Public Engagement Director Mayor Benjamin and Domestic Policy Council Director Neera Tanden, as well as Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, specifically focused on advancing equity and opportunity in agriculture,” the statement said. “While Mr. Boyd was unfortunately unavailable to participate in this meeting at the White House, we hope to partner with him in the future as we continue our efforts to support rural communities and farmers, including Black farmers throughout the country.” The White House also pointed to investments made into farming via the Inflation Reduction Act including hundreds of millions in assistance through the USDA and investment to improve land access opportunities.

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Scholz calls for NATO cohesion

Munich (dpa) – At the Munich Security Conference, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has emphatically warned against softening NATO’s commitment to joint defence. “Any relativisation of NATO’s mutual defence guarantee will only benefit those who, just like Putin, want to weaken us,” he said in his speech on Saturday. Scholz also called upon the EU partners to provide more financial assistance for Ukraine. He said that Germany had nearly doubled its military support to more than seven billion euros and had pledged a further six billion in aid. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy spoke immediately after Scholz. “2024 expects a reaction from us all,” he said. Ukraine has already held out against Russia for 724 days, he explained. “Our resistance has prevented the destruction of the rules-based world.” He added however that the longer the war lasted, the greater would be the danger of its widening and of further damage to the international order. “If we do not act now, Putin will manage to make the next years catastrophic.” Yulia Navalnaya had already taken to the conference stage on Friday – shortly after the first reports of the death of her husband, Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny. “If it is really true, then I want Putin and everyone around him, his friends and his government, to know that they will be held accountable for what they have done to our country, to my family and to my husband.”

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70% of tsunami-risk areas in Japan have not run winter shelter drills

Nearly 70 percent of 108 Japanese coastal municipalities at risk of damage from tsunami triggered by a powerful earthquake have never conducted drills for operating evacuation centers in the winter, a Kyodo News survey showed Sunday. The survey, which examined 108 municipalities spanning seven prefectures from Chiba to Hokkaido, assessed preparedness in the event of a tsunami caused by an earthquake in the Japan and Chishima trenches in the Pacific Ocean. It revealed delays in implementing measures to address the severe coldness of shelters in the winter. A magnitude-9.0 earthquake that hit northeastern Japan in March 2011 highlighted the dire conditions during winter disasters. The government estimates that an earthquake originating in the Japan Trench and subsequent tsunami could result in as many as 42,000 deaths from hypothermia. The Japan Trench stretches from Hokkaido to east of the Boso Peninsula near Tokyo, and the Chishima Trench lies off the Chishima Islands, also known as the Kuril Islands. The survey was conducted from November to December last year before a magnitude-7.6 quake in the Noto Peninsula, central Japan, on New Year’s Day, with responses obtained from all 108 targeted municipalities. Winter in the survey was defined as the period between November and March as some municipalities conduct evacuation drills on Nov. 5, designated as tsunami disaster prevention day, and around March 11, when the Great East Japan earthquake occurred. Among the 74 municipalities that responded that they had not previously conducted training for operating evacuation shelters in winter, 44 said they plan to do so in the future, while the remainder said they do not. While reasons cited for not conducting training included the presence of many elderly residents and concerns that people could fall ill, many municipalities also recognized the need for preparedness and have made efforts to stockpile blankets and kerosene stoves. The survey revealed that 62 municipalities, or 57 percent, have installed heating appliances in all shelters under their jurisdiction while 31 municipalities, or 29 percent, have adequate winter bedding for the total capacity of their shelters. Related coverage

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Queue Behind Idahosa, Ganduje Urges Edo Guber Aspirants, Congratulates APC Flagbearer

….Commends Hope Uzodinma’s election C’ttee Alhaji Abdullahi Umar Ganduje , National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has congratulated the winner of the Edo State governorship primary election, Hon Dennis Idahosa as he urged other aspirants in the hotly contested ticket to queue behind the party’s standardbearer. Ganduje in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Edwin Olofu, also urged Mr Idahosa to work with all aspirants in the race for the ticket to ensure the party’s success at the September governorship election in the State. The National Chairman equally commended Governor Uzodinma’s Election Committee, noting that its transparency in the conduct of the election is highly commendable. The APC national chairman appealed all aspirants to put aside their differences now that the primary election is over and join hands with the winner to deliver the party at the election “ I want to congratulate the winner of the Edo State governorship election, I want to equally commend and appreciate Governor Hope Uzodinma’s election committee for their hard work and the transparent manner in which the primary election was conducted. At this point, I want to call on all the aspirants to bury the hatchet and work for the interest of the party so that our party will emerge victorious “ While commending the party’s stakeholders for the diligence in picking a sellable candidate,the National chairman assured that the party will do everything possible to ensure that Edo state returns to APC.

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IN PHOTOS: Akshay Kumar & Tiger Shroff Flag Off L&T Sea Bridge Marathon On MTHL

IN PHOTOS: Akshay Kumar & Tiger Shroff Flag Off L&T Sea Bridge MarathonOn MTHL By:Rahul M | February 18, 2024 Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff flagged off the first L&T Sea Bridge Marathon on the newly opened Atal Setu in Navi Mumbai on Sunday, February 18, 2024. X Also known as the Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL), the bridge served as the marathon track, with vehicle entry restricted for the event. PTI This unique 5-km marathon, organised over the sea, drew a considerable number of participants. X Akshay Kumar cheered the enthusiastic participants of the marathon. PTI The energetic participants of the marathon also waved back at Akhay Kumar and Tiger Shroff. PTI Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff are currently gearing up for their upcoming project ‘Bade Miyan Chote Miyan.’ X The participants said that the marathon was a wonderful experience for them, given that it held on the 21 km-long bridge. X

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BBC Radio 2 listeners in tears as Steve Wright’s Sunday Love Songs returns days after death

BBC Radio 2 listeners were reduced to tears today as Steve Wright’s Sunday Love Songs returned to air days after the star suddenly passed away age 69. Steve died on Tuesday, February 13 and the news came as a huge shock with many of his heartbroken co-stars breaking into tears live on air amid an outpouring of tributes, writes The Mirror. And today, the tributes continued to flood in as a special episode of Steve’s Sunday Love Songs aired. The late presenter’s friend Liza Tarbuck took over hosting the episode in which she encouraged fans to get in touch with memories of Steve, including those who’d had a dedication on his weekend show for a wedding, birthday or key moment in their life. Liza was a bit emotional as she opened the show, saying: “Good morning to you we are live in Wogan House. This is is Steve Wright’s Sunday Love Songs without the chief… without our genius friend. So while you’re getting a tissue I think it would be lovely if you lit him a candle. “I make no apologies if I get upset during the next two hours and you shouldn’t either.” Liza then promised to play nothing but Steve’s favourite tracks and to ‘pepper’ the show with messages from listeners about the radio legend. The BBC was inundated with message from listeners with their memories of the star with many saying their Sundays would not be the same without him. One said: “There will be many tears being shed this morning across the land – we have all lost an old friend,” Another wrote: “Sunday Love Songs without Steve Wright is incredibly sad but Liza Tarbuck is doing him proud. To Steve’s family & friends I send love & condolences. To his army of loyal fans, aren’t we lucky we were here to hear his amazing talent & enjoy his love for radio. Sleep well Steve.” Ahead of the show, Radio 2 played Steve’s favourite song – The Smith’s Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want – which had loyal listeners in tears before the special episode had even begun. Steve joined BBC Radio 1 in 1980 and fronted a Saturday evening show before moving on to host Steve Wright In The Afternoon a year later, which ran until 1993. He then fronted the Radio 1 Breakfast show for a year until 1995, and completed a stint at commercial radio stations before returning to BBC Radio 2 in 1996 to host Steve Wright’s Saturday Show and Sunday Love Songs. In 1999, he recreated Steve Wright In The Afternoon every weekday on Radio 2, with celebrity interviews and entertaining trivia featured in his Factoids segment, before stepping down in September 2022 – he continued to present Sunday Love Songs on BBC Radio 2. In a schedule shake-up, former BBC Radio 1 host Scott Mills took over the afternoon slot. The 69-year-old’s death was being treated as “unexpected”, but not suspicious. Paramedics and officers had been called to a flat in the Marylebone area of central London on Monday morning. The Met Police said: “The death was unexpected, but is not being treated as suspicious. A report will be prepared for the coroner.” Last night Steve’s son Tom spoke out for the first time about his loss and revealed that he flew from Los Angeles to London to care for his father in his final weeks. In an emotional social media post, Tom said: “God rest your soul Dad, and thank you for all your for all the kind words from all the lives that he touched and people that loved him. It’s gonna be an intense few days, so catching up and hearing from old friends and new would mean more than anything else right now too… “Rough as it may be, I thank the Gods I’m sober, as this would have straight up killed me even a couple of years ago after losing Mum over the pandemic in the same way without getting to see him before he passed after flying back to take care of the old blighter. Still, I will cherish every memory we made, and it’s not like I don’t have a few shows to be working through whenever I miss his voice, though tears me up too much now to consider… “But it means the world hearing from so many beloved friends of his and mine and I only hope to make him proud; and build on his legacy with kindness and love anyways I can! Love you all and miss you already dad. #ConnectionAsCure,” alongside a heartbroken emoji. Get the latest celebrity gossip and telly news sent straight to your inbox. Sign up to our daily Showbiz newsletterhere.

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I moved out of my flat and bought a canal boat… it is not as cheap or easy as people think

A woman who gave up her flat to live on a narrowboat has warned the lifestyle is ‘not for everyone’ despite enjoying her new life on the water. Laura Woodley, 35, from London, made the move during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020, after struggling to afford increasing rent costs in the capital. Regarding herself as a ‘bit of an unconventional person,’ Laura looked at alternative ways to live while spending less, and soon became inspired to buy a boat. Having previously observed how narrowboat communities live while on walks near her local canal, Laura was attracted to the more laid back lifestyle. She said: ‘The standard, cookie-cutter life pattern has never appealed to me.’ ‘I had a fantastic experience living with housemates, but when I reached 31, I was getting to a stage where I wanted to live alone. Living on a boat felt like the obvious next step. ‘Lots of people in London live on canals around the city in “narrowboats,” which are usually 6 feet 10 inches wide. I’d see people sitting together on the boats, and I knew I wanted to be a part of it.’ After spending a period of time researching online about life on boats, Laura decided to take out a loan and travelled 60 miles to Northampton to pick up her new boat home. The TikTok influencer, who had already been making a living from creating content and boasts over 100K on her account @canalcore, said that once she had bought the vessel, it ‘made sense’ to start posting videos on Instagram. She told BusinessInsider: ‘I began posting about my life on a narrowboat on Instagram and TikTok to connect with like-minded people. I enjoyed the sense of community that came with connecting with people online who had done similar things. However, although she enjoys living on a boat, Laura wants to make it clear that the lifestyle is ‘not for everyone.’ She said: ‘Many people think that I’m living on a boat to save money, but I actually spend more than I did when I was renting, although I now live alone instead of with roommates.’ Laura is still repaying large amounts of money after taking out the initial loan to buy the boat, with sums of £650 paid each month until early 2025. She also says that one of the main expenses while living on a canal boat is the license required to keep the vessel on UK waters, which costs £60 a month. She added: ‘I don’t have access to utilities, but other bills, such as laundry (when I don’t have access to friends’ houses), coal and wood for heating, and the cost of pumping out the toilet waste, come to about £190 a month.’ Maintenance, meanwhile, costs Laura around £175 a month, and has to keep an unspecified amount of money in savings in case anything unexpected happens – such as her chimney that had fallen off in recent years and had cost £700 to fix. Laura often finds herself having to fix most maintenance issues, as she ‘can’t just call a landlord,’ and embarks on ‘two mile’ walks to dispose of rubbish. The content creator warns that keeping on top of everything can feel like having a ‘part-time job,’ stating that she was not used to having so much responsibility in comparison to renting a flat. Ultimately, although she has experienced difficult times while living on a boat, Laura isn’t ready to give up on her new lifestyle, and credits her local community for keeping her going. She said: ‘When you live in a house, you can just stay in your own little bubble, but on a boat, you have to extend kindness because you’ll probably need help at some point, too. ‘It’s important to go into it with realistic expectations, though. I wouldn’t tell people to just go for it because it’s a difficult life. From the outside, it can seem really tranquil and idyllic, but it’s not always like that.’ It comes after Shannon Lane, 29, was sick of paying £900-a-month for a room in a three-bedroom apartment in Clapton, East London, and so decided to purchase a narrowboat. However, it’s not all been smooth-sailing and Shannon says she experienced ‘boat blues’ as she grappled with freezing weather, learning to move the boat, emptying the toilet and refilling her water.

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