Atiku to revamp entertainment industry, tackle piracy if he wins in 2019

Atiku: “I sold firewood as an orphan, I know poverty”

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the plans were stated in his recently released policy document which has delivery timeline of 2019 to 2025.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar says if elected, he will implement policies that will foster development of the Entertainment industry and protect practitioners against piracy.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the plans were stated in his recently released policy document which has delivery timeline of 2019 to 2025.

The document highlighted the issues affecting the creative and entertainment industry including inadequate access to funding.

Intellectual property theft, piracy, uncoordinated distribution channels and lack of access to tax incentives were also listed as major issues.

He pledged to “Enact right policies and legislations that will provide the latest infrastructure, financial and business development facilities.

“Provide specific finance and strategic support tailored to each segment of the entertainment industry,” he said.

Atiku also stated that his policy objective will be focused on demonstrating the potential of the entertainment and creative industry in Nigeria including the promotion of Nollywood and Kannywood.

The policy document further states that this is to contribute to economic growth and job creation, as well as providing a road map for the sector’s development.

The policy document seeks to “create interventions schemes focused on offering subsidy to the creative arts industry in order to promote stand-alone businesses.”

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Court remands fake army Colonel in prison

Senior Magistrate Ibrahim Dasuki, gave the order after Stephen was arraigned on one count of impersonation.

An Ilorin Senior Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday ordered that Afolabi Stephen, 42, be remanded in Mandalla prison yard for allegedly impersonating an army Lieutenant Colonel.

Senior Magistrate Ibrahim Dasuki, gave the order after Stephen was arraigned on one count of impersonation.

Dasuki adjourned until Dec. 6, for further mention.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Mr Olorungbon Ayodeji told the court that the case was reported to the Intelligence and Investigations Department through station office of the Kwara state Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Command Headquarters, Ilorin.

Ayodeji said that according to the complainant, ASC Aremu Mayaki, of Offa Division, NSCDC, alleged that the accused  impersonated an army Lieutenant Colonel.

He said that following an investigation, the police found out that the accused was in the army ,

The prosecutor said that a military jungle hat was found in the accused person’s car at the point of arrest, which he claimed belonged to his brother, one Olayemi Afolabi, but it is yet to be identified by the military as a uniform personnel.

He said that further investigation revealed that the accused extorted some members of the public.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 132, 133 of the penal code law.

The accused person pleaded not guilty to the offence.

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Strategy: AirBank: How LifeBank is planning to save over 600,000 lives with access to emergency oxygen

AirBank: How LifeBank is planning to save over 600,000 lives with access to emergency oxygen

AirBank is an emergency oxygen delivery product that will save Nigerians from a shortage of oxygen across the hospitals.

In a report by the Ministry of Health, more than 600,000 people lose their lives annually as a result of hypoxaemia, also known as low blood oxygen saturation in Africa's most populous nation. To address this problem, LifeBank, a healthcare technology and logistics company, has launched AirBank, an emergency oxygen delivery product, to save Nigerians from a shortage of oxygen across the hospital.

According to LifeBank, its mission is to reduce the number of deaths linked to limited oxygen availability by improving oxygen distribution to hospitals through AirBank.

What is AirBank all about?

According to a statement on its website, AirBank services include on-demand emergency medical oxygen delivery to hospitals.

The company says it will soon start on-demand delivery of oxygen monitoring equipment like pulse oximeters, routine, scheduled delivery of oxygen to replenish depleted hospital stock.

Founded by Temie Giwa-Tubosun, in 2016 to solve the problems of blood shortage in Nigeria, LifeBank has been discovering and delivering blood to hospitals on time and in the right condition, saving the lives of thousands.

 

At the 2018 MIT Solve Global Challenge, LifeBank emerged winner under the “Frontlines of Health” Challenges category and raised $200,000 for expansion in the first quarter of 2018.

Despite the existence of National Policy on Medical Oxygen, Nigeria still faces a staggering burden of deaths due to lack of access to oxygen as several hospitals lack the equipment.

In 2016, a study by the Federal Ministry of Health found out that only 3 of 12 hospitals in the whole of Southwestern states had pulse oximeters in paediatric areas.

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Kano Anti-corruption Agency receives support from EU

Again! Court stops Kano Assembly from investigating Gov Ganduje

Chide-Igbokwe explained that EU would sign a final document with PCACC and other stakeholders on how they could collaborate and fight corruption in the society.

The Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-graft Corruption Commission (PCACC) has received the support of the European Union (EU) in its fight against corruption.

Mrs Ada Chide-Igbokwe, Consultant, Rule of Law on Anti-Corruption (ROLAC) of the EU in Nigeria, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of a Five-day meeting of PCACC/EU and relevant stakeholders in Dutse on Wednesday.

Chide-Igbokwe explained that EU would sign a final document with PCACC and other stakeholders on how they could collaborate and fight corruption in the society.

She said that the EU was committed to the fight against corruption, adding that corruption retards progress and development anywhere in the world.

The Consultant stated that EU would be funding some of the activities of PCACC which would be managed by the British Council and other relevant stakeholders towards minimising corruption.

The fight against corruption is a collective effort; it is not the responsibility of one person, which explains why we are here to sign the final document on the process of fighting corruption.

“We want to ensure transparency and accountability in government and the private sector, as well as among the common people,’’ she said.

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Presidency replies Ex-UK Secretary over warning to foreign investors

Buhari: Amaechi says presidential debate is unnecessary

The government made the condemnation in a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, on Tuesday in Abuja.

The Presidency has condemned a statement credited to Ms Priti Patel, former Secretary of State for International Development, United Kingdom, calling on investors to be wary about investing in Nigeria.

The government made the condemnation in a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, on Tuesday in Abuja.

Patel had also alleged that in spite of the president’s anti-corruption platform, Nigeria had not seen any reduction in corruption since the inception of the Buhari administration.

“Trumpeting a so-called Transparency International report is a false fabrication that cannot be supported by the facts on the ground,’’ the presidency said.

According to it, this wicked proposition is lacking in substance and devoid of merit in empirical evidence established by facts.

It added that the issue raised by Patel about lack of security of investment was equally false and untenable.

“Nigerian has recognized the right of the investor, both local and foreign, as enshrined in our Constitution which states clearly that no investment can be taken from its owners without recourse to the law.

“Given the Constitution, you don’t even need international protection for assets held in this country. In addition to the Constitution, there exist several laws allowing protection for investments.

“Beyond this, this administration has moved forward by recognizing arbitration processes. The judiciary in the country has a Practice Code to give legitimacy to awards and arbitration clauses in agreements.

“Cumulatively, we have established a proper climate of investment on account of which, the nation has gained 24 points of excellence in the global ease of doing business index,’’ it explained.

It added that in Patel’s main case of the 2010 agreement between “NNPC and P&ID for a 20-year contract to create a new natural gas development refinery, we do not wish to plead the government’s case in the press.”

The presidency stated that the project fell through after a “past Nigerian government reneged on its contractual commitments,

Suffice it to say that the government of Nigeria, in recognition of the sanctity of the judiciary, has submitted to the jurisdiction of a court in the United States to determine the issues in dispute.

“What we can only say at this point is that Nigerians need to pity their own country for the way things were done in the past.’’

It observed that the Buhari administration had done well in policy decisions, saying that the administration had put in place instruments that had extraordinarily and unprecedentedly reduced corruption and corrupt practices.

According to it, the Buhari administration has achieved 1,360 per cent cash recoveries in three years than the 16 years of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“By the time President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in and took office, the only amount in the anti-corruption recovery account over 16 years of the Peoples Democratic Party was only N2 billion.

“This account has succeeded in netting over N400 billion as of today, translating to 1,360 per cent increase. This cannot amount to nothing in terms of progress,’’ it said.

The statement also noted that the Treasury Single Account (TSA) had led to greater visibility and control of government funds by way of consolidating government resources in an account as against the past where such accounts were scattered.

It said that Bank Verification Number (BVN) scheme had equally helped the government to prevent money laundering, financing terrorism and illicit cash transfers.

This administration has introduced the IPPS, whose implementation has led to an extra-ordinary reduction of ghost workers, saving the treasury billions of naira, every month.

“The Whistle Blower mechanism put in place has yielded enormously to the treasury and reduced corruption.

“In addition to several and urgent legislations targeted at the reduction of corruption, the administration has equally signed highly rewarding Mutual Legal Assistance with countries that have translated to tremendous recoveries,’’ it said.

The government recalled that before the inception of present administration, there existed a racket encompassing elements in the three arms of government, “through the activities of which artificial, engineered and factored breaches of contract were made.

“In the fullness of time, more will be said by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation.’’

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Politics: Trump's manic statement letting Saudi Arabia off the hook for Khashoggi reveals a dark US secret

U.S. President Donald Trump (C) and other leaders react to a wall of computer screens coming online as they tour the Global Center for Combatting Extremist Ideology in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 21, 2017.

The statement is full of falsehoods and makes for a frightening read, but it reveals a dark secret about US foreign policy.

  • President Donald Trump issued a bizarre statement explaining why he would take no action against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman even though he may well have had Jamal Khashoggi brutally murdered.
  • The statement is full of falsehoods and makes for a frightening read, but it reveals a dark secret about US foreign policy: It needs Saudi Arabia and has always turned a blind eye.
  • Accepting the murder of Khashoggi is horrific, but the US can't really pursue regime change in Saudi Arabia without opening itself up to extreme danger.
  • Khashoggi's killing has turned much of the US media into an organ of foreign intelligence services that want to hurt US-Saudi ties, and that might not be putting "America first."

"America First!

The world is a very dangerous place!"

That's how President Donald Trump opened up a particularly bizarre statement where he explained that — even though Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have had Jamal Khashoggi brutally murdered in Istanbul — the US will stand by its ally.

The statement met with near-universal disgust, but it reveals a dark truth of US foreign policy: It abides human rights horrors from Saudi Arabia because, for seven decades, US presidents have decided they have to.

While Trump's statement was anything but normal, the US ignoring Saudi Arabian human rights atrocities is absolutely the norm in this relationship.

On August 9 Saudi Arabia dropped a US-made bomb on a school bus in Yemen and killed 40 children, and the US and Europe continued with arms sales to the kingdom, for example.

The transparent anti-Saudi media operation


"[I]t could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!" Trump's statement read.

"[W]e may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi," it continued.

Both of these statements play coy with a mountain of evidence that the Saudi royals, and not rogue agents in their inner circle yet totally beyond their control, ordered the killing and dismemberment of a US resident. That said, they're both likely true.

No US inspector ever entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where on October 2 the killing took place. It was two weeks before any outside inspector stepped foot in that consulate.

Read more: Here's everything we know about the troubling disappearance and death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

In fact, almost all of what the public knows about Khashoggi's killing has been leaked from anonymous Turkish intelligence sources to Turkish media. Turkey under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has purged its press, military, and spy services to the point where none of them are independent.

Every single juicy leak from Turkish intelligence can be read as a coordinated attempt to drive a wedge between the US and Saudi Arabia, according to Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies who spoke to Business Insider. (You can read more here on that subject here).

For over a month now, a steady drip of leaks have provided ever more grisly details about the killing, keeping the story in the news, keeping the pressure on leaders day after day.

But if Turkey is so sure that Crown Prince Mohammed had Khashoggi killed in Istanbul, then why have they not moved against him?

Erdogan said the killing came from the "highest levels" of Saudi's leadership, but he's made no formal charges in a murder that took place in his country.

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said of Turkey's unofficial accusations: "They are leaks that have not been officially announced, and I have noticed that they are based on an assessment, not conclusive evidence."

No European leader has blamed Crown Prince Mohammed, either. Germany banned some of the men charged by Saudi Arabia, widely seen as accomplices or scapegoats; and cut arms sales to the Kingdom. The US did the pretty much same with sanctions and scaling back its military support for the war in Yemen.

But for all the outrage over Trump's indelicate statement, what's the alternative to ultimately getting over Khashoggi's killing?

What does putting "America First" in regard to Saudi policy look like? Essentially, it comes down to keeping a US-friendly regime in place in Riyadh.

The US has no alternative but Crown Prince Mohammed, Badran, the research fellow, told Business Insider.

If Trump called Crown Prince Mohammed to step down, essentially regime change in Saudi Arabia, it could end horrifically for the US.

"The potential for destabilization is there," Badran said of attempts to unseat Crown Prince Mohammed. "The whole approach of people calling for this flippantly, breathlessly, is just absurd. You cannot possibly imagine how the dynamics are going to go. You can’t game it out."

For years, Al Qaeda has argued that "the Saudi regime stands only as a tool of the Americans and that if you destabilize the relationship then the Saudi relationship falls and [Al Qaeda] will inherit the place," said Badran.

The world's 1.6 billion Muslims are all required by their faith to visit the Saudi city of Mecca in their lifetimes.

If Saudi Arabia, custodian of the holy cities of Mecca and Medina came under the power of an openly anti-US regime, it could cause incalculable damage to the US.

Trump is still wrong, though


The reasons Trump brings up for his continued support of Saudi Arabia don't make a strong case. He lists Saudi's job creation in greatly exaggerated terms.

Read more: Trump frets over arms sales as worldwide outrage grows over disappearance of Saudi critic

Trump says Russia and China would swoop in with arms sales if the US withdraws, but Russia and China don't make Patriot missiles or bombs that fit on US-made F-15 fighter jets.

Also, the idea that Saudi Arabia badly wants to provide humanitarian assistance to the same people they blockaded in Yemen amid one of the worst cholera and famine outbreaks in modern history is dubious.

Khashoggi remembered


Much of the US press has fumed in outrage over Trump's handling of the death of a man they often characterize as a "Washington Post journalist."

Khashoggi, who died at 59, spent 57 years in Saudi Arabia working as an operative for the kingdom in its pre-reform days. He worked closely with Osama Bin Laden in the 1990s before cutting ties after September 11, 2001. After that he worked closely with Saudi intelligence as an operative.

At the Washington Post, he advocated for change in Saudi's government once Crown Prince Mohammed took power and started on his various reforms and projects.

In his last column for the Post, Khashoggi said the Arab world most needs a free press.

"A state-run narrative dominates the public psyche, and while many do not believe it, a large majority of the population falls victim to this false narrative," wrote Khashoggi. "Sadly, this situation is unlikely to change."

Ironically, Khashoggi's death turned the much of the US media into an outlet for foreign intelligence services and state narratives aimed at harming the US-Saudi alliance, which may not be in the best interest of the US public.

Source: BUSINESS INSIDER

Strategy: 7 practical tips you need to become a pro at budgeting

7 practical tips you need to become a pro at budgeting

We take a look at some easy ways to manage your money better.

Budgeting is the best way to manage your money and save more. Just making the decision to be more intentional with how you spend your finances is a huge life changer.

Unfortunately, this term  –  budgeting –  has gotten a negative reputation as it has been made out to be a lot more difficult than it actually is. Making a budget is basically about having a plan for how to spend your money, that's all, nothing more to it. 

Simply doing this takes away any guesswork, helping you get a clearer picture of your earnings, spending habits, save a lot more, get out of debt, hit whatever goals you want and give you more freedom with your money. This is the best thing you can do for your finances. Ready to do this? Here are seven practical tips you need to become a pro at budgeting:

Get a budgeting app

Thanks to technology, you no longer need to pull out receipts, put down figures in order to assess your income and spending in painstaking detail. You now have personal finance apps to help you out.

With these helpful tools,  all you have to do is key in your information, desired goal and the app handles the rest.

Make a plan you can stick to

If you prefer to do it manually, you should start with the most important things like noting down your savings followed by food, transportation, utilities (electricity, security, water, garbage, data),  and toiletries. Once these necessities are taken care of, you can add others like money for your hair, pedicure, and entertainment to your budget.

 

ALSO READ: 7 important tips every young African professional needs to achieve financial success

Figure out your goals

Goals like paying off a debt, moving to a new place, buying a car, getting married are very important as they help you stick to your budget. Once you figure out your way, it becomes a lot easier to follow your plan.

Be flexible

Your income might be the same but every month has different requirements. For instance, you probably need to save more money for gifts in the months leading to December or save up for your rent before its due.

This would mean adjusting your budget for the month when it is required. This flexibility will save you from being stressed.

Have emergency funds

It is extremely important to always keep money aside every month for unexpected expenses. This is separate from your savings. It could be for anything from replacing your phone screen to medical care. Label these funds as miscellaneous in your budget.

Always use cash

Being committed to your budget means ditching your ATM cards and stick to just cash. Once you know how much money you need for food, for instance, withdraw the exact amount budgeted for that category.

Using cash helps you be more mindful of your spending as you have no choice but to stop spending as soon as the cash runs out.

 

Give yourself a break

It takes a while to become a pro at budgeting so give yourself a break if you are unable to stick to it throughout the first month or even the second one. Just keep at it, you will get there eventually!

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Politics: 3 major times President Buhari has disobeyed court orders

3 major times President Buhari has disobeyed court orders

The disobedience and disrespect for the rule of law, Priti Patel, a former secretary of state for International Development, says makes investors wary of investing in Nigeria.

The international community is wary of Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari's government for flouting court orders and alleged disobedience to the rules of law.

The disobedience and disrespect for the rule of law, Priti Patel, a former secretary of state for International Development, says makes investors wary of investing in Nigeria.

Patel's opinion came a week after the Nigerian finance minister, Zainab Ahmed and other officials visited London to promote the country’s $2.8 billion Eurobond.

In a newspaper article, she argued that for Nigeria to attract international investment and grow its ease of doing business, President Muhammadu Buhari must seriously tackle corruption, “rather than use it as a smokescreen.”

Here are some of the court cases:

Process and Industrial Development (P&ID) contract agreement with FG

 

Among Patel's sentiment on the Nigerian government’s inability to respect to court orders is a case between P&ID and the government of Nigeria.

The British firm had sued the government after President Buhari cancelled a compensation settlement for the company years after the government reneged on its contractual commitments.

In June, a US District Court in Washington D.C. affirmed a $6.59 billion arbitral award, plus $2.30 billion interest, against Nigeria in the case, according to a report by Premium Times, an online news newspaper.

However, the court, through the office of the Solicitor-General of the federation, said the decision of the court was a ‘default entry’ and not a judgement. The government also argued that the court lacks constitutional powers to institute such an order against a sovereign state like Nigeria.

Garba Shehu, media aide to the Nigerian leader described Patel’s claims as one lacking in substance and devoid of facts.

Prolonged detention of Islamic Movement of Nigeria leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

 

In 2016, a Nigerian court had ordered the government to set the Shiite leader, Ibrahim El Zakzaky and his wife, Malama Zeenat Ibrahim, free.

Till date, the government has refused to release the Shiite leader maintaining that setting Zakzaky free will be too dangerous for the Nigerian State.

The Islamic leader and his wife have been in the State Security custody since December 2015 following an altercation between members of the Nigerian Army and the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Zaria, Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria.

Former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki’s human rights vs Govt’s perceived ‘public good’

 

Despite local and West African court orders granting a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki bail, the government has refused to release him.

As far back as 2016, the Court of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, declared the arrest and detention of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, unlawful and arbitrary.

But Nigeria's attorney general, Abubakar Malami, argued that Dasuki’s personal right to regain freedom can be violated for the larger “public good.”

Dasuki was picked up by operatives of the State Security Service in December 2015. He was accused of illegal possession of firearms and diversion of $2.1 billion from the arms deal contract.

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Don't pay ransom without informing us first, Army tells kidnap victims’ families

Troops arrest suspected cattle rustler, recover 49 cows

The Acting Director of Defence Information, Brg.-Gen. John Agim, made the call when he briefed newsmen on the activities of Operation Sharan Daji in Gusau on Tuesday.

The Nigerian Army has urged the family members of kidnap victims to intimate security agencies of demand for ransom payment from kidnappers.

The Acting Director of Defence Information, Brg.-Gen. John Agim, made the call when he briefed newsmen on the activities of Operation Sharan Daji in Gusau on Tuesday.

Agim said the payment of ransom by victims’ families without the knowledge of the security agencies encouraged kidnappers to continue their criminal activities.

He said families should disregard threats from kidnappers that they should not inform security agencies about ransom payment, adding that informing security agencies would help in monitoring and arrest of the criminals.

Agim said intelligence and information sharing on all forms criminality should be encouraged among communities, especially with the establishment of a civilian joint task force in the state.

He commended the state government for establishing the task force to complement the work of conventional security agencies.

Agim said efforts would be made to ensure peace was fully restored in all the areas under the coverage of Operation Sharan Daji.

The Nigerian Army launched Operation Sharan Daji to dislodge bandits who have been terrorising communities in Zamfara area, stealing and killing the people.

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Kene Mkparu joins 20th Century Fox VP to speak at Emerging Cinema Markets in Turkey

Kene Mkparu Group Managing Director/CEO Filmhouse Cinemas and FilmOne Distribution and Production, Paul Hanneman President Worldwide Theatrical Marketing and Distribution Twentieth Century Fox, Moses Babatope Group Executive Director/COO Filmhouse Cinemas and FilmOne Distribution and Production.

Kene Mkparu and 20th century Fox's VP will be speaking at the Emerging Cinema Markets conference with Trends and Opportunities.

Today, Wednesday, November 21, Kene Mkparu will join Paul Hugginson, the executive Vice President of EMEA, 20th Century Fox to speak at the Emerging Cinema Market Conference.

Though the conference kicked off on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, the former MD of FilmOne Limited and now Chief Executive Officer of KomWorld, Nigeria will be speaking to wide range of leading cinema exhibitors, technology companies and industry experts at the conference.

ALSO READ: 20th Century Fox signs distribution deal with FilmOne

Mkparu and Hugginson will be speaking at fourth session of the conference tagged "Emerging Cinema Markets Overview with Trends and Opportunities."

 

The session, Pulse reliably gathered, will be chaired by Patrick von Sychowski, Editor, Celluloid Junkie and will have three other panelists namely, Adnan Akdemir – Chief Executive Office, Sifisian Investments, Turkey; Mariam el Bacha – Chief Executive Officer, Cinepax, Pakistan and Till Cussmann – SVP Sales & GM Europe, Vista.

The three-day conference is holding at Swissôtel The Bosphorus, a five-star luxury hotel right in the centre of Istanbul on the European banks of the Bosphorus, Turkey.

 

Speaking at the session, Mkparu said, "With only 1 cinema screen per 1.3 million people and cinemas in only 13 out of 200 major Nigerian cities, Africa's biggest economy represents a huge cinema opportunity."

Mkparu also hinted that he looks forward to a very informative and interesting conference that will also offer a unique chance to network with industry experts and professionals as well a unique chance to share the story and potentials of the biggest cinema market in the continent of Africa.

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