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....Paul Smith, the chief executive of Morses Club, which offers short-term cash loans from £100 to £1,000, said illegal money lenders were targeting council estates as they seek out those struggling to make ends meet. “Loan sharks live in the same block of flats that our customers live in, they live in the same council estates, they drink in the same pubs, they go to the same betting shops. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Loan sharks are circling, says one of UK's biggest doorstep lenders image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of September 2017 11:48:20 AM
....Paul Smith, the chief executive of Morses Club, which offers short-term cash loans from £100 to £1,000, said illegal money lenders were targeting council estates as they seek out those struggling to make ends meet. “Loan sharks live in the same block of flats that our customers live in, they live in the same council estates, they drink in the same pubs, they go to the same betting shops. ...
Betting and media firms offer to fund addiction awareness ad campaign image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 17th of September 2017 04:36:20 PM
....Betting firms and broadcasters have made an offer to the government to fund an £8m addiction awareness campaign, in a move Labour warned must not be a “stitch-up” to stave off tighter regulation of adverts. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will publish a long-awaited review of the gambling industry within weeks, including the government’s view on the rising number of betting adverts on television. ...
Elon Musk: Tesla electric lorry to be unveiled in late October image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 14th of September 2017 11:39:29 AM
....Tesla’s plans for new electric vehicles, including a commercial truck called the Tesla Semi, were announced last year, and in April Musk said the release of the semi-truck was set for September. The company is betting on both electrification and autonomous driving systems that could eventually remove the need for a driver, but in the short term could increase efficiency and safety. ...
Betting firms could be fined over ads 'targeting vulnerable people' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 12th of September 2017 11:01:48 PM
. Four betting firms could face fines over adverts disguised as news articles that “targeted vulnerable people” with claims about a gambler who cleared his debts and paid for his wife’s medical treatment by playing online casino games. ...
Ban betting firms from sponsoring football shirts, says Labour image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 5th of September 2017 11:01:15 PM
. Football clubs will be banned from signing shirt sponsorship deals with betting companies under a Labour government, as the party pledges to tackle a “hidden epidemic” of addiction and protect children from early exposure to gambling. ...
North Korea tensions ripple through global financial markets image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 4th of September 2017 05:50:06 PM
....2% and Japan’s Nikkei losing almost 1%. Naeem Asla, of Think Markets – a spreadbetting firm, said the troubles in Pyongyang did “not present a stable environment for investing”. ...
Government prepares clampdown on fixed-odds betting machines image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 2nd of September 2017 08:30:24 PM
. The government has signalled that it is preparing to clamp down on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) – the gambling machines described as the “crack cocaine” of the betting world. ...
UK gambling industry now takes £14bn a year from punters – report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 31st of August 2017 05:18:31 PM
....The British gambling industry has ballooned in size over the past decade, thanks to the growth of online games and the liberalisation of gambling laws by Tony Blair’s government. The Gambling Act 2005, which came into force in 2007, opened the door to TV advertising for sports betting, online casinos and poker, giving betting companies direct access to people’s homes. ...
Problem gamblers place up to 90 bets a day and bet in middle of night image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of August 2017 05:08:28 AM
....Young, unmarried men who are unemployed but looking for work are considered most at risk of developing a problem. Gamble Aware said the latest findings would enable online betting companies to identify and protect individuals at greatest risk of developing an addiction, but it stopped short of recommending ways in which companies should intervene. ...
City pay still out of proportion a century after JM Keynes complained image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 27th of August 2017 06:00:02 AM
....By launching a national campaign, the FCA hopes it can winnow out the last remaining claimants and get their money back – something that will also allow the banks to draw a line under the whole sorry affair. GVC, owner of betting brands such as bwin and Sportingbet, has been sidling up to Ladbrokes like a prime racing stud eyeing a comely mare. ...
World leaders need to take centre stage and shove central bankers into the wings image
....Focus on problem gambling is sharper than ever after last week’s report by the Gambling Commission, which concluded that the government and the industry were not doing enough to tackle it. One key finding is that the number of addicts who play fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) – the controversial machines that let punters stake £100 every 20 seconds – has increased significantly. ...
Number of problem gamblers in the UK rises to more than 400,000 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 24th of August 2017 09:22:37 AM
....The report by the Gambling Commission estimated that the number of British over-16s deemed to be problem gamblers had grown by a third in three years, suggesting that about 430,000 people suffer from a serious habit. It also found evidence of an increase in addiction among those playing controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), which have been criticised for allowing betting shop customers to spend up to £100 every 20 seconds. ...
Dixons Carphone warns on profits as customers keep phones for longer image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 24th of August 2017 07:26:47 AM
....James said: “One of the catalysts that will bring people into the market is a piece of technology they want to own. Everything we know about the iPhone 8 suggests it will be a popular product, but we are not betting the farm on it. ...
European stock markets dip after Spain terrorist attacks image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 18th of August 2017 05:04:02 PM
....5%. Neil Wilson, analyst at the stock market betting firm ETX Capital, said: “As we’ve seen over the last couple of years in Europe, these kinds of atrocities affect tourism and will hit airline earnings. ...
Paddy Power Betfair blames bad results on bad results image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of August 2017 10:12:14 AM
....Paddy Power Betfair has said the lack of a major football tournament and unfavourable sports results were to blame for a slowdown in growth in the first half of the year. Shares in the betting group fell sharply for a second day, after the bookmaker surprised investors on Monday with the revelation that Breon Corcoran had resigned as chief executive. ...
The president tweeted it – but is the US economy really great again? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 5th of August 2017 03:00:15 PM
.... The only silver lining is that paralysis on Capitol Hill will mean that inflation stays low and real wages stay positive. Kathleen Brooks, research director at spread-betting firm City Index, says that with 350 out of the 500 companies on the S&P 500 having reported earnings for the second quarter, it is clear that “virtually every sector exceeded expectations for earnings and sales”. ...
William Hill sees online sports betting increase by 13% in a year image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of August 2017 10:46:50 PM
. Bookmaker William Hill has reported a big increase in online sports betting in the UK over the past six months, despite feeling the absence of a major international football tournament this year and the wider squeeze on household incomes. ...
Big, bold … and broken: is the US shopping mall in a fatal decline? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 22nd of July 2017 11:00:36 AM
.... Bargains are not Mall of America’s selling point (although it probably helps that the state has no sales tax on clothes). With its cinemas, an aquarium, rides, hotels and conference-goers, Mall of America is betting on more than shopping to keep itself in business. ...
Key Bank of England policymaker 'not ready' for interest rate rise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of July 2017 05:45:21 PM
....5%. Joshua Mahony, a market analyst at spread betting firm IG, said Yellen’s comments were seen as dampening expectations of a steep rise of US rates. ...
£8bn battle looms for credit card processor Worldpay as rivals circle image
....During his time at Barclays, Rake was instrumental in ousting chief executive Antony Jenkins in July 2015, following a boardroom row over the future of Barclays’ investment banking business. “Having only joined the FTSE 100 in 2015, [Worldpay] was a welcome addition to an index that had become overpopulated by banks and miners,” said Chris Beauchamp, chief market analyst at spread betting firm IG. ...
Fixed-odds betting terminal review delayed until autumn image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 30th of June 2017 06:11:07 PM
. A long-awaited review of fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) has been delayed until the autumn, following a rift between the Treasury and the government department responsible for the gambling industry over regulation of the controversial machines. ...
Ladbrokes could face inquiry after betting addicts' details found in bin bag image
. Ladbrokes could face an investigation from the gambling regulator over an incident in which confidential information about betting addicts, including photos, names and addresses, was found in a bin bag on the street. ...
Online gambling firms face clampdown after watchdog's probe image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 23rd of June 2017 07:46:11 AM
....The CMA said customers were sometimes forced to play hundreds of times before they were allowed to withdraw money, denying them the choice to “quit while they’re ahead”. Online betting firms now have chance to respond to the CMA, which said if necessary it would take action through the courts to force companies to end illegal activities. ...
Bosses under fire for telling staff to vote Tory or risk losing jobs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 12th of June 2017 04:05:44 PM
....The GMB union branded John Brooker as Dickensian after he apparently told employees at his IT firm Storm Technologies to vote Conservative “if you value your job”. Social media users labelled betting firm Jenningsbet disgusting after staff were told the company could go bust, costing them their jobs, unless the Tories won. ...
Pound recovers after sharp falls as political turmoil hits markets image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 9th of June 2017 04:46:50 PM
....5%. Connor Campbell, financial analyst at spread betting firm Spreadex, said: “Though the current chaos is bad news for the instability-averse pound, if it leads to a softer Brexit it may end up working in the currency’s favour. ...
Tories have ‘shameful record’ on FOBT gambling, says Labour image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of June 2017 05:19:03 PM
. The Labour party has accused the government of failing to act on fixed-odds betting terminals, after data showed that gamblers’ losses are largest in deprived areas and opposition-held constituencies. ...
Airline shares lower after terror attack image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 5th of June 2017 08:11:29 AM
....Ocado, which had originally pledged an overseas deal by the end of 2015, did not name the retailer or say how much the contract was worth. Ocado's shares have risen by 37% in the past two months and Neil Wilson, analyst at spread betting firm ETX Capital, said the drop could be linked to investors deciding to take profits. ...
WPP needs a big name to follow Sir Martin Sorrell image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 4th of June 2017 06:00:16 AM
.... But surely that isn’t Bob the Banker’s plan?. Anybody who has listened to the marketing of the financial spread betting industry over the years will know that one of the great trumpeted advantages is that even retail punters can have a flutter on shares going down. ...
Nomura admits part in Goldman Venezuelan bond deal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 1st of June 2017 08:32:58 AM
....8bn worth of similar bonds. Opposition leader Julio Borges accused Goldman of "aiding and abetting the country's dictatorial regime". ...
British Airways should come clean about computer chaos image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 30th of May 2017 05:52:44 PM
....5% of revenues. The stock market is evidently betting that the skies will clear again for the airline. ...
UK gamblers lose record £13.8bn as industry braces for FOBT crackdown image
....8bn in the year ending September 2016, including an all-time high of £1. 82bn on controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). ...
'Nothing we could do' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 11:00:17 PM
.... And that could mean that restricting Nafta or imposing border taxes on car parts made in the US's neighbours could cost American jobs. Mexican officials are betting the US won't shoot itself in the foot even as its new president tries to change his country's role in the global economy. ...
Global stock markets: what's driving the record rises – and will they continue? image
.... Taken as a whole, FTSE companies make the majority of their earnings overseas, so a weak pound boosts their bottom line and thus their stock prices. Jasper Lawler, senior market analyst at London Capital Group, a spreadbetting firm, said: “Since the snap election was announced, the negative correlation between the British pound and the FTSE 100 has broken down. ...
Uber must return 'pilfered' Waymo files image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 15th of May 2017 07:27:22 PM
....Crucially for Uber, the ruling did not shut down its self-driving car project. Uber is betting that its ride services network will eventually rely on self-driving cars. ...
Online betting firm 888 investigated by watchdog image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 15th of May 2017 02:37:15 PM
. Online gambling company 888 is being investigated by the industry regulator, which has the power to strip betting firms of their licence to do business, amid concern over the tools it uses to help problem gamblers. ...
US ‘fear index’ shows stock markets eerily calm in stormy times image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 13th of May 2017 03:00:03 PM
....This brings a degree of certainty over the price a trade will bring, but requires the investor to pay a premium in return. A trader confident that a price will rise may take out the opposite sort of option – a call – betting that the market will move higher. ...
FTSE 100 lifted by HSBC and Shell results image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 4th of May 2017 08:36:35 AM
....4% after it reported falling sales and trimmed the top end of its full-year profit forecast. In the FTSE 250, shares in Ladbrokes Coral fell 4% after it reported a 2% drop in UK net revenues at its betting shops. ...
MPs' report on FOBTs found to breach parliamentary standards image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of May 2017 05:51:21 PM
. An MPs’ report calling for a crackdown on fixed-odds betting terminals, published in the midst of a government review into the controversial machines, has been found to breach parliamentary standards. ...
Battery bonanza image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 30th of April 2017 11:01:30 PM
.... . Tesla is betting that it can significantly wrestle down the costs of lithium-ion production, not through technological breakthroughs, but through sheer economies of scale. ...
Jockey Club horse racing posts record annual turnover image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 05:05:46 AM
....". The new British horserace betting levy . ...
Borussia Dortmund bombs: 'Speculator' charged with bus attack image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 06:59:39 AM
....He was arrested on Friday near Tubingen in Rottenburg, south-west Germany. The suspect had allegedly bought 15,000 put options on Borussia Dortmund shares - reportedly priced at €78,000 (£65,000; $83,600) - betting that they would drop sharply after the attack. ...
Green Investment Bank sell-off: only time will tell how green it is | Nils Pratley image
....But Nick Hurd, climate change and industry minister, can’t yet boast that the deal “gives us the best of both worlds” – value for money and committed owner. He’s betting that the interests of a bank known as Australia’s answer to Goldman Sachs will coincide with the ambitions of UK policy on green infrastructure. ...
FTSE 100 suffers worst day since Brexit vote after May calls election image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 05:11:25 PM
.... But in the wake of the snap general election, it said it was ditching its bets against the pound. The stockbroker Brewin Dolphin said that the rise in sterling might appear “counter-intuitive” as traders have been betting on sterling falling ever since last June’s Brexit vote. ...
But it was spreads that put the ‘uni’ in Unilever image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 16th of April 2017 06:00:23 AM
....But is that bad news for everyone? Possibly not, if it makes shoppers trade down to cheaper retailers such as Primark, whose owner Associated British Foods (ABF) announces first-half results this week. Chris Beauchamp of financial spread betting group IG, mused: “Now, after recent data on wage growth has confirmed that UK shoppers’ pay packets are shrinking in real terms, we could see a boost for the cheaper end of the market, with Primark being a beneficiary. ...
Bookies bet on record weekend of sport image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 7th of April 2017 08:21:42 PM
....A bumper roster of sport including the Grand National, the Masters and Premier League games, is expected to produce a record weekend for bookmakers. The Grand National will attract about £225m in wagers across the betting industry, William Hill predicted. ...
Bookmakers' software under scrutiny image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of April 2017 02:32:06 PM
....It has found in favour of two punters who complained about software being downloaded on to their computers without their permission. The gamblers believe the software could be used to track their betting history and close their accounts if they win. ...
Tesla charges ahead to overtake Ford in market value image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of April 2017 01:31:56 PM
....Musk was in the mood to gloat about Tesla’s comparatively rapid growth story. “Stormy weather in Shortville,” he tweeted, a reference to traders who had been burned by “shorting” Tesla – betting its results would disappoint and its shares would fall. ...
Tesco has settled with the SFO – but it faces more headaches ahead | Nils Pratley image
.... Apparently, it was only a home defeat for Newcastle United to Sheffield Wednesday on Boxing Day that saved the bookies from a “black swan” event on accumulators and multiple bets. But Mullen could equally have been referring to the government’s review of fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), announced at the end of October. ...
Blurred lines? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 12:02:25 AM
Rising food costs - what's that got to do with the price of Brexit? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 19th of March 2017 07:00:01 AM
....When it was founded by Stuart Wheeler in the 1970s, the Investors Gold Index allowed punters to bet on the price of gold bullion at a time when you could get banged up for buying the real thing. That clever idea grew into what we now know as spread-betting giant IG Group, and it made Wheeler so rich that he could afford restoration attempts on crumbling relics such as Kent’s Chilham Castle (2002) and the Conservative party (2001). ...
Netflix and Tesla overrated? Yes, in this mad, mad world image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 18th of March 2017 07:01:32 AM
....In a highly unusual move, investment group Jupiter this week revealed the stocks that it is “shorting”, which means placing a bet that a company’s share price will fall. Normally, shorting is the preserve of secretive hedge funds, or the “absolute return” funds currently popular among small investors – and rarely are we told which stocks they are betting are about to tank. ...
Q&A: What will happen if the Federal Reserve raises US interest rates? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of March 2017 07:08:31 PM
....The Federal Reserve raised the base interest rate by a quarter of a percent in December last year and is expected to follow with a further rate rise on Wednesday. Some analysts expect a quarter-point rise, though most of the betting is now on a half point, pushing the base rate to a range of 1% to 1. ...
In the Hunt image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of March 2017 12:03:41 AM
....The 28-race steeplechase event is run by the Jockey Club and culminates in the Gold Cup day on Friday. On average some 65,000 people will attend the event each day, spending money on accommodation, food and drink, and betting. ...
Gamblers 'lost more than £10,000' on fixed-odds betting terminals image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of March 2017 03:49:55 PM
. Seven gamblers lost more than £10,000 in a day while using controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) during a 10-month period, it has emerged. ...
Britons like vodka and Nike and won't consider Airbnb, survey reveals image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of March 2017 03:42:14 PM
.... Nonetheless, HSBC advises investors to sell Ladbrokes shares, citing the likelihood that consumers will have less money to spend. It also warned of the potential that a government review will lead to a crackdown on fixed-odds betting terminals, which pulled in £1. ...
US interest rate rise almost certain after bumper jobs growth image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 06:15:58 PM
....8% failed to indicate that the economy was overheating. Kathleen Brooks, research director at spreadbetting firm City Index, said: “While this jobs data is solid enough, it is not too hot to force the Fed to embark on more than three rate hikes this year, which is what the market expects. ...
Horses for courses image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 12:54:11 AM
. Steve Gibson says he has made it clear that people should never approach him for any betting advice. ...
Sorry, Brexit doomsayers, the outlook is good on global growth image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 4th of March 2017 05:00:20 PM
.... It is more about believing even the scariest political flash points can be contained. They are betting that far-right groups in Europe will lose out to centre-right groupings and that the financial problems in Greece are ring-fenced; that the Chinese communist party will retain its grip on the economy to keep things moving forward; and that Russia will consider it too risky to encroach further into Ukraine. ...
City news: Merlin Entertainments, Sportech, and Mike Ashley  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 3rd of March 2017 08:59:00 AM
....SPORTECH has scored a deal to offload its Football Pools business to private equity firm OpCapita for £83million. The betting technology company had been seeking a buyer for more than 18 months. ...
William Hill's potential next CEO backs curbs on TV gambling adverts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 24th of February 2017 05:53:03 PM
....Bowcock, the interim CEO after the departure of James Henderson last July following successive profit warnings, is among the favourites to be named chief executive, with a decision due within weeks. His comments on advertising, as the company announced a 1% increase in pre-tax profit to £226m, come as the government reviews the potential harm caused by fixed-odds betting terminals and TV advertising. ...
Comparethemarket ads lead way as online firms become top TV spenders image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of February 2017 07:01:00 AM
....3m, as it promoted products including its TV service. Betting firms, which are facing the prospect of a ban on daytime TV adverts , spent a total of £50m promoting their online betting services. ...
Canada's Trump? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 12:33:29 AM
. An outspoken businessman who found fame on American reality TV is betting the wave of populist sentiment will help him upend Canada's political establishment. ...
Betting turf war is torpedoing efforts to help problem gamblers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of February 2017 07:00:02 AM
. Problem gambling experts have criticised rival factions of the betting industry for waging a “selfish” war of words to protect their own interests amid the threat of tighter regulation. ...
Devil-may-care investors fall under spell of Trump-mania image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of February 2017 02:31:01 PM
....To emphasise the point, there are even early signs of junk-rated businesses using cheap lending facilities to borrow more money and use it to enrich their private equity owners, a move that evokes the worst behaviour before the 2008 crash. Thankfully, the betting must be that only a few investors get hurt in the stampede, the reason being that Congress simply will not allow Trump to pursue his crazy spending plans and mania for deregulation. ...
Rising incomes mean nothing if prices rise even faster | Letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of February 2017 12:05:43 AM
....Admirable in many ways, but as befuddled as Corbyn himself on the Brexit referendum vote, but, unlike him, Harriet Harman (New Review) has always toed the party line. She is clear about whom she represents – her constituents – yet even as she reviles what he stands for and knows he is hopeless, she will obey his three-line whip, thereby aiding and abetting Corbyn and May in delivering the UK into the very sort of chaos sought by Trump, which could well lead to circumstances not matched since the 1930s. ...
Booker Tesco deal has hedge funds in a funk image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 29th of January 2017 07:00:17 AM
....” As this page is fond of pointing out, that’s how Robert De Niro’s character, Ace Rothstein, explained the gambling industry in the 1995 film Casino. Remember his words this week, when the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT) All Party Parliamentary Group publishes its report on those controversial betting machines in bookies’ shops, which allow punters to gamble on games such as roulette. ...
Paddy Power Betfair takes £5m hit from Trump election win image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 23rd of January 2017 12:30:32 PM
....Created last year by the merger of Paddy Power and Betfair, the group also suffered a £35m hit from “customer friendly” sports results towards the end of 2016. These included 12 goals in 12 games for Ibrahimovic, who the bookmaker said typically attracts the biggest stakes from gamblers betting on a goalscorer. ...
Hurrah for the industrial strategy. At last Britain has a plan image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 22nd of January 2017 06:59:23 AM
....He may well turn out to be right in some or all of his views. But timing in markets is everything, as Soros, who made a fortune by betting against the pound on Black Wednesday in 1992, knows. ...
Rolls-Royce: questions remain despite £671m bribery settlement | Nils Pratley image
.... And, in the age of low interest rates, there have been easy opportunities to spice up returns to shareholders via the use of debt. Is there any mileage left, though? BAT is betting there is because it is buying Reynolds at almost 17 times its earnings, thought to be the highest price ever paid for a large tobacco firm. ...

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