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....Asda operates a fully automated distribution warehouse in west London; white-collar tasks are being automated by PwC, the accountancy firm, and Linklaters, the law firm, which have been developing software robots that use artificial intelligence to learn to do research tasks usually undertaken by junior accountants and lawyers. The RSA warns that artificial intelligence and robotics will “undoubtedly cause the loss of some jobs, whether it is autonomous vehicles pushing taxi drivers out of business or picking and packing robots usurping warehouse workers”. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Robots 'could take 4m UK private sector jobs within 10 years' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 19th of September 2017 10:34:36 AM
....Asda operates a fully automated distribution warehouse in west London; white-collar tasks are being automated by PwC, the accountancy firm, and Linklaters, the law firm, which have been developing software robots that use artificial intelligence to learn to do research tasks usually undertaken by junior accountants and lawyers. The RSA warns that artificial intelligence and robotics will “undoubtedly cause the loss of some jobs, whether it is autonomous vehicles pushing taxi drivers out of business or picking and packing robots usurping warehouse workers”. ...
The Brexit bill is cataclysmic. Only a swerve will save us | Polly Toynbee image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 5th of September 2017 05:00:33 AM
.... But silliness is now Britain’s official position. Those who holidayed in the EU this summer will have met that amazement from taxi drivers, bartenders, students and old-timers alike: they think we are mad. ...
Sexual harassment and the sharing economy: the dark side of working for strangers image
.... They said Uber did little to support them and the company failed to work with police to help bring charges. Dolores Benitez, who used to be a New York City taxi driver but now works for Uber and other ride-sharing companies, said she had dealt with passengers physically fighting in her car and riders having sex. ...
Employment statistics tell skewed story about UK jobs market Katie Allen image
.... But some is what MPs investigating the gig economy have described as “bogus self-employment”. People were being forced into self-employment as couriers, taxi drivers and other roles, as companies declined to take them on as employees, said parliament’s work and pensions committee. ...
Uber and the ‘brogrammers’ feel the consequences of changing the world image
.... However, the savings in your pocket come from somewhere. Almost all come from the money poured into the company by venture capitalists (Uber still operates at a loss overall), but some comes from taxi drivers cut out of business. ...
Uber executive 'had no reason to obtain rape victim's medical records' image
....“He was a witness in this case, but his deposition had nothing to do with the medical legal report,” he said. “His deposition was about the route taken by the taxi driver, about the driver and how he was recruited. ...
New Uber blow as European legal adviser says service should be licensed like taxis image
....5 million people and 120,000 drivers in the EU use the app. The advocate general’s opinion related to a case brought by an association of Barcelona taxi drivers who argued that Uber engaged in unfair competition by using unlicensed drivers. ...
European court aide rules Uber is a transport company image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 11th of May 2017 11:05:00 AM
....Uber said the decision did little to change the way it was regulated. Maciej Szpunar, advocate general at the Court of Justice of the European Union, made the decision while considering a case brought by an association of taxi drivers from Barcelona. ...
Where oil rigs go to die image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 04:30:18 AM
.... In pubs and on coastal paths, they discussed the progress of Tervoort’s salvage with an easy familiarity, as they did weather or tides. “Every day you look at it,” said Norman Macdonald, a taxi driver. ...
May Day report by MPs damns growing UK gig economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 30th of April 2017 11:01:13 PM
....The committee, led by the Labour MP Frank Field, criticised such arguments as fiction. It also highlighted that forcing people into self-employment as couriers, taxi drivers and other roles, rather than taking them on as employees, was depriving the state of badly needed tax revenues and creating an extra burden on the welfare system. ...
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Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 11:12:43 PM
....". Meanwhile, traditional taxi drivers who have not migrated to Uber or successful rival ride-sharing apps like regional competitor Careem have been up in arms, staging protests in Cairo's streets over Uber's subsidised fares, and accusing the company of stealing their livelihoods in tough economic times. ...
Australia to introduce stricter rules on working visas image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 07:38:55 AM
.... . "Many of these students, after becoming citizens, remain as taxi drivers, not the skilled higher-paying professions that their student visas promised. ...
Here’s how to civilise Uber, and make the other ‘death stars’ work for us too | Deborah Orr image
. Pretty much everyone who has seen the 1990 sci-fi movie Total Recall remembers Johnny Cab, the sardonic robot taxi driver. ...
Hell of a ride: even a PR powerhouse couldn't get Uber on track image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of April 2017 07:00:27 AM
....On 3 May, Uber will attempt to persuade a federal judge not to grant a request from Google’s self-driving offshoot, Waymo, for an injunction against Uber’s self-driving program. For a company that operates at a loss, and whose future is staked on eliminating the cost of taxi drivers with autonomous vehicles, the court case poses a potentially existential threat. ...
Wine detective image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of March 2017 11:00:24 PM
.... And all seemed fine. "A taxi driver then turned up to collect the champagne. ...
Uber to shut down Denmark operation over new taxi laws image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of March 2017 01:36:28 PM
....The company, which says it has 2,000 drivers and 300,000 people using its app in Denmark, said it would not be able to operate unless the regulations were changed, but added it would “continue to work with the government … to enable Danes to enjoy the benefits of modern technologies like Uber”. As has happened elsewhere in Europe, taxi driver unions, cab operators and politicians have argued that Uber does not comply with the legal standards for established taxi firms and its service represents unfair competition. ...
Uber set to pull out of Denmark image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of March 2017 01:01:41 PM
....Cab hire firm Uber will withdraw from Denmark in April because of new taxi laws that require drivers to have fare meters and seat sensors. Local taxi driver unions and politicians have complained that Uber poses unfair competition by not meeting legal standards required for established taxi firms. ...
Why robots should be taxed if they take people's jobs | Robert Shiller image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 11:18:12 AM
.... In just the past year, we have seen the proliferation of devices such as Google Home and Amazon Echo Dot (Alexa), which replace some aspects of household help. Likewise, the Delphi and nuTonomy driverless taxi services in Singapore have started to replace taxi drivers. ...
Philip Hammond breaks manifesto pledge with budget tax grab image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 04:05:32 PM
.... There was also money for free schools, which would be able to offer selective education. The NICs change, which Treasury sources said would affect highly paid professionals such as GPs, QCs and partners at law firms, was met with anger within the sector, and by MPs who said taxi drivers and delivery workers were among those affected. ...
Taxes for self-employed likely to rise in Hammond's budget image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 08:05:27 PM
....Almost half – 45% – of the growth in jobs as Britain’s economy has bounced back since 2008 has been in self-employment. Much of that has been in traditionally high-paid sectors such as advertising and banking, rather than the low-paid taxi drivers and couriers whose cases have caught public attention. ...
Uber loses legal test case over language image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 3rd of March 2017 12:31:56 PM
...."These tests are not only expensive but excessive, and will do little to improve public safety. We've already seen London taxi drivers of 20 years or more struggling with essay questions about the Aurora Borealis and snowboarding, do we need them to have read Shakespeare too?" he said. ...
Brexit is a Whitehall farce that threatens the heart of Europe image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of February 2017 07:00:23 AM
.... Yet my old friend David Davis – many friendships go through trying times – continues to make it abundantly clear that, throughout the nonsense of the Brexit “process”, our economy will continue to need skilled and unskilled immigrants from the rest of the EU. (By the way, contrary to what a Manchester taxi driver recently told me, we are still in the EU and may be for some time. ...
Southern rail dispute reflects workers’ growing fears about rise of automation image
.... Electric car maker Tesla has taken more than 325,000 reservations for its Model 3, which has driverless technology and is due to arrive in late 2017. Millions of taxi drivers, lorry drivers and chauffeurs could be put out of work, though there will be jobs managing and maintaining driverless cars. ...
Ethical gifts: think of others when you think of others this Christmas image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 3rd of December 2016 06:59:15 AM
.... When you buy someone a Lendwithcare gift voucher, they then go online and choose an individual who they are going to lend the money to. It might be a rice farmer in Cambodia, a market stall holder in Zambia or a taxi driver in Ecuador. ...
Self-employed 'now earning less than in 1995' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 17th of October 2016 11:00:11 PM
.... . They included construction workers, hairdressers, taxi drivers, tutors and IT consultants, he said. ...
With robots, is a life without work one we'd want to live? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 26th of September 2016 07:21:21 AM
....Of course there are enormous logistical questions as to whether those who are going to be displaced by robots will actually be provided with the means necessary to pursue other meaningful ways of living. We simply don’t know yet whether the taxi driver who enjoyed the chance to have conversations with different people every day will have other opportunities to find a sense of sociability or whether he’ll be forced into less meaningful work. ...
Bonanza for Bosnia image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of September 2016 11:07:07 PM
....At the City Pub, one of the popular bars in the centre of Sarajevo, waitress Belma Eminagic, 25, is taking a cigarette break. "Waiters and taxi drivers see them as walking money bags and treat them very well," she says. ...

'We have no maps, we don’t know where to go': How Lake Como became the unlikely hotspot of Europe’s migration crisis
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.... Because of our colour, we are easy to recognise,” he said, laughing shyly. A former taxi driver, he hopes to claim asylum in northern Europe. ...

Muslim taxi driver jailed for 27 years for 'barbaric' murder of Glasgow shopkeeper
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....A man who murdered a Glasgow shopkeeper in a religiously motivated attack because he thought the shopkeeper had “disrespected” Islam has been jailed for a minimum of 27 years. Tanveer Ahmed, 32, a taxi driver from Bradford, drove to Scotland to confront Asad Shah at his store before pulling out a knife and stabbing the popular 40-year-old. ...

Paris hotel occupancy rates halve as tourists abandon France in wake of terrorist attacks
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....However, Jean-Pierre Nadir of the travel website Easyvoyage said terrorism was not the only factor discouraging foreign visitors. “Protests by taxi drivers and opponents of labour reforms, and strikes by rail workers and refuse collectors during the European football championships also tarnished the image of France,” he said. ...

Can you spot the black taxi hidden in this tricky photo? 
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 12:34:44 PM
....It was created by digital illustrator Charlotte Bailey for insureTAXI, who recently found 50 per cent of cabbies use the internet to play games or browse social media when waiting for a fare, so decided to combine the two. Tim Crighton, the company’s marketing director, said: “We’re always working to get a better understanding of our customers and our recent survey of taxi drivers has helped us understand more about their behaviours, habits and opinions. ...

Munich shooting: Teenage killer Ali Sonboly 'inspired by far-right terrorist Anders Breivik' and 'used Facebook offer of free McDonald's food to lure victims'
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....Neighbours on Saturday described Sonboly as “intelligent, quiet and shy,” an apparently normal 18-year-old. The German-Iranian student lived comfortably in a fifth-floor apartment in the middle class Munich suburb of Maxvorstad with his parents, one of them a taxi driver and the other a department store worker. ...

Ali Sonboly: Everything we know about the Munich gunman
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of July 2016 02:01:32 AM
....Neighbours described Sonboly as “intelligent, quiet and shy”, an apparently normal 18-year-old. The German-Iranian student lived comfortably in a fifth-floor apartment in the middle-class Munich suburb of Maxvorstad with his parents, one of them a taxi driver and the other a department store worker. ...

Munich attack: Cry of 'I am German' as families fled in terror 
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 22nd of July 2016 10:43:43 PM
.... The metro and bus network were closed, too. Reports suggested taxi drivers were bring told by police to avoid the city centre and not to pick up any passengers. ...

Munich shooting: How Friday's deadly attacked unfolded
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 22nd of July 2016 09:00:00 PM
.... . There are reports (unconfirmed) on Twitter that taxi drivers are getting messages from police to avoid the city centre and not to pick up any passengers. ...

Munich shooting: Gunman targeted children outside McDonald's restaurant in shopping centre rampage as terrorism strikes Germany 
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.... . There are reports (unconfirmed) on Twitter that taxi drivers are getting messages from police to avoid the city centre and not to pick up any passengers. ...
Uber could step on the gas after the nod from Brussels image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of June 2016 08:52:06 AM
....One of the chief complaints is that its lower-cost UberPop service – now banned in a handful of countries – relies on drivers who do not have a licence to operate private hire vehicles. This angered traditional taxi drivers, whose lobby groups have found allies among the political classes. ...
Capitalism’s claim to do good looks shaky if there’s little to prevent it doing harm image
....One of the chief complaints is that its lower-cost UberPop service – now banned in a handful of countries – relies on drivers who do not have a licence to operate private hire vehicles. This angered traditional taxi drivers, whose lobby groups have found allies among the political classes. ...
Uber suffers legal setbacks in France and Germany image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of June 2016 06:19:51 PM
....While several European states have put legal obstacles in the way of Uber’s expansion, the taxi service has also faced fierce opposition in other parts of the world. Protests by taxi drivers in Jakarta, Indonesia, erupted into violence earlier this year, while Brazil initially moved to ban Uber outright before the law was overturned, sparking anger from taxi drivers in Rio de Janeiro. ...
French court fines Uber for running illegal taxi service image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of June 2016 01:52:00 PM
....The UberPop service connected clients via a smartphone app with non-professional drivers using their own cars. Uber France suspended the service last year after the government banned it under pressure from licensed taxi drivers. ...
EU backs sharing economy in boost for Uber and Airbnb image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of June 2016 06:02:36 PM
....Berlin is also among several German cities to issue an edict against Uber, which has faced similar roadblocks erected by regional and local governments in Spain and France, where its offices were raided by police. State intervention has often followed protests or lobbying from competitors such as taxi drivers or the hotel industry, who complain that they are being undercut by rivals who do not face the same regulatory burden. ...
DBS: the safety check backlog that means nurses, carers and teachers cannot work image
....However, the DBS requires other rigorous checks which might involve more than one police force depending on where the applicant has lived and worked. There are three types of check: a standard check required, for example, for court, prison or security officers; an enhanced check for anyone working with children or in social or healthcare services; and an enhanced check with barred list check for adoptive parents or taxi drivers. ...
'Everyone’s outraged': angry Greeks foresee Grexit and drachma's revival image
....Related: What do Greeks think of the latest austerity measures?. In his yellow Toyota, Giorgos Balabanis, a taxi driver for the past 15 years, puts it another way. ...
'Everyone’s outraged': angry Greeks foresee Grexit and drachma's revival image
....Related: What do Greeks think of the latest austerity measures?. In his yellow Toyota, Giorgos Balabanis, a taxi driver for the past 15 years, puts it another way. ...
Uber assembles advisory board of international power brokers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 5th of May 2016 04:35:51 PM
....Uber is currently embroiled in multiple lawsuits, including class-action cases in the US from drivers who want to be recognised as employees and a price-fixing lawsuit from passengers. It has been the subject of multiple protests from taxi drivers around the world. ...
Self-employed set up co-operatives to share costs and services image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 16th of April 2016 06:00:11 AM
.... But a new report reveals that a growing number of freelancers are forming co-operatives to share costs and services. They range from music teachers in Swindon, to a group of interpreters, to taxi driver firms owned by self-employed drivers. ...
Customised burgers and table service: meet the man behind 'posh' McDonald's image
....Since becoming chief executive of McDonald’s UK in February last year, the Londoner has introduced some eye-catching initiatives at the fast-food chain. These initiatives have already changed the views of a taxi driver in Luton, who describes the McDonald’s we are heading towards to meet Pomroy as “posh”. ...
Customised burgers and table service: meet the man behind 'posh' McDonald's image
....Since becoming chief executive of McDonald’s UK in February last year, the Londoner has introduced some eye-catching initiatives at the fast-food chain. These initiatives have already changed the views of a taxi driver in Luton, who describes the McDonald’s we are heading towards to meet Pomroy as “posh”. ...
Uber starts motorbike service in Jakarta image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of April 2016 06:25:30 AM
.... . Thousands of taxi drivers protested recently in the Indonesian capital against transport apps. ...
From shantytown to millionaire image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 3rd of April 2016 11:20:03 PM
....None of them had any previous experience of running a start-up company. Her brother and Ms Velez worked at a branch of fast-food chain McDonald's, while her husband was a taxi driver. ...
Jakarta taxi drivers stage apps protest image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of March 2016 06:02:14 AM
. Thousands of Indonesian taxi drivers have brought parts of the capital, Jakarta, to a standstill in a protest against transport apps. ...
This new map of Earth divides the planet into 57 trillion 3-metre squares image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 21st of February 2016 08:56:17 PM
....5m people who live without official addresses in Brazilian favelas. Here in the UK, each postcode contains an average of 15 delivery points – so even when you give a delivery company, a taxi driver or an emergency responder your full postcode, a combination of up to seven letters and numbers, you’ve narrowed the destination to more than a dozen locations. ...
City's support firms are branching out image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 15th of February 2016 12:38:05 PM
.... . The no-contract “gig economy” model, with its roots in the working patterns of Avon ladies and taxi drivers, has also proved popular with web-based services such as Uber and Deliveroo recently. ...
France is on a road to nowhere without reforms image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 13th of February 2016 03:40:11 PM
.... Plainclothes police officers check chauffeurs at the Paris' Gare de Lyon railway station. "Chauffeurs" - like those who drive for Uber, claim they are victims of discrimination by the government, while taxi drivers complain about unfair competition. ...
London black-cab drivers reject Uber olive branch image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of February 2016 01:11:20 PM
....”. About 5,000 taxi drivers plan to protest in London on Wednesday over deregulation of the trade, which black-cab drivers believe favours private hire firms with “light touch” checks. ...
Cabbies 'reject free Uber offer' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of February 2016 12:23:00 PM
....". A number of protests against Uber have been held by taxi drivers around the world, including protests in London. ...
All London black cabs to take card payments from October image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of February 2016 03:05:13 PM
....Related: Cheap cab ride? You must have missed Uber’s true cost | Evgeny Morozov. Groups representing taxi drivers said the decision by TfL, which regulates public transport in the capital, would benefit both drivers and customers. ...
Cheap cab ride? You must have missed Uber’s true cost | Evgeny Morozov image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 31st of January 2016 12:03:12 AM
....Moreover, the company is actively trying to solidify its status as a default platform for transport. During the recent squabbles in France – where taxi drivers have been rioting to get the government to notice their plight – Uber has offered to open up its platforms to any professional taxi drivers who would like a second job. ...
London's black-cab drivers: 'Four cabbies pay more tax than Uber' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 29th of January 2016 08:36:43 AM
....Related: Rise in London minicab numbers 'increase journey times by 10%'. Uber dismissed the LTDA’s claim that four taxi drivers paid more tax than the company in the UK. ...
Uber ordered to pay €1.2m to French taxi union by Paris court image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 27th of January 2016 01:52:03 PM
....Related: From Rio to Paris - Uber is fighting battles across the globe. The ruling comes on a second consecutive day of large-scale protests by taxi drivers angry about the impact of Uber, which has taken up to a third of their business, according to Paris dispatchers. ...
Uber told 'to compensate' Paris rival image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 27th of January 2016 01:16:53 PM
....The court ruled that Uber drivers were unlawfully collecting fares waiting in the street, the AFP news agency said. This can only be done by taxi drivers who pay more for their licences. ...
Hire car industry shows how France is taking its entrepreneurs for a ride image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 27th of January 2016 05:00:00 AM
.... Urban transportation is a case in point. On Tuesday, French taxi drivers went on strike to protest at private hire services powered by technology. ...
Uber hails victory after Transport for London drops restrictions image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of January 2016 11:12:33 AM
.... It also ditched a proposal to require operators to allow passengers to pre-book minicabs up to seven days in advance. However, after a consultation launched in September, TfL said it planned to introduce new regulations including a formal English-language requirement, focusing on spoken English, for all taxi drivers in London. ...
The self-employed will overtake the public sector with the ‘gig economy’ image
.... For most of the industrial era, there were really only two big blocs in the workforce: public and private sector employees. There were a few self-employed people – a few company directors, some builders and the odd taxi driver. ...
Julie Deane on celebrity fans and supporting the self-employed image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 6th of January 2016 08:38:55 AM
.... The time that I’ve put into it, during the busiest time for my business, Singles Day, Black Friday, and the lead up to Christmas, is because I’m convinced it can make a difference. The self-employed are an incredibly diverse group from farmers to taxi drivers to actors and creatives, as well as people starting a business. ...
I saved readers £500,000 in 2015 - and these were the worst firms image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 26th of December 2015 08:24:47 AM
.... The pitfalls of not understanding what is being entered into a credit card machine were also highlighted. Travice Phillips rued a 15‑minute taxi journey from the Kremlin to her hotel when the taxi driver incorrectly entered 79,850 roubles instead of 798. ...
Building trades top for drink-driving image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of December 2015 12:05:40 PM
....". The jobs with the lowest rates of admitted convictions - after typists - were police officers, clerks, health visitors, driving instructors, taxi drivers, nursery workers, occupational therapists, vets and building society clerks. ...
Uber fundraising drive values firm higher than General Motors image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 4th of December 2015 10:33:33 AM
....Related: Uber expansion meets global revolt and crackdown. The new technology and practices employed by Uber have repeatedly put the company in trouble with transport authorities andtaxi drivers around the world, as it faces bans in France and Australia and a swath of lawsuits in the US. ...
Uber backed by competition watchdog in TfL regulation battle image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of December 2015 06:02:55 PM
.... The firm says pooling accounts for more than half of its trips in San Francisco. Traditional taxi drivers have responded with innovations of their own, including working with apps such as Gett and Hailo, which recently introduced mobile payments for black cabs in London. ...

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