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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES — A judge on Thursday issued a five-year restraining order forbidding Britney Spears’ former manager from contacting the singer or her family or making disparaging statements about them online.Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny reached the decision after hearing testimony from the ex-manager, 44-year-old Sam Lutfi, and from Spears’ father, James Spears, who has controlled his daughter’s money and affairs via a court-ordered conservatorship for 11 years.Penny rejected arguments from Lutfi’s attorney, Marc Gans, that the order is an unconstitutional restraint on his client’s free speech, calling Lufi’s testimony evasive and extending the temporary restraining order she first issued on May 8.Gans said outside court that they are considering an appeal. James Spears declined comment.James Spears conceded under questioning from Gans that he does not have the most peaceful relationship with Britney Spears.“Me and my daughter’s relationship has always been strained,” James Spears said.But in further testimony that Penny said she found forthright and credible, James Spears testified that Lutfi, who was close to Britney Spears in 2007 and 2008 and served briefly as her manager, has been a “predator” on his family for more than a decade whose harassment has recently resumed.“I worried that he was trying to take down the conservatorship,” Spears said from the stand. “I was very angry. I was worried that we were right back in 2008.”Spears and his lawyers suggested, and Penny appeared to agree, that Lutfi has attempted to incite fans who have used the social-media hashtag #Free Britney to criticize the control James Spears and the court have had over the pop star for the past 11 years.Lutfi’s Twitter account, the subject of much of the testimony, consists almost entirely of posts critical of Spears’ circumstances and those surrounding her.But Gans argued that none of the statements were made directly to individuals or could be considered harassment.He also emphasized that Lutfi has made no direct contact with Britney Spears herself, and suggested that her father and his lawyers were not speaking for her and had provided no evidence that she had in any way been harmed by Lutfi’s statements.Britney Spears was not present in court, and she has made very few public comments on the conservatorship.In testimony that Penny struck from the record, Lutfi said that Britney Spears had reached out to him at various times through the years to complain about her father’s control over her.“She wanted help to get out of this situation,” Lutfi said.The judge also shut down most of Gans’ questions toward James Spears. The questions asked him to discuss his daughter’s mental state and tried to establish that disparaging online statements Lutfi had made about James Spears’ use of alcohol and his enriching himself through the conservatorship were true and constitutionally protected.Lutfi admitted that he had contacted Britney Spears’ mother, Lynne Spears, and the singer’s brother-in-law James Watson via texts and phone calls, and sent Lynne Spears money that was subsequently returned.Lutfi testified that he sent the money “just like numerous other fans did” because Lynne Spears had “liked” Instagram posts that suggested she was in need of money and that she should be in charge of her daughter’s affairs instead of her ex-husband James Spears.“I had a great relationship with Lynne Spears,” Lutfi said of his time with Britney Spears.Lutfi and Gans said that neither Lynne Spears nor Watson had told him to stop communicating with them or told him he was harassing them.Gans also argued that tweets from his client, including one that simply said “Raise hell,” were far too vague to be considered harassment of the Spears family.Penny disagreed, citing that tweet in her decision as illegal incitement.The proceedings were a resumption of a hearing that began on May 28 and had been closed to the media and the rest of the public. But Penny, who also oversees Spears’ conservatorship case, kept the courtroom open on Thursday.The Spears family has frequently fought Lutfi in court, starting with a restraining order they received against him in 2009.“He’s been asked repeatedly to stay away from this family,” Chad Hummel, an attorney for the conservatorship, said in closing arguments. “He can’t help himself.”___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton on Twitter: https://twitter.com/andyjamesdalton .Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press FILE – This April 12, 2018, file photo shows Britney Spears at the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. A Los Angeles judge is set to consider whether to extend a temporary restraining order taken out in the name of Spears against her former manager. The hearing Thursday, June 13, 2019, on the restraining order against Sam Lutfi is a resumption of one that began on May 28, with lawyers for Spears’ intending to show that tweets and texts from Lutfi to Spears and her family are doing her emotional damage. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) Britney Spears’ ex-manager hit with 5-year restraining order by Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press Posted Jun 14, 2019 7:42 am PDTlast_img read more

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first_imgSeptember 14, 2007 Construction continues at the new Visitors Center entrance [see previous reports from 7/18, 7/13, 7/11, 7/6 and 7/2/07. The crew, under Dave Tollas tutelage, prepared forms for an extension to the parking space behind the Crafts III building. This area will accommodate delivery trucks for the cafe and bakery, and two parking spaces for vehicles with handicapped visitors. [Photo & text: sa] Dave Tollas has once again resurrected the ancient concrete truck and batch plant, and the crew just hooked together the extensions for the concrete shoot. David releases the first batch and the crew distributes the concrete into the form. [Photo & text: sa] This crew consists of planning and construction interns Francesca La Malva, Alessandro Bellesia and VidhuShekhar. Landscaping coordinator Ron Chandler helps to teach concrete finishing. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

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Kasoulides slams Turkish side for becoming unrecognisable

first_imgThe Turkish Cypriot side has become unrecognisable in recent days, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said on Thursday, “not wanting to talk, and wasting time”.“They don’t even talk,” Kasoulides told the state broadcaster. “They have become unrecognisable in recent days.”The foreign minister suggested Turkey employed this tactic in a bid to avoid discussion of the issue of security post-solution and the possibility of scrapping the system of guarantees.“It avoided doing so in Geneva in January and then it raised the four freedoms issue,” Kasoulides said.All this when it was the Turkish side pressing for a conference last December, warning that the end of the year was the deadline for the talks.Kasoulides suggested the Turkish side was trying to have as many open issues as possible brought to the table of a future conference and through give-and-take, reduce its obligations as regards security.“Or they do not want anything to progress and they want the effort to collapse without opening the aspect of security.”The foreign minister said no progress had been achieved since January when the two leaders decided to work intensively throughout this past month to close all open issues.“They want to waste more time. Its blatantly obvious,” the minister said, adding that the spat over the enosis commemoration was just another pretext not to talk.How could things improve when Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, after 22 months of talks, was disputing President Nicos Anastasiades’ objectives in relation with the island’s reunification.Akinci pulled out of a scheduled meeting on Thursday over a parliamentary decision last Friday week to commemorate the January 1950 Enosis referendum in public schools.Anastasiades conceded the decision was a mistake but the Turkish Cypriot reaction had been exaggerated. Disy, which was heavily criticised for abstaining that day, has submitted a proposal to rectify the issue.No date for a new meeting has been set and Akinci is flying to Pakistan next week to attend an economic summit that will also be attended by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. He plans to return on March 3.Akel leader Andros Kyprianou urged the two leaders to avoid comments to allow for things to calm down.“Independent of the share of responsibility each one has for the way things turned out, both must try to overcome this situation and restart the negotiations,” he said.Kyprianou said the country’s interest was not served by the interruption and they were obliged to exhaust all options, as slim as they may be, to lead things towards a solution.“Otherwise the consequences for our country will be damaging.”The Akel leader, who has been on Anastasiades’ side throughout the process, did not think the Greek Cypriot side and the president himself “have no responsibility whatsoever as to how things turned out.”However, he said, the Enosis issue alone was not an adequate excuse for Akinci’s stance.“Certainly, there are deeper causes. Deeper causes do not exist only in the Turkish Cypriot side, they are also among Greek Cypriots,” he said. “It is no secret that some wanted the negotiations interrupted at all cost and all their actions aimed towards that direction.”You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Endless Paphos works killing oldtown shops

first_imgPAPHOS small business owners say they’re in dire straits as the massive renovation of the old town is causing tourists to avoid the area believing information from their holiday reps that the area is closed due to project works.Kathryn Swift, owner of ‘Boo-tea-licious tea rooms’ told the Sunday Mail she has only a matter of weeks left before she has to shut up shop for good, and has just had to make a decision to lay off a valued staff member in a bid to survive.“If people want to have a vibrant old town, they have to come and visit us, or there won’t be anything left to visit except empty shops, when the work is finally finished,” she said.Swift opened her tea room just over two years ago and was beginning to build a solid client base when major upgrading works in the town started to get underway. The businesses owner said long delays and a lack of interest and support from the authorities has left her and other businesses in the area desperate. She warned unless immediate measures are taken to ease the situation, many more premises will close down and remain empty.The tea rooms serve all sort of fresh home-made fayre, and on Monday also started home deliveries in a bid to stay open.Swift, who currently has no income from the shop and has spent her savings on trying to keep it afloat, said that she only needs around 20 customers a day to survive, but currently only a handful, if she’s lucky, visit each day.She and neighbouring arts and crafts shop owner, John Mann, both have shops on Kanari Street, and say it also desperately needs trees to provide some shade.In addition, they say that holiday reps are compounding the dire situation by informing holidaymakers that the old town is ‘closed.’“The reps are still telling people not to come and that’s it’s dangerous as work is still ongoing. This just isn’t true. A couple visited my shop this week and told me what their rep said. They have complained about it, as they loved all of the shops and the area,” said Swift, who has written an email to Thomson holidays to complain.“I asked them if they understand that it’s people livelihoods they are messing with, but I have yet to receive a reply,” she said.A spokeswoman for Thomson said they were focusing on helping stranded holidaymakers following the earthquake in the Aegean Sea on Friday, but added: “We will endeavour to look into the matter and respond as soon as possible.”Mann, who moved his popular Kato Paphos arts and crafts shop ‘Rainbow’s End’ to the old town last December, agrees with Swift.“We feel forgotten by everyone, the tourism board are no help at all and people are actively being told not to come by tourist reps; there is just no support,” he said.Mann was told that upgrading work in the area would be completed before he opened his shop last December, however, it’s now July 2017, and some roads still remain closed, creating an impression of inaccessibility, he said.Both agree that one of the biggest problems is that the main road of Aphroditi and Fellachoglou Street, which provides a way around the market and was previously a busy drop off point for buses, has been closed for months.“We need to get this open and buses running along here again. More information needs to be given to tourists about the old town and people that live here really need to come and support us all; it’s such a struggle,” she said.Granite paving slabs that were laid along the street were only down for a month before workers had to come back and replace them as they had been laid at the wrong depth, she said. Swift had to again close her shop for a week as there was no access to her front door.In 2015, €60 million worth of projects for Paphos, including the regeneration of the traditional shopping centre and Kennedy Square, the restoration of the municipal market, the upgrading of the Markideio theatre, and connecting and enhancing the squares of October 28, Kosti Palama and Dionysios Solomos around the town hall were announced by the president.“The mayor has visited the old town, but he never comes down our street or comes to meet us,” said the duo. Swift also noted that although refuse tax was cut by 50 per cent last year, it is the only consideration that has been offered by the authorities.There is no compensation available for businesses, Swift still pays her social insurance contribution, although she doesn’t take a wage, and for the last six months there hasn’t been a refuse bin available on the street. Businesses have to walk to a nearby car park to place rubbish in a bin, or alternatively, take it home to dispose of it, she said.“The car park close by is full of machinery and people think it’s closed and there’s nowhere to park. There is also a new car park behind the mosque, which is nearby, but no-one knows about it as it’s not even signposted,” said Mann.Swift added that she is passionate about the old town and urged residents to make the effort to visit and show their support of local businesses.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? 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Hospitality industry sees turnover rise 10 in Q2 Cystat says

first_imgCyprus’s hospitality industry saw its turnover increase 10 per cent in April to June compared with the respective quarter last year as tourist arrivals hit a record this year, the statistical service said.In the six months of the year, in which arrivals rose an annual 17 per cent to 1.3m, the turnover index of hotels and restaurants rose 8.1 per cent, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Thursday.In the second quarter of the year and the first half, turnover in information and communication rose an annual 12 per cent and 25 per cent respectively, Cystat said.Turnover in administrative and support service activities rose an annual 5.5 per cent in April to June and 1.9 per cent in January to June, while in the case of professional, scientific and technical activities, turnover dropped 2.5 per cent in the second quarter and 1.8 per cent in the first half of the year, Cystat said.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Kontides now the worlds No 1 laser sailor

first_imgCypriot sailor Pavlos Kontides has climbed to top spot of the world laser rankings for the first time in his career.The 27-year-old has 985 points, 15 more than Briton Nick Thompson in second.“Another dream has become reality this year,” he said. “It reflects my course this year and how successful 2017 was.”Kontides got first place after winning the silver medal in the Laser Radial Medal Race at the World Cup Series in Gamagori, Japan.Rio 2016 bronze medallist Sam Meech (NZL) won the gold after battling it out with the Cypriot London 2012 silver medallist.“It is very important because it shows I can handle many different races in different conditions,” he said. “We see many athletes being good in some conditions but not in all. The fact that I have so many continuous good results proves a lot.”Following the Rio Olympics, Kontides took part in six world cups winning two gold and three silver medals and a seventh place.He also won the laser world championship and was third at the European championship.In nine races this year, Kontides won three, came second in two, and placed fourth, fifth, seventh, and ninth in the rest.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoE Commerce Platform I Search AdsSelling Online Has Never Been Easier. Search The Best E Commerce PlatformE Commerce Platform I Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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90 per cent of exports to EU by SMEs

first_imgAlmost 90 per cent of Cyprus’ exports, as well as over 80 per cent of imports, to and from European Union member states are done by small and medium enterprises (SMEs), data published by Eurostat on Tuesday showed.According to Eurostat, SMEs account for an overall 98 per cent of companies trading goods within the EU, including around 70 per cent that are micro-enterprises (up to 9 people employed).SMEs, the agency said, are responsible for about half the value of intra-EU trade in goods.Specifically, they account for 51 per cent of intra-EU imports and 45 per cent of intra-EU exports.In five member states, SMEs generate more than two-thirds of the total value of intra-EU exports of goods: Cyprus (88 per cent) and Latvia (81 per cent), followed by Belgium (70 per cent), Estonia (68 per cent) and the Netherlands (67 per cent).At the opposite end of the spectrum, SMEs account for less than one third of intra-EU export value in France (21 per cent), Germany (26 per cent), Slovakia (30 per cent) and Ireland (32 per cent), followed by Poland (35 per cent), the Czech Republic (36 per cent) and Finland (38 per cent).According to Eurostat, from all SME size classes, micro-enterprises are the largest contributors to intra-EU exports in six member states: Belgium (where micro-enterprises account for 46 per cent of total intra-EU export value), Malta (37 per cent in 2013), Hungary (26 per cent), the United Kingdom (23 per cent), Romania and Sweden (both 19 per cent).In contrast, in ten member states they generate less than 10 per cent of total value: France, Germany, Finland (all around 4 per cent), as well as the Czech Republic, Italy (both around 5 per cent), Poland (6 per cent), Denmark (8 per cent), Slovakia, Luxembourg (both around 9 per cent) and Portugal (10 per cent).In all member states, more than 90 per cent of enterprises exporting within the EU are SMEs, ranging from 90 per cent in the Czech Republic to over 99 per cent in Slovenia.In the vast majority of member states, at least half the value of intra-EU imports of goods comes from SMEs.In particular, SMEs are responsible for more than three-quarters of total import value in Latvia (85 per cent), Cyprus (82 per cent), Estonia (79 per cent), Lithuania (78 per cent) and Malta (77 per cent in 2013).Only in France (31 per cent), Germany (34 per cent), the Czech Republic (47 per cent), Slovakia (48 per cent) and Poland (49 per cent), SMEs account for less than half of the imports.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Calypso holds 6 to 8 tcf ENI says

first_imgA natural gas field offshore Cyprus is believed to hold between six and eight trillion cubic feet, Italian energy firm ENI has said.Speaking at an industry event in Cairo on Monday, CEO Claudio Descalzi said an appraisal well would have to be drilled to understand the real volumes of a recent discovery at Calypso 1, which was announced last week.Asked whether it is believed to hold around 6 to 8 trillion cubic feet, Descalzi said: “It could be more or in that range… for sure it cannot be less but we have to understand it … It’s a good find that has merit to go ahead with additional investment.”An analysis of data following a collection of fluids and rock samples revealed that Calypso “is a promising gas discovery and confirms the extension of the ‘Zohr-like’ play” into the Cypriot EEZ, ENI said in a company statement.Zohr, a supergiant gas field discovered by ENI in 2015 in adjacent Egyptian waters, holds an estimated 30 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of resources in place.You May LikeKelley Blue BookSubcompact Luxury SUV Best Buy of 2019Kelley Blue BookUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoFinancialAdvisorHeroesFox News’ Jessie Watters Really Lives In This HouseFinancialAdvisorHeroesUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Call for new lifeguards to train in Paphos

first_imgBy Bejay BrowneTRAINERS from the association of Paphos lifeguards are appealing to the public to step forward in a drive to urgently train up more lifeguards to fill the shortfall in numbers.There are currently 71 lifeguards manning the districts beaches, but 123 are urgently required, according to officials, and should have been in place from June 1.A spokesman for the association said: “This was not possible in Paphos as not enough people are qualified yet. They have to undertake special training with us and then take an exam to gain their diploma,” he said.From the start of the 2018 ‘season’, between April 2nd to April 5, the district had 54 lifeguards on duty, a further 17 were added on April 5, said the spokesman.This move was part of Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides, national beach safety plan, ‘Salamis’, the first of its kind, and outlines jurisdictions, lifeguard’s duties and responsibilities, their working hours and coordination.“We are really grateful to the minister, he understands the challenges we face and has been a great help and support to the lifeguards, as has commodore Constantinos Fytiris, the chief of the joint rescue coordination centre and Paphos district officer, Mary Lambrou,” he said.However, there just aren’t enough trained and registered lifeguards in the district at the moment, he said.A recent group of around twenty trainees will receive their diplomas in a few days, and on Monday the next group started their training. The lessons involve learning how to correctly save someone from the sea, first aid, strengthening swimming abilities and so on, he said.In two weeks’ time, another month-long lifeguard training programme will get underway and people should register an interest now.“They can be any age from 18 and up and must be fit, good swimmers and know about first aid,” Mathaios Matheou, one of ten lifeguard approved trainers in the district of Paphos told the Cyprus Mail.The lifeguard association said that there is a huge need to provide the necessary protection for the district’s beaches and that they have already undertaken twenty lifesaving sea rescues since the season started, as well as a number of other incidents.“Most of these happened at Sandy beach in Kissonerga, where waves are high and currents are strong,” said Matheou.Paf17- Kostas Tontorof and Christodoulos ChristodoulouThe spokesman praised the three-man lifeguard team of Nectarios Papasokratous,Kostas Tontorof and Christodoulos Christodoulou stationed at this tower, ‘Paf 17’, where the most rescues have taken place.“Nectarios is 46 and was in the Cyprus Navy Special Forces. He is a very strong swimmer and won awards for his swimming. He has performed most of these rescues on his own using a rescue tube and flippers. It shows how much the lifeguards are needed.”Most of the rescues have been of Russian tourists under 40 years old, but a number have also been of locals too, he said.“We also hope to have at least 14 lifeguards in place at the popular beaches of the district of Paphos for eleven months of the year as there are many winter swimmers. This is our aim,” he said.For further information please contact- Paphos lifeguards association ‘Kinyras’ on Facebook :- Ναυαγοσωστικός ‘Ομιλος “Κινυρας” Πάφου You May LikeAppurse18 Amazing Pictures Taken At Just The Perfect MomentAppurseUndosaikoyThe1 Selling IPTV ServicessaikoyUndoFood PreventBanana Smoothie for Weight LossFood PreventUndo Modi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoProperty owners price themselves out of the marketUndoTwo of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Two churches in the north to be conserved by technical committee

first_imgWorks for the new project of the bicommunal technical committee on culture – the conservation of two churches one in Assia the other in Afania, both in the  Famagusta district in the north, are expected to begin next month, it was announced on Thursday.According to the Greek Cypriot head of the committee Takis Hadjidemetriou, works for the conservation of the church dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Assia and of Ayios Artemonas church in Afania are expected to start in September.Both churches are very important cultural heritage monuments, he said.The cost for the conservation of the Ayios Artemonas church is €200,000, while for the Virgin Mary church in Assia it is around €270,000. Both projects will be funded by the EU. Works are expected to be completed between eight and 10 months after their starting date.Hadjidemetriou also said that soon the tender competition will be announced for the second and third phase of restoration works at the monastery of Apostolos Andreas in the Karpasia peninsula.This concerns the mediaeval chapel, the support of adjacent buildings and landscaping.“We are ready for the bidding process, which will take some months,” he said.The renovated church of Apostolos Andreas was handed over to the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage in November 2016 after the completion of its two-year restoration.The first phase of the project was delivered to the bicommunal committee by the United Nations Development Programme-Partnership for the Future (UNDP-PFF), which is overseeing the four-phase restoration of the whole monastery complex according to designs drawn up by the University of Patras.In 2013, UNDP-PFF signed two agreements worth €2.5 million each with the Church of Cyprus and the Evkaf administration, which is responsible for Turkish Cypriot properties, for the restoration of the Apostolos Andreas monastery complex. USAID also donated €25,000.You May LikeHistory Daily60 Classic Photos That Shine A New Light On HistoryHistory DailyUndoBest BikesTop 10 Most Expensive Cars Available in the WorldBest BikesUndoLaser Hair Removal | Search AdsLooking for Laser Hair Treatment Costs in Rowland Heights?Laser Hair Removal | Search AdsUndo Russian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised for allergic reactionUndoCompanies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoUrgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Police undertake noise pollution campaign in Paphos

first_imgAn operation against noise pollution was undertaken by police in Paphos on Saturday night.As part of the operation three night spots in Latsi and Polis Chrysochous were inspected.Compact discs, mixers, speakers and megaphones were confiscated and the owners of the nightspots charged in writing.The police operation against noise pollution continues on an island wide scale.You May LikeISingleMomHow Rich Is Larry David?ISingleMomUndo90MINServe and Protect: Police Officer Sees Bear Cub Struggling And Decides to Help90MINUndoSUVs | Search AdsJeep Grand Cherokee Offers You Might Have to See to BelieveSUVs | Search AdsUndo At least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoModi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Cyprus issue at the heart of Tsipras New York contacts

first_imgThe Cyprus issue will be at the centre of contacts Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will have during the UN General Assembly in New York this week, CNA reported on Monday.Tsipras, who left Athens for the US on Monday is being accompanied by Foreign Minister Nicos Kotzias and other officials.Developments in the Cyprus issue will be at the heart of his meetings, CNA said, as Tsipras will also have a separate meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in New York.The Greek Prime Minister is expected to make clear Athens’ position on open issues in the negotiations with the aim of immediately restarting Cyprus talks.At the same time, in his speech to the General Assembly, Tsipras is expected to refer to the great challenges for the international community in the coming period, with particular emphasis on the importance of defending democratic values ​​and international law, as well as the importance of Greece as a pillar of stability and security in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans.President Nicos Anastasiades arrived in New York on the weekend. He is meeting Guterres on Friday. Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, who is also heading for New York, will meet the UN chief on Saturday.Guterres is to decide whether to call a new round of Cyprus talks based on a report by his envoy Jane Holl Lute as to the prospects for a successful outcome.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Minister full of praise for Paphos hospice

first_imgBy Bejay BrowneHealth Minister Philippos Patsalis visited the Friends hospice in Paphos on Thursday, meeting staff, volunteers and patients.The facility first opened in 2006 and is financed almost completely by fund raising events, income from the charity shops and donations. The hospice provides palliative and respite care for people suffering with life-limiting illnesses, and their families.President of the Friends’ Hospice Foundation, Chris Jones, said the minister told staff and volunteers that their initiative in offering palliative care for the people of the region was “wonderful”.The hospice is housed in a dedicated six bed wing at St. George’s Polyclinic in Paphos.Jones said: “The minister said there is now a system in place to allow charitable organisations offering medical assistance, to apply for government grants and he promised to look favourably on any application made by the hospice.”Jones also said that Patsalis would support any fund raising efforts by the charity, as he said the people of Paphos need the facility. “The minister also noted that he is determined to press ahead with healthcare reforms throughout the island, with the good of patients at the centre of the plans.”Patsalis praised the work undertaken at the hospice as he met staff, doctors and volunteers. He also had a few quiet words, in private, with four patients there.Jones, said that he has already presented the minister with a full breakdown of the hospice’s accounts and assured him that any public funding granted to support the charity would be spent wisely and transparently.“With doctors, surgeons, trained nurses and volunteers on hand day and night, the friends’ hospice is a very cost-effective model of palliative care. The annual figure for maintaining this specialised service is between €250,000 and €300,000.”Since opening in 2006, The Friends’ Hospice has cared for 1,026 patients – 70 per cent of them Cypriot and the others of all different nationalities, said Jones.  You May LikeGundry MD ProPlant Complete Shake SupplementTop Heart Surgeon: Throw Out The Hot Dogs In Your Fridge Now!Gundry MD ProPlant Complete Shake SupplementUndoProstaGenix SupplementHow To: Boost Prostate Health (Do This Daily)ProstaGenix SupplementUndoGundry MD Untox SupplementAre There Toxins In Your Food? Heart Surgeon Says Be CarefulGundry MD Untox SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Doctors believe blind Dani will see

first_imgDOCTORS in Russia believe that a blind six-year-old boy from Paphos will eventually gain his sight after a series of ground breaking operations, the first of which was carried out successfully.Iordanis Demetrof (Dani) was born blind and has recently returned from a trip to Russia where he underwent the first of a series of treatments invented by a renowned Russian professor, Ernst Muldashev. His treatment has only been made possible by fundraising and donations from supporters and well-wishers.After rigorous tests, doctors in Russia came to conclusion that Dani currently only reacts to light in one eye.“If Dani undergoes a series of regular operations over a few years, they are positive that Dani will start seeing,” Dani’s grandmother, Neli Yordanova, told the Sunday Mail.For more serious results time is needed. Probably three or four treatments are needed, she added. “Professor Mudashev personally made the operation and said in the future he will be able to see.”Dani was born blind and was diagnosed with severe optic disc hypoplasia by a specialist at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. So far, his treatment has been a success, as he was previously unable to speak or walk and was 100 per cent blind.The youngster now speaks two languages, can take things in his hands and plays with other children.Dani won over the public when he received a Cyprus Heart of Gold award in 2015 and courageously walked, with the help of his mother, Rafaela Dimitrova, for one of the first times to the stage to collect his award.Dani already had to undergo a number of risky and painful treatments abroad, which have helped him to react to light.Previous treatments in Thailand in 2013 and 2014 involved stem cells, injections, physical rehabilitation, aquatic exercise, an occupational therapy programme, acupuncture and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.The latest treatment took place in Russia where Dani and his family stayed for a few weeks in June/July. The surgery used a biomaterial called Alloplant, this can help when standard medicine cannot. It was invented by Muldashev and when inserted into a body, stimulates the regeneration of the recipient tissues.Dani outside the clinic in Russia a few days after the second operationDani’s grandmother said that the clinic is very well equipped and staff went out of their way to be kind and helpful with all of the patients and their families.“The operation went well, it involved a large procedure on Dani’s right eye and a smaller one on his left eye. The operation was done with full anesthesia and was very painful for him, but he is a brave boy,” said Yordanova.The operation, the stay in the clinic and the airline tickets cost around €5000 and in six months’ time, it is necessary that the opposite procedure is carried out, a small operation on Dani’s right eye and a larger one on the left, she added.Further operations every six months must be carried out for the treatment to work, and it is not yet clear how many he will need, and therefore how much it will cost in total.“Dani already has appointments booked for December 2017 and June 2018. It depends on the type of the operation each time and the treatments after that as to how much it will cost,” said Yordanova.The family said that there is currently enough money in Dani’s bank account to cover several visits in the clinic.Dani said: “I enjoyed my stay in Russia and I really wish to be able to see the world around me. I like going to school and the thing I like most is music.”Media appeals, social media appeals, a ‘go get funding’ page and events have all contributed towards raising money.“Dani and his family would like to thank all of the people who have supported us on his journey to sight, without you all, this would not be possible,” Yordanova said. To make a donation to Dani’s appeal: https://gogetfunding.com/iordanis-needs-help/Or Bank of Cyprus, Rafaela Dimitrova, account number: 357013739469, Iban: CY29002001950000357013739469To contact Dani’s family: dany_boy701127@abv.bgYou May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Free cervical cancer vaccines for 12yearold girls

first_imgThe free vaccination programme against cervical cancer for 12-year-old girls in state and private schools will start within the month, the health ministry said on Saturday.The ministry announced that the girls will be vaccinated, free of charge, with the latest human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.The ministry said the fight against cancer was a major priority and that through the free administration of the vaccine it aimed to continue efforts to prevent and eradicate cervical cancer and other forms of cancers and diseases caused by the HPV.Cervical cancer, the second most common cancer among women worldwide after breast cancer, is also the only cancer for which a vaccine is available.The aim is to include boys in the HPV vaccination programme in the future.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Sarris we fought to the point of tears

first_imgBy Poly PantelidesTHE FORMER government’s delay in agreeing to an international bailout and the rejection of an original bailout proposal for Cyprus in March, sealed the fate of the now defunct Laiki, an inquiry heard on Thursday.Laiki’s systemic importance as the island’s second biggest bank, its massive liquidity problems and “problematic Greek portfolio” endangered the banking sector as a whole, Michalis Sarris told the inquiry into the economy’s near collapse.Sarris served the current government as finance minister during the March banking crisis. Previously he had headed Laiki.  He took over as non-executive chairman for the bank in January 2012, until he was ousted in August that year by the recently-appointed Central Bank governor after the state took over control of the bank.  He resigned as finance minister in April in the wake of fallout from the bail-in in March and because the inquiry would be looking into his time as Laiki chairman.“We fought to the point of tears,” Sarris said of the Eurogoup meetings that ended in the unprecedented  bail-in for depositors. He said there were no friends to be found during the Eurogroup meetings.In the end, Cyprus had to agree to shut down Laiki and restructure its biggest bank, the Bank of Cyprus, forcing major losses for the depositors of those banks.Laiki lost €3.5 billion from a writedown on Greek sovereign debt. It also posted a €4.1 billion loss in 2011, partly because the new board had realised had realised the risks and damage from the bank’s Greek exposure were “much worse than the official bank data”.But despite knocking on doors and visiting Greece’s then prime-minister, Lucas Papademos, as well as Greece’s Central Bank governor, Sarris failed to convince them to take on Laiki’s Greek branches on a package of some €50 billion the eurozone had agreed would go towards alleviating the impact of Greek banks’ losses during a Greek sovereign debt write-down.“We argued that as a bank we had a strong presence in Greece and in Greek lending and we should also be part of a similar treatment.” Eurozone and IMF brass also said they would not help Cyprus’ banks directly unless the government took austerity measures to control its deteriorating finances, Sarris said. But as long as Laiki had a presence in Greece, there could be little interest from investors, Sarris said. Eventually, the state was forced to bail out the bank in May last year to the tune of €1.8 billion, acquiring 84 per cent of the bank.In the run-up to Laiki’s state bailout, Sarris was one of the people assessing the real damage the bank had incurred from a massive expansion in Greece. Former Laiki bank strongman Andreas Vgenopoulos was forced to leave in November 2011, and other executives and board members followed suit. A new leadership started assessing the situation at hand, with the help of forensic experts. Laiki’s balance sheets for example showed in 2010 some €200 million in non-performing loans related to the Greek portfolio, but “recognising that the Greek portfolio was very problematic,” the new management set the 2011 figure at €1.6 billion, Sarris said.There was a lack of “the necessary objectivity and courage” evident in the figures previously released by the bank, which the newly appointed Laiki board tried to correct, Sarris said.There were also questions raised over some €600 million that Laiki lent to Vgenopoulos’ Greek investment company, Marfin Investment Group and questions about “the great risks and strange ways” in which lending took place in Greece, Sarris said. He was warned by the inquiry’s head, Giorgos Pikis, not to elaborate since the committee has decided not to touch matters relating to criminal investigations.“A healthy bank needs a strong board that can ask difficult questions,” he said. When executives dominate the board or when there is no clear distinction between board and executives you have a “recipe for disaster,” he said. Internal checks within a bank fall apart and the Central Bank’s supervision becomes more important, Sarris said. But he added steps the Central Bank would take to control bank lending were deemed as interference with the then-booming property market and “infuriated businesspeople”.Nonetheless, the prevailing belief was that the bank’s serious problems “could be handled,” Sarris said. This, despite a May 2012 statement by then President Demetris Christofias during an official visit to Vienna which spooked investors who heard from Cyprus’ head of state, the island was trying to help a non-viable major local bank.But that faith relied on the belief a memorandum would be signed “soon” in 2012, Sarris said.Despite the delay, during which Laiki amassed over€9 billion in emergency liquidity assistance – over half of the country’s GDP –  an original eurozone agreement in March was better if unpalatable, of spreading out a bail-in or haircut across all deposits – insured or not – in all local banks, Sarris said.The former World Bank director, a man with a reputation for being sensible and cautious, had to dive right into negotiating a bailout amid foreign press reports “assumed to have been leaked by the IMF or the eurozone” of a potential bail-in. You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementBad Digestion Slowing You Down? 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Gas reserves to be put up for sale update 2 adds Noble

first_imgUS-based Noble Energy will declare gas reserves discovered offshore Cyprus commercially viable in the next few weeks, the government said on Tuesday.Speaking after a meeting between President Nicos Anastasiades and Noble Energy senior vice president Keith Elliot, Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said the company intended to submit a plan for the development of the Aphrodite reserve, and will declare it commercially viable within the next few weeks.“These two events are very important for Cyprus, because it is the first time that we will move from exploration to hydrocarbon development and exploitation as a country,” the minister said.“There is still a long way to go, especially as regards commercial agreements that need to be made, but surely the submission of a development plan and declaring commerciality of the reserve would be a very important event, a step forward for our country,” Lakkotrypis said.“Declaring commerciality sends the message to foreign buyers that we have natural gas for sale. This means that it can be for export or used in Cyprus, or a combination, which is our intention.”According to Noble Energy, their ‘Aphrodite’ play has proven reserves of between 3.6 and 6 tcf. It’s understood, however, that privately the Americans have narrowed down the quantities to around 3.1 tcf, based on a 90 per cent probability.Elliot told reporters after the meeting that the effort “is part of bringing the Aphrodite discovery to the next phase of exploitation, it is something that we have been looking forward to for some time now and it is a tremendous opportunity that we hope will bring prosperity to both the people of Cyprus and the government of Cyprus, as well as the other countries in the region.”You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Rep Tedder to host indistrict office hours

first_img State Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston invites residents to join him for local office hours during the month of July.“Monthly office hours are a great way to meet residents and discuss important issues,” Rep. Tedder said. “Listening to the concerns of people in our communities is one of my top priorities as a state representative.”Office hours take place at the following times and locations:• Monday, July 16 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Mr. B’s Roadhouse, 6761 Dixie Highway in Clarkston; and• Friday, July 27 from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at Great Lakes Family Restaurant, 5834 Highland Road in Waterford.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Tedder at 517-373-0615 or via email at JimTedder@house.mi.gov. Categories: Tedder News 09Jul Rep. Tedder to host in-district office hourslast_img read more

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Farm Bill Scuttles Transparency Requirements

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares February 7, 2014; The Sunlight FoundationSome aspects of public policy—or, perhaps, some of the cavernous gaps in public policy—are completely dumbfounding. Take the Farm Bill, the cobbled-together agreement of Democrats and Republicans to provide subsidies to agribusiness (in the form of generous crop insurance subsidies) and to cut food stamps (though not as much as Republican legislators seemed to want). As a bipartisan bill passed in a Congress with little bipartisanship practice, the Farm Bill didn’t satisfy many nonprofits that might have objected to its achievement of leaving more poor families with children hungry. It also might have left nonprofits befuddled on another score: its weaknesses in transparency.The Farm Bill manages to keep the recipients of the crop insurance program secret. It even ditched a provision sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MI) that would have simply required members of Congress and of the President’s cabinet who are receiving crop insurance benefits to reveal themselves to the public. At least the House voted to approve the Foxx/Ellison disclosure requirement before letting it disappear in conference. The Senate, controlled by members of the resident’s political party, never let an amendment offered by Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) that would have required disclosure of all beneficiaries of the crop insurance subsidy even come to a vote.Why mention the president? It’s not just that President Obama signed this bill. Last year, President Obama said that his administration was the “most transparent administration in history.” That, unfortunately, hasn’t been quite our take on the transparency of the Obama administration on campaign finance, lobbying, closed door conferences with philanthropists, the Social Innovation Fund, insider trading by members of Congress, bilateral aid, prosecuting whistleblowers, and, of course, the surveillance activities of the National Security Agency. In some cases, legislation that reached the president’s desk for signature, such as the STOCK Act, had been so gutted in Congress as to make the disclosure requirements weak, if not worthless. But the president has the ability to veto bills that violate his commitment to transparency and to use his bully pulpit to call out legislators for ducking into the shadows.With the Farm Bill’s next-to-nonexistent transparency requirements on crop insurance, the operative issue may be the connection of the campaign donors to politicians—including President Obama. Sunlight notes that in the 2012 election cycle, agricultural services industry interests contributed $42 million in federal and state campaigns. Included in the donors’ lists are various crop insurance trade associations that probably feel a lot more comfortable with keeping the identities of crop insurance recipients hidden from the public.In his State of the Union address, the president promised a new muscularity in the use of executive orders, a willingness to issue them when Congress proves unable to act. In the case of transparency, President Obama ought to be issuing a flood of executive orders, because his signing off on transparency-weak legislation coming from Congress, such as the Farm Bill, will serve to make his administration unbelievably less transparent than he promised in his 2008 campaign and 2009 inauguration.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Rolling Jubilee Strikes Again Buying 4M in Students ForProfit School Debts

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesSeptember 17, 2014; The GuardianThe last time that the Nonprofit Quarterly checked in with Occupy offshoot Strike Debt and their Rolling Jubilee Fund was in November of 2013, when their total amount of purchased consumer debt—mostly medical—had reached 14.7 million dollars. This week, on the anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protests, the nonprofit announced that they had acquired and zeroed out an additional $4 million in student loan debt.These debts came from the students at Everest College, a school that’s part of the Corinthian College network of for-profit educational institutions. Corinthian is currently being sued by the federal government for “victimizing tens of thousands of students with predatory loan and debt-collection practices.” Corinthian is trying to shutter their schools and sell off their debt as quickly as possible, leaving Everett students among what Strike Debt describes as “the most extorted students we know of.” (And, of course, student loans are not dischargeable in bankruptcy.)The long-term goal of Strike Debt is to organize “debt collectives,” wherein people with defaulted loans or other unsolvable debts can negotiate for better terms with creditors and otherwise escape unsavory debt collection practices. To this end, they’ve organized a kind of FAQ for students at Corinthian College schools like Everest, WyoTech, and Heald, informing them of the details behind their situation and offering advice for future action.Readers who feel a sudden surge of excitement at the possibility of getting out from under the weight of student loans should know that Rolling Jubilee only buys and forgives debts in default. If you’re up to date on your loans, don’t expect a letter in the mail from Strike Debt. (Or, as Newsweek suggested, try to buy forgiveness with baked goods.)The latest reckonings say that student debt totals around $1.2 trillion, which dwarfs the contributions of any single nonprofit. However, one of the goals of Strike Debt and Rolling Jubilee is to expose the way the debt market works, introducing transparency into the system and removing what they describe as the “fake morality around debt.” Moreover, the students at schools like Everest, who would otherwise be stuck paying (or failing to pay) for a near-valueless degree for years to come, can attest to the impact of the work Rolling Jubilee has done.—Jason SchneidermanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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