Helping hands move in the right direction

Family affair: Scott Thomas and Amanda Nash, pictured with their two year old daughter Zara, in their new venture. Picture: Marina NeilSCOTT Thomas and Amanda Nash’s movement studio overlooking Newcastle Beach is a world away from the lounge room where his grandfather, Walter Watson, would knead footballers’ muscles before abig game.
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Young Scott would watch, wide-eyed, as Mr Watson appliedliniment and helda red heat lamp to bodies to help make their strenuous movements easier to perform.

Fast forward 30 years and Mr Thomas and Ms Nash are using more moderntechniques to achieve an even betterresult at their boutique studio, East End Movement.

“We ask people to try not to see it as a cost, but an investment in their long-term health,” Ms Nash said. “This is something small they can do now to get their body moving correctly for their own longevity and ability to keep working, pain-free.It’s about retiring in a good condition so you don’t have to spend money on hip replacements and knee reconstructions.”

The couple specialise in complementary services –Ms Nash offers remedial massage and non-invasive bowen therapy to reduce pain and improve range of movement, whileMr Thomas teaches pilates classes to balance, strengthen, stabilise the core and align posture. “A lot of people are in physical pain and it’s often in the neck, shoulder and lower back due to our sedentary lifestyle,” Ms Nash said. “They might feel overwhelmed andlike nothing’s going to help, but with the right treatment even the most extreme cases can improve.”

While most of their clients are aged between 35 and 70, they see people of all ages and fromall walks of life, including young adults who are “breaking their bodies” with exercise comprising uncontrolled movements.

“We’realso about preventative maintenance so we’re not leaving any underlying issues there,” Mr Thomas said. “Pilates creates drastic changes in the body and is a good overall cardiovascular workout.”

Mr Thomas was previously aprofessional footballer in the National Soccer Leagueand started pilates after a knee problem. After his sporting career ended he became a personal trainer and pilates teacher and worked for physiotherapists, but bought the beachside premises seven years ago with plans to eventually open his own business. Ms Nash has worked in a variety of chiropractic clinics.

The couple see their small class sizes as their point of difference: the pilates class using studio equipment has a maximum of four people, while the mat class using basic props has 10at most.

All clientsare asked to visit for an initial consultation to discuss their health history and needs.All services are personalised and by appointment.

“Our main objective is to remove dysfunction with the individual and to regain and restore functional movement,” Mr Thomas said.


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Getting tough: fare evaders put on notice

GETTING TOUGH: New transport operator Keolis Downer wants to change the culture of ticket compliance in Newcastle. Picture: Simone De PeakNEWCASTLE’S new transport operator is getting tough in a push to curb fare evasion on the city’s buses.
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TheNewcastle Heraldcan reveal Keolis Downer – the French company that took over the Newcastle buses and ferries contract last week – will hire compliance officers to enforce the purchasing of tickets and to nab fare evaders on its buses and the Stockton ferry.

And it is understood bus drivers have become stricter in enforcing passenger use of Opal cards under Keolis.

It is an attempt by the new transport operator to change the culture of passenger travel on public transport in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.

According to the latest statistics, Newcastle has one of the worst rates of compliance in the state, and is the state government’s biggest loser in terms of lost revenue outside Sydney.

The last Transport for NSW analysis of revenue loss in Newcastle revealed government coffers were deprived of a staggering $397,000 in unpaid fares between July and December last year –more than $2000 per day.

An average83 per cent of Newcastle passengers did the right thing by paying the fare in May last year.

This improved slightly to 85 per cent in November, according to the figures.

However, Newcastle was still in the bottom three for passenger compliance –only slightly better than Penrith and Wyong buses.

Keolis Downer Hunter chief executive Campbell Mason said passengers would start to see ticket officers on board Newcastle buses.

“Newcastle Transport will have authorised officers patrolling buses and ferries to check tickets and ensure compliance. We will also work closely with Transport for NSW and NSW Police,” he said.

“Our drivers and customer service officers will play an important role as we work to improve the compliance culture among the Newcastle travelling community.”

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union blamed the state government for Newcastle’s record on fare evasion.

“Reports of a stronger presence of ticket inspectors is not surprising, as we believe that Transport for NSW did not even bother to provide ticket inspectors in Newcastle for the past six years,” RTBU secretary Chris Preston said.

On Wednesday, the Heraldtested the new transport operator on a handful of city buses.

The stricter approach to compliance was witnessed on a city-bound bus after a free ride was refused to a passenger who was one stop short of the fare free zone.

“I’m under orders, mate,” the bus driver told the passenger.

Keolis has promised no major changes to bus timetables and routes this year.

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SuperFoilers lock in flying visit to harbour

HIGH-SPEED ACTION: Newcastle Harbour will host a SuperFoiler Grand Prix event. Promoters are promising ‘short, sharp, action-packed races’ in the series, which begins in December. THERE will be no Kiwis on bicycles, but if the America’s Cup has whet your appetite for high-speed, foil-borne sailing then just wait till you see what’s coming to Newcastle.
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Hot on the heels of the supercars and superboats, the newly launched SuperFoiler Grand Prix has added a Newcastle Harbour event to its national circuit that commences in December.

At the heart of the action will be six 26-foot trimarans manned by three crew, two of whom are on skiff-like trapezes. Capable of 40 knots, the SuperFoiler is said to be world’s fastest foiling one-design racing class with the highest power-to-weight ratio of any wind-powered boat.

America’s Cup and leading foiling sailors from New Zealand, the US, China, France and Australia will be targeted for the series, set to be raced over three-days at venues in South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria, Newcastle and Sydney Harbour.

Promoters Bill Macartney and son Jack have lined up the Seven Network to televise the series, just as they did when Bill brought 18-Foot skiff racing into lounge rooms in the 1990s. Unparalleled onboard and aerial vision, backed by colourful commentary, is his style.

Jack Macartney says it took a leap of faith and more than a few dollars to realise their vision.

“The SuperFoiler concept was not to conform to any existing geometry or platform but rather create something that gave the foils structure to function and flotation to launch off while being highly aerodynamic,” he said.

“The power and efficiency that you feel when you are sailing, it really takes your breath away … It’s definitely not for the faint-hearted.”

Foils are arguably the biggest ever technological shift in sailboat racing, freeing the vessel of conventional hydrodynamic drag to fly above the surface at speeds up to three times faster than the wind.

“For those who remember the passion of crews on board the Prudential, Ella Bache and AAMI on the 18 Foot Skiff Grand Prix, the SuperFoilers will deliver all of this and more,” Bill Macartney added.

“Short, sharp, action-packed races will exhilarate crowds as they embrace a virtual experience of racing.

“When we produced the 18-footer coverage we demonstrated that coverage of racing with advanced machines could be very exciting, particularly by showing the on-board experience.

“When we sold out of it, no one picked it up. Sailing went back to dots on the horizon, the way it has always been covered.”

The inspiration for the venture came from watching the previous America’s Cup on TV.

“The extraordinary spectacle of those America’s Cup catamarans suddenly rising up out of the water was like nothing I’ve ever seen before,” Bill said.

“There was a whole new dimension to the sport because the hull becomes superfluous once it’s up on foils.”

NSW Sports Minister Stuart Ayres launched the SuperFoiler last week, saying the Grand Prix will bring a new energy to Australian sport.

HOME: Tony Mowbray with Kris Anderson after their sailing adventure across the Pacific Ocean.

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Our skate star Poppy seeks global change beyond the X Games

Our skate star Poppy seeks global change beyond the X Games DRIVEN: Poppy Olsen, 17, will tackle the X Games in Minnesota next week before spearheading World Vision’s 40 Hour Famine in August. Picture: Marina Neil
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TweetFacebookWorld skateboarding champion Poppy Starr Olsen is headed to the US to take on the best in the sport at next week’sX Games.

The 17-year-old Hunter skater, who is among the region’s most recognised riders, has been in Sydney training for her run at the Minneapolis finals.

Olsen qualified after skating in Idaho in June, where she finished fourth to take the final qualification spot through to Minnesota.

She made her X Games debut in 2016, finishing ninth in the finals held in Austin, Texas.

But the skateboarder and entrepreneur also has her eyes on an even loftier goal.

Starr Olsen is also a World Vision ambassador, which in August will see her spearheading the annual 40 Hour Famine campaign as it shifts to focus on the 32.5 million children globally forced to flee their homes caught amid conflict, famine and climate change.

Participants will commit to living out of backpacks over two days in a bid to raise money for refugee and displaced children.

Starr Olsen said the new challenge could shed some light on the plight of refugees around the world.

“We need to stand up to the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time,” she said.“I think the new challenge will make many of us think of what many children around the world experience when they have to flee their homes.”

“It also provides a good opportunity for students to think about what they might take with them if they suddenly had to leave their home – and to really consider what things are most important to them.”Money raised will go to areas including Syria and the South Sudan. More details at40hourfamine南京夜网.au.

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Off-road racing at the Milbrodale Mountain Classic 2017Photos

Off-road racing at the Milbrodale Mountain Classic 2017 | Photos Photo: Rachelle Corcoran / RPM Images
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CLASSIC: The Milbrodale event, which runs again this weekend, is one of the top off road racing fixtures on the region’s calendar and has drawn big motorsport names to the Hunter. Picture: Supplied

HIGH OCTANE: Sunday’s long track event offers drivers a chance to claim the Man of the Mountain title with the fastest lap on the day. Picture: RPM Images

UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT: Spectators can view the race from start to finish on the accessible track, plus talk to racers between their events. Picture: Supplied

HIGH OCTANE: Sunday’s long track event offers drivers a chance to claim the Man of the Mountain title with the fastest lap on the day. Picture: RPM Images

TweetFacebook Milbrodale Mountain ClassicPictures: SuppliedOFF-road racing is revving up this weekend for one of the sport’s biggest occasionsin the Hunter Region.

Hunter Valley Off Road Racing Association’s Milbrodale Mountain Classic enters its 31styear in 2017, with the weekend set to attract both amateurs and some of the country’s best to race,outside Singleton.

The event has beenheld on private property off Putty Road for 31 years and has become a pillar of Australian off-road racing, with spectators able to line the entire track.

It stands as a leg in numerous competitions including theSW Long Course Championship, NSW Long Course Series and NSW Tri Challenge Series.

The racingalso rallies the Upper Hunter community, with fundraising by the Bulga rural fire brigade as well as both the Milbrodale and Broke schools.

Dick Johnson, Mark Skaife, George Fury, Colin Bond, Glenn Seton, Andrew Meidecke, Kevin Waldock and Tony Longhurt are among the big names of motor racing who have previously competed in the two-day Mountain Classic.

Saturday will include the prologue, where racers duke it out to set starting times, before a medium six-lap course to kick off the event.

The second day delivers a four-abreast start in the tightly contested short course heats before the fourth race, which takes drivers on six laps the 15-kilometre long course.The fastest lap can clinch a driver the prestigious Man of the Mountain title.

Racing begins 9.45am Saturday and 8.30am Sunday at theWelsh’s Road, Milbrodale course found about26 kilometres south of Singleton.

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It wasn’t the news I wanted to hear

UPPER Hunter Shire mayor Wayne Bedggood admits he is “frustrated beyond belief” in regards to the latest update concerning the Scone overpass.
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While the town’s bypass has received the “green light” in recent months from both state and federal governments, the residents’ preferred choice suffered another setback in the past week.

Councillor Bedggood met with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) representatives but “it wasn’t the news I wanted to hear”.

“They’re still working on the overpass options – and we’ll need to wait at least another six-to-eight weeks,” he said.

“Apparently, the project remains on the table.

“However, the RMS informed me there wasn’t dedicated funding for it.

“That in itself didn’t surprise me.

“The funding is primarily for the Scone bypass.

“But, we were promised the overpass would be incorporated into the [bypass] development.”

Unless money is left over from the bypass project, Cr Bedggood said council would need to seek funding for the overpass.

“That’s not what we asked for,” he told the Advocate.

“So, I’ll be meeting [state and federal] politicians over the next week.

“I’m not sure what we could have done differently to get the right outcome.

“Plus, there’s been a constant lack of communication with the public, which needs to be addressed, too.”

Only a fortnight ago, one of the key highlights of the NSW Budget was an allocation of $29 million for the New England Highway bypass in town.

It followed a vow by the federal government in May that $65 million had been ticked off to start building the four-kilometre project.

“Everyone knows the volume of traffic, especially heavy vehicles, which passes through Scone on a daily basis,” Cr Bedggood said.

“So, the bypass will be a terrific improvement for Scone and the region in general.”

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Breaking society’s silence of abuse

CONTENT: American-born singer Toni Childs has found happiness and health living near Byron Bay with her Australian husband Mik Lavage.TONI Childs never intended to become a musical spokeswoman for domestic violence. It wasn’t like she had experienced abuse from a partner first hand when she wrote her emotional songI’ve Got To Go Now in 1991.
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It was a time when domestic violence was generallytabooand often lockedbehind closed doors.

Yet 25years after the ARIA top-five track’s release, Childs is still regularly stopped by people who sharetheir personal stories ofhow the song provided them with the inspiration and strength to escape a destructive relationship.

“I never realised I was writing an anthem for domestic violence, but I’ve met somany people who’ve said,‘my mum left because of that song, thank you’ or ‘I didn’t have the courage to leave my husband and you helped me do that’,” Childs says.

“It was the song I was the least connected to. I wrote the story, but it wasn’t my story. But it’s lived on and it’s huge all over the world, but here particularly.”

I’ve Got To Go Now off Childs’ second album House Of Hope was actually about her own personal addiction to pain at the time.

They were halcyon days for the Californian blues-rock musician. Childs’ debut album Union in 1988, featuring the songs Stop You Fussin’ and Don’t Walk Away, was a critical smash and earned her two Grammy nominations.

Toni Childs – I’ve Got To Go NowYet Childs says not everything was soaring in the life of the singer with the distinctand powerful gospel voice.

“We can all get in these cycles when we’re doing stuff that’s not good for us,” she says.“It can be anything from drinking to staying in an abusive relationship or a job we don’t like.

“Where we have critical self-talk, where we aren’t our best friend. There’s different ways these shame addictions can eat up our lives through our relationship with the world. I was feeling that and seeing it in myself.

“My story didn’t have a very good visual, but this had such a great visual. So it made it very easy to relate to and the chorus ‘I’ve got to go now/and I’ve got to say goodbye’was about stopping and coming to the end of the road where you’re really going to make that change.”

Toni Childs Union, House Of Hope and The Woman’s Boat.

One hit Childs won’t perform is her 1989 cover of Jimmy Cliff’sMany Rivers to Cross.

“I made an announcement I wouldn’t be doing that song anymorea couple of years ago,” she says.“It’s a really sad song for me to sing with my bleeding heart all over it that I’m going to lose my man.

“I don’t think that’s a very good affirmation to be making.”

Following the greatest hits tour, Childs will embark on her boldest touring project yet –a regional run of shows to support her 2015 art-pop album It’s All A Beautiful Noise. The shows are a music-driven 3D contemporary art experience, featuring colourful animal animation projectedonthe walls of the theatre.

“It’s an immersibleplay date, but it’s also a concert,” she says.“We need good stuff that’s more fun. We’re knocking down that third wall.”

Toni Childs performs separate lunch and dinner shows at Lizotte’s on July 16.

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A happy medium

NEW HORIZON: Joe Pug is a constant visitor to Australia, but Sunday’s show at The Edwards will be his Newcastle debut.AMERICAN musician Joe Pug once pushed himself on the road to the point of mental,physical and emotionalexhaustion.
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Like his folk and country heroes Bob Dylan, Steve Earle and John Hiatt, Pug is a born troubadour. The sound of wheels rolling on the highway are as constant as the strumming of hisacoustic guitar.

But by 2014 the miles had worn him down. Pug contemplated quitting music, but instead found a balance which delivered personal happiness and inspiredhis third and most recent album, 2015’s Windfall.

Since then Pug has gotten married, welcomeda 10-month-old son and left Austin inTexas and set up home closer to family in Washington DC.These developments contributed to a more satisfying touring regime.

“I was a little bit worried abut the musician’s lifestyle and being a parent, but you have a lot of time to spend with your kid because when everyone goes to work I’m at homegetting up with him and the show isn’t until late at night,” Pug says.

Joe Pug – Hymn #101“I found the sweet spot with playing a certain number of shows in a year. I just really enjoy playing again and I’ve built up by it. I think around 80 to 100 shows per year is the sweet spot.”

Since bursting onto the scene in 2008 with the powerful Nation Of Heat EP, which takes inspiration from Greenwich Village-era Dylan, Pug has intriguedcritics and fans with his poetic wordplay. American literary giants like Walt Whitman and John Steinbeck are among his biggest influences.

Yet Pug admits finding that magic dust to write the next albumhas been difficult.

Joe PugNation Of Heat by shipping 15,000 free two-song samplers to various towns before he toured there.

The efforts paid dividends. Pug would roll into towns he’d never played and already havepeople well-versed in his music.

These days Pug uses cheaper means of self-promotion. This includeshis monthly The Working Songwriter podcast where he has interviewed the likes of Robert Ellis, Hayes Carll and Kasey Chambers.

“That’s helped me a lot with touring without an album because people can follow that show and they know when I’m coming to town,” Pug says.“It’s great because I’m not as tied to the album cycle as I used to be.”

Courtney Marie Andrews – Put The Fire OutOn his latest Australian tour Pug is joined by Seattle’s rising folk artistCourtney Marie Andrews. Seven years ago Andrews toured Australia as a back-up singer forUS rockers Jimmy Eat World, but she’s become a star in herown right due to hercritically-acclaimed thirdrecord Honest Life.

The album debuted No.1 on the US Americana chart last year and led to a performance in April on esteemed UK music showLater…with Jools Holland.

Joe Pug and Courtney Marie Andrews perform on Sunday at The Edwards.

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Queensland’s justice system, reviewed by Google

The Wolston Correctional Centre got one star. Photo: Greg HendersonSentence more interesting offenders, give prisoners better food and don’t wake them up so early or order them around as much.
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This is some of the sterling advice dished out to Queensland’s justice system in the highest court of all, Google reviews.

There’s something about reviewing a place that you are legally forced to attend that seems particularly futile. Having said that, some of them are really funny.

So in the interests of informing Queensland’s more poorly behaved citizens, Fairfax Media can reveal some of the best reviews of the state’s police stations, courthouses and jails.

CourtsBrisbane Magistrates Court:Nice court. Fair sentencing, it would be bennificial (sic) if there was a little more drama during sentencing and that they sentenced more interesting offenders however a nice experience overall. 8/10.Four stars.

Exciting stuff can be seen here. Cases done in no particular order it seems. May have to wait a while if you don’t have a lawyer.Three stars.

Supreme and District Courts Brisbane:Facilities are nice. Coffee is terrible. More modern than the Magistrates Court.Four stars.

This court is so good omg its (sic) amazing yeah baby 5 stars its (sic) lit.Five stars.

Magistrate Courthouses, Maroochydore:Nabbed or fined? This is the place to go.Five stars.

Cairns Magistrates Court:Free valet parking for people on ice. Bulk discounts offered for those who commit multiple burglaries. White people are treated on a first come first served basis. Black people are guilty before proven innocent. Judge shopping is preferred. Your entire case is based on how badly the person before you screwed up.One star.

JailsArthur Gorrie Correctional Centre:Wake up call at 5 am. Breakfast was second rate. No choice of activities and the staff were very rude, ordering me around. The front desk refused to send up room service and no wine was served with dinner. I will not be recommending this hotel at all.One star.

Lack of good looking woman. (sic)One star.

Wolston Correctional Centre:This is the worse place ever! They locked me up and refused to let me out! That my friends is total bullshit!One star.

Woodford Correctional Centre:Pretty small jailcells, (sic) food was ok and lunch times need to be a bit longer but overall it’s an ok jail.Two stars.

Lotus Glen Correctional Centre:Fantastic accomodation, (sic) amazing scenery. To be honest the only let downs (sic) was the food as well as the lack of freedom and activities but otherwise I would highly recommend Lotus Glen Correctional Centre for your next stay on the tablelands.Four stars.

Police stationsIpswich Police Station:Cool Place To Meet !!Five stars.

Toowoomba Police Station:Just another police department.Three stars.

Fortitude Valley Police Station:Requested finger printing at the city police station and got turned away by the horrible counter staff there. Came here and served by Susan, she’s fantastic! Very friendly and helpful, providing us detailed information to ensure we did correctly. I am gonna compliment her formally. Susan deserves an award! :)Five stars.

It is still just a red brick police station at the end of the day.Three stars.

Indooroopilly Police Station:Got a 500 dollar fine and lost my last 3 points which made me loose (sic)my license (sic) for taking a left turn between 7 and 9 when your (sic) not allowed to at that time and then apparently being to (sic) close to the car infront(sic) of me then 2 months later driving the same route with my mate Iwatched a marked cop car with no lights on do the same turn and as we where (sic) following at 60 he had to be going 70 because he lost us,

5 starsmeans they get a 5 outa(sic)5 for being scum dogs

Bad service and there was a hair in my food.One star.

Acacia Ridge Police Station:Nice building. Situated in a good location.Five stars.

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Lees stars set home hit-out

Kris Lees-trained Le Romain and Invincible Gem will trial at Newcastle on July 18after warming up for new campaigns with quiet 845-metre hit-outs at Wyong on Wednesday.
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TOP BILLING: The Kris Lees-trained Le Romain won two group 1 races this season and appears certain to be named Newcastle Horse of the Year. Picture: bradleyphotos南京夜网.au

Triple group 1-winner Le Romain, with Mat Scorse aboard,was a well-held fourth to Table Two, which ran51.95 seconds on soft ground. Invincible Gem, withAaron Bullock in the saddle, was fourthto Cultural Man, which clocked 50.64.

“Le Romain and Invincible Gem weren’t out to do anything flash as it was their first trials this time in work,” Lees Racing manager Lucas Miller said. “But their respective riders were very happy with how they felt.”

Le Romain will resume in the $200,000 group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on August 5. Connections are keen to secure a spot in the 12-horse,$10 million The Everest (1200m) at the same track on October 14.The versatile Le Romain has an outstanding Randwick record, winning two of his three group 1s at the track.

Lees has not confirmed a first-up task for Invincible Gem, whichwon three city races in succession last time in, culminating with a runaway victory in the group 3 NJC Spring Stakes (1600m)at Randwick in February. She was then a close second in thegroup 1 Randwick Guineas on March 4.

Invincible Gem’s spring target is the $400,000 group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m) against her own sex at Rosehill on September 23.

“Kris didn’t have a target with Invincible Gem last campaign, but she kept raising the bar every time she raced,” Miller said. “She has spelled well and it will be interesting to see how far she progresses this time.”

Also on Wednesday, Lees’ exciting two-year-old filly, Sasso Corbaro, was run down in the shadow of the posts for the second time at Canterbury in her two career starts.

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