Should OSU just go for it on fourth down outside the 25?

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! USATSI_7675443_154512258_lowresThis post was inspired by a comment from Dylan in yesterday’s five things we learned from the UTSA game. Ben Grogan has been, uh, less than stellar from outside 40 yards. As Mark Cooper outlined in last week’s Tulsa World Grogan was 2/8 from 40+ yards in the last two years.After the UTSA game and that bank shot he’s now 3/9.So if you believe nine hacks at it is enough of a sample size to make some judgements, let’s make some judgements.The question Dylan posed yesterday is whether or not OSU should just start going for it when a 40+ yard kick is on the line.There are a lot of variables here and this won’t be perfect but I want to give it a shot. I feel like my training wheels are off by not consulting OKC Dave on this.The New York Times has a tremendous piece on whether or not NFL teams should go for it, kick a FG, or punt in various scenarios. It’s worth all your time to read it but I’ll try to apply its principles here.Let’s jump right into an example because I think that’s going to be the easiest way to understand this.Let’s say OSU has it on Texas Tech’s 25 and it’s fourth and five next Thursday night in the second quarter. Your options are either a 42-yard field goal or going for it.[1. Gundy not gonna punt, bro.]If you go for it, here’s how your expected points equation would work:Going for it41 percent success rate[1. OSU ran 79 plays in the UTSA game and 41 percent went for five or more yards. That’s a small sample size but I’m not going to count up all of the games.] X 4.4 expected points by getting a first down at the 20-yard line[1. See here for college football-wide data.] + 59 percent failure rate X -1.7 expected points for your opponent getting the ball and a fresh set of downs at its own 25.[1. Again, see here.]That all adds up to an expected return of +0.80 points if you go for it.Kicking it33 percent success rate X 1.3 expected points by making the field goal[1. You have to kick off after making a field goal and OSU’s opponents start, on average, on their own 27 which is worth -1.7 points to OSU. This has to factor in.] + 67 percent failure rate X -1.7 expected points for your opponent getting the ball and a fresh set of downs at its own 25.That all adds up to an expected return of -0.71 if you kick it.So because Ben Grogan is bad from 40+ yards and because college teams (especially teams like Tech) are prone to scoring quite often when they get the ball back you are, in fact, giving up about 1.5 points by rolling Ben Grogan out for a 42-yard field goal.Pretty crazy.Even crazier is that he would have to kick 40+ yarders at about a 65 percent clip to make it worth your while to send him out which is why that New York Times article suggests going for it quite often.Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 3.09.58 PMTotally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.last_img read more

Guardiola hoping for ‘special’ Silva stay

first_imgManchester City Guardiola tells ‘special’ Silva he can stay at Man City for as long as he wants Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 20:19 10/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David Silva Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Guardiola Premier League The Spain international is already in talks regarding an extension to his contract, and his manager hopes he will stick around for many years to come David Silva is a “special” talent who can stay at Manchester City for as long as he wants, says Pep Guardiola.The 31-year-old midfielder is into his eighth season at the Etihad Stadium, having signed from Valencia for £25 million in 2010.He has helped to land two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup triumph during his time in England – taking in over 300 appearances, scoring 51 goals and providing countless assists. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. City are already in talks regarding a possible extension to his contract, and Guardiola is hoping to see the World Cup winner stick around for many years to come.He said of Silva and efforts to tie him down to fresh terms: “His reputation throughout the world – they know how good he is.“His team-mates give him a lot of credit, the media and the fans.“He’s a special player who I like a lot, a competitor, a fighter, a winner, he’s got the quality to keep the ball.Pep Guardiola David Silva Manchester City special stay“We spoke about him many times, you have to be so happy because we have him.“He loves to be here because he’s part of the history – Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero. He’s one of the guys who have given this club the important step.“I think we’d like him to stay until he decides.”Silva is already tied to City until 2019, having committed to a five-year deal in 2014.Work is being done to extend that agreement by a further 12 months, by which time the Spain international will be 34.Man City -2 10/11 v StokeAge does not appear to be an issue for Silva, though, with his game about creativity and guile, rather than pace and power which can fade down the years.He has been a regular again for City this season, helping Guardiola’s side to make an unbeaten start to the 2017-18 campaign across all competitions.last_img read more

Religious freedom push must be matched with hate speech protection, LGBTQI advocates say

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Rugby union Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Equality Australia’s director of legal advocacy, Lee Carnie, also raised concern that proposed new laws could override existing state legislation aimed at protecting minority groups against vilification.“If you have those two concurrent processes going [at a state and federal level] you could potentially have both jurisdictions finding there had been mistreatment or neither, but because there isn’t consistency … they could reach different conclusions on where the line should be drawn,” Carnie told Guardian Australia.“The answer to dealing with that national inconsistency that would arise if the Australian government passes indirect discrimination provisions is to also make sure that amendments to the sex discrimination act are passed that protect LBTQI+ people from vilification and hate speech.”Carnie said that the remedy would be to introduce protections similar to the contentious Section 18C that exists within the Racial Discrimination Act, which the government unsuccessfully attempted to water down in the previous parliament.Equality Australia is calling on the government to release the bill, saying the attorney general’s proposed measure to legislate against “indirect” discrimination could prevent employers providing a safe workplace for all people.“Anti-discrimination laws should be a shield, not a sword. It sounds like the government’s proposal would prevent employers from being able to protect their businesses from the damaging public actions of employees.”The Nationals MP, Barnaby Joyce, told Guardian Australia that he wanted the government’s legislation to ensure that someone’s religious views should only be considered by an employer if they were relevant to the job. A government push to prevent “indirect” religious discrimination needs to be matched with new federal protections against hate speech and vilification, LGBTQI advocacy group Equality Australia says.The attorney general, Christian Porter, has begun a series of workshops with MPs on the government’s proposed religious discrimination bill, which is due to be introduced to parliament sometime this year.But amid calls from conservative MPs for a religious freedom bill rather than just a “defensive” bill that protects against discrimination, LGBTQI advocates are warning of “panic” among minority groups of the potential for the bill to do harm. Support The Guardian Since you’re here… LGBT rights Australian politics Read more Christian Porter Religious discrimination bill will safeguard people of faith, says attorney general Australian politics: subscribe by email Israel Folau Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Barnaby Joyce Share on Facebook Read more Reuse this content He accused Rugby Australia of opening a “can of worms” after it sacked its star player Israel Folau for widely condemned comments on social media in which he paraphrased a Bible passage saying “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters” would go to hell unless they repented.“If you want to blame someone for this, blame Rugby Australia – they opened the can of worms and now the worms are all over the place and somehow we have to stick the worms back in the can,” he said.“Rugby Australia saying that someone may take offence about another person’s view on who goes to heaven or hell would say that they … know there is a heaven and hell and they have got knowledge of how to get to heaven or hell, and I would have thought that would be a little outside their pay grade.”Earlier he told ABC radio that he believed companies could not sack someone for their “annoying” views.“You’ve got people who are a pain in the arse and they’re in every office, but we can’t just go around sacking them because they’re annoying,” he said.Sign up to receive the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Topics Joyce is one of a group of conservative MPs who say the government needs to do more to protect religious expression, along with the New South Wales senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, who has launched a petition calling for a religious freedom bill.Porter has said he is opposed to such “declaratory” rights bills.Conservative thinktank the Institute of Public Affairs is also critical of the federal government’s attempt to legislate to protect religious freedoms, saying no new legislation is warranted.“The government should not legislate for the Folau case. Bad laws cannot be fixed by imposing more bad laws. It is not ‘conservative’ to legislate for freedom,” the IPA executive director, John Roskam, said.Labor has said it is prepared to work with the government on a religious discrimination bill, welcoming comments from the prime minister, Scott Morrison, that the issue should not be “politicised”. newslast_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez: We’ll do what we can to keep Rondon

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Benitez: We’ll do what we can to keep Rondonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez will do what he can to have Salomon Rondon become a permanent signing.On-loan West Brom striker Rondon has netted four goals in six games including a winner here that shot Newcastle to six points clear of the bottom three, with Fulham to play next week.”I am happy with him, but still he can improve,” he said.”I don’t want to give too much credit to him, and I mean by that that I don’t want to take too much credit from the others.”He is doing a great job for the team, but we have to support him a little bit more.”If he has more support, if he has more crosses and passes into him, then he will score more goals because he can do it.”Anyone can do it if you give them more assists, but I think with Salomon, if the team puts the ball in the right position then he will also be on the end of the crosses, or at the end of the passes.”Asked if Newcastle could net him permanently from West Brom, Benitez said: “It will be fine. Hopefully he can start scoring a lot of goals, and then you can ask me this in a few weeks and hopefully it can be positive then, too.”He has not surprised me. He knows he can improve – so he will work hard. His strength maybe is to hold the ball.” last_img read more

The Populism Project A look at the voices that make up the

first_imgTORONTO – They roared up in motorcycles and climbed out of Ubers, wearing high heels and flip flops, “Make Canada Great Again” hats, brocade blazers and sweatsuits.They were lawyers and truck drivers, retirees and students; those at the podium described them variously as civic nationalists, patriots, citizen journalists and crusaders — the last stalwarts of the traditional Western order.They gathered Saturday in Toronto in support of upstart Rebel Media, a controversial “news, opinion and activism” website often accused of propagating the sort of hatred-laced content that fuels right-wing extremism, not just in Canada but around the world.Ask them how they define themselves, however, and “frustrated” is the most common answer.In the Populism Project, The Canadian Press is looking at what’s behind the recent and ongoing upheaval in Western countries that’s been challenging the political status quo, to explore whether similar conditions exist in Canada.Populism is most widely understood as the belief that the status quo no longer represents the people’s best interests and must be changed, such as with the election of U.S. President Donald Trump or Great Britain’s decision to exit the European Union.Among the 800 registered for Rebel Media’s event Saturday was Cam Wright — neither a Conservative nor a Liberal, he said, but a skeptic about whether what he hears from politicians and the mainstream media is actually the truth.He’d never attended a political event in his life prior to Saturday, and hesitated to show up at this one, in part because of what he might find behind the doors.“The way the left makes it sound is what we’re doing here is a big racist convention,” Wright said after seven hours of lectures on topics like the Liberal tax record, Canada-U.S. relations and Christians in the Middle East.“But you get here, and it’s just not the case.”The Rebel’s reputation stems from incidents like its coverage a few months ago based on a trip to Israel by contributor Gavin McInnes, who posted a video called “10 things I hate about Jews” — later retitled, amid an uproar, “10 things I hate about Israel.”The Rebel was also a leading voice against M-103, the Liberal-sponsored House of Commons motion condemning and calling for an end to Islamophobia; Conservative critics framed it as the start of an effort to silence critics of Islam.Conference attendee Nick Peres said he didn’t quite see it that way, but was concerned it might be a harbinger of an increased government effort to regulate how people ought to think and behave.When he first came to Canada from Romania more than a decade ago, Peres said he saw multiculturalism as a virtue. Now, he said, it seems to mean some people’s values are more important than others.“I’m not saying this out of fear,” Peres said. “I’m not afraid. I’m just sad.”If there’s a common fear among the Rebel crowd, it seems to be that they’re losing the freedom to discuss the things they feel matter the most. On Saturday, several people declined to be interviewed, fearing online attacks by “leftist trolls.”During her speech on attacks against Christians in Muslim-dominated countries, Rebel personality Faith Goldy talked about calls to war in the Koran, and accused Muslims of being on a holy war against Christians.Some in the crowd booed and jeered in support; others shushed them for doing so.There’s been a complete breakdown in civil political discourse in Canada, suggested Kevin Topalian, a local college lecturer who said he came to the event specifically to hear dissenting views.“It’s terrifying because we can’t have a rational conversation,” he said. “If we are divided into two camps that look at each other with suspicion, that’s the end of the country. We can’t survive if we can’t talk.”The star of Saturday’s event was University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson.Peterson is a celebrity among Rebel fans for refusing to use the gender-neutral pronouns preferred by some students and faculty; his speech Saturday explored the question of why such a position has become so taboo.For Wright, it was eye-opening.“People like me who aren’t the most intelligent, or scholarly, or articulate, we just don’t understand how things like this happen,” he said.“I came to figure this stuff out because you aren’t going to hear it from anywhere else.”Ros Feldman has attended several Rebel events and has been a community activist in nearby Brampton, Ont., for decades.The tension between Islam and the West, free-speech issues like those raised by Peterson — such things don’t get the debate or discussion they deserve, she said: “I don’t think at the present moment our voices are being heard.”What that means for the political landscape in Canada is an open question.Many interviewed said they will continue to vote Conservative, although some are frustrated with issues like the federal party’s recent vote to support the Paris climate accord, or the Ontario PCs supporting changes to the sex education curriculum.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s promise to protect free speech on campus resonated with some, but others say they don’t trust him.“I don’t like religion in my politics,” said one, identifying himself only as Matt, troubled by Scheer’s ties to social conservatives.While former Tory finance minister Joe Oliver was among those who addressed the crowd Saturday, no current federal Conservative MPs were spotted roaming the floor, although some leadership candidates did attend Rebel events during the campaign.For his part, Rebel founder and chief spokesman Ezra Levant said he doesn’t see the need for a new political party. There’s enough of that splintering going on already, he told the conference at day’s end.“What we need to do is fill in the gaps left by the political parties,” Levant said. “Be there for the people who have no one else to be there for them.”last_img read more

Latin Americas economic outlook dismal as global financial crisis takes toll –

The gross domestic product (GDP) of the 33 Latin American and Caribbean countries will grow a projected 1.9 per cent in 2009, a marked drop from the 4.6 per cent rate a year earlier, according to preliminary figures from the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).Unemployment will increase to between 7.8 to 8.1 per cent next year, hitting low-income households and those headed by women the hardest and pushing many workers into the informal economy. However, inflation will slow to 6 per cent next year, from 8.5 per cent a year earlier.“Today the region is better prepared than in previous occasions to handle a crisis, but in no case is it immune,” ECLAC said in a press release.Developed and developing countries must coordinate macroeconomic steps and bolster intraregional trade and integration to manage the crisis, according to the UN commission. It also recommends that international agencies sufficiently finance counter-cyclical measures and that regional financial bodies inject liquidity into the global financial system.Between 2003 and 2008, the region enjoyed healthy economic growth as employment expanded and poverty shrank, and most countries posted external and fiscal account surpluses.But the international economic slowdown is already undoing those gains.According to the report, foreign direct investment (FDI) will contract next year. Mexico and some Central American nations are already seeing exports slide. The drop in prices for fuel, metals, food and other basic goods will hinder trade prospects for the region, while the expected fall in tourism and remittances from migrant workers – both significant sources of revenue – will inhibit growth.Scarce credit and the rising cost of external financing have caused a strong depreciation in local currencies in several countries, upsetting their balance sheets and thwarting efforts to slow inflation rates further, the Commission added. 19 December 2008After six years of strong performance, Latin American and Caribbean economies will slow considerably next year as the global economic meltdown takes its toll on the region and unemployment rises, a United Nations agency for economic development announced today. read more

Palestinians headed for manmade disaster UN seminar is told

Deliberate political decisions are combining to create a humanitarian crisis for people living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, a senior United Nations official with the major relief agency meeting their needs told a UN seminar in Cairo today. Anders Fange, Director of Operations in the West Bank for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), said that in contrast to unpredictable natural disasters, the situation now looming was man-made, a result of policies aimed at strangling the economy.As many as 65,000 households which depended on salaries from the Palestinian Authority would need emergency assistance in the event that payroll cannot be met, he said, warning that the real consequences would be clear in the coming months.If Palestinian Authority schools ceased functioning, about 45 per cent of the students would come to UNRWA schools, he said, but the Agency was already faced with establishing priorities and making cuts. It was not just a case of no light at the end of the tunnel but the tunnel itself was getting dark, he said.Mr. Fange emphasized that the Agency is not an alternative to negotiations leading to a peace process. The United Nations, he added, was neither politically or logistically able to substitute for Government departments.Rana Zakhout, an official with the UN Office of the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said there had been a rapid and acute deterioration in the economic situation especially since the Hamas victory in the recent elections.The reduction in revenues was due to the moratorium on donor contributions because the new government did not subscribe to the principles of the Road Map, she said, referring to an outline peace plan which envisages two States – Israel and Palestine – living side by side within secure and recognized borders.Representatives of 55 Governments, the Observer of Palestine, 4 international organizations, 16 United Nations agencies, 8 non-governmental organizations and 31 representatives of the media took part in the two-day UN Cairo Seminar on Assistance to the Palestinian People. read more

DR Congo UN chief deplores killing of Tanzanian peacekeeper

“The Secretary-General deplores in the strongest terms the killing and wounding of UN peacekeepers,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement issued last night. “He offers his sincere condolences and sympathy to their families and to the Governments of the United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of South Africa.”The attack occurred in the Kibati heights in North Kivu as the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) supported action by Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC) to protect civilian-populated areas of Goma. The Mission has delivered mortar and artillery fire and engaged its attack helicopters, while the FARDC has used attack helicopters, battle tanks and ground forces. The operation is still ongoing.“The United Nations remains committed to taking all necessary actions in line with Security Council resolution 2098 (2013) to protect civilians in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo,” the statement read.Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of MONUSCO, Martin Kobler, also expressed his outrage by the killing of the peacekeeper. “He sacrificed his life to protect civilians in Goma. My thoughts go to his family and all members of his unit in this very difficult moment,” he said. Over the past year, the M23, along with other armed groups, have clashed repeatedly with the FARDC. The rebels briefly occupied Goma in November 2012. The fighting resumed in recent weeks, this time dragging in a group of Ugandan-based rebels, and displaced more than 100,000 people, exacerbating the region’s ongoing humanitarian crisis, which includes 2.6 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 6.4 million in need of food and emergency aid.On 28 March this year the Security Council authorized the establishment of the intervention brigade to carry out targeted offensive operations, with or without the FARDC, against armed groups that threaten peace in eastern DRC. At the same time the Security Council called on the M23 to cease immediately all forms of violence and destabilizing activities and for its members to immediately and permanently disband and lay down their arms.The strengthening of the MONUSCO mandate with the intervention brigade is designed to further support the political objectives of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the region – a peace deal signed in February in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. read more

Rosa King zoo keeper killed by tiger saw animals as friends say

first_imgThe statement said she had raised money for animal charities and travelled to China and Borneo to see conservation work. Rosa King with a cheetah at Hamerton Zoo in Cambs Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Her parents said she was best summed up by the statement “When I look into the eyes of an animal I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.”Miss King died at the scene after the incident at the 25-acre zoo in Cambridgeshire. Both police and the council are now investigating.He parents said: “She had a care and understanding of her animals that was a joy and privilege to behold. Ms King with one of the zoo’s cheetahs “Rosa was passionate about animals from the age of 2 when she first sat on the back of a horse. After that, her life was always going to be about animals.“She lived her life to the full and was a very caring, generous person.“She would stand up for those who couldn’t stand up for themselves including the animals and campaigned and raised money for animal charities. The parents of a female zoo keeper killed by a tiger have paid tribute to her, saying she saw animals as friends.Peter and Andrea King said their daughter Rosa was “living her dream” and her vocation to work with big cats “meant the world to her”.The 33-year-old was killed on Bank Holiday Monday at Hamerton Zoo Park in Cambridgeshire when a tiger got into an enclosure with her.last_img read more

Israel and Hamas appear at odds over prolonging ceasefire

first_imgISRAEL AND HAMAS appear at odds over prolonging a 72-hour Gaza ceasefire, with the Jewish state indicating it would back an unconditional extension but Hamas denying any agreement.Guns have stayed silent in the tiny Palestinian enclave since 8:00 am on Tuesday, bringing relief to millions of people on both sides after the deaths of 1,886 Palestinians and 67 on the Israeli side.Egyptian mediators have accelerated efforts to extend the truce after it expires at 0500 GMT on Friday, shuttling between Israeli and Palestinian delegations in Cairo.“Israel has no problem extending the ceasefire unconditionally,” an Israeli official told AFP on condition of anonymity late Wednesday. There was no immediate reaction from Hamas.A spokeswoman for the Israeli army said 27,000 reservists called up for the conflict had been sent home, leaving a force of 55,000 still on active duty, in another sign of growing hopes for long-term quiet.But Hamas deputy leader Mussa Abu Marzuq, part of the Palestinian delegation holding talks in Cairo, denied overnight there was yet any agreement.“There is no agreement to extend the ceasefire,” he wrote on Twitter.“Any news about the extension of the truce is unfounded,” added Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri.In the battered Gaza Strip, shops, banks and markets have reopened, and people crowded into the streets.Emergency services cleared rubble and pulled more bodies from the rubble, raising the overall Palestinian death toll to 1,886 according to the Palestinian health ministry. Source: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP/Press Association ImagesIn the southern town of Rafah, one of the worst-hit areas where Israel sought to destroy a network of Hamas tunnels, local residents buried bodies stacked in morgues while the fighting raged.Many residents are angered by the extent of damage to their homes.Nearly half a million Palestinians were displaced by Israeli bombardment, and many are still sheltering in schools after their homes were flattened in the offensive.“Look at my house, it is totally smashed. How can my children live here?” asked Mussa Abu al-Rus, whose house had been taken over by Israeli soldiers.Israel says actions ‘proportionate’ In Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a vigorous defence of the conflict in the face of international criticism over heavy Palestinian civilian casualties.“I think it was justified. I think it was proportionate and that doesn’t in any way take away the deep regret we have for the loss of a single civilian casualty,” Netanyahu said in his first public remarks since the ceasefire came into effect.Israel had faced growing international, including US, criticism over the heavy number of Palestinian civilian casualties. Its loss of 64 soldiers is its most severe since the 2006 war against Hezbollah.UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned that after three wars in Gaza in six years, international patience with both sides was being tested.He opened a special meeting of the UN General Assembly with an appeal for a lasting peace.“The senseless cycle of suffering in Gaza and the West Bank, as well as in Israel, must end,” he said. Displaced Palestinian children pass time at a U.N. school where their families had sought refuge during the war in Gaza City Source: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP/Press Association ImagesNetanyahu showed reporters aerial images of homes and of a UN-run school, from which he said Hamas fired mortars and rockets.He accused the armed faction of deliberately increasing the death toll by using human shields and called on the international community to ostracise the group “for its callous abuse of civilians”.“Every civilian casualty is a tragedy, a tragedy of Hamas’s own making,” he added.Egyptian officials mediating talks for a durable truce in Gaza met a Palestinian delegation to relay terms laid down by an Israeli team overnight, Palestinian officials said.Hamas officials have publicly rejected an Israeli demand for Gaza to disarm.Hamas ‘won’t yield’Ismail Haniya, Hamas’s top Gaza-based official, was defiant ahead of the talks, saying the Palestinian side would “not yield on any of our demands”.The Palestinians have insisted Israel end its eight-year blockade of Gaza and free scores of Hamas prisoners.Israel has refused to deal with a Palestinian unity government that emerged after Hamas signed a deal with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in April following years of bitter rivalry.But Netanyahu said Israel was cooperating with the Abbas-led Palestinian Authority.“We are prepared to see a role for them,” he said.“It is important in the reconstruction of Gaza, assuring the humanitarian aid and also the security questions that arise that we have these discussions and cooperation,” the premier added.In a BBC interview, US Secretary of State John Kerry said there would have to be compromise on both sides in order to obtain a permanent ceasefire.“How are we going to eliminate these rockets? How are we going to demilitarise and move towards a different future?” he asked.Netanyahu welcomed Kerry’s remarks and sought to counter reports that Israeli-US relations plunged to a rare low point during the conflict.“We work very closely with him (Kerry), with the US administration with President (Barack) Obama throughout this operation and before,” he said.- © AFP 2014Read: Fragile Gaza ceasefire enters second day>last_img read more

Asus confirms Transformer Prime release date

first_imgThis holiday season, the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet have brought mid-range tablets to budget-minded consumers; however, some tablet shoppers still want to be on the cutting edge. One definition of cutting edge would be a device with a quad-core processor, like the Asus Transformer Prime. Asus has killed off months of rumors with the device’s official US release date: December 19.Asus’s original Eee Pad Transformer was one of the few bright spots in the crop of 2011 Android tablets. It didn’t break sales records, but it received positive reviews and collected less dust than other Android slates. The optional keyboard accessory, which turns the tablet into a faux laptop, appealed to those who like to hit two birds with one stone. The tablet’s $400 (minus the keyboard) price didn’t hurt either.Whereas the original Transformer found success as a unique device in a crowded field of lookalikes, the Prime has a much sexier selling feature: the quad-core Tegra 3 processor. After nearly a year of seeing Nvidia tease the Kal El chip, the Prime will be the device that brings it to market. Expect ridiculous speed.The mid-December slot is an interesting choice: it barely launches in 2011, and is squeezed out less than a week before Christmas. Big product releases commonly launch either before Black Friday, or after the new year celebrations. Asus may have plotted this to avoid getting upstaged by the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet in November, but still have breathing room before the expected iPad 3 release in March.If you’re curious what a Decepticon tablet factory on Cybertron looks like, you can catch a glimpse of one — as well as the Transformer Prime — in Asus’s promo video below:Asus, via Phandroidlast_img read more

CyanogenMod update gives users control over root

first_imgOver the last year, nearly every time a security flaw or vulnerability in Android has been brought up, there’s been a unifying theme. Almost every time, these exploits and vulnerabilities exist because the device in question has enabled root access. In the past, Android modders would quickly root a device in order to gain access to features not enabled by the manufacturer, to flash a custom rom, or even just to remove bloatware. Over time, many of the features that have been forcibly bolted on to Android through root access have been incorporated into the OS, making the need for root less and less frequent.So, with security vulnerabilities seemingly on the rise and the need for root access seemingly on the decline, what need is there to have root access on your device active at all times? The CyanogenMod developer team asked themselves that very same question.According to a post on the CyanogenMod blog, the next update to CyanogenMod will include controls to disable and enable root access for a device. Additionally, the update will come pre-set to having root access disabled, and allow you to enable it in various stages in the settings. Currently, you will be able to activate root access for just ADB commands from your computer, for apps that require root, or for both. The goal here is to help limit the number of potential vulnerabilities walking around with an insecure OS may cause, but the blog warns that this is not a solution for all kinds of vulnerabilities. Simply put, there are still parts of Android that modders and hackers have little to no control over, such as bootloaders. There is no silver bullet, but this will significantly decrease many of the complaints found with an unsecured OS today.Personally, I see this as a huge step forward for CyanogenMod. As a user since the G1, I can safely say that in the last year I have only ever needed root access to install CyanogenMod on a device, and then it is only ever used again to take screenshots. Since the release of Android 4.0, I haven’t had a need for root access to my device at all. In fact, I have found that having root access hinders some actions, such as the ability to use Google Movies.The only practical use for root access on CyanogenMod that I can think of for most people is for users who don’t feel the need to pay for a wireless hotspot plan, so they activate the feature themselves. Root access is just not as necessary as it has been in the past.By having root access disabled by default, I also feel much more comfortable in offering CyanogenMod as an alternative version of Android to those who are less technical. The biggest benefits to CyanogenMod in the past for me have always been the ability to get the most recent version of Android months before the carriers and manufacturers feel the need to issue an OTA update, and the ability to remove OEM skins like TouchWiz or SenseUI. By allowing me to offer a more secure alternative to others, I will most certainly be doing so in the future. Considering that the CyanogenMod team is already serving over a million users, I can only see this change affecting them for the better.last_img read more

Westworld Explores the Darkness in William and Dolores

first_img Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseTop Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019 Stay on target How do you top an episode like last week’s Westworld? While light on major developments, it gave us a personal, emotional story that hit us right in the heart. That might be the biggest surprise of season two. After an entry like that, this week’s episode had a tough act to follow. Instead of trying to top last week’s episode emotionally, the show just threw a whole bunch of massive developments and twists at us. Hey, it’s the second-to-last episode of the season, we were due for a shock or two. The bigger surprise was how well the episode pulled them off.That said, this week’s episode is very much Westworld back on its bullshit. Hey, why not add another timeline? This episode starts us off with some backstory for William, with Ed Harris narrating images of his wife’s suicide. Nobody saw the monster in him but her, he says. We see a brief, ostensibly loving interaction with his wife at a party. She defends him for growing up poor and smart rather than rich and adverse to learning. He sees a host serving drinks, and his hand started shaking. His darkness is threatening to take over, and he can’t even point out when it started happening. It shortly becomes clear that this is the night she killed herself.Sela Ward (Credit: Courtesy of HBO)Back in his current story, Grace (Emily in the real world) is nursing him back to health. While she probably wasn’t lying about causing him great pain when she took him back from Ake last week, she doesn’t want to actively hurt him. Like her father, she feels guilty for pushing her mother away before her suicide. She doesn’t want to permanently ruin her relationship with both her parents. Besides, it appears she’s more like her dad than either of them think. She says she wants in on her dad’s secret project. The one where every guest is uploaded to a massive database hidden in the park. She wants to find her mother’s data, and figure out why she killed herself. Well, that’s what she says anyway.Most of the episode cuts between William and his daughter and the flashback to the night his wife died. It’s incredibly effective at building a growing sense of dread. We know something terrible is going to happen. Probably in both timelines. And we know we’re going to see it. And as his wife reveals she knows he’s been lying about who he is their whole life together, his daughter’s lies in the present come to light. She knows exactly why her mom killed herself. See, at the party just before her mother died, Ford gave William a complete profile of his actions in the park. Emily found it, and plans to expose her father for the monster he really is.Ed Harris, Katja Herbers (Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)That’s when the dual storytelling brings us two rapid fire tragedies. We see the moment William discovers his wife dead in the bathtub. Right after that, present William begins to accuse his daughter of being a host designed by Ford. We knew William had a darkness inside. We knew he was a narcissist who couldn’t help but make an entire revolution all about him. This is the first time we see how far his narcissism has taken him. He asked for a game with real consequences, but he refuses to accept that that means this isn’t all a game. That it’s not an elaborate puzzle designed just for him. When the Dellos security team comes to extract him, he convinces himself they’re all hosts. He slaughters them all, and kills his daughter too. It’s a genuine shock, and horrible as it is, it doesn’t come out of nowhere. It’s totally believable that William is really this far gone. It’s only when he’s about to cut her open for proof of her artificiality that he sees his profile card in her hands, and he realizes what he’s done.In any other week, that would be where the show ends. But this is the penultimate episode. The show has a lot more story to tell before next week’s finale. It’s not even the end of William’s arc this week. This wouldn’t be Westworld if it didn’t leave every story on some kind of cliffhanger. Realizing he’s killed his daughter, William prepares to shoot himself. Then, he flashes back to just before his wife’s suicide. We hear the full speech he gave her, about how she could always see through him. About how he truly belonged in the park and not the real world. We also see what really drove her to suicide. She was faking sleep the whole time William was talking. As soon as he left the room, she found his hidden profile card and watched all the terrible things he’d done. Then, she puts it in Emily’s music box for her to find. It’s a painful, incredibly well-acted scene. You feel how having her worst fears confirmed destroys her.Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris (Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)And in the present, this is when things get really wild. William goes over his last words to his wife in his head. Remembering the words about how he belonged the the park, he lowers the gun from his temple. Then, he takes a knife and begins to cut into his arm… right where a host’s connection port would be. So… is William actually a host? Obviously, he wasn’t always, but we do know he was working on a host copy of himself. It’s true that when the Dellos security team scanned him he came up clear, but he is the owner. It’s not too far-fetched to believe he’d commission a host that could fool the scanners. We don’t get to see what William finds inside his arm. The show, as always, wants to keep us guessing until next week. No matter what, it’s safe to say we’re in for one hell of a twist.I’m glad we finally got an episode focusing on William this season. Compared to everything else going on, he’d grown a little too one-dimensional. He was a cold man treating Westworld like a game. That was it. Now that we’ve seen his refusal to accept any reality but the one he’s constructed for himself. And that construction might, might, be artificial. That’s interesting. All season, I’ve been waiting for the show to do something with this character. Now, I’m all the way on board for whatever the finale brings.James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood (Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)His wasn’t the only story with a heartbreaking surprise for is this week. We spent the least amount of time with Dolores and Teddy, but their story this week packed a punch. This season of Westworld has found a few different angles from which to explore the idea of an artificial intelligence rebelling against its code. This week’s episode may have found the most interesting. We’ve spent a whole season watching hosts rebel against their abusers. Now, we see them start to go against they’re supposed liberators. Dolores is focused on her revolution to lead the hosts to the outside world, but she isn’t exactly a bastion of freedom. When she changed Teddy’s personality to make him a killer, we knew that’d come back to haunt her. The episode plants the seed early, with Teddy refusing to shoot a fleeing Ghost Nation warrior. The real Teddy is starting to rebel against the code Dolores forced on him. When he kills himself at the end, you know it’s coming. The episode made us spend almost the whole hour anticipating that moment. That doesn’t make its final image of Dolores crying over Teddy’s body any less devastating.Though Bernard’s story was the least radical of the three arcs we saw last night, we got to see him fight against his code too. This time, it’s Ford he’s resisting. Ford certainly appears to have the Hosts’ best interests in mind, but his means prove a little too extreme for Bernard. Even showing him Charlotte reverse-engineer Maeve’s power to get hosts to slaughter each other doesn’t push Bernard into violence. When Ford asks him to kill Elsie, that’s one step too far. For the first time, he goes against the wishes of his creator. Not only does he spare Elsie, he completely uninstalls Ford. However he intends to win freedom for the hosts, he’s going to do it on his own. He does freak Elsie out though. We can already see how this goes bad for him. Elsie could easily be the reason Charlotte finds out about Bernard’s true nature.Jeffrey Wright (Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)While not as tight or powerful a story as last week’s episode, this week’s Westworld packed a lot into its hour. It did exactly what it had to do, and did it very well. It gave us a reason to care about William’s story, and provided consequences for Dolores’ violent actions. Both stories are infinitely more interesting as a result. It’s just a shame it took this long to get to that point. I wouldn’t trade last week’s episode for anything, but the show waited until there was one episode left to really kick two of its main stories into high gear. Not that that’s a particularly damning criticism. After all, the heart of it is that there’s only one episode left, and all I want is more.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Kathryn Dodge running for mayor of City of Fairbanks

first_imgDodge, who ran as a Democrat for a Fairbanks State House seat last fall, and lost by one vote to Republican Bart LeBon, announced her mayoral run Monday. In an online post Dodge says “Fairbanks is the bright economic spot in our state right now and we need to work to make sure we maximize this opportunity.” Former Fairbanks North Star Borough assembly member Kathryn Dodge is running for mayor of the City of Fairbanks. last_img

Edmund Shing Budget airlines EasyJet and Ryanair soar toward investment success

first_img I recently flew back from Geneva to Paris after a long day of meetings with clients. But I didnt fly with either of the two flag-carrier airlines, Air France or Swiss. Instead, I chose to fly with EasyJet, in the process saving my employer hundreds of euros.While I did arrive 15 minutes late in Paris, due to the airplane being late to arrive in Geneva in the first place, something else struck me. I was amazed at how full the flight was, with hardly a spare seat left on the aircraft. No chance of me getting the aisle seat I prefer.What is more, so many people had opted, like me, to pay extra for speedy boarding in an effort to get a seat near the front of the aircraft, that in the end it didnt offer much of a benefit. Except to EasyJet of course, who made more money out of all of us.That set me thinking – how well is the distinctive orange-liveried airline performing this year? Digging into the monthly passenger traffic statistics from the EasyJet website, the answer seems to be that they are doing very well indeed.EasyJet enjoys strong passenger growthEvery month this year, EasyJet (UK code EZJ) has carried more passengers in Europe than over the same month in 2014 (Figure 1). For the first 9 months of the year, EasyJet has on average carried 6.5% more passengers than over the same period in 2014.Clearly, with Ryanair also carrying a record number of passengers in 2015, budget airlines are enjoying a banner year on the back of strong consumer confidence and a stronger pound sterling, which has improved British tourists purchasing power abroad.EasyJets aircraft are fuller than everProfit growth isnt just about how many passengers are carried per year; what is at least as important is how full each flight is. This is expressed as load factor – the percentage of an aircrafts seat capacity that is filled by a paying passenger.In the case of EasyJet, the load factor is also improving this year over 2014: each month since March, EasyJets load factor has been higher than the corresponding month in 2014 (Figure 2). So EasyJets profits this year should be better than last years, not only because they are carrying more passengers, but also because each aircraft is on average fuller than last year.Analysts following EasyJet are forecasting 20% earnings growth for this year, followed by 9% further growth in 2016.Is EasyJet the only choice in budget airlines?An investor who wants to capitalise on the growth in budget air travel across Europe actually has a number of investing options apart from EasyJet:Ryanair (UK code RYA) is the biggest budget airline in Europe by number of passengers carried. They claim to be the first airline to have carried over 10 million international passengers in one month, achieved in July 2015. They also achieved a record load factor in July of 95%.Wizz Air (UK code: WIZZ) is a budget airline that is listed on the London Stock Exchange, and which focuses on no-frills flights out of London Luton to Eastern Europe, including to Poland and the Czech Republic. This is a growth market given the large growth in UK immigration from Poland, Romania and other recent entrants to the European Union over the last few years. They carried nearly 2 million passengers in July 2015, and are seeing 20% year-on-year passenger growth this year.Air Berlin, listed in Germany, is a low-cost German airline operator. However, unlike Ryanair and EasyJet, Air Berlin is struggling against Ryanair, EasyJet and Lufthansa, and is projected to make a loss this year.Norwegian Air Shuttle, listed in Norway, is a low-cost airline operator that not only operates low-cost flights to and from Scandinavia within Europe, but which also operates long-haul budget flights to New York from London Gatwick. So next time you want to spend a long weekend in the Big Apple on the cheap, look up!A final note on EasyJet: not only is it cheaper on valuation than either Ryanair or Wizz Air, but it also offers a decent 3.7% dividend yield and is sitting on over £400m of cash – both good supports to the share price. While normally I am not a fan of investing in airline shares, I would make an exception for EasyJet.Edmund Shing is Global Head of Equity Derivative Strategy at BNP Paribas in London. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. Closelast_img read more

Online shooter from Call of Duty creators may be Xbox exclusive

first_imgEveryone is waiting to see what hardware is unveiled on May 21 when the next Xbox is officially launched, but Microsoft may also have a big game exclusive to talk about. Rumors are swirling that the first game from Respawn Entertainment will only be released on Xbox hardware.Why is that a big deal? Well, you may remember that Respawn was setup by Jason West and Vince Zampella after Activision fired them from their positions at Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward. West and Zampella then went on to sue Activision for wrongful termination, reportedly getting a very healthy out of court settlement from the publisher.West and Zampella are the co-creators of the Call of Duty series, so it’s not surprising that Respawn is creating a multiplayer online shooter as its first game. It is being developed under the working title of Project Titan, already has a publishing deal with EA, and has been in development since the studio formed in April 2010.A lot depends on the quality of Project Titan as to how big of a deal an Xbox exclusive is. But you can expect there to at least be a lot of interest surrounding the project. A multiplayer online shooter of the quality of Call of Duty is also a pretty safe bet in terms of sales potential, but we need to see if Respawn can deliver on that front.Kotaku has been told that Project Titan is being created using a modified version of Valve’s source engine, uses a sci-fi setting, will be an always connected game, and has RPG elements (skills progression, weapon unlocks, experience points collection) to help hook the player and keep them playing.As you’d expect, Microsoft isn’t commenting on the rumor and Respawn responded by writing this tweet:Securing Project Titan as a console exclusive could potentially be a huge win for Microsoft. Typically a CoD release sees a new sales record set and multi-millions of copies sold. That’s unlikely to happen for Titan unless it receives instant critical acclaim and a huge marketing budget from Microsoft and EA. But for a new console launch it’s worth taking the risk for Microsoft and blocking the game’s release on other hardware. It could be another Halo, and that’s probably how Microsoft likes to view it if this exclusivity deal is indeed true.last_img read more

Pokemon Lets Go on Nintendo Switch Looks Like My Level of Pokemon

first_img Welp, it’s happening. Pokemon is coming to the Nintendo Switch. After weeks of feverish speculation (and in retrospect extremely accurate leaks), Nintendo, Game Freak, and The Pokemon Company revealed Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee for the console/handheld hybrid. So if you’re wondering how the Switch was planning to repeat 2017’s one-two punch of Mario and Zelda, this year it’s Smash Bros. and Pokemon.Now that we can stop guessing about what the Pokemon games on Switch are, we can start reacting to what Pokemon Let’s Go is going to be. And while there are still plenty of questions left to answer before the games launch in November, so far Pokemon Let’s Go looks like my level of Pokemon.I went over this a bit when I first suggested waiting for the inevitable Switch versions of Pokemon back when the Switch was first announced. But my relationship with Pokemon is extremely fair-weather. I think the core RPGs are… good, but they change so little from game to game that I get burned out if I play more than one in the same decade.So just from a timing perspective, Pokemon Let’s Go piques my interest, as the last Pokemon game I really enjoyed was Black and White all the way back on the DS in 2011. I just appreciate seeing a Pokemon game with modern-ish HD console graphics. I’m impressed by how much better the style looks even if these are arguably upgraded 3DS assets.The graphical upgrade isn’t the only thing Let’s Go has to reel in new and lapsed players though. The game is a pseudo-remake of Pokemon Yellow, the enhanced version of the original Pokemon on Game Boy with more anime elements like a partner Pikachu who constantly follows you and wears clothes. While there are like a thousand Pokemon now, for me and I’m sure tons of other people, the only ones worth caring about are those first 151 from twenty years ago. Monsters like Geodude and Psyduck and Charizard are just more iconic than a literal pile of garbage. And seeing them wander with you on the overworld pushes a lot of nostalgia buttons. Stay on target But Pokemon Yellow isn’t the only Pokemon game Let’s Go wants you (or investors) to think about. As the subtitle implies, these Switch games also interact with the smash hit 2016 mobile game Pokemon Go from Niantic. Monsters you catch in the real-world on your phone can be imported into this more substantial Switch game, which is super cool. Blurring fact and fiction even further is the Poke Ball Plus accessory you can use to catch Pokemon in Go or Let’s Go with motion controls and then carry around with you to train them.The Pokemon Go tie-in has naturally become the more controversially part of Let’s Go. While for the most part the game does appear to be in the style of a mainline Pokemon RPG, with an overworld and trainer battles and enemy teams to vanquish, the casual catching mechanic seems to ditch randomized traditional battles in favor of Pokemon Go-style ball throwing at visible Pokemon two players can participate in.Honestly, I don’t really care. The complaint that “this looks like Pokemon for babies” is really strange to me considering all Pokemon games are for babies (and everyone else). Tying the game in with Pokemon Go, the most popular mainstream Pokemon thing maybe ever, seems like a very smart way to transition that massive audience to the already super popular core series. And this mix of simple and substantial is about the level I want to engage with Pokemon these days. Get out of here with your EVs and give me that Eevee.The rest of Let’s Go still looks like a normal Pokemon game, and frankly Pokemon is a series that could stand to be less precious about it’s formula. Pokemon Go became a phenomenon because it executed so well on its incredible base premise of catching Pokemon in the real world. Its gameplay issues are irrelevant, its success is well-deserved, and Game Freak is right to take inspiration from it.Besides, Pokemon Let’s Go wasn’t the only new Pokemon game announced last night. Game Freak also revealed that a new core Pokemon game is coming to Switch sometime in 2019. Presumably that will be the more “real, hardcore Pokemon game” (a paradox in my opinion) fans are now clamoring for. It’s good the team has more team to work on and re-imagine this next generation (having now already experimented with Switch hardware) but I just hope expectations don’t shoot so high up through the roof they become unreasonable.There’s also Pokemon Quest, free now on Switch and soon smartphones. It’s got a cute blocky art style but the adventure basically plays itself and has gross free-to-play mechanics, so I don’t think we’ll be thinking about this one for too long.I’m very interested to see just what the heck Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee are when they launch on Nintendo Switch this holiday. I have hope playing them will be fascinating if nothing else. But if those games and/or Pokemon 2019 just aren’t my thing, I’ll simply try again next decade.Buy it now!Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/EeveeNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KNew Trailer ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Reveals Team Yell Punks last_img read more

A balanced story

first_imgHistory repeats itself. The play Bagiya Banchharam Ki written by Manoj Mitra braces this statement. The play which is a Hindi adaptation of Sajano Bagaan (Bangla) opens in what we call a no man’s land. The story of the play revolves around Bancharam in his old days. Bancharam is a farmer who owns a bagiya (fertile garden full of trees) was targeted by a zamindar for his property and was evicted from his own land. The farmer  took the case to court and to which the judge pitied and warned the zamindar not to intrude.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Twenty years later, another landlord took over and tried taking Banchharam’s property. But as Banchharam grew old and weak, he was having a hard time to make ends meet. He trusted no one as his successor and therefore agreed to give his land to the landlord after his death. Banchharam took care of the bagiya with all his heart and soul. He nourished every plant that existed and reaped the fruits of his hard work. He gave up his youth in nurturing his garden. But due to his growing age and weak physical condition, he was no longer able to same effort in maintaining his property the way he used to do earlier.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe play shows how nature restores balance. Earlier, when Banchharam was nearing his death, the evil landlord who was after Banchharam’s property was hale and hearty.  It was then when they both came into a negotiation that after his death the land will go to the landlord and till then he will provide Banchharam with two thousand rupees per month.It is the money that brought balance where the landlord kept losing his health and Banchharam gained his health back. The transition between the scenes in the play was smooth and didn’t look exaggerated. The actors seemed to had incorporated the character within themselves. One can say that had these characters been real, they would look exactly as portrayed in the play.  The comic scenes tickled everyone’s funny bones but then provoked the audience to think how prejudiced and shallow humans can be by laughing at someone’s misery. It is the ending, where a hope was born, in the form of Banchharam’s great grandson which changed the mood of the play.The end, however, surprised the audience even when it was anticipated. The landlord had nothing with him even after being rich, his kids did not care for him, and only bothered about money. With the death of the landlord, it was then understood that there is more to life than earning money and building property.Directed by Bahrul Islam, the play is a delightful amalgamation of humour and tradegy. The play was performed on the second day of Nepal Sadbhawana Aayojan on May 18 at National School of Drama.last_img read more

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