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Carers at Epping Gardens break silence over deadly outbreak

<p>A group of aged care workers who came under fire for holding an “unauthorised” baby shower at their facility days before a deadly outbreak occurred have finally broken their silence. </p> <p>Heritage Care, owner of aged cared facility Epping Gardens, referred six of its carers to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency over the baby shower on July 16, claiming it was unauthorised.</p> <p>The first case of COVID-19 at the facility was found days later.</p> <p>The cluster ended up taking the lives of 38 residents.</p> <p>But the carers claim management knew of the baby shower as well as a birthday celebration that took place at the facility two days later.</p> <p>Appearing on A Current Affair, the carers made a series of allegations saying a COVID-19 outbreak was inevitable.</p> <p>Only two nurses were on duty at Epping Gardens when the Australian Defence Force took over in late July.</p> <p>Speaking to ACA reporter Christine Ahern, the carers who chose to stay anonymous painted a picture of confusion, chaos and a lack of infection control before the virus took place.</p> <p>And most seriously, one carer, Renee* alleges that she was required to continue working as she waited for the results of a COVID-19 test.</p> <p>"They say, 'you are waiting, you can work'," Renee* said.</p> <p>Jade* another carer was also told she needed to continue working after coming into contact with a COVID-positive resident.</p> <p>"They said to me, 'do you have symptoms?' And I said, 'no, I don't have symptoms.' And they said, 'don't worry, you have to go upstairs, you have to work today'."</p> <p>Jade* refused to work and tested positive the following day.</p> <p>She hasn't been back to Epping Gardens since.</p> <p>Renee* was also told to stop wearing a mask because it was scaring the residents.</p> <p>"(The manager said) 'just throw your mask in the bin… you're scaring the consumers and they think we're sick'," Renee* said.</p> <p>Heritage Care CEO Greg Reeve declined to comment when contacted by A Current Affair.</p> <p>*Carers names have been changed.</p>

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2020 word of the year announced

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Collins English Dictionary has announced the 2020 word of the year, which is "lockdown".</p> <p>The term has quickly wormed its way into conversations around the world due to public health measures against the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe.</p> <p>"Our lexicographers chose '<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-victoria-restrictions-things-you-may-not-know-lockdown-ends-melbourne/1dd707e6-a1d0-44af-bef9-17196b1799db" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink">lockdown</a>' as Word of the Year because it is a unifying experience for billions of people across the world, who have had, collectively, to play their part in combating the spread of COVID-19," Collins wrote after announcing the award.</p> <p>"It's not a shock to remember that lockdown was originally a piece of prison vocabulary: it's when inmates are confined to their cells because of some disturbance on the wing," it added.</p> <p>"2020 is year that the meaning of the word shifted irrevocably: in most people's minds, lockdown is now a public health measure — its use having increased exponentially since 2019."</p> <p>The dictionary asid it registered over a quarter of a million usages of the word "lockdown", which is an increase of more than 6,000 per cent.</p> <p>Since the initial outbreak in Wuhan, China, virtually every major country has followed suit and enacted some form of lockdown.</p> <p>This makes 2020 a year unlike any other in modern history due to unprecedented social restrictions limiting human interaction.</p> <p>According to the dictionary, the choice of the word was easy.</p> <p> "It's no surprise that quite a few of the words on Collins Word of the Year 2020 shortlist have one big thing in common: the pandemic," the dictionary wrote.</p> <p>"Something that changed everyone's lives so profoundly — leaving no country or continent untouched — was bound to have a significant impact on our language."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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"Angel" killed in freak boating accident

<p>A young mum who died in a freak boat accident that her two-year-old daughter survived has been remembered as an “angel” with a “beautiful soul”, who overcame homelessness.</p> <p>Nicole Herbert, 21, of Ipswich, tragically passed way when the small boat she was in crashed into a private jerry on the Brisbane River on Wednesday.</p> <p>Emergency services were called to Chelmer in Brisbane’s southwest at around 4:40 pm where it is reported Ms Herbert was thrown off the boat and hit her head on the jetty.</p> <p>Her partner, Shaydon Harwood, 21, and their daughter, Kylah, 2, were also in the boat at the time but were not seriously injured.</p> <p>A 46-year-old friend also managed to escape without injury.</p> <p>Ms Herbert’s dad, Roger Herbert, told the Courier Mail that his daughter was a “truly remarkable person” who managed to overcome homelessness and made a life for herself.</p> <p>He said he had “a wound that will never heal” and that no one would say a bad word about her.</p> <p>Mr Herbert said his daughter was “full of life and caring beyond belief”.</p> <p>“She really was an awesome human – she started out essentially homeless at 16 and worked her way up to where she was with her partner, Shaydon,” he told the newspaper.</p> <p>Ms Herbert and her partner were high school sweethearts. </p> <p>Friends have also paid their respects to an “honest sweetheart” with “no bad bone in her body”.</p> <p>“You were a great friend, a great partner, a great daughter and beyond anything you are a fantastic mother,” friend Katie Sorensen posted on Facebook.</p> <p>“I give my heart out to all your family in this time of need. You have lost such a beautiful soul but they have gained an even better angel, she will forever be in our hearts.”</p> <p>Queensland Police are continuing to investigate the crash.</p>

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Gladys Berejiklian won't confirm if NSW borders will be open to Victoria by Christmas

<p>The Prime Minister has pledged to reopening state and territory borders – apart from Western Australia – by Christmas.</p> <p>However, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced the state could keep its border closed off from Victoria until after December 25.</p> <p>On July 7, the premier made the decision to close off NSW as cases began to escalate across Victoria, and it has remained closed ever since.</p> <p>Since lockdown measures have lifted in Victoria, all eyes have keenly been on Gladys to announce an update on the NSW border closure.</p> <p>The Premier however has remained coy on when the border with Victoria will be lifted.</p> <p>“We want to open that border (with Victoria) as soon as we can but what is really important to us is to see what happens once the Government eases restrictions down there. That’s the real test,” Ms Berejiklian said.</p> <p>“I knew the real test for NSW is not lockdown, it’s easy not to spread the virus when people have limited mobility, but once you ease restrictions and people start moving around again and start working, that’s the real test and I think the residents of NSW would expect me and my Government to be responsible in how we deal with that.</p> <p>“So, we’ll take the border down as soon as we can, but we do need to wait to see what impact easing of restrictions in Melbourne and Victoria has before we decide exactly when that will be.”</p> <p>Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews told media he understood why NSW would want to wait and see how the lockdown restrictions easing would impact his state.</p> <p>“I haven’t had a conversation with Gladys [but] she has made it abundantly clear, both Gladys and her Government, that they want to see how things unfold in the next little while,” he said.</p> <p>“I don’t think that is an unreasonable thing. I wasn’t surprised to hear that. I will probably have a conversation with her over the next few days to see how we think things are going.</p> <p>“I get along very well with Gladys and we have got a very important partnership and we will get the border open when it is safe to do so.”</p> <p>However, when Mr Andrews was questioned on Gladys saying NSW coronavirus numbers were “easy” to keep down, he said it has been anything but “easy” for his state.</p> <p>“She had a swipe at Victoria saying it is easy to have zero cases when there is such a big lockdown,” a reporter told Mr Andrews.</p> <p>Mr Andrews responded: “With the greatest of respect to Gladys, there is nothing easy about lockdown and what Victorians have been through.</p> <p>“I’m not interested in having a debate with her or anybody else from this party to be frank.</p> <p>“I’m grateful from the support of NSW, whether it is during bushfires or pandemics, we are always at our best when we work together.”</p>

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Women’s horrifying attack after sitting on toilet

<p><span>A woman has learnt a strange and horrifying lesson after she was bitten on the bottom by a python when she sat on the toilet.</span><br /><br /><span>Boonsong Plaikaew, 54, was about to finish her business while on the loo at her house in Samut Prakan, in central Thailand, when she felt a searing pain shoot across her bottom on October 19.</span><br /><br /><span>A worrying amount of blood began to run down her legs and pants before she saw the snake bite her again, this time on the finger.</span><br /><br /><span>She pulled the two-metre-long python off her finger and ran out of the toilet begging for help.</span><br /><br /><span>Animal rescuers and paramedics arrived at roughly the same time.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838412/daily.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/758ed00d978e4e68883c700cef7259bc" /><br /><br /><span>They gave Mrs. Plaikaew first-aid treatment after checking on her wounds before rushing her to the hospital.</span><br /><br /><span>Speaking at the hospital, the shocked woman said she had just finished urinating when the python struck.</span><br /><br /><span>“I did not see the snake hiding inside the bowl, so I was just doing my stuff when I was attacked,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>The woman was allowed to go home after having a health check-up.</span><br /><br /><span>Thankfully the snake was not venomous.</span><br /><br /><span>Rescuers were able to capture the python who was found slithering on the bathroom floor.</span><br /><br /><span>They placed the animal in a sack and took it with them to be released in the wild at a later time.</span><br /><br /><span>“From now on, I'll check the toilet every time before I sit down,” Boonsong added.</span></p>

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Qatar airport confirm dumped baby is still alive

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Doha, capital of Qatar, airport officials have confirmed that a newborn located in one of its terminals is alive and well.</p> <p>Earlier in October at Hamad International Airport, staff discovered an infant, described as a premature baby, "abandoned" in the terminal bathroom.</p> <p>After this incident, female Australian passengers were allegedly invasively searched, and the Australian Government has since "formally registered our serious concerns" with Qatari authorities.</p> <p>Women at the airport, including 13 Australians, were allegedly removed from flights, detained and forced to undergo an invasive inspection in an ambulance on the tarmac.</p> <p>None of the women were told about the abandoned newborn before the strip searches began.</p> <p>An Australian Government spokesperson told 7NEWS that it is “deeply concerned” at the “unacceptable treatment of some female passengers on a recent Qatar Airways flight at Doha Airport”.</p> <p>“The advice that has been provided indicates that the treatment of the women concerned was offensive, grossly inappropriate, and beyond circumstances in which the women could give free and informed consent.</p> <p>“The Government has formally registered our serious concerns about this incident with Qatari authorities.</p> <p>“The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is engaged on this matter through diplomatic channels.”</p> <p>A Hamad International Airport spokesman told <a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/news/world/doha-airport-officials-confirm-dumped-baby-is-still-alive-c-1457385" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink"><em>7News</em></a> that the newborn infant was found on October 2.</p> <p>“The newborn infant was immediately provided with medical attention and care,” he said.</p> <p>“Medical professionals expressed concern to officials about the health and welfare of a mother who had just given birth and requested she be located prior to departing HIA.</p> <p>“Individuals who had access to the specific area of the airport where the newborn infant was found were asked to assist in the query.”</p> <p>The newborn remains unidentified, and “is safe under the professional care of medical and social workers”.</p> <p>However, Shadow Resources Minister Joel Fitzgibbons said that authorities should "await confirmation about the accuracy of the report".</p> <p>“If true, this effectively amounts to state-sanctioned sexual assault and we should all be very, very concerned,” he said.</p> <p>“And the government here in Australia should be most robust in its responses.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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New Zealand travellers burst Australia's travel bubble

<p>Travellers arriving as part of the newly minted international arrangements with New Zealand have left state authorities scrambling after taking internal flights to jurisdictions outside of the travel bubble.</p> <p>Under the original arrangements, passengers from New Zealand were permitted to enter New South Wales and the Northern Territory.</p> <p>But on Friday night, it was revealed that a few trans-Tasman arrivals took connecting flights to Melbourne.</p> <p>Authorities in Victoria have now spoken to all 55 people who were gearing up to arrive in the state to explain local coronavirus rules.</p> <p>The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) released a statement saying some of the travellers were in family groups, with most of them staying in private homes.</p> <p>Three of the travellers expected to enter the state remained in NSW.</p> <p>And one who was in Victoria returned to NSW on Sunday.</p> <p>"Twenty-one of the 55 travellers arrived at Melbourne Airport … the remainder arrived using other modes of transport," the statement said.  </p> <p>"DHHS authorised officers continue to meet incoming flights at Melbourne Airport and provide information to arriving passengers."</p> <p>Authorities in West Australia have also confirmed 23 people, including a child, all from New Zealand, are currently in hotel or home quarantine after flying into Perth overnight. </p> <p>WA has a hard border and Premier Mark McGowan said the Federal Government needed to provide more support.</p> <p>"We would like further assistance from the Commonwealth, in particular, about making sure that those people who come on aircraft into WA that we get proper manifests and proper advice as to those people that are coming so we can deal with these situations," he said.</p> <p>Unlike Western Australia, Victoria does not have restrictions on incoming arrivals, but Premier Daniel Andrews has issued criticism over the way events unfolded.</p> <p>He said his government had repeatedly requested to be excluded from the arrangement.</p> <p>"We were asked, 'Do you want to be in the bubble?' and we said no," Mr Andrews told reporters on Sunday, as he announced easing of restrictions in the state.</p>

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The Queen and Prince William blasted online for not wearing face masks

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The Queen and Prince William stepped out for a joint engagement and have been blasted online for not wearing face masks.</p> <p>The pair visited the British military's Defence Science and Technology Labratory, which was the Queen's first public appearance in months.</p> <p>However, the pair weren't wearing facemasks, much to the dismay of the public and Piers Morgan.</p> <p>The UK is currently experiencing a second COVID-19 wave, with restrictions being reintroduced in some areas.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CGXP2DNngfr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CGXP2DNngfr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)</a> on Oct 15, 2020 at 4:54am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"Why no masks or social distancing?" Piers Morgan questioned on Twitter. </p> <p>"Sorry, but this is not a smart move by the Royal Family as the virus rages and the country heads into another lockdown."</p> <p>The palace has said that the decision to go maskless by the Queen, 94, was made after consulting her medical team.</p> <p>“Specific advice has been sought from the medical household and relevant parties, and all necessary precautions taken, working closely with the laboratory,” said royal reporter Chris Ship on <a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/chrisshipitv/status/1316701765795024896" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink">Twitter</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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"Not obvious to everyone": Road rule quiz sparks confusion

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A road rule question that was posted on Facebook has left people scratching their heads at how others have missed the obvious answer.</p> <p>The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads asked who had the right of way with a picture of an orange car planning to turn left with a blue car in the opposite direction wanting to turn right down the same street.</p> <p>People said it was too confusing straight off the bat.</p> <p>“Too confusing as you not often see two cars using their indicators,” one said.</p> <p>“Legally it’s the orange car but if the blue car takes right of way the orange car should yield otherwise there is an accident where people are injured or killed then there is absolutely no point of having road rules in the first place,” another said.</p> <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FTMRQld%2Fphotos%2Fa.295748123801411%2F3446702908705901%2F&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=552&amp;height=615&amp;appId" width="552" height="615" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe> <p>“Sometimes you may get a very busy intersection with built-up traffic behind the blue car, so a thoughtful law-breaking orange car will hold back and wave the blue car through to get the flow moving again,” a third added.</p> <p>“The blue car is in a dangerous position and should be given priority to get out of the intersection,” another claimed.</p> <p>The correct answer is that the orange car has the right of way.</p> <p>“I almost thought this was a trick question because it seemed so obvious. I guess it’s not obvious to everyone – which is how accidents happen,” somebody commented.</p> <p>“If you can’t answer this one you shouldn’t be on the road,” another concerned road user said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Newlyweds tragically killed in plane crash four days after wedding

<p>A newlywed couple has been killed in a light plane crash just four day after their wedding.</p> <p>Authorities identified the couple on Wednesday after their Beechcraft Bonanza plane crashed outside of Telluride in Colorado on Tuesday.</p> <p>The victims, United Airlines pilot Costas John Sivyllis, 30, and wife Lindsey Vogelaar, 33, had been weed four days before the fatal crash.</p> <p>The pair had eloped to Telluride for a small wedding on a mountain top, and were not heir “adventure-filled honeymoon” which they’d been documenting online, said the San Miguel Sheriff.</p> <p>A friend wrote in a Facebook tribute: “For such a tragedy to happen to such a perfect couple is hard to understand.”</p> <p>The couple were both a part of the airline industry, and Mr Sivyllis was a United Airlines pilot and flight instructor.</p> <p>“Their Beechcraft Bonanza departed Telluride Airport 1245 pm yesterday (Tuesday) and is believed to have crashed as soon as 10-15mins later in Ingram Basin east of Telluride,” the Sheriff said.</p> <p>“The newlyweds were heading back to Florida with a possible stop in Oklahoma to refuel. They were the only two on the aircraft,” the Sheriff said. “The (National Transportation Safety Board) is handling the investigation.”</p> <p>The previous day, officials successfully completed a body recovery mission. They recovered two deceased victims at the crash site, and no survivors.</p>

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1-year-old girl dies in hot car after father allegedly refuses to break window

<p>A Las Vegas father has been arrested after he refused to break the window of his new car to save his dying toddler, according to authorities.</p> <p>Sidney Deal, 27, got the attention of officers after he left his one-year-old daughter in the car with the keys inside on a hot Monday afternoon.</p> <p>The officers offered to break the window, call a tow truck or get a locksmith but Deal declined and asked to call his brother.</p> <p>After a few minutes, officers decided to smash the window, pulled out the unresponsive girl and she passed away at the scene.</p> <p>The cause of death is pending, but authorities believe that she had been trapped in the car for more than a hour.</p> <p>Detectives also interviewed Deal's brother who he called and the brother explained he was confused by the call and quickly headed to Deal's house.</p> <p>Deal described in the call saying that he accidentally locked Sayah in the car and claimed that he had the airconditioning running.</p> <p>After Deal's brother arrived, he immediately wrapped his shirt around his hand and offered to punch out the window, but Deal stopped him as he claimed he didn't have enough money to fix a broken window.</p> <p>He instead asked his brother to call their mum to have her insurance company to send a locksmith.</p> <p>Deal's girlfriend told police she also called the insurance company for him, but he told her to hang up after he didn't agree with the price quoted for a tow truck.</p> <p>He was booked in the Clark County Detention Centre on one count of child abuse or neglect causing substantial bodily harm and is being held on $20,000 bond.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: Facebook</em></p>

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David Attenborough’s “blunt” advice for climate change deniers

<p>David Attenborough may be 94 but the world-famous naturalist isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.</p> <p>In fact, Sir David is busier than ever, convincing the world to take action on climate change.</p> <p>Appearing on ABC’s 7.30, the British broadcaster and environmentalist told host Leigh Sales the global population was “heading for disaster”.</p> <p>“More of us are living more comfortably than ever in history … Humanity by and large has taken what it wants from the natural world and taken its own construct, its own surroundings, which we tend to think of our world and now we are realising that it isn’t our world, actually, we don’t control as much as we think we do, and we are heading for disaster,” he said.</p> <p>Attenborough was on the current affairs program to promote the release of his latest film, A Life On Our Planet, on Netflix from October 4.</p> <p>Attenborough said the melting of the polar ice caps was the most pressing threat and admitted it was “anybody’s guess” what the consequences would be.</p> <p>“For the first time now you can sail from the Pacific into the Atlantic and across the North Pole in the summer and before long it looks as though you are going to be able to do that the year round.</p> <p>“If you are going to have all of those thousands of tonnes of freshwater in the icecaps, melting and going into the sea, rising the sea level, changing the salinity, changing the climate and the way the winds circulate around the world, you are interrupting and changing a fundamental rhythm that our world has lived with for centuries – millennia – and what the consequences will be is anybody’s guess.”</p> <p>But as Attenborough fights for action on climate change, Sales admitted that even his fame may not be enough.</p> <p>“To be blunt, messages like yours have so far failed – political leaders have failed to act decisively, the public is insufficiently motivated to force them to do so. Why do you think that is, and what‘s the answer?” Sales asked.</p> <p>“Why it hasn‘t happened is because it’s not going to happen tomorrow. It’s going to happen the day after tomorrow,” Attenborough said.</p> <p>“We ourselves are concerned with what happens tomorrow, that what seems urgent and if someone says, ‘look a little farther down the road, oh, yes, we ought to be doing something about that’. Then, something else happens, and we need to deal with that tomorrow, and this problem has been delayed again, and yet again, and yet again, and if we deal with it tomorrow it will be too late.”</p> <p>Attenborough also created an Instagram late last week to urge action on climate change, quickly gaining more than a million followers if his first few hours.</p>

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