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ALDI loses battle to the death for right to open grog shop in Perth's outer suburbs.

First blood to Woolies in ALDI liquor stoush

CHRIS THOMSON

EXCLUSIVE: Australian retail giant Woolworths has creamed German retail superpower ALDI in a toe-to-toe battle to the death for the right to erect a bottle shop in Perth’s eastern suburbs.

In a decision published online today, delegate of the state director of liquor licensing, Peter Minchin, granted Woolworths the right to build a grog shop at the new Harrisdale shops, and kicked ALDI’s competing application to the kerb.

In the green corner was Woolworths, which plans to build a standalone 188sqm grog shop offering 1623 types of alcohol.

In the orange corner was ALDI, which wanted to establish a small browsing area of about 24sqm in its new Harrisdale supermarket and will provide about 95 liquor products.

The ALDI grog shop would have been similar to Western Australia’s first in-supermarket grog shop approved for ALDI last week.

oneperth.com.au brought the city first news of that grog shop, but as is standard practice with Perth’s dying band of dinosaur news outlets, a slow-grazing business reporter at Rupert Murdoch’s Sunday Times who we beat to the punch by more than a week claimed her follow up as an ‘EXCLUSIVE‘.

Nobody objected to the Woolies grog shop, but a lobby group called the McCusker Cenre for Action on Alcohol and Youth objected to the ALDI bottle-o.

For hus part, Mr Minchin concluded “it is neither necessary or desirable for two packaged liquor outlets to operate at the shopping centre in order to cater to residents of the locality and their requirements for access to packaged liquor”.

He decided Woolworths would provide more benefit to Harrisdale consumers because its grog shop was bigger, provided more types of alcohol, would have better customer service, and was separate to its supermarket.

Consequently, Mr Minchin approved the Woolworths application, and refused the ALDI application.

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Carousel eatery taken to the cleaners.

Urban Turban cockroach conviction

CHRIS THOMSON

The Urban Turban Indian eatery at the Westfield Carousel shopping mall in Cannington has been fined $54,000 and ordered to pay $14,000 court costs after being convicted of a raft of hygiene offences including failing to eradicate, and prevent harbourage of, cockroaches.

Online today, the Department of Health published details of the conviction, brought to court by the City of Canning.

Urban Turban Australia Pty Ltd was zapped $54,000 for offences on April 3, April 14, April 29, May 7 and May 26 in 2014.

Offences included failure to protect food from contamination, to provide easily-accessible hand washing facilities, to provide soap near each hand-washing facility, and to ensure that hand-washing facilities were only used for washing hands, arms and faces.

“Visible matter” had also accumulated in the eatery, and the premises had unclean and poorly repaired equipment and fittings.

The kicker at the end of the offence list was: “failure to eradicate and prevent harbourage of cockroaches”.

Urban Turban was convicted last Wednesday, on May 4.

Urban Turban Carousel was given a makeover in 2012.

Photo: ‘Alpha’, Wikimedia Commons

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First Perth grog shop approved for German supermarket giant.

ALDI trumps Euro booze myth busters

CHRIS THOMSON

EXCLUSIVE: ALDI has received approval to open its first grog shop, at Butler in Perth’s north, despite claims from a prominent health lobby group that a supposedly superior European drinking culture where exposure to alcohol at a younger age conditions people to handle it better is an urban myth.

On Thursday, the grog shop was approved by Peter Minchin, a delegate of the state liquor licensing director.

This was despite the usual interventions by Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan, the state health department and the McCusker Cenre for Action on Alcohol and Youth.

ALDI’s new liquor licence allows the retailer to have a small display area of about 30sqm within the planned supermarket.

Wines, beers, spirits, ciders and liqueurs, which will include ALDI branded products, are permitted for sale.

Also permitted are the sale of 60 different wines, 16 types of beer, 15 separate spirits and four kinds of cider.

Before Mr Minchin, the McCusker centre unsuccessfully argued the grog shop would not be in the public interest.

Generally speaking, and not with regard to ALDI in particular, the centre explained there is a commonly held, but flawed, belief that there would be benefits in moving to a “more European” approach, in which alcohol is widely available and children are introduced to alcohol at a young age which helps them learn to drink responsibly.

But, in evidence Mr Minchin acknowledged was “uncontroverted”, the centre claimed this was a myth not consistent with the available evidence.

The centre cited research showing that young people who repeatedly drank at home with their parents were more likely to report risky drinking in later adolescence than those who did not drink alcohol.

It was submitted that making more alcohol available would likely increase, rather than decrease, alcohol-related harm in Western Australia.

“It is important to also note that European countries including France, Italy and Spain experience higher rates of alcohol-related chronic diseases and road crashes than Australia,” the centre argued.

“There is also increasing concern in France for example, about binge drinking by young people.”

Mr Minchin noted that while ALDI claimed its shop would make an enormous contribution to Butler in terms of retail and infrastructure, given the small size of the grog shop and the limited range of product, the benefits to the community from the grant of the licence would not be significant.

“Whilst I acknowledge the legitimate concerns of the objector and interveners, particularly in respect of the integration of liquor within a supermarket environment, in the circumstances of this case, I am of the view that the grant of the application is in the public interest,” he concluded.

Construction is well underway on the Butler ALDI, which is rising on Butler Boulevard, and will cover about 1500sqm, with two thirds of that retail space.

oneperth.com.au drive through central Rockingham last weekend confirmed that planned outlet was already at lockup stage.

Butler already has three other supermarkets – IGA, Coles and Farmer Jacks – with a Woolworths shopping centre also proposed for Butler Boulevard.

After this story was published, ALDI got in touch to say, that with other liquor licence applications pending assessment, it had not yet decided whether ALDI Liquor would be introduced to Western Australia.

The ALDI statement said that its shops that sell liquor in eastern Australia do not carry any chilled alcohol products for immediate consumption.

This story was updated on April 26 and April 27 to clarify that the Butler shop would not be the first to open in WA, although its liquor licence is the first to be approved. Also added was some clarification around the nature of the centre’s myth busting.

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Gosnells radiographer dismisses concerns of woman whose underwear he pulled down without consent.

‘Why bother, I have seen it all anyways’

CHRIS THOMSON

EXCLUSIVE: A Gosnells radiographer has been reprimanded, and banned from practice after admitting to pulling a woman’s pants down without consent and spreading her legs to expose her vagina.

A State Administrative Tribunal decision published last week reveals that in October 2014 Pei Ren Un, then a radiographer at Perth Radiological Clinic at 122-126 Stalker Road, either untied or reached under the robe of a female patient.

Before tribunal member Patricia Le Miere, Un admitted to pulling the patient’s underwear down without consent and, while she was on her back with her knees bent, pushing her knees apart, exposing her vagina.

Un admitted that in response to the patient trying to cover herself with the robe he said: “Why bother, I have seen it all anyways”, or words to that effect.

In November, 2014, Un’s employment at the clinic was terminated.

In May last year he was convicted of unlawful and indecent assault of the patient after pleading guilty at Armadale Magistrates Court.

He was sentenced to a 12-month community based order, and on December 1 his registration as a medical radiation practitioner lapsed.

He did not try to renew the registration, and has sought training and alternative employment in the computer technology and hospitality industries.

Ms Le Miere reprimanded Un for the sexual misconduct, disqualified him from applying for registration as a medical radiation practitioner for 18 months, and ordered that he pay the $1800 legal costs of the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia which brought the case to the tribunal.

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Some sexually active people could be in for a rude shock.

Pregnancy test not the best

STAFF REPORTER

A urine pregnancy test sold nationally has been found to be defective, meaning some sexually active people could be in for a rude shock.

Batch number 20151106 of Mums The One One Step hCG urine pregnancy test has failed to detect Human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone produced by embryos after implantation, at concentrations of 10 mIU/mL, 25 mIU/mL and 50 mIU/mL levels.

This creates the risk of false negative results, which means a pregnant woman may not seek pre-natal healthcare advice and support as early as possible, and may continue with behaviour that could affect foetal development, such as smoking and consuming alcohol.

The test kit was sold nationally by Mums The One, trading as PregnancyShop.com.au.

Mums The One recommends that if you have any of its bodgy pregnancy tests you contact PregnancyShop.com.au for a refund.

The company also advises that if you recently used one of its pregnancy tests, and are unsure if it came from the affected batch, to check with the place of purchase.

If you suspect that you may have used a defective pregnancy test kit, the company suggests that you retest with a different product.

And finally, and face-palmingly obviously, the company recommends that if you have any questions or concerns about the faulty kits you speak to your health professional.

Photo: Peter van der Sluijs, Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons attribution-share alike 3.0 Unported licence.

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Give your pooch the kiss of life this summer.

Uni first aid course for pets

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Veterinarians at Murdoch University are offering first aid courses for pet owners.

Jill Griffiths of Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital says emergency treatment is more often needed over the summer months with snakebites and severe allergic reactions requiring immediate attention from owners.

“If your animal does have a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction or is struggling to breathe after being bitten by a snake, being able to perform cardiopulmonary cerebral resuscitation on the way to the vet can be life-saving,” Dr Griffiths said.

The hospital recently introduced a general first aid course for pets which will teach owners life-saving techniques.

The next courses will take place on Wednesday, February 17 and Saturday, April 9.

“One owner recently contacted me after a pet emergency to say the bandaging techniques learnt at our first aid course allowed him to get his dog to the nearest vet alive,” Dr Griffiths said.

Included in the first aid course is a practical session, including how to recognise what is normal and what’s not, how to place an effective bandage, and a cardiopulmonary cerebral resuscitation practice session.

“We identified that people were not comfortable giving first aid to their pets, but simple techniques like breathing for your pet and providing effective chest compressions are vital,” Dr Griffiths said.

The course costs $95.

For more info, call 9360 7824.

And tell ’em oneperth sent you.

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Sir Charles Gairdner eatery not up to minimum health standard.

Hospital cafe fined for hygiene breach

CHRIS THOMSON

EXCLUSIVE: A cafe at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital that is advertised on a Department of Health website has been fined $24,000 for a hygiene breach and failing to keep its premises and equipment in a good state of repair.

Solquest Nominees Pty Ltd, the operator of Charlie’s Garden Coffee Lounge, was last week convicted of failing to maintain the cafe to a standard of cleanliness where there was no accumulation of food waste, dirt and grease.

The company was also convicted of failing to maintain Charlie’s and its equipment in a good state of repair.

Solquest was fined $24,000 and ordered to pay costs of $4102.30 for the offences which date back to December 11, 2014.

The charges were brought to court by the City of Nedlands, and brought to public attention today by the Department of Health which also advertises Charlie’s on one of its websites.

The cafe is on the ground floor of E Block at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

Photograph by ‘Gnangarra’, commons.wikimedia.org under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia licence.

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Bogusly branded back, period, headache and migraine drugs sold at twice the price.

Nurofen’s dodgy pain gain

STAFF REPORTER

The company that makes Nurofen has been found to have engaged in misleading conduct by representing that its Nurofen Specific Pain products were each formulated to treat a specific type of pain, when the products are identical.

The Nurofen Specific Pain product range (pictured) consists of Nurofen Back Pain, Nurofen Period Pain, Nurofen Migraine Pain and Nurofen Tension Headache.

In proceedings commenced by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Federal Court found that Reckitt Benckiser (Australia) Pty Ltd made misleading representations on the packaging of each Nurofen Specific Pain product, and on its website www.nurofen.com.au, that each product:

  • was formulated to treat a particular type of pain; and
  • solely or specifically treated a particular type of pain.

In fact, each product contains the same active ingredient, ibuprofen lysine 342mg, and is no more effective at treating the type of pain described on its packaging than any of the other Nurofen Specific Pain products.

Reckitt Benckiser admitted that it had engaged in the contravening conduct and consented to the orders made by the court.

“The ACCC took these proceedings because it was concerned that consumers may have purchased these products in the belief that they specifically treated a certain type of pain, based on the representations on the packaging, when this was not the case,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

“The retail price of the Nurofen Specific Pain Products was significantly higher than that of other comparable analgesic products which also act as general pain relievers.

“Price sampling conducted by the ACCC before the proceedings were commenced indicated that the  Nurofen Specific Pain products were being sold at retail prices almost double that of Nurofen’s standard ibuprofen products and the general pain relief products of its competitors.”

The court ordered that Reckitt Benckiser remove the Nurofen Specific Pain products from retail shelves within three months.

Reckitt Benckiser was also ordered to publish website and newspaper corrective notices, implement a consumer protection compliance program, and pay the ACCC’s court costs.

The ACCC has agreed an interim packaging arrangement with Reckitt Benckiser for use following the removal of these products. This will clearly disclose to consumers that the products are equally effective for other forms of pain.

A hearing on penalty will be held on a date to be fixed by the court.

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Shocked woman recalls the house call from hell.

Royal Perth doctor groped patient’s breasts

CHRIS THOMSON

EXCLUSIVE: A Royal Perth Hospital doctor who – during a self-initiated house call – lay on the floor beside a patient, kissed her breasts, and later groped them and her torso as she protested, has been found guilty of professional misconduct.

In a written decision published yesterday, a three-member panel chaired by State Administrative Tribunal President Jeremy Curthoys found that on May 30 last year Dr Premanandan Veettill “groped the patient’s breasts and torso” after he had pulled her over to a chair and sat her on his lap.

Immediately before that, Dr Veettill had asked the patient, who was experiencing severe back pain, to remove her top and bra and lie on the floor.

“I did what Dr Vayal Veettill asked as I trusted him as a doctor,” the patient explained in written evidence.

“I got down on the rug on the floor.

“I expected that Dr Vayal Veettill was going to give me a medical examination.”

Dr Veettill then lay down on the floor next to her.

“I felt very uncomfortable because he was too close and I could smell his body odour and breath,” the patient asserted.

“I could see patches of dampness from perspiration under the arms of his shirt.”

Dr Veettill put his left ear between the woman’s breasts, and told her he was trying to hear her heartbeat.

He then fondled and groped her breasts with his hands, and kissed her breasts and nipples.

“I was in shock, and didn’t know what to do,” the patient recalled.

She said: “No, no, no”, before being pulled over to the chair after again saying “no” when Dr Veettill asked her to join him.

‘WHAT ARE YOU DOING?’

While sitting on Dr Veettill’s lap, the patient repeatedly said words to the effect of: “No” and “What are you doing?”

“He wouldn’t let me go, and was holding on very tightly,” the patient explained.

“He was rubbing his groin area against me while I kept saying ‘no’ and kept struggling to get away from him.

“I was trying to pull away from him to get off him.

“I was trying to escape from his hold on me.

“I didn’t know what was going to happen next.

“I was really scared and fearful that he could do worse and no one would be able to hear me as I was alone with him in my own home.

“I managed to struggle away from him.

“I grabbed and put my top back on.

“I was in shock and I was trying to get calm and compose myself in order to handle the situation and make sure it didn’t escalate.

“I remember him having this distinct smirk on his face that I will never forget.

“He had calmed down.

“I asked him to leave.

“He still asked me to give him a hug after what he had just done to me.

“I just said ‘no’, but he came up and hugged me anyway.

“He towered over me because he is so much taller than me.

“Even after I said ‘no’, he just did it anyway.

“He behaved as if nothing had happened.

“He was dismissive and he showed no remorse for what he had just done to me.

“He left.”

‘WENT ON AND ON ABOUT IT’

Dr Veettill recalled differently, with his written evidence saying his patient said words to the effect of: “You are a good boy. I will kick you out if you misbehave”.

The woman denied this, and the tribunal accepted her evidence over his.

After the house call, the patient contacted the Sexual Assault Resource Centre and her local GP.

Dr Veettill admitted he had no professional or clinical reason to contact the woman on May 30, or indeed any time after an initial house call on March 10, 2014.

He claimed that further visits he made to the patient: “were in the context of a social relationship which he had developed … outside of a therapeutic relationship”.

However, in evidence preferred by the tribunal, the patient explained that Dr Veettill told her he needed to come over to refer her to a sleep specialist. She told him that she did not have the energy to cook dinner let alone see him again. Dr Veettill said he would bring something over for her to eat.

The patient explained that Dr Veettill “went on and on about it” and she gave in.

When Dr Veettill arrived, the patient and he sat at the dining room table and ate. Dr Veettill told her she needed to lose weight. As he was said this, he was grabbing and pinching at her.

In evidence deemed inferior to the patient’s, Dr Veettill submitted she had told him: “You are caring. You know how to care. Bring me romance”, and that the conversation continued in a similar vein.

Dr Veettill was also found guilty of unsatisfactory professional performance for breaching professional boundaries over a range of related matters.

At the time of his house calls, Dr Veettill was employed by Royal Perth Hospital. However, when visiting her it was in the employ of the Australian Locum Medical Service for which he was doing after-hours work.

Justice Curthoys and his colleagues ordered the Medical Board of Australia, which brought the case to tribunal, to file and serve submissions on penalty by November 24.

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Prescribed burns in Perth Hills and east of Manjimup to blame.

Where’s all the smoke coming from?

STAFF REPORTER

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12 UPDATE: For the fourth day in a row, the Department of Parks and Wildlife has issued a smoke alert for areas around Perth – this time for the whole metropolitan area – for today (Thursday).

At 4.20pm yesterday the department issued a smoke alert for metropolitan Perth, Bunbury and Manjimup.

The latest smoke is from prescribed burns being carried out in the Perth Hills and east of Manjimup.

The department expects the smoke will blow into Perth, Bunbury and Manjimup early this morning.

The smoke is expected to clear throughout the day.

If the smoke is particularly thick, the department recommends people shut doors and windows and turn off air-conditioners.

Smoke may reduce visibility on some roads and motorists should take care, turn on headlights and travel at appropriate speeds.

People with asthma and respiratory or cardiovascular illnesses should follow their treatment plan, the department says.

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High profile chef falls foul of the health inspector.

Soda Sunlounge owner fined $35,000

CHRIS THOMSON

The high profile chef who co-owns the Soda Sunlounge eatery at North Beach has been convicted of a raft of hygiene offences and ordered to pay $35,000 after the cafe’s premises, fixtures, fittings and equipment were found to be unclean.

An entry posted last week on the Department of Health’s offenders register reveals that on August 19 Soda Sunlounge co-owner Ben Andrijasevich was convicted of several hygiene breaches detected by City of Stirling inspectors on November 19 last year.

In 2009, Andrijasevich – whose bio says he was head chef for many years at the trendy Balthazar restaurant in central Perth – spun Soda Sunlounge off from his existing Soda Cafe also at North Beach.

Now, he has been fined $35,000 and ordered to pay $2840.30 after Soda Sunlounge was found to have unclean premises, fittings, fixtures and equipment.

Andrijasevich was also convicted of failing to store food so it was protected from the likelihood of contamination, and to take all practicable measures to prevent pests entering Soda Sunlounge.

Photo: ‘AnemoneProjectors (talk) – Project 365 Day 98: Bubbles’, Wikimedia Commons

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Ranger enters half marathon to help beat the blues.

Running depression ragged

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A City of Nedlands ranger who has lived with depression is running a half marathon in this year’s City to Surf to combat depression and raise money for the mental health charity Beyond Blue.

Ranger Daniel Sharples knew he had a problem when dramatic mood swings and uncontrollable tremors started to impact his life every single day.

He finally sought the advice of his GP, who diagnosed him with depression. The doctor prescribed anti-depressants, developed a mental health care plan and referred him to a psychologist.

Mr Sharples said that consulting his GP in the first place was the most difficult step – but the most important.

“I’ve got two kids to think about and I wanted to make sure they had a father who will be there for them and give them the love they deserve,” he said.

He realised he had been living with depression all through his adult life.

“Winston Churchill said, ‘When you’re going through hell, keep going” – that says it all for me – in running and in dealing with depression,” Mr Sharples said.

“The good news with something like depression is that, just like physical illnesses, depression and anxiety can be treated.

“The sooner you seek help, the sooner you can recover.”

 

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Apologies focusing on patients are better received than those that focus on doctors: ECU professor.

‘Sorry’ seems to be the hardest word

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Forgetting an anniversary? Causing a car accident? How about accidentally slicing into someone’s bowel while performing surgery?

We all know how important it is to say sorry when we’ve done something wrong, but when is a simple apology not enough?

New research from Edith Cowan University shows patients respond better to a more detailed apology that focuses on them in the event of an adverse medical procedure.

The study had 251 participants respond to videos of a surgeon apologising to them for a surgery gone wrong.

It found that people responded most positively when the person apologising focussed their apology on the person they were apologising to instead of themselves.

Alfred Allan from ECU’s School of Psychology and Social Science led the research and explains that people’s inherent self-centredness means that apologies are likely to be focussed on what it meant for the apologiser.

“When we apologise we’re likely to focus on what it means for us,” Professor Allan said.

“For example the surgeon in this case might say: ‘I’m really sorry about this, I wish it hadn’t happened’.

“This research has shown that if we can empathise with the person we’re apologising to and explain that we understand what it means for them, then it’s likely to be a more effective apology.”

In the case of the surgeon apologising for an accident in surgery it might be something like: ‘I feel badly about the discomfort this has meant for you and the potential risks of the situation you were put in’.

Professor Allan said participants in the study found this apology more effective.

“People thought the doctor making the apology focussing on the patient was more sorry and sincere than the doctor who focussed on himself,” he said.

According to WA Department of Health figures there were 16,407 ‘clinical incidents’ at WA hospitals from 643,384 visits, a rate of about 2.5 per cent1.

The incidents range from minimal or no harm to patients to serious injury or death but Professor Allan said people expected an apology even in the most minor cases.

“Our research showed that any apology was viewed more positively than negatively and even in the most minor cases patients would appreciate an apology,” he said.

Professor Allan said he hoped the research findings could be used to train medical practitioners how to better disclose, and apologise for adverse medical events.

Photo: ‘Fedesajo’, Wikimedia Commons.

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Perth's ill to give the jelly and ice cream a score, MasterChef style.

Patients to rate hospital dishes

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Patients at Fremantle, Royal Perth, Sir Charles Gairdner, King Edward Memorial and Rockingham General hospitals will get to rate their food, MasterChef style.

Health Minister Kim Hames said patients and hospital staff will soon be able to rate their dishes and give them a score.

Dr Hames said food quality and taste would be evaluated regularly, and unpopular meal options replaced at the five Perth hospitals.

“If you’re unwell, you don’t want a bland or unpalatable meal in front of you,” Dr Hames said.

“Hospital food has quite rightly in many cases earned its bad reputation but it doesn’t have to be like that.

“Our public hospital catering services have a budget and different consumer tastes to navigate just like a restaurant, so a large range of menu options has been developed for each hospital to choose from, allowing them flexibility for the first time.

“If a dish is not receiving good reviews or people are not ordering it, that item will be removed from the menu and replaced with a different dish, just as you would expect at a restaurant.”

Photo: ‘Mattes’, Wikimedia Commons

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