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Wednesday, 27 August 2014 23:01 | Author: Ian Brodie

Tapie back in the ring for Nice Matin

MONACO NEWS: La Provence, which is majority owned by the controversial former politician Bernard Tapie, plans to become an investor in the proposed takeover of the Nice-Matin group by its employees, the French regional daily Ouest France reports. "Employees can count on us if the specifications of their proposed takeover, a tour de force, is maintained," Tapie said…

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 22:45 | Author: Ian Brodie

IMF chief charged in Tapie case

The French head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, has been charged with "simple negligence" over her handling of a controversial €400 million payout to French business tycoon Bernard Tapie when she was finance minister, according to the Guardian newspaper...

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 9:39 | Author: Ian Brodie

Muhlberger - involuntary manslaughter

PREMIUM - MONACO NEWS: More than a year after the tragic death of Monaco’s former police chief, Andre Muhlberger, a case of involuntary homicide is being prepared, according to French judicial sources. This decision effectively rules out the theory that Mr Muhlberger was a deliberate target...

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 9:26

Kobe beef a big hit in Monaco

MONACO LIFESTYLE: With the lifting of a ban on beef exports from Japan to the European Union, Japanese deluxe wagyu beef has started to hit the market in Europe, including Monaco. High-quality Japanese agricultural products are popular here and the Japanese government’s aggressive agricultural policy has been encouraging exports, Tadashi Isozumi of Yomiuri Shimbum reports...

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 9:15 | Author: Jeff Daniels

Poor visibility causes flight cancellations

MONACO TRAVEL: Several flights due to arrive at Nice Airport yesterday evening were diverted or cancelled due to stormy conditions and poor visibility. However, the Airport appears to be working normally today with no delays or cancellations.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 2:21 | Author: Jeff Daniels

Venturi team gives up on speed attempt

MONACO NEWS: The Venturi team has given up on its most recent attempt to break its own world speed record for an electric-powered vehicle. After spending three weeks at the Bonneville salt flats in Utah waiting for better weather, the team from Monaco has decided that this year it will be impossible to challenge the record of 495 km/h with the new VBB-3. First it was floods and then high winds that scuppered this year’s challenge…

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 2:08 | Author: Jeff Daniels

Suspended sentence for death threat

MONACO NEWS: A 46 year-old bodyguard has been given a one-month prison sentence, suspended, for threatening his female companion on a long night out at a Monte-Carlo nightclub. The Monaco Criminal Court heard that the couple were asked to leave Jimmy’z at 5:45 in the morning last Sunday after an argument broke out between the two. In the car park, the accused spat in the woman’s face and threatened to kill her…

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 1:55

Homage to Fernand Levi

MONACO NEWS: The Government yesterday issued a statement concerning the death of one of the Principality’s leading Jewish personalities: “It is with great sadness that the Monaco Government learned of the death of M. Fernand Levi, Chairman since 2006 of the Commission set up to assist victims of property plundered in Monaco during the Second World War. Members of the Monaco Government appreciate both his abilities and the remarkable human qualities of Mr Levi…

Monday, 25 August 2014 8:49 | Author: Ian Brodie

Metropole's head leaves after 10 years

PREMIUM - MONACO BUSINESS: Jean-Claude Messant will leave his post as general manager of the Metropole Hotel in a few days time. He told local French-language daily Monaco Matin that he will miss Monaco and will leave with a heavy heart. “This is the place where I spent the most time in my career, and that deeply affected me,” he said. He arrived in the Principality in 2002, and after two years preparation took over the running of the hotel owned by the Boustany family…

Sunday, 24 August 2014 23:10

Third time lucky for ASM

MONACO SPORT, ASM: At last, points for Monaco after Sunday night's 1-0 win away to Nantes. Falcao scored in the 46th minute to end ASM's dismal start to the season, and take the team away from the bottom of France's Ligue 1...

Sunday, 24 August 2014 20:51 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Another win for Pierre Casiraghi

MONACO YACHT CLUB: Monaco Racing Fleet, captained by Pierre Casiraghi, was again the first across the line on Sunday morning in the annual Palermo to Monaco 500-nautical mile race. After leaving the Gulf of Mondello, Palermo, on Thursday, August 21 at 12:00, the TP52 under the YCM flag, with Tommaso Chieffi calling tactics and Boris Hermann as navigator, arrived in Monaco this morning at 10:37 and 52 seconds, after 70 hours, 37 minutes and 52 seconds of racing...

Sunday, 24 August 2014 20:29 | Author: Jeff Daniels

UK wins fireworks contest

MONACO EVENTS: Pyrotex Fireworx, based in Burton-on-Trent has been named the best of the best in an international competition held in Monaco, the Burton Mail reports. The company beat competition from three other world-renowned groups, putting them well and truly on the international stage...

Friday, 22 August 2014 8:04 | Author: Jeff Daniels

Gold winner moves to Monaco

MONACO SPORT: Sitting on the balcony of a 15th-floor apartment overlooking the Mediterranean Sea a fortnight on from that Glaswegian drama, Geraint Thomas is still coming to terms with Commonwealth Games gold medal, BBC Sport reports. The Cardiff-born cyclist says 2014 has seen a change in how he approaches his career…

Friday, 22 August 2014 7:56 | Author: Molly Brown

Sporting boutiques renounce pavilions

MONACO LIFESTYLE, SBM: The ‘temporary’ spaceship style shops nearing completion in the Boulingrins gardens in the Place du Casino are much larger than was required to house the boutiques displaced from the Sporting d’Hiver, as many of them either left Monaco or found alternative locations, unwilling to pay the charges and expensive rentals. SBM has had to find other luxury firms to fill the extra space, including Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta and Alexander McQueen...

Thursday, 21 August 2014 8:21 | Author: Jeff Daniels

New yacht from Benetti for MYS

MONACO YACHT SHOW: The 58-metre steel and aluminium superyacht Illusion I has been launched by Benetti, www.superyachtworld.com reports. The displacement yacht will be one of the stars of the forthcoming Monaco Yacht Show, and has been specced for charter, as well as for private use by the owner...

Thursday, 21 August 2014 8:14 | Author: Jeff Daniels

Liverpool chasing Falcao - TV station

MONACO SPORT, ASM: Liverpool is seriously considering making a bid for Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, BFMTV reported yesterday. According to the French TV station, Falcao could transfer on loan for 15 million euros and the call option would be around 50 million euros…

Thursday, 21 August 2014 8:08 | Author: Jeff Daniels

BB marks 80th birthday

Brigitte Bardot has used the opportunity of an interview in the latest edition of Paris Match to praise Marine Le Pen, comparing her to Joan of Arc, the French martyr burned by the English…

Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:51 | Author: Ian Brodie

GasLog reports six months of growth

PREMIUM - MONACO BUSINESS: Monaco-based GasLog, in reporting its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, said the highlights for the period included the completion of an initial public offering raising gross proceeds of approximately $203 million…

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 8:37 | Author: Jeff Daniels

Video touts Odeon's top-floor flat

MONACO LIFESTYLE: The Odeon Tower continues to catch the headlines thanks to the asking price for its now infamous top-five-floors penthouse with infinity pool. Touted at 300 million euros, the flat is now the centrepiece of a promotional video from the developers. To view the Daily Mail article, photos and video, please go to MORE & LINK:

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 7:42 | Author: Jeff Daniels

More compact sub to fit on board

MONACO YACHT SHOW: Triton Submarines will introduce its newest model, the Triton 1000/3 LP (Low Profile) at the 2014 Monaco Yacht show September 24-27, and says it is a game-changer. Until now, size and weight restrictions for existing tender garages have kept many yachts from integrating a sub. Triton’s CEO, Bruce Jones said: “The Triton 1000/3 LP will make it possible for most larger yachts to carry a submersible. It’s an absolute game changer, and we are excited to be introducing the design in Monaco...”

Monaco Paws - with Jupiter...

Nothing is more adorable than a perfect little puppy.  This week Monaco Paws caught up with Marika Taishoff and her new best friend, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - Jupiter.

How long have you had Jupiter?
Just about 10 days.  

 

Is he your first dog?
I had a poodle when I was a teenager, but not since then; I travelled too much. However, I have always been envious of my friends with dogs, so I just decided it was time to get one of my own.

Why did you choose to get a Cavalier?
They are friendly, loving, cuddly and make great companions.  They get along with everyone too.

Has your life changed since you've had Jupiter?
Yes, I've been much more social and now people stop me all the time to meet him. He has posed for photos for tourists from Australia, Germany, Russia, China, the US and UK. He seems to love the attention.

Have you starting any training with him?
The house training is going okay, and he is starting to get used to being on the lead. When I speak to him in French he seems to respond better.  We are just getting to know one another.  

Has he chewed any of your favorite shoes yet?
I gave him an old Ugg slipper and he does like to nibble on my sneakers.

How did you choose his name?
According to the breeding protocol, all dogs born in 2014 should be named something starting with the letter 'J', and the breeder I got him from was rather insistent.  I liked Jupiter because it is a symbol of justice and good fortune.  Sometimes I call him Super Juper.

What has surprised you the most about having a dog so far?
How bright they are, he is learning things so quickly.  He also just exudes pure positive energy.

Does he have any favorite places in Monaco yet?
He comes from a small village in the Var, so I think he is still in a bit of culture shock here. He is exploring a lot, but he does like to play and run around on the grassy area behind the Casino.

Marika is the Director of the MBA programme at the International University of Monaco.

Interview by Siri Trang Khalsa and photos by Kaidi-Katariin Aksiim KAIDIPHOTOGRAPHY©. 0033640621014 kk@kaidiphotography.com, www.kaidiphotography.com, www.kaidiphotography.com/facebook
 

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014 0:01

Monaco Events & Announcements

Nall, ‘Savages,’ August 15, 2014 - September 15, 2014, 14H-18H Vendredi, Samedi, Dimanche ou sur rendezvous. The N.A.L.L. Art Association Opens its Doors to the Public for the Showing of a New Nall Exhibition, 232 Bd Marechal de Lattre, Vence, France 06140. Tel: 0493581326 ou 0613338078. Fax: 0493580900 Cell: 0619022695.

The Tasting Room would like to invite you to come and enjoy the “Last Taste of Sporting D’Hiver” before sadly it closes later this year. La Maison D’Ecosse has taken the opportunity of using this beautiful space in one of the world’s most prestigious locations, to allow you to taste and buy exquisite whisky. La Maison D'Ecosse, Galerie Sporting D'Hiver, Place du Casino. T: +33 (0)6 43 91 27 00 E: info@lamaisondecosse.com

Tuesday to Saturday from 15:00 to 21:00 or by Appointment - Centre of Excellence for Rare and Collectable Whisky - Taste and Buy Exceptional Whisky - Meet the Experts and Book a Master Class - Private Whisky Tastings - Whisky Gifts. Taste the original Monaco Blend - Whisky Apero
Tuesday to Friday from 18:00 to 20:00. Our selection from €10 to €2000 per glass
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ANDY WARHOL: The exhibition “Andy Warhol” is at the Galerie Adriano Ribolzi all the summer (Tuesday – Saturday / 10:00 - 12:00 and 15:00 until 18:00).

Outward Bound: 10TH ANNIVERSARY SUMMER PARTY, Thursday September 18th, 2014 from 19:30 to 23:30, Monte Carlo Country Club, 155 avenue Princesse Grace, 06190 Roquebrune Cap Martin. Come and join the Committee at this social event organised for members, supporters and families to share and celebrate the work of the Monaco OB Association.  The tickets are priced at €65 inclusive of welcome aperitif, dinner, wine and music.  Tickets for under 17 years are €35. For further information please contact Vanessa Ilsley on vanessa@outwardboundmonaco.com

Property in France: The next Monaco Life Business Leaders’ Lunch will be on the topic: “The Pleasures and Pitfalls of owning property in France,” with Brian Groocock of Brian Groocock Real Estate. Wednesday, October 29, Pacific Restaurant, ave. des Spelugues, Monaco. 12:30. 95 euros, includes welcome drink and 3-course lunch. To book, please email Ian Brodie at monacotoday@gmail.com.

Global High Net Worth Conference: Thursday, November 6 and Friday, November 7, at the Salon Bellevue of the Cafe de Paris in Monte-Carlo, a two-day conference of professionals serving the HNW and UHNW sectors. Distinguished speakers from around the world will address the major issues of the moment. Organised by the publishers of monacolife.net. Visit www.globalhighnetworth.org for more details.

Monte Carlo Whisky Conference: Friday, November 21, 2014 and Saturday, November 22, Oceanographic Museum - St. Andrews gala dinner, Saturday November 22, Salle Belle Époque, Hermitage Hotel, The Monaco blend after party, Friday, November 21, Cafe de Paris -  Murrays fish and Chip, Street Party, Culture of Scotland, Friday, November 21, Place de Casino.

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Sunday, 20 July 2014 9:10

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Monday, 10 February 2014 0:02
Author: Louise Simpson

Monaco Foodie...

Buy local or bye local

I passed a sign at a farmer’s market in the UK recently that said: “Buy local or bye local.” As a farm-bred girl, I endorse the philosophy of buying local. Indeed, I hanker back to the halcyon days of my youth when my family lived a self-sufficient utopia with an organic vegetable garden, a chicken coop, bee hives, and fields where a local farmer grazed his sheep and paid us annual rent in half a lamb for our freezer.  My sisters and I spent our days hunting for blackberries, and canoeing and swimming in the muddy river at the bottom of our garden. At least that’s how I remember it, but the rose-tinted spectacles of nostalgia probably make it sound a lot more Swallows and Amazons than it was...

 

Thursday, 30 January 2014 8:38

Letters to the Editor

A bemused reader in Beaulieu-sur-mer speculates about the air traffic controllers' strike and President Hollande and his runabout.

Dear Sir, More travel misery – that’s why Trierweiler was flying back home from India yesterday; the whole trip was planned round the air traffic controllers' strike programme.

The only answer for these disruptive strikers is to delocalize the whole French ATC sector to Bangalore. The Aiguilleurs du ciel never see a plane anyway, just their computer screens, so no problem putting the images offshore. As has been done with the military radar on Mont Agel – all the screens are manned in Lyon so only a few maintainers are left in BA943 above Monaco, a good nuclear target, but don’t tell the buyers flocking to settle in the tax haven just below, in the fall-out zone.

As for the Elysée, nobody has asked who the owner is of that Paris apt, home to Valerie. She says it is “in his name”; but his Declaration de Patrimoine (www.huffingtonpost.fr/.../declaration-patrimoine-francois-hollande-117-)...makes no mention of it – only the Mougins house and two small apts in Cannes.  Nor of any liquid capital to buy a large Paris apt.  So he keeps below the threshold for the ISF.  There's work for investigative journalists.

My main gripe about the President is he rides a foreign scooter – an Italian Piaggio, whereas I have just done my best to save France by buying not only a new Peugeot scooter, but also a ditto car (Peugeot 107).  Why does he not buy French, like me? Earlier civilizations were run by specially treated men, called Castrati, who were also in demand as singers. Not too late to apply this in the Elysée – though some high-profile ladies might not appreciate it.

Peter, Beaulieu-sur-mer (name and address supplied)

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Sunday, 11 August 2013 10:17
Author: Ian Brodie

Iceberg rescues Titanic*

MONACO MEDIA: The media world has been stunned this week by news that the founder of Amazon - the online shop - has bought the iconic Washington Post newspaper at what seems to be a knockdown price. The $250 million Jeff Bezos paid is just a little over one percent of his personal wealth of $23 billion, making a very small dent indeed in his bank account. Never mind that since its founding Amazon has lost money more than it has made, making Bezos a virtual billionaire in charge of a virtual empire. Perhaps he bought the Post because he yearned for something real.

To decry the sale of the Post is not just to indulge in unworldly sentimentality. Its disposal marks another milestone on the way to the cemetery for printed newspapers as we have known them for the centuries since the Times of London first appeared in 1785 as the Daily Universal Register, changing its name three years later. In the ever-evolving world of media, print is in its death throes.

If it's almost all over for ink except the burials, and the standouts are disappearing fast, should we be surprised? No. Disappointed, sorry? Yes. The great newspapers of the past, including the Post, the New York Times, the Times, the UK's Daily Telegraph, are empty imitations of their former selves thanks to cost-cutting. The greatest loss as these titles decline and disappear is the quality of the journalism that called them home..

 

TEL AVIV: SATURDAY AUGUST 7 - A Dutchman honoured by Israel for hiding a Jewish child during World War Two has handed back his medal after six of his relatives were killed in an Israeli air strike on Gaza. Henk Zanoli, 91, wrote to the Israeli embassy in The Hague to say he could no longer hold the honour.

He said an Israeli F-16 had destroyed his great-niece's home in Gaza, killing all inside, in the recent offensive. The Israeli embassy has declined to comment on Mr Zanoli's action.

Mr Zanoli and his mother were awarded the "Righteous Among the Nations" honour by Israel in 2011 for helping to shelter a Jewish child from the Nazis in their family home from 1943-45. The award is accorded to non-Jews who risked their lives to protect and save Jews during the Holocaust.

However, Mr Zanoli said in a letter published by Israel's Haaretz newspaper that "to hold on to the honour granted to me by the State of Israel under these circumstances, would be an insult... to those in my family, four generations on, who lost no less than six of their relatives in Gaza."

The UN says more than 2,000 people - mostly Palestinian civilians - have died in recent fighting between the Israeli military and Palestinian militants in Gaza.

"The great-great grandchildren of my mother have lost their grandmother, three uncles, an aunt and a cousin at the hands of the Israeli military," he wrote, referring to an air strike by the Israeli military on 20 July.

His great-niece is a Dutch diplomat who is married to Palestinian economist Ismail Ziadah, who was born in a refugee camp in central Gaza.

Mr Ziadah's mother, three brothers, a sister-in-law and nine-year-old nephew were all killed after their family home was hit by Israeli aircraft.

Mr Zanoli, a retired lawyer, offered sharp criticism of Israel's Operation Protective Edge offensive, warning that such actions could lead to possible convictions of "war crimes and crimes against humanity".

Israel has defended its offensive in Gaza, saying its forces had gone to "unprecedented lengths to keep Palestinians out of harm's away" by issuing warnings via text message, telephone and leaflet dropping.

Mr Zanoli has faced his own share of family tragedy after losing his father at a Nazi concentration camp and a brother-in-law who was killed for his role in the Dutch resistance during World War Two.

"Against this background it is particularly shocking and tragic that today, four generations on, our family is faced with the murder of our kin in Gaza. Murder carried out by the State of Israel," he wrote in the letter addressed to Israeli ambassador Haim Davon.

He was reportedly too frail to hand the medal back in person, but instead sent it to the Israeli embassy in the Netherlands. SOURCE: The Guardian

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ARTLOVERS SUCCESS: THURSDAY AUGUST 14 - The Grimaldi Forum’s annual summer exhibition has attracted 15,000 visitors in just over four weeks. The Artlovers show is made up of part of the Pinault collection and continues until September 7.

COMMEMORATION: THURSDAY AUGUST 14 -
Prince Albert has been invited to join French President Francois Hollande in the Var tomorrow for the 70th anniversary celebrations of the Allied invasion of Provence in August 1944.

HOLIDAY: Friday August 15 is a national holiday in France and Monaco to mark Assumption.

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Monte-Carlo Diary

Pushed to the Max

SATURDAY, JUNE 21: There will always be tensions when a large crowd of people are crammed into small spaces, especially when they take an instant dislike to each other or harbour long-term differences. I am not talking about the long-running opening ceremony of the splendid new Monaco Yacht Club attended by le tout Monaco - a splendid affair - but the lingering impact of the lengthy and tedious French rail strike.

Tasked with taking my youngest son to Nice for a Saturday rendez-vous with a schoolmate, I squeezed with him onto the 16:43 from Monaco - delayed for 18 minutes in Menton while the frazzled French border police sifted out the usual suspects, young Somalian males who, having crossed the inhospitable Sahara, are trying in considerable numbers to make their way to the economic paradise that is France. Or possibly the UK.

Most people were eminently sensible and moved down the train to occupy every available space to allow yet more frazzled and luggage-laden bemused first-and-last-time tourists onto the only TER regional express to visit Monaco for the previous three hours.
Someone sitting down said something to me. I assumed he was offering me a space to sit. I bent down to hear better. Translated from the French, what he said was: “Can you get your arse out of my face!”

To say I was astonished hardly covers it. A number of responses flashed through my hot head: “I am surprised you are bothered about my arse, since it resembles so closely your face,” was the most polite. I wanted physically to strangle him, and since I was standing up and he was sitting down I sure as hell had a good shot at it.

My nine year-old restrained me. “He’s an idiot Dad, don’t take any notice,” he said in a French that can only be described as impeccable. At the next available jolt in the tracks he managed to more or less fall onto the idiot’s mobile phone he was holding high in the air while playing what looked like patience, and make it look like an accident.

You can mess with me, but you can’t mess with Max.

Jeff Daniels

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Monte-Carlo Diary

6/6 for effort

I can hardly put into words how welcome some sunny weather will be. Every school day we trudge to the train station and from Nice Riquier to the school with our nine year-old genius. When it's raining, as it has been, we have to take a change of clothes, although I have greatly benefited by the recent purchase of sailing boots for the teenager. I have to wear three pairs of socks to stop them sliding off.

Monaco, so I am told, turned down the offer of an alternative private school, so it migrated west. Perhaps the Principality was too keen on its position at the top of the exam league tables to want anything more adventurous than a standard French school with its strict and orthodox adherence to 'the system.' We are very happy with Nice. The school, that is.

George is doing very well. He knows all about the pyramids and the solar system, although I have to admit to a nagging nervousness over his numeracy. Last week he showed me his sums. 0/6. Bearing in mind the need for constant praise and encouragement, I wished him better luck next time, as if he were a gambler at the Monte-Carlo Casino. "Ah, but Dad," he said, "I did much better than Michel. He got 0/0."

"Merde!" I said. "No Dad, not merde, merrde." His French is brilliant.

Jeff Daniels

The Jeff Daniels column is published in the interests of editorial diversity, and views expressed do not necessarily represent those of the publishers.

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Welcome, Mr President...

What on earth is the French President doing in Monaco? Well, there are a few things to see, such as the Oceanographic and Monaco's Scientific Centre. And a few bits of paper to sign. Lunch at the Palace should be good, and will not disappoint the Socialist President's champagne tastes. Otherwise, not much will be going on and the visit will be marked by an inconvenience to road traffic. That will be its high point, since it seems that the President won't be meeting any of the remaining 8,000 French residents - whose families have lived here for generations - to discuss the fact that they have to meet the high cost of living in Monaco while paying French taxes, an arrangement inherited from the treaty with France into which Prince Rainier was famously coerced in 1963.

If I were a Frenchman, or woman, I would wonder what my President was doing in Monaco. Perhaps he has come to open a bank account. Switzerland is certainly less attractive than it was for French savers. Or perhaps I would conclude that Mr Hollande fancied a day away from the office and a very unattractive in-tray.

Jeff Daniels


Jeff Daniels reviews

Mayhem in Monte Carlo

Long-term Monaco resident and former ad-man Mike Ferrier's second book in a trilogy, Mayhem in Monte Carlo, is at first sight a mixed bag of intelligent insight and mundane stereotyping. And as many new writers do, Mike has cut out the middleman. The book can be ordered on Amazon, to be read on a tablet or consumed in book form, a modern form of buying novels that appeals to some more than others...

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