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Three shark attacks ‘not a trend’

01.21.2019, Comments Off on Three shark attacks ‘not a trend’, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

YESTERDAY’s fatal shark attack near Ballina is driving debate about how safe it is to get in the water off NSW’s beaches.

On Monday, a 41-year-old man died after an encounter with a shark at Ballina’s Shelly Beach.

There has been three fatal attacks in the past two years on the NSW North Coast, but researchers said this is not evidence of a trend towards more shark numbers or more aggressive behaviour.

In fact, before those three incidents, the last fatal encounter occurred in 2008. According to Australian National Geographic’s fatal attack timeline, there have been periods of up to seven years when no fatal attacks were registered.

The most recent victim was attacked while surfing with a group, who helped him from the water, but died on the beach from massive blood loss.

The incident followed a shark attack on Sunday at Seven Mile Beach near Broken Head, about 20 kilometres north, which left a man with bites to the shoulder and back.

Northern Rivers fishermen and surfers say there has been more shark activity this summer, but shark researcher Dr Danny Bucher, of Southern Cross University’s Marine Ecology Research Centre in Lismore, said shark numbers off NSW were not on the rise.

It’s unknown what species were involved in this week’s attacks.

NSW Department of Primary Industries experts are investigating the incident with the aim of determining the species based on wound patterns.

The two candidates for the fatal attack are the Great White and the Tiger Shark.

Dr Bucher says it would be unusual for a large Great White to be in the area at this time of year.

They are more likely to be in southern waters where seals are pupping, he said.

The reported increase in shark numbers this summer on North Coast beaches was likely a result of warm clear water, he said.

“Firstly, that means people can see sharks easier but also the sharks tend to feed more in those conditions,” Dr Bucher said.

“The two attacks were 50 metres to 60m offshore. It’s not unusual for sharks to be there.

“Fish come to the breaker zone to shelter and sharks patrol the edge of that zone, which is just where surfers sit to catch a wave. That is typical behaviour.

“Also the big rain events mean sharks will come in to see what the rivers are discharging in the way of food.”

Along NSW’s coast, shark numbers have decreased in the past few decades, although in recent years they have stayed steady, he said.

An increased number of non-provoked shark incidents is more likely related to population increase and a change in the way the ocean is being used.

“There are many more people using different areas, such as that zone just beyond the breakers, than there have been in the past,” Dr Bucher said.

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Cattle ticks bite in Kempsey

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Cattle ticks kill Kempsey cows.SEVEN properties have been quarantined and testing is under way following the detection of cattle tick fever on the NSW north coast.

Department of Primary Industries senior veterinary officer Paul Freeman said cattle tick fever was confirmed in a small beef herd near Kempsey.

“The district veterinarian with the North Coast Local Lands Services has taken samples from the herd for tick fever for laboratory testing, and that testing has confirmed the presence of cattle tick fever,” Mr Freeman said.

“To date two head have died from tick fever and one sick animal has been treated.

“Some animals in the herd were introduced from Queensland and it’s believed may be the source of the tick fever.

“The infested property has been quarantined, along with six adjoining properties.

“Further tracing is under way to determine the extent of the outbreak and whether it has spread.

“A number of herds have been examined and no ticks found and the other two properties are currently being examined.”

There have been 30 new cattle tick infestations this season compared with 26 at the same time last year.

Cattle ticks are the most serious external parasite of cattle in Australia.

They can attach to cattle, horses and other livestock and can transmit tick fever, a potentially fatal disease of cattle.

The tick fever agent is carried in the blood and transmitted by cattle ticks when they feed.

“Cattle tick infestation is notifiable in NSW which means stockowners are required by law to inform the authorities of any findings on their stock,” Mr Freeman said.

“Livestock owners are being reminded to tighten their farm biosecurity and be on the look-out for cattle ticks as we come into the peak period for cattle ticks in NSW.”

Important steps for owners of cattle, horses and other livestock include:

Maintain your fencing in good order to prevent livestock from strayingensure any livestock you bring onto your property are not carrying cattle ticks if you are bringing livestock in from Queensland, ensure they stop at the border for inspection and treatment.There are movement requirements for horses, cattle or other livestock entering NSW from Queensland.

Penalties of up to $10,000 apply for persons who fail to observe the movement requirements.

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Aussie Whites on their way

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Auctioneer Michael Glasser, GTSM, Albury, NSW; vendor Josh Clinton, Camden Valley Australian White stud, The Oaks, NSW; vendor Robert Gilmore, Ardess Australian Whites, Oberon, NSW; Craig Pellow, Ray White Rural Temora, NSW, (front) top buyer Allan Moulds, Kombia, Naradhan, NSW, and vendor James Gilmore, Tattykeel, Oberon. They are pictured with Tattykeel 140024, that sold for $3100.AUSTRALIAN WHITES

* 51 of 69 stud rams sold to $3100, av $1930

* Total clearance of 18 stud ewes to $2500, av $1767

FIRST time buyers set the pace at the multi-vendor Australian White ram sale at Narrandera, NSW, on Monday when rams topped at $3100 and ewes at $2500.

Rams cleared 51 of 69 to average $1930, and there was a 100 per cent clearance on the 18 ewes offered av $1767.

Allan Moulds, Kombia, Naradhan, NSW, paid the top price of $3100 to secure his first ever Australian White ram.

Tattykeel-140024 was sired by Tattykeel-760013 and out of dam Tattykeel-126061.

His sire was shown at Bendigo in 2013 as a lamb and was the stud’s best scanner for eye muscle.

Mr Moulds runs 900 White Dorper ewes and will join the ram to his top young ewes next month.

“His depth stood out; he was the best ram on offer so I wasn’t going to leave him behind,” Mr Moulds said.

He said eventually he aimed to cross to a pure Australian White flock to achieve a premium in the saleyards.

Murray Dykes, Mount Boorithumble, Euabalong West, NSW, put together a strong draft of 14 rams and nine ewes, for a top of $1700, av $1527.

He will cross the Australian Whites with his Dorper ewes until he achieves a purebred flock.

Billimari, NSW, producer Michael Skipper, Bereni Pastoral Company, made his first purchase of the breed, securing seven rams to a top of $2750, av $2143.

He will introduce the rams to his White Dorper flock and also aims to cross over completely to Australian Whites.

“My agent recommended them as a good cross for us, and today I was really looking for those black feet which will suit our soft country,” he said.

Condobolin, NSW, producer Russell Jones, Needlewood, also took home seven rams to a top of $2300, av $2129.

He had been buying Australian Whites for three years and was joining rams with his Dorper and first-cross ewes – again heading for a purebred Australian White flock.

First time buyer of the breed Robert Durie, Three Trees, Trundle, NSW, secured six ewes to a top of $2500, av $2167.

Auctioneer Michael Glasser, Glasser Total Sales Management, Albury, NSW, said there was strong support from buyers from the pastoral areas and central Victoria.

“The opportunity to secure those quality ewes first up really kicked off the sale in a good light,” he said.

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TFI on cutting edge

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Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock with Thomas Foods International’s David McKay in the new boning room at Murray Bridge.AN extra 200 jobs have been created at national meat processor Thomas Foods International as a result of a state government funding boost.

A $2.5-million grant towards a state-of-the-art beef boning facility at TFI’s Murray Bridge plant will significantly lift the daily output of Australia’s largest mixed-species abattoir.

TFI chief operating officer David McKay said the investment placed the company at the forefront of trade, enabling the incorporation of cutting-edge technology, increased shelf life and processing efficiency.

“For many years Australian meat processors have consistently developed an enviable brand globally,” he said.

“Such efforts, coupled with our disease-free status, ensure we are well placed to capitalise on current export demand for our products.”

Mr McKay said the boning facility would include the latest technology for refrigeration, conveying, sortation, cryovac packing and hygiene.

“An industry-first trims sortation system will be installed to analyse, mix and batch trimmings into specific lean meat grades, allowing for value-adding,” he said.

Demand for Australian grass-fed beef in key international markets of China and the United States was on the rise.

“SA and its high quality grass-fed cattle is in a prime position to capitalise on these emerging markets, and through this project we are confident we can make this happen to the benefit of our local producers in the process,” Mr McKay said.

Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock said the TFI abattoir was receiving the funding through the enhanced $15m-a-year regional development fund.

“The upgrade through the Major Projects Program will further consolidate the company’s beef processing operations in SA and create significant economic benefits for the state and the local community,” he said.

“The company’s $25.4m upgrade will increase its beef processing capacity by more than 25 per cent, create 200 new jobs, and increase the amount of beef available to the export and domestic markets.”

Mr Brock said TFI was SA’s largest regional private employer and this upgrade would boost regional employment.

“Sixty contractors from various suppliers and companies will be required during the implementation phase,” he said.

“Benefits of this project will flow on to the transportation and shipping industries.

TFI’s new boning room follows on from upgrades at its Murray Bridge headquarters last year, when it opened a small state-of-the-art stock holding facility.

The multi-million dollar lairage enables TFI to receive up to 10,000 sheep and lambs at a time.

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Boort grower top of the crop

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BIG WIN: Feed Central managing director Tim Ford presents Josh Lanyon with his award at the recent national hay quality competition.Two Victorian hay growers have won national awards for producing the best crops in the country.

Jack O’Loughlan, of Ballyrogan, and Josh Lanyon, of Boort, have both won Australian awards along with state titles in the 2015 Feed Central National Hay Quality competition.

The awards recognise crops with the best visual appearance and best feed analysis.

Mr O’Loughlan’s cereal crop won the best visual appearance title in Victoria and Australia.

Mr Lanyon, of Lanyon Hay Making, won the double title for the best feed analysis of a vetch crop.

Other Victorian producers have featured prominently in the awards which aim to promote good quality hay and recognise growing excellence.

Brett Radcliffe of Tyisha Pastoral Company at Kerang won the best feed analysis title for lucerne in Victoria, while Darren Hender of Joellda Pty Ltd at Swan Hill had the best visual score for a lucerne crop.

Col Radcliffe of Radcliffe Rural Enterprises at Kerang won the Victorian cereal feed test analysis and Mark Mortlock of Dunluce had the best visual appearance vetch crop in the state.

The winners were announced during a pre-baling supply meeting for growers and contractors at the Feed Central Victorian office at Shepparton on September 18.

The best visual appearance hay resembled the colour of a $100 note, while highmetabolisable energy (ME) andprotein results led to a good feed test score.

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$24m boost for irrigated agriculture

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Water Minister Mia Davies (second left), with WA College of Agriculture, Harvey, Years 11 and 12 college councillors Ben Ablett, Australind, Samantha Adams, Australind, college captain Kyle Hickman, Harvey, Megan McSeveney, Rockingham, Jarrad Symes, Cockburn, Jordan Hynes, Waterloo and Stuart Richardson, Pinjarra. Behind them is the college’s ‘Whoosh Factor’, a jet of water from a 2EXPANSION of the Myalup and Collie River irrigated vegetable-growing and dairying areas will head seven water-for-agriculture projects across the State to receive a $24.5 million funding boost.

Water Minister Mia Davies announced the projects and funding at the WA College of Agriculture, Harvey, on Thursday last week as stage two of the four-year $40m Royalties for Regions-funded Water for Food program launched last year in the Kimberley.

Ms Davies said the aim was to increase WA’s “fresh food and animal protein production” by half by 2025, and to double it by 2050.

“Government would work with the private sector to improve water-use technology, establish new irrigation precincts and expand existing agricultural and pastoral opportunities to tap the emerging markets of South East Asia, China and the Middle East,” Ms Davies said.

“Water for Food is a policy that sets out to de-risk economic opportunities for the private sector to take up.

“Right now WA has just 50,000 hectares under irrigation.

“We have the potential – matching water with arable land – for far more.

“There is only 6000ha in the Waroona, Harvey and Collie River irrigation area, yet the total irrigable land in this district is estimated to be 34,000ha.

“It is imperative that we do everything we can to create opportunity for irrigators to expand.

“Our mandate to do this was reinforced recently with the release of a new report from the Regional Australia Institute.

“It clearly states that diversification of the State’s regions is critical for WA’s economic strength and new opportunities must be pursued.”

In the Myalup Irrigated Agricultural Precinct and the Collie River Irrigation District, a large part of the $5.7m made available by Water for Food would focus on how to make best use of saline water from Wellington Dam, with a number of technical options to be explored.

“We have a 186 gigalitre capacity in Wellington Dam but salinity is limiting growth in the Collie River Irrigation District,” Ms Davies said.

“In preparation for this project and having consulted with key stakeholders in the district, at the end of last year I established the Myalup-Wellington Steering Group to look at how we can deal with salinity issues and independently assess innovative private-sector concepts to improve water quality below the dam wall.

“Part of the funding announced today will support that work.

“I am not prepared to accept the status quo when it comes to Wellington Dam.

“The Myalup-Wellington Steering Group will be heard at the top levels of government by feeding into the Water for Food ministerial steering committee.

“It will be supported by a technical advisory group, with all water treatment proposals, concepts and water delivery models to be independently assessed,” Ms Davies said.

John Shannon, chief executive of VegetablesWA, welcomed Ms Davies’ announcement.

The Myalup area was already a “significant contributor” to the State’s economy and “dominates” national vegetable export earnings, Mr Shannon said.

“For example, 93 per cent of Australia’s carrot exports come from Myalup”, he said.

“The gross value of production in Myalup is currently about $65m and it generates employment for 150 full-time workers and an additional 200 seasonal workers.

“Recent work done by VegetablesWA shows that a significant majority of vegetable growers in Myalup are able and keen to expand their businesses, but water availability is a key impediment to this expansion.

“The work looked at a large range of scenarios and even if an extra 15 to 20 gigalitres were made available, then production value would easily double to well over $120m.”

Myalup vegetable grower Joe Castro of Castro Farms said being able to use Wellington Dam water would take pressure off coastal groundwater resources which he currently used to water crops.

“I’m pumping groundwater which is 1400 (parts per million salt) and from the sound of it, Wellington Dam water is already better at 1100 (ppm salt) and with the head pressure from the dam I wouldn’t have to pump,” Mr Castro said.

He said his farm filled 28 12-metre (40 feet) shipping containers with carrots in November.

“It was our best month yet, we normally average about 200 containers a year,” he said.

Harvey dairy farmer Sam Epiro said he hoped Water for Food-funded research and improvements would reduce the risk of increased soil salinity from irrigation, particularly flood irrigation used by many dairy farmers to water pasture.

Geoff Calder, general manager of Harvey Water – the 707-member co-operative licensed to distribute water from Wellington and five other dams along the Darling escarpment – said he hoped the funding announced by Ms Davies would be supplemented by Federal funding for infrastructure.

“In Harvey Water’s current five-year strategic plan we have adopted the theme that we would be using our access to water to promote regional development,” Mr Calder said.

“The Minister’s funding announcement fits firmly within that theme as there is a lot to be obtained on both a regional and State economy basis by increasing the production of vegetables from the Myalup area,” Mr Calder said.

Water for Food initiatives could also help the area’s beef and dairy producers and processors meet expected increased export demand generated by Free Trade Agreements, he said.

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Swan brothers fly high with Angus

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Angus producer Craig Swan at the yard where cattle are weaned on his family’s Narrung property.FORGING strong ties with their customers and suppliers has been the key to success for the Swan brothers at Meningie.

Craig and Anthony Swan grew up in the town, and went into their family fertiliser business Swan Bros, which was established by their father and grandfather.

But, a decade ago the brothers moved into farming on the Cooke Plains.

Six years ago they sold up and bought 1600 hectares on the Narrung Peninsula.

And, when deciding what farming enterprise to run at Narrung, Angus cattle were the obvious answer.

The property was run almost solely as a sheep enterprise so the Swans undertook a lot of work renovating lucerne pastures, establishing fencing and water points.

“Most of the property consists of lucerne pastures, but we also crop and have 100ha of irrigated lucerne for hay production,” Craig said.

They produce 1500 tonnes of lucerne hay a year.

The brothers also run 500 Angus breeders, bought PTIC, with all progeny sold off at a minimum weight of 450 kilograms.

“We don’t keep any heifers so we purchase cows and we purchase quite a few Wanderribby cows locally,” he said.

All calves are sold over-hooks after being finished.

“They are sold directly to Thomas Foods International – for its Angus Pure brand – and then we purchase the number of cows we want from breeder sales or direct from farmers,” he said.

“The main benefit we see of using this system is building a relationship with our customer and the producers we deal with, we see it as a major advantage.

“We find TFI’s Peter Bond really good to deal with and he’s someone with a huge amount of knowledge.”

The brothers produce silage, which is used when weaning their calves.

“Calves are yard weaned for 10 days,” he said.

“We find it easy to wean using the yards, we contain them and they’re fed quality silage, and they put on significant weight during the weaning period.

“We also find they settle down really well in there.”

Another management tool the Swans use is a tight mating period.

“We mate for eight weeks, so we have a tight group of calves to come through,” he said.

“In the first week of April, the first of the calves are due, and calving happens over the next eight weeks.

“Once we have weaned the calves, the cows go onto stubbles, so we can preserve the quality pastures for the weaners.”

Most of the Swan brothers’ bulls are sourced locally, through the Gunner family’s Coorong Designer Angus Stud.

Other bulls have also been sourced from the Coolana Angus stud at Willalooka.

“With bull selection we choose based on growth and structure,” he said.

“Both studs are very strict on structure and it means a lot for the durability of the animal.

“We find they produce the growth and carcase traits we’re after.”

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Punches thrown after race remark

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A Wollongong woman has been sentenced to at least three months’ jail over aracially-motivated attack on another woman on Corrimal Street last New Year’s Eve.

Amy Grant, 24,grabbed the female by the hair andrepeatedly punched herin the face,causing the victim to fall and hit her head against a metal Telstra boxjust after 9.30pm.

The unprovoked attack began moments after Grant pulled up in a car and askedthe girl and her friends if they were “wogs”.

The victim was treated in hospital for a cut above her right eye.

In court on Tuesday, Magistrate Susan McGowan said the woman’s injuries could have been far worse.

“It’s lucky for the victim that she survived to tell the tale,” Ms McGowan said.

Grant was handed a maximum12-month jail sentence butreleased on bail pending a severityappeal.

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Breeders embrace DNA testing

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GLENTANNER Angus stud, Mount Gambier, is among the growing number of studs using genotyping to make genetic progress in their herd. Brad Lucas (pictured with daughter Piper and father Allan) says it also gives their commercial clients greater confidence in the bulls they are selecting. DNA testing is giving Angus breeders a real leg up, finding more superior animals at a younger age for a greater number of economically important traits.

The first version of the High Density 50K test became available to Angus breeders in 2010. It provided molecular value predictions for 13 traits using more than 50,000 DNA markers.

Owners of the test Zoetis have worked on increasing the number of economically important traits.

Later this month Zoetis will release six more to the panel — rump fat, retail beef yield, 600-day weight, gestation length, days to calving and net feed intake (post weaning).

They have also recalibrated the HD50K Angus product using several thousand animals with high-accuracy breeding values supplied by Angus Australia.

Predictions for all existing traits have been updated and have resulted in an increase in accuracy across these traits.

At the same time, the cost of the DNA test from a sample of hair from the animal’s tail has more than halved in the past five years.

Angus Australia has gradually blended these MVPs into its monthly Breedplan evaluation, with about 1500 animals a year being genotyped, predominately sale bulls.

Zoetis technical services manager – genetics Emily Piper said the uptake of the HD50K test had been rising year-on-year, partly because of growing awareness and acceptance of the technology, but also because of economic reasons.

“It is now at a point where commercial herds are recognising the benefit of profiling heifer replacements and identifying elite females for artificial reproductive programs using tools such as the HD50K for Angus,” she said.

She said the greatest value came from testing young animals and getting a sneak peek into their genetic potential.

“This is information you wouldn’t otherwise have until the animal has matured and started to produce progeny of its own that can be measured – years down the track,” she said.

“This is particularly true of the hard-to-measure traits such as female fertility. You can’t measure female fertility on a bull, so you have to wait until he has daughters that are producing progeny of their own to make an assessment of that bull’s potential as a sire of fertile females. Knowing this information from a tail-hair test gives you the opportunity to make informed management and joining decisions much earlier in the animal’s life.”

At an industry level, Ms Piper said it was giving stud and commercial breeders access to information they would never be able to measure themselves, such as net feed intake.

“With the rising cost of feed and inputs to raise and grow-out animals, this has been and will be a trait of utmost importance into the future,” she said.

“But it is extremely expensive and difficult to measure and the industry will depend on research projects such as Angus Australia’s Sire Benchmarking Program to generate the necessary information. Molecular predictions give the rest of the industry – both the stud and commercial sectors – the opportunity to leverage this research in their own herds.”

Angus Australia education, extension and youth manager Andrew Byrne said the HD50K test was giving breeders access to EBVs with increased accuracy on their younger cattle, and an opportunity for small herds to generate EBVs with higher accuracy to what was previously possible.

In April 2011, MVPs were blended in Angus Australia’s Breedplan run for seven of these HD50K traits -birthweight, weaning weight, milk, carcaseweight, eye muscle area, rib fat and marbling.

This was followed by calving ease direct and calving ease daughters in June 2011, with another three traits – scrotal circumference, yearling weight and mature cow weight – added in March 2012.

The additional traits that will join the analysis this month bring the total number of traits to 22.

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Australian Dairy steady despite international market volatility

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While most major international dairy markets have seen steep price declines, Australian farm-gate prices have remained steady.Australia’s seasonal milk production is up 2.6 per cent on the same period last year (July-December) to 5.33 billion litres and Dairy Australia (DA) estimates overall milk production for the 2014-15 production season will continue the trend.

DA predicts milk production could reach 9.3-9.5 billion, up 2pc on 2013/14, in light of predictions for a hotter and drier summer.

DA’s Situation and Outlook Report for February released today also reveals the ongoing volatility in world dairy markets has done little to stem the growing interest of investors in the prospect of profitable long-term returns from Australia’s dairy industry.

“Consolidation in the Australian market has continued with Parmalat buying Longwarry Food Park while plans for a potential large-scale green field investment in the Widebay region of Queensland progress,” said Norman Repacholi, Commercial Research and Analysis Manager, Dairy Australia.

“Favourable international trade deals, such as the China Free Trade Agreement at the end of last year, have added to dairy’s appeal as an attractive investment opportunity,” he said.

While most major international dairy markets have seen steep price declines, Australian farm-gate prices have remained steady and this can partly be explained by the nation’s processors who are eager to maintain farm sector confidence to encourage growth in milk production.

“Other factors, such as the Australian domestic market, decline of the Australian dollar and fall in oil prices are helping to insulate the sector,” said Mr Repacholi.

“But farmers should remain on their guard as the international dairy market can change rapidly as global supply outweighs demand.

“Drought in New Zealand has potential to reduce supply, if this coincides with reduced EU production the situation will again change,” he said.

“Nationally, consumer sentiment has remained tilted towards pessimism despite most major dairy categories are showing better retail growth with cheese and dairy spreads moving to higher average prices and consumer spending at cafes and restaurants remaining healthy,” said Mr Repacholi.

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