Boy, 9, with cerebral palsy completes 26 mile challenge raising £38K

Boy, 9, with cerebral palsy who could only walk 50m a day before lockdown completes 26 mile challenge over a month and is dubbed ‘Captain Tobias’ after raising £38,000 for the NHS – inspired by Colonel Tom Moore

  • Tobias Weller from Sheffield planned to walk 1km in his local park to raise money
  • Now walking 750m daily, has raised nearly £38,000 for local hospital and school
  • Appeared on This Morning with mum Ruth Garbutt to speak about achievement  

A nine-year-old boy with cerebral palsy who could only walk 50m a day with a frame before lockdown has completed an incredible 26-mile marathon challenge, inspired by WWII veteran Colonel Tom Moore.

Tobias Weller, from Sheffield, planned to walk just 1km to raise money for his local school and hospital after being inspired by the 100-year-old who raised more than £30million for the NHS by doing daily laps of his garden. 

Now the schoolboy, dubbed ‘Captain Tobias’, has been walking 750m every day since March 21, and has raised £37,902 so far – with his neighbours coming out to applaud him as he completes his laps. 

He appeared on This Morning today with his mother Ruth Garbutt, who said she was ‘bursting with pride’ for her son, whose ‘confidence and self belief’ has increased massively while undertaking the challenge.  

Tobias Weller, from Sheffield, appeared on This Morning with his mother Ruth Garbutt to speak about raising £38,000 for charity 

The schoolboy could only walk 50m a day before lockdown but has now completed a 26-mile marathon challenge 

Speaking of his inspiration Colonel Tom Moore, Ruth explained: ‘We saw him on the TV, and they’re so similar. They both use a walker, they both did the same walk every day and wanting to build it up. He just was desperate to do it.’ 

Tobias added: ‘I love it when I walk up and down my street every day because my neighbours come out and cheer for me – some of them even say, “We salute you Tobias”. 

‘We walk every day whatever the weather, although it’s often sunny. I’ve walked through rain and gale force winds.’

Tobias was ‘really struggling’ to walk 50m before the outbreak of the pandemic, but over time he has increased his ability hugely  – and Ruth admitted it was a ‘massive challenge’ for him. 

World War II veteran Tom Moore raised over £30 million for the NHS doing laps of his garden 

Speaking of his inspiration Captain Tom, pictured walking up and down his garden, Ruth said: ‘We saw him on the TV, and they’re so similar. They both use a walker, they both did the same walk every day’ 

Ruth explained: ‘Tobias has got cerebral palsy, so he’s got a walker to walk and pre-lockdown he was walking a maximum 50m a day and really struggling to do that. 

‘He was finding it hard work. We’ve now built up to 750m per day, most days. So it’s a massive challenge for him.’ 

She went on to explain that after Tobias was unable to receive his regular physiotherapy at school during the crisis, they took to walking down the road as a form of exercise. 

Ruth went on to explain that after Tobias was unable to receive his regular physiotherapy at school during the crisis, they took to walking down the road as a form of exercise

Ruth told how she was ‘bursting with pride’ for her son, whose ‘confidence and self belief’ has increased massively while undertaking the challenge 

Ruth said: ‘When we were first in lockdown we realised we were going to be in for a while – Tobias is vulnerable.

‘Tobias’ school provides physiotherapy for him, so I was going to be responsible for his physio and we needed to walk every day and we needed a routine. 

‘So we started walking every day and he was desperate to do a planned sponsored walk, but we couldn’t do that. 

‘Then we saw Captain Tom on the TV and Tobias said, “Hold on a minute, that’s exactly what I do! I want to raise money, so why don’t I do a sponsored walk?”.’ 

To sponsor Tobias, visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ruth-garbutt-3 

What is cerebral palsy and how common is it in the UK?

Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that affects a patient’s movement, motor skills and muscle tone.

It is the name for a group of lifelong conditions that affect movement and co-ordination and is caused by a problem with the brain that develops before, during or soon after birth. 

It affects around one in 400 children born in the UK to some extent.

In the US, approximately 8,000-to-10,000 infants are born with the condition each year. 

The symptoms of cerebral palsy are not usually obvious just after a baby is born. They normally become noticeable during the first two or three years of a child’s life.

Symptoms can include:

  • delays in reaching development milestones – for example, not sitting by 8 months or not walking by 18 months
  • seeming too stiff or too floppy  
  • weak arms or legs  
  • fidgety, jerky or clumsy movements  
  • random, uncontrolled movements  
  • walking on tiptoes  
  • a range of other problems – such as swallowing difficulties, speaking problems, vision problems and learning disabilities 

The severity of symptoms can vary significantly. Some people only have minor problems, while others may be severely disabled.

Speak to your health visitor or a GP if you have any concerns about your child’s health or development. There’s currently no cure for cerebral palsy, but treatments are available to help people with the condition be as active and independent as possible.

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Children with asthma are NOT expected to return when schools reopen, campaigners say – The Sun

CHILDREN with asthma are not expected to return when schools reopen in England next week, according to experts.

Campaigners are advising parents who are concerned about sending their kids back should call their GP.

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It comes after Boris Johnson announced that primary schools will reopen on June 1 for reception, Years 1 and 6 and nurseries.

Some schools and colleges may also be able to offer some face to face contact and support for year 10 and year 12 pupils.

However, Asthma UK says this may be worrying for parents of children with asthma – as well as staff with the condition working in schools.

A spokesperson from the charity said: "Children and staff who are currently shielding are not expected to return to school or college at this time.

"Children and staff who have asthma and are not shielding are in the clinically vulnerable group, which means they are thought to be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus.

"Young children have consistently been shown to have very low risk of serious illness from coronavirus.

Parents will not be fined for not sending their children to school or college at this time

"But if your child has asthma and you are worried about them going back to school, the current government advice is to call your GP."

The charity added: "If your child is not going to attend school or college, let the school know, so that they can continue supporting your child as well as they can.

"Parents will not be fined for not sending their children to school or college at this time."

Parents are also advised to ensure their child's school has an up-to-date copy of their asthma action plan and a named, in-date reliever inhaler and spacer.

Children who are going to be with a different teacher than usual should be made aware of their asthma and what to do if they experience symptoms.

For staff who work in a school or nursery and have asthma, the charity says that employers should move you to the safest possible on-site role where possible, where you can stay 2m from others.

Phased reopening

The PM first announced the Government's plans for a phased reopening of schools on June 1 early in May.

Local councils criticised the move amid fears children and staff may still be exposed to coronavirus if they reopen classrooms too soon.

However, scientists deemed it safe after a major review of the evidence, children are 56 per cent less likely to contract the virus.

Professor Russell Viner, from the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, said: "Our findings show children and young people appear 56 per cent less likely to contract Covid-19 from infected others.

"Susceptibility is a key part of the chain of infection, and this supports the view that children are likely to play a smaller role in transmitting the virus and proliferating the pandemic, although considerable uncertainty remains.

"This new data provides essential evidence to governments around the world to inform their decision-making on whether to reopen schools and reduce or end lockdown measures."

'Controlled and careful'

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson assured teachers and parents the June 1 returns would be the first phase of a "controlled and careful" return to schooling with a range of protective measures.

These include keeping class sizes small, making sure pupils stayed within small groups, observing strict hygiene and cleaning measures, and having breaks and mealtimes staggered to reduce crowding.

Schools and other settings should communicate their plans to parents once they have had a chance to work through them in detail.

For secondary schools and colleges, classes will be halved, the government said.


That means that classrooms and workshops will be rearranged "with sitting positions two metres apart.

"Where very small classes might result from halving, it would be acceptable to have more than half in a class, provided the space has been rearranged.

"Support staff may be drawn on in the event there are teacher shortages," the advice added.

Williamson said if scientific advice proposed a "limited number" of children could be sent back to school, it was his duty to allow this to happen.

"Of course safety comes first but we must also be aware of the potential damage to a child's education from not getting them back in the classroom," he added.

England is the only part of the UK asking schools to begin phased reopenings from the start of next month, raising fears among teachers' unions about the risks of infection from the coronavirus.

Yet many schools across the country have said they will not be able to ensure the safety of their pupils.

And a rival group to the government's Sage committee said June 1 would be "too early" to reopen.

The "Independent Sage" committee has claimed that the government should delay the reopening date for another two weeks.

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Newcastle ‘open talks with Coutinho’ as they leapfrog Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea in transfer race for Barcelona flop – The Sun

NEWCASTLE have opened talks with Philippe Coutinho and lead Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea in the race to sign him, according to reports.

The Magpies have moved to land the ex-Liverpool man ahead of their imminent mega-money Saudi backed takeover.

Reports earlier today suggested the Gunners plan to start discussions with the 27-year-old soon while United and Chelsea have been linked for months.

But the Toon have beaten the Premier League trio to the punch and begun talks with the playmaker and his camp, according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo.

They are said to have explained the ambitious new project planned at St James' Park if the takeover goes through.

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The Biggest Problem With 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' is Its Humor, According to Fans

The long wait for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has fans revisiting Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and wondering why Marvel Cinematic Universe fans don’t like it better. 

Like a lot of sequels, such as, say, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians 2 is generally considered a good movie, if not as fresh and funny as the original. Some fans point the finger at, oddly enough, the humor, which one would think would be a Guardians strong suit. 

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Before the first Guardians came out in 2014, there was some thought that would be Marvel’s stumble. It looked too … weird. A talking raccoon? A talking tree? Why does Chris Pratt wear that goofy-looking helmet? Isn’t that the lady in blue from Avatar? She’s green now? Show me, Marvel, some said. 

And show them Marvel did. The movie made $333  million domestically and $440 million overseas. Audiences loved the humor and derring-do of it all. When the sequel came out three years later, it did even better, making $390 million here and $479 million overseas. 

Critically, the second movie did a little less well than its predecessor.  The first movie scored a 91 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, while the second movie scored 85 percent.

The consensus read, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘s action-packed plot, dazzling visuals, and irreverent humor add up to a sequel that’s almost as fun — if not quite as thrillingly fresh — as its predecessor.”

So how did a movie only a little less good than the original become a problem? 

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On Reddit, a topic-starter asked, “GotG Vol. 2 turns 3 today. Don’t know why it gets so much hate sometimes — in my opinion, its character development, story, emotional resonance and (most of the time) humor are top notch. Top 5 in the MCU for me!”

Even that fan qualified the humor with the phrase “most of the time,” and some fans seized on that. One wrote, “The relentless humor is far and away the biggest criticism of it. I actually have never seen anybody complain about anything but the humor, which seems to be an indicator of how good the movie is beyond it … I’ve seen criticisms about too many jokes, forced jokes, jokes at inopportune times, etc.”

In a way, the movie’s greatest sin may be that it never lives up to the humor of its opening sequence, which features an unbroken shot of Baby Groot dancing to Electric Light Orchestra’s “Mr. Blue Sky” while all kinds of chaos erupts around him. One could argue that it’s all downhill from there, even if the slope is pretty gentle. 

What’s the latest on the long-awaited ‘Vol 3?’

Had it not been for the James Gunn controversy, the third Guardians movie probably would have been out by now. As it stands, the entire Marvel lineup is on hold, with Phase 4 pushed into 2022 by the pandemic. There won’t even be a Comic-Con this year at which Marvel would announce the next lineup of movies. 

That said, Gunn has promised it’s on its way, and he’s been working on the script. In the interim, he has written and directed The Suicide Squad, due out next in August 2021.

That’s one of the few tentpole movies that probably won;’t get delayed because Gunn reported that he finished production before the shutdown hit. If he can shoot Guardians Vol. 3 with the same kind of efficiency, the wait for it may not be quite so long. 

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Pamela Anderson: My Video With Tommy Lee Was Not a ‘Sex Tape’

Rewriting history? Pamela Anderson reflected on her infamous video with ex-husband Tommy Lee, refuting its longtime label as a sex tape.

The Baywatch alum, 52, dismissed the notion during her Thursday, May 21, appearance on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen. “As the star of an iconic sex tape, what is your favorite celebrity sex tape?” asked “Shady Sunscreen” during a game of “Let’s Get Shady as SPF.”

Anderson took the question in stride, while also clarifying her stance on the video. “That was not a sex tape,” she explained. “It was a compilation of vacations that we were naked on.”

The model married Lee, 57, in February 1995. Later that year, a tape of the couple on their honeymoon was stolen from their home and released. She sued the video distribution company, and the pair agreed to a confidential settlement. The company then made the video available on its websites again.

As for Anderson and the drummer’s relationship, they divorced in 1998. The exes share sons Brandon, 23, and Dylan, 22.

In January, the actress wed Jon Peters in a secret ceremony. They split less than two weeks later, at which time Us Weekly reported that they never obtained a marriage license.

In addition to Peters, 74, and Lee, Anderson was married to Kid Rock from 2006 to 2007 and Rick Salomon twice — in 2007 and 2014.

Elsewhere in her Watch What Happens Live appearance, Anderson revealed her true feelings about the 2017 Baywatch film, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Zac Efron. “I didn’t like it,” she noted. “Let’s just keep the bad TV as bad TV. That’s what’s charming about it. Trying to make these movies that are television are just messing with it.”

The Canada native added that the original series, which ran from 1989 to 1999, made magic happen on a much smaller budget. “Sixty-five million dollars could make a great movie. We made our shows for like $500,000,” she recalled. “We had the same explosions, the same scenes in the water. That was the fun part — being creative.”

Anderson played Casey Jean “C.J.” Parker from season 3 to season 7.

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Trump threatens Michigan with funding cut over absentee voter plan

President Trump threatened to “hold up funding” for Michigan if the state follows through with an initiative to send voters absentee ballots for upcoming elections.

“Breaking: Michigan sends absentee ballots to 7.7 million people ahead of Primaries and the General Election. This was done illegally and without authorization by a rogue Secretary of State,” the president wrote on Twitter Wednesday morning. “I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path!”

Trump has previously warned that allowing people to vote in ways other than in person could lead to rampant fraud – as Democrats pursue other alternatives because of health risks during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Mail ballots — they cheat. OK? People cheat,” he said last month. “There’s a lot of dishonesty going along with mail-in voting.”

His post comes a day after Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said the absentee ballot applications will be sent to all of the state’s 7.7 registered voters so they can participate in the August and November elections without appearing in person, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Benson, a Democrat, said she made the move because of the risks associated with the coronavirus, which has killed nearly 5,000 people in Michigan.

She said the likelihood of people becoming ill because of the virus is still too great for people to show up as a group in the Aug. 4 and Nov. 3 elections.

“By mailing applications we have ensured that no Michigander has to choose between their health and their right to vote,” Benson said, according to the newspaper.

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Lovehoney announces sale with up to 40% off sex toys – as survey reveals 52% are more sexually adventurous in lock down

LOVEHONEY has announced a string of lock down offers with up to 40 per cent off sex toys.

The sale comes as a new survey has revealed 52 per cent of couples have become more sexually adventurous during the Covid-19 crisis.

Lovehoney have announced a number of new deals in May, as a new survey has  shown that more than half of couples have become more sexually adventurous during the Covid Crisis.

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Lovehoney's survey spoke to 2,000 people, with some juicy results.

Amost six out of ten couples say they have been sharing sex texts, and a third have enjoyed video sex sessions together, with nine out of ten using it to reduce stress over the last two months.
For those couples in the same household, 38 per cent said they have to make love more quietly so as not to disturb housemates.

Lovehoney sex and relationship expert Annabelle Knight said: “It’s great to see so many couples using sex as a way to boost happiness during lockdown.
“Those couples still living together are being more sexually adventurous and many are seeing an improvement in their sex lives, even if they have to make love a little more quietly so as not to disturb housemates or family.
"Inevitably, overall sexual activity has declined, because so many of us are obliged to live apart, but many couples are sexting and enjoying video sex sessions through Facetime, Zoom and Skype to make separation more bearable.”

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Shoppers can chose from 40 per cent off Moonlight Collection lingerie, 2 for £20 on selected lingerie, and even 3 for 2 on sexy knickers alongside a number of great deals.

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One woman says her Amazon’s £30 vibrator is a ‘gift from God’ which stopped her from walking for 30 minutes in ecstatic review.

Another woman says vibrator made her ‘lose my mind in 4 minutes’ and it’s so good she might ‘give men the swerve permanently’.

Lovehoney have also released a ‘magic’ vibrator which gives instant orgasms & feels like ‘popping candy’ between legs.

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Score Big With These Patio Finds From Wayfair's Huge Memorial Day Sale

You’re really taking advantage of your outdoor living space these days, so why not give it some TLC? With Memorial Day on the horizon, that means one thing: it’s officially patio season. Whether you’re starting from scratch or just need to refresh a few pieces of furniture or add accessories to your outdoor living space, Wayfair’s got you covered with their blowout Memorial Day sale. While you can snag just about anything in the home department for up to 70 percent off, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of all the patio furniture and outdoor accessories you can get your hands on since we’re all retreating to our backyards to relax.

If you’ve already gotten ahead of the game and have your patio furniture set, you should definitely snag some fun outdoor games to keep the family entertained this summer. From giant Jenga to cornhole, you can’t go wrong with some classic games that will make memories to last a lifetime. No matter what you need, your outdoor living space is about to become your new favorite place at home with these backyard furniture and accessory finds from Wayfair’s Memorial Day sale. Happy (almost) summer!

Perfect for your morning coffee or weekend cocktails, this boho-chic set will take you to your happy place.

Bring this favorite game night staple to your backyard — both adults and kids will have a blast playing for hours.

You’ll spend countless summer nights relaxing on this charming porch swing.

 

Add some ambiance with these solar-powered tiki torches.

Instantly feel like you’re at your favorite beach resort with this sleek, weather-resistant couch set.

What’s a backyard without some classic cornhole? This version takes the traditional game to the next level with glow-in-the-dark beanbags, so it’s easier to play at night (and it’s just way more fun).

Need more backyard inspo? Check out our slideshow of the best places to snag patio furniture below. 

 

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Deena Cortese: To Hell with Angelina! I’m Done with Her!

Weddings are a time for love, joy and romance.

Unless you get married in front of the Jersey Shore: Family Vacation cameras, that is. 

In that case, it’s a time for fighting, backstabbing and an endless array of curse words.

In a sneak peek at the next new episode of this beloved franchise, airing in two weeks, viewers will get an up-close and very personal look at the Hell that  broke loose during Angelina Pivarnick’s wedding to Chris Larangeira.

You remember that, right?

Angelina got married late last year and, as one would expect, invited all her Jersey Shore co-stars to be in attendance.

When it came to Jenni, Deena and Snooki, however, they weren’t simply guests — they served as Angelina’s bridesmaids.

And they ruined the entire event by roasting the bride on her big day.

As we’ve documented, Angelina was appalled by the antics, behavior and insults hurled at her by her supposed friends, to the point where Angelina threatened to quit Jersey Shore.

In this People Magazine clip, things at first appear to be going smoothly, with the bride surprising this trio with bridesmaid gifts.

“Who would have known, eight years ago, we were all going to be together like this — especially [given] all the crazy times we’ve had?” she says.

However, when the DJ calls the three ladies up to the stage to deliver a speech, well… everything changes. 

All of a sudden, guests are seen loudly booing — and Angelina storms out of the room!

“That was so f-cked up,” she says.

She even attempts to boot the MTV cameramen out of the venue.

“Take your camera crew out of my f-cking face,” she demands. “Get out of my face. Turn around and just go.”

Jenni, Deena, and Snooki, though, are equally furious. They thought they were just having fun and joking around and that the bride wildly overreacted.

“Are you f-cking kidding me?” Jenni cries. “I’m so f-cking mortified.”

“She’s happy her entire f—ing crowd booed us,” Deena yells.

Then, crying, she turns directly to the camera and states: “I will never film with her again.”

We’ll see if that holds up, of course.

We already know that Snooki won’t be returning to the show next season.

As for Angelina? She and Chris tied the knot last November at the Park Château Estate & Gardens in East Brunswick, New Jersey.

Many reports indicated at the time that her female costars had given a “mean-spirited” speech that didn’t go over well.

None of them really denied this, either.

Angelina even appeared to hint at the drama a few days later on Instagram, saying that the couple needed “a total redo of this day for many reasons.”

The next episode of Jersey Shore Family Vacation airs Thursday, May 28 at 8/7c on MTV.

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Americans dealing with lower income due to coronavirus outbreak

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The coronavirus has impacted the way of life for millions of people.

There's not only the human and emotional toll, but ithere is also a financial toll.

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There's more than 30 million people out of work, forced to file for unemployment benefits.

The impact on American's financials is the focus of a new Bankrate report released on Wednesday.

“The pandemic is deepening the financial hardship for millions of Americans, with nearly one-third of households reporting lower income since the start,” said Bankrate.com chief financial analyst Greg McBride, CFA. “The financial legacy of this pandemic will be elevated unemployment, reduced household incomes, more debt and even less savings.”

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Thirty percent of U.S. adults have seen their household income decrease as a direct result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Additionally, nearly 1 in 5 have less emergency savings now than before the pandemic, while others have taken on more debt.

An additional 24 percent had no emergency savings heading into the pandemic and have not made progress since.

Where household incomes have decreased, 36 percent have dipped into emergency savings, more than three times as many as those whose income has increased or stayed the same. Only 9 percent whose household income decreased have added to their emergency savings, but thre are those who added to their debt. Some have even been able to cut existing debt during this time.

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Among the positives during this time, 58 percent have not seen any change in their household income, and 12 percent even saw it increase.

Meanwhile, they've been able to add to emergency savings, cut personal debt and some even entered the pandemic without debt before and still have none now.

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Despite positive income gains, under half (48 percent) of households with increased income levels have added to their emergency savings. 12 percent percent have less, and 15 percent still have no savings at all. Furthermore, just 14 percent who have seen an income increase have less debt now, and 32 percent have more debt.

While every generation was more likely to report a decrease in income rather than an increase, millennials are more than twice as likely as those who are older to report an income increase.

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Among millennials, 24 percent percent have more savings now, versus 19 percent of Gen Xers and 14 percent of baby boomers.

Millennials are, however, more likely to have added to their debt (21 percent) than Gen Xers (19 percent) and baby boomers (12 percent).

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