What Melbourne could look like in 2040

More than half the world’s population now lives in a city, and carbon emissions from them are estimated to be as high as 87 per cent. But if we did things differently, what would Australian cities look like in the year 2040?
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Melbourne University, University of NSW and Swinburne University researchers have attempted to model what four Australian cities – Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth – would look like if a drastic attempt was made to slash pollution by 80 per cent.

The answer is: very different.

The researchers behind the report, to be released by Melbourne University on Wednesday, came up with four possible scenarios if such a big reduction in emissions were to happen. Clean-tech corporate living

Artist’s: Impression supplied by Melbourne University

A clean and efficient city where business is responsible for driving emission reductions. Carbon savings come from changing the energy production systems, increasing efficiency and a bigger service sector. But a downside might be the privatisation of many urban spaces people are accustomed to using, such as public parks, and an increase in homelessness and poverty. Planned regulated living

Artist’s: Impression supplied by Melbourne University

A city of planned order, with substantial intervention from government in planning through tighter regulations. Carbon savings would come from public investment in renewable energy storage, public production of biofuel, achieving more compact, interconnected cities and improving public transport. But the downside would be layers of new rules some would find oppressive. Networked entrepreneurial living

Artist’s: Impression supplied by Melbourne University

Corporate interests have less influence, but the city lowers its emissions from more peer-to-peer trading and the use of things like transport, with the economy focused on local small business and freelancers working from home and public spaces. Downsides? High levels of consumption remain and there is a lack of security for many. Community balanced living

Artist’s: Impression supplied by Melbourne University

A city of low consumption that promotes a socially and environmentally meaningful life, with a focus on liveability, face-to-face social interactions and alternative enterprises like co-operatives. Less consumption would lead to less pollution – but the economy would see a massive reduction in infrastructure investment in areas like public transport.

The project has run since 2014, and has now worked with more than 200 experts in energy, the environment and planning. Influential figures to be consulted on the project include scientist Tim Flannery and Melbourne University urban policy professor Brendan Gleeson.

Professor Chris Ryan is the director of the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab at Melbourne University. He said the project showed what could be worked towards and what should be avoided. Researchers could not predict the future, he said, “but we can design a future that we want, and with wide community engagement we can create pathways that could get us [there]”.

More than 30 experts will meet in Melbourne on Wednesday to discuss developing plans for low carbon cities in Australia.

You can read the report here.

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Fishers fined for illegal Mandurah crab haul

A number of fishers convicted of hauling in undersized crabs in Mandurah have been slapped with hefty fines, including a group of men who stashed their haul in a car boot.
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Five men jointly charged with a massive haul of undersized crabs – Biak Za Hmung, Pa Hniang Pa Uk, Van Biak Thong Sam Cin, Ni Ling Sarum and Ngun Hu Zaathang – did not appear in court on Tuesday, but sent in endorsed pleas of guilty to a charge each faced of being in possession of a totally protected fish.

The Mandurah Magistrates Court heard the men had been scooping for crabs in Coodanup on December 3, 2016, while Fisheries officers observed and photographed them from shore.

When the men returned to their vehicle about 9pm, officers conducted a search and found 183 blue manna crabs in the boot of their car.

Of these crabs, 182 were undersized, the smallest measuring just 88.9mm.

The minimum size for a legal crab catch is 127mm.

The crabs were seized and released by Fisheries officers.

Each offender was fined $9100 and ordered to each pay court costs of $188.

Also convicted of undersized crab catches in Mandurah court on Tuesday was a trio who between them caught 123 crabs measuring under the legal limit.

Edzel Cubangbang Aguilar, Winefredo Abucejo Riveral and Teddy Lavitoria Yalung pleaded guilty to the offences which were uncovered on January 11 at Boggy Bay, West Pinjarra.

Aguilar was fined $2250, Riveral now owes $1550, and Yalung was fined $2350.

All must pay court costs of $188.

And finally a Bunbury man caught with 55 undersized crabs was fined $2950 in Mandurah Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Shannon Collard was convicted on an endorsed guilty plea of the offence which happened at Island Point on December 9, 2016.

The court heard the smallest of Collard’s catch measured 97.8mm.

He was also ordered to pay court costs of $188.

– Mandurah Mail

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Inaction on quad safety is not an option

“DON’T blame thequad bike, it was clearly made as a single seater.”
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“What about horses? Ban them too because peopleget killed riding them.”

“And spoons make people fat.”

“Ban knives too then… this world is producing a society of irresponsible idiots.”

“Cars and two-wheeled motorbikes as well.”

“You are clearly insisting on ruining my life by encouraging this ridiculous campaign to ban quad bikes.”

The above comments – made onThe Land’s social media over the past week – tell us that quad bikes remain abeloved farm vehicle.Italso tells us people don’t like being told what they can do on their own property, with their own gear, in their own time.

But nothing can paper over the fact Australianscontinue to suffer tragic injuries while riding quad bikes, at an all-too-common rate.

More than 110 have diedwhile riding the vehicle between 2011 and now–with quads also very much over-represented infarm injury statistics. Each of those deaths rocks a circle of family, friends, and the wider farming community.

And we’re sure that if given the chance to improve safety and prevent a crash, thosetouched by a tragedy wouldadvise it.

Crucially, the bulk of quad incidents happenduringseemingly innocuous activities on private land–not while hooning on public roads or doing stunts.

Yes, there are many machines, animals, and infrastructure on farms that have thepotential to result in death and injury. But it seems common sense that you would look at ways to stop incidents if they kept occurring in fairly routine circumstances.

No doubt the argumentonthe safestway forwardwill continue.Will this mean stricter age, licensing, and education measures? Manufacturing changes? Better safety equipment? Promotion of safer alternatevehicles?

Whichever way, the continued loss of life means inaction is not an option.

Government and farm groups seem to recognise this –with the state’s quadsafety rebate doubled, training resources ramped up, and NSW Farmers president Derek Schoen highlighting an ambitious working group target to cut injuries to zero within five years.

We welcome continued debate on the issue of quad bike safety.Butthe preservation of human lifeneeds to be at the centre.

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Try Louth Bay for whiting

WHITING: Ryan Blakers with a popper-caught yellowfin.West CoastThere have been reports of good sized salmon on the beaches north of Coffin Bay all the way up to Ceduna this week.
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Salmon upto fourkilograms have been caught on metal lures and pilchard baits.

Venus Bay has been good for king george whiting behind the Island around the high tides.

Try early morning around the town reef for salmon to threekilogramsand king george whiting to 45cm.

Mt Camel has had varying reports for salmon. When they are there, they are in good numbers and size.

Try around the low tide as they are usually in a bit closer then.

Coffin BayAlmonta and Gunyah beaches have had varying reports.

Some days there are big schools of salmon to 80 centimetres, then other days, nothing.

Metal lures like the Samaki Torpedo in chrome or gold colours are working very well when casting into the wind.

Inside Coffins and at Farm Beach, the whiting have been averaging about 29.5 centimetres, so please ensure that you measure them before putting them on ice.

Offshore, Rocky Island continues to be the pick of the locations for tuna to 20 kilograms, samson and kingfish.

One lucky angler aboard Absolute Fishing Charters landed and released a kingfish that was measured at 170 centimetres and weighed (in a sling) at 45 kilograms.

When the wind allows, all of the common reef species are being caught around Sir Isaacs and further out.

Port LincolnIt seems that blue swimmer crabs and big shitties have taken over the local bays.

One is slightly more popular than the other, I will let you guess which one is which.

King george whiting in the local bays have been undersized with the odd fish to 38 centimetres being caught.

For better sized whiting, try the north end of Thistle Island or around Louth Bay.

Blue swimmer crabs to about onekilohave been caught in Proper, Porter, Louth and Boston Bays.

There have been a lot of reports of some very large shitties caught by whiting fishermen.

I would advise to use berley sparingly around Proper Bay at the moment and if you start to catch undesirable fish, pick up the anchor and move.

North Shields Jetty has been good for squid and big garfish.

Watch your squid jigs though, as we have had another report of a bronzie grabbing one and taking off with it.

Yellowfin whiting are showing up on the local beaches in good numbers.

Some of these fish are pushing 38 centimetres, which is a good size for yellowfin.

From the sounds of things, there has been another kingfish escape.

Locally there are small rat kings attacking baitfish everywhere between Tulka and Tumby Bay.

Keep your eyes open in the marina as that seems to be a favoured spot for them.

Offshore has seen the tuna fishing pick up and drop off like a yoyo.

Some days the tuna have been thick from around Low Rocks, then the next day you need to go out to the Cabbage Patch to see one.

Trolling small, deep diving lures and skirts in purple and bluehave been the best methods.

The tuna have been averaging 15-20 kilograms, but there have been fish to 40 kilogramsout at the Cabbage Patch.

Kingfish and samson fish have also been caught in similar areas on jigs and live squid.

Tumby BayThe jetty has been fishing well for garfish on gents and squid.

The foreshore beach has had some good schools of yellowfin whiting during the high tides.

Nippers or worms have been the best baits for the yellowfin.

The Group has been fishing well for squid, king george whiting, garfish and rugger snapper.

Most Islands and reefs are holding quality fish, so it is just the prevailing wind direction that dictates where you should fish.

Be careful with your berley though, as the large shitties are up around here too.

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Doyle’s luck stays in as Pariah draws four in the Golden Slipper

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Part-owner Fergus Doyle has played his small role in the rise of James Harron’s two-year-old empire in the past couple of years and once again he did his job at a Golden Slipper barrier draw on Tuesday.

Doyle pulled out the ball with four on it for Pariah’s barrier in Saturday’s $3.5 million feature and it added to a body of work that includes two twos and a nine, from the man with the barrier midas’ touch.

“There is a lot more important work than me picking the barrier for a horse to get here [to the Golden Slipper],” Doyle said. “James does a great job picking the right horses and Peter and Paul Snowden get them ready and peak for the big races. We have been fortunate to have a great ride with them.

“It is good to get a single number [barrier] again and each time I do it I think my luck is going to run down.

“It was a relief.”

Harron’s dark green silk have become well known with his colt syndicates racing some of the best two-year-olds in the land since its inception in 2015.

Doyle chose the barrier for Capitalist in his Magic Millions and Golden Slipper wins last year when he pulled out barrier two on both occasions. For Pariah’s second in the Blue Diamond he selected nine in another blind draw.

That barrier didn’t prove as fortunate as it looked for Pariah, as he was forced to travel three-wide outside on the leaders and was run down in the shadows of the post by Catchy, who is again a rival on Saturday.

“It is a job not many people want to do because there is pressure and while my luck is in I’ll keep doing it,” Doyle said.

Peter Snowden only confirmed Pariah, who won the Canonbury Stakes debut in Sydney, as a Golden Slipper runner on Tuesday after he showed he was at his best following his tough effort in the Blue Diamond.

“He is 100 per cent and has a good barrier, but it is going to come down a bit to weather and how the track plays on Saturday,” Snowden said.

“He has been very good in his three runs and I think if he gets the right run from the gate he will be hard to beat.”

Pariah is the leading colt of this Golden Slipper and shortened from $9 to $8.50 after the good draw. But fillies dominate the top of betting.

Unbeaten Magic Millions winner Houtzen remains the $4.20 favourite at Sportsbet even after drawing gate 16, while $5.50 second pick She Will Reign only fared a little better with 13, which will become 11 if the emergencies are scratched.

Blue Diamond winner Catchy, who is unbeaten in four starts, was backed from $7 to $5.50 after getting gate eight.

Houtzen’s trainer Toby Edmonds believes she is going better than before the Magic Millions, where she led all-the-way from the outside barrier.

“I’m hopeful more than confident now after the barrier,” Edmonds said.

Edmonds, like She Will Reign’s trainer Gary Portelli, was just as concerned about the weather, which could lead to testing conditions on Saturday, as their barriers.

“Eleven is my lucky number and if you had asked me before the draw I would have said six to 10 would be ideal. ” Portelli said. “She will be able to get the right run but it is going to come down to how the track is playing come race time.

“A wide draw might not be a disadvantage at all on a heavy track.”

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Cups potential

Powerful run: Eye on America surges down the straight to win the In Memory of Riharna Thomson Benchmark 55 at Tamworth on Tuesday. Photo: Gareth GardnerEYE On America might make a Cups horse.
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That’s the opinion of Tamworth trainer Mark Mason after the lightly raced four-year-old gelding hung on for a narrow win in Tuesday’s In Memory of Riharna Thomson Benchmark 55 Handicap (1200m).

The Tamworth Jockey Club had observed a minute’s silence before the race in memory of the young university student who lost her life after being injured in a track work fall in Canberra.

While it was a sad occasion before the raceMason was more than happy after the race.

“He’s still learning,” he said after the half neck win from Greg Bennett’s Sadhika. Cody Morgan’s Pelerin was a half length away third.

“He might make a Cups horse later on.”

The latter comment was in answer to a question as to whether the gelding son of All American might stay at the 1200m sprint distances.

“No, Ithink he can get the 1400m once he matures a bit,” he said.

“I think he can get it.”

He said the ride of Matty McGuren was simple and perfect.

“He rode him well, pushed out at the right time, just like Robert,” Mason said.

Robert is Robert Thompson and was good praise for McGuren who has been in outstanding form the last 12 months or so.

McGuren had earlier in the meeting led all the way on Neon Jungle towin the Carlton Mid Maiden Plate (1600m) for Wyong trainer Damien Lane.

It gave Lane a win and a third after Eyota had finished third to Barricade in the previous race. While pleased with their results Lane thought it might well have been the other way around.

He had leant towards Eyota because “he has always had his measure” on the training track.

However Neon Jungle led and defied all challenges to notch his first win at his fifth start, holding out Paul Perry’s sand wedge with the Les Tilley-trained Bridie’s Brook third.

“They are both green,”Lane admitted.

He believes there is plenty of improvement in them.

Neon Jungle was stepping up from 1350m to 1600m, which wasalways the query for the three-year-old.

“Matty rode him well. I think he can only be better next prep,” Lane said.

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Housing and jobs driving Hunter economy

THE Hunter Research Foundation Centre’s quarterly economic indicators have become a key tool in measuring change over the years in the region’s economy.
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While there is reason to caution against placing too much emphasis on any one set of figures, the longer term trends that become apparent from looking at a particular measure over time can show –quite accurately –where we have been, and where we are headed, when it comes to the major drivers of economic growth.

The first thing to notice about this overview of the December quarter is that all of the major measures are either good, or heading in the right direction, or both.

Nationally, the research centre says the economy expanded in the December quarter after a contraction in the first three months of the 2016-17 financial year.

In the Hunter, it was a case of positive trends continuing, with employment,house prices, business outlook and consumer confidence all on the march. Much of the jobs growth is in full-time employment. Unemployment –very pleasingly –is below the state average. The pipeline of construction projects is varied and robust.

Business confidence is upbeat, consumer activity has taken a turn for the better and the overall regional outlook is one of renewed confidence.

As has been the case for some time, much of the employment growth is in the services sector, with manufacturing continuing to lose ground in relative terms. Advocates of the new economy see the demise of manufacturing as a sign of progress, but it is worth remembering that Australia already has one of the lowest rates of manufacturing in the developed world, contributing just 7 per cent to the nation’s gross domestic product. In the United States, the figure, while also falling, is still 12 per cent. In high-wage Germany, by contrast, manufacturing accounts for 30 per cent of GDP, with no real sign of decline.

With this in mind, we should acknowledge the role that coal still plays in this economy, even if its critics would wish it gone forever, replaced by solar and wind power backed bybeds of batteries. Coal prices all but doubled last year, sustaining jobs and pouring more royalties and taxes into government coffers. Yes, it has its impacts, but it puts a foundation under this economy that we may find difficult to replace.

We should be careful what we wish for.

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Highlands students caught in Sage Institute collapse

Devastated: Moss Vale’s Brad Johnson, 18, was initially optimistic about his Diploma of Fitness Coaching with Sage, pictured with ‘Commando’ Steve Willis. Photo: supplied.So close, but so far.
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Two Highlands students, both less than three weeks out from completing their qualifications, have been caught up in the Sage Institute closure.

Now, after 11 months commuting to Sage’s Sydney campus for the Diploma of Fitness Coaching, they find themselves with up to $18,000 invested in qualifications that are up in the air.

The Australian Careers Institute Group, trading as Sage Institute of Fitness, went into administration on February 8. The company closed on March 8 and classes in Sydney and Brisbane were cancelled.

Brad Johnson, an 18-year-old student from Moss Vale, just wants to know if he’ll get the qualification he’s worked so hard for.

“I had finished all my course work, and I was part-way through my 120 hours supervised placement. Now I’m stuck and have no idea what to do,” he said.

The young student enrolled in the fitness diploma at Sage when he hit a stumbling block during his HSC.

“I was halfway through Year 12, I wasn’t excelling and decided school wasn’t for me. I wanted to do something I was passionate about and I wanted to help people.”

Brad’s goal was to train elite athletes, but his experience with Sage has left him feeling jaded about the fitness industry in general.

“Other places were only offering up to Certificate IV, and because Sage had a diploma I thought it would be better for what I wanted to do. Now I’m not even sure I want to do it at all,” he said.

Another student, a 23-year-old Highlands man who asked not to be named, was even closer to his course completion. He had finalised and submitted all coursework and completed the requisite 120 hours of supervised training.

“Sage’s management of the whole course was ridiculously poor, but to leave students in this position at the end is completely unacceptable,” he said.

Since the administrator was announced on February 8, the man said he had contacted Sage via phone and email more than 50 times. “Never once did they answer a single call,” he said.

Administrator Ferrier Hodgson has been in touch with students and is working with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) to assist students.

An ASQA spokesman said the authority was also trying to obtain copies of student records from the administrator to make them available to students.

ACPET chief operating officer Kit McMahon said a key priority of the council was to obtain the necessary data so Statements of Attainment could be issued to students.

“If they decide to draw a line in the sand, our student support centre will try to help them have their fees refunded for subjects not studied,” she said. “We’ll try to place other students with training providers who will close the gap in their studies.”

She said every student had their own individual journey ahead of them, but processes were underway to provide them all with advice.

“It is hard, it’s disappointing and it’s a unique journey for each student,” she said.

Ms McMahon said as student data was provided to ACPET, it would make direct contact with students to discuss and advise their options moving forward.

“It’s a knock in the teeth for students on their study journey, but it’s important to know the journey will continue.”

An ACPET meeting for NSW students will take place in Sydney on March 20, but Ms McMahon said webinars would be held for regional students.

Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell said although it was a federal issue, he would make representations to appropriate ministers on behalf of affected students in his electorate.

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Uni welcome students

WELCOME: UniSA student Melissa Ireland (studying a Bachelor of Social Work) enjoying the event with her partner Colin Taylor.
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The University of South Australia Whyalla campus welcomed 110 new students during orientation onFebruary 20 and 21. Ranging from Nursing, Primary Teaching, Early Childhood, Social Work, Engineering and Foundation Studies, the campus was a buzz of activity to assist the new students to get prepared for their next adventure.

Paul Havelberg, Whyalla Campus Regional Manager says he is excited by the increase in student numbers on campus and the attendances at Orientation.

“The Orientation program offers new students a range of activities and workshops to help them learn the ropes and get settled into their studies,” Havelberg says.

“We have a mix of local staff and Adelaide staff running sessions for the students to help ease them into university life and to find out what is expected of them in the coming years.

“Most of our programs have placements and we help students to make sure they are ready for this stage of their experience. We have a range of workshops on how to navigate each subject’s online environment and how to find the necessary resources from the Library to prepare for their first assignments.”

Commencing Bachelor’s degree student, Melissa Ireland, who completed Foundation Studies before taking on the Bachelor of Social Work degree, attended the day as a volunteer to help other new students to settle in.

“I found the day informative and I was able to meet the group of students that I’ll be studying with in Social Work over the next four years. It was also satisfying to be able to help other new students to feel a part of the Whyalla Campus community,” Melissa says.

“I was impressed with the different services that are available to support students through their studies.

“Being the first in my family to go to university, I felt quite overwhelmed by it all. Attending Orientation has prepared me for the year ahead and I feel more capable knowing who I can go to for help if I need it.”

Midyear intake is open in a variety of courses –visit unisa.edu419论坛/Study/midyear-Whyalla to learn more.

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Hot spots for illegal emergency, bus and transit lane drivers

Melbourne drivers who illegally use emergency lanes aren’t the only ones drawing the ire of other road users.
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Impatient drivers who take to transit lanes and bus lanes to avoid peak-hour traffic congestion are viewed with the same contempt.

Police received an overwhelming response to their long-weekend operation targeting emergency lane drivers on the Western Ring Road, so much so they were cheered by other drivers on the side of the road.

More than 200 drivers were caught travelling in the emergency lane of the Western Ring Road over the three-day weekend. They were each fined $311.

Now law-abiding drivers, who wait patiently in traffic congestion, are imploring police to expand their operation and target people who feel entitled to use designated transit (T2, T3) lanes and bus lanes.

Transit lanes, which are marked with a transit lane sign, are typically reserved for buses and taxis. They are also reserved for vehicles carrying at least two people (T2) or a minimum of three (T3) people.

Drivers have told The Age of other trouble spots, including the intersection of Pascoe Vale Road and Barry Road in Meadow Heights, where motorists use the bus lane to overtake other cars.

The bus lane along Williamsons Road and Fitzsimons Lane in Templestowe is also reportedly popular with impatient drivers.

Similarly, the emergency lane on the Calder Freeway – inbound between Kings Road and the Melton Highway – at Keilor North, proves too tempting for some.

The emergency lanes on the Eastern Freeway before the Springvale Road exit at Donvale – both inbound and outbound, depending on the time of day – are also used illegally.

However, one driver told The Age motorists who commandeer the emergency lane on CityLink, approaching the Yarra Boulevard exit, help ease afternoon peak-hour congestion.

“Because the outbound congestion over West Gate gets so bad in the afternoon, it [affects traffic] all the way back through the [Burnley] Tunnel causing a crawl inbound,” the driver said.

“People trying to exit at Yarra Boulevard get completely stuck in this crawl and basically make a fifth lane [in the emergency lane].

“It’s not a conscious, devious thing, it almost has to happen. If it didn’t the left-hand lane would then in turn be blocking all the CityLink traffic too. The whole situation is just a terrible design.”

A VicRoads spokeswoman said it was almost a daily occurrence.

“But it is still illegal to drive in an emergency lane,” she said.

The Yarra Boulevard exit on CityLink, shortly before MacRobertson Bridge.

Over the long weekend, motorists cheered highway police as they nabbed emergency lane-users on the Western Ring Road.

“Drivers were pretty happy to see us out there, cheering and showing their support as they drove past,” Brimbank Highway Patrol Sergeant Andy Oakley said.

“This operation was about road safety but seems to have resonated well with those road users who obey the road rules.”

Other locations targeted by police included Park Orchards – where drivers frequently used the bus lane – and closed lanes in the Burnley Tunnel in Richmond.

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