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  • Feyisa Lilesa showed political resistance gesture as he won silver medal for Ethiopia in men’s Marathon at Rio

     

    Marathon, so to speak, is the most anticipated, competitive and demanding of all the athletic competitions. And many see it as a measure of endurance and strength. Athlets need to push themselves to their limit, and sometimes even beyond as one commentator said, to win the race in the marathon category. Just finishing the race is a joy in itself for many athletes. Even those who win the medal barely able to walk right away.

    Kenya’s Eulid Kipchoge was in the ground after winning his Rio Olympic gold medal in Marathon in a time of 2:08:44.

    Twenty six years old Feyisa Lilesa finished second to win a silver medal for Ethiopia. As he finished the crossing line, he raised his fisted hands up in the air and crossed them in rather a mood of resistance, not celebration.

    Hundreds of millions of people have seen his junctures but perhaps only Ethiopians could understand as to what his hand gesture are meant.

    Feyisa Lilesa was telling a political story with his hand gestures – a story about killings of civilians in by the ruling ethnic minority regime in Ethiopia and the resistance to it. Feyisa Lilesa is from oromo speaking parts of Ethiopia, one of the two regions of Ethiopia where government killed hundreds of Ethiopians. In the past nine months alone, more than 800 Ethiopians are killed in the Amhara and Oromo speaking parts of Ethiopia.

    Here after, at least athletics lovers who happened to watch Rio Olympic marathon race could understand the situation in Ethiopia.

    Very likely that the regime in Ethiopia could arrest and/or ban Feyisa Lilesa if he decided to go back to Ethiopia. And if it happens, one asylum giving country could get a marathon runner while Ethiopia will only be sorry about it.

    Source: borkena

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  • World Water Week to focus on achieving Sustainable Development Goals

    The 2016 World Water Week kicked off on Monday, focusing on water to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Opening the event, Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Angel Gurria said that water, from having been a subject that was rarely discussed with urgency, has come to the front and centre of international deliberations.

    "Water now has the place it needs to have in international priorities," said Gurria.

    Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom reinforced the message that water is a connector and an enabler in realizing the SDGs.

    "Successful realization of Goal 6 of the 2030 Agenda will underpin progress across many of the other goals, particularly on nutrition, child health, education, gender equality, healthy cities and healthy water ecosystems and oceans," she said.

    Torgny Holmgren, executive director of the organizer, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), said: "Without reliable access to water, almost no Sustainable Development Goal will be achieved. To make that happen, we must ensure water's centrality to the entire Agenda 2030. This will show the power water has a connector."

    "Water connects not only sectors, but also nations, communities and different actors. Water can be the unifying power, the enabler for progress in both Agenda 2030 and the Paris climate agreement," said Holmgren.

    World Water Week, an annual global meeting for water and development issues, gathers some 3,000 participants from over 120 countries and regions to discuss global and local water and development challenges.

    Source: Philippines News Agency

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  • Haromaya University Law Team Take Part In A Global Moot Court Competition

    Haromaya University announced a team, which consists of four College of Law students and a coach, has left to Kenya,Nairobi to participate in the 2016 Regional Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Moot Court Competition.

    The competition is expected to be held at Africa Nazarene University in Kenya. The FDI moot is a global moot competition held annually, focused on the dynamic and challenging area of INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT Law which defines the respective right and obligations of host states and foreign investors.

    The delegation from College of Law consists of Alemayehu Yismaw, coach of the team and lecturer at the College, as well as Law students namely Wakgari Kebeta, Nuru Beyene, Endalkachew Abera and Andinet Adinew . Haramaya University College of Law team had submitted the memorial (written submission) to the competition’s organizer and received a confirmation that it would participate and compete in the Regional oral round for qualify to the International FDI moot competition.

    This year competition is to be held in Africa for the first time and Haramaya University team, the only team from Ethiopia will also participates for the first time, the announcement added.

    Source:Ethiogirl.com

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  • Five reasons To Visit Ethiopia - on the world's Newest Passenger plane

     Ethiopian Airlines has launched the first regular scheduled Airbus A350-XWB service from the UK. 

    This is the latest and most technologically advanced model from Airbus, and on Sunday Ethiopian began using it on its daily Heathrow-Addis Ababa route.

    Top five reasons to visit Ethiopia are: 

    1. The rock churches of Lalibela are hewn from solid stone and represent the flourishing of 12th-century Ethiopian Christianity
    2. Also in the north of the country, the Danakil Depression is one of the hottest places on Earth - a desert region containing a geological kaleidoscope of fantastically coloured rocks and deposits.
    3. The Simien Mountains National Park is a plateau rift by deep valleys and craggy pinnacles, covering 220 square kilometres of northern Ethiopia. It's has outstanding trekking and rambling.
    4. In the south, Lake Langano has several eco lodges on its shores, and the ancient hilltop city of Harar is famous for its idiosyncratic relationship with wild hyenas - it encourages the beasts to roam the streets at night as a form of garbage disposal.
    5. The capital Addis Ababa sits in rolling hills 2,355m above sea level and is a safe and atmospheric city of three million people. Sights include the skeleton of Lucy (the world's oldest yet discovered skeleton estimated to be 3.2 million years old), the palace of former emperor Haile Selassie, and the Merkato - an astonishing array of stalls that's reputed to be the largest in Africa. The city also has a distinctive food and jazz scene.

    Passenger benefits include the widest cabin of any twin aisles plane, windows that are larger than in previous Airbus models, and a cabin pressurized down to 6,000ft - similar to Boeing's 787 Dreamliner - which has the effect of reducing dehydration and helping minimize the effects of jet lag.

    The aircraft is manufactured from 53 per cent ultra light weight composite materials, which helps to make it the most fuel-efficient Airbus aircraft yet built. 

    Ethiopian Airlines is a Star Alliance member and the largest and fastest growing airline in Africa. It currently serves 113 destinations with a fleet of 78 aircraft.

    Non-stop flights from Heathrow or Dublin to Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa take about seven hours, and while the country is booming as a tourist destination due to its unique mix of history, wildlife and culture, just 30 per cent of passengers from the UK currently visit Ethiopia.

    The company's A350's are configured with 313 seats in economy (32" seat pitch, 3:3:3 abreast), and at 18" wide they are half and inch wider than on Virgin Atlantic and an inch wider than on British Airways. There are 30 seats in its 'Cloud Nine' business class, which are fully flat seat/beds with a 78" seat pitch and configured 2:2:2.

    Economy and business class have HD and fully touch screen seat back screens showing a decent selection of films and TV programs. The airline has won many awards for its service and crews. 

     Ethiopian Airline's 'Vision 2025' envisages the airline carrying 18 million passengers to 120 cities by 2025. 

     Ethiopia has seen its GDP growing at an annual clip of around 11 per cent for the past seven years. It's also the headquarters of the African Union and is a growing market for foreign investment.

    Ethiopian Airlines started flying 70 years ago and has a strong safety record. With 12 787's in service already (and four more on order), plus two A350's flying (with 12 more to come) the airline has a young fleet with an average age of just 4.3 years.

    Source: The Telegraph

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  • Chinese investors keen to invest in Ethiopia's tourism sector

    China- Ethiopia tourism cooperation dialogue has been held here at the Chinese Embassy on Wednesday.

    China and Ethiopia have been enjoying excellent economic relations particularly over the past two decades. Chinese companies have a massive presence in Ethiopia, especially in the construction sector.

    Now the companies are eying  Ethiopia's tourism industry.

    Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia, La Yifan said the tourism sector is the biggest job creator and revenue generator in China, and Ethiopia has a lot to learn from china's experience in the sector.

    Ethiopian Culture & Tourism State Minister, Tadelech Dalecho said Ethiopian government is undertaking massive infrastructure development to fuel tourism revenue in the country.

    Source: EBC Ethiopia News 

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  • Ethiopian dam study contracts to be signed in Sept: Egyptian foreign ministry

    The contracts with two consulting firms to carry out technical studies into the impact of Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam will be signed on 5 and 6 September, Egypt's foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

     

    In a meeting with reporters, Ahmed Abu Zeid said that the irrigation ministers of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia will attend the contract signing in Sudan.

    The three countries agreed in 2015 that two French firms, Artelia and BRL, would carry out technical studies into the impact of the hydroelectric dam, set to be Africa's largest when completed next year.

    Negotiations have been ongoing since 2011, when Egypt raised concerns that the dam, located in the Ethiopian highlands on the Blue Nile, could impact its share of Nile water.

    Since 2015, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan, which is also downstream from the project, have been negotiating the terms of the two consultancy firms' contracts and the purview of the technical studies they will prepare.

    President El-Sisi has adopted a positive tone on the dam and on Ethiopian relations in general, stressing that Egyptians have nothing to fear from the project.

    Speaking to Egyptian media this week, he said that the negotiations on the technical studies were progressing in a way that is “reassuring to all.”

    “The Nile water will continue to flow to Egypt and to everyone else,” he said. “Egypt has started a new era in developing its relations with African countries, especially Nile Basin countries.”

    In his Tuesday statement, Abu Zeid said that Egyptian-Ethiopian relations are witnessing a new phase based on common interests, avoiding any damage to any party, as well as the development of strategic relations between Egypt and Sudan, Ethiopia.

    A trilateral Declaration of Principles, signed by all three states last year, gives priority to downstream countries for electricity generated by the dam and providing compensation for any damages caused.

     Source: ahram Online 

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  • 22 Juice Recipes to Detox Every Organ in Your Body (And Burn Fat)

     


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    This article was originally published by Healthy Homestead.

    Lately, the term detox has been used for almost everything.

    You can detox your mouthdetox your liverfoods to detox your body and so on.

    I’ve written on almost every detox practice there is, and today, I want to share with you some simple, delicious and tasty detox drinks for weight loss that will help you shed pounds as easy as it can be.

    Before I share you the drinks, I feel obligated to explain what detox actually is.

    With our diet and all “thanks” to the processed food we eat on a daily basis, we consume lots of toxins.

    These toxins accumulate in our body, and they are doing enormous harm to our body.

    One of the reasons why we accumulate body fat around the belly is toxins. So, by removing (detox) these toxins, we are losing weight.

    With that being said, let’s take a look at some of these detox drinks for weight loss.

    Pomegranate, Lemon, and Pineapple

    Pomegranates have been gaining popularity recently to a level few people could anticipate.

    So, why not capitalize on the trend?

    Toss in some lemon and pineapple, and you’ve got yourself a great detox drink for weight loss.

    If you didn’t know it, pomegranate contains, even more, antioxidants than green tea, making it extremely beneficial for you.

    The lemon is there to balance the sweetness of the pineapple and the pomegranate.

    Recipe – zestysouthindiankitchen.com

    Green Juice

    I will share several “green” detox drinks for weight loss with you, but let’s start from the basic one.

    The idea here is that you get all the beneficial nutrients from your green veggies, without eating them.

    You want cucumber, collards, and spinach, some of the best greens in there to help you hydrate and boost your metabolism.

    Source :kefet.com 

     

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  • Thierry Daraize Rediscovers Veteran Ethiopian Restaurant Le Nil Bleu

    Le Nil Bleu is a charming culinary adventure. Some of the kitchen’s offerings bear too many similarities, but it’s all expertly prepared: an impressive three stars on five.

    Le Nil Bleu, a pillar of Ethiopian cuisine in Montreal since 1994, gets a look this week from Le Journal de Montréal critic Thierry Daraize. The Saint-Denis street restaurant, fresh off a makeover that has stripped the premises of some of its charm, offers diners the promise of escape “sans prendre la route, le bateau ou l’avion.” The largely stewed, and spicy dishes that emerge from the kitchen are affordable, and the fact that vegetarians can eat well here is a plus, the critic remarks.

    On a night when the restaurant is full of groups and tourists (Le Nil Bleu is attached to a hotel), Daraize’s party is greeted rather coldly. Not a good start. The server, however — “un ange qui prend son travail très au sérieux” — redeems matters in due course. Happily, food is not Le Nil Bleu’s problem. Side dishes of note include a lentil salad, confit vegetables with dates and nuts, a spicy beef tartare, and an aubergine purée (“Oh là là que c’est bon!”). The pièce de résistance consists of a “grand plateau de dégustation” with several stews portioned out on a large, fermented teff flour flatbread, i.e. the traditional Ethiopian injera. The meatless options are standouts: “elles étonnent par leurs saveurs et les épices douces.”

    Le Nil Bleu is a charming culinary adventure, Daraize writes in conclusion. Some of the kitchen’s offerings bear too many similarities, but it’s all expertly prepared. Verdict: an impressive three stars on five.

    Source: Myethiopia.net

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  • The genetic diversity of yeasts could produce novel flavours

    MORE than 7,000 years ago, people living in the Middle East discovered that they could ferment grapes to make wine. The yeast that they unknowingly harnessed for the process can now be found in every vineyard on the planet. As with wine, the processing of coffee beans and cacao, used to make chocolate, also requires some fermentation. But new research shows that coffee and cacao yeasts are far more genetically diverse than wine strains. This opens up the intriguing possibility of imparting entirely new tastes to the terroir of coffee and chocolate.

    Cacao originated in the Amazon and was widely cultivated in Central America before Hernán Cortés brought it to the Old World in 1530. Coffee moved in the opposite direction. From Ethiopia it was disseminated throughout the Middle East by Arab traders during the 6th century and ultimately arrived in the New World during the 18th century, where nascent Americans may have seen drinking it as something of a patriotic duty after the Boston Tea Party.

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    As Europe’s thirst for coffee and chocolate grew, merchants keen to cash in on the crops started establishing vast plantations wherever the plants could be cultivated. In the first part of the 17th century, Dutch traders transported a Yemeni coffee plant to Holland. Shortly thereafter, they began cultivating its descendants in Sri Lanka and on Java and Réunion. Over the next three centuries, other trading nations completed coffee’s worldwide dissemination and set it up as a mainstay crop of many of the world’s poorest economies. Cacao was treated in much the same way and is now grown in 33 tropical countries.

    Given this history, Aimée Dudley of the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute, in Seattle, and Justin Fay of the University of Washington and their colleagues, wondered if the yeasts associated with cacao and coffee followed these plants from their places of origin just as yeasts had followed wine from the Middle East. To explore this, they collected unroasted cacao beans from 13 countries, including places as disparate as Colombia, Ghana, Madagascar and Papua New Guinea, and unroasted coffee beans from 14 locations, including Ethiopia, Honduras, Indonesia and Yemen. They then set about studying the yeast found on the beans. As a control, the team also studied the yeasts on grapes from diverse locations.

    As they report in Current Biology, although all vineyard-yeast strains are extremely similar genetically, there is tremendous diversity among the yeast strains associated with cacao and coffee. More specifically, they discovered that these differences correlated with geography. For example, all cacao beans collected from Venezuela carried closely related strains of yeast that were distinct from those found on Nigerian and Ecuadorean beans. The same was true for the yeasts found on coffee. The differences were so great that the researchers were able to use DNA sequences of the yeast strains alone to determine which country a sample of cacao or coffee came from.

    Why cacao and coffee yeasts vary so much is unclear, although human behaviour is likely to play a role. The researchers give several reasons why wine yeasts are so similar. Oak barrels are often exported from an established winemaking region to an area of new cultivation, and these serve as reservoirs of yeasts native to the original location. Winemakers also have a long history of using starter cultures of yeast from places that have traditionally produced wines, which makes it nearly impossible for local species of yeast to compete. In contrast, the use of starter cultures is very rare in the processing of cacao and coffee, where growers tend to rely upon the species of yeast found locally.

    This greater diversity of cacao and coffee yeasts means there is the potential to create new flavours by using a strain from one location in another, the researchers reckon. The yeasts of a Hawaiian coffee bean could, for example, be used to ferment beans being grown in Uganda; or the yeasts from Haitian cacao beans could be used with cacao grown in Ghana. No one knows what the resulting coffee and chocolate might taste like, but if Dr Dudley and her colleagues are correct in their hunch, there will be many new flavours for coffee lovers and chocoholics to savour.

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  • Ethiopia: How to Leverage the Ethiopian Film Industry? – AllAfrica.com

    Inclination of the Ethiopian film industry seems a far cry from the nation’s culture and societal norms.

    It reflects less the real image of people’s lives. Actors’ word usage, speech accent, dressing style as well as the accentuating music are divorced from the native decorum or societal norms. According to the Ethiopian Film Makers Association Vice- President Dessalegn Hailu, most of the nation’s films are deficient in indigenous culture for the reason that they are molded by film makers who are mainly focused in the capital.

    Dessalegn also said that while the nation is rich in culture, most of the films do not reflect this reality. Even the incumbent,that has done many things, has not accorded it the required level of attention.. However, if citizens abroad, including diplomats, play due role in promoting their culture by way of buying, promoting and supporting films charged with national sentiments, the industry will thrive. Therefore, taking this in to account, the association has taken part in incorporating suggested remedial measures in the new film policy that is believed to be approved soon.

    He is of the opinion that the government should see the film industry as the other manufacturing sector. Beyond its capacity to create uneasy number of jobs and earning income to the nation, the film industry is very crucial in shaping citizen’s mind through edutainment.

    Therefore, more incentives should be offered to this sector. Facilitation like affording land and exemption of double taxation and other infrastructural development are very crucial inducements to the film industry. If these requirements are fulfilled, the industry is capable of enabling the nation to get equal or probably more returns than that of the government recognized manufacturing sectors’ income, according to Dessalegn.

    As to him, the new film policy proposal is comprised of various supportive systems that could manage problems and propel the stagnant industry in a new flow. Among the amendments, the policy proposal contains, infrastructural development including expansion of film training institutions, organizing national film council and construction of cinemas at regional level, among others. It also incorporates incentives like tax reduction,organizing annual awards,preparing billboard tables, facilitating scholarships, securing patent right and working closely with media and other public service providers to promote the nation’s film products.

    Though the problem attributable to current films being off the track of nation’s culture is lack of concept, the new policy would improve this misunderstanding by the expansion of training. And grooming producers in the perspectives of the nation’s culture will play noticeable measure in the developments of the nation distinctive cultures and languages.

    Regarding the aforementioned issues, producer Tegegn Samuel seconds Dessalegn Hailu. He said that most of the Ethiopian movies failes in portraying the real shades or life and norms of the country, for the reason that their themes and settings are confined to towns while 85 per cent of citizens are rural dwellers.

    He also criticized the accentuation sound tracks, subtitles and names that are displayed in the Amharic film logos as a strange looking for both native as well as foreign audiences. Odd as it may appear, the emblazoned logos of Amharic films have English titles and subtitles. The names of the producers are also written in English .This trend is foreign to the society and societal norms.

    Tegegn believed that if a continual training is prepared to film makers and the industry get the required recognition of stakeholders, it will pick steam through time and it will become the bolstering giant of the nation’s economy.

    The main problem in the Ethiopian film industry is lack of finance, material and expertise. Most of film producers are trained in theatrical art. However, there are notable differences between film and theater. That is why the film makers often fail to produce a movie that proves a blockbusters.

    Actress Dina Mengistu notes that today a number of business personalities are engaged in the film industry. However, eyeing at amassing profits, they negatively influence film makers to be extremely business minded and sensational. Thus, this influence is indirectly harming the sector to go astray from what the discipline dictates, freedom of art. She observed that in one way or another business personalities are supporting the sector through investing their money for film production. On the other hand, they are denying producers’ liberty. Therefore, the problem ought to be addressed through a coordinated effort of these partners.

    Though the film industry lies in the domain of art, which is an inborn , higher educational institutions are expected to expand educational accessibility that are mainly focused on how to handle film making. By the way, the incorporation of national and cultural sentiments in the nation’s movies will develop the theme and quality of films through reflecting the real image of the country and societal norms. So, the government should work on the expansion of cultural clubs and other similar institutions that could support the development of the nation’s culture, according to actress Dina.

     

    Addis Ababa Bureau of Culture and Tourism Film Competition and Evaluation Officer Habtamu Teklu said that though the film industry does not generate the expected income to the nation’s economy, its capacity is increasing through time and the payment for actors and budget to certain films is also improving gradually. To strengthen the sector the bureau has tried to facilitate various training programmes, though most of the invited experts did not attend the grooming, he added.

    He believed that the film industry is beset by a chain of various problems mainly with lack of policy, knowledge gaps of experts and tax problems. Noticing the queue at the gates of the capital cinemas, Habtamu said, if the sector gets the needed support and recognition it could play important role in shaping society and bolstering the national economy. That is why the bureau is doing its level best in facilitating long and shorts term training programmes and regulation modifications.

    Film Director Birhanu Shibru on his part said that currently most of the nation’s films have proved disappointing in showing the current status and life system of the people. He believed that even if there are various issues and historical matters as well as distinctive cultures, the nation films are foregrounding only urban life.

    He said that the interest of film makers tilts to producing films that could grab the audience’s feeling with easy and funny matters but with less or no theme. And they do not make a pre-research when they set out to produce films. The main reason to this is the influence of business personalities, who are spending money to make films looking solely its profits.

    However, he said while they are few in number there are films that paint strong reality. He mentioned films like rebuni, yegir eta, lomi shita and yenegen alweldm, among others, as the notable films produced recently and which blend both the art and life status of Ethiopians.

    He said if a film is made with a theme borrowed from citizens’ heartbeat, thoughts, claims and need with an attractive presentation, it no doubt will elbow aside many movies in its way into the hearts of film goers and producers alike. And it will be more educative than merely an entertainment. He pointed out the main problems of the nation film industry is lack of producers interest to dig deep in search of social issues, reluctance to engage in demanding tasks, deficiency of knowledge and capital. He observed that producers, unknowingly, mostly, cut out some significant illustrations from a certain movie during production. Even they miss the incorporation of names of the crew and year of production.

     

    Discussing about artists performance Birhanu underlined that the actors are highly deceived by their fame and they mostly engage in wrong doings. Moreover they at times become unruly to their directors. This is another shortcoming that is straining the growth of the industry. Therefore “We need to be more critical on ethics during the training of how to make films.”

    If stakeholders make a concerted effort on film, the sector will grow and be source of significant income to the nation’s economy. Moreover, it will help citizens to enjoy edutainment products by criticizing shortcomings and lauding strong sides of individuals, the society, government and institutions. Such products will also help citizens revert back and relive the time they spent together. As a film is the reflection of the society it records both positive and negative happenings of life.

    Therefore, the nation film industry is mainly growing with the amendment of film policy because most of the nation problems emerge out of lack of advanced systems. He believed that if the new film policy is approved, the sector will see notable changes for the reason that the policy could have various incentives including tax cuts, training programmes, promotions, and other indispensable measures.

    According to Birhanu the media also needs to play its own role by making film review, informing weekly film programmes and showing the films with legal formality. He said this means a lot to the industry because, beside boosting the number of audiences it could serve as an archive. Furthermore, the film makers could enjoy the value of their overwhelming endeavour.

    To sum up, it is believed that art is instrumental in educating people of a certain country in a way facts and incidents remains seared on the mind for long. Motivating the society to rally behind the development of their nation is done through media with various mechanisms. However, since art is a life long story telling scheme, the government should complement the sector with added support.

    On the other hand, the sector is one of the most profitable and economy bolstering manufacturing industry that could generate enormous job opportunities. Furthermore, it will boost the creation of conscious working task force that is a key in the development sphere. Therefore, all stakeholders ought actively engage in the development of the sector.

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