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Tang Interiors appointed to deliver new offices for Hive360

A growing employment support company in Birmingham has moved into its impressive new offices on Hagley Road, after Tang Interiors delivered a lavish refurbishment in the space.

Hive360, which provides specialist HR, administrative and legislative support to business, has moved from Pinnacle House, Hagley Road, to a 1,500 sq ft office suite on the eighth floor of 54 Hagley Road.

Tang Interiors, responsible for project managing the refurbishment, undertook a Cat B strip out and fit out, comprising new partition walls, ceilings, lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), flooring and kitchens.

Hive360 also specified bespoke joinery, including feature walls and freestanding partitions, as part of the programme of works, which took six weeks to complete.

David McCormack, Managing Director for Hive360 Ltd, said: “We are a business committed to changing the shape of employee engagement in the UK and we wanted our ‘Hive’ -inspired office to provide our staff with an environment that allows them to perform to the best of their ability, to thrive and to enjoy every day they come into work. We think we have achieved that.

“Tang Interiors, along with our other two key suppliers - Flow Office Furniture and MFM IT Ltd - have collectively helped us to create the most inspiring and engaging office space in a prime location at 54 Hagley Road.  

“The whole team is overwhelmed by the design, quality and layout of our new offices, and we can’t wait to invite our clients in to enjoy it with us.”

Carl Hubbard, Director of Operations at Tang interiors, added: “Hive360 is a dynamic and growing Birmingham business and we worked closely with the team to ensure we designed a bespoke and stylish office environment in this landmark building.”

Tang Interiors provides turnkey fit out projects for the commercial, retail, restaurant and hospitality sectors; creating inspirational spaces for landlords, private companies and building consultancy teams.

For more information about Tang Interiors visit www.tanginteriors.com

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Colmore Tang helps generate new business for social enterprise

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The Jericho Foundation, a Birmingham-based social enterprise, has increased its capabilities and expanded its range of recycled wood products, after delivering its first large scale order for Colmore Tang Construction (CTC).

The Wood Shack based in Nechells, part of the Jericho Foundation, received its largest ever order in volume and price, when the construction firm approached them to build 82 rooftop planters for Kettleworks - the deluxe Jewellery Quarter development of 292 one- and two-bedroom apartments it is delivering for Seven Capital.

The income generated by the project has enabled The Wood Shack to buy new machinery for its workshop, including a circular saw which was purchased specially for the planters. It has also helped improve the enterprise’s operational processes, as well as creating interest from other businesses wanting similar builds and generating new orders.

The Wood Shack assigned four of its apprentices to the manufacture, which was overseen by Production Supervisor Fraser Lewis. It enabled the team to learn new skills and expand their understanding of bespoke carpentry, whilst still working to get the order delivered on time.

“This has been a challenging but rewarding order,” said Fraser. “The apprentices were exposed to commercial deadlines, design criteria and a more production line style of working. It has also had the added bonus of increasing the apprentice’s skill base, which is what we are all about.”

Callum, aged 18, is six months in to his 12-month apprenticeship at The Wood Shack. He said: “As this is my first full-time job I had no idea how big projects like this could be.

“The partnership with Colmore Tang has showed us what it’s like to work on a commercial project production line with a deadline to meet. It’s thanks to partnerships like this that more people are recognising the work that Jericho is doing in the community and what it means to be an apprentice with the foundation.”

18-year-old Will, who is nearing the end of his apprenticeship, added: “I love that our work makes a difference in the community but also that the foundation is helping people who might otherwise struggle to find employment secure jobs. It’s really fulfilling.”

Steve Underwood, C.O.O. of CTC, said he was delighted that its collaboration with Jericho Foundation had helped to raise awareness about the social enterprises work and capabilities, which had led to it gaining new projects.

“We’re thrilled with our new planters for Kettleworks which the new residents will be able to enjoy for years to come,” he said. “The apprentices and their supervisor have done an exceptional job and the fact this is has led to new business for Jericho is great news for ensuring its future success.”

The Wood Shack is one of seven social enterprises operated by the Jericho Foundation in Birmingham, whose aim to help people become skilled, fulfilled and employed. The Jericho Foundation is one of the few charities in the UK to work with survivors of modern slavery, providing them with real work experience and on-the-job training. Its mentors and job coaches offer personal support, guidance and training.

It is estimated that there are more than 13,000 individuals who are currently in modern slavery and that Birmingham and the West Midlands has the highest concentration of survivors, outside of London.  

Labour exploitation is the most recorded type of modern slavery. The construction sector accounts for approximately 10% of total employment in the UK and as such, is one of the industries identified as high risk for labour exploitation.

For more information about the Jericho Foundation visit www.jericho.org.uk.

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New Revolution Sportscar To Headline UK Sports Prototype Cup

The new UK Sports Prototype Cup will launch in 2019, a multi-marque racing environment for lightweight sports prototype cars.

Revolution Sports Car

The Cup will include the Series racing debut of the new for 2019 Revolution, an all-new track and sub £100k race car conceived by Phil Abbott, one of the co-founders of Radical Sportscars and most recently responsible for the Ligier JS P4.

Abbott’s new company Revolution Racecars appointed a design and engineering team including ex GM and Infiniti design head Simon Cox, and Pete Watts whose cv includes BAR F1, Bentley’s Le Mans programme and design engineering for Bugatti and McLaren.

The Revolution is a true two-seater and it is set to change the landscape for race and track driving enthusiasts the world over. It has been created by Revolution Racecars, an all new company with a wealth of experience in this field.
 
The Revolution is a lightweight, 675kg sportscar powered by a 300bhp dry-sump Ford 3.7-litre V6 engine. Its performance is matched with some of the lowest running costs, with 10,000 km or 100 hours between rebuilds. It is mated to a 3MO 6-speed gearbox utilising WRC technology to again provide reliability and ease of use. 
 
The German-built carbon tub features real space for two, with an LMP/ F1 style steering wheel that controls all major functions.
 
The Revolution will make its first public appearance at Silverstone 2-3 November at the Motorsport Days Live Show.

Calendar

The inaugural calendar is planned to feature some of the UK’s top circuits, including Brands Hatch, Silverstone, Donington Park, Oulton Park and Snetterton. The highlight of the provisional calendar is a support race to the European Le Mans Series at the demanding Autodromo Internacional Algarve.

The final calendar will be announced later this year, but generous track time and a variety of race lengths will be key features of the Cup.

This will include sprint races of around 25 minutes, and longer endurance style races featuring a compulsory pit-stop. These races will vary between 45 minutes and 1 hour – teams able to choose to enter two drivers.

Multi-Marque Structure and Premium Race Weekends

The UK Sports Prototype Cup will feature ‘races within the race’.

“Rather than trying to balance the performance of a variety of different cars, any class of more than eight cars will be promoted as its own event with the Cup. The Cup will be launched with two such categories, The Revolution UK Trophy and the Trophy for Radical SR3 cars.” said Series Promoter James Bailey.

Revolution and UK Sports Prototype Cup sign long term partnership

The UK Sports Prototype Cup and Revolution have a five year agreement to have a ‘Revolution UK Trophy’ as a promoted feature race within the Cup.

The new V6-powered Revolution will have its own dedicated class within the UK Sports Prototype Cup.

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The new UK Sports Prototype Cup will launch in 2019, a multi-marque racing environment for lightweight sports prototype cars.

Revolution Sports Car

The Cup will include the Series racing debut of the new for 2019 Revolution, an all-new track and sub £100k race car conceived by Phil Abbott, one of the co-founders of Radical Sportscars and most recently responsible for the Ligier JS P4.

Abbott’s new company Revolution Racecars appointed a design and engineering team including ex GM and Infiniti design head Simon Cox, and Pete Watts whose cv includes BAR F1, Bentley’s Le Mans programme and design engineering for Bugatti and McLaren.

The Revolution is a true two-seater and it is set to change the landscape for race and track driving enthusiasts the world over. It has been created by Revolution Racecars, an all new company with a wealth of experience in this field.
 
The Revolution is a lightweight, 675kg sportscar powered by a 300bhp dry-sump Ford 3.7-litre V6 engine. Its performance is matched with some of the lowest running costs, with 10,000 km or 100 hours between rebuilds. It is mated to a 3MO 6-speed gearbox utilising WRC technology to again provide reliability and ease of use. 
 
The German-built carbon tub features real space for two, with an LMP/ F1 style steering wheel that controls all major functions.
 
The Revolution will make its first public appearance at Silverstone 2-3 November at the Motorsport Days Live Show.

Calendar

The inaugural calendar is planned to feature some of the UK’s top circuits, including Brands Hatch, Silverstone, Donington Park, Oulton Park and Snetterton. The highlight of the provisional calendar is a support race to the European Le Mans Series at the demanding Autodromo Internacional Algarve.

The final calendar will be announced later this year, but generous track time and a variety of race lengths will be key features of the Cup.

This will include sprint races of around 25 minutes, and longer endurance style races featuring a compulsory pit-stop. These races will vary between 45 minutes and 1 hour – teams able to choose to enter two drivers.

Multi-Marque Structure and Premium Race Weekends

The UK Sports Prototype Cup will feature ‘races within the race’.

“Rather than trying to balance the performance of a variety of different cars, any class of more than eight cars will be promoted as its own event with the Cup. The Cup will be launched with two such categories, The Revolution UK Trophy and the Trophy for Radical SR3 cars.” said Series Promoter James Bailey.

Revolution and UK Sports Prototype Cup sign long term partnership

The UK Sports Prototype Cup and Revolution have a five year agreement to have a ‘Revolution UK Trophy’ as a promoted feature race within the Cup.

The new V6-powered Revolution will have its own dedicated class within the UK Sports Prototype Cup.

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“When we started planning the UK Sports Prototype Cup, we had considerable interest from teams and drivers who own Radical SR3 cars. They told us that the service level of Dunlop’s experienced Le Mans technical team and the welcoming ‘family atmosphere’ we aim to create were attractive selling points for them” added Bailey.

Experienced Promotion and Coordination Team

The Cup will be promoted by Pitbox91 who are developing a programme of events with the British Automobile Racing Club.

Pitbox91 is managed by ex Dunlop executive James Bailey who also created the Dunlop Great and British Festivals and Race Academy, which were a feature of UK race calendars between 2006 and 2010.

Sunoco 240 Challenge Qualifying Event

The UK Sports Prototype Cup will also be a qualifying event for the Sunoco 240 Challenge. Drivers meeting the Sunoco 240 Challenge criteria and entering a full season have the opportunity to compete for a place in a GT4 car in the 240-minute endurance race on the Friday before the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

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Chelsea Pensioners learn all about Maple Hayes Dyslexia School during visit

A group of Chelsea Pensioners visited Maple Hayes Dyslexia School in Lichfield recently, after pupils wrote letters inviting them to come for a tour.

The scarlet-coated veterans made the 135-mile trip from their home at The Royal Hospital Chelsea to meet with year 6s and year 7s at the specialist school, before heading to the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas.

The visit was organised after the children read Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Billy the Kid’ during their English lessons, following which they penned letters to the Pensioners.

“Billy the Kid is a story told through the eyes of an 80-year-old Chelsea Pensioner looking back on his life,” explained Mrs Rhodes, English teacher at Maple Hayes. “As part of our lessons we looked at the non-fiction side of the story, and the pupils learnt all about The Royal Hospital Chelsea and who the Chelsea Pensioners are.”

Famous for their iconic scarlet uniforms, the Chelsea Pensioners date their history back to more than 325 years ago and the reign of King Charles II. Any ex-soldier of the British Army who is over the age of 65 and has no financial dependents can apply to live at The Royal Hospital Chelsea.

“The children were very excited to know that the Chelsea Pensioners had actually read their letters and wanted to visit,” continued Mrs Rhodes. “Knowing that their words had an impact on such important people is a huge boost for the pupils and hopefully it will encourage them to read and write more.”

Upon arrival the 11 Chelsea Pensioners enjoyed a cup of tea and biscuits with the pupils before taking a tour of Maple Hayes and later sitting down for lunch with the youngsters.

They heard about the school’s unique approach to teaching literacy to dyslexic children, called the ‘morphological approach’, which involves using icons to make a visual link between meaning and spelling instead of using phonics.

Dennis Morgan (71), who served for 23 years in the Royal Corps of Signals, said he was very impressed by the school’s approach to teaching its dyslexic pupils.

“We get invited to visit a lot of schools and it’s always good to see the younger generation and also to see the progress being made in our education system,” he said. “The teaching standard at Maple Hayes appears to be very high - it’s an impressive place.”

Dr Daryl Brown, headteacher at Maple Hayes, said: “It’s not every day you have the honour of welcoming the Chelsea Pensioners for lunch so we were delighted when they accepted our pupils’ invitation to visit the school.

“The children thoroughly enjoyed meeting the Chelsea Pensioners and we were thrilled to accompany them to the National Memorial Arboretum. We’d like to thank the Royal Hospital Chelsea once again for taking the time to organise the visit.”


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Rekindling a golden racing era: Dunlop relaunch Super Touring tyres

The 1990s ‘Super Touring’ era of saloon car racing is fondly regarded as one of the most spectacular periods in motorsport. Heavy investment from car manufacturers led to the development of highly advanced technology under the skin of familiar looking saloon cars. Two decades on, historic racing promoters are recreating these evocative grids, with many original cars emerging from museums and private collections. Dunlop, a championship winning tyre company in that period, has relaunched a tyre to grip this revival.  

Dunlop tyres were used by many teams in Super Touring car championships such as the British, French, Italian and World Cup events. The brand, celebrating its 130th year of racing this year, has reintroduced its 212/650R19 Super Touring tyre after demand from teams and drivers who wanted a tyre that could replicate the high performance from a period when companies like Audi, Honda, Renault, Alfa Romeo, Ford, Toyota, BMW, Nissan and Volvo went into battle.

Michael Butler of Dunlop Motorsport said: “Historic racing moves with the times. Cars of 20 years ago are now seen as historically interesting and fans, drivers and teams are beginning to appreciate significant cars from that period again. Cars that are this advanced need a bespoke tyre and Dunlop were asked to recreate the tyre from that period. After extensive testing, we have now put the tyre back into production.”

The relaunched tyre has similar performance to those used in the period, but achieves its performance with a different compound and construction.  Butler, who provided Dunlop tyre engineering support to the championship winning Audi team in that period, explained: “In the nineties, there were no limits on tyre development. We had qualifying tyres, specifications for sprint and endurance races and different tyres to suit each manufacturer. Modern day historic racing teams do not need this complexity. We’ve used the latest materials to replicate the performance of that ‘tyre war’ era but with the durability and consistency that’s important for a season on a sustainable budget.”  

The Dunlop Super Touring tyre uses a more durable construction than its nineties forebear and actually uses the same compound as the current British Touring Car Championship ‘Dunlop Sport Maxx Prime’ tyre.

The tyres have been tested by drivers such as historic racing expert James Dodd and British Touring Car legend John Cleland, a winner in the 1990s with the Vauxhall Cavalier and Vectra. Testing has shown a significant improvement in performance, particularly due to strong stability and steering feedback.  

It is expected that the ‘new’ Dunlop will be used by teams in in a variety of revival events in 2019 including the Silverstone Classic and Historic Sports Car Club Super Touring Championship.  

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Inta introduces revolutionary transparent push-fit connector for UFH manifolds

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Leading heating and plumbing products manufacturer Inta has introduced a unique transparent push-fit connector for underfloor heating (UFH) manifolds, which promises to make a complex job much quicker and easier.

Part of the Inta’s brand new ‘PresBloc’ product range, the connector enables installers to be certain that it is properly in place and secure before it is switched on and pressure tested, thus avoiding leaks. Designed as a universal fitting, the connector can be used with any manifold - including polymer, stainless steel and brass.

Inta has also introduced a range of low voltage actuators for UFH manifolds, for which the power consumption is just 1 Watt compared to the industry-standard of 1.5-2 Watt, meaning end users will benefit from lower energy bills.

Stuart Gizzi, director at Inta, said he was confident these newest products will quickly become the go-to items for underfloor heating installation.

“We are always looking for products that meet our stringent quality standards and that we are confident will make professional installers’ lives easier,” he said.

“We were very impressed by the transparent push-fit connector because it really makes a significant difference to the installation time, while our new actuators are a winner for consumers thanks to the money-saving aspect.”

Inta’s comprehensive range of UFH manifolds comprise lightweight, robust polymer manifolds, stainless steel manifolds, conventional brass manifolds and modular brass manifolds. All have a 210mm centre, making them compatible with industry-standard UK pump sets.

Inta also has a complete range of manifold accessories including ball valves, end groups, eurocones and thermo-electric actuators as well as a ErP compliant pump mixer set, Ecomix, for installations with a heat load up to 15 kW.

For more information about Inta’s product range visit: www.intatec.co.uk.


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Investment and skills see balustrade and glass manufacturer expand into commercial sector

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Aldridge-based SHS Products has invested over £100,000 into new equipment, up-skilled its workforce and recruited a Commercial Contracts Manager as it continues its expansion to deliver glass and balustrade products to the commercial sectors.

Focusing on contractors, specifiers, architects and shop fitters, SHS has doubled its output capacity to bring its 15 years of experience designing, manufacturing and installing stainless steel balustrades and glass systems to B2B customers.

Over the last six months, the firm has been gearing up its 30,000 sq. ft facility and 45 employees with new equipment including CNC cutting machinery, a glass lamination oven, glass cutting tools and general improvements to the shop floor and warehouse facilities.

Rob Gilbert, Commercial Contracts Manager at SHS Products, said: “SHS has become the go-to manufacturer of stainless steel and glass balustrades, balconies and canopies for the consumer market.

“Our success to date has been based on our bespoke designs, exceptional customer service and innovative approach to online sales. Our products are already market-leading in their design, quality and value-for-money and with our recent investment into equipment and our people, we are now ready for commercial production.”

Ross Worrall, Sales Director for Atlantic Machinery which supplied the new equipment, said: "By installing our machinery, SHS has invested in its future and is already reaping the benefits of improved productivity levels; saving the business valuable time and money - and more importantly, delivering increased quality levels and capacity."

SHS has a wealth of experience delivering for the commercial markets, having supplied products for customers including Marks & Spencer, Barclays, Selfridges and BMW. With its recent investment, it has boosted production capacity to provide guarantee of supply to large-scale contracting projects.

SHS is already working with a number of contractors on projects including new build residential, retail and office fit out. Recently becoming a member of Constructionline, SHS continues to demonstrate its commitment to project delivery, workplace and health and safety practices.

Rob Gilbert added: “With experience of working alongside main contractors, we understand how to fulfil the most challenging of requirements. Our in-house team works closely with clients to ensure a smooth handover from specification to installation.”

For more information about SHS, visit www.shsproducts.co.uk

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Devon magician conjures up specialist exercise classes for older people

An award-winning illusionist from Torbay is promising a magical time for all when she launches new exercise classes for older people and those with limited mobility.

Anne George, who performed on stage for more than 40 years as Anna Merlina and who is also a trained choreographer and actor, is one of the newest instructors to complete training in Devon for endorsed training provider Move It or Lose It, which offers exercise pioneering programmes for the over 60s.However, the 62-year-old, who teaches dance to children as young as six and runs exercise classes for people in their nineties across south Devon, has promised no magic tricks for ensuring her Move It Or Lose It participants keep fit. Instead, it’ll all be down to fun and proven exercises that help with flexibility, strength, agility, balance and aerobic health.

“There’s no magic formula to keeping fit, but I’m looking forward to launching my classes in October, when I’ll be using what I know from my choreography and entertainment background to create fun classes and exercises that really work for older people,” she said.

Anne, the daughter of renowned magicians Billie and Trevor George who performed across the country before launching the Trevor George Entertainments agency, said she had no hesitation in joining Move it or Lose it, which was awarded £25,000 from Transform Ageing to train 20 new instructors in Torbay and Exeter.

“I’ve been doing more classes with older people over the past couple of years and when I saw that Move It Or Lose It was looking for instructors, I knew it was just what I was looking for,” she said.

“Because I am already an instructor, I went through the fast-track training and learned so much interesting information about how older people can really benefit from the programme. I’ve already held a taster session and was delighted with the feedback, so I’m raring to go and looking forward to starting my weekly classes in Torbay, Paignton and Babbacombe.”

Move it Or Lose It founder Julie Robinson said she was excited to see that the first classes in Devon are up and running.

“Securing the funding from Transform Ageing has meant we’ve been able to sign up 20 new instructors in the Torbay and Exeter areas, bringing new flexible business opportunities to the region and truly inclusive exercise classes,” she said.

“Our classes have a hugely positive impact on people’s lives because it helps them to join a group, enjoy company and keep their body and mind fit. And having people like Anne on board is brilliant because she has the right personality to ensure that the classes are both fun and effective.”

For more information about Move It Or Lose It and to find your nearest class, visit www.moveitorloseit.co.uk

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Dyslexic biomedical scientist praises Maple Hayes School for giving him confidence

A former student of Maple Hayes Dyslexia School who has gone on to attain a PhD in biomedical sciences has credited the school for giving him the confidence to succeed.

Dr Eric Pitkeathly, who is originally from Burntwood, near Lichfield, was held back a year in his primary school because his reading and writing were poor, even though his mathematics was above average.

He said being held back a year at his previous school meant he had had a lot to catch up on in maths, but passing exams at Maple Hayes, a Lichfield-based independent specialist school that caters for pupils aged seven to 17 with dyslexia and specific learning difficulties, boosted his confidence.

“Using Dr Brown’s methods helped me to learn to read and write,” said Dr Pitkeathly, whose doctorate is in the physical science of imaging and biomedical sciences and now works as a research associate at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

“Once I was able to pass exams I was able to believe in myself. They started the ball rolling and I had confidence, which was key to my success.”


For more information about Maple Hayes Dyslexia School visit: dyslexia.school.

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Tang Interiors appointed to deliver NHS fit out

Tang Interiors has delivered a high-quality office refurbishment for the NHS in Wiltshire.

The project was part of a scheme to relocate NHS England’s office base in Chippenham to Jenner House, and was led by NHS Property Services (NHSPS).

Savills Building and Project Consultancy team was appointed to project manage the refurbishment of the 1,200m2 space, while Tang Interiors was successful in an NHSPS tender process to deliver the fit-out itself.

The refurbishment took 10 weeks to complete, ready for NHS England to relocate to the bright, modern environment in the summer.

The 1,200m2 space at Langley Park was stripped out by Tang Interiors and fitted with new glazed offices, an open-plan workspace with breakout area, new air conditioning and contemporary finishing touches, including new flooring throughout.

“We are absolutely delighted to have worked alongside one of the world’s leading property firms and are really proud to have secured our first NHS contract too,” said Graham Ashberry, Senior Contracts Manager for Tang Interiors.

“We have become renowned in the industry for our ability to meet our customers’ requirements without compromise.”

Kate Richardson, Head of the NHSPS National Office Programme, said: “Tang Interiors were professional in their approach and delivered the project against a short timeframe.”

Carl Hubbard, Operations Director for Tang Interiors, added: “It’s become our USP - we promise to always deliver the highest standard of work, even when there are programme limitations or tight timeframes.”

Cundall was appointed as mechanical and electrical consultant.

NHS Property Services brings property and facilities management expertise to thousands of sites across the NHS estate.

For more information about Tang Interiors, visit www.tanginteriors.com

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