BIBD SEED expands at MoFE

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Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy, with the BIBD SEED (Special Underprivileged Mothers Empowerment Entrepreneurship Development) at the atrium of the Ministry of Finance and Economy (MoFE) yesterday
 

Participants of BIBD’s Special Underprivileged Mothers Empowerment Entrepreneurship Development Programme (BIBDSEED) will now have a new marketplace to offer their products to the public after being provided with a retail space at the building of The Ministry of Finance and Economy (MoFE).

Located at the Atrium of the ministry’s building, the marketplace will be occupied by participants of the current cohort 2 of BIBDSEED.

The new space will fit three businesses at a time and the participants will rotate to occupy the space on a monthly basis.

 

 

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The Minister officiating the launch of the new market place at MoFE
 

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The Minister handing out certificates to the underprivileged mothers under the BIBD SEED programme
 

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The Minister trying out the lok-lok stall
 

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The Minister trying out the spaghetti
 

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My favorite of the lot – the Rendang, cooked with no sugar and no salt. Oh yea, all vendors use QuickPay and Progresif Pay
 

BIBD’s Head of Government Relations and Special Projects, Haji Mohammad Yusri bin Haji Wahsalfelah, said: “This placement will provide first-hand and real-life entrepreneurship experiences to our BIBDSEED participants. Through this marketplace, they will now have a level playing field and face healthy competition from established businesses who are currently based there. This can also be a stepping stone for them to grow further.”

He added being based at the new retail space will be crucial and beneficial for the participants’ development as entrepreneurs as it will test their resolve to apply their knowledge and learning from the previous phases such as pricing, marketing, communications, sales pitching to customers and promotion of their products.

“We would like to express our appreciation to the Brunei Government for their strong support and providing the opportunity for us to further develop the BIBDSEED programme. The programme is already a multi-agency initiative actively supported by the government through the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sport.”

“The provision of this new retail space symbolises the huge support of the Ministry of Finance and Economy in collaborating with BIBD to empowering the underprivileged to become successful entrepreneurs. This also reflects our commitment and dedication to become the nation’s partner in progress.”

The launch of the new marketplace was officiated by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy, who also presented certificates to the ten participants of BIBDSEED cohort 2 to mark the completion of Phase 5 of the programme.

Also attending the launching ceremony were permanent and deputy permanent secretaries at MoFE, BIBD’s Deputy Managing Director Hjh Noraini binti Haji Sulaiman, as well as other senior management and officials from the ministry and BIBD.

 

Audi SQ5

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The enhanced version of the Audi Q5 – the SQ5
 

The popular Q5 is Audi Brunei’s top selling mid-sized SUV and now a performance enhanced version is available in the SQ5.

The 3.0 litre V6 TFSI high-performance engine with 260 kW hits the 100 km/h mark after a mere 5.4 seconds. Accompanied by the striking sound of the S-specific exhaust system with dual-branch twin tailpipe look. Underpinned by the turbocharger for impressive driving dynamics. Thanks to the quattro drive with self-locking center differential and sports suspension with damper control, the SQ5 is in top form even on bends and uneven roads.

Like every S model from Audi, the SQ5 comes standard with quattro permanent all-wheel drive. In normal driving conditions, its self-locking center differential distributes torque between the front and rear axle in a 40:60 ratio. When slip is detected, the majority of the power is directed to the axle with the better traction. Depending on the driving situation, a maximum of 70 percent can flow to the front or 85 percent to the rear.

The new Audi SQ5 offers a broad portfolio of driver assistance systems. The predictive efficiency assistant provides specific tips to help the driver save fuel. Audi side assist also enhance safety in everyday driving. The same applies to the pre sense systems; Audi pre sense rear comes as standard.

 

 

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Numerous exterior design details hint at the sporty character of the Audi SQ5. The bold bumpers feature strongly contoured air inlets up front and a diffuser insert with a honeycomb grille at the rear. The Singleframe grille features double aluminium slats and contrasting trim elements in twilight gray matt. The S logo with red rhombus is used in numerous locations to set additional accents.

The headlights and rear lights of the Audi SQ5 come standard in LED technology; the dynamic turn signals at the front and rear send unmistakable signals. The exterior mirror housings and the clasp on the diffuser sport a shining, aluminium-look finish. Door trim strips in the body color underscore the sportiness.

Standard equipment for Brunei includes 21-inch cast aluminium wheels in a 5-twin-spoke V design, Matrix LED headlights and suspension with S-specific damper control. The eight-speed tiptronic transmission, quattro permanent all-wheel drive, sport seats in leather/Alcantara and a three-spoke, leather-covered multifunction steering wheel are also standard equipment. B&O Premium is also standard.

 

Mercedes-Benz “Hungry for Adventure”

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Mercedes-Benz “Hungry for Adventure” from Bandar Seri Begawan to Miri
 

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The participants that took part in the recent “Hungry for Adventure”
 

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Off we go after being flagged off at the Mercedes Autohaus
 

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Passing midway point towards Miri and there were around 21 Mercedes-Benz vehicles convoying on the adventure
 

 

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First check point after the Miri toll to make sure everyone was in good hands
 

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This was our destination, Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort in Miri
 

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After the entrance, it was a 4 KM gravel ride before we reach the actual resort area
 

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Yay, we finally made it after the long gravel ride 😀
 

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Briefing for the guests upon arrival at the resort
 

 

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Customary group photo at the resort
 

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We had a tour after lunch, walking around the resort area
 

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We had a short boat ride
 

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They were trying to look for dolphins but it was just a rumour
 

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Jati Transport hosted a BBQ Dinner for the traveling guests and we also had two birthday celebrants
 

 

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The energetic emcee during dinner
 

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Group photo before our night nature walk
 

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It was an hour walk with no lights apart from our phones and flash lights
 

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It was pretty dark but it was a great walk
 

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The following morning we had flying fox and water park activities
 

 

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Rozetta becoming the first person to try the flying fox
 

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They all had fun indeed on the flying fox
 

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There was also the water slide at the water park
 

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Test driving the latest Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV 300. Niiceeeee!!!
 
 
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Zim, one of the participants, enjoyed the “Adventure” and he was glad to meet up with newer people and he enjoyed the nature

 
 
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Justina Wang had high praises for Jati Transport and she loved how the event trip has been arranged. She recommended that Jati Transport customers to participate in their future events.

 
 
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Hj Awang (left) hopes for a longer adventure with Mercedes-Benz owners and he was impressed with Jati Transport for the recent trip

 

Sabre Travel Fair 2019

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With the organizer and partners for Sabre Travel Network Travel Fair 2019 held at Mulia Hotel
 

Coming soon to your neighbourhood is Sabre Travel Network (Brunei) Sdn Bhd’s Annual Travel Fair which will be located at the OneCity Shopping Centre on August 3-4. This will be the first time that the travel fair will be having their presence at the new mall.

Further more, Hua Ho OneCity will be having special deals for travel accessories and also discounts on luggages to make it more convenient for potential travelers.

Abdul Halim bin Haji Abdul Rahman, Senior Manager of Sales and Marketing at Sabre Travel Network Brunei, has been very appreciative of the past customers for the past decade.

“As expected, The Sabre Brunei Travel Fair always attract large crowd because it is able to offer travelers better deals and packages for their dream vacation. Just last year, the Sabre Brunei Travel Fair welcomed over 13,500 visitors. By continuing to provide exclusive opportunities to travelers, and with the support of our partners and travel agents, we are confident that we will record incremental growth again this year.”

That number is actually a 14% from 2017’s statistics. I’m pretty sure that it won’t be a surprise to see another huge crowd, this time at OneCity Shopping Centre.

It’s also good to note that Royal Brunei will be playing a major part in the travel fair and furthermore, with new routes, this gives more choices for travelers to discover newer destinations. Fresh from obtaining the Skytrax 4-Star airline accreditation, Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) as the official airline partner for the Sabre annual travel fair will be offering attractive travel deals, with irresistible fares and prizes to be won.

RB Country Manager Brunei Lim Guat Wen said, “Any customer who purchases an RB ticket is entitled to a lucky draw featuring air tickets, Royal Skies miles and RB merchandise as prizes. They can be won daily with 7 draws each day. We also have an attractive travel deals with irresistible fares and prizes to be won during the travel fair.”

“In addition, we are giving away RB tickets to London, Brisbane or Melbourne and Tokyo bundled up with Baiduri MasterCard cash card pre-loaded with BND 900, BND 500 and BND 300 respectively sponsored by Baiduri Bank. The grand draw will be announced soon after the travel fair.”

“We also have an attractive Customer Reward programme for our guests who will receive limited edition RB merchandise in the form of a luggage belt, luggage protector and a travel pouch set.”

This one, I have to say are really superb RB merchandise. I had a look at them myself and makes me want own one. I believe if you purchase a minimum of $500, you are entitled to an RB luggage belt merchandise and the more you spend, you will be entitled to more RB merchandise (while stocks last).

Participating travel agents include Anthony Tours & Travel Agency, At-Taqwa Travel Tours, Century Travel Centre, Dar El Ehsan Travel, Darussalam Holdings, Freme Travel Services, Grace Travel, JJ Tour Service, Pan Bright Travel Service, Southern Cross Travel Agencies and Straits Central Agencies.

National tourism organisations attending the Brunei Travel Fair include the Brunei Tourism Board, the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, Ministry of Tourism – Republic of Indonesia, Sarawak Tourism Board, the Singapore Tourism Board and the Taiwan Tourist Bureau.

Baiduri Bank Berhad, Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam, Club Med, Korean Air, Standard Chartered Bank, Travel Recommends and RB will also be at the venue with their own booths, to support the participating travel agents.

Medical and insurance services will be represented by Bangkok Hospital, Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council and Takaful Brunei Am.

The other participating partners are Fitness Zone, Hua Ho Department Store, Kingston Beverage & Creamery (free ice-cream) and Progresif Radio (giving out perhaps one lucrative prize that’s worth more than $5,000).

Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines will also be supporting the travel fair by providing attractive fares to participating travel agents, as well as lucky draw prizes. Singapore Airlines will be promoting their Premium Economy seats (exiting Singapore sectors) and also their flight to cruise promotion with the support from Freme Travel. Singapore Airlines will be sponsoring a prize – a return economy class air ticket to Beijing via Singapore and 10 prizes for the quizzes. Malaysia Airlines will have a lucky draw of one return economy class air ticket to Kuala Lumpur and one return ticket to Phuket via Kuala Lumpur.

So come down to OneCity this weekend and check out the amazing fares the travel agents have to offer.

 

 

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During the press conference
 

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Awesome RB merchandise
 

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Now Pan Bright has stepped up their game by giving out more attractive prizes
 

 

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At-Taqwa giving away a car in commemorating their 5th year anniversary
 

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Travel Recommends making a presence, thanks to Grace Travel
 

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Now this is it!! The biggest package to be won that is worth more than BND 5,000 and it’s a Holiday for 4 to Club Meb in Bali. Just tune in to Progresif Radio to find out more.
 

Zero Waste Brunei campaign

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Zero Waste Brunei campaign where roughly 364 volunteers showed up at Muara Beach
 

Last Sunday, approximately 364 volunteers turned up for the Big Beach Cleanup Campaign at Muara Beach held in conjunction with the Zero Waste Brunei campaign and the worldwide ‘plastic free July’. Initiated to raise awareness on the impacts of single-use plastic and long term waste in our environment, this campaign was also hugely supported by the Department of Environment, Park and Recreation Brunei Darussalam, where they provided us support with the recycling companies.

This campaign garnered tremendous positive support from many local businesses and education institutions, like Land Rover Brunei, Rack & Brew, Laneige Brunei, Adxpert, Big BWN Project, Brunei Cement, IBTE, St. Andrew’s School, St.George’s School, and many others coming together to support this good cause. The 4 hour campaign managed to gather more than 200 cardboard boxes of different sizes filled with trash from the shore and at the beach, with many of the trash being single-use plastics such as plastic bottles, bags, straws and cutleries. This campaign aims to raise awareness to the public on the zero waste movement in order to reduce waste to the landfills, and also to educate the public through the volunteers on segregating their everyday waste into recyclables, reusables and those that can be degradable; and using degradable products like cardboard boxes instead of plastic trash bags.

‘Zero Waste Brunei’ was recently launched nationwide to reduce single-use plastic usage starting on the 25th May 2019, with the aim to collaborate with as many local stakeholders to stop or reduce using single-use plastic such as straws, plastic bags, plastic packaging, plastic cutleries, etc for one day in a month and slowly progressing to twice a month, weekly and eventually, daily. The main objective is to raise awareness for the impact of single-use plastic waste, and the impact it has on the environment, whilst spearheading the worldwide ‘zero waste’ movement in Brunei Darussalam. This initiative acts as a ‘call to action’ encouraging the public, the consumers and the local agencies to collaborate for a common goal to eliminate plastic usage and save the environment.

For more details on the next campaign or how to start living with zero waste, please follow @zerowastebwn on Instagram or Zero Waste Brunei on Facebook.

 

 

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The biggest debris found during the clean up
 

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Good job to the team and volunteers in making this possible
 

Consumer Fair kicks off

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The VIPs during the launch of the 23rd Consumer Fair at the International Convention Centre
 

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Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr.) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Home Affairs graced the 23rd Consumer Fair
 

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The Guest of Honour paid a visit to Cuckoo Pavilion
 

 

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Meet the sleek PRIME X2.  An outdoor water filter built for outdoor filtration, that is built with superior elasticity and high filtration effectiveness.  From your laundry to your garden, enjoy purified water in all that you do at home with an outdoor filter unlike any other in Brunei. Do check it out at Consumer Fair.
 

 

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One of the entrances for Consumer Fair
 

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Guest of Honour visiting Dare booth in promoting Bruneian Made products
 

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Toy Warehouse Sale
 

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A popular spot even on the first day
 

 

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Guest of Honour at BIBD Pavilion
 

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Hello Katherine. Her company has been a strong supporter of CF
 

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Kurapak launching his new product while Hitesh gave it a thumbs up. Check out Kurapak’s Latte at the food zone area of Consumer Fair
 

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Taiwan booth at Consumer Fair
 

 

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One of the reasons why this area is not being used for Consumer Fair because of the Yayasan event taking place today.
 

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Both coffee vendors complementing each other
 

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Malaysian vendors making their presence at Consumer Fair
 

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CF King, distributor for Asus, participating in this year’s Consumer Fair
 

Shena hosted Hari Raya for stakeholders

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As part of its stakeholder engagement plan initiative, The Safety, Health and Environment National Authority (SHENA) hosted an Introductory and Hari Raya Gathering event for its stakeholders yesterday at The Garden’s Veranda, Rimba.

Present at the event was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Mat Suny Bin Haji Mohd Hussein, Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry, as the Minister responsible for SHENA.

Also, in attendance were Yang Mulia Awang Haji Azhar Bin Haji Yahya, Permanent Secretary (Energy) as Authority to SHENA, including other high-ranking Government Officials and Government Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) focal points from various ministries as well as relevant stakeholders from industry.

The Hari Raya event aimed to foster good relationship with stakeholders and create awareness on the establishment of SHENA and its mandate.

SHENA is the national authority for workplace safety and health, including environment and radiation matters. The Safety, Health and Environment National Authority Order, 2018 was enacted on the 6th October 2018.  SHENA has been set up to enforce the following legislations:

1. Workplace Safety and Health Order (WSHO), 2009;
2. Environmental Protection and Management Order (EPMO), 2016 and
3. Radiation Protection Order (RPO), 2018.
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Any inquiries or further clarification about SHENA, please visit SHENA website at www.shena.gov.bn, or contact +673 2382000 or email at info@shena.gov.bn.

 

 

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Mercedes-Benz Star Select

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Mercedes-Benz Star Select. Currently Jati Transport Sdn Bhd is offering 25% discount for 5-8 year old models of Mercedes-Benz and 35% discount for 9 years and older models of Mercedes-Benz.

If safety is your top priority, they have just the thing for you: Mercedes-Benz Star Select, the maintenance programme for 5 years and older models. It saves you up to 35% on all repairs.

Owing to increasing demand, the Special Offer will now be extended to 30th Juen 2020. Do call them at 2441763/2441777 to find out whether Mercedes-Benz Star Select is available for your Mercedes.

 

 

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SHOP AND WIN EXCLUSIVELY FOR BAIDURI CARDHOLDERS

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Baiduri Bank, in collaboration with First Emporium & Supermarket (Branch) launched the Shop and Win promotion for Baiduri Bank’s credit and debit cardholders.

During the promotion period, with every BND50 spent and paid using a Baiduri Bank issued credit or debit card, customers will receive one chance to enter the Shop and Win draw and win shopping vouchers.

The grand prize for the draw is worth BND2,000, second prize is worth BND1,500 and the third prize is worth BND1,000. In addition, the fourth prize is worth BND500. Consolation prizes are also available where 6 winners stand a chance to win BND300 each and 10 winners stand a chance to win BND150 each. In total, there are 20 prizes to be won.

To be eligible, simply spend a minimum of BND50 in a single receipt between 17 May to 23 June 2019 and pay using a Baiduri credit or debit card.

Additionally, every Saturday and Sunday, Baiduri credit and debit cardholders are also eligible to redeem weekend treats depending on their spending. With BND50 spent, Baiduri cardholders can redeem 1 bottle of CIF dishwasher liquid or 3 bottles of Golden Pan drinks. With BND100 spent, Baiduri cardholders can redeem 1 bottle of 2-litre cooking oil.

Terms and conditions of the promotion can be viewed on Baiduri Bank website at www.baiduri.com.bn under the Promotions section, or on the Baiduri Bank mobile app – Baiduri Deals. For more information, customers may also contact the Baiduri Bank Customer Helpline at 2449666.

Baiduri Bank is one of the largest providers of financial products in Brunei, and holds franchise to four major card brands – Visa, MasterCard as well as UnionPay.

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