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Five practical steps to enhance organization effectiveness on a global scale Bridging Organization Design and Performance is a handbook for leaders looking to enhance the success of their organizations and themselves. Companies that compete globally require organizational operating models as robust as their strategies. Many companies have created elegant designs and consider their worldwide, matrix organizations sources of competitive advantage. However, the reality is that these complex structures bring many challenges and senior executives are often frustrated by the difficulties of delivering growth in organizations that span numerous brands, products, and geographic regions. After working closely with over twenty large US and Europe based global companies during the past decade, Gregory Kesler and Amy Kates concluded that the problem is not in the fundamental design of these operating models. The matrix is not going away. The challenge is to effectively and completely activate the organization to deliver the strategy. This book shares the five practical actions that bring complex organizations to life and help companies gain sustainable results from their global operating models.
Systematically describes the physical and materials properties of copper-based quaternary chalcogenide semiconductor materials, enabling their potential for photovoltaic device applications.Intended for scientists and engineers, in particular, in the fields of multinary semiconductor physics and a variety of photovoltaic and optoelectronic devices.
Dental Benefits and Practice Management: A Guide for Successful Practices is a practical tool that helps you manage your office in tune with the realities of modern dental practice. Written by both dentists and insurance industry professionals Practical explanations to effectively and legally process claims Describes the changes in dental practice management to make your practice patient centered Competitive strategies for dentists and organizations
Building Systems for interior designersSecond EditionCorky Binggeli, asidThe updated guide to technical building systems for interior designersAs integral members of the building design team, interior designers share an increasingly complex and crucial role. Now revised in its second edition, Building Systems for Interior Designers remains the one go-to resource that addresses the special concerns of the interior designer within the broader context of the rest of the building design team. Building Systems for Interior Designers, Second Edition explains technical building systems and engineering issues in a clear and accessible way to interior designers. Covering systems from HVAC to water and waste to lighting, transportation, and safety, author Corky Binggeli enables interior designers to communicate more effectively with architects, engineers, and contractors; collaborate effectively on projects; and contribute to more accurate solutions for a broad range of building considerations.Among the many improvements in the Second Edition are: A deeper engagement with sustainable building design, giving the interior designer the resources needed to participate as part of a sustainable design team A reshaped structure that enhances the reader's understanding of the material Many more illustrations and explanatory captionsWith a host of features to make the book more up to date, easier to use, and more effective as an instructive guide, Building Systems for Interior Designers, Second Edition is a valuable book for students as well as a practical desktop reference for professionals.
A glimpse of the savvy that built a global corporation from scratch Hess: The Last Oil Baron profiles a titan of the oil industry, mapping the journey of the quintessential American dream. The story of Leon Hess follows an immigrant kosher butcher's son as he builds an oil dynasty that may never be matched. The multinational, multi-billion-dollar company began with a single second-hand delivery truck and the Rockefeller-caliber business acumen of one young man. Interviews with former employees, beneficiaries, and even his high school sweetheart provide an insider's perspective on the man behind the legacy, allowing today's aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from one of the nation's most inspiring success stories. Leon Hess built a global empire from the ground up. Along the way, he fought in a war, did business with Muammar Qaddafi, won a Super Bowl as the owner of the Jets, was involved in Watergate, and introduced the Hess toy truck that became a holiday tradition for millions of Americans. More than just a book of business strategy, Hess tells the story of a life fascinatingly lived, and the legacy he left behind. Discover the man behind the company, the Jets football team, and the iconic toy truck Learn how the actions of Leon Hess affected the modern push toward energy independence Study the strategy that turned a single-truck operation into a major integrated company Consider the challenges Hess Corp. faces to its family legacy today, and the solutions being implemented Leon Hess' strategies and techniques can be emulated and imitated, but his entrepreneurial fire is something altogether more rare. Hess provides readers with a glimpse of the man whose unrivaled ambition changed an industry and a nation.
This book addresses R&D and standardization activities on LTE small cells and network optimization, focusing on 3GPP evolution to Release 13. In addition, the book is written by experts from Renesas, T-Mobile, Teliasonera and Videotron. The book covers: 1) LTE small cells from specification to products and field results, 2) Latest 3GPP evolution to Release 13 and 3) LTE optimization and learnings from the field.
"Murakami is like a magician who explains what he's doing as he performs the trick and still makes you believe he has supernatural powers . . . But while anyone can tell a story that resembles a dream, it's the rare artist, like this one, who can make us feel that we are dreaming it ourselves." --The New York Times Book Review The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 --"Q is for 'question mark.' A world that bears a question." Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled. As Aomame's and Tengo's narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell's--1Q84 is Haruki Murakami's most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.This eBook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.
What you are today is not important... for in this runaway bestseller you will learn how to change your life by applying the secrets you are about to discover in the ancient scrolls.From the Paperback edition.
In a brutal world, charismatic rebel miner Mack McAsh - a slave by birth - is a man with the courage to stand up for what is right, and the strength to stick by his beliefs. Independent, rebellious Lizzie Hallim, meanwhile, is engaged to Jay Jamisson, the ruthless landlord's son and heir to an exploitative business empire. Born into separate worlds, Mack and Lizzie are thrown together when Mack becomes an enemy of the state and is forced to flee his homeland. Lizzie aids his escape, and it is not long before passions rage in the old world as well as the new . . . Set in an era of turbulent social changes, A Place Called Freedomis a magnificent novel from the undisputed master of suspense and drama, Ken Follett. 'A compulsive, sweeping adventure' Today 'Gripping historical narrative' San Francisco Chronicle
Winner of the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, the Agatha Award for Best First Novel, and the Mary Higgins Clark Award When she sees what looks like a child tumbling from a ferry into frigid Lake Champlain, Troy Chance dives in without thinking. When she gets the child to shore she discovers that his name is Paul, he speaks only French--and no one seems to be looking for him. Her determination to protect Paul pulls Troy from her quiet life in a small Adirondack town into an unfamiliar world of wealth and privilege in Canada and then in Vermont. Her attachment to him--and the danger she faces when she tries to unravel the mystery of his abandonment--force her to evaluate everything she thought true about herself. Sara J. Henry's riveting, award-winning debut will keep readers engrossed right up to its shattering conclusion.From the Hardcover edition.s self-indulgence--a world in which the murder of a child is not unthinkable. She'll need skill and courage to survive and protect her charge and herself. Sara J. Henry's powerful and compelling Learning to Swim will move and disturb readers right up to its shattering conclusion.From the Hardcover edition.
Internationally acclaimed crime writer Jo Nesbø's antihero police investigator, Harry Hole, is back: in a bone-chilling thriller that will take Hole to the brink of insanity. Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother's pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he's received and the disappearance of Jonas's mother--and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn in an increasingly terrifying game whose rules are devised--and constantly revised--by the killer.Fiercely suspenseful, its characters brilliantly realized, its atmosphere permeated with evil, The Snowman is the electrifying work of one of the best crime writers of our time. (From the Hardcover edition.)
With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s. We experience this tumultuous decade alongside five unforgettable characters: Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old houseboy who works for Odenigbo, a university professor full of revolutionary zeal; Olanna, the professor's beautiful young mistress who has abandoned her life in Lagos for a dusty town and her lover's charm; and Richard, a shy young Englishman infatuated with Olanna's willful twin sister Kainene. Half of a Yellow Sun is a tremendously evocative novel of the promise, hope, and disappointment of the Biafran war.From the Trade Paperback edition.
#1 National BestsellerFrom two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era's most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there, among them a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth. Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, sadness, clarity, and, ultimately, hope.They show how a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad. That Cambodian girl eventually escaped from her brothel and, with assistance from an aid group, built a thriving retail business that supports her family. The Ethiopian woman had her injuries repaired and in time became a surgeon. A Zimbabwean mother of five, counseled to return to school, earned her doctorate and became an expert on AIDS.Through these stories, Kristof and WuDunn help us see that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women's potential. They make clear how so many people have helped to do just that, and how we can each do our part. Throughout much of the world, the greatest unexploited economic resource is the female half of the population. Countries such as China have prospered precisely because they emancipated women and brought them into the formal economy. Unleashing that process globally is not only the right thing to do; it's also the best strategy for fighting poverty.Deeply felt, pragmatic, and inspirational, Half the Sky is essential reading for every global citizen.
Harlequin Intrigue brings you three new titles at a great value, available now! Enjoy these suspenseful reads packed with edge-of-your-seat intrigue and fearless romance. LONE WOLF LAWMAN Appaloosa Pass Ranch by Delores Fossen After learning her birth father is a serial killer, rancher Addie Crockett lands in bed with Texas Ranger Weston Cade only to learn that he wants to use her as bait. Worse, Addie has no choice but to team up with Weston to protect their unborn child. CLANDESTINE CHRISTMAS Covert Cowboys, Inc. by Elle James With Covert Cowboys's Kate Rivers posing as his fiancée, billionaire rancher Chase Marsden is determined to find the culprits trying to murder his old friend. But will Christmas find them under the mistletoe...or escaping kidnappers and dodging hit men? SECRET AGENT SANTA Brothers in Arms: Retribution by Carol Ericson When covert agent Mike Becker agrees to take on one last assignment--protecting widowed mother Claire Chadwick--he never imagines that it will turn into the opportunity to foil a terrorist attack and find redemption... Look for Harlequin Intrigue's November 2015 Box set 2 of 2, filled with even more edge-of-your seat romantic suspense! Look for 6 compelling new stories every month from Harlequin® Intrigue!
Harlequin® Special Edition brings you three new titles for one great price, available now! These are heartwarming, romantic stories about life, love and family. This Special Edition box set includes:THE MAVERICK'S HOLIDAY MASQUERADEMontana Mavericks: What Happened at the Wedding?by Caro CarsonSmall-town cowgirl Kristen Dalton only wants to fall for a local rancher. As soon as she sees Ryan Roarke, she's hooked. Little does she know that Ryan's not a rodeo star, but a big-city lawyer who doesn't want to disillusion the girl he's come to adore. But the Maverick must reveal his secret before the clock strikes Christmas…HIS TEXAS CHRISTMAS BRIDE Celebrations, Inc.by Nancy Robards ThompsonThe one time Becca Flannigan indulged in a night of anonymous passion, she wound up pregnant. She never expected to see her mystery man again--let alone learn that he's Nick Chamberlin, Celebration Memorial Hospital's latest doc! Nick's scared of fatherhood, but he knows that all he wants for Christmas is Becca and their baby under his tree.A HUSBAND FOR THE HOLIDAYS Made for Matrimony by Ami WeaverWhen Mack Lawless finds out his ex-wife, Darcy Kramer, has returned to Holden's Crossing, Michigan, he's floored. He's never gotten over her--or the loss of their child. But Darcy's promised to work alongside Mack on her uncle's Christmas tree farm…and with the holiday season right around the corner, who knows what magic mistletoe will bring?Look for Harlequin Special Edition's November 2015 Box set 1 of 2, filled with even more stories of life, love and family!Look for 6 compelling new stories every month from Harlequin® Special Edition!
Harlequin® Special Edition brings you three new titles for one great price, available now! These are heartwarming, romantic stories about life, love and family. This Special Edition box set includes:COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMASMatchmaking Mamasby Marie FerrarellarThe Matchmaking Mamas are at it again. Emotionally reclusive Keith O'Connell is back home only to sell his late mother's house, but he can't help but be intrigued by Kenzie Bradshaw, who's helping organize the estate sale. Can the bachelor and the beauty fall in love in time for a holiday happily-ever-after?A COWBOY FOR CHRISTMAS Conard County: The Next Generationby Rachel LeeCountry music superstar Rory McLane has retreated to his Conard County ranch to lick his emotional wounds. He enlists housekeeper Abby Jason to spruce up his home and help with his child. Abby's been burned by love before, but her hardened heart eases at the sight of the sexy single dad. Can the singer and his sweetheart finally heal together?A VERY CRIMSON CHRISTMAS Crimson, Colorado by Michelle MajorLiam Donovan has done his best to forget his difficult childhood in Crimson, Colorado…until he reconnects with his childhood pal Natalie Holt. She wants nothing to do with the man who left her behind years ago, while he wants to win back the woman he missed. Can there be a second chance in the snow for these two members of the Lonely Hearts Club? Look for Harlequin Special Edition's November 2015 Box set 2 of 2, filled with even more stories of life, love and family!Look for 6 compelling new stories every month from Harlequin® Special Edition!
Do you love stories with sexy, romantic heroes who have it all--wealth, status, and incredibly good looks? Harlequin® Desire brings you all this and more with these three new full-length titles for one great price! COURTING THE COWBOY BOSS (Texas Cattleman's Club: Lies and Lullabies)Janice Maynard Case Baxter learned the hard way with his first marriage that becoming involved with an employee never works out. So what's a cowboy to do when he falls hard for his gorgeous new maid? PREGNANT WITH THE RANCHER'S BABY (The Good, the Bad and the Texan)Kathie DeNosky Rancher Nate Rafferty's on-again, off-again lover is pregnant with his baby! Now that she's back, how can she refuse to marry him? She says yes to one month living on his ranch. Now that he has her where he wants her, he won't take no for an answer! CHRISTMAS BABY SURPRISE (Billionaires and Babies)Catherine Mann When Alaina Rutger wakes from a coma with no memory of her husband or their newly adopted son, she must face the mistakes in her past to reconnect with her surprise family...all in time for Christmas. Look for Harlequin® Desire's November 2015 Box set 1 of 2, filled with even more scandalous stories and powerful heroes!
Do you love stories with sexy, romantic heroes who have it all--wealth, status, and incredibly good looks? Harlequin® Desire brings you all this and more with these three new full-length titles for one great price! BREAKING BAILEY'S RULES (The Westmorelands)Brenda Jackson When Bailey Westmoreland follows loner Walker Quinn to his Alaskan ranch to apologize for doing him wrong, she can't help but stay to nurse the exasperating man's wounds...and lose her own heart in the process! ONE WEEK WITH THE BEST MAN (Brides and Belles)Andrea Laurence When wallflower Gretchen McAlister is chosen as the fake wedding date of sexy movie star Julian Cooper, they don't have to fake their chemistry for the camera. But is the best man ready to become Gretchen's groom? A CEO IN HER STOCKING (The Accidental Heirs)Elizabeth Bevarly Struggling single mom Clara Easton is stunned when her three-year-old inherits a massive fortune from the man who never acknowledged his son...and who also has a gorgeous, wickedly sexy twin brother dead set on wooing her. Look for Harlequin® Desire's November 2015 Box set 2 of 2, filled with even more scandalous stories and powerful heroes!
Harlequin® Presents brings you four new titles for one great price! This Presents box set includes: THE SHEIKH'S CHRISTMAS CONQUEST (The Bond of Billionaires) by Sharon Kendrick As the snow falls, innocent Olivia Miller finds a darkly handsome and compelling man on her doorstep. The sheikh she refused has arrived to whisk her off to his kingdom...and this time he won't take no for an answer! A MARRIAGE FIT FOR A SINNER (Seven Sexy Sins) by Maya Blake Zaccheo Giordano is a man with one thing on his mind: revenge. And he'll start with his ex-fiancée, Eva Pennington. She will wear Zaccheo's ring again and he'll ensure their marriage will be real in every sense... BRAZILIAN'S NINE MONTHS' NOTICE (Hot Brazilian Nights!) by Susan Stephens Chambermaid Emma Fane thinks her best friend's wedding will be the perfect distraction...until she spies Lucas Marcelos--father to her unborn child! It only took one night to change their lives, now they have nine months to face the consequences. BOUGHT FOR HER INNOCENCE (Greek Tycoons Tamed) by Tara Pammi Jasmine Douglas is the only one who knows the darkness of Dmitri Karegas's past. But only Dmitri can help when she's forced to put her virginity up for sale. Now he must decide what to do with her...and her innocence! Look for 8 new exciting stories every month from Harlequin® Presents!
Harlequin® Presents brings you four new titles for one great price! This Presents box set includes: A CHRISTMAS VOW OF SEDUCTION (Princes of Petras) by Maisey Yates With one band of gold, Prince Andres of Petras can erase his past--and most pleasurable--sins. But his prospective bride is untamable Princess Zara. So the playboy prince must seduce her into compliance and crown her by Christmas! UNWRAPPING THE CASTELLI SECRET (Secret Heirs of Billionaires) by Caitlin Crews Lily Holloway turned her back on the forbidden passion she shared with Rafael Castelli five years ago. But when their paths cross again, Lily attempts to veil herself with deception in order to retain her freedom...and her child! LARENZO'S CHRISTMAS BABY (One Night With Consequences) by Kate Hewitt After two years behind bars, Larenzo Cavelli is determined to get his life back...starting with Emma Leighton. It was deception that imprisoned him, so what will happen when he discovers Emma's secret? One he might never be able to forgive... SHACKLED TO THE SHEIKH (Desert Brothers) by Trish Morey Nanny Tora Burgess eagerly waits to meet her new boss--but is horrified to discover he's her red-hot, one-night lover! Rashid is cold, distant and has a shocking proposal that will shackle her to the sheikh forever! Look for 8 new exciting stories every month from Harlequin® Presents!
Book eleven in Maggie Shayne's bestselling Wings in the Night series She had one man on her mind Or rather, one vamp. Jack Heart had conned her out of half a million bucks--and, worse, her heart--and that was something Topaz was not going to stand for. She was on his trail, and she was going to make him pay. Or was she? Her whole life, mortal and vampire, was nothing but a mystery. What really killed her movie-star mother? Which of the four men claiming to be her father really is? And why is Jack so interested in her complicated history? She wants to hate him, but she needs his help to find the truth and, as much as she hates to admit it, she also needs him to mend the heart he so callously broke. Twilight Phantasies Twilight Memories Twilight Phantasies Twilight Memories Twilight Illusions, with bonus novella Beyond Twilight Born in Twilight, with bonus novella Twilight Vows Twilight Hunger Embrace the Twilight, with bonus novella Run from Twilight Edge of Twilight Blue Twilight, with bonus novella Before Blue Twilight Prince of Twilight Demon's Kiss Lover's Bite Angel's Pain Bloodline, with bonus novella Vampires in Paradise Twilight Prophecy Twilight Fulfilled
Texas Territory, 1858Following the law as they see it, the men of Hell's Eight earned their reputation for ruthlessness. Outlaws dread having the Eight on their trail, mothers hide their daughters when the Eight come to town. They fear with good reason: Hell's Eight are wild, untamed, alluring. And they're all about to meet their matches.Caine Allen is definitely not the marrying kind. But when he rescues a kidnapped woman and returns her to town, his honor and his desire for Desi won't allow him to let her go, despite her vow to let no man control her again. Known for making up his own rules of right and wrong, Sam "Wildcard" MacGregor takes what he wants when he wants it, but fiery Isabella and the secret she carries may be more than he bargained for. Tucker McCade's learned the hard way that you have to fight to survive, but in order to win the woman he craves, he considers hanging up his guns for good...until his violent past catches up with him.The stakes have never been higher; the passion has never burned hotter!Collected here for the first time are the first three novels in Sarah McCarty's New York Times bestselling series.HELL'S EIGHT, Volume One Featuring:CAINE'S RECKONINGSAM'S CREEDTUCKER'S CLAIM
The Open Mind chronicles the development and promulgation of a scientific vision of the rational, creative, and autonomous self, demonstrating how this self became a defining feature of Cold War culture. Jamie Cohen-Cole illustrates how from 1945 to 1965 policy makers and social critics used the idea of an open-minded human nature to advance centrist politics. They reshaped intellectual culture and instigated nationwide educational reform that promoted more open, and indeed more human, minds. The new field of cognitive science was central to this project, as it used popular support for open-mindedness to overthrow the then-dominant behaviorist view that the mind either could not be studied scientifically or did not exist. Cognitive science also underwrote the political implications of the open mind by treating it as the essential feature of human nature. While the open mind unified America in the first two decades after World War II, between 1965 and 1975 battles over the open mind fractured American culture as the ties between political centrism and the scientific account of human nature began to unravel. During the late 1960s, feminists and the New Left repurposed Cold War era psychological tools to redefine open-mindedness as a characteristic of left-wing politics. As a result, once-liberal intellectuals became neoconservative, and in the early 1970s, struggles against open-mindedness gave energy and purpose to the right wing.
Over the past quarter century, researchers have successfully explored the inner workings of the physical and biological sciences using a variety of social and historical lenses. Inspired by these advances, the contributors to Social Knowledge in the Making turn their attention to the social sciences, broadly construed. The result is the first comprehensive effort to study and understand the day-to-day activities involved in the creation of social-scientific and related forms of knowledge about the social world. The essays collected here tackle a range of previously unexplored questions about the practices involved in the production, assessment, and use of diverse forms of social knowledge. A stellar cast of multidisciplinary scholars addresses topics such as the changing practices of historical research, anthropological data collection, library usage, peer review, and institutional review boards. Turning to the world beyond the academy, other essays focus on global banks, survey research organizations, and national security and economic policy makers. Social Knowledge in the Making is a landmark volume for a new field of inquiry, and the bold new research agenda it proposes will be welcomed in the social science, the humanities, and a broad range of nonacademic settings.
In 1941, philosopher and poet Gendun Chopel (1903 51) sent a large manuscript by ship, train, and yak across mountains and deserts to his homeland in the northeastern corner of Tibet. He would follow it five years later, returning to his native land after twelve years in India and Sri Lanka. But he did not receive the welcome he imagined: he was arrested by the government of the regent of the young Dalai Lama on trumped-up charges of treason. He emerged from prison three years later a broken man and died soon after. Gendun Chopel was a prolific writer during his short life. Yet he considered that manuscript, which he titled "Grains of Gold," to be his life s work, one to delight his compatriots with tales of an ancient Indian and Tibetan past, while alerting them to the wonders and dangers of the strikingly modern land abutting Tibet s southern border, the British colony of India. Now available for the first time in English, "Grains of Gold" is a unique compendium of South Asian and Tibetan culture that combines travelogue, drawings, history, and ethnography. Gendun Chopel describes the world he discovered in South Asia, from the ruins of the sacred sites of Buddhism to the Sanskrit classics he learned to read in the original. He is also sharply, often humorously critical of the Tibetan love of the fantastic, bursting one myth after another and finding fault with the accounts of earlier Tibetan pilgrims. Exploring a wide range of cultures and religions central to the history of the region, Gendun Chopel is eager to describe all the new knowledge he gathered in his travels to his Buddhist audience in Tibet. At once the account of the experiences of a tragic figure in Tibetan history and the work of an extraordinary scholar, "Grains of Gold" is an accessible, compelling work animated by a sense of discovery of both a distant past and a strange present. "
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