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Don King selling heavyweight property in Florida, USA - again

May 12th, 2011 · No Comments · 410 views

Don King selling heavyweight property in Florida, USADon King selling heavyweight property in Florida, USA - again

Florida, USA: Legendary boxing promoter Don King has re-listed his Florida property for US$20 million, after removing the house from sale back in June 2010.

The three acre, luxury ocean front estate in Manalapan, Florida, USA was first put on sale in 2009 for US$27.5 million. However King received little interest and decided to delist the property in summer last year.

The luxury property features two houses; a nine bedroom, 1,672 square metres (18,000 square feet) mansion and a smaller five bedroom guest property of 631 square metres (6,800 square feet). Both properties have their own swimming pools.

At the rear of the estate a replica Statue of Liberty overlooks the ninety one metres (300 feet) of beach frontage.

King bought the house in 1999 for US$7.8 million and later the same year purchased the adjacent five bedroom house for US$6.5 million.

When King first listed the property in 2009 he told the Wall Street Journal; “I need to downsize”, as it had become increasingly difficult for the seventy nine year old to walk from one house to the other.

“I’m going to move to wherever I can find a nice little cosy, US$10 million to US$5 million house,” he added.

Don King was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1931. His father Clarence was a steelworker and his mother Hattie a baker.

His first enterprise was an illegal bookmaking business based in his home town. In fact, by the time he was twenty years old King was making so much money from ‘running numbers’ he decided to drop out of Case Western Reserve University.

In 1954 King was charged with killing Hillary Brown after he shot him in the back whilst he was trying to rob one of King’s gambling houses. He was later acquitted on the grounds of justifiable homicide.

As King’s business flourished in the late 1950’s he bought shares in a popular Cleveland supper club. And in 1960 he met a young Olympic boxing champion called Cassius Clay at the club. The pair became friends and King started to follow the fighter all around the USA to attend his fights.

Then in 1966 King got involved in an argument with Sam Garrett, an employee, over a US$600 debt King felt Garrett owed him. The row became physical and in the course of the scuffle Garrett’s head hit the floor. He later died from his injuries. Some witnesses said King had beaten Garrett mercilessly, but King claimed Garrett attacked him first and he was defending himself. At the subsequent trial in 1967, King was convicted of manslaughter and sent to the Marion Correctional Institution in Ohio.

After serving just four years of his jail his sentence, King was paroled in September 1971. He was eventually granted a full pardon by Ohio Governor James Rhodes in 1983.

King had used his time inside to educate himself in philosophy and classic literature. He was now determined to leave the numbers game behind, so he began looking for legitimate business opportunities.

King first cut his teeth as a boxing promoter in 1972, when he organized a benefit to try and keep Cleveland’s only black hospital, Forest City Hospital, from closing down.

He managed to persuade Muhammad Ali (the former Cassius Clay) to fight a ten-round exhibition match against four different opponents. The event was a huge success and raised over US$80,000 for the hospital. It also convinced King that there was money to be made as a boxing promoter.

King’s big breakthrough as a promoter came in 1974, when he set up Don King Productions and masterminded the famous “Rumble in the Jungle” heavyweight title fight between Ali and George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire.

With only very limited experience, King used his natural salesmanship to talk the government of Zaire into paying over US$10 million to support the event. The fight was such a success it established King as a top boxing promoter.

King followed up the “Rumble in the Jungle” with the 1975 “Thrilla in Manila” which featured Ali and Joe Frazier. This is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight bouts of all time.

In 1982 King was the first sports promoter to establish his own television network; the Don King Sports and Entertainment Network.

King turned his talents to the music business in 1984 when he promoted The Jacksons 1984 Victory Tour. The tour grossed over US$75 million and set a world record for that time.

However, his career has been blighted by several court cases brought by his clients for underpayment of fight fees and fraud. The highest profile case came in 1980 when Muhammad Ali sued King for underpaying him by US$1.2 million for a fight with Larry Holmes. Ali settled out of court for US$50,000.

More recently, in May 1995 King was sued by Lennox Lewis who claimed that King had used threatening behaviour to pull Mike Tyson from a rematch with the British boxer. Lewis said this had cost him US$285 million.

King’s client list over the past 30 years reads like a who’s who of title contenders and includes; Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes, Muhammad Ali, Ricardo Lopez, Terry Norris and Chris Byrd.

To date, Don King Productions has promoted over five hundred world championship fights.

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Maikhao Dream Villa Resort & Spa, Phuket, Thailand to open in April

March 22nd, 2011 · No Comments · 237 views

Maikhao Dream Villa Resort & Spa, Phuket, Thailand to open in April
Phuket, Thailand: Thailand based Maikhao Dream Hotels and Resorts has announced that its first luxury beachfront resort in Phuket will open on the 2nd April 2011.

Located on the northwest coast of Phuket at Maikhao Beach, the resort offers guests a choice of twenty two, two or three bedroom pool villas and is only a fifteen minute drive from Phuket International airport.

Villas at the resort provide guests with a minimum of 464 square metres (5,000 square feet) of living space and feature a plunge and jet pool, an open wood terrace and an outdoor Thai sala.

Guests can also take advantage of the many on-site facilities such as; an all-day dining restaurant serving authentic Thai and Mediterranean specialities, a wine cellar, a poolside bar, a spa, a kid’s club and a fitness centre.

The Maikhao Dream Villa Resort & Spa, Phuket, is the second resort to be opened by the company in Thailand this year, having launched the Maikhao Dream Villas Resort & Spa, Natai, in Phang Nga on the 26th March.

This fifty six room resort features deluxe pool or ocean view rooms along with two-storey duplexes.

Facilities include the largest swimming pool in Natai, a kid’s club, a fitness centre and a restaurant.

To mark the official launch of Maikhao Dream Villas Resort & Spa, Phuket, the owners are offering special opening rates starting at 56,800 baht (US$1,900).

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Niseko Japan to be the ‘Aspen of the East’

March 17th, 2011 · No Comments · 281 views

Niseko Japan to be the ‘Aspen of the East’

Richard Li, the son of China’s richest man Li Ka-Shing, and Francis Yeoh, the son of billionaire Seri Yeoh, are planning to turn the Japanese village of Niseko into Asia’s equivalent of Aspen in Colorado.

Pacific Century Premium Developments, owned by Richard Li, is investing US$1.2 billion into two hotels and a resort with three thousand luxury condominiums in Niseko’s Hanazono area.

Francis Yeoh, the founder of Malaysian construction company YTL, has spent $10 million renovating the Green Leaf Hotel in Niseko. He has also bought land, at a cost of US$66 million, for a residential project named Hinode Hill, which includes penthouses with private, traditional Japanese baths.

“We aim to establish Niseko village as the ‘Aspen of the East,’ commented Yeoh.

The small village of Niseko, whose population is just 4,600, is located on the northern island of Hokkaido, Japan. The ski resort benefits from an average snow fall of eleven feet during the month of February, second only to Mount Baker in Washington, USA.

Australian tourists seeking snow have largely shaped the area over the last decade as Australia has a similar time zone to Japan meaning there is little jet lag. With the arrival of the Aussies came Irish themed pubs, Tex-Mex eateries and pizza joints.

However, recently wealthy visitors from mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore have started taking to the slopes and it seems that the pubs and fast food outlets could be replaced with five star restaurants and designer boutiques, as happened in Aspen, Colorado.

“Aspen grew organically…not because there is a collection of world class shopping and dining, that came later,” said Jeff Hanle, a spokesman at Aspen Skiing Company.

“I don’t know that it is possible to recreate,” he added.

Still, Francis Yeoh thinks it is. He is planning to include shopping streets with luxury businesses such as Moet, Hennessy and Louis Vuitton.

“We’re working on serving the affluent through retail, residential, and restaurants,” commented James McBride president of YTL’s hotel division.

The next surge in visitors to Niseko is likely to come from mainland China after Japan eased visa restrictions for Chinese tourists last year. China Eastern Air along with Air China have also added direct flights from Shanghai and Beijing to Sappro’s Chitose Airport which is about ninety minutes’ drive from Niseko.

The local government has also responded hiring Wenxuan Han, a 33 year old from Dalian in China who studied at Hokkaido’s Otaru University of Commerce, to handle translation work and promote tourism.

“Chinese are keen to learn about Japan, and especially Niseko,” she said.

“There really is no place like it in the region where you can enjoy wild landscape all year round.”

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March 17th, 2011 · No Comments · 250 views

Niseko Japan to be the ‘Aspen of the East’

Richard Li, the son of China’s richest man Li Ka-Shing, and Francis Yeoh, the son of billionaire Seri Yeoh, are planning to turn the Japanese village of Niseko into Asia’s equivalent of Aspen in Colorado.

Pacific Century Premium Developments, owned by Richard Li, is investing US$1.2 billion into two hotels and a resort with three thousand luxury condominiums in Niseko’s Hanazono area.

Francis Yeoh, the founder of Malaysian construction company YTL, has spent $10 million renovating the Green Leaf Hotel in Niseko. He has also bought land, at a cost of US$66 million, for a residential project named Hinode Hill, which includes penthouses with private, traditional Japanese baths.

“We aim to establish Niseko village as the ‘Aspen of the East,’ commented Yeoh.

The small village of Niseko, whose population is just 4,600, is located on the northern island of Hokkaido, Japan. The ski resort benefits from an average snow fall of eleven feet during the month of February, second only to Mount Baker in Washington, USA.

Australian tourists seeking snow have largely shaped the area over the last decade as Australia has a similar time zone to Japan meaning there is little jet lag. With the arrival of the Aussies came Irish themed pubs, Tex-Mex eateries and pizza joints.

However, recently wealthy visitors from mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore have started taking to the slopes and it seems that the pubs and fast food outlets could be replaced with five star restaurants and designer boutiques, as happened in Aspen, Colorado.

“Aspen grew organically…not because there is a collection of world class shopping and dining, that came later,” said Jeff Hanle, a spokesman at Aspen Skiing Company.

“I don’t know that it is possible to recreate,” he added.

Still, Francis Yeoh thinks it is. He is planning to include shopping streets with luxury businesses such as Moet, Hennessy and Louis Vuitton.

“We’re working on serving the affluent through retail, residential, and restaurants,” commented James McBride president of YTL’s hotel division.

The next surge in visitors to Niseko is likely to come from mainland China after Japan eased visa restrictions for Chinese tourists last year. China Eastern Air along with Air China have also added direct flights from Shanghai and Beijing to Sappro’s Chitose Airport which is about ninety minutes’ drive from Niseko.

The local government has also responded hiring Wenxuan Han, a 33 year old from Dalian in China who studied at Hokkaido’s Otaru University of Commerce, to handle translation work and promote tourism.

“Chinese are keen to learn about Japan, and especially Niseko,” she said.

“There really is no place like it in the region where you can enjoy wild landscape all year round.”

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March 17th, 2011 · No Comments · 208 views

Niseko Japan to be the ‘Aspen of the East’

Richard Li, the son of China’s richest man Li Ka-Shing, and Francis Yeoh, the son of billionaire Seri Yeoh, are planning to turn the Japanese village of Niseko into Asia’s equivalent of Aspen in Colorado.

Pacific Century Premium Developments, owned by Richard Li, is investing US$1.2 billion into two hotels and a resort with three thousand luxury condominiums in Niseko’s Hanazono area.

Francis Yeoh, the founder of Malaysian construction company YTL, has spent $10 million renovating the Green Leaf Hotel in Niseko. He has also bought land, at a cost of US$66 million, for a residential project named Hinode Hill, which includes penthouses with private, traditional Japanese baths.

“We aim to establish Niseko village as the ‘Aspen of the East,’ commented Yeoh.

The small village of Niseko, whose population is just 4,600, is located on the northern island of Hokkaido, Japan. The ski resort benefits from an average snow fall of eleven feet during the month of February, second only to Mount Baker in Washington, USA.

Australian tourists seeking snow have largely shaped the area over the last decade as Australia has a similar time zone to Japan meaning there is little jet lag. With the arrival of the Aussies came Irish themed pubs, Tex-Mex eateries and pizza joints.

However, recently wealthy visitors from mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore have started taking to the slopes and it seems that the pubs and fast food outlets could be replaced with five star restaurants and designer boutiques, as happened in Aspen, Colorado.

“Aspen grew organically…not because there is a collection of world class shopping and dining, that came later,” said Jeff Hanle, a spokesman at Aspen Skiing Company.

“I don’t know that it is possible to recreate,” he added.

Still, Francis Yeoh thinks it is. He is planning to include shopping streets with luxury businesses such as Moet, Hennessy and Louis Vuitton.

“We’re working on serving the affluent through retail, residential, and restaurants,” commented James McBride president of YTL’s hotel division.

The next surge in visitors to Niseko is likely to come from mainland China after Japan eased visa restrictions for Chinese tourists last year. China Eastern Air along with Air China have also added direct flights from Shanghai and Beijing to Sappro’s Chitose Airport which is about ninety minutes’ drive from Niseko.

The local government has also responded hiring Wenxuan Han, a 33 year old from Dalian in China who studied at Hokkaido’s Otaru University of Commerce, to handle translation work and promote tourism.

“Chinese are keen to learn about Japan, and especially Niseko,” she said.

“There really is no place like it in the region where you can enjoy wild landscape all year round.”

Article source: http://blog.oceanvillasgroup.com/niseko-japan-to-be-the-aspen-of-the-east/

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Ocean Villas Group

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Tiger Woods new US$60 million property with golf course

March 10th, 2011 · No Comments · 241 views

Tiger Woods new US$60 million property with golf courseTiger Woods, the former golf world number one, has revealed that he is moving to a new home on Jupiter Island in Florida, USA.

The golfer’s new mansion, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, is worth a reported US$60 million and comes complete with a running track and a four-hole golf course.

Tiger Woods, whose marriage to former swimwear model Elin Nordegren ended in divorce last year, posted photos on his blog, saying “I’m excited about it and even more excited about my new practice facility. It’s phenomenal.”

Woods and Nordegren bought the land for the property in 2006 and spent years planning every detail of the ten thousand square foot property on the exclusive Jupiter Island.

However, after Woods admitted to cheating on his wife in a string of affairs, Nordegren filed for divorce. The settlement eventually cost the golfer a reported U$100 million.

When Tiger Woods ultimately took control of planning the property himself, he designed the mansion to be the ultimate bachelor pad.

According to the architectural plans, the property boasts huge windows to maximise the sea view, a glass fronted lift, four en-suite bedrooms, a wine cellar, what looks like a home cinema and a games area for his children.

If that wasn’t enough, an additional four buildings adjoin the main house which include; a boathouse, a golf training studio, a gym, a detached garage and a large guesthouse.

Outdoor facilities include; a tennis court, a diving pool, a lap lane, a one hundred metre running track and a 3.5 acre golf course.

In another entry on his blog Woods wrote; “Working with my team, I designed the short-game [golf] facility and oversaw its construction. It features four greens, six bunkers with different depths and kinds of sand, a video centre and a putting studio. If no wind is blowing, the longest club I can hit is a 7-iron. It’s also set up so I can hit shots out of my second-storey studio.”

At the moment Woods needs all the help he can get with his game; not having won a tournament since returning to professional golf after a five month break to work on his swing with coach Sean Foley.

Woods will have a chance to end his recent trophy drought at the World Golf Championships being held at Dural this week.

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Jennifer Aniston selling US$42 million Beverly Hills property

March 9th, 2011 · No Comments · 265 views

Jennifer Aniston selling US$42 million Beverly Hills property

According to recent reports, Jennifer Aniston has decided to sell her US$42 million Beverley Hills home in an attempt to “simplify her life”.

The former Friends actress, turned movie star, has just celebrated her forty-second birthday and described having an epiphany whilst on a recent trip to London.

“My life felt really cluttered. I couldn’t sleep and I sort of had one of those moments where I went, ‘I really need to simplify, my life needs to be simplified’… And along with that thought came, ‘I should sell my house. I had the realisation that this is just too much for me. I’m not this person.”

Jennifer Aniston bought the Zen influenced property in 2006 for US$13.5 million and spent nearly two years renovating the house; moving in shortly before her fortieth birthday in 2009.

Originally designed by architect Hal Levitt in the 1970’s, the 10,000 square foot property was remodelled for Aniston by highly acclaimed architect, Stephen Shadley.

The movie star affectionately named her home Ohana, from the Hawaiian meaning family.

Ohana is set on a hillside with panoramic views of Los Angeles.

The Balinese style property boasts a master bedroom with two bathrooms, a spa, and steam showers, four further en-suite bedrooms, a family room, formal and informal living rooms, a gourmet chef and a catering kitchen.

Although not officially listed by real estate agents, serious potential buyers will have access to the grounds to view the property.

Aniston also owns a much smaller home in Los Angeles but she is considering buying a property in her native New York and moving back home.

“I don’t know, I’m looking for little spots in New York City to go back home. There are all sorts of things that are going to be happening in the near future so I’m excited. I don’t know what they are, but that’s the fun part,” she commented.

Aniston’s recent Adam Sandler movie “Just Go With It” topped last month’s box office takings in the US netting US$30.5 million.

In a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, the actress revealed she turned down an invitation to join Saturday Night Live for her part in Friends which ultimately made her a star.

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Liverpool Football Club legends shoot for Phuket, Thailand

March 7th, 2011 · No Comments · 194 views

Liverpool Legends are set to play two friendly games against Legends of Thailand

Phuket, Thailand: Fans of Liverpool Football Club in Thailand are gearing up for a very important charity game in Phuket this June.

Liverpool Legends, a team made up of ex Liverpool Football Club players, are set to play two friendly games against The Legends of Thailand. The first match is scheduled for June 15th at Bangkok’s Yamaha stadium.

Players will then travel south to Phuket to play a second game at Surakul Stadium in Phuket Town on June 18th.

The Liverpool Legends team includes players Ian Rush, John Barnes, Jason McAteer, Steve McManaman, Robbie Fowler, Phil Neal, Bruce Grobbelaar, Jan Molby and Alan Kennedy.

The Thailand Legends team will be led by striker Piyapong Pue-on.

“Our aim is to establish an annual series of events featuring some of the great players of the past,” commented Cris Rosenbergs, CEO of Powerair Management Group, who are organising the tour.

In a recent promotional visit to Phuket, footballer Alan Kennedy gave interviews at Phuket FM Radio Station and visited The Youth Football Home Foundation, where the money raised at the events will be donated.

Based in Phuket, The Youth Football Home Foundation was set up to provide education and training for orphaned and destitute boys throughout Thailand.

The charity, which can house up to thirty two boys, was founded by German businessman, Henrik Lorenz in May 2007. Henrik was a first division goalkeeper in Hong Kong during his younger days and, as the founding trustee of the charity, provided all the funds to build The Youth Football Home.

He also built the Katja House; a charity which cares for street children in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Fans of Liverpool Football Club will also have the opportunity to meet their idols when the squad visits schools and shopping centres across Phuket and Bangkok. Their goal is to raise over £100,000 (5 million Baht) for the Foundation.

The Youth Football Home Foundation will be holding coaching sessions where young players can receive training and tips from the ex-Liverpool footballers.

If you’re a Liverpool Football fan and would like to go see the games in Phuket or Bangkok, tickets are available from online here - http://www.footballlegendstour.com

In case you can’t get to one of the games, rumour has it that True Visions (Thailand’s satellite Television) will be showing the Bangkok friendly live.

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Hotel Indigo Phuket being built on Naithon Beach

March 4th, 2011 · No Comments · 851 views

Hotel Indigo Phuket being built on Naithon Beach
Phuket, Thailand: Hotel Indigo, the boutique brand of Intercontinental Hotels Group, has announced the opening of its first hotel and resort in Phuket, Thailand.

The new luxury hotel, being built by Tiansin Property Development Co. Ltd., will be Hotel Indigo’s second in Thailand. Their first, The Hotel Indigo on Wireless Road, Bangkok, is scheduled to open by the end of 2012.

Conveniently situated fifteen minutes from Phuket International Airport, the new Hotel Indigo Phuket will be located on Naithon Beach.

The resort will comprise of one hundred and twenty rooms, fifteen villas, a restaurant, bars, a swimming pool and a spa.

“Globally, we are aggressively expanding Hotel Indigo’s distribution - our focus is on bringing our newest and fast growing Hotel Indigo brand into markets where there is demand, with current developments in key cities like New York, Hong Kong and Bangkok, where the first Hotel Indigo in Thailand will be located. The favourable business environment in Phuket, one of our key resorts markets in the region” commented Jan Smits, Managing Director of Intercontinental Hotels Group Australasia.

“Naithon Beach is a beautiful neighbourhood that reflects a different side of Phuket most tourists are not exposed to. We have no doubt that Hotel Indigo Phuket Naithon Beach Resort, through its personal service and design influenced by local surroundings, will offer visitors a distinctive resort experience,” he added.

The luxury hotel’s interior design will reflect Phuket by using local art, fabrics and materials.

“The Hotel Indigo brand gives us an opportunity to present what will be an appealing option to first-time visitors and at the same time, something fresh and different even to tourists who are Phuket regulars. With its distinct design concept supported by the reliability of IHG’s management system, we are confident in the business potential of Hotel Indigo Phuket Naithon Beach Resort,” said Boonsin Ekphaiboon, Managing Director of Tiansin Property Development Co. Ltd.

Hotel Indigo Phuket Naithon Beach Resort is scheduled to open on June 1st 2014.

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The Impossible brings Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts to Phuket, Thailand

March 1st, 2011 · No Comments · 248 views

The Impossible brings Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts to Phuket, ThailandPhuket, Thailand: Hollywood stars Ewan McGregor (Star Wars and Train Spotting) and Naomi Watts (King Kong and The International) touched down at Phuket International Airport recently for the filming of a new blockbuster movie called The Impossible.

The Impossible tells the story of a family caught up in the aftermath of the Tsunami which struck on the 26th December 2004. The disaster was triggered by an undersea earthquake in the Indian Ocean, with an epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, which caused powerful waves to hit the shores of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand.

Filming took place on the beaches around Khao Lak and Kho Phi Phi, to the south of Phuket. These two areas were amongst the hardest hit by the Tsunami in Thailand.

Since filming began, local businesses have benefitted from the increase in tourists and movie fans, eager to catch a glimpse of their Hollywood idols.

Locals and tourists visiting Songbar in Khao Lak also had the opportunity to appear as extras in the movie where one of the disaster scenes with Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts was filmed.

The Khao Lak Orchid Beach Resort in Khuk Khak provided accommodation for the cast and crew and was transformed into a disaster scene for the movie.

This is not the first time Khao Lak has played host to movie directors and TV producers; in 2006 a miniseries made by HBO called “Tsunami, the aftermath”, starring Tim Roth, Toni Collete, Chiwetel Ejiofer and Sophie Okonedo was filmed in the area.

Directed by Bharat Nalluri, the series received little attention by locals. In fact, many local residents were not happy with the exposure the miniseries brought to Khao Lak and Phuket, as emotions were still running high in the aftermath of the real disaster.

The synopsis for The Impossible reads:

“The Impossible is the terrifying account of a family unexpectedly caught with many others when a Tsunami flattens their three-story hotel and the surrounding landscape and how they had to struggle to survive after being pushed underwater into a quagmire of dislodged trees and debris where they were thrown upside-down, and battered by debris.”

The Impossible was written by Sergio Sanchez and directed by Juan Bavona. The film is due for release in late 2011.

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