WINNING IN DIJON AND RETURNING TO THE NATIONAL TEAM: Moussa Konaté’s double challenge

Moussa Konaté, absent in the selection since the African Cup of Nations (Can) 2019, finds the opportunity to relaunch his career and return to the Lair, with the new contract he signed with the Dijon team.

Moussa Konaté, relegated to Ligue 2 with Amiens, because of a truncated season because of Covid-19, will eventually play in French Ligue 1. The Senegalese international has signed with Dijon for a period of three years. The contract was signed the day before yesterday and stopped 2.4 million euros (1.5 billion CFA francs). The Burgundy club requested the services of the Senegalese striker to replace his captain and striker Julio Tavares, who left for the Gulf (Asia). After the departure of its titular striker, Dijon recruited Roger Assalé. But the arrival of the Ivorian did not prevent the descent into hell of the former teammates of Alfred Gomis. They occupy the last place in the French championship with only 2 pts. They only scored 4 goals in their seven games.

The offensive weakness of the Dijon formation pushed its leaders to strengthen it. Moussa Konaté, author of 22 goals in 74 Ligue 1 matches with Amiens, may be the ideal choice for the recovery of the downward slope of Dijon. He is therefore invited to get involved in the offensive play of his new partners.

By signing a three-season contract with Dijon, the 2019 African vice-champion has the opportunity to take up another challenge: that of returning to the selection. Moussa Koné, 27, was also one of the pillars of the Senegal Lions attack a few years ago. The native of Mbour has scored 11 goals in his 32 caps. Only Sadio Mané (13 goals) did better than him under the advent of coach Aliou Cissé. He was also part of the campaign generation for the London (England) 2012 Olympic Games, with Cheikhou Kouyaté, Sadio Mané, Idrissa Gana Guèye and Saliou Ciss.

But his place was compromised after the qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations (Can-2019). He did not play any match in the final phase of this competition, despite his summons by Aliou Cissé. The latter has also zapped since the return of the Lions from the Egypt-2019 campaign.

The obstacle of the young guard

Senegal’s national coach did not call him in the Lions’ last four matches against Brazil (1-1) in October 2019, against Congo (2-0) then Eswatini (4-1) in November 2019 and against Morocco (1-3) and Mauritania, match canceled in October 2020.

Moussa Konaté’s comeback in the Lair does not seem easy. It was set aside for the benefit of young fit players, the image of Habib Diallo, Famara Diédhiou, Boulaye Dia and Mame Baba Thiam. The first scored his first selection goal against Congo (2-0) at the Lat Dior stadium in Thiès. The second was established against Brazil (1-1), a meeting he was the author of the Senegalese goal from a penalty spot. The other two performed their baptism of fire on October 9 against Morocco. The former resident of the Senegalese national Olympic team (under 23) has other competitors in the selection such as Ibrahima Niane and Youssouph Badji. The latter are in a good dynamic and have arguments to integrate the Lair.

The sites therefore promise to be difficult for Moussa Konaté. The striker has the obligation to meet two challenges, trying to get his new club out of the red zone and return to the selection. He has to work hard to get there.

Moussa Konaté, trained Mbour, began his professional career at Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel, 2011-2012), then at FC Krasnodar (Russia, 2012-2014). He was subsequently loaned to Genoa (Italy) in 2013-2014 and to FC Sion (Switzerland) for three seasons, from 2014 to 2017. After Sion, he joined Amiens and his contract was due to expire on June 30, 2021.

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ONMT boosts Ryanair deployment in Morocco

In partnership with the Moroccan National Tourism Office (ONMT), the airline Ryanair is increasing its frequencies in Morocco, able to support the recovery of the national tourism sector, the Office announced in a press release.

From October 25, 58 weekly flights on 45 lines to France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Spain and Portugal have been blown up. the press release. The ONMT has set up a partnership with the airline Ryanair so that the company can once again provide flights from the six main European markets and to 8 Moroccan airports, underlines the same source, noting that 228,690 seats are thus infused. for the winter season 2020-2021, reports the MAP. “Thanks to our exceptional relationship with Ryanair, which we have maintained despite the flight shutdown period, we have agreed together to reconnect our various destinations to the main European markets”, declared ONMT Director General Adel El Fakir, cited in the press release.

“This is only a first step, we are aiming to reach more foreign markets with Ryanair but also with other national and international companies”, he maintained. In detail, Marrakech will be linked to the main European capitals Paris, London, Rome, Brussels, Dublin but also to other important airports, namely Milan, Barcelona, ​​Malaga, Bordeaux, Marseille, Naples, Porto, Dole, Pisa, Seville and Tours. The city of Agadir will be linked directly to London, Manchester, Brussels and Marseille, said the Office, noting that Fez will be rescheduled from Paris, Barcelona, ​​Milan, Nantes, Marseille, Nîmes and Dole. As for Rabat, it will be reconnected to Paris, Brussels, Madrid, Marseille, Düsseldorf and Seville, the statement said, adding that Tangier will be linked to Paris, Brussels, Madrid and Marseille, while Essaouira will benefit from a direct connection to Brussels, and Nador will be connected to Brussels, Frankfurt and Marseille and Oujda to Paris, Brussels and Marseille.

The press release notes, moreover, that the ONMT is also in discussion with Royal Air Maroc as well as a large number of international companies to further increase the number of frequencies from the originating markets and to all Kingdom tourist destinations.

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Aigars Grāvers offers a new song, calling his compatriots to “wake up”

The leader of the group “Jumprava” has sung a composition with the words of Indra Lodziņa, the music has been written and the song has been produced by Lotars Lodziņš, Jānis Kalve, Kārlis Indrišonoks, Arturs Palkevičs, Ingars Viļums and Aigars Grāvers himself.

According to the authors of the song, it “sounds relevant to our time and is like an invitation to the people of Latvia not to stand aside, but to think and share it in their social network profiles, expressing their thoughts and position”.

Combining several well-known Latvian music authors and producers, the song “Honor Case” was created with the idea that it could be performed by Aigars Grāvers. It was Graver and the group “Jumprava” who were once ideological revolutionaries who turned against the existing system. “I accepted the vibration that was offered to me. It was addressed and the idea moved me, I joined it. By participating in the song, I want to make people more aware of what they do on a daily basis, what they think, in order to understand the motivation of their actions. At this time to be, to live is in fact a great challenge, we are faced with great choices. A lot depends on each of our decisions and words – the future of children, grandchildren, friends, relatives, us and our loved ones. These changes will affect absolutely everyone. We are such a small nation, we must not be left any less. Soon we will have nothing to lose. If we look at this song very globally, then I can say that it invites us to think very carefully, to evaluate our actions, what we do, why we do them, ”reveals Gravers.

The songwriters “urge their compatriots not to be lazy and to see what’s going on around them.” And it takes a little driving force to “light up the spark of reason that leads us to the good.”

“Currently, there is such a strange feeling about the general situation in the country and in the world, it seems that people are intimidated and music no longer exists. I am actually ashamed of the musicians – my colleagues, because the feeling is that everyone is scared, closed, scared, even sold. There are none. With all this situation, I think the courage factor can be obtained directly through music. People need to wake up. We have fallen asleep since these awakening in these thirty years. You have to open your eyes and see what the reality is, ”urges Graver.

The authors of the song hope that the “Honorable Thing” will be able to unite the energy of the Latvian people and people will be able to express their position on the situation around them by sharing the composition on their social networks.

In social networks, the reaction to Graver’s new hit is twofold – some share the song and praise the musicians for expressing their attitude, others in the message expressed by the leader of “Jumprava” find connections with the opinion of some controversial politicians.

Actor Christian Karelin ironizes that Engraver is on the path of revolution.

But someone else equates this performance with the works of the scandalous musician Andris Kivičs.

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Palestinian killed and another in danger of death

Wafa News Agency, citing Palestinian security and medical sources, reported that Israeli soldiers pursued Amer Abdul-Rahim Snobar, 18, who was driving near the village of Turmus-Ayya northeast of Ramallah city. , grabbed him and beat him to his death on Sunday morning. The Palestinian victim was from the village of Yatma, near the city of Nablus in the West Bank.

Israeli forces regularly use violence and often open fire on Palestinians.

Human rights groups have repeatedly criticized the TelAviv regime for brutally killing Palestinians who did not pose serious threats to Israelis at the scene of the alleged attacks.

Separately, on Sunday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry drew attention to the critical condition of Palestinian detainee Maher al-Akhras, who has refused to feed for nearly three months.

“For 3 months, Maher alAkhras was detained without any charges. Despite its hunger strike and international outcry, the Israeli regime refused to end his unjustified detention, ”the ministry tweeted. “The occupiers must end the arbitrary detentions and release him and hundreds of Palestinians unjustly detained.”

In detention without charge or trial
Maher al-Akhras, 49, from the village of Silat al-Dahr in the West Bank, was arrested in July and taken into administrative detention without charge or trial.

Immediately after his arrest, the prisoner went on an indefinite hunger strike to protest his detention, which could be renewed for indefinite periods and is deemed illegal under international law. According to Israeli spy agency Shin Bet, Akhras was arrested on July 27 based on reports that he was active in the Gaza-based Islamic Jihad resistance group.

However, his wife Taghreed said he was not an activist in any group and only campaigned for the rights of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.

She also noted that her husband only drinks water and is now “too weak to speak”.

Tasbeeh al-Akhras, one of the Palestinian detainee’s six children, said doctors at the Israeli Kaplan Medical Center warned the family that her father was facing organ failure and would die soon.

The only alternative, freedom
“His situation is critical, he is in continuous pain,” she says. “He asked to be transferred to a Palestinian hospital so that he could stop his strike, but the Israelis refused. Freedom is the only way to stop his strike… He should be with us.

Earlier this month, Akhras’ attorney Ahlam Haddad asked the High Court of Israel to release him, but the court dismissed the appeal, only agreeing not to extend his current administrative detention in – beyond the end of November.

“He is in danger of sudden death which could occur at any time now,” Haddad told the court. “He is on a hunger strike against administrative detention, during which the prisoner and his lawyer lose all the tools to protect him. We have no access to confidential information, no ability to cross-examine the source of that information. ”

Israeli rights group B’Tselem condemned the court’s decision as “appalling” and based on “an ambiguous legal solution”.

“Strike [de la faim] left al-Akhras on the brink of death. Despite its dire state, Israel insists on keeping al-Akhras in detention, ”he said in a statement.

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Deprived of their business class, airlines are rocking

Long-term Zoom or Teams meetings will replace business travel? These business trips by plane have fallen since the start of the pandemic, leaving a big hole in the coffers of American airlines. Their rebound will take time. “All travel suddenly stopped in mid-March because of the Covid,” JJ Kinahan told AFP. A brutal change for this employee of the broker TD AmeriTrade, who until then spent about 75 nights a year away from home for work. There is no shortage of planes and hotel rooms. He especially regrets not having any news from the receptionists and concierges of the establishments where he used to be.

His company currently only allows travel on a case-by-case basis. Anyway, says JJ Kinahan, “people aren’t in the office.” The pandemic has devastated airlines: the four largest companies in the sector in the United States (American, United, Delta and Southwest) lost another cumulative nearly 11 billion dollars in the third quarter. Americans have started moving a little again for personal reasons: for the first time since mid-March, the number of customers passing through airport security last Sunday exceeded the 1million mark. This is still a far cry from the 2.6million recorded on the same day in 2019. Many companies are re-authorizing travel, but are giving the green light in a dropper. Sometimes it is not possible to avoid travel, such as when a lawyer has to appear in court or a repair can only be made by a specialized technician, points out Alexandra Cunningham of the law firm Hunton Andrews Kurth. If employees working in closed places, such as slaughterhouses and cruise ships, have been able to claim compensation after falling ill, in his eyes it remains complicated to prove that the virus could have been caught during a trip from business.

Follow the recommendations of the health authorities, which advise avoiding all non-essential travel, “is currently the best way for a company to protect itself from the risk of lawsuits” by an employee, believes the lawyer. It is also theoretically necessary to respect the quarantine rules imposed in certain States, which is not really practical for a trip of one or two days. The disaffection of business travelers is a problem for airlines: if they only represent about 30% of passengers, they bring half of their turnover, according to the federation representing the sector, Airlines for America. This category “is extremely important to United, it was our livelihood,” Scott Kirby, the boss of the company, said on a recent conference call. Business theft is still down 85% to 90% at United. Mr. Kirby is optimistic: “We are social creatures,” he said, saying he expected a real rebound in business travel between the end of 2021 and 2022, and a return to normal in 2024.

“After September 11, everyone said that the world was going to change, that nobody was going to fly anymore. They were wrong,” Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly also said Thursday on CNBC. But the return to normal “will not be soon”, he said. “Maybe in ten years.” Once the situation recovers, there could ultimately be a 10% to 20% reduction in the number of business trips, said Delta boss Ed Bastian, acknowledging the “impact” of new technologies. video. But it will never be a “substitute” for business travel, he said. As for teleworking as such, it could even benefit air travel, noted in another conference call the United sales manager, Andrew Nocella: employees who have chosen to settle away from the office will have to do so. return a few days a month. “Business travel may be different, but we think it will come back.” In the meantime, their fall will continue to weigh on the accounts of airlines.

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Comments on: Covid-19 due to Traumatology and Orthopedics Hospital cancels scheduled surgeries

We, those who have already had scheduled surgeries and those who cannot appoint them together because they do not have access to examinations and consultations, do not accept the practice of the Institute of Traumatology, using the so-called cowpand pandemic, to stop and refuse medical care. Therefore, we cannot have an understanding of this.

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Kazakevich: The game highlighted things that were not visible in previous games

It has already been reported that Latvia conceded to Malta with 0: 1 (0: 0) in the fourth game of the first group of UEFA Nations League D at the Daugava stadium.

“We lost the game in the 95th minute … We lacked patience in the game. In the second half we started to get nervous,” Kazakevičs said at the post-match press conference. “The previous match against the Faroe Islands took a lot of effort, so we weren’t the first freshness.”

“We chose to play very actively – to meet the opponent on the side of their field, which basically gave a lot of moments in the first half. In the second half there was no lack of freshness, there were not so many moments, so there was a lack of patience to play to the end.”

Kazakevičs did not hide that on Tuesday, the team that wanted more won the field, most likely, but the Latvian national team did not play in the middle of the field in the first half, which was sometimes used quite successfully by Malta.

“In such episodes, it is important to believe in yourself and play to the end, waiting for the moment. This time it was done by the opponents,” added Kazakevičs, who has not yet managed to celebrate victory in four matches at the helm of the Latvian national team.

After the previous game against the Faroe Islands, when the Latvian national team played a draw for the third time in a row, Kazakevičs pointed out that the performance of footballers is improving and the team is going in the right direction. The specialist did not deviate from these words even after the failure on Tuesday.

“I have my doubts about the direction … This game definitely highlighted things that were not visible in September and also in the first duels of this month,” Kazakevich said. “We couldn’t deal with the psychological pressure that was best seen in the second half, when footballers were tired.”

Kazakevich pointed out that tense moments in the future will allow him to understand more clearly which footballers can be relied on at crucial moments. Kazakevich, on the other hand, does not think about resigning, because he believes in himself and the team.

“If you think I’m not doing well, I think differently. I think there are a lot of positive trends. There has been a lot of change in the team, and we’ve been clear with a large group of new players. Is it worth it? [turpināt darbu]? It is up to the football federation to decide, “there was a specialist.

The coach was also asked if another football player, who had not been given a chance before, could be invited to the national team in the future. Kazakevich emphasized that there are problems in some positions in the state unit, but did not name them specifically. He also stated that the selection criteria for entry into the national unit will not be changed.

“All three games showed that in some positions we need new faces,” Kazakevich revealed. “The players themselves need to improve their performance, and I believe they will.”

In October, Gļebs Kļuškins, a player of the Lithuanian team Marijampole “Sūduva”, and Daniels Ontužāns, who is at the disposal of “Bayern” in Munich, also helped the team. None of the footballers played in the test matches or in the League of Nations, but Kazakevich explained the reasons.

“The performance of each football player is evaluated during the training process. We watch how they compete with other players and accordingly we also choose the line-up for the game,” Kazakevičs explained the choice of the list of candidates. “In order for these players to be called to the national team again next time, they need to come stronger. Including Gleb.”

The coach had repeatedly pointed out that the attackers lacked confidence. According to Kazakevich, the help of a psychologist would not give the desired result, because each player must start with an analysis of his performance, but the coaches will continue to work on the team climate.

Kazakevich also indicated that another camp will probably be held in February to bring together the national team. The specialist pointed out that additional training will allow you to complete the preparation cycle better.

At the end of the press conference, the head coach of the Latvian national team pointed out that not all games are evaluated with a minus sign. He also has his own vision and vision that can only be realized in the long run.

In September, in the first group of the UEFA Nations D League, the Latvians played 0-0 with Andorra at home and fought 1: 1 with Malta. Another draw was recorded three days ago in Torshavn, where a draw was played again – 1: 1 with Faroese footballers.

Malta lost 2: 3 to the Faroe Islands in September and played 1: 1 against Latvia at home. Three days ago, Malta finished the game with Andorra in a draw.

Six days ago, both teams played in a friendly match. Latvia played 1: 1 with Montenegro in a heavy and wet field, but Malta beat Gibraltar at home 2: 0.

After three games, the Faroe Islands are leading the group with seven points, Malta has five points in four dues, Malta has scored three and Andorra has two points in three dues.

Without a 1: 1 draw in Malta, in September Latvia met in official battles with Malta in the 2012 European Championship qualification tournament, with Latvian footballers being 2: 0 superior in both games.

The overall balance is similar, Latvia has won three times in seven games, lost three and played in a draw once. The total goal balance is 8: 4 in favor of Latvia.

Among the candidates for the national team were 27 footballers, of whom Krister Tober, Daniel Ontuzhan and Eduard Tidenberg had no midfielders in the previous term. Due to Covid-19, the center defender Kaspars Dubra could not join the national team, and Igors Tarasovs, who was the only goalkeeper of the Latvian national team in the match in Podgorica, was called in his place.

After the disqualification of two games, Vladislav Gutkowski, one of the most productive players of the Polish championship, has returned to the rankings.

The Latvian national team in the FIFA rank is divided into 137th place, but the Maltese national unit occupies the 186th position.

The winner of the first group of the League of Nations D will secure a place in the C league of the next season or in the third level by force. The weakest national teams in the D league play.

The last games of the League of Nations are scheduled for November in Latvia.

The composition of the Latvian men’s football team for play with the Maltese national team:

goalkeepers – Pavel Steinbor (Belastock “Jagiellonia”, Poland), Robert Ozols (“Riga”), Davis Osh (Jurmala “Spartacus”);

defenders – Igors Tarasovs (Kuopio “Palloseura”, Finland), Elvis Stuglis, Ritvars Rugins (both – “Riga”), Roberts Savaļnieks (RFS), Mārcis Ošs (“Lugano”, Switzerland), Krišs Kārkliņš (“Valmiera”);

midfielders – Artūrs Zjuzins, Jānis Ikaunieks (both – RFS), Eduards Emsis (“Noah”, Armenia), Andrejs Cigaņiks (Luhansk “Zorja”, Ukraine), Vladislav Fyodorov (“Riga”), Alvis Jaunzems (“Valmiera”), Mārtiņš Ķigurs (“Liepāja”), Kristers Tobers (Gdansk “Lechia”, Poland), Daniels Ontužāns (Munich “Bayern”, Germany);

attackers – Vladislav Gutkowski (Czestochowa “Rakow”, Poland), Robert Uldrik (“Sion”, Switzerland), Dāvis Ikaunieks (“Mlada Boleslav”, Czech Republic), Raimonds Krollis (“Metta”).

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Listen – The Rolltones is releasing the first single from their upcoming album

The author of the lyrics of the song “Tears of Tears” is the poet Juris Būmeisters. His collection of poems “Juris Būmeisters. The author of the composition “Poetry” was presented to Valters Sprūdžs by a long-term musical colleague, the poet’s grandson Kārlis Būmeisters.

While reading the collection of poems, the trigger really liked the self-irony expressed by the poet, which can be seen in these lines of poetry. The poem says “I hate music, poetry – I can’t stand it”, which made me smile, although in general the poem is quite dark. I thought – if I wrote a song with such lyrics, then the ironic circle would be completely over, ”reveals Walter.

The song was recorded for the Latvian Association of Performers and Producers (LaIPA) scholarship for creating new music. She also made a text video by Kate Elpo. Pianist Ritvars Garoza has played the keyboard parts. The single was recorded in Mārtiņš Burkevics studio.

The band was formerly known as Flame & The Rolltones, but has now decided to simplify the name by shortening it to The Rolltones. As Uģis Eihvalds, the drummer of the group, laughs: “Also, we all call us rolls”. The voice of the group, Atis Zviedris, says: “I think the time when I was associated with the word“ Flame ”, which I use when participating in the TV show“ Talent Factory ”, is over. I’ve been using my name for a long time to release my new songs, which I perform as a solo artist, so I think it’s finally time to give up my old nicknames. However, if the long-term fans who have been with me too factory will want to call me “Flame”, definitely not angry about it. “

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Graudiņa and Kravčenoka will be allowed to participate in the European Beach Volleyball Championship

It was previously reported that due to Graudiņa’s positive Covid-19 test, she and Anastasia Kravčenoka will not be able to defend the title of European champion. The Covid-19 analyzes received on Friday turned out to be positive for Graudiņa, however, the next two were negative, thus giving the Latvian duo hope to play in the championship.

As explained by LVF board member and tournament director Kaspars Timermanis, in talks with the European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) and the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC), a decision was made on Thursday to allow the duo to participate in the European Beach Volleyball Championship, which will take place from 15 to 20 September. In Jurmala. The green light for the game will be given to the athletes in compliance with several safety regulations under the supervision of the Latvian Olympic Team (LOV) doctor Līga Cīrule.

Timermanis emphasizes that welcoming the SPKC is a reasonable solution for ensuring public health, while not denying Kravčenoka the opportunity to participate in the competition. “LVF is pleased to announce that our leading athletes will start in the tournament in the new week, and is doing everything possible to make the national event as safe as possible. face masks and disinfect hands, “says Timerman.

Last Friday, the LVF informed that the athlete’s partner Kravčenoka and their coach Andris Krūmiņš, who have also performed tests and have been closely related to Graudiņš in the training process, have negative Covid-19 analysis results. However, as these persons have been identified as direct contacts, they were also given two weeks’ self-isolation at that time.

LVF emphasizes that the safety of visitors and athletes is a priority of the European Beach Volleyball Championship. In order to avoid cases during the planned championship, a special Covid-19 risk prevention team has been established, which has been working with CEV representatives for more than a month to implement various measures and procedures and prevent potential risks. LVF also informs that players and spectators must take into account that the requirements will be very strict and will exceed the limits set by the state much more.

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Samanta Tīna harshly expresses Juta Valdmane’s love for street cats

As always, there will be no lack of bright events – both an unexpected surprise about lost apartment keys and a visit to the sauna, which will be crowned with quite spicy scenes.

Those who have been to Georgia will agree – this country stands out with stray cat and dog colonies, which will be found in the streets of Tbilisi in the vast majority this time as well. This fact will not go unnoticed by fitness beauty Juta Valdmane, who, despite the fact that cats live on the street and are without a specific owner to take care of them, will not be able to control their love for four-legged burglars. She will hurry to pet and take every cat she finds on her way, earning the criticism of singer Samantina Tina.

“Well, like all the ladies – cat cat! But I keep watching that she takes those cats from the street in her hands, puts them on her face. I have nothing against cats, but it’s so unhygienic. Let these cats live, but you don’t have to take them in your hands – who knows, maybe they have fleas, worms. You do not know – he lives on the street and eats from musoriem,Samantha Tina will express her opinion in the latest series “Four on Suitcases”.

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