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  • 10 Aug 2017 10:15 AM | Amy Gonzalez (Administrator)

    Sarasota, FL (August 10, 2017) – The Radiology Department of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota was recently awarded the Five Star Excellence Award for 2016 by Professional Research Consultants Inc., the largest private market research firm dedicated to the healthcare industry.  Doctors Hospital Radiology was ranked among the top 10% of the more than 600 hospitals surveyed nationwide.

     Each year approximately 50,000 diagnostic exams and image-guided procedures are performed at Doctors Hospital.  The radiologists carefully review X-rays, Ultrasounds, MRI and CT scans for clues that can help physicians diagnose their patients. Because of the quality of the imaging studies and confidence in their interpretations, Sarasota physicians who practice at the hospital ranked the department a top performer. "As consultants for the medical staff it is very gratifying to have the contributions we make to patient care acknowledged and appreciated by our clinical colleagues," said Steven Lipman, M.D., Medical Director of Radiology at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.

    The radiology department also boasts a highly skilled and specialized staff of technologists and RNs with most holding at least one advanced certification. The department is accredited by the American College of Radiology


  • 10 Aug 2017 9:37 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Aug. 10, 2017) – The Florida Green Building Coalition this week delivered Platinum Certification honors to Manatee County, the state's first county government to achieve platinum status.

    CJ Davila, Executive Director of the Florida Green Building Coalition, spoke to County Commissioners Tuesday, congratulated the County's Green Team for the accomplishment and for achieving the highest grade FGBC has ever awarded to a local government.

    "There has been a measurable impact of these people's efforts," Davila said. "You're saving your citizens and taxpayers a lot of dollars. They did an amazing job." 
     
    Manatee County achieved its initial Green Government recognition in 2011. By 2013, Manatee was a gold level green government. Platinum certification comes after years of effort led by Manatee County Energy Manager Diana Robinson and Michelle Powers, Manatee County Energy and Sustainability Coordinator. 

    In recent years Manatee County's Green Team lead the countywide effort to increase energy efficiencies and streamline energy costs. Manatee County has streamlined its kilowatt hours nearly 7 percent over the past five years. 

    Among the team's top accomplishments, Robinson listed the County's energy efficient downtown chiller plant, the countywide transition to single-stream recycling and community events, such as Manatee Libraries' Teen Recycled Fashion Show. The County's landfill gas generator has slashed energy costs in half at the Lena Road Landfill. Dozens of Manatee County's green and sustainable efforts are listed on the Coalition's website. 

    Robinson credited Manatee County's Green Team, County Commissioners and leadership who have remained committed to sustainable policies for years. Staff from Manatee County Public Works, Property Management and Utilities departments played key roles in achieving certification over time. 

    Manatee County Property Management Director Charlie Bishop credited Robinson, Powers, former Green Team sponsor Brenda Rogers and staff from Manatee County Public Works and Utilities departments which played a big role in achieving platinum status. 

    The Green Team's efforts won universal acclaim from the County Commission. 

    "I'm so proud of the Green Team and of what's been accomplished for this county," said Commissioner Vanessa Baugh. "This is huge."

    For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov
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  • 04 Aug 2017 2:26 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Aug. 4, 2017) –  Manatee County is accepting applications for four positions on the Manatee County Healthcare Advisory Board, a volunteer group that evaluates, monitors and discusses the healthcare system in Manatee County and makes recommendations to the County Commission regarding the funding of healthcare services in Manatee County.

    The advisory board reviews evidence-based practices and programs and related data to determine how County and other assets may be maximized and new resources engaged to enhance the long-term stability and effectiveness of the programs available to citizens of Manatee County who have no other meaningful means of access to health care.
     
    Eligible applicants include Manatee County residents from the following disciplines:

    • Two consumers of County-funded healthcare 
    • One representative with a background in Health Care
    • One business person.

    Each appointee shall be knowledgeable about healthcare and willing to meet a minimum of eight times per year on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 5 - 7 p.m. in the 9th Floor BCC Conference Room of the County Administrative Center, 1112 Manatee Ave. W.
     
    Other meetings may be scheduled as necessary.  Employees, owners or voting board members of agencies that receive funding from Manatee County Government, or individuals who contract with agencies that receive County funding are ineligible to serve on the board, with the exception of a practicing physician who may receive no more than 1 percent of their gross income from County-funded healthcare. 
     
    Efforts will be made to have a Board that is reflective of the diversity of the community. Manatee County residents from minority communities, including but not limited to members from African-American and Latino/Hispanic heritage, are encouraged to apply.  
     
    Applications are due Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. The application may be found at: http://www.mymanatee.org/home/government/advisory-boards/healthcare-advisory-board.html.  Supplemental questions to the application are on page 5 of the form. 
     
    A resume or C.V. is also required for consideration for appointment to this advisory board. Please note, all information provided within applications will be made public.  For more information, call Joshua Barnett at (941) 749-3030 or email to joshua.barnett@mymanatee.org.  All applicants must complete the new form, even if they have applied previously since the application has been updated
     
    For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.


  • 31 Jul 2017 3:53 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    FUNCTION: Under the direct supervision of the Club Director, the Front Desk/Administrative Assistant has the general responsibility of the front counter area.

    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACTIVITIES: (not all-inclusive)

    • Working knowledge of basic clerical duties.

    • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.

    • Must be able to act as the receptionist for the Club.

    • Maintains general files such as attendance sheets, parent sign out sheets, etc.

    • Answers phone and all dispatches promptly.

    • Signs up new members, collects membership fees, and submits daily reports of membership receipts.

    • Issues duplicate membership cards.

    • Maintain check in/out of all members and guests.

    • Greets and screens all club visitors and refers them to appropriate staff.

    • Ensures that accurate membership and attendance records are being kept daily and submitted to the Data Specialist.

    • Conveys a positive public relation image to each member and guest that utilizes the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County.

    • Responsible for the daily clean-up of front counter area.

    • Performs other clerical duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Club Director.

    • Does not supervise others.

    POSITION REQUIREMENTS: (not all inclusive)

    This position is part time. (Monday-Friday); starts at $12.00 per hour, granted PTO and Pension Plan

    • Bi-lingual a plus.

    • Valid State Driver’s License and must pass pre-employment background check and drug test.

    • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including, but not limited to Word, Excel, and Access.

    • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Outlook

    • Basic knowledge of proper filing procedures.

    • Ability to relate with children and parents.

    • Experience in working with children and knowledge of youth development.

    • Strong Organization, Time Management Skills and ability to set Priorities

    • Obtain strong Work Ethic, Positive Attitude, High Level of Energy and Flexibility

    • Strong communication, Interpersonal skills, and Attention to Detail

    • Must be comfortable performing multi-faceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities.

    POSITION QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Required to stand, walk, and sit. Able to use hands and fingers on a (computer) keyboard and other office equipment.

    • Lift and/or move up to 25 pounds during a standard 4 or 8 hour shift.

    • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

    • The noise level in the work environment is high due to work is conducted in a Club for children, inside and outside setting.

    HOW TO APPLY:

    To apply, please email hr@bgcmanatee.org with a resume. Also, indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line.

    Apply by 8/15/2017.

    Principal applicants only, no recruiters; no phone calls or walk-ins accepted. This position is part-time, based in Palmetto, Florida. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County is an Equal Opportunity Employer


  • 31 Jul 2017 3:51 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    FUNCTION: The Chief Development Officer will be the senior level development professional responsible to lead a successful Major Gifts and Planned Giving program; also responsible for planning, developing, and growing a comprehensive fundraising program for securing financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations to meet organizational goals.

    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACTIVITIES: (not all-inclusive)

    • In conjunction with the President and Board leadership, establishes and executes a comprehensive development plan that meets the organizational needs for current and future sustainability.

    • Works with the staff and board volunteers to identify, cultivate and successfully solicit gifts from individuals (generally five/six-figure gifts) including capital campaigns and endowments using a Moves Management system.

    • Develops and markets a Planned Giving program. Works to ensure that program becomes an integrated part of the overall development effort. Works closely with Development Director in the integration of a Planned Giving program as it relates to endowment goals set by the Foundation.

    • Oversees and manages all aspects of Major Gift campaigns, including Annual Fund gifts $10,000 or more and Capital Campaign gifts.

    • Serves as the primary liaison with the Endowment Committee to develop prospect pool and implement strategies for successful solicitations.

    • Prepares ongoing updates and productivity reports for management and Corporate and Foundation Boards. Remains fully accountable for reaching activity and productivity target goals.

    • Meets with planned gift prospects and their advisors, prepare financial illustrations of proposed gifts, and drafts gift agreements for review by prospects and their advisors.

    • Organizes and conducts seminars for prospective donors, professional financial and estate planners, and other constituencies.

    • Works with development team to prepare materials that support Planned Giving and Capital Campaign efforts.

    • Establishes and monitors policies and procedures for gift solicitation and acceptance, recording and reporting.

    • Maintains frequent contact with estate planning counsel, financial planners, insurance agents, accountants and law firms to remain up to date on knowledge in field and discusses donor interests and appropriate giving methods.

    • Plans and coordinates cultivation and stewardship events, including the support of volunteers who host events.

    • Schedules and conducts regular face-to-face visits with current and potential major and planned gift donors and prospects.

    • Manages recordkeeping for major and planned gift donors, assuring effective administrative and operational support functions are in place.

    SUPERVISION: Supervises Development Director.

    KEY RESULT AREA: Establishes and secures gifts through Planned Giving program; establishes and secures gifts through Major Gifts program; implements and manages a donor-centered Moves Management system.

    POSITION REQUIREMENTS: (not all inclusive)

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in related field.

    • A minimum of 7 years of progressive experience in fundraising with at least 5 years at a senior level of management, CFRE preferred.

    • Knowledge of: the mission, objectives, policies, programs and procedures and of the principles and practices of non-profit organizations, youth development services preferred.

    • Successful track record of accomplishment in fundraising abilities to include Planned Giving, Major Gifts, Capital Campaigns.

    • Experience with Moves Management system.

    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Club staff, Board members, volunteers, community groups, and other related agencies.

    • Knowledge of accessing and managing donor data base.

    • Strong Organization, Time Management Skills and ability to set Priorities

    • Obtain strong Work Ethic, Positive Attitude, High Level of Energy and Flexibility

    • Strong oral and written communication skills, Interpersonal skills, and Attention to Detail

    • Must be comfortable performing multi-faceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities.

    • Valid State Driver’s License

    • Must pass pre-employment background check and drug test

    POSITION QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Required to stand, walk, and sit. Able to use hands and fingers on a (computer) keyboard and other office equipment.

    • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

    • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

    • The noise level in the work environment is medium, with minimal exposure to adverse environment issues, and local travel, including exposure to heat, cold, inclement weather conditions and occasional environmental hazards.

    To apply, please email a PDF version of your cover letter and resume to CDOSearch@bgcmanatee.org. Also, indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line. Apply by August 15, 2017.

    Principal applicants only, no recruiters; no phone calls or walk-ins accepted. This position is Full Time, based in Bradenton, Florida. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. (072717)


  • 31 Jul 2017 3:49 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    SUMMARY OF POSITION:

    The Program Specialist plan, implements, supervises and evaluates activities provided within a specific program area, such as Sports & Fitness, Fine Arts, and/or Social Recreation.

    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACTIVITIES: (not all-inclusive)

    • Create an environment that facilitates the achievement of Youth Development Outcomes.

    • Ensure engagement, promote and stimulate participation, and consistent attendance of youth enrolled in activities.

    • Establish rapport with youth and provide mentoring, guidance, role modeling to members and overall direction for their leadership development, artistic skills, physical activity engagement and academic progress

    • Effectively implement and administer programs, services and activities.

    • Monitor and evaluate programs, services and activities to ensure safety of members, quality in programs and appearance of the club at all time.

    • Engaging members in activities successfully and provide a safe environment for members.

    • Support members emotional and social development, encouraging understanding of others and positive self-concepts successfully.

    • Plan and facilitate purposeful and engaging activities and group projects

    • Submit regular lesson plans, attendance sheets and other administrative duties

    • Participate in training and staff development activities.

    • Ensure a productive work environment by participating in club staff meetings.

    • Maintains close, daily contact with Club staff (professional and volunteer), Club members and supervisor to receive/provide information, discuss issues, explain guidelines/instructions; instruct; collaborate; and advise/counsel.

    Mandatory cleaning set up and closes down of program area on a daily basis.

    Assist Bus Drivers in providing safe and punctual transportation to and from schools and club sites.

    POSITION REQUIREMENTS: (not all inclusive)

    This position is part time. (Monday-Friday); starts at $12.00 per hour, granted PTO and Pension Plan

    • High School diploma

    • Minimum of two years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required

    • Certifications and credentials in respective skill-based activity highly preferred

    • CPR and First Aid Certifications preferred

    • Valid State Driver’s License

    • Must pass pre-employment background check and drug test

    • Experience in working with children and knowledge of youth development.

    • Experience and ability in creating interactive and educational activities

    • Strong Organization, Time Management Skills and ability to set Priorities

    • Obtain strongWork Ethic, Positive Attitude, High Level of Energy and Flexibility

    • Strong communication, Interpersonal skills, and Attention to Detail

    • Ability to motivate youth and manage behavior problems

    • Ability to plan and implement quality programs for youth

    • Ability to organize and supervise members in a safe environment

    • Must be comfortable performingmulti-faceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities.

    POSITIONQUALIFICATIONS:

    • Required to stand, walk, and sit. Able to use hands and fingers on a (computer) keyboard and other office equipment.

    • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

    • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

    • The noise level in the work environment is high due to work is conducted in a Club setting, indoor/outside.

    HOW TO APPLY:

    To apply, please email hr@bgcmanatee.org with a resume. Also, indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line. Principal applicants only, no recruiters; no phone calls or walk-ins accepted. This position is part-time, based in Bradenton, Florida. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 5-1-17


  • 31 Jul 2017 9:29 AM | Amy Gonzalez (Administrator)

    Goodwill Manasota is holding a Job Fair on Wednesday, September 20th from 10 am – 2 pm at the Corporate Campus Job Connection at 2705 51st Avenue East in Bradenton.

    If your company is looking for candidates to fill available positions and you would like to reserve a booth at the Job Fair, please contact Lori Blaisdell at lori.blaisdell@gimi.org or 941.405.1850 ext. 625.. The flyer is attached.

    Also, if you or someone you know is looking for a position, please come to the Job Fair on Wednesday, September 20th. We will have employers ready to hire! Bring a resume and be dressed for an interview.

    Thank you!


  • 28 Jul 2017 1:55 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (July 28, 2017) – Manatee County is accepting applicants for vacancies for two Special Magistrates, volunteer positions who hear and decide alleged violations of Manatee’s Land Development Code and Code of Ordinances, imposing fines against the violators.
     
    All Manatee County residents may apply for any of the volunteer positions. Special Magistrates are usually people with a legal background and/or law experience.  The new Special Magistrate appointees will fill four year terms which expire in October 2021.
     
    The Special Magistrate typically holds hearings on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. in the first floor chambers of the Manatee County Administrative Center, 1112 Manatee Ave., W., Bradenton.
     
    Applications are due Sept. 1 and may be found online at: www.mymanatee.org/advisory_boards

    For more information, call Manatee County Code Enforcement Chief Jeffrey Bowman at (941) 748-2071 or e-mail Jeffery.bowman@mymanatee.org.

    For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.


  • 25 Jul 2017 4:03 PM | Amy Gonzalez (Administrator)

    Kiddie Academy of Lakewood Ranch, recently received the Presidents Circle and 2016 Life Essentials®, Character Education award at Kiddie Academy’s® Annual Conference this month in San Antonio, TX, where 186 Academies nationwide were considered for the program.

     According to the President of Kiddie Academy, Greg Helwig, winners were honored for their extensive contributions to the Kiddie Academy system by way of mentoring, leading, and championing the brand’s key growth initiatives. Helwig shared that common denominators among Kiddie Academy’s Annual Conference winners include ambassadorship of brand systems, standards and processes; commitment to customer service and satisfaction; accountability for staff motivation and retention; and a devotion to building community.

     “An important trait that all Kiddie Academy franchisees share is a passion for our industry, our brand, and the people who drive the company’s success every day. With so many dedicated professionals working to provide best-in-class early educational childcare in an environment that fosters learning and development, as well as the highest safety standards, the ‘best of the best’ are truly ‘doing it all’ and doing an exceptional job,” said Helwig. “This year’s award winner. Kiddie Academy of Lakewood Ranch exemplify the highest standards of professionalism and caring, and we are proud to recognize their contributions not only to Kiddie Academy, but to their communities, neighborhoods, and thousands of families nationwide.”

     More than 186 Kiddie Academy locations in 24 states and the District of Columbia serve over 20,000 families nationwide. For more information about Kiddie Academy of Lakewood Ranch and their Life Essentials® curriculum approach to preparing children for school and for life, please contact Marina Wolf-Schmidt at (941) 727-9072 or lakewoodranch@kiddieacademy.net. For more information about Kiddie Academy, please visit www.kiddieacademy.com




  • 21 Jul 2017 10:07 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    Sarasota & Bradenton, FL., July 20, 2017 – CenterState Bank, Market President, Shaun P. Merriman, announced yesterday the appointment of Michael G. Forson as Vice President and Commercial Banking Relationship Manager.  In this capacity, Forson will be responsible for developing new commercial banking relationships while maintaining excellent relationships with CenterState’s existing highly-valued business clients throughout the Sarasota and Bradenton markets. 

    In making the announcement, Merriman commented, “We are delighted to have Mike join our organization.  Not only does he have a fine reputation with over 28 years of experience in the financial services industry and extensive knowledge of commercial and consumer lending and deposit services, but Mike also has over 30 years of military service as a commissioned officer in the Florida Army National Guard.”  Merriman added, “His outstanding leadership and professionalism will help our organization to continue our strong growth by offering exceptional service to our local businesses and community.”

    Forson joins CenterState Bank from his most recent position as Vice President and Private Banker at Fifth Third Bank in Sarasota.  He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration at Argosy University.  In addition to his participation on the Goodwill Veterans Task Force, Forson has recently been appointed a Board Member of the Ringling College Library Association.

    CenterState Bank is a Florida based community bank and one of Florida’s largest publicly traded banks providing online banking, commercial lending, residential mortgages and investment services. CenterState has a history of quality service and community focus.  Our core values at CenterState focus on themes of sustainability, a long-term horizon and the career development of our team.  We believe that local ownership and local management translate into a better bank. For more information on CenterState Bank, please visit, www.CenterStateBank.com.

     


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Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

 

The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is a strong community-driven membership organization that focuses on business growth, partnership, opportunities and awareness. Its proud members are a wide variety of large and small business owners and their dedicated employees within the community. All of its valued members are committed to best businesses practices, networking opportunities, training, seminars, education, business connections, economic development and community expansion. Member businesses are located in, or doing business in, the Lakewood Ranch area, near Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida. Our proud members are dedicated to promoting a vibrant business community and speaking up for business needs in the community. The Alliance also has a strong working relationship with local Chambers of Commerce and is focused on creating awareness for local non-profit organizations.


8430 Enterprise Circle

 Suite 140
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
Phone: 941-757-1664 
Fax: 941-362-2600 
 
    
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