Council bosses and Labour leader David Green in day of talks to reduce youth unemployment

Bradford Council’s leader David Green

Bradford Council’s leader David Green

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

Bradford Council’s leader joined forces with Ed Miliband yesterday to discuss tackling youth unemployment.

Councillor David Green met the Labour Party leader and senior figures of various local authorities from across the UK for the Youth Jobs Taskforce in Birmingham.

Councils in Glasgow, Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield were among those sharing ideas on how to combat unemployment in people aged 18 to 24 years. Also present were members of the private and voluntary sectors.

Figures provided by The Office for National Statistics last October showed that the number of people aged under 24 claiming Job Seekers Allowance in Bradford for more than six months had risen by 542 per cent since 2008.

The Bradford West parliamentary constituency has suffered particularly high rates of young jobless.

Speaking after yesterday’s meeting, Coun Green said: “The major thing we need in Bradford is we need to create new jobs and ensure there is a link between training or work experience and jobs so that people get work at the end of their training.

“We need to increase the number of jobs in Bradford district to make sure people’s skills are utilised.”

Coun Green also welcomed input and ideas from other authorities.

He said: “It has been refreshing. There was a wide-ranging group of people and a wide-ranging number of discussions.

“It was good to share information between local authorities.

“It was a very positive day, with lots of food for thought. We will be continuing to meet together to continue to learn from people’s experiences and to develop policies that will be applicable in all local areas.

“There are a number of interesting initiatives all over the country. Other authorities are doing some great work, working with the private sector to get young people into vacancies that arise in the private sector.

“We have had some involvement, but not as far as others.”

Coun Green praised apprenticeship programmes and apprenticeship training agencies that are in place throughout the country and suggested at something similar for Bradford.

He said: “There is a whole raft of different measures that are successful across the country. In Glasgow they are looking at youth unemployment amongst graduates.

“We were looking at the best ways to tackle youth unemployment issues.

“The idea is to start working on the next stage, with a view to the private and voluntary sectors, and learn from the best practices in other areas.”

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10:23am Fri 1 Feb 13

BierleyBoy says...

Ed Miliband, the millionaire Cambridge educated posh boy, hasn't got any ideas on what to do, apart from borrow more money.

David Green is equally clueless. is only interest is in blaming everyone else for Bradford's ills.

maybe these youngsters in Bradford aren't getting work because they are unemployable? That's down to them not making themselves as attractive as possible to employers or looking hard enough for jobs?

If people from EU countries can travel all the way here & find work, there's clearly jobs to be had.
Ed Miliband, the millionaire Cambridge educated posh boy, hasn't got any ideas on what to do, apart from borrow more money. David Green is equally clueless. is only interest is in blaming everyone else for Bradford's ills. maybe these youngsters in Bradford aren't getting work because they are unemployable? That's down to them not making themselves as attractive as possible to employers or looking hard enough for jobs? If people from EU countries can travel all the way here & find work, there's clearly jobs to be had. BierleyBoy
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10:51am Fri 1 Feb 13

Albion. says...

I think it is inadvisable to allow young people in the targeted age group to be left unemployed and more vulnerable to a life of wrongdoing and crime. Even if jobs aren't available for all, there could be programs constructed to give them some tasks within the community and continuity of the work habit.
Judging by the standards of some school leaver/job seekers that I experienced before retiring, I would have to say that modern schooling methods are producing too many failures, despite all the ridiculous league tables and almost pointless qualifications.
I think it is inadvisable to allow young people in the targeted age group to be left unemployed and more vulnerable to a life of wrongdoing and crime. Even if jobs aren't available for all, there could be programs constructed to give them some tasks within the community and continuity of the work habit. Judging by the standards of some school leaver/job seekers that I experienced before retiring, I would have to say that modern schooling methods are producing too many failures, despite all the ridiculous league tables and almost pointless qualifications. Albion.
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12:04pm Fri 1 Feb 13

The Hoffster says...

How about reigning in the banks, capitalists, and speculators that caused all this mess in the first place?

Or won't Milliband (or Cameron) do that 'cos they're all mates with them?
How about reigning in the banks, capitalists, and speculators that caused all this mess in the first place? Or won't Milliband (or Cameron) do that 'cos they're all mates with them? The Hoffster
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12:21pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Not so simple says...

What about these ding dongs in the council do something about helping people aged 30 and above trying to get back into work.

I know many 30 plus people who have lost their jobs and just cannot find work. They want to setup their own businesses but the rates And rents are stupidly high with no incentive. The banks won't lend to these people either, well not the way you'd expect.

Many are skilled,professional and have always worked.

Stop wasting my tax payer funds on chasing a bunch of no hoper teenagers and idiots who just leave prison.

Help those who need help those that need spoon feeding should go back to mama
What about these ding dongs in the council do something about helping people aged 30 and above trying to get back into work. I know many 30 plus people who have lost their jobs and just cannot find work. They want to setup their own businesses but the rates And rents are stupidly high with no incentive. The banks won't lend to these people either, well not the way you'd expect. Many are skilled,professional and have always worked. Stop wasting my tax payer funds on chasing a bunch of no hoper teenagers and idiots who just leave prison. Help those who need help those that need spoon feeding should go back to mama Not so simple
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2:37pm Fri 1 Feb 13

RollandSmoke says...

It is sad to see posters laying the blame for there being massive unemployment amongst our youth on those youth. While we continue to stigmatise and demoralise these youths we are making their chances of finding gainful employment less. There are no big employers taking on new staff on a regular basis in Bradford anymore. This is not the fault of the kids. Unless we find ways of attracting employers back to Bradford the downward spiral will continue and no amount of sanctioning benefits or slave labour work experience schemes that enable employers to utilise an endless stream of free workers will change that. In fact they will make matters worse.
It is sad to see posters laying the blame for there being massive unemployment amongst our youth on those youth. While we continue to stigmatise and demoralise these youths we are making their chances of finding gainful employment less. There are no big employers taking on new staff on a regular basis in Bradford anymore. This is not the fault of the kids. Unless we find ways of attracting employers back to Bradford the downward spiral will continue and no amount of sanctioning benefits or slave labour work experience schemes that enable employers to utilise an endless stream of free workers will change that. In fact they will make matters worse. RollandSmoke
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7:30pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Not so simple says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
It is sad to see posters laying the blame for there being massive unemployment amongst our youth on those youth. While we continue to stigmatise and demoralise these youths we are making their chances of finding gainful employment less. There are no big employers taking on new staff on a regular basis in Bradford anymore. This is not the fault of the kids. Unless we find ways of attracting employers back to Bradford the downward spiral will continue and no amount of sanctioning benefits or slave labour work experience schemes that enable employers to utilise an endless stream of free workers will change that. In fact they will make matters worse.
Have you ever tried recruiting these poor helpless young ones? Most haven't got a GCSE in anything and some don't even know anyone who has a full time job.

Young ones are rather dumb and rather stupid. They've carried on this great tradition from their zombified parents who allow a useless and incompetent council such as Bradford's to reign for years without any question!

They all want the best in life and aren't prepared to do anything in terms of effort to achieve it.

Take a look at the potential recruits at the job centre....no dress sense let alone smell sense!

The icons for these youngsters are the dodgy geezers working as sales reps for claims companies, double glazing firms, door to door subprime lending and the standard gold toothed drug dealers and burgulars on crack!

Good job the young ones' don't "get" or understand what the council does as they too would get their gangs to vote them in at the next election.

This city and it's future is bleak...this applies to every other town and city up and down this once great country.

The nanny state has ruined our future generations.

Kids have been failed in the education system.

Kids have no jobs to go to.

Some of them do not want to work as life's better wheeling and dealing.

Take a walk around town and you'll see the future trolling around town, loud,rude,loutish behaviour and poor manners followed by lack of ambition.

Young ones too busy involved in drugs and other illegal activities.

No way would I employ any of the scum wandering around The UK let alone Bradford.

People need winners...not those who walk around all zombified...however the latter do make great citizens!
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: It is sad to see posters laying the blame for there being massive unemployment amongst our youth on those youth. While we continue to stigmatise and demoralise these youths we are making their chances of finding gainful employment less. There are no big employers taking on new staff on a regular basis in Bradford anymore. This is not the fault of the kids. Unless we find ways of attracting employers back to Bradford the downward spiral will continue and no amount of sanctioning benefits or slave labour work experience schemes that enable employers to utilise an endless stream of free workers will change that. In fact they will make matters worse.[/p][/quote]Have you ever tried recruiting these poor helpless young ones? Most haven't got a GCSE in anything and some don't even know anyone who has a full time job. Young ones are rather dumb and rather stupid. They've carried on this great tradition from their zombified parents who allow a useless and incompetent council such as Bradford's to reign for years without any question! They all want the best in life and aren't prepared to do anything in terms of effort to achieve it. Take a look at the potential recruits at the job centre....no dress sense let alone smell sense! The icons for these youngsters are the dodgy geezers working as sales reps for claims companies, double glazing firms, door to door subprime lending and the standard gold toothed drug dealers and burgulars on crack! Good job the young ones' don't "get" or understand what the council does as they too would get their gangs to vote them in at the next election. This city and it's future is bleak...this applies to every other town and city up and down this once great country. The nanny state has ruined our future generations. Kids have been failed in the education system. Kids have no jobs to go to. Some of them do not want to work as life's better wheeling and dealing. Take a walk around town and you'll see the future trolling around town, loud,rude,loutish behaviour and poor manners followed by lack of ambition. Young ones too busy involved in drugs and other illegal activities. No way would I employ any of the scum wandering around The UK let alone Bradford. People need winners...not those who walk around all zombified...however the latter do make great citizens! Not so simple
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7:54pm Fri 1 Feb 13

RollandSmoke says...

Not so simple wrote:
RollandSmoke wrote:
It is sad to see posters laying the blame for there being massive unemployment amongst our youth on those youth. While we continue to stigmatise and demoralise these youths we are making their chances of finding gainful employment less. There are no big employers taking on new staff on a regular basis in Bradford anymore. This is not the fault of the kids. Unless we find ways of attracting employers back to Bradford the downward spiral will continue and no amount of sanctioning benefits or slave labour work experience schemes that enable employers to utilise an endless stream of free workers will change that. In fact they will make matters worse.
Have you ever tried recruiting these poor helpless young ones? Most haven't got a GCSE in anything and some don't even know anyone who has a full time job.

Young ones are rather dumb and rather stupid. They've carried on this great tradition from their zombified parents who allow a useless and incompetent council such as Bradford's to reign for years without any question!

They all want the best in life and aren't prepared to do anything in terms of effort to achieve it.

Take a look at the potential recruits at the job centre....no dress sense let alone smell sense!

The icons for these youngsters are the dodgy geezers working as sales reps for claims companies, double glazing firms, door to door subprime lending and the standard gold toothed drug dealers and burgulars on crack!

Good job the young ones' don't "get" or understand what the council does as they too would get their gangs to vote them in at the next election.

This city and it's future is bleak...this applies to every other town and city up and down this once great country.

The nanny state has ruined our future generations.

Kids have been failed in the education system.

Kids have no jobs to go to.

Some of them do not want to work as life's better wheeling and dealing.

Take a walk around town and you'll see the future trolling around town, loud,rude,loutish behaviour and poor manners followed by lack of ambition.

Young ones too busy involved in drugs and other illegal activities.

No way would I employ any of the scum wandering around The UK let alone Bradford.

People need winners...not those who walk around all zombified...however the latter do make great citizens!
So what you are saying is these kids have been failed and you wouldn't give them the chance to prove themselves? this helps how exactly? You judge them on their dress sense but without employment they can't buy nice clothes, you speculate on their role models but then say you would deny them the chance to get away from these negative role models and to find new ones who they can look up to due to their success and who they can aspire to emulate. The schools may have failed to inspire them academically but that doesn't mean they are incapable of learning. The kids feel that we have given up on them and your comment proves them right.
[quote][p][bold]Not so simple[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: It is sad to see posters laying the blame for there being massive unemployment amongst our youth on those youth. While we continue to stigmatise and demoralise these youths we are making their chances of finding gainful employment less. There are no big employers taking on new staff on a regular basis in Bradford anymore. This is not the fault of the kids. Unless we find ways of attracting employers back to Bradford the downward spiral will continue and no amount of sanctioning benefits or slave labour work experience schemes that enable employers to utilise an endless stream of free workers will change that. In fact they will make matters worse.[/p][/quote]Have you ever tried recruiting these poor helpless young ones? Most haven't got a GCSE in anything and some don't even know anyone who has a full time job. Young ones are rather dumb and rather stupid. They've carried on this great tradition from their zombified parents who allow a useless and incompetent council such as Bradford's to reign for years without any question! They all want the best in life and aren't prepared to do anything in terms of effort to achieve it. Take a look at the potential recruits at the job centre....no dress sense let alone smell sense! The icons for these youngsters are the dodgy geezers working as sales reps for claims companies, double glazing firms, door to door subprime lending and the standard gold toothed drug dealers and burgulars on crack! Good job the young ones' don't "get" or understand what the council does as they too would get their gangs to vote them in at the next election. This city and it's future is bleak...this applies to every other town and city up and down this once great country. The nanny state has ruined our future generations. Kids have been failed in the education system. Kids have no jobs to go to. Some of them do not want to work as life's better wheeling and dealing. Take a walk around town and you'll see the future trolling around town, loud,rude,loutish behaviour and poor manners followed by lack of ambition. Young ones too busy involved in drugs and other illegal activities. No way would I employ any of the scum wandering around The UK let alone Bradford. People need winners...not those who walk around all zombified...however the latter do make great citizens![/p][/quote]So what you are saying is these kids have been failed and you wouldn't give them the chance to prove themselves? this helps how exactly? You judge them on their dress sense but without employment they can't buy nice clothes, you speculate on their role models but then say you would deny them the chance to get away from these negative role models and to find new ones who they can look up to due to their success and who they can aspire to emulate. The schools may have failed to inspire them academically but that doesn't mean they are incapable of learning. The kids feel that we have given up on them and your comment proves them right. RollandSmoke
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10:56pm Fri 1 Feb 13

ANY WHERE BUT HERE says...

Labour want to help who?
While in power all labour councils were instructed to employ foreign economic migrants.
75% of all positions that came available went to people who had just landed?
These were very good jobs on offer,but they werent for the indigenous.
They were given to them simply to cry out that we needed people just like them, why we needed the humongous amounts of immigration .
The youth,middle aged and the old have all been done over by these basturds.
Maybe one day well see them hang,but for now just vote UKIP!
Labour want to help who? While in power all labour councils were instructed to employ foreign economic migrants. 75% of all positions that came available went to people who had just landed? These were very good jobs on offer,but they werent for the indigenous. They were given to them simply to cry out that we needed people just like them, why we needed the humongous amounts of immigration . The youth,middle aged and the old have all been done over by these basturds. Maybe one day well see them hang,but for now just vote UKIP! ANY WHERE BUT HERE
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1:53am Sat 2 Feb 13

Not so simple says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
Not so simple wrote:
RollandSmoke wrote:
It is sad to see posters laying the blame for there being massive unemployment amongst our youth on those youth. While we continue to stigmatise and demoralise these youths we are making their chances of finding gainful employment less. There are no big employers taking on new staff on a regular basis in Bradford anymore. This is not the fault of the kids. Unless we find ways of attracting employers back to Bradford the downward spiral will continue and no amount of sanctioning benefits or slave labour work experience schemes that enable employers to utilise an endless stream of free workers will change that. In fact they will make matters worse.
Have you ever tried recruiting these poor helpless young ones? Most haven't got a GCSE in anything and some don't even know anyone who has a full time job.

Young ones are rather dumb and rather stupid. They've carried on this great tradition from their zombified parents who allow a useless and incompetent council such as Bradford's to reign for years without any question!

They all want the best in life and aren't prepared to do anything in terms of effort to achieve it.

Take a look at the potential recruits at the job centre....no dress sense let alone smell sense!

The icons for these youngsters are the dodgy geezers working as sales reps for claims companies, double glazing firms, door to door subprime lending and the standard gold toothed drug dealers and burgulars on crack!

Good job the young ones' don't "get" or understand what the council does as they too would get their gangs to vote them in at the next election.

This city and it's future is bleak...this applies to every other town and city up and down this once great country.

The nanny state has ruined our future generations.

Kids have been failed in the education system.

Kids have no jobs to go to.

Some of them do not want to work as life's better wheeling and dealing.

Take a walk around town and you'll see the future trolling around town, loud,rude,loutish behaviour and poor manners followed by lack of ambition.

Young ones too busy involved in drugs and other illegal activities.

No way would I employ any of the scum wandering around The UK let alone Bradford.

People need winners...not those who walk around all zombified...however the latter do make great citizens!
So what you are saying is these kids have been failed and you wouldn't give them the chance to prove themselves? this helps how exactly? You judge them on their dress sense but without employment they can't buy nice clothes, you speculate on their role models but then say you would deny them the chance to get away from these negative role models and to find new ones who they can look up to due to their success and who they can aspire to emulate. The schools may have failed to inspire them academically but that doesn't mean they are incapable of learning. The kids feel that we have given up on them and your comment proves them right.
The discipline and education of life starts from home.

Why don't you adopt em all?

These are problems which are rooted deep and you cannot just waste resources after resources trying to sort out and raise the kids/youth of tomorrow when the families they come from are nothing but bums,some have never worked....these are the role models these youth have.

Decent people make an effort...some fail but do make an effort. This nanny state has been spoon feeding the nations parents for generations and now we have generations where they cannot bring up a lift let alone a child.

The social services,youth centres and all these millions that have been spent on education and public funding to keep youth involved has been failing since day one. Now when the pooh hits the fan, the pension pots are empty and the country is bankrupt; along comes you who wants to love them some more!

Yes it would be great to show the ropes to the youth as after all they are the future.

Nobody is judging them...just observing and so far what I have observed and learnt from others show that this generation of losers is beyond help.

Good stable family backgrounds are needed to ensure good kids stay Proactive and are an investment.
Most of these youth can barely communicate or show the willingness to learn or acquire skills.

GCSE, Alevels and degrees were to hard for some so they made it easier with NVQ's and the like, yet these youth still don't want to learn. The problem is down to their negative and wasted brains and childhoods.

The nanny state is to blame and it should proceed to offer long term measures to fix this problem. This problem will only get worse and Beleive me it doesn't appear to be a mistake, rather a ploy to dumb down the entire population, gradually but surely it's being done.

We were kids and teenagers...good days they were and fond memories we have.

If we wanted anything, we didn't ask our mother or father for it, we knew times were hard and life was a struggle. We got jobs,paper rounds, did gardening and other community chores to raise funds to buy whatever we wanted in terms of shoes,clothing and toys.

New spoonfed zombified youth are too lazy to work or even think about working to earn a reward or betterment in living standards. This softly softly approach does not and has not worked....it's turned the youth into a bunch of materialistic, superficial freaks who have no respect for others lives or property.

When you learn for yourself, one can take the step up from the gutter, however some enjoy the doggy dog world of ruling the ghetto gutter.

You have to be realistic when it comes to helping the youth of today....look at the past and learn from it, no more softly softly approach...make em all join the army as volunteers for a few years and watch as soon as they are released from the army they will find jobs and keep the peace and raise good families.

Or you could do what Cameron proposed and hug those hoodies
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Not so simple[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: It is sad to see posters laying the blame for there being massive unemployment amongst our youth on those youth. While we continue to stigmatise and demoralise these youths we are making their chances of finding gainful employment less. There are no big employers taking on new staff on a regular basis in Bradford anymore. This is not the fault of the kids. Unless we find ways of attracting employers back to Bradford the downward spiral will continue and no amount of sanctioning benefits or slave labour work experience schemes that enable employers to utilise an endless stream of free workers will change that. In fact they will make matters worse.[/p][/quote]Have you ever tried recruiting these poor helpless young ones? Most haven't got a GCSE in anything and some don't even know anyone who has a full time job. Young ones are rather dumb and rather stupid. They've carried on this great tradition from their zombified parents who allow a useless and incompetent council such as Bradford's to reign for years without any question! They all want the best in life and aren't prepared to do anything in terms of effort to achieve it. Take a look at the potential recruits at the job centre....no dress sense let alone smell sense! The icons for these youngsters are the dodgy geezers working as sales reps for claims companies, double glazing firms, door to door subprime lending and the standard gold toothed drug dealers and burgulars on crack! Good job the young ones' don't "get" or understand what the council does as they too would get their gangs to vote them in at the next election. This city and it's future is bleak...this applies to every other town and city up and down this once great country. The nanny state has ruined our future generations. Kids have been failed in the education system. Kids have no jobs to go to. Some of them do not want to work as life's better wheeling and dealing. Take a walk around town and you'll see the future trolling around town, loud,rude,loutish behaviour and poor manners followed by lack of ambition. Young ones too busy involved in drugs and other illegal activities. No way would I employ any of the scum wandering around The UK let alone Bradford. People need winners...not those who walk around all zombified...however the latter do make great citizens![/p][/quote]So what you are saying is these kids have been failed and you wouldn't give them the chance to prove themselves? this helps how exactly? You judge them on their dress sense but without employment they can't buy nice clothes, you speculate on their role models but then say you would deny them the chance to get away from these negative role models and to find new ones who they can look up to due to their success and who they can aspire to emulate. The schools may have failed to inspire them academically but that doesn't mean they are incapable of learning. The kids feel that we have given up on them and your comment proves them right.[/p][/quote]The discipline and education of life starts from home. Why don't you adopt em all? These are problems which are rooted deep and you cannot just waste resources after resources trying to sort out and raise the kids/youth of tomorrow when the families they come from are nothing but bums,some have never worked....these are the role models these youth have. Decent people make an effort...some fail but do make an effort. This nanny state has been spoon feeding the nations parents for generations and now we have generations where they cannot bring up a lift let alone a child. The social services,youth centres and all these millions that have been spent on education and public funding to keep youth involved has been failing since day one. Now when the pooh hits the fan, the pension pots are empty and the country is bankrupt; along comes you who wants to love them some more! Yes it would be great to show the ropes to the youth as after all they are the future. Nobody is judging them...just observing and so far what I have observed and learnt from others show that this generation of losers is beyond help. Good stable family backgrounds are needed to ensure good kids stay Proactive and are an investment. Most of these youth can barely communicate or show the willingness to learn or acquire skills. GCSE, Alevels and degrees were to hard for some so they made it easier with NVQ's and the like, yet these youth still don't want to learn. The problem is down to their negative and wasted brains and childhoods. The nanny state is to blame and it should proceed to offer long term measures to fix this problem. This problem will only get worse and Beleive me it doesn't appear to be a mistake, rather a ploy to dumb down the entire population, gradually but surely it's being done. We were kids and teenagers...good days they were and fond memories we have. If we wanted anything, we didn't ask our mother or father for it, we knew times were hard and life was a struggle. We got jobs,paper rounds, did gardening and other community chores to raise funds to buy whatever we wanted in terms of shoes,clothing and toys. New spoonfed zombified youth are too lazy to work or even think about working to earn a reward or betterment in living standards. This softly softly approach does not and has not worked....it's turned the youth into a bunch of materialistic, superficial freaks who have no respect for others lives or property. When you learn for yourself, one can take the step up from the gutter, however some enjoy the doggy dog world of ruling the ghetto gutter. You have to be realistic when it comes to helping the youth of today....look at the past and learn from it, no more softly softly approach...make em all join the army as volunteers for a few years and watch as soon as they are released from the army they will find jobs and keep the peace and raise good families. Or you could do what Cameron proposed and hug those hoodies Not so simple
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