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Latino Media Network, the new media company that sparked controversy when it announced plans this summer to buy Miami’s Radio Mambí along with 17 other stations in Hispanic markets, was approved by the Federal Communications Commission to buy TelevisaUnivision’s Spanish-language stations.

Monday’s FCC decision is an important step toward finalizing the $60 million deal.

On Wednesday, a spokesperson for Latino Media Network said the company continues to “focus on creating a broadcast network owned and designed for our country’s rapidly growing Latin American population.”

“As we move forward into 2023, we will listen to the communities we serve to help build a multimedia network that inspires, informs and celebrates our unique Hispanidad,” the spokesperson said.

TelevisaUnivision declined to comment.

Once announced this summer, the deal quickly turned political as members of Congress across the country debated the purchase of Latino Media Network, particularly regarding Radio Mambí.

Conservative critics have warned that LMN leaders, who have ties to Democratic campaigns and left-wing networks, would push the changes out of step with the station’s audience, an institution of Miami’s exiled Cuban community. Democrats, who in recent years have warned against the spread of misinformation on Spanish-language radio and media networks, argued for the sale to go ahead.

READ MORE: Disinformation monitoring: what is being said on Spanish radio in Miami around the elections?

Another flashpoint appeared in the money behind the deal.

Latino Media Network secured funding from Lakestar Finance LLC, an entity tied to progressive mega-donor George Soros.

When the deal was first announced, Lakestar Finance had the option of claiming up to 49% of the company’s equity after the sale was completed. Latino Media Network has since told the FCC that Lakestar’s maximum stake is now 19.9%. LMN must remain Hispanic-owned at all times, the debt financing certification indicates.

LMN and Soros, a billionaire who donates to progressive and left-wing causes, deny claims that he will decide how the station is run or what is said on its shows.

READ MORE: Why George Soros Is the GOP Villain in Selling a Spanish-Language Radio Station

Yet conservatives continued to attack the deal, and in August Pedro Roig, a longtime Miami resident and “avid listener” to Radio Mambí and Univision America, opposed LMN’s purchase. He raised questions about how the stations would be run, calling it ‘very unusual’.

The petition filed by Roig attempted to block the sale of the 18 stations, but the FCC said he failed to follow required procedures or provide evidence to support his claims against the purchase.

“We have reviewed the application and conclude that Univision is qualified to issue, and LMN is qualified to hold, the stations’ licenses,” FCC Audio Division Chief Albert Shuldiner said in a statement. decision made on Monday.

Following FCC approval, Univision will continue to program LMN’s stations once LMN acquires them. Until then, TelevisaUnivision will continue to operate the 18 Spanish-language stations.

This story was originally published November 23, 2022 6:35 p.m.

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Carriers rejoice in deliveries in time for the holidays https://scotsbeavers.org/carriers-rejoice-in-deliveries-in-time-for-the-holidays/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 14:32:48 +0000 https://scotsbeavers.org/carriers-rejoice-in-deliveries-in-time-for-the-holidays/ The country’s major shipping lines have been in the best position to deliver packages for holiday shoppers on time since the pandemic began, suggesting a return to normal. Carriers like the US Postal Service, FedEx and United Parcel Service plan to have ample capacity after struggling under the holiday crush over the past two years, […]]]>

The country’s major shipping lines have been in the best position to deliver packages for holiday shoppers on time since the pandemic began, suggesting a return to normal.

Carriers like the US Postal Service, FedEx and United Parcel Service plan to have ample capacity after struggling under the holiday crush over the past two years, when many people hunkered down at home and turned to online shopping.

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The country’s major shipping lines have been in the best position to deliver packages for holiday shoppers on time since the pandemic began, suggesting a return to normal.

Carriers like the US Postal Service, FedEx and United Parcel Service plan to have ample capacity after struggling under the holiday crush over the past two years, when many people hunkered down at home and turned to online shopping.

The system is already being put to the test ahead of the big shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday, when retailers entice shoppers with bargains. Amazon held a second Prime Day in October to kick-start early holiday sales, but some shoppers are still waiting for deals in the coming days.

Brie Carere, customer service manager at FedEx, told The Associated Press that she was not worried: “The network has been running at its best since COVID. We are confident and ready.

Several factors come into play: consumers started early, made more purchases in stores and moderated their spending due to inflationary pressures, thereby reducing the volume of shipments and spreading shipments over a longer period. An extra shipping day between Thanksgiving and Christmas also helps.

The outlook could be a win for carriers who need fewer temporary workers, retailers who face fewer peak surcharges and shoppers whose gifts are more likely to be delivered on time, said Satish Jindel, president of ShipMatrix, based in Pennsylvania.

The general optimism represents a stark contrast to the holiday seasons in 2020 and 2021, when more everyday items were shipped during the pandemic, supply chain issues were a concern and shipping companies had hard to follow.

Carriers that reached their capacity limit dumped their excess packages on the struggling U.S. Postal Service in 2020, when more than a third of the Postal Service’s first-class mail was late when Christmas arrived. At the time, the Postal Service struggled despite having thousands of quarantined workers.

Performance improved last year. And Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said the situation is even better now, with the installation of 137 new parcel sorting machines ahead of the holiday season, bringing the total to 249 additional parcel processing machines since March 2021.

This brings the Postal Service’s daily package handling capacity to 60 million, and staffing improvements have enabled the Postal Service to cut seasonal hiring in half.

“Our customers and the American people should have confidence in the service we will provide this holiday season,” he said.

In total, shipping lines should have excess capacity of 10 to 20 million packages beyond what is needed each day at peak times, providing a buffer and reducing peak surcharges, Jindel said.

And they continue to line up additional workers to meet peaks in demand. Amazon, which operates its own fleet of delivery vehicles, said it was again hiring 150,000 employees for full-time, part-time and seasonal positions in the United States. United Parcel Service planned to hire more than 100,000 seasonal workers to overcome the hurdle while stressing that it is always smart to avoid waiting until the last minute.

“Shopping, buying and shipping early continues to be important to avoid the busiest times of peak season,” UPS spokesman Jim Mayer said.

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Sharp reported from Portland, Maine. Associated Press writer Anne D’Innocenzio in New York contributed to this report.

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NEWS: Voice actor William Frederick Knight has passed away – Forum https://scotsbeavers.org/news-voice-actor-william-frederick-knight-has-passed-away-forum/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 17:15:51 +0000 https://scotsbeavers.org/news-voice-actor-william-frederick-knight-has-passed-away-forum/ View previous topic :: View next topic Author Message John Rhogan Registration: March 27, 2018Posts: 113 Posted: Sat Nov 19 2022 7:50 AM What a loss. He also voiced Ryu’s “mentor Hadou” in Street Fighter II V. My condolences to his family and the acting community. back to top Takkun4343 Join Date: Jul 19, 2007Posts: […]]]>
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What a loss. He also voiced Ryu’s “mentor Hadou” in Street Fighter II V. My condolences to his family and the acting community.

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Considering his age, I can’t say it’s too surprising to hear this news, but even so, it’s still a huge loss. Knight was one of my favorite VA dubs, I don’t think anyone can duplicate his voice (except maybe Russell Roberts). TO TEAR APART

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A great talent, perhaps underutilized. His Aramaki is the one I always remember. Thanks.

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A truly underrated talent. My favorite role, besides Aramaki, was Gordon Rosewater in Big O. He will be missed.

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Probably one of the most iconic and coolest old guy voices in anime.

He was always able to capture such experience, wisdom and command with the characters he voiced.

RIP William Frederick Knight.


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I probably knew him best as Danzo in Naruto. TO TEAR APART. Sad
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When I heard him as Kenzou in Stone Ocean recently, I really thought he did a great job for his age. It’s amazing that he continued to play until his death.

TO TEAR APART. Thank you for lending your great recognizable voice to so many great things. We will miss him.


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Sad to hear that a VA icon who made such memorable characters is gone and it makes me wonder, who is the person who will take on the role of Ubiquitous Old Man/Person Voice in the anime? His passing is sadder in some ways because the answer to the question, it seems, is that there are not any. There are fewer such characters than ever before and I can’t currently remember any characters from the past decade that were meant to be male and early middle-aged other than the ones he did. And elves don’t count! The anime became No Country for Old Men…

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What a huge loss of a voice that was instantly recognizable. His work as Aramaki was always excellent and oddly soothing? No matter what happened in the story (especially the second half of the 2nd GIG), whenever he spoke, things seemed to be going well. I’m glad he was able to come back for Netflix seasons. Even though they weren’t as good as the previous ones, it still delivered the same performance.

Rest in peace Sad


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I had a Mandela effect here and thought he was already dead. He lived to a fairly advanced age.

@Hiroki not Takuya I know my hero has Sorahiko Torino. I don’t know if that counts because it was an adaptation of an old Manga, but Dororo had Biwamaru. There was an episode of Nadesico that explained why Anime characters are younger.


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Sad to hear, but at least he was able to live a long and fruitful life.

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Well, hell. I liked Mr. Knight’s Aramaki. I hope his friends and family will be well.

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beautiful long life. amazing actor, RIP

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Marshal Banana wrote:

@Hiroki not Takuya I know my hero has Sorahiko Torino. I don’t know if that counts… Dororo had Biwamaru. There was an episode of Nadesico that explained why Anime characters are younger.

These totally count, thank you! I forgot it must be Alzheimer’s… But two of the +50 anime per season four times a year and no one who does them all like Mr. Knight… BTW this Nadesico is old stuff too now so…i was told recently “we white hair need to stick together” Confused

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It’s sad to hear. Sad He was THE “old man anime” voice, and I’ve loved hearing him appear on the shows since I’ve been watching the anime. His performance as Aramaki in GITS was absolutely iconic, and it was a fun surprise to hear him in Stone Ocean. Thank you for sharing your talents with us for so long.
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MoGo Detroit Joins DivDat’s Metro Detroit Local Payments Network https://scotsbeavers.org/mogo-detroit-joins-divdats-metro-detroit-local-payments-network/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 18:45:00 +0000 https://scotsbeavers.org/mogo-detroit-joins-divdats-metro-detroit-local-payments-network/ Bike-sharing service adopts DivDat bill payment kiosk to better serve cash-paying customers DETROIT, November 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Diversified Data Processing & Consulting, Inc. (“DivDat” or the “Company”), today announced that MoGo, a Detroit-non-profit organization that offers “bike sharing” in Detroit and from the south Oakland Countyjoined DivDat’s Detroit payment network and can now accept […]]]>

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DETROIT, November 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Diversified Data Processing & Consulting, Inc. (“DivDat” or the “Company”), today announced that MoGo, a Detroit-non-profit organization that offers “bike sharing” in Detroit and from the south Oakland Countyjoined DivDat’s Detroit payment network and can now accept cash payments for bike rentals, on any of DivDat’s 126 networks. Detroit bill payment kiosks accepting cash.

“Joining the DivDat payment network is essential for MoGo to better serve the part of our Detroit customers who may not have access to traditional banking services – people who do not have a credit or debit card to pay for a MoGo,” said Adriel Thorton, executive director of MoGo. “It is important that we are able to extend bike rental services to customers who pay cash. DivDat’s bill payment kiosks and join their payment network of other Detroit-area factors, is key for us to be able to accept cash, provide greater convenience for our passengers, and stay true to our mission of providing a convenient and fun way to get people moving and where they have to go – regardless of their banking status”.

MoGo’s bike-share platform includes more than 650 bikes at 78 stations across six metropolitan Detroit cities and continues to grow. Cyclists can buy a pass, then find a station and pick up a bike. Payment for daily, monthly, or annual passes is available through the Transit app, in addition to paying cash at any DivDat bill pay kiosk. MoGo’s bike share program has grown in popularity and is considered part of from Detroit transit system. MoGo Bike Rental is available year round, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

“We are thrilled to welcome MoGo to the DivDat payment network and look forward to providing the organization with the ability to reach more of its customer base,” said Jason Bierkel, President and CEO, DivDat. “MoGo is already doing important work. Providing additional access to Detroit bicycle renters who may be unbanked or underbanked is an important next step in promoting financial equity and inclusion. We applaud MoGo for better serving its cash-paying customer base and encourage more corporate billers and nonprofits to do the same.”

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US official: Russian missiles entered Poland, killing 2 people https://scotsbeavers.org/us-official-russian-missiles-entered-poland-killing-2-people/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 18:45:00 +0000 https://scotsbeavers.org/us-official-russian-missiles-entered-poland-killing-2-people/ KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A senior U.S. intelligence official said Russian missiles entered NATO member Poland, killing two people. Polish government spokesman Piotr Mueller did not immediately confirm the information, but said senior leaders were holding an emergency meeting due to a “crisis situation”. Polish media reported that two people died on Tuesday afternoon after […]]]>

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A senior U.S. intelligence official said Russian missiles entered NATO member Poland, killing two people.

Polish government spokesman Piotr Mueller did not immediately confirm the information, but said senior leaders were holding an emergency meeting due to a “crisis situation”.

Polish media reported that two people died on Tuesday afternoon after a projectile hit an area where grain was drying in Przewodów, a Polish village near the border with Ukraine.

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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A senior U.S. intelligence official said Russian missiles entered NATO member Poland, killing two people.

Polish government spokesman Piotr Mueller did not immediately confirm the information, but said senior leaders were holding an emergency meeting due to a “crisis situation”.

Polish media reported that two people died on Tuesday afternoon after a projectile hit an area where grain was drying in Przewodów, a Polish village near the border with Ukraine.

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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia pounded Ukraine’s energy facilities on Tuesday with its largest barrage of missiles yet, hitting targets from east to west and causing widespread blackouts. A defiant president, Volodymr Zelenskyy, clenched his fist and declared, “We will survive anything.

neighboring Moldova was also affected. It reported massive power outages after strikes knocked out a key power line that supplies power to the tiny nation, an official said.

Zelenskyy said Russia had fired at least 85 missiles, “most at our energy infrastructure”, and knocked out power in many cities.

“We are working, will restore everything. We will survive everything,” the president promised. Its energy minister said the attack was “the most massive bombardment” of power installations since Russia’s nearly 9-month invasion, hitting both power generation and transmission systems.

The minister, Herman Haluschenko, described the missile strikes as “another attempt at terrorist revenge” after the Kremlin’s military and diplomatic setbacks. He accused Russia of “trying to cause maximum damage to our energy system on the eve of winter”.

The airstrike, which killed at least one residential building in the capital, Kyiv, followed days of euphoria in Ukraine sparked by one of its greatest military successes – last week’s resumption of the southern city of Kherson.

The electricity grid has already been damaged by previous attacks which destroyed around 40% of the country’s energy infrastructure.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has not commented on the withdrawal from Kherson since his troops withdrew in the face of a Ukrainian offensive. But the staggering scale of Tuesday’s strikes speaks volumes and hints at the Kremlin’s anger.

Hitting targets in the late afternoon, shortly before dusk began to fall, the Russian military forced rescuers to work in the dark and gave repair crews little time to assess daylight damage.

More than a dozen regions – including Lviv in the west, Kharkiv in the northeast and others in between – reported strikes or efforts by their air defenses to shoot down missiles. At least a dozen regions reported power outages, affecting cities that together have millions of people. Nearly half of the Kyiv region has lost power, authorities said. Ukrainian Railways announced train delays across the country.

Zelenskyy warned that more strikes were possible and urged people to stay safe and seek shelter.

“Most of the hits were recorded in the center and north of the country. In the capital, the situation is very difficult,” said a senior official, Kyrylo Tymoshenko.

He said a total of 15 energy targets were damaged and claimed 70 missiles were shot down. A Ukrainian Air Force spokesman said Russia used X-101 and X-555 cruise missiles.

As town after town reported attacks, Tymoshenko urged Ukrainians to “hang on”.

With its battlefield losses mounting, Russia has increasingly relied on Ukraine’s power grid, apparently hoping to weaponize the approach of winter by leaving people in the cold and dark.

In Kyiv, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said authorities found a body in one of three residential buildings hit in the capital, where emergency power cuts had also been announced by electricity supplier DTEK.

Video posted by a presidential aide showed an apparently five-storey residential building in Kyiv on fire, with flames licking apartments. Klitschko said air defense units also shot down missiles.

Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra visited a bomb shelter in Kyiv after meeting his Ukrainian counterpart and, from his place of safety, described the bombardment as “a huge motivation to keep standing shoulder to shoulder” with Ukraine.

“There can only be one answer, and that is: keep going. Keep supporting Ukraine, keep delivering weapons, keep working on accountability, keep working on humanitarian aid,” he said.

Ukraine has enjoyed a period of relative calm since previous waves of drone and missile attacks several weeks ago.

The strikes came as authorities were already working hard to get Kherson back on its feet and beginning to investigate allegations of Russian abuses in and around it.

The southern city is without electricity or water, and the head of the monitoring mission of the UN human rights office in Ukraine, Matilda Bogner, denounced on Tuesday a “disastrous humanitarian situation” there.

Speaking from Kyiv, Bogner said his teams were planning to travel to Kherson to try to verify allegations of nearly 80 cases of enforced disappearances and arbitrary detentions.

Ukraine’s national police chief Igor Klymenko said authorities would begin investigating reports by residents of Kherson that Russian forces set up at least three suspected torture sites in now liberated parts of the wider region. of Kherson and that “our people might have been detained and tortured there.

The recapture of Kherson dealt another blow to the Kremlin. Zelenskyy compared the resumption to the Allied landings in France on D-Day in World War II, saying both were watershed events on the road to eventual victory.

But large parts of eastern and southern Ukraine remain under Russian control and fighting continues.

Zelenskyy warned of possible darker news to come.

“Everywhere, when we liberate our land, we see one thing: Russia leaves behind torture chambers and mass burials. … How many mass graves are there in the territory that remains under Russian control? Zelensky asked.

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Joanna Kozlowska in London, Jamey Keaten in Geneva, Mike Corder in The Hague, Hanna Arhirova in Kherson and Yuras Karmanau in Tallinn, Estonia contributed to this story.

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Saudi Arabia has ‘green vision’ at COP27, critics remain unmoved https://scotsbeavers.org/saudi-arabia-has-green-vision-at-cop27-critics-remain-unmoved/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 18:30:12 +0000 https://scotsbeavers.org/saudi-arabia-has-green-vision-at-cop27-critics-remain-unmoved/ SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Hydrogen cars and vehicles that capture pollutants from their tailpipes. Computer mouse made from recycled ocean plastic waste. Hundreds of millions of trees planted in the desert. Saudi Arabia’s vision for an eco-friendly future is on display just a short drive from the venue of the UN climate summit in […]]]>

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Hydrogen cars and vehicles that capture pollutants from their tailpipes. Computer mouse made from recycled ocean plastic waste. Hundreds of millions of trees planted in the desert. Saudi Arabia’s vision for an eco-friendly future is on display just a short drive from the venue of the UN climate summit in Egypt.

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SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Hydrogen cars and vehicles that capture pollutants from their tailpipes. Computer mouse made from recycled ocean plastic waste. Hundreds of millions of trees planted in the desert. Saudi Arabia’s vision for an eco-friendly future is on display just a short drive from the venue of the UN climate summit in Egypt.

What’s not highlighted in the glowing gallery are the earth-warming fossil fuels the country continues to pump from the ground for global export. Fossil fuel emissions are why negotiators from nearly 200 countries have gathered at the annual two-week conference, haggling over how pollution can be reduced and how quickly.

During and around the conference, Saudi Arabia presents itself as a leader in green energy and environmentally friendly practices, with flashy pavilions, brilliant presentations and upbeat assessments of technologies such as carbon capture, which can remove carbon dioxide from the air but is expensive and years away from widespread deployment.

“We have extremely ambitious goals and targets,” Saudi climate envoy Adel al-Jubeir said at the two-day Saudi Green Initiative Forum on the sidelines of COP27. “We want to be an example for the world in terms of what can be done.”

The effort is part of a big push by Saudi Arabia, which has some of the largest oil reserves in the world and is a ringleader of the OPEC oil cartel, to argue that the nation should be part of of the transition to renewable energies while maintaining its role as the world’s leading exporter of crude oil. This view is hotly contested by climate scientists and environmental experts, who argue that Saudi Arabia and other countries with large oil reserves simply want to distract the world to carry on business as usual. .

Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman al Saud has announced a series of new green projects or updates to existing ones, ranging from enhanced tree-planting pledges to new solar power projects in progress.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launched his Saudi Green Initiative at last year’s COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland, with a target of “net zero” greenhouse gas emissions by 2060, qu ‘it changed in 2050 at the start of this year’s meeting.

Yet energy exports are the mainstay of the Saudi economy, generating $150 billion in annual revenue, despite efforts to diversify revenue as the global transition to fossil fuel dependence gathers pace.

At the Saudi forum, officials and guest speakers from renewable energy companies discussed topics including clean hydrogen, greening the desert and a futuristic desert city project called Neom.

The CEO of state oil giant Saudi Aramco, Amin Nasser, has said the world needs more investment in oil and gas, not less, a message at odds with the sentiment of many country delegations and experts and climate activists attending COP27.

“I’m worried because of the lack of investment in oil and gas in particular,” Nasser said, addressing a frequent theme. Saudi Arabia has resisted calls for an urgent phase-out of fossil fuels, warning that premature change has led to price spikes and shortages.

“Yes, there are good investments in alternatives,” such as wind and solar power, he said, adding that the amount of money spent on oil production capacity has fallen to 400 billion. dollars a year, compared to 700 billion dollars in 2014.

“It’s not enough to meet global demand in the medium to long term,” he said.

An Aramco spokesperson said Nasser was unavailable for an interview.

Among the Saudi announcements were plans to set up a regional center to “advance emission reductions” and another to hold a regional climate week ahead of next year’s COP meeting.

There is also a plan for 13 renewable energy projects with a total generation capacity of 11.4 gigawatts, although experts said this was a step back from figures announced in previous years.

Once operational, the new energy projects will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by around 20 million tonnes per year.

Saudi Aramco plans to build the world’s largest carbon capture and storage center, which will store up to 9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide when it becomes operational in 2027.

It’s all part of the kingdom’s pledge to cut emissions by 278 million tonnes a year by 2030. That’s still little compared to around 10 billion tons of carbon spewed into the air on a global scale every year.

The kingdom also raised its target for planting trees to 600 million by 2030, including mangroves, from its original target of 450 million.

Climate experts were not convinced.

“Saudi Arabia would be better placed to focus on reducing emissions rather than carbon capture and storage and questionable tree planting reductions, the offsets from which would simply allow them to continue to increase emissions from burning fossil fuels,” said Mia Moisio, an energy policy expert focusing on the Middle East and North Africa at the New Climate Institute think tank.

“To keep emissions on a 1.5˚C trajectory, all governments must focus on reducing fossil fuel emissions, not offsetting them.”

The Climate Action Tracker, managed by the institute and its partners, describes Saudi Arabia as “very insufficient”.

The tracker analyzes nations’ climate goals and policies against the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement which ideally sets out limiting the Earth’s temperature increase to 1.5 Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit).

Saudi authorities promote what they call a “circular carbon economy” to reduce emissions from oil and gas operations, but the tracker says it “only addresses a fraction of relevant emissions in Saudi Arabia and around the world. , as most oil and gas emissions come from fuel combustion rather than extraction and processing.

Saudi Arabia’s oil and gas assets spitting out 900 million tons of emissions per year, according to an inventory of the main known sources of greenhouse gas emitters compiled by the Climate TRACE coalition and launched at COP27.

There is also a plan for a greenhouse gas credit and offset system next year, with few details. Carbon credits, which allow countries and companies to pay to reduce their carbon footprint, for example by planting trees, have become increasingly controversial, with critics claiming it is a license for companies polluting to continue to pollute.

During the at least year-long talks in Glasgow, Saudi Arabia faced accusations that its negotiators were working to block climate action it would threaten oil demand – a charge the energy minister has dismissed as a lie.

As negotiations on the final deal enter their second and final week, watchdog groups have warned of the influence of so-called oil states and industry lobbyists. They counted 636 people linked to fossil fuel companies on the provisional list of attendees for the meeting, a quarter more than last year.

“The Saudis may well come to COP27 with a green hat and tout the virtues of tree planting, but this is a state that continues to profit hugely from the destructive practices that are driving the climate crisis,” said Alice Harrison, an activist with Global Witness, one of the groups that did the count. “Any exhibition, conference or show to the contrary is pure greenwashing.”

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2022 Silver Slugger Award Winners https://scotsbeavers.org/2022-silver-slugger-award-winners/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 18:20:25 +0000 https://scotsbeavers.org/2022-silver-slugger-award-winners/ Major League Baseball honored the top hitters of the 2022 season Thursday night when the Louisville Silver Slugger Award winners were announced on MLB Network. The Silver Slugger Awards, which are voted on by MLB managers and coaches, are given to the best offensive player in each position in each league. This includes three outfielders […]]]>

Major League Baseball honored the top hitters of the 2022 season Thursday night when the Louisville Silver Slugger Award winners were announced on MLB Network.

The Silver Slugger Awards, which are voted on by MLB managers and coaches, are given to the best offensive player in each position in each league. This includes three outfielders (regardless of specific position) in each league and, for the first time, a utility player in each league.

This year’s group of recipients included 10 first-time winners. The Padres led all clubs with three winners — all three came to San Diego at the trade deadline — while the Cardinals, Dodgers and Phillies each had two on the National League side. As for the American League, nine teams were represented among the 10 recipients, with the Astros being the only AL team with multiple winners.

Here are the 2022 Silver Slugger Award winners:

AL winner: Nathaniel Lowe, Rangers (first win)

Lowe had a stellar year for Texas, batting .302/.358/.492 with 27 home runs and 76 RBIs. The 26-year-old set career highs in home runs, RBIs, batting average, OBP, slugging percentage, OPS+ (141) and total bases (292).

NL winner: Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals (fifth win)

Goldschmidt, who is also a finalist for the NL MVP Award and won the Hank Aaron Award as the best offensive performer on the senior circuit, won his fifth career Silver Slugger – but his first as a Cardinal. His previous four (2013, ’15, ’17 and ’18) all came as a member of the D-backs. As for this season, Goldschmidt hit .317 with 35 homers and 115 RBIs, while leading the NL in slugging percentage (.578), OPS (.981) and OPS+ (180).

AL winner: Jose Altuve, Astros (sixth win)

Altuve rediscovered his Silver Slugger form in 2022, earning his first honor since winning five consecutive Silver Slugger Awards from 2014 to 2018. The Astros second baseman hit .300 with 28 homers and a .921 OPS, while racking up 18 stolen bases and 103 runs scored.

NL winner: Jeff McNeil, Mets (first win)

McNeil led all players with a .326 average this season, becoming the first Mets player to win an NL batting title since Jose Reyes in 2011 – and the only player in franchise history to lead the set of Majors. McNeil also had 39 doubles this season, tied with Altuve for the most by any player who played at least 100 games at second base.

AL winner: Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox (fifth win)

Bogaerts won his second straight Silver Slugger — and fifth overall — after cutting .307/.377/.456 this season. His .307 average and .377 on-base percentage each led all qualified shortstops.

NL winner: Trea Turner, Dodgers (first win)

Turner enters the free agent market as the Silver Slugger’s first winner after racking up 21 homers, 100 RBIs and 27 stolen bases this season. He was the only shortstop with at least 20 homers and 20 stolen bases, as well as the only one to score at least 100 runs. Turner cut .298/.343/.466 (.809 OPS) in the process.

AL winner: José Ramírez, Guardians (fourth win)

Ramírez had 29 home runs and 20 stolen bases this season, making him the only third baseman to turn in a 20-20 season. In fact, he’s the only third baseman to accomplish that feat in the past seven seasons — and he’s done it four times in that span (2018, 19, 21 and 22). Ramírez also led all AL players, regardless of position, with 44 doubles.

NL winner: Nolan Arenado, Cardinals (fifth win)

Arenado, who is also an NL MVP Award finalist, finished the season with 30 home runs, 103 RBIs and 42 doubles. His .533 hitting percentage was the best of any player at his position, while his 103 RBI paced any third baseman in the NL.

Aaron Judge, Yankees (third win)

No surprise here, as a judge – who is an MVP finalist and won the Hank Aaron Award in the AL – set an AL record by hitting 62 homers this season. Judge not only led the majors in homers, but he also paced all players in runs (133), RBIs (131), on-base percentage (.425), slugging percentage (.686), OPS ( 1,111), OPS+ (211), and total bases (391).

Julio Rodríguez, Mariners (first win)

Rodríguez, who is a finalist for the AL Rookie of the Year Award, hit .284 with 28 home runs, 25 stolen bases and a 147 OPS+ while leading the Mariners to their first playoff appearance since 2001. The 21-year-old became just the third rookie with at least 25 homers and 25 interceptions – and the first since Mike Trout in 2012.

Mike Trout, Angels (ninth win)

Despite being limited by injuries to just 119 games, Trout still managed to hit 40 home runs this season. That ranked second (albeit a distant second) to Judge in the AL, and it was a pace of 54 homers in 162 games. Trout also posted a .999 OPS and .630 slugging percentage, which ranked second in the AL behind Judge among players with at least 450 plate appearances.

Mookie Betts, Dodgers (fifth win)

Betts adds another Silver Slugger Award to his collection after already winning a Gold Glove Award earlier this month. The Dodgers outfielder has won five Silver Sluggers and six Gold Gloves over the past seven seasons. As for this year, Betts hit a career-high 35 homers, while hitting 40 doubles, stealing 12 bases and scoring an NL-leading 117 runs.

Kyle Schwarber, Phillies (first win)

Schwarber hit an NL-leading 46 home runs in his impressive first season in Philadelphia — but he contributed more than power. Schwarber also had a career-high 10 stolen bases (six more than any other season) and posted career highs in runs scored (100) and RBIs (94). He added 21 doubles and three trebles, for good measure.

Juan Soto, Nationals/Padres (third win)

Although Soto struggled a bit for the Padres after his midseason trade to the Nationals, he still led the Majors in walks (135) for a second consecutive season. That played a big part in his ridiculous .401 on-base percentage. Soto also finished with 27 homers, 25 doubles and an .853 OPS between the Nats and Padres combined.

AL winner: Alejandro Kirk, Blue Jays (first win)

Kirk led all catchers in batting average (.285) and on-base percentage (.372), while drawing 63 walks and striking out just 58 times. He was one of six qualified hitters – along with Soto, Alex Bregman, Luis Arraez, Steven Kwan and Yandy Díaz – with more walks than strikeouts.

NL winner: JT Realmuto, Phillies (third win)

Realmuto finished with 22 home runs and 21 stolen bases, becoming the second widest receiver in AL/NL history with a 20-20 season (Ivan Rodriguez, 1999). Realmuto have only been caught stealing once in their 22 attempts this season, while Rodriguez has been 25 of 37 in his historic campaign. Overall, Realmuto has reduced .276/.342/.478 (.820 OPS) this season and also scored 26 doubles, 84 RBIs and 75 runs scored.

AL winner: Yordan Alvarez, Astros (first win)

Alvarez, who is an AL MVP Award finalist, ranked second in the Majors in slugging percentage (.613) and OPS (1.019), behind only Judge. Alvarez also ranked third in on-base percentage (.406) and seventh in batting average (.306), while racking up 37 home runs and 97 RBIs.

NL winner: Josh Bell, Nationals/Padres (first win)

Bell slashed .301/.384/.493 (.877 OPS) in 103 games with the Nationals before calming down after his trade to the Padres. Despite only slashing .192 / .316 / .271 (.587 OPS) in 53 games with San Diego, Bell still finished the season with 17 homers, 71 RBIs and a .422 overall percentage.

AL winner: Luis Arraez, Twins (first win)

In addition to earning his first career Silver Slugger this season, Arraez also earned his first All-Star selection and won the AL batting title after hitting .316 for the Twins. Overall, he slashed .316 / .375 / .420 (.795 OPS) and spent time at first base, second base and third base, while making 38 appearances as a designated hitter and another 13 as a pincher.

NL winner: Brandon Drury, Reds/Padres (first win)

Drury started for a career-high 28 home runs in 138 games between the Reds and Padres this season. He reduced .263 / .320 / .492 (.813 OPS) with 87 RBI, 87 runs scored and 31 doubles, while making appearances at first base, second base, third base, shortstop and field right. Drury also served as a DH 26 times, five times pinch and even once pinch.

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The Chinese manufacturer announces 300 orders for a new airliner https://scotsbeavers.org/the-chinese-manufacturer-announces-300-orders-for-a-new-airliner/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 10:31:19 +0000 https://scotsbeavers.org/the-chinese-manufacturer-announces-300-orders-for-a-new-airliner/ BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese state-owned commercial aircraft maker, created to try to compete with Boeing and Airbus, said it has secured orders for 300 of its first long-range jetliners from companies Chinese leasing. Orders for the C919 single-aisle aircraft were announced Thursday by Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China during the Zhuhai Air Show in […]]]>

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese state-owned commercial aircraft maker, created to try to compete with Boeing and Airbus, said it has secured orders for 300 of its first long-range jetliners from companies Chinese leasing.

Orders for the C919 single-aisle aircraft were announced Thursday by Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China during the Zhuhai Air Show in southern China. COMAC also announced 30 orders for its shorter-range ARJ21 jet.

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BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese state-owned commercial aircraft maker, created to try to compete with Boeing and Airbus, said it has secured orders for 300 of its first long-range jetliners from companies Chinese leasing.

Orders for the C919 single-aisle aircraft were announced Thursday by Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China during the Zhuhai air show in southern china. COMAC also announced 30 orders for its shorter-range ARJ21 jet.

COMAC was established in 2008 as part of the government’s efforts to transform China into a profitable technology creator and reduce dependence on foreign products.

The C919, which is meant to compete with the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737, has a 158-168 seat layout and a range of 4,075-5,555 kilometers (2,530-3,450 miles), according to the manufacturer . The aircraft made its first flight in May 2017.

Latest buyers include leasing units of Bank of China Ltd., Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd. and China Construction Bank Ltd.

Ahead of Thursday’s sales announcement, COMAC said it had received 815 orders for the C919 from 28 customers. Most are Chinese, but COMAC also announced orders from GE Capital Aviation Services and City Airways in Thailand.

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Sump or civility? Elon Musk’s Twitter at a crossroads https://scotsbeavers.org/sump-or-civility-elon-musks-twitter-at-a-crossroads/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 09:02:21 +0000 https://scotsbeavers.org/sump-or-civility-elon-musks-twitter-at-a-crossroads/ The talk has never been so courteous on Twitter. Louder vocals often drowned out softer, more nuanced takes. After all, it’s much easier to tweet in rage at a perceived enemy than to seek common ground, whether the argument is about transgender kids or baseball. In the chaos that has enveloped Twitter the platform – […]]]>

The talk has never been so courteous on Twitter. Louder vocals often drowned out softer, more nuanced takes. After all, it’s much easier to tweet in rage at a perceived enemy than to seek common ground, whether the argument is about transgender kids or baseball.

In the chaos that has enveloped Twitter the platform – and Twitter the company – since Elon Musk took over, it’s become clear that this isn’t going to change anytime soon…

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The talk has never been so courteous on Twitter. Louder vocals often drowned out softer, more nuanced takes. After all, it’s much easier to tweet in rage at a perceived enemy than to seek common ground, whether the argument is about transgender kids or baseball.

In the chaos that has enveloped Twitter the platform — and Twitter the company — since Elon Musk took over, it’s become clear that isn’t going to change any time soon. In fact, it is likely to get worse before it gets better, or even get better at all.

Musk, along with his band of tech industry devotees, arrived on Twitter just over a week ago, ready to tear down the bluebird’s nest and rebuild it in his vision at breakneck speed. He quickly fired senior executives and the board, installed himself as sole director of the company (for now), and declared himself “Chief Twit”, then “Twitter Complaint Hotline Operator” on his biography.

On Friday it started collective redundancies at the San Francisco-based company, laying off about half of its employees by email to bring it back to staffing levels not seen since 2014.

All the while, he continued to tweet a mix of crude memes, half-jokes, SpaceX rocket launches and maybe no Twitter plans that he seems to be working on the site in real time. After he floated the idea of ​​charging users $20 a month for the “blue check” and some extra features, for example, he seemed to quickly cut it back in a Twitter exchange with author Stephen King, who posted: “If instituted, I’m gone like Enron.

“We have to pay the bills one way or another! Twitter cannot rely entirely on advertisers. How about $8? Musk replied. Saturday, the company announced a subscription service for $7.99 per month which allows anyone on Twitter to pay a fee for ticking “just like the celebrities, businesses and politicians you already follow” plus some premium features – not yet available – like put their tweets above those from accounts without the blue check.

Tesla’s billionaire CEO has also repeatedly spoken to right-wing figures calling for looser restrictions on hate and misinformation, has been praised by Dmitry Medvedevsenior associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin and tweeted – then deleted – a baseless conspiracy theory about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, who was attacked in his home.

More than three dozen advocacy organizations have written an open letter to Twitter’s top 20 advertisers, calling on them to pledge to stop advertising on the platform if Twitter under Musk undermines ‘brand safety’ and undermines content moderation.

“Extremists not only celebrate Musk’s takeover of Twitter, they see it as yet another opportunity to post the most abusive, harassing and racist language and imagery. This includes clear threats of violence against people they interact with. disagree,” the letter reads.

One of Musk’s first moves was to fire the woman in charge of trust and security on the platform, Vijaya Gadde. But he kept Yoel Roth, Twitter’s head of security and integrity, and took steps to reassure users and advertisers that the site won’t turn into a “free-for-all hellscape.” all” as some fear.

On Friday, he tweeted that “Twitter’s strong commitment to content moderation remains absolutely unchanged. In fact, we’ve actually seen hate speech this week drop (asterisk) below (asterisk) our prior standards, unlike what you can read in the press. growing number of advertisers are nonetheless suspending spending on Twitter while they reevaluate how Musk’s changes could increase objectionable content on the platform.

Musk also met with civil rights leaders “on how Twitter will continue to address hate and harassment and enforce its election integrity policies,” according to a tweet it sent on Nov. 1.

But representatives of the LGBTQ community were notably absent from the meeting, even though its members are much more likely to be victims of violent crime than those who are not part of these communities. Twitter did not respond to a post about whether Musk plans to meet with LGBTQ groups.

The mercurial billionaire said he won’t make major decisions about content or restoring banned accounts – like former President Donald Trump’s – before setting up a ‘content moderation board’ with points of diverse views. The council, he later added, would include “the civil rights community and groups facing hate-fueled violence.” But experts pointed out that Twitter already has a trust and safety advisory board to answer moderation questions.

“Really, I can’t imagine how it would be any different,” says Danielle Citron, a University of Virginia law professor who sits on the board and has worked with Twitter since its inception in 2009 to combat online harms, such as threats and harassment. “Our council has the full range of views on free speech.”

A certain amount of chaos is expected after a corporate takeover, as are layoffs and layoffs. But Musk’s dark plans for Twitter — particularly its policies on content moderation, misinformation and hate speech — are ringing alarm bells over the direction one of the world’s most high-profile news ecosystems is headed. All that seems certain is that for now, at least, as Elon Musk says, the same is true for Twitter.

“I hope responsibility and maturity win out,” said Eddie Perez, a former Twitter civic integrity team leader who left the company before Musk took over. “It’s one thing to be a billionaire troll on Twitter and try to make memes laugh and rage. You’re now the owner of Twitter and there’s a new level of accountability.

For now, however, memes seem to be winning. It’s about pundits like Perez, who worry that Musk is moving too fast without listening to the people who have worked to improve civility on the platform and instead using his own island experience as one of the most popular users of the platform with millions of fanatical fans who greet her every move.

“You have a single billionaire controlling something as influential as a social media platform like Twitter. And you have entire nation states (whose) political goals are hostile to ours, and they’re trying to create chaos and they’re directly courting favors” with Musk, Perez said.

“There just isn’t a world in which all of this is normal,” he added. “That should absolutely concern us.”

Twitter didn’t start out as a cesspool. And even now, there are pockets of funny, weird, and cheesy subgroups on the platform that remain somewhat isolated from the messy and confrontational place it can seem to be if one follows too many brash agitators. But as with Facebook, the rise of Twitter has also coincided with growing polarization and a measurable decline in online civility in the United States and beyond.

“The big understanding that happened between 2008 and 2012 is that the way to get traction, the way to get attention on all social media, including Twitter, was to use inflammatory language – to challenge the fundamental humanity of the opposition,” said Lee Rainie. , director of internet and technology research at the Pew Research Center.

Things continued to evolve as the 2016 US presidential election approached and passed, and the new president cemented his reputation as one of Twitter’s doers. the most incendiary users. After it was revealed that Russia was using social media platforms to try to influence elections in the United States and other countries, the platforms found themselves at the center of political debate.

“Do they have too much power? Do their content moderation policies favor one side or another? Rainie said. “Companies themselves have found themselves at the heart of the culture’s most intense arguments. And so that’s the environment that Elon Musk is entering now.

And beyond the bluster and overblown personality, Musk’s own description of his new job – “Twitter Complaint Hotline Operator” – may prove to be his biggest challenge yet.

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AP Technology Writer Frank Bajak contributed to this story.

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Government can encourage 5G network development without running the whole show – The News Herald https://scotsbeavers.org/government-can-encourage-5g-network-development-without-running-the-whole-show-the-news-herald/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 10:17:10 +0000 https://scotsbeavers.org/government-can-encourage-5g-network-development-without-running-the-whole-show-the-news-herald/ The next generation of telecommunications, or 5G, is taking shape. The United States takes on China in this high-stakes competition, with government policies encouraging multi-billion dollar investments by leading American companies that will usher in revolutionary changes in the way we use technology to work, learn , traveling, managing health and simply staying in touch […]]]>

The next generation of telecommunications, or 5G, is taking shape. The United States takes on China in this high-stakes competition, with government policies encouraging multi-billion dollar investments by leading American companies that will usher in revolutionary changes in the way we use technology to work, learn , traveling, managing health and simply staying in touch with people.

At this crucial time, the federal government must continue to facilitate this process with spectrum auctions and bridge the digital divide, but it must not suddenly step in to take over the creation or operation of a national 5G network.

There is no reason to assume that the government would do a better job than the private sector operators who have been operating mobile networks for years. In fact, a failed effort from Mexico, a rather low bar for government transparency and efficiency, illustrates just how true the opposite is.

In 2014, the Mexican government decided to limit the monopoly power of América Móvil, the company controlled by tycoon Carlos Slim, and to introduce more competition in the private sector. The plan was to create a wholesale wireless mobile network with government support and open up competition among companies developing 5G network capacity at the retail level. The plan soon ran into difficulties.

Mexico’s choice to create the wireless network at the wholesale level was a company called Altán Redes. It turns out that the company had many financial problems and was attacked by rivals for possible improper practices. In 2018, Altán Redes was insolvent. Even with millions in government grants, the company had to renegotiate contracts and restructure debt, creating uncertainty and confusion. Instead of having 21 million new subscribers by 2021, as expected by the government regulator, there were only 6 million new subscribers by mid-2022.

The government stepped in to fix the mess, but at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars in debt thrown on the shoulders of Mexican taxpayers. Who knows what was really fixed.

Proponents of a government 5G plan say it is essential for the economic and national security of the United States. Former Google chief Eric Schmidt argues that this approach is key to competing with China, but we’re not beating China by becoming more like them. Before rushing to try to replicate China’s state model, let’s remember that it was the American private sector that gave us the most advanced telecommunications networks in the world. Additionally, government-operated 5G raises concerns about the government hoarding spectrum instead of releasing it to established players. As in other sectors, we can count on more agility in 5G networks operating with the principles of market-based competition than a network micro-managed by battalions of bureaucrats.

As for national security, a nationalized network is much more vulnerable to disruption and penetration. By keeping America’s wireless networks diverse across a wide range of private sector participants and across multiple carriers, we’ll make it harder for bad actors to sabotage 5G telecommunications nationwide.

A government-run 5G network also raises concerns about increased surveillance by a government with huge amounts of personal information and a mixed record of demonstrating the security of that information.

A report by the Center on Strategic and International Security summed it up nicely: The goal of a 5G strategy is to ensure that the United States can maximize economic returns while minimizing national security risks.

The Infrastructure and Jobs Act signed into law late last year will advance the building of physical infrastructure that underpins 5G technology and enable Americans, especially in rural and low-income communities , to access and pay for broadband Internet service. Meanwhile, the government has raised $100 billion by selling spectrum to industry players best able to deploy the equipment and technology to keep the United States at the forefront of the 5G revolution. Let the bidding continue.

America’s 5G march will be severely hampered if the government intends to build and sustain a network serving hundreds of millions of consumers and billions of connected devices. It will be both ineffective and ineffective.

Let’s not break what isn’t broken or waste billions handing over 5G to the government. Competition drives us.

James “Spider” Marks is a strategic advisor for Grow America’s Infrastructure Now Coalition. He wrote this for InsideSources.com.

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