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Definitely Able Conference and Ilham Art Exhibition




Sasol and The British Council Qatar joined forces with key Qatari partners in the field of inclusion and diversity to hold a ground-breaking event in 2015: the ‘Definitely Able Conference and Ilham Art Exhibition’ at the Museum of Islamic Art. This event builds on Sasol’s on-going ‘Definitely Able’ initiative and the Arts and Disability Festival during Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture. Our partners include Qatar Museums, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, University College London, ORYX GTL, Qatar University, Al Noor Institute for the Blind, MADA, Supreme Education Council, and Volunteer Committee for Employing the Disabled.
The two-day Definitely Able Conference gave a platform to the voices of the Qatari disabled community and provided an opportunity for policy makers and stakeholders from Qatar and around the world to share and learn from each other’s experiences.
The conference was complemented by the Ilham art exhibition, which will showcased the talents of international disabled artists. Schools and disabled groups were also invited throughout the exhibition period to interact with artists and explore their creativity through workshops for children and families.
To ensure long-term impact, participants at the conference were asked to pledge support and commit to making changes in policies and practices throughout 2015. These pledges will shape the legacy of the project and the development of a further series of initiatives in 2016.

Aims of Conference:

  • Challenge and change perceptions of disabled people through open discussion and the Ilham art exhibition, featuring works by disabled artists inspired by the Collection at the Museum of Islamic Art
  • Share Qatar’s successes and challenges with other countries, giving a voice to young people with a disability
  • Compare local policies and services with international best practice
  • Encourage and inspire disabled people to reach their full potential
  • Develop an action plan for future initiatives to improve education and employability prospects for disabled people

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News

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Definitely Able “Voices” Film Takes International Award in Cannes

Definitely Able Conference and Ilham Art Exhibition 20 October 2015

Building on the success of the Definitely Able Conference and ILHAM Art Exhibition held earlier this year, Sasol, the international integrated chemicals and energy and company, the British Council and The Film House have received a Silver Dolphin from the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards for t...

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Definitely Able Conference 2015 Recommendation Report

Definitely Able Conference and Ilham Art Exhibition 24 August 2015

The organisers of the 2015 Definitely Able Conference "Bridging Gaps, Enabling Inclusion" have published the outcome and recommendations following the event. These recommendations are the result of many sessions and discussions between local and international experts in the field of disability who ...

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Coinciding with the Definitely Able Conference ORYX GTL Supports Shafallah Center with 10 Accessible Busses

Definitely Able Conference and Ilham Art Exhibition 23 March 2015

Doha, Qatar, 22 March 2015: As a part of its corporate social responsibility programme, ORYX GTL announced during the Definitely Able Conference that it will donate 10 custom made specially equipped busses to Shafallah Center for Children with Special Needs. The vehicles will enable transportation a...

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Sasol and the British Council work together to challenge perceptions about disability

Definitely Able Conference and Ilham Art Exhibition 23 March 2015

Doha, Qatar, 18 March 2015 - Under the patronage of H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani, the Definitely Able Conference opened today at the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha. Sasol and the British Council, in partnership with Qatar Museums, partnered to organise the conference and accompanying ILH...

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Launch of the Definitely Able Conference and ILHAM Art Exhibition

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Sasol and The British Council Announce Definitely Able Conference and ILHAM Art Exhibition in Partnership with Qatar Museums. Conference 18-19 March; ILHAM Exhibition Open to the Public 18-27 March at Museum of Islamic Art in Doha. Doha, Qatar, 9 March 2015: Sasol, the international integrated...

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Artists get inspired by Doha and MIA

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The works selected for display at the Definitely Able Art exhibition include a series of new commissions that are inspired by the collections at the Museum of Islamic Art, as well as existing works of art influenced by the characteristics of Islamic Art, design and craft. Working alongside the Br...

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Conference Programme

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CONFERENCE OPENING by H.E. Dr. Abdullah S. Al Khulaifi, Minister of Labour & Social Affairs, Qatar (by invitation only)

Definitely Able Conference and Ilham Art Exhibition 18 March 2015 @ 9:30 - 10:30 Keynote Speaker Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE & Host Simon Minty, Diversity and Disability Champion, Director Sminty Ltd Welcome Speeches:
  • Waseem Kotoub
  • Simon Minty
  • Marjo Louw
  • Martin Hope
  • Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE

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Session 1 – Disability Legislation: Overview of international standards, policies and practices

Definitely Able Conference and Ilham Art Exhibition 18 March 2015 @ 10:30 - 12:00 Chaired by Justice Zakeria Yacoob (South Africa) Welcome Speeches:
  • Justice Zackeria Yacoob
  • Ahmed Al Omran
  • Dr Ossie Stuart
  • Dr Elobaid Ahmed Elobaid

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Session 2 – Employability: Disabled people’s right to meaningful employment and support

Definitely Able Conference and Ilham Art Exhibition 18 March 2015 @ 13:15 - 14:45 Chaired by Dr Nasser Siabi OBE - CEO Microlink PC (UK) Welcome Speeches:
  • Dr Nasser Siabi OBE
  • Najat Adham Alabdallah
  • Faisal Muhammad Al Kooheji
  • Khalid Al Shoaibi

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Session 3 – Inclusive Learning Technologies

Definitely Able Conference and Ilham Art Exhibition 18 March 2015 @ 15:15 - 16:45 Chaired by Maha Al Mansouri, CEO, Mada, Qatar Assistive Technology Center Welcome Speeches:
  • Maha Al-Mansouri
  • Mike Park
  • Ahmed Habib

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Session 4 – Attitudes & Disability Terminology

Definitely Able Conference and Ilham Art Exhibition 18 March 2015 @ 16:45 - 17:45 Chaired by Dr Ossie Stuart & David Hevey, Shape Arts (UK) Welcome Speeches:
  • Dr Ossie Stuart
  • David Hevey

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Session 5 – Education: Ensuring access and engagement for all

Definitely Able Conference and Ilham Art Exhibition 19 March 2015 @ 8:30 - 10:30 Chaired by Prof. Dr. Georges Tamer, Chair of Oriental Philology and Islamic Studies at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany) Welcome Speeches:
  • Professor Georges Tamer
  • Laila Darwish
  • Noel Gibb
  • Bryan Gilroy
  • Anwar Al Said
  • Dr Asma Al Attiyah

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Session 6 – Art : A Vehicle to Change Perceptions

Definitely Able Conference and Ilham Art Exhibition 19 March 2015 @ 11:00 - 12:30 Chaired by Ruth Gould, Director DaDaFest (UK) Welcome Speeches:
  • Ruth Gould
  • Melina Gama De Moura
  • Safiya Al Bahlani
  • Jo Verrent
  • Rachel Gadsden

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Session 7 – Accessible Museums and Galleries

Definitely Able Conference and Ilham Art Exhibition 19 March 2015 @ 13:30 - 15:00 Chaired by Dr Serena Iervolino (Lecturer in Art Curation and Museology, UCL Qatar) Welcome Speeches:
  • Dr Serena Iervolino
  • Jane Samuels
  • Marcus Dickey Horley
  • Amanda Cachia
  • Fatima Musharbak

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Session 8 – Finding the accessible Doha

Definitely Able Conference and Ilham Art Exhibition 19 March 2015 @ 15:30 - 16:45 Chaired by Mark Dyer - Accessibility and Inclusive Design Adviser Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy – Programme Management Consultant Welcome Speeches:
  • Mark Dyer
  • David Banes
  • Jamal Al Kaabi
  • Professor Nick Tyler

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Speakers

  • Mike Park
    Mike Park
    eAccessibility Services
    Mada, Qatar Assistive Technology Center
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  • Faisal Koohaji
    Faisal Muhammad Al Kooheji
    Chairman
    Qatar Social and Cultural Center for the Blind
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    Najat Adham Alabdallah
    Director
    Department of Elderly and People with Disabilities, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
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    Dr Asma Al Attiyah
    Head, Psychological Sciences Department - College of Education & Associate Professor - Special Education
    Qatar University
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  • Ahmed Habib
    Ahmed Habib
    Communication & Outreach Manager
    Mada, Qatar Assistive Technology Center
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  • Dr Elobaid Elobaid
    Dr Elobaid Ahmed Elobaid
    Head
    United Nations Human Rights Training and Documentation Centre for South-West Asia and the Arab Region
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  • Chris Holmes, LOCOG Director of Paralympic Integration and 9 tim
    Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE
    Paralympic Champion
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  • Simon Minty
    Simon Minty
    Director
    Sminty Ltd
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  • Anwar Alsaid
    Anwar Al Said
    Programme Education Specialist
    UNESCO
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  • David Hevey
    David Hevey
    Media professional
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    Maha Al-Mansouri
    Chief Executive
    Mada, Qatar Assistive Technology Center
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  • Rachel Gadsden
    Rachel Gadsden
    Creative Director, Visual and Performance Artist
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  • Safiya Al Bahlani
    Safiya Al Bahlani
    Artist, Creative Designer, Inspirational & Motivational Speaker
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  • Noel-Gibb
    Noel Gibb
    Consultant on Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities
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  • Khalid Al Shoaibi
    Khalid Al Shoaibi
    Director
    Voluntary Committee for Employing the Disabled
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  • Dr Serena Iervolino
    Dr Serena Iervolino
    Lecturer
    UCL Qatar
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  • Martin Hope
    Martin Hope
    Director
    British Council Qatar
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  • waseem_kotoub
    Waseem Kotoub
    Head of Art and Creativity
    British Council Qatar
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  • Jo Verrent
    Jo Verrent
    Senior Producer
    Unlimited
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  • Marjo-Louw-246x300
    Marjo Louw
    President
    SASOL Qatar
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  • Marcus Dickey Horley
    Marcus Dickey Horley
    Curator of Access Projects
    Tate Modern/Britain
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  • Bryan-Gilroy
    Bryan Gilroy
    Assistant Provost & Campus Director
    Zayed University, UAE
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  • Layla-Darwish
    Laila Darwish
    Head of Special Needs Department
    Supreme Education Council
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  • Melina Gama De Moura
    Melina Gama De Moura
    Art Educator
    Museum Of Islamic Art
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  • Ruth Gould
    Ruth Gould
    Artistic Director
    DaDaFest
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  • Zak Yacoob
    Justice Zackeria Yacoob
    Judge
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  • Prof. Georges Tamer
    Professor Georges Tamer
    Chair Oriental Philology and Islamic Studies
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  • Nick Tyler
    Professor Nick Tyler
    CBE FREng, Professor of Civial Engineering
    University College London
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  • Nasser-Siabi
    Dr Nasser Siabi OBE
    Chief Executive Officer
    Microlink PC
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  • Mark Dyer
    Mark Dyer
    Accessibility and Inclusive Design Adviser, Programme Management Consultant
    Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy
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  • Jane Samuels
    Jane Samuels
    Access & Equality Manager
    British Museum
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  • Jamal-Al-Kaabi
    Jamal Al Kaabi
    Director
    Central Planning Office, MMUP
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  • Fatima Musharbek
    Fatima Musharbak
    Head of Accessibility Service and Programmes
    Sharjah Museums
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  • Dr Ossie Stuart
    Dr Ossie Stuart
    Independent Equalities Consultant
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  • David Banes - Mada
    David Banes
    Deputy CEO
    Mada
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  • Amanda Cachia
    Amanda Cachia
    Independent Curator
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  • Ahmed Alomran
    Ahmed Al Omran
    Legal Researcher
    UAE’s Ministry of Social Affairs
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Exhibition

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Ilham Exhibition

Definitely Able Conference and Ilham Art Exhibition 17 March 2015

ILHAM "إلهام" (inspiration) is an initiative by the British Council, Shape Arts and Sasol to showcase new works by five international artists and two Qatari artists, all of whom have drawn inspiration from the extensive collections of the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA). ILHAM accompanies the Definit...

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Committees

Steering committee

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    Marjo Low
    President
    SASOL Qatar
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  • Martin Hope
    Martin Hope
    Director
    British Council Qatar
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  • Jacks-photo-left-380x570
    Mr. Jack Saba
    GM of Public Affairs
    Sasol Qatar
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  • Waseem_kotoub
    Dr Waseem Kotoub
    Head of Art and Creativity
    British Council Qatar
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    Najat Adham Alabdallah
    Director, Department of Elderly and People with Disabilities
    Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
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  • Director, Museum of Islamic Art
    Ms. Aisha Al Khater
    Director
    Museum of Islamic Art
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    Ms. Fawziah Al Khater
    Director of Education Institute
    Supreme Education Council
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    Ms. Muna Mohammed Al-Kuwari
    Director of Professional Development Office
    Supreme Education Council
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    Mrs Maha Al Mansouri
    CEO
    MADA Qatar Assistive Technology Centre
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    Ms. Noura Al Kubaisi
    Director
    Al Noor Institute for the Blind
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    Dr. Saif Ali Al Hajari
    Chairman
    Friends of the Environment Centre
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    Mrs Amna Al Suwaidi
    Consultant
    National Human Rights Committee
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    Dr. Anna Paolini
    Director, Qatar Office
    UNESCO
  • Thilo Rehren
    Prof. Thilo Rehren
    Director
    UCL Qatar
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  • Khalid-Khader-339x570
    Dr Khalid Khader
    Consultant of Special Needs Center in the Student Affairs
    Qatar University
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  • Mark Dyer
    Mark Dyer
    Accessibility and Inclusive Design Adviser
    Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Programme Management Consultant
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Operational committee

  • Jacks-photo-left-380x570
    Mr. Jack Saba
    GM of Public Affairs
    Sasol Qatar
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  • Waseem_kotoub
    Dr Waseem Kotoub
    Head of Art and Creativity
    British Council Qatar
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  • Dr-Eiman-424x570
    Dr. Iman Khalil Al Nazar
    Supervisor at the Student Services Department, Student Affairs Sector
    Qatar University
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  • Mariam-Al-Emadi
    Mariam Al Emadi
    Principle
    Ruqayya Preparatory School
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  • Layla Darwish
    Layla Darwish
    Head of the Additional Educational Support department
    Supreme Education Council
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  • issam-azouri
    Mr. Issam Azouri
    Communication Adviser
    Supreme Education Council
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  • Ahmad Al-Jabir
    Mr. Ahmed Abdulrahman Al Jaber
    Additional Education Support Needs Specialist, curriculum office
    Supreme Education Council
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  • Khalid Al Shoaibi
    Khalid Al-Shoaibi
    Director
    Voluntary Committee for Employing the Disabled
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    Dr. Iman Al-Mulla
    Head special education department, communication & psychological counseling unit
    Hamad Medical Association
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  • Ahmed Habib
    Ahmed Habib
    Communication & Outreach Manager
    Mada, Qatar Assistive Technology Center
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    Dr. Sabrina Puppin
    Head of Art Education
    Museum of Islamic Art
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    Ms. Lisa Usman
    Head of Public Engagement and Professional Training
    University College London - Qatar
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    Mrs. Antonia Rosati
    Community Engagement Officer
    UCL Qatar
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  • Katia Abboud Saba
    Mrs Katia Abboud Saba
    A. PRC Manager
    ORYX GTL
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  • Jeff Chertack
    Mr. Jeff Chartak
    Regional Corporate & Public Affairs Practice Director, MENA
    Memac Ogilvy
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  • Abdi Gas
    Mr. Abdi Gas
    Project Manager
    British Council Qatar
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  • Faraan Sayed
    Mr. Faraan Sayed
    Partnership and Programmes Manager
    British Council Qatar
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  • Kiran - Portait - Aug 09
    Mrs Kiran Kalsi
    Events Coordinator
    Sasol Qatar
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