Solution Barbados promises major financial relief

Public servants and Barbadians can expect a 23 per rise in their disposable income if Solution Barbados forms the next government, the party’s spokesman on economic affairs Scott Weatherhead has touted.

In a strong statement expressing solidarity with the National Union of Public Workers’ (NUPW) demand for a 23 per cent wage hike, he declared that the new political party was ready to respond to the plight of public servants and the wider public suffering under the high taxes imposed by the Democratic Labour Party administration.

Scott Weatherhead, Spokesperson on economic affairs, Solutions Barbados

Weatherhead, who will be contesting the Christ Church East Central Seat, said Solutions Barbados was appalled at “the callous and arrogant attitude this Government has shown towards its civil servant employees over this matter of a pay increase.”

He stressed that the Solution Barbados wholeheartedly sympathizes with the plight of the public workers who have not received a pay increase for 10 years noting, “that the ministers of Government have seen it fit to reinstate their ten per cent pay cut while ignoring the union’s demands for a 23 per cent pay increase or the alternative coping subsidy for public servants.”

“Under a Solutions Barbados administration we unequivocally promise all Barbadians and their representative trade unions to provide all public servants and citizens with immediate relief from economic hardship by offering an effective increase in net disposable income at least equivalent to the 23 per cent increase the unions have sought.”

The party said it would achieve this by phasing in a set of favourable economic measures.

“Solutions Barbados will completely remove the 10 per cent National Social Responsibility Levy. We will completely remove the 17.5% Value Added Tax; we will completely remove the two per cent foreign exchange commission; we will reduce personal Income taxes from the range of 16% – 25 per cent down to a ten per cent flat tax with no deductions; we will remove import duties and taxes from healthy foods; we will reduce land taxes through our agricultural incentives. There will be no taxes on pensions or retirement benefits under a Solutions Barbados administration,” Weatherhead pledged.

He urged all public servants to resolve their pay dispute, “not through strike action, but by finally using their constitutional right in the forthcoming general elections to vote for a party that has put forward workable solutions to increase their spending power and to fix the economy. That party my friends, is Solutions Barbados.”

42 Responses to Solution Barbados promises major financial relief

  1. Sheron Inniss January 22, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Up the thing Grenville + team.

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  2. jrsmith January 22, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Where all this money is coming from….Question to Solution Barbados if you win the new elections , would you go after the 900 millions which is owing to our Barbados treasury………..

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    • Big Man January 27, 2018 at 1:42 pm

      Solution Barbados promising PIE in THE SKY

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  3. Helicopter(8P) January 22, 2018 at 11:30 am

    If ministers have recieved a ten percent pay increase over the past ten years and public servants have had no increase at all then their twenty three percent can be justified up to fifteen at this moment in time with retroactive pay. At least this sounds reasonable and I’m not just jumping the gun. We don’t know how we will move foward with a 10% flat tax but expenditures would have to be greatly monitored and wastage curtailed. Infrastructure is a topic that has not been outlined.The Ministry of Tranportation and Works must be retooled or up graded with modernised equiptment to get the job done. The sewerage problems are at utmost importance and a masterplan of blue prints of that system must be proposed and sound hydrolic engineering employed into the system. If these problems that plague us our nation is grabbed by the horns then you may be the wright sloution to some redundant problems Mr Weatherhead. We hosts international events and our standards of living must reflect our good culture; if your party can sustain our good standing down the years; then! Why not give it a try in our democratic way of living.

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    • bk January 22, 2018 at 6:22 pm

      seriously, ya’ll ignorant people still with that crap, the Ministers as well as Permanent Secs. gave up 10% of their pay for a period of time, it was afterwards reinstated. It is not a pay increase. Maybe you did not go to school long enough to understand this. If you want to say that they were insensitive to have their pay reinstated then fine, i agree, but don’t come talking crap.

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    • John Everatt January 22, 2018 at 11:25 pm

      Scott Weatherhead and this whole Solutions party are trying to pull the wool over your eyes. Firstly were would the money come from to give the civil service such a raise? The present government has already bled this country dry. Scott is looking for votes and support and does not care if he has to lie to get it. Folks, these are dishonest people we are dealing with here. Even more dishonest than the present government. Please open your eyes.

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      • TOMMY A January 23, 2018 at 7:45 am

        Name a honest politician.they are all for themselves and family.when they give one they take three that you wont know about,and we all know this economic mess started under owen.Solutions give aways look too much to be realistic,but some taxes can be reduce.give people more spending power.The more money in circulation will certainly help the economy.But what a pity how party supporters goes off on each other,and the politician don’t give one rat race about us.

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        • Jennifer January 23, 2018 at 8:37 am

          Well said. Now this is true eye opening.

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      • Solutions Barbados January 23, 2018 at 8:40 am

        We never said anything about giving immediate salary increases, what we said was that we would reduce the cost of living in order to increase disposable income, which mitigates the immediate need for salary increases. It is a well established fact that reducing taxes in a small depressed economy like Barbados, increases government income, as long as you have an efficient tax system in place. That is why we are not just reducing taxes, but reforming our tax system as well. In addition, by changing the way corporations are taxed, this will reduce the burden on the foreign exchange. I wouldn’t expect most people to understand why this will make such a difference. However, any of the big 4 accounting firms, or good tax advisors can explain to you why that will make the world of difference, both to the foreign reserve, and to government income. Don’t worry, in the weeks and months ahead all of Barbados will understand how it works in great detail.

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        • Jennifer January 23, 2018 at 9:47 am

          The more money this majority people get the more them spend putting them back to ground zero – No wonder it is called disposable.

          Surely if SB can think on such a viable solution, why the lot in parliament can’t or won’t do it???

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  4. Mark Adamson January 22, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Solutions Barbados needs to explain to the Barbadian electorate their TAXATION policies and how they are going to implement such policies, were they to ever become at the helm of government, and such possibilities against the backdrop of massive government borrowing, increasing government debt, big and unwieldy government, import-led and government led political economic growth, an outdated so-called exchange rate policy, etc.,

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    Anyhow here are many of the People’s Democratic Congress’s policies.

    In view of the need for the bulk of voters across Barbados to vote for the candidates of the party and its coalition partners that present the greatest, most progressivist and people-centered developmentalist agenda for Barbados, I hereby help to state the following twenty five (25) fundamental objectives that – out of many others – will be helped brought about by the People’s Democratic Congress (PDC), in rightful and dutiful association with those partners helping to form this future coalitional government of Barbados:

    1) The Abolition of Taxation;

    2) The Abolition of Interest Rates;

    3) The Abolition of Public Debt;

    4) The Abolition of ALL so-called Exchange Rates Parities with the Barbados Dollar;

    5) The Abolition of All Motor Vehicle Insurance;

    6) The making sure that the Real Actual Cost of Use of Money in Barbados is substantially reduced in the medium to long term;

    7) The making sure that the Money Turn Over Rate is substantially increased in this country;

    8) The establishment of a National Currency Board (NCB) to manage currency and financial credit flows within the country, and into and out of it;

    9) The legalization of the uses, by persons 18 years and over generally, and by persons of the approved professions, specifically, of marijuana and its various biological relatives, and the legalization of the specified and specific amounts of such that are consistent with the social, personal, recreational, religious, commercial, medicinal, and research purposes for which such plants, their main derivatives, and their uses will be put to, respectively;

    10) The making sure that there is almost total freedom of interaction between the nominal receipts of individuals, businesses and other relevant entities, and the nominal receipts that are to be made by the entities that would be charged with running the business and corporate affairs of the Seaport, Airport and at all other points of entry in this country, where there is the transacting of commercial goods and services entering/exiting Barbados;

    11) The making sure that locally based exporters of goods and services receive their transfers (nominal receipts) through the National Currency Board (NCB). These local exporters will get from the NCB, the equivalent amounts of local money/financial credits that local business people – in the like cases – will get from local people, businesses and entities, when getting/having got ownership of the identical/similar goods or uses of the identical/similar services to those goods and services that have been exported. In such cases the NCB will be deemed to be acting on the behalf of the overseas parties who will eventually own those goods and/or use those services, and who under the said contracts will either give foreign currency or foreign financial credits to the NCB which – in turn – will thereafter give to the locally based exporters the amounts in local transfers that are wholly due to them;

    12) The introduction of a regime of the assembling of aircraft, motor vehicles, missiles, satellites, the building of ships, etc for Barbados;

    13) The introduction of PARTNERSHIP ENTERPRISES to take the places of companies, ministries, statutory corporations, etc, and wherefore in every instance – before the coming about of such Enterprises – there would have had to be seen – in any business or governmental organizations in operation in this country – two or more persons involved in them. The incoming Partners will be the part owners of these enterprises – hence, the substantial elimination of the work system/culture in Barbados;

    14) The establishment of a Hire Purchase Relief Fund for persons (not businesses) who – under their respective hire-“purchase” contracts – will be proven to have had genuine difficulties in giving over monies to the relevant hire-“purchase” enterprises;

    15) The establishment of a Water Expense Relief Fund to help those persons who – at whatever times after its implementation – have proven genuine difficilties in repairing the receipts debts owed to the BWA type entity, as a result of the receipts challenges helped brought on by imbalances in their commercial industrial and other related affairs;

    16) The ensuring that NO foreigners whatsoever are able to own land spaces rights in this country – only that they may be permitted to lease such rights;

    17) The institution of a serious Regime of Rent Control over all residential, commercial and social accommodation in this country;

    18) The building of a modern efficient railway system for Barbados, to run back and forth on what is now the existing ABC/Ronald Mapp Highways;

    19) The introduction of specialized secondary school education, via the institution of Academies – the Abolition of the Common Entrance Exam – the introduction of an appropriate National Continuous Assessment Program – and the introduction of Full Zoning for Barbados, with some reasonable exceptions thereto;

    20) The building of a modern acute care 200 bed hospital for the north of the country;

    21) The implementation of a Proportional Representational Electoral System for all national elections of Barbados (elections of the Cabinet/Judges of the Supreme Court), to take the place of the very inadequate and deficient first past the post electoral system;

    22) The election of Judges to their Supreme Court positions in this country;

    23) The institution of Constituency Assemblies for Barbados – one per constituency – and whereby – within them – elected constituents – as members thereof – will have all opportunities to propose and debate the laws of this country;

    24) The establishment of a system of Parish Councils for Barbados;

    25) The removal of the Queen as head of the governmental system of Barbados – and the creation of an Executive Coalitional Republican System for this country, which (as earlier represented in (21 above) will itself be nationally elected.

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    • Haskell Murray January 22, 2018 at 7:29 pm

      There are some interesting proposals in here which need to be explained in detail how these will be implemented.

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      • Haskell Murray January 22, 2018 at 7:32 pm

        There are some interesting proposals in here which need to be explained in detail how these will be implemented. There must be a technical committee in place with the road map for implementation

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    • Bajan USA January 22, 2018 at 7:34 pm

      Mark i think you have some very good idea’s. Get out there and promote your platform. I wish you the best.

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    • 3rdsun January 22, 2018 at 10:11 pm

      You sound like you want to turn Brabados into a communist state. lookout!

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    • John Everatt January 22, 2018 at 11:28 pm

      It is indeed the silly season

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  5. Falernum January 22, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    These dreamers will meet public service wage demands and Barbadian originating debt in devalued dollars !

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    • James Lynch January 22, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      ANY political party winning the next election will have an uphill battle just to regain equilibrium. The DLP and BLP both brought us here, CLEARLY they do NOT have the competence to get us out of this humongous financial hole that they dug for the nation.

      So NEXT!!!

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      • harry turnover January 23, 2018 at 6:37 am

        Big man you with this blame thing too.The DLP has been Governing this Country FOR OVER TEN YEARS,When Thompson took over in 2008 THERE WERE NO PROBLEMS but he was warned back then OF A PENDING RECESSION on the WORLD STAGE….but what did he do ?
        he went ahead and TAXED BAJANS HEAVILY in his first Budget….that my friend was the CATALYST ..yes,he KICK STARTED Bdos ‘ troubles back then .
        As I have said on NUMEROUS occasions if a Party is to be blamed going back it has to be the DEMOCRATIC LABOR PARTY back in NOVEMBER 1966 the 30th. to be exact….EVERYTHING STARTED THEN.

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      • Solutions Barbados January 23, 2018 at 8:53 am

        Both the BLP and the DLP are equally responsible for the deep hole of debt and burden of taxation placed on this country today. We have not been governed by any other party since independence, so that blame falls squarely at them both. Which one was the most reckless and irresponsible? history will show that party is the BLP. between 1994 and 2008 the BLP took Barbados’ debt from the safety of 35% of GDP all the way to 90% of GDP, and left office in 2008 with $9.2 Billion of debt for the DLP to mange. The IMF warned Sandiford never to let our debt exceed 40% of GDP, or we would eventually face devaluation of our currency. He kept it under 35% by cutting public workers salaries by 8%. Today it is over 160% of GDP. No other government in the history of this country has ever had such high debt service as this DLP government. But the ones most responsible for it are the BLP and that is an irrefutable fact. Thankfully Barbados now has several other options besides the BLP and the DLP.

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  6. sticks and stones January 22, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Solutions!yuh far fetched from reality…steupseeee

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    • James Lynch January 22, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      And the established Parties don’t have their heads in the clouds – and their hands in our pockets? What planet are you living on? Did you forget about the “Shrimp Minister” already?

      BLP and DLP depend on short-memory people like you to put them back in power so they can waste another 15 BBB-Billion dollars.

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  7. Helicopter(8p) January 22, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    I would think that Barbadians sould have good comprehensive analisys on matters concerning to their wellbeing. Logic and foresight are the main night lamps to be kept burning.

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  8. Kevin January 22, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Where are the monies going to come from to pay debt and keep free social services like health? They only giving us one side of the picture.

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    • Solutions Barbados January 23, 2018 at 9:05 am

      The money is going to come from tax reform. That is changing the way the tax system functions, from a progressive tax system to a flat tax system. It will also come from changing the way corporations are taxed, from 25% on profits, which most businesses can avoid, to 10% on gross, which none can avoid. It will also come from the share volume of new tax revenue under this new, more efficient tax system, by giving people back money, and allowing them to spend it in the economy. Last year the citizens of this country paid $488.3 Million in taxes to government, but all the corporations combined, paid $248.2 Million in taxes to government. Do you think the tax burden is equally spread?

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  9. Rev. Winston S. Jones January 22, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    In his book “Aeneid, book 2” Virgil wrote “Do not trust the horse, Trojans. Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks even when they bring gifts.” If ever there was a wooden horse being borne, this is one and certainly Solutions Barbados must be Greeks since these proposals, though sweet sounding are sure to prove bitter after ingested and swallowed. With the decision to reduce the level of income into the treasury, and with the intent to raise the expenditure from the Treasury at the same time, how does Solutions Barbados intend to balance their budget? This does not even take into consideration the sewage plant that must be updated, the roads that must be properly fixed, and the heavy external debt that has to be serviced, how does Solutions Barbados plan to do all this with less income? “Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes” – “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.”

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  10. luther thorne January 22, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    What Solutions is saying is what PDC should be saying instead of allowing its message to be lost in the Mottley Bashing or maybe not. Maybe there are benefits for Bashing Mia. I dont know !

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  11. luther thorne January 22, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    The next Government needs to look at all these proposals and do what Owen Arthur did : implement the workable ones. One does not really worry about which party wins. The main concern is performance. One looks at the Team rather than the party. Which Team is capable of doing a job. Right now the DLP had 10 years and 10 years are considered by many to be the limit.

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  12. Carson C. Cadogan January 22, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Solutions seem to forget that Barbados is a , “” import-led and government led “”economy. It is not export driven.

    We have a very poor private sector which does nothing else other than hold on to Govt.’s coat tail. Our so called private sector is not vibrant like Jamaica or Trinidad.

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    • bk January 22, 2018 at 6:27 pm

      that is so true, it is our appetites that will drive the final nail in our coffins.

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  13. Alex Alleyne January 22, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    But then again , I will say anything to get your VOTE.

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  14. Alex Alleyne January 22, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    WOW, couple of my friends say they are voting in next election even if they have to walk barefoot on glass.

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  15. The Elephant January 22, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Barbadians should vote Solutions Barbados 2018.

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  16. 3rdsun January 22, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Promises, promises, nutten but a comfort for a fool – TC

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  17. archy perch January 23, 2018 at 2:38 am

    jrsmith has finally said something sensible that I can agree with. Well well well.
    He has asked Solution Barbados if they will go after the bandits that owe the Treasury 900-million in Vat money. I could hold jrsmith now and kiss him if he was in Barbados, really.
    Keep reading my post and those of Carson and the lot, and we will expose the truth to the world, not the well designed propaganda the cfrooked Barbados Labour Party dishes out.

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  18. boney January 23, 2018 at 6:27 am

    The money is coming from this candidate’s bank acct.

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  19. Harry January 23, 2018 at 7:45 am

    Well any chance that Solutions had of getting my vote just vanished when Scott Weatherhead is presented as one of their candidates.
    How could Phillips bring forward such a tarnished candidate ?? just shows that Phillips himself hasnt got a flipping clue what is going on – a dreamer.

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    • Joe Blow January 23, 2018 at 9:50 am

      You can’t even vote in Barbados Harry, you better go back to the UK and vote there.

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  20. jrsmith January 23, 2018 at 7:48 am

    @,archy perch hail , hail, thanks for the compliment , I am chancing this and run something by you, do you think we need to reign in our politicians , who is out of order and we need some legislature to make them (Accountable) to the black masses in Barbados)

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  21. Greengiant January 23, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Those of you who are asking how Solutions Barbados will generate the money needed for the state need to realize these things.

    If taxes are removed (NSRL & Vat) then income tax is reduced by between 6 & 15 percent. That will give the workers a restoration of 37.5 percent of their disposable income. The business sector too will now pay corporation tax of 10% of gross revenue and not 30% percent after profits currently.

    If the workers has an increase of 37.5 % to their income, and the unions are asking for 23%.
    1. Why should the state pay for bus fare, lunches, and minor
    health care for everyone as they currently do?
    2. Why should the state pay tertiary education fees for everyone
    in every subject area?

    3. With increased disposable income, comes increased social
    responsibility.
    4. So with less persons depending on the state, increased taxes or
    levies on unhealthy foods, entertainment, toll roads within
    certain high traffic areas. All the government is left to do is
    manage an efficient transport service.
    5. More disposable income, increases commercial activity, and by
    extension, increased investment by the business community.
    This leads to increased taxes, that provides the income to drive
    Barbados forward.
    6. N I S and B R A officers begins mobile inspections to bring all
    the Auto mechanic and Body repair shops, car wash and valet
    services, village shops, roadside vendors, tailors, dressmakers,
    barbers, construction related craftsmen, the landscapers and
    other small enterprise owners and their employees
    signed up and registered to pay their taxes, and also benefit
    from the national incentives made available. This too will
    increase the revenue intake.

    I guess many of you who work, pay excessive taxes, quarrel daily, are dissatisfied with the lack of effective governance for decades are not familiar with the total management concept outlined in the ISO 9001 2015 standard.

    Well I suggest you all use your computers, tablets, phones and any gadgets available to you to download and read the available documentation online. Then search for all the local, regional and global companies who have achieved these standards. Those among the local ISO certified fraternity should tell you the story of success.

    Don’t only listen to Solutions Barbados, and follow those who question the viability, of their suggestions, but stop listening to those who say they’re impossible and read for yourself. See what the leading governments, countries and businesses are doing that we are not. Then and only then can we criticize the solutions being offered.

    I’m ashamed of our economists who continue only to address the offerings of the B L P and the failings of the D L P. You too are behaving as though the recommendations of Solutions Barbados has no relevance whatsoever. Well if that’s the case it’s time you openly say so to the people of Barbados, by producing the numbers. You’ve heard the recommendations, you have the statistical data, you can do the economic forecast and predictions for the local economy where workers have a restoration of 37.5 percent disposable income, and a change of 10 percent corporate tax on gross earnings within the business sector. The people needs an honest analysis using these projections. You all owe this to the people and not your political masters, the people’s taxes paid for your education. Show me your social conscience if you have one.

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  22. Richard Johnston January 23, 2018 at 8:06 am

    Is this before or after they devalue the currency?

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  23. Harry January 23, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Joe Blow I am 100% Bajan born here and have the right to vote.

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