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Posted on 19 November 2017 by admin

Christopher Harridge


HARRIDGE – CHRISTOPHER,​ husband of late Antoinette,​ son of Noel and Norma Harridge,​ brother of Michael and Desmond Harridge,​ brother-in-law of Liz and Suzi. Remains will lie at A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour from 9 a.m. on 22nd Wednesday,​ onwards. Cortege leaves the Parlour at 4.30 p.m. on Thursday 23rd November,​ 2017 for Cremation at General Cemtery,​ Kanatte at 5 p.m.145946

Sunday, November 19, 2017 – We mourn the passing of Christopher Harridge this morning in Sri Lanka. May his soul rest in peace!

Details of funeral services are not known at time of posting this notice. As per news conveyed by Stanley Lumanauw, Christo resided in Ja-ela. Brother of Michael and Desmond (Australia) Harridge. 

Many thanks to Rodney Paternott (Melbourne) for providing details of Christo's sporting career at college. Christopher Harridge earned the enviable sporting double having represented college in Cricket & Rugby both.

RUGBY – Christo played, rugby from 1962 to 1965.under Jeyer Rodrigues '62; Steven Alagaratnam '63; Rohan Abeysundera '64 and Darrell Wimalaratne in '65. 

CRICKET – Christo was a member of the winning Peterite team of 1965, led by Travice Fernando.

St. Peter's College won the big match by 6 wickets thanks to a sensational spell of medium-pace swing bowling by skipper Travice Fernando who bagged 5/45 and 6/44 in the 1st and 2nd innings, respectively totalling a haul of 11 wickets in the game. Christopher Moreira captained St. Joseph's College.

The Peterite XI comprised of (in batting order) Darrell Wimalaratne, Charlitha Goonesena, Peter de Niese, Christo Harridge (Wk), Travice Fernando, Aubrey Paternott, C. Christoffelsz, Everard Hoffman, Tony Opatha, Rodney Paternott and Mervin Fernando.

The Josephian Xi comprised of (in batting order) Polycarp Jayasekara, Brian Perera, Christopher Moreira, Alan de Costa, Sunil Atukorale (wk), Victor Vimalasingham, Bede Johnpillai, Sarath Wanigasekera, A. Rasanayagam, Anil Peiris, and T. Mitchell.

Scores of the 1965 Josephian-Peterite played at SPC Grounds in Bambalapitiya on March 19th & 20th.

SJC -130 (Allan de Costa, 40, Victor Vimalasingham, 33, Polycarp Wijesekara – Bowling: Travice Fernando 5/45; Peter deNiese 3/25) & 164 (Victor Vimalasingham, 50, Polycarp Wijesekara, 36, Allan de Costa, 22, Sarath Wanigasekara, 20 – Bowling: Travice Fernando 6/44; Rodney Paternott 3/31)

SPC – 201 Charlitha Goonesena, 68, Tony Opatha, 42, Aubrey Paternott, 25, Rodney Paternott, 23 & 94 for 4 wickets Aubrey Paternott, 31 not out, Darrell Wimalaratne, 29, Charlitha Goonasena, 27.




OBITUARY: DODWELL DE SILVA - Leader, SPC Fife & Drum Band in 1956


OBITUARY: DODWELL DE SILVA – Leader, SPC Fife & Drum Band in 1956

Posted on 12 November 2017 by admin

News has just reached us of the passing of DODWELL DE SILVA on Saturday, November 11, 2017, in Cerritos, California.

Dodwell was fondly known as "Doddy" in school and is a pre-70s Peterite who was at St. Peter's College in the 50s and early 60s travelling to college from his parental home on Pereira Lane, Wellawatta.

Dodwell is best known as the band leader of the first St. Peter's College Fife & Drum Band in 1956, brainchild of Rev. Fr. Arthur Fernando – Rector (1955 – 1963). In fact, the band at St. Peter's College was the very first School's band formed among schools in Sri Lanka. Dodwell, as band leader looked dashing in the white Tunic Uniform. So did the rest of the band members. The only other members of the band that I recall are Carline Perera, Carline Nugara, Hector Pietersz and Royce Moldrich.

If some Peterite reading this post could recall the full list of band members of 1956, this would be historical information. In the meantime, we mourn Dodwell's passing and extend our sympathy to his wife June and two children.

Dodwell was a Past President of the Sri Lanka America Association of Southern California and lived in Cerritos, California for over four decades. Cerritos is a suburban city in Los Angeles County, California.

May god grant Dodwell's soul eternal rest!


Dodwell Palitha De Silva, 78, born on September 11,1939, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, passed away November 11, 2017. He resided in Cerritos, California at the time of his passing. Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Lawn, Cypress, California.


Sunday, November 19 
9:30 AM to 11:30 AM     

Forest Lawn – Cypress – Hope Chapel

4471 Lincoln Avenue Cypress, CA 90630

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Website traffic increases dramatically


Website traffic increases dramatically

Posted on 05 November 2017 by admin

  As the owner/admin of this website, we are encouraged to see the dramatic increase of website traffic on our site. Since July of this year, there has been a steady increase and highest on record is 467 visitors on August 16, 2017. Today (Sunday) by 1:00 pm Toronto time, there have been 142 visitors. With this increase, we will be going commercial starting January 1, 2018. Rates for advertising will be posted by November 30th. Our design team will prepare the advertisement for you using state-of-the art graphics software. We hope to use our expertise and reach out to help you promote your products and services to the world. We are on our way to making this a global site that will add value to advertising.

The Joe-Pete website posts historical information, events, profiles of alumni who have gone through the hallowed hallways of St. Joseph's College and St. Peter's College in Colombo. Our site is not affiliated to any organizations but owned and operated by a passionate alumnus of St. Peter's College, Colombo resident in Toronto, Canada – Upali Obeyesekere. He has a network of friends from the Josephian and Peterite fraternity who provides current news and events at both schools in Colombo in addition to other countries.

We believe that history – both knowledge of the past and the practice of researching and making sense of what happened in the past – is crucially important to the wellbeing of individuals, communities, and the future all countries.

Our mission is to endorse, share, and use the below statement on the value of history in contemporary life. With common agreement, commitment, and open conversation about why history is important, we believe the historical community can change the common perception that history is nice, but not essential.

Endorsing this statement in principle is an initial step. We encourage you to adapt and incorporate these ideas into projects, training materials, mission statements, websites, marketing materials, and other institutional outlets. The seven core values are not new, but we believe that their articulation with the intent to make real, measurable change across the profession and into public realms represents a fresh start for our discipline. 


IDENTITY » History nurtures personal identity in an intercultural world.  History enables people to discover their own place in the stories of their families, communities, and nation. They learn the stories of the many individuals and groups that have come before them and shaped the world in which they live. There are stories of freedom and equality, injustice and struggle, loss and achievement, and courage and triumph. Through these varied stories, they create systems of personal values that guide their approach to life and relationships with others. 

CRITICAL SKILLS » History teaches critical 21st century skills and independent thinking. The practice of history teaches research, judgment of the accuracy and reliability of sources, validation of facts, awareness of multiple perspectives and biases, analysis of conflicting evidence, sequencing to discern causes, synthesis to present a coherent interpretation, clear and persuasive written and oral communication, and other skills that have been identified as critical to a successful and productive life in the 21st century. 

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HISTORY: Brothers of the same family – SJC & SPC

Posted on 05 November 2017 by admin

By: Upali Obeyesekere, an Old Peterite – 

St. Joseph's College and St. Peter's College are two premier Roman Catholic educational institutions in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The two schools have produced alumni that have excelled in academics, politics, sports, administration, business, music, and various other fields not only in the island nation of Sri Lanka but throughout the world. The hallmark of their success has been a commitment to excellence. The two schools enjoy a unique bond of friendship and goodwill that has grown stronger over the years. The following is the history of both schools compiled from various news items and historical material published in the souvenirs of the two schools. If any information is incorrect, please notify the writer by sending an e-mail to Thank You!


 SJC BLDGSt. Joseph's College is a Catholic educational institution that was established in 1896 by French missionaries, with Rev Christopher Ernst Bonjean playing a leading role. The college has over 4000 students with a staff of over 200. Distinguished former students include Cardinal Thomas Cooray the first Cardinal from Sri Lanka, President Ranasinghe Premadasa and Niranjan Deva-Aditya, the first person in history to be born in one continent (Asia) and elected to parliament in another continent (UK). The motto of the college is "Fiat Lux in Scientia et Virtute", meaning " Let there be light through Knowledge and Virtue" in Latin.

In 1892, the idea of a Catholic College emerges with the proposal of the Archbishop of Colombo Rt. Rev. Fr. Christopher Bonjean. On 6 January 1892, a pastoral letter was sent to all the priests espousing the desirability of building a Catholic College at St. Mary’s College premises at Mattakkuliya. In April 1892, a public meeting was held to collect funds and discuss the plans for the Catholic College.

Thereafter 27 acres of Land called the ‘uplands’ was bought by the Archbishop for this project, from the government. Later however, this land was bought back by the government with compensation, and the Catholic Church bought a land at Maradana in Darley Road from an Egyptian called Arabi Pasha for the College building.

On 12 December 1894 the foundation stone was laid by the papal delegate for Asia Rev. Msgr, Zalesbbi. In 1896, on 2 March 1896, St. Joseph’s College Colombo was declared open with 211 students in the school proper and 96 students in the preparatory school with Very Rev. Fr. Charles Collin as the First Rector. In November 1896, on 2 March, the College building was formally declared open by Governor of Ceylon West Redgeway and was blessed by Most Rev. Msgr, Zalesbbi, in the presence of the Archbishop Rt. Rev. Fr. Melizan O.M.I.

The Rector‘s office, the College office and the classrooms were all housed in the first building – the Clock Tower building of the College. The College Magazine was started in 1905. The Bonjean Hall was the third building to be completed. Fr. Charles Lytton, the second Rector, planned and supervised the building project of the Bonjean Hall.

Fr. Emil Nicholas O.M.I. was the third Rector appointed in 1910. To Fr. Emil Nicholas goes the credit of primary work on the first Religious Association of the College – the Guild of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

In 1914, there was the appointment of the great educationist, scientist and efficient administrator Fr. Maurice J. Legoc O.M.I. the fourth Rector. In 1933 the present Primary building – originally named “The Maurice Block” was constructed. This building was an exact copy of the Bonjean Hall was declared open by Most Rev. Fr. Marques.

The next massive building was the (south Wing) a two-storied building to house the classrooms. During Fr. Maurice Legoc’s tenure of office, there was emphasis of the science subjects in the curriculum, Fr. Legoc’s favourite subject was Botany. His own publication “Tropical Botany” was used as a text book in O’ Level classes in India and Sri Lanka. In 1930, Fr. Maurice Legoc introduced a scheme of scholarships to the under privileged students.

On 19 March 1929, the foundation stone for the College Chapel was laid by the Archbishop of Colombo. The College Chapel is a fitting memorial to Fr. Maurice Legoc.

The southern end of the Primary building an exact copy of the Grotto in Lourdes was built. In 1940, the Very Rev. Fr. Peter A. Pillai (fifth Rector) was appointed. In 1947 – 27 February, due to the World War 2, the College buildings were taken over by the Army. The College was in ‘exile’ from 1942 to 1946, branches of the College were housed in Homagama, Kalaniya, Gampaha and later at Borella.

On 30 July 1952, the swimming pool was declared open by Lord Soulbury, the Governor General of Sri Lanka. after the era of Fr. Peter A. Pillai, Rev. W. L. A. Don Peter (sixth Rector) was appointed as the Rector of St. Joseph’s College in 1959. Fr. Don Peter was the first diocesan priest to hold this responsible post.

In 1960, after the take over of the schools by the Government the financial support was stopped by the government. The College became a private, non fee levying school.

To uplift the financial situation of the College, Fr. W. L. A. Peter founded the Welfare Association, and also started a pre-school for St. Joseph’s. After the tenure of the Sinhala scholar, Fr. W. L. A. don Peter, Rev. Fr. Mervyn Weekakkody (seventh Rector) was given the task of being Chief Executive of St. Joseph’s. after a brief period, Fr. Weerakkody retired as Rector and in 1974, Rev. Fr. Quintus Fernando (eighth Rector) was appointed as Rector. FR. Quintus Fernando was called the architect of the green revolution at St. Joseph’s. He gave pride of pace to agriculture. The agro 74 was a great exhibition which displayed agricultural plots and stressed the importance of agriculture in the school curriculum.

The ‘Open air stadium’ was constructed during the era of Fr. Quintus. The cricket ‘Tuft Pitch’ became a reality during Fr. Quintus’s tenure of office. On 19 September 1977, the Hon. Ranasinghe Premdasa, the first old boy Prime Minister was felicitated by the Josephian family. The work of the Premadasa Pavilion was directed by Fr. Quintus Fernando.

In 1979, Fr. Neville Emmanuel (ninth Rector) was appointed as Rector. During the era of Fr. Neville he tried his best to re-introduce the Catholic atmosphere in the College. Fr. Neville started the scheme of granting incentives to teachers based on punctuality, attendance, good teaching etc. Fr. Neville initiated the sports council, to improve standards in the sports arena. In May 1983, Rev. Fr. B. Stanley Abeysekara was appointed as the 10th Rector of St. Joseph’s College.

To provide an opportunity for deserving under-privileged students to study at St. Joseph’s, a grade 5 scholarship examination was inaugurated in the College. On the results of this examination these students were give an opportunity to study at St. Joseph’s College. In 1987 Thomas Cardinal Cooray, a past student of the College was conferred a very special honour – ‘Deva Dharma Keethisiri Uttunga Vidyala Puthra’.

During the era of Fr. Stanley Abeysekara, the following additions and renovations to the college buildings were completed with funds provided by the Welfare Association and Old Boys.

(a) A two storied building was completed. The top-story for the classrooms, and the ground floor for the sick room, boarders’ refectory and modern kitchen.

(b) An auditorium was built where the Chemistry labs were housed.

(c) In 1991, a three storied building was constructed for class-rooms and laboratories for the advanced level students.

(d) The Enderamulla Branch school was inaugurated.

(e) A sports complex cum auditorium was declared open by Nicholas Marcus Fernando on 19 March 1996, funded mainly by Old Boys worldwide.

The College centenary year was inaugurated.

On 30 March 1996, Rev. Fr. Victor Silva (11th Rector) was appointed as Rector of St. Joseph’s College. The Choral singing at St. Joseph’s College reached very high standards, with Mr. Francis Almeida as music director. The Bonjean Hall and the College swimming pool were renovated with funds from Old Boys from the country and overseas. The introduction of the boating facilities were a valuable addition to St. Joseph’s College during the era of Fr. Victor Silva, three classroom buildings were constructed for the Enderamulla branch school. The branch-school of St. Joseph’s at Kadolkelle – Negombo was inaugurated during the latter days of Fr. Victor Silva.

On 3 October 2005, Sylvester Ranasinghe was appointed as 12th Rector of St. Joseph’s College. A systematic staff development programme was introduced at St. Joseph’s by the Rector. During Ranasinghe’s era, different age groups of past students started undertaking different projects for the welfare of the College – innovations and refurbishment of the different buildings were undertaken by the old boys under the direction of the Rector.One significant restoration was the Bonjean Hall undertaken by the Old Boys' Union at a cost of over Rs. 12 m. The dormitory, classrooms were restored and renovated by old boys.

Computerizing different aspects of school administration and curriculum has been completed.

The present college

The school functions as an "assisted school" with substantial state funding but mainly from its old boy unions worldwide

Situated in the heart of the city, its set of buildings cover 12 acres (49,000 m2) and comprise a sports complex, and a swimming pool that is built to Olympic Standards.

The school prepares students for local Ordinary and Advanced Level examinations in Sinhalese, Tamil and English Mediums. In 1996 the latest branch School of St. Joseph's College was opened in Enderamulla, Wattala, 15 km from Colombo. Another branch school that has become a leading Catholic school in the country is St Peter's College, Colombo. Previously known as St. Joseph's South, it was built to cater to the families in the southern part of Colombo who failed to admit their sons to St. Joseph's Colombo, which has now become their main rivals and compete in sports and other activities which are known as "Battle of the Saints" in Sri Lanka. In 2009 st Peter's won the battle after 30 years.

Present rector of St.Joseph's college (as at 2017) is Rev.Fr. Travis Gabriel.


SPC EntranceSt. Peter's College, Colombo

The most important date in the history of the college is April 8th 1927. The College estamblished its own identity that day. The Wellawatte branch of St. Joseph 's College Colombo was registered as a separate secondary school by Gazette notification No: 7575 of 2nd April, 1927 with the name St. Peter's College, Wellawatte.

The celebrations in connection with the re-naming of the College had been held on Wednesday, 29th June with the feast of St. Peter with a high mass sung by Very. Rev. Fr. M. J. Le Goc assisted by Rev. Fr. Morel and Theobald Silva. After mass, a colourful ceremony took place on the lawn in front of the college. The College flag with the colours blue, white and gold was blessed by Rev. Fr. Le Goc and hoisted.

Golden Jubilee 1922 – 1972

The year 1972 dawned with memories of that historic and glorious day when St. Peter's was inaugurated on 18th January 1922. It was celebrated with jubilation, thanks giving and a bit of reflection of the five decades that had passed. Teachers, parents, old boys, benefactors and the students had a reason to celebrate the fifty years of endeavour and achievement.

The celebrations commenced with a re-enactment of the event with 200 Josephians walking along Darley Road to the Maradana Railway Station and the train stopped at the vary same place as it did fifty years ago when they were being led by Fr. Maurice Le Goc along Kinross Avenue. The Josephians were led by their Rector Rev. Fr. Mervyn Weerakkody, Rev. Fr. Marcellinc Jayakody and Rev. Fr. Lucien Dep and were welcomed by the Peterite Band playing both college anthems. Lt. Heraclitus Jayasekera of St. Peter's was there with the Peterites to welcome them. Mr. J. A. A. Perera an Old Josephian, the only surviving person who had participated in the 1922 event was there too. The Rector Rev. Fr. Theodore Peiris welcomed the Josephians and a special Assembly was held in the Quadrangle. The celebration concluded on 22nd January, 1922 with the Thanksgiving Mass concelebrated by His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Cooray, Archbishop of Colombo.

Diamond Jubilee 1922 – 1982

Monday, 18th January, 1982 St Peter's recorded its sixty years of service in the field of education since the Archbishop Coudert blessed and opened the new school, St. Joseph 's College South in 1922. The occasion was celebrated in a fitting manner with a large and representative congregation that attended the concelebrated thanksgiving mass held in the open air college quadrangle. The Mass was held in the presence of sixty priests who concelebrated the mass with the Chief celebrant His Lordship Oswald Gomis, the auxiliary Bishop of Colombo. His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Cooray, Archbishop Emeritus of Colombo and their Lordship Frank Marcus Fernando and Edmund Fernando O.M.I. were also present.

Due to the great strides made in a short time in the fields of studies, sports and the improvement in discipline under the leadership of Fr. Wickremasinghe resulted in large the number of applications being received for new admissions. In order to cope this situation, two new houses were added in the Diamond Jubilee year, Basil House named after the second rector Rev. Fr. Basil A. Wiratunga O.M.I. and Arthur House named after the third Rector Rev. Fr. Arthur N. Fernando. These houses participated for the first time in the Diamond Jubilee athletic Meet held on June, 26th 1982.

In the diamond Jubilee year, the College Cadet platoon was re-introduced after a lapse of twenty years. More significant however was the elevation on the 15th July, 1982 of the first Old boy Bishop, Rev. Fr. Dr. Henry Joy Gunawardene as the first Bishop of the new Diocese of Anuradhapura – He paid an official visit to College and was given a fitting reception. Also, the Nancy Emily Wickremasinghe Scholarship was established in the Diamond Jubilee Year which was awarded to the best student entering University presented by a loyal Old boy Mr. Anton Wickremasinghe, Chairman of the Film Corporation. The diamond Jubilee celebration came to a close with the prize giving held on 3rd of December, 1982, where His Excellency J.R. Jayawardene President of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka was the Chief Guest. On this day the College hall was named as the 'Nicholas Perera Hall' after its builder. The plaque was unveiled by President J.R. Jayawardene.

The present rector of St. Peter's College is Rev. Fr. Trevor Martin.

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FLASHBACK: Celebrating Josephian cricket achievements


FLASHBACK: Celebrating Josephian cricket achievements

Posted on 01 November 2017 by admin

October 2014 – The Josephians took an evening off to celebrate their recent success and felicitated five of their brightest stars that illuminated the entire Lankan skies.

The proud Josephian team

The event took place at the Water’s Edge.

Josephian cricket stars felicitated

Rev. Fr. Travis Gabriel – Rector, Sports Council and Cricket Advisory Committee of St. Joseph’s College felicitated Josephian cricket stars who are currently representing Sri Lanka’s National Team in a glamorous event that was held at Waters Edge on 15 October. Sri Lankan Cricket Captain Angelo Mathews, all rounder Thisara Perera, opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne and fast bowling coach Chaminda Vaas were the proud recipients of the awards of excellence for their respective contribution in the recently-concluded successful tour in England where Sri Lanka won the series in all forms of the game, namely test, one day and T20. Master Sadeera Samarawickrama, the Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2014 and Sri Lanka Youth team player, was also recognised for his great achievements and for being the sixth Josephian Schoolboy Cricketer in the history of St. Joseph’s Cricket.

The event, which was sponsored by Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation (SLIC), was very well attended. Former Sri Lankan Cricket Captains Michael Tissera, Anura Tennekoon, Arjuna Ranatunga, Aravinda De Silva, Marvan Atapattu and Mahela Jayawardene. Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation CEO Deepthi Lokuarachchi, senior officials of the Sri Lanka Cricket Nishantha Ranatunga, Ashley De Silva and Carlton Bernadus and current Sri Lankan Test Cricketer Kaushal Silva were among the distinguished invitees. The keynote address was given by Mahela Jayawardene whilst former Josephian Cricket Captain (1989) Prasann Leanage spoke about the cricketing careers of the Josephian stars during their respective school days.

Former Josephian Cricket Captain (1969) and Current Chairman of the Sports Council, Brian Obeyesekere, gave the welcome address whilst Viran Perera, the Josephian Cricket Captain in 1991, delivered the vote of thanks. St. Joseph’s College Rector Rev. Fr. Travis Gabriel also addressed the large gathering, who will no doubt cherish the memories of one of the greatest felicitation ceremonies ever had by St. Joseph’s College.  

The five cricketers were – the present National cricket captain Angelo Mathews, the mercurial allrounder Thisara Perera, Test opening batsman Dimuth Karunarathne, the Sunday Times Bata Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Sadeera Samarawickrama and Chaminda Vaas – the present national bowling coach and the best exponent of seam bowling that Sri Lanka ever produced.

Heading the proceedings of the night was Rev Fr. Travis Gabriel along with a host of distinguished old boys and celebrities within and outside the boundary line.

Angelo Mathews, St. Joseph’s cricket captain of 2006, is the first ever Josephian to captain Sri Lanka. He has let his performance do the talking during the last two years, and has shown that he is indeed a tough character who has always “led from the front.” He is also Sri Lanka’s youngest cricket captain and currently holds the second best test cricket batting average of 86.93 (as a captain) next to the legendary Sir Don Bradman.


The national fast bowling coach Chaminda Vaas receives his memento

from Brian Obeysekera who captained St. Joseph’s in 1969


The national cricket captain Angelo Mathews receives his award

from the Rector St. Joseph’s Rev Fr. Travis Gabriel


The mercurial Lankan allrounder Thisara Perera is felicitated

by Deepthi Lokuarachchi – CEO Sri Lanka Insurance


The Lankan Test opener Dimuth Karunaratne receives a token of appreciation

from Chrishantha Fernando – the oldest living Josephian captain. He captained St. Joseph’s in 1954


The World Cup winning Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga

chatting up with his 1994 national team mate Chaminda Vaas


The Sunday Times-Bata Schoolboy cricketer of the year is felicitated by the first Josephian Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year –

Raja de Silva who was recognised in 1961. He captained St. Joseph’s that y

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