Deadline News News and pictures from Scotland and beyond 2017-06-26T22:33:41Z http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/feed/atom/ Darren Johnstone <![CDATA[Malky Malky insists SFA are taking common sense approach to Project Brave]]> http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1098814 2017-06-26T22:33:41Z 2017-06-26T22:32:50Z FOLLOW US ON TWITTER | FACEBOOK Scottish FA performance director Malky Mackay insists a common sense approach to the implementation of Project Brave will allow clubs time to reach the criteria for elite academy status. The former Cardiff City manager is tasked with overseeing a radical overhaul of the professional youth structure, with the existing 29 funded academies

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Scottish FA performance director Malky Mackay insists a common sense approach to the implementation of Project Brave will allow clubs time to reach the criteria for elite academy status.

The former Cardiff City manager is tasked with overseeing a radical overhaul of the professional youth structure, with the existing 29 funded academies to be pared to 16.

The plans would represent a cut in around 3,000 players to 1,000, thus creating a best-v-best environment that the Scottish FA hope would accelerate the development of the country’s most promising kids.

However, the qualifying requirements, particularly the demand to have six-full-time coaches focussing solely on development, has caused concern – with 13 clubs even holding a crisis meeting last month.

But Mackay insists the Scottish FA are doing all they can to accommodate interested clubs, whilst ensuring standards are not compromised.

Mackay said: “It’s about common sense, it’s not about manipulating how many people get in and can’t get in.

“It’s where a club’s finances are, that’s what you’ve got to look at. Where does a club sit in terms of having enough funds to do the top level or do something else?

“Ultimately there are a lot of good clubs in Scotland who are running small, efficient academies.

“Now they might not have the funds to do the elite level but do they have enough to do the performance level.

“So is there a middle ground, a new category where they can aspire to get there and it’s a stepping stone.

“So it’s not actually straight in there, there is a stepping stone to get there and that’s something we’re taLking to them about.

“It’s a variety of different aspects to how many people, how many coaches, how many support staff, what facilities, how long it takes to get a certain licence.”

The Scottish FA plan to circulate a second bid document to clubs in the coming days, with the identity of those who achieve elite academy status expected to be known by October at the earliest.

Mackay, who spoke at the National Performance Centre at Riccarton yesterday as he hosted the first in a regular series of Scottish FA Coaching Mentoring sessions, added: “Ultimately what we have to do is raise standards, I don’t think anyone would disagree.

“We need more full-time coaches in the country, there’s not enough, and we need better facilities.

“If you get the two of those, then eventually you get better players, and we want more full-time coaches who are better educated.”

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Darren Johnstone <![CDATA[Former Hearts keeper insists move for Scotland internationalist Allan McGregor would be good for club and Jack Hamilton]]> http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1098812 2017-06-26T22:07:19Z 2017-06-26T22:06:40Z FOLLOW US ON TWITTER | FACEBOOK Former Hearts goalkeeper Henry Smith insists recruiting Scotland international goalkeeper Allan McGregor would be good for both the club and Jack Hamilton. The Tynecastle outfit have been linked with a move for the Hull City keeper as head coach Ian Cathro searches for a new number one. Shot-stopper Hamilton made 40 first

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Former Hearts goalkeeper Henry Smith insists recruiting Scotland international goalkeeper Allan McGregor would be good for both the club and Jack Hamilton.

The Tynecastle outfit have been linked with a move for the Hull City keeper as head coach Ian Cathro searches for a new number one.

Shot-stopper Hamilton made 40 first team appearances last season before the 23-year-old made way for Viktor Noring for the final three games of the campaign.

Hearts have been linked with McGregor (Pic: Twitter @HullCity)

And Smith, who played for the club between 1981 and 1996, reckons the signing of the 35-year-old McGregor would benefit the team, whilst helping Hamilton’s development at the same time.

He said: “I can understand where Ian Cathro is coming from in terms of looking for a new goalkeeper because at the back end of last season I thought Jack needed a rest a long time before he did.

“His form did tail off and obviously Noring got a chance.

“I heard he has been looking for a new goalkeeper since February, March.

“Allan McGregor is a Scotland internationalist and been around down in England and if they can get him in it would be great for Jack and Hearts.

“Jack has been learning from him in the Scotland squad already, he’ll know him and that could be useful.

“It’s a challenge for Jack but maybe that is what’s needed. It takes time to learn to be a proper goalkeeper, a few years but I’m sure he is taking on board everything that the goalkeeping coach is telling him.”

Hearts have already held signing talks with Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty and Smith admits he is encouraged by the calibre of player that his former club is targeting.

He added: “Along with McGregor, they’re also looking at Kyle Lafferty and that just shows you the type they’re looking at.

“They’re both decent pros. It’s promising that that’s who they’re looking at. They’re both a good calibre of player with good ability and it shows the level of the club’s ambition.”

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Darren Johnstone <![CDATA[Former Scotland U-21 and Hamilton defender on lookout for new club after leaving West Ham]]> http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1098789 2017-06-26T08:50:47Z 2017-06-26T16:00:38Z FOLLOW US ON  TWITTER |  FACEBOOK Former Scotland Under-21 and Hamilton defender Stephen Hendrie is on the lookout for a new club after having his contract at West Ham terminated by mutual consent. Hendrie joined the Hammers in summer 2015 for a reported £1 million fee but failed to make the break through at the English

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Former Scotland Under-21 and Hamilton defender Stephen Hendrie is on the lookout for a new club after having his contract at West Ham terminated by mutual consent.

Hendrie joined the Hammers in summer 2015 for a reported £1 million fee but failed to make the break through at the English Premier League outfit.

The left-back made six appearances on loan at Southend during the 2015/16 before being farmed out to Blackburn Rovers last term and featuring four times.

A West Ham statement confirmed the 22-year-old’s departure.

It read: “Goalkeeper Raphael Spiegel and defender Stephen Hendrie have both left the Club after terminating their contracts by mutual consent. 

“West Ham United wishes both players every success in their future careers.”

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Fraser Clarke http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk <![CDATA[Moment reckless driver in pickup narrowly misses mother and child crossing at red light]]> http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1098802 2017-06-26T14:51:46Z 2017-06-26T14:51:46Z SHOCKING video footage has captured the moment a two-tonne pick-up truck comes within inches of hitting a woman and child after speeding through a red light. The black Ford Ranger travels over a roundabout and then continues straight through the pedestrian crossing, seemingly oblivious to the red light and young parent with her child in

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SHOCKING video footage has captured the moment a two-tonne pick-up truck comes within inches of hitting a woman and child after speeding through a red light.
The black Ford Ranger travels over a roundabout and then continues straight through the pedestrian crossing, seemingly oblivious to the red light and young parent with her child in a pram.
Luckily, the mother notices the oncoming truck and stops midway across the crossing, angrily gesturing at the Ford driver as the vehicle speeds off into the distance.
The 11-second-clip was filmed by John Wilkie, on a dashcam as he travelled behind the truck.
The footage starts as the Ford Ranger barges into the frame of the footage from the right side as it overtakes John’s vehicle.
The video starts at Aberdeen’s Haudagain roundabout and continues as the truck drives through the crossing on Great Northern Road.
The incident took place around 10am on 21st June (Wednesday).
Driver Passes through red light as mother and child make their way over crossing
The woman and pram cannot be seen at the start of the footage, however they come into the shot as the driver swings from the roundabout to the crossing.
The woman with the pram luckily stops on the road to avoid hitting the truck before gesturing towards the driver.
Mother shows aggressive gesture as a car speeds through as she tries to cross with her child
The woman’s reaction is clearly captured as she raises her arm for an aggressive gesture before she continues to push the pram to the other side of the crossing.
Speaking about his video, John said: “The traffic lights turned to red whilst the black vehicle was still on roundabout. He almost hit the pram with child in it.
“The registration isn’t legible on video otherwise I would have shown it to the police.”
A spokesman for Scotland’s Worst Drivers said: “I can’t work out how the driver failed to see that the lights were on red and that there was a pedestrian with pram crossing.
“It is very lucky that the woman crossing was not a few feet ahead of herself because this would have been a completely different story.”
They added: “I hope that the woman and child are okay after what must have been a terrible shock.”

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Fraser Clarke http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk <![CDATA[Wife of Rangers captain posts emotional message ahead of club’s European return]]> http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1098797 2017-06-26T14:53:26Z 2017-06-26T14:29:46Z THE WIFE of Rangers captain Lee Wallace has shared an emotional message ahead of the club’s return to European action – and revealed they’ve bought their sons new kits for the game. Steph Wallace took to Facebook to post a message of support for her husband as he prepares to lead Rangers out in a

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THE WIFE of Rangers captain Lee Wallace has shared an emotional message ahead of the club’s return to European action – and revealed they’ve bought their sons new kits for the game.
Steph Wallace took to Facebook to post a message of support for her husband as he prepares to lead Rangers out in a European tie for the first time in six years.
The Rangers captain made his debut in a Champion’s League tie with Swedish side Malmo and has been with the club through their demotion to the bottom division and their rise through the leagues back to the top-flight.

Ahead of Thursday’s Europa League qualifier against FC Progrès Niederkorn of Luxembourg, Steph posted about the game and revealed they’d bought Rangers strips for their boys following the recent change in the deal with Mike Ashley and Sports Direct.

Rangers fan page re-posts Steph Wallace’s emotional picture and caption on Facebook
Rangers fan page, Ibrox Loyal, shared a photo of Steph’s post with the caption: “Lee Wallace’s wife. I love reading things like this, buzzing for you and the family Steph!”
Steph’s post read: “This photo is from 2011 – Lee’s first game for Rangers and a Champion’s League qualifier against Malmo.
“Since then, he has been to the third division and back up and on Thursday, their first European game in six years.
“What makes it even more special, is we have finally been able to buy the boys their kits and they will both be at Ibrox to cheer on their Daddy!
“Absolutely buzzing!”
The photo shows the team photo ahead of the tie against Malmo and includes international stars such as Steven Davis, Nikica Jelavi? and Steven Naismith.
Malmo went on to dump Rangers out of the Champion’s League 2-1 on aggregate.
Fan’s have reacted well to Steph Wallace’s emotional post
Gers fans have been quick to react to the message from their captain’s wife.
George Mclachlan wrote: “She’s a keeper. Really hope Wallace has a good season, of all the players he deserve it.”
John Fraser commented: “This is brilliant. He might not be our best, most vocal or inspirational captain ever, but you can’t deny his loyalty to the club. Hopefully in the coming years he wins a few trophies and is remembered as a legend.”
Whilst Baz Bell added: “What a guy. The only valid choice for captain in my eyes, and I couldn’t be happier reading that. Even partaking in the boycott, incredible! Absolutely outstanding Ranger.”

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Fraser Clarke http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk <![CDATA[“Emilie Sandi is sh**e” Ford Kiernan slags off singer AND spells her name wrong]]> http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1098794 2017-06-26T14:02:06Z 2017-06-26T14:02:06Z STILL GAME star Ford Kiernan didn’t hold back with his opinion of Emeli Sande’s performance at Glastonbury – describing it as “s***e”. The Scottish actor took to Twitter last night to air his views as the Aberdeenshire singer belted out her hits at the music festival. Kiernan, 55, added insult to injury by misspelling the

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STILL GAME star Ford Kiernan didn’t hold back with his opinion of Emeli Sande’s performance at Glastonbury – describing it as “s***e”.

The Scottish actor took to Twitter last night to air his views as the Aberdeenshire singer belted out her hits at the music festival.

Kiernan, 55, added insult to injury by misspelling the star’s name as he tweeted to his 63,000 followers: “I’m gonna stick my neck oot, Emile Sandie is s***e!”

 

The Still Game star wasn’t impressed with Sande’s performance

 

His tweet has had over 550 likes and retweets as well as countless more comments from his followers – many of whom agreed with his brutal assessment.

River City actor Gary Lamont wrote: “Pure riddy.”

Gillian Murray commented: “Don’t get her at all, guff.”

John Paul Reilly wrote: “I didn’t even look up at the tv.”

Karen responded: “Thank you! I have never understood the furore around her.”

Whilst Iain Wood added: “Sucks the life force out of anyone within earshot.”

But some stuck up for Sande, with Robbie writing: “I’m not a fan but she’s no s***e, wind it in.”

And Beth added: “Love her.”

A new series of Still Game is set to be filmed soon after Kiernan’s co-star Greg Hemphill tweeted that the scripts had been finished earlier this month.

Emeli Sande has won four Brit Awards and three MOBO awards for her music and in 2013 picked up Best British female and Best British Album at the Brits for “Our Version of Events.”

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Darren Johnstone <![CDATA[Former Aberdeen and St Johnstone defender moves into dugout]]> http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1098787 2017-06-26T08:18:03Z 2017-06-26T08:16:13Z FOLLOW US ON  TWITTER | FACEBOOK Former Aberdeen and St Johnstone defender Kevin Rutkiewicz has been unveiled as the new assistant manager of Annan Athletic. The 37-year-old has been reunited with Peter Murphy after playing alongside the new Black and Golds manager at Ayr United. Rutkiewicz turned out for Clyde at the tail end of last season

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Former Aberdeen and St Johnstone defender Kevin Rutkiewicz has been unveiled as the new assistant manager of Annan Athletic.

The 37-year-old has been reunited with Peter Murphy after playing alongside the new Black and Golds manager at Ayr United.

Rutkiewicz turned out for Clyde at the tail end of last season after recently playing in the juniors ranks with Blantyre Victoria and Irvine Meadow.

(Pic: Colin Kinnear)

The versatile defender has also played for Dunfermline, Morton, East Fife and American outfit Carolina Railhawks.

Annan manager Murphy said: “Having known Kevin for a few years, firstly meeting and playing with him at Ayr United then doing our UEFA A Licence together, I was very excited to get him in.

“Kevin knows Scottish football inside out and has countless contacts in the game.

“Most importantly, his enthusiasm and work ethic is infectious – which the players will thrive on. I feel Kevin is one of my most important signings to date.”

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Darren Johnstone <![CDATA[New Hibs striker Simon Murray insists Dundee United play-off agony hurt him just as much as team-mates he left behind]]> http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1098785 2017-06-26T08:11:49Z 2017-06-26T08:10:16Z FOLLOW US ON TWITTER | FACEBOOK New Hibs striker Simon Murray insists Dundee United’s painful play-off final defeat hurt him just as much as the team-mates he left behind. The 25-year-old was forced to issue an apology to the club’s supporters after a picture of him smiling in a Hibs training top did the rounds on social media

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New Hibs striker Simon Murray insists Dundee United’s painful play-off final defeat hurt him just as much as the team-mates he left behind.

The 25-year-old was forced to issue an apology to the club’s supporters after a picture of him smiling in a Hibs training top did the rounds on social media less than 24 hours after last month’s second leg loss to Hamilton.

Murray’s move to Neil Lennon’s side was finally confirmed the following day but the marksman, who notched 18 goals last season, insists he was still gutted that he was not able to play his part in taking the Tannadice club straight back to the Premiership.

Murray said: “Obviously we didn’t win the league but we were in the play-off final and we had the chance to get the team back to the Premiership, and I wanted nothing more than to do that. 

“My mates are still there and I wanted to do it for them and being from Dundee, my friends and family members are Dundee United fans. 

“So I was gutted, but when the opportunity came to come to Hibs there was only one place I wanted to be.

“It would be totally unfair to say it didn’t hurt me as much. People who know me know that. 

“My manager at Dundee United (Ray McKinnon) knew I was coming here so if he thought that I didn’t care, he wouldn’t have played me. 

“People who know me know I give 100 per cent every time I play. Some people might say that but I know myself that isn’t the case.”

Murray finished last season strongly with four goals in his final six matches but the forward is disappointed he didn’t score more.

He added: “I picked up a wee injury against Hibs when we played them and that done my ligament, and I was also getting played out of position a lot in right mid, left mid – and that affects you as well. 

“When I got back playing thankfully we were playing two up front. 

“That’s what I prefer and that’s when I was getting my goals. I just wished he had realised that a bit sooner.

“We have not really spoken about it at Hibs although I know the gaffer played two up front a lot last year so I’m hoping I can fit in there.

“As a striker that is what your job is, to score goals and I’m just looking to go out there and hit a good figure every season and contribute that way.

“We are all here to win games and the manager is obviously very passionate about what he does, and that’s the way I feel I play as well so I’m sure we will get on just fine.”

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Darren Johnstone <![CDATA[New striker Simon Murray keen to make bigger impression at Hibs than did dad following Dundee United switch]]> http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1098768 2017-06-23T14:51:26Z 2017-06-23T21:40:35Z FOLLOW US ON TWITTER | FACEBOOK New Hibs striker Simon Murray admits he is determined to make a bigger impact at Easter Road than his dad did. Murray made the switch from Dundee United on a two-year deal at the end of last month, 37 years after father Gary joined from Montrose in a £50,000 transfer. Murray senior,

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New Hibs striker Simon Murray admits he is determined to make a bigger impact at Easter Road than his dad did.

Murray made the switch from Dundee United on a two-year deal at the end of last month, 37 years after father Gary joined from Montrose in a £50,000 transfer.

Murray senior, who was also an attacker, forged a successful career at the Leith side before his time at Hibs was brought to a premature end by a serious knee injury.

Simon has heard all the tales of his dad’s three seasons at the Edinburgh club but insists he is keen to make a bigger impression. 

Murray said: “The family have always had a soft spot for Hibs even though we’re from Dundee.

“My dad’s got pictures in his kitchen and it’s always a team we’ve looked out for. 

“I’m hoping I can do better than what he did when he was here, that’s my goal.

“I think he scored two against Celtic when he was at Hibs. He did score two against Celtic because he never stops going on about it. 

“I think he was up against Danny McGrain and he said he had him on toast, those were the words he used. 

“When the opportunity came to come to Hibs it was great and I think he was a bit emotional as well. 

“When I signed my dad came down with me although he was here a good few years ago – so they never had a training facility like this. I think they were just at a public park.

“He loved it when he came through, it’s a great place to be playing.

“He came down and loved the look of the place, the facilities are just amazing. He knows it can only help me improve.”

Murray senior earned the nickname ‘Charger’ as a bustling centre-forward who never gave defenders peace and Simon, who scored 18 goals for a United side that was defeated in last season’s play-off final to Hamilton, reckons they are alike in their style of play.

He said: “I think I do play in a similar way to the way he played, I think I’m called mini-charger from (former Dundee United manager) Jackie McNamara, cause his dad played with my dad.”

Jason Cummings

Murray checked in at Hibs just weeks before the prolific Jason Cummings sealed his £1 million-plus switch to Nottingham Forest but the 25-year-old has urged the supporters not to expect him to fill such big boots. 

Murray added: “He did great when he was here, scoring a good number of goals for the team.

“I don’t know if you should see me as a direct replacement. I’m just here to do my best and score as many as I can.

“It would have been good to play with Jason. We would have worked well together, I think.

‘“But good luck to him at his new team. Now I have to focus on my own targets.”

Plumber

Murray was a late developer after only moving into the professional ranks in 2014 following a spell in junior football with Tayport and Dundee Violet.

The marksman then made a £50,000 switch to United in January 2015 and Murray insists there is no chance of him ever taking his eye off the ball.

Murray, who will make his Premiership debut for Hibs at home to Partick Thistle on August 5, added: “I suppose I’ve done it the hard way coming through the juniors and coming through the lower leagues at Arbroath. 

“I got my chance. I still feel as if I’ve got a bit to learn and hopefully I can do that under Neil Lennon here.

“Coming through the way I did, you don’t take it for granted.

“I’m not saying people do but you know what it’s like and you want to be playing football as long as you can, especially at this level.

“I used to work as a plumber and I don’t want to go back to that.

“There always is a doubt that it might not happen for you, you need a bit of luck and you need the right person to be watching. I’m just grateful it happened to me.”

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Alan Temple <![CDATA[Hearts owner Ann Budge unimpressed as SPFL fixtures throw up home matches in August & Hibs clashes on midweek evenings]]> http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1098781 2017-06-23T17:26:45Z 2017-06-23T21:00:09Z BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport HEARTS owner Ann Budge has taken a swipe at the SPFL after the first two Edinburgh derbies of the weekend were scheduled for midweek evenings – as the capital club reiterated that they will not host any fixtures in August. League bosses and Premiership rivals have been aware for several

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HEARTS owner Ann Budge has taken a swipe at the SPFL after the first two Edinburgh derbies of the weekend were scheduled for midweek evenings – as the capital club reiterated that they will not host any fixtures in August.

League bosses and Premiership rivals have been aware for several months that the Jambos would be unable to play any home matches until the completion of their new £12 million main stand on September 9.

The Gorgie outfit fully expected that to be reflected when the fixtures were released yesterday.

However, it is understood that unimpressed Hearts chiefs were only informed on Thursday, less than 24 hours before the schedule was released, that they would initially be handed home matches to play before the construction is finished, due to limitations in the way the fixtures are generated.

They are now in talks with Kilmarnock and Motherwell – who they have been slated to face at Tynecastle on August 12 and 26 respectively – and it is expected that both clubs will be receptive to a switch of venues.

In the unlikely event that they cannot come to an agreement, it is thought the SPFL will afford Hearts special dispensation to postpone both fixtures, albeit that scenario would leave Ian Cathro’s side with an onerous start to the season of fixtures against Celtic, Rangers and Aberdeen.

In a statement released yesterday, a Hearts spokesperson said: “The club previously agreed with the SPFL that no home games would be scheduled for Tynecastle prior to September 9. However the computer model used by the SPFL could not accommodate this scheduling.

“Therefore, although [Friday’s] published fixture list shows that Hearts are due home matches in rounds two and four, there is absolute clarity and agreement that this will not be possible and these games will not be played at Tynecastle.

“We have been assured by the SPFL that this is not an issue and our fellow Premiership clubs have all been very co-operative and sympathetic to our position. We are therefore urgently exploring the different options available to us with regards to rearranging these two fixtures and an announcement will be made shortly.”

Hearts are also irked by the scheduling of their initial encounters against Edinburgh foes Hibs.

This season will see the city rivals will clash in the top-flight for the first time since 2014 and Budge believes fans are being short-changed by the decision to hold the first two capital clashes on Wednesday evenings – at Easter Road on October 25 and Tynecastle on December 27.

And she hinted that the club will seek to move the games.

“I think it is fantastic to have the Edinburgh derby back,” Budge told Sky Sports News. “I’m sure every football fan in Edinburgh is looking forward to that.

“I’m slightly disappointed that the first two derbies are evening games and I think everyone will feel disappointed by that. Again, we will see if anything can be done about that.”

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