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Daniel Andrews blasts trans-Tasman COVID-19 bubble as 55 New Zealanders slipped into Melbourne

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Daniel Andrews has revealed 55 travellers from New Zealand slipped past authorities at Sydney and flew into Victoria – even though the state never agreed to join the trans-Tasman bubble.

The embattled Victorian premier on Sunday confirmed just 23 of those people have been found since he learned of the debacle.

On Friday, New South Wales opened its borders to travellers from New Zealand without the need to quarantine.

But by Saturday authorities informed Victoria that 17 people caught a connecting flight into Melbourne, where borders are not shut to domestic travellers despite the state grappling with a second wave of COVID-19.

That number has since been inflated to 55. 

Mr Andrews said his concern is not necessarily that these people will bring coronavirus into Victoria, but that the government wasn’t made aware of their arrival.

Emotional reunions took place throughout the day as friends, family and lovers reunited with hugs and kisses at Sydney Airport

Emotional reunions took place throughout the day as friends, family and lovers reunited with hugs and kisses at Sydney Airport

Emotional reunions took place throughout the day as friends, family and lovers reunited with hugs and kisses at Sydney Airport

‘No one is alleging that the virus is high in New Zealand,’ he said on Sunday. 

‘It’s not. What was concerning that a bunch of people turned up, we didn’t know about it. Turned from 17 to 20 to 23 now to 50 something.’

Mr Andrews said he has no plans to close his state, but took aim at the federal government over its ‘gold standard’ trans-Tasman bubble. 

‘We got given a list 12 hours after they arrived, that’s gold standard apparently. We’re having to find these people,’ he said.

In one instance, Mr Andrews said the government’s tracing proved wrong, and that a passenger who he was told had flown to Melbourne was actually in Byron Bay.  

‘My advice to Minister Tudge is instead of stubbornly defending this, work with us and let’s make sure Victoria’s not part of a bubble that we never agreed to be in.’

Mr Andrews insisted he wasn’t looking to ‘quarrel’ with any federal ministers on the matter, and simply wanted it resolved. 

He clarified to reporters that he would not close the borders to returning New Zealanders in the coming days, but wanted to know if they were arriving in the state to ensure they were aware of the rules.

Dan Andrews has blasted Australian Border Force officials for a massive trans-Tasman blunder that allowed 17 New Zealand nationals to fly into Melbourne

Dan Andrews has blasted Australian Border Force officials for a massive trans-Tasman blunder that allowed 17 New Zealand nationals to fly into Melbourne

Dan Andrews has blasted Australian Border Force officials for a massive trans-Tasman blunder that allowed 17 New Zealand nationals to fly into Melbourne

Passengers were greeted with a sign that read 'we've missed you' as they made their way through the terminal to their loved ones

Passengers were greeted with a sign that read 'we've missed you' as they made their way through the terminal to their loved ones

Passengers were greeted with a sign that read ‘we’ve missed you’ as they made their way through the terminal to their loved ones

How New Zealanders were able to slip into Victoria 

Victoria is the only state in Australia that hasn’t introduced any domestic border closures for the duration of the pandemic.

While other states have banned Victorians from arriving and encouraged residents not to travel to the embattled state, domestic travellers have been able to fly into Melbourne. 

When New South Wales and the Northern Territory negotiated the first stages of the trans-Tasman bubble, it was agreed that anybody from New Zealand would be able to travel to those two regions without having to quarantine for two weeks on arrival.

On Friday, the first three flights arrived at Sydney airport.

But by Saturday, Premier Daniel Andrews learned that 17 international travellers had then boarded a connecting flight onto Melbourne.

By Sunday, he was told that number was actually closer to 55.

So far, his team of contact tracers have found 23 of the passengers at 16 addresses in Victoria.

But he has also spoken to another passenger, who he was told boarded the flight to Melbourne, who swore she was actually in Byron Bay, prompting concerns that the information he received wasn’t necessarily accurate.

Mr Andrews made it clear that he does not think the passengers legally did anything wrong, but said he was not informed that Victoria would be put in a position where they would receive international travellers.

He said on Sunday that he hopes to discuss the matter further and create an easier avenue for connecting with New Zealand nationals who are planning on travelling into Victoria. 

‘I’ve got no power to stop them coming here. They will come… I think we can be confident that we will be having a chat with them and they will be welcomed,’ he said on Sunday.

‘It is just a matter of we have to go through a process and have visibility of who is coming. I don’t think that’s too much for us to ask.’ 

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‘I’ve got no power to stop them coming here. They will come… I think we can be confident that we will be having a chat with them and they will be welcomed.

‘It is just a matter of we have to go through a process and have visibility of who is coming. I don’t think that’s too much for us to ask.’

Mr Andrews said Prime Minister Scott Morrison had thanked him several times for refusing to close his borders at the height of the pandemic.

While Victorians were banned from travelling anywhere else in the nation, Mr Andrews never once closed his borders. 

He said he shares the same hope with Mr Morrison that all borders will soon be open, but argued that did not mean he was comfortable with people from other countries arriving in Victoria without so much as a warning. 

‘It is New Zealand today, who knows what the next bubble is with, who that’s with. You know, we’ve got authorised officers at the airport now because this has happened. We didn’t think it would happen, but it has happened.’     

Melbourne is excluded from the trans-Tasman travel bubble due to its devastating second wave sparked by blunders in the hotel quarantine system.  

'We have people being allowed in from another country and we were the last ones to find out about it,' Mr Andrews said (pictured, ABF officer check a New Zealand passenger at Perth Airport on March 18)

'We have people being allowed in from another country and we were the last ones to find out about it,' Mr Andrews said (pictured, ABF officer check a New Zealand passenger at Perth Airport on March 18)

‘We have people being allowed in from another country and we were the last ones to find out about it,’ Mr Andrews said (pictured, ABF officer check a New Zealand passenger at Perth Airport on March 18)

The Victorian capital is not accepting any international visitors as it works to contain the spread of COVID-19 which has killed more than 800 people in the state.

On Sunday, just two new COVID-19 cases were reported in the entire state and zero deaths, prompting the government to ease some of the tough restrictions. 

Australian state governments have no powers to detain New Zealand citizens in circumstances like these.

This is the responsibility of the Australian Border Force and the Australian Federal Police.  

‘Surely it is not beyond those who are responsible for the borders of our nation to make sure that only those who are in that New Zealand bubble can receive domestic passengers after they have arrived into an international airport,’ Mr Andrews said. 

‘We are very disappointed that this has happened given that I had… written to the Prime Minister the day before on this very issue.

‘We have had people turn up on our doorstep without any notice without any structure and we still can’t even get the cards as to who these people are and where they have gone.’  

Friends hug at Sydney Airport on Friday - the first day of the trans-Tasman travel bubble

Friends hug at Sydney Airport on Friday - the first day of the trans-Tasman travel bubble

Friends hug at Sydney Airport on Friday – the first day of the trans-Tasman travel bubble

Three flights arrived in Sydney on Friday from New Zealand as part of the Trans Tasman travel bubble arranged between Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Three flights arrived in Sydney on Friday from New Zealand as part of the Trans Tasman travel bubble arranged between Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

But Kiwis returning home still need to do their 14-day mandatory isolation in secure hotels at a cost of $2,050 (Pictured: NZ PM Jacinda Ardern)

But Kiwis returning home still need to do their 14-day mandatory isolation in secure hotels at a cost of $2,050 (Pictured: NZ PM Jacinda Ardern)

Three flights arrived in Sydney on Friday from New Zealand as part of the Trans Tasman travel bubble arranged between Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured left) and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured right)

When asked if the group would be fined or asked to leave for bursting the trans-Tasman bubble, Mr Andrews said he isn’t sure they’ve actually done anything wrong.

‘I know where they came from and how they got here, as a matter of fact in terms of the method of transport… I don’t know how they got here in a policy sense,’ he said, heaping the blame on Commonwealth authorities. 

The long-awaited trans-Tasman bubble allows those travelling from New Zealand to enter New South Wales and the Northern Territory without completing two weeks of mandatory hotel quarantine. 

‘Victoria has not agreed to a travel bubble arrangement with New Zealand and did not expect to receive international travellers as a result of NSW making that arrangement,’ Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement Friday night.

‘The Victorian Government has made it clear to the Commonwealth that we expect NZ passengers who have not undertaken quarantine will not be permitted to board flights in Sydney bound for Melbourne.’ 

DHHS said their ‘authorised officers do not have legal authority to detain the travellers on arrival.’ 

A healthcare worker is seen at a drive-through COVID-19 testing facility at the Wyndham Civic Centre in Werribee, Melbourne (pictured) as the city prepares for restrictions to ease

A healthcare worker is seen at a drive-through COVID-19 testing facility at the Wyndham Civic Centre in Werribee, Melbourne (pictured) as the city prepares for restrictions to ease

A healthcare worker is seen at a drive-through COVID-19 testing facility at the Wyndham Civic Centre in Werribee, Melbourne (pictured) as the city prepares for restrictions to ease

Three flights arrived in Sydney on Friday carrying 230 New Zealanders.

Australians are unable to travel to New Zealand and have been banned from travelling globally in all but exceptional circumstances since March 20. 

On Friday Kiwi passengers were greeted with a sign that read ‘we’ve missed you’ as they made their way through the terminal to their loved ones. 

Emotional reunions took place throughout the day as friends, family and lovers reunited with hugs and kisses. 

New arrivals had to undergo a health screening and complete a health declaration confirming they had only been in New Zealand in the past 14 days. 

New South Wales Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres said he was hopeful the trans-Tasman travel arrangements would pick up pace. 

‘It’s been quite an emotional day, like living in a scene from the movie Love Actually,’ he said.

‘We’ve got good numbers around COVID infection rates that continue to stay low, and good management practices in place, so I’d be encouraging the New Zealand government to open up their quarantine provisions as soon as possible.’  

New South Wales Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres described the Sydney airport like 'living in a scene from the movie Love Actually'

New South Wales Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres described the Sydney airport like 'living in a scene from the movie Love Actually'

New South Wales Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres described the Sydney airport like ‘living in a scene from the movie Love Actually’

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Prince William shares the recipe for his homemade Bolognese sauce

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Prince William has shared the recipe for his homemade Bolognese sauce for a new charity cookbook.

The Duke of Cambridge, 38, revealed his take on the classic Italian dish in A Taste Of Home, which includes 120 meals from the UK’s top chefs and celebrities to mark the 40th anniversary of homelessness charity The Passage, The Sun reported.

Last year, the Duchess of Cambridge, also 38, confessed that Bolognese sauce was one of William’s speciality dishes and that he tried to woo her with his cooking skills while they were at University of St Andrews in Scotland, together.

Speaking to Mary Berry on A Berry Royal Christmas, the mother-of-three said: ‘In university days he used to cook all sorts of meals. I think that’s when he was trying to impress me! Things like Bolognese sauce.’

Prince William (pictured in 2019 helping at homelessness charity The Passage) has shared the recipe for his homemade Bolognese sauce for a new charity cookbook

Prince William (pictured in 2019 helping at homelessness charity The Passage) has shared the recipe for his homemade Bolognese sauce for a new charity cookbook

Prince William (pictured in 2019 helping at homelessness charity The Passage) has shared the recipe for his homemade Bolognese sauce for a new charity cookbook 

Revealed: Prince William’s Spaghetti Bolognese

(Serves four)

Ingredients: 

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 30g butter
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, scrubbed and chopped
  • 2 sticks of celery, chopped
  • 350g best quality lean beef
  • 250ml dry white wine
  • 120ml milk
  • Pinch of nutmeg, freshly ground
  • 1 x 400g tin Italian chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp tomato purée
  • 250g spaghetti or bucatini
  • 50g Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley, salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method: 

To make the sauce, heat the oil and butter in a large saucepan and fry the onion over a medium heat until just softened, then add the carrot and celery and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring.

Use a fork to crumble the mince and add that to the pan, stirring to mix all together. Cook until the meat is no longer pink but do not let it brown. Pour in the wine and continue cooking until it has all evaporated. Then turn down the heat and stir in the milk and nutmeg, and cook over a medium heat until the milk has evaporated. Stir through the tomatoes and purée then season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer very, very gently, uncovered, for about three hours, stirring from time to time.

When your sauce is ready, bring a big pot of water to the boil and add a teaspoon of salt. Add the pasta to the water, stir well with a wooden spoon and cook as per the packet instructions. Drain well. Divide the pasta between four bowls and add the hot sauce to each serving. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve the parmesan in a small dish. 

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William, who is The Passage’s royal patron, admitted he wasn’t an ‘excellent chef’ but revealed his recipe because he believes ‘sharing makes people who are experiencing homelessness feel right at home’.

He  said: ‘I am the first to admit that I am not an excellent chef. The last time I was allowed into the kitchens at The Passage I made a spaghetti ­bolognese.’

‘What struck me the most was how sharing makes people who are experiencing homelessness feel right at home.’ 

The royal added: ‘Having a place to call home is ­precious… For those without a place to call home the ­pandemic has been even more frightening.’  

Last year, Kate revealed how William tried to woo her with his cooking skills while both studying at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

The Duke of Cambridge, 38, revealed his take on the classic Italian dish in A Taste Of Home (pictured), which includes 120 meals from the UK's top chefs and celebrities to mark the 40th anniversary of homelessness charity The Passage

The Duke of Cambridge, 38, revealed his take on the classic Italian dish in A Taste Of Home (pictured), which includes 120 meals from the UK's top chefs and celebrities to mark the 40th anniversary of homelessness charity The Passage

The Duke of Cambridge, 38, revealed his take on the classic Italian dish in A Taste Of Home (pictured), which includes 120 meals from the UK’s top chefs and celebrities to mark the 40th anniversary of homelessness charity The Passage

William (pictured), who is The Passage's royal patron, admitted he wasn't an 'excellent chef' but revealed his recipe because he believes 'sharing makes people who are experiencing homelessness feel right at home'

William (pictured), who is The Passage's royal patron, admitted he wasn't an 'excellent chef' but revealed his recipe because he believes 'sharing makes people who are experiencing homelessness feel right at home'

William (pictured), who is The Passage’s royal patron, admitted he wasn’t an ‘excellent chef’ but revealed his recipe because he believes ‘sharing makes people who are experiencing homelessness feel right at home’

According to the duchess, her husband used to cook up ‘all sorts of meals’ in the kitchen in an attempt to win over her affections.

Speaking to Mary Berry on A Berry Royal Christmas, the mother-of-three confessed that Bolognese sauce was one of his speciality dishes.

‘In university days he used to cook all sorts of meals,’ she told the baking legend. ‘I think that’s when he was trying to impress me, Mary! Things like Bolognese sauce, and things like that.’

Asked if he cooks for her now, Kate replied: ‘He sometimes does actually – he’s very good at breakfast.’

Last year, the Duchess of Cambridge (pictured right), confessed to Mary Berry (pictured centre) on A Berry Royal Christmas, that Bolognese sauce was one of William's speciality dishes

Last year, the Duchess of Cambridge (pictured right), confessed to Mary Berry (pictured centre) on A Berry Royal Christmas, that Bolognese sauce was one of William's speciality dishes

 Last year, the Duchess of Cambridge (pictured right), confessed to Mary Berry (pictured centre) on A Berry Royal Christmas, that Bolognese sauce was one of William’s speciality dishes

These days it’s Kate who does most of the cooking at home, with William having previously admitted in the programme: ‘I can do tea, Mary, but not cooking. Catherine is definitely the one who cooks, not me.’

Prince William isn’t the only royal to venture into the world of cookbooks, with Prince Harry’s wife Meghan Markle, 39, having previously helped a charity with a similar venture.

In her first solo project as a member of the royal family in 2018, the Duchess of Sussex helped launch Together: Our Community Cookbook to support families affected by the Grenfell Tower inferno. 

The book features 50 of Meghan’s favourite recipes created by women from Grenfell’s ‘Hubb Community Kitchen’ in west London, set up in the wake of the devastating blaze in June 2017.

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Australian Financial Review dubs Gina Rinehart country’s richest person in Rich List

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The title of Australia’s richest person for 2020 has been snapped up by mining magnate Gina Rinehart.

The Australian Financial Review released part of its 38th Rich List on Thursday, revealing Ms Rinehart is now valued at $28.89billion – up from $13.81billion in 2019.

Iron ore tycoon Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest scored the second position on the list, while businessman Anthony Pratt came in at third after topping the list for three years.  

The title of Australia's richest person for 2020 has been snapped up by mining magnate Gina Rinehart (pictured)

The title of Australia's richest person for 2020 has been snapped up by mining magnate Gina Rinehart (pictured)

The title of Australia’s richest person for 2020 has been snapped up by mining magnate Gina Rinehart (pictured)

The Australian Financial Review released its 38th Rich List on Thursday, indicating Ms Rinehart is valued at a whopping $28.89billion - up from $13.81 billion the year before

The Australian Financial Review released its 38th Rich List on Thursday, indicating Ms Rinehart is valued at a whopping $28.89billion - up from $13.81 billion the year before

The Australian Financial Review released its 38th Rich List on Thursday, indicating Ms Rinehart is valued at a whopping $28.89billion – up from $13.81 billion the year before 

AFR attributed Ms Rinehart’s wealth to the price of iron ore surging about $US120 per tonne, which hasn’t be since the early 2010s.

At the same time her Roy Hill mine in Pilbara plans to pay a maiden dividend of $475million five years after making first shipment out of WA.     

Her company Hancock Prospecting is based in Western Australia, which has had its borders closed off to the rest of Australia since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and has been leading the charge for the states’ job recovery, 

Earlier this year Hancock Prospecting released a post stating: ‘We support WA jobs for recovery.

‘West Australian is built on mining and agriculture. We are too.’

Dr Forrest, founder of Fortescue Metals Group, was ranked second on the list.

Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest (left_, founder of Fortescue Metals Group, was ranked second on the list

Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest (left_, founder of Fortescue Metals Group, was ranked second on the list

Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest (left_, founder of Fortescue Metals Group, was ranked second on the list

Australia's richest man from 2017 to 2019 - Anthony Pratt (pictured) - fell to the third spot on the lis

Australia's richest man from 2017 to 2019 - Anthony Pratt (pictured) - fell to the third spot on the lis

Australia’s richest man from 2017 to 2019 – Anthony Pratt (pictured) – fell to the third spot on the lis

AUSTRALIA’S 2020 RICH LIST TOP TEN

1. Gina Rinehart – $28.89billion

2. Andrew Forrest – $23b 

3. Anthony Pratt – $19.75b

4. Hui Wing Mau – $18.06b 

5. Mike Cannon-Brookes – $16.93b 

6. Scott Farquhar – $16.69b

7. Harry Triguboff – $14.42b

8. Clive Palmer – $9.18b

9. Frank Lowy – $8.30b

10. Kerry Stokes – $6.26b 

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His value was estimated to be $23billion, up from $7.99billion in 2019, due to strong share prices.

Australia’s richest man from 2017 to 2019 – Anthony Pratt – fell to the third spot on the list.

However, his paper mill empire still grew 27 per cent in the last year, with his fortune rising from $15.57billion to $19.75billion. 

Property developer Hui Wing Mau was next on the list with $18.06billion.

The Hong Kong-based developer owes his 2020 fortune to the share price of Shimao Property Holdings, which created deals on the China mainland.

Atlassian co-founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar are next on the list.

Their business has also had an increase in share prices and went on a hiring spree in 2020.

Another property developer – Harry Triguboff – has dropped from third to seventh.

He is followed by Clive Palmer, who doubled his wealth to land a spot on the coveted list for the first time ever.

The price of iron ore has helped his fortune surge.

Frank Lowy had a three per cent profit loss due to holdings in shopping malls being impacted by COVID-19 but he managed to keep a spot in the top ten. 

Media owner and business man Kerry Stokes, 80, rounded out the top ten.

Property developer Hui Wing Mau (pictured) was next on the list with a value of $18.06billion

Property developer Hui Wing Mau (pictured) was next on the list with a value of $18.06billion

Property developer Hui Wing Mau (pictured) was next on the list with a value of $18.06billion

Atlassian co-founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar (pictured) were fifth and sixth on the list

Atlassian co-founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar (pictured) were fifth and sixth on the list

Atlassian co-founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar (pictured) were fifth and sixth on the list

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Nice terror attack: Two beheaded, several wounded, attacker arrested, police source says

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At least three people have been killed – two of them beheaded – and several others stabbed in a terrorist knife attack at a cathedral in Nice.

The attack began around 9am just as Mass at the Notre Dame basilica – the largest Roman Catholic church in Nice – was getting underway.

Police quickly swarmed the area, where they shot and arrested the attack, who has been taken to hospital. A police source said it appears he was acting alone.  

The city’s mayor, Christian Estrosi, tweeted: ‘I am on site with the [police] who arrested the perpetrator of the attack. 

‘I confirm that everything suggests a terrorist attack in the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice.’

Scene of the attack

Scene of the attack

Scene of the attack

Scene of the attack

At least two people have been killed and several others wounded after what is believed to be a terrorist knife attack at the Notre Dame basilica in Nice

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The attack is just the latest to strike France, after an 18-year-old Pakistani stabbed a wounded two people outside the old offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The man has admitted to police that he was targeting the magazine for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

Earlier this month a French history teacher, Samuel Paty, was beheaded in another attack north of Paris – also over cartoons of the Prophet.

Paty was stabbed by an 18-year-old Chechen after he showed the cartoons to his students during a lesson on free speech.

Parents of pupils at the school had led a campaign against him, before the attack took place. Seven have been arrested. 

It also comes amid mass protests in many Islamic countries against Emmanuel Macron, after the French President spoke up in defence of the cartoons. 

Tweeting in Arabic, he wrote: ‘Nothing makes us hold back, ever. We respect all differences in the spirit of peace. We never accept hate speech and defend rational debate. 

The attack is thought to have begun around 9am before police were called, and arrested the perpetrator. The area is now cordoned off

The attack is thought to have begun around 9am before police were called, and arrested the perpetrator. The area is now cordoned off

The attack is thought to have begun around 9am before police were called, and arrested the perpetrator. The area is now cordoned off

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‘We will always stand by human dignity and universal values.’ 

His remarks have prompted demonstrations in Gaza, Turkey, Pakistan and Bangladesh, and boycotts of French products in Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar and Palestinian territories.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has led outrage at Macron, suggesting that he is mentally ill and needs to have his health evaluated.

More to follow… 

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