The Reading / Listening - Most-Wanted - Level 6

The majority of the most-wanted fugitives in Europe are women. Europe's crime agency Europol has revealed a list of 21 criminals who are on the run from the authorities. Eighteen of these are women. The wanted suspects have been accused of a range of charges including murder, human and drug trafficking and robbery. The most-wanted list was released as part of Europol's "Crime has no gender" campaign. A spokeswoman said: "People think that usually these crimes are not being committed by women, but they are, and they are equally as serious as those committed by men." However, a crime expert told the BBC that: "Some women do commit serious crimes. They do so far less frequently than men."



The Europol campaign hopes to raise awareness, "that women are just as likely to commit violent crimes as men." A spokeswoman said: "Even though the discourse is often around male fugitives, women can be just as bad." The campaign's website asks visitors the question: "Are women equally as capable of committing serious crimes as men?" It then answers that very question by stating: "The female fugitives featured on Europe's Most Wanted website prove that they are [capable]. The criminals - of both genders - in this new campaign by EU law enforcement are all wanted for grave offenses like murder, drug trafficking, fraud, theft and trafficking in human beings."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Most-Wanted - Level 4  or  Most-Wanted - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/10/19/europol-says-women-equally-capable-crime-men-reveals-most-wanted/
  • https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/murder-gun-running-witchcraft-europes-20653976
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/10/19/women-fugitives-europol-posts-crime-has-no-gender-most-wanted-list/4035979002/


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Warm-ups

1. CRIMINALS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about criminals. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       majority / fugitives / crime agency / on the run / robbery / gender / serious / expert /
       campaign / awareness / discourse / website / criminals / law enforcement / trafficking
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. WORLD POLICE: Students A strongly believe a world police force should tackle crime in every country; Students B strongly believe this would not work.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. OFFENSES: How bad are these offenses? What should the punishment be for people found guilty of them? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How Bad

Punishment

Pickpocketing

 

 

Fraud

 

 

Identity theft

 

 

Drug trafficking

 

 

Burglary

 

 

Human trafficking

 

 

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5. WANTED: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "wanted". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. CRIMES: Rank these with your partner. Put the worst crimes at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Shoplifting
  • Pickpocketing
  • Speeding
  • Assault
  • Possession of cannabis
  • Vandalism
  • Hate speech
  • Train fare evasion

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. majority a. Do, carry out or perpetrate a mistake, crime, sin or immoral act.
      2. fugitive b. A person who has escaped from a place or is in hiding, especially to avoid arrest.
      3. revealed c. Charged someone with an offense or crime.
      4. accused d. The greater number of; the most of.
      5. trafficking e. A person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area.
      6. commit f. Made previously unknown or secret information known to others.
      7. expert g. Deal or trade in something illegal (like people, drugs, ivory, etc.).

    Paragraph 2

      8. awareness h. Either of the two sexes (male and female) or other category.
      9. discourse i. Having the ability, fitness, or quality necessary to do or achieve a specified thing.
      10. capable j. Wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain.
      11. gender k. Knowledge or perception of a situation or fact.
      12. grave l. Written or spoken communication or debate.
      13. fraud m. The action or crime of stealing.
      14. theft n. Giving cause for alarm; serious.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Eighteen of Europe's 21 most-wanted criminals are women.     T / F
  2. Some of the women are charged with human trafficking and murder.     T / F
  3. The article says people rarely think women commit serious crimes.     T / F
  4. A crime expert said women commit crimes more frequently than men.     T / F
  5. Europol says men are far more likely to commit crime.     T / F
  6. Europol said most conversation about crime is about male criminals.     T / F
  7. Interpol said women are incapable of committing most serious crimes.     T / F
  8. Interpol has a website campaign focusing solely on female criminals.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. majority
  2. revealed
  3. range
  4. committed
  5. expert
  6. awareness
  7. fugitives
  8. prove
  9. genders
  10. fraud
  1. assortment
  2. embezzlement
  3. consciousness
  4. disclosed
  5. sexes
  6. demonstrate
  7. lion's share
  8. carried out
  9. escapees
  10. specialist

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. The majority of the most-wanted
  2. criminals who are on
  3. a range of charges
  4. they are equally
  5. They do so far less
  6. raise
  7. women can
  8. women equally as
  9. both
  10. trafficking
  1. genders
  2. frequently than men
  3. capable
  4. in human beings
  5. the run
  6. be just as bad
  7. fugitives in Europe
  8. as serious
  9. awareness
  10. including murder

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
equally
frequently
fugitives
range
expert
released
authorities
gender

The majority of the most-wanted (1) ____________ in Europe are women. Europe's crime agency Europol has revealed a list of 21 criminals who are on the run from the (2) ____________. Eighteen of these are women. The wanted suspects have been accused of a (3) ____________ of charges including murder, human and drug trafficking and robbery. The most-wanted list was (4) ____________ as part of Europol's "Crime has no (5) ____________" campaign. A spokeswoman said: "People think that usually these crimes are not being committed by women, but they are, and they are (6) ____________ as serious as those committed by men." However, a crime (7) ____________ told the BBC that: "Some women do commit serious crimes. They do so far less (8) ____________ than men."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
capable
awareness
prove
discourse
theft
very
violent
grave

The Europol campaign hopes to raise (9) ____________, "that women are just as likely to commit (10) ____________ crimes as men." A spokeswoman said: "Even though the (11) ____________ is often around male fugitives, women can be just as bad." The campaign's website asks visitors the question: "Are women equally as (12) ____________ of committing serious crimes as men?" It then answers that (13) ____________ question by stating: "The female fugitives featured on Europe's Most Wanted website (14) ____________ that they are [capable]. The criminals - of both genders - in this new campaign by EU law enforcement are all wanted for (15) ____________ offenses like murder, drug trafficking, fraud, (16) ____________ and trafficking in human beings."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The majority of the most-wanted fugitives in ______
     a.  European are women
     b.  Europe aren't women
     c.  Europe are women
     d.  Europe are women's
2)  Eighteen of these are women. The wanted suspects have been accused of a ______
     a.  derange of charges
     b.  range of charges
     c.  ranger of charges
     d.  rangers of charges
3)  The most-wanted list was released as part of Europol's "Crime ______" campaign
     a.  has no gender
     b.  has no gander
     c.  has no agenda
     d.  has no agent a
4)  but they are, and they are equally as serious as those ______
     a.  commit that by men
     b.  committee by men
     c.  commit it by men
     d.  committed by men
5)  Some women do commit serious crimes. They do ______ frequently
     a.  sofa less
     b.  suffer less
     c.  so far less
     d.  surfer less

6)  that women are just as likely to commit ______
     a.  violently crimes
     b.  violence crimes
     c.  violent crimes
     d.  inviolate crimes
7)  A spokeswoman said: "Even though the discourse is often ______
     a.  roundly male fugitives
     b.  aground male fugitives
     c.  abound male fugitives
     d.  around male fugitives
8)  The female fugitives featured on Europe's Most Wanted ______
     a.  website proof that
     b.  website approve that
     c.  website prove that
     d.  website proven that
9)  The criminals - of both genders - in this new campaign by EU ______
     a.  law in force meant
     b.  law enforce meant
     c.  law enforcement
     d.  law in force mint
10)  murder, drug trafficking, fraud, theft and trafficking ______
     a.  on human beings
     b.  in human beings
     c.  in humane beings
     d.  on humane beings

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The (1) ___________________ most-wanted fugitives in Europe are women. Europe's crime agency Europol has (2) ___________________ of 21 criminals who are on the run from the authorities. Eighteen of these are women. The wanted suspects have been accused of a (3) ___________________ including murder, human and drug trafficking and robbery. The most-wanted list was released as part of Europol's "Crime has no gender" campaign. A spokeswoman said: "People think that (4) ___________________ are not being committed by women, but they are, and they are equally as serious as those committed by men." However, (5) ___________________ told the BBC that: "Some women do commit serious crimes. They do so (6) ___________________ than men."

The Europol campaign hopes (7) ___________________, "that women are just as likely to commit violent crimes as men." A spokeswoman said: "Even though (8) ___________________ often around male fugitives, women can be just as bad." The campaign's website asks visitors the question: "Are women equally as capable of committing (9) ___________________ men?" It then answers that very question by stating: "The female fugitives featured on Europe's Most Wanted website (10) ___________________ are [capable]. The criminals - (11) ___________________ - in this new campaign by EU law enforcement are all wanted for grave offenses like murder, drug trafficking, (12) ___________________ trafficking in human beings."

Comprehension questions

  1. What is the name of the crime agency mentioned in the article?
  2. How many on Europe's most-wanted list are women?
  3. What is the name of the Internet campaign mentioned in the article?
  4. What did a spokeswoman say about the severity of women's crimes?
  5. Who said women commit serious crime far less frequently than men?
  6. What does the crime agency hope the campaign raises?
  7. What did a spokeswoman say the discourse was often around?
  8. Who was a website question directed at?
  9. What did the question ask if women were capable of?
  10. What kind of crimes did the website say people were wanted for?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What is the name of the crime agency mentioned in the article?
a) the CIA
b) MI5
c) the FBI
d) Europol
2) How many on Europe's most-wanted list are women?
a) 17
b) 18
c) 16
d) 19
3) What is the name of the Internet campaign mentioned in the article?
a) No crime in Europe
b) Stamp out crime
c) Stop crime against women
d) Crime has no gender
4) What did a spokeswoman say about the severity of women's crimes?
a) not as bad as male crime
b) it's really bad
c) it's as serious as men's crime
d) very, very severe
5) Who said women commit serious crime far less frequently than men?
a) a criminal
b) a website developer
c) a police officer
d) a crime expert

6) What does the crime agency hope the campaign raises?
a) arrest rates
b) imprisonment
c) awareness
d) taxes
7) What did a spokeswoman say the discourse was often around?
a) male crime
b) Europe
c) terrorism
d) young offenders
8) Who was a website question directed at?
a) men
b) women
c) website visitors
d) police officers
9) What did the question ask if women were capable of?
a) fighting crime
b) serious crime
c) being a fugitive
d) solitary confinement
10) What kind of crimes did the website say people were wanted for?
a) grave offenses
b) theft
c) shoplifting
d) cybercrime

Role play

Role  A – Shoplifting
You think shoplifting is the worst crime. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their crimes aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least punishable of these (and why): pickpocketing, speeding or vandalism.

Role  B – Pickpocketing
You think pickpocketing is the worst crime. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their crimes aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least punishable of these (and why): shoplifting, speeding or vandalism.

Role  C – Speeding
You think speeding is the worst crime. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their crimes aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least punishable of these (and why): pickpocketing, shoplifting or vandalism.

Role  D – Vandalism
You think vandalism is the worst crime. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their crimes aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least punishable of these (and why): pickpocketing, speeding or shoplifting.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'criminal'

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  • and 'woman'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • majority
    • run
    • range
    • part
    • serious
    • less
    • hopes
    • though
    • visitors
    • very
    • prove
    • theft




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Most of Europe's most-wanted criminals are women

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'criminal'?
    3. Why do you think the majority of the most-wanted are women?
    4. What would it be like to be on the run?
    5. What more can the police do to catch the suspects?
    6. What is crime like in your country?
    7. Do men and women commit different crimes in your country?
    8. Do you think 'crime has no gender'?
    9. What do you think of Europol and Interpol?
    10. Why do people commit crimes?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'crime'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Have you ever committed a crime?
    5. Why are most criminals thought of as being men?
    6. Are women equally as capable of committing serious crimes as men?
    7. What would you do if you saw someone on the most-wanted list?
    8. What do you think of criminals?
    9. How can we reduce crime?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Europol?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    The (1) ____ of the most-wanted fugitives in Europe are women. Europe's crime agency Europol has (2) ____ a list of 21 criminals who are on the run from the authorities. Eighteen of these are women. The wanted (3) ____ have been accused of a range of charges including murder, human and drug trafficking and robbery. The most-wanted list was released as (4) ____ of Europol's "Crime has no gender" campaign. A spokeswoman said: "People think that usually these crimes are not being committed by women, but they are, and they are (5) ____ as serious as those committed by men." However, a crime expert told the BBC that: "Some women do commit serious crimes, they do (6) ____ far less frequently than men."

    The Europol campaign hopes to (7) ____ awareness, "that women are just as likely to commit violent crimes as men." A spokeswoman said: "Even though the discourse is often (8) ____ male fugitives, women can be just as bad." The campaign's website asks visitors the question: "Are women equally as (9) ____ of committing serious crimes as men?" It then answers that (10) ____ question by stating: "The female fugitives featured on Europe's Most Wanted website prove that they are [capable]. The criminals - (11) ____ both genders - in this new campaign by EU law enforcement are all wanted for grave offenses like murder, drug trafficking, (12) ____, theft and trafficking in human beings."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     derivative     (b)     pejorative     (c)     priority     (d)     majority    
    2. (a)     relied     (b)     resealed     (c)     repealed     (d)     revealed    
    3. (a)     spies     (b)     suspects     (c)     agents     (d)     provocateurs    
    4. (a)     section     (b)     sector     (c)     part     (d)     partner    
    5. (a)     equally     (b)     equate     (c)     equate     (d)     equality    
    6. (a)     so     (b)     therefore     (c)     much     (d)     among    
    7. (a)     rise     (b)     rising     (c)     arise     (d)     raise    
    8. (a)     around     (b)     over     (c)     among     (d)     in    
    9. (a)     ability     (b)     capable     (c)     enable     (d)     culpable    
    10. (a)     ready     (b)     why     (c)     very     (d)     try    
    11. (a)     in     (b)     on     (c)     of     (d)     at    
    12. (a)     applaud     (b)     fraud     (c)     laud     (d)     maraud

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  told the BBC that: "Some women do commit serious crimes. They do so far less frequently than men."
    (...)  robbery. The most-wanted list was released as part of Europol's "Crime has no gender"
    (...)  wanted for grave offenses like murder, drug trafficking, fraud, theft and trafficking in human beings."
    (...)  campaign. A spokeswoman said: "People think that usually these crimes are not being committed by women, but they
    (...)  The Europol campaign hopes to raise awareness, "that women are just as likely to commit violent
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    (...)  bad." The campaign's website asks visitors the question: "Are women equally as capable
    (...)  are, and they are equally as serious as those committed by men." However, a crime expert
    (...)  of 21 criminals who are on the run from the authorities. Eighteen of these are women. The wanted
    (...)  crimes as men." A spokeswoman said: "Even though the discourse is often around male fugitives, women can be just as
    (...)  are [capable]. The criminals - of both genders - in this new campaign by EU law enforcement are all
    (...)  of committing serious crimes as men?" It then answers that very question by
    (...)  suspects have been accused of a range of charges including murder, human and drug trafficking and

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. of   of   charges   murder   .   range   Accused   a   including
    3. women   .   crimes   are   by   being   not   These   committed
    4. committed   men   .   as   those   by   as   Equally   serious
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    7. often   discourse   though   male   is   fugitives   .   around   Even
    8. the   campaign's   visitors   website   The   asks   question   .
    9. Europe's   featured   on   Most   Female   Wanted   website   .   fugitives
    10. They   offenses   grave   like   are   murder   .   for   wanted

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The majority / major of the most-wanted fugitives in Europe are women. Europe's crime agency Europol has reveled / revealed a list of 21 criminals who are on the run from the authority / authorities. Eighteen of these are women. The wanted suspects / suspicions have been accused of a derange / range of charges including murder, human and drug trafficking and robbery. The most-wanted list was released as part of / for Europol's "Crime has no gender" campaign. A spokeswoman said: "People think that usually them / these crimes are not being committed by women, but they are, and they are equally / equal as serious as those committed by men." However, a crime expert told the BBC that: "Some women done / do commit serious crimes. They do so / thus far less frequently than men."

    The Europol campaign hoping / hopes to raise awareness, "that women are just as / was likely to commit violent crimes as men." A spokeswoman said: "Even though / thought the discourse is often around male fugitive / fugitives, women can be just as bad." The campaign's website asks visitors the question: "Are women equally as culpable / capable of committing serious crimes as men?" It then answers that why / very question by stating: "The female fugitives featured on / at Europe's Most Wanted website prove that they are [capable]. The criminals - off / of both genders - in this new campaign by EU law / lawful enforcement are all wanted for grave offenses like murder, drug trafficking, fraud, thieve / theft and trafficking in human beings."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the majority of the mostwanted fugitives in europe are women europes crime agency europol has revealed a list of 21 criminals who are on the run from the authorities eighteen of these are women the wanted suspects have been accused of a range of charges including murder human and drug trafficking and robbery the mostwanted list was released as part of europols crime has no gender campaign a spokeswoman said people think that usually these crimes are not being committed by women but they are and they are equally as serious as those committed by men however a crime expert told the bbc that some women do commit serious crimes they do so far less frequently than men

    the europol campaign hopes to raise awareness that women are just as likely to commit violent crimes as men a spokeswoman said even though the discourse is often around male fugitives women can be just as bad the campaigns website asks visitors the question are women equally as capable of committing serious crimes as men it then answers that very question by stating the female fugitives featured on europes most wanted website prove that they are capable the criminals of both genders in this new campaign by eu law enforcement are all wanted for grave offenses like murder drug trafficking fraud theft and trafficking in human beings

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    Themajorityofthemost-wantedfugitivesinEuropearewomen.Europe'
    scrimeagencyEuropolhasrevealedalistof21criminalswhoareontheru
    nfromtheauthorities.Eighteenofthesearewomen.Thewantedsuspect
    shavebeenaccusedofarangeofchargesincludingmurder,humanandd
    rugtraffickingandrobbery.Themost-wantedlistwasreleasedaspar
    tofEuropol's"Crimehasnogender"campaign.Aspokeswomansaid:"P
    eoplethinkthatusuallythesecrimesarenotbeingcommittedbywomen,
    buttheyare,andtheyareequallyasseriousasthosecommittedbymen."
    However,acrimeexperttoldtheBBCthat:"Somewomendocommitseri
    ouscrimes.Theydosofarlessfrequentlythanmen."TheEuropolcampai
    gnhopestoraiseawareness,"thatwomenarejustaslikelytocommitviol
    entcrimesasmen."Aspokeswomansaid:"Eventhoughthediscourseis
    oftenaroundmalefugitives,womencanbejustasbad."Thecampaign's
    websiteasksvisitorsthequestion:"Arewomenequallyascapableofcom
    mittingseriouscrimesasmen?"Itthenanswersthatveryquestionbysta
    ting:"ThefemalefugitivesfeaturedonEurope'sMostWantedwebsitepr
    ovethattheyare[capable].Thecriminals-ofbothgenders-inthisnewc
    ampaignbyEUlawenforcementareallwantedforgraveoffenseslikemu
    rder,drugtrafficking,fraud,theftandtraffickinginhumanbeings."

    Free writing

    Write about most wanted for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Men and women are equally capable of committing serous crimes. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. CRIMINALS: Make a poster about criminals. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. SENTENCES: Write a magazine article about doubling prison sentences for criminals. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on criminals. Ask him/her three questions about criminals. Give him/her three of your ideas. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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