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This morning, we released the results of Stantec’s operations for the second quarter of 2010. I’m pleased to report that we are on target with our expectations for 2010. We achieved growth in net revenue on a sequential basis and response to the increased activity in some of our markets. We were able to increase our overall employee numbers while continuing to manage our business effectively.Dan, will now provide a review of our second quarter financial results. Dan. Dan Lefaivre Thank you, Bob, and good afternoon everyone. As Bob just indicated, in the second quarter of 2010, we once again achieved solid results. Our gross revenue in the second quarter was consistent with that achieved in Q1 ’10. Compared to Q2 ’09, our gross revenue was $371.1 million, down $17 million, of this decrease $18.4 million was as a result of the change in foreign exchange during the quarter. Our net revenue in the second quarter was up 2.4% from Q1 ‘10. Compared to Q2 ’09, our net revenue was $303.8 million, down $14.3 million. Again, this decline reflected an impact, the impact of foreign exchange, as well as staff reductions throughout 2009. Our gross margin as a percentage of net revenue was 55.7% in the second quarter and continued to fall within our target range of 54.5% to 56.5%.