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For o < dist (Sl',852) set as usual cpa(x) = v-Thcp(x/o). Since u E L1(Sl RN), u * cpa -+ u strongly in L' ((2', R') and passing to a subsequence by Fatou's lemma ff(u(x))dx (5) r < lim onf J f (u * cpo) dx . On the other hand for fixed a, Uk * CPa --i u * co as k - oo, uniformly in S2', hence again by Fatou's lemma (6) f f(u*cpa)dx < lim f k-oo S2, f f(uk*cpa)dx. n, From Jensen's inequality we readily get (7) ff(uk*)dx < J dl f(uk)dx S2, for all k and all a. The conclusion then follows from (5), (6) and (7) and letting O D' T Q.

C. l f (u) dµ < liminf f f (uk) dIL k--oo . 0 Proof. First we observe that f is the pointwise supremum of an increasing sequence of functions fj which are convex, Lipschitz, and piecewise linear. Actually each fj is the pointwise supremum of a finite number of affine functions fj(p) = max{2i(p) £i : 1R" -, IR affine, i = 1, ... , N(j)} , fj(p) > 0 Thus it suffices to prove the result for such fj that from now on we denote again by f. e. in [2 and strongly in Ll (12, IRN) which are constant on suitable dyadic cubes QM(').

The first one is based on Jensen inequality Proposition 2 (Jensen inequality). c. function. Let µ be a Radon measure on (, with µ(,f2) < oc. Then for any u E Ll (fl, IRN; A) we have f u(x) dµ/ n f (u (x)) dlv Proof. , a E RN and b E RN such that t < a + (b, ) and there exists an affine hyperplane in a + (b, y) < f (p) d p E ]RN . It follows a + (b, u(x)) < f (u(x)) V x E S2, and, integrating over Sl, t < a + (b, f f (u(x)) dp, n for any t < f This concludes the proof. Third proof of Theorem 1. Fix S2' CC Sl and let io E C'°(B(0,1)), f cp = 1.