Hardly Manu Tuilagi’s biggest mistake

first_imgBATH, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 14: Gavin Henson of Bath looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Leicester Tigers at the Recreation Ground on September 14, 2013 in Bath, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) That fateful moment: Manu Tuilagi goes renegade, putting bunny ears behind the Prime Minister David CameronBy Alan DymockTHE BIGGEST mistake Manu Tuilagi has made this week – yes, we have to specify ‘this week’ because, well, he does have some previous – is that he has made himself a political stick with which to beat David Cameron.To make things clear, Tuilagi should not be banned as some are suggesting. You are allowed to mock a member of parliament. Indeed, in our society it is actively encouraged. Propping bunny ears up behind the nation’s leader is ill-advised and certainly childish, but was it a paint bucket or a comedy custard pie?OK, so it was not searing satire or a move motivated by political impulses; he thought he was being impish; one of the lads. However, now he will be a bat with which the Opposition can flog the incumbent government. No support from our athletic heroes, no respect, yada yada yada.Some will argue that this sets a bad example. Taking the mick out of political leaders before an official photo call is neither illegal nor morally objectionable and while his lapses in discipline during games should be punished, taking away part of his livelihood for a set of bunny ears seems silly. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS the centre of attention…again: HensonIt’s silly all round. The guy has given himself a lot of grief and while his actions were downright idiotic, making a bigger deal of things makes it all worst.Of course, silly was the theme of the day yesterday. While the British and Irish Lions where eying paperweights in the PM’s office, Saracens were making mischief of their own by offering fans of Bath full refunds if they attend the match between the two at the weekend and former Saracen and current Bath playmaker Gavin Henson scores a single point.Churlish? Sure. Funny? A little. Bringing issues of gambling to the forefront of sport, again? Perhaps at an extreme push. Certainly mind games come in here and Saracens obviously feel they can cover the windfall, but the punter will not be out of pocket. Japes all round, hey? The thing is that poor old Gav just cannot get on with his job. For once he hasn’t thrust himself into the centre of the storm and really if he puts his head down, gets on with his work and scores some points without making a big deal about it we must all take a chance to admit he has done well.Henson is everyone’s favourite whipping boy, but maybe what he and Tuilagi do on the pitch should be the most important thing for the foreseeable future.last_img read more

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Lessons of the April 1968 Black rebellions

first_imgThe Rev. Ralph Abernathy, right, and Bishop Julian Smith, left, flank Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during a civil rights march in Memphis, Tenn., March 28, 1968. (AP Photo/Jack Thornell)Following are excerpts from an April 11, 1968, WW article by Workers World Party founding chairperson Sam Marcy, a week after the assassination in Memphis, Tenn., of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.The rebellions which opened spontaneously upon the heels of the announcement of the assassination of Rev. King were so widespread that they had an almost universal character throughout the length and breadth of this land. The magnitude and depth of the uprisings were so great that President Johnson had to cancel his Vietnam conference in Honolulu to attend to the crisis here — a sure sign that, for the moment at least, the war of liberation at home took precedence over the war of liberation waged by the Vietnamese people abroad.It is sufficient merely to remember that the storm of uprising engulfed 110 cities as of April 9, as revealed by the New York Times.Nowhere in recent contemporary history has there taken place such a simultaneous and completely spontaneous rising as we witnessed last week. Its very scope and magnitude send terror and confusion into the camp of the ruling class. The very fierceness and boldness of the mass rising were the only real factors that stopped the government from unloosing as extreme a terror as it did last summer [when National Guard troops were used to put down urban uprisings in cities like Newark, N.J., and Detroit].Nevertheless, in the space of barely three days, the government made 16,255 arrests, left 3,550 injured and 38 dead, all as of April 8.It must be remembered that many smaller cities did not report at all at press time. Many of them generally refuse to release the true number of arrests or injured except on official requests from higher authorities.No matter how the bourgeois press will distort the real character of the events following the assassination, there are two fundamental aspects of these events which cannot be obscured by mere propaganda.The first one is that the uprisings were not of an accidental character, or solely a protest at the murder of Rev. King, but were a general expression of the revolutionary momentum inherent in the liberation struggle. The King assassination crystallized and accelerated the tempo of the rebellions.The second aspect of the rebellion is the implicit rejection of the theory of nonviolence as a method of achieving liberation. The ruling class could scarcely fail to notice this.To the extent that more token concessions are made to the Black masses, they are to be regarded as a by-product of the struggle carried on by the masses, and not at all as concessions handed down from above to assuage the grief of the masses.(It is plain for all to see that the passage of the current token civil rights bill in the reactionary House of Representatives by such a decisive majority is clearly a concession to the rebellions of the past week.)Throughout the entire period until the burial of King, the ruling class so manipulated all of the important public events that aside from the rebellions themselves, there was no truly visible and significant independent expression of the Black masses.Radio and television, press and pulpit, as well as outside gatherings, all of which were controlled by white bourgeois elements, monitored almost all public expressions of political sentiment. Few indeed were the independent, militant Black voices given the opportunity to be heard — except for short intervals and on rare occasions.The very sight of Nixon, Rockefeller, Kennedy, Romney, Humphrey and the other pillars of imperialist racism at the funeral could not help but add insult to injury. The masses of the people were even deprived of having their own way of interpreting the events. No wonder the masses resorted to retaliatory force!In the epoch of imperialist decay, force has been the only arbiter in great events. Not a single important contemporary world issue has been decided without it, and until imperialism is swept off the face of the earth, that is how it will invariably be. Peaceful methods for the solution of great problems as well as small will prevail and endure after the reactionary obstruction of monopoly capitalism and racist oppression are swept away by a proletarian revolution.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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As Cumhuriyet trial resumes, RSF says journalists must be freed now

first_img“The previous hearings have clearly exposed the completely baseless nature of these spurious proceedings,” RSF said. “It is with the utmost firmness that we reiterate our call for the immediate release of the journalists still held and for the charges to be dropped against all of the defendants in this trial.” March 8, 2018 – Updated on March 12, 2018 As Cumhuriyet trial resumes, RSF says journalists must be freed now News RSF_en Organisation Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit The ideologies of these three organizations could not be more disparate and all three were constantly criticized by the newspaper. The indictment is riddled with factual errors and is based above all on misinterpreted newspaper articles and insignificant meetings between journalists and sources or partners. Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Most of the defendants have been released conditionally in the course of the trial but three – well-known reporter Ahmet Şık, Cumhuriyet publisher Mehmet Murat Sabuncu and Cumhuriyet Foundation executive board president Akin Atalay – are still in prison and have been there for more than a year. Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor 08.03.2018 – As the Turkish authorities prepare to resume the emblematic Cumhuriyet newspaper trial tomorrow in Istanbul, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) again urges them to drop all proceedings against journalists in Turkey who are being prosecuted for political reasons. Credit: Bulent Kilic / AFP Turkey is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. The already worrying media situation has become critical under the state of emergency proclaimed after a coup attempt in July 2016. Around 150 media outlets have been closed, mass trials are being held and the country now holds the world record for the number of professional journalists detained. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeRSF Prize center_img News News April 2, 2021 Find out more RSF’s Turkey representative, Erol Önderoğlu, and the head of its German section, Christian Mihr, will be at the Istanbul law courts tomorrow to follow the trial, which has become an emblem of press freedom violations in Turkey, and to express their solidarity with the 18 Cumhuriyet journalists and administrators on trial. Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law The Cumhuriyet journalists and administrators on trial are facing sentences ranging from seven and a half to 43 years in prison for criticizing the Turkish authorities and for supposedly defending what the government regards as three “terrorist” organizations: the movement led by the Muslim preacher Fethullah Gülen, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and a small far-left group known as the DHKP/C. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeRSF Prize Follow the news on Turkey to go further April 28, 2021 Find out more News (Update 12.03.2018): At the end of the hearing on 9 March, the court ordered the conditional release of Cumhuriyet editor Murat Sabuncu and investigative reporter Ahmet Sik. However, Akin Atalay is still detained. The next hearing will be held on 16 March. April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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International community urged to react as situation of free expression worsens in Egypt

first_img Follow the news on Egypt November 17, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 International community urged to react as situation of free expression worsens in Egypt February 6, 2021 Find out more Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Organisation Help by sharing this information to go further Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders condemns the accelerating deterioration in the media freedom situation in Egypt in the run-up to the 28 November elections. In the latest development, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces ordered a 15-day extension to blogger and activist Alaa Abdel Fattah’s pre-trial detention on 13 November.The Supreme Council has constantly restricted freedom of information ever since President Hosni Mubarak’s removal on 11 February. It has summoned journalists and bloggers before military courts and has convicted and jailed netizens. Now that the country is about to embark on a series of elections that will continue until March, the Supreme Council is showing less and less ability to tolerate fundamental freedoms. The democratic transition that Egyptians desire will not be possible without media freedom, which is now in grave danger.Reporters Without Borders would like to remind everyone that a free press and the free flow of information are essential for democratic elections.The Supreme Council has not only perpetuated Mubarak’s methods of controlling news and information but has reinforced them. The trials of civilians before military courts are now the norm. Arrests and convictions on charges of disturbing public order, defamation or spreading false information are being used to censor articles on sensitive subjects such as poverty, women’s rights and, especially, the armed forces. Several media were attacked and prevented from broadcasting footage of the violence on 9 and 10 October in the Cairo district of Maspero.Reporters Without Borders urges the international community to react and to do whatever is necessary to protect freedom of expression in Egypt. To this end, it sent a letter and the attached summary of freedom of information violations in Egypt since Mubarak’s ouster to prominent international political figures and representatives of international bodies on 7 November.The recipients included Navanethem Pillay (United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights), Frank La Rue (United Nations Human Rights Council special rapporteur for the promotion and protection of freedom of opinion and expression), Catherine Ashton (European Union high representative for foreign affairs and security), Hillary Clinton (US secretary of state) and Sylvie Coudray (UNESCO director for freedom of expression, democracy and peace).The letter and summary were also sent to the French foreign minister, the Arab League, the Human Rights Committee of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Egyptian embassy in Washington and the French embassy in Cairo. News Receive email alerts February 1, 2021 Find out more EgyptMiddle East – North Africa News Related documents egypte_post-revolution_rundown.pdfPDF – 87.75 KB News RSF_en Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution January 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Council Upholds Revocation of Permit Allowing Events at Former Ambassador College

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Instagram Girls Women Obsess OverHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Tips To Rejuvenate Winter Dry, Chapped LipsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News More Cool Stuff Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Government Council Upholds Revocation of Permit Allowing Events at Former Ambassador College Action ‘based on the changed circumstances caused by the applicant’ By STAFF REPORT Published on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | 1:00 am Community News The third time was not the charm for an ownership group seeking to maintain a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) that would have allowed some events, such as weddings and receptions, to continue being held inside the former Ambassador College campus in Pasadena.After two previous cancellations of the matter, the City Council on Monday night voted unanimously to uphold the Board of Zoning Appeal’s previous decision to revoke the CUP.A city staff report had recommended the council take the action to uphold revocation of the seven-year-old CUP, “based on the changed circumstances caused by the applicant.’’The CUP was originally granted in 2013, when four locations within the campus grounds – the Merritt Mansion, Terrace Villa, Italian Garden and Fowler Garden – were owned by the same organization. But since then, three have been sold, and only one, Fowler Garden, is still owned by the original applicant, Pasadena Lots 70, LLC.The CUP had also allowed for parking in nearby areas, including Maranatha High School and the Elk’s Lodge, to accommodate events.Area residents, including those from homeowners of the Ambassador Gardens Community Corporation, had complained of a “significant nuisance” from events at Fowler Garden. They had supported the CUP revocation.The CUP issue does not relate to Ambassador Auditorium, which continues unaffected by outcome of the hearing.“It is staff’s determination that there are reasonable grounds for revocation,” the city’s staff report said.“Based on the changed circumstances caused by the applicant, the findings contained in the original CUP can no longer be made in a positive manner and public health, safety, and welfare require the revocation. Furthermore, staff has determined that the use allowed by the CUP has become detrimental to public health, safety, and welfare, and the manner of operation is creating a public nuisance.”Councilman Victor Gordo said prior to the council’s 7-0 vote on the matter that “conditional use is just that” and that he was “convinced the conditions have changed.”While the owners had argued they should keep the CUP despite selling off pieces of the property to which it was originally granted, Gordo countered the CUP was “not a right granted in perpetuity.”The council’s move was the final step in the city’s handling of the matter. If the owners wish to seek a further appeal, it would have to be through a lawsuit, said city spokesperson Lisa Derderian. Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment 5 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Fannie Mae Reports Shifts in Delinquency Rates

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Fannie Mae Reports Shifts in Delinquency Rates Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Delinquency Fannie Mae Inventory mortgage About Author: Steve Gaenzler Previous: Overseas Real Estate Investors are Net Sellers Next: Numerica Renews Mortgage Cadence Contract Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Market Studies, News, REO Fannie Mae Reports Shifts in Delinquency Rates Delinquency Fannie Mae Inventory mortgage 2019-09-02 Seth Welborn September 2, 2019 3,764 Views center_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Fannie Mae’s latest monthly summary revealed a decrease in single-family serious delinquencies. Fannie Mae’s Conventional Single-Family Serious Delinquency Rate decreased 3 basis points to 0.67% in July. Additionally, the Multifamily Serious Delinquency Rate increased 2 basis points to 0.07% in July.Fannie’s Guaranty Book of Business increased at a compound annualized rate of 6.8% in July, to $3,247,222 million, composed of $3,084,197 million in MBS, excluding the portion backed by Freddie Mac securities, and other guarantees, and $163,025 million in mortgage loans.Freddie Mac recorded the lowest fixed-rate mortgage since November 2016 in August, with the 30-year fixed mortgage rate averaged 3.55% as of August 22. The 30-year FRM declined by 0.5 percentage points from the previous week’s rate of 3.60%. The 15-year FRM and 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) declined as well, down to 3.03% and 3.35%, respectively.“The drop in mortgage rates continues to stimulate the real estate market and the economy,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist. “Home purchase demand is up 5% from a year ago and has noticeably strengthened since the early summer months, while refinances surged to their highest share in three and a half years. Households that refinanced in the second quarter of 2019 will save an average of $1,700 a year, which is equivalent to about $140 each month.”While lower mortgage rates may influence some potential buyers to move ahead, inventory continues to stifle the market. Data from Fannie Mae’s Economic and Strategic Research Group found that limited inventory, especially for affordable housing, continued to remain a challenge for homebuyers. This, despite Fannie Mae’s latest Home Purchase Sentiment Index suggesting strong homebuyer interest after recording a new survey high in July.“Mortgage rates are approaching the lowest level in recent decades, and as they have moved lower more and more homeowners are finding incentive to refinance,” said Doug Duncan, SVP and Chief Economist at Fannie Mae.. “We estimate that 35% of outstanding mortgages are now ‘in the money,’ meaning borrowers may realize significant cost savings by refinancing; as such, we expect the share of refinance originations to grow through the remainder of the year.” Steve Gaenzler is co-founder and managing principal, of Five Bridges Advisors, a Radian company. Gaenzler has more than 25-years of experience in the mortgage and capital markets. Prior to founding Five Bridges, Gaenzler spent his entire career within the U.S. capital markets divisions of financial institutions and GSEs. Subscribelast_img read more

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Ryanair expects to ground most flights for two months

first_imgHomepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest Facebook Google+ Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Google+center_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleNorth now has stricter rules than the RepublicNext articleGardai renew appeal over Burnfoot burglary News Highland Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Ryanair expects to ground most flights for two months By News Highland – March 24, 2020 Ryanair expects to ground most of its flights today and says they won’t resume for two months.Europe’s largest airline has now offered its aircraft to EU Governments to help during the coronavirus crisis.The airline says it’s had to halve its office staff because of social distancing.Ryanair’s now offered its aircraft to all EU Governments for rescue flights, the movement of vital medicine, personal protective equipment and emergency food supplies if needed.And it says its working with EU Governments on rescue flights for any stranded passengers to bring them home.Aer Lingus meanwhile says it still hoping to continue operating with a reduced schedule of flights.last_img read more

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Tillie leads No. 1 Gonzaga past BYU 92-69

first_imgJanuary 18, 2020 /Sports News – Local Tillie leads No. 1 Gonzaga past BYU 92-69 Tags: BYU Cougars Basketball/Gonzaga Bulldogs/Killian Tillie/WCC Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailKillian Tillie had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 1 Gonzaga beat BYU 92-69 for its 12th consecutive win.The Zags stretched their home win streak to 34 in a row, tops in the county, and also became the first school to 20 wins this season. Corey Kispert scored 19 points for Gonzaga, and Joel Ayayi and Admon Gilder had 14 apiece.T.J. Haws scored 17 points and Jake Toolson had 16 for BYU. Associated Presslast_img read more

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T-Shirts and Care Packages for Troops Overseas

first_imgJack Hagan, American Legion; Bernadette Gizelbach, Ocean City Home Bank; Post Commander Robert Marzulli, American Legion; Tricia Ciliberto, Ocean City Home Bank; Tom Tumelty, American Legion. Just a few months ago, the distinctive Walk for the Wounded souvenir T-shirts served as an opportunity for Operation First Response to raise money for wounded soldiers and their families.Now, even the shirts that did not sell at the event have a chance to help the dedicated members of the military. Ocean City Home Bank has donated the extra Walk for the Wounded shirts to the American Legion Morvay-Miley Post 524’s T-shirt drive for troops serving overseas.“Donating the extra Walk for the Wounded T-shirts to the American Legion was an easy decision. It’s a chance to help a great organization that works tirelessly on behalf of our nation’s heroes,” said Steven Brady, president and chief executive officer of Ocean City Home Bank. “It’s also a chance to send our soldiers unique messages of support. Whenever they see the Walk for the Wounded logo on the shirts, we hope they’ll be reminded of the individuals and organizations that come together each year in their honor.”In addition to T-shirt donations, the American Legion sends care packages each month to troops serving overseas. Those who would like to help the organization purchase items for care packages can send a financial contribution to American Legion, Morvay-Miley Post #524, P.O. Box 363, Ocean City, NJ 08226.— News release from Ocean City Home Banklast_img read more

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American Legion R&R Program Seeks Condo Donation

first_imgArmy veteran Jason Bruce and his family were among those who were given a free weeklong vacation in Ocean City as part of the American Legion Post 524 Rest and Relaxation program. (Photo courtesy Doug Otto) Ocean City American Legion Post 524 is seeking a one-week donation of an island condominium to honor a visiting military family.The Legion’s Rest & Relation Program, now in its seventh year, welcomes service men and women annually to America’s Favorite Family Resort as a way to say “Thank you” for their service and sacrifices.“Whenever military personnel are deployed, their families also share in that deployment and we support their efforts as well,” said Jerry Bonner, Chairman of the R&R Committee.“Many of these military personnel have spent time in the hotspots of the world, and the least we can do is honor their commitment to our country and the protection they provided us,” Bonner added.The Legion’s weeklong expression of thanks to a military family begins with a police and firefighter escort onto the island. The family is given the use of a free condo for the week.During a reception at Post 524, the guest military family receives donations of products and services from many Ocean City merchants, such as tickets to boardwalk amusement centers, dinners at local restaurants, groceries from food markets and admission to the Aquatics and Fitness Center.Anyone with a potential condo to donate should contact Jerry Bonner at (609) 525-0258 or [email protected]last_img read more

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