Small fry…

first_img…small partiesYour Eyewitness thinks one of the reasons there are all these small parties springing up is ironically because of our very small society of barely ¾ million persons. Here, everybody knows everybody so invariably they know somebody who was a president of Guyana or ran in elections to be president of Guyana. Don’t forget that – as was listed in excruciating detail yesterday- there have been dozens of small parties since independence. Each with a Prime Ministerial or Presidential candidate.The prevailing sentiment clearly is, “if ‘so and so’ can run to be president – or even BECOME president why can’t I??” Seriously, now if a fella like Keith Scott could run for the presidency, how are you going to disqualify that fella who picks up your garbage? At least he does an honest day’s work and knows the value of a dollar, which he had to sweat for! Anyhow, the bottom line is we’re going to have a crowded field in the upcoming presidential sweepstakes. There’s the additional Lotto premise: you gotta be in it to win it. And this time the jackpot is humungous with all that oil money about to start flowing in!!There’s another theory your Eyewitness heard about to explain the proliferation of parties. After 4 years of filling their pockets and enjoying their perks (like Chinese fried rice, in the case of Broomes!) and power, the PNC is encouraging elements within its ranks to start new parties to keep disaffected supporters from 2015 away from the PPP. Their line is “OK…OK the coalition messed up in this or that area. Give us your vote and we will make sure you have a voice.”This will be done, they all insist, by “holding the balance of power” in parliament and voting with either party on policies that are best for Guyana. But who do they think they’re fooling? Wasn’t this exactly what the AFC claimed? In their case that each of the three parties – the PPP (Ramjattan), PNC (Trotman) and WPA (Holder) had messed up! But once in Parliament, can you think of a SINGLE instance when the AFC supported the PPP? Even when they agreed with a policy like the AML/CTF Bill!But of course, your Eyewitness hasn’t become so jaded to not accept there may be some well-meaning idealists throwing their hats in the ring to “save Guyana”. But actually, dear readers, these are the most dangerous of them all since they invariably demonstrate that in politics, the guiding maxim is “the road to perdition is paved with good intentions”!!They’ll be corralled by the PNC fifth columnists to present a “gentler” face. Remember that Ramsaroop fella from the AFC?…campaign fundingOne of the PNC-spawned small parties that was just off the blocks, announced proudly that one of its promises is “campaign spending reform”. Now this is a vexed issue that crops up at every election during the past three decades. Before that. Of course, it didn’t matter since the PNC had rigged elections for 28 years and didn’t care what his opposition spent!! Knowing no one could dislodge him, the big money businessmen made sure they filled his campaign coffers for the PNC show campaign!!Campaign reform was inspired by laws in the US that covered campaign contributions and spending, starting from the 1970’s. Since then, individuals couldn’t donate more than US$1000 to a candidate – and only in 2002 this was raised to US$2000. So imagine your Eyewitness’ surprise when the said PNC-5th-column-new-small-party announced that in accordance with their “clean money” campaign reform plans, they’d announce the names of those who contributed US$10,000 and above!!Yep, you heard right!! Below US$10,000 is chicken feed and can’t influence them.And the oil ain’t even flowing as yet!!…integrityPNC’s executive Gary Best insisted that “under his leadership, he demanded and received integrity” from Brigadier Mark Philips, tipped to be PPP’s PM candidate.Best, a stranger to integrity, wouldn’t know this is a personal quality from within!!last_img read more

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Was this a case of hand wash hand?

first_imgDear Editor,The Public Health Minister made much about the donation to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation of refrigerators to store the emergency supplies at the internationally acceptable temperature (‘ANSA McAL is only company to ever provide cold storage facilities for drugs’ – Lawrence ).This disclosure by the Minister raises the troubling question whether her judgment to sole source was compromised?Did this benevolent, charitable act play a part in any way or cloud the Minister’s consideration to bypass Tender Board procedures and opt for the controversial sole source route?Was this a case of hand wash hand? The Minister says she is not for sale. It seems Public Health Ministers just keep blundering on.Regards,Shamshun Mohamedlast_img read more

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NHA to Add 70 Units to NASSCORP Village

first_imgThe National Housing Authority (NHA) says it has received funding from the National Social Security & Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) to construct 70 additional affordable homes.Mr. Prince A. Wreh, deputy managing director for administration, told journalists that the procurement process for qualified Liberian contractors has begun and hoped the project will commence before the rainy season, or by June this year.Wreh, who did not disclose the dollar amount for the new units, expressed NHA’s gratitude for the partnership with NASSCORP that has continued to provide support for the NHA to implement its national shelter program.Wreh also commended President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for the government’s support to build affordable homes for qualified Liberians to own their homes for the first time.He said upon completion of the 70 units containing three and two bedroom housing units, it will add up to a total of 163 individual units.On behalf of the NHA, Wreh expressed appreciation to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for her support to complete its cardinal function to enable Liberians own their own homes.The NASSCORP Village housing estate project is part of the National Housing Authority’s 5,000 affordable housing units and home ownership and mortgage program. It was formulated in 2012.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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CCTV to nab CBD hooligans, Gor apologise

first_img0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Vehicles torched during the orgy of violence that broke out in Nairobi’s CBD following Gor Mahia’s 2-0 win over Ushuru FC. PHOTOS/FacebookNAIROBI, August 13- Gor Mahia have apologised for hooliganism acts blamed on their supporters that left three injured and two vehicles torched as mayhem took over Nairobi’s Central Business District on Wednesday night.At the same time, police will use CCTV footage to identify and arrest those involved. Nairobi County Police Commander, Benson Kibue, told Capital Sport on Thursday morning they were studying the footage with an aim to bring those behind the mayhem to book.Jubilant Green Army fans poured into the centre of the capital from City Stadium in song and dance after their team beat Ushuru FC 2-0 in a SportPesa Premier League tie to inch closer to a successful title fence.However, chaos broke as an altercation between the supporters, hawkers and Nairobi City Council officers turned Nairobi’s Tom Mboya Street into a melting pot of violence that left let to carnage as the dark side of hooliganism associated with the back-to-back domestic champions reared its ugly head.“Gor Mahia strongly condemns the unfortunate and unacceptable acts of hooliganism witnessed this evening. Gor Mahia FC fully supports the rule of law and in no way condones such behaviour.“These acts of Vandalism and lawlessness are a far cry from what Gor Mahia FC stands for. Those that engaged in these heinous acts of hooliganism must face the full arm of the law.“These despicable acts of a minority should never prevail over the values of the majority. We are #GMFCagainstHooliganism,” the club who are eight clear at the top of the SPL table on 52 points with two games in hand over their rivals posted on their verified Twitter account.“All of us with Gor Mahia FC continue to extend our heartfelt concerns to our three fans, who were knocked down after Wednesday night’s game. The well-being of all of them and their loved ones are forefront in our hearts and minds,” K’Ogalo added.The champions also assured Nairobi Governor, Evans Kidero, they had nothing against his enforcement officers following the violence that saw a county van torched as well as another vehicle said to belong to police although it had civilian registration.Fans streamed from the stadium and went all the way up to the City Market areas before turning to Kimathi Street and eventually to Tom Mboya with the statue of the fallen former Cabinet Minister revered by the Green Army the final destination.Along the way, litter bins were overturned vehicles forced to stop in the traffic jam as confrontations broke out before the fighting broke out when they came across hawkers fleeing Council Askaris and this is where one of them is alleged to have been ran over by their van sparking riots.However, as the club tried to distance itself from the acts that saw the team roundly condemned on social media among Nairobians caught in the crossfire during rush hour, some continued to soil the team’s image by promising ‘revenge’ against the County officers in their next match.“Wish them quick recovery…. But on Sunday the revenge mission continues so let the council askaris prepare for the battle of their lives. U cannot rattle a snake and expect not to be bitten by it… Yawaa,” Richard Juma posted in reply to Gor’s post wishing their supporters quick recovery.Others disagreed with the violent twist in the same forum, “So what realy (really) made them to burn those two vehicles instead of taking action for drivers of those two vehicles. That was so bad of Kogalo fans,” Bilclinton Olouch wrote.-Story developinglast_img read more

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Biz buzz

first_imgThousand Oaks resident Brian McGreevy recently received the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s 2007 Robert Ross Personal Achievement Award for California. He is also a finalist for the national award. The MDA chose McGreevy, a 38-year-old with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, for his professional accomplishments and his dedication to helping others overcome disabilities. He is now a database administrator for CORPTAX in Woodland Hills and has spent much time supporting the MDA’s activities, including acting as a spokesman for the association. The Ross Award’s national honoree will be announced during the Jerry Lewis MDA telethon during Labor Day weekend. Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services recently arranged for the sale of a 42-unit apartment building at 7918 Reseda Blvd. in Reseda for $7.25million. John Walsh and David Harrington of the company’s Encino office represented the sellers – Russel Banner, Trevor Norris and Craig Morley – as well as the buyer, Interstate Equities Corporation. Headquartered in Encino and with offices across the country, Marcus & Millichap is the nation’s largest commercial real estate broker focusing exclusively on real estate investments. Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley CEO Bruce Ackerman recently received the first “Leaders of Character” award from the Exploring program of the occupational education organization Learning for Life. Ackerman was selected for his dedication to community service. He has served as president and CEO of the Economic Alliance for the past seven years, and he’s led the organization to national recognition, for “organizing multisector and multijurisdictional initiatives to improve the region it serves,” by the National Alliance for Regional Stewardship. Ackerman continues to direct the alliance’s efforts for regional marketing, business retention, growth and recruitment and educational reform. He now serves as chairman of the board of West Hills Hospital and the California Association for Local Economic Development, vice chairman of the Los Angeles City Workforce Board and on the board of commissioners for the Los Angeles City Community Redevelopment Agency. Dr. David H. Aizuss, a partner in Ophthalmology Associates of the Valley with offices in Encino and West Hills, recently was elected president of the Los Angeles County Medical Association. Aizuss has been active with LACMA for 20 years and was previously its secretary, treasurer and president of its San Fernando Valley district. At his recent inauguration at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Aizuss pledged to help physicians confront the economic realities of practice to preserve and protect the doctor-patient relationship. – Compiled by Ben Jauron Opening a new business, got a hot tip or a big promotion? If so, we want to hear about it. E-mail your news to and be sure to include your name and phone number.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Yahoo’s earnings slip but not as far as projected

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Analysts entered the quarter with low expectations after Yahoo struggled through the first half of the year in spite of an online advertising boom. The company’s third-quarter results exceeded the average earnings estimate of 8 cents per share among analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial. Revenue for the period totaled $1.77billion, a 12 percent improvement from last year. After subtracting commissions paid to Yahoo’s advertising partners, revenue stood at $1.28 billion – nearly $40 million above the average analyst estimate, according to Thomson Financial. Investors cheered the news, released after the stock market closed. Yahoo’s stock price surged $2.43, or 9.1 percent, in after-hours trading after finishing Tuesday’s regular session at $26.69, down $1.17. The stock price still remains well below its levels in early 2006 when Yahoo shares climbed above $40. Since then, online search leader Google Inc. has pulled far ahead of Yahoo and other rivals scrambling for a piece of the estimated $45 billion market for Internet advertising. “We have a lot more work to do, but we are genuinely excited about where the company is headed,” Yang told analysts during a Tuesday conference call. SAN FRANCISCO – Yahoo Inc.’s third-quarter profit slipped less than analysts feared, raising hopes that co-founder Jerry Yang will deliver on his promise to turn around the slumping Internet powerhouse now that he has settled in as chief executive. The prospect of better times lifted Yahoo’s stock price more than 9 percent late Tuesday. The Sunnyvale-based company said it made $151.3 million during the three months ended in September. That was 5percent less than its net income of $158.5 million in the same period last year. The earnings were 11 cents per share in both periods because Yahoo bought back some of its stock during the past year in an attempt to bolster its eroding market value. The third quarter was Yang’s first as Yahoo’s CEO since Chairman Terry Semel stepped aside in mid-June under pressure from disgruntled shareholders. Yang has been working closely with Susan Decker, a longtime Yahoo executive who was promoted as part the June shakeup, to retool the company in an effort to regain some of the ground lost to Google during recent years. “To some degree, he has seemed to stabilize things,” Gartner analyst Mike McGuire said. “He answered some questions this quarter, but there will be more in another 90 days.” Investors have seemed skeptical about Yang’s comeback hopes. Before the rally in Tuesday’s extended trading, Yahoo’s stock price had fallen by 5 percent in the months since Yang became CEO. Google’s shares soared by 20 percent during the same period. After releasing disappointing second-quarter earnings in July, Yang pledged to overhaul Yahoo’s operations during a 100-day review. Yahoo has either closed or announced plans to close several services, and Yang indicated other “one-off” features were likely to be weeded out before the year is over. He didn’t provide any details but said Yahoo is trying to focus on its strengths in e-mail, sports and news while devoting less attention to things such as its music subscription service. “The Yahoo we envision today is very different from the Yahoo of a year ago,” Yang said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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McCourt, Coyle and Duffy to miss out as Harps host Longford

first_imgFinn Harps manager Ollie Horgan wants his players rise to the occasion when Longford Town come to Ballybofey tomorrow night (kick-off 8.00). One of the motivational tools during the week would have been fact that just six weeks ago Longford inflicted a 4-2 defeat on Harps at Finn Park. Unsurprisingly it was a loss that Horgan was not happy about as his side conceded four goals at home, which hadn’t happened for a long time.“When we played Longford here on the Bank Holiday Monday the performance in terms of our defending was not good enough. We were 2-0 down at half-time but in fairness Paddy McCourt’s penalty and Mikey Place’s equaliser gave us an opportunity to go on and win it. Instead they went up the field and scored again and then Dylan McGlade got a fourth to make sure that we wouldn’t even get a draw out of it” Horgan said.Harps did win in Longford at the end April but were fortunate to do so. Mark Coyle had scored early in the game for the visitors but the hosts equalized and were the better side. However, Sam Todd popped up with a late winner for Harps. “Longford are probably the best side in the way they pass the ball with very good movement, that we come up against this season. They won’t fear us and will definitely be coming to Finn Park looking to win the game. Dylan McGlade, Sam Verdon and Chris Mulhall know the League of Ireland scene well and there are plenty of other talented players who will make it very difficult for us. So we need to be focused from the start and not allow Longford to dictate the game.”Tommy McBride returns to the squad after suspension while new signing Jacob Borg will be in the squad after his international clearance came through earlier in the week. However, Paddy McCourt, Mark Coyle and Adam Duffy are all out due to injuries Injured: Paddy McCourt, Mark Coyle, Adam Duffy.Doubtful: NoneSuspended: Nonelast_img read more

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Judge not impressed about bail hearing delay for Wallaceburg woman accused of murder

first_imgOntario Superior Court Justice Thomas Heeney chastised the lawyer representing Kourtny Audette, a Wallaceburg woman accused of first-degree murder, after a bail hearing was halted on Monday.“I’m not really impressed with the really cavalier attitude that seems to me that is evident here,” Heeney told Windsor lawyer Laura Joy, after she notified him – after arriving late for the bail hearing – that the proposed primary surety for Audette was unavailable to attend due to a work commitment.Joy also indicated that due to the busy work schedule of the proposed surety, she wants to secure a secondary surety to ensure Audette would get to court and other appointments.Heeney expressed frustration over driving two hours for what he expected to be a full-day bail hearing.“An entire day has been set aside for this; all of that is now wasted,” he said.The judge said with the existing pressures on the court system “it is simply unacceptable to waste court time like this.“It seems to me that if the matter wasn’t going to proceed for the reasons I’ve been given, notice could have been given last week at the very latest,” he said.Heeney said this situation could have been avoided and he could have been reassigned to another court to be more productive.Audette, 26, is accused in the death of 24-year-old Nick Laprise. She left the courtroom in tears to be returned to custody after learning her bail hearing would not proceed.According to previously published reports, emergency crews responded to a Book Street home in Wallaceburg on April 18, 2018, where a man, later identified as Laprise, died at the scene.Joy told the court that a member of Audette’s family was in the courtroom and prepared to offer a cash bail. She also noted a bracelet to keep track of Audette’s whereabouts is arranged, and a neuropsychologist is prepared to begin seeing her client.Crown attorney Rob MacDonald informed the court the Crown opposes bail.He also indicated he would want any proposed surety to be present for the bail hearing in order to be cross-examined.The matter has been adjourned to July 3 to be spoken to in order to try to arrange another bail hearing.A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 15-19 and July read more

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Epp says affordability the biggest issue in riding

first_imgWhen Conservative MP Dave Van Kesteren announced his retirement, Leamington’s Dave Epp said he saw an opportunity to give back.The Chatham-Kent-Leamington candidate is a third-generation farmer and has previously served on the board of directors of Agricorp and the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers. This is his first time running for public office, but he said he has been representing his peers in agriculture for 31 years.“This is now an opportunity for me, on a somewhat larger stage but I hope that I can demonstrate that the years of experience in representing others’ interests will hold me well in this opportunity,” said Epp.Based on what he has heard at the doors, he said affordability is the biggest issue for the riding. The economy is “booming,” he said, but Canada has been building up debt and not positioning itself for the “next downturn.”“What happens when our social needs through unemployment and other mechanisms are required to go up?” he said. “Interest rates are at relatively low levels. What happens when they rise?”Epp said moving forward, the government needs to “balance the growth of federal spending, while taking care of the vulnerable.”“When you hear all of these spending promises, the billions of dollars, just remember where that’s coming from,” he said. “That’s coming from our pockets or, unfortunately, given the last four years, it’s coming from our kids’ and our grandkids’ pockets.”Epp said he is also hearing from businesses and the agriculture sector that there is a labour shortage.He said he is “very much pro-immigration” when addressing this issue “provided that it’s done on the one stream for compassionate reasons and on the other to Canada’s benefit for economic reasons.”The Conservative candidate said people are also concerned about climate change. He said technology, enhancing Canada’s “global position with the Paris Accord” and promoting a “green environment,” are the ways to address it instead of imposing a carbon tax.Epp said climate change is real and human activity is impacting the rate of change, but there is some dispute over the degree of human activity’s impact on the climate. However, he said that doesn’t absolve the government of responsibility.“Do I believe we can stop climate change?” he said. “No. The climate has always been changing and will continue to change. We need to do our part in mitigating that rate of change and then address the vulnerabilities and the impacts of climate.”The candidate said the federal government can provide funding to address flooding or erosion concerns along Lake Erie and the Thames River, but the recommendation has to come from the local and provincial levels.“We also have to remember that we have to respect the taxpayer here and not everyone lives on the shoreline, so that has to be done through a broad, broad, consensus,” said Epp.In terms of addressing the opioid crisis, Epp said he is in favour of ensuring access to medical cannabis as “an opportunity to address opioids and replacement of opioids in the medical field.”Epp said based on how the campaign is going so far, he is “cautiously optimistic” he will have the support of the community on election day.last_img read more

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Green Technology is a Growing Retail Trend

first_imgSponsored by BSIGoing green is an ongoing retail trend that that has grabbed the attention of retailers across the country. While companies are looking to embrace environmentally friendly solutions such as biodegradable coffee cups and reusable grocery bags, there are also practical and economic reasons to pursue a “greener” organization.Environmentally conscious products are seemingly everywhere. But we are also seeing similar changes in our company habits as well as our offerings. There is a growing retail trend to switch to energy-efficient lighting and other equipment used throughout the retail environment. Some retailers have switched to using less-toxic cleaning supplies. Bags are often optional. Paper receipts may be replaced with electronically generated alternatives. “Turn it off or turn it down” is more common for registers and other equipment not currently in use…even product packaging is currently being modified to find alternatives that are less elaborate and not as wasteful.- Sponsor – What is Green Technology?As the name implies green technology is one that has a “green” purpose. The field of “green technology” encompasses a continuously evolving group of methods and materials that are environmentally friendly; promoting energy efficiency, recycling, safety and health concerns, renewable resources, and more.One of the best known examples of green technology would be the solar cell. Generating electricity from solar energy means less consumption of fossil fuels, reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. But green technology can also involve the use of reusable products. Reusable water bottles provide a simple example, although the opportunities can be much more elaborate and far-reaching. The present expectation is that this field will bring innovation and changes in daily life of similar magnitude to the “information technology” explosion over the last two decades. In these early stages, it is impossible to predict what “green technology” may eventually encompass, and how it may impact retail trends moving forward.Applications in Loss PreventionAmong the more significant technology expenditures retailers make in today’s business are those required for electronic article surveillance (EAS) and video surveillance systems. Once the decision is made to deploy a technology such as EAS across the entire footprint of a retail chain, the real work begins. It starts with a few necessary steps to ensure the investment will work as planned:Acquiring the capital funds to purchase the systems.Planning and scheduling for any potential disruption to operations during the installation process.Taking into account the cost of installation—floor cuts, electrical requirements, and labor hours.Training the store associates in the proper processes and protocols.So what happens several years down the line when the EAS technology retailers embraced starts to age and is no longer supported by the original equipment manufacturer? Do they need to start over and replace the worn-out systems with new? How much more do these new systems cost? How does it impact the ROI? What other unforeseen costs are missed? What other budget decisions must be made—or sacrificed to pay for the equipment?There are, in fact, viable options to extend the life of your technology investments and contribute to environmental sustainability goals. Figuring out when or where it makes sense to revive legacy systems versus investing in new is the key. Retailers have some incredible value-added options today that provide for significant savings while protecting their original investments, along with helping to protect the environment.Today, retailers have the option of purchasing both private-label and certified pre-owned EAS systems, refurbished tags, as well as engineered video solutions. Refurbished hard tags in particular are a good “green” choice as they have a long shelf life and for the most part do not expire and continue to work with both new and legacy systems.In addition to procuring this legacy loss prevention technology, there are also opportunities to have existing equipment serviced, maintained, and repaired to extend the life of most legacy technologies and accessories. EAS systems, tags, detachers, and other components can be recycled, repaired and refurbished. Lanyards, cables, wraps, locking T-stands, showcases, and other merchandise protection solutions can be re-used and repurposed. Some video systems and equipment such as domes, fixed cameras, switches, and digital video recorders can be refurbished, replaced, or repaired.Extending the life of existing infrastructure takes strategic planning, particularly in the budgeting processes. Planning ahead for expenses that could be incurred down the road for service, maintenance, refurbishing and possible replacement of technologies takes time and considerable thought to ensure that the funds are available when needed.Retail is a competitive industry that requires both flexibility and innovative thinking in order to survive. In loss prevention there is a need to find the most productive solutions coupled with cost-effective and budget-friendly options in order to best support departmental goals and company objectives. Every option must be researched and thoroughly considered when making these investments. When faced with the choice of holding on to original investment or replacing the existing infrastructure with new systems, it’s important to weigh all of our options. There are many tremendous products available that can help us support our businesses and protect company resources, but some of our answers may come in more familiar forms. Think green for all of the right reasons, and make informed decisions when investing in these products. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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