GRA officers benefit from UN workshop of nuclear trafficking

first_imgGiven the probability of actors to obtain materials with the potential to generate nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, customs officers attached to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) are being encouraged to be tactical in their scrutiny of movements of such materials in and out of Guyana.According to the Resolution 1540 of the United Nations (UN) Security Council, “the propagation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their means of release constitute a threat to international peace and security.”A workshop held on Thursday, July 21, for customs officers of the GRA, to focus on the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1540, saw the participation of the UN Security Council’s Terrorism Executive, O’Neil Hamilton, who is currently on tour of duty.“The time has come when we have to realise that the movement of weapons of mass destruction are often shipped through different locations. Nuclear, chemical and biological weapons are constituent parts that are fundamental to the creation of that device. These weapons are made up of different elements, they are not created as a whole entity by themselves overnight,” Hamilton relayed.The UN Security Council Resolution 1540 of 2004, which Guyana adheres to, outlines that adopting countries must “refrain from supporting by any means, non-State actors from developing, acquiring, manufacturing, possessing, transporting, transferring or usingUN Security Council Terrorism Executive, O’Neil Hamiltonnuclear, chemical or biological weapons and their delivery systems.”A probable indicator of this movement is the tendency of terrorists and supporters of terrorism to ship dual use materials periodically, through different locations.The UN Security Council Terrorism Executive made mention of the radioactive isotope Cobalt 60, which is used in cancer treatment centres, but can also be used to make a “dirty bomb.”In addition to urging customs officers to become accustomed to the new actuality, while at the same time ensuring that the trade regulations that govern the movement of particular products are applied, Hamilton said “looking at that end user dynamic, applying trade intelligence etc, are fundamental in this new era where the movement of commodities is exponentially more fluid than they were years ago.”Hamilton spoke in the presence of the GRA’s new Deputy Commissioner General, Hema Khan; and Deputy Commissioner of Customs Excise and Trade Operation, Lancelot Wills – both of whom highlighted Guyana’s efforts at ensuring compliance and strengthening existing measures in line with obligations under UN Security Council Resolution 1540.A seminar was held earlier this year in tandem with an evaluation visit in Guyana.Under the UN Security Council Resolution 1540, UN member states must disallow support to non-state actors seeking weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery.States are also required to adopt and enforce effective laws prohibiting activities and impose successful procedures to reduce susceptibility.last_img read more

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$120M Early Childhood Centre of Excellence to be built at UG

first_imgThe sod was turned on Friday morning for the University of Guyana’s Early Childhood Centre of Excellence (ECCE), which will serve as a model institution for research and teaching.The site where the ECCE will be builtThis project is funded jointly by the Guyana Government and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) through the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) to the tune of $120 million.Measuring 7624 square feet, other features of this facility will include classrooms, an observation room, conference room and research spaces.According to Finance Minister, Winston Jordan, it will serve as a medium for the development of early childhood education. It is critical in ensuring that young children are given adequate resources to thrive in their later years.“Early childhood is a very important period in life. It is a period when children learn an enormous amount about the everyday world. It is also the time when young children acquire lifelong attitudes towards themselves towards others and towards learning,” said Jordan.Along with the equipped spaces, the facility will be able to accommodate 120 toddlers and infants – 50 per cent of whom would be children of students and staff at the University. The remaining 50 per cent would be vulnerable children from ‘underprivileged’ communities such as Sophia, Cummings Lodge, Pattensen, Industry and other areas.It will serve as a demonstration site for pedagogical practice, examining the impact of early experiences and providing a setting for training to undergraduate and graduate students.“It’s mission must be to advance knowledge of the development in the communities across Guyana…The centre would be responsible for guiding the directions and standards of early childhood education nationwide. The centre would be unique, in that it not only will contain a facility for our children to grow and thrive in a safe environment conducive to learning but it will also function as a research facility.”The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has also played a part in the formation of this centre. According to Country Representative, Sylvie Fouet, a child’s early life influences their development significantly.“Every year of a child’s life is precious but when it comes to survival and development, in particular communities in the first years, are critical. What a child eats, experience or learn in the first thousand days will influence them for the rest of their lives so quality experiences and interventions, usually from birth to six,” Fouet examined.Six such centres were established in Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Five (Mahaica-Berbice) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).There is a cycle involved for such projects to materialise. When initiatives are suggested, the BNTF would analyse the viability of the project, to which the recommended ones are submitted to the CBD for approval. Once this is completed, communities and beneficiaries work with the Fund for planning and executing all phases of the projects.last_img read more

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Retired prison officers urged to return

first_img– as Prison Service looks to strengthen its ranksThe Guyana Prison Service has issued a call for retired, senior non-commissioned officers of the Guyana Defence Force, the Guyana Police Force or the Prison Service to return in wake of a fire that destroyed the Camp Street Prison and multiple jail breaks.Prison Chief (ag) Gladwin SamuelsThis is according to a statement from the Government, in which Director of Prisons Gladwin Samuels announced that applications from these individuals were welcome. This, he said, was in order to strengthen the capacity of the prisons.“Recent challenges which the Guyana Prison Service has been faced with require us to look at all possibilities in strengthening our internal capacity,” he stated.“We know that there is a core of experienced security services officers who have expressed a willingness to continue to give service to the nation and we believe it would be eminently sensible to engage these officers at this time,” he said.Samuels invited these retired officers wanting to join the Guyana Prison Service to submit written applications to his office at 46 Brickdam, Stabroek.Following the fire at the Camp Street Prison that razed the prison and resulted in a number of dangerous prisoners escaping, it was announced that steps had been taken to boost up the security at other jails such as the Mazaruni prison, where a complement of prisoners were moved.It is understood that since the fire, over 400 prisoners have been transferred to penitentiaries in Mazaruni, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), New Amsterdam in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and Timehri, East Bank Demerara, Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica). The officer to prisoner ratio has, however, always been a challenge, with it being revealed to be 10 to 1000 or one to 100.In March 2016, a fire raged through the Camp Street Prison and claimed the lives of 17 prisoners. Afterwards, a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) which cost the Treasury some $13 million was ordered by President David Granger.According to the report compiled by the Commissioners, the combination of overcrowding, uncomfortable and unhygienic confinement are all ideal conditions for epidemics, for gangs to prosper and to propagate discontent.Moreover, the CoI found that reducing numbers in prison to manageable levels is the single most important priority for establishing safe, humane and purposeful prisons.It was further noted that repeat offenders have increased by over 100 per cent, “indicating not only a waste of taxpayers’ dollars but also the need for a more comprehensive and structured partnership within the wider justice system.”But despite these recommendations, the Director of Prisons himself confirmed that at the time of the fire, which gutted Camp Street Prison, over 1000 prisoners were being housed at the prison. The Camp Street Prison was originally built to house nearly half that number.The amount of prison officers on duty at the time is still unclear, as records were destroyed in the inferno.last_img read more

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Ssimbwa beats Kerr to win August award

first_img0Shares0000Sofapaka heaD coach Sam Ssimbwa has been named the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month for August. Photo/ RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 17 – Sofapaka tactician Sam Ssimbwa was on Tuesday awarded the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month for August at their Eastleigh High School training ground.  Ssimbwa led title chasing Sofapaka to four victories and draw, scoring fifteen goals while at it win the gong ahead of Gor Mahia’s Dylan Kerr. The August goal-blitz saw Sofapaka edge Muhoroni Youth 2-3 away then dismissed struggling Thika United 3-0 at home. A seven-goal thriller between Batoto ba Mungu and Nakumatt ended Sofapaka’s way as they put five past Nakumatt.Their fourth victory came over Nzoia Sugar in a 3-1 result before Posta Rangers held them to a 1-1 draw.Sofapaka players congratulating their coach Sam Ssibwa for winning the August Coach of the Month Award. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYASofapaka’s 13 point’s haul was only matched by Gor who beat Muhoroni Youth 2-0 at home and 1-2 away followed by two 1-0 wins over Nakumatt and Posta Rangers. A highly anticipated Mashemeji Derby ended 1-1, leaving Gor Mahia with 13 points but with a lower goal count than Sofapaka.Coaches Kerr and Ssimbwa then squared off in a vote which the Sofapaka tactician won in a landslide. He pocketed Sh75, 000 as a result in addition to the personalized trophy and looks ahead with greater enthusiasm.“We started the league as underdogs but it’s commendable we have done well, especially in the second leg. There is a slim mathematical possibility of getting to the title but Gor Mahia have a huge advantage. Anything is possible in football though, and all we need to do is just win our matches one after another.” An elated Ssimbwa said after picking his accolade.Sofapaka head coach Sam Ssimbwa. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“I’ve won such awards elsewhere in Uganda and Rwanda and winning in Kenya gives me so much joy. Credit to my players who worked hard all through and the technical bench who assist me in coaching,” Ssimbwa addedLeading scorer at Sofapaka Umaru Kasumba who joined mid-season is hopeful of eventually ending up with the golden boot, having notched 11 in the league and trail the leader by just one goal.“I work very hard and everyone here can attest to that. I want to go harder in the remaining matches with a view of getting the golden boot. There are no secrets and the Kenyan league is not easy but I just work hard and the goals come.” Kasumba said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Federer romps to a first-round victory

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Istomin, a 19-year-old player from Uzbekistan, is ranked 195th. Playing in his first top-tier event, he had some highlights. He twice aced Federer in his opening service game and in the sixth game of the second set. He had eight aces overall, against only two for Federer. “I played good today, but had too many unforced errors,” said Istomin, who had 39 unforced errors. “It was very good for my career … he gave me seven games.” It was Federer’s second tour event since losing the final of the season-ending Masters Cup final to David Nalbandian at Shanghai, where he hobbled in on crutches because of an injured right ankle. He defended his title at Qatar two weeks ago and played in an exhibition tournament at Kooyong last week. Federer drew a near-capacity crowd to Rod Laver Arena for the first match of the day. While the crowd was cheering for Istomin to mount a comeback and extend the match, Federer finished it off with a service winner, then basked in a standing ovation. “It’s never really easy, first round in a Grand Slam,” said Federer, who met Istomin for the first time in the locker room before the match. “As long as I win, I’m happy it was a good start.” Tommy Haas, ther former No. 2-ranked player who upset Federer in the Kooyong exhibition last week, had a 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 win over 14th-seeded Richard Gasquet. Gasquet was one of only four players to beat Federer in 2005. No. 12 Dominik Hrbaty beat Austria’s Oliver Marach 3-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 and Juan Ignacio Chela ousted Andy Murray 6-1, 6-3, 6-3, leaving Britain without a player in the second round at Melbourne Park. French women Mary Pierce and Amelie Mauresmo advanced in contrasting fashion. Fifth-seeded Pierce, the 1995 Australian Open champion and a finalist at the French and U.S. Opens last season, breezed past local wild-card entry Nicole Pratt 6-1, 6-1 in 52 minutes. Mauresmo, the winner of the season-ending WTA Championship in November, struggled at times in a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over China’s Sun Tiantian, a doubles gold medalist at the Athens Olympics. A longtime contender, Mauresmo’s best showing at a Grand Slam event was her runner-up finish here in 1999. Three-time Australian Open champion Martina Hingis was to resume her comeback from retirement against Russia’s Vera Zvonareva in a night match. Seventh-seeded Patty Schnyder beat Eleni Daniilidou of Greece 6-4, 6-3 and No. 12 Anastasia Myskina, the 2004 French Open champion, beat Ukraine’s Yuliana Fedak 7-6 (6), 6-1. Defending champion Serena Williams got a bit of a scare in the second set before dispatching 52nd-ranked Li Na of China 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-2. Serena, on a 15-match winning streak at Melbourne Park after winning the title in 2003 and ’05 and skipping the ’04 tournament, will play Camille Pin in the next round. Pironkova, an 18-year-old Bulgarian ranked No. 94 entering the tournament, will play American Laura Granville. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img MELBOURNE, Australia — Top-ranked Roger Federer easily advanced to the second round of the Australian Open today, beating wild-card entry Denis Istomin 6-2, 6-3, 6-2. Federer was broken once, when he was serving for the second set, and faced only three break points in the 83-minute match. The overwhelming favorite for the title, Federer lost only one point on his serve in the second set until he made three uncharacteristically erratic errors to give Istomin the break in the second-to-last game. last_img read more

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PICTURE THIS! TOP LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHERS TO EXHIBIT AT EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL

first_imgDeclan Doherty’s sideways look at everyday life is captured in this photo ‘Visitors’.The Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny will also feature two great exhibitions by locally based photographers Declan Doherty and John Soffe during the Earagail Arts Festival (both July 14 – Sept 27).Declan is best known locally as a press photographer with the Donegal News but he has also undertaken a significant number of photography commissions with the Regional Cultural Centre.‘Declan Doherty: Donegal Photographs’ is a retrospective exhibition featuring a selection of both press and project images. It illustrates his considerable feel as a portrait photographer and also a sophisticated visual sense when applied to landscapes and almost abstract close ups.‘John Soffe: RCC Live’ features spectacular photographs of live music concerts at the RCC since it opened in July 2007.It illustrates the great quality and range of world class acts that have performed at the RCC to date, including many brilliant Earagail Arts Festival gigs.Other Earagail Arts Festival Exhibitions ‘The Third Place: Contemporary Art from Donegal’, a group exhibition curated by Seimi Quinn, will be held at An Grianán Theatre Letterkenny (July 12-27). ‘Festival Heads’ (July 14 – Aug 30), a photographic representation of Mark Graham’s quest to attend three festivals inIreland every week for and entire year, will be shown at Donegal County Museum Letterkenny. ‘Through a Polish Lens’ (July 20 – Aug1), an exhibition of the work of five Polish photographers who have made the North West of Ireland their home, will be exhibited at the Balor Arts Centre Ballybofey. For further information on all exhibitions see www.eaf.ie PICTURE THIS! TOP LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHERS TO EXHIBIT AT EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL was last modified: July 4th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalEaragail Arts FestivalletterkennyRCClast_img read more

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NEW UK LAWS HAVE FORCED US TO CLOSE FOR NOW – DPR

first_imgDONEGAL Pet Rescue say its decision to close down – albeit temporarily – is due to new laws preventing them from rehoming animals in the North and Britain. “We had an outlet to send animals to other rescue centres in the UK but this door is now closed and causing major problems for us to keep dogs moving,” said Ryan McCauley.“This is why we are having such a back log and waiting.” Here Ryan explains the situation:Recently it has been announced that the free travel of dogs without a pet passport from Ireland to the UK is going to stop. It will mean the deaths of thousands more Irish dogs because of the costs incurred to rescues to purchase and organise these passports.Under EU law for the protection of citizens from rabies, dogs, cats and ferrets moving between EU Member States should be accompanied by EU Pet Passports certifying microchip identification and rabies vaccination. However given that Ireland and UK traditionally operated a rabies free zone, both States agreed, on a risk analysis basis, that border compliance checks would not be undertaken.So what has changed? Over the last few months, on two different occasions, dogs supplied by commercial breeders in Ireland to clients in Great Britain were deemed to be illegally imported as they did not have the required paperwork and vaccination to show their compliance with EU law; on one of the occasions, a dog was seized from the client’s home and placed in quarantine for 4 weeks. It is now clear that the British authorities have moved to fully implement EU law.How does this affect rescues?Cost – It will add about €90 to the cost of saving every dog which makes it financially almost impossible. This is on top of the costs already incurred from vaccinating, neutering, transporting and kennelling the dogs for their journey to the UK.Donegal Pet Rescue, sends about 250 dogs a year to the UK a year through rehoming centres there. We now reckon it will cost them close to an extra €22,000 to comply with the new rules – a complete waste of donated funds that could be used to save more dogs.Time – Rabies vaccines need to be administered at least 21 days before the dog can travel. Rescues have limited space and cannot hold every dog for the 3 weeks extra needed. Holding dogs for 3 weeks extra once again pushes up the costs incurred. Why do we ship dogs to the UK?Unfortunately there are simply not enough homes for all the dogs that go through the pounds and rescues in Ireland and homes can be found easier for them in the UK. Collie’s especially are not seen as pets in Ireland and these are the dogs that will suffer the most.What are the exact RequirementsEU requirements for all dogs, cats and ferrets moving from Ireland to GB (i.e. across Irish Sea): EU Pet Passport (obtainable from your vet) showing –• Microchip identification• Valid rabies vaccination (i.e. administered according to the manufacturer’s protocol). The primary (first) rabies vaccination must be administered at least 21 days before travel.Also in addition to this all dogs travelling must be VET checked 24 hours before they are due to travel.NEW UK LAWS HAVE FORCED US TO CLOSE FOR NOW – DPR was last modified: August 13th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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3 dead in border village – man arrested on suspicion of murder

first_imgA man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after three people died in a house fire in Derrylin, County Fermanagh.The 27-year-old was arrested at the scene and transferred to hospital for treatment.Police say the fire was started deliberately. They were called to the house just after 7.20am. The victims are believed to have been members of the same family and it’s understood that at least one of those who died was a child.“We believe the fire, which has claimed at least three lives, was started deliberately,” said Det Supt Jason Murphy.“We are continuing to thoroughly examine the scene along with our colleagues in the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service.“I would renew my appeal to anyone who was in the Molly Road/Doon Road area this morning to contact police. We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who was in, or travelling through Derrylin prior to the time the fire broke out at approximately 07:10.” He added the emergency services were carrying out an “extensive examination” of the whitewashed rural bungalow to establish the cause of the blaze and determine if anyone else was involved. 3 dead in border village – man arrested on suspicion of murder was last modified: February 27th, 2018 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arrestderrylinfiremurderlast_img read more

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Zuma on state visit to Angola

first_img17 January 2013South African President Jacob Zuma arrived in Angola on Wednesday for a state visit aimed at reviewing progress in various areas of cooperation between the two countries.Zuma was due to hold discussions with his Angolan counterpart, Jose Eduardo Dos Santos.On the agenda, according to the Presidency, was progress on various agreements signed between the two countries.“During the visit, the two heads of state are expected to exchange views on issues affecting our bilateral relationship, the SADC region and the continent,” the Presidency said in a statement on Wednesday.The visit also aims to strengthen South Africa’s relations with the oil-rich southern African country. Angola is the continent’s third-largest economy and has huge untapped investment opportunities.Angola is one of South Africa’s major trading partners on the continent, with almost 90 percent of Angola exports to South Africa made up of are petroleum related products.The two countries also share tight relations in various areas and continue to work together in maintaining peace and stability, as well as promoting regional integration and the SADC Agenda.Zuma first visited Angola in 2009, followed by a reciprocal visit from Dos Santos in 2010.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Oracle Reverses Course, Embraces Cloud Before Its Customers All Flee

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#Amazon Web Services#cloud computing#Oracle Five years after Larry Ellison called hype about cloud computing “complete gibberish,” his company announced no less than 10 cloud computing services during the Oracle OpenWorld show yesterday.Ellison didn’t kick off those new services himself, nor could he be bothered to attend his company’s annual trade show at all. He preferred instead to stay on Oracle’s chase boat to watch Oracle Team USA in the America’s Cup race (though to be fair, the Oracle team has pulled off a major comeback in the race).Maybe the snub is just another one of Ellison’s idiosyncrasies, but it’s also possible that the Oracle CEO didn’t want to be in the building while his company completely reversed his earlier strategy of deriding cloud computing at every opportunity. In 2009, a year after his rants on cloud computing hype, Ellison told attendees at a Churchill Club event:Cloud’s water vapor… Cloud computing is not only the future of computing, it is the present and the entire past of computing…Our industry is so bizarre. They just change a term and they think they’ve invented technology… You can’t just come up with a [tagline] like ‘Let’s call that “cloud.”Oracle: Hey, Wait, Let’s Go Ahead And Call That ‘Cloud’One wonders, then, how customers are supposed to view Oracle’s new cloud services, which include Business Intelligence Cloud, Compute Cloud, Database Cloud and Object Storage Cloud. These are not the only things Oracle is sending to the cloud. Oracle Database as a Service, Oracle Java as a Service and Oracle Infrastructure as a Service are also part of the available offerings.But are these just relabeled technologies intended to prevent the departure of customers from Oracle’s ecosystem to other vendors and services? Compute Cloud, after all, is a direct competitor to Amazon Web Service’s EC2 service, Object Storage Cloud is no doubt taking on AWS’s S3 service and so on. It’s easy to be a bit cynical about these offerings based on Ellison’s past commentary.Tactically, this is still the best move Oracle could make. Cloud computing is something that, Ellison’s notions to the contrary, customers want, and they’ve been leaving Oracle to get it. It doesn’t help that Oracle’s licensing costs are perceived as still high, and the availability of less-expensive services, even from different vendors has driven a lot of bottom-line decisions to migrate away.Oracle is clearly hoping that by providing a single Oracle-dominated stack of services to customers, they will be less inclined to endure the pain that any migration must undergo, no matter how good the final destination. Migration is a lot like ripping off a bandage: you know you should do it, but you also know it’s going to hurt.All of these cloud services are Oracle’s way to coax people to leave the bandage on a little longer. Image by Reuters/Robert Galbraith Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair brian proffitt Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

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