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Sunshine Girl says sorry

first_imgNational senior netballer,Vangelee William, has apologised for what she describes as “unsportsmanlike behaviour” towards England’s midcourt defender Jade Clarke during the recent three-Test series in the United Kingdom. Her apology came after a shoving incident between both players after the Sunshine Girls 63-50 loss in their second match of their Vitality Netball International Series. The game was played in Manchester, England last Saturday. Williams described the competition between herself and Clarke during the game as tough but said that the behaviour should not have been carried on after the match. “To my young fans, please know that it was inappropriate and unsportsmanlike of me to retaliate,” Williams says. “Also to my older fans, you know who I am and know what my character on and off the court is, so I must apologise to you as well.” National assistant coach Sasher-Gaye Henry says Williams will not be punished as she has already publicly admitted wrongdoing. Jamaica went on to win the series 2-1 after Sunday’s 64-57 win in Coventry. The Sunshine Girls are scheduled to arrive home this afternoon at 5:15.last_img read more

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Decision had “serious implications” for liquor operations – DDL Chairman

first_imgSugar downsizingThe downsizing of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) has had “serious implications” for the liquor operations and as such privately-owned Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) has been forced to diversify operation to mitigate the potential effects of a minimised sugar industry.This was amongst the challenges, albeit a very good performance, that the DDL Group faced last year, Chairman Komal Samaroo said in the company’s 2017Chairman of DDL Group Komal SamarooAnnual Report.He pointed out that, domestically, the economy was revised downwards last year and a significant contributing factor was the contraction of the sugar industry, which produced 137.298 tonnes in 2017 compared to 183.615 tonnes produced the previous year.According to the Chairman, given the implications from the downsizing, the Group has been exploring all options as it seeks to mitigate any potential adverse effects of such downsizing.“It is, in this context, that our strategic decision sometime ago to diversify our business must be seen as the right course of action by the Group. However, our core business is rum production and molasses is a key raw material for such production. DDL has expressed to the Government an interest in investing in the Enmore Estate to continue molasses production there. If that proposal does not prove to be economically feasible, DDL may have to source molasses from foreign suppliers to ensure adequate and reliable supply,” Samaroo detailed.The challenges of the company extended internationally as the Chairman explained that while global economic growth strengthened in 2017 to 3.7 per cent compared to 3.2 per cent in 2016, countries that depended on commodity exports continued to be hard hit, experiencing sharp declines in foreign earnings.He added too that with regards to the rum category, the cumulative annual growth was estimated at only 0.5 per cent that growth being confined to the premium and super premium segments, while the standard segment was projected to experience marginal decline.“Given these projections, the Group’s strategic decision to premiumise its Eldorado Rum brand was certainly well timed,” the Chairman posited.Regardless, the DDL Group managed to rake in a total of $19.569 billion in revenue last year, representing an increase of $1.460 billion or eight per cent over that of 2016. The revenue from both the domestic as well international markers showed steady growth, the Chairman said.Group profit before tax for 2017 was $3.551 billion compared to $2.920 billion for the previous year, an increase of $631 million or almost 22 per cent. Earnings per share were $3.38 in 2017 compared to $2.85 the previous year. Additionally, Shareholders’ Funds increased by 13 per cent in the year, while net debt to equity ratio at the end of the year improved from 22:1 in 2016 to 13:01 in 2017.With regards to the Group’s subsidiaries, Distribution Services Ltd (DSL) achieved $396 million in profit before tax in 2017 compared to $358 million the previous year, an increase of about 10.6 per cent. According to the Chairman, this company has been the major focus of its diversification plans. “This subsidiary has outgrown its present distribution facilities and a new warehouse and distribution centre is presently being constructed at Plantation Diamond. This 12,000 square feet new modern facility, including cold storage and offices, is projected to cost approximately $1 billion and is scheduled for completion in the second half of this year,” Samaroo detailed in the report.This trend continued onto the Demerara Shipping Co Ltd (DSCL), which recorded an operational profit before tax of $132 million in 2017 compared to $102 million the previous year, an increase of 29 per cent.However, the profit-gaining performance eluded the Tropical Orchards Products Company Ltd (TOPCO) which endured the loss of the Education Ministry’s School Feeding contract that was handed to a foreign company.According to the Chairman, while the company steadily increased its sales on the domestic market, it suffered a loss of $53 million during the year compared with a loss of $16 million the previous year.Nevertheless, in January 2018, the company was awarded the School Feeding contract for the first three months of the year and Samaroo said they are hopeful for its renewal.On the other hand, DDL’s overseas subsidiaries also performed well contributing $212 million in profit before tax compared to $185 million the previous year. Demerara Distillers St Kitts-Nevis Ltd recorded a profit of $23 million; Demerara Distillers USA Inc recorded a profit of $37 million; Demerara Distillers Ltd Europe recorded a profit of $95 million, and Demerara Rum Co recorded a profit of $57 million.Going forward, Samaroo said the Group’s diversification will gain momentum in 2018 with several major projects, still at the planning stage, that would significantly expand revenue from non-alcoholic products.last_img read more

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Strong Bayern give Heynckes selection headache

first_imgHeynckes, who steered the five-time champions to the 2013 title, turns 73 in May, but says he still feels the “tension build” for a Champions League game.Heynckes has tough calls to make with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer the only absentee as he recovers from a fractured foot.“I have no A or B team — there is just one Bayern team,” Heynckes said on Monday.“Every player knows their position and understands each other, so I don’t think we have too many problems with rotation.“There are far more benefits, because everyone feels important and stays fresh.“It’s not easy, but I think the players are happy with how I have managed it so far.”Heynckes made eight changes for the starting side which won 2-1 at Wolfsburg on Saturday, and has to decide who sits out of the 18-man squad to face Besiktas.Thiago Alcantara made his comeback at Wolfsburg after three months sidelined by injury, while French winger Kingsley Coman has recovered from a cold.Thomas Mueller, Corentin Tolisso and James Rodriguez are all competing to play in behind striker Robert Lewandowski, while Coman, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are vying for berths on the wings.Besiktas are in the Champions League knock-out stage for the first time.The Turkish champions start a hectic period of six games in three weeks before the return leg against Bayern on March 14, including two home matches against Fenerbahce.Bayern are on a 13-match winning streak, but Heynckes expects a hard fight in Munich.“It’s no surprise that Besiktas are here, they won all three of their away matches in the group stage,” said Heynckes.“They won’t hide, they like to play attacking football –- if you let them. That’s the key.“They will look for their chances, so we need to be prepared.“I hope my team puts in a top performance to lay the foundations for reaching the quarter-finals.”Heynckes is playing down Bayern’s chances of winning the Champions League title for the first time in five years.“All the top clubs want to win it,” he said.“There are five very strong teams in England, especially those that strengthened massively last summer and in winter.“There are many favourites, not just the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bayern coach Heynckes faces some tricky decisions ahead of the game against Besiktas © AFP / Thomas KIENZLEBERLIN, Germany, Feb 19 – Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes admits he has some tough decisions to make with his side at near full-strength for their Champions League last 16, first-leg, clash against Besiktas on Tuesday.For the first time in five years, Bayern have every outfield player fit and available for the match at the Allianz Arena.last_img read more

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Top 22 players to have scored against the most different Premier League clubs

first_img 4= Wayne Rooney (Everton and Manchester United) has scored against 35 different Premier League teams 22 3. Alan Shearer (Southampton, Blackburn, and Newcastle) scored against 37 different Premier League teams 19= Alan Smith (Leeds, Man United, Newcastle) has scored against 31 different Premier League teams 19= Gary Speed (Leeds, Everton, Newcastle, and Bolton) has scored against 31 different Premier League teams 22 22 7= Thierry Henry (Arsenal) scored against 34 different Premier League teams 4= Jermain Defoe (West Ham, Tottenham, Portsmouth, and Sunderland) has scored against 35 different Premier League teams 22 17= Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) has scored against 32 different Premier League teams 1. Frank Lampard (West Ham, Chelsea, and Man City) scored against 39 different Premier League teams 22 22 12= Robbie Keane (Coventry, Leeds, Tottenham, Liverpool, West Ham, and Aston Villa) has scored against 33 different Premier League teams 22 22 22 12= Les Ferdinand (Queens Park Rangers, Newcastle, Tottenham, West Ham, Leicester City, and Bolton) has scored against 33 different Premier League teams 22 12= Robbie Fowler (Liverpool, Leeds, and Man City) has scored against 33 different Premier League teams 22 4= Teddy Sheringham (Nottingham Forest, Tottenham, Man United, Portsmouth, and West Ham) scored against 35 different Premier League teams 17= Emile Heskey (Leicester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Wigan, and Aston Villa) has scored against 32 different Premier League teams 19= Dimitar Berbatov (Tottenham, Man United, and Fulham) has scored against 31 different Premier League teams – Click the right arrow above to find out which players have scored against the most different teams in the Premier League… 12= Nicolas Anelka (Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City, Bolton, Chelsea, West Brom) has scored against 33 different Premier League teams 2. Andrew Cole (Newcastle, Man United, Blackburn, Fulham, Man City, and Portsmouth) scored against 38 different Premier League teams 22 22 12= Robin van Persie (Arsenal, and Manchester United) has scored against 33 different Premier League teams 7= Paul Scholes (Manchester United) scored against 34 different Premier League teams 7= Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) scored against 34 different Premier League teams 7= Ryan Giggs (Manchester United) scored against 34 different Premier League teams 22 19= Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal) has scored against 31 different Premier League teams 22 22 22 22 22 7= Michael Owen (Liverpool, Newcastle, Man United, and Stoke) scored against 34 different Premier League teams It was an emotional day at White Hart Lane for all concerned and as well as scoring the last Tottenham goal at the stadium, Harry Kane finally scored against Manchester United.England strike star Kane, 23, has now scored against 24 of the 25 teams he has faced in the Premier League, which is a brilliant statistic for a player still so young.He’s still got some way to go, though, if he’s to get on this list of superstars who have managed to hit the back of the net against more than 30 different opponents in the Premier League era.So who are the Premier League players who have scored against the most different team? Click the right arrow above to find out… 22 22 22last_img read more

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DDTV: VIDEO OF MOMENT LORRY FALLS OFF FERRY AT OWEY ISLAND

first_imgDDTV: This is the incredible video showing a lorry as it plunges off a ferry and into the sea off Owey Island in west Donegal on Monday.The Cope, Dungloe, says its vehicle was packed with building materials for several customers on the island.Most was for Dan Gallagher who is doing a renovation project.While singer Daniel O’Donnell and his wife Majella also had supplies on board, it has been confirmed. “We’re just thankful that no-one was hurt,” said a close friend of the couple.Thankfully neither the Gallaghers nor the O’Donnells will be out of pocket – as the goods hadn’t been delivered.The wrecked lorry and all its cargo now belongs to the insurance company used by The Cope.A salvage operation has had to be abandoned there.The lorry slipped backwards as its load was due to be off-loaded off the Arranmore Fast Ferry.No-one was hurt and the incident is being investigated by the Marine Casualty Investigation Board. DDTV: VIDEO OF MOMENT LORRY FALLS OFF FERRY AT OWEY ISLAND was last modified: August 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV: VIDEO OF MOMENT LORRY FALLS OFF FERRY AT OWEY ISLANDlast_img read more

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VICTORY FOR PARENTS AS BUNCRANA’S IRISH SCHOOL TO REMAIN OPEN

first_imgBuncrana’s Coláiste Chineál Eoghain is to remain open.Minister Joe McHugh has confirmed the Buncrana school will remain open.Minister of State Joe McHugh TD has confirmed the news following a meeting between representatives from the Donegal Education Training Board (ETB) regarding the future of the school this afternoon.He said “I welcome confirmation that the intention to close the school will not be going ahead. This news will come as a welcome relief to students, parents, teachers, and the community as a whole, who have been very concerned during recent weeks, following the announcement that the school would be closing down. “I wish to acknowledge the commitment from Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’ Sullivan, and the Department of Education for working together with the ETB, in order to obtain a solution. The result from this collaboration means the school will be provided with the necessary support and resources to ensure the long-term viability of the school.”Minister McHugh visited the school the morning following the closure announcement and spoke to members of the school Board and the ETB.He said “The principal, staff and parents were visibly upset and hugely concerned at the news, and there was an urgent need for assistance and reassurance, from both the Department and at a local level.“A public meeting was held in Buncrana’s The Exchange two weeks ago, where I met with parents of the students in a public forum. Everyone who attended the meeting was given an opportunity to voice their concerns and it was decided that all three Donegal North East representatives would organise a cross-party meeting with Shaun Purcell, CEO of the ETB. The concerns and anxiety expressed at the public meeting were relayed to Mr Purcell, it was a positive meeting and I welcome today’s confirmation on the back of these efforts.” H added that he wanted to acknowledge the efforts of Cllr. Martin Harley and Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh, both of whom are members of the ETB, who he had been in regular contact with over the past few weeks and who have been working hard to ensure a positive solution was found.“I commend the work of all involved and who played a role in today’s news, I believe that Coláiste Chineál Eoghain is hugely important in the Inishowen peninsula in promoting, protecting and preserving the Irish language and our heritage, this will benefit not only the students of the school, but also the parents and local community.”VICTORY FOR PARENTS AS BUNCRANA’S IRISH SCHOOL TO REMAIN OPEN was last modified: April 27th, 2015 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)last_img read more

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Onduparaka confirm interest in Kirinya head coach Charles Ayieko

first_img Tags: Charles Ayiekohkirinya jssNyamityobora FConduparaka fcSC Villa Ayiekoh is currently contracted to Kirinya JSS till 2020 (Agency Photo)ARUA – Arua based Uganda Premier League side, Onduparaka FC have confirmed their interested in securing the services of Kirinya JSS head coach, Charles Ayiekoh.The role of head coach at the Caterpillars’ fell vacant earlier last week when Asaph Mwebaze decided to terminate his contract by mutual consent.In an interview, Onduparaka patron Bernard Atiku confirmed the interest in Ayieko.“We are seriously weighing options on the table, said Atiku.“Many coaches have applied and among these include one from Italy and Burundi.“We are also looking at the local market with Charles Ayiekoh Lukula among them as one of the capable replacements for the Mwebaze.“However, we are not in a hurry because we are standing their contracts and terms before we make the announcement.However, Onduparaka are not the only side romoured to be interested in the former Soana FC tactician with both SC Villa and Nyamityobora also interested.Villa and Nyamityobora are also without a coach after Moses Basena and James Odoch threw in the towel respectively.Ayiekoh has been at Kirinya since the start of 2017 and has over seen a steady improvement in results, leading the side to a 5th place finish last season.He has a running contact at the Jinja based side that expires at 2020.Comments last_img read more

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Frosty night expected for parts of Donegal with gritters deployed

first_imgDonegal County Council has announced that gritters will be out around parts of Donegal tonight from 7pm.Temperatures will drop to lows of -1C this Friday night, as Met Eireann forecasts a calm and cloudy night with patches of mist and fog.The following routes will be gritted from 7pm tonight, Friday: 01: National Primary North04: Inishowen South05: Inishowen East06: Inishowen West07: Milford South08: Milford NorthBT: Buncrana Town Council Priority 1Check Donegal County Council’s interactive map for gritting routesAssume that no road is ice-free.Frosty night expected for parts of Donegal with gritters deployed was last modified: November 8th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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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iSuppli: GPS on Four Out of Five Phones By End of 2011

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Location#mobile#NYT#web When will we see the battle of the location-based services really come to a head? Will it be when Facebook finally comes out with its much anticipated entry into the LBS market? Or will it happen with Foursquare inking deals with major search engines? Perhaps it will happen when GPS technology becomes nearly ubiquitous among cell phone owners – a time that may be nearer than you think.A release by analyst firm iSuppli says that four out of five cell phones will integrate GPS technology by the end of 2011, with the adoption of smartphones leading the march.In the first quarter of 2009, 56% of phones incorporated GPS, meaning just under 200 million phones. By the end of 2011, iSuppli predicts that this number will increase to nearly 320 million GPS-enabled phones, coming in at just a hair under 80% of all cell phones. As a result of this massive adoption of GPS-enabled phones, iSuppli also predicts the slow death of “Portable Navigation Devices”, with smartphones exceeding PNDs in that realm by 2014. On this point, we would venture that we wouldn’t be surprised if this happened sooner than that, even. Dr. Jagdish Rebello, a principal analyst for iSuppli quoted in the release, says that “social networking services and applications spurred by GPS-related features are critical elements in the smart phone market today.”“This is illustrated by Google Inc.’s decision to make turn-by-turn navigation, LBS and mobile ads the central features in its bid to take on Apple in the smart phone market, and make up the central pillars of its strategy to increasingly monetize mobile search,” Rebello says in the release.Beyond smartphones, iSuppli also predicts that 18% of laptops and 42% of portable handheld video games will have integrated GPS by 2014. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Related Posts mike melanson The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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What Are Contrast Ratios and How Do You Use Them?

first_imgSo now we can see a Key to Fill ratio of 7:1. If I am ever going to attempt to replicate a look like this, I have a clear reference point to do so.Taking It on SetSo how do you take all this to your next shoot?The simplest way to immediately apply your knowledge is to turn on false color in your monitor. From there, it is simply moving lights and flags until your ratio is on. You can also do this with a light meter, but for nailing your contrast ratio, I highly recommend false color.Finally, have reference stills for each scene. Go to Stills from Beautiful Films or one of the myriad of other sites with available stills — or just grab your own. These images are hard-and-fast reference points for the contrast ratio you want to replicate.With practice, you will develop a natural ability to spot and manipulate ratios as you shoot, and you’ll only need the tools to confirm your instincts.Using contrast ratios will allow you to define the look of each scene before you start shooting, eliminating a lot of unnecessary work in post. Most importantly, your new sixth sense will help you define your own style and capture stunning, consistent images.Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check out these articles.How to Get the Most Out of Your Single-Location ShootHow to Clean up Noisy Video and Audio in 30 SecondsThe 5 Top Editing Gadgets on the Market Right NowFreelance Tip: How Do You Know When to Turn Down a Job?Review: The Illuminati — A Hands-Free Light Meter In this write-up, learn how you can use contrast ratios to define your visual style and build a consistent aesthetic in every scene.In my years of experience in film production, one of the greatest hurdles I had to overcome was lack of visual consistency from shot to shot. I began to try to find the root cause in my process. Over the course of my quest, I evaluated depth of field, lighting, tracking shots — nothing was getting my footage to the level of consistency I wanted.I began to refresh myself on the basics of color theory before diving headfirst into color grading programs like Resolve. Through these programs, I was able to give my footage a “look,” but I couldn’t shake the feeling that it had been slapped on top of the mysterious underlying condition afflicting my footage.As I continued working as a colorist, I realized that much of the footage I was getting was suffering from similar consistency issues. I began to search for what, precisely, was making this footage hard to grade, furiously researching any new lead in forum threads long forgotten.Finally, I stumbled across an article that rewarded my patience. I had a name for the concept I needed to learn: “contrast ratios” (or “lighting ratios”).Image via Antti Kuusiniemi.What Are Contrast Ratios?A contrast ratio is a representation of the difference in exposure between two areas in a frame. On set, you typically measure this ratio in stops, but you can also measure all contrast ratios IRE. In theory, you can compare any two areas in the frame, but the majority of the time you will be working with either a “Key to Fill” ratio or “Key to Background.”Key to FillKey to Fill is the most commonly used contrast ratio. This ratio describes the relationship between the amount of light falling on the key side of the subject compared to its fill.  It is the most commonly used ratio due to its utility when lighting people. This ratio can represent everything from newsy, flat footage to moody, high-contrast cinema-style lighting.Key to BackgroundThe second most commonly used ratio is Key to Background. This ratio helps guide the eye of the viewer to narratively important areas of the frame in an all-but-invisible way. The ratio itself represents the relationship between the key side of the subject and the illumination of the background.Image via faak.How Do You Read Them?Once you have a basic understanding of these concepts, learning contrast ratios is easy.Using free online resources like Stills From Beautiful Films to pull shots from some of my favorite films into Resolve (or any other program or device with false color capabilities), I was able to immediately see the ratios used by some of the most influential cinematographers of all time.Here is a fantastic breakdown of how to use False Color by PremiumBeat author Noam Kroll.Using False Color to measure contrast ratios is a slightly different process than using it for exposure metering.To measure any contrast ratio in false color, follow these steps.(Here’s one I grabbed from the Coen Brothers’ masterpiece A Serious Man, imaged by the living legend, Roger Deakins.)I wanted to illustrate a completely free-of-charge process for this article so anyone can start learning these valuable skills immediately.IWLTBAP (I don’t get it either) offers false color LUTs on a pay-what-you-can download model. Because this isn’t a plugin or built into a monitor, we’ll have some things to work around. More advanced solutions are vastly more intuitive, but the basics remain the same. The advantage of using a LUT, however, is that it will work with any program, camera, or monitor with user LUT support (which is most of them).In order to determine which type of ratio you will be metering, examine all sources of light in the frame and consider how the light is interacting between the subject of the frame and the background or foreground.In this still, we can see a key light coming from camera left while an over-exposed practical overhead provides a gentle gradient fall-off across the background — while also motivating the hair light. We can safely assume a bounce of some type is bringing up the luminance on the fill side of our subject.With the lighting for this shot broken down, we can decide whether to find the contrast ratio for the relationship between luminance values of the key light and either the background light or the fill coming from the bounce on camera right.This is a high-contrast lighting setup for our subject, so let’s find the Key to Fill contrast ratio.Here is the first workaround we’re going to have to deal with when using the alphabet soup of LUTs. Most proper false color plugins or features on monitors will allow users to define their own colors and light levels, much like zebras. Here, we only get the color overlay without immediate reference points.I pulled this LUT reference image, numbered the stops on the chart, and now we are in business.At this point, we are simply matching colors and noting their stop numbers. In general, I will shoot down the middle when getting contrast ratios to find the mean exposure for whichever area I am metering.last_img read more

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